Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Desk hop time again!  It starts here: http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/ Julia Dunnits' Fun world wide desk hop!!
We live in Massachusetts, and we were very blessed to not have been hit by Sandy.  We were ready, but it missed us I am very thankful!!  I had everything ready in case we lost power, about the only thing I didn't do was dig a bomb cellar!!  Unfortunately While my Husband was on base for 36 hours, I spent almost as much time eating junk food.  I'm a little toxic from it today!  But I did make a card set  , so here is my project for WOYWW#178:
I had to cut paper to start with, 2 pile : A2 size and A6 size    (this is very exciting photography)
Score , This is a very nice 80Lb Neenah classic columns in solar white.
Pick out colors
Pick out layered background papers
Find the right punches for the squares.  I still like to use my punches!
All cut up and waiting for assembly
And 3 hours and two episodes of BBC "Grand" the finished cards 12set of 4 each.

I used a colorbox black pigment ink for the stamped Kanji images, I thought it really looks like India Ink.
Well there is my work desk for today!  Thanks for stopping by!!

All is well In our Corner and the Word

The Storm blew right over us!!  Steve is still on duty on the base and doesn't know when he will be released. I stayed up all night re arranging stamps and papers, trying to squeeze more work room in my work room, here is a picture :
I know there is probably a better way to keep these, but when I see my stamps I use them.  This is my wood mounted  collection of Asian, Penny Black, Denami and Magenta stamps
Now I'm off to our women's bible study group.  Like the Stamps, If the Word is constantly visible to me, I am more likely to use it in my life Because the Word Is Life.
From Psalm 119: 39 mentions of the Word !
Ps 119:11  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Ps 119:16  I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
Ps 119:17  GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.
Ps 119:25  DALETH. My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
Ps 119:28  My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.
Ps 119:38  Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.
Ps 119:41  VAU. Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.
Ps 119:42  So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
Ps 119:43  And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.
Ps 119:49  ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
Ps 119:50  This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
Ps 119:58  I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.
Ps 119:65  TETH. Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.
Ps 119:67  Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
Ps 119:74  They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.

Ps 119:76  Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.
Ps 119:81  CAPH. My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.
Ps 119:82  Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
Ps 119:89  LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
Ps 119:101  I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
Ps 119:105  NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Ps 119:107  I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word.
Ps 119:114  Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
Ps 119:116  Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
Ps 119:123  Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.
Ps 119:133  Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
Ps 119:140  Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
Ps 119:147  I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped
in thy word.
Ps 119:148  Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
Ps 119:154  Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.
Ps 119:158  I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.
Ps 119:160  Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
Ps 119:161  SCHIN. Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
Ps 119:162  I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
Ps 119:169  TAU. Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word.
Ps 119:170  Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.
Ps 119:172  My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurrican Sandy / Storms of Life

Well we're ready or so we think!  everything out side is put away  or tied down, Cars are filled with gas.  Steve has to report for duty at 12:00 tomorrow, with over night gear.  So here we used our check list to make sure we can weather the storm:
Bread Of life: never goes stale >Check
Living Water:  Never thirst again> Check
Light of this world: Never be in the dark again> Check
Yep we're ready take care everyone and hopefully there will be no power outs here or where you are!  God Bless,
Ginny and Steve

Friday, October 26, 2012

Oriental Arts Mingle / Thessalonians

I've been working on this card swap for a couple of days.  I had this great idea in my mind, it however took a few attempts to get it right.  How like life in general.  The theme was Asian Screens.  it could be a "made' screen or a screen of a stamp, I did both:
The Stamp:

The background ideas:
Image inked with stazon and heat embossed with black powder / didn't work/ i switched to colorbox pigment ink.  That worked great.  This is a 65lb vellum paper to hold the image and for the background I glued it to a piece of printed card stock.
Card bases tryouts:
This was a total fail!
I dry embossed  gold  and then used a red stazon ink, it looked amazing!
 But it was a fail with the image!
Next try was white 140lb cold pressed paper, dry embossed and folded into a tent card.
This one was the one!
Not sure why this is so tilty, no earthquake here today!  But this is the finished card 5x6 size.
The attempts at getting these cards into what I thought the right balance of color and design took a few tries, kind of like life in general.  I was reading in 1 Thessilonians this morning form the 5th chapter and it says:
Be joyful always;
 Pray continually;
 Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not put out the Spirit’s fire;
Do not treat prophecies with contempt.
Test everything. Hold on to the good.
Avoid every kind of evil.
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.
May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
He makes us perfect through the workings of his Spirit, I am so thankful I don't have to do that, I just couldn't I have a hard enough time wrangling ink and paper!
I hope you have a wonderful day!
Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


It is WOYWW again!  click on to Julia's blog here for the whole list of world wide work desks!  http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/   My Day has been very busy and most of it at my desk.  my day started at 6am. so I got a lot done.  Here's what is happening:
This is what my desk looked like at 6:15 am
What a mess! First Bible reading,   getting ready to get cards in the mail, cards finished for the studio - signed and wrapped, find the address and get them weighed. Then because the days was going to be busy, get things finished :
I made flowers for the layer cards I made last week, distressed them a little and then added them to the cards: 40 out of the 50 have flowers, the others have ribbon.  Tomorrow I put on the sentiments.
Next the Geisha cards, added the acrylic medium and finished the cards:
I went to my Women's Study group, then walked Dogzilla. Beautiful color along the CT River.
Stamped up some images and heat embossed for a "stamp together" tonight with a friend, packed up a kit .
And then cleaned my desk
Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the hop and the rest of your day!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sowing Peace and 90lb butterflys

