Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Word Art Wednesday and Family Friendly Challenge and a great Cowboy freebie!

Happy Word Art Wednesday everyone! I hope you stop over to the Blog and join in the fun, We have an inspiring and uplifting devotion by Karen Letchworth and another beautiful bible verse digitized by Karen Murry!   

My card using this weeks verse:








And my freebie for you today:






Thanks for stopping by and I hope you join in the fun!
Ginny M


Monday, June 4, 2018

A Challange to Support Families in Need and a Freebie

Over at my FB group Christian Card Makers, we are running a challenge to support a local Ronald McDonald. Each of the participators will be making 30 cards to send to the challenge hostess.  These cards will then go to the Ronald McDonald House.  The house receives approximately 50 families a week, families that will be receiving medical care at the  Levine's Children's Hospital.  I thought I would share with you the cards I am making and also a freebie for your card making.
 for my first set of cards I am using a beautiful Magenta stamp:







I heat embossed the image on designer paper and then fussy cut
I used Nuvo drops in the flower center and white pen to high light the flower petals


The cards require only one of two  sentiments 'Welcome' and 'Just for you'
I created this digital set for my groups members and am happy to share it with you




I used my Scan'n Cut after printing.
I  am glad to support these types of organizations with  my card.  I'll also be sharing the Troop cards I've been making for Operation Quiet Comfort
Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Making a Fancy Card With The Best Glue Ever and a Freebie

Today I have made a very fancy card using unusual materials, I will show you the card and then share the process:


About 8 years ago a local store called the Final Markdown sold folio binder papers, 100 for $1.00  This was a faux leather finish 120# cover weight, 9x12.  It was really gorgeous, I bought at all that they had!  about 50 reams.  I sold it in my Maxam Made Studio shop, gave tons away and now I am down to the last 25 sheets.  Don't you just love coming across a great deal like that? I can't wait till the next one happens!

I made four of these cards using that paper on my Cricut.  I used the German carbide blade and the poster board setting.  I had expected the cutting to go just fine and it did.  What was more complicated was adhering the paper lace to the background cardstock with a polished finish and delicate lacework.  Using the tiniest amount of Best Glue Ever and the ultra fine writing tip I was able to precisely position the glue on the back of the lace and the background layer.  No glue squished out  - I can't stand when gluing blobs out and dries on a card front. 




                               I was also able to use BGE on this glitter ribbon, it held perfectly!


                                             
                                                       Glass glitter and pearls - no problem


                                    Using different papers and feathers - perfect hold!




                                            Having the best tools for crafting only makes sense when you consider time and effort you put into your art.  Glue is an Unsung and Unseen Hero-                                                            Just the way you want it to be! 

Thanks for stopping by and here is my freebie for you today! Digitized verse by Karen Murray

Enjoy!

Ginny M





Thursday, May 31, 2018

Asian Beauty Challenge at Gecko Galz , my Last Card for the Challenge !



Over at Gecko Glaz, this months challenge theme is "Asian Beauty" - a great challenge with prizes!
I'll be sharing a few cards with you throughout the month!  My last card is more on the subtle side





I created this card by using the  Japanese Traditions Collage sheet
Cricut Cut lace card for my base with a piece of foiled marble under the lace



Don't forget to check out the fun at the Gecko Galz Blog and join the challenge!
Thanks for stopping by,
Ginny M 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Asian Beauty Challenge at Gecko Galz #3!

Over at Gecko Glaz, this months challenge theme is "Asian Beauty" - a great challenge with prizes!
I'll be sharing a few cards with you throughout the month!  Today's third  card is all about Drama



This will be a fun birthday card to mail out!



I created this card by using the  Japanese Traditions Collage sheet
  and Felt 80# for my base
and for an extra touch a black feather!

Don't forget to check out the fun at the Gecko Galz Blog and join the challenge!
Thanks for stopping by,
Ginny M 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Asian Beauty Challenge at Gecko Galz #2 !

Over at Gecko Glaz, this months challenge theme is "Asian Beauty" - a great challenge with prizes!
I'll be sharing a few cards with you throughout the month!  Today's second  card is soft and dreamy a great summer cardcard!



I created this card by using the  Japanese Traditions Collage sheet
Dry embossing on a piece of scrap marble paper  and Felt 80# for my base
I may keep this one and put it in a frame for my bathroom!
Don't forget to check out the fun at the Gecko Galz Blog and join the challenge!
Thanks for stopping by,
Ginny M 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A Sweet Butterfly Card for Many Occasions

 Hi everyone, today I have made a sweet butterfly card for many occasions.  I like to keep a stash of cards that I can write out and get into the mail if I am in a hurry. I also like to make cards in batches to give as thank you or appreciation gifts.  This card would work for both, It was fast and fun to make.  I used Magenta Stamps and a piece of scrap paper from my stash


I stamped directly on to the paper using Versafine Clair ink and my stamping tool.


