Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Altered Notebook

This altered this notebook will be used as a stocking filler at Christmas.

I covered the notebook in a yellow background paper and sprayed it with Glimmer Mist, then I adhered black and white card and added the ribbon. The image and quote were stamped a very long time ago and sorry I cant remember who made the stamps. They were stamped onto card that I'd sprayed with Glimmer Mist. I matted them onto white card. I embellished the notebook with white flowers with a black gem in the centre.
I'm entering the notebook in the Out of a Hat Creations challenge, I should just about make it in time. The challenge is to make a Christmas Gift or Stocking Filler.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Time Flies

Time certainly is flying at the moment, I can't believe that it's time for another Craft-Room challenge. Thank you everyone that entered the Oriental challenge, we had some fabulous entries. It's Suzanne's turn to choose the latest challenge theme and she has chosen TIME and would love to see a Timepiece on your creations.
My DT piece for the challenge is a wall hanging.

Our sponsor for the challenge is the fabulous Crafty Individuals.

I embossed some card with a Sizzix/Alterations clock embossing folder and adhered it to a piece of moutboard. Around the edge I adhered some lacy card that I'd cut with the Sizzix/Alterations decorative strip die and on top of this I stuck some sticky backed gems, then I painted the whole thing wit some black acrylic paint and some worn penny and rich espresso DecoArt paint. When the paint was dry I went over the raised areas with some gold Rub and Buff.
I die cut the Sizzix/Alterations weathered clock out of grungeboard and painted it with the same paint as above, then I adhered the image [can't remember where I got it from] to some card and then I adhered it to the back of the clock and filled in the holes with antique pink and buttercup Pebeo Prisme Fantasy paint. When the paint was dry I adhered a pair of rusted metal wings then I adhered the clock to the mountboard base.
I coloured a bit of card with vintage photo and victorian velvet Distress ink then I stamped the Creative Expressions sentiment.
The dangly thing is one of my charity shop finds and I added some chain to hang it.

A close up of the Pebeo paint.

A closer look at the sentiment.

The rest of the Design Team have made some wonderful pieces so take a trip to the Craft-Room to have a look.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Purple, Green, Orange and Black

The challenge at the Sunday Postcard Art this week is a colour challenge, purple, green, orange and black are the colours we have to use and it has to do with Halloween. I've had a photo of a vampire bat for a long time, so I decided to use him on my postcard this week. Apart from the vampire bat and skeleton hands all the other images and background are from the Spook Time digi kit.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Gecko Galz Bloghop

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Gecko Galz Tricks and Treats Blog Hop
 I 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 Galz blog so you won’t miss anything!  
We have 14 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 a free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to download, mine is "Picture Perfect". Also 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!
We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:
  • First is the ephemera collections for each month for an entire year. That is 60 different sets! This is a $120 value
  • Second prize is a $50 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz website….you pick it and we send it!
  • Third prize is one free digital collage set each month for an entire year, you get to pick the collage sheet you want each month and we send it off to you! This is a $24 value
  • And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz  COLLECTIONS!!! That will be 1 paper pack, 1 digital stamp set, and 5 collage sets for the entire year! This is a prize worth $240
Read on to learn how you can win!
First of all, you will need to visit all 14 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect all eleven words and at the end of the blog on the Fripperies and Butterflies site there will be a link to the Gecko Galz website where you will email us the phrase the words make up. This enters you in the contest. On October 31st 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.
For an extra chance to win make a purchase from the Gecko Galz 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) 

Finally, we are having one more give away! If you post our Gecko Galz badge (found on the Gecko Galz Blog) on your blog or website you will be entered to win a Gecko Store Gift Certificate worth $25 - super easy right?  Just post a link to your blog on the Gecko Galz Blog so we can come visit :).
My Secret Word is;
Now go to the next site and collect the next word plus your next FREE collage sheet.

 Here is the Blog Hop Rotation 

Please enjoy this free Gecko Galz Collage sheet “Sew & sew

As well as the samples I have made using the images

For my altered notebook I used
Kraft card to cover the notebook.
Fabric frayed at the edges.
Coloured card stitched and distressed round the edge.
Image from collage sheet distressed round the edge.
Embellished with twine, sewing machine charm and buttons.

For my card I used
Card blank covered with Gecko Galz Istanbul background paper, faux stitches round the edge.
Image from Collage Sheet.
Dress form painted with acrylic paint and stamped with a PaperArtsy stamp.
Ticket stamped with Stampers Anonymous Adverts stamp.
Pearl headed pins.
Sentiment stamped with a Crafty Secrets stamp.
Peeled paint and frayed burlap Distress ink.

