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Monday, December 29, 2014

Gecko Galz new Club Kit

Posted: 27 Dec 2014 09:24 AM PST
We here at Gecko Galz are very excited about our new product for 2015. We are starting a kit club in the New Year and want to give everyone a sneak peek at what kits are coming out. Each month there will be a brand new crafting kit which will feature 8 beautiful papers, 12 amazing digital stamps, 25 icon images and an exclusive collage sheet for club members only that all go together. You can join the club for $100 (FOR 12 KITS) or we will be selling each kit monthly for $13 (minus the collage sheet). If you join the club you will get yours early, the last day of the month before...i.e. you will get January on December 31st. To Join the club head over to our ETSY SHOP, but for now take a peek at our up coming kits!


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JANUARY KIT: LOVE POTION #9

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FEBRUARY KIT; COUQUETTE

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MARCH KIT: VICTORIAN SPRING

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APRIL KIT: EASTER PARADE

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MAY KIT: FREE BIRDS

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JUNE KIT: HIGH TEA


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JULY KIT: SEASIDE SPLENDOR

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AUGUST KIT: CURIOSITY SHOP

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SEPTEMBER KIT: ARSINIC & LACE

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OCTOBER KIT: LA BOHEME

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NOVEMBER KIT: BLUE CHRISTMAS

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DECEMBER KIT: CZARINA

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gecko Galz Christmas Tags



 Here are two tags I made:





Tag 1: Small Tag

Products Used
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Sizzix / Tim Holtz Tag and Tie Die
White Cardstock
Gesso - white / meduim thickness
Close To My Heart Reinker Crystal Blue
Close To My Heart Saddle Brown ink
Snowflake Stencil
Winter Tree Stamp / by Rubber Stampede
Liquid Applique by Marvy
Copic markers
Pop squares
clear rhinestones
Ribbon
I used gesso to texture my white tag to give it a snowy look and then after drying I took some gesso and tinted it blue with some reinker and took a snowflake stencil and dabbed them on the four corners of the tag. After it was completely dried I took a stamped image of winter trees and glued it in the center of the tag, using liquid applique I dabbed it over the tree branches so they looked snowy. I colored my snowman from Gecko Galz Dec, Digital Stamps/Snowman Way with my copics and fussy cut it, then pop dotted it on the tag. I put a small clear rhinestone in the middle of the snowflakes. Lastly I used a ribbon from my stash to use as a tie.
 
Tag 2: Large Tag
Products Used
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Sizzix / Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplates Die
Cream Cardstock
Gesso - white / meduim thickness
Close To My Heart Reinker Crystal Blue
Close To My Heart Saddle Brown ink
White Doily
Snowflake Stencil
Pop squares
clear rhinestones
Ribbon
This tag is cut from cream color cardstock and I used gesso that I tinted blue to stencil on snowflakes in each corner. I put clear rhinestones in the center of the snowflakes. I inked around the tag with Close To My Hearts Saddle Brown ink. I inked around a white doily with the ink and glued it to the center of the tag and glued a inked scalloped blue flurry circle in the middle of the doily. Then glued the image to the center of the scallop. The image and words are from Gecko Galz Winter Wishes 1 collage sheet. I fussy cut the words, inked around them and pop dotted them on the tag.


Tag 2: Large Tag

This tag is cut from cream color cardstock and I used gesso that I tinted blue to stencil on snowflakes in each corner. I put clear rhinestones in the center of the snowflakes. I inked around the tag with Close To My Hearts Saddle Brown ink. I inked around a white doily with the ink and glued it to the center of the tag and glued a inked scalloped blue flurry circle in the middle of the doily. Then glued the image to the center of the scallop. The image and words are from Gecko Galz Winter Wishes 1 collage sheet. I fussy cut the words, inked around them and pop dotted them on the tag.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Decorations

Got a little tree made and a decoration using a image from Gecko Galz on a thread spool. Love how it turned out and will have to make a few more. I am waiting for some dies to show up in the mail so I can make a bigger tree to sit next to this little one.

