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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Gena's card...

This card is by Gena, my 13 year old neighbor friend.  Gena has been coming over for awhile to take "lessons".  Today she finished up this card and wanted to post this in my blog so my friends could see it.  I suggested we should also enter it into some challenges.
After coloring the image with her markers, she fussy cut it and added glitter embossing powder.  She added the ribbon to provide a place for her fairy to sit and then added the dragonflies [in an odd numer] to balance her composition and finished it off with a Wink of Stella to their wings.
The image is "Leaning Am" by In Style Stamps, the background paper is from "Indie Bloom" by Basic Grey, the Dragonfly is from PSX and the ribbon is from stash.
This view shows a hint of the wing glitter.








The inside shows her sentiment and
the use of the left over paper from the front.





This card should be eligible for the following 
Gena plays football for her
school and is the only girl
 on her 7th grade team.  She is 
also on the Wrestling Team & plans 
on running Track this spring.
CHALLENGES:

Through the Craftroom Door – ATG
Crafting From the Heart -#146 – ATG SPECIAL MENTION BADGE
Crafty Sentiments – Favorite Combo[pink & blue]
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #290 –NO Hearts on Romantic Project
Penny's Challenge #316 – ATG
As You Like ItRibbon or Lace & Why [Ribbon because of the pretty bows you can make and more colors available]
Crafty Creations - #335 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #122 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #33 ATG Always
Scrapper's Delight #63 – ATG
Oddball Art – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge – Always ATG + DP



Create wildly and color with abandon!  
Gena

Thursday, February 16, 2017

You can smell the love...


This is another of my favorite Mo Manning images from Mo's Digital Pencil called "Strawberry Girl".  I have colored her with Copics.  The background stamp is red rubber from Hero Arts.  The girl was protected with a fussy cut duplicate and the Asian script was stamped surrounding her.  I have been told that I stamped it upside down... so forgive me that!
Corners were rounded with a Corner Chomper and very small, matching 'button' brads were used to secure it.






The inside consists of a strip of leftover DP
that picks up the yellow greens used on the front.  The Dragonfly stamp is rubber from PSX.  The sentiment has been left off till I decide on the exact occasion for the card.

This card should be eligible for the following 
CHALLENGES:
Art by MiRan Challenge #77 – ATG
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG
Crafting From the Heart -#146 – ATG
Sisterhood of Crafters – Use Red
Incy Wincy Designs – Love  TOP FIVE
Crafty Sentiments – Favorite Combo[red & yellow green]
Penny's Challenge #316 – ATG
The East Wind – #70  Love & Romance
DP2 -Mo's Challenge Blog #272 - ATG + Mo Image
Crafty Creations - #335 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #122 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #33 ATG Always
Scrapper's Delight #63 – ATG
Get Creative Challenges – #55 – Use Red +1 Other Color
Open Minded Crafting - #14- Use Flowers
Oddball Art – Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Inappropriate comments...

It's a new month and a new challenge for 613 Ave C - ATG with an optional twist of a CAS Card, a sentiment as the focal image and the color blue.
I opted for this wonderful sentiment from Ginger's House that seriously amuses me!  Ginger offers her incredible, often funny or irreverent sentiments as freebies.  You can't go wrong bookmarking her site!
The frame was created a long time ago when I was playing with paste thru a stencil - I dug it out of my stash so I don't have a source for you at this time.  The paste is a dark blue, which is not translating well on this photo, nor can you see the depth of the paste lines which are as much as 1/16" in height.  That, along with elevating the sentiment on foam tape, provides some texture to the card.  My touch of bling has been done with Duo glue and gold foil.

 The inside is another of Ginger's freebies - it reads: "Too bad you don't live closer because there are evil plots to be hatched and and [sic] twisted deeds to be done."  It's funny that I never saw that typo until I tried to type it out here - hmmmm.  Oh well, it is signed and on it's way to my co-conspirator!
This card should be eligible for the following 
CHALLENGES:
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
Aud Sentiments #172 – Male card + Sent
Penny's Challenge #314 – ATG
Crafty Creations - #334 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #121 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #33 ATG Always
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers L: 10 - #77 – O is for Outrageous

Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Year of the Rooster!!

 Happy Chinese New Year!

This image is from 
- definitely one of my favorite digis!  Love the Asters that balance his tail feathers and those Farmer Johns are so unexpected!

The fold is a simple Z-fold and the background CS has been embossed with a folder from Cuttlebug.

Copics were used to color the image - I had no idea how to do a realistic rooster and this is what I came up with...

What??  You don't believe I captured the colors right??  Take a peak at the photo of my inspiration rooster on the bottom right!
The inside sentiment was simply
 typed out on my computer.

