Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Gecko Galz Customer Anything Goes Challenge

Last week for the awesome challenge over at Gecko Galz! Check out the details on their blog, which is where you would link your project.

For this months customer contest we 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.comor go to our blog site and enter your link using
Mr. Linky!
And On May 1st we will announce our winner
right here and on our blog site.
Good Luck everyone!

Happy Scrappy Savings!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pom Pom Topiary

One of my last minute decorations I did for Easter was this Pom Pom Topiary. I found the idea on Pinterest. I had a foam topiary already, as well as Pom Poms from Target in their dollar area. I did have to get another package from the craft store since the. Target ones weren't enough. I was afraid it would look mis-matched since the pastels were so different, but once I finished it, I realized it looked great.

I had to trim foam off of the base of the topiary to fit it into my bucket. I may change the base in the future, but it worked out well for now. I covered the base with the leftover loose Pom Poms. 

I am entering this in a challenge at Decorate to Celebrate -

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Simple Easter Wreath

I love making simple wreaths for the various holidays we celebrate. Since most of my supplies are still boxed up, it was hard to find things to decorate. But I was lucky to have come across my wreath forms and some yarn I got from the thrift store last year.

I had some flowers that would have worked on the wreath but they were too modern for the vintage images I wanted to use. So I just stuck to my GG stuff.

I used various images from Gecko Galz Easter Collage Sheets, cutting banner pieces as well as the little girl on the egg. I also had styrofoam eggs that I cut in half and I found a bag of moss to use.

I am pleased with results. Much better than the one I made years ago!

I am entering this into a challenge at Decorate to Celebrate -

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Gecko Galz Sample - So Sorry Card

Recently the Granny of my BFF passed away and I wanted to send a card. She was a special lady, I had spent time at her home when I was in high school with my friend. She reminded me so much of my own Grandma, who recently passed as well. I think part of me is still so sad and upset that this passing hit me hard. Especially since they both passed from Dementia.

So Sorry Card


White Cardstock - Recollections
Flower Image - Gecko Galz Pretty Petals Collage Set
Pink Crochet Lace - Recollections
Stamp - Stampin' Up
Ink - Distress Ink Black Soot
Pearls - Michael's
Wood grain Paper - American Crafts
Glitter Glue - Studio G

Rest In Peace Granny and Grandma!

You were both so loved! We will remember you and miss you every day!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Another Easter Decoration

Since my Easter decorations got stuck in the back of the garage behind a ton of boxes, I had to make do with what I had on hand. I was able to find pretty buckets that I will use foe Easter baskets, and I had various crafting supplies that I unearthed, add that to the few things I purchased, I have come up with some simple things to make it feel festive around here!

This egg bouquet was a variation of one I found on Pinterest, where the egg sticks were just in a simple white basket filled with grass. I had various containers to choose from, so the can was the perfect choice. Skinny enough that I didn't need foam to help them stand up.

I wrapped the can in green polka dot paper, using Scor-Tape. I love that stuff! Holds anything! Then I used the tape again to put on the pink rick rack. I filled it with purple paper shreds and added my egg sticks. I decided against ribbon on each since I didn't have many choices. So many boxes to still go through!

The egg was drawn on white Cardstock then covered with Washi tape. Then I cut it out. I did the same with the bunny, drawing it on Cardstock. Then I cut it out and applied glitter clue. Once dry, glue to egg, the use Scor-Tape to adhere to can. Voila! A fun, simple, and new decoration!

I am entering this into a challenge over at Decorate to Celebrate

As well as  DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #130

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, April 18, 2014

More Mother's Day Love

Today my friend and fellow Gecko Galz Design Team member, Heather,  posted an awesome tutorial and a link to a free Mother's Day collage sheet that she created for Graphics Fairy. One of the images was already in my files to use since I had visited GF the night before, so it was perfect that Heather had created a coordinated set to use. Her sets are perfect because you get everything you need image-wise to make a beautiful project. Check out her Etsy store HERE.

So with her collage sheet, I was able to make a card and a bookmark, both for my mom this year. I will laminate the bookmark before I send it to her. You never know what bits of glue may be stuck on the front or back of it, so to protect the book, it would be best to seal it.

