Wednesday, June 28, 2017

New stamp and revisiting old background stamps:coloring with Spectrum Noirs, Zig clean brush pens, watercolor pencils. and freebies

A couple of weeks ago I made an internet impulse purchase. I was offered a 20% off coupon through Stamp Junkies group for Brutus Monroe Brand.  Bait cast and I was caught, plain and simple I hang my head, thankfully it was only 16.00.  If there was any redeeming value to the impulse purchase, it steered me back to my collection of beautiful background stamps. I took a good look at all the beautiful stamps I have and then I re-organized them. Beautiful backgrounds are one of the things I love in stamping.  I think I got sidetracked by all the great paper I use for backgrounds.  So while I was busy with the background stamps I decided to try using a few coloring techniques with my Angie Girl stamp.  That is what I am going to share with you today.  Here is the first card and details to follow

I created this sketch for my Monday CCM group Sketch challenge 

Here is the  New Monroe stamp, clouds - it is a very thick clear stamp

A few favorites I haven't used in a few years by Impression Obsession

Inked up with Distress Oxides - Yummy thick pigment color

With all of these stamps and backgrounds I used my Go to Paper; Heavenly Whites by Paper Temptress The 120# for the bases and 80# for the back ground and stamping

A few more

first Girl in alcohol coloring

Second in pencil

Third Zig clean brush pens

Finished cards with backgrounds

 For this card project, I like the Zigs best and pencils least. So I think I'll sell the pencils and buy more stamps!  

Here are a couple of images for you to play with!

Thanks for stopping By! 
Ginny M

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

How to create a sweet vintage card . Plus a freebie!

I've made a sweet vintage card using alcohol markers, distress ink and Paper Temptress papers.
For my freebie, I am giving you this classic image for your card making along with a how- to for the card!

I printed two of these images on 80# Heavenly white paper -wonderful for alcohol marker coloring and Distress Inks!
Right click and save for your card making. This is a masters engraving I adapted for card making.

My pen  coloring selection.  I normally use Spectrum Noir at home and Touch Fives for travel

I did not use a lot of different colors for this card, but I did use a lot of ink,  I was looking for a very saturated look.

I colored this card as I normally would.  Colored the little girl separately, fussy cut her and added her to the main body of the card with dimensional tape. The sky was colored with  1 shade of blue and then I worked in blending solution to give it a more natural mottled look.  After the paper dried (a few minutes) I began to dab in a little yellow, First on the back side and then on the front.  By coloring the back first it gave a 'sun through the clouds' look I also edged the card with chipped sapphire.
This paper really works well for blending color!

I layered the focal image on  Silver Ore paper

And finished by mounting on Heavenly White 120# base weight paper.   

This paper makes a beautiful crease!

Thanks for stopping by and I Hope yu enjoy today 's freebie. Stop over to Paper Temptress, you will love all the yummy papers!
Ginny M

Monday, June 26, 2017

Painting with glue for beautiful glittery shimmer and a freebie!

Good Morning everyone!  Today I want to show you a card I made using The Best Glue Ever and super fine glitter.

You know all those yummy pads of expensive designer paper, the one you are almost afraid to cut into.  The ones where you go to the store and you have a million ideas to justify buying that pad, then you get it home and think what was I going to make?

Yup, I'm the same way! Sometimes I think I will make a card a certain way and then realize, well that will require a shirt box just to mail it in!  Well here is one card I made from a lovely G45 pad and it did go in the mail just fine - glitter, lovely flat glitter gave it that something special!

Using glitter is a wonderful way to add something special and mailable to a card!
I love to use The Best Glue Ever for my glittering projects, 

using an acrylic block, I paint the glue on using a fine paint brush and then gently tap on my glitter: 

If I miss a spot, the glue stays tacky long enough to go back and add a little more glitter. I can also add jewels and sequins. Best Glue Ever holds these embellishments perfectly - adding beauty to my card and keeping it mail-able!

