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Saturday, August 27, 2016

With Sympathy...

This is the fifth sympathy card I have needed in the last couple of months... five too many, if you know what I mean.  I know that there are others faced with making sympathy cards - where there is no expectation of happiness, stress relief or the joy of sending something that will make the recipient smile.
What I can do is share an idea, a design, technique or tool that might make this process a little easier for someone else out there.

PROCESS INVENTORY
IMAGES: 
  • The sentiment die is by IO Dies.

PAPER:  
  • Recollections - "White", 110# Wt. from Michaels used for the base card & the image panel.  
EMBELLISHMENTS:
  • For the flowers I used Paper Tole Technique to give the punched shapes dimension.  The flower petals are from a "Carla Craft" punch, the center is a "Punch Bunch" and the fern is with a "McGill."
  • The image panel is elevated on fun foam to keep that layer as pristine as possible during mailing.
This card should be eligible for the following 
CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart -#124 – ATG Always
Fab & Funky #316 – ATG
Penny's Challenge #292 – ATG
Sweet Stampin' – NO DP
Pile it On #115 – Die Cut Embellishments
Incy Wincy Designs – Get Well /Sympathy
As You Like It - #87  Your Favorite... Shape of Card & Why [I spend so much time doing Paper Tole on most of my cards that I often don't wander from the A2 basic card shape.]

Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Smartly Dressed...

Image provided for my use by sponsor
SLS Lines
613 Ave C's latest challenge is ATG / No Optional Twist  This is 613's big switch over to a Monthly schedule!  We will start a new challenge on the first Sunday of each month and you will have the opportunity to submit up to 8 projects over the month.  There are  SEVEN sponsors this month -and each is providing a prize.  This will be a huge opportunity to win something - so get your thinking cap on and get crackin'!  The amazing 613 Team has provided some ideas for you to spark your mojo - and all the details you need to enter the challenge can be found at the link above for 613.  Come on- join the fun!



PROCESS INVENTORY
IMAGES: 
  • I used an image from SLS Lines called "Smartly Dressed Owl"
  • For the focal image I used Paper Tole Technique to give him dimension. Printed 3 copies, colored them with Copics, fussy cut and 'paper sculpted' the images.  The layers were both glued in some places & elevated in others with foam tape to achieve the desired dimension.
PAPER:  
  • Neenah "Classic Crest Solar White" 80# Cover Wt. used for the image.
  • DP used for the background, ferns and the 'tree' are all from Paper House: The Great Outdoors collection.
  • Dark Brown base CS from stash.
  • Inside created with left over papers from the front: 
EMBELLISHMENTS: 
  • Punch Bunch used for the ferns.

INKS:
  • Images were printed on an Epson WF-3520 printer 
  • Hand colored with Copics:








    This card should be eligible for the following 
    CHALLENGES:
    Penny's Challenge #289 – ATG
    As You Like It - #84  Your Favorite... Papers & WHY [Paper House: The Great Outdoors Collection - so realistic!  Look at that bark paper I cut down into a tree!]
    Fussy & Fancy  #169 – A Walk in the Garden
    MarkerPOP L:10 – #101 – Embossing [image is dry embossed to sculpt it]
    Scrapper's Delight #58 – ATG Always

    Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

    Saturday, August 6, 2016

    Stylized Dragonfly...

    A very simple card - a white panel layered on a white base card using foam tape to elevate it.  The one Dragonfly that was stamped in gold and heat embossed was colored with Brusho Watercolor Crystals of blue and purple.  It was then fussycut and also mounted on foam tape to elevate it to a third layer.
    This was left deliberately fairly stark, without embellishment.  I just could not bring myself to add ribbon or bling as it is to be a Sympathy card for a tragic event.


    PROCESS INVENTORY
    IMAGES: 
    • "Stylized Dragonfly" by Rubber Stampede was stamped and heat embossed with Gold E-P.