For my Shabby Sewing Room Wall Hanging I used a mountboard base collaged with acrylic paint, strips of paper, tissue tape and stamping.
I adhered Studio 490 Art Parts to the collage to look like shelves.
The dress form is painted with acrylic paint and stamped with a stamp from the Stampers Anonymous papillon set. I made a skirt out of pretty pink net.
I embellished it with bottles filled with buttons and beads, lace, charms, ribbon and other bits and pieces from my stash.
As well as the Stampers Anonymous stamps I also used Crafty Secrets Stamps and Clear Art Stamps

I coloured my tag with Dylusions ink and machine stitched round the edge.
I added images from the collage sheet and embellished with lace, material, buttons, ribbon and pins. The ribbon has been attached with staples.
The oil can is stamped with a PaperArtsy stamp and covered with Glossy Accents.

For my Digital Layout I used
Serif Craft Artist Software.
Gecko Galz The Darlings background paper.
Images from collage sheet.
Images and spotty paper from various digi kits.
I played about with all the elements until I was pleased with the result.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

A Birthday Card

I'd like to share with you the birthday card that I made for my torturer [personal trainer]. I always make him a handmade card but last year I didn't have time to make one so I gave him a bought one and did he moan about it and make me suffer, so this year I thought I'd better make him one.

I swiped wild honey, faded jeans and vintage photo Distress Stain across a white card blank and then splatted the same colours onto a piece of white card, I matted this and the image onto black card. For the image I used a stamp from Flonz Craft. I embellished it with some spotty ribbon and a peel off sentiment.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges.
Tanda Teaser 202 All things manly.
Paper Pretties Masculine.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

A Tag For Autumn

I'd like to share the tag that I've made for the KCUK October tag swap, the theme is Autumn/Fall colours.

I sprayed the tag with Glimmer Mist and stamped it with the oak leaf image from the Stampers Anonymous mini blueprint stamp set. I also stamped extra images to cut out the leaves.
I stamped the tree [Crafty Individuals] onto white card and coloured it with distress ink, then I adhered it to the tag together with the cut out leaves and embellished it with charms and sari ribbon.

I'm entering the tag in the following challenges.
Allsorts Autumn Colours
Order Of The Opus Gluei I Leaf It Up To You.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Spooky Stuff

The latest challenge at Show Us Your Twinchies is Spooky Stuff.

 I stamped some white card with a stamp from the Stampers Anonymous Mini Blueprint stamp set then I masked the skull before spraying it with Dylusion ink. I removed the mask and coloured the skull lightly with coloured pencil. I stippled some Versamark on the edges and embossed it with lava black Cosmic Shimmer ultra thick embossing powder. I added a couple of red gems to the eyes.

I'm entering my twinchie in the following challenges.
Show Us Your Twinchie  Spooky Stuff
Crafty Mess  Halloween

Monday, 22 October 2012

Retro Halloween

This weeks theme for the Sunday Postcard Art  is Retro Halloween.
Again I've made a digital postcard using Gecko Galz images and Spook Time digi kit.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Christmas Crackers

I've made these crackers using the fabulous October products from Gecko Galz.
The crackers are very easy to make and can be filled with goodies but I'm leaving mine empty to be used as decorations.

Holly Cracker
Gecko Galz Holly Days Background Paper
Gecko Galz Image from the Winter Time Collage Sheet.
Cracker Template. I used a Creative Expressions Template.
Sizzix Alterations Festive Greenery Die.
Gold Mesh.
Red Beads
Print the paper and cut out the cracker using the template. Make the cracker and tie the ends with the ribbon.
Adhere the gold mesh to the ends and middle, attach the image.
Die cut the holly leaves, adhere them to the cracker and then add the beads.
I put a little of the stickles on the image.
Poinsettia Cracker
Gecko Galz Tis The Season Background Paper.
Gecko Galz Image from the Old Fashioned Christmas Collage Sheet.
Creative Expressions Cracker Template
Spellbinders Poinsettia Die Set.
Red and Green Card Stock.
Gold Snowflake Border Peel Off.
Gold Beads.
Print the paper and cut out the cracker using the template. Make the cracker and tie the ends with the ribbon.
Adhere the peel offs and image.
Cut out and make the poinsettia, adhere to the cracker and add the gold beads.

I'm entering my crackers in the following challenge
Out Of A Hat Creations challenge, their theme is Christmas Decorations.
 Let's Create Anything But A Card

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Circus Twinchies

The theme for the UK Stampers October twinchie swap is the Circus.
Here are my twinchies.

