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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

Graduation Time... Gena!


Some of you know about my young neighbor friend who crafts with me... Gena just graduated from 8th grade into High School last night.  So proud of her!  [She started 4th grade in Special Needs classes - and by the beginning of 8th grade was "mainstreamed".]  After all the awards were given out for Perfect Attendance, Valedictorian, Sportsmanship, etc, etc... the last award of the evening was the Principal's Choice Award.  The Principal gave a wonderful speech about "someone who has made the most progress, taught science projects to 5th graders, participated in Docents, [etc.]'' He went on & on... and then he named Gena!  Gena was flabbergasted and so was her family!  It is a wonderful 3D plaque that is very impressive - what an incredible thing for her - so proud!  Guess I said that already!

Whenever I am teaching her something - her favorite phrase  is "I got this!"  This is usually uttered before I have even finished an explanation... and she's usually right.  Gena is a visual learner and she will watch me like a hawk or examine an end product then jump right in - and she does "got it" most of the time.  


When I found this image I thought it was perfect - I made the little sign and cut around her fingers to 'hold' it.  She is colored with Copics, fussy-cut and elevated above this 'door-way' with foam tape.  The die is by Sissix: 'Stacked Deckle' - the E-folder used for the pink mat is also Sissix: 'Dots'.  Congrats die cut on the inside is by Little B - a collection called 'Handwritten'.
I used glitter on her bow - what teenage girl doesn't like pink and glitter?


INSIDE










Gena: 8th-grade Graduation


Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny


CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart -#209 ATG Always
Crafty Creations - #367 – ATG Always
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #357 – My Fave Things [Copics!]
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #383 – ATG
Aurora Wings #67 – Joyous Occasions [Graduation]
Aud Sentiments - #205 – ATG + Sentiment
As You Like It – Fave Card Shape & WHY [rectangle - because I am stuck in a rut!]
Crafting with Friends #69 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #48 - ATG Always TOP THREE
Oddball Art – ATG
SheepSki Designs #15 – Embellish it or CAS [embellish simple glitter]

Sunday, June 3, 2018

At Snail speed...

This very tired rabbit riding a snail depicts a familiar feeling - had to download it.  Besides, look at that coloring opportunity!  This is a freebie from Elizabeth E. Dulemba's website: Coloring Page Tuesdays.

I traced the entire snail with an Embossing Pen and then embossed with clear EP for a little shiny definition.  The snail was colored with Copics and given a marvelous, sparkly sheen with Wink of Stella.  It was mounted with foam tape on a Bokeh background - DP by Paper House Productions: "Artist Paper Pix".  The edges of the background were inked with 'Stormy Sky' Distress Ink.  "White Opal" Liquid Pearl was added to the center of the buttons [from my stash] & they were randomly attached with glue dots to be the flowers.  She was adorned with a small yellow ribbon tied in a bow around her neck.  White dotted snail slime was added with a white pen.













I created this for the new 613 Ave C  challenge... "ATG/ optional Twist: "Use Buttons &/or Bows."  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 incredible inspiration concepts -  click HERE!

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny


INSIDE
CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart -#208 ATG Always
Rubbernecker Stamps - #34 – Ready for Summer
Everybody Art Challenge #426 – For Friends Only
Aud Sentiments - #204 – Summer + Sentiment
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Inspiration Destination #151 – ATG [JFF]
Penny's Challenge #382 – ATG
Crafting with Friends #68 – ATG
Crafty Creations - #367 – ATG Always
SheepSki Designs #14 – Fave Color [Blues/ Blue greens]
Crafty Girls Creations – #48 - ATG Always
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP

Friday, May 18, 2018

Bouquet of Flowers...

This image was a freebie and for the life of me, I cannot remember the artist!   If I remember it right, it was a last little 'gift' from someone who would not be drawing freebies anymore.  If anyone recognizes this digi - leave me a comment?  It certainly was fun to color with my Copics - I colored a pale green behind the ring of flowers to make it a little more solid, create some depth and make the sentiment seem recessed.  The image panel was edged with a dark green ink and then mounted on a block of fun-foam to elevate it over the ribbon.  
Create wildly and color with abandon,
~ginny



CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart -#206 ATG Always

Penny's Challenge #380 – ATG
As You Like It – Fave Color: Blue or Pink? & WHY [Blue over pink any day!  Pink has a connotation of girly but blue is universal - no pinks here!]
Creative Knockouts – L:8- #246 – Fave Embellie [Elevating panels for depth - especially over ribbons as done here.]
Fussy & Fancy L:10  #212 – fave Florals [ bright, bold, primal colors]
MarkerPOP L:10 – #136 Summer
Crafty Girls Creations – #47 - ATG Always
Get Creative Challenges – #69 – Lots of Flowers

Thursday, May 17, 2018

20's Birthday

 Vintage images are great fun for me!  I merged one over the other to create this card front.  The "Socialite" is by Kenny K. Stamps - which closed almost a year ago.   The vintage car is a freebie from Beyond the Fringe.  The sentiment is by Inkadinkado
I colored the images with Copics and splattered the background with blue ink.   That mat is a dark blue paper liberally sprinkled with silver sparkles.  Two slits were cut at the top and bottom right side and a blue satin ribbon was introduced from the back and run around to the back of the mat to secure as an embellishment.  I am a big fan of flat, easily & cheaply mailed cards - always looking for ways to add ribbon or embellishments that won't trigger the Post Office clerk wanting another stamp!
Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny


CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart -#206 ATG Always
Crafty Sentiments – Pastel Colors
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Crafty Creations - #366 – ATG
Penny's Challenge #380 – ATG
Fab & Funky #394 – Retro Chic [20's Flapper]  TOP THREE
As You Like It – Fave Color: Blue or Pink? & WHY [Blue over pink any day!  Pink has a connotation of girly but blue is universal]
Inspiration Destination #150 – JFF– ATG
SheepSki Designs #14 – Fave Color [Blues/ Blue greens]
Oddball Art – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #47 - ATG Always TOP THREE

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Garden Grammy

 Garden Grammy is a freebie digi drawn by Mary Ellen Smith from her Dearie Dolls website.  I made a tri-fold base card with the front being essentially a doubled layered flap.  The image was colored with Copics and then I created seeds in the rows with tiny drops of black Liquid Enamel.  Double bow made with green satin ribbon from stash.
Rubber Stamps:
Sentiment - PSX
Drying Rack - no info avail
Barrel w/ Flowers -1999 Marian Jones


Tri-fold unfolded

Inside for message
Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

CHALLENGES:
Fussy & Fancy L:10  #211 – Use Blues
Crafting From the Heart -#206 ATG Always
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Aud Sentiments - #203 – Cute + Sentiment
Crafty Creations - #366 – ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #380 – ATG
As You Like It – Fave Color: Blue or Pink? & WHY [Blue over pink any day!  Pink has a connotation of girly but blue is universal]
SheepSki Designs #14 – Fave Color [Blues/ Blue greens]
Crafty Girls Creations – #47 - ATG Always
Pile it On #142 – Sports/Hobbies

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Wind in your hair!

 Our Grandson Shane has a dirt bike like this one and he rides it with such speed and purpose!  This last summer we had a family reunion at Steamboat Springs - Shane, with his red hair flying in the wind, loved tearing down the path between the three campsites we had set up!  He was our courier, our communication source and, between him and his sister Aubry, our constant companions.  I could not pass up this Mo Manning image for his birthday.  
This center step base card I covered with blue DP, a simple knotted ribbon and three graduated enamel dots.  The sentiment was created on my computer.  I used Copics to color the image and the simple background.  A rectangle was sketched in and the excess cut away - allowing the back of the boy, his foot and rear tire to be fussy cut outside the frame.   A Copic pen was then used to color the edge of the panel and it was elevated on a piece of sticky back foam [from the Dollar Store] to give even more depth to the project.
 I created this for the new 613 Ave C  challenge... "ATG/ optional Twist: Mainly Blue".  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 incredible inspiration concepts -  click HERE!

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart -#204 ATG Always
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Aud Sentiments - #202 – Masculine + Sentiment
Crafty Creations - #365 – ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #378 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #149 – ATG
Fussy & Fancy L:10  #211 – Use Blues
SheepSki Designs #14 – Fave Color [Blues/ Blue greens]
Crafty Girls Creations – #47 - ATG Always
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Dude's Christmas...



This Santa is by the artist Elizabeth O. Dulemba - a freebie from her website called Coloring Page Tuesdays.  Ms. Dulemba is a very accomplished author and illustrator of Children's books and she has a wonderful archive of images that she offers free as "coloring pages".  Many of them include the subject reading or in a setting with books.  She is very talented and I encourage you to check out her free images!
I colored the image with Blue-Violet Copics.  I think because of the shine on the card base, I did not seem to get the same color reflected on any of the three shots.  The closest colors to reality are in the photo below - right.
The base card is a re-cycled slide mechanism from a card I made ages ago and did not like the final results.  I have no idea of the source for them.  I think the lack of frou-frou, the colors and the use of a mechanical interaction make this card Dude friendly!


COPICS: 
BV01, 02, 04
C00, 1, 3
N0, 1, 3
W00, 1
E000, 00, 01
R00
Santa was fussy-cut, embossed from the back to round the image and mounted on foam tape.  Papers are re-cycled from scraps. 


Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny



CHALLENGES:
Fussy & Fancy L:10  #209 – Add a Sentiment
52 Christmas Throwdown L:10 – Color: use purple Honorable Mention
Crafting From the Heart - #202 ATG Always
Rubbernecker Stamps - #31 – Recycle [base card]
Addicted to Stamps & More - #288 – Holiday
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #350 – Male theme
Crafty Sentiments – Only for the Boys
Tuesday Throwdown #388 – Glimmer & Shine [Shiny gold framework]
Incy Wincy Designs – ATG/ Twist add spots or dots
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter...

























This crazy Rick St. Dennis image is one of my yearly favorites for Easter... combined with the sentiment of "you BRIGHTEN my day" by The Stamp Doctor
 it will work nicely for my funny friends.  
Add in how fun it is to color with Copics 
and it is a win-win!
Happy Easter to all of you!
Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny


CHALLENGES:
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Simon Says: Stamp Wed Challenge – ATG
Penny's Challenge #373 – ATG
Fab & Funky #387 – Easter
Everybody Art Challenge #422 – Spring or Pink/Green
Crafty Creations - #363 – ATG Always
Inspiration Destination #147 – ATG
SheepSki Designs #13 – Animal Magic
Crafty Girls Creations – #46 - ATG Always
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Irish you a lucky day!







This is another image from the "Sham-rock Set"  by Art Impressions that I used in the previous post.  The inside sentiment [Irish you a lucky day!] is also from that set.  If you are interested in the difference between a Shamrock and a Four Leaf Clover or the connection with St. Patrick - see the previous post.







The background is embossed using a folder from Darice.  I started to put the layered Stitched Circles [by Lil' Inkers' Designs] in the center, did not like it, tried to move it and tore the paper.  Heavy sigh.  So I cut out one of the four leaf clovers from leftover paper and mounted it 3D over the tear.  Thank goodness for quick fix-it experience - actually one of my most practiced skills!  

Love the look of the layered circles with the top one on foam tape - you can see that better in this 2nd angle.
Here is one more card using images from this set.
The Leprechaun is colored with Copics:

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart - #198 ATG Always
Addicted to Stamps & More -  #283 – Holiday
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #371 – ATG
Fussy & Fancy L:10  #207 – Let's Celebrate
Crafty Creations - #362 – ATG Always
Inspiration Destination #146 – ATG
AI-Art Impressions Challenge #228 – Perfect Pastimes
Pile it On #140 – Circles
Crafty Girls Creations – #45 - ATG Always