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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pumpkin Fun


I want to thank everyone for joining in the Gecko Galz Blog Hop it was so amazing to hear your comments on my work and I love that I gained a few new friends following my blog (that is always fun). So I am gearing up for another craft show in November and thought I would share with you a few new frames I have done. You know me I love altering wood items and these little frames are so much fun to decorate (and would make amazing gifts for friends and family). So I thought I would share some of my fun designs and also at the end of this entry check out a fun giveaway from me!

Oh Pumpkin Frame

For this frame I used some amazing papers from BO BUNNY, I have to admit that I am very smitten with their papers and they lend themselves well to making these frames. The wooden frames I got at Micheals for $1 so you can imagine how fun and inexpensive these gifts are to make. The brown trim is from Hobby Lobby and the big wooden button I got from a huge pack of buttons I got from Oriental trading.


Okay so as you can tell there is a trend going on with my frames I again used BO BUNNY papers to create this stunning red frame. I cut out the poppies from another sheet of paper and using pop dots made them 3 diminsional. I used black paint to distress my edges and added some red bling...because everything is better with bling! Then I found a fun font and printed the words LIVE LAUGH LOVE and mounted it to a wooded blank I found at Micheals in the wod working area and distressed with "Festive Berries" ink by Distress Ink.


Again I used BO BUNNY papers to cover ther frame and used cream velvet ribbon from Mya Road and paper flowers from Prima and antique pearl buttons from Gecko Galz to decorate. I then stamped the saying on a sheet of white cardstock that I distressed with pink ink. I made flourishes using my VIVA PEARL PEN. This is a simple but charming gift for a baby shower.


So for this frame I stepped away from the Bo Bunny paper and used my other favorite papers GRAPHICS 45. I again distressed the edges with black paint and made my embellishments from other pieces of the Graphics 45 papers from that line and finshed it of with some bling...because Diamonds are a girls best friend after all!


Now this frame was inspired by weddings...this is what happens when you sit and watch the 4 weddings marathon one afternoon. I used BASIC GREY papers to cover the frame, I love this paper because it reminded me of wedding lace. Then I took a piece of white lace trim and ran it down the left side of the frame and placed a sentiment plaque on the left side center and a pretty flower from FLYING UNICORN at the top. Then using my lilac ink distressed the edges and using my VIVA PEARL PEN added some pearls around the center edge.

I hope you enjoyed my little frames and will be inspired to do your own as gifts.
Now for something fun I am going to give away  to three lucky followers three of my designs I did for the Blog Hop....The altered Bottle, The plaque, and the tag. plus there may be other goodies thrown in just for fun.
So what do you have to do to win? that is simple if you are not a follower of my blog become one and then leave a comment on this blog entry...easy hu? Then on November 15th I will randomly draw three names and each person will win one of my designs (plus other goodies). Good luck everyone and thank you for following me and my paper crafting antics!


Friday, October 26, 2012

Welcome to the Gecko Galz Blog Hop

Welcome Everyone to the 2nd Annual Gecko Galz Tricks and Treats Blog Hop
 I am the next stop on your “hop” welcome to my blog! If you started here you might want to go back and start at the begining at the Gecko Galz blog so you won’t miss anything!  
We have 15 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, mine is "Picture Perfect". 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 the ephemera collections for each month for an entire year. That is 60 different sets! This is a $120 value
  • Second prize is a $50 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz website….you pick it and we send it!
  • Third prize 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
  • And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz  COLLECTIONS!!! That will be 1 paper pack, 1 digital stamp set, and 5 collage sets for the entire year! This is a prize worth $240
Read on to learn how you can win!
First of all, you will need to visit all 15 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect all Fifteen 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 badge (found on the Gecko Galz Blog) 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 the Gecko Galz Blog so we can come visit :).
My Secret Words are;

Now take all 15 words that make up the secret phrase and email the phrase to Gecko Galz at  or go to the gecko galz website and use their comment box and send the phrase, good luck. Thank you for joining our blog and don’t forget for another chance to win make a purchase at either their website at or at their Etsy store at .

Here is the Blog Hop Rotation 

Please enjoy this free Gecko Galz Collage sheet “Asian Beauty
As well as the samples I have made using the images

(Just click on the picture for link to full size sheet)


Lady Of Roses Tag
Leanne Seed

For this tag I started with a pack of  Inkssentials #8 tags and using my Distress inks in Festive Berries and Crushed Olives and smeard on the ink colors on a piece of wax paper and then spritzed with water so the colors blended together. Next I took my tag and swirled it in the colors and it created this amazing pattered on my tag. Then using a blank CD as a template I took a piece of Washi Paper that I got at Micheals and cut into a circle and adhered half on and half off my tag using liquid glue. Cut off part of circle that is sticking off. Next I cut out the girl with the rose and hand tinted the rose and adhered her flat to the tag. Using my paper piercer I made a small hole in the center of the bottom edgeand pulled through a piece of red twine by May Arts. I then took the bird cage image and cut it out and poked a small hole in the top and looped the twine through it and tied in a bow to create my dangle. Using some fun red ribbon from my stash I tied several small pieces through the hole to resemble a fire cracker top and added a small appoxy sticker by Creative imaginations.

