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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Retirement is a B...

I have a friend who recently retired, as we did years ago.  He and his wife moved out of the city and up to a mountain home faaarrr away from family & friends and the life he has known for years now.  [As we have.]  His birthday card gave me a chance to chide him!

The sentiments were all created on my computer and then die cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles die.   



















The front panel of the Kraft base card was embossed with a Tim Holtz alterations/Sizzix Embossing Folder.  I then used a Distress Ink pad to lightly rub ink across the surface to make the wood grain pop.  The bear, as well as the hat and tie accessories, are by Heather.  These three items were colored with Copics, fussy cut, sculpted and assembled then mounted with foam tape for dimension. 

INSIDE
CHALLENGES:
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #115 – ATG Always
Everybody Art Challenge #454 – Dies
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Gem of a Challenge - #19 - ATG
Crafty Creations - #399 – ATG Always
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #405 – Embossing Top Three
Penny's Challenge #450 – ATG Always WINNER
AYLI: As You Like It – Fave: FAF & Why [CAS never feels like I have put enough work into the project]
Sweet Stampin' –Animals


The Male Room #121 – Stay CAS

Creative Playground – #10 – ATG

And the Spotlight is on...


 There is a new 613 Ave C  challenge starting Oct 6th:  "ATG or the optional Twist: "Spotlight Technique".  You have the month of Oct. to show your creative talents!   For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas from the DT's inspirational contributions - click HERE!

Spotlight Technique is a good option when the image is extremely busy, or, when you are - [not as much to color!]  
You can see the elevated die cut better from this angle.

DIRECTIONS for this card:

  • Stamp the main image twice. This image: "Santas Everywhere" is a 2002 rubber stamp from Brother Sister Design Studio
  • Choose your preference for defining the "spotlight" area.  One option is to choose a specific shape to define the spotlight- circle, square, oval, freeform, whatever.  You can die-cut the area, stamp [a circle, square, etc.] to define the area - or, just create the perimeter with the color alone.  In this case, I chose to die cut my spotlighted area with a stitched circle die from Lawn Fawn. 
  • That die-cut "Spotlight" is then aligned perfectly with the exact portion of the image on the 2nd copy and elevated above it with foam tape.
  • I used a black card base with a white mat leaving a 1/16th-inch border. The image panel was prepared with a black mat, again leaving a 1/16" border.  
  • A bow was tied in the middle of a length of red ribbon  - the bow was stuck down on the image panel with a glue dot.  The "tails" of the bow were wrapped around to the back of that panel and taped down.
  • The sentiment [Tis the Season] has no markings to identify the source.  It was stamped on a snippet of black paper & heat embossed with white EP.   An oval word punch from SU was used and that punched item was mounted on the lower-left corner of the image panel.

Inside is another sentiment stamped & heat
embossed, punched with a circle punch
 & elevated on foam tape.



















CHALLENGES:
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #115 – ATG Always
Everybody Art Challenge #454 – Dies
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Gem of a Challenge - #19 - ATG
Crafty Creations - #399 – ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #450 – ATG Always
AYLI: As You Like It – Fave: FAF & Why [CAS never feels like I have put enough work into the project - LOL]
Creative Playground – #10 – ATG
Winter Wonderland – X-mas: Merry & Bright

Monday, September 2, 2019

There's Gnome time like Christmas...


 There is a new 613 Ave C  challenge starting Aug 4th:  "ATG or the optional Twist: "Create an Exploding Box".  You have the month of Sept. to show your creative talents!   For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas from the DT's inspirational contributions - click HERE!
It is interesting to see that even among the DT on 613, we had two different definitions of an "Exploding Box".   You can see the other version that card makers think of by checking out the Design Team's Inspiration pieces on 613 Ave C 's website.  At least two of us thought it was this version... we decided either is correct!
The measuring and cutting of these types of projects is something I don't really enjoy - I seem to lack spatial concept skills and it takes me forever to get everything to fit exactly.  So when dies became available to make these boxes I jumped on the bandwagon!  These make a spectacular gift/card at any Holiday when people like to decorate.  The fact that it folds flat is a bonus for storage.




