Monday, September 18, 2017

A Card for a Special Celebration

There are lots of wonderful occasions that we make cards for, but this one is one of my favorites: Baptism!  A Lovely woman in our congregation was recently baptized and I wanted to send her a card to mark the occasion and tell her I was praying for her and her New Life In Christ! My own baptism (done for the remission of sin) has become more precious to me the longer I live.

Here is the card

Her favorite color is Purple, Purple is not a color used a lot in paper crafting, not sure why, but you rarely see DP papers in Purples!

I also made a bookmark for her and these I did in Purples"

I cut a bit of paper lace from Anna Griffins Lovely Layered cards by Cricut

Paper from my stash, K&Co. I think

Stamped in purple memento ink, ODB rubber stamp

Mirror ppaer and fibers from stash.  I also coated the verse with Lineco glue to make it a little more durable - it dries clear.

my little gift.

From Act the 2nd chapter; Why we baptize:

37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men, and brethren, what shall we do? 38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

There is nothing like having a clean slate with God!
Scripture also says that we are New Creatures in Christ - I am so thankful for the Mercy of God that makes this all possible!

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Word Art Wednesday!! And A freebie

We've got a new challenge over at Word Art Wednesday!  Come join the fun, a great devotion, a beautiful verse, inspiration and a contest with fabulous prizes!!

Here is my card:

Such an important verse for us to remember too!

Here is my gift to you:

Make a card, upload it and be inspired at Word Art Wednesday!
Thanks for stopping by

Saturday, September 9, 2017

How To Restore A Vintage Rubber Stamp

I have a lovely Vintage  Magenta Cat Stamp, I'm not sure of the exact year of release, but I'm pretty sure it is about 20 years old, It appears to be in perfect condition.


But on inspection, I can feel that the rubber has gotten a little dry and "tough" and what that means is that I won't get a good impression from it.  I bet you have run into the same thing with some of your older stamps!  Don't toss the stamp, there is a way to restore them pretty easily!

I have on hand the little sanding blocks you can buy for about $2.00 at the hardware store.  The are very handy in the craft room!  I gave this stamp a vigorous rubbing and then wiped off the dust with a damp wipe

Next a coat of glycerin - a $4.00 drugstore item - you can also re-ink your embossing/resist pad with this! Let it sit over night and then wipe with a damp towel.  Your stamp should have that nice soft rubber texture.  Now the ink will sit on the rubber!

 I inked up the stamp

Treated my paper with the perfect crafting pouch 

I got a beautiful impression the first time!  A little black heat embossing

And here is my card

No toxic chemicals and a beautifully restored stamp!

 Magenta Stamp Catalog number:

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you give this a try before saying goodbye to an older stamp!
Ginny M

Friday, September 8, 2017

Happy Birthday Scan and Cut Freebie and Storage Idea

Over the holiday weekend, Steve and I worked on our basement converting it into office, sewing and studio space.  My studio is pretty much set up, new lighting is going up as I type. Counter tops are on the way for new work surfaces.  In the mean time, I've started teaching Sunday School and working in Women's Ministries, and one of my favorite things to do- be the church card lady! Which means I need to have lots of cards for all kinds of occasions.  I also hope to start teaching classes (for profit) and out reach (for ministry) very soon.  Keeping all the balls up in the air requires some forethought and organization. Hence I bought a Scan and Cut and I love it! Today I have a Happy birthday sentiment sheet as a freebie for you.  You can use an electronic cutter or fussy cut, which ever you prefer.
I'll show you the cards first: Remember, I don't have my lighting up yet!

My card with no sentiment, I do that alot - I can decide when I get ready to mail it.  Having sentiments on hand make this easy!