Mother's Day Card Supplies:

Cream Cardstock - Recollections
Ink - Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy & Black Soot
Background, Image, and words - Heather A. Hudson
Doily - stash
Yellow Crochet Lace - Michael's
Twine - stash
Glitter glue - Studio G
Pearls - Michael's

Love You Bookmark Supplies:

Background, Image of Girl, and Blank Label - Heather A. Hudson
Washi Tape - Scotch
Doily - stash
Sentiment - Stampin' Up
Ink - Brushed Corduroy and Black Soot
Pink Rick Rack - Wright's
Glitter Glue - Studio G

I will be entering the card into Heather's challenge on her blog My Artistic Adventures, as well as the Mother's Day Challenge on the Gecko Galz Papercrafting Challenge Facebook Group.

Happy Scrappy Savings!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring is all around!

Here in Maryland, the spring flowers are blooming, neighbors are in their yards clearing away winter. This is our first spring in this house and the flowers have been wonderful!

This is out tulip tree in the front yard! My folks have one at one of their rentals, and I always thought they were so pretty! Apparently, down south, they call these Magnolia trees! I thought those were supposed to be white?? Anyway, Michiganders say tulip tree! Only downside is the mess of blooms on the ground!

We have these mini daffodils right be the front door. The kids loved them! My goal is to plant more bulbs so the entire flower bed is covered!

I don't know what these green cabbage looking things are. My mom said they were just low ground cover. Pretty though!

And you can tell from this pic that tulips will be blooming soon! Hopefully for Easter!

I hope everyone has a nice Good Friday and a great Easter!


Gecko Galz Challenge Group has moved!

The Gecko Galz Papercrafting Challenge Group has moved to Facebook! Yahoo has lost a lot in the last update, especially user-friendliness. If you would like to join, just click on the following link:

Gecko Galz Papercrafting Challenge Group

Also, every person that joins the new group and leaves a comment on the photo below, they will be entered into a prize drawing to be announced on May 1st! So head over there and enter today!

New challenges will be posted next week! Hope to see you there!

Happy Scrappy Savings!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Christmas Tag

I have been out of it for so long from our move that I never realized that my fellow Gecko Galz design team member, Heather, started to host challenges and created her own design team to showcase her products on her blog, My Artistic Adventures! I love her products and her style! So when I realized that the current challenge would be the last until Fall, I knew I had to participate!

The theme was the 4th Day of Christmas, which could be anything as long as you had 4 of something, it was a tangible creation, using her products. Well, I only own 1 collage set:

Such a cute set. You can purchase this on Etsy HERE.

Here is a tag that I made with this set, using 4 candy canes. 

Christmas Tag


Paper - American Crafts
Candy Canes, Words, and Tree - Heather A. Hudson
Holly Leaves - Hobby Lobby
Flowers - stash
Glitter Glue - Studio G
Seam Binding - stash
Kraft Sticker - Target
Ink - Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy
Lace - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Rick Rack - Wright's

Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter Decorations

Since we recently moved in, and added my mother-in-law's boxes to our garage and basement, my Easter decorations are blocked. Luckily I found some colorful buckets in various sizes that I could alter and use for decor and for the kids.

I took one of the smaller buckets to experiment on. I didn't have any paint, so I I chose paper to coordinate with the pink/purple color of the rims.

Cutting the paper to fit the bucket is difficult, so the edges are uneven. Nothing that lace and rick rack couldn't fix! Then I found a rabbit silhouette online to trace and cut out of text paper. Then I used the cotton from a Q-Tip to make the tail. All I need to do now is find some letters to add a word. The bucket is too small for the kids to have so I think I will just spell Easter or Hippity Hop on it.

Easter Bucket Supplies

Bucket - Target
Paper - American Crafts
Lace - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Rick Rack - Wrights
Glossy Accents Glue

I am entering this into a challenge at Decorate to Celebrate

Happy Scrappy Savings!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Mother's Day Cards

There are some beautiful images from Gecko Galz this month celebrating the mother/child bond. I love th Sweet Mommy collage sheet set.

