Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gecko Galz Cyber Monday Goodies

I posted a free image the other day from Gecko Galz to promote their sale. Each design team member had a different image. I collected them all and made a set of Christmas cards. I love how they turned out!

For the card bases and many of the backgrounds I used items given to me in a swap this past July, from my friend Barbara. The colors and papers aren't normally what I would buy but they worked perfect for this project. One background, the music, is an image from Gecko Galz as well as all of the children/animals, and some of the sentiments. The red crochet lace and the red and white flowers are from Michael's. The snowflakes are from either Walmart or Target.

They were fun to make! Enjoy!


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Gecko Galz Cyber Monday Sale

On Monday, November 26th Gecko Galz will be having a huge Cyber Monday sale! Head over for the following HUGE sales:

  • Buy One Get One: On all regular priced items when you buy one you get another of equal or lesser value all day Monday!

  • $1 Collage Sets: Selected collage sheets will be $1 per set all day so come collect all of them!

  • FREE Gift Pack: When you spend $50 or more you will get an exclusive gift pack which features a paper pack, stamp set and collage set.

  • Get a $5 gift card: When you purchase a gift certificate worth $25 or more you will get a gift card for yourself worth $5!

To start off this HUGE sale, enjoy this free image from Gecko Galz! I would love to see what you create from it! Oh the possibilities! Let Gecko Galz know that Jess sent you over for some great savings too!

Here are some holiday projects I have been working on with Gecko Galz images. There are so many ways to use the images from GG. Enjoy!

This is a jar for matches. I needed to do something with leftover matches from a altered matchbox swap that I am a part of, so I made it into a gift for my sister since she has a fireplace. I found a short mason jar, wrapped burlap around it using my favorite adhesive for ribbon...Scor-Tape! Did the same with the red ribbon on the lid. I covered a chipboard label cut from a Tim Holtz die with some music from a GG Christmas collage set, and added Merry Christmas on top, also a GG image. The Santa Claus on the lid is a GG image, along with the holly leaves, which I fussy cut. Then I wrapped burlap ribbon into a flower, added some holly berries, and voila! Simple and quick gift for my sister!

This is a small wreath that I covered with burlap strips cut from a yard of burlap. I added red string around it, various glitter snowflakes from Target. The little girl has been fussy cut and the red has been covered in red glitter glue. I added a little white pom pom to her hat. I printed the "Let It Snow" words and inked it with some Distress Ink. This was my favorite piece of the weekend, which has inspired my altered matchbox ornaments, to be shown later.

So come join us for all the fun and savings over at Gecko Galz!

Happy Holidays and Happy Scrappy Savings!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Burlap Wreath with Felt Flowers

So I finally made a burlap wreath while pumpkin chocolate chip cookies were cooling. I had bought a couple of small foam wreaths from the Target dollar spot last month or so. Now I wish I had gotten more! I got the burlap from JoAnn Fabrics while I was in FL. I don't know if I can find any here in Hawaii. I think I might call the local fabric store and ask. The cost was $3.99 per yard, and I used 1/4 yard for this.

I cut several strips of burlap. Beware of the hairy mess it can make on your clothes as you wrap the wreath. It can be prickly through them. I used pins to secure the burlap as I wrapped it. Don't use hot glue directly on foam wreaths. It will melt.

I decided to make felt flowers because I had plenty of felt from various kid crafts. I cut a small circle, several flower shapes, folded the flowers into quarters, snipped the point, and glued them on the circle. Once I made 3 flowers, I hot glued them to the wreath. I plan on tying a ribbon on top and hanging it up in my kitchen.

Total cost was less than $5.00. Awesome!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Cabinet Card Finished - The Madness Within

I wasn't able to finish this cabinet card in time for the AlphaStamps swap. We had to fly back to the Mainland for a funeral. I was almost done when we left so it only took an hour or so to finish. My daughter had fun making foam turkeys for her classmates while I worked.

I started with a 7 Gypsies cabinet card from AlphaStamps. I put the photo of Edgar Allan Poe into the cutout, then covered the inside with paper. The brick treatment is modge podge mixed with shredded toilet paper to give it dimension. I smeared over a stencil that I cut out of some leftover packaging from the cabinet card. Nothing is wasted!

I used collage images from AlphaStamps, Gecko Galz, and a few misc. places online. I printed the tree on my pattern paper before adhering it to the cabinet card. Then I went over the entire tree with a black glitter paint. For the label behind Poe, I used a leftover cereal box cutout from my Poe shrine project. I painted it then stamped silver paint with a woodgrain stamp. The wood represents the planks in The Tell Tale Heart.

I tried to represent some of his more creepy tales, showing the madness within. That is why the exposed brain. Also, the eyes in the wall are his. I had fun making this. Glad to have finished it!