With the sentiment

Digital butterfly and background by Graciellie Designs and Spectrum Noir coloring

Here is how I plan to store my sentiments.
I purchased this a the local Lowes for $19.95

I will probably pick up another one.  One for sentiments and one for Bible verses

  This is for a standard 8.5x11 sheet of cardstock
I like this font, I think it will work with a lot of styles of cards.
I printed this on Heavenly White 80#
My scan and cut blade is on 3 with zero pressure

And here is the sheet, you can right click and save.

I hope you find this helpful in your card making!
Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

How to make an elegant set of thank you cards - fast!

I needed a set of  'thank you's' to send off for birthday gifts and I wanted them to be summer pretty and simple.
Here is the card:

I turned on the Cricut and grabbed tow beautiful pieces of paper from my Paper Temptress stash!  Today I used White Pearl Linen and Midnight Blue.  Both of these have a beautiful rich finish" the Pearl is Pearl finish, and the Midnight Blue is Vellum finish.
Using my Paper Lace cartridge I created my cut files.  These four cards required on two pieces of 8.5x11 paper for the tops and two Heavenly White Sheets for the bases.  These are A2 size (half sheet) I cut the bases first and glued them onto the  bases and left them under a book while the tops were cutting

That oh boy moment when the cutting is done and you haven't pulled it off the mat.
I've had several name brand cutting machines and I have to be honest, the only one I have not had a problem with is the Cricut machine.  The Expression, the Create, and the Explore have always worked beautifully for me. One I worked and worked with it was supposed to work with out a mat, it didn't.  and the other one was top of the line and it went back because it chewed instead of cut everything.  I replaced it with the Explore.  I'm not endorsing, I'm sharing my experience.  When I am using premium papers, I want them to look like what they are and not like construction paper because the cut was so poor!

I added a little bling and in about 15 minutes I had my set of Thank you cards!

Maybe something you would like to try?  Here is a tip Make sure you have very strong contrast for this type of card.  With out it really will look very Blah!

for stopping by!
I hope you give this a try on your machine -  
these beautiful papers just give this simple card a great panache! 
Ginny M 

Monday, September 4, 2017

ATC Sneak Peak

I joined in on a Magenta ATC swap over at the Magenta Passion Studio Facebook Group.  I love ATC's and this swaps' theme was Flowers- perfect for me.  I haven't mailed mine off yet so I thought I would share them here:





I like to have a positive quote or bible verse on my ATC's. 

The trouble with making ATC's,  unlike cards, for me - I really don't want to put them in the mail!  
But I will and I will look forward to receiving four beautiful ATC's in return!
I've noted the stamps I used and along with the Best Glue Ever and
I hope you are all enjoy this beautiful Monday!
Ginny M

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

How to make a card rich in color and texture using the Best Glue ever. Plus a fab Freebie

Somebody asked me recently what were my favorite colors to use in card making.  That is such a hard question!  I know my least favorite would be pastels. But my most favorite?  Right now I would have to say, Teal and Copper, rich deep fall-ish colors.
Here is a card I've made this week:

 I don't like adding lots of dimension to my cards because I mail them out and I don't want to mail them in boxes.  I do want lots of 'pop" and some bling and dazzle!  So using flat embellishments, ink and texture I think  I can pull that off!   A long time ago when I went to my favorite card making class I learned that when you use dry embossing, the average tape or glue won't hold it, you need to use a score tape.  Well, that gets pretty pricey!  I have found that my trusty Best Glue Everworkss wonderfully for dry embossing , foil and glitters of all shapes and sizes - and I only need one adhesive!

A perfect adhesive for teh dry embossed pieces:

It holds the lettering beautifully, no need for the sticker machine!

It holds all kinds of glitter, I especially love it for these gorgeous mica flakes and glitter 

It holds and keeps microbeads!

The glue dries crystal clear - no gray ick that splooges out!

What more can you ask for with an adhesive- Oh Yeah, this 2 oz bottle will make about 250 cards and it is easy to store!

Stop over to Scraperfect and check out their really
awesome products, you will be glad you did! 

Here is your freebie!!  Aren't these ladies Beautiful?

Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M