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

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

Spring Days & Roses (Gecko Galz Cross-Promotion)

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This month, Gecko Galz has teamed up with Jodi Lee for our Cross Promotion challenge.
The DT were required to work with Jodi Lee products supplied to us, alongside Gecko Galz products with our samples having the theme of Spring Garden. All the DT samples can be viewed at Gecko Galz.
I cannot thank Diane  (http://1cardcreator.blogspot.co.uk/for her invaluable help.  She so generously shared her knowledge of isolating an image from a collage sheet which is a revelation for me.

Supplies
Gecko Galz In My Easter Bonnet 2
Gecko Galz  Butterfly Wings
Nature Garden digital paper pack
Heavy weight cardstock
Golden Gesso
Golden Gel Medium
Distress Paints Victorian Velvet and Antique Linen
Crop-a-dile
Extras:- corrugated cardboard (sourced from old box packaging), fabric flowers, stained seam binding, one paper rose, lace and roses lace ribbon.

Instructions
Isolate required image from the collage sheet and re-size. Next, erase the background so you are left only with the lady.
In Microsoft word document select  Nature Garden paper. Insert the lady image to the bottom right corner of the Nature Garden paper, the fairy on the digital paper will now be obscured by the image of the lady.  Re-size the lady if required.
Print onto heavy weight cardstock.
Distress edges and apply Distress Paints.
In Microsoft word document open a co-ordinating NatureGarden paper.
Re-size then print onto heavy weight cardstock.
Tear two pieces of the printed paper.  Distress edges and apply Distress paints.
Open Butterfly Wings in the same program to allow you to isolate individual butterflies, I selected two different butterflies.
Now open them in Microsoft word document, re-size the butterflies and copy and paste until you have a flurry of butterflies.Print onto heavy weight cardstock.
Fussy cut the butterflies.
Cut corrugated cardboard to required size. Paint with Gesso.  Once dry apply Distress Paints.  Create two holes with Crop-a-dile.  Thread through lace to form a hanging.
Adhere the two pieces of torn printed papers then layer the main printed paper with the image of the lady on it.  Adhere rose lace ribbon to the paper.  Embellish the image further with a cluster of fabric flowers.  Tie stained seam binding into a shabby bow, adhere a paper rose into the centre.
Finally adhere the butterflies onto the panel.

It is now ready to display in your home to remind you that Spring is just around the corner.
springdaysandroseslynnemoncrieffThis is quite dimensional as I wanted the butterflies to look as though they have merely settled down to gather their breath before they take flight once more.27 February 040I don’t use papers very often but I will certainly be printing the Jodi Lee papers time and again as they are beautiful. Here you can just see and no more where I layered the two pieces, at the very top.
Rose looks perfectly at home on this paper, which is why I selected this particular Jodi Lee paper to merge or onto.  I don’t know if you would have guessed that she wasn’t originally on the design of the paper.   What Diane taught me has been such a revelation, as I said before, honestly the fun of being able to select an image from a collage sheet and then erase the background and then merge the image onto digital paper is fabulous.  This was my first attempt.27 February 036Unusually for me, I decided not to add any stamping because I wanted the design of the Jodi Lee papers not to be obscured. Fabric flowers and rose lace trim add to the theme of Spring Garden.
Many thanks for your visit to this post and I hope to catch-up with you soon.
Wishes
Lynne
My Gecko Galz Giveaway closes very soon so thank you to those of you who joined in with the Giveaway.

Adorned

Hello Everyone
It is about time I shared with you this month’s DT post for Gecko Galz .
This month sees me return to jewellery.   I couldn’t help myself as when I received the products to work with for this month and spied the Olive Thomas set, one image in particular seemed so suited to being the focal for another pendant.
With this being a Gecko Galz DT project here is the supply list and instructions.
Supplies
Gecko Galz Olive Thomas
Oxford Impressions – A Scandalous Beauty
Ranger Memory Frame and Memory Glass
Tim Holtz Charm Clip
Jewellery Findings
Painted French book text
Fragment of lace
Pearls, crystal and metal frame
Low gloss cardstock
Instructions
Print Olive Thomas onto low gloss cardstock. Layer with painted French book text and lace fragments. Lay aside.
Stamp label from A Scandalous Beauty onto painted book text. Add lace fragments.
Sandwich both pieces between two pieces of Memory Glass and insert into Memory Frame.
Create pendant with jewellery findings adding pearls and crystal and a metal frame.
Once complete add ball chain.
This is now ready to add to your jewellery collection.