What a beautiful weekend in Western Massachusetts, the weather was so nice and Steve had the weekend off.  No major commitments, just a long peaceful 3 days.  We’ve been busy repairing my computer again, and while Steve has been doing that, I’ve been making cards.  I made 50 of these butterfly cards for the studio, hopefully I will get them photo’d and in the studio store tomorrow.
Early Espresso dye based ink  on ultra smooth birch 9olb paper, makes stamping easy!

Butterflies colored with Glimmer Glaze, fun stuff!!

More Color with distress inks

The bases are 90# ivory, Script background stamp,  dry embossed, distressed edging.

I can't wait to mail a few of these out, I really like how they came out.

These were very calming to make and I really enjoyed the time I put into them, but in  the background of my weekend I felt the peaceful calm of knowing that no matter what there is a loving savior that watches over us, A  God who cares.  With all the politics going on it is easy to just want to say enough already!  Ever notice  every 4 years this country goes through the end of the world turmoil.   The end of the world will come some day but it didn’t today. 

Today told me something different, this is what today spoke to me:

Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.   From the book of James in the New testament, 3rd chapter.

If tomorrow comes, I’d like to put this into practice, and the day after and even more the rest of my days.

Thanks for stopping by and may your days be filled with Peace.


Friday, October 19, 2012

A card is Born ~ L'Chaim

I'm now using  Steve's laptop because I have blown up another computer.   At least this time I had everything backed up, or I should say Steve was able to get it backed up before it totally crashed.   I thought I'd show you the process of one of my card sets, this one is very simple.  First I have to get Dogzilla to cooperate.  I don't sleep a lot at night and I can get quite a bit done, but during the day, I have my 165lb toddler to take care of .

We have to get Him from here

To Here. No easy or quick task, that is 3 mile walk  and a trip to the to teh grocery store later!!

So here in picture is my process of getting a set of 50 cards made.  This set required no coloring, only the focal image was brush stroked.  So this was a fast set.  In total about 4 hours.

Card bases Cut from 11"x15"  140lb Cold press paper in a beautiful winter white.

Bases cut to size 5.5 x 11

Each sheet is scored and then burnished for a perfect fold,                                                    Please note the hi tech equipment. 

Each Chaim image is brush stroked for a little dimension

Background #1 cut

Background #2 cut
Assembling focal images

Almost finished cards, still need the Maxam Made stamp on the back!

These card will be here, www.maxammadestudio.com  in the next day or two, depending on the computer situation!!   They are sold in set of 5,
 5.5x5.5 cards for a great price!!

I enjoyed making these cards today, especially after taking Luke out for his walk. At the  end of that walk there was a man, probably in his 60's sitting in a pickup truck parked a few feet away from my car.  We made the usually doggie lover chit chat, but in the middle of the conversation, the man started to cry. Apologize for crying, and then cry some more.  You see, he had just put is dog of 16 years down a few weeks ago, but even sadder he lost his wife of 42 years 2 months ago.  I think he just needed to talk to someone, grief is such a lonely thing.  To remove from life the flowing currant of love, leaves a person so empty and isolated.   So he talked, a lot about her, what she liked and didn't and what a good wife and mother she had been.  How empty his life felt now and pointless.  So then I talked about the one ness of marriage and when one half departs the other half must heal, and when healing begins so will new purpose and meaning, a new rhythm to get in sync with. A new direction.  I told him I believe that our lives here last as long as our purpose, and that if we are alive, the plan hasn't been completed, good things are still ahead.
  L'Chaim, Life Celebrate it, it is a Treasure, Share it, Give it, Bless Others with it.  I hope to have Billy over here for dinner and shares our lives a little bit with him as he starts the new rhythms of the rest of his life.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

WOYWW #176

It would seem as though I'm not doing much art work during the week as my blog has been very slow.  Actually it is just the opposite! Steve and I  are opening a new web store!  Ebay's fees have gone through the roof and I can no longer afford to sell there.  So We opened a store!  Were Still working on getting items in to it but It's up and open!!  www.maxammadestudio.com  Yay!! 
So my work desk has been off the hook busy!  Today I made these 50 layered faces:
They are 4.5x6" and I will dress the all up tomorrow - I hope!

While I was doing those the cards, Steve was working on the web stuff and had me writing blurbs for our products:  Very high tech on my side: believe it or not with my hand injury, an old fashioned pen and ink are much more comfortable to write with!!

During the card making my Genesis trimmer got quite a work out, that trimmer slice through this 100# card stock to the tiniest size like nothing!
And because I have received beautiful card from Oriental Stamp Arts Group I really needed an album to keep them in, so I made this this am, I need to dress it up a bit still:

I hope you enjoyed the 176 WOYWW here at Maxam Made! Skip on over to Julia Dunnits for the rest of the grand tour!!  http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/
Have a great day!  Ginny