Friday, June 8, 2018

Retro Summer with Gecko Galz

I've never been to Hawaii, but I love pineapple...does that count?


With all that's burning there right now, I thought I would pay tribute to their
beautiful state...and the delicious fruit that comes from there.

I do have a pineapple plant I am growing from the top of a pineapple. I have actually seen pineapples growing in my neighbors' yards...so cool!


Being a transplant (like most of my friends here in our community) from the north, I am truly captivated by the flora and fauna here in Florida...the birds are amazing too!
Anyway...
the above card was created with some of the newest images from Gecko Galz. The background is from the, First Class Package paper pack

My gorgeous lady is from the, Aloha Digital Collage Set. She is framed in black to match the framed sentiment, which is found in the, Quotes to Live By set. 

I made a flower using a soda can and alcohol ink, with the Tattered Floral and Tattered Poinsettia dies by Tim Holtz. The dry embossing folder is by Tim Holtz's Alterations. It's embossed with a polka dot folder from my stash, and has Stickles by Ranger in the center. I also put Stickles on her lei, but they are difficult to see here. They look great in real life though!

The cardstock is "vintage" CTMH...years old!

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Enjoy life today...and have fun!



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Asian Fusion with Gecko Galz

 Gecko Galz has the best images! I love this fire-hot image of this geisha. I added an iron gate die cut and some diamond glaze to her eyes and lips.

The image and background are form Gecko Galz.

I also used some black glitter card stock.

I hope you like it.


This card was created with a free image from Gecko Galz.
Sometimes Leanne gives a freebie with each order. It's fun.

I also used several other products from Gecko Galz. Visit the Etsy store for many, many choices.
The bird is fussy cut and added with foam dots. The background color piece was created with an acrylic pour I did. I simply made a copy and printed it out. The sentiment, bird, focal point and Asian script are all by Gecko Galz.

Be sure to visit the Etsy shop, Blog and Facebook Challenge Page for more inspiration and fun!






Sunday, April 8, 2018

Garden Time with Gecko Galz

Hello! Welcome to my studio.

Here are a couple of cards I made for this month's Gecko Galz Customer Challenge. The other card is in the previous post.

This first card I simply adore. The little girl image from the Garden Time digital collage set is irresistible. A bit of Stickles in silver adorns her hat, gloves and shoes. I paired her with a seed packet image from Pretty Seed Packs, to which I added a few Glossy Accent puddles. I also distressed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink by Ranger.

The background is from the Kensington Gardens ATC set. I dirtied it up with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I used some old CTMH cardstock to create the card base. What I like about their cardstock is the white core. I don't know if they still make it that way, but this is "vintage cardstock," as it is about 18 years old!

The sentiment is from the Charming Words set...lots of perfect words for any mood. 

The vines were cut with a die set called, "Trailing Ivy" by Creative Expressions. I added some Distress Oxide Ink and Glossy accent drops to provide some real life texture and color. 

I hope you enjoy using these images as much as I do.  I am an artist, and illustrate stamps, paint and draw. I also enjoy making cards, junk journals and collage. Gecko Galz is my go to place for all things gorgeous, unusual and vintage. Be sure to visit the Etsy Shop.  Every Wednesday there are Dollar deals!


I am entering this card in the following challenge...
Hiding in my Craft Room # 339 4/17


Have fun,


Saturday, April 7, 2018

In the Garden with Gecko Galz


Hello! Welcome to my studio.

Here are a couple of cards I made for this month's Gecko Galz Customer Challenge. The other card is in the next post.

This second card reminds me of my best friend. She loves plants. This gardener image from the How Does Your Garden Grow? digital collage set, sets the mood. A bit of Stickles adorns the flowers. I also included a butterfly from the same set. The love letters image from the Postal set, is accented with more Stickles. I also distressed all the edges of the elements with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink by Ranger.

A little tag from, Tag You're It and some melted ribbon from my stash dress up the corner of this card.

The background is from the Kensington Gardens ATC set. I dirtied it up with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Some strategically folded patterned paper creates a sort of, clapboard siding, reminiscent of a house where this woman lives and tends her garden.

The sentiment is from the Charming Words set...lots of perfect words for any mood. 

The vines were cut with a die set called, "Trailing Ivy" by Creative Expressions. I added some Distress Oxide Ink to provide some real life color. 

I hope you enjoy using these images as much as I do.  I am an artist, and illustrate stamps, paint and draw. I also enjoy making cards, junk journals and collage. Gecko Galz is my go to place for all things gorgeous, unusual and vintage. Be sure to visit the Etsy Shop.  Every Wednesday there are Dollar deals!

Challenge entered with this card:
Hiding in My Craft Room #339

Have fun,

Thursday, March 8, 2018

I Love Spring with Gecko Galz

This is one of two cards I made for this month's Gecko Galz Customer Challenge. The other one can be found in the next post.

I have been having fun with the Artsy Domino Digital Collage Sheet by Gecko Galz. So much variety and COLOR!

I also used a butterfly from Butterfly Dreams. I coated it with Glossy Accents, and attached it with the same. I used one of the Tim Holtz Alterations Die sets that I got for Christmas. I ran a piece I printed on cardstock from the Playing with Marbles ATC Collection. Behind the cutouts, I used some Marabu Mixed Media Art Spray in Cherry Red. It's an acrylic spray paint and it's so cool!

The Postmark is from the Birdie Darlings Set. I simply cut it out of one of the images. I used some Stickles to create the cancellation lines. 

Finally, I used the Charming Words set for my sentiment. 

I hope you enjoy using these images as much as I do.  I am an artist, and illustrate stamps, paint and draw. However, I enjoy making cards, junk journals and collage. Gecko Galz is my go to place for all things gorgeous, unusual and vintage. Be sure to visit the Etsy Shop. Right now Easter stuff is on sale, and every Wednesday there are Dollar deals!

Have fun,




Paris Birds in the Spring


This is one of two I made for this month's Gecko Galz Customer Challenge.  The other one follows in the last post.

I used the following Gecko Galz products. I just LOVE these vintage images!
Butterfly Dreams Collage Set

Join The Gecko Galz Paper crafting Challenge Group for some really awesome fun. 

Visit the Gecko Galz Etsy shop, especially on One Dollar Wednesdays and now for Easter deals.

That's all for now...happy shopping and vintage crafting!


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Putting on the Artsy Green with Gecko Galz

I am not Irish. 

No matter, I had so much fun with the theme for our Customer Challenge this month. 

Gecko Galz has some really cool images and papers. I decided to play with anything green, and came up with this card.

For Christmas my dear husband gave me some dies. Being frugal, I look for bargains. I am not so worried about having the newest, but rather the deals. Got a cool Thinlits set by Tim Holtz for Sizzix on Amazon.

I love brads, and vellum, so included them both on this card. Had them in my stash.

Also, I STILL have some "vintage" CTMH cardstock with the white core. Love to distress it. I believe the color is Olive.

Glittery mist is another fave...and I will, I will, I WILL make some using old reinkers I have...really easy according to YouTube videos I have watched. Remember, I am a repurposer!

So here we go...Gecko Galz products listed here:


https://www.etsy.com/listing/549163520/playing-with-marbles-atc-collection?ga_search_query=playing+with+marbles&ref=shop_items_search_1




I have entered this card in the following challenges

Through The Purple Haze Challenge #141
Everybody Art Challenge 418
Crafty Cardmakers Get Inky and Messy
Path of Positivity Challenge 56

Be sure to visit the Gecko Galz Etsy shop...then think outside of the box.
Green is for more than Irish!

Stay well and keep creating,