**The box and all the layer dies to decorate it are from a die set named  "A2 Card in a Box" by the Stamp Doctor.  The owner/designer, 
Mechele Monet, creates beautifully done written instructions and for those of you who are more visual learners like me, there are videos showing the process start to finish.  What I like best about Mechele's instructions is she almost always has the most efficient and easiest ways to connect all the parts without measuring!  [Ginny likes that!]
**The Pine trees are actually all from one die - just cut from 3 different paper scraps from my stash [a dark green, a grey-green and the DP with the stars on it.  Wink of Stella has been applied to the stars.]   This pine tree die is one of several in a set from Stampin' Up called "In the Woods Framelets".  It even cuts the front of the tree so you can lift the boughs and make it 3-D.  Love this set!  Stampin Up changes availability and "current" catalogs so often - I don't know if this is still available or not.  I could not find this die with a search of the website.  I have used 5 trees on this project - 3 are cut shorter by just cutting off the top of the trees to the length I need.  The 5th tree is on the back - see picture below.

**The very tall grass is a die is by Stephanie Barnard from The StampsofLife.com






















The box folds flat for mailing - it easily pops open to the display mode.
Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny

CHALLENGES:
Penny's Challenge #445 – ATG Always
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
CHNC-X-mas #453ATG X-mas/Option: Something beginning with an 'S' [Song]
Gem of a Challenge - #17 - ATG
Crafty Creations - #397 – ATG Always Top 3
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Sweet Stampin' Christmas – ATG X-mas/optional: Snow People
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #113 – ATG Always
SheepSki Designs #30 – Die Cuts or Punches
Get Creative Challenges – #84 – ATG / No Twist WINNER
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG
A Place to Start – ATG

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Create a Container [Re-cycled]

There is a new 613 Ave C  challenge starting Aug 4th:  "ATG or the optional Twist: "Create a Container".  You have the month of Aug. to show your creative talents!   For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas from the DT's inspirational contributions - click HERE!


Below is a box I made in a recently attended Stampin' Up class.  The design is the instructor's, Dana Wurster.  The pillow box itself, made from a polka-dotted Kraft CS, is sold by SU!
When I came home I made my own pillow box using an empty toilet paper cardboard roll.  Instead of a belly-band, I used a ribbon to tie and hold the ends together to secure candy for a birthday.

If you are interested in the complete details of making your own - directions for this container is linked below on my blog post called Re-think, Re-use, Recycle!

Create wildly and color with abandon!

~ginny

CHALLENGES:
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #441 – ATG Always
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Crafty Creations - #395 – ATG Always
AYLI: As You Like It – Fave: Flower & Why [Gardenia - the Fragrance, the very pale and subtle colors]
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG
Gem of a Challenge - #15 - ATG
Get Creative Challenges – #83 – ATG / No Twist

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Red, White & Blue...

#1: Here's to the Red, White, and Blue!

There is a new 613 Ave C  challenge starting July 7th:  "ATG or the optional Twist: Use your countries flag colors".  You have the month of July to show your creative talents!   For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas from the DT's inspirational contributions -  click HERE!



Trying to make a few Christmas cards a month - and this one will also be with the colors of the USA flag.  I recently fell in love with this technique/ construction and I am now reviewing my stamp collection for ones that will lend themselves to this design.
Below are the steps to create this unique design:
#2: Image aligned with center of card.









  1. Start by choosing an image that is symmetrical right to the left side.  This is important because that will allow the whole image to be displayed as part of the card front when the card is closed. [See #1 ]
  2. I started with a 5.5" x 8" CS base card.  Locate the center at 4.5" and mark with a pencil.  [Do NOT yet score the fold!!]  Stamp the image centered on that line.
  3. Now the score along that center line can be created from the top of the image [in this case his hat] to the top edge of the CS.  Do NOT score thru the image.
  4. With this image, I used an Exacto Knife to cut around the image on the LEFT side only.  You could use a Die if it has one or if you have a Brother's Scan and Cut or a Silhouette, you can cut only the left half of the image by covering the right side with paper during the scanning.
  5. Now when you fold the card the entire image should be visible at the spine.
  6. At this point, I measured from the far left edge of the Nutcracker to the 4.25" width of an A2 card and cut off the right edge so it would fit in an A2 size envelope.  Once you have the final size of your card, you can finish decorating the inside and front.

Closing the card allows the entire image
to be viewed on the front.









  1.  







Image was colored with Copics and the added bling consists of gold embossed sentiment, gold foil added to the uniform and a metallic snowflake glued to the front of his hat.

Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny


CHALLENGES:
Sisterhood of CraftersAny Occasion
Crafty Sentiments –Bright Colors
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Aud Sentiments - #230 – ATG + Sentiment
Crafty Creations - #393 – ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #437 – ATG Always
The Male Room #114 – Multiple Layers for a Male
Sweet Stampin' Christmas – ATG X-mas
CHNC- Christmas #445 – ATG X-mas/Option:  For a Male
Gem of a Challenge - #13 - ATG [WINNER]
Tuesday Throwdown #435 – ATG
SheepSki Designs #28 – Early Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG
Winter Wonderland – Christmas

Sunday, June 2, 2019

More than one fold...


There is a new 613 Ave C  challenge starting June 2nd:  "ATG or the optional Twist: More than one fold".  You have the month of June to show your creative talents!   For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas from the DT's inspirational contributions -  click HERE!

So, when my friend Suzanne saw a card on the Net with folds that she really liked, she tried to describe it to me.  I came home and tried to make what I thought she was saying... you know that game of telephone?  LOL - it is nowhere near what she saw - but we both liked it anyway.


PROCESS:
  • I took CS cut at 4.25'' x 11'' and scored it at [oops!  reviewing measurements again - will get back to you!] 3.5, 4, 7.25, & 9.25'' from the top.  
  • It was then folded from the top with valley, mountain, valley, mountain folds.  In spite of the lighting, I think you can see that in this pic to the right.
  • The flowers were cut in each of the 3 little panels using a die called ''Cut Out Blossoms'' from Tim Holtz/ Sizzix.
  • The different papers behind each of the cut-outs was a fun challenge for me - I went thru my scraps pile and collection of backgrounds I have hoarded over the years.  I have an entire shoebox full of 1/4 sheet samples from background techniques I have tried or found or papers that I liked.  I ended up using [from top down] a favorite DP, a paper created with a Shaving cream & Ink technique, and finally, a repurposed waxy paper drinking cup rescued because I loved the colors on it.  I needed the three to be of similar intensity and complementary to each other and the base CS.  
  • Each of the backgrounds has yellow in them so, as the only embellishment, I added a yellow ribbon behind the first fold & made a small bow.
  • Even though the folded green CS itself was created to be A2 size - I felt it needed the black frame so I made a base card approx. 1/4'' larger all the way around and mounted my finished piece on it.
  • Inside is a birthday sentiment using a Penny Black die.
Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

CHALLENGES:
Incy Wincy DesignsEmbellishment
SheepSki Designs #26Flower Power
Penny's Challenge #432 – ATG Always
Crafty Sentiments –Summer
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Fab & Funky #442 – Recycling [JFF]  Won a TOP THREE
AYLI: As You Like It – His or Hers & Why [Hers: sooo much easier, more natural for me to create ideas]
Crafting From the Heart - #244 ATG Always
Aud Sentiments - #228 – Nature + Sentiment
Crafty Creations - #391 – ATG Always
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG
Oddball Art – ATG / Option: Powdered Peach Scones
Get Creative Challenges – #81 – ATG – Fave Color Combo [greens w/ blues]

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Retirement...








This is a combined retirement and birthday card for a sailing buddy of mine.  Sitting on a bench and feeding the birds is the last thing she would consider doing in retirement - she will more likely be skiing, snowmobiling, and sky jumping for all I know!  But I love this Mo Manning image [I think it is called "Feed the Soul"] & I opted to use it with an apology on the inside.

  PROCESS:  I sketched in the wooden fence in the background - I pictured her on the beach near the Cliff House in San Francisco, thus the sandy area around her.  In my mind, the ocean is crashing on the beach just over that retaining wall.  I colored this with Copics [listed below], Prismacolor Pencils and blended Distress Inks off a handmade stencil for the sky and clouds.  The image panel was matted on black linen CS & layered on a favorite designer paper that has been hoarded in my stash for far too long.  A short piece of matching blue satin ribbon, folded and given a fishtail cut on the ends, was tucked under the mat.  The final layer is a 6.5'' x 5.5'' black linen base card.
Copics used: 
E33, 34, 35, 37, 39, 41, 42, 43, 50, 53
W 00, 1, 3
N 0,1, 5
C 0, 1, 3, 5
YG 0000, 25, 67
YR 18
BG 0000, 000, 01, 02, 05


Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart - #243 ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #431 – ATG Always
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Papercraft Challenge #37 – Ribbons
Simon Says Wed – Bright Colors
Mo's Digital Pencil #279 – ATG w/ Mo's /Optional: for the Girls
Get Creative Challenges – #80 – ATG – no twist
A Place to Start – Fave Technique – [Coloring with Copics & Prismacolor Pencils]
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG
Oddball Art – ATG
Incy Wincy Designs – Embellishment [Ribbon]
SheepSki Designs #26 – Flower Power
Tuesday Throwdown #432 – Stenciling [handmade Cloud stencil]
Creative Playground [Imagine That ] Challenge #5: ATG
Crafty Creations - #391 – ATG Always

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Underwater Shaker...


