Wednesday, December 28, 2011

December Artist Spotlight part Two

I wanted to share another set of fantastic artist with you from the DYSU design team. We were fortunate enough to sponser a challenge on their blog site earlier this month and a handful of their design team came up with some amazing samples using Gecko Galz products. We hope you enjoy their work as much as we enjoyed it. Each month we will be sponsering a guest artist and if you would like to be considered for this please contact us at geckogalz@yhaoo.com .

Pandy Grenville-Evans
I am a calligrapher at heart.  I scribe texts, make cards, albums and books, scribe poems in my books, make scrapbook pages and work to order.

My style is modern and colourful, with layers and textures, very touchy, feely.  I love papers, ribbons and contrasts - anything and everything to do with paper and ink that keeps me busy!  I craft by solely by hand, from scratch.  I use a knife and rule – and I cut out most of the shapes I use myself.  This does mean that the off knife mark might show – hay, proves it’s real - that is what hand crafting is all about. My fave thing are my inks - alcohol inks - Copics -  distress - acrylic - all yummie

I try as much as I can to include other crafters, as well as craft buyers.  I am always keen to explain how I have made a card, or how a certain technique is done, I make toppers for people to use in their own work and regularly post ‘how to make’ projects and helpful information.


Pandy used our Chopstix stamp set for this card



MARY EASON

Hi everyone, my name is Mary. I'm a married SAHM of 2 teens, who keep me hopping. In between the massive amounts of daily driving, I try to sneak in time for a bit of card making and scrapbooking. I began scrapbooking about 7 years ago and card making shortly thereafter.  I lean toward Clean and Simple in my crafting but love trying other styles. Last summer I was lucky to be chosen to join the Design Team at the Do You Stack Up challenge blog. As one of our sponsors, Gecko Galz provided me with some fabulous images to play with. I love how unique and cool the images are and had so much fun creating with them. A big thank you to Gecko Galz for the fabulous product and for this opportunity. You can check out my Gecko Galz creations at - http://scrapmystash.blogspot.com/


Mary used Gecko Galz Winter wonderland
digital stamps to create this amazing
card.

Again Mary used Gecko Galz Winter Wonderland
digital stamp set to create this amazing
card.

We hope everyone has a happy and safe New Years and we will see everyone back here in 2012!
Gecko Galz

Monday, December 26, 2011

WEEK 5 ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

Welcome to week 5 of Gecko Galz Ultimate Holiday Giveaway!!!! This is our final week of Holiday give aways and it is the biggest prize YET!
This week we are giving one lucky winner an entire year of ephemera sets.....that's right each month you will receive all 5 of the new ephemera sets Gecko Galz releases!
But wait there is more 3 lucky runners up will receive a FREE ephemera set of their choice each month for a year!
What do you have to do to be eligible? Nothing much become a follower of the Gecko Galz News letter (it is not bad you get free collage page each month for being on it) you can do this on the Gecko Galz Website www.geckogalz.com and from our master newsletter list we will pick the 4 winners!
Good luck everyone and have a happy new year!
Gecko Galz 

Winners of Week 4 Ultimate Holiday Giveaways!

We hope everyone had a magical Christmas and wanted to pop in and congratulate our winners of the Ultimate Holiday give away week 4 Giveaway!
Congrats to

Corrine Selsor

Tabitha Grace

and

Sandy Martin

They all won the entire December colloction!!!!

Don't forget we have 1 more week of Giveaways!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Winners of Week 2 of Gecko Galz Ultimate Holiday Giveaways!!!

Hello Everyone!

Well our second week of wonderful Holiday Giveaways has come to an end and the winners of the choice of 4 FREE Ephemera sets of their choice are as follows

Yvonne

Natasha Campbell
and

LeAnne Pugliese
Congrats to all the winners! Please contact us at geckogalz@yahoo.com so we can tell you what you won!

