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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday greetings to all

 Hi All, today I am sharing my last official Gecko Gals Design Team card, but surely not the last Gecko Galz card, you know I love the images!  This year went by so fast, there are so many images I just did not have time to use.  For this card the supplies I used are as follows.
Image of the girl from Gecko Galz December Magic collage sheet
Image of baubles from Robin G Icons 2
Envelope liner image from Gecko Galz Graphical paper pack
Red card stock, green card stock and matte photo paper

I  superimposed the image of the ornaments on to the image of the girl, printed it on matte photo paper, glued this on to the green card stock.


I used my Perfect Ruler to make an 1/8" matte in green card stock around the image.  (Stop by the Perfect Rulers site, they have continued the special offer for a free cutting mat with a 20$ order through the end of this month, and I must say this is the best self healing mat I have ever had, I love it!)  and use

Use coupon code Dbove to receive a 10% discount at checkout.
 
I cut the red card base on my KNK Zing, using one of Monicas free files, then lined it with the green card stock.
I changed the color of the Gecko Galz Graphical paper in Word and then printed it onto copy paper.

I also want to share with you I am now a Grandma, our daughter gave birth to a beautiful baby girl 3 weeks early,  Mom and baby are doing well and keeping Grandma quite busy, lol. 
This will be my last post of the year so I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year.  I thank you all for your continued support through your visits and comments.  
As always, thanks for looking.  ~Diane

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Fun with my Zing

 Hi All, I have a card to share today that I made using a new fun technique I stumbled upon thanks to the the awesome pen holders Steven at 3D Yours made for me.  This awesome pen holder is for my KNK Zing machine.   He made it so I could use the Sakura Gelly Roll pen in my KNK Zing, as those pens don't fit in the standard Zing pen holder.  What is really cool is that I also found out that I can also use the Sakura Quickie Glue pen in my Zing now too, they have the same barrel size so his holder works for both!

 Now to the fun part, the glue pen allows me to heat emboss and cut the same project!  I love it!  So many more possibilities now!   For this card I used some beautiful free SVG files from Monicas Creative Room.  I used her Fancy Edge card 3 to die cut the bottom border of the card and the beautiful snowflakes are called Layerd Snowflakes 3, they look gorgeous embossed in white opaque embossing powder.

For all of you with die cutting machines, please check out Stevens Etsy Store called 3D Yours , he has pen holders for all sorts of pens and machines.  I also have another of his pen holders that will fit the Sharpie Ultra Fine pens.  If your machine is not there, ask him about it, that's what I did and he worked to get these made for me!  (I can not thank you enough Steven, the pen holders are really awesome!) They are really nicely made too, the pens snap into the holders for a really nice fit, no need to fiddle around or add anything extra to get it to work, just snap it on the barrel of the pen and screw it into place on the Zing!

I hope this finds everyone doing well, thank you as always for stopping by and thanks again Steven, the pen holders are awesome!   ~Diane

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Gecko Galz 4th Annual Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!
I want to welcome everyone to the 8th destination of
Gecko Galz 4th Annual Blog Hop
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 21 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
"WINTER MAGIC".
Also make sure you collect all the “secret” words on each blog so at the end of the hop you can send in the phrase to enter our drawing for a wonderful treat.  So sit back, relax, take your time and enjoy the hop!
We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:
·        First is the Kit Club for each month for an entire year. This is exclusive sets for club members which include a paper set, stamp set, and collage images in each set! That is 12 different sets! This is a $144 value!
·        Second prize is the monthly collage sets for an entire year! Each month you will receive all 4 sets absolutely FREE! This is a $96 value.
  ·        Third prize is all of the individual collage sheets each month for a year, this includes the jewel it sheets! This is a $90 value!
·        And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz PRODUCTS!!! That will include the Kit Club Set, 4 individual collage sheets, Jewel it set and 4 collage sets each month for the entire year! This is a prize worth $330!
Read on to learn how you can win!
First of all, you will need to visit all 21 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **.   Collect all 20 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 3rd we will randomly draw the 4 winners and email each of you, then we will post the winning names 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).

 Your Secret Word is;
FIRE


Please enjoy this free Gecko Galz Collage sheet

“Winter Magic”

 as well as the samples I have made using the images!

(Just click on the picture for link to full size sheet) 



https://sites.google.com/site/geckogalzdesigns/winters-magic
   

If You missed checking out one of the blogs or want to go through them again here is the rotation



Here is the Blog Hop Rotation

Sharon Rogers

Joan Liddle
Vicki Romain
Jules Eickmeier
Patti Fisher
Heather Hudson
Diane Bove
Yvonne Garner
Michele Storm
Jessica Moore
Helene Huber
Terri Burnette
Lisette Baker
Barbara Bird
Gerri Herbst
Amanda Phillips
Carol Salisbury
Wendy Waldorf

Leanne Seed 
 
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Finally another Christmas card!

