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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Embrace Moments...

I really loved this image - and, if I remember right, a friend let me stamp it once to use.  I have no source for it - if anyone knows please leave me a message!  
I used Sepia ink, mounted it on a dark brown CS, wrapped it with dark brown cord tied with a square knot [note the half circles punched on the sides to lock the twine in place.]  Finally, that bundle was elevated on foam and attached to the white base card. 
For the inside I used two separate words from pre-inked stamps called Mini-Words  A fishtail cut to both ends of the strip and it was elevated in the middle on foam with the ends glued flat - creating a gently curved sentiment on the brown mat.

Makes a great man card for almost any occasion - I used this one for a sympathy card for a woman I felt was in this space after her husband passed.  She felt it  was "perfect for her situation".  I'm really glad - so hard to find the right words.

CHALLENGES:
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
Penny's Challenge - #323 ATG
As You Like It - Fave Card Base Shape & Why [I gravitate toward A2 rectangles pretty consistently because it is cheaper to mail.]
Sisterhood of CraftersStamp It
Crafty Creations - #339 – ATG
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers L:10 - #82 – E is for Elegant

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Happy Birthday Cale...


I love this new die - it greatly amuses me!  This is my first time to use this 'Birch Tree Window' die from Simon Says Stamp. I was with my little friend Gena, my 13yo neighbor, who immediately wanted me to put an animal peeping out of the trees.  We went thru all my animal stamps together - a giraffe? - no - a carousel horse? - no - an alligator? - definitely not!  FINally we found this moose ['Stanley' from Mostly Animals - long gone company as far as I know!] that was the right size, but he had his rump to the front and was looking over his shoulder [see the picture below with the full moose stamped on the envelope.]  I ended up being able to position him in a perfect position behind trees where you can't see he is back-ass-ward! The next part was finding the perfect backsheet for the vignette - and I found a sheet off my desk I had used for working my Distress inked sponge off for a project.  Just a scrap with all these pale yellows, oranges, greens and browns - absolutely serendipitous!
Final step was to stamp my moose once on the envelope and twice on my Neenah [#80 lb., Super Smooth, Classic Crest Solar White] paper.  I colored them with Copics and then fussy cut all of one and the head & neck of the 2nd one.  The 2nd moose head was then stuck thru the trees so it would be in the front.









In this final pic you can see the dimension of the antlers elevated on foam tape and a hint of the light brown CS used for the very simple inside with my Birthday wishes.
CHALLENGES:
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
Shopping our Stash L:13 - SOS#298 Punches &/or Dies
Simon Says Wed  - Happy Birthday
Penny's Challenge - #323 ATG
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers L:10 - #81 – S is for Silly
Crafting From the Heart #154 ATG Always
As You Like It - Fave Card Base Shape & Why [I gravitate toward A2 rectangles pretty consistently because it is cheaper to mail.]
Crafty Girls Creations   #35 - ATG Always


Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Kingfisher?? Nope! It's a HOOPOE!

A friend wrote and told me this is a Hoopoe - and I discovered this about it from Wikipedia:  "The hoopoe was classified in the clade Coraciiformes, which also includes kingfishersbee-eaters, and rollers."  It is the National Bird of Israel and is NOT kosher!  LOL!  I guess not - we don't eat Eagles either!

This is another quickie male card idea using a freebie from Create with TLC.  I like the vintage feel of the colors and the torn edges - elevated it on foam over Kraft base CS and then used twine and a wooden star button [from stash] to embellish it.

The inside is a simple sentiment on plain paper leaving lots of room for a note.








CHALLENGES:

Through the Craftroom Door – ATG
Crafting From the Heart -#152 – ATG Always

Addicted to Stamps & More - #236 – ATG
Crafty Sentiments – ATG

Simon Says Wed - Happy Birthday
Fab & Funky #345 – Buttons or Bows
Penny's Challenge #323 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #125 – ATG
Scrapper's Delight #65 – ATG Always
Crafty Girls Creations – #35 - ATG Always

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Sunday, April 2, 2017

You'll regret this...

Birthday Mouse by Mo Manning
New challenge at 613 Ave C with a focus on SPRING - so I have opted here to focus on Spring colors.  The DT has some wonderful pieces for inspiration and I encourage you to find time to join the group who are playing along!  You can use the link above to get all the details of the challenge.