In comparison to the pendant created last month, this uses many of the same supplies but is slightly less ornately embellished.adornedlynnemoncrieffThis is such a striking image. pendantdetailThe rear of the pendant also needed to be decorated so I stamped this beautiful label from Oxford Impressions, embellishing with teeny fragments of lace. rearofpendantThank you for your visit to this post.
Wishes
Lynne

She Wears Butterflies In Her Hair

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This year at Gecko Galz a new monthly event was introduced.  Each month there is a cross promotion with January seeing us working with Basic Grey digital papers and elements.  For the month of February Gecko Galz has a cross promotion with Arora Wings digital stamps.
As a DT member I was required to create a sample to the theme of All Things Spring, using one of the Arora Wings digital stamps provided in conjunction with Gecko Galz products. However, at Gecko Galz we like to involve other crafters and fans of Gecko Galz so let me share with you some words from Gecko Galz

For this months customer contest we are
asking you to create a spring inspired paper
crafted project.
Show us what inspires you most about
spring…is it the pastel colors? Is it flowers?
Is it Easter? We want to see your inspiration.
The only rule is you must include one
product from Gecko Galz, can be one of the
free products, stamps, collage image paper
the limits are endless to your imagination.
And what will the winner get?
Arora Wings Stamps gift pack plus a
$25 shopping Spree from Gecko Galz.
Just email a picture of your project by
February 28th to
geckogalz2014@gmail.com
And On March
1st we will announce our winner on the
Gecko Galz website.

I will be honest with you and tell you that this did not come easy to me, it took me the longest time to incorporate the Arora Wings digi stamp with the theme of All Things Spring. It only came together for me when looking through the catalogue of Gecko Galz products and I laid eyes upon the beautiful Butterfly Wings image sheets and then the idea formed in my head and I eventually had fun creating this canvas.
This Blog post is very photo heavy, you have been warned and another warning ….. this post contains colour! (LOL)
allthingspsringA long canvas was perfect for what I had in mind, of the Arora digi image, a girl with flowers, poppies in her hair, surrounded by a multitude of butterflies.  I knew from the outset I would not use cardstock, I wanted a delicate feel to this, slightly ethereal so I printed all the images onto transparencies.1The transparency allows the colour I built up on the canvas (instructions at bottom of post) to show through and it also allowed me to paint the rear of the transparency and to layer the butterflies.  In real life you see the shimmer of the Twinkling H20s which I used for the flowers.  The flicks of paint represent the flower seeds floating in the air.3Then moving from the soft pink tones of her skin I started to incorporate the colours that would make up the majority of the canvas.30 January 033The colour palette for the canvas was influenced by the butterflies.  I wanted as many of the butterflies as possible, a mass of them in varying sizes.30 January 046With them being printed onto transparencies, you cannot see it here, but on display the sunlight (not that there is much of that at the moment) shines through them.butterflydetailNot forgetting the edges of the canvassideimageor the very top edge.30 January 040As this is for Gecko Galz, here is the list of supplies and instructions.
Supplies
Arora Wings Image
Gecko Galz Butterfly Wings
Twinkling H20s
Caran d’ache watrersoluble crayons
Gesso (Golden)
Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Extras:- inkjet printer transparency and canvas
Instructions
Apply Gesso to canvas then create loose washes of colour.
Re-size Aurora image and print onto transparency.
Re-size Butterfly Wings and print onto a transparency. I opened document in Microsoft and re-sized the Butterfly Wings, copy and pasting so I had two copies on one page.
Fussy cut all images.
Paint the flowers in the girl’s hair.
Adhere all to canvas with Glossy Accents

Please remember that you are welcome to join in the All Things Spring challenge yourself.
In the meantime, many thanks for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Her Glamorous Life

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To start my Blogging week I am sharing my latest sample made for Gecko Galz using an image from the beautiful My Fair Lady image sheets. On seeing this collection of images I knew immediately I would have to make a piece of wearable art.
With this being a Gecko Galz DT post, as always I share my supply list and instructions.
herglamorouslifelynnemoncrieffThe elongated shape of this particular image was the perfect fit for a Memory Frame.
Charms in the form of the Eiffel Tower and perfume atomizer embellish the pendant along with pearls and a chain tassel.
I couldn’t leave the rear of the pendant blank so I stamped onto painted book text the word Femme, adorned with a snippet or two of lace.
herglamorouslifesidetwo
Supplies
Gecko Galz My Fair Lady (1)
Ranger Memory Frame and glass
Oxford Impressions Beloved Stamp Plate
Staz-on Jet Black ink
Gesso (Golden)
Extras:- Low gloss cardstock, jewellery findings, pearls and crystals, Eiffel Tower, bow and perfume bottle charms, chain, ball chain, crystal, metal frames, lace scrap and painted French book text
Instructions
For the Memory Frame first apply Gesso to French text then stamp Femme. Add lace fragments then with the My Fair Lady image sandwich between the Memory glass and insert into Memory Frame.
Gather jump rings in various patinas (creates more interest), metal frames, charms, pearls and crystals to create pendant. Cut fine metal link chain to form tassel. Attach to the Memory Frame.
You now have an elegant pendant to wear to your next soiree!
Thank You for your visit to my Gecko Galz DT post.
I hope you all have a great week.
Wishes
Lynne

Sweet Valentine

Hello Everyone
Isn’t it true that we have barely said goodbye to Christmas when as crafters our attention turns towards Valentine’s Day.
Before I share with you a Valentine project made for Gecko Galz let me give you some information you might be interested to read:-

This year the Gecko Galz design team has been asked to show how Gecko Galz products can be easily combined with products from other companies.
January features our cross promotion with BasicGrey AND you get to join in the fun!

