Friday, August 18, 2017

Exciting News!

I have some exciting news, I've been sitting in this for a little while -  With all the changes going here at the Studio, this is really a great one!  I am now on the Magenta Design Team!  The process started back in March, my first posts will be next month!  I will be working with a wonderfully talented team from around the world, we will be bringing you beautiful card and paper crafty samples using  Magenta's Iconic products!  Magenta is a Family owned and operated business established in Quebec Canada in 1992 and one of the first companies to give stampers timeless "art" images.  Magenta continues to be a leader in the stamp world and quality is their middle name!   You can skip over to the Magenta site to get the full scoop on the new team.You can also check out Magenta's beautiful Stamps and Stencils, and a myriad of crafty yumminess on their website.

Here are a few favorites of my Magenta Stamp cards old and new!
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 I think this simple card is one of my all time favorites


This was a card I made in 2000 and sent it to my sweetheart, Yup, you can get a man with a card!














 Thanks for stopping by and sharing my Happy News!
Ginny M























Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Word Art Wednesday and a freebie!



Hi Everyone!  it is Word Art Wednesday time! Check out the blog and enjoy the devotion I had the priviledge to write for this challenge and We also have some really awesome sponsors for our challenges!  Make a card, link up and join the fun and don't forget to mail your card!



Love this verse and I can't wait to mail this card!!
Have a blessed day!
Ginny M

Friday, August 11, 2017

How to get really great prints of digital stamp on your fancy papers!

A few weeks ago I posted about using my Embelli Gelli while making a vintage card.  In that post I used a "chalkboard " digi, the first print did not turn out well.



The owner of the Scraperfect Company    contacted me and said, "There is a way to fix that problem", watch this video:  



I have to admit, I was very skeptical about it and I was concerned  about my printer cartridge head - I did not want anything getting on it and causing problems
  But I am all about doing things better so I thought I can at least watch it!

So Since I have the Perfect Crafting Pouch and use and love it all the time for heat embossing, I thought well I can at least give it a try!

Well, I was impressed and my cartridge was fine!

I simply rubbed my pouch over the paper



Before:

Not too bad, but still not what I want on my cards


After:

I did not alter these photos in any way.
so you know What I will be doing when I do these dense images!




Holding all these textured layers:
Best Glue Ever works on everything!
glitter, mirror, glossy papers.





Here is a recap on the Perfect Craft Pouch pouch"




Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found this helpful, I fully endorse the products of the companies I design for, I won't work for them unless their products work for me!  I love sharing the good stuff with my readers - to help you spend the green stuff on the best stuff!
Ginny M 



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cutting and Crafting an Art Deco Card with a freebie!

Todays' card has been a lot of electronic fun, I've used digital cut files and a digital image.  I am learning more every day on how to utilize my machines.  To be honest with you I really don't enjoy the whole idea of die cutting.  It seems like a lot of money to spend and a lot of storage to utilize.  Hence I used my Cricut for fancy dies and my Scan n' Cut for the stamps.  and because I use digital stamps 75% of the time this really is the way for me to go!

I'll show you the card and then walk you through the process:




This card was made using the beautiful papers from the Magnolia Dreams pack btyPaper Temptress 

Here is the lovely image for you to use;



For my  Card base,  I used Teal BASIS 80#  and for the  lattice background  


The SVG file came from Garcielli Designs also part of the Magnolia Dreams collection 


I set my knife on my Cricut explore to the first level on 'fabric'

Here it is on the mat, always looks like it didn't work


But look!
Beautiful clean cut and no problems uploading the SVG and using it in Cricut!



So nice on the Teal Basis!


It can be frustrating trying new things, techniques and or machines - but that is what keeps this craft growing!
Lots of Beautiful and Unique paper over at Paper Temptress and beautiful digitals and SVG's at Graciellie Designs!

Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M






Sunday, August 6, 2017

This weeks Sketch Challenge and a freebie

My sketch challenge for this week:  We are having beautiful weather here in CNY and I am spending a lot of time out doors and less time in my craft room.  I find each season has it's own special type of inspiration, how about you?  My favorite season is the Fall, especially here in NY. 

This sketch is simple





Here is my card


and a freebie for you! 


Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Friday, August 4, 2017

Crafty Storage! Cheap!

My friend Pam posted recently about her storage system for metal die, I thought this was a great idea and one I can implement for my die cuts.  Using material I had on hand I made my storage :

Here is the end result for storing my die cuts:






How I made it:  I was gifted several hundred sheets of this lovely aqua 110# paper  ( Thank you, Nancy!)


