Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Vintage Easter card for the Gecko Galz Papercrafting Challenge Group

Sharing another card for the Gecko Galz Papercrafting Challenge Group.  This one for the Easter theme.  I just love this Gecko Galz image!  I had to surround these two love bunnies with a garden setting.  Come join us at the Gecko Galz Papercrafting Challenge Group for six monthly challenges to enter for free Gecko Galz collage sheets.

Image from the Gecko Galz Hip Hop Easter Collage Sheet Set

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March entries into the Gecko Galz Papercrafting Challenge Group

Today I am sharing projects I created for the Gecko Galz Papercrafting Challenge Group on Facebook.  Each month we have six challenges to chose from with an opportunity to win free collage sheets with each challenge entry.  The tag is entered into the Green and Gold Color Challenge, and the card is entered into the St. Patricks Day Challenge.  Your creation does not necessarily have to be a card, as long as it fits the particular challenge.  This month there is also an altoid tin challenge, an altered box challenge, an Easter challenge, a birds and bees challenge as well as our monthly color challenge.  You do not have to use Gecko Galz images to play.  Come join us and play along HERE.

In both projects I have used an image from the Gecko Galz Blarney Digital Collage Sheet Set.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Altered Children's Board Book for Ephemera's Vintage Garden

Hello Crafty Friends!  Today I'm sharing my latest project.  You may have noticed a shift in my crafty style lately, as I lean more and more towards collage.  I've begun to develop a love for arranging beautiful and colorful images in a way that pleases my eye.

This project could also be labeled as a glue book since I haven't done any mixed media, nor have I added any dimensional elements.  Generally speaking, a glue book would be created from a base of paper such as old book pages, or journal pages.  In this project I have built my collage work onto a children's board book from the 99 cent store.  I began by sanding the shine and images off of the books pages, very easily and quickly done with a quality sanding block from the hardware store.

The page backgrounds are created from torn paper, using the scraps left over from the other projects I created using the same papers and art journal bits from Ephemera's Vintage Garden as used in my January and February creative team projects.  I have also used torn dictionary paper, some music paper, and a few other scraps that were on my desk.  I applied the paper in a haphazard fashion using a glue stick, trimmed out the edge then sanded the page to make it more even and sanded the edges of the page, and inked.

All of the images were then applied in layers also with the glue stick.  The images are from Ephemera's Vintage Garden, apart from one or two little images that were part of ephemera packs I'd purchased previously at Joanns.  The Ephemera's Vintage Garden paper and images used are mainly from the Miss Lady Fay collection, but I also added files I've purchased and some of the amazing freebie files as well.  Links are available below.

If you love these images as much as I do, then sign up for freebies (some of which are used in this project).  Go HERE to have the freebies delivered weekly to your email.  I keep all of  mine in an organized folder on my computer, easy to find and so much fun to play with!

Friday, March 6, 2015

New Projects for Gecko Galz

Hello Friends!  Today I am sharing a few samples created with the new March products for Gecko Galz.  You can find them in our Etsy store.
 "But What if You Fly" Tag

Gecko Galz products Used:
March Kit Club Victorian Garden Paper VG04
Beautiful Words 1 Collage Sheet
Beautiful Words 2 Collage Sheet
March Kit Club VS Icons 1 VS03
March Kit Club VS Icons 2 VS21

 "Many Happy Days" Card

Gecko Galz products used:
March Kit Club Victorian Garden papers VG03
March Kit Club Victorian Garden papers VG05
Fashionable Hats 1 Collage Sheet
  "Go Confidently" Card

Gecko Galz products used:
March Kit Club Victorian Garden papers VG02
March Kit Club Victorian Garden papers VG03
Beautiful Words 2 Collage Sheet

"Deco Diva" Card

Gecko Galz Products used:
Deco Diva Jewel-its
Beautiful Words 2 Collage Sheet
March Kit Club Victorian Garden papers VG03

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Customer Challenge Entry For Gecko Galz

Hello Crafty Friends!  I know it's really cold outside for many of you, but take a moment to think Spring for the current Gecko Galz challenge, "In The Garden" featured on the Gecko Galz blog throughout the month of March.

There is only one rule.  You need to use at least ONE  product from Gecko Galz.
It can be one of the free products, stamps, collage images, or digital papers.  It is up to you. The winner will receive a $25 Gecko Galz Shopping Spree!

Here is my entry, with a step-by-step instructional below.

step by step:

Print image from the Gecko Galz Beautiful Words 1 Collage Sheet, and double mat with pale yellow followed by white.
Cut another mat in black using Tim Holtz Core'dinations or other distressable or sand-able paper.
Dry emboss the black mat with a script embossing folder.
Sand the paper to reveal the script pattern which will turn white.
Mat again in patterned yellow using the Gecko Galz Pixie Dust Papers.
Mat again in the Tim Holtz black sand-able paper and sand lightly to add extra texture to the card.
Attach all to a black cardstock base
Print and cut out sentiment from Beautiful Words 1 collage sheet and mat with black cardstock.  Attach with black brads.  Adhere with dimensional foam tape.  Add a bow of ribbon in a bold graphic pattern.