Thursday 14 November 2013

Guest Designer at Gecko Galz

Sometime last year I was asked if I would be a Guest Designer at Gecko Galz and November has come round so fast.

I have made four projects and would like to share the non-Christmas ones with you today.
Firstly a collage card with an embossed background using the Tim Holtz Cargo mask on coredinations card stock with the letters sanded down.
The image is from Gecko Galz brand new collage sheet ‘Retro Fashions 1’. I layered scraps of paper, washi tape, lace and ephemera to create the collaged corner …….
…… and adhered various metal embellishments to add dimension.
The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Simple Sayings set of stamps.

My second piece is a tag card
The image came from the same Retro Fashions sheet as above and the butterfly is from a bottle cap set they do.
I love the chic feel to this image with the cracked background contrasting with the elegant lady drawn in black and white
Some tissue tape, washi tape and a black border balance the composition at the bottom.
Some rub-ons and a black bow at the top …..
….. and a doiley with inked edges placed behind the focal point to give it more of a feminine feel.
I’m really happy with this one.

We have had some stunning sunsets this week, these photos were taken on Monday night, there was something similar tonight.
From my workroom window.
Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.
Elbert Hubbard
Enjoy the rest of the week my friends and thanks for stopping by.
hugs {brenda} x0x


Desire Fourie said...

Such beautiful creations with a wonderful vintage flair.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

debby4000 said...

What amazing tags Brenda, my favourite is the second one.

Jane said...

Gorgeous GD work Brenda. I love the alphabet sanded background of the card but also the tag is very classy. I agree the sunset last night was phenomenal.....the sky was alight. Your quote is a very special one indeed. Hugs xx

Gio said...

Your pieces are truly beautiful, Brenda. You used vintage, gorgeous images and you create such a precious frame around them. Brava!

Rita said...

Absolutely Stunning Brenda. My favourite is the first one. Hugs Rita xxxxx

Terry said...

These are so gorgeous, Brenda! Great touches with the pretty layers! And on the subject of gorgeous, that sunset is spectacular! Hugs from CA!

Gram's Treasures said...

Beautiful cards, Brenda, with something a little bit different. I'm heeding that last little bit of advice...getting back to cleaning up after some renovation. Why is it, what seems like a small job isn't, and why do they make so much mess!
Joyce xx

Annie said...

Absolutely stunning Brenda x love the images and wonderful layers x
Amazing view from your room
Best wishes
Annie x

Sam & Poppy said...

Gorgeous as always Brenda and what a beautiful sunset. Big hugs xxx

Redanne said...

Those GG images are so beautiful and I love how you have used them to create wonderful stylish and elegant cards. They are both so very beautiful. Congratulations on your GDT post too! Hugs, Anne x

Netty said...

smashing photos Brenda and love your tag cards, great images, enjoy the weekend, Annette x

Glennis F said...

Love the sunset pics - just stunning!

Your projects are lovely - I need to check out this range

PetraB said...

Terrific pieces with all the intricate details and thanks for sharing your wonderful photos.

Ink Art Designs said...

Hi Brenda. Congrats on the GG GD spot! You have used some beautiful images and both pieces are very stylish. I think my fav is the 2nd one.
Beautiful sunsets in your part of the world at the moment!
Dot x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Stunning sunset Brenda and beautiful pieces of art, the teal/blue is gorgeous in the first piece coordinating with her dress beautifully. Love the collage layout for this piece. The tag card is lovely, the doily and image work so well together. Tracy x

Meggymay said...

Beautiful cards, loved the images and the details. Congratulations on your GDT spot.
Yvonne x

kateri said...

Beautiful cards. I love the retro look, and you've colored them beautifully. Really well done. I like your style!

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Brenda
How unique are these Tags! Great Vintage appeal, I think they are gorgeous, perfect keepsakes.

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning makes both of them Brenda!! Love how you layered the bits and pieces over and around those gorgeous ladies. The backgrounds on both of them look stunning too and I adore the idea on the second one of attaching the two tags together to make them into a card!! I will have to case that idea for some more Christmas cards, hope you don't mind, if I blog them I'll give you credit! Can't wait to see your other ones now!!

Astrid Maclean said...

Me again, meant to say congrats n guesting for GG and stunning sunsets!! Lucky you having a view like that!!

Anonymous said...

Beautifully done tag Brenda. Just stunning! Karen.x

Words and Pictures said...

These are a complete treat, Brenda... chic, stylish, so beautifully put together. Wonderful use of the images - I love the colour combinations of the first one, but am even more drawn to the delicate inky background and subtle palette of the second - gorgeous!
Alison xx

Words and Pictures said...

And congrats - of course - on the GD spot, can't wait to see more!

Shirley said...

Love them both Brenda and such a good choice of images.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Karen Petitt said...

Beautiful creations and beautiful photographs, tfs x

Marjie Kemper said...

These are lovely, Brenda. I especially enjoy the second one with the bold black accents and soft distressed doily. Thanks for your kind comments, always. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

1CardCreator said...

Love what you did with these images, so inspiring for me! I really like the tag that opens, I have not seen one like that before, very chic, especially with that fab image! Congrats on being Guest Designer too! ~Diane

Paper Profusion said...

You are so artistically versatile Brenda and keep outdoing yourself! I truly love both but am particularly spellbound by the second one - very very vogue indeed! Beautiful pieces both. Happy Weekend! Nicola x

Sandy said...

Your collage card is gorgeous Brenda - the colors really are so rich just like the pretty image. Your embellishments are perfect. Gecko Galz is lucky to have you!!!!
Your tag card is so sophisticated - that is the most elegant drawing. Reminds me of woman's fashions from my youth. I have never seen a tag card before and I really like it!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Brenda on your GD role and what stunningly elegant and fashionable samples you have created.
The card is so lovely but it is the tag I am particularly drawn to.
Eager to see your other samples.

Cocofolies said...

Wow, both are fabulous !!!! You have made a great GDT job, they are lucky with you of course ! And Ooh... you have a wonderful view from your workroom window !! Hugs, Coco x

hazel said...

Congratulations on your GD spot Brenda, I love what you've done with the G G images, they're gorgeous.
xxx Hazel.

Elly said...

Stunning retro style. Just brreathtaking. I love them all♥

Jools Robertson said...

These are both stunning, the images are fabulous
I think the colours in the second one and the doilie detail is just so elegant, you must be very pleased


Jools x

nefertiti said...

The card and the tag are very beautiful!! two great vintage pieces!!! bizz