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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

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Washi Christmas


You know all that Washi tape you have been hoarding in a drawer?  Get it all out and try this - it is an easy card to do using coordinating Washi tape.  
  • I chose tapes with red or gold designs or glitter.  
  • The red & gold tape was layered alternately on a piece of green scrap CS.  
  • Three trees were cut from that CS using the Stampin' Up "In the Woods" framelet Die set.  
  • The set comes with the 2nd die to cut a mat that frames the tree - I cut three frames out of white CS.  
  • White scraps were used to create the snowy forest floor & the glittered scraps were cut to add a little more decoration to the trees.   
  • Finally, the trees were layered &/or elevated on the base CS using foam tape. 
I created this for the new 613 Ave C  challenge starting Dec 2:  "ATG/ optional Twist: "Use Washi Tape"  You have the month of December 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!

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

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

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Thanksgiving Gratitude...





This image is a freebie from the wonderful website of Elizabeth  Dulemba.   Dulemba is an award-winning author & an amazing artist & illustrator who shares her drawings with teachers and others on her "Coloring Pages". 
When I saw this image I immediately thought of this sentiment and combined my "Gratitude" stamp with my own handwriting to create it.  I think it is so funny - especially since we didn't have turkey for the first time in years!
The image was printed three times, colored with Copics, fussy cut & sculpted to re-assemble the chair, pillow & turkey in layers.
      Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny




CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart - #230 ATG Always
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
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
Aurora Wings #73 – Holiday Spirit
SheepSki Designs #21 – Celebrations

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Wooden ornament...


Trying to clean up my RubberRoom for expected guests this month I found this never used 'Moose' and the 'Christmoose' sentiment [by The Stamping Pad Co.] in a box.  Of course, I had to stop cleaning and try them out.  I colored the images with Copics, stamped the package three times and candy cane twice to 3D them, and put Glossy Accents on the ornaments.  I made a grassy knoll for the moose to stand on [and then remembered it is Christmas time and it should have been snowy where he comes from -  blame it on Global Warming!]  The sky and clouds were done with 'Stormy Skies' Distress Ink, a sponge and a homemade cloud template.  My wooden ornament started as a Die-cut balsa heart, colored with Copics, added Liquid Pearls and fastened on the red ribbon as a hanger.  Although it is secured with a small piece of foam tape, it is designed to easily come off for the recipient to use as an ornament or package decor.

I created this for the new 613 Ave C  challenge starting Oct 7:  "ATG/ optional Twist: "Use Something Wooden"  You have the month of October 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!




Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny


CHALLENGES:
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always WINNER
Aud Sentiments - #213 – Use a Two Word Sentiment
Crafty Creations - #375 – ATG Always
Simon Says Wed – Get Ready for Christmas
Penny's Challenge #400 – ATG
As You Like It – Fave Season & WHY [Christmas - Family is the reason!]
AI-Art Impressions Challenge #242 – Vibrant Colors
Sweet Stampin' – Use a Stencil [for the clouds]
Winter Wonderland – X-mas: ATG
Crafting with Friends #74 – ATG
SheepSki Designs #19 – Fantasy

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Sup?


This was created this for the new 613 Ave C  challenge starting Sept 1:  "ATG/ optional Twist: Make it CAS"  You have the whole month of September 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!

I recently purchased the Tim Holtz set "Hipster" of real-red-Rubber [unmounted] stamps and it was the goat I grabbed to use first.  The CS I chose to use is 80# Neenah - "Desert Storm". Copics are my medium of choice - but I really wanted to use my Prismacolor Pencils with this image & CS combination.  The plaid on the suit is my addition, it is not part of the stamp.
I am essentially a beginner with Pencils - have so much to learn.  My dream would be to have the skills of this blogger, artist and my friend, Shani Thomas at Paperesse.  Someday, my friend, I will develop the smooth blending skills for which you are known!  Please keep giving me pointers!
The large size stamp, plus my design concept of elevated layers [creating the "white space" essential for a CAS style] made it necessary to make an envelope to fit.  Cut from a sheet of hoarded 12 x 12", there was enough left over to mat the white CS inside for my personal message.
Once completed, I immediately chose the recipient and occasion - and when mailed and received, I will be back to describe the circumstances.  It is a convoluted story that deserves another post!

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
                                                         ~ginny



CHALLENGES:

Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Crafty Sentiments – ATG WINNER
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Penny's Challenge #395 – ATG
Creative KnockoutsL:8- #261 – Sentiment on Front of Card
Papercraft Challenge #19 – Animals
Crafty Creations - #373 – ATG Always
Pile it On #146 – Think Big

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Fantasy Magic... Happy B'day Gena!

Happy 15th Birthday Gena!
Scott and I are dancing a celebratory jig in your honor!

I am in love with the Mo Manning images of dwarves and gnomes... her images are so delightfully detailed and realistic [they look like all the gnomes who live in my woods!]
I have wanted for a very long time to color this threesome that I merged with the png files purchased at the Digital Pencil Too.  This piece represents hours of meditative, soul-soothing, total escape coloring!  After all three were completed with Copics, I started creating the background scene using the "Fern" stencil [KaiserCraft] and Distress Inks.  Would you believe I have not used a stencil before this??  Next was the rock 'floor' [source unknown] of their living space, adding three dragonflies  [PSX] and finally inking the edges with the same Distress Inks.



I created this for the new 613 Ave C  challenge starting Aug 5:  "ATG/ optional Twist: "Fantasy / Magic"  You have the month of August 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!

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny


CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart -#217 ATG Always DT Favorite
Tuesday Throwdown #403 – stenciling
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Crafty Creations - #371 – ATG Always
Simon Says Wed – Make your own Background
Penny's Challenge #391 – ATG
Oddball Art – ATG/Twist: Lost Souls of Innocent Dolls
 Aurora Wings #69 – ATG
SheepSki Designs #17 – Your Fave Things [Coloring with Copics & Gnomes!]
Pile it On #145 – New Technique [Stencils]

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Happy Birthday Amber!

I was cleaning off my desk, ready to give up for the day and leave my RubberRoom when I came across two scraps of this designer paper.  I noticed one piece was cut exactly right to fit an A2 size card.  It made perfect sense to stop and take the time to tape it down on the front of some cardstock so it would not be lost in the shuffle.  Now I can retire...
Have you ever done that?  You are tired, ready to quit for the day - just cleaning up a little before you turn off the lights... but, as I stared at the paper on the front of the card, I got to thinking about what image would work with it.  And as my mojo tweaked my brain - I dug around in a stamp drawer & found this Magenta stamp - 'Heart Flower'.  Ok, my mojo & energy level are both back in play.  Stamped the image, colored it with Copics:

It was then fussy cut, the center of the flower sculpted [dry embossed] from the front and the leaves from the back.  It was adhered to the front of the card using both a super strong double sided tape to hold the center down and foam tape to elevate the petals.
There was exactly enough left of the 2nd piece of scrap DP to decorate the sentiment panel on the inside and the envelope flap.  Perfect - used every bit of it!  A Memory Box die was used for the sentiment & added to the inside.  Then, and only then, did my mojo loosen its grip on me... I got up without cleaning another iota off my desk, turned out the lights and went to bed.

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

                                                                                                                                     










CHALLENGES:

Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Aud Sentiments - #206– Summer + Sentiment
Inspiration Destination #153 – ATG [JFF]
Penny's Challenge #386 – ATG
Simon Says Wed – ATG
As You Like It – Fave Type of Embossing & WHY [I LOVE sculpting {dry embossing} my images to give them shape and depth!]
Crafting with Friends #70 – ATG
Everybody Art Challenge #428 – Birthday [JFF]
Crafty Creations - #369 – ATG Always
Crafty Girls Creations – #49 - ATG Always
Oddball ArtATG/Twist: Dots & Doodles
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Graduation Time... Hannah


The third and final grad card needed this year.  This image is a Sassy Cheryl and has been the 'go-to' grad figure for me for a couple of years now.  Colored with Copics, embellished with Duo Glue/ Gold Foil for details on her horn and tiny gold metallic 'buttons' from Creative Crystal Company used in the corner and on her tassel.
INSIDE






The sentiment 'Celebrate' is a Sizzix die, the Stitched Rectangle by Lil Inker was used for the message panel.


Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny










CHALLENGES:
Creative Knockouts – L:8- #251 – for Girls
SheepSki Designs  #15 - Embellish It or CAS
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Aud Sentiments - #206 – ATG + Sentiment
Inspiration Destination #153 – ATG
Crafting with Friends #70 – ATG
Crafty Creations - #369 – ATG Always

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Graduation Time... Brenndan


Our God-daughter's son is graduating this year.  He is a very mature young man who is very comfortable around adults - he was able to hold his own in adult conversations way before his teen years.  I took a note from his graduation announcement and picture - and created a Congratulation card that I felt would be a nod to his maturity and masculinity.


I wanted a rather formal look with browns, tans and blacks, but just a touch of whimsy that would still be fun!  The two 12 x 12 sheets of DP that I found seemed perfect for the base card and the mats for each surface.  The card and matching envelope template is 'WildCards' by Words Worth Stamps - which appears not to be in business any longer.  All I had to do was to lay it over my chosen DP and trace it.  Makes a really 'wonky', fun card!











I used his announcement and cut out the "CLASS OF 2018" label and his picture for this project.  The little pocket on the flap to the right was created to hold our check for his college fund.  It is stamped with "so proud" from the Claudine Helmuth Studio 'Words & Frames 1' stamp set.  The 'stitched ovals' dies by Lil Inker were used for his photo, the mat behind his photo and for the mat in the center for the sentiment.  The sentiment by Penny Black was embossed in white.



You can see in this last picture of the inside how truly wonky this shape is.  The envelope mimics the card shape exactly but a little bigger to fit the card.  I stamped Congratulations on a leftover section of the paper and tore the edges before gluing it down on the flap.
Envelope



Because of the uneven shape, extra postage is required - no surprise there!

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart -#209 ATG Always
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #357 – My Fave Things [Wonky folds]
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Tuesday Throwdown #395 – What a Guy
Penny's Challenge #383 – ATG
Sweet Stampin' – Special Man Day card
Aud Sentiments - #205 – ATG + Sentiment
As You Like It – Fave Card Shape & WHY [new shape for me - wonky!]
Crafting with Friends #69 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #48 - ATG Always
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP
Oddball Art – ATG
Get Creative Challenges – #70 – Monochromatic