Garden of Dreams

Good morning and Happy May Day to you all! Back from my various travels I am highly relieved that there is now a long weekend to enjoy as after one day at work I feel in need of a rest!!!! ūüôā Today I’m excited to be sharing my Gecko Galz DT project for this month’s customer challenge. The theme is “Garden of Dreams” and, as usual, 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’ve created a little shabby chic hanging:

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The main image is from the Vintage Vixens collage set¬†and I’ve layered it up with gessoed corrugated card, paper from the Spring Awakening pack and some seed packet images.

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I’ve added in some die cut ivy leaves, paper flowers and tiny wooden butterflies.

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I threaded some rusty wire through the top and then covered the joins with some shabbied up seam binding.

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I think that like for many of you, being able to sit out in the garden is, with the unseasonable weather, a dream right now!

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Monster Birthday

Just squeezing in a cheeky little post with a cheeky little card for this week’s challenge over at the Stampotique Designers’ Challenge Blog.¬†The lovely Corrie has set the theme and says “”I really struggle with cards for men. So this week I would like to see what you make when you need a masculine card.” Here’s the card that I am sharing:

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I love this little guy, Plushy, that is one of the new releases and is designed by Arwen. Here, I have combined him with another of her stamps, the Skull Balloons.

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I created a mask for Plushy so that the balloons strings appeared to be behind him when I stamped them. Cutting another mask for the balloons, I swooshed on some ink and added some stamped splatters for the background. The images were coloured with Promarkers.

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The torn strip of paper is from the Geco Galz Freak Show paper pack. The words were printed on my computer. This is going to make a great card for a friend of ours who has a birthday next weekend, particularly as I don’t have any male themed cards in my stash right now, so thanks Corrie for getting me moving on this one!

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Leave a little sparkle

As if a little spring break wasn’t enough, today I am zipping off to London for a posh afternoon tea ūüôā A friend of mine is getting married in June and this is a little pre-wedding treat for her. I hardly need an excuse because, as you know, afternoon tea is one of my favourite things to do and London is one of my favourite places in the world! As today I will be in my element, I will probably be leaving a little bit of sparkle wherever I go too!!!

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This is another of my DT samples for the monochrome challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges. I actually started making it for the previous challenge, use a sentiment, but decided to switch themes. The chalkboard sentiment is another from the Gecko Galz Chalkboard Sentiments collage set. I’ve teamed it very simply with some silver glitter card as a mat, and also as little punched stars.

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April ’16 with the Galz

So here we are approaching the end of the month and it is once again my turn to be in the spotlight over on the Gecko Galz blog. You know how it works by now! Click on the photographs for full details of projects I have previously shared this month and pick up your free digital stamp before you leave. Enjoy!

Vintage Butterfly ATB

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Shabby Chic Paris Card

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Vintage Paris Card

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Spring Blooms Card

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Spring Garden Card

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Glittery Butterfly Card

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Vintage Lady Tag

I’m sharing this tag for the first time. I’ve used an image from the Vintage Vixens Jewel It set.

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For the base of the tag I used papers from Linen Closet and the Spring Awakening  paper packs.

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The butterfly was cut from one of the Butterfly Kisses images. I used some ivory crochet lace and some vintage sequin trim. The latter was¬†kindly given to me by a friend who was clearing out her Great Aunt’s house.

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I shabbied up some seam binding with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo distress inks and topped the bow of with a piece of organza rose trim.

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Now to this month’s freebie image, right click on the image to save it for your collection. But first, here’s the card I made:

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I coloured the image with VIntage Photo and Antique Linen distress inks, then added some colour by applying more distress inks with a brush. The papers are from the Spring Awakening Pack and I distressed and inked all the edges before layering them up.

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You’ve probably spotted the glittery wings!

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Captured Fairy

We’re starting a new challenge over at Crafty Boots and the theme for the next fortnight is monochrome. I’ve gone down the traditional route and created a card featuring black and white:

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My captured fairy is a stamp from the Beekeepers Tea Collection by Clearly Constructed Stamps. I’ve used the stamp in conjunction with a jam jar stamp that comes with a matching die.

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The dictionary page is also a stamp by Stampin’ Up!

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I’ve added a cluster of flowers and die cuts to decorate.

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Buzz on over to Crafty Boots and take a look at the rest of the DT samples and we hope you will find time to join in the fun.

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Smiling

This week, I knew that, for reasons beyond my control,¬†I would have to miss the Stampotique Designer’s Challenge. The challenge goes live on Wednesday morning and I had an early morning appointment in Hull which meant leaving the house at silly o’clock. Although I was due back late afternoon, the next thing on my schedule was setting off on my jolly bobs to the Netherlands and not due back¬†until Wednesday.¬†And as much as I just love the SDC challenge, I was happy to ¬†sit back this week as, after all , I had a lovely holiday to enjoy. But then I saw the challenge theme, as set by the super talented Kristen, which this week¬†is to be inspired by a favourite TV show or movie. It might have been 5.30am, but I knew I had to find a way to whip a project PDQ!!!

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You see my decision to buy the adorable “Smile,” was based solely on that quote from the film Elf! So knowing that where there’s a will there’s a way, I pulled out all the stops to make sure that¬†Smile met his destiny!!