 Hi All, and thank you to all of you who are still with me.  I apologize for falling behind on my visits to your blogs, I hope you will forgive me.  I have just had too much on my plate of late and I just can't seem to get caught up.  
Here is a card I made for the Gecko Galz Design Team using
Gecko Galz Snowbabies image and 
Song in my Heart papers.  Sorry I could not find the exact set we were given for the cross promo, but there is a link to the shop and all of the papers there are quite beautiful.  I also used red card stock and rhinestones.
Directions
Print Song in my heart paper 5 x 7 on Staples matte photo paper, print 4x6 on copy paper, glue 5 x 7 image to card front.
Crop Snowbabies image in Pic Monkey, add decorative borders, print on Staples matte photo paper and mount to card front.  Cut pinwheels on Zing, fold and glue, add rhinestones and mount to card.  Glue envelope liner to envelope.
That's it for today, thank you for stopping by.  ~Diane
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Gecko Galz Song in My Heart

Hi All, sorry I have been MIA a bit here, too much going on and not enough hours in the day to handle it all.   Here is a card I made for the Gecko Galz cross promotion with Song in my Heart papers.  Sorry I could not find the exact set we were given for the cross promo, but there is a link to the shop and all of the papers there are quite beautiful.

3 pearls, white glitter ribbon, poinsettia and white flock

Directions
Print Song in my heart 5 x 7 on Staples matte photo paper and 4 x 6 on copy paper for envelope.
Bring image into Pic Monkey, crop then add decorative borders Print on Staples matte photo paper, cut and mount onto card stock.  Add ribbon, pearls, flock and poinsettia.
That's it, thanks for looking.~Diane
 
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A lot of Sparkle.

 Hi All, just a quick post today as I am behind in catching up with all of you and your blogs.  I made this card for the Gecko Galz DT using the Gecko Galz Chalkboard Sentiments,
tiny 2mm rhinestones and some glitter tape.  I framed it with a refractive metallic shirt box cardboard using my Perfect ruler .  For the background I used  one of Monica's Creative backgrounds, cut on white card stock, mounted on black card stock.  For the envelope liner I made a copy with my printer of the page before I added everything else.  That's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Honing my skills

 Hi All, sharing a Gecko Galz DT card I made in Word.  I have found that I can make a black frame and also I can print in white.  I love learning new ways to do my editing in Word. 
 Products used:  Gecko Galz Fall color Jewel it and pearls.  
Instructions:  Bring image into Word, add sentiment and black border
print on Staples matte photo paper mount on to 5 x 7 card base add pearls
print paper liner for envelope and glue in place. easy peasy!
Well, that's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Back to school


That's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fun Fall colors

Hi All, I am sharing my DT piece for Gecko Galz today.  I love this image, the colors are so vibrant!  Here is the recipe to make this card.  Products used:
Gecko Galz Fall color Jewel it
Yellow Stickles
Yellow rhinestones

I am linking to the challenge at Three Muses, Autumn Colors.

Also linking up to Addicted to Stamps, their challenge is Anything goes with a get well twist for their teamie Marie.  Hope this makes you feel better Marie!

Instructions:
Bring image into Word and add sentiment and black border.
Print card cover on Staples matte photo paper
glue to 5 x 7 card base
add yellow Stickles to flower center
add rhinestones
print envelope liner and cut and glue to envelope.

Well that's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The last of the baby shower cards

 Hi All, sorry for more Baby shower cards and also I apologize for not stopping by.  I will catch up with your blogs later this week.  These are the finals for my daughter to choose from.  She has a choice of a polka dot giraffe or the other slight pattern. The patterned papers I used are from Erin Bradley Designs and the lime green are from LaBoutiqueDeColori both are Etsy shops.  Sorry I do not know who to credit on the  Small Request poem, and the purple stripe box around it, both are from Pinterest. 
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.  ~Diane
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

More baby shower cards

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hi All, sorry for the picture heavy post, I want to show my daughter some of the card ideas for her baby shower and I want to Pin them on her board from here so she can get a better look.
Can you tell which one is my favorite?  I was trying so hard to keep all 3 of her colors at once before, now I decided to just go with what I am comfortable with color wise. 
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I am entering the first one in the
  challenge at 
City Crafters- Baby girl
here is the inspiration photo.
  I think you will agree, this one fits the inspiration a bit better than the last one I did.  Well, if you are still with me, I posted them in the order that I liked them, my favorite is at the top.  That's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane

Friday, August 22, 2014

Baby Shower card 1

Hi All, just a quick post today, I wanted to get this card in the challenge over at City Crafters, but this will not be my final piece.  I am making the invites for my daughters baby shower, so you can see why I am so picky about it.  The colors are lime green, pink and purple and of course I am wracking my brain to come up with something perfect.  I am back at the drawing board so to speak again today.  The patterned papers I used are from Erin Bradley Designs .  Maybe something with a Onesie in it?  Well, that's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane
I am entering this into the challenge at 
City Crafters- Baby girl
here is the inspiration photo.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The many beautys of Japan

  
 Hi All, hope you are enjoying what is left of the summer where you are.  I am sharing my Gecko Galz DT card with you today using some old and some new products.  Products used: Gecko Galz Solarium paper the green house, both images from  Japanese Traditions and rhinestone jewels. Instructions:  Print Solarium paper the green house 4 x 6 on copy paper for envelope liner, cut and glue into envelope.  Insert 5 x 7 Solarium paper the green house, and both images from Japanese Traditions in Word, add black border and print on matte photo card stock, cut and place on card front along with rhinestones.  That's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Raspberry Roses

Hi All, I made this card with 3 challenges in mind.  City Crafter is looking to see Roses,
 Craft Hoarders Anonymous is looking for us to up-cycle something,
 and I used the sketch inspiration from sketch #26 at  Seize the Sketch.  
For the paper I used Gecko Galz Floral Symphony papers, printed the sentiment from Word.  The lace was an old faded pink from my stash that I dragged through some Vivid raspberry ink to get the right shade.  The up-cycled item is the Fleur de Lis, I bought a while back from Salvation Army thrift store for, it was a paint-able wallpaper border in its last life, I was sure I could make it into a card somehow.  I fussy cut this piece from the border as it was quite large, I love the texture on it.  I tried spraying it with Tattered Angels Glimmer mist but it did not grab the color that well so I then used some of the Vivid raspberry ink on it too..
Well, that's it for today, thanks for stopping by,  ~Diane
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Itkupilli Imagenarium meets Gecko Galz

 
 Hi All, this month we get the opportunity to work with the wonderful Itkupilli Imagenarium company and show how beautifully their products work with Gecko Galz products. 
 Products used
Itkupilli primavira papers
Primivera Icons Flower 06, Parrot 01, Shadowbox
Female Image from Gecko Galz Japanese Traditions
Tim Holtz worn lipstick pink distress ink
Instructions:
Print Itkupilli primavira paper 4 x 6 on copy paper, cut and glue into envelope
In Word Insert image of Itkupilli primavira papers re size to 5 x 7.  Insert Shadowbox click on place image in front of text, insert image from Japanese Traditions, click on place image in front of text and place in shadowbox, do the same with the Parrot 01.   Insert the Primivera Icons Flower 06, click on flip horizontal, then click on place image in front of text.  Right click and copy
Primivera Icons Flower 06, drag it off to the side of the page and print on matte photo card stock.  Fussy cut the flowers, edge petals with Tim Holtz worn lipstick pink distress ink and attach with foam dots to front of image.  Cut image to 5 x 7 place on card front and glue down. 
That's it, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane

Just want to say thanks to Amy @ All things Beautiful for putting this in her Feature Friday post, she is such a sweetheart, pop on over and say hello. 

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Very Vintage

 
 Hi All, here is my Gecko Galz DT piece for the August Very Vintage customer challenge.
Products used
Image from Gecko Galz La vie en rose
Paper from Gecko Galz Mori Girl paper pack
ribbon from my friend Valerie and die cut borders made using Make the Cut and my KNK Zing.
Instructions
Print Paper image on copy paper for envelope liner, printed another on Matte photo paper.  Glue die cut border on background, tie ribbon on, mount onto a folded card.  Print image with border glue to front of card.
Thats it, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Who's the Boss?

