Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Word Art Wednesday and Graciellie Designs

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! 
This week we have Two wonderful sponsors, Crafty Individuals (UK 20 pound)
 AND Gracielle Design (digital)! 

To Play:  go over to Word Art Wednesday and create a card, either with the verse or any family friendly card!  Enter it and that is it, there will be a random draw winner announced in two weeks! 
 Don't forget to mail that card and send someone a blessing!
Here is my Card for today, I have a few tips for you to on my coloring process

I love this set, so versatile!  This will be a birthday card

Here is the set
Coffee and Love

Here is my process:

I printed out my image on watercolor paper
Good thing I did more than one, my initial intention was to use watercolor pens or paint.  Well, my inkjet ink is not waterproof.  So I switched to trusty alcohol markers.  I used the botched image to try out my colors.

One of my little tricks with alcohol markers is to use 91% alcohol as a dilution/blending medium. here you can see where I have colored the paper band on the cup. 

Here I am working on creating shadow and a more realistic look.  I also dip a blending pen in the solution to "work" the blending.  this way your pen never driess out!  A pint bottle is about $2.00.

Another trick, I add color to the back of my petals, it does bleed through a little and that gives the "right" side another layer of color.

I cut this from a snip I made of the original image, in an effort to create demension

Here is the focal flower, I also added micro beads

For my sentiments, I created a whole sheet and saved it for future printing.  These are easy to cut with your paper cutter or electronic cutter.  I created mine in Publisher.

The frame was cut on my Cricut machine. My card base paper is Paper Temptress Heavenly White#120.  I also used Best Glue Ever for all layers of adhesion including the microbeads.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are able to head over to Word Art Wednesday and join in the fun - you may win a prize!
Ginny M

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Vintage fashion and a cool masculine card.

This year I made a batch of Valentine cards for different family members, young and old.
I'm going to share two today with you:

This one I made for my Mom, She loves fashion and I know she was a fan of Audrey's!
This card was made with a Digital Stamp, the printing came out perfect ( I have a cheapo Walmart canon- you would never know!).  I used Heavenly White 120#  to print on.  it just drinks up the ink with no feathering, perfectly crisp! I used Silver Metallic Glossy for the frame and the base is Eclipse Black 100#, perfect for a dramatic base.

This card I made for my mother's boyfriend!  
He's a pretty cool guy and I know he would like this fun card:

The Beetle is an older Tim Holtz stamp ( I think- I took it off a block a few years ago) Again I printed it on the Heavenly White 120# and used the Silver Metallic Glossy for a frame.  On the focal image I only colored the grass, I left the VW in B+W to allow the beauty of the paper to enhance the image.

you might want to stop over at the Paper Temptress sight, the owner, Patricia always has a sale of some kind going on, often with free shipping!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a great day!
Ginny M

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Making a Vintage Card and a Sentiment Freebie

Hi everyone, today I am making vintage cards using my beautiful Magenta Stamps. 
I'll show you my first card and then go through the process. Plus I have one of my own freebies for you!

I love this image, I have used it so many times for all different types of cards, even wedding showers!

I stamped my image on Heavenly White#120 cardstock (wonderful for alcohol marker coloring) and layered with Eclipse Black.

Such beautiful detail in the rubber

Today I used earth tones, But I have done this in cobalt blue and poppy red!

Here I have heat embossed and ready to color

I've added a little glitter too - it is subtle.

To keep all of these layers together, I used the Best Glue Ever!  Heavily inked dry embossed layer, string, feather and sentiment  - no glue gun needed!

And here is my fun freebie!

My stamp is linked to the Magenta website, click the caption and it will take you right over.  You can also  want to check out the Magenta Passion Studio at Facebook  for more inspiration

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

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Putting on the Green and a Gecko Galz Image Freebie

Over at the Gecko Galz we are having a "Putting on the Green" Challenge! So many Fun images to choose from over at the Shop.  
Here is my card:

I used the following  Images

So Many Wonderful images for card making and paper crafting
Here is a free image for you to use in your crafting, Courtesy of Gecko Galz.

Thanks for stopping by,
Ginny M

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Word Art Wednesday

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! 
This week we have a wonderful sponsor! Stamp Simply Ribbon Store You will really enjoy anything from this shop!  I made my card today featuring two of their samps sets word of encouragement and  Thank you caring coneflower.

