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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Fall Apples in 3D...


Featuring another Mo Manning image called "Apple"... this card utilizes 3D paper sculpting to allow the image to pop off the page and give it depth.  The 2nd layers here are her head & hair, both forearms holding the apple, the cuff on her jeans, the apples on the ladder and, of course, the basket full of apples.

  • image was printed out two times on Neenah CS 
  • colored them with Copics
  • fussy cut & sculpted individual sections to be elevated
  • the edges around each cut piece are all individually colored with the darkest Copic color being used for that section of the piece.  
  • mounted sections from 2nd sheet using foam tape
  • the image panel and mat were die cut using Lil Inkers stitched circle dies  
  • the mat circle was embossed with an E-folder to provide a little texture  
  • a slot punch was used to punch two holes in the front of the base card [2nd hole is under the little bow]
  • ribbon matching the apple colors was run thru the slots, gathered & tied with matching cord that is tied in a small bow 
  • two corners of the base card are punched with a 1/2 in. Corner Chomper 


A little easier to see the depth with these two photos.
The inside has two stitched ovals by Lil Inkers stamped with the sentiment by Country Impressions.


Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny


CHALLENGES:
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Addicted to Stamps & More - #266 – ATG
Crafty Sentiments – Fave Stamp/ image  [ANY of the Mo Mannings are my fave!]
Penny's Challenge #353 – ATG
Creative Knockouts – L:8- #218 Embossing
Aud Sentiments - #192 – Bingo + Sentiment  [Die Cut/stitching/Ribbon]
Inspiration Destination #135 – ATG
AI-Art Impressions Challenge #220 – 3D
Really Reasonable Ribbon  #175 – ATG w/ ribbon or trim
Crafty Girls Creations – #41 - ATG Always
Scrapper's Delight #72 – ATG Always


Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween 5/5 Boo-Frickity-Hoo!

Saved my favorite for last!  Another Mo Manning -  and my favorite of her Halloween images.  The base card is a dark purple and has been embossed with a cobweb folder by Cuttlebug - can barely see it - but it is there!  Colored with Copics & Prismacolor Pencils, mounted over a ribbon & called it done - clean and simple!  I think I spend so much time coloring that I don't have the patience for fiddling - not to mention how many I made all together!
Inside sports some leftover DP and my all time favorite Halloween sentiment - 'Boo-Frickity-Hoo'!

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny
INSIDE



CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart -#178 ATG Always
Incy Wincy Designs – Dress Up [Costume or fancy dress]
Simon Says Wed – ATG
As You Like It – People or Animals & WHY [People - can't seem to color animals!]  TOP THREE
Creative Knockouts – L:8- #217 Halloween
Inspiration Destination #135 – ATG TOP THREE
Oddball Art – ATG
Pile it On #135 – Fantasy/Spiders/Cobwebs

Halloween 4/5

Gena, my 'liddle' [she is actually MUCH taller than I am] pal from down the street and I were playing with bleach one day and we used some bleach on black CS.  The Skull and candle [Rubberstamp Ave.] were first heat embossed with black and we used white EP for the Halloween stamp [Craftsmart/Michaels].  There is another stamp of a candle in a candlestick on the far right under the ribbon - but I can't read the name on it.  Won't matter since you can't see it anyway.  I really like how the card looks in natural light - the contrast is more apparent and the images show up nicely.  I made two tags, one white & a slightly larger black one and stamped the 'boo!' using a set by All Night Media.  The font is 'Jazz'.  It is topped off with a snippet of ribbon with orange and black flowers and tied with black waxed linen in a bow.  Tags were mounted on foam tape for elevation.
All the papers used are leftover from previous projects including the base card which is an off cut.



I already wrote a personal message - so won't show the inside - I just know you are straining your eyes trying to read that!

