Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year and my micro studio!

Steve and I would like to wish you the Happiest of New Years!  We're starting our new year in our new home in New York.  Lots of 'new' for us. We're in the process of remodeling, taking care of my Father In Law, starting a new job and starting Maxam Made Studio back up.  Exciting times for us.
In the midst of all this change, there has been a heartbeat of peace that has pumped the presence and purpose of God in our lives.  We are exhausted, but we have Joy. That joy has given us a great deal of strength, emotional and physically.
This is my view from "my room"
I love the country, wide open spaces.  Deer come here all the time, it is so peaceful!

I thought it would be fun as my first post of the year to share my new little craft room!
It isn't done, I need to paint the doors and get molding up. I have to say I am very happy with this little 8.5 x11.5 space.  Eventually, we will add on and I will have a space to accommodate classes and my studio work, but for now I have this cozy work room.

It all boils down for me to one thing - what comes out of this room, and not what it is in it.   The big studio will happen some day, but every day I feel very blessed.

walking in:








This room my was my Husbands old bedroom growing up, and then his mothers "morning coffee room"  This picture hung on the wall for decades and I think it was just waiting for me! 
Steve on the left and youngest brother Doug on the right.


I made this in Texas as a color prompt for this room and a word for this new chapter of our lives.

New display boards for cards and ATC's

Steve thought of this idea!! Lots of easy to reach power!

and that is it: my art world of 98 square feet!

More than ever before I want to express myself to the Glory of God and reach out with the Marvelous Light of the Gospel!
This little card I made earlier in the month is my standard for the new year





Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!
Ginny M











Monday, December 26, 2016

Last day of freebies from the road trip!

We're on the road again, heading north just in time for the snow season and Christmas with Family!
I am scheduling posts  and leaving freebies for you every day!  Some of these will be my very own digitals and you may be coloring them before me!!

Here is today's image: my last one!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Joy to the World, The Savior is Born

Steve and I would like to wish you a Wonderful Christmas, Full of the Blessing of the One who came and brought us Life.


Saturday, December 24, 2016

On the Road and freebie #14

We're on the road again, heading north just in time for the snow season and Christmas with Family!
I am scheduling posts  and leaving freebies for you every day!  Some of these will be my very own digitals and you may be coloring them before me!!  I hope you like them, I'll be back online in about two weeks!

Here is today's image: One of mine!
Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Friday, December 23, 2016

On the Road and freebie # 12

We're on the road again, heading north just in time for the snow season and Christmas with Family!
I am scheduling posts  and leaving freebies for you every day!  Some of these will be my very own digitals and you may be coloringthem before me!!  I hope you like them, I'll be back online in about two weeks!

Here is today's image:


Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Thursday, December 22, 2016

On the Road and Freebies#11

We're on the road again, heading north just in time for the snow season and Christmas with Family!
I am scheduling posts  and leaving freebies for you every day!  Some of these will be my very own digitals and you may be coloring them before me!!  I hope you like them, I'll be back online in about two weeks!

Here is today's image:  One of Mine!

Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Word Art Wedensday and Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! It is Word Art Wednesday time, two days before Christmas!

  If you have never been there, click on over and this is what you will find:

A beautiful bi-weekly devotion by Karen Letchworth 
A wonderful digital Bible verse Created by Karen Murray  which  you can use for your crafting - at no charge and links to over 300 more!!
And then there are almost a dozen beautiful examples of how you can use the verse with links to blogs with all kinds of eye candy and paper crafting fun!  If that isn't enough, you have the opportunity to make a card, enter in the challenge and maybe win a really nice prize to add to your crafty stash.  Who wouldn't like a $25 gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp!! If that isn't enough reason to join the Fun, sending that card you made and making someone's day is!! winning this would be a fun way to start  2017!
 
      Click here for Todays Verse


My card:

I've also brought this into one of my Digi dies for you


and a few evergreen images just in case you still would like to make a few more winter cards.  Her In New York, we have a long way to go with winter cards!



I Hope you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!  Thank you for stopping by!
Ginny M






Tuesday, December 20, 2016

On the Road and freebies #9

We're on the road again, heading north just in time for the snow season and Christmas with Family!
I am scheduling posts  and leaving freebies for you every day!  Some of these will be my very own digitals and you may be coloring them before me!!  I hope you like them, I'll be back online in about two weeks!

Here is today's images:


Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Sunday, December 18, 2016

On the road and freebies #8

We're on the road again, heading north just in time for the snow season and Christmas with Family!
I am scheduling posts  and leaving freebies for you every day!  Some of these will be my very own digitals and you may be coloring them before me!!  I hope you like them, I'll be back online in about two weeks!

Here is today's image: another one of my new ones:



Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Saturday, December 17, 2016

On the road and freebies#7

We're on the road again, heading north just in time for the snow season and Christmas with Family!
I am scheduling posts  and leaving freebies for you every day!  Some of these will be my very own digitals and you may be coloring them before me!!  I hope you like them, I'll be back online in about two weeks!

Here is today's image:


Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Friday, December 16, 2016

On the Road and Freebies #6

We're on the road again, heading north just in time for the snow season and Christmas with Family!
I am scheduling posts  and leaving freebies for you every day!  Some of these will be my very own digitals and you may be coloring them before me!!  I hope you like them, I'll be back online in about two weeks!

