Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Autumn Calling!

A new month means a new Customer Challenge with the Gecko Galz and the theme for the month of September is 'Autumn Calling'. 
So why not play along - join the challenge with the chance to win $25 at the Gecko Galz shop!

And by Jove, Jeeves!!  Autumn has definitely landed here in the UK - seriously thinking about putting the heating on!! Love the colours of Autumn, and how the shades are copied in fashion - gorgeous browns, mustards and oranges!

Two 6 x 6 cards for today - the first one using an acorn & leaf icon from Autumn Calling Craft Kit and digitally stamped into a wreath, backed by a paper from Autumn Harvest ATC Set. The stamped sentiment is a magazine freebie from Tonic, in Jet Black Stazon - I printed on Matte photo paper so this has had an effect on the ink taking to the paper - and a couple of autumnal coloured gems



The second one uses an image from Autumn Splendor Collage Set, backed onto black card and stuck onto a paper from Crafters Companion "Winter Florals" paper pack. Spellbinder die for the sentiment.



 
I hope you'll join in 'Autumn Calling' Challenge, where the Winner gets a $25 shopping spree to spend at the Gecko Galz shop. (The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product... this can be one of the freebies, or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy shop). 
 If you sign up for the Gecko Galz monthly newsletter, you'll be kept up to date with new releases, Super Sunday weekly deals and be able to claim a free digital collage sheet. 
 If you pop over to the Gecko Galz blog, you will see all the fabulous designs by the Design Team - and maybe grab a freebie or two. 
 If you haven't a blog/and or/ on Facebook, head over to the Gecko Galz Papercrafting Group where there are more monthly challenges, with the chance to win a digital collage sheet. 


 Amanda xx 

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Feature Day @ Gecko Galz

This is a bit late as I'm normally on the 18th, but I've been away on my holidays to The Lake District so am just catching up with everything.

So this is my Design Team project for the month of August over at Gecko Galz

With a bit of mixed media, this card is very serene - you can imagine sitting on the banks of a Lake listening to the gentle lapping of the waters upon the shore, watching the boats go by!




I hope you'll join our Summer Love challenge where the winner will receive a $25 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz shop. The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product, which can be something you purchased from the shop or a freebie. 
 If you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month and get first claim on the weekly Super Sunday Deals! 
 Why don't you pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see all the fabulous designs by the very talented Design Team, don't forget to grab the free digi stamp on each post!  
We also have a Facebook Group where there are more monthly challenges for you to play in, each with a Design Sheet to win. 


 Amanda xx

Monday, 3 August 2020

Summer Love

Wow! A new month already, which means a new Customer Challenge at the Gecko Galz and the theme for the month of AUGUST is 'Summer Love'. So why not play along - join the challenge with the chance to win $25 at the Gecko Galz shop! 

The past month has been interesting, what with mini lockdowns ending and new rules when you go places, hairdressers finally getting to open up - though I've not yet made an appointment, keep forgetting.

So with a bit more freedom and shorter hair, everyone can look forward to some good old Summer Love!  

A 100% digital piece this month, it looked simple enough to do but it wasn't, but the more time I spent on it, the more the chap looked like Gordon Ramsey. Eek. Thankfully I've recovered!

 
image from Retro Flair
background from The Written Word Atc set


I hope you'll join in 'Summer Love' Challenge, where the Winner gets a $25 shopping spree to spend at the Gecko Galz shop. (The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product... this can be one of the freebies, or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy shop). 

 If you sign up for the Gecko Galz monthly newsletter, you'll be kept up to date with new releases, Super Sunday weekly deals and be able to claim a free digital collage sheet. 
 If you pop over to the Gecko Galz blog, you will see all the fabulous designs by the Design Team - and maybe grab a freebie or two. 
 If you haven't a blog/and or/ on Facebook, head over to the Gecko Galz Papercrafting Group where there are more monthly challenges, with the chance to win a digital collage sheet. 



Amanda xx 

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Feature Day @ Gecko Galz

Today is my day to feature my Design Team project for the month of July over at Gecko Galz.

A couple of cards done using Gecko Galz images.






I hope you'll join our Welcome to Wonderland challenge where the winner will receive a $25 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz shop. The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product, which can be something you purchased from the shop or a freebie.
 If you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month and get first claim on the weekly Super Sunday Deals!
 Why don't you pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see all the fabulous designs by the very talented Design Team, don't forget to grab the free digi stamp on each post!
 We also have a Facebook Group where there are more monthly challenges for you to play in, each with a Design Sheet to win.

 Amanda xx

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Welcome to Wonderland

A new month means a new Customer Challenge at the Gecko Galz and the theme for the month of July is 'Welcome to Wonderland'. So why not play along - join the challenge with the chance to win $25 at the Gecko Galz shop!

I had a ball with this theme, my finished designs were totally different to the projects I'd originally  planned, but I can use those ideas later on!

First up is a Wonderland in a Tea Cup - this was going to be in a much smaller cup which I picked up months ago, just the cup - no saucer- but the pattern was a blue rose which was so pretty I didn't care! So I was going to use that as the blue would have worked well with Allices dress.... until I nipped into an Asda Home store and came across this set whilst looking for a griddle pan, random I know. I only bought the cup & saucer although this fell into my basket when I wasn't looking!! (fill it up with lots and lots of ice cubes!)