A Mother's Love Card


Sewing Pattern Paper - American Crafts
Floral Pattern Paper - Basic Grey
Thread - stash
Doily - stash
Pom Pom Ribbon - Darice
Flowers - Michael's
Lace - stash
Button - stash
Roses Ad Image - Gecko Galz April Colors Collage Sheet
Mother and Daughter Image - Gecko Galz Sweet Mommy Collage Sheet Set
Blue Label - K&Co
White bird label - Making Memories
Pearls - Michael's
Letters - Making Memories, Authentique, Simple Stories
Ink - DI Brushed Corduroy

For Mother Card


Pattern Paper - Basic Grey and Making Memories
Bingo Card - Recollections
Doily - stash
Lace Trim and twine - Really Reasonable Ribbon and stash
Glitter Glue - Studio G
Pearls - Michael's
Ink - DI Brushed Corduroy
Mother and Child Image - Gecko Galz Sweet Mommy Collage Set
Kraft Labels - Target
Letter Stamps - Hampton Art

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Scrappy Savings!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Greetings Card

It has been a while since I have worked on my artwork. The move from Hawaii to Maryland via Michigan and Indiana for the holidays, was long and exhausting! We left the island on December 21st, and moved into our new home February 7th. And you know how much unpacking gets done with a 3 year old and 5 year old around?? So only essentials at first. 

Now, while many boxes are still taped up, I have enough to play and re-enter my position on the Gecko Galz Design Team! They have been so understanding of my situation!

This card was made using a new March collage sheet, Little Chickadee. I watched Sesame Street the other day and they were learning about different birds, one being the chickadee. They even explained how they were named, mimicking their sound, chick-a-dee-dee-dee. I have had that in my head ever since! So when I saw this set, though it is of baby chickens, not chickadees, I had to use it! Too cute!

Easter Greetings Card


Cut out card - Studio G
Doily - stash
Green Washi Tape - Bella Blvd
Yellow Pom Pom trim - Darice
Pearls - Michael's
Twine - stash
Purple flowers - Michael's
Label - Martha Stewart
Ink - DI Black Soot
Letter Stamps - Hampton Art
Chicks Image - Gecko Galz My Little Chickadee Collage Sheet

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Superhero Birthday Party

This year the theme for my son and daughter's birthday party was Superheros! We just moved into our house so I didn't have a lot of time to prepare, and my craft supplies and tools are still boxed up. So I had to make do with what I already had out and access to.

1st row

1) this is the mantel, with a simple banner and poster. The kids did some sticker scenes so I put them up to display.

2) Centerpieces were those plastic cups found at Wal-Mart for 99 cents, filled with paper shreds and skewers with comic words that I printed from the Internet and taped on. I plan on using some to decorate my son's room as well as in the scrapbook I put together.

3) I printed covers of vintage comic books from the Internet and cut them into a banner. I also made some comic word bubbles in MS Word that were printed and cut out. Then I used my Cricut to cut letters from card stock. Punched holes and threaded with string I had in my travel scrapbooking bag.

4) more cups from Wal-mart that I used for utensils.

2nd row

5) these are masks that I bought in the dollar section at Target last summer. 

6) covered one of the sunroom doors with twisted streamers.

7) simple goodie bags filled with stuff from the Target dollar spot. Printed superhero logos and punched out then stuck to bag.

8) my daughter sported a wonder woman shirt and tiara all day.

3rd row

9) Vanilla cake, two tiers. Ran out of red so top isn't quite what I wanted. Oh well, tasted great.

10) used a superhero placemat on front door with a comic word bubble created in MS Word that says Welcome Heroes!

11) found the idea for the suckers on Pinterest, so I cut foam into cape shapes and added superhero logos then cut masks and glued them on. The holder was a brick of foam, to which I glued black foam buildings. I also used a piece of black foam for the top, and used a pointy bamboo skewer to poke my holes for the suckers.

12) Cake table - I always like to have a well put together table, even if I cannot do much else. Covered our buffet with a yellow table cloth and reused the red table skirt from last year (save those and just use new adhesive). Then used a blue table cloth for backdrop. Added printed word bubbles with kids' names and the banner. A few twisted streamers on sides, decorate the table with plates, napkins, and other stuff. Voila!

4th row

13) my son in his mask waiting to blow out candles. Told him he couldn't have cake unless he wore his mask. He took it off immediately afterwards!

14) another mantel shot

15) napkins were double sided so I flipped some to show them off. Got these from birthday express through Amazon along with plates and Mylar balloons and a table cloth.

16) another centerpiece I used on the mantel.

It was a fun party. I think next year will be Wizard of Oz, can't wait!

I am linking this to, for their Easter/Birthdays Challenge.