Here is today's image:


Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

On the road and freebies#5

We're on the road again, heading north just in time for the snow season and Christmas with Family!
I am scheduling posts  and leaving freebies for you every day!  Some of these will be my very own digitals and you may be coloring them before me!!  I hope you like them, I'll be back online in about two weeks!

Here is today's image:


Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

On the Road freebies #4

We're on the road again, heading north just in time for the snow season and Christmas with Family!
I am scheduling posts  and leaving freebies for you every day!  Some of these will be my very own digitals and you may be coloring them before me!!  I hope you like them, I'll be back online in about two weeks!

Here is today's image:
Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Monday, December 12, 2016

On teh Road and freebie#3

We're on the road again, heading north just in time for the snow season and Christmas with Family!
I am scheduling posts  and leaving freebies for you every day!  Some of these will be my very own digitals and you may be coloring them before me!!  I hope you like them, I'll be back online in about two weeks!

Here is today's image: One of my new Stamps:


Thanks for Stopping by!
Ginny M

Saturday, December 10, 2016

On the Road and freebies #2

We're on the road again, heading north just in time for the snow season and Christmas with Family!
I am scheduling posts  and leaving freebies for you every day!  Some of these will be my very own digitals and you may be coloring them before me!!  I hope you like them, I'll be back online in about two weeks!

Here is today's image:


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Ginny M





Friday, December 9, 2016

Traveling posts and Freebies!!

We're on the road again, heading north just in time for the snow season and Christmas with Family!
I am scheduling posts  and leaving freebies for you every day!  Some of these will be my very own digitals and you may be coloring them before me!!  I hope you like them, I'll be back online in about two weeks!
For Today one of my very own digitals! :

Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Software found! The last card from Texas and a Freebie

Back in the spring, my computer crashed.  I had a backup - I back up x2 a week. But for some reason, my Photoshop Elements#10 was lost.  I had the original disk, as old as PE10 is, it is still legitimate.  But I couldn't find it - those things happen when you move cross country.  A few days ago while I was repacking I found it! But I couldn't remember how to use it - I had just started when I lost it the first time.  I really wanted to get on with making my own word art and collage type stamps.  So since I seemed to be stalled with PE, I downloaded Gimp. anyone feeling my pain?  I uninstalled gimp and forced myself to sit down and work with PE. What Little I knew came back - YaY!!

All my creative stuff is packed and ready for loading, no card making, cooking, stitching - Nada!

Here is my desk to prove it!  Word, water, todo list, a couple cards to write out and stamps to mail them.  A little bleak in the crafty sense.


I was very happy when PE started coming together for me;  Here is the image I put together,
you are welcome to copy and save for your card making:

I scrounged for scissors and found my kitchen shears were in a box not yet taped!  I wiggled 6 colored pencils out of my students supplies cabinet and a card base, a sheet of paper from a pad and a piece of black card stock.


I grabbed a little bottle of Elmer's glue for the card and to coat the butterflies:

Here it is, the last card from Texas,

This process and the card make me think of the old song, 'Little is much when God is in it'.   A couple more days and we hit the road, I am hoping to get a few more of these collage stamps done to leave with you while I am on the road! If you like these types of freebies, leave a comment! Comments are very encouraging and it gives me an idea of what you all like.  
Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Word Art Wednesday , Digital Dies and a Fab gift for my Readers!

It is Word Art Wednesday Time! I love This challenge blog! If you have never been there, click on the link this is what you will find:
A beautiful bi-weekly devotion by Karen Letchworth 
A wonderful digital Bible verse Created by Karen Murray  which  you can use for your crafting - at no charge and links to over 300 more!!
And then there are almost a dozen beautiful examples of how you can use the verse with links to blogs with all kinds of eye candy and paper crafting fun!  If that isn't enough, you have the opportunity to make a card, enter in the challenge and maybe win a really nice prize to add to your crafty stash.  Who wouldn't like a $25 gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp!! If that isn't enough reason to join the Fun, sending that card you made and making someone's day is!!

This week I have a special gift for my readers, Digital Dies keep reading!

                                                          Click here for Todays Verse




Here's my card:




The frame is from a sheet of paper by Bo Bunny
I carefully fussy cut the paper and created my die to fit the frame.



Here is the die I used, I will post the whole set I made down below. 
I created these because I did not want to purchase sets of dies to use in my machine.  They are too expensive, size restrictive and  time-consuming to use and keep track of - yes I am pretty lazy!

Because these are Jpegs, you can change them to any size you might need!



Bring your Jpeg into Publisher or Word:




Right click and copy your verse into your program:




Next bring your verse into your frame by grabbing the image box and dragging it into the "die"
This is so simple! 
To remove the "text" box and keep your frame intact

Right-click the frame  and this box will pop up Click the first box to keep the Digital Die on top - that way your text box will not break through the image. This is the simplest way I can explain this.  there are other ways, but for simplicity's sake, try this.



And there you go!
Print and Cut!

Printed


Cut


Colored


mounted on the back paper


This is so easy, all you need is a pair of sharp scissors!


And for  your card making, my gift to you!












I hope you found this useful and find this helps your card making!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enter the Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge!








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