She Blossomed

Hello Everyone
This is my final post for Gecko Galz as I have now left the DT.  I do have to say Thank You to Leanne for having me as part of her team.
My final DT sample for May was made with someone special in mind.  An Aunt of mine was celebrating her 85th birthday. I’m not usually one for adding age to birthday cards, usually I will add the special milestone on the insert but I liked the addition of the tag and I knew that my Aunt would not be offended by all knowing her age!watchherblossomThe pretty image was printed onto canvas printer paper which always lends a lovely quality to vintage images in particular.4 May 023The colours in the image dictated my colour choice for the card as a whole.
The Gecko Galz paper was really pretty but I decided to add a little bit of shabby stamping in the form of a damask stamp from Oxford Impressions.
A mix of trims decorate the top of the card, 4 May 021with a gathering of  paper flowers and a stamped butterfly embellishing one of the corners of the image. 4 May 024The supply list and instructions follow:-
Supplies
Gecko Galz Floral Symphony Digi Paper Pack
Easter Bonnet image
Scrap piece of Vintage By Me Ledger paper
Oxford Impressions:- Damask from French Script
Butterfly and rose from Jane’s Garden
8 and 5 from Distressed Numbers
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Distress Paints:- Antique Linen and Tattered Rose
Distress Ink Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet
Staz-on Jet Black
Memento London Fog
Tag paper punch
Hole punch
Extras:- 7”x5” cardbase, canvas printer paper, white cardstock, pompom trim, pink satin ribbon, lace, seam binding, ivory jute string, pearl stickers and found paper.

Instructions
Adhere Floral Symphony digi paper to cardbase. Stamp the above mentioned stamps with the various inks. Apply Distress Paints between layers of stamping. Abrade and ink edges of cardbase.

Trim top edge with lace, pompom trim and a seam binding bow.

Print image onto canvas printer paper. Abrade and ink edges. Trim with lace and satin ribbon. Adhere to cardbase.

Stamp French Script onto found paper. Tear into two pieces and layer behind the image.

Stamp 8 and 5 onto scrap piece of printed digi paper (Vintage by Me). Paper punch tag shape. Punch hole and thread through ivory jute twine, attach to the shabby bow.

Finally embellish the card with Prima flowers and a stamped butterfly nestling between the flowers.

Many thanks for taking the time to visit my Blog, especially so soon after yesterday. I have fallen behind with drafting and scheduling blog posts and also with catching-up with your own Blogs.
Wishes
Lynne

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The Wisdom of Jane

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Each month at Gecko Galz, as well as our regular DT samples we also have a Cross-Promotion where we are asked to create a sample using Gecko Galz product(s) in conjunction with the company which has been selected for that particular month and then we must also work to a particular theme. For the month of May we are working in conjunction with Vintage By Me and asked to create samples with a vintage style.  I will not hide the fact that when I saw the products from Vintage By Me I was absolutely delighted as the images were so beautiful.
I couldn’t help myself, I had to work with the Jane Austen themed image sheet and I knew immediately that I would be altering a child’s board book which I had bought such a long time ago, a bargain at 99p but for some reason, I was always saving it, waiting for the right project to come along.
Whenever possible I like to include stamping on my projects and the Jane Austen themed allowed me to play with all three sets of Jane Austen inspired stamps from Oxford Impressions.
The book, including inside covers, meant that I had 16 pages to alter, including the cover to deal with.  If you would like to view the rest of this post then I warn you that it is a photo heavy!  With me deciding to share the complete project here I thought it wise not to include the instructions which  I normally share when it is a Gecko Galz post.  If you happen to be interested in viewing the instructions, then you can read them at the Gecko Galz site.
Please join me as we open up the cover of this book and revel in the Wisdom of Jane

Size:- 5″x5″

bookcoverEager and with a deadline in my mind, I forgot to take a photograph of the board book but you can see with two layers of Gesso that the words were still peeking through.  The cover has a padded feel to it, which is rather nice, with a vinyl texture.  You will also find instructions as to how I set about altering the cover at the Gecko Galz site.
I was very lucky that for the inside pages, the shiny paper pulled away so easily and were a dream to apply paint.  I was anticipating I would need to apply Gesso but no need.  Each page had the same stamp, the beautiful damask stamp from Oxford Impressions’ French Script which was partially inked and randomly stamped as I wanted the appearance of aged wallpaper.24 April 001Inside cover – Pages 1 and 2
pages1and2Pages 3 and 4
Life is the flower for which love is the honey
pages3and4The quote was stamped onto re-sized Gecko Galz digi paper. All pages are individually noted in my instructions at the Gecko Galz site. 26 April 010Pages 5 and 6
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.pages5and6The Gecko Galz papers were the perfect backdrops for the stamped quotes and the stamped book stack and butterflies26 April 012
Pages 7 & 8
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
pages7and8
Pages 9 & 10
There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. pages9and10
This is such a beautiful paper by Gecko Galz. Simply stamped the quote and trimmed with stained lace and paper blossom. 26 April 021Pages 11 & 12
A woman, especially if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.pages11and12Pages 13 & 14
There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort

The stamped house was so perfect for this quote.pages13and14Pages 15 & 16
pages15and16
What you could not see as I turned the pages for you, is that nestled inside the cover of the book there are three pockets I made to house three tags made with Vintage By Me digi ledger images.  I simple stapled some beautiful velvet ribbon.
triooftagsIf you stayed with me until the very end I have a huge Thank You so say to you as that was a very long blog post.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Wishes
Lynne

Once Upon A Time

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Recently I shared with you a DT post for Gecko Galz (also a birthday card for a friend), a card made with a Spring Queens image. At the time of making the card I made a second card featuring another of the Spring Queens, once again doubling the card up as a DT sample for Gecko Galz but also for another friend’s birthday.
The wonderful Spring Queen image sheet is from their April product selection.

With it being a Gecko Galz DT sample, below you will find a supply list and instructions. onceuponatimelynnemoncrieff
Supplies
Gecko Galz Spring Queens
Star Crossed digital paper pack
Oxford Impressions Castle Keep
Prima flower
Martha Stewart Metallic Acrylics
Distress Paint Vintage Photo (Ranger)
Distress Ink Victorian Velvet and Tattered Rose
Memento Ink
Gesso (Golden)
Gel Medium (Gesso)
Instructions
Print Star Crossed digital paper onto white cardstock. Adhere to cardbase, distressing the edges. Further distress the paper with Gesso and paints the stamp Castle Keep images with Distress Inks. Blend with baby wipe then continue to add more Gesso and paint to the cardstock. Apply paint to edges.

I isolated Spring Queens, selecting this image, re-sized by enlarging it then printing onto canvas printer paper. Distress edges then adhere to panel of corrugated cardboard which has been painted with Gesso and paints.

Apply metallic paints to white cardstock. Stamp various images from Castle Keep.

Layer the Spring Queen panel to the cardbase, embellishing the card with the stamped elements and various papers (I used papers I had prepared for other projects).

Embellish the card with a Prima flower, torn and stained vintage lace and a piece cut from rose lace ribbon.
focalThe canvas printer paper always adds a lovely texture to images.
As with the first card I made using  the Spring Queens images, I once again dipped into the Oxford Impressions Castle Keep set.
In real life the paints shimmer with metallic goodness in the form of coppers and golds which I liked set against the more chalky, Gesso appearance of the background paper panel.detail4More layering to create this embellishmentdetail2Thank You for your visit to this post. I always appreciate your visits.
Have a lovely weekend.
Wishes
Lynne

Let The Birds Sing Their Song of Love

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Gecko Galz have a monthly cross-promotional challenge. The DT were asked to create a sample where we used Day for Daisies digi stamps with Gecko Galz products and to the theme of Mother’s Day.
My offering is this small hanging – yes, I know, not my usual style!happymothersdaylynnemoncrieff
Supplies
Day For Daisies Digi Stamp
Gecko Galz Solarium Digi paper
Prima flowers
Extras:- canvas printer paper, burlap, stained seam binding, pearl stickers and metal hanger, sparkle gel pens
Instructions
Layer Day For Daisies digi stamp onto Solarium digi paper then print onto canvas printer paper.
Distress edges before adhering to burlap panel. Highlights some of the digi stamp with sparkle gel pens.
In wordart create Mothers’ Day sentiment. Transfer to Solarium Digi paper (the same paper as used for the main panel) then print onto canvas printer paper.
Cut into a banner shape then adhere to the main panel.
Embellish the panel with Prima flowers, yellow lace and stained seam binding.
Attach to the metal hanger
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For this months customer contest Gecko Galz are asking you to create any thing your imagination can dream up while working with any Gecko Galz product. It can be one of the free products, stamps, collage image paper the limits are endless to your imagination.And what will the winner get?A Day For Dasies Stamp gift pack plus a $25 shopping Spree from Gecko Galz.Just email a picture of your project by April 29th to geckogalz2014@gmail.com or go to Gecko Galz blog site and enter your link using Mr. Linky! On May 1st a winner will be announced.
Many thanks for visiting this post.
Wishes
Lynne

Queen for a Day

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When I receive new Gecko Galz products from the lovely Leanne I always love the anticipation of which of the images will jump out at me, wanting me to have some fun with it. With the release of the April products I knew immediately that I had to work with the Spring Queens image sheet.
Beautiful images and I had the perfect stamp set to continue the theme throughout the cards I would be making, the stamps in the form of Oxford Impressions Castle Keep (available directly from Oxford Impressions and in the U.K. from That’s Crafty).
In this post I am sharing the first card I made, sent to a friend for her birthday.
queenforaday
With this being a Gecko Galz post, I am providing the supplies I used and instructions for this card.
Supplies
Gecko Galz Spring Queens
Jodi Lee Nature Garden digital paper
Oxford Impressions Castle Keep
Distress Paint Vintage Photo
Martha Stewart Metallic Acrylic
Memento Tuxedo Black
Extras:- canvas printer paper, white cardstock, tea stained cardstock, lace, corrugated cardboard and tall cardbase.

