Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Witches' Brew

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog during the Gecko Galz Blog Hop.  Congratulations to the winners of the prizes.  I'm still in the tea mode--this time the Black Hat Society is meeting for Halloween tea.

This is my contribution as a player at Tag Tuesday.  Please stop by the Tag Tuesday blog to see what the other players created for this week's theme:  Oct 29: Halloween.

Black Hat Society Sign from Gecko Galz Midnight Magic collage sheet
portrait from Gecko Galz Witchy Women collage sheet
group photo from Alpha Stamps Something Witchy This Way Comes collage sheet
Simplicity Halloween trim
Ranger Distress Inks:  Red Brick and Weathered Wood
Ranger Black Diamonds Stickles (for glitter on wood witch hat)
Red Lead Paperworks wood hat and gold hat charm
Ranger #12 Giant manila tag (5-1/2" x 10-1/2")
embossing folders(Provo Craft pebble, Sizzix for Tim Holtz brick and book cover )
Sizzix die cut frame Fancy Rectangle
Jenny Bowlin mini BINGO card
Aunthentique Enchanted Elements (date labels)
Echo Park Apothecary paper (Witches Brew label)
Doodle Twine
Martha Stewart fence punch
Misc. items from stash including glitter spider

Entering these 9 Challenges (in alphabetical order):

Crafts 4 Eternity:  Challenge #147 Happy Halloween

Crafty Bloggers Network:  October Challenge: Anything Goes 

Feeling Crafty Challenge:  Autumn   due end of October

Luna Girl Challenge: Witchery

Paper Girls Challenge Blog:  Put a Bug on It

Simon Says Stamp:  Anything Goes

Tag Along:  Challenge #9 Steampunk Halloween

The Shabby Tea Room Challenge Week #190: Pumpkin Spice
photo inspiration and pumpkins and glitter (glitter spider and witch hat)

Try It On Tuesday: Halloween:  Top 5 Winner!!!!!

Friday, October 25, 2013

3rd Annual Gecko Galz Tricks and Treats Blog Hop

Welcome Everyone to the 3rd Annual Gecko Galz Tricks and Treats Blog Hop

I am the next stop on your “hop”.   Welcome to my blog!  If you started here you might want to go back and start at the beginning at the Gecko Galz blog so you won’t miss anything!  
We have 15 AMAZING blogs for you to visit this weekend, each with some gorgeous projects created using the Gecko Galz collage images, that we are giving you for FREE! Each blog you visit will have another free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to download, The one here is "Two For Tea".
Also make sure you collect all the secret words on each blog so at the end of the hop you can enter to win our wonderful treat.  So sit back, relax, take your time and enjoy the hop!
We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:
·        First is the ephemera collections for each month for an entire year. That is 48 different sets! This is a $144 value
·        Second prize is a The monthly paper pack for an entire year! Each month you will receive our paper pack absolutely FREE! This is a $72 value.
·        Third prize is all 3 individual collage sheets each month for a year! This is a $54 value
·        And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz  COLLECTIONS!!! That will be 1 paper pack, 1 digital stamp set, and 4 collage sets each month for the entire year! This is a prize worth $288
Read on to learn how you can win!
First of all, you will need to visit all 15 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect all Fifteen words (one on each blog 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 October 28th we will randomly draw the 4 winners and email each of you, then we will post the winning names on our website and on the Gecko Galz blog site.
For an extra chance to win make a purchase from the Gecko Galz site and your name goes in again for a better chance of winning (each purchase you make that weekend gives you another chance to win) 

Finally, we are having one more give away! If you post our Gecko Galz badge (found on the Gecko Galz Blog) on your blog, facebook page, or website you will be entered to win a Gecko Store Shopping Spree worth $25 - super easy right?  Just post a link to your blog on the Gecko Galz Blog so we can come visit :).
My Secret Word for you is;
Please enjoy this free Gecko Galz Collage sheet “Two For Tea
Please do not right click on this sheet to save.  Instead, please go to the post immediately below this one where if you click on the sheet, it will take you to a high resolution collage sheet to save.

As well as the samples I have made using the images:

Two For Tea:
Miss Meaghan sends Miss Elizabeth an invitation to tea .

This first sample is a DIGITAL invitation using the tea set cropped and saved as a ping file, then layered onto a postcard cropped from the Gecko Galz Postage collage sheet.  Text was added in my PSE software.

Tuesday turned out to be a beautiful warm day to celebrate Miss Meaghan's birthday.  She decided to take tea outside, making it a bit of picnic.  

Miss Elizabeth was quite taken with the tag on her package, stating she would save it as a remembrance.

The tea labels are from the Gecko Galz college sheet, Teatime.  Bag, twine, striped tag: Stampin' Up.

Misses Meaghan and Elizabeth spoke of their childhood tea parties.

What would a tea party be without a card folded to look like a teabag?  The template can be found here.
Graphic 45 papers.  ( Note the clock is set at 3:00--the same time as the invitation.)  Easy to make and perfect for a holiday gift card or a real teabag.

After tea, Miss Elizabeth presented Miss Meaghan with a birthday card.   They hugged and promised to take tea again, very soon.

Two for Tea has concluded.
Now  you are ready to go to the next blog site and see what wonderful treats await you there. Just click the name  to be whisked away to their blog!
Here is the Blog Hop Rotation 
Helene Huber   you are here
Leanne Seed

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Witch's Shoe Tag

Playing towards the end of the week, here's my contribution for Tag Tuesday:  shoes
Please click on the link to see how the other players interpreted the shoe prompt.

