It's time for the last inchie of the year at Every Inchie Monday and I can't believe that I've managed to make all 52 inchies. I've not been very good at blogging this year so you haven't seen them all but I've added the missing ones to the end of this post.
I was thrilled to bits when I got an email from Chris at Country View Crafts Challenges telling me that I'd made the top three in the October challenge and was even more thrilled when I was asked to be a Guest Designer for December.
When I found that the theme for the December challenge is Bah Humbug it took me back to my teacher at junior school sitting the class down and reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens to us - it became one of my favourite books.
I decided that my project should have something to do with Scrooge on it - I searched the Internet and found an image of Scrooge being visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present [my favourite ghost] and have used it on my Christmas canvas.
Martha Stewart snowflake punch.
Shabby white Frantage embossing enamel.
Scrooge image of the Internet.
Gecko Galz snowmen and music images.
The Artistic Stamper Santa stamp.
Sizzix tattered pine cones die.
Sizzix holly branch die.
Ribbon, lace and beads.
I adhered some strips of punched snowflakes to the sides of the canvas and then painted the canvas red, I wiped some of the paint of the snowflakes before the paint dried.
I coloured the back of some patterned paper with distress ink so that when I distressed the edges the white background wouldn't show.
I edged a square of corrugated card with some Frantage embossing enamel, adhered the distressed papers and added the ribbon and lace, then I adhered it to the canvas.
The Santa image was stamped and coloured with distress ink, I die cut the Santa image and snowmen images and edged them with distress ink then adhered them to the canvas.
I made the pine cones and adhered them to the canvas with the holly and beads.
I painted some wooden snowflakes white and added some stickles. I used a lot of stickles on the canvas so it's very glittery - the photo doesn't show it very well.
For the challenge I've chosen a card that I made for the Yellow and Blue make Green challenge in June.
I loved the way this card turned out, my favourite thing about it is the colour combination as green is my favourite colour, I also love the effect of colouring card with distress inks and flicking water over it. You can find my original post here.
Please take a visit to the Craft-Room Challenge to see what the rest of DTs favourites are.
This month the Gecko Galz DT are making Christmas ornaments, every couple of days one is being showcased, today it's my turn to have my ornament showcased.
I have made a Christmas tree decoration using a wooden bauble blank.
Image from the Gecko Galz Old Fashioned Christmas Collage Sheet.
Gecko Galz Holly Days Background Paper.
A Wooden Christmas Bauble Blank.
Green Acrylic Paint.
Americana Dura Clear Matte Varnish.
Sizzix Festive Greenery Strip Die.
Green and Gold Card.
Red Beads and red ribbon.
Paint the wooden bauble green.
Adhere the Image to the front and the background paper to the back of the
bauble, then cover with a couple of coats of the varnish.
Die cut a couple of flourishes with the gold card and some holly leaves
with the green card, adhere them to the bauble, then add the beads.
Put some stickles on the holly and on the holly round Santas head.
It's time for another Craft-Room Challenge, Mervi is the hostess and as Christmas is only a month away she would like to see some vintage style Christmas cards or presents.
Our sponsor for the challenge is Rogue Redhead.
I've made a card for my DT piece.
I wrapped some ribbon round some Gecko Galz holly background paper and adhered it to a card blank. The image was stamped with walnut stain Distress ink and adhered to a square doily. The holly leaves were covered with Ice Stickles before I put them on the card, then I added some red beads. I adhered some die cut icicles and covered then with the stickles, I also put some stickles on the image.
Personal Impressions - the stamped image.
Sizzix Holly Branch die.
Marianne Designs Icicle die.
The rest of the design team have made some fabulous samples and would love you to visit the Craft-Room Challenge to take a look.
Another fortnight has flown by and it's time for another Craft-Room Challenge, It's Suzannes turn to choose the theme and she has chosen the theme Afternoon Tea. Here's what she has to say about her challenge.
My challenge then is a bit of a change - I thought I would give you a choice! There is a photo inspiration with the title of:-
So create anything crafty to do with Afternoon Tea or any inspiration drawn from the photograph please!
We are sponsored by "The Stamp Man" and the Winner will get £10 to spend at their online shop.
For my DT piece I have made a card.
I started with a white card blank and edged it with blue ink then I adhered a piece of Crafty Individuals paper. I stamped the teapot and masked it then I coloured the card pink and stamped the leaves. I removed the mask and coloured the teapot with coloured pencils. I matted this onto some blue card then I adhered it to the card blank. I added the ribbon, charm and some pearls. The teacups were stamped onto white card and coloured with the pencils, I then cut it out and adhered it to the card.
Stencils and Masks is the theme for the latest Craft-Room Challenge and it has been chosen by Esther.
We are sponsored by Stamp Addicts who are giving the lucky random winner a £10 voucher to spend in their store.
For the main image I used a Sweet Poppy Stencil. I stencilled some coloured ink onto some white card and then spread some Dreamweaver translucent embossing paste over it. When the paste dried I coloured the card with distress ink and splashed some water over it. I matted this onto some orange card. I coloured the background with some distress ink and stencilled some butterflies. I added some wooden butterflies that I'd coloured with distress ink and embossed with some clear embossing powder.
The rest of the Design Team have made some lovely samples and they would love you all to visit the Craft-Room Challenge to take a look.
Everyone to the 3rd Annual Gecko Galz Tricks and Treats Blog
am the next stop on your “hop” welcome to my blog! If you started here you might
want to go back and start at the begining at the Gecko
blog so you won’t miss anything!