Instructions
Print Nature Garden digital paper. Abrade edges and apply Distress Paint. Adhere to cardbase. Tear two lengths from remainder of the digital paper. Distress and apply paint. Adhere to top and bottom edges of cardbase.
Select Spring Queens, isolating required image. Print onto canvas printer paper. Apply paint to edges. Layer to corrugated cardboard which has been painted with Martha Stewart paint. Embellish with lace. Stamp various Castle Keep stamps onto cardstock stained with tea. Distress all edges. Adhere the stamped elements to the cardbase.

17 March 001The canvas printer paper that the image was printed onto provides a lovely texture which you can just about see on the photograph.
This photograph below shows where I added the band along the bottom (and also one at the top), distressing it and then adding a fragment of stamped text.  I rarely use pattern paper but this digi set is stunning.  The plus side to digi papers is there is no storage problem (that is a bonus if you have a craft space as wee as my own!) and you practically have unlimited options as to what you print it onto:- canvas, low gloss, fabric, transparencies …..17 March 012
Many thanks for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

A Blossoming Beauty

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Time to share another Gecko Galz DT sample.  This sample relates to one of the Gecko Galz January product releases, the lovely My Fair Lady set.  I have already shared one card I made with this set and found I couldn’t resist making another card and yes, once again playing with colour!myfairladylynne

Gecko Galz My Fair Lady
Gecko Galz Butterfly Wings
Darkroom Door Lace stamp set
Luminarte Twinkling H20s
TCW Mini Ledger Stencil
Prima blossoms
Ranger Glossy Accents
Extras:- low gloss printer paper, watercolour paper, texture paste, old jewellery, vintage lace, blue lace.

Instructions
Print My Fair Lady onto low gloss cardstock. Lay aside for the moment.
Use stencil and texture paste to create pattern on watercolour paper followed with a wash of colour with Twinkling H20s. Adhere panel to cardbase. Also apply Twinkling H20s to vintage lace. Once dry adhere to cardbase. Now adhere Gecko Galz image, trimming with lace and jewels from old jewellery. Stamp Elegance onto scrap of watercolour paper, ink edges and adhere to right of image, embellishing with paper flowers and butterflies.
I used butterflies which were left over from previous Gecko Galz DT samples, they were too lovely to not make use of.
Adhere the butterfly which had been printed onto transparency to top corner of image.

I looked to the colours of the lady who I believe is the beautiful Lily Elsie, to bring those colours throughout the card.17 March 041The shimmer hasn’t translated but I used a combination of paints for the background, paints which also included Twinkling H20s, yes I continue to twinkle away, seeming to struggle to step away from the H20s at the moment! I even went as far as to paint the vintage lace with the paints to add that band of colour.
I always like a little bit of stamping somewhere and this Darkroom Door word suited the image.   The flowers I’ve had for the longest time. not my colours  but I forced myself to use, bringing even more colour to this card. them on this card.17 March 035It leaves me to say that I always appreciate  the time you take out of your day to stop by and visit my Blog and to leave a comment.
Wishes
Lynne

My Beautiful Rose

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Today I have my March DT sample for Gecko Galz to share.
I wanted a mix of textures for this card yet for the overall effect to be pretty and to bring thoughts of walking through a garden at the height of Spring, the sun shines, the birds sing their songs and there is the scent of roses in the air.mybeautifulroselynne

SUPPLIES
Gecko Galz In My Easter Bonnet 1
Crafty Individuals Postcard stamp
Canvas printer paper
Corrugated cardboard
Martha Stewart Paint
Golden Gesso
Golden Gel Medium
Versafine Vintage Sepia
Distress Paint Tattered Rose
Paper doilies, 7”x5” cardbase, paperclay roses, metal frame, paper roses, fabric, lace and burlap

I like the effect from printing onto canvas printer paper.11 March 002A cluster of flowers and teeny pieces of lace and fabric.11 March 004

INSTRUCTIONS
In Pic Monkey isolate this In My Easter Bonnet image, remove border and re-size. Print onto canvas printer paper, abrade edges and apply Distress Paint.
Tear corrugated cardboard to size of cardbase. Distress. Paint with Gesso followed by Martha Stewart paint. Adhere to cardbase.
Layer the image onto the cardbase with paper doilies (lightly apply Distress Paint) and embellish with the paper roses, paperclay rose, burlap, lace, torn paper, etc.
Stamp postcard onto found paper. Tear and tuck behind the cluster of flowers.
At top edge staple torn fabric and embellish with a metal frame and paperclay rose.

I have no doubt that the eagle-eyed amongst you spotted something very obvious on the card so I will hold my hands up and declare that I had to photograph the card before the silicone glue had dried. You see it don’t you, the drooping paperclay rose on the metal frame at the top of the card! After photographing I straightened it and it has dried successfully.  That’s what happens when you leave DT samples until the Eleventh Hour LOL.

Thank you for taking the time to visit this post.
Wishes
Lynne

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