Halloween ATCs

Just a quick post today so I can squeeze in a couple of ATCs before Halloween is here.


These were created using images from the Gecko Galz Halloween is for Kids digital collage set.


The chalkboard images come from the Arsenic and Lace Kit.


I’ve added some papers from my stash and some scraps of ribbon to finish them off.


If you want to grab some fabulous Gecko Galz collage sheets make sure you join in the annual blog hop that is currently running. There are 14 blogs to visit and each one has a super freebie for you to grab on your travels.

Have fun and thanks for buzzing by.

Gecko Galz Annual Blog Hop

This post is pinned to the top of my blog until 1st November. If you would like to see more recent posts please scroll down the page :)


Good morning and welcome everyone to the fifth destination on the Gecko Galz 5th Annual Blog Hop.  There are  14 AMAZING blogs for you to visit this weekend, each with some gorgeous projects created using the Gecko Galz exclusive blog hop collage sheets that we are giving you for FREE! Each blog you visit will have a different FREE Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to grab. You can also collect all the “secret” words, one from each blog on the hop, send in the phrase that they make and you will be entered into the draw to win a wonderful treat!  Keep reading to find the details of how to do that, as well as my secret word.If you started here you might want to go back and start at the beginning, at the Gecko Galz blog, so you don’t miss anything! 

We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:

  • First is a Gecko Galz shopping spree for $100!
  • Second prize is a $50 Shopping spree with Gecko Galz.
  • Third prize is a $25 shopping spree!
  • And our Grand Prize is ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz PRODUCTS!!! This includes the 6 new collage sheets each quarter, a new stamp set each quarter, a new paper pack each quarter and a kit club pack each quarter!

This is a $150 value! Plus you get a prize pack from some of our favorite sponsors worth $150!

So, sit back, relax, take your time and enjoy the hop!

My FREE collage sheet is “ENFANTS,” check out the samples I created using these adorable images and don’t forget to grab the sheet for yourself.

Lisette blog hop 2015

Here are a few projects I made using some of the images. If I haven’t provided enough detail please do ask :)

Christmas Ornament

One of the challenges Leanne set was to create a Christmas themed project. I created a little hanging ornament. I hope you can see that it is a little snowglobe!


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Plastic shaker bubble, red tinsel pipe-cleaner/chenille stem, white glitter, red crayon (I coloured the hat and the flowers), faux snow, red gingham ribbon, velvet holly leaves, red rosebuds, wire, red bead

Lacy Pink Card




Pink satin ribbon, lace, pink paper roses, Spun Sugar distress ink (swooshed on around the edges)

Artist’s Trading Block



Selection of patterned papers (Wild Roses paper pack), paper roses, laces, gesso (smeared on and partly removed with wet wipe), Walnut Stain and Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Wooden Block


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Wild roses paper, clear crystal glitter glue, lace, chipboard heart (inked and glittered), aqua seam binding, platinum ric-rac, Walnut Stain distress ink

Flower Girl Card



Papers from Words & Music and Flower Power paper packs, brass corner, lace scrap, assorted paper blossoms, pearls

Wooden ATC




Gesso (brushed on and partially wiped off with wet wipe), wooden butterflies (painted with Blue Lagoon distress paint), paper rosebuds, blue gem, Chit Chat stickers

Dimensional ATC

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Paper from Wild Roses Paper pack, butterfly image, organza rose trim, pink ribbon

Before you buzz off, here’s all you need to know about how to win one of those amazing prizes:

First of all, you will need to visit all 14 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect all 14 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 2nd we will draw the 4 winners at random and contact them by email. The winning names will be posted on the Gecko Galz blog site.

For an extra chance to win, make a purchase from the GECKO GALZ ETSY STORE between the 29 of October and the 1st of November and your name will be entered into the draw again for a better chance of winning (each purchase you make that weekend gives you another chance to win).

Your Secret Word from me is:


Now that you have it, please visit the next blog on the list below 


Terry Burnette


Michele Storms


Amanda Phillips


Gerri Herbst


Joan Liddle


Vicki Romain


Nancy Smith


Heather Hudson


Leanne Seed


Thank you for  buzzing by and for joining the hop and enjoy your free collage sheet and my samples.

Crooked Halloween House

Continuing with the Halloween theme that we currently have over at Crafty Boots Challenges, today I am sharing a project that I created a couple of months ago and had completely forgotten about.


I can’t remember where I picked up this crooked little wooden house, but I suspect it was Etsy. I tend  to hoard this type of thing so it has been in my stash for quite awhile. I’ve covered the house with some fabulous paper and images  from the Gecko Galz Arsenic and Lace kit.


That fabulous spider is part of the patterned paper, whilst the witch and 31 are separate images in the kit.


I added silver glitter to the edge of the moon image and the crow is cut from black cardstock using a Tim Holtz Sizzix die.

This little house will be added to my ever increasing stash of Halloween decorations which will be going up tomorrow.

Thanks for buzzing by and don’t forget that tomorrow sees the launch of the Gecko Galz annual blog hop when there will be lots of freebies to collect and fantastic prizes to be won.


Black cat for Halloween

As you know, we have a Halloween/Autumn challenge going on over at Crafty Boots Challenges and today I would like to share a card I created using some more fabulous products from the Gecko Galz:


How cute is that little cat? I love the face of the dear little pumpkin too!


The image is from the Halloween Night collage set and the papers are from the Freak Show and Words and Music paper packs.


I’ve added in some orange gingham ribbon and black buttons.

Don’t forget that on Thursday it will be the start of the Gecko Galz  annual blog hop, so do buzz back to join in the fun and pick up some fabulous freebies!


Thanks for buzzing by.