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny




CHALLENGES:
Incy Wincy Designs – Dress Up [Costume or fancy dress]
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Creative Knockouts – L:8- #217 Halloween
Inspiration Destination #135 – ATG
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP
Pile it On #135 – Fantasy/Spiders/Cobwebs

Halloween 3/5


This Oddball Art image of a child Zombie is probably the ooogiest image I have done all season!  Perfect for a young person who is really into blood and guts and the Zombie Apocalypse.
The image was colored with Copics and Prismacolor Pencils.  The front of the base card was cut off and a double sided Designer Paper was adhered to the front flap.  The sentiment, which comes with the image, was punched and mounted on a 2nd larger punched shape.  A small hole was punched in the top and then I used a small quilters tool to insert a plastic 'hanger' [similar to how retailers attach a price tag to a piece of clothing.]  This allows the sentiment to swing freely on the front of the card.


INSIDE
The inside utilizes the black strip from which I punched the mat. This created a 'window' for the "hello..." sentiment and a mat behind the message panel.  LoVe when I can use my scraps like this!! 

So - here is the behind the scene story about this card...
Oddball Art offered a free image to anyone who would color and send a card to a 9 yo boy who had health problems.  I'm thinking  - ok 9 yo, a boy - he will love oooogie.  So I ordered this image and got it ready to send and got to thinking about his health problem... he has brain cancer and PROBABLY would be facing brain surgery!  OMGawd!  What was I thinking!  Just LOOK at that image - soooo inappropriate!  So I switched out another card and quick emailed the Oddball people and told them of my poor taste in choices - heavy sigh.  The kid got a card, I caught the problem in time AND I got a free image.  It was a very good day afterall.                                   

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart -#178 ATG Always
Incy Wincy Designs – Dress Up [Costume or fancy dress]
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Penny's Challenge #348 – ATG
As You Like It – People or Animals & WHY [People - can't seem to color animals!]
Inspiration Destination #135 – ATG
Oddball Art – ATG
Pile it On #135 – Fantasy/Spiders/Cobwebs
Fussy & Fancy  #199 – So Spooky

Halloween 2/5

Another Mo Manning image - I feel these images can stand alone with her wonderful detail!  Copics are my go to coloring medium with occasional use of Prismacolor Pencils for detail work and shading.  I did use a "Floating Image" technique on the card base to create a more interesting frame since I did not use embellishments. 

This technique is so simple to do...
  • Cut CS 11" x 4.25" - fold in half with a top fold
  • From the front panel - cut 1" off the bottom and then a 2nd 1" piece so that you end up with two strips, each 1" x  4.25"
  • One strip ends up in its original position at the bottom as you see in these photos 
  • The "magic" key to holding all this together is the 2nd strip that is turned vertically and connects the upper and lower portions of the front panel.  This should be affixed with a strong double sided tape as in a red liner tape or the like. 
  • The focal image panel is then laid over that strip, again use a strong adhesive, and place it to hide the strip.
  • Note: the vertical strip does not have to be centered, you could move it slightly one direction or the other - perhaps to reveal a sentiment on the inside.
Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

INSIDE

CHALLENGES:
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Crafting From the Heart -#178 ATG Always
Incy Wincy Designs – Dress Up [Costume or fancy dress]
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Tuesday Throwdown #366 – Spooktacular
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Penny's Challenge #348 – ATG
Crafty Creations - #352 – ATG
As You Like It – People or Animals & WHY [People - can't seem to color animals!]
Inspiration Destination #135 – ATG
Oddball Art – ATG
Pile it On #135 – Fantasy/Spiders/Cobwebs
Aurora Wings #59 – Darkness Falls
Crafty Girls Creations – #40 - ATG Always
Fussy & Fancy  #199 – So Spooky

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween 1/5


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
I have several Halloween cards that I will post - this is #1 of 5.

This is a Mo Manning digital image that I have colored with Copics. Purple brads to secure the corners to the mat and a rubber stamped one word sentiment are the only embellishments - makes a flat, easy to mail card.

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny
CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart -#178 ATG Always
Incy Wincy Designs – Dress Up [Costume or fancy dress]
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Tuesday Throwdown #366 – Spooktacular
Aud Sentiments - #191 – Halloween + Sentiment  TOP FIVE
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Penny's Challenge #348 – ATG
Crafty Creations - #352 – ATG
As You Like It – People or Animals & WHY [People - can't seem to color animals!]
Inspiration Destination #135 – ATG
Pile it On #135 – Fantasy/Spiders/Cobwebs
Fussy & Fancy  #199 – So Spooky

Creative Knockouts – L:8- #217 Halloween [Sorry! I didn't follow the instructions of 8 only & I can't delete my submission]


Thursday, October 12, 2017

If the Shoe Fits...

