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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.









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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
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