NOW FOR WEEK THREE

For week three's Ultimate Holiday Giveaway 3 lucky people will win Decembers entire product line....yep you read right you will get all 5 ephemera sets, The paper pack, The Alphabet soup set, and the digital stamp collection "Divine Deco" a $30 value!!!
So how do you enter for your chance to win? That is simple just check out our Design Team super Star Heather Hudsons on line "Victorian Boot Money Holder" Tutorial at You Tube

 
and
 
 
 
 
Then come back here and leave a comment on what you thought of her tutorial (or you can email us at geckogalz@yahoo.com and let us know)
 
And then check back here next Monday to see who our three winners are! Good luck to everyone and have fun watching Heathers wonderful tutorials on You Tube!
 
We here at Gecko Galz hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday season!
 
Bright Blessings
Gecko Galz

Friday, December 16, 2011

Artist Spotlight For December

Hi everyone!

As we rush about doing last minute shopping and our loved ones start arriving we thought it would be nice to spotlight some great artist who have used our products so when you are taking a breather you can be inspired.
These ladies are on the design team for a wonderful blog site  the DYSU CHALLENGE BLOG, they host challenges for all you paper crafters. This month Gecko Galz was one of the sponsors for the DYSU challenge and these ladies came up with some amazing works using our products.

NAOMI

Hi Everyone!  I'm Naomi and I was born and raised in the beautiful Vancouver, Canada area.  I live just outside the city with my man and our two feline fur-babies, Tai and Mischa.
I started scrapbooking with my mom 9 years ago when I graduated high school but, to be honest, at the time, I was more interested in my social life.  About 4 years ago, I began going to crops with my mom to make her happy.  Although I do enjoy scrapbooking and have met many amazing women through it, I never really fell in love with it.  In January of this year, I began making cards and had no idea what I was getting myself into... I barely even knew blogs existed!  After discovering Blog Challenges, I reluctantly started my own blog in February because I wanted to participate.  The rest is history.  I have met so many sweet and supportive ladies and these days I couldn't even imagine a life without crafting and blogging!

http://paperbagprincesspapercrafting.blogspot.com/

Naomi used Gecko Galz All the trimmings Collage set to create this amazing card




MIRANDA VAN DEN BOSCH

My name is Miranda van den Bosch and I’m 47 years old. I have been drawing nearly all my life. At the age of 4 I was making drawings on a blackboard and I’ve never stopped drawing since. When I was little I used to draw portraits and Disney characters. After a while I started to draw fairies and dragons. In time, I joined an art group and learned to draw nudes, still life and portraits too. When I was in my 30ties I became interested in birds and started to draw them as well. And last year I published my first children’s book. It’s an ABC of birds and 26 birds tell you about birdlife in general. About 2 years ago, I discovered card making and how I could use stamps with my colouring technique and style. I really enjoy colouring all the cute images with watercolour or with regular colour pencils. I also like making art journalpages. Quite recently I started to draw my own digis which is a lot of fun to do. A new world of creativity is opening up for me.
If you want to see more of my work please go to www.mirandascardcreations.blogspot.com


For this Art Journal Page Miranda used Gecko Galz "Angels" collection

On this page she used Gecko Galz "Pixie Dust" Collection

For this adorable little tag Miranda again worked with Gecko Galz "Pixie Dust" Collection

And for this whimsical card Miranda used Gecko Galz "Gobel art" collection


We hope you enjoy this look at two talented artist and be sure to visit their personal blog sites to see more items by them as well as the DYSU Challenge site to enter their challenges.
If you would like to be one of our spotlighted artist or would like Gecko Galz to sponsor a challenge contact us at geckogalz@yahoo.com .
Happy Holidays
Gecko Galz

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Winner Of week one ultimate Christmas giveaway!

So our first week giveaway is done and we have picked 3 winners (you all will get 4 exclusive ephemera sets emailed to you) and we want to say thank you for everyone who participated. The winners for this week are
Linda Chaffin Gothard

2 AM Scrapper

and

Naomi Gong
Congrats ladies please email me your email addy's to geckogalz@yahoo.com and we will email your prizes right off!