To make this little tree you need :
several sheets of double sided Christmas paper
bamboo skewers for the middle of tree
a base for the tree, I got this spool from Micheal's in the dollar spot
bead for the spacers between the paper layers
Spellbinders scalloped die set
Spellbinders star die

You cut 3 layers of each of the scalloped dies and two of the stars
I used a nail to put a hole in the middle of the base
Bottom sheet I glued on to the base and then you put the skewer in -pointy side up....you then keep layering (bead then paper) I put it together and then when the star was place saw how much of the skewer I would need to cut off the bottom. I took it apart and cut off the excess from the bottom of the skewer. Putting it back together I put glue on the bottom of the beads and then paper until all used. Then the star gets glued together on the pointy part of the squewer. Hope you understood this...I am not the greatest at direction giving (the wording of it !!!)

This little guy is so easy........... you cut out your image and then cut a piece of plain cardstock the same size for the back. The spool I bought at Michaels and I painted it brown and cut a strip of snowflake paper and glued it on there. When gluing the image and backing together, I inserted a toothpick....the bottom half of the toothpick that sticks out is goes into the hole of the spool. And there you have a cute decoration. This is a small image but the size of the image depends on the size of your spool.


I also have decided no more store bought tags for my gift so as of last year I make my own.Here are a couple I did:

HO HO HO,
Barbara

Christmas Time Is Here.........

I am busy...busy...busy getting my Christmas cards addressed and making Christmas ornaments. Lots of glitz and I am using empty ribbon spools for the base of the ornaments ( gotta be earth friendly). The images are from https://www.Geckogalz.com. Hope you like my ornaments and it is back to work for me, I have a tree to make still.


We have our tree up and our new addition to our tree is a train that goes around it. It is a Thomas the Train ( my grandsons favorite ) ....we hope to add to the display every year with village pieces.Still have to get the lights and ornaments on it but the lights have to be done on my son in laws next day off, I am to short to do it by myself !!! LOL

It looks alittle crooked.better get it straightened up before finishing it up !!!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

My Artistic Adventures DT Application

I have been card making, scrapbooking and paper crafting for over ten years and love it (although I have been crafty in other directions for longer that that (crocheting, sewing and ceramics). I think my favorite is card making. I have my own scrap store in my craftroom, at least that is what my husband says. I love creating vintage cards and other items. I mean gee, I am almost vintage myself. I simply adore your collage sheets and things I like make me very motivated to create. I also am queen of C.A.S. so that would fill the gap on that for you, lol. I love all the glitsy things the girls do and I always say I am gonna get more fancy but once I get my project going, it seems like the clean and simple just comes out!

My projects :
               Christmas card using your candy canes................................

 Halloween Treat Bags made for grandson's teachers using your Halloween tickets.....

Snowman tag using one of my favorite snowman images.........................


Sunday, November 16, 2014

My Artistic Adventures / I am a Guest Designer for Her Christmas Challenge

Just love Heather's collage sheets - so it is alot of fun making goodies from her images.  We had a choice of holiday images and I picked Christmas (one of my favorite holidays) ! I decided to make ornaments out of the images I pick to use.  Here is the link to the collage sheet I used. https://www.etsy.com/listing/209264045/pink-victorian-vintage-boy-holly-girl?ref=shop_home_active_3


And here are my samples:


There is also a blog giveaway going on.....here is the info on that,
All you need to do for a chance to win is to

 and the

Subscribe to my Youtube Channel.

When you are finished with all the tasks, please send me an email letting me know what sheets you would like to win..or a general idea.  So I know you played along.
heatherahudson@gmail.com


Get on over to My Artistic Adventures 
and check out all the other goodies the 
guest designers have come up with.
Just click on the badge in the upper left
it will take you right to the site.




Friday, November 14, 2014

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells......Christmas is on it's way !


I have been busy making my Christmas cards and just wanted to show off my Gecko Galz samples.




 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Gecko Galz 4th Annual Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!