Create your own valentine project using Gecko Galz and BasicGrey products and win the new Basic Grey True Love digital paper pack and a $25 shopping Spree from Gecko Galz.  Talk about a great duo!
Just email a picture of your project by January 31st to
 geckogalz@gmail.com 
And then on February 14th we will announce our winner and show off the winning product on the Gecko Galz website!
Let me say that I had no idea that Basic Grey created digital papers!  For my Valentine sample I incorporated one of the True Love digital papers alongside a Gecko Galz image on this altered box.
My Sweet Valentine
sweetvalentineboxopen

Back to front I know but with the box open it reveals the Gecko Galz Postcard Memories image.postcardmemoriesdetailStained lace and scraps of Tissue Tape decorate the box.
sweetvalentineboxclosedThe box had a heart shape recess which made it perfect for this Valentine challenge. heartdetailAs this is a Gecko Galz sample I will now share my supply list and instructions.
Supplies
Basic Grey True Love digital papers
Gecko Galz Postcard Memories
Papier Mache box
Martha Stewart – Putty
Paper Artsy Fresco Finish – Irish Cream
Golden Gesso
Golden Gel Medium
Distress Ink Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye and Victorian Velvet
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
Canvas printer paper
Extras:- stained lace and stained seam binding

Instructions
Paint box with Gesso before applying paints.
Print Basic Grey paper onto canvas printer paper. Cover the sides and back of box with the paper, ink edges with Distress Ink. Cut out heart to sit in the heart recess on the box lid Adhere torn pieces of Tissue Tape to the lid. In my stash I had some stained lace so I adhered this to the lid and tied a shabby bow with stained seam binding.
Inside:- Adhere a couple of pieces of torn Tissue Tape to inside lid. Print the Postcard Memories onto canvas printer paper. Distress edges and ink with Vintage Photo and Tea Dye. Layer to the lid with some stained vintage lace.
Finally tuck some chocolates inside ready to be presented as a Valentine gift.

Thank you for visiting my first post for this week.  Remember, we would like to see your Basic Grey and Gecko Galz creations!
Wishes
Lynne
I have to say a warm thank you for the amazing support on the news of my new DT spot.

In Good Company

Hello Everyone
Not so long ago I shared with you the first of my December DT samples for Gecko Galz, transforming a papier mache box into something a little bit more elegant with a household DIY tile forming the lid of the box.  At the same time as creating that particular sample I set about working on another home decor idea, a set of drinks coasters.
This a lengthy post, photo heavy so I apologise!

Classical Ladies A Set of Decorative Drinks Coasters
Gecko Galz Beauties in Black and White
Oxford Impressions French Script stamp set (damask and script stamps)
Staz-on Jet Black, Paper Artsy Satin Finish, Putty paint (Martha Stewart), Klear Floor Polish (Johnson & Johnson), Gesso and Gel Medium (Golden), Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Vintage Lace
Extras:-  tissue paper, lace, emulsion (latex) paint, 4 x tiles, cork
Instructions
Each of the tiles were stamped randomly and each vary slightly but this is a guideline if you wish to decorate your own tiles
Note:- Ensure the texture on each tile are all in the same direction.  I turned each tile so the texture ran in a vertical position.
householdtilesPrint Black and White Beauties onto white tissue paper.tissuepaperprintsandtilesTear around image.  Lay aside for the moment.

Stamp damask or French script or even both onto the tile. Stipple paint onto the tile, also over the stamping.

Adhere selected image with Klear floor polish, be generous with the application of Klear. The image will soak into the tile  Leave to dry, overnight if possible.

Working in a loose and random fashion stipple paint then stamp script or damask. Blend the edges of the image with the paint. Stipple more paint to obliterate some of the text.  Continue with this method

Apply Satin Finish to each tile.

