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Friday, August 1, 2014

What's New for August at Gecko Galz


This month Gecko Galz has teamed with itKuPiLLi to show how the two products work together.  I change my blog background ever once in awhile and this is the perfect time to use an itKuPiLLi blog background!

For my design team cross promotion sample, I made a Ballerina Shadowbox.  This is a totally digital composition using images from both companies.

Going totally digital meant I had to remove the backgrounds from the ballerinas.  This was labor intensive. However, these are my most favorite ballerinas from Gecko Galz and I use them often in my work.   I converted all the images to ping files which allows me to layer them and resize them as needed.  If you do not wish to work digitally, you can print out the images in the sizes you want,  fussy cut them and glue them in place.

itKuPiLLi digital paper set called Primavera.
Gecko Galz collage sheets:  Tiny Dancer, Dancing Queen, Vintage Labels

Start with itKuPiLLi digital paper "shadowbox"--a most amazing beautifully designed paper.

Crop, resize and remove backgrounds from 3 ballerinas in Tiny Dancer collage sheet, the pink ballet shoes in Dancing Queen collage sheet, and the Vintage Label.  At this point, I altered the colors on the dresses to match the green Vintage Label and to bring out the pink.

Place all items in shadowbox as shown, adjusting sizes.

Add to the placement from itKuPiLLi the plant, parrot, and heart shaped roses, arranging layers forward and back.  Place itKuPiLLi flower in hand of ballerina.

I added shadowing with my software to bring dimension to the images.

I'm entering this piece in the following challenge:
It's All About the Vintage: Photo Inspiration Challenge


You have a chance to win $25 in Gecko Galz images AND an itKuPPiLi gift pack.  For details and to link up or email your very vintage creation using a Gecko Galz image, head to our Gecko Galz blog HERE.  You have until the end of the month!!!!

I made top folding Victorian bookmark cards for my very vintage design team sample.

Gecko Galz Victorian Bookmarks collage sheet
Beige quality card stock--I used Stampin' Up Very Vanilla
Wink of Stella in pink

Directions:On computer, crop together the top 3 bookmarks.
Print on lower left side of card stock
Score card stock above bookmarks.  You will have a top folding bookmark card. 
Fold card stock in half..  Cut off excess on bottom
Cut in-between bookmarks so that you have 3 cards.
Embellish.  Since I want these to be used as bookmarks, I didn't add any dimensional embellishments.  I just used Wink of Stella which is a glitter brush.  It adds that Victorian flair of some glitter.

I'm entering these in this challenge:
4 Crafty Chicks:  Anything Goes


This is my design team sample using the August Japanese images.

Digital hybrid card

Gecko Galz fly high paper from Mori digital paper pack
Gecko Galz Japanese Traditions collage sheet
cardstock for card base and contrasting color for mat

crop image and apply layers on computer or hand cut mats
place on background patterned paper
apply to mat and then onto card
add flower

Entering this card in the following challenge:
Artistic Inspiration: Challenge 102 Color Theme/Anything Goes

Be sure to check out all the new products, design team inspiration, winners of the July promotions, etc. at our main Gecko Galz website HERE.


There will be 21 blogs to visit with a free collage sheet at each stop.  Lots of tricks and treats!  Be sure to mark your calendar for our huge annual event!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Guesting at Try It on Tuesday

I'm thrilled to be the guest designer at Try It on Tuesday

Guest Designer badge

for their current challenge, Things With Wings.   Be sure to visit Try It on Tuesday HERE to learn about the challenge and see all the inspiration from the design team.  I had such a hard time deciding which way to go with the wings theme:  birds, butterflies, garden fairies, my steampunk advernturer.  In the end, I went with the birds.  Please consider linking up your own challenge entry.


Rubber Stamps:  Rogue Redhead Designs (birds), LLC, Red Lead Paperworks (tickets and house), Darkroom Door (sentiment), Memory Box (branches)

Ink Pads:  Archival Jet Black, Ranger Mowed Lawn, Broken China, Picked Raspberry, Shabby Shutter

Ink Markers:  various Ranger and Stampin' Write colors, Bistiro Chalk Marker

Stencils:  Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 applied along bottom with sea sponge

Collage Sheet:  Bits and Pieces from Red Lead Paperworks

Trims:  Tim Holtz filmstrip ribbon; music ribbon died with Broken China  (I have Smurf blue fingers to prove it!)

Entering this tag in:

Mema's Crafts  July 2014 Challenge:  Make it a Duet (pink and blue)

Fashionable Stamping Challenge 77:  Dreaming of Summer (the bird feeders are filled and we enjoy sitting on our deck watching the birds)

So Artful Challenges:  Feathers and Bright Saturated Colors

Four Crafty Chicks:  The Great Outdoors

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer of Color 4 Completed!!!!!!

YAY!  I DID IT!!!!  All six weeks!!!!!  Wearing my badge proudly:

Here are all 6 of my Julie Nutting Prima doll stamps decorated in each week's color prompts:

And I'm looking forward to next summer's SOC5!  Thank you Kristin, at Twinkle Twinle blog!

Summer of Color Week Six

I can't believe we're already to the final week of Summer of Color!  I look forward to this each summer and can't wait to do it again next year. So thrilled that I was able to stick with this and get all 6 weeks' of prompts actually completed!

Week Six at the Twinkle Twinkle blog gives us a color palette of tangarine, raspberry and a splash of lemon. What fun summery colors!  And of course I'm making another Prima doll!

The dress is stamped onto a paint color sample.  The sticker and shopping bag are from my stash--some of the things I got from my girls.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Guest Design for My Sheri Crafts

I'm honored to have been asked to guest design for the current challenge at MySheriCrafts.
The new challenge #138 is Christmas in July with lots of layers. Be sure to visit MySheri Crafts for all the challenge details and inspiration from the design team.  And won't you join in with a creation of your own?
As you know, I have a new found interest in Julie Nutting's Prima Doll stamps.  Meet my latest doll stamp purchase who is Decking the Halls for the Holidays!
Materials Used
Prima Julie Nutting doll stamp
Prima Julie Nutting Hancock Park Tag Pad
Paper Whimsy digi sheet "Deck the Halls" sentiment
Misc. trims, ribbons from my stash
Hair:  Stampin' Write Crumb Cake, Ranger Distress Markers: Anqiue Linen and Vintage Photo
Shoes: Stampin' Write Real Red

I'd like to enter the following challenges with this tag:
Creative Corner Challenges:  Love of Ribbon  (ribbon inbetween patterend paper and crochet lace on skirt and ribbon bow at waist)

Alphabel Challenge Blog:  L is for Lace (the delicate pre-gathered crochet lace trim on the skirt)
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #118 It's All About Girls

Divas by Design:  Christmas in July
Crafty Creations Challenge:  Let's Party

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer of Color Week 5

It's the midnight hour, literally,  for Week 5 but I'm determined to get caught up before the Week 6 reveal in a few hours over at the Twinkle Twinkle blog.

The color palette is red, royal blue, and a splash of light blue.  Once again, I'm making a Prima doll.

DCWV glitter paper for the dress and patterned paper for the tag.
Gems  and royal blue ribbon from my stash.
Julie Nutting Prima doll stamp.  I stamped the dress twice and put the center panel on pop dots above the train.

It's Only 2am!!!


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