The butterfly is stamped colored with alcohol markers and then fussy cut and added onto the card.


A little bling and glitter and I have an all occasion card!


The stamps I used:

A classic Magenta

New in the Spring line


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




Monday, May 14, 2018

Asian Beauty Challenge at Gecko Galz #1!

Over at Gecko Glaz, this months challenge theme is "Asian Beauty" - a great challenge with prizes!
I'll be sharing a few cards with you throughout the month!  Today's card is soft and subtle and will be a birthday card!


I created this card by using the  Japanese Traditions Collage sheet
A little bling and a Cricut Cut card base



So beautiful!
Don't forget to check out the fun at the Gecko Galz Blog and join the challenge!
Thanks for stopping by,
Ginny M 

Friday, May 11, 2018

How to Make a Bold Masculine Birthday Card.

Because I own several Cricut products, I get a lot of emails to sell me more Cricut products.  I also get notification of freebies for my machines, and like that!  I'm always making birthday cards and recently I got a great  Freebie for birthday cards.  Today I am going to show you how I made a super fast masculine Birthday card.

I'll show you the card and then the process:
I really wanted to use this Beautiful Nero Incandescent paper by paper temptress as a special focal paper, it is black with a gold shimmer`it is really beautiful! This is a #76cover weight paper and cuts perfectly on the electronic cutting machine and hand cutting dye machine ( I use both!).  Due to my lighting this looks browner than black in this picture. But It is blck with gold shimmer, and just a touch of texture!



I selected a card base, layering, and focal papers



I stamped a watermark image using my Misti and a TH stamp


This was the first time I have used this ink pad, it is a dye base white, I wasn't sure how well it would work. 


It worked great!



I die cut my Happy Birthdays ( this was the Cricut freebie)

And using my Best Glue Ever  I was able to easily dot on the right amount of glue- here I am using the no-clog cap, I keep several bottles on hand one with this fine line no-clog cap and one with the regular tip



 It goes on perfect! and one thing I love using Best Glue Ever, it something is not straight the first time, I have a few seconds to fix it - unlike using  ATG tape!

this fine cut lays perfectly flat

Along with all the layers - no rumpling!



The SVG cut is part of Cricut Access, so if you are a member you can find it over on the Cricut Design Studio.  when I am making masculine cards, they tend to have darker stronger colors on a trick to keep them from looking dismal is to keep your color contrasting high.  This high contrast will draw the eye and have an overall pleasing look.  dark colors can easily look muddy and dismal if the contrast isn't high. 
I hope you found this post helpful to your card making, 
thanks for stopping by, Ginny M

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes - Challenge Weeks #334 - #335

Happy Word Art Wednesday everyone! I hope you stop over to the Blog and join in the fun, We have an inspiring and uplifting devotion by Karen Letchworth and another beautiful bible verse digitized by Karen Murry! 


We are THRILLED to have the amazing
Pink & Main as our sponsor for this
challenge.  We hope you will stop by
to see all the AMAZING stamps, dies,
embellishments and more that this shop
carries.  One lucky person will win a
generous $20 Gift Certificate to this
sweet store.  

and

Our digital sponsor for this challenge
is the ADORABLE Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.
Please take time to stop by and check out
ALL the lovely images (and more) found at
 the fabulous Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.


My card for today using Karen's beautiful verse:



I created this card using a piece of printed scrapbook paper.  I love making cards using these beautiful images!

It is not difficult I cut the paper to the size of the card front and then create a template in Publisher    ( you can use word or any program of that type). Basically, I eyeball where I want the image to be and then print on a piece of vellum. I overlay the vellum on to the image to make sure it is where I want it, tweak and then print.  I keep that vellum for a future card overlay. 
This little trick can really help you use some of those beautiful photo papers! 
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you join in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge!
Ginny M


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Hello everyone!  Since we are still seeing snow here in New York, I really wanted to make a pretty spring card!



This card is really very simple and fast to make, I started with a piece of 130# watercolor paper and lightly coated it with Distress Ink.




Next, I stamped my beautiful Pansies Stamp on 30# vellum.




I colored the back side of the image - you can be very free with the color.





Added my sentiment
coloring on the reverse side is almost like magic!






A bit of lace for the trim.



A few rhinestones...




and my card is done!








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Magenta products used:



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Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a beautiful day.

Ginny M