    PAPER:  
    • Neenah "Classic Crest Solar White" 80# Cover Wt. used for the image panel and the base card.
    INKS:
    • Image was stamped with Versafine, Black Tuxedo
    • Brusho Watercolor Crystals in Purple and Blue used to color the Dragonfly.
      This card should be eligible for the following 
      CHALLENGES:
      Penny's Challenge #289 – ATG
      Fussy & Fancy  #169 – A Walk in the Garden
      Scrapper's Delight #58 – ATG Always

      Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

      Sunday, July 31, 2016

      Circus Bebe

      Create Your Own Challenge:
      Sights - Bicycles & Flowers
      613 Ave C's latest challenge is ATG / with an optional twist of Create your own Challenge.  If you go this route you choose options from the chart below.  Among several  sponsors, I was assigned to Ppinky Dolls. The amazing 613 Team has provided some ideas for you to spark your mojo - and all the details you need to enter the challenge can be found at the link above for 613.  Come on- join the fun!








      PROCESS INVENTORY
      Sponsor - Ppinky Dolls









      IMAGES: 
      • 'Candy Circus Bebe' from Ppinky Dolls by Chrishanthi
      • The banner is "Hello Flags" by Hero Arts.
      PAPER:  
      • Neenah "Classic Crest Solar White" 80# Cover Wt. used for the image.
      • DP used for the background from Paper House: 'Artist Paper Pix'.
      • Turquoise base card and Black CS used for mats from stash.
      INKS:
      • Images were printed on an Epson WF-3520 printer 
      • Hand colored with Copics and Prismacolor Pencils.
        This card should be eligible for the following 
        CHALLENGES:
        As You Like It - #84  Your Favorite... Papers & WHY [Neenah, 80# Cover Wt., Super Smooth - I color with my Copics on 99% of my projects and this CS is perfect for that as well as being moderately priced.]
        Oddball Art – Little Child

        Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

        My Valentine...

        Anything Goes using 'My Valentine'
        613 Ave C's latest challenge is ATG / with an optional twist of Create your own Challenge.  If you go this route you choose options from the chart above.   I was assigned to Ppinky Dolls among the several sponsors for this challenge. The amazing 613 Team has provided some ideas for you to spark your mojo - and all the details you need to enter the challenge can be found at the link above for 613.  Come on- join the fun!

        PROCESS INVENTORY
        IMAGES: 
        • "My Valentine" is from Ppinky Dolls by Chrishanthi
        • 'Love' sentiment on the inside is by ???
        PAPER:  
        • DP used for the background is by Paper House: 'Artist Paper Pix'
        • Neenah "Classic Crest Solar White" 80# Cover Wt. used for the image.
        EMBELLISHMENTS: 
        • Half inch Corner Chomper used on all corners.
        • Burgandy ribbon from stash.

        INKS:
        • Images were printed on an Epson WF-3520 printer 
        • Hand colored with Copics & Prismacolor Pencils.
          This card should be eligible for the following 
          CHALLENGES:
          Incy Wincy Designs – Something Magical
          Crafting From the Heart -#122 – ATG Always
          Penny's Challenge #288 – ATG
          Scrapper's Delight #57 – ATG Always
          Paper Shelter – #259 – ATG
          Simon Says Wed – ATG
          As You Like It - #84  Your Favorite... Papers & WHY [Neenah, 80# Cover Wt., Super Smooth - I color with my Copics on 99% of my projects and this CS is perfect for that as well as being moderately priced.]
          Oddball Art – Little Child

          Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

          Saturday, July 30, 2016

          Darn It!

          I saw this image by Mo Manning and could not stop grinning.  The opportunity it presents to sculpt the layers made me a wee bit giddy!  In this finished piece I can actually put the tip of my little pinky into the thimble and slide things between his pant legs and the spool of thread.  The top of the spool that he is sitting on is also extending out toward the eye.  I so wish I could capture the several intracacies of depth.  This next photo is about the best I can do...
          And, this is perfect for a friend who is trying to stitch things together to keep her busy life from falling apart!  Here's to you Kathi!