I stamped the image and circus onto white card and coloured them with Promarkers. I edged them with fired brick Distress ink. I cut the circus out and adhered to the image.
The stamps that I used are
Hampton Art for the clown
Artistic Outpost for the word circus.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Fur or Feathers

The latest Artful Times challenge is Fur or Feathers, I decided to go for fur although there are some birds on the embossing.

I made a tag out of ribbed kraft card and dry brushed lemonade DecoArt paint over it and then I stamped paw prints with burnt orange DecoArt paint. I embossed a piece of kraft core card with a cuttlebug embossing folder and sanded the raised areas to show the core.
I stamped the cat onto white card, coloured it lightly with coloured pencils and cut it out. I coloured some card with shabby shutters Distress ink and stamped the purr and rats/mice onto it and cut them out. I embellished the tag with staples and a piece of ribbon.
The stamps I used are
Craft UK for the cat and rats/mice
I don't know who made the purr stamp.

I'm entering my tag in the following challenges.
Artful Times Fur or Feathers
Lady Anne Challenge Anything Goes
Stamp-n-Doodle Anything Goes

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Little Boxes

The lovely ladies at Out Of A Hat Creations have chosen Packaging/Wrapping for a Christmas Gift for their challenge this week. I've made some boxes using some of the templates on the Serif Craft Artist Software.

The image and tag are Gecko Galz images. The holly is 3d decoupaged. I used to do decoupage a few years ago and made up some pieces in case I needed a quick card.

The little bag has got another of my decoupaged pieces on it.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

A Taste Of The Orient

Time for another Craft-Room Challenge. This fortnights challenge has been chosen by Zoe and she wants us to go Oriental.

The fabulous Tanda Stamps are our sponsors for the challenge.

I adhered a piece of Craft House paper to a white card blank. I stamped the image with black Archival on to white card and coloured it in with coloured pencils. I tore the end of the card and wrapped metallic thread round it, I then adhered this to a piece of black card. For the strip down the side I wrapped some of the metallic thread round some black card and matted it onto some white card. I embellished the card with some little silver fans, black gems and a chipboard bird that I'd coloured with brushed pewter Distress Stain.
The image is stamped with a Tanda stamp and the greeting is stamped with a Sleek Design stamp.
Take a visit to the Craft-Room blog to see the fabulous designs that the rest of the DT have done.

Monday, 15 October 2012

The Raven Postcard

I've been wanting to make a postcard for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge for a while but never had the time. Today I found a bit of time and have made a digital postcard. The theme this week is Ravens.

The background, ravens, skulls and ghostly face are by Gecko Galz and the spider, web and tombstone are off a digi kit called Spook Time.

Sunday, 14 October 2012


Firstly I'd like to say a big HELLO and THANK YOU to all my new followers - I hope you enjoy looking at my work and I hope that some of it might inspire you.

The theme for the October ATC swap at the UK Stampers is textures.

I used ribbed Kraft card for the base and then embossed some Core'dinations Kraft-Core card. I sanded the raised area to show the core and went over it lightly with some rusty hinge Distress ink. I wrapped some thin string round it and tied a leaf charm to it before adhering it to the base card. I stamped the images onto white card, tore them out and coloured them with peacock feathers, vintage photo and rusty hinge Distress ink and adhered them to the ATC.
I used the Stampers Anonymous Mini Blueprint stamps.

I'm entering my ATCs in the following challenges.
The Artistic Stamper The Natural World Challenge.
Challenge Up Your Life Autumn/Halloween Challenge.
Sweet Stampin' Autumn Trees/Leaves Challenge.

Friday, 12 October 2012

The Gecko Galz Blog Hop Will Soon Be Here

Count Down To The Tricks And Treats Blog Hop

Hi everyone!

It wont be long now until our second annual Tricks and Treats Blog Hop and that means fun freebies, great prizes, and wonderful designs from all our participating Design team members! The Hop will begin on October 26th  and run the entire weekend. There will be 16 diffrent Blogs to visit and each will have a FREE collage sheet for you to grab along with tons of project ideas and lets not forget our 4 amazing prizes that Gecko Galz will be giving away to 4 lucky hoppers! So mark your calendars, get your treat bags ready and join in the hop.

Why not visit the Gecko Galz Blog to find out how you could win the Gecko Galz November product collection.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Andy Skinner Workshop

I had a fabulous day at the Craft Barn on Sunday doing an Andy Skinner workshop.
This is what I made.

