Hi everyone, I hope that you are all doing well and safe from
the stormy weather that we've had the past week. Maybe May
will bring beautiful sunny days!
I'm excited to tell you that I am the Spotlight designer for
Gecko Galz this month. Gecko Galz sales digital paper packs
and images that are just stunning. New product come out the
first of each month and always include something perfect for
an upcoming holiday or special event. I've also complete a
questionnaire that lets you know a little more about my
paper crafting adventures. One of the questions asked what
my favorite scrap store is other than Gecko Galz.
My local store is call Impressive Ideas and is located in Roswell, Ga.
Just click on the icon on the sidebar for a peek!
I love altering journals so I used this beautiful paper and
image to transform a black and white composition book into
something a bit prettier that I would love to use everyday.
I used the adorable Fairy stamp to make this card for a friend.
Again the details are on the Gecko Galz site.
Gecko Galz Cross Promotion
Each month Gecko Galz has a promotion with another company and we
use both products to create something new. This month we were
paired with "Vintage by Me" and their images are amazing.
For this card I used the bird image from "Vintage by Me" and
the paper from Gecko Galz and they are perfect together.
I love tags and Gecko Galz' May images and paper were
made for each other. I love the soft feminine look.
I made 3 tags, well actually I made many more
but here are just a few of them.
Be sure to visit GeckoGalz.com for the materials list and
instruction for all of the creations shown.
DESIGN TEAM SPOTLIGHT MEMBER......STARR TIMMONS
month our Design team spotlight is on the very talented paper artist
Starr Timmons. Here work is a cross between romantic vintage and shabby
chic and I am sure you will agree she is a very talented lady. Here is a
bit about her!
How long have you been paper crafting?
Around 10 or 12 years ago I began
playing with paper. I remember a friend asking me to come over to
scrapbook and I thought "how boring".Wow, how wrong was I!!!!
What is your favorite kind of projects to do?
The projects that I enjoy most are multi-dimensional. I like creating altered art, wall hangings , and other 3D items.Card making is also a joy. It's what I do to get away from it all and relax.
In the industry who do you most admire and why?
When I think of all the "Paper Crafting Stars" I don't have one that stands out above another.The
creativity that goes into making a line of product is mind boggling. I
admire the entire team that sees to the product from designing to
delivery. I must say that I do have a great admiration for the women who
have stepped out and become leaders in the industry.
What brands (besides Gecko Galz) do you enjoy working with?
I love my Tim Holtz Vagabond and the Spellbinder dies. I think Maja Design and Pion paper are gorgeous and perfect for Shabby Chic.
What is the one thing in your crafting tote that you cannot live without?
What can I not live without...it has to be my tweezers. I use them constantly.
Where have you been published?
I've been published in Flying Unicorn's Digital Magazine.
What is the best thing about being on the Gecko Galz Design team?
Okay, this is not a fair question, how can you put "the" best thing when there are so many!I love working with Leanne, she is creative, patient, and a great business woman.Getting
to work with Gecko Galz products is a dream, the images are amazing
with endless uses and I can't stop without saying what a joy it is to
design with such incredible women. Their creative talents are amazing!
What is your favorite scrapbook shop and where is it located?
My favorite scrapbook shop, Impressive Ideas, is in Roswell, GA. It is locally owned and when I walk in I feel like I've gone home! Love it!
Evolving. I love many styles but two
stand out to me, Shabby Chic, it makes me feel girly, and altered art
because it gets my heart pumping. I get excited about projects that I
can change an object into something different and new.
If you could have a job in the crafting world what would it be and why?
To be an artist where my only job was to create would be my dream job.I
would love to work with many different mediums and have many projects
going at one time. I love painting with oil but I also like to get my
hands on paper, cloth and medal.I'm afraid that someone else would have to keep the business running, that's not where my talents lie!
Just a couple of thoughts, try to keep a
journal or write on your scrapbook pages or other creations so not only
you, but family members will know what and who you are featuring,
future generations will love your information more than you know.
