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Sunday, June 11, 2017

It's been RUFF!

I recently bought a great collection of 'Get Well' images from AI Clear Stamps - "Doggie Kisses Set" by artist Bonnie Krebs.   Definitely one of my current favorite sets with cute images and wonderful related sentiments.

 I colored the image with Copics and drew in the doggy pillow with a neutral grey for him to rest on.  Slippers were dotted with a blending pen to give the impression of fuzzy material.  The three dots are Enamel Dew Drop Stickers from Freckled Fawn.  Add a narrow, white grosgrain ribbon tied in a knot and I have a reasonable "feel better" wish for a man.
The best part was the inside sentiment!

Copics:
Dog E40, 41, 43
Bear E97, 99
Pillow Bed C00, 01, 03
Slippers BG13, 15











Challenges: 
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
Crafty Sentiments – ATG  TOP THREE
Shopping our Stash L:13  SOS #306 – Dude  TOP FOUR
Everybody Art Challenge #404 –  ATG
Penny's Challenge #332 – ATG
As You Like It – Fave Reason to make Cards & Why [To stay in touch with friends]
Inspiration Destination - Fave Reason to make Cards & Why
Oddball Art – Mother Love/ ATG
Incy Wincy Designs - ATG
Crafty Creations - #343 – ATG
Fussy & Fancy #189 – Pets
Crafty Girls Creations – #37 - ATG Always
Scrapper's Delight #67 – ATG Always
Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Just a Note...

The new challenge for June at 613 Ave C.  is always ATG but, the optional twist this month is to use an Embossing - Folder to 'stamp'.  Fun!  Have not used this technique in ages!!  This involves applying ink over one surface of the inside of the folder and then embossing as usual.



In this case I chose to use a brayer and apply Encore Ultimate Metallic Blue Pigment ink by Tsukinako to the flat surface [or the female side] of the E-folder.  I used pigment ink because it takes longer to dry and covers the plastic surface better than a dye ink would have done.  This lovely E-folder by Sizzix really gives a deep and crisp image and the white just pops up off the blue background.  
I added the black die cut rectangle to help set off the image - but did not want a larger rectangle that would block off some of the background.  The die gives the cut the ticket stub corners, so I repeated that same corner idea on the music layer using a Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper with their Ticket Stub punch.  This layer was mounted on black CS of an A-2 size.  
The focal image was colored in a Copic coloring class I took a couple of years back - the only record I have of the source is a cryptic "SAFARTIC"??  If anyone knows the source for this image, please leave a comment?!  In addition to fussy cutting the image I sculpted her from the back and mounted her with foam tape to add dimmension.  I did jot down the colors if you are interested: Hair: Y23,24,28 Skin: E50,51,53,55 Outfit: B91,93,95,97,99 Reds: R14.  
The embellishments include the narrow strip of blue, satin ribbon, the blue tinted bling from Me and My Big Ideas and shiny gold foil added to the stars on her jacket with the aid of Duo Glue.












Challenges: 
Crafting From the Heart -#161 – ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #331 – ATG
Crafty Creations - #342 – ATG
As You Like It – Fave Reason to make Cards & Why ['Just a Note' or 'Thinking of you'... allows me to send any image I feel like using and is kind of like a bonus connection with the recipient!]
Oddball Art – ATG
Scrapper's Delight #67 – ATG Always
Crafty Girls Creations – #37 - ATG Always
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG
Everybody Art Challenge #404 –  ATG

Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny

Saturday, May 27, 2017

So Prrroud of him!


Our oldest Grandson, Reese with his Graduation Honors around his neck:
Honor Cord, National Society of H.S. Scholars and Skills USA, White Bib is National Honor Society. In addition he is wearing 3 Medals: Two Regional Medals and one State Medal in Welding. He has been accepted at the Univ. of Georgia and is in pursuit of an Engineering degree.

I found the card idea at Jill's Ink and she has a video tutorial of directions if you would like to make one!
The card opens up to reveal the stamped "Congratulations" sentiment and on the back of the cap a small envelope to hold money or a check.  I wrote in the card before I remembered to photograph it.

Close-up of the check/money pouch







The year numbers were made with Sizzix dies and I made the tassel by hand.  There are several You Tube videos available on how to do that.  The little diploma is merely a scrap of paper rolled and tied with the same embroidery thread used on the tassel.



**One of the challenges below requires I use "Old Stash".  I haven't embroideried since the 1970's - I think that counts as old stash!  The Sizzix Dies were the very first I ever bought and the papers I have had for 15 or 20 years!  And as one other 'old' thing - I used "Graduation Day" by the Beach Boys [1963] for another challenge.  Don't hate me Reese... be so glad I am using up some of this stuff before you guys inherit it!

Reese & his siblings
Challenges: 
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG
Crafting From the Heart -#157 – ATG Always
Incy Wincy Designs – B & W + 1 Color TOP FIVE
Quirky Crafts - May: Quirky Song [Graduation Day - Beach Boys 1963]
Aud Sentiments - #180 –  ATG + Sentiment
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Tuesday Throwdown #344 – ATG
Penny's Challenge #327 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #128 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #36 - ATG Always
Sweet Stampin'Use Old Stash [see above **] Sentiment is stamped!
Crafty Creations - #342 – ATG
Open Minded Crafting - #17 – Mighty Men/ Boys

Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Re-think, Re-use, Recycle!