We all got very messy playing with paints and I learnt some new techniques, one of them was image transfer - something that I'd always wanted to do and will definitely be doing again.

Here is a closer look at the rust technique.

I'm linking my piece to the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge Rustification.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Christmas Cards

I made some Christmas cards last week using the Gecko Galz October products.

 For this card I used GG Tis the Season background paper and an image from the GG Wintertime collage sheet. I matted the background paper and image onto gold and red card and adhered them to a red card blank. I added some ribbon and a gold snowflake border that I'd made with a Martha Stewart punch.

The image I used is from the GG Vintage Christmas digi set. I cut the image out with a Spellbinders circle die then I layered this onto black and white card. I embellished the card with ribbon, snowflakes, black gems and a merry Christmas peel off.

I used GG Silent Night background paper and the image is from the GG Old Fashioned Christmas collage sheet and I also used a tag from the Christmas Tags sheet. I used Spellbinders scalloped circle dies to cut out the image and gold and red card. I also used holly leaves, red gems, ribbon and gold border peel off.

I'm entering my card into the Out of a Hat Creations Christmas Card/Tag challenge.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Life's a Beach

I made this ATC for the KCUK September swap.

I coloured the ATC with broken china, faded jeans and rusty hinge Distress stain, then I stamped the image. I adhered some Flower Soft sand across the bottom and added some shells. I adhered some string to the top, then I stamped the sentiment, cut it out and adhered to the string.
The stamps that I used are Crafty Individuals.

I'm entering my ATC in the The Crafty Bloggers Network Anything Goes challenge.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Artful Times Postcard

It's been a while since I've been able to join the Artful Times challenge but I've managed to find some time this week and my mojo seems to be coming back from Ireland. The latest challenge is to make a postcard with some letters or script on it.
This is what I made for the challenge.

I stamped the eye, hand and wasps and then masked them before stamping the letters, I then took of the eye mask, cut the eye out and masked the eye again, then I sprayed the background with Bubblegum pink, vibrant turquoise and lemon zest Dylusions ink. I removed the masks and coloured the images with felt tips leaving the eye white. I put stickles on the wasp wings.
The stamps that I used are from the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Oddities stamp set.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

UK Stampers ATC Swap

The UK Stampers September ATC swap was to use stamps that we haven't used before, I don't know about you guys but I have rather a lot to choose from but I managed to sort out three and the results are below.

I sprayed the background with Glimmer Mist and stamped some swirls with an Ecogreen stamp then I adhered a piece of patterned hand made paper to it. I stamped the PaperArtsy stamp onto white card and edged it with worn lipstick Distress ink, I also used it round the edge of the ATC. The eye and cheek were coloured with coloured pencil. I embellished the ATC with a sun charm.

The PaperArtsy stamp was stamped onto white card using Black Archival ink. I used blue card for the ATC and embossed the edges with shabby pink Frantage embossing enamel. I adhered the image and words and added a silver charm.

I coloured the ATC with Distress Stain and stamped the PaperArtsy stamp with black Archival ink. I'd stamped the image twice and cut the butterfly out of the 2 image and covered it with stickles, when it was dry I adhered it to the ATC with some black gems. The image was matted onto black card.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Craft-Room Challenge/Alter It

Another fortnight has passed and it's time for another Craft-Room challenge. The lovely Julia has chosen the theme Alter It, she would like you to alter anything. For my DT piece I have altered a Plywood Frame.

For the lucky prize draw winner there is a £10 prize from our sponsors  Stamp Addicts.

Earlier in the year I went to a Helen Chilton workshop where we used Pebeo Prisme Fantasy Paint, I love the effect that the paint has so I decided to use it to cover the front of a plywood frame. I painted the frame first with black gesso before covering it with the Pebeo paint.
For the embellishments I covered some card with sticky backed aluminium and die cut the flowers using the Sizzix/Alterations tattered flower garland die, I also used the Memory Box delicate vine die. I put some little gems in the centre of the flowers.

Thank you all that took part in our Childhood Memories challenge, we had some fabulous entries. The rest of the DT have made some wonderful altered pieces so why not visit the Craft-Room to take a look.

Monday, 1 October 2012

What A Hoot.

The theme for the UK Stampers September twinchie swap was Birds/Birds and Cages. These are the twinchies that I made.

The background was coloured with Dylusions ink. The tree stump was stamped onto the background and the owls and sentiment were stamped onto card and cut out.
The stamp set that I used is by Hero Arts.

I'm entering my twinchies in the Show Us Your Twinchies Anything Goes Challenge.