Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Challenge: Easter Time

Time for a new Gecko Galz Customer Challenge!!  

This month our Challenge theme is "Easter Time!!"
March 1st-29th.
Feel free to grab our badge in the left column, and share on your blogs.


There is only one rule, and that is you need to use at least ONE  product from Gecko Galz!!  
It can be one of the free products, stamps, collage images, or digital papers!!  It is up to you!!
The winner will receive a $25 Gecko Galz Shopping Spree 
I also want to announce our 
March "In the Garden" Customer Challenge Winner
Wendy
We thought it might be fun to share a couple of inspiration pieces from the Design Team....to get your Mojo going for our
 Vintage Ladies Challenge!
You can stop by their blogs to get all the Yummy Details!!

Terri

Barbara 

Donna 
Jules

Tee 

Nancy 

Michelle
Lisette

Vicki




We can't wait to see your creations!!
Thank you for visiting!!
  You have until 11:55pm Eastern time on April 29th to play along!
You can link up your creations below or send a photo of your project to us at geckogalz2014@gmail.com.




Tuesday, March 31, 2015

PRETTY SPRING PETALS.......Designs by Amanda Phillips

This month our design team is looking toword Spring and all it's beautiful colors. Below are some samples by
AMANDA PHILLIPS


Pretty Flowers Card



A Spring Hello Card


FAIRIES IN HER GARDEN.......designs by Leanne Seed

This month our design team is looking toword Spring and all it's beautiful colors. Below are some samples by
LEANNE SEED



BE YOUR OWN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL CARD

Gecko Galz Fairy Magic Collage set
Stickles in Clear
Viva Pearl Pen in White
Distress inks in Vintage photo, Faded Jeans, and Crushed Olive
Sentiment stamps by Canvas Corp
Tensil Fiber by Martha Stewart
water color brush
4"x 6" piece of white cotton fabric
Tag by paper studio


CELEBRATE LIFE CARD

Gecko Galz Fairy Magic Collage Sheet
May Arts Ribbon
Viva Pearl Pen in copper
Stickles in Clear
Glimmer Mist in Bronze and Graphite
Distress in in Vintage photo
"Celebrate" stamp by Canvas Corp
4" x 6" white cotton fabric


SPECIAL THOUGHTS CARD

Gecko Galz Victorian Spring Kit (for banner)
Gecko Galz Fairy Magic Collage Set
Stickles In clear
Viva Pearl Pen in white
Distress ink in Vintage photo
black ink
Sentiment stamp by Hero Arts
Tulle ribbon
Alcohol inks in Eggplant, Mermaid & Faded Jeans
Alcohol ink blending solution




DREAM OF IT CARD

Gecko Galz  Victorian Spring Craft Kit (for banner)
Gecko Galz Fairy Magic collage sheet
4" x 6" white cotton fabric
Red Tulle Ribbon
Stickles in clear
Metalic Crayons
mini grator
Distress ink in Vintage photo
black ink
Sentiment stamp by Canvas corp


We asked Leanne the following question

" If you had magic powers what 3 things would you do to advance the Crafting/scrapbooking Movement?" 

I would create a free website where you can learn how to use all the latest products through tuturials and step by step instructions.

wave a magic wand and have everyones craft room/studios state of the art.

Get the box stores (Micheals, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's) to carry smaller company products and have teachers come in and teach how to use their products!




Monday, March 30, 2015

BEAUTIFUL SPRINGTIME......designs by Donna Mundinger

This month our design team is looking toword Spring and all it's beautiful colors. Below are some samples by
DONNA MUNDINGER



Dream in Flowers Card


All stamps used were from the Gecko Galz Gifts from the Garden digital Stamp set.   In my printing program, I layered IMG10 with IMG3.  I also printed IMG15 twice and cropped the sentiment from from IMG 19. The main images were colored lightly with Copics and fussy cut.  I carefully tore around the the music part of the stamp and inked that area with Frayed Burlap Distress.  I fussy cut the two butterflies from IMG15 and attached them at the bodies only on top.  I layered a 6x6" square card with very old DP from my stash, tucking lace tape from Decollections under the DP edges before gluing it down.  The images were raised with adhesive foam at an angle and I added some ribbon snippets and a floral cameo from WeR Memory Keepers in the top corner.  I distressed the sentiment with the edge of my scissors and inked it with Frayed Burlap before popping it top left.  I balanced it out with 3 adhesive pearls in the bottom right corner.




Fashionable Hats Accordion card

Supplies:
Gecko Galz Fashionable Hats Collage Sheet

Other: Sizzix Accordion Flip 3D Album die
Spellbinders Labels 1 die
Green card stock
2 different coordinating DP's (lightweight)
Flowers from Petal Lu
Computer generated sentiment

Cut 3 accordion panels from green card stock and 3

 more from each of the 2 lightweight Dp's.  Cut off side

 flaps from each of the Dp panels and then trim each

 side 1/8th".  Trim small flaps on each swing panel off,

 as well.

  Glue side flaps of card stock together and then DP

 panels to card stock (alternating prints), but leave the

 areas where the card stock flaps adhere to the flip

 panels free, so when you attach the flip panels, you can

 slip them between the patterned DP and they won't

 show.  Size 4 Fashionable Hats Ladies and sentiment to

 fit the Spellbinder's Labels One die (approximately 2

 1/2" square for the 2 3/4" die), print and cut out with die.

  Also print 3 "and another" sentiments and cut those to

 fit on the top or bottom of the back panels.  Attach

 ladies and sentiments and fold and attach inner flip

 panels together under the DP and glue DP over the

 flaps.  Attach flowers to front as shown.



Beautiful Mind Wall Hanging

Supplies:
Gecko Galz Beautiful Words Collage Sheet
Other:
Black, pink, lime and turquoise card stock
DP from DCWV
Asst. flowers- Prima
Metal key-K&Company
Metal Lock and jump rings-Tim Holtz
Create resin light bulb- Prima Junkyard findings
Butterfly Sticker-Nature's Illusions


First I sized the Beautiful Mind image from the Beautiful Words collage sheet to fit the resin light bulb I wanted to use.  That came to about 5 x 6 1/2 ".  From the same sheet I cropped and resized the Happiness quote to 1 3/8 x 5 1/4 and also cropped out the butterfly from that quote twice and resized them to fit on either side.  I resized the Do Your Best image to 1 x 2" and printed them all and cut them out.  I matted the main image in lime, cut the Dp to 6 3/4 x 9" and matted that in black so the finished size of the top part of the hanging is 7 1/4 x 9 1/2".    I matted the Do Your Best quote in turquoise and glued it diagonally to the top left of the Beautiful Mind image and added the rest of the embellishments.  The Happiness quote was matted in hot pink and again in black.  The finished size of the bottom is 2 1/8 x 6".  I poked hole in the top and bottom portion of the hanging and attached them with jump rings.  Finally, I fussy cut the butterflies and glued them along the bodies only, on either side of the quote, and bent the wings up.

we asked Donna the following question

 " If you had magic powers what 3 things would you do to advance the Crafting/scrapbooking Movement?" 

 First of all, if I had magic powers, I'd clean and organize my craft room which would at least advance my crafting movement. LOL  Then I could concentrate on the rest.  Next I would change attitudes so that crafting/scrapbooking is recognized as ART and not just a frivolous hobby by some.  Finally, I'd give everyone the confidence, time and means to pursue their dreams, follow their imagination, and love what they've created.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

VISIONS OF SPRING......designs by Yvonne Garner

This month our design team is looking toword Spring and all it's beautiful colors. Below are some samples by
YVONNE GARNER



A Garden and a Library

Instructions: Create card with white card stock, set aside.  Print Victorian Garden Papers (VG04), cut to fit card front, mat with red paper.  Print Victorian Spring Icons (VS04), trim and mount to card panel.  Select image from GG  In the Garden 2, print, trim and mount to card panel.  Trim several butterfies from (VG04) and add to card front.  Add a bit of sparkle to the card panel with Stickles.  Stamp sentiment and add to card panel.  Mount finished card panel to card base.  Add seam binding bow. 

Supplies:  Gecko Galz Victorian Garden Papers, Gecko Galz In the Garden Collage Sheet, Victorian Spring Icons, Ranger Stickles, Ink: Archival by Ranger, Stamp sentiment by Oxford Impressions, from my stock, card stock, seam binding, paper.


Have Faith

Instructions: Create card with white card stock, set aside.  Print Victorian Garden Papers (VG02), cut to fit card front, mat with black paper.  Add washi tape to card panel. Splatter ink onto card panel.  Drip white acrylic paint onto card panel.  Layer Victorian Spring Stamp (VS12) onto card panel.  Stamp sentiment on scrap card and add to card panel.  Mount finished panel to card front.

Supplies: Gecko Galz Victorian Garden Papers, Gecko Galz Victorian Spring Stamps, Sentiment by Red Lead Paperworks, Ink: Archival by Ranger, Golden High Flow Acrylic Paint, Dr. PH Martins India Ink, Washi Tape by Scarlet Lime, from my stash: card stock, paper.
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Life and Love

Instructions: Create card with white card stock, set aside.  Print Victorian Garden Papers (VG06), cut to fit card front, wrap with wide white lace and mat with black paper. Print image from In the Garden Collage Sheet, trim and add to panel.  Add metal corners to panel.  Stamp, trim and mount gazebo to card front.  Stamp sentiment, adhere to scrap of fabric and mount to card front as shown.  Add vintage seam binding bow.  Mount finished panel to card front. 

Supplies: Gecko Galz Victorian Garden Papers, Gecko Galz In the Garden Collage Sheet, Stamps by Oxford Impressions, Ink: Archival by Ranger, Metal corners from Funkie Junkie Boutique, from my stash:  card, paper, fabric and seam binding.



Time to Grow

Instructions: Create card with white card stock, set aside.  Print Victorian Spring Icon (VS17), tear, distress with a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink and mount to black paper panel.  Layer with red doily, Print image from Fashionable Hats 1, trim and add to paper doily.  Wrap paper panel with ribbon.  Add text covered hearts. Embellish hearts with gold pearl paint.  Add heart charm as shown.  Mount finished to card base.  Tie more ribbon into a bow and add to card front.


Suppliess: Gecko Galz Victorian Spring Icons, Gecko Galz Fashionable Hats, Ranger Distress Ink, May Arts Ribbon, Viva D├ęcor Pearl Paint Pen, Paper hearts, heart charm from Funkie Junkie Boutique

Saturday, March 28, 2015

SHABBY CHIC SPRING.....designs by Carol Salisbury

This month our design team is looking toword Spring and all it's beautiful colors. Below are some samples by
CAROL SALISBURY



This year card

Gecko Galz products 
   Victorian Gardens kit paper pack
   Beautiful words collage set
My stash
   oval diecut 
   flower I made with some crochet trim
   liquid pearls

Using a brownish card stock for the background for the paper and quote I layered them with the oval die cut on a bit of a slant. I added liquid pearls on the three corners and added a flower I made a while ago with some trims.

We asked Carol the following question
If you had magic powers what 3 things would you do to advance the crafting/scrapbooking movement?

I could not think of 3 things but I think an important thing would be to not only have more mom & pop craft stores around but also make it so they can thrive just as well as the big box stores that are overrunning them now!

Friday, March 27, 2015

GO CONFIDENTLY INTO SPRING......designs by Nancy Smith

This month our design team is looking toword Spring and all it's beautiful colors. Below are some samples by
NANCY SMITH



Fierce Card

Gecko Galz Products used:
Deco Diva Jewel-its
Beautiful Words 2 Collage Sheet
March Kit Club Victorian Garden papers VG03



"Go Confidently" Card

Gecko Galz products used:
March Kit Club Victorian Garden papers VG02
March Kit Club Victorian Garden papers VG03
Beautiful Words 2 Collage Sheet
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March Kit Club VS Icons 2 VS21




"Many Happy Days" Card

Gecko Galz products used:
March Kit Club Victorian Garden papers VG03
March Kit Club Victorian Garden papers VG05
Fashionable Hats 1 Collage Sheet
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March Kit Club VS Icons 2 VS21


"You Are My Sunshine"

step by step:

Print image from the Gecko Galz Beautiful Words 1 Collage Sheet, and double mat with pale yellow followed by white.
Cut another mat in black using Tim Holtz Core'dinations or other distressable or sand-able paper.
Dry emboss the black mat with a script embossing folder.
Sand the paper to reveal the script pattern which will turn white.
Mat again in patterned yellow using the Gecko Galz Pixie Dust Papers.
Mat again in the Tim Holtz black sand-able paper and sand adding extra texture to the card.
Attach all to a black cardstock base.


"But What if You Fly" Tag

Gecko Galz products Used:
March Kit Club Victorian Garden Paper VG04
Beautiful Words 1 Collage Sheet
Beautiful Words 2 Collage Sheet
March Kit Club VS Icons 1 VS03
March Kit Club VS Icons 2 VS21


Thursday, March 26, 2015

NATURES CHILD.......designs by Barbara Bird

This month our design team is looking toword Spring and all it's beautiful colors. Below are some samples by
BARBARA BIRD



IN THE GARDEN CARD

A2 size card ( 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 )
Card base is cream color card stock
Card front is from Victorian Garden Papers VG02 / made the whole sheet small enough to fit the card.
Kraft doily from Hobby Lobby
Image that I colored with copics is from Victorian Spring March Kit Stamps VS11
Ribbon is from my stash
The words I printed out on my computer in blue and pop dotted them
Everything was inked in brown.


SPRING IS BUSTING OUT CARD

A2 size card ( 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 )
Card base is cream color card stock
Card front is from Victorian Garden Papers / made the whole sheet small enough to fit the card.
Image that I colored with copics is from Victorian Spring March Kit Stamps 
Ribbon is from my stash
The words I printed out on my computer in blue and pop dotted them
Everything was inked in brown.

We asked Barbara the following question
If you had magic powers what 3 things would you do to advance the Crafting/scrapbooking Movement?" 

1.) Make it easier for scrapbook store to function ( cost of store front mainly), don't get me wrong, I am thrilled that we have the online and facebook to get together and would never stop that but I really miss the real live getting together and then when I move to Colorado, where do I meet more crazy scrapping ladies?

2.) It never fails that when I finally get a tool that I want - they come out with a new improved product....I think company should have trade ins so we don't just go out and buy it again ! Come on ....I am not a millionaire !
which brings me to # 3

3.) Everyone would get a money tree in their backyard for crafty stuff...I mean really Ranger/Tim Holtz is gonna drive me to the poor house !!  lol

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

FLOWER POWER....designs by Terri Burnette

This month our design team is looking toword Spring and all it's beautiful colors. Below are some samples by
TERRI BURNETTE



SPRING BANNER

Gecko Galz Pixie Dust Paper
In The Garden Collage Sheet by In The Garden
Ribbons & Flowers from stash




CHOCOLATE CARD

Red Card stock
Images by Gecko Galz



HAPPINESS CARD

White and blue card stock
Hapiness word stamp
vintage lace
Gecko Galz  Victorian Garden papers from kit
Gecko Galz In The Garden Collage Set


POPPY CARD

Instructions -   Print 3 copies of the poppy stamp from Gecko Galz .  Using distress ink in Barn Door, Fired Brick, Crushed Olive, and Peeled Paint color your images.  I "scribble" my color on my splat mat then "paint" the images using a water brush.  Mat each image with deep red then green cardstock.  Cut your base card from white cardstock and mat with Coordination's paper in black.  Sand the black paper to reveal the white core.  Add the matted images and your sentiment.



THANKS A BUNCH CARD

Supplies:

Gecko Galz In my Garden
Lavender & White Cardstock
lavender twine 

We asked Terri the following question
If you had magic wand what would you do to make a differance in the crafting industry?

 1.  Make scrapbooking more of a form of art in more

 people's eyes (because it really is!) 

 2.  Make the supplies more readily available to the

 public (easier to place in our little crafty hands) 

 3.  Have everything be instant dry when I want it dry!

  I am so impatient and hate to wait for layers to dry!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HATS OFF TO SPRING........designs by Joan Liddle



This month our design team is looking toword Spring and all it's beautiful colors. Below are some samples by
JOAN LIDDLE




Hats ATC’s

Supplies used -
Gecko Galz:  Fashionable Hats 1 & 2, wing from VG paper #4, Crazy Mannequins #1, Love Potion #9 papers (paper #1), Star Crossed papers (Letters to Juliet), Birds of a Feather #2 (bird image).
From my stash: Bingo card, words (Tim Holtz), cardstock ATC's, scallop circle punch

Directions (left to right):
Lady #1  -  Bingo card was adhered to a dark blue ATC. Lady with hat, wing and bird were fussy cut and attached to ATC. Pink scallop piece was punched and cut in half.
Lady #2  -  Letters to Juliet paper was adhered to an orange ATC. Lady with hat was fussy cut and inked with brown chalk ink. The scalloped circle was cut from Love Potion #9 paper and edges inked. Both were attached to ATC, along with the XOXO sticker.
Lady #3  -  Mannequin image was adhered to a black ATC. Lady's head was fussy cut, inked and attached to ATC. Word sticker "cutie" was added.



Love Card

For this card, I used the following -

Gecko Galz products:  Victorian Garden papers #2,  VS #4, image from Fashionable Hats #1
From my stash: small white heart doily, pink rhinestone, love punch (Teresa Collins), pink cardstock base, chalk inks

Directions:
I began with a cardstock base sized 5.25" x 4". The Victorian Garden paper was cut to fit, edges inked with blue chalk ink and then adhered to the card. The doily was attached to the card. Next, the Victorian icon and the lady were sized in Photoshop, fussy cut and edges inked with brown.  Then I attached the doily and the floral icon with tape and  pop dotted the lady to the card. The word love was punched from pink paper and a pink rhinestone attached to the lady's hat.

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Lady #1  -  Bingo card was adhered to a dark blue ATC. Lady with hat, wing and bird were fussy cut and attached to ATC. Pink scallop piece was punched and cut in half.
Lady #2  -  Letters to Juliet paper was adhered to an orange ATC. Lady with hat was fussy cut and inked with brown chalk ink. The scalloped circle was cut from Love Potion #9 paper and edges inked. Both were attached to ATC, along with the XOXO sticker.
Lady #3  -  Mannequin image was adhered to a black ATC. Lady's head was fussy cut, inked and attached to ATC. Word sticker "cutie" was added.


Thankyou card

Supplies used -
Gecko Galz:  Victorian Garden papers (#1), Icon VS24,  Icon VS16
From my stash: Pink doily, green card base, word sticker (Jillibean Soup), Nesting Scallop die (Lifestyle Crafts), brown chalk ink

Directions:
I began with a card base 5.75" x 6". The Victorian Garden paper was cut slightly smaller, edges inked with brown chalk ink and then adhered to the green card base.  I sized the flower icon in Photoshop and cut it  out with the scallop die, leaving a white border. The flower  was then layered onto a pink doily. The girl image (VS16) was sized in Photoshop, fussy cut and edges inked. Then she was pop dotted to the card. The word sticker had a red border, so I cut that off, leaving only the words. The edges were inked with brown.