This cup was perfect for what I wanted to do! I used the Wonderland Collage Set for most of the pieces though the White Rabbit came from Wonderland Dominos from the Whimsical Jewels Set and the sign came from the newly released Wonders of Wonderland Craft Kit. And the Queen of Hearts playing card came from a pack I bought especially to craft with. 

I resized the images I wanted to use, cut them out and stuck them on cocktail sticks to make then stand up, the only problem was that I was trying to use green paper for the 'grass' and I couldn't get the paper to curl up the way I wanted. 
After a good twenty minutes of scrunching, unfolding and having a good old cuss I gave up. I then thought of nipping to The Range and getting some flower arranging foam to use, but it was shut. So after more cussing and scratching of head I suddenly remembered my pom-pom maker. Yay!! and I had some green wool left!! (And we found out that George the Beagle is absolutely petrifred of balls of wool, which was hilarious) So I made a medium sized pom-pom, luckily I didn't run out of wool and it fit the cup! The sticks were easy to push into the wool. (by the way I'm currently resisting the urge to make more pom-poms, using the spool its so quick to do and very addictive)


The other embellishments - doily from All things Alice by Craft Box
white roses stem from stash dabbed with blue pigment ink
tiny bottle with green glitter from The Works. 




So pleased with how it came out.

My second make for the challenge was quicker - a set of traditional atcs.




1) Be Free = black pigment ink, decoupaged butterflies 
2) Pink o'clock = clock & stencil from All things Alice by Craft Box, hot pink ink.
3) Torn around the Edges = paper from stash

I hope you'll join in and as much fun as we all did with the 'Welcome to Wonderland' Challenge, where the Winner gets a $25 shopping spree to spend at the Gecko Galz shop. (The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product... this can be one of the freebies, or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy shop). 

If you sign up for the Gecko Galz monthly newsletter, you'll be kept up to date with new releases, Super Sunday monthly deals and be able to claim a free digital collage sheet. 
If you pop over to the Gecko Galz blog, you will see all the fabulous designs by the Design Team - and maybe grab a freebie or two. 
If you haven't a blog/and or/ on Facebook, head over to the Gecko Galz Papercrafting Group where there are more monthly challenges, with the chance to win a digital collage sheet. 

Amanda xx 

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Feature Day @ Gecko Galz

Today is my day to feature my Design Team project for the month of June over at Gecko Galz.

I've done a basic 6 x6 scrapbook page using Craft Artist, using an image from Poolside Princess as my photo and the backgrounds from Ocean Breeze by Rosie H. Obviously you'd use your own photo, but it gives you a layout idea which you could use as is or add stuff to it.



I hope you'll join our The Color of Summer challenge where the winner will receive a $25 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz shop. The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product, which can be something you purchased from the shop or a freebie.
If you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month and get first claim on the weekly Super Sunday Deals!
Why don't you pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see all the fabulous designs by the very talented Design Team, don't forget to grab the free digi stamp on each post!
 We also have a Facebook Group where there are more monthly challenges for you to play in, each with a Design Sheet to win.


Amanda xx

Monday, 1 June 2020

The Colors of Summer

A new month means a new Customer Challenge at the Gecko Galz and the theme for the month of July is 'The Colors of Summer'.
So why not play along - join the challenge with the chance to win $25 at the Gecko Galz shop!

When I sat in the sunshine whilst having a glass of wine mused over the theme for this month, the obvious colours would be sunshine yellow or orange, blue skies or waters etc but for me the colours of summer are some of my favourite things - Lavender in bloom (the smell!), multi-coloured butterflies fluttering round the garden and lastly, a bit different, is bird song - the image of listening to bird song for me is of sunny days, in tree's full of blossom.

Three postcard toppers, intended for either a card or a journal page but I'm now thinking I might just use them for happy mail, pop a note in with them along with a treat -  a nice little envelope of sunshine.

I used three postcards from my stash (no fear, I have plenty left!!) and picked three lovely images for my favourite things.




                               Lavender basket ~ French Provincial
                                           embellished by twine
                                    edges darkened by black ink





                             



                                                                                                                    Birds 
  For the Birds

pink spotty washi tape
vintage blue Nuvo Drops

                                  Butterflies ~ Butterfly Dreaming
                         smudged with black & bronze pigment ink
                              middle butterfly edged with gold pen
                             bottom butterfly edged with silver pen





































I hope you'll join in 'The Colors of Summer' Challenge, where the Winner gets a $25 shopping spree to spend at the Gecko Galz shop. (The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product... this can be one of the freebies, or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy shop).

If you sign up for the Gecko Galz monthly newsletter, you'll be kept up to date with new releases, Super Sunday weekly deals and be able to claim a free digital collage sheet.

If you pop over to the Gecko Galz blog, you will see all the fabulous designs by the Design Team - and maybe grab a freebie or two.
 If you haven't a blog/and or/ on Facebook, head over to the Gecko Galz Papercrafting Group where there are more monthly challenges, with the chance to win a digital collage sheet.

Amanda xx