          PROCESS INVENTORY
          IMAGES: 
          • This image is "Darn It" by Mo Manning and can be found at her shop - Digital Pencil Too.
          • For the focal image I used Paper Tole Technique to give him dimension. Printed 3 copies,  colored them with Copics, fussy cut and 'paper sculpted' the images with a ball tool.  The layers were both glued in some places & elevated in others with foam tape to achieve the desired dimension.
          • The sentiment inside is a die cut from SU.
          PAPER: 

          • Neenah "Classic Crest Solar White" 80# Cover Wt. used for the image.
          • DP used for the mat and the basic cardstock itself are both from stash.
          • The inside was created using leftover papers from the front.

          EMBELLISHMENTS: 
          • I decided the only embellishment would be the stitching with a waxed, blue linen, book binders' thread to match the color palette.
          INKS:
          • Images were printed on an Epson WF-3520 printer 
          • Hand colored with Copics:


            This card should be eligible for the following 
            Crafting From the Heart -#122 – ATG Always
            Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #262 – Stitches
            DP2 -Mo's Challenge Blog #265 - ATG + Mo Image
            Penny's Challenge #288 – ATG
            Scrapper's Delight #57 – ATG Always
            Get Creative Challenges - #44 – Lots of Blue
            Paper Shelter – #259 – ATG

            Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

            Sunday, July 17, 2016

            A Thank You Fairy...

            'Bitsy Bug Dot' can be found at ADFD

            This card shape was created with a recent RAK of a set of dies from a Gingerwood member.  Thank you Paula M. - here is my card made with your gift!  Gingerwood is a Bulletin Board for stampers - and if you are not familiar with it, you might want to check it out!  It's a pretty wonderful group of individuals who have been into the stamping arts for years and who like to share techniques, ideas and sources.  The group is a very easy going, generous group who not only like to send RAKs and birthday cards to each other, but support one another thru personal tragedies!

            I am going to use this card as my DT card for 613 Ave C's latest challenge.  It is ATG / Optional twist of using a Color Challenge.  The Fantasy Art of Nikki Burnett  is the sponsor and is providing the prize.  The amazing 613 Team has provided some ideas for you to spark your mojo - and all the details you need to enter the challenge can be found at the link above for 613.  
            Come on- join the fun!
            PROCESS INVENTORY
            IMAGES: 
            • I was assigned to play ATG with any image & I chose to use a freebie image named "Bitsy Bug Dot" from A Day For Daisies.  Unfortunately she is no longer free, but you can purchase her HERE
            • Sentiment is a die cut by SU.
            • For the focal image I used Paper Tole Technique to give her dimension. Printed 2 copies, colored them with Copics, fussy cut and 'paper sculpted' the images.  The layers were both glued in some places & elevated in others with foam tape to achieve the desired dimension.  You can see that in her skirt and wing here:
            PAPER:  
            • Neenah "Classic Crest Solar White" 80# Cover Wt. used for the image.
            • DP is from Paper House: Artist Paper Pix
            • Inside was created with leftover paper from the front:
            EMBELLISHMENTS:
            How to create a "Folded Card" from two Die cuts:
             All of the panels used for the base card, focal panel & mats are all from a Spellbinder's set.  I used two cuts of the largest die to make the base card which are an A2 size.  On the back banner I scored a line 1/2 inch from the top & folded that back.  Next I applied a very heavy duty 1/2 in. double stick tape along the fold and lined up the front panel to attach it.  You can see in this next photo, the back of the card is shorter because of that 1/2 in. portion fastened firmly to the front of the card.
















            INKS:
            • Image was printed on an Epson WF-3520 printer 
            • Hand colored with Copics:

              This card should be eligible for the following 
              CHALLENGES:
              Crafting from the Heart #120 – ATG Always
              Addicted to Stamps & More - #202 – Make Your Mark
              Fab & Funky #313 – Add Sentiment
              AI Challenge 188 – ATG
              MarkerPOP L:10 – #99 – Die Cuts
              Work it Wed. / Simon Says Stamp – Thin Dies or Stencils
              ABC Challenge L:10 – L is for Lots of Layers [7 layers on the front counting the Paper Tole of the Fairy]
              Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

              Saturday, July 16, 2016

              Second Chance...