I started with the shoe template offered at the Fripperies and Butterflies blog site for Leanne's challenge, due the end of October.   I increased the size of the shoe by 200%.

While I'm at it, I'll just enter this in the Gecko Galz Papercrafting Yahoo Group challenge, Paper Shoe, due October 25. Winner!

And was motivated to get it done in order to link up with Celia's Altered Witch Shoe challenge on her blog, Adventures of the Striped Stockings, which I saw on Tee's blog today. The event started yesterday which means I'm a day late to the party.

Witch's Shoe Challenge

Materials are scrapbook paper and embellishments from stash.

Using template, cut shoe from Making Memories Spellbound 12x12 Polka Dot Stripe (reverse side--cobwebs and words)
Outline shoe with black marker
Doodle Twine
the glittery cobweb bow arrived today, wrapping the coffin from Tee (see previous post)
I think the journaling tag is part of that same paper collection
Wilton black doily

Are you using the Challenges for Days blog?  It's on my sidebar.  I saw quite a few challenges to enter with this shoe.  I'll do that later this evening. 
Oopsie.  I accidentally hit "publish" before I uploaded my photo.  So, no, you're not seeing double.

I found these challenges using the Challenges for Days blog:

2 Creative Chicks:  Challenge Week #7:Halloween 
I'm entry #117.  Challenge closes in 11 days.

Country View Challenges Something Spooky
I'm entry #110.  Challenge ends in 11 days.  

Our Creative CornerIt's Halloween--Let's Tag It On! 
I'm entry #28.  Challenge ends on October 28.  I'm a regular here. 

Natalie and Amy:   Challenge #13 Shabby Chic 
I'm entry #55.  Challenge closes in 8 days. 

All Sorts Challenge:  Week 229 Ribbons and Bows 
I'm entry #76.  Challenge closes in 4 days  I'm a regular here.

Scary Stuff

Tee sent me a fabulously spooky coffin and wonderful ATC as a thank you for participating in her first annual Halloween Blog Hop Giveaway.

( As you'll recall, I altered a couple of jars to show and then gave away a Gecko Galz collage sheet.)  Here they are again:  I have them on a shelf and will add Tee's coffin to the display.

Thanks so much Tee!  I loved being a part of your hop and am thrilled (and chilled) to receive your goodies.

If you'd like to see more of Tee's great work, check our her blog HERE

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Labeling Beautiful Dreamers

Today I'd like to share a couple of cards I made and donated to one of my stamp clubs for a fundraiser.  I used images from the September Gecko Galz release: Beautiful Dreamers collage sheet.


Gecko Galz products:
two images fussy cut from Beautiful Dreamers collage sheet
backgrounds from Vanity Fair and Wild Roses digital papers

edge papers with Ranger Antique Linen, and Vintage Photo inks
stamp with Ranger Worn Lipstick and Archival Sepia inks
adhere papers to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" pre-made cards from Paper Accents

Rogue Redhead Designs Reading Relish Stamp Plate: "daydream"
Stampin' Up "beauty"

add misc:
Melodies and Lace Craft Tags (Michaels) (labels and burgundy ribbon)
KandCo diecuts
Spellbinders scalloped oval die
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder
Sizzix Stampin' Up Rose embossing folder
Sizzix Stampin' Up Adorning Accents Edgelits
Red Lead Paperworks hand dyed ribbon
Doodlebug Designs buttons
Stampin' Up Gumball Green cardstock

Entering These Challenges:

Live and Love Crafts" Blog Challenge: Use Pink

October Challenge

And there's also time to sign up for a chance to win their blog candy.

Think PINK Candy, ends Oct, 31st

Crafty Bloggers Network:  Anything Goes

Monday, October 14, 2013

Time to Vote

It's time to vote for your favorite Gecko Galz Design Team card made for our National Card Day Challenge.

Just check out all the entries:
on our Gecko Galz website HERE  (see the cards one per page with directions and products used)
or on our blog HERE  (see them all together)
then email your vote to us at

And everyone who votes gets a free holiday digital stamp just for taking part.

My card was posted early on.  Here is what it looked like:

Please vote for your favorite!  And collect your free digital image by email!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Missing You

It's been quite a while since I blogged and visiting my blogging buddies.  Sometimes life just takes us in a different direction.  We took a road trip to attend a wedding.  At home, I'm busy with some remodeling and redecorating.  I miss papercrafting.  Today I decided to steal away a bit of time to create a tag and enter some challenges.  I appropriately named this tag, Missing You.

I combined two weeks of Tag Tuesday since I'm not sure I will have more hours to get in another tag today. But it was necessary to play since I'm a contributor and haven't played much these past 3 weeks.
Tag Tuesday:  Beads, Buttons and Bows
Tag Tuesday:  Tattered and Torn
Please stop by the Tag Tuesday blog to see the other tags being made.

Lunagirl Moonbeams collage sheet:  Lady of the Flowers
Misc items from my stash:  corrugated card, white paint, blue buttons and twine, ribbon trim, clear gem for hair comb
Sakura Gelly Roll pen for some glitter bling on the flowers
Ranger Distress Marker: Antique Linen (for outlining fussy cut image)
Recollections Adhesive Faux Pearls

Entering these challenges:

The Cheerful Stamp Pad:  Tag

Sugar Creek Hollow:  Romance

Lungagirl Challenge:  Lady Blue

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