613 Ave C has a new challenge... ATG/or Twist of Create a Container.  You have the month of May to show your creative talents!  For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas - check out the DT inspiration concepts HERE!

I saw this idea on Pinterest of making PILLOW BOXES from the left over tube from TP rolls.  Perfect!  Always looking for a way to:
 Use It Up
Wear It Out
Make It Do or
Do Without

I have watched about five different videos to gather all the techniques I could - and I will share below the steps I found most useful.

* Supplies you might find useful include decorated paper & matching ribbon, scissors, 1/8" & 1/2" hole punches, a round object such as a lid and an embossing tool and a rubber stamp image for decoration.  










* You will also need the TP roll itself and a bone folder.  It doesn't matter if the tube is ugly, once we cover it with paper it won't matter.  


* Flatten the roll with your hands and then, using a bone folder, really press the edges from both sides to make a nice crease.




* Turn the 1/2" punch upside down to gauge how far the edge of the roll is inserted and punch a half circle on one side in both ends.  This will create a finger hole making it easy to open the box.





* Position your round object/ template to emboss the curved fold line of each end.  Position it carefully to go corner to corner but allow for the width of your embossing tool.  Emboss multiple times to get a really good crease on all four ends.




 * With your fingers, gently push the ends in & stroke the embossed lines to reinforce the curvature of the box lids.














* Now you can choose the DP and measure out the size of the paper you want to use - either a Belly Band type or measured to the exact length of the roll.  you can glue or use tape to connect it.  I used tape applied to the tube itself and to all four edges of the paper.  I applied the DP very carefully and cut off any that happened to overlap the tube. 






* All three boxes were filled with individually wrapped hard candies.  Other suggestions were gift certificates, jewelery or, if lined with wax paper, small bars of baked goods.



*I tied ribbon around the box to keep the lids closed.


* Three images were stamped, colored with Copics, and fussy cut to act as tags [here is where the 1/8" hole punch would be useful] or as decoration and hot glued over the ribbon.  This image is "Santa's Star" from D.O.T.S. [I am pretty sure this company is out of business] 





*These will make fun stocking stuffers, teachers gifts, party favors, gifts for co-workers, etc.










Challenges: 
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG
Sisterhood of Crafters – Letter B [Boxes, Bows]
Crafting From the Heart -#157 – ATG Always
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #301 – Back to Basics [Fussy Cut]
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Penny's Challenge #327 – ATG
Fussy & Fancy  #186 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #127 – ATG/Twist: Masculine
Crafty Girls Creations – #36 - ATG Always
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP

Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny

Friday, April 28, 2017

Color me Birthday!

Saw this idea on Pinterest... it stuck in my head for days.  I finally had to try this concept, but I no longer have the source - so this is my version of what I remember.  If you originated this idea, or you know who did... PLEASE contact me - I want to give credit for this beautiful, colorful, simple idea!

Went thru my scrap paper and found this combination of colors that work pretty well together on the A2, black base card.  Because I could not find an orange in the color I wanted - I cut a strip of white CS and used a Copic pen to color the strip.  I then used the Creative Punches Letter Punch Set and added the 'HAPPY'.  The 'Birthday' at the bottom and inside sentiment are from the same rubber stamp from a 1992 Country Impressions release - they are embossed in white.
What a fast, easy, colorful idea - and will be good for male or female and teenager to well seasoned folks.

CHALLENGES:
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
Crafting From the Heart -#156 – ATG Always
Crafty Sentiments – ATG -
Tuesday Throwdown #340 – Embossing- heat or dry
Aud Sentiments - #178 –  Use rubber for Sentiment
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Penny's Challenge #326 – ATG
Crafty Creations - #340 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #127 – ATG/Twist: Masculine
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Fussy & Fancy  #186 – ATG

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Nourish the Love...

"Let Love Grow"

Happy Birthday Rod!
Hope it's a beautiful day for you - fly and enjoy your retirement! This kinda reminds me of when I was young and such a tomboy - remember the duck we had that would swim in the wheelborrow filled with water?

I used a shiny copper CS from my endless stash for the base of this A2 card.  The panels on the front and inside are Neenah 80lb 'Desert Storm' - it did not photograph true color because I had to increase exposure to get a decent shot on these rainey days of April.
Inside before sentiment added


The image is from Mo Manning's Digital Pencil Too.   Copics and Prismacolor Pencils were used to color her.  Diamond Glaze was used to create water coming from the can onto the petals [look closely, you can see it!].  White Copic Opaque was used on her Farmer-John snaps/buttons.  The embellishment for the panel include the free-hand lines drawn with a Black Micron 0 pen and then the dots on the corners and cascading on the top left are merely punched circles from the same copper CS using a 1/4" and 1/8" punch.  This is one of my favorite ways to add texture - fast, easy and matching embellishments.

CHALLENGES:
Aurora Wings #48 – ATG
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
Crafting From the Heart -#156 – ATG Always
Incy Wincy Designs – So, so Cute
Addicted to Stamps & More - #239 – CAS
Crafty Sentiments – ATG -
DP2 -Mo's Challenge Blog #274 - ATG + Mo Image
As You Like It - Fave Color & Why [The Copic reds blend soo beautifully: R22, 27 & 29.]
Crafty Creations - #340 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #127 – ATG/Twist: Masculine
Penny's Challenge #326 – ATG
Simon Says Wed – ATG

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

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