Bird Song Frame
Leanne Seed

I had so much fun doing this frame, it was a combination of doing it for the blog hop and for the Graphics 45 challenge for this month. As you can figure all the papers are from Graphics 45 "Birdsong" collection. The lady I enlarged to 5" tall and cut her out then inked her edges using brown ink. The frame I got at Micheals in their wood item area (it was only $1). The twine I got at hobby Lobby as well as the mini oriental coins and red cinabar beads. For the edges I used gold acrylic paint and a paint brush (not foam a regular bruch) and flicked the edges creating this wonderful texture effect. Then I cut another piece of the paper to slip in the picture area as well as a piece of acetate I got at Archivers.

Asian Dream Bottle
Leanne Seed

I have always wanted to try my hand at creating an altered bottle and had this stash of great bottles I bought last year at Hobby Lobby. So I started with my Marvy 2" circle punch and punched out a piece of Graphics 45 Bird Song paper and layered it on the bottle front using Glossy Accents. Then I cut out one of my charming little asian girls and positioned her on the front and added an appoxy sticker that reads Life from Creative imaginations. Then using red line tape I adhered a piece of black lace around the bottles neck then tied on some colorful fibers and red twine. To the red twine I ties on asian charms and beads. And finished off the bottle using my Viva white pearl pen. For an added touch you can alcohol ink the bottle as well.

Princess Peacock Plaque
Leanne Seed

So for this little plaque I started with two pieces of wood I found in the wood section of JoAnns and layered on Gecko Galz "Zen Garden" Papers a great peacock feather I got at Hobby Lobby, tiny oriental coins and brown seqined ribbon also from Hobby lobby. I punched holes using my crop-a-dile and tied it together with wonderful orange ribbons and dangled two cinabar beads from the bottom using black twine by May arts. This is an amazing gift that only took 30 minutes to make.
Have Fun creating your own designs using these images!

I hope you enjoyed our little blog hop and dont forget to leave comments and take your phrase and email it in to Gecko Galz!

Happy Scrappin


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rustic and Elegant Designs

So this week The  Shabby Tea Room is holding a new challenge where you must do a project in a Rustic Elegance's. And this got me thinking about what I see as rustic and elegant. Having just been to the big Antique weekend in Warington and Roundtop and I saw a bushel of Rustic items to inspire me then put a soft elegance touch to my designs.....and so here is what inspired me to do a few rustic but elegant works.

Discoveries Altered Composition Book
Leanne Seed

For this book I worked with K & Co papers which I feel they capture that elegant rustic feel. Also I used gold acrylic paint  on the edges of the book and the spine to give it an aged rustic look, this also hides any short papers on the edge. Next I took two images I got from Gecko Galz and made the monarch butterfly double sided and pulled up the wings to create a 3-D effect. And on my trip to the antique weekend I found this amazing doillie flower made with a mini crochet doillie and twine which I thought was an amazing rustic look.

Too Tweet Altered Composition Book
Leanne Seed

Now for this composition book I was inspired by music and birds so I started with Paper Studios Musical background paper (found at Hobby Lobby) and using Distress ink in Vintage Photo I inked the edges. I love the Distress brand inks because they themselves have that amazing Rustic look. I then took an image from Gecko Galz and a piece of their Grandmas House papers and covered a wooden cut out of a bird and inked the edges with the same ink. Then something I love for a rustic look dyed cheese cloth I took a piece and died it using gold dye then cut into a square and adhered it to the top of the book. I added some great vintage style flowers and for their centers antique pearl buttons then ties tulle ribbon around the cover which ties in that elegant look.

Autumn Wishes Fairy Jar
Leanne Seed

So as most of you know I am so into doing these wonderful little fairy jars, I love finding fun little vintage pieces to use on them. For this one I started with an old Mason Jar and using alcohol ink I made it look as if rust was running down the glass and colored the metal lid to look as if it were rusted a bit. Then using a vintage doillie and brown tulle and placed it under the lid. I wrapped a string of rustic metal stars around the top and tied on old fibers I found in my stash. I also used a great fall flower as my jar topper. Inside I used the forth coming fairy children collage set from Gecko Galz, moss and some festive berries.

Angelic Tag
Leanne Seed

One product I absolutely love when creating a rustic look is UTEE and my favorite brand is B & J Art Stamps brand, they have amazing colors and they melt so chunky and look like aged metal!  Where alot of people will use clear embossing ink I like to use glossy accents you get nice rises and valley's when you use liquid adhesive. I inked the tag using dried Marigold ink by Distress Ink and the image is from Gecko Galz "Angels" collage set.