Inspiration Photo of
actual rooster.



















This card should be eligible 
for the following CHALLENGES:

Crafting From the Heart -#144 – ATG Always [DT Favorite]
Incy Wincy Designs – Man in my life
Tuesday Throwdown #327 – ATG
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Penny's Challenge #313 – ATG
A Day for Daisies #158 – 2 or More Layers
Crafty Creations - #333 – ATG
AI Challenge #200 – Spring Colors
Winter Wonderland – Spring Fever [Sun, Flowers, Romance]
Scrapper's Delight #62 – ATG Always
Aurora Wings #42 – Asian Inspired
Get Creative Challenges – #54 ATG Always
Aud Sentiments #172 – Male card + Sent
As You Like It – Favorite Flower & Why [small purple Asters so hardy and beautiful!]


Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

Friday, January 27, 2017

Repeat design - different uses...

"Warmest Wishes" can be found
at Mo's Digital Pencil Too
Last post I made was a tutorial on how to use this design as a gift card holder - here I used the same concept as a pop-up birthday celebration.

This image is by Mo Manning. The punch for the balloons is from SU and I used DP as well as vellum.  Each is double sided with a thin strip of acetate glued between them and then stuck into the slot that would hold the gift card on my earlier project.  Corners on the focal image were made with a Corner Chomper, the sentiment is by Hero Arts and the top portion of a tag die was used to cut the opening in the pop-up.
As this is for a male relative - no extra frou-frou was used.






This card should be eligible 
for the following CHALLENGES:

Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
Incy Wincy Designs – Man in my life
Crafty Sentiments – Use Dies [opening in the pop-up]
Tuesday Throwdown #327 – ATG
DP2 -Mo's Challenge Blog #271 - ATG + Mo Image
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Penny's Challenge #313 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #120 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #32 ATG Always
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge – Always ATG + DP
Crafty Creations - #333 – ATG
Art by MiRan Challenge #74 – ATG
Scrapper's Delight #62 – ATG Always
Get Creative Challenges – #54 ATG Always
Aud Sentiments #172 – Male card + Sent TOP FIVE

Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Totally Technical...

The monthly January challenge for 613 Ave C is "Totally Technical" - the idea is to create a project using your favorite technique.  This will be a fun post to check out at the link I provided above.  The DT will each have a technique to highlight for you... so ideas galore!
I have two favorites... using alcohol inks and construction - [card construction or image construction as in Paper Sculpting.]
The Copic coloring of this image was done with the colors pictured :

Today I chose to highlight a card construction technique creating a Pop-up Gift Card holder.  The idea is from Sandy Allnock's  Dec. 14th post called "Pop-up Gift Card Holder" and Sandy attributes the idea back to a post by Lyssa Zwolanke.  I have linked to both posts if you want to see the original instructions or great videos to explain the process.  Although I used the basic construction concepts, I made my card into an A2 size card instead of the smaller 4.5 x 4.25 version.

This is the final product - instructions  and photos below.











* Start with a standard 8.5 x 11" sheet of CS  & cut the sheet lengthwise so it will be 4.25 x 11".
* Score it at 4.5", 5.5" & 6.5" from the narrow end.










* Fold the 3 score lines to create a valley, mountain, valley fold.












* Use very strong tape [like a red liner double sided tape] placed at the very bottom edge of the INSIDE of the V to hold it together.  Burnish it well to make sure it connects & sticks.

This photo is showing the tape I used, but the CS would be flipped over so you can tape the inside of the mountain fold together.


* Flip the panel over and use a punch or die  to cut a narrow opening sized to the length of the gift card.  Here I used my punch upside down to visualize placement.  If the punch or die is not long enough for your card, simply use an exacto and slit open the necessary distance on each side.









*I then decorated the side panels and glued it down to the inside of my regular A2 size card.


Oh my gosh!  So quick & easy and so cute when it pops up!

This card should be eligible for the following 
CHALLENGES:
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
Inspiration Destination #116 – ATG
Penny's Challenge #309 – ATG
Art by MiRan Challenge #74 – ATG
Work it Wed. / Simon Says Stamp – Use a Die
Crafty Girls Creations – #32 ATG Always

Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Sandra Caldwell's "Mr Santa"...

Mr. Santa Digi by Sandra Caldwell
A simple Z fold can add a lot interest to a card.  The Kraft paper with an intricate gold design imprinted on it adds elegance & sparkle while the heavily textured cord provides the design with a warm earthiness.  The image has been colored with Copics and Prismacolor Pencils.  Santa's hand and beard have been cut out of the frame and allowed to 'rest' on a single, deeply etched score line - it looks like a window sill.  When opened the sentiment is revealed along with plenty of room to write a message.