Now if you did not win dont fret it is time for week two and another fabtastic giveaway. This week we are giving away a prize pack of 4 FREE Digi Ephemera sets of your choice. Three winners will be selected once again and you will get to choose 4 digital ephemera sets from our huge collection on the Gecko Galz website. So what do you have to do to win? First if you are not on our mailing list join the Gecko Galz Newsletter mailing list on the home page we will pick one winner from everyone who signs up there. The second way to win is become a Gecko Galz blog follower and leave a comment about what your favorite holiday tradition is. and the third way become a follower on facebook and leave a comment on our wall. So easy and so easy to win! everyone have a great week!

Gecko Galz

Monday, December 5, 2011

November Kit Giveaway Winner

Hi everyone!

We would like to thank everyone who entered our November kit giveaway, the winner of the 12 Days of Christmas tag book kit is....Lesley D!!!!! Congrats Lesley, Just email us at geckogalz@yahoo.com and give us your shipping addy and we will send it right off.
Now for our December Give away...its HUGE! every week until the end of the month we will be giving away a super wonderful prize! This week we will be giving away 4 exclusive digital Ephemera sets too three lucky people. you have three chances to win, first become a follower here and leave a comment here about the best gift you ever got. The second way is pop over to our face book page and become a follower and leave a comment there and the last way on the Gecko Galz website join our mailing list using the form on the home page http://www.geckogalz.com/ . We will announce the winners each Monday! Good luck

Gecko Galz

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cyber Monday Deals at Gecko Galz!

On Monday November we will be celebrating "Cyber Monday" with great deals on Top of our monthly deals! So get your wish list ready so your loved ones can stuff your stockings with all kinds of Gecko Galz Goolies! Check out the super savings below!

 
Spend $10 and get a Free Digital Ephemera Set of your choice!

For every $10 you spend you will get to pick one of our amazing two sheet ephemera sets for free! So if you spend $20 you will get 2 and for $30 you will get 3 and so on...it is a great time to stock up on your products. Just email us with your choice of Ephemera set. Good only Monday the 29th.


Buy One Digital or Clear Stamp Set and get another FREE
 
When you buy one of our digital stamp disc's or clear stamp sets you will get a second absolutly free, no limits. This sale is good only on Monday the 29th. 
 
 
 
Buy one digital colla
Buy One Collage Set and get another FREE
 
When you buy one of our collage sets you will get a second absolutly free, no limits. This sale is good only on Monday the 29th
 
 
 
Join the Gecko Galz Mailing List and recieve a FREE exclusive  Digital Stamp
 
When you sign up to recieve the Gecko Galz newsletter each month from our home page you will recieve a FREE exclusive Digital Stamp. this offer is good only through Monday the 29th.
 
 
and our monthly sales are still going on as well
 
 BUY ONE DIGITAL PAPER PACK
AND GET ONE FREE!


BUY ONE GECKO GALZ KIT AND RECIEVE A EXCLUSIVE HOLIDAY COLLAGE SET FREE!
(SEE SET ON OUR HOME PAGE)

So come check out all our wonderful deals and get ready for the holidays with us, we have amazing ideas and designs to help inspire you this holiday season!

VISIT US AT

http://www.geckogalz.com/

Have a blessed holiday this week!


 
 
 
 




 

Monday, November 7, 2011

November Kit Giveaway

So the count down to Christmas has begun and Gecko Galz is giving away another fun project kit. This month we are giving away the "12 Days of Christmas Tag Book", you get everything you need to put together this charming tag book as well as full instructions that are easy to follow! So what do you have to do to possibly win this kit? That is the easy part, become a follower of the Gecko Galz Blog and leave us a comment about your favorite Christmas memory. Then on December 5th we will choose one winner. But wait! We are giving you two more ways to triple your chance of winning. The first way is to hop over to the Gecko Galz Facebook Page and become a friend there and leave a comment. The third way is to make a purchase from the Gecko Galz website and we will put you in the running. We will give away a total of three book kits to jump start our Christmas cheer give away! Have fun!
Gecko Galz

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

And the Winners are....the 2011 Blog Hop Winners

Hi everyone!

We want to thank everyone for joining us for our first annual "Tricks and Treats Blog Hop" it was a fab success all thanks to all of you who joined us. We Have planned to make this an annual event so Mark your calanders for next years, October 25th 2012 for the "Mad Papercrafters Blog Hop" where we will have more free sheets, ideas and prizes.
Now for the winners this year I want to thank everyone for entering and a big congrats to the winners

WINNER  1 of the FREE ephemera each month for a year goes to Marlene Letendre!!! You get to choose a free digi ephemera sheet each month for the next year!!

WINNER 2 you get a $35 shopping spree at Gecko Galz! Congrats to Diana Kelly!

WINNER 3 you will recieve the $50 Gecko Galz Product bag of goodies! Congrats to Donna Lanclos!!!!

WINNER 4 will recieve a $25 shopping spree on the Gecko Galz site for posting the second blinkie on her blog site http://scrapbookinwithg.blogspot/ ! Congrats to Sandi McLean!!!!

WINNER 5 will recieve all the November digital ephemera sheets for posting the original Blog Hop Blinkie on her site http://mirandascardcreations.blogspot.com/ congrats to Miranda (please contact us with your email Miranda so we can send your prizes)

GRAND PRIZE WINNER who will recieve an entire year of gecko galz digital epehemera sets (that s 5 a month)! Congrats to Georgie Horn!!!!!!

Again thank you for joining us on our first ever blog and we look forward to doing it again next year.
If you like recieving FREE ephemera sheets be sure and join our mailing list on the Gecko Galz website and/or the Gecko Galz yahoo papercrafting group (see the link on this site>
Have a wonderful day
and happy crafting!
Gecko Galz

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

TRICKS AND TREATS BLOG HOP October 27-31

Gecko Galz Tricks and Treats Blog Hop

The first stop on your “hop” is this blog, so if you are here you are in the right place!  We have ELEVEN AMAZING  blogs for you to visit this weekend, each with some gorgeous projects created using the Gecko Galz collage images, that we are giving you for FREE! Each blog you visit will have a free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to download plus wonderful samples that our talented design team have created. Also make sure you collect all the secret words on each blog so at the end of the hop you can enter to win our wonderful treat.  So sit back, relax, take your time and enjoy the hop!

We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:
  • First is one free digital collage set each month for an entire year, you get to pick the collage sheet you want each month and we send it off to you! This is a $24 value
  • Second prize is a $35 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz website….you pick it and we send it!
  • Third prize is our Gecko Galz treat bag full of Gecko Galz products, kits, and other amazing products! This is a $50 value
  • And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of FREE DIGITAL COLLAGE COLLECTIONS!!! Gecko Galz puts out 5 digital collage sets each month and you will get all 5 sets for an entire year! This is a $120 value.
Read on to learn how you can win!
First of all, you will need to visit all ELEVEN blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect all eleven words and at the end of the blog on the Fripperies and Butterflies site there will be a link to the Gecko Galz website where you will email us the phrase the words make up. This enters you in the contest. On October 31st we will randomly draw the 4 winners and email each of you, then we will post the winning names on our website and on the Gecko Galz blog site.
For an extra chance to win make a purchase from the Gecko Galz site and your name goes in again for a better chance of winning (each purchase you make that weekend gives you another chance to win) 

Finally, we are having one more give away! If you post our Gecko Galz blinkie on your blog or website you will be entered to win a Gecko Store Gift Certificate worth $25 - super easy right?  Just post a link to your blog on this Blog so we can come visit :).



Here is the Blog Hop Rotation 











Please enjoy the free Gecko Galz Collage sheets
As well as the samples our design team have made using the images.

Here is the Fairylands FREE Ephemera Set

Monday, October 24, 2011

Gecko Galz First Ever Blog Hop Just Days Away!

Hi Everyone!

we here at Gecko Galz are so excited our first blog hop is just days away! So how is this blog hop going to work? It is very simple just start at this blog on Thursday October 27th at 10 am CST and then follow the instruction on where you will go next. There will be 12 wonderful blogs to visit counting this one and on each of the blog sites you will get a FREE page of ephemera's you can save to your computer (they will all be different) also there will be a word that you collect on each one and at the end of the hop you will create the phrase these words spell out and travel to the Gecko Galz website where you will email them to us using the email form on the home page!
This will put you in the drawing to perhaps win one of the following Awesome prizes;

First is one free digital collage set each month for an entire year, you get to pick the collage sheet you want each month and we send it off to you! This is a $24 value
Second prize is a $35 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz website….you pick it and we send it!
Third prize is our Gecko Galz treat bag full of Gecko Galz products, kits, and other amazing products! This is a $50 value
And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of FREE DIGITAL COLLAGE COLLECTIONS!!! Gecko Galz puts out 5 digital collage sets each month and you will get all 5 sets for an entire year! This is a $120 value

Also if you make a purchase from the Gecko Galz website between today and next Monday you will get one entry for every $10 you spend (a great way to double your chances on winning).
And we are still having the challenge where if you put our blinkie on your blog site helping us spread the word about our hop you can win a prize (see below).
We hope to see all of you at our blog hop come Thursday morning!
Happy Scrapping
Gecko Galz

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Count Down to our first BLOG HOP!

Gecko Galz first blog hop is a just around the corner and we thought it would be fun to do a little contest for everyone who helps us spread the word about it. All you have to do is place the following blinkie on your blog or website and place a link below to be placed in a special drawing for some fun Gecko Galz prizes.

<a href="http://www.geckogalz.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1113.photobucket.com/albums/k513/heatherahudson/692c11ec.gif" border="0" alt="Gecko Galz Blog hop 2011 Oct" /></a>

thank you to Heather Hudson for creating our Blog Hop Blinkie as seen on the side of this page!

Friday, September 30, 2011

September Kit Giveaway Winners!

Hi Everyone!

We want to say congrats to our two winners of the September "KIT" giveaway.
Our winner on facebook was Barb King...woooo hoooo and our winner from the Gecko Galz Blog is
Kim....wooo hoooo! Kim if you could please email us with your shipping addy to geckogalz@yahoo.com we will get your kit off in the mail! Congrats to all the winners!
Now for events happening in October, if you pop over to our face book page we are giving away another fun kit, this time it is our "Wicked little Witch mini book", just go to the page and look at the discussion thread to join that giveaway.
As for our blog site we will be holding our first ever BLOG HOP starting on October 27th, if you never have joine in a blog hop what you will do is come here on that day and we will have all the details to the blogs you will visit. On each blog there will be a FREE page of ephemera for you to download along with some amazing samples for you to see by our design team. Also on each blog site there will be a word that you will collect and at the end of the hop you will take all the words that form a phrase go back to this site and leave a comment with the phrase and you will be entered in a SUPER DOOPER GIVEAWAY!!!! So please check back with us on the 27th and join in all the fun!
Also Gecko Galz is now offering "Exclusive" products for our news letter subscribers, thats right this is product only offered to you, but to get it you have to join our mailing list....just go to http://www.geckogalz.com/ and sign up!
Hope everyone has a wonderful October!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

October Kit Give Away.....Win! Win! Win!

Hi Everyone!

Thank you to everyone who took part in our July/August giveaway I want to say congrats to the winners
Gerri Herbest
and
Carin Weichler
They both won 6 months of exclusive collage sets woo-hoo!
So now to the latest giveaway, to celebrate taking part in the San Marcos CKC we are giving away a fun little book kit. Thats right you have two chances to win your own "Cowgirl Diva Tag Book" kit. All you need to do is leave a comment here then pop over to the Gecko Galz website and sign up to recieve our monthly newsletter (http://www.geckogalz.com/) that is the first way. The second head over to our facebook page and leave a comment on our wall. We will pick to people on September 30th who will each win a kit. Each kit comes with full instructions on how to put the book together along with all the ephemera, tags, trims, embellishments you need to make the book. Plus a list of supplies you will need to complete it ..like inks, glues etc.
We hope some of you can make it out to see us at CKC but if not have a wonderful september.
And dont forget we are holding a new challenge on our website where you can win $25 in Gecko Gal Product!
Cowgirl Diva Kit
 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Gecko Galz FREE GIVEAWAY for July and August

Hi everyone!

I want to thank you for following us and helping us spread the word about Gecko Galz. As some of you might know we now have exclusive products just for people on the mailing list, each month Gecko Galz releases a new ephemera sets just for people on our mailing list to purchase as well as papers and fibers/ribbons these are just for them I dont sell them in the shop on line or distribute to our stores only you our mailing list customers can get access to them. So to celebrate these new products we decided we would do something fun and exciting for everyone. We are going to give away too two lucky people a set of the exclusive ephemera sets for 6 months!!!! You heard right 6 months of EXCLUSIVE COLLAGE SHEETS FREE!!!!!
Now what do you have to do? well if you are new to this blog and to Gecko Galz just become a follower here then pop over to the Gecko Galz website home page http://www.geckogalz.com/ and at the bottom of the page sign up for our newsletter....one of the sets will be given away to a new follower!
The second set will be given away to an existing follower and all you all have to do is leave a comment here make sure you are aon our mailing list on the Gecko Galz home page then get your paper crafting friends to join....thats right for every person you send to the blog and who joins our mailing list (have them mention your email address and name) you will get a point and the person with the most points will win 6 months worth of FREE EXCLUSIVE EPHEMERA SETS!!!!!
Pretty easy hu? And to tempt you further here is a preview of the types of sets you will get
Our Giveaway will end August 30th so help us spread the word and you can WIN WIN WIN!

Have a happy Scrappy Day
Gecko Galz

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

CKC Ephemera Give Away winner is........

Hello Everyone!

We want to thank everyone who joined us for our CKC classes this weekend, you made us feel right at home and we had a lovley time. For everone who were unable to join us but inquired about the kits they are now available on the Gecko Galz website under "Class Kits", each kit comes with everything you need to complete the kit and full color instructions on how to put your books together.
And now for the winner of the Ephemera giveaway, congrats to Carla, you won copies of the Cowgirls and Viva La France ephemera set....just email us at geckogalz@yahoo.com to claim your digital images.
And dont worry if you missed this giveawy for now we are doing a brand new giveaway.....woo-hoo!
So what do you win, you will win a "Oolala Book kit" and all you have to do is leave a comment under this posting and on August 15th we will choose one lucky winner who will win this amazing little book kit.
Good Luck to everyone!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

COME JOIN US AT THE HOUSTON CKC!

Hi everyone!

We are gearing up for the Houston Creating Keepsake convention next weekend and I wanted to extend the invitation to come out and check out this amazing scrapbook convention. We will be teaching two class (well actually three we are doing one class twice) the first one is an amazing little mini book inspired by our up coming Crazy Maniquins collage set and Echo Parks papers
And our second class will be a wonderful Cowgirl diva tag book which was inspired by our Cowgirl epehemeras

and every student recives a FREE gift worth $25 just for coming to the class....that is like getting your class practicly FREE! And as with all our classes there will be a doorprize given worth $100! And on top of these amazing classes there is an amazing dealers room with companies selling all kinds of crafting products, crops, make and takes and tonz of fun! So if you are in the Houston area around the 8th and 9th be sure to check it out....of you can visit there website and find out more...or even register to see for yourself!
http://www.scrapandpapercorner.com/events/ckc/houston/index.html

Now in celebration of our CKC classes we are giving away a free set of cowgirl ephemeras and Crazy Maniquin ephemeras absolutly FREE just leave a comment under this posting and July 10th we will draw a winner at random!
Good luck!

Friday, June 17, 2011

The New Gecko Galz Design Team Members!

The time has come for us to unviel our newest design team members, I have to tell everyone who applied that you made our desicions soooo difficult, you all are amazing artist and I celebrate you all!
So without further ado here are the newest members of the Gecko Galz Design Team;
Melissa Kirwan
Heather Huddson
Misty Rose Cramer
Cassandra Cushman
Joan Liddle
Hazel Harler
Paula Akers
and
Penny Walker
Congrats ladies and we cannot wait to see what all the ladies come up with! To keep up with all their work either visit Gecko Galz at http://www.geckogalz.com/ or at their individual blog sites!
Now for the prize giveaway in celebration of choosing our latest design stars we are giving one lucky follower $50 in Gecko Galz products......and the winner is.....LINDA HOFFMAN!!!!!!! Woo Wooo! Congrats Linda, just go to the Gecko Galz website pick out what you would like and email us at geckogalz@yahoo.com with your choices (you dont have to use the $50 all at once). Congrats to everyone!!! Keep checking back we will be holding blog challenges, feature spotlights on all of our design team members, we are doing our "Tricks and Treats" blog hop in October where you will get FREE EPHEMERA IMAGES and another chance to win an incredible prize!
Remember Gecko Galz is always changing colors!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Design Team Call Entry- Rebecca Farnham

Flowers, Fibers and Stamps Oh My....this discribes the beautiful paper art by artisan Rebecca Farnham!
Rebecca is a high school history/world geography teacher.  And as we can imagine her year has been a crazy, chaotic and hectic year with six classes and three preps (one a new AP World History class).  The one thing that kept me sane (ha ha) was scrapping with my friends and having my girl time. 
She started creating cards a year and half ago when she decided to make her wedding invitations (just a few because they were married in Jamaica) but when they returned she took on making the invitations for three receptions (in Texas, Iowa and Connecticut).  These invitations were very basic, but her interest started to peak.  She took a stamping class and learned the basics, but what really drew her into stamping and card making was an invite from a teaching partner to attend a birthday party at the store Archiver’s.  After that she started to meet new friends and just as her friendships blossomed so did her love for scrapping.    
Scrapbooking/card making for her is a release, it’s a time where she gets to let her inner child run free and be creative. 
She enjoys challenging herself and learning new techniques and inspiring others.

Here are a few of her amazing samples






Design Team Call Entry- Penny Walker

We have another wonderful paper crafting artist to introduce to you her name is Penny Walker and she is an amazing and talented paper crafter.
So lets talk Penny shall we? Penny has been scraping and stamping off and on for over 15 years. She moved to San Antonio in 2001, and in 2002 she started working a local scrapbook store and  she started out as a clerk and teaching stamping classes, then eventually moved into a  manager position. 
Penny continued teaching classes and became SDU Certified Instructor with EK Success. and though she left the business side of scrapbooking she continues to scrap and stamp with friends. She enjoy's teaching people fun tips and tricks and spreading the creative bug. I have never been on a design team with any company. What she hopes to do is continue blending creativity and fun then share with scrappers and stampers alike.

Here are a few of her amazing designs





Design Team Call Entry- Melissa Kirwan

And now she may be last but but there is nothing least about this amazing paper artist! We would like to introduce you to our last design team hopeful Melissa Kirwan!

So lets get to know this wonderful paper crafter! Melissa is an avid paper crafter and has been for more than 13 years.  She really LOVES paper and finding new ways to create with it.  Some of her passions are to cover things with patterned paper, scrapbook, create gift boxes and gift bags, make ornaments, origami, kusudama, altered art, home d├ęcor, frames, wall art...you name it she loves to create it!  Being a fanatic for anything vintage or retro makes it easy to see where alot of her inspirations come from. She also has occasionally been known to give crafting tutorials to a small groups.  And as she says  "Inspiration finds me daily when I least expect it, and it usually whomps me over the head!" it is exciting to see what this amazing artist will create next!

