Saturday, June 27, 2020

Tall and Thin Challenge Card and Freebies

I entered a Tall and Thin Challenge At ChristianCard Makers Group. I used a digital by Paulette Slater at TLC Creations  My intention is to use them for get-well cards. I also made matching envelopes using an envelope punch board:

I had to use a micron pen on these images, the paper I used allowed a slight bleed

Can you believe I still use my paper crimper?
Tape holding this card together

Feathers I have had in my stash for 15 years!

Two Freebies for your card-making:

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

Friday, June 26, 2020

A fun Masculine Card with Freebies

In my stash of Public Domain Art, I came across a great masculine image.   Since I had a particular person in mind I added a verse I thought would encourage him. I thought I would share the verse with you and the image and the combined result, for your card making.

The card 5x 6.5

The images:

With this one, you can add your own sentiment or thought bubble.

With psalm 1

I printed this on watercolor paper, it was a great warm white color and for a little manly bling I used #5 Pearl cotton from my stash

Stash DP's and glue

Thanks for sharing a few minutes with me, I hope you like and can use the freebies!
Ginny M

Weeks #444 - #445 - Anything Goes

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Quick Cards, Magnets and a Freebie

It has been a super busy week for me and I am finding while I am keeping up on one side of my craft room I am lagging behind in the other - one side for paper crafting and the other for sewing and embroidery. I need to finish a swap project for a sewing group, finish my Bird Quilt, and get a few dresses for my granddaughter for the 5th.  So before I head over to the sewing side I thought I would show you a little project I made for the members of the adult Bible study group Steve and I teach on Wednesday night and leave you with a freebie for your card making.

I've been making sets of magnet cards these are 4x5 and mounted on 140# watercolor paper. I grabbed a 12x12 pad and pulled a couple of sheets - I was in an orange mood yesterday

I found these extra thin magnets on Amazon, they work great and they are mail-able.  

I thought it is worth mentioning, I am still using Lineco glue for 85% of my card making, including attaching this magnet.  I dispense into a fine tip bottle and use sparingly. My cards are flat and without wrinkles. Also, it is not a mess on my fingers if I get messy. 
Water-soluble and easy to clean up. I purchase it on Amazon.  I learned about this glue years ago at a bookbinding class.  It is also very inexpensive.

I needed 15 magnet cards  and ended up printing 20 so I used the fronts to make greeting cards

I will send these to some of my friends that are still isolating.  I thought this verse from Zephaniah was perfect in these times because He IS mighty to save and he will calm us with his love.

For your card making 

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

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Digi Printing and How to Use a Cricket When You Don't Have a Scan'Cut and Cutting Freebies

A few months ago I met a lovely young woman who was knee-deep in-home crafting to fill her Etsy shop.  We came up with this great idea, swapping stuff.  We swapped all kinds of things and one of them was  my Scan'Cut for her Big Shot Pro. both the same in cash value and both sitting on shelves unused.  Well, that was when I was doing a lot of sewing and quilting (still am) and The BSP would make my life easier.  Fast forward to know and I am card making again and boy would that Scan'Cut come in handy.  I do not regret the trade for an instant I am very happy to have the BSP, that takes a curse off cutting for me.   Just before I quit card making for a year I discovered my Cricut Explore Air has a print to cut function. So the Scan'Cut was not as needed.  This week I learned how to use it!  I will show you the cards I made and then give you the link I learned from and walk you through the process.

5x6.5 on 110# Neenah Sundance Natural White Felt

This set of cards was actually pretty easier to make, I invested about 90 minutes in learning the process and then making the cards.  You will need to have some knowledge of digital image use.  For the video tutorial go to PattiAnnesPlace.  I am NOT an expert Cricut user, but I can usually figure things out, especially with Youtube.  The thing is you can't fear to learn how to do something!  I have a lot of crafty friends that have all kinds of great tools and they never use them because once they get it home it seems too complicated and they are afraid of failure.  I say, Just do it!