              I had printed out another copy of the "Dried Flowers" image that I used in the last post from The Stamping Boutique - and being the thrifty soul that I am, I colored it up for a quick birthday card.  Really like how it came out using this great grey background paper with a white script.
              The Recollections CS I used for the base is so heavy that it will not stay closed even after scoring and using a bone folder multiple time to burnish the fold.  I ended up using a large arrow paper clip to hold it shut for the photo so you can see that the front of the card is cut short to show off more of that script DP and the three pearls embellishments.  I used left over pink & black CS from my previous post to layer the image for the front.
              For the inside I used a Martha S Happy Birthday border punch [punched only once] in left over card stock from the project.  After the sentiment was cut off I still had the piece left for the message.


              The image was colored with my Copics:



              I am entering this card in the following challenges:
              Aurora Wings #32 – Fave Color [Soft pink and Grey]
              Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
              Crafting from the Heart #120 – ATG Always
              Addicted to Stamps & More - #202 – Make Your Mark
              Crafty Sentiments – ATG
              Penny's Challenge #286 – ATG
              Inspiration Destination #94 – ATG
              AI Challenge 188 – ATG
              Art by MiRan Challenge #62 – ATG
              OSAAT #266 – ATG w/ Elements of Nature
              Pile it On #112 – Fave Colors [Soft pink & Grey]
              Crafty Girls Creations – #23 ATG Always
              Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge – Always ATG + DP
              Create wildly and color with abandon!  
              ~ginny

              Sunday, July 3, 2016

              American Beauty...


              The "Dried Flowers" image was provided for my use by the Stamping Boutique

              613 Ave C's latest challenge is ATG / Optional twist is to use a Rose. The sponsors this go around include Melonheadz, Eureka Stamps and The Stamping Boutique who will be providing the prizes.  The amazing 613 Team has provided some ideas for you to spark your mojo - and all the details you need to enter the challenge can be found at the link above for 613.  Come on- join the fun!

              I had originally planned in my head to create the main rose and then overlay the dried rose image over it, but I could not make that work to my satisfaction.  I ended up making a card with the larger rose and creating a bookmark gift using the "Dried Flowers" image as a set for a birthday.



              PROCESS INVENTORY
              IMAGES: 
              • The rose used for the card is a 3-part stencil from American Traditional Stencils called "Antique Rose".  
              • The "Dried Flowers" image is from The Stamping Boutique, one of our sponsors for this challenge.
              PAPER:  
              • Neenah "Classic Crest Solar White" 80# Cover Wt. used for the images
              • Pink and black CS from stash
              EMBELLISHMENTS: 
              • Pink satin ribbon from stash
              INKS:
              • Ranger's Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Bun Sage, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick and Victorian Velvet used for the larger rose.
              • Images were printed on an Epson WF-3520 printer 
              • The small drying rose was hand colored with Copics:
                This card should be eligible for the following 
                CHALLENGES:

                Scrapper's Delight #57 – ATG Always
                Crafting from the Heart #118 – ATG Always
                Addicted to Stamps & More - #200 – Birthdays
                Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #258 – Use any Garden related
                Paper Shelter – #254 – Photo colors:YR,R,Y,YG
                Penny's Challenge #284 – ATG
                OSAAT #265 – ATG w/ Flowers
                As You Like It - #83  Your Favorite... Fave Markers & WHY [Copics - LoVe the blendability of these alcohol markers, that they can be refilled and the tips can be changed to any combination you want.]
                Really Reasonable Ribbon  #144 – Summer Flowers w/ ribbon
                Crafty Girls Creations – #22 ATG Always
                Work it Wed. / Simon Says Stamp –  Stencil  used for large rose

                Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

                Monday, June 27, 2016

                The healing power of love...

                 We are horrified and heart broken by the hate and pain the Orlando community has, and is still, enduring.  My husband and I wish you the healing power of love from our Placerville community to yours.
                Scott & Ginny

                P.S. Thank you to Simply Betty Stamps for providing this free image for me to color and make into a card to send.  It will be mailed to the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
                ~gg

                Sunday, June 19, 2016

                EvilLina sings Happy Birthday...