So if you are intrigued to learn more about her just hop over to her blog at;
http://melissawithscissors.blogspot.com
So lets check out some of her designs








 

Design Team Call Entry- Paula Akers

When we read her discription of her style "My "style" is best described as straightforward, clean and simple, with experimentation" we knew we were about to enter what we can only imagine would be a paper crafting wonderland....and it was....we stepped through the looking glass and discovered our next design team hopeful Paula Akers!

Paula is a mostly stay at home mother of two wonderful children, a son who is 10 and a daughter who is 5.  She married her college sweetheart and now they all live happily in WV, along with an older beagle baby.  Paula has been crafting for as long as she can remember but picked up paper-crafting, especially with rubber stamping and card-making, passionately about four years ago.
 She also paints with watermedia, knits, and enjoy combining my interests in mixed media and art journaling.  She loves to learn new techniques and the thrill of letting the project and supplies guide her.
Her work has been published in Scrapbook News and Review magazine.

To see more about this talented artist visit her in "wonderland" better known as her blog;

Please enjoy her samples





Design Team Call Entry- Joan Liddle

What do you get when you cross a bit of vintage flair and some fun little inspirations? Why the next design team hopeful Joan Liddle!

So what can we tell you about this talented paper crafting artist?  Well she has been papercrafting for about 8 years and nothing makes her happier than to be in her studio, working away
on a project!  She loves to scrapbook, make cards and ATC's, altered art, mixed media, home decor items and do rubber stamping.
Anything that involves paper and embellishments gets her heart beating faster!!
Her work has a vintage whimsical flair to it with tonz of little details everywhere!
And you may have seen some of her lovely designs in the pages of some of your favorite magazines for Joan Has been published in Take Ten magazine, Stampers' Sampler magazine, Somerset Home magazine,
Somerset Holidays and Celebrations magazine, and Stamping, Stationery and Scrapbooking magazine to name a few.
to discover more treasures please take a moment and visit her blog at My blog address is:  http://joan-discoveries.blogspot.com
Now for some of her wonderful work





Design Team Call Entry- Erin Reed

Now let us visit our next design team hopeful Erin Reed!

Erin is a stay at home mom, she was a teacher (high school science) before I stayed at home, and her love for scrapbooking brought her to us here at Gecko Galz!! 
Erins first love is her family, they mean everything to her and she finds they inspire her paper crafting projects.  Her second love is crafting, especially scrapbooking and she started to scrapbook  in 2006 when her oldest child was 10 months old (everyone needs a muse and our children are the best muses of all).  So she started to dabble doing a few pages here and there for his baby book, but nothing serious.  Then a family loss drove her to focus her energies in the scrapbooking direction, it was her way of dealing with the tragedy, and as we all know it is far more theriputic than a shrink.  She created a haven for herself by making a permanent scrap room in my house, and then she started to teach classes at a local scrapbook store, then at her house, and now at her local Michaels and Jo Ann’s stores too. 
 Erin would say mher favorite types of layouts are shabby chic, distressed, and elegant styles , but she also like to make clean layouts, fun ones that are cute and kid-ish with fun elements like clouds and animals on them.  She loves to work with flowers, lace, ribbon, ink, paint, mists, chipboard, plus anything else she can get my hands on.  thus she has never met a scrapbook product that she did not like, and she is always on the lookout for other fun techniques and products that she can learn and pass along to others.   Scrapping is her hobby turned into a little career for her since now she is a stay at home mom.
You can discover more about this talented paper artist and all her wonderful pages at her blog;  http://scraps-of-reflections.blogspot.com/
We hope you will enjoy her work as much as we did!