 
 
 Hi All, this month I have the honor of guest DT on Gloria Stengel's Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge   Gloria has a fun challenge using our hoarded items, if you're like me you should have plenty of of those!   I hope you pop over and meet Gloria and her talented design team they are such a sweet group, I am you will love them, so come join the fun. Thank you Gloria for inviting me to be a part of this.
Challenge #12 Who's the Boss?
Show some embossing on your project. You can use dry embossing or heat embossing. You can use an embossing folder or a stencil. You can emboss with embossing paste or embossing powder. You can even create something with ultra-thick embossing enamel. You probably have some sort of embossing apparatus in your hoard! Pull these embossing tools out and put them to use!
This was really fun, I cut out a stencil with my KNK Zing  using one of Monica's Creative backgrounds, (can you believe I hoard cut files too!)  I smeared on some hoarded embossing paste onto black card stock, then used some of my hoarded Recollections embossing powder with glitter in it.  Heated it up and I have this really cool background.  The image is an old one from Gecko Galz called Between the Lines.  I used my Perfect Paper Crafting Mini Rulers to get the perfect black background trim around my image.  The pearls on a roll were purchased at Christmas last year and the little black satin bow with a pearl was from My Craft store customer garage sale 1 year ago!  How funny is that, it was put in the garage sale because someone hoarded it before me and I bought it and added it to my hoard!  It really feels good to start using up some of my stash.

It would be great if you could join in at Gloria Stengel's Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge Who's the Boss.  Great way to push yourself to use up some of that hoarded stash., (she has some awesome prizes) and have some fun while your at it too.
That's it for today, thanks for looking.  ~Diane

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Letting go of some of the hoard.

 
Hi All, I made this background while I was working on my gdt piece for Gloria Stengel's Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge Who's the Boss.  I will show the one I made for the challenge on Friday, once I made the background I could not decide what to do with it, until today.  The background is from Bird, I cut it into a stencil so I could use up some of the beautiful embossing glitter I bought last year with birthday money.  I bought 2 jars of this beautiful Recollections embossing powder, but it also had some big pieces of glitter in it so I could not find a place for it to work out in the past.  It works beautifully on this stenciled background though. I laid out some embossing paste then the glittered embossing powder on top so it has a lot of dimension to it.   The other die cut is as old as the hills also ( 9/11/09 ) it came from the Vintage Moth blog, it was just a picture but I brought it into my Make The Cut program and did a pixel trace to turn it into a cut file for my electronic cutting machine the KNK Zing.  The lovely netting goes back to when my daughter worked for Zainy Brainy while she was in high school (she's now 29 yrs old), I have a jumbo roll we bought when they went out of business.  And to my surprise, when I went to peel off one of the rhinestones for her earrings I found out they were actually brads, ha ha, I grabbed them at the Customer Garage Sale at My Craft Store 1 year ago.  I paid 25 cents for a full card of them, they were in someone else's stash for quite a long time too.  Well, I am not that good at coloring so I used some Tim Holtz distress ink in antique linen along with a little worn lipstick pink for the skin tones and then weathered wood for her hair.  I wove the netting in and out of the cuts in the hat, then cut some of the stencil pieces out of the envelope liner to make it match. 
It would be great if you could join in at Gloria Stengel's Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge Who's the Boss.  Great way to push yourself to use up some of that hoarded stash., and have some fun too.

I just found a fabulous challenge site called COUNTRY VIEW CHALLENGE and they are looking for something "Stenciled" for their challenge STENCIL IT, perfect for my stenciled background.

And 1 more fun challenge I found called VINTAGE CHALLENGE, they are looking for me NOT TO USE STAMPS  So this die cut and stenciled piece will fit perfectly in that challenge.

That's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Christmas card a week catch up

 Hi All, I am behind in my Christmas card a week entry's, so here is week, 18, 19, and 20.  
 I made this for the challenge at Winter Wonderland calling for 3 of 3  .I made these using an SVG cut file for the ornaments from Bird called Baubles.  I layed it out using MTC software, then cut it on my KNK Zing onto white card stock.  I mounted 3 different colors of foil behind the 3 cuts and added a piece of glittered tape to the bottom. To round out my 3 of 3 I added 
3 glittered rhinestones to the tops of the 3 ornaments.  The envelope is lined with a matching embossed foil. 
I made the next 2 cards, (Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings) for the Thats Crafty challenge calling for Masks, Templates, Stencils.  Since I loved the pretty ornaments so much I cut a stencil from the same arrangement onto some clear polyester sheet,  I placed the stencil over some red card stock, then applied some embossing paste over the stencil, removed the stencil and added some Stickles fine dry glitter in Stardust.  I let them dry together and the glitter stuck quite well to the embossing paste.  I added the ribbons made from embroidery floss and some rhinestones to finish the look, these are all 5 x 7 cards.  For the envelopes on these 2 I used the same SVG cut and added a foiled ornament to the cut out.  That's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane
Updated to add, this card was chosen in the Top 3 at 
Thats Crafty!  Thank you!


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