I want to welcome everyone to the 15th destination of
Gecko Galz 4th Annual Blog Hop.
If you started here you might want to go back and start at the beginning at the Gecko Galz blog so you won’t miss anything! 
We have 21 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
"LITTLE MISS".
Also make sure you collect all the “secret” words on each blog so at the end of the hop you can send in the phrase to enter our drawing for a wonderful treat.  So sit back, relax, take your time and enjoy the hop!
We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:
·        First is the Kit Club for each month for an entire year. This is exclusive sets for club members which include a paper set, stamp set and collage images in each set! That is 12 different sets! This is a $144 value!
·        Second prize is the monthly collage sets for an entire year! Each month you will receive all 4 sets absolutely FREE! This is a $96 value.
·        Third prize is all of the individual collage sheets each month for a year, this includes the jewel it sheets! This is a $90 value!
·        And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz PRODUCTS!!! That will Kit Club Set, 4 individual collage sheets, Jewel it set and 4 collage sets each month for the entire year! This is a prize worth $330!
Read on to learn how you can win!
First of all, you will need to visit all 21 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect all 20 words (one on each blog site except the home 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 November 3rd we will randomly draw the 4 winners and email each of you, then we will post the winning names 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)
 
Your Secret Word is;
AHEAD
Please enjoy this free Gecko Galz Collage sheet
“Little Miss”
 as well as the samples I have made using the images! 

https://sites.google.com/site/geckogalzdesigns/little-miss

(Just click on the picture for link to full size sheet)

HERE ARE MY SAMPLES:


All my cards are A2 size (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) so with a 8 1/2 x 11 paper, you can make two cards. 
My samples above use white cardstock except the Christmas card which I used green cardstock.
Card 1: Merry Christmas
Card front I used photo paper and it is colored with three different alcohol inks, I used red pepper,
 bottle and mushroom. The image is is matted with the same green that I used for the card base.
The sentiment and holly are Dazzles from Hot Off The Press. Ribbon is from Michael's.
Card 2: Daddy's Little Girl
Card front is a yellow cardstock and image is matted in a brown cardstock. Card, card front and 
matting are inked in brown ink. Words are printed from my computer on white and inked in brown. 
I used three flowers with a yellow rhinestone in the middle. The brown sheer ribbon is from my stash.
Card 3: A Rose Is A Rose
Card front is a rose pattern paper that I had in my stash. Image and words are matted in a darker pink cardstock. Words were printed on my computer on white cardstock. Pink sheer ribbon is from my stash.
Card 4: Would You Like To Swing On A Star
Card front is a baby blue glitter cardstock. Image and words are matted is a silver cardstock. Words 
were printed on my computer on white cardstock. Blue sheer ribbon is from my stash. Stars are clear star rhinestones. 
If you missed checking out one of the blogs or want to go through them again here is the rotation

Here is the Blog Hop Rotation
Sharon Rogers
Joan Liddle
Vicki Romain
Jules Eickmeier
Patti Fisher
Heather Hudson
Diane Bove
Yvonne Garner
Michele Storm
Jessica Moore
Helene Huber
Terri Burnette
Lisette Baker
Barbara Bird
Gerri Herbst
Amanda Phillips
Carol Salisbury
Wendy Waldorf
Leanne Seed









Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Some Images for you............

These are some images from my postcard collection. Two are birthday greeting and the other is a romance card. Hope you enjoy them!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A New Challenge Blog......check it out !

I am a Guest Designer on My Artistic Adventures Challenge Blog....so go over and check it out. Just click on the badge on the top left of my blog. It begins today and the theme is HALLOWEEN.
Here is the link to her Etsy Shop where you can find the collage sheet we used and other great items to craft with.
Here are the projects I did for her :
Treat Bags
Since I am a Close To My Heart consultant, I used one of the products from their Halloween Treat Bag Kit and just used images from the collage sheet to decorate them.
I also made a card using a Gecko Galz image / www.geckogalz.com
also using one of the tickets from the collage sheet. I love all these little tickets !!!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Altered Playing Cards Challenge.....

