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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Gecko Galz blog hop

Hello Everyone!

We want to welcome everyone to the
Gecko Galz 7th Annual Blog Hop

This is your ninth stop on our Tricks and Treats Blog Hop
We have 14 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
"Little Christmas Magic".

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, 2 new paper packs each quarter, a journal kit each quarter, anATC collection each quarter, and one jewel it collection!
 This is a $176 value!

First of all, you will need to visit all 14 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 at
This enters you in the contest. On October31st 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 26th of October and the 30thof 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
“Little Christmas Magic”

Now have fun visiting each Blog

Margaret Ashby (you are here)

Here are the cards I made from the free collage sheet

I also used the following Gecko Galz papers and icons.
Card 1 - paper from Christmas Dreams Craft kit
Card 2 - Peppermint Lane paper set.  Sentiment is an icon from Christmas Dreams Craft Kit
Card 3 - Peppermint Lane paper set and word tree from Christmas Dreams Craft Kit.
Card 4 - Blue Christmas kit
Card 5 - Merry and Bright paper set.  Candy cane icon from Christmas Dreams Craft Kit.

I would like to add my cards to the following:

ABC Christmas challenge - U unlimited (anything goes) and/or V Vibrant

Artistic Inspirations 188 - anything goes

Crafting by Designs - Get Ready for Christmas

Crafting from the Heart 180 - anything goes

Crafty Gals Corner 146 - anything goes

Crafty Girls Creations 40 - anything goes

Crafty Hazelnut's weekly Christmas challenge 356 - anything Christmas with the optional theme traditional Christmas colours (all except card 4)

Crafty Hazelnut's monthly Christmas challenge - anything Christmas

Crafty Hazelnut's monthly pattern paper challenge - anything with pattern paper

Fab n Funky 368 - Christmas

Just Keep on Creating - anything goes

The Merry Christmas challenge 40 - anything goes

Through the Purple Haze 136 - Untraditional Christmas colours (card 4)


It'sMe said...

Lovely assortment of cards great inspiration thank you for the collage sheet and great blog.♥

christi said...

oh boy, these are so cute. I love how you used all of the non traditional colors mixed in with traditional ones. very cute. thanks for the collage sheet.

Unknown said...

Wow Margaret these look fabulous. Hugs Jennifer xx

Joan said...

What great cards - I enjoyed them all!!!

Carol Salisbury said...

Wonderful images, wonderful cards!

Amanda said...

Lovely cards, especially the blue and pink one. Some great non-traditional colours xx Amanda

2amscrapper said...

What a delightful collage sheet--and your cards are wonderful! Helene

Carolyn1217 said...

Thanks for the Christmas collage sheet.

hazel said...

I love the quirky collage sheet and your samples are fabulous.
xxx Hazel.

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Hi Margaret,
Hope you are doing well. So nice to see you on this Blog Hop!
Christmas is my favorite time of the year, so I really enjoyed seeing all your lovely cards.

MsMad said...

Great Christmas images and your cards are fantastic, guess i will add these images to my cards I make this year !!!!

Ronda Liebert said...

That collage is so dang cute. Can't wait to use it. Love your creations.

KarinsArtScrap said...

Margaret these are beautiful cards

gr karin

Peggy B said...

Love these images and how you used them, thank you for sharing!! onward....

Unknown said...

love the cards and images.

Sari / Granne said...

Magic endeed. Such a happy and bright images, full of joy.

Holly M said...

These are so colorful and fun. I love them all.

Ava Gavloski said...

Wonderful presentation creating cards that really pop with the cute digitals

Lisca said...

I love your cards granmargaret. I found your blog via the blog hop. Thanks for the collage sheet. It's sweet. Thank you.

LeeBeth said...

Your cards are so light and airy - enjoyed them

Fikreta said...

oh wow!
those are so gorgeous!

Deonna B said...

Wow, your projects are stunning! I love the bright colors of this collage sheet. Thank you so much.

Michele said...

such delightful christmas projects you've made! thanks for the free sheet! xo

Sharon said...

Oh love your xmas cards with this collage sheet - they are fab!! Thank you for the Gecko Galz sheet!!

maria f. said...

Such delightful images!

Christine said...

Something a little different! Thank you for sharing.

Teresa Arsenault said...

Lovely cards, using these sweet and happy images. Thank you for the beautiful collage sheet.

Deb said...

what happy images these are! just wonderful and thank you for telling us what you used to make them!
what fun blog hop

MarĂ­a Pilar said...

Such adorable images

Nancy said...

What a fun Christmas collage sheet! You've made some very pretty Christmas cards, Margaret! Thank you! :o)

Debbie Johnson said...

The Christmas cards are so pretty!
Thank you!!

yukionna said...

Delightfully whimsical work that makes me smile.

Edwina said...

Such pretty Christmas cards! I love the images you used. they are so bright and cheery. Thank you so much for the Little Christmas Magic collage sheet. I love it! Edwina Brown

Electra said...

What a fantastic collage sheet and you have made such pretty cards with it! Thank you for showcasing it so well, Margaret!

Catnip and Kitty Whiskers said...

Your Christmas cards are so sweet! Love them! Thank you for sharing your artwork and also sharing the cute collage sheet!

Mera said...

Very whimsical ladies! You’ve made so very awesome cards.

Mera said...

Love the cards

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

Fabulous creations featuring this lovely collage set!

Iris said...

Stunning cards and I love the whimsical collage sheet.

Georgia Ehrmann said...

Love, love, love these images and your beautiful cards!

CraftingMum said...

Lovely card thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations. Louise DT x

Catie Cuddles said...

A great selection. Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge in October.
Happy crafting!
Catherine x DT

Anonymous said...

Lovely cards, Thanks for joining in with our challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge,
hugs Samantha :0)

Heather said...

Wow! You were busy! These images are all so beautiful and so are your cards! Thanks for playing with CHNCC2.

Billie A said...

Awesome cards. Darling images and so glad you shared over at The Merry Christmas challenge.
Billie A
The Merry Christmas Challenge
Paper Play Sketches
Catch the bug
Inspiration Destination
Creative with Stamps
Aud Sentiments
Sunny day crafting
Pause dream enjoy
Craftaholic R US

artbeckons said...

Thank you!!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Fun whimsical images- an great cards using them! Thanks for the GG sheet!

N-Eva said...

What a beautiful card!!! Love the adorable image you used!! Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky challenge.Neva

Rene said...

Just love the quirky whimsical images on the sheet, thanks!
Your projects are just gorgeous and so much fun!
Hugs, Rene

Carole J said...

Gorgeous cards, Margaret! I love how you co-ordinated the images with Gecko Galz papers. Thank you for sharing your creativity and thank you for the gorgeous collage sheet - I can see myself using these for cards this holiday season! x

suzARTe said...

Such beautiful Christmas cards, lovely colours and details.
Thanks so much for sharing your creation at Just Keep On Creating. I am so sorry I have taken so long to leave a comment, I couldn't run my blog for the last year but everything is up and running again at Just Keep On Creating, I would love to see you back xxx