Japanese Garden

Today I am sharing one of my Gecko Galz Design Team projects that uses some of this month’s new releases that have an oriental theme:


In my teens I went through an oriental phase and my bedroom was decorated with blossoms, lanterns, paper parasols and bamboo, so these papers and images instantly appealed.


The pretty image is from the Japanese Tradition ephemera set. Don’t you just love the glow from that lantern? It reminds me of a painting, by John Singer Sargent. If you like his work, you can see more of it, as well as browsing the work of more than 4,000 artists, over at a fabulous website called Artsy.

I’ve created mats and layers from pale blue and olive green cardstock which coordinate with the background paper which is from the Mori Girl paper pack.


I’ve added some diamond satin ribbon, from Really Reasonable Ribbon, down the side and added a bow that I hope is a little like an obi on a kimono.


The finishing touch was to add a little cluster of sweetheart blossoms, again using colours that reflect those of the background paper.




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Quick March

Quick is the new word this week over at Every Inchie Monday. I had not one thought but several and, once I started thinking about it, the ideas didn’t stop! However, as I am even shorter on time than usual at the moment I’ve limited myself to just three for today :)


Strangely, the first thought that came into my head was “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” that famous sentence that uses every letter of the alphabet. This is possibly because I spent more time than I should when I was younger reinventing my handwriting and this was the sentence that I used!


I used Promarkers to colour in a little image I found on-line and also for the background.


Next up is quick march – a vintage image of a music score and some little marching grenadier guards.


Finally, the nursery rhyme Jack be nimble – and I found a little silhouette to which I added a background using Promarkers.

So that’s my trio for this week. Had I had the time I might have added quick sand, quick silver and quick step, but I shall save those for another day. I can’t wait to see what direction the other players have gone in.

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Postcards from the edge

Today we start a new fortnightly challenge over at Crafty Boots and this time the theme is postcards. Here’s the card I made :


This pretty postcard image is from The Gecko Galz and I’ve teamed it with some pink designer paper from my stash. I have wracked my brains trying to remember where this paper originates from but I have no idea!


That inked edge you can see is all part of the image – isn’t that brilliant?!


I’ve added some strips of frothy white lace and a tiny seam binding bow. I’ve noticed that just recently I have been gravitating towards net lace rather than crochet lace that I would normally plump for.


I’ve cut out an extra butterfly and layered it over the original to add dimension, popping on some gems for its body.


Be sure to buzz over to Crafty Boots and see what the rest of the DT have been up to and we’d love it if you were to share your projects with us.

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I can confess now that the card below start out as my DT sample but was so full of roses I just had to share over at City Crafter Challenge Blog :)



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Now I’ve not exactly made a secret of the fact that I have a punishing work schedule over the summer. Thankfully, at the end of last week I took a couple of days off. Too tired to do anything much I settled for afternoon tea at Chatsworth House and the following day a meal out, including a crafty cocktail or three, with Mr Beez to celebrate my birthday. Before I show you today’s project I have to share the gifts that youngest Beez gave me:


A make up bag or pouch for crafty stuff and…


… a calico bag. How inspired and clever is he? Naturally, both his older brother and his father were thrilled that at his cleverness :)

This week’s Sunday Stampers challenge has the theme of “backgrounds.” I’m afraid I couldn’t help myself but turn mine into a little housey type thing.


Actually, as I was making it, this reminded me of a little bee hive.  For the background I first coloured a piece of card with Squeezed Lemonade and then dusted on Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and smidge of Rusty Hinge through my Memory Box textured honeycomb stencil. I left the stencil in place and then stamped some script through it using more Wild Honey.


It’s quite hard to see the script in the photo but in real life it looks quite effective. I applied the background over the chipboard shape I had cut out using the Artful Dwellings Alterations die. Once dry, I stamped the flowers using Mowed Lawn and then Worn Lipstick. I used Black Soot distress stain around the edge and added dots with a white gel pen. Then it was just a question of stamping and paper piecing the bee and adding the chit chat sticker.


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Birthday Suprises

Sunday is a day full of birthday’s so I’m glad that I got ahead with my card making and was just left with one to make for my friend Joanna who, although she still looks 36, her age when I first met her, will be turning 50:


I am indebted to my friend and fellow Gecko Galz DT member Diane, card maker extraordinaire, for drawing my attention to this fab image from the Gecko Galz Birthday Bash collage set with a card she made. Diane had also changed the original wording, which is “invitation”, and I borrowed this idea from her (thanks Diane :)).


I’ve picked out the lut from the cake and layered the image on to some blue card then done the same with the background paper which is from the Gecko Galz Butterfy Meadow paper pack and coordinates perfectly with the image. I’ve popped a doily in between.


The chipboard numbers are from my stash and are printed in various designs, so I painted them white and then applied a good coat of silver glitter. And if you are wondering if I got glitter everywhere – well of course I did!


That delicious Ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and has a beautiful sparkle.

Now coincidentally today saw the arrival of some happy mail from Diane. Take a look:


Diane’s cards are always matched with a coordinating envelop, which I think is a fabulous touch, so I was thrilled to have my very own that matched the card:


Accompanying this fabulous card was a package stuffed, and when I say stuffed I mean mega stuffed, with die cuts that she has kindly cut out on her whizzy machine:


Diane has been super generous as there are TONS!!! I was going to take them out of the packages but knew I would never get them back in again. However, I can’t wait to tip them all out and play with them. When I say play, I of course mean look, stroke and sort. It will take several months of playing before I can even think about using them! Thank you so much Diane :)


Sadly, due to work commitments, I won’t be able to join in the celebrations that are taking place next week, especially as I know great fun will be had by all. Hopefully, I will get the chance another time to raise a glass in Joanne’s honour.