Can you imagine having your birthday on Halloween and growing up with your whole world dressing up and celebrating by having home after home give you free candy?  Barb, my friend, you were a lucky little girl - and no wonder you grew up loving witches!


The legs with witches' shoes are from a Stamps Happen rubberstamp.  The sentiment is a freebie from Ginger's House which was die cut with Spellbinder's Celebrations "Tag That".












I colored the image with Copics, fussy cut the legs and mounted them on foam tape to elevate them.  The purple CS on top was cut in two and elevated to give the appearance of a stage and curtain or wall hiding the rest of the witches.  

The inside sentiment is by Penny Black.



Envelope



I hand drew the web and the spider on the envelope.  I will use an address label stuck just below the web's center to mail this.
Spider's Red Jewel
CHALLENGES:
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Crafting From the Heart -#178 ATG Always
Incy Wincy Designs – Let's Celebrate
Addicted to Stamps & More - #263 – Holiday
Crafty Sentiments – Halloween/Fall TOP THREE
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #324 – If the Shoe Fits TOP THREE
Penny's Challenge #348 – ATG TOP THREE
Fab & Funky #366 – Word Art
Crafty Creations - #352 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #135 – ATG
Oddball Art – ATG  Top Three #2
Pile it On #135 – Fantasy
Crafty Girls Creations – #40 - ATG Always

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Aviator Birds...


613 Ave C has a new challenge... "ATG /twist of Masculine Card".  You have the month of October to show your creative talents!  For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas - check out the DT inspiration concepts HERE!

This is what happens when I print out images and color them for fun... and then forget where I got them!  Somebody help me and let me know where to find these birds?  I know there were four different ones together. 
So, here is what I did - birds were colored with Autumn colors with Copics, fussy cut, sculpted and elevated with foam tape.  The clouds are from a die cut and the tree was cut free-hand from CS that had been embossed with an embossing folder from Tim Holtz / Sizzix.  The sentiment is one of the fabulous freebies from the very funny Ginger's House.  






















CHALLENGES:

Sweet Stampin' – Autumn Colors
Crafty Girls Creations – #39 - ATG Always
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Addicted to Stamps & More - #261 – ATG
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #322 – Mildly inappropriate
Penny's Challenge #348 – ATG
Fab & Funky #364 – Fall Colors [Rust, Y, Orange, G]
Inspiration Destination #134 – ATG
Crafty Creations - #351 – ATG
Oddball Art – ATG
Pile it On #135 – Fantasy Sweet Sprinkles Award from Pile It On
Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Life is like a balloon...

 These images and the "Life is like..." sentiment are all three by Mo Manning and can be found at Mo's Digital Pencil.

The details include enamel dots, matching ribbon and a hand drawn frame.






Inside








The inside is completed with designer paper left over from the front and a hand made envelope to house the philosophical sentiment.










 All coloring was done with Copics.  In an attempt to keep the scene airy I used a long unused [by me] Pointillism technique to indicate the ground and the sky. 












CHALLENGES:
Really Reasonable Ribbon  #172 – ATG w/ ribbon or trim
Sweet Stampin' – Cute and Cuddly
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers L:10 - #93 – Lost/Found Stash/Technique [Pointillism technique]
Crafty Girls Creations – #39 - ATG Always
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Crafting From the Heart -#176 ATG Always
Addicted to Stamps & More - #261 – ATG
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Simon Says Wed – ATG

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fantasy Zum Zum

 A neighbor printed out this image for me to color in honor of the many Hummingbirds here.  We estimate 165 Zum Zums [the name for hummingbirds in an area in South American  - isn't that descriptive??] or more in the summer.  In the winter the number drops to around 50.  Between my husband and I, we make the sugar solution and fill up to 9 quart feeders everyday in the summer.
I colored the image with Copics [BV11, 13, 17 BG45, 49 ] and then used a Uniball Signo white pigment gel pen for the dots and wink of Stella to create sheen on his throat.  The vine is from a Martha S. punch and the flowers are from a Hanko punch with a light blue jewel for the centers.  
The "Hello" stamp is from SU.  
I used this card as a Thank you for my brother and his wife.




