Thursday, May 1, 2014

Spotlight Artist at Gecko Galz

Spotlight Designer for May

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. 
You can hop over to Gecko Galz web site,
for the material list and instructions.

Fairy Card
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 for the materials list and
instruction for all of the creations shown.

This 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 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!
Impressive Ideas
32 Magnolia Street
Roswell, GA 30075
How would you describe your crafting style?
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!
Share your blog site: 
Any last words for our friends and followers?  
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.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spot Light at Gecko Galz

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
Oval Die
Cover 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
or gifts.

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
Gecko Galz - Image from "Sweet Mother"
Grey cardstock with matching printed cardstock
Wide lace
seam binding

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
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.

I hope that you have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Spring Time at Gecko Galz

It's time for Daffodils and Easter Eggs!
 Gecko Galz has gorgeous images and papers
to make just the right card or project the
you need for spring time. 

This month at Gecko Galz we are

having a 

This month we have teamed up with Jodi Lee and we
are using our products in addition to Jodi Lee you show you 
how they can be used together to make gorgeous creations! 
Visit to see the design teams

Easter Greetings Card Materials
Gecko Galz Easter image, print 2. Spritz – Olive
and gold, Corner punch, Twine like ribbon,
Ribbon, Card base and Velum card

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.

Card Holder

Card Holder

Nature's Garden Papers
Gecko Galz's Easter images
Mini Book template
Grey/white cardstock
Rose button


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 top into the slit to close.

                                                        Happy Easter Card

Gecko Galz image from Easter Bonnet
Jodi Lee Papers “Natures Garden Papers”
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 Jodi Lee
Paper and used rub-on letters for “Happy Easter”. 
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! 

Have a fantastic week!

Friday, January 31, 2014


It's February!

I don't know about you but we have had a very interesting 
winter. Torrents of rain, freezing temps and now snow
and ice and I live in the deep South! We can't get out 
of the house so what better way to spend  time....making
paper goodies with Gecko Galz new February designs!

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!

Friendship Card

Gecko Galz Image from the "Little Darlings" collection
6x6 card base                                                                   
card stock for mat

patterned paper
Frame die cut
corner piece

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
Lace/ ribbon
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
green flower
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.

 Asian Card

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!


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Gecko Galz Special

Gecko Galz and Basic
Grey Valentine 

To join in the challenge create your valentine using Gecko Galz
and Basic Grey products and win the new Basic Grey
"True Love" digital paper pack and Gecko Galz 
February products.
Just email a picture of your
project by Jan 31st to On February 5th we will announce
the winner and show off the winning product on Gecko Galz site. 
Good luck and have fun!


Valentine Envelope Card


Gecko Galz Image
Basic Grey Paper(3 coordinating sheets)
Paper Cutter
Element for closure


Cut a piece of cardstock to your desired size
Cover it with patterned paper
Print and cut out the Gecko Galz image
Matt the image to a darker cardstock and adhere to the card
Print a patterned paper for the flaps. This paper will wrap around the back of the
card with two corners even at the top/bottom and sides. Cut off the
"corner" sections that are at the top and bottom.
Fold the two side corners into the middle of the card leaving the top and bottom of the card visible. Tie a ribbon around the card and place an element of your choice at the front closer.
Linking to Make It Monday

Exciting News!

My Artistic Adventures Challenge
Many of you know Heather Hudson at "My Artistic Adventures".
 I was fortunate to be with her on a couple of design teams
where I got to know her.
 She is a wonderful artist, has her own paper line, Etsy shop and
has decided to begin a new artistic adventure,
 "My Artistic Adventure Challenge
which  begins today!
Hop over to Heather's blog to learn all about her new endeavor
 and get a hint for the first challenge!

I've used some of Heather's new paper line to create a Valentine Tag.

To make the tag I used Heather's background paper and added the hearts
and adorable little cupid, hearts and sentiment from her new
Valentine collage sheets. As you can see she has everything
 you need to make your tags or cards.
 I added seam binding a flower, some lace and medal
 element from my own stash.

Heather is also having a sale of 15% off a $5.00 or more purchase by using
the coupon code MyArtisticAdventures. Follow the link to he Etsy and
see her amazing creations.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

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
decorative punch
paper cutter

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

Blank Card
Brown cardstock
White cardstock
Patterned paper
decorative corner punch
Seam binding

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


 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

Gecko Galz images from Valentine Day Collection
3 coordination papers

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.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

has released their December products and they are beautiful.
I love making tags and cards so I used some 
of this months images. I love the blue paper, it fits
the vintage period perfectly.
The Paris image really caught my eye so I used
it to make a card. 
Visit Gecko Galz to see their latest goodies!

 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
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
Tag base
blue card stock
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 andplace on the back of the tag then tie the
seam biding on the top of the tag and you are finished. Enjoy!

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