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I threw some essential crafting supplies into a bag Рink pads, stamp, crayons, scissors, not forgetting a pencil sharpener and rubber and on the train, back from Hull, did the necessary to create my Elf fancy dress for Smile. Once home, I assured Mr Beez that I was just going upstairs to finish packing, but diverted in order to ink up a quick background, using a postcard for my base. I used a stencil to create some ghosting and inked stencilling, plus an assortment of stamps and Polychromos.

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The words were printed from my computer. I was almost thwarted in my attempt to complete this in record time when I discovered that Mr Beez had already packed the camera!!!

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My escapades possibly make me the maddest crafter on the block but hey, you just have to smile, after all, smiling’s my favourite ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā

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Tulips from Amsterdam

I’m super excited today as Mr Beez and I are heading off on a little spring break. It’s a trip I planned more than a year ago and kept as a surprise retirement gift! It’s a proper spring break too as we are off to the Netherlands to visit the gardens and bulb fields at¬†Keukenhof. The Netherlands has a special place in both our hearts as we spent our honeymoon in Amsterdam and have made several return visits as there was a time when you could, quite cheaply, get there and back in a day from where we live.

So here’s a little card with an appropriate theme!

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I’ve had this stamp, which is originally from Hero Arts, in my stash for ages. I know that when I bought it that, like a lot of my other unused purchases, I had a very specific reason for doing so. I have no idea what that reason is so the stamp has remained unused until now.

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It’s called (I think!) Watercolour Tulip so I stamped it onto some watercolour card, pulling out the stamped colour with a waterbrush. The sentiment stamp was a gift that was included in an order from LC Designs and perfect for our current theme – use a sentiment – over at Crafty Boots Challenges.

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When I was a child, my grandparents lived in Amsterdam for awhile and we were fortunate to be able to visit them on more than one occasion. I have very vivid memories of visiting the gardens and bulb fields back then so am very much looking forward to sharing the experience with Mr Beez.

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Get your sparkle on

Super quick post today and a card that was super quick to make.

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Unfortunately it is also one of those where the photo’ hasn’t captured the true nature of the card. Still, you will get the idea but in reality the colours are much more vivid and the words a lot clearer.

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I die cut a star and then smooched on my favourite combination of distress inks –¬†Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade. I¬†stamped the sentiment, from Rubber Moon and then applied crystal clear glitter and a trio of glittery dots!

I’m sharing this over at Crafty Boots for our “use a sentiment” challenge, hope you can join us too.

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Statement Butterfly

We are moving into the second week of our “Use a Sentiment” challenge over at Crafty Boots.¬†We’ve had the most amazing entries and it has been such fun visiting everyone’s blogs. There’s still lots of time to enter, so do please join us. If you buzz over today there’s some new inspiration from our guest designers and DT. Here’s a card that I am sharing:

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That fabulous butterfly image is from the  Gecko Galz Butterfly Wings collage set. I created some smaller butterflies using the same image and arranged them in Microsoft Word, adding in the sentiment before printing.

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I used a glue pen to add the gold glittery highlights and went to town with my self-adhesive gems to accent the body.

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Some simple mats and layers of gold glitter card and teal hammered, pearlised paper let the image speak for itself.

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Cracking up!

Did you get snow yesterday? In my part of the world it was very cold all day and then, just as I was going out, down came the white stuff. It was quite fast and furious and some did settle, but not enough to grind everything to a halt!  If you are feeling the cold then I hope the project I am sharing today might just warm you up!

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Yes, it’s Stampotique Sunday again and the challenge, set this week by Kathi, over on the Stampotique Designer’s Challenge Blog¬†¬† is “you crack me up!” Kathi would like us to¬†“humorous project that¬†also has a crackle texture.”¬† I have gone for full on crackle with my little gnome house. As I was creating it, I was concerned that, once all the images were attached, you may not see the full extent of the crackle so I took some pictures beforehand.

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I used Finnabair White Crackle Texture Paste, slathering it on thickly so I got dimension as well as deep crackle. The base of my house was created from chipboard that I cut freehand. I used a mixture of Dylusions Paints and Distress Crayons for colour and a Stabilo All pencil for definition. Then it was time to get happy with my stamps.

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I was already super excited that my jumbo order of stamps had arrived from the USA. I have been patiently counting down the weeks. I will confess to feeling a little queasy when I saw just how many stamps I’d ordered but what’s a girl to do? I saved a fortune by not ordering everything on my list ūüôā Anyway Mushroom Forest¬†is the first of my newbies to get an airing. I’ve coloured it with Polychromos and decoupage to create depth.

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The little gnomes are from 3 Dwarfy Gnomes and 4 Dwarfy Gnomes whilst the kitty is perching on the mushroom is on the Kitty Squad stamp. Some of the images are attached with glue gel to give further dimension.

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I painted a paper flower with crackle paint and the coloured it with Dylusions Paints and Distress Crayons as before.

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The stem is a scrap of card to which I added black stripes.

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Finally, I used my computer to create the words and frame. It was actually these words, seen on Pinterest, that started the whole idea of in my head.

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Wishing you a lovely Sunday, keep warm and thanks for buzzing by.