CHALLENGES:
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Crafting From the Heart -#173 ATG Always DT Favorite
Sisterhood of Crafters – ATG
Tuesday Throwdown #359 – Punches or Dies
Crafty Creations - #349 – ATG
Oddball Art – Life in Technicolor/ATG
Pile it On #134 – Feathers &/or Scales
MarkerPOP L:10 –   #128: Use Dark Berry colors

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Teacher - Back to School...



613 Ave C has a new challenge... "Distressed".  You have the month of September to show your creative talents!  For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas - check out the DT inspiration concepts HERE!

Inside
This image was perfect for a teacher going back to school - along with papers from stash that correctly hint at his subject matter.  I fussy cut the rulers and added them to this background.  Distressing the edges is oddly appropriate for the subject matter - LOL!  I actually wish I had distressed the edges with a lot more vigor... more white showing with tears and bent edges that would have balanced the stark white image panel some.  Embellishments are simple and 'manly' using a Corner Chomper's 'Ticket Stub' punch and then simple metal brads.


Copics were used for coloring the image:
SKIN: YR000 & E00, 01, 53
HAIR: E31, 44, 49
CLOTHES: BG70, 72, 75
BRIEF: E23, 25, 27
CUP: R85, 89
SHADOW: NO

CHALLENGES:
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Addicted to Stamps & More - #257 – Make Your Mark
Crafty Sentiments – for Someone Special
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #318 – Favorite Season {fall}
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Penny's Challenge #344 – Quick & Easy
Creative Knockouts – L:8- #209 Finish the Inside WINNER
MarkerPOP L:10 –   #128: Use Dark Berry colors

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Biggg Words...

I have a friend who likes to tease me about my "25 cent words"... when I saw this quote, I could not stop myself - OMG!  I HAD to make this card for her!  Truth be told, I had no idea what it meant and I had to google it before she challenged me on this one. 

[This is an adjective - discerning, observant, insightful - having a ready insight into and understanding of things.
  1. "it offers quite a few facts to the perspicacious reporter"]
  2. INSIDE
    Fun word, eh??
This is a Tim Holtz' "Crazy Birds" image and it came with the embossing folder I used on the background.  Satin ribbon is from stash.  It was colored with Copics.   I THINK the quote was a freebie offered by Ginger's House.





CHALLENGES:
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Addicted to Stamps & More - #257 – Make Your Mark
Crafty Sentiments – for Someone Special
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Penny's Challenge #344 – Quick & Easy
MarkerPOP L:10 –   #128: Use Dark Berry colors
Sisterhood of Crafters – ATG
Crafty Creations - #349 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #39 - ATG Always
Scrapper's Delight #70 – ATG Always

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Shabby Chic???


613 Ave C has a new challenge... Shabby Chic!  You have the month of August to show your creative talents!  For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas - check out the DT inspiration concepts HERE!

I know, I know!  Pretty Clean and Simple for a Shabby Chic project... but I'm not very good at creating frou-frou.  I got the shabby in there and used glitter and a BIG [for me] bow ... so there you go!  I do like the result and still managed to maintain my style.
I used a diecut from SU and a technique that my friend Suzanne taught me... using regular tape on the back of the die cut with the sticky side facing up.  I put tape [sticky up] on three of the spaces and Midnight Turquoise from Stamp A Mania embossing powder - then used a heat gun.  This EP has specks of black and gold in the turquoise - very pretty!  Next I applied the tape to the last three sections and used a ultra fine gold glitter.  The background is a turquoise panel that has been distressed with a Tonic tool that creates the worn and aged edges.  Antique Linen Distress Ink by Ranger was used to ink over the physical distressing.  Nail heads [gold bling] from Creative Crystal Co. were glued on in random spaces.  This layer was matted in black to repeat the color of the balloon outline.  Gold specked ribbon pieces [cut off the ends of the double bow] were taped down around the edges of the black layer to give the impression of it being wrapped with ribbon.  These layers were then fastened to Kraft CS as the base A2 card.
The inside is another panel treated in the same manner as the front - and then an oval punched out for the sentiment plus additional bling.