We have 15 AMAZING blogs for you to visit this
weekend, each with some gorgeous projects created using the Gecko Galz collage
images, that we are giving you for FREE! Each blog you visit will have another
free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to download, The one here is "Beautiful
make sure you collect all the secret words on each blog so at the end of the hop
you can enter to win our wonderful treat. So sit back, relax, take your time
and enjoy the hop!
have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:
is the ephemera collections for each month for an entire year. That is 48
different sets! This is a $144 value
prize is a The monthly paper pack for an entire year! Each month you will
receive our paper pack absolutely FREE! This is a $72 value.
prize is all 3 individual collage sheets each month for a year! This is a $54
our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz COLLECTIONS!!! That will be 1 paper
pack, 1 digital stamp set, and 4 collage sets each month for the entire year!
This is a prize worth $288
on to learn how you can win!
of all, you will need to visit all 15 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :)
**This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect all
Fifteen words (one on each blog site) and at the end of the blog on the
Fripperies and Butterflies site there will be a link to email the phrase to
Gecko Galz. This enters you in the contest. On October 28th we will
randomly draw the 4 winners and email each of you, then we will post the winning
names on our website and on the Gecko Galz blog site.
an extra chance to win make a purchase from the Gecko
site and your name goes in again for a better chance of winning (each purchase
you make that weekend gives you another chance to win)
we are having one more give away! If you post our Gecko Galz badge (found on the
Gecko Galz Blog) on your blog, facebook page, or website you will be entered to
win a Gecko Store Shopping Spree worth $25 - super easy right? Just post a link
to your blog on the Gecko Galz Blog so we can come visit :).
Secret Word is;
Please enjoy this free Gecko Galz Collage sheet “Beautiful
well as the samples I have made using the images
Here are the pieces that I have made with the lovely Beautiful Birds collage sheet, I hope you enjoy looking at them. Thank you for visiting now go and have some fun looking at the rest of the design teams blogs.
Darling Birdie Card
Matt the image onto some black card and layer it and some Gecko Galz background papers onto a card blank. I edged the card with some black soot Distress Ink using my finger. Add the ribbon, a couple of skeleton leaves and some paper roses.
Decoupaged Framed Bird
Paint the wooden frame with some dark blue acrylic paint, when it's dry cover with Fresco Finnish Crackle Glaze and when this is dry paint with a turquoise acrylic paint, it should crackle as the paint dries. Adhere leaves and flowers to the frame, it doesn't matter what colour they are, using your finger touch parts of the flowers with Treasure Pewter and then spray the flowers and bottom of the frame with green and gold mica sprays. When everything is dry adhere a piece of Gecko Galz background paper inside the frame. Print the image three times, matt one of the images onto some blue card, cut the oval from one of the other images and adhere to the main image with foam pads, cut out the bird from the last image and adhere to the main image with foam pads. Adhere to the inside of the frame.
Song Bird Card
Distress the edges of the image. Sponge the edges of the image and some Gecko Galz background paper with aged mahogany Distress ink and layer them onto a card blank. Stamp some twigs on the right edge of the card, adhere the sentiment, lace and pearls to the card. Emboss a wooden bird with some Frantage embossing enamel and adhere to the card.
Bird Song Tag
Paint the tag with acrylic paint and then adhere a piece of book page to it. Using a leafy mask, stencil some modelling past onto the tag and paint green when dry. Distress the edge of the image and some Gecko Galz background paper then colour the edges with stormy sky Distress ink, adhere to the tag. Put a strip of tissue tape to the bottom of the tag and add some lace. Add some flowers and ribbon. Now
you are ready to go to the next blog site and see what wonderful treats await
Just click the name to be whisked away to their blog!
For my DT piece I've used a Crafty Individuals stamp, No CI-289.
I started with a kraft card blank and a Crafters Workshop Mask. The main image was stamped and coloured with Distress ink, I stamped another image and coloured the chickens, then I cut them out and adhered them to the main image. I matted the image onto a piece of paper straw. I wrapped some bakers twine around the top of the card and added a flower that I'd made using my flower loom.
The rest of the DT team have made some lovely samples and they would love you to visit the Craft-Room Challenge to take a look.
I'm entering this in the Crafty Individuals October challenge - I'm hoping that the colours are Autumnal.
I'm sharing with you a couple of tags that I made for the Paper Play September swap, the theme was Anything Goes.
For both tags I used a Stampers Anonymous mask and modelling paste, when the paste had dried I painted the card with Fresco Finish paint and added some Treasure Pewter then I stamped some script with black Archival. I stamped the main images onto white card, cut them out and adhered them to the tags with some crinkle kraft paper. The stamps I used for the main images are Inkylicious.
I'd like to share with you my Halloween Coffin done the Andy Skinner way, I had a lot of fun making it.
I used Tando Creative products plus some plastic spiders and skelleton, I also added other bits and bobs to give it a bit of texture.
After putting the coffin together I painted it with black gesso and adhered the rest of the bits onto it. I used DecoArt paints to colour it and when the paints were dry I added some Treasure Brass and some varnish.
Here is a photo of the inside of the box.
I'd like to enter my coffin in the following challenges.
One lucky person drawn at random will get a wonderful package from Tando.
These are the ATCs that I've made for a recent ATC swap, the theme is Houses.
For the background I used distress stains, a Finnabair mask and Fresco Finish paint and some Frantage chunky white embossing enamel. I used an Invoke Arts stamp for the house and I stamped it onto some card that I coloured ages ago.
I used Dylusions and Distress ink for the background and added some Frantage shabby white embossing enamel. I stamped the PaperArtsy house onto white card and coloured it with Smirk glitter pens, I cut it out and adhered it to the ATC and added some gems.
For this ATC I stamped the Panduro/Tilda stamp onto some white card and coloured it with watercolour pencils, then I adhered it to the red ATC
The rest of the Design Team have made some lovely samples and they would love you to visit the Craft-Room to take a look.