                EvilLina appears to be a torch singer... but the fun is in the details.  RSD images always bring a surprise!  My first discovery was the tattoo on her left arm, and then her less than beautiful smile.  I lived in the Tenderloin in The City for about a year in the 60's and I secretly believe she is from San Francisco's Finochio's.  I really enjoyed coloring her and that gorgeous dress!

                613 Ave C's latest challenge is ATG/Optional Twist of Create a Tag starts today and runs for a week. Rick St. dennis is the sponsor and is providing the prize.  Yea!!!  The amazing 613 Team has provided some ideas for you to spark your mojo - and all the details you need to enter the challenge can be found at the link above for 613 above.  Come on- join the fun!
                PROCESS INVENTORY
                IMAGES: 
                • "Madam EvilLina" by Rick St dennis can be found at his Zibbet Store.
                • Original zibbet banner
                • For the focal image I used Paper Tole Technique to give her dimension. Printed 4 copies, colored them with Copics, fussy cut and 'paper sculpted' the images.  The layers were both glued in some places & elevated in others with foam tape to achieve the desired dimension.
                • Sentiment is a 1992 Country Impressions rubber stamp
                PAPER:  

                • Neenah "Classic Crest Solar White" 80# Cover Wt. used for the image
                • Blue Base CS is from stash
                EMBELLISHMENTS:
                • Martha punch used for the border on the front - white CS used to back it up
                • Copper thread wrapped around multiple times on a layered blue strip
                • Duo Glue and blue foil were applied as bling on her dress and bracelet
                INKS:
                • Black VersaFine - 'Tuxedo Black' ink used for the sentiment
                • Images were printed on an Epson WF-3520 printer 
                • Hand colored with Copics:
                  This card should be eligible for the following 
                  CHALLENGES:
                  Crafting from the Heart #115 – ATG Always
                  Penny's Challenge #282 – ATG
                  OSAAT #264 – ATG w/ Layers
                  Pile it On #110 – Old, New, Blue [Old - copper thread, New - RSD digi, Blue - CS, her dress & the foil]

                  Get Creative Challenges - #41 – Bingo: [Digi, black music note & sentiment]  TOP THREE
                  AI Challenge – Aging w/ Attitude
                  Crafty Girls Creations – #21 ATG Always

                  Create wildly and color with abandon!  
                  ~ginny

                  Sunday, June 12, 2016

                  Carson's Birthday...


                   Another Grandson's birthday coming up - and Mo's images to the rescue!  Finding a non-cutsy image for a teenage boy is not always easy.  This Mo Manning image fills the bill - cell phones and/or headphones are pretty much a constant at this age.  I had fun with this one adding paper piecing to the chair.
                  PROCESS INVENTORY
                  IMAGES: 
                  • The Birthday sentiment is a very old rubber stamp from a 1992 Country Impressions.
                  PAPERS:
                  • Neenah "Classic Crest Solar White" 80# Cover Wt. used for the image.
                  • Base CS and mats are "Recollections" [Ivory] from Michaels.
                  • DP is Teresa Collins: "Far and Away".
                  • Inside uses papers left over from the front.

                  EMBELLISHMENTS: 
                  • White "Candi " was colored with Copics to match the books in the chair.
                  • Oval Punch is a McGill.
                  INKS:
                  • Image was printed on an Epson WF-3520 printer 
                  • Hand colored with Copics:

                    This card should be eligible for the following 
                    CHALLENGES:
                    Tuesday Throwdown #297 – Man's World
                    Crafting from the Heart #115 – ATG Always
                    Penny's Challenge #281 – Favorite Embellies [Fave embellies on this card are the white Candi buttons that I can color to match]
                    Sweet Stampin' – 3 or more Layers

                    CHALLENGES  [cont'd]
                    Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge – Always ATG + DP
                    Scrapper's Delight #56 – ATG WINNER
                    Simon Says Wed – for a Guy
                    Fab & Funky #308 – Fave Color Combos [blue, beige & burgandy for guys]
                    Robyn's Fetish #320 – Children at Play [my teenage children!]
                    OSAAT #264 – ATG w/ Layers

                    Create wildly and color with abandon!  
                    ~ginny