CHALLENGES:
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG
Crafting From the Heart -#170 ATG Always
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Tuesday Throwdown #354 – Out of the World
Aud Sentiments - #185 – No Sentiment on front
Penny's Challenge #339 & #340 – ATG
As You Like It – Fave – Color Duo & Why [Turquoise & Black - Black just sets up & presents turquoise like a crown jewel IMHO] TOP THREE
Oddball Art – Sky Full of Stars / ATG
Crafty Creations - #347 – ATG
Really Reasonable Ribbon  #169 – ATG w/ ribbon or trim
Fussy & Fancy  #193 – Fave Colors [Turquoise & Black - Black just sets up & presents turquoise like a crown jewel IMHO]
Scrapper's Delight #69 – ATG Always

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Friday, July 7, 2017

Gena's

Hi this is Gena Not Ginny making this post and I am so grateful to have Ginny in my life. She has taught me so much. Thanks Ginny.
This image is one I won in an Oddball Art Stamps Challenge By Lizzy Love . I colored the image with Tombow Markers and I fussy cut the image.  I put on pink paper for the background and I put three hole punched blue flowers. Last but not least I popped her up. I will share more with u I promise. Just Realized it looks like Ginny except the eyes hers are green

By Gena 14 yo

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Blast from the Past...

Ok, let me explain!  Sometime in the early 90's [???] I hung out with a bunch of women at a web site called GINGERWOOD, which is a still active  Bulletin Board format site devoted to Rubber Stamping.  We gals became pretty good friends and over the years we traveled to others homes to attend conventions or to hang out together and share "classes" of techniques with each other.  The owner of the site, Susie Wolfe, is to this day a dear friend with whom I stay in touch.  Ok, to the card... One day I came up with the idea of starting a "weird letter" [like a chain letter] with a basic card design and requesting the gals add something and send it on. Let me make it clear - chain letters are a pain in my backside... but this was a take off on the dreadful consequences of not following thru.  Here are the 'consequences' I used to threaten them for non-compliance:
"- One poor woman is still having nigtmares she is drowning in a sea of rubber.
- Another dropped her only quarter running toward the parking meter as the meter maid approached from the opposite direction!!
- And yet a third got a phone call that her husband had discovered her secret stash of rubber from a recent convention.  The one where she had assured him she had stuck to her budget! (SHUDDER!!)"  Pretty mild... but I didn't know them THAT well.

The base card was the 'wallpaper', the bathtub and the window with the hummingbirds.  I have enlarged three sections so you can see the details of what the 18 women added.  I know some of you are still out there - hope you find your contribution and it all brings back wonderful memories!



LOL!  I still get a giggle when I see this card!  Good friends - good times!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Birthday America...

 I downloaded "Americana Kids" - a freebie from Dearie Dolls to use for my 4th of July cards for family.  If you are not familiar with Mary Ellen Smith's web site, check it out - everything she draws for this site is free!
Here you can see three versions of the same image.  All were colored with Copics, each in a slightly different palette.  The first and third versions were fussy cut, sculpted and mounted on foam tape.  A Tag die set was used to create the tab and slot for the ribbon.
This first one will be the one entered in the challenges.


 








Challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door - ATG
Incy Wincy Designs – Friends Forever
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #310 – Flag Day
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Fussy & Fancy  #190 – Punches & Dies
As You Like It – Fave Way to add Ribbon & Why [not one fave - I love the versatility - see each card in trio has a ribbon - all used differently!]
Inspiration Destination #131 – ATG Just for Fun
Really Reasonable Ribbon  #167 – Summer w/ ribbon or trim
Crafty Girls Creations – #38 - ATG Always  [JFF]
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP
Scrapper's Delight #68 – ATG Always
Sweet Stampin' – Stars and Stripes



Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny