Thursday, October 30, 2014

Gecko Galz Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!

I want to welcome everyone to the 13th 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 down load, The one here is 
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;

Please enjoy this free Gecko Galz Collage sheet 
“Land Of The Fey”
 as well as the samples I have made using the images! 

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

To grab the images click HERE

Before I show you my designs I just wanted to say how much fun I have had creating with these designs!  I made more than what I will show you but tried to picture the ones I really, really loved.  Are you ready to see my creations?  Here we go:

So, first up is a tag that I created using one of the fairy images.  I love the colors so much in this image! I added some cheesecloth, coordinating papers, and of course some vintage ribbon and seam binding to round out the tag.

Next up is a card with a little different design.  Again, I love the colors here.  Blues and turquoises.  Aaaagh.  I decided that I wanted to have a clear acrylic front on this card to showcase the image.  I began by cutting a rectangle from the acrylic and highlighting the edges with silver precious metals.  I then stamped tiny butterflies with white staz-on ink.  I added the image with foam tape on the center of a deep blue mat.  It appears that the image is floating when you look at it.  Completed the card by attaching a sentiment inside.  Love that it is visible from the front.  I do think this is definitely one of my favorites!

A little close-up of the sentiment on the card:

This image is so fun and colorful.  I had to use it!  Sometimes simplicity is perfect.  I think adding the colors and simplistic mats and then coordinating with fibers really allows the image to show its stuff!!!

And last, but certainly not least, is a tiny mixed media canvas.  This precious little trumpeting fairy is absolutely adorable.  It really struck a cord with me.  I began with a 3 x 5 canvas that I covered with a book page.  I then added turquoise gelato and some stamps in frayed burlap ink.  Next I began layering the images (also from Gecko Galz!) until I was happy with the background.  Add the image, vintage ribbon, and some trinkets here and there and Voila!

 It really needed the pearl dangling from the bottom!

A close-up of the layering:

Well, I hope you enjoyed my projects.  Please visit all of the blogs and see the wonderful creativity our team has!  Leave me some love in the comment section!
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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Banner love!

Today I want to share with you some banners I recently made.  I love making banners because you can make them simple and get a great look or you can make them more complex and set the mood in a room.

I wanted to hang the banners on my fireplace but did not want to put nails in it.  So, I made some blocks that have hooks on them that just sit on top of the mantle and the banners can hang from them.  Perfect!

Here are a few of the Halloween banners:

I used the Authentique halloween paper for these.  Great fun prints.  Also used some great images from Gecko Galz  They have wonderful image that can fit any season or need.

And of course, Christmas.......

Sorry for the turned pics.  I am having technical difficulties this morning with uploading pictures; that is why there is not a pic of the whole banner!  Ugh.  Anyway, this banner is also made with the Authentique Christmas paper line called Believe.  I love the vintage feel of the colors and patterns.  I think my favorite is the snowflake banner (made the snowflakes with an Elizabeth Craft Designs die).  It is so soft and vintage like.  Again, I used images from Gecko Galz on this banner too.

Just a quick inspiration today.  Have a great day!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I am SO ready for Autumn!

I am so ready for autumn!  I am ready for the cooler weather.  The leaves.  The smell of pumpkin baking in the oven.  The yummy soups.  Come on fall.......

Here in the south it is still hot.  Hot and humid.  I don't mind the hot, but, I hate the humid!  It is hard to "get into" the spirit of fall when it is still 90 degrees outside!  There are wonderful scenes of pumpkins and all those wonderfully colorful gourds all around.  So, as long as I stay in my house or car with the A/C blasting I am good!!!

So, one afternoon when my soul was A/C cooled and the leaves were fluttering by my craft room window, I thought deeply of autumn:

I made this cute little mini album to celebrate autumn.  I have used Moxie Autumn Glory papers and some fun embellishments as well.

The papers were so lovely to begin with that I did not want to cover them with much!

I was working with my Silhouette Cameo and found these wonderful leaf shapes in their store.  Needless to say, I now have cut a whole bunch of them to use throughout the house!

Some of the pages are quite simple.  This one is a small pocket on the front for tags or pics and it also lifts up so you have a little more room for pictures.

Had to have some linen ribbon too!  And I see that I have lost the bead from the center of the flower!  Better find that......

This is the back of the album.  Just love that paper line!  The spine is a simple piece of canvas that was distressed inked.  It adds texture to the book and seemed like a perfect choice.

I am so ready for autumn!  Now I have the perfect little album to put my fall pictures in.  Here's hoping the weather starts cooperating!  What is your favorite season?