This card should be eligible for the following 
CHALLENGES:
Art by MiRan Challenge #73 – ATG
Pile it On #123 – Any Celebration
OSAAT #277 – ATG w/ Lots of Sparkle
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
Crafting From the Heart -#140 – ATG Always
Simon Says Wed – Make it Sparkle
Inspiration Destination #116 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #31 ATG Always
Winter Wonderland – For Someone Special - [Husband]
Penny's Challenge #309 – ATG
Oddball Art – Christmas Time

Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

Friday, December 16, 2016

Assembly line...

 This is the group of cards I chose to 'assembly line' for Christmas.  I don't usually repeat a design, but I must admit that at Christmas, I am always short on time.  This die cut from Elizabeth Craft Designs made it fabulously easy.
The top of each tier is glued flat to the background panel [recycled CS cuts that varied in size]  and the bottom of each is elevated with foam tape.  All the edges of the panels are distressed with the Tim Holtz distressing tool and then mounted on the card base with a large rectangle of fun foam from the dollar store.  For just a touch of glitter I added a dot of gold glitter glue at the very top rather than a gem... gems on an elevated card front like this will poke a hole thru the envelope in mailing.  This saved me having to add thickness with a buffer and saved on postage.  I was able to whip out close to 40 in a reasonable time and will show you each of them here - [kidding!]

You can see some of the combinations of DP I used.  That, I think, is how I kept myself from going crazy with the repitition of the design!

This card should be eligible for the following 
CHALLENGES:
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
Crafting From the Heart -#140 – ATG Always
Addicted to Stamps & More - #224 – CAS
Tuesday Throwdown #323 – ATG
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Inspiration Destination #116 – ATG
Fab & Funky #331 – Glitter & Sparkle
Penny's Challenge #308 – Christmas
Crafty Ribbons #180 – Christmas w/ Ribbons or Lace - NOT eligible
Pile it On #123 – Any Celebration
As You Like It – Favorite Christmas Song & Why [Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree / Brenda Lee - like it cuz I'm old & it brings back memories - LOL!]
Sweet Stampin' – Christmas Tree
Crafty Girls Creations – #31 ATG Always
Fussy & Fancy  #179 – Winter/
Oddball Art – Christmas
Sweet Stampin' – Christmas Tree

Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas couple...

'Snow Ornies' Digi by Sandra Caldwell 
About three months ago I printed out a whole bunch of Christmas images that I could color at the bedside of a friend while she dozed.  There were about six different images on each page and I just colored with which ever Copics I had with me that day.  That led to some adventuresome combinations - but in this case, fortuitous!  I really like the Blue-green with the red.  Adding the gold to the hanger, the orange to the carrots and the warm browns to the twigs and fur of his hat was just enough to warm up the image a titch.  Sometimes a 'titch' is all I need to make something likeable to me!  LOL!

This card should be eligible for the following 
CHALLENGES:
Inspiration Destination #115 – ATG
Crafty Ribbons #179 – Christmas w/ Ribbons or Lace
Really Reasonable Ribbon  #154 – Winter Holiday w/ ribbon or trim
Oddball Art – Fantasy Element
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
Crafting From the Heart -#140 – ATG Always [DT favorite]
Tuesday Throwdown #323 – ATG
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Art by MiRan Challenge #73 – ATG
Pile it On #123 – Any Celebration
OSAAT #277 – ATG w/ Lots of Sparkle
A Day for Daisies #157 – Add Sparkle
Addicted to Stamps & More - #224 – CAS

Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Holiday Happiness...

613 Ave C's December challenge starting today is  
"Holiday Happiness" .  
The amazing 613 Team has provided some ideas for you to spark your mojo - and all the details you need to enter the challenge can be found at the link above for 613.  There are several prizes available this go around - so come on - join the fun!

This image is called "Billie Jo" and was provided by Rick St. dennis for my use for this challenge.  I used Paper Sculpting techniques to achieve the focal image.  There are five copies of the image, each colored, fussy cut for the appropriate layer, sculpted and adhered with glue and/or foam tape to achieve the dimensional look.  You can see the layers better in these images... 
 















The sentiment is Rubbernecker - 

The Die-cuts of the two different Evergreens and the Holly are both Tim Holtz.  The embellishment of the tree in the foreground has been done with Liquid Pearls.
I did my coloring with Copics:










This card should be eligible for the following 
CHALLENGES:
Through the Craftroom DoorATG Always
Addicted to Stamps & More - #222 – Make Your Mark
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Inspiration Destination #114 – ATG
Fab & Funky #329 – Christmas
Penny's Challenge #306 – ATG
Art by MiRan Challenge #72 – ATG
Robyn's Fetish #345 – Square or Rectangle Card
52 Card Throwdown L:10 – Use Prev. Challenge [Tech.#50 dies]
Open Minded Crafting - #11- Christmas
Really Reasonable Ribbon  #154 – Winter Holiday w/ ribbon or trim
Work it Wed. / Simon Says Stamp – Use a Die
Get Creative Challenges - #53 – ATG

Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Santa's List

"Santa's List" provided by QKR Stampede 
613 Ave C
's latest challenge is ATG .  The amazing 613 Team has provided some ideas for you to spark your mojo - and all the details you need to enter the challenge can be found at the link above for 613.  There are FIVE prizes available this go around!
Come on- j
oin the fun!  

This image provokes * a fond memory from my childhood of reading the famous letter to the editor titled: "Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".  Since my name is Virgina, I thought for years it had been written to me.  If you have not read it, it is worth the google.  

The focal image was colored with Copics & the panel's edges have been pressed into embossing ink & heat embossed used  Black & Gold 
EP Specialty Enamel: "Fleur De Lis".





Matted on black with a red, green & gold ribbon with a fish tail cut at the bottom.








Challenges

Through the Craftroom Door – ATG
Crafting From the Heart -#134 – ATG
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Addicted to Stamps & More - #218 – Holiday
Penny's Challenge #302 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #110 – ATG
Crafty Ribbons #174 – ATG w/ Ribbons or Lace
AI Challenge #196 – Prep for X-mas
The East Wind – #66  Fond Memory of Christmas [*See above]
Art by MiRan Challenge #70 – ATG
Pile it On #120 – Scraps
OSAAT #274 – ATG w/ Recycling
Get Creative Challenges - #51 – ATG
Oddball Art – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #29 ATG
Winter Wonderland – Use Ribbon or Lace
Scrapper's Delight #61 – ATG Always





























Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Monday, October 17, 2016

Torch Singer...

Mo Manning image...
This image and sentiment is a Mo Manning digi duo that felt so right for a couple of my female friends.  I used a wonderful DP called 'Vintage Glam' from Recollections Craft It.  I like the Kraft with shiny gold dots and the pop of rich blue.  The ribbon has gold and copper colored threads sewn in stripes thru the base.

I gently inked the edges of the image panel to pick up the shade of brown in the DP and elevated the panel on foam tape.

Here you can see my addition of gold on her necklace and earrings using Duo Glue and Designer Foils.  Copics were used on the image:








The inside is not decorated other than the sentiment which reads: "Happy [repeated five times in different fonts] Birthday."   This is a rubber stamp by Penny Black.

Challenges:

Fab & Funky #322 – Lots of Sparkle
Penny's Challenge #299 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #27 ATG Always
Sweet Stampin' – Spots &/ Stripes
Crafting From the Heart -#132 – ATG Always
DP2 -Mo's Challenge Blog #268 - ATG + Mo Image
Scrapper's Delight #60 – ATG Always
Aurora Wings #38 – ATG

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Eve says...Card & envelope


Card & Envelope
using "Eve has something to say..."
by Oddball Art
latest challenge is ATG / Optional twist of using Green & Gold in Your Design.  
Oddball Art is one of EIGHT sponsors - each providing a prize.  The amazing 613 Team has provided some ideas for you to spark your mojo - and all the details you need to enter the challenge can be found at the link above for 613.  
Come on- join the fun! 
This image is  fun - the thought cloud comes empty, and if your writing is small enough you could add all kinds of messages.  "Hello" happened to be the smallest sentiment I have that is generic for whatever message I ultimately use inside.  
Could be "Sorry I missed your birthday", "Sorry you are sick", "Miss you" or maybe "Thinking About You".
The image was printed on Neenah & colored with Copics.










The DP is My Minds Eye - Ooh LaLa "Just Lovely".  The ribbon is a stash item and the circles on the image panel and on the envelope are punched with different sized circle punches.

CHALLENGES:
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
Crafting From the Heart -#129 – ATG Always
MarkerPOP L:10 – #104 – for the Girls
Inspiration Destination #105 – ATG
Crafty Ribbons #169 – Ribbon or Lace
Crafty Girls Creations – #26 ATG Always
As You Like It - Your Favorite... Color Combo & Why [yellow & green - bright, cheerful, Irish!]
Fussy & Fancy  #173 – My Favorite Things [Copics]
Aud Sentiments #165– ATG + Sent
Oddball Art – Circles 


Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny