Search This Blog

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


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!  

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


  1. This is so lovely, thank you for sharing with us over here at Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge blog and best of luck with your entry.
    Ine (DT)

  2. Such a wonderful card! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to seeing you again next challenge.
    Hugs, Zowie.
    Crafts from the Fairy Den {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  3. Ginny - this is such a beautiful card! I love the central image and the way that you combined it with the floral background. In addition, your coloration is fantastic using the combination of copics and colored pencils. Thanks so much for joining us at "A Place To Start" and hope to see more of your work soon!
    Rachelle - DT
    P.S. I envy where you live...we have spent many happy weeks in the Sierra Foothills vacationing and wine tasting and think it's a very special part of the country!

  4. Hi, Ginny,
    I love cards that have a back story and yours is most interesting. You combined quite a few techniques in your design and each one is beautifully executed. Using alcohol markers, pencils, and distress inks on a project and having them blend so seamlessly that it appears only one medium was used, requires skill and a great eye. You have both! I love everything about this creation from your choice of image to the size of the card...very nicely done, indeed!

  5. Oops, I forgot to say, thank so much for playing along with us at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner
    A Place To Start Challenge Blog
    613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog

  6. This is gorgeous, love the design. Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Creations this Month.
    Linda xxx
    Crafty Creations DT

  7. So fun! Beautiful card and we really appreciate you taking the time to join us over at the Oddball Art Challenge! <3

  8. Awesome card, Ginny! You really outdid yourself on the coloring of this image. I'm always impressed by your work, but this one is truly awesome!!! Wow! Love how you've set off the image with your sketched in fence and then just simple paper and a bit of ribbon. With an image this great, you don't need much, anything else would detract from it. Bravo California Buddy!

  9. Beautiful card!! Thanks so much for participating in our IMAGINE THAT! DIGISTAMP challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  10. Really wonderful card, especially the added details! Totally gorgeous. tfs

  11. This is a beautiful card! Thank you for entering our challenge this month over at Oddball Art!

  12. So lovely! Reminds me of my fav song in Mary Poppins about feeding the birds.

    Thank you for joining us on the "Flower Power" challenge at SheepSki Designs Challenge Blog. Looking forward to seeing you again next challenge.
    Rijacki's Workshop
    SheepSki Designs Etsy shop

  13. Your card looks so lovely :)
    Thanks for joining us at Papercraft Challenges.

  14. Wonderful creation! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge. Hope to see you again!


Thank you so much for your comments!