  • This is one of Mo Manning's images that I have sculpted using three layers.  
  • It was colored with Copics
  • The pink strip matches the pink stars in the DP and has been run thru an E-folder of large dots by We R Memory Keepers.  
  • The lace is from stash, as is the star sequin with the tiny seed pearl on top of her party hat.  
  • The sentiments are new - the one on the front is from Dylusions by Ranger [elevated on foam tape] and the inside sentiment is from Stampendous.   
  • Wink of Stella was applied to the stars on the frosting.







CHALLENGES:

Through the Craftroom Door – ATG
Crafting From the Heart -#152 – ATG Always
Incy Wincy Designs – Happy Birthday
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Tuesday Throwdown #336 – Add Sparkles
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Penny's Challenge #322 – ATG
As You Like It – Fave Coloring Medium & Why {Copics: blending capabilities!}
Really Reasonable Ribbon  #160 –Spring w/ lace trim
Open Minded Crafting - #15- Use Movement DT FAVORITE 
Crafty Creations - #338 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #125 – ATG
Fussy & Fancy  #184 - Embellish: lots
Work it Wed. / Simon Says Stamp – Spring
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP
Scrapper's Delight #65 – ATG Always
Sisterhood of Crafters – Lace
Crafty Girls Creations – #35 - ATG Always
Quirky Crafts - #2: Quirky Pets






Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Vintage Road Trip

Happy Birthday to Dean -  he is always talkin' of a road trip!  The technique to achieve this look was shown to our Stampe Diem group.  The images of the cars were stamped on the 'female side' of the Embossing Folder and then the CS was embossed with my Cuttlebug.  I had to finish a lot of the lines with a pen and then carefully color them with Copics so as not to get it on the trees... this took me longer than you would imagine!  The birch were shaded with a light grey ink pad gently wiped over the top of the tree trunks.


Inside was a simple sentiment with a red grosgrain ribbon as the only embelishment - the same ribbon is tied in a bow for the front.
I really like the masculinity of this card.



This card should be eligible for the following 
CHALLENGES:
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG
Crafting From the Heart -#152 – ATG Always
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Penny's Challenge #322 – ATG
As You Like It – Fave Coloring Medium & Why {Copics: blending capabilities!}
Creative Knockouts – L:8- #187 ATG
Crafty Creations - #338 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #125 – ATG
Sweet Stampin' – Travel TOP THREE

Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

Sunday, March 5, 2017

When the Rubber hits the Vellum...

This is an old technique - but I have not used it for years!  Somewhere in my daily blog travels I saw someone using vellum and thought what a beautiful result - I gotta go there again!
And it was a perfect choice for the new challenge for March at 613 Ave C.   The challenge is always ATG but the optional twist this month is to use real RUBBER, not digis, for your focal image.  Fun!  A return to our roots!
My choice of the focal image is "Hydranges", that and the sentiment are both very old releases from Hero Arts.  Both images were stamped on vellum using black Memento ink but then covered with Detail White embossing powder from Stampa Rosa [that's how old it is!  Are you old enough to remember them?] and heat embossed.  The front shows only the white outline but from the back I see a very clear black outline for coloring.  I used Copics: G85, 94 & V25, 28 to color the Hydranges - I found I needed really dark colors to show thru to the front.  Coloring on the back of the vellum is so easy and fast - there is no need to be particularly careful - in fact, the coloring from that side looks really bad, but when you turn it over it looks great!  I have to admit, the shadows I tried to put in need a different approach because they don't show at all. Finally, I layered everything starting with Recollections, 110 lb, Ivory CS. Second layer is a pale green mat from stash on which I attached the Vellum with Glue Dots put on dark areas of the image & in the four corners where I can hide them with Enamel Dew Drops Stickers from Freckled Fawn on top.  The ends of the sentiment strip were carefully folded around the edge and taped down and then an American Crafts green ribbon was wrapped around the entire bundle and tied in a square knot.

This card should be eligible for the following 
CHALLENGES:

Incy Wincy Designs – ATG  WINNER
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG
Addicted to Stamps & More - #231 ATG
Penny's Challenge #316 – ATG
Sweet Stampin' – No DP
Open Minded Crafting - #14 Use Flowers
Inspiration Destination #122 – ATG
Really Reasonable Ribbon  #159 – Use green ribbon or trim
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers L: 10 - #79 – G is for Green w/ Envy
Scrapper's Delight #64 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #34 ATG Always

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Gena's card...

This card is by Gena, my 13 year old neighbor friend.  Gena has been coming over for awhile to take "lessons".  Today she finished up this card and wanted to post this in my blog so my friends could see it.  I suggested we should also enter it into some challenges.
After coloring the image with her markers, she fussy cut it and added glitter embossing powder.  She added the ribbon to provide a place for her fairy to sit and then added the dragonflies [in an odd numer] to balance her composition and finished it off with a Wink of Stella to their wings.
The image is "Leaning Am" by In Style Stamps, the background paper is from "Indie Bloom" by Basic Grey, the Dragonfly is from PSX and the ribbon is from stash.
This view shows a hint of the wing glitter.








The inside shows her sentiment and
the use of the left over paper from the front.





This card should be eligible for the following 
Gena plays football for her
school and is the only girl
 on her 7th grade team.  She is 
also on the Wrestling Team & plans 
on running Track this spring.
CHALLENGES:

Through the Craftroom Door – ATG
Crafting From the Heart -#146 – ATG SPECIAL MENTION BADGE
Crafty Sentiments – Favorite Combo[pink & blue]
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #290 –NO Hearts on Romantic Project
Penny's Challenge #316 – ATG
As You Like ItRibbon or Lace & Why [Ribbon because of the pretty bows you can make and more colors available]
Crafty Creations - #335 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #122 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #33 ATG Always
Scrapper's Delight #63 – ATG
Oddball Art – Crazy Little Thing Called Love Special Recognition WINNER
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge – Always ATG + DP



Create wildly and color with abandon!  
Gena

Thursday, February 16, 2017

You can smell the love...


This is another of my favorite Mo Manning images from Mo's Digital Pencil called "Strawberry Girl".  I have colored her with Copics.  The background stamp is red rubber from Hero Arts.  The girl was protected with a fussy cut duplicate and the Asian script was stamped surrounding her.  I have been told that I stamped it upside down... so forgive me that!
Corners were rounded with a Corner Chomper and very small, matching 'button' brads were used to secure it.






The inside consists of a strip of leftover DP
that picks up the yellow greens used on the front.  The Dragonfly stamp is rubber from PSX.  The sentiment has been left off till I decide on the exact occasion for the card.

This card should be eligible for the following 
CHALLENGES:
Art by MiRan Challenge #77 – ATG
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG
Crafting From the Heart -#146 – ATG
Sisterhood of Crafters – Use Red
Incy Wincy Designs – Love  TOP FIVE
Crafty Sentiments – Favorite Combo[red & yellow green]
Penny's Challenge #316 – ATG
The East Wind – #70  Love & Romance
DP2 -Mo's Challenge Blog #272 - ATG + Mo Image
Crafty Creations - #335 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #122 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #33 ATG Always
Scrapper's Delight #63 – ATG
Get Creative Challenges – #55 – Use Red +1 Other Color
Open Minded Crafting - #14- Use Flowers
Oddball Art – Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Inappropriate comments...

It's a new month and a new challenge for 613 Ave C - ATG with an optional twist of a CAS Card, a sentiment as the focal image and the color blue.
I opted for this wonderful sentiment from Ginger's House that seriously amuses me!  Ginger offers her incredible, often funny or irreverent sentiments as freebies.  You can't go wrong bookmarking her site!
The frame was created a long time ago when I was playing with paste thru a stencil - I dug it out of my stash so I don't have a source for you at this time.  The paste is a dark blue, which is not translating well on this photo, nor can you see the depth of the paste lines which are as much as 1/16" in height.  That, along with elevating the sentiment on foam tape, provides some texture to the card.  My touch of bling has been done with Duo glue and gold foil.

 The inside is another of Ginger's freebies - it reads: "Too bad you don't live closer because there are evil plots to be hatched and and [sic] twisted deeds to be done."  It's funny that I never saw that typo until I tried to type it out here - hmmmm.  Oh well, it is signed and on it's way to my co-conspirator!
This card should be eligible for the following 
CHALLENGES:
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
Aud Sentiments #172 – Male card + Sent
Penny's Challenge #314 – ATG
Crafty Creations - #334 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #121 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #33 ATG Always
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers L: 10 - #77 – O is for Outrageous

Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Year of the Rooster!!

 Happy Chinese New Year!

This image is from 
- definitely one of my favorite digis!  Love the Asters that balance his tail feathers and those Farmer Johns are so unexpected!

The fold is a simple Z-fold and the background CS has been embossed with a folder from Cuttlebug.

Copics were used to color the image - I had no idea how to do a realistic rooster and this is what I came up with...

What??  You don't believe I captured the colors right??  Take a peak at the photo of my inspiration rooster on the bottom right!
The inside sentiment was simply
 typed out on my computer.

Inspiration Photo of
actual rooster.



















This card should be eligible 
for the following CHALLENGES:

Crafting From the Heart -#144 – ATG Always [DT Favorite]
Incy Wincy Designs – Man in my life
Tuesday Throwdown #327 – ATG
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Penny's Challenge #313 – ATG
A Day for Daisies #158 – 2 or More Layers
Crafty Creations - #333 – ATG
AI Challenge #200 – Spring Colors
Winter Wonderland – Spring Fever [Sun, Flowers, Romance]
Scrapper's Delight #62 – ATG Always
Aurora Wings #42 – Asian Inspired
Get Creative Challenges – #54 ATG Always
Aud Sentiments #172 – Male card + Sent
As You Like It – Favorite Flower & Why [small purple Asters so hardy and beautiful!]


Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

Friday, January 27, 2017

Repeat design - different uses...

"Warmest Wishes" can be found
at Mo's Digital Pencil Too
Last post I made was a tutorial on how to use this design as a gift card holder - here I used the same concept as a pop-up birthday celebration.

This image is by Mo Manning. The punch for the balloons is from SU and I used DP as well as vellum.  Each is double sided with a thin strip of acetate glued between them and then stuck into the slot that would hold the gift card on my earlier project.  Corners on the focal image were made with a Corner Chomper, the sentiment is by Hero Arts and the top portion of a tag die was used to cut the opening in the pop-up.
As this is for a male relative - no extra frou-frou was used.






This card should be eligible 
for the following CHALLENGES:

Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
Incy Wincy Designs – Man in my life
Crafty Sentiments – Use Dies [opening in the pop-up]
Tuesday Throwdown #327 – ATG
DP2 -Mo's Challenge Blog #271 - ATG + Mo Image
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Penny's Challenge #313 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #120 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #32 ATG Always
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge – Always ATG + DP
Crafty Creations - #333 – ATG
Art by MiRan Challenge #74 – ATG
Scrapper's Delight #62 – ATG Always
Get Creative Challenges – #54 ATG Always
Aud Sentiments #172 – Male card + Sent TOP FIVE

Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Totally Technical...

The monthly January challenge for 613 Ave C is "Totally Technical" - the idea is to create a project using your favorite technique.  This will be a fun post to check out at the link I provided above.  The DT will each have a technique to highlight for you... so ideas galore!
I have two favorites... using alcohol inks and construction - [card construction or image construction as in Paper Sculpting.]
The Copic coloring of this image was done with the colors pictured :

Today I chose to highlight a card construction technique creating a Pop-up Gift Card holder.  The idea is from Sandy Allnock's  Dec. 14th post called "Pop-up Gift Card Holder" and Sandy attributes the idea back to a post by Lyssa Zwolanke.  I have linked to both posts if you want to see the original instructions or great videos to explain the process.  Although I used the basic construction concepts, I made my card into an A2 size card instead of the smaller 4.5 x 4.25 version.

This is the final product - instructions  and photos below.











* Start with a standard 8.5 x 11" sheet of CS  & cut the sheet lengthwise so it will be 4.25 x 11".
* Score it at 4.5", 5.5" & 6.5" from the narrow end.










* Fold the 3 score lines to create a valley, mountain, valley fold.












* Use very strong tape [like a red liner double sided tape] placed at the very bottom edge of the INSIDE of the V to hold it together.  Burnish it well to make sure it connects & sticks.

This photo is showing the tape I used, but the CS would be flipped over so you can tape the inside of the mountain fold together.


* Flip the panel over and use a punch or die  to cut a narrow opening sized to the length of the gift card.  Here I used my punch upside down to visualize placement.  If the punch or die is not long enough for your card, simply use an exacto and slit open the necessary distance on each side.









*I then decorated the side panels and glued it down to the inside of my regular A2 size card.


Oh my gosh!  So quick & easy and so cute when it pops up!

This card should be eligible for the following 
CHALLENGES:
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
Inspiration Destination #116 – ATG
Penny's Challenge #309 – ATG
Art by MiRan Challenge #74 – ATG
Work it Wed. / Simon Says Stamp – Use a Die
Crafty Girls Creations – #32 ATG Always

Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny