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I started this blog in April 2012 so I could join Challenges. I am now on some design teams. I hope you like my cards. I started stamping in 1995 but my cards are still mostly cute.
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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Gecko Galz blog hop and free collage sheet

Hello Everyone!

We want to welcome everyone to the
Gecko Galz 6th Annual Blog Hop

This is your Tenth stop on a wonderfully Wicked Blog Hop
We have 16 AMAZING blogs for you to visit this weekend, each with some gorgeous projects created using the Gecko Galz collage sheets that we are giving you for FREE! Each blog you visit will have another free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to down load, the one here is
"Breathtaking Beauties".

Also make sure you leave a message on each blog site you visit and on the last blog there will be a phrase that you will email to us to be entered in our drawing for a wonderful treat pack.  So sit back, relax, take your time and enjoy the hop!
We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:
·        First is a Gecko Galz shopping spree for $100!
·        Second prize is a $50 Shopping spree with Gecko Galz.
·        Third prize is a $25 shopping spree!
·        And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz PRODUCTS!!! This includes the 6 new collage sheets each quarter, a new stamp set each quarter, a new paper pack each quarter!
 This is a $100 value!

First of all, you will need to visit all 16 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect the phrase at the end of the hop on the Fripperies and Butterflies site there will be a link to email the phrase to Gecko Galz.
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 the Gecko Galz blog site.

For an extra chance to win make a purchase from the GECKO GALZ ETSY STORE between the 27th of October and the 30th of October and your name goes in again for a better chance of winning (each purchase you make that weekend gives you another chance to win) 

Please enjoy this free Gecko Galz Collage sheet

“Breathtaking Beauties”

Now have fun visiting each Blog

Margaret Ashby (you are here)

If you did not start at the Gecko Galz Blog you might want to start there so you will not miss a thing!

 Here are the cards I made with the free collage sheet

Card one:  I have used paper from Gecko Galz  Papillion digital paper pack
Precoloured image from Gecko Galz Breathtaking beauties collage sheet
Sentiment from Create with TLC.
 Card 2:  Paper from Gecko Galz Flower Power digital paper set.
Precoloured image from Gecko Galz Breathtaking Beauties collage sheet
Butterfly, ribbon and roses from Digital Scrapbooking Studio.

Card 3:  Paper from High Society digital paper pack
Precoloured image from Gecko Galz Breathtaking Beauties collage sheet
Sentiment from Kaisercraft 6-1/2" paper pad Violet crush

Card 4:  Precoloured image from Gecko Galz Breathtaking Beauties collage sheet
Stamped Wishing you Happiness onto dark pink card.  Cut out oval and embossed with Cuttlebug roses.  Layered over the image.  Added ribbon and flowers and layered all onto light pink card.

Card 5:  I wiped black gesso over white card with a baby wipe.
Used moulding paste through stencil.
When dry sponged over with red distress ink;s .
Printed sentiment from Gingers House blog, layered onto red card and then onto the main card.
Printed out image from Gecko Galz Breathtaking Beauties collage sheet,  Layered onto red card and then layered on top.
Added flowers and brads.

I  would like to add my cards to the following:

Anything goes with a TLC sentiment No 4 (card 1)

Artistic Inspirations 166 - anything goes

Crafting from the Heart 133 - anything goes

Crafting with an Attitude 20 - anything goes (card 4)

Crafts Galore Encore challenge 34 - anything goes (all cards)

Crafty Hazelnut's monthly pattern paper challenge - anything with pattern paper (cards 1,2,3)

Creative Artists Mixed Media 19 - anything goes mixed media (card 5)

Creative Craft Cottage 74 - use ribbon (card 4)

Inkspirational 120 - black and one other colour (card 5 - black & red)

Just Keep on Creating - anything goes (all cards)

We love 2 Create 22 - anything creative/mixed media (card 5)


  1. Thanks for the blog hop! Penny

  2. Lovely cards and thanks for the download!

  3. Wow I love your designs they are so amazing, thank you for sharing

  4. Hi!! Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage. Good luck.
    Groetjes van Ine (DT)

  5. Lovely work, thanks for sharing with Crafting from the Heart!

  6. Hello there, Margaret! It's lovely to come across your blog on this wonderful hop! Your cards are all very beautiful! Thanks very much! :o)

  7. What beautiful works of paper are so talented!

  8. Wonderful images! Love the way you used them on your cards.

  9. Margaret your cards are gorgeous! Thank you for the blog hop and printable x

  10. Margaret, truly beautiful pieces!! I especially love the second one! So well done!
    Jackie ")

  11. Beautiful creations Margaret! Love the images and this hop! Thanks for the collage sheet!

  12. Love Cards Margaret. Thank you for the hop and collage sheet. x

  13. Hi your creations are stunning.Thank you for joining us at <a href='’> Creative Artiste Challenge Blog </a> for challenge 19 Anything Goes Mixed Media and the sponsor is The Dusty Attic. Hugs Jackie DT

  14. What a lovely set of cards you have created. Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge 'Anything Goes'.
    Nicola CGE DT Amethyst Lily Designs

  15. Thanks for sharing your cards - and for the nice collage sheet!

  16. the ladies are beautiful and you did great with the samples you made for them

  17. Very pretty cards and the iamges are beautiful. Thanks for sharing and can't wait to use the.

  18. Thanks for the blog hop! Penny

  19. Love the way you have used these images! They are beautiful!

  20. Lovely use of the images, and thanks much for the detailed descriptions.

  21. Your cards are beautiful! I especially love the first one on this post. Great use of the collage sheet images.

  22. Your cards are so pretty, Margaret! Fabulous job with this Collage Sheet - thank you so much - I love it! This is a fun hop1

  23. you made some lovely, vintage, feminine pieces with this fabulous collage sheet! thank you! xo

  24. What gorgeous cards Margaret - you really have made some wonderful cards with the images

  25. enjoyed your art-lots of great pieces

  26. You did a wonderful job creating these lovely cards.

  27. Great cards, thanks for the images!

  28. Lovely cards. The ladies in all the different eras are each beautiful. I like the way your cards matched with each one.

  29. love the vibrant colors you mix in with your digis. thanks for the sheet.

  30. beautiful beautiful

    thanks so much


  31. Enjoyed your cards and love the collage sheet. Thank you.

  32. You are so talented, Margaret! These are lovely cards! And thank you for the pretty collage sheet!

  33. Oh wow these are beautiful vintage lady creations. Its perfect for our 4th ‘ATG with CREATE WITH TLC’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck and hope to see you play with us again.
    {ATG with a CREATE WITH TLC Element}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  34. Beautiful cards using the freebie sheet - thanks for the inspiration! A great hop!

  35. Gorgeous creations with the lovely images!
    Thanks for the sheet & a great hop!

  36. Beautiful collection of cards!

  37. Gorgeous creations with your Breathtaking Beauties, Margaret. Love them all. Thanks so much! xxD

  38. Very beautiful cards! Thanks for playing with us at Crafting with an Attitude :) xx Mari

  39. Thank you so much, beautiful ladies!

  40. A lovely set of cards, Margaret showcasing the gorgeous collage sheet. The second one is my personal favourite. Thank you for the 'Breathtaking Beauties' - I can't wait to use them. x

  41. Such a great use of the images Margaret, I love the details you have included as well.Thanks so much for sharing your creation at
    Anything goes October link-up, Just keep on creating
    Susan xx

  42. WOW! What an assortment of amazing images, and you've showcased them beautifully! Thank you so much for sharing your artistry in the Inkspirational "Black with One Colour" gallery!


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