Well, we are on a roll....... got the cards prepped and the first two are done. Most of the ladies are doing artsy cards and I am going a different route. I am doing a calendar thing.....since this is September, I started by doing two school cards and one has my grandsons name on the lunch box. I was gonna use them as cards and play with them -  but was pointed out by my dear friend Penny that you could memorize what cards were what since they are different.....so I am gonna buy a large frame and frame them.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

September Cross Promotion Project for Gecko Galz


What was used:
-Card Base is cream colored cardstock
-Paper is Gecko Galz Coven Paper Pack/Conjur
-The book image is from Gecko Galz / Haunted Ephemera 1
-The Moonbird and added decorations are from RHONDAS ORIGINALS
-Everyuthing was inked in Brown ink
-Black rhinestones added to bursts and stars are stickled
-Words were printed out on computer.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Wonderland Giveaway

Wanta win a nice stamp set, click on the Wonderland Giveaway badge on the left and it will take you to the info. This is a beautiful stamp set ...I know I would love to add it to my inventory

Monday, September 1, 2014

Altered Playing Cards.....this sounded so kewl !!!

This sounded so fun so thought I would join in and let all my friends know about it so they could join in also. I have to go shopping tomorrow and get some gesso to get my card prepped. I think I am gonna decorate mine with Gecko Galz images and do them along the calendar line - a few for each month. Join in and make yourself a unique set of playing cards. Just click on the Altered Playing Card buttom on the top right and it will take you over so you can get started.
Barbara

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Second Project on DoubleClick - AKA Abusybee

A good friend of mine (Penny Walker - www.http://scrapanistas.blogspot.com)
made this image for me and I decided to make it into a tag so I can hang it in my scraproom. I decided since it has a Strawberry on it to use it as part as my guest designer project on DoubleClick-AKA Abusybee
Strawberries are the best fruit !!!! I used green skittles on the beginning and end of my Happy Birthday title.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I am guest designer on DoubleClick - AKA Abusybee

I was asked to be a guest designer and was given the theme of "FRUIT".....so natually I picked my favorite - strawberries ! Here is my card I made using skittles as the seeds of the strawberry. Go over and take a look and see all the things you can use Skittles for !!!!! DoubleClick - AKA Abusybee
Just thought....wow what a great thing to use on my layout of Kyle. I like to use buttons on a boys layout and now I can use skittles too !!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Some more Images for you crafty Ladies.....

These are postcards from the early 1900's ENJOY !!!!!
I will have some Thanksgiving one for you next week. Thanks for coming.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Gecko Galz for August

Almost forgot about posting these because I got so excited about our September products. My first item is our cross promotion with:


Itkupilli   
I made the first card, then decided I wanted to pop up the frame so had to make another
- Used light gray card stock from my stash for my card bases.
- Paper used for card fronts is PrimaveraPapers
- The frame and flowers are all from itKuPiLLi_Primavera2_Butterfly and
  itKuPiLLi_Primavera_2Shadowbox
- The fairy and butterfly are Gecko Galz
  Fairy from Sunny August Images
  Butterfly from La Vie En Rose
- On the first and second card the flowers are popped up
- On the second card I printed out 2 frames and popped up the top one
- The ribbons are from my stash
- I used stickles on my flower middles the fairy wings and on the tips of my butterfly wings
  and in the middle of my butterfly
These are my two samples using the  Tea Time Digital Stamps
Card 1 : Tea For Two
I used cream color cardstock for card base
I used Gecko Galz mori girl paper pack / Shironuri
Image from Tea Time Stamps matted with a light blue cardstock
Blue sheer ribbon from my stash
Card 2: One Lump or Two
I used cream color cardstock for card base
I used Gecko Galz mori girl paper pack / tokoyo mama
Image from Tea Time Stamps matted with a peach cardstock
Peach sheer ribbon from my stash.



Monday, August 11, 2014

I have been coloring again.............

I also have been getting my Christmas card & tag making started. Here is one card I finished up this weekend. Used my copic markers and stickled the snowflakes. Added a snowflake ribbon and bow.
Christmas is one of my favorite holidays and I love making my own cards and tags. Will be posting alot more.

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Born in Illinois, moved to California when I was nine. Finished high school and some college. Got married and moved to Nebraska with hubby because he joined the Air Force. Then spent some time in Alaska before moving back to California. I lived in Californa until 2004 when my husband decided to move us to Texas. I still have a husband (yes-I still have him even though he moved me to Texas), two daughters, three cats (and two outside cats that adopted us along with two racoons that we feed).