To Play:  go over to Word Art Wednesday and create a card, either with the verse or any family friendly card!  Enter it and that is it, there will be a random draw winner announced in two weeks! 
 Don't forget to mail that card and send someone a blessing!
Here is my Card for today:

I love this simple flower and powerful bible verse.
Sometimes it is a really good thing to be reminded that when we walk with God, he has our whole world in his hands and we can count on Him.

Here is how I made my card

Using a Misti,  you can use any stamping tool you have or an acrylic block

I stamped several images

One for demension

 Microbeads, crystal effects and alcohol marker coloring

One because I was afraid I would like my first color choices - and I didn't!

Look how clear this verse came out

a sweet and simple card using my designer paper stash

HAve a great day and don't forget to join the fun at Word Art Wednesday!
Ginny M

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Assembling Card Kits With Ease and a Freebie

Have you ever had a brilliant idea - last miniute?  Well that was this project!
Last miniute I thought it would be a really great idea to get a bunch of these out.  I made 24 and had them in the mail in two hours!  Kits can be a wonderful thing ( Maxam Made Studio Kit). 
I used Best Glue Ever for all of the adhesion, including the ribbon bows.

Just a tiny bit will hold everything flat and secure

The Glue sets up fast, it is such a pleasure to work with, especially using the fine tip.

I am giving you this lovely sentiment from Song of Solomon, Digitized by Karren Murray ( I think) in one of my frames

I hope you have a wonderful Day and thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Monday, February 5, 2018

Birthday Card

Today I made a fun birthday card for my Neice,  My sweet niece is an author and really interesting person, I think she might actually have her own set of wings!

I used a Gecko Galz Digital  Stamp and printed twice to create depth

I love these beautiful background collage -y stamps so versatile!

To hold my layers of heavy paper - I used paper temptress Kraft 100# - (it is on sale right now)

and to hold it all together, Best Glue Ever - just a tiny bit holds the heaviest weight papers and it also did a great job with the feathers.

If you enjoy using collage images and them coming out perfectly stamped, you will love using the Gecko Galz Background Stamps, another big plus, 40+ images - $6.00!
Thanks for stopping by,
Ginny M

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Putting in the Green Challenge!

It's time for a New Gecko Galz Customer Challenge!!  

This month Over At Gecko Galz  our Challenge theme is 
"Putting on the Green"
February 1st to the 27th.
Feel free to grab our badge, and share on your blogs.

There is only one rule, and that is you need to use at least ONE  product from Gecko Galz!!  

It can be one of the free products, stamps, collage images, or digital papers!!  It is up to you!!
The winner will receive a $25 Gecko Galz Shopping Spree 

Here is my Card for the Challenge

I used images from Frames 2, and Beautiful Music 1

I hope you enter the challenge, don't forget to link up!  There is an awesome prize and working with Gecko Galz images is so awesome!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

How to Make a Sweet Card of Encouragement Using Magenta's Wren on a Branch Stamp and Stash

 I recently created a sweet card as a DT member the Word Art Wednesday challenge blog, This is a favorite magenta stamp and I want to share the card and how I made it with you!

 Heres the card: 

I had to find an image to suit the verse and I immediately thought of the wren Stamp, I love it for it's pretty and versatile design.

Wanting to keep it in soft shades I pulled paper from my stash in pinks and charcoal.

I have this stamp in the unmounted style - I Love my vintage wood stamps but for these finely etched stamps, I really love being able to use my stamping tool.  One of those crafty tools I really feel is worth the cost.  Another plus, if you decide to unmount any or your wood mounted stamps, you will save storage room and ease!  Save those blocks!  I'm making a desktop with mine.

I wanted to stamp my image on a tea-stained doily.

Hmm, well that didn't work!

Next, I tried a piece of parchment paper

That was a yes, you can see I mixed my ink pad stamp colors right on the stamp.

I gave it a second impression

I colored it in and used colored pencil to give it color.  I also outlined the image with a charcoal colored alcohol ink pen

I placed the bird right on top of the doily where the first impression was a dud.

This Wren makes a sweet focal image

The image I used 


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

Word Art Wednesday 581+582, Plus a Freebie Digital Card Kit!

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