Cut cork to the size and adhere to the bottom of the tiles.
8 December 028You can see the texture on the finished tile.
tile1The texture adds more character to the finished coaster but you might prefer using a smoother tile.8 December 035The second tile. tile2It is therapeutic blending the image with the layers of stamping and paint.
The stamping differs on each tile but I tried to not use too many varying patterns, preferring to work with script and damask stamps.tile3Many Thanks for your visit to this scheduled post.
Wishes
Lynne

An Old Fashioned Christmas

Hello Everyone
This was intended as a scheduled post except I foolishly forgot to click the correct commands so this post is a bit later in the day than it should be.
As a Gecko Galz DT member I was asked, along with my lovely team, for us to each create a Christmas ornament with us each receiving a designated date for it to be shared at the Gecko Galz site and also on our own Blogs.  A requirement was for us to use Gecko Galz products, I selected this image  from the Alterable Christmas image sheet.
I have opted for almost a Victorian style colour scheme and feel for my ornament which also doubles us gift presentation. At this time of the year when preparations can become slightly frantic, I like the idea of when an item itself is doing the multi-tasking as well as the person creating the item! If you are a friend of my Blog you will have seen me create these many times and for different occasions.
Tuck a gift inside the pouch and hang from the Christmas tree until the 25th of December and there is no reason it cannot be re-used year after year when it can be filled with candy canes or chocolates.  Several on a tree would look lovely, one for each family member.christmasornamentlynneI like the idea of this tag on the ornament where names can be added yet the text is  subtle enough that you really are not obliged to insert names.detail1

SUPPLIES
Gecko Galz Altered Christmas (2)
Extras:- green braided tassel trim, faux pearl drop, stained green lace, canvas printer paper, glitter cardstock and cardboard tube from toilet roll.detail2
INSTRUCTIONS
Cover cardboard tube with the glitter cardstock and glue one end close. Fussy cut the image from Altered Christmas (2), adhere to the tube, glue a faux pearl drop to the image. Trim with the tassel braid. Finally, thread through stained lace in two holes created in the holder.
Tuck a gift inside and hang from the Christmas tree.

I hope my U.K. friends of this Blog are safe and well, also their properties after that terrible storm.  I am sure many of you had some damage to your properties just as we did.
I have fallen a bit behind with Blog visits due to still being in the middle of Christmas card making, sorry to say that all enjoyment has now walked out the door!  Never mind, I see the light at the end of the tunnel with only a very few remaining to be made so if all goes well I surely will achieve that over the weekend.  With my time and energy focused on this it has meant that my time on-line has shortened and missing visits to your Blogs but hope to catch-up with you all very soon.
Many thanks for your visits because I can just imagine how busy all of you are.
Have a lovely weekend.
Wishes
Lynne

All She Treasures

Hello Everyone
It is time for me to share the first of my December DT samples for Gecko Galz.
Immediately when I saw the images sheets, Beauties In Black and White I knew I would be using them. I am lucky enough to have some of the images in rubber stamp form but I was enthusiastic in using them in image form and knew exactly what I would be creating.
Not only did the images themselves inspire me but also something found in the D.I.Y. shop, a box of tiles. The first of my DT samples, I will be sharing the other samples another day, is a box I altered where I used a tile on the lid.
Those are not wrinkles in the image! T his is the texture of the tile. It didn’t deter me from using the tile, in fact I liked it all the more than if the surface had been smooth and pristine, this adds an appearance of age and character. 
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Supply List:-
Gecko Galz Beauties In Black and White
Oxford Impressions French Script stamp set (damask and script stamps)
Staz-on Jet Black
Paper Artsy Satin Finish
Putty paint (Martha Stewart)
Corner embellishment (Melissa Frances)
Klear Floor Polish (Johnson & Johnson)
Gesso and Gel Medium (Golden)
Extras:- Papier mache box, tissue paper, lace, vintage Bingo counters, emulsion (latex) paint, tile (with texture)

Instructions
Stamp damask randomly onto tile.
Print Black and White Beauties onto white tissue paper. Tear around image. Adhere to tile with Klear floor polish, be generous with the application of Klear. Smooth the printed image onto the tile ensuring no bubbles. The image will soak into the tile Leave to dry, overnight if possible.
Stipple paint onto the tile. Stamp script and damask and continue to stipple paint to obliterate some of the stamping.
Adhere embellishement.
Box:- Apply Gesso and paint. Randomly stamp damask then apply paint, dry brush method. Apply Satin Finish to the tile and box.
Paint vintage Bingo counters and adhere to the box.
Adhere the tile to the box and finish by adding lace.
allshetreasureslynnemoncrieffThis shows the edge of the box with the damask stamp from Oxford Impressions French Script.
28 November 042Somewhere to nestle all that she treasures.
28 November 054The Beauties in Black and White images sheets and all other December products, including a new digi stamp set, are now available for purchase from Gecko Galz.
My plan is to keep this Blog active this week as I have a few samples to be sharing with you and yes, they do include Christmas, do I hear some groans!
Have a wonderful week and I will catch-up with you soon, I was unable to do my usual visiting over the weekend so have fallen behind.
Wishes
Lynne

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