There is a new 613 Ave C  challenge starting May 5th:  "ATG/ optional Twist: "Shaker Card."  You have the month of May to show your creative talents!   For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas from the DT's inspirational contributions -  click HERE!

 Not sure why - but my brain went into a state of panic over this challenge... I definitely put in more hours thinking about it, looking up techniques on the net and talking to fellow makers than the actual construction took.  I guess the moral of the story is for me to put more thinking in during construction - there was a major oops... I hope you can learn from my mistake!  If you just want the mistakes... skip the "Process" and scroll down to the RED Heading.
So, here is my process:
  • Create an A2 base card: [Cut 8.5 x 11" CS to 5.5 x 8.5", score and fold to an A2 size of 4.25 x 5.5"]
  • From remaining CS cut a 4 x 5.25" layer to fit on top
  • Two layers of "Fun Foam" [Dollar Store]  cut to 3.75 x 5" with both sides of each having Double Sticky Tape [Roll from Elizabeth Craft Designs]  
  • Used a 2.5" circle die ["Stitched Circle Stackables by Lawn Fawn] to cut a hole in the top layer, taking into consideration where my design elements will fit.
  • Determined exactly where my foam will fit and penciled in a circle thru the hole in the top layer.  Die cut a 2.5" hole in each of the 2 foam layers so that they match the hole in the top layer.
  • Removed the release paper from one side each of the two foam pieces and attached them to each other - making a thicker spacer.
  • I decorated using the following: Dies "Oceana Corner" and "Delicate Sea Fan" - both from Memory Box.  Rubber stamps and matching Dies for the porthole frame & the fish scene [colored with Prismacolor Pencils] from "Coral Reef Collage" by Heartfelt Creations.
  • Assembly: Placing the top layer where I wanted it over the base card, I was able to simply place the fish scene thru the window & stick it down in exactly the right spot.
  • Next Acetate was taped down on the back side of the Top Layer.
OK - here is where I went wrong. 
  • I intended to stick the foam layers around the Fish Scene on the Base Card.  I wanted a wall to surround the Fish Scene to hold all of my beads for the Shaker.  I stuck the foam on the bottom of the top layer instead - Dam_!  
  • I did use an Embossing Buddy to apply powder to the inside of the well of foam... this was to prevent beads from sticking to the inside walls.  But, now I have powder all over the acetate window.  Dam_!
  • Now used a Swiffer pad to wipe it clean so as not to scratch it.
  • Next, it is time to add the beads, 7 blue-green iridescent sequins & 3 tiny fish.  Have you ever tried to pile round beads in the center of a flat piece of paper??!  Dam_!
  • I carefully place the Top Layer with the foam on it down over the beads - success! 
  • I took it to show to hubby and grinning, he eagerly shook it vigorously!
  • I looked at it and found all 7 of the sequins are missing as are about half the beads and 2.5 fish.  Looking carefully I see the beads all stuck to the sides of the foam, no sequins to be seen.  Dam_!   Did the Swiffer remove the powder from the adhesive too?  Or not enough powder used?
Next time the foam will go on the base, baby powder will be sprinkled liberally, and more beads will be used.  Heavy sigh... I photographed it anyway!

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

CHALLENGES:
Crafty Creations - #389 – ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #428 – ATG Always
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Crafting with Friends #3 – ATG
Sweet Stampin' – ATG or Spaced Out
Crafting From the Heart - #240 ATG Always
Get Creative Challenges – #80 – ATG – no twist

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Spring has Sprung...


I saw versions of this Ladybug in several places on Pinterest - so I can't really identify an original source.  It was easy to figure out once you saw the action of the wings - this is my take on the concept.   
I used three different punches for the ladybug and one punch on the flowers/ leaves.  
  • A 2.5'' scalloped circle punch [Marvy Uchida] was used for the black body and a 3'' version for the wings. The wings were cut from DP with black dots on a red background.  
  • A 1.5" circle punch was used to cut white CS for the layer holding the sentiment.  
  • A 1.5'' [Fiskars] circle punch created the head.
  • The flowers and leaves [Martha Stewart] are punched from leftover scrap paper and the metallic HeroHues [Hero Arts] create the center of each.   
  • A eureka moment led to a black bobby- pin spread apart as the feelers.  It was secured around a piece of foam tape that elevates the entire image.
  • Finished with Googly eyes glued to the head. 
  • The sentiment is from the "You Got This" set by Simon Says Stamp 

The wings will spread apart to reveal the stamped sentiment.  They rotate around the black brad used as a fulcrum at the top of the wings.

Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

CHALLENGES: Yellow highlights means no Linky available.
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Crafty Sentiments – Just for the Boys
Crafty Creations - #388 – ATG Always
Tuesday Throwdown #429 – ATG
Simon Says Wed – Spring Mood Board [Colors]
Sweet Stampin' – ATG or Recycled Elements [All punched elements are from re-cycled scraps]
Get Creative Challenges – #79 – ATG
SheepSki Designs #25 – Wings
Oddball Art – ATG / Option: Puffy Pastel Polka Dots
Creative Playground Challenge #4: ATG
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG
Pile it On #153 – Lots of Layers                                                                                                                                  

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Happy Anniversary...


There is a new 613 Ave C  challenge starting April 7th:  "ATG/ optional Twist: "Wedding or Anniversary card."  You have the month of April to show your creative talents!   For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas from the DT's inspirational contributions -  click HERE!



This makes a fast, easy and elegant wedding or anniversary card.  The Tree Gatefold die set from Sizzix includes the scalloped and the stitched oval to add to the belly band or to put inside and the die for the arched inner panel seen here in white.  Also included in this set [not used here] are separate dies for leaves, flowers or snowflakes that, if added judicially over the tree would hide the sentiment.  My only additions to this set were the sentiments & the smaller folded inner card to hide the personal message that otherwise would be visible thru the doors.




















Here are the punches and dies used:
  • "Gatefold Card - Tree" from Sizzix
  • The sentiment 'Happy Anniversary' from Sizzix "Celebrations"
  • "With Love" Die from Lawn Fawn??
  • 1/2" corner rounder by Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
  • Decorative border punch on the bottom of inner sentiment card  by EK 
Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart - #240 ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #424 – ATG Always
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Crafty Creations - #387 – ATG Always

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Pocket Card...

There is a new 613 Ave C  challenge starting March 3:  "ATG/ optional Twist: "Make a Kinetic Card."  You have the month of March to show your creative talents!   For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas from the DT's inspirational contributions -  click HERE!

I don't classify this card as a true kinetic card...  but it does require taking the hidden message panel from the center pocket.  The base card is made quite simply with a single sheet of CS - then each page, front and back cover of the "booklet" is covered with DP and decorated.  
Thank you to my friend, Edie Kort, for the template and instructions.   I tried to find a tutorial online but was unable to find this exact fold... I will need to get permission from Edie to share her version here.  These pictures below will give you the interior shots to get a sense of the folds, the pocket and the message panel.
Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny
Open View of back

Closed Booklet

CHALLENGES:
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #419 – ATG Always
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Tuesday Throwdown #426 – Interactive Cards WINNER
Aud Sentiments - #221 – BINGO + Sentiment [Top row: Die Cut, Embossing & DP]
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Sisterhood of Crafters – In the RED Top Three
Crafty Creations - #385 – ATG Always
AYLI: As You Like It – Layers – one or many & Why [LOve Layers!  Love the lush look and the depth with layers.]
Crafting with Friends #81 – ATG [JFF]
SheepSki Designs  #24 – Favorite Colors [Red, Gold & White]
Oddball Art – ATG
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG
Pile it On #152 – Fave Color [Red, Gold & White]

Hidden Message
Pg 1 & 2

Hidden Message
Pg 3 & 4

Sunday, January 6, 2019

a Watercolor Birthday...

This was created this for the new 613 Ave C  challenge starting Jan 6:  "ATG/ optional Twist: "Use Watercolor"  You have the month of January to show your creative talents!   For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas from the DT's incredible inspiration concepts -  click HERE!

This process includes:
  • Base cardstock is a navy blue "confetti" paper 
  • Using watercolor paper, heat emboss the outline image - Rubbernecker Stamps - "Watercolor Birthday Cake". 
  • Mount that on a 1/8" larger mat of colorful paper.
  • Ink up the layered portion of the stamp using three colors of Distress Inks and stamp that inside the outline.
  • Used Wink of Stella Gold for the inner flame for sparkle.
  • The sentiment is a die sent from CA Corina.
  • A dark blue ribbon is knotted on the front. 
CHALLENGES:
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #382 – Use Washi
Papercraft Challenge #25 – Lots of Dimensions
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Penny's Challenge #408 – ATG
As You Like It – Prefer Rubber or Digis & WHY [BOTH! Rubber for the techniques possible, But, Digis for the room I can save in storage!]
Crafting with Friends #76 – ATG [JFF]
Crafty Creations - #379 – ATG Always
AI-Art Impressions Challenge #246 – ATG
SheepSki Designs #21 – Celebrations

Sunday, December 23, 2018

... a Sisterhood of Stampers

On Sept 2nd, I posted a get well card for my brother and indicated that after he saw the card and had a good outcome, I would come back and explain... I am going to merely post a picture here so you can see his GReat outcome!  His goal was to be able to walk his property in Montana without pain... check out that good looking right foot!

John recently got another get well card from Dr. Amy Germaine, a professional colleague of his. John was excited to have another person in his life who makes handmade cards!  

He sent a picture of her card which I have posted [with permission] along with my email comments back to him...

Card by Dr. Amy Germaine
Hey John,
Amy had a great idea for a "Male Card" which usually generates great fear in the hearts of card makers!  Men are generally drawn to plain designs, no frou-frou, and definitely no pinks!  It is against every fiber in a girl's heart not to add ribbon or charms or lots of bling, a little glitter and frequently silly, big-headed images.
Amy has successfully walked that fine line of 'masculinity' with clean lines and a fairly sedate brown, grey & green color palate.  She managed to sneak in at least five layers including an embossed basket weave texture [again, masculine as opposed to a floral design].  And the element I especially like is the bow [careful Amy, don't go frou-frou here!] made of... Ta-da... heavy twine!  Cool!  If you have to have a bow on a "Male" card - make it a rough-tough woodsie material!  Well done Amy!
She doesn't know that I have, over the years, inoculated you against exposure to bling.  I do, however, confine it to a simple enclosure that contains the sequins, glitter and faux jewels so it won't accidentally get in your hair or on your clothes as you head out the door to an important meeting.  Heaven forbid!
Kudos to Amy and the Sisterhood of Crafty Stampers!
 Stamp wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Snow Globe

Upright Photo
I was asked to be a Guest Designer for Through the Craftroom Door Anything Goes Challenge Blog for this week.  Patties Creations on Etsy is sponsoring this challenge & has provided me with this digi Polar Bear Snow Globe for my project.  This card will also be published in the next edition of the Jan/Feb issue of TTCRD magazine.

Here is the process for this card:
  • The digi image was printed out three times on Neenah's Solar White /Classic Crest, 80 lb. Cover Stock, once on the Neenah "Desert Storm" CS of the base card & once on a wood grain sheet from PhotoPlay's "Campfire & Lakeside" 6x6 paper pad to create the Snow Globe's base.
  • An Exacto Knife was used to cut out the inside of the globe
  • Background inside the globe is a Handcrafted paper from Craft Perfect by Tonic Studios "Hailstorm" in light blue.  It was cut slightly larger than the Globe & glued to the front panel of the base card
  •  Copics used on the three images of the bear as needed included C00, 1 & 3; E33, 41, 43; & B91 
  • The bears were fussy cut, sculpted and layered using foam tape for the rounded areas and "attached" to the bear or background with Art Glitter Designer Adhesive as appropriate.  He was then placed on the globe background.
  • The perimeter was sealed with foam tape and clear extra small beads & blue sequins were added before sealing the panel to the card base.
  • Versafine Clear & white detail EP was used to stamp and emboss the sentiment from Paper Wishes: Hot Off the Press "Stockings" Die & Stamp Set.
  • A bow was tied in a silvery blue ribbon and attached around the base.
Lying flat to show snow "storm"
Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

CHALLENGES:
Simon Says WedATG
Penny's Challenge #408 – ATG
As You Like It – Prefer Rubber or Digis & WHY [BOTH! Rubber for the techniques possible, But, Digis for the room I can save in storage!]
The Male Room #99 – Mechanical / Moving Part
52 Christmas Throwdown L:10 – Pick Prev. 2017 Challenge [April Technique: Shaker]
Crafting From the Heart -#231 ATG Always   [JFF]
Fussy & Fancy L:10  #226 – Winter/ Christmas
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers L:10 - #124 – W is for Winter
Papercraft Challenge #26 – Wintertime
SheepSki Designs #21 – Celebrations