Gecko Galz Guest Designer: Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card
Hello, Friends! Today I’m guest designing for the fine folks at Gecko Galz. This Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card has me dreaming of the walking barefoot along the shore. It’s the perfect card for Gecko Galz August Shabby Chic Seaside Challenge.
I’ve combined some old Pion Design papers up with a gorgeous digital image from By the Shore and the beach clock from Time Flies. The end result is a dreamy beach scene. Little Birdie flowers, blue micro gingham ribbon and lots of pretty shells that I gathered along our North Carolina shores frame the card. I feel like I could just walk right into the image on this card front.
TIP: Thin white acrylic paint with a little water, then spatter lightly all over the card front. It adds such a lovely shabby finish to a card, To me, the spatters look like bubbles in the water.
Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card: A Peek Inside
Of course, there are pockets inside the card. You have to have a place to tuck in all those beachy treasures!
I’ve stitched a little shell bookmark and topped it with some natural fibers, charms and ribbon.
This darling magnet features another image from the By the Shore Digital collage sheet. Stitching natural fibers around the edges give it just the right beachy finish.
I hope I shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
When our kids were little, we would save up all year for a week at the beach. This was better than Christmas or birthdays or anything else I can remember. Watching our kids dig in the sand, frolic in the waves, search for beach treasures filled my heart with joy. The beach is the perfect spot for a family vacation! This lovely image from Cuties by the Shore Digital Collage Sheet brought all those wonderful memories back to me.
I’ve been cleaning out The Closet of Shame, and found this pretty lighthouse paper. The color tones were a perfect match for the Gecko Galz image and the Laserowe Love papers, so I used it inside the card. Create a little pocket for a sentiment card on top. Decorate with a fussy cut anchor from the paper collection.
This 3″ x 5″ gift card wallet is a real product mashup.
First, cut an 8 1/2″ x 5″ panel of navy cardstock for your base.
Line the cover with lighthouse paper and then a smaller panel of the distressed dots pattern.
Now, die cut a clock image from Gecko Galz “Time Flies” Digital Collage sheet.
Lemonade Stand Easel Card: Gecko Galz Guest Designer
Hello, Friends! Summertime and lemonade just seem to go together. I’m sharing a darling Lemonade Stand Easel Card as a Guest Designer for Gecko Galz today. It’s just loaded with summer sunshine and lemony goodness.
Lemonade Stand Easel Card: Tips and Tricks for Working with Digital Images
Here are a few tips and tricks that you can use if you have not worked with digital images before:
Print on high quality cardstock. I use Epson Matte Premium Presentation Paper for high resolution images.
Always set your printer properties to the High Quality setting.
You can print the digital sheet exactly as it comes from Gecko Galz. Or, you can use a photo editing program to crop and resize images to suit your project. That is what I did with this card.
Cropped images can be pasted into a Word file. This way, you can size the paper to 8 1/2″ x 11, which fits most all printers. Cropping and pasting means that you don’t use ink/paper on images that you don’t intend to use.
Let images dry overnight, or heat set gently with your heat gun. This will prevent the ink from smudging when handled.
Lemonade Stand Easel Card: A Peek Inside
Create a pocket for your easel card by cutting the liner paper for the card interior about 3″ longer than the panel. Then just score, fold, and adhere the sides to make an instant pocket.
Create a little tea bag wallet by scoring and folding a strip of white cardstock. Make a belly band from scraps and decorate with fussy cut images and flowers.
Iced tea is just as refreshing as lemonade, and you can make an icy cold glass using the tea bag tucked inside the wallet.
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures. I’ll be back soon with more Gecko Galz creations!
Laserowe Love Watermelon Friendship Pocket Card with RRR Watermelon Plaid Ribbon
Hello, Friends! Don’t you just love it when you find just the right ribbon to finish off a card? This Watermelon Plaid Ribbon could not be a more perfect match for this Laserowe Love Watermelon Friendship Pocket Card.
This 5 1/2″ square top fold card is a real slice of summer fun. Here’s how it came together:
First, cut a 5 1/2″ x 11 panel from Gumdrop Green cardstock. Score in half on the long side and fold to make a top fold card base.
Next, cut a 5 1/4″ panel from Ripe Raspberry Cardstock. Center and adhere over the Gumdrop Green.
Now, cut a 5″ panel from the Laserowe Love Watermelon Summer paper. Center and adhere over the Ripe Raspberry.
Cut a 2″ belly band from the text pattern from Watermelon Friends. Double mat on both Ripe Raspberry and Gumdrop Green. Adhere in the center of the card.
Add a doily in the center of the belly band.
Now fussy cut the best friends from a small tag. Save the top half of the tag to tuck in as a design feature.
Fussy Cut the large ice cream cone tag from the collection. Double mat and adhere on the left hand side of the card. Tuck the fussy cut friends in on the right hand side of the tag and the tag top on the left.
To finish this card front off in style follow these steps:
First, top the ice cream tag with ribbon, burlap string and a little ice cream cone charm. I’m not sure where this charm came from. I’ve had it in my stash forever.
Fussy cut the banner, back with foam adhesive and adhere along the top edge of the card.
The tie 1″ burlap string bows for the corners of the banner. Top with bitty black buttons.
Tie a 2 1/2″ double loop bow with the Watermelon Plaid ribbon. Hot glue in the lower right hand corner of the tag. Top with pink flowers.
Finally, run ribbon scraps through the legs of a paperclip and top with a small flower. Add buttons.
Watermelon Friendship Pocket Card: A Peek Inside
Mat the inside of the card with more Ripe Raspberry cardstock. Then top with panels of designer paper.
TIP: Create a quick and easy tag pocket by cutting a 5″ x 7 1/2″ panel for the bottom of the card. Score this on the long side at 5. Use an oval die to cut a pocket opening. Fold the 2 1/2″ flap up and adhere the sides to form a pocket.
This is such a quick and easy card to make. You could easily adapt this “recipe” to work with any collection you have in your stash.