Halloween (un) Happy!

Good Morning! As promised, I’m sharing a project for the new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and, as I’m sure you will have guessed by the title of my post, the theme is Halloween/Autumn. Why unhappy? Well regular visitors will know I love Halloween and have great fun creating projects at this time of year. However, this year I have not had time to get my craft on and spook up as many projects as I would have liked :( Still, I am happy to be able to share this little tag with you today:


This cute little image is from The Gecko Galz Halloween is for Kids collage sheet and the backing paper is from the Freak Show paper pack. I’ve layered up the image onto some black card.



To decorate I used black gingham ribbon, black crochet lace and some gorgeous orange paper roses.


Buzz over to the Crafty Boots Challenge blog and check out the wonderful creations from the rest of the DT. And be sure to buzz back here on 29th when the Gecko Galz annual blog hop gets underway. There will be treats and prizes galore to be had as well as some fabulous projects to inspire you.

Thanks for buzzing by.

Nina in Pink

Hurray for the weekend! Another busy week that has kept me from creating, although I did get to cut red gingham ribbon into 150 60cm lengths (don’t ask)!! After next week, I think there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel but I have a feeling I have said that before :) Anyway, I thought this morning that I would share a little tag sized project that I created with the Crafty Boots pink challenge in mind:


Short on time, I used a background that I bought from the super-talented Kate Crane’s Etsy shop. Sadly, the sheets are no longer available as they are great for whipping up a project at speed.


Have you seen this adorable little watering can created by Magda Polakow for Stampotique? I am absolutely hopeless at watering plants and flowers but am certain I would fare a lot better with a watering can like this! You will be familiar with little Nina, another of Magda’s fabulous Stampotique stamps.


The sunflower, also by Stampotique, was stamped and paper pieced. The words are Tim Holtz Chit-Chat stickers.

There’s still time to enter the Crafty Boots challenge and if you buzz by again on Monday you can find out what the new challenge is:)

Have a great weekend and thanks for buzzing by.

Frilly pink tag

Good morning, I hope you have had an enjoyable weekend. We’re halfway through our pink themed challenge over at Crafty Boots and I’m sharing a little tag that I made:


This cute little ballerina is an image from the Gecko Galz Cute Clips collage set. I’ve used ribbon and lace, with a dash of crystal clear glitter, to enhance her dress and popped a tiny pink rosebud in her hand.


The tag base has been layered up with different patterned pink papers with a doily slipped I for good measure. I distressed and inked all the edges.


The finishing touch is some dreamy pink satin ribbon and another pink rose.


I hope you’ll find time to share your pink themed projects with all of us over at Crafty Boots Challenges.

October with the Galz

Once again it is my time to feature on the Gecko Galz Blog which is showcasing my DT samples for October. As you know, September was a super busy month for me, so finding time to create my projects was particularly challenging this time. As always you can pick up a FREE digital stamp. Scroll to the end of this post to find it.

I’m starting with the of projects I have already shared over here keep reading for the new bits and bobs. If you would like to find the full details of how I created these, click on the photo’ to link to the original post.




And now for some new projects:


This is another image from the Birthday Bash collage set. I’ve layered the image on to pink and black cardstock and added a double row of diamantes and some black pom-pom trim. The ribbon, which reminds me of a liquorice allsort, is from my stash and I’ve topped it with a black rose.


This fabulous image is from the Fall Into Nature collage set. I’ve used it here as an autumnal greetings card but I think it would work equally well for a Halloween card. Again I’ve used simple mats and layers in coordinating cardstock, some gingham ribbon, paper roses and black satin leaf trim.

As promised, here is the free digi that you can grab for your collection. (And don’t forget that each DT member has a free digi that they are giving away on their blogs, you can find the links over on the Gecko Galz blog).


I was super excited to discover that my freebie for this month was a Christmas one. Here’s what I created with it:


Thanks for buzzing by.

Pasty faced

Is it really Thursday already? It’s been another busy week (I’m beginning to think there will never be a calm one again!) but I am at least not away from home for any of it! I’m super pleased to be back today with a project that I am sharing over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme of this week’s challenge is to use pastes or crackle paint. I have both!


This was one of those projects that started off as one thing and turned into another. The base is chipboard and I applied layers of gesso, paint, texture paste and crackle paint. There were also some wisps of gauze thrown in for good measure.


The image is from the Gecko Galz Beautiful Music collage set. I’ve used some Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze over the top of the image in order to protect it. I’ve had this product for quite awhile but this is the first time that I’ve used it. It wasn’t at all what I expected but it does a fantastic job.


I coloured some flowers with Festive Berries distress ink and then dry brushed them with gesso, weaving in some silver bullion wire. The finishing touch was to add some silver Stickles.



I had intended to add some words but decided in the end to leave it as it was.

Thanks for buzzing by.



Pink patisserie

The weeks seem to be flying by and I can’t believe we already almost halfway through October. I also can’t believe that it is time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and, in case you haven’t already guessed, the theme is pink. The DT have created some stunning projects so be sure to buzz over and check out their work. Here’s the card I created:


This pretty piece of patisserie image is from the Gecko Galz Birthday Bash collage set. I’ve simply layered it on to some deep pink cardstock and some silver glimmer paper.


I’ve added on some scraps of fabric, a pretty candystripe bow and a paper rose



I can almost smell the sugary yumminess!


Whilst we are on the subject of cake, on Saturday I completed another part of my afternoon tea research project by spending a very pleasant few hours at The Landmark Hotel in London.

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I have to tell you that these were as delicious as they looked. The eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted that there is one cake missing! My friend couldn’t wait and had tucked in before I had chance to take my photo’!

Have a good week and thanks for buzzing by.