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All’s rosey

I will confess that I started making today’s card for an entirely different reason, but as it came together I knew it had to be the one that I would share over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme is roses.


Do you think there are enough roses? This was such a simple card to make and it’s really the pretty image and paper from the Gecko Galz that does all the work. I’ve layered both on to some neutral coloured cardstock and distressed and inked the edges. I’ve layered up the little butterfly to add some dimension.





At the bottom of the image I’ve added some lace and some twisted seambinding. I decided against a bow and just knotted a little piece of ribbon then topped it with a coordinating flower.




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Fairy Fantasy

There’s a new cross promotion over at the Gecko Galz where this month they have teamed up with Itkupilli who have some fabulous digital images and papers. I’ve used some, together with some of the Gecko Galz new releases to create this mixed media canvas:


I used one of Itkupilli’s papers from the Primavira collection as the background and then created a digital collage. The daffodil, butterfly and bird image are from Itkupilli’s Primavira Icons whilst the little girl and the Paris postage stamp are from the Gecko Galz La Vie en Rose individual collage sheet. This is a fabulous sheet, full of pink images including the frame and pig that I used in my flying pig notecards. I printed out the collage and then applied it to a small canvas.


I used pink seam binding around the outside edge of the canvas and then created a large bow for the top.


I’ve framed the collage image with bits and bobs from my lace trims box – I usually collect up all the scraps after I have created a project.


Pink pearls, buttons, a sprinkle of glitter and some paper flowers are the finishing touches.


I cut these flowers from some heavy crochet lace trim that I have and never know what to do with!


This was such fun to do, the hardest part was choosing the images and paper.


You can check out what the other DT members did with these products by buzzing over the Gecko Galz blog and if you vote for your favourite you get a free mini stamp set and the chance to win a prize :) Don’t forget that there also some new fabulous free products that you can collect from the Gecko Galz shop. Don’t miss out!

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Plum is this week’s theme over at Every Inchie Monday. I’ve chosen to go for some little collages based on the colour:


I used Spun Sugar distress ink and then topped it with Seedless Preserves to create the backgrounds and then a variety of materials to create the collages.


Here I’ve added embroidery threads and tiny seed beads. the beads are plum/blue/green, depending on the light. The little flower was in the same box – it’s neither a bead or a sequin but somewhere in between!


For this one I’ve added some torn strips of hammered paper with a pearlised finish. I bought a huge wodge of this paper from the Paper Mill when I first started crafting and still have a lot left. I coloured a paper flower with seedless preserves and topped it off with a tiny gem.


I used the same paper to punch a little heart and then added some shading. Now whilst I was making this trio another thought occurred to me and, because I could, I added a late entry to my set:


Never too early for a little plum pudding is it?!

Make sure you buzz over to Every Inchie Monday and see what the rest of the players have been up to. There’s always so much creative thinking that goes on you’ll be sure of a treat.

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In da house 2

So I am loving playing with houses right now. I wonder if it’s because I have been away from home so much over the past few weeks and my subconscious is telling me to appreciate the times when I am at home? Whatever, I love making these and can’t wait to share the other two projects that are in the pipeline right now. Today’s house is a smaller version of the one that I made yesterday and has a very different colour palette:


This is made the same Artful Dwelling’s die set I used yesterday but is the next size down. It was also the house that I made when I should have been tidying up and then tackling an enormous pile of ironing. I’m sharing this over at Sunday Stampers, where the theme is “natural colours and elements” and also at City Crafter Challenge Blog for their “use a house” theme.


I covered the house with card and then coloured it with Distress Inks – Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap plus Vintage Photo for the roof (don’t get me started on that again!!). I used a dictionary page stamp and Vintage Photo on the main part of the house and then added some little dots using Walnut Stain.


I used the Dylusions border stamp and more Walnut Stain to create the roof. The door was cut freehand and inked with walnut Stain. I’ve stamped some little flowers in black. The window is another stamp and I’ve added some little flowers that I cut from a scrap piece of lace.



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Back in da house

After another exhausting week I have reached the half way point of my summer labours. I’m not sure how I have managed it but somehow I have survived. I now move on to a new location for the remainder of the summer. I wish I could tell you it was somewhere glamorous – but alas not, this time I shall be just down the road in Chesterfield. I do get a couple of days grace in which to turn everything around which is a huge relief as for the past two days I have been beyond doing anything more than lifting food and drink to my mouth and times even chewing has seemed like a step too far. Actually, that’s not quite true as on Friday morning I had to go an renew my first aid certificate and managed to bruise my hand whilst practising CPR – honestly, you couldn’t make it up!

So having spent the last two days in the recovery position, and with the rain hammering down outside, today seemed liked the perfect time to ease myself back to normal with a little light crafting.


I’m sharing this little house over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where you have to use a house in your project. This was cut from chipboard using Tim Holtz’ Artful Dwellings die.


I ‘ve covered it with a piece of card and then applied distress inks – Shabby Shutters for the body of the house and a mix of Picked Raspberry topped with Festive Berries for the roof. Then I’ve stamped using a dictionary page and script stamps. I’ve also used a Dylusions border stamp to create a shaped edge for the roof. I’m sure there is a technical builders term for that but I’m off rooves right now as ours continues to leak despite a million visits from our roofer and what seems like almost as many pounds!


I’ve used a Memory Box starry stencil and applied some Tumbled Glass, the black dots are also a stamp and I’ve added the white circles. The door was cut freehand from some scrap paper, as was the heart which I then stamped with black dots. The flower and the home sweet home are both stamps.

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The finishing touch was to edge the house with black Distress Stain and then add white highlights.


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