Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Last night I made an ATC for a swap, I Love making and receiving  ATC's! I thought I would
One of the most import factors about a great ATC is the quality of paper they are made on.  Premium papers always
Premium papers always helps yield premium results.
ATCs are meant to be collected, I have some over 20 years old!
ATC's are always 3.5x2.5.  I cut paper  in batches Just for ATC's
This is my recipe for a long lasting and beautiful ATC:
Base layer: 100# kraft
Framing layer: Neenah Black 80#
Art layer: Heavenly White 120# - for hand stamping and Heavenly White 80# for ink jet  printing
Back Signature layer: Heavenly White 80#
I use Glue to hold things together  for all of my ATCs
Here is the one I made last night

I used a digital image and printed on 80# Heavenly White.   I added black glitter to the sash shaded with soft gray to make the image pop,
hand stamped the "friend" and added bling.  For this ATC I also added a layer of Silver paper for more Wow factor.
I clear coated the printed image with Lineco glue.
The back of the card is Important too, you need to have your Artist info on the back.
Knowing  who and when and why you received the ATC is a big part of the fun!
I created an ATC back for you, you can print these off on your printer and hand write the info.
I made this to print to correct size, download and then copy and paste into word for the set or change up the sizes with the individuals.
I made this to print to correct size, download and then copy and paste into word for the set or change up the sizes with the individuals.
These I also print up in batches and cut them.  I have a draw that all these parts are stored in so I can just sit down and play!  Often an oops card can be turned into t brilliant ATC!
  Often an oops card can be turned into a brilliant ATC!
I hope you find these helpful!
Thanks for stopping by,
Ginny M

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Word Art Wednesday

I am happy Today to share  Word Art Wednesday, with you! Every other week we have a new challenge, A fresh devotion, a beautiful Scripture digitized and freely given for your card making and paper crafting! I don' think there is another blog like it!  MAke a card ( you can make up to 5) enter it in the challenge and you might win a super prize!  Don't forget to mail the card - I am sure you there is someone in your life that could use the encouraging.  I don't know anyone who doesn't love to receive a beautiful handmade card!  I created this card using a 'Stash Buster' technique If you are interested in that process click  HERE.

here is today's card:

Stop over to the Word Art Wednesday Blog and grab your verse, make a card, enter it in the challenge for an opportunity for a great prize!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bird Card Using Rich Colors and Metallic Sharpies

I wanted to create a'I hope you feel better"  for a man friend that recovering from a surgery .  He is musical and loves nature.  I had the perfect stamp from Skipping Stones Designs !

I simply heat embossed the bird and the sentiment on designer paper from my stash using black ink and black powder.  I colored the bird in using Gold and Silver metallic Sharpie pens!  Ff you don't have a set, you really should grab one, they will mark on anything including this glossy paper!
Here is the set I used:

So Versatile!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great day!
Ginny M

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Painterly Butterfly Card

I've created this butterfly card today using an oil painting background and  Skipping Stones Design Stamps. I needed a sympathy card and pulled this set to use and then I noticed the sentiment about gratitude, and I thought I'd like to make a card using it.  Gratitude is such an immensely important emotion and without it, a person can never be happy, they will be living in the mode of always excepting more.  I may use this card and stamp set in a Sunday School lesson!

I printed my background and then stamped the butterfly - I did both of these on Canson 130# water color paper.

I colored with colored pencil and blender pen, my polka dot background layer is a rubber stamp inked with distress oxide ink. I love the opaqueness of this ink when you don't activate it with water. A few micro beads.

The sentiment on a pop dot 

Here's the set
Healing wings

This is a very sweet and versatile set, great for bible journaling too!

Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Making a Beautiful 6x6 Recipe Card and a Wonderful Recipe!

I recently tried a 6x6 recipe swap, my first one!  What fun! my recipe was for my really delicious Honey Walnut Balsamic dressing. I brought the salad to the event along with the dressing of the recipe!
Here is the recipe card:

this recipe card along with other will go into an album made for these types of cards

Before I even started I pulled out my Best Glue Ever, with all the paper I was using I was going to have a very strong adhesive that would dry perfectly flat and smooth.

Chipboard for strength and support, pretty patterned paper, black backing and ribbon to start. Best Glue Ever holds fiber embellishments perfectly!

Love this pattern, and look how smooth after gluing down to chipboard

After I glued them all together - glue set up very fast so you don't have to wait around  - no rumpling either. I edged the sandwich in Black.

I cut design elements on my Cricut machine and then because the paper was white core, I went over the cuts with a distress ink pad.

Big improvement

A little stamping on the edge

Just a tiny bit of glue to hold down elements.

I Mod Podge'd the whole thing ( Best Glue Ever holds up under other wet Adhesives).  a little glitter while it was wet

My Batch of finished cards!

And for you to enjoy My dressing recipe!! 

Thanks for stopping by!  
Ginny M

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Word Art Wednesday with Black and White Bling

Welcome to Word Art Wednesday  Day!  Every other Wednesday we have a wonderful family friendly challenge, with a free digital scripture and prizes to be won!

I created this fun card using an ATC printable from Gecko Galz called 'playing with marbles'.  I just wanted a little something different!

I then used stuff in my stash

This was a great card to make- great if you are in a hurry.  I think this will become a birthday card!
Please, stop over to WAW and join the fun! 
Thanks for stopping by,
Ginny M

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Beautiful Simplicity, and a Freebie

For the Ilion NY Split coast stampers even in October I joined the Black and White swap. I love working in Black and White - do you?  I used a classic Audry Hepburn image -                                        a favorite of mine for card making. 
 Perfect printing on luxurious paper made this card really pop!  

I printed this image on Heavenly White 80# paper  by Paper Temptress
 my go-to for print, stamping, and coloring.
I use a cheap Canon Pixma printer- and it does a wonderful job for me.  I paid about $60.00 for the printer. I also re-ink my cartridges.

I layered her on Silver Metalic Paper
I had to take her picture on a turquoise background!

The card base is a deep rich Black - Neenah Eclipse

And for you and your card making:

All papers were from the yummy yummy online store Paper Temptress
check out the beautiful papers, in  both sets and packs
Ginny M

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Faux Pottery, Foil and Fun

Today I've created a fun card using a sweet Design from Skipping Stones Designs.I wanted to make a card for a friend that would just be  little blessing.  Lorrie has been my friend for 33 years and when we lived in the same town, a favorite thing to do would be to just sit and drink coffee and talk about the daily drama of being a young wife and mother.   The kids have grown up and we have  lived  on opposite coasts for the last 15 years, but the friendship remains.  
I wanted this coffee cup to look like beautiful Mexican pottery, 
Skipping Stones Designs had just the right stamp! 

 Here is the card and after if you are interested, the process :

I stamped my card on Heavenly White Cardstock  and colored with alcohol marker.  I added lots and lots of ink and then I added Twinkling H2O's and   Micro beads.  This beautiful heavy paper held up no problem, no pilling !

On the coffee cup body I used a matte finish coating and for the decoration I used  liquid crystal  to give it that pottery look

Stamp Products I used:

The  sentiment

 The coffee cup

I'm really looking forward to mailing this card , I know it will make my friend smile.  Maybe she will mail me back her  wonderful Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M