I hope you enjoyed my take on Rustic Elegance and I would love to see your take on this so pop over and join the Shabby Tea Room for this challenge!

Happy Scrapping!

Monday, October 15, 2012

You Can Win with Gecko Galz

Gecko Galz is gearing up for their 2nd annual blog hop and you to help them spread the word and possibly win a prize! All you have to do is place the blog badge below on your blog site, facebook page or website.... then in the comments section on the gecko Galz blog Site at
let them know it is on your site with a link to the site and on the 26th one lucky person will win their November product collection...thats right the winner will get the digital paper pack, the digital stamp collection and all 6 collage sets for November just for putting a badge on your blog or facebook page. I look forward to seeing all of you on October 26th where I will unvail my free collage page just for you along with some fun little design ideas! So what are you waiting for GRAB THE BADGE!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pretty In Pink

Okay So I am on a roll today and I did a few cards that were inspired by a challenge on the Shabby Tea Rooms blog site. There challenge going on right now is a pink, green and white challenge and I love pink and green together it is a beautiful vintage color pallette and I thought I would share some fun cards and a frame I did inspired by the color pink. And remember October is Breast Cancer Awarness month so get checked!

Pixie Dust Card
Leanne Seed

Enjoy Life Card
Leanne Seed

Thinking of You Card
Leanne Seed

Perfectly Pink Card
Leanne Seed

Just Be You Card
Leanne Seed

Now this month I am starting something a little bit fun, each month I will pick a color pallet and and give away some fun images for you to use in your crafting. So this month inspired by pink these are the images I found to share with everyone!
Have fun and happy scrapping!


Autumn Card Stamping

I will be the first to admit that I have been caught up in the digi stamp craze and for a moment took a step away from regular stamping, but then I came across a challenge site called "Fashionable Stamping Challenge" and thought I would brush off my clear and wood mounted stamps and see what I could do. I have a collection of wonderful stamps by Lynne Perrella that I go at the Stampington shop online and created some fun designs. I had forgotten what it was like to stamp and color so I thought I would share what I came up with.

Whimsical Altered Frame
Leanne Seed

for this frame I used Lynne's stamp Sweet Briar and colored it in using copic makers, Gecko Galz Image , "Dream" rubber stamp by Dawn Houser, Graphics 45 papers, wooden frame from Micheals, Mica Flakes by Stampendous, Stickles in Lagoon, Distress inks in Rusty Hinge & Vintage Photo, Staz On ink in Black, Pearl trim from Hobby Lobby, crochet trim from Hobby Lobby.

Lottsa Dots Card
Leanne Seed

I had alot of fun with this stamp and I used Lynne's "Remembrance" stamp and used Staz On black ink and stamped it on cream card stock. Once it was dry I colored in the stamp image with Copic markers ( I sprayed the image with fixative so there would be no bleeding, sometimes the alcohol in the pens react with the Staz On ink and you get a smear). The paper I used is specialty paper that I got at Texas Art Supply (they are on line as well) Vintage Photo ink by Distress Inks, Black wire edge sheer ribbons , red bling, copper brad by paper studios, and a watch hand by Tim Holtz (that actually spins).

Vintage Dreams Card
Leanne Seed

For this card I used Lynne's "Spring" stamp which I inked using my ink blending tool and Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge, Pine Needles, Vintage Photos. I also used bronze colored Stickles, olive green card stock, fun fall colored flower by Reflections, and the paper is hand made paper that I got at Texas Art Supply. I stamped the work Dream using Vintage Flower ink and the lady using Staz On in black.

Masquerade Card
Leanne Seed

I love this card and used Lynne's "Collete" stamp and colored in the background using my ink blending tool and picked raspberry & Lemonaid. Then I colored in the image of the girl using my Copic Markers. I love using copics because they blend so well so I blended the yellow and pink on the roses. I tore the edges then placed in on a piece of black card stock. I added a metal arrow piece into the right corner. and the paper I used was by Paper studio and added a cream pearl using a Viva pearl pen.

I had an amazing time creating these cards and hope this will inspire everyone to get out their fun stamps and make some cards!

Happy scrapping

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Free Halloween Images!

So normally I wait until friday to do Freeby Friday but I am so excited about these images that I could not wait until Friday. As most of you know one of my favorite times of the year is halloween and normally I have all kinds of goodies to share with you but just like with these images I already shared my cards with you.
What I do want to tell you about though is Gecko Galz on their blog site is holding a challenge where you can win not only their Vintage Christmas Digital stamps but also their Grandmas House digital papers just for doing something fun with their halloween products! So you can hop over to their blog site and check out all the info at and have fun creating!

And for everyone like me who loves a little trick or treat fun here are some Free images just for you to play with!
Happy Scrappin'
Lee Anne