All kinds of everything

It’s my turn to be in the spotlight over at the Gecko Galz Blog. Some I have already shared here, I have some new ones to tell you about today plus there are one or two waiting in the wings for another day! If you want a sneaky peek of the latter, you can buzz over and check them out. This will be a picture heavy post and I also have a free digital image for you to snag.  So, grab yourself a cup of tea or coffee and make yourself comfy and lets begin and take a look at something I haven’t shared before:


There was a beachy/seaside theme going on in many of the Gecko Galz products this month, including some fabulous inchies in the Beachy Jewels collage set. The set contains a sheet of domino sized images and one of inchie squares. I tell you, I could have used every single image in those sets and it was really hard to pick out just four for my artist’s trading block.


In the end I went for a matching set that each contained an inspirational word.


The block itself was made in the usual way, using Eileen Hull’s Sizzix die and some chipboard. I gave the block a base coat of white gesso and then painted it with some sea-green that I had left over from my Mermaid Shrine. I printed out the inchies as twinchies, i.e. 2 inch squares, inked the edges and adhered them to each of the four faces of the cube.


I heat embossed some textured embossing powder in patches and also rubbed some gold paint along the edges of the cube.


I cut out the individual letters and the inset image on each square and raised them up on foam squares to add dimension.


I used some beads on the base and added some painted gauze/cheesecloth and little shells, rubbed with gold paint, on the top.

You will have gathered that I made this in tandem with my Mermaid Shrine. Check out the details by reading my original post – just click on the photo’ below.


Another new project now is this super-fun tag:


Here I’m using a mermaid image from the Sea Nymphs collage sheet. The sign is from the Sea Side Kit. I created the background using distressinks – Fossilised Amber, Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters. Then I spritzed water through a bubble stencil to remove some of the ink, moved the stencil slightly and then added some more to create a layered look.


I added in some stamping and little droplets of Glossy Accents.


The shell trim and glittery eylash yarn are from my stash.


You may have spotted that I added some crystal clear glue to the mermaid’s tail. The ribbon is seam-binding that I’ve coloured with the same inks used on the base of the tag, spritzed with water and crinkled up tightly.

Last of my new projects that I’m sharing today is this card:


The card and paper are both from the Sea Side digital kit and are a perfect match. I’ve slipped in some mats of deep turquoise cardstock.  The ribbon is one of my Really Reasonable Ribbon Club selections – don’t you think it looks like fish scales? it too was a perfect match for this card.


I made an arrangement of paper flowers, stamens, shells, wisps of gauze and a tiny star in one corner.


As I had so much to share with you today, I’ve held a couple of other cards back to share at a later date but, as I mentioned earlier, you can buzz over to the Gecko Galz blog and take a look. If you’d like to know more about my dimensional ATC below, you can click on the photo’ to check out my original post.


Finally, I have this great digital image that you can take for free, courtesy of Leanne at the Gecko Galz:


Isn’t she gorgeous? I couldn’t resist making this card with her:


I prepared a background by blobbing some distress inks onto my Splodge Mat, spritzing with water and then dabbling the card in and through it. I coloured the image with Polychromos, cut her out and stuck her to the background.


The patterned paper is from the Gecko Galz  Portabella Road paper pack. That fabulous coordinating braid is from my stash but, sadly, I have absolutely no idea where it came from.


That brings me to the end of today’s post, I hope you’ve enjoyed looking as much as I have enjoyed showing you around. Hope to see you back here tomorrow when a new challenge kicks off over at Crafty Boots Challenges, the theme happens to be one of my favourites!

Thanks for buzzing by.


All kinds of everything — 12 Comments

  1. truly gorgeous creations! the trading block is amazing, so much lovely detail. everything is great. I love the freebie and also what you made with it. just gobs of awesome art! xo

  2. Hi

    I do not know where to start with this post, so much to take in.

    Totally fabulous ATC block. I love everything about it, the amazing colours, the gorgeous images and the lovely words, not to mention the embellishments.

    Your tag is soo jolly, wonderful bright colours and all of the bubbles – especially the Glossy Accent ones, and the cheerful image. I bet your tag was fun to make (I cannot help wondering what ladies were wearing on the beach if they had to be told to put their bloomers on).

    Your bathing bell is so cute and beautifully colour coordinated – and yes, I do think the ribbon looks like fish scales.

    Thank you for the freebie, she reminds me of a Sweet Pea Fairy, she is so cute. I love the created background and look how well your trim matches, fabulous.

    Dionne xx

    • Thank you 🙂 I had the same thought about those ladies on the beach!!! If you had seen some of the mermaid images I think bloomers was the least of their worries!!!! 🙂 xx

  3. Oh, my goodness, these are all so very lovely!! I think what you did with the little fairy image, purple and green colors, and braiding is awesome and very different. I really like the unity of theme on your block and love the touches of gold. If I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be that beach tag–that use of green just about knocked my socks off! The color is so vibrant; I love it, love it, LOVE IT!!!

    • Thank you so much, so glad you like the tag – she just has an infectious smile and giggle doesn’t she??? 🙂

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