Secondly, enjoy what you are doing. Find your style or styles and have fun creating memories.
DAY FOR DAISIES CROSS PROMOTION EVENT! Gecko Galz has teamed up with a Day For Daisies digital Stamps to show everyone how well the her products work with Gecko Galz Products! Our design team has combined the Some amazing digital products from Jodi Lee and Gecko Galz products to create amazing projects. Click here to see the DT creations.
Design Team Challenge Sample
A Day For Daisies Stamps
Gecko Galz Paper For Background
white tag with cloth and glue to the back of the tag then cover the
back with another piece of cardstock. Print the stamp, I chose the
mother and baby stamp, and cut out with a decorative oval die. With a
larger oval die cut out the Gecko Galz pink background paper and place
the stamp on top. Tie ribbon around the base of the tag, glue a flower
arrangement and add a jewel to hang at the bottom. Tie a Ribbon and
pearl at the top.
Sweet Mommy Collection
If you visit Gecko Galz you will see the new products for May. They have some
lovely images of Mother's and babies that are perfect for Mother's Day cards
This week Gecko Galz is spotlighting a tag that I made using this collection.
This image is just beautiful! Just click here to go to the Gecko Galz site and
take a look at all of the new goodies.
Sweet Mother Tag Materials Gecko Galz - Image from "Sweet Mother" Grey cardstock with matching printed cardstock Tag Wide lace seam binding jewelry/charms flowers
Instructions Place distressed grey cardstock onto the tag then on top of that place the distress patterned paper. Use 2 pieces of a wide lace and put one right side up, placed at the bottom of the tag, and place the other upside down at the top of the tag. Adhere and coordinating piece of lace or ribbon in the middle. Mount the image onto a piece of cardstock that has been die cut as a frame. pop dot it to the card. Add seam binding and a bow at the bottom of the tag and tie a small piece through the hole at the top of the tag. Hot glue the charm onto the bow. At the top of the tag arrange and glue flower to the tag and add a charm. Have fun!
Sweet Mommy Book
Gecko Galz image for A Mother's Love
Cream card stock
12 x 12" piece of soft material
2' of lace
Cream ribbon (I used wired)
1 stick pin
1 heart charm
1 sentiment charm
1 paper rose
Instructions Glue the material to a piece of card stock the same size as your card. Press
with a heavy book while drying to make it as flat as
possible. Place the lace around the edges of the card and then the image
in the center. When placement is as you like glue them to the material.
Tie the bow along the inner side of the card and place the rose on the
bow. (I used a double bow). Place the elements as you like on the card.
are using our products in addition to Jodi Lee you show you
how they can be used together to make gorgeous creations!
Visit www.geckogalz.com to see the design teams
Easter Greetings CardMaterials Gecko Galz Easter image, print 2. Spritz – Olive and gold, Corner punch, Twine like ribbon, Ribbon, Card base and Velum card Instructions Spritz the card base with gold and green sprit, dry slowly with a heat gun. Take one of the copies of the image and cut out the egg from one of the photos and pop dot onto the other egg. Spritz the twine ribbon with the olive spritz, let dry and adhere to the edge of the card. Place the image onto the green cardstock after punching the corners of the photo with a decorative punch place on the edge of the twine. Tie a ribbon length wise and tie a bow.
Nature's Garden Papers
Gecko Galz's Easter images
Mini Book template
Cut out Mini book template using a die cut machine. Put the book together following directions. Before putting the white pages inside the book, I cut out and taped pieces from Nature's Garden to the Grey cardstock.
Cut out images and glue them to the white pages of the Mini book leaving an opening along the top edge so your card will slip into the space. glue a button onto the front of the book and slide the topinto the slit to close.
Happy Easter Card
Gecko Galz image from Easter
Jodi Lee Papers “Natures Garden
Cardstock – White and Grey
Mat white cardstock onto dark
grey, then place Jodi Lee Paper onto the
white. I cut a frame with a die cut machine and
placed it over the image then
put a ribbon and bow under the
frame. I cut and matted another piece of
Paper and used rub-on letters for
I covered the inside of the card
with Jodi Lee Paper for a finished touch.
Visit Gecko Galz and take a look at the new March products and the Design teams creations!
Below are a few cards that I've made to show you a few of the
beautiful images. Anything from adorable little girls
St. Patrick's day products are here.
Visit Gecko Galz for a look!
Gecko Galz Image from the "Little Darlings" collection
6x6 card base
card stock for mat
Frame die cut
Cover front of the card base with mat leaving 1/8 inch around the edges. Cover mat with printed paper leaving a 1/8 inch around the edges, distress the edges I used Fairy Bella Papers from Jodie Lee. Tape a ribbon around the left vertical edge of the patterned paper. I copied the patterned paper just to get another set of butterflies. I
cut them out and placed them on top of the other. Make them a tiny bit smaller so you get a better 3-D look.
Cut a frame from a decorative die and place the distressed image on it. For the sentiment I cut a journaling circle from the Jodie Lee papers and stamped it.
I placed flowers on the upper left and a decorative corner piece on the upper right. On the inside of the card I placed another Jodie Lee page and a journaling card in the center of the page.
Happy Christmas Card
Image from Gecko Galz "Little Darling" Collection
matching patterned paper
Cut out 3 different sized coordinating papers and distress the edges.
Cut out a card stock mat and distress the edges. Adhere the mat then
place the patterned papers onto the mat. Tape or glue the lace/ribbon around the
card and under the image. Place a trio of flowers on the lower right of the card.
St Patrick's Day Card
Gecko Galz image -" Blarney"
Gecko Galz Paper Pack - "It's not easy being green"
Green Card Stock
white card base
Place Green Card stock on white card base. Print Gecko Galz paper (I chose two designs) and mat one on the green card stock and the other under the Gecko Galz after using a decorative corner punch.
Print the hat from Gecko Galz paper pack, cut out and attach using pop up tape, add the rick-rak across the bottom and adhere the little flower.
Gecko Galz Asian Stamp
Blue Card stock
Gecko Galz Paper Pack
White Card base
Distress blue cardstock and place onto white card base. Cut two coordinating papers for matting and go around
the edges with a gold ink pad , place on blue mat. Place a gold ribbon around the top mat.
Color the image, cut out and place on card stock, then cut the cardstock around the image with about a 1/8 border. Color the border with a gold pen and place on 3-D adhesive. Place on mat. Add a matching jewel element and butterfly die cut.
Have a fabulous week and stay safe and warm! Starr
Wow! Is time really going by so fast or is it that I'm just wanting it to slow down now that I'm retired! I was thinking about all the wonderful things that happened during 2013 and thought that I would list them to remind me that life can be wonderful.
Every 2 or 3 weeks I go to my Dad's and visit. Since my Mom died a few years ago I try to visit, clean and do some cooking for him (although I'm a terrible cook!) We have spent hours talking about when he was little and when I was little. He has told me things about Mom and him that I never knew . The secrets are exposed!
We talked about religion and our faith. It has been wonderful to share time with Dad and learn so much from him in such a short time.
In April my step-daughter had our 1st grandchild, Logan. What a joy he is and of course very smart and wonderfully handsome. He has a great personality and is a joy to be around.
My step-son moved back home from Arizona in Oct. He has been living with us and although we all had adjustments to make, he has been a delight. Today he came home from work and talked about moving to his own place. I cried! I never thought that would happen, crying because one of the kids was leaving!!! Anyway, he wants to go back to college so maybe he will stay a little longer to help out with his bills.
A few months ago one of my best friends found out that she had pancreatic cancer and that it had spread to a lymp node and a spot on her lung. Okay, you are wondering way I would write this as a wonderful thing...she had her scan Monday to see if the chemo was helping and what amazing news, the tumor is almost gone, just a shadow there now and the other spots are gone or almost gone. She has another round of chemo coming but God is so good! There is no better way to start the new year.
I hope that you can find the fantastic moments as well as the ones that bring us to our knees and know that whatever the situation, God is with us.
Now for some more great news... GECKO GALZ has some fabulous images and paper for you to use while making those gorgeous greeting cards, jewelry or other paper crafts. This year will be no exception, Gecko Galz with provide the best quality and a great variety of images to use in your projects.
Go the Gecko Galz and see all of the new products and the design teams samples using the January goodies. Below are a few projects of my own that I made using the new January 2014 products. Enjoy and visit the other teams sites for a little help getting the creative juices going.
Winters Garden CardMaterials Gecko Galz image from the Winter Gardens collection Blank card 5 pieces of coordinating paper ribbon or bling sentiment stamp ink decorative punch paper cutter
Directions: First cut about 1/4 to 1/2 inch off of the vertical side of the front page of the card. Cover the front with a dark paper then mat the image onto 2 coordinating papers and attach to the top section of the card. Stamp your sentiment onto a strip of paper then double mat it to match the top section. Place at the bottom of the card. Put bling or ribbon between the two sections. Decorate the inside with paper and punch out a strip of coordinating paper and place along the vertical edge so it will show when the card is closed
My Fair Lady Card Materials: Blank Card Brown cardstock White cardstock Patterned paper decorative corner punch Seam binding
Directions: Cover the front with brown cardstock then place a patterned paper on top. Corner punch a piece of brown cardstock and place the matted Gecko Galz image onto that piece of paper making sure the corners are under the decorative areas. Stamp a sentiment at the bottom of the imageand place a ribbon or seam binding at the bottom of the card.
Blue Bird Card
Gecko Galz image from Winter Garden Collection Blank Card Black Card stock Gray Card stock White card stock Stamp Sentiment Black Ink Flowers (very small)
Mat the image onto the white cardstock then black then gray. Cover the front of the card with black cardstock then add a patterned blown paper to the top leaving about 1/8 of an inch around the edges. Place the matted image onto the brown paper and add the sentiment that has been matted onto a gray strip of paper. Add small flowers or an element of your choice to the bottom
Valentines Wishes Tag Materials:
Gecko Galz images from Valentine Day Collection 3 coordination papers ribbon
Directions: Cover the tag base with gray cardstock. Corner punch 2 piece of paper that will be used to mat the image, then punch the image also. Place the image onto the mats then onto the tag. Tie a ribbon at the top. Simple and clean
Wishing you a fabulous day! Thanks for stopping by.
Peace On Earth CardGecko Galz image from Beauties in Black and White Blue and white paper from Blue Willow paper pack Tag base blue card stock ribbon lace flower or another element seam binding glue of tape decorative punch
Begin by covering the tag base with deep blue cardstock then place the Blue Willow paper on top of that leaving 1/8 in around the edges. Mat your Image onto blue cardstock and place on the tag. Under the image glue a piece of ribbon and under the ribbon glue a piece of lace. Hot glue the flower to the ribbon. I used cream or aged ribbon and lace for the dated/Victorian look.
Punch out a coordinating paper and place on the back of the tag then tie the seam bidingon the top of the tag and you are finished. Enjoy!
Peace On Earth Card
Gecko Galz image from Beauties in Black and White
Blue and white paper from Blue Willow paper pack
blue card stock
flower or another element
glue of tape
Begin by covering the tag base with deep blue cardstock then place
the Blue Willow paper on top of that leaving 1/8 in around the edges.
Mat your Image onto blue cardstock and place on the tag. Under the image
glue a piece of ribbon and under the ribbon glue a piece of lace. Hot glue the
flower to the ribbon. I used cream or aged ribbon and lace for the
Punch out a coordinating paper andplace on the back of the tag then tie the
seam biding on the top of the tag and you are finished. Enjoy!