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posted this in Designer greeting cards on June 15th, 2017


Here’s a beautiful image from Ike’s Art combined with some gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress and lovely lace that I got while in Istanbul last summer.  I think this combo is so striking and it makes a very elegant card that you could use for many occasions.  The image is called Athena #2.   She looks stunning with this gorgeous black and gold combo from Paper Temptress.

The base of the card is a wonderful black cardstock called Eclipse Black.  The image is printed out on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest paper.  The image was then layers on some gorgeous glamour gold glossy cardstock which really makes it pop.  I added a simple sentiment to the front using a cardstock sticker along with some pearls.

posted this in Designer greeting cards on June 13th, 2017

Creating a portrait in paper

I made a special card today for a special friend, I thought I would share it with you.  For this card I decided to use the Cryogen White paper and alcohol ink coloring;


I pulled a set of new Jane Davenport stamps and a sheet of shimmery Cryogen paper

I had a block for this and then thought I better use my Misti, the stamp is new and not sure how well it will stamp out

two stamps with the Misti and it came out perfect, see how pretty and shimmery this is, it caries through the alcohol ink.

I heat and dry embossed a background sheet of designer paper

I colored the face and stamped a sentiment on vellum

and used left over papers to make butterflies

a bit of antique lace and Heavenly White 120# for a base

I enjoyed coloring this image on the Cryogen paper, the alcohol ink flowed very nicely and gave the ink a shimmery appearance , you’ll have to give  it try.

Thanks for visiting!

Ginny M

posted this in Designer greeting cards on June 11th, 2017

Making wood planks

I was looking for a different look for Father’s Day.  My sister-in-law recently taught me how to make the wood planks.

I used the Brown bag cardstock for the base of the card and for the planks.  I cut a piece of the Brown Bag cardstock to 3 3/4 x 4 inches.  I used a sort of dry dark brown stamp pad to make the wood marks on the cardstock.  You  can then stamp whatever you want on the piece.  There are (5) 3/4 inch pieces cut.  Paper should be layed with the 3 3/4 inch side laid left to right.  I edged the planks with a dark brown ink pad.  To make it easier to assemble I cut a piece of cardstock 3 3/4 x 3.  I raised by planks a little with foam mounting tape.  I used the 3 3/4 x 3 piece to apply my planks to.  The first plank can be put right on the edge and all the rest will follow.

The second layer is Eggplant Brown Bag.  I sort of messed up here.  The cardstock is no longer available.  There is a