Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Layout Featuring Lady Olive and Scraps of Darkness

Hello Crafty Friends!  I created this layout of my oldest kitty, Lady Olive.  She's recently reached the ripe old age of 21 years!  I have used a background paper by DCWV and added layered papers, flowers, and die cuts from the January Scraps of Darkness Kit.  I used a lot of Prima dies including the skeleton leaves which I backed with plain colored cardstock.  Most of the flowers are from the kit and are also by Prima.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Scraps of Darkness January Inspiration Challenge

Well, crafty friends, can you believe it's been more than a year or more since I've created a layout?  It was a little harder than I thought to summon my creativity.  Much has happened over the past couple of years, but I think it's time to try and come back from all of the tragedy.   This layout features Dexter and Lila, both of whom live as permanent  residents of my boarding facility.   I was inspired by their beautiful faces and the gorgeous January kit from Scraps of Darkness.  I have linked to their inspiration board challenge on their Facebook community page.   You don't need to buy the kit to enter. 

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Free Digi Stamp for January and Samples for Gecko Galz

Hi Crafty Friends!  Below is your free digital stamp for January, compliments of Gecko Galz.  Be sure to visit the Gecko Galz blog each day for a link to the featured designers blog to pick up more free digital stamps!  While you're here, come check out what I created with some of the newly released as well as other products from Gecko Galz on Etsy.
Romance Jewel It collage set
High Society digital paper pack
Hocus Pocus digital paper pack
Golden Splendor digital collage set
High Society digital paper pack
Golden Splendor digital collage set
Vintage Visions digital paper pack
Artful Ladies digital collage set
Wild Roses digital paper pack
Kitchen Sink digital paper pack
Secret Garden digital paper pack
Ephemera Fun digital collage sheet
Oh Cupid mini paper pack
Kitchen Sink paper pack
All You Need is Love digital stamp set
Pin Up Girls digital collage set
Bingo Cards digital collage sheet

Friday, January 1, 2016

It's Time for a New Challenge at Gecko Galz!

Welcome Crafty Friends and Happy New Year!  It's a new year, and a new month, and it's time for a new Gecko Galz Customer Challenge!  Please join us for the current challenge "All That Glitters".  We are accepting challenge entries from January 1st - January 29th.  There is only one rule.  You need to use at least ONE product from Gecko Galz.  It can be one of our free products, digi stamps, collage images, or digital background papers.  The winner will receive a $25 Gecko Galz shopping spree!

  Don't forget to stop by the Gecko Galz blog to see what the rest of the team created this month.  We hope to inspire you to enter the challenge and win!  Don't forget that throughout the month, the Gecko Galz blog features samples created by the team using the new products for that month.  Did I mention that there are some new Gecko Galz 2016 Design Stars to welcome, so come visit!

Below is a sample card that I have created for this month's "All That Glitters" challenge.
Seriously my friends, this card is glittery!  My photography skills are not that good so the best I can do is to point out the glitter in my instructions, and hopefully you can imagine it.  I began construction of my card by printing my main image (the lady on the moon) which can be found on the December Magic collage sheet.  Meanwhile,  I had also chosen to print out two sheets from the High Society paper pack.   It was hard to decide which to use, both were so pretty.  I decided to use both by cutting the bordered edge from each sheet and lining them up side by side.  I used elements from the design on the black border to ground my sentiment and the image of the moon.  It worked perfectly!  The little stars are die cuts from gold glitter paper.  I also embellished the edge of my image and the edge of the moon and the happy birthday sentiment with gold embossing powder.  I told you it was shiny!  The birthday sentiment, also available Gecko Galz as part of a chalkboard sentiments collage sheet, just happened to have a similar shape as the design in the background paper, so instead of leaving the sentiment square, I cut out the pretty shaped outline.  I was so excited when the sentiment and the moon fit so perfectly in the designs on the paper.   The matting under the image and the background paper is manilla cardstock inked with metallic gold ink.  The black mat at the bottom is black glitter paper.  I wish you could see it in my dark hallway when I shine a flashlight on it.  It's so pretty and shiny, but you'll have to take my word for it :)   Thanks for looking!
Gecko Galz Supplies
December Magic collage set
High Society paper pack (I used HS04 and HS05)
Chalk Board Sentiments collage sheet set
Paper Moon collage sheet set