The butterfly print is from Graphics Fairy and the background papers are one sheet of a pad that I had in my stash

My Stamp is a Divinity Designs stamp (formerly Our Daily Bread Designs - when did they change their name?)

I stamped the stamp, took a photo of it  and imported it into my PC

I brought up my bracket, you can right-click this and save it for your card making 

I then merged the two in "Publisher"

I merged the image and pulled it into the Cricut software.  You will have the opportunity to save on "a print to cut"  and a "cut"  file.  I did both to create the background frame - no die-cutting needed!! and yes this takes a little bit of time to figure it out, but once you do, You have a saved set and do this many times with many verses/sentiment and no added expense of dies.

In this photo, I am working to get the frame to fit the size of the verse -for the cutting they are done on separate sheets/mats.

Following the video instructions, you send your images to your printer and print and load on mat.

And in about 45 seconds, you have your verses!  I used 90# card stock in my cheapo Canon Pixma MG3022

Next up doing the Cut only files

The best part of this, I now have my "Pattern" saved in the Cricut to use over and over again!

If you would like a few more frames for your card making, 
use a favorite stamp cut them by hand too.
Go Here to and older post.

I really hope if you are fortunate enough to have a circuit and haven't tried this that you will. Like I said, once you "get it" it is very easy and versatile!
This card is also entered in Word Art Wednesday Challenge
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.
Ginny M

Monday, June 22, 2020

A Card Sketch Challenge, Tips and a Freebie

Over at Christian Card Makers Group, we had a weekend Sketch Challenge.  I had several of my daisy images stamped out so I thought I would use them for the challenge.  I will show you the card and if you like it, keep reading, and if you don't like it - I know this is a little over the top with color- scroll down to the freebies!

It is a little intense and actually looks better in real life, lots of dimension.

This is an A7 size card and is not as heavy as it looks.

The sketch for the challenge, an older Verve sketch.

I used Ohuhu watercolor markers and a little bit of color pencil on alcohol marker paper.  

A little distress ink

This little moth was fun to color, I used alcohol markers for it

my two Tips for today:

If you want a really good bleed paint the back of the image with denatured alcohol and then color.  I use denatured alcohol to refill my blender pens and refresh my dried-up alcohol markers. Works beautifully and is about 4.00 a quart at home depot.

This picture is so blurry, I worked on this late last night, note to self, clean the phone camera lens!

second tip:

I will often add a coat of Lineco glue
to the surface of my image.  You might be able to use any PVC glue that dries clear.  It is similar to using Mod Poge, only not as shiny, or smelly and dries fast. I just paint it on.

And for your card-making:

This verse was from Word Art Wednesday and I added the frame

This card has also been entered in the monthly challenge of Stamping Sensations,

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

The Blessed Man Cards, Verse and Freebie

I'm sharing a few Word Art Wednesday cards today.  On the 17th  A beautiful verse was posted for this week's challenge, perfect for Fathers Day and for masculine birthdays!

The First card is a card I made is  Steve's  fathers day card:

The sailboat is stamped on watercolor paper with an ancient sailboat stamp using  Gina K amalgam ink, deckel edge cut, layered, and colored with old school Stampin up pastels.
The first sailboat I did took 30 minutes and it looked awful, so I went back to tried and true: 

2 minutes of coloring that was enjoyable and a little spray fixative:


I used this weeks verse on the inside of the card

Here is another card I did with the chalk pastels  and a stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs
This boat was done on pastel paper and chalk

I made a birthday card for a man turning 101, his care home was asking for 101 birthday cards to come in for him:

Again, chalks

and the last card made this weekend was for my youngest son's birthday!

made with a Tim Holtz paper.

All three of these mean are Christians and have spent years serving the Lord, I knew they would love this beautiful and encouraging verse! 
Digital Calligraphy by Karen Murray

A sailboat for your card making

 Go Here to Word Art Wednesday to enter into the challenge - It is a win-win!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a good weekend! 
Ginny M