This really is the

So get those yummy pads out and give this a try, you will have so much fun and you will love the beautiful results!  And here is my Freebie for your coloring fun - glittering this would look wonderful too!

  Thanks for stopping by!  Ginny M

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Verse and Beautiful Vintage Freebies

Hi, Everyone!  Beautiful Friday here, I' getting ready to go out and enjoy the beautiful summer morning,  but before I do I thought I would leave these images for you and your paper crafting!
Over at Christian Card Makers Group, it is Friday Word Fellowship day.  I leave a verse created by Karen Murray and given to Word Art Wednesday blog at no charge - stopover and you will find many, many more!

I enjoyed making this card, although it was a challenge, I just could not get the background right!

This is a vintage clip art/engraving public domain image, and I love it, except I did not like the decolletage of the neckline.  so I changed it.  Honestly, who wore dresses like that in, daytime , falling out all over the place?

  you can see where I brought the neckline up a bit and lightened the image for coloring


First set of background papers clashed - I picked those out last night and the light obviously was not good!

I tried out a few AG papers

That didn't work either.  I wanted a faded wallpaper look which I achieved more or less using a IO toile background stamp.

I added a little bling to the dress and just a tiny bit to the gauzy scarf on the hat

Here is the verse for you too!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy using this image and that you also have great contentment in your life!
Ginny M

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Word Art Wednesday and Sunflowers and a Freebie!

Hi Everyone, It is time for a new anything goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!  This week we will have THREE lucky winners, including a prize from our FABULOUS sponsoSimon Says Stamp, a free digital scripture file, a brief devotional, lots of great inspiration from the design team!  And as a little gift for stopping by I have a nice little summer freebie for you too!

What says summer better than Sunflowers?   Here is my card for the Challenge:

This is a stamp I have had for a long long time and  I just love it!
I've colored it with Spectrum Noir Markers and added white paint splats with my Posca pen.

This is also one of my favorite verses, it is so rich with tenderness and care!

and for a happy first day of Summer, here is a sunflower freebie for you too!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful summer!
Don't forget to stop by Word Art Wednesday, grab your digi verse, make a card, enter it, mail it and maybe you will win a wonderful stampy prize! 
Ginny M

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sketch challenge and a summer freebie

My Sketch challenge at 'Christian Card Makers group was fun this week.  I love using circle elements, the only problem for me making this card, I don't have any circle punches, circle dies, my hand circle cutter is still packed and I couldn't find the power cord to my Cricut. Maybe I should have waited until next week for the circles!!   Here is my card - which is also going in my 12 card challenge for the outreach ministry:

Here is the Sketch if you would like to give it a try.  I like sketches, they are fun and sometimes the challenge of following a pattern really does improve your skills.

I thought I'd leave you a freebie too!  Something for a nice summer card

I hope you have a lovely last day of spring!  
thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy Rainy Monday!!

I'm working on a challenge that I created at my 'Group Christian Card Makers'  This month I am hosting a 3-week challenge to get 12 cards made and sent to support a local outreach ministry with encouraging cards.  6 for ladies and 6 for men.  I've got half done:

Thi is one of my favorite card making methods, I just grab a bunch of papers and sentiments and star-making cards

It's a nice rainy day here and all my other work is done so I think for the next six cards I'll enjoy doing some coloring and get the project out in the morning mail.  I love making cards for a good cause!

While I was doing a bit of housework earlier, I thought of this sweet verse from an old hymn:
“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
I hope you have a wonderful Monday to and remember that God really does love you!
Ginny M

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mid Month inspiration blog with Graciellie Designs!

Hi Everyone one , it is time for the Graciellie Designs Mid Month  Inspiration Blog hop!  So many pretty and versatile Stamps at Graciellie Designs.

My feature card for today:

I loved creating this card from this beautiful set!

I know I will be able to use this set for years to come!

Here are the rest of the blog stops for today's hop:

Ginny Maxam - you are here

June Guest Designers:

Enjoy the hops and thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M