I made a hinge out old shipping tape


Tags from punched circles gifted to me by Arlene - about 500!  Lucky me to have such nice friends!! 

put in in a basket


this took about 15 minutes and no additional cost


Maybe this will work for you!
Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M



Thursday, August 3, 2017

How to quickly Clean and Restore your self healing cutting mats!

If you are like me you would rather take care of things that you love than have to purchase new ones!  As well as an avid paper crafter I also love to sew and quilt, so many things in my craft room have to pull double duty.  My craft mats are one of those things!  I've been using the same ones for over 10 and even though I do take care of them they were looking pretty sad!  Card making, professional sewing, and quilting - these poor things have taken a beating!  And they were getting pretty gross to look at - I like things tidy and clean!

So I thought I'd try my Worlds Best Cleaner on them to see what level of clean I could achieve!  I was very happy to see almost new in my crafting area again!

I think I use this little bottle of clean in almost every room in my house including my husbands work shop!



After many years of heavy and some times messy use (mixed media)
my cutting mats were pretty gross.  I'm about to start a baby quilt and I sure don't' want any grime transferring to my fabrics!



here are two "before's":


Glue, ink and  multiple cut lines from the rotary cutters

I spritzed on a little of the Best Cleaner Ever and let it sit for about 5 minutes



 I used only an old terry wash cloth to wipe away the grime:




Didn't they come out nice?

This was so convenient, no scrubbing, no fumes, just spray set and wipe!
Give yours a try!

you'll find 101 uses for this little cleaning Genie! The Best Cleaner Ever! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!
Ginny M




Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Word Art Wednesday!

Hi Everyone!  it is Word Art Wednesday time! Check out the blog and enjoy the lovely devotion written by Karen Letchworth and as always we have some really awesome sponsors for our challenges!  Make a card, link up and join the fun! Don't forget to send someone a smile and mail that card!!

I hope you are enjoying these beautiful Midsummer days! Flower and Bee design is by Garciellie Designs and the card is printed and made on  Paper Temptresses Heavenly White papers   Holding it all together is the Best Glue Ever! 
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget skip over to Word Art Wednesday for Karen's beautiful verse and to check out the prizes! 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

An extra special blog hop, with digital stamping and electronic coloring and prizes!

I have something special for you today!!
Graciellie Design has a new digital stamp and paper release for the month of August. This release  follows a special color theme and we thought it would be a great opportunity to get together with Paper Temptress and create an exclusive paper selection to go with our digital release.
The paper package put together by Paper Temptress includes every possible color to coordinate with our new digital paper pack Magnolia Dreams and it will available for sale directly on their website. 

We have lots of wonderful prizes:


Before you start the hop, I'll show you my card, hopefully, it will inspire you!

Graciellie Designs not only has digital images, and papers but now SVG's!!  How exciting is that!

here is a look at the collection:



I am especially excited about the SVG's

and to go with this collection, Paper Temptress has put together the most beautiful collection of papers, paper with shimmer,  shine, texture and perfect printing surface!!







A little how to on my card:

First of all, not all SVG's are created alike, some will make you cry trying to get a good cut:

here's mine still  on my Cricut mat ( you don't have to use a Cricut machine, just one you can import SVG's into) 

Hard to get a good photo of this beautiful White pearl linen (in the Magnolia Pack)

Now you might think, ehh not going to be a good cut.
No fancy treatment of blade or settings, just thick card stock ( this is 90#) setting


It's almost like magic!  There you have it in about 1 minute on my machine, beautiful paper lace!

I am showing you how well this cut - Quality Paper and Quality SVG



My choices
Wouldn't you just love to wake up in a beautiful summer bedroom these colors?
I used





Little blog a little alcohol pen coloring and this card will mail safely!
Nice for a graduation or wedding shower!



Ready for more inspiration and a chance to win some of these beautiful card making supplies?


All you have to do is go to each blog and leave a comment!

From the Graciellie Team:

Graciellie Designs 
Arjita
Cynthia
Peggy
Regina
Terri


From the Paper Temptress Team

Patricia
Melanie
Ginny - you are here!
Vicki
Holley

The Prizes for this Blog Hop will be the Magnolia Dreams Collection from Graciellie design


and 



two packs of the beautiful Magnolia Dreams Paper Collection from Paper Temptress.

You must leave a comment on every stop of the hop to be in teh drawing!


all comments must be posted by 8/13 and winners announced 8/14!

I hope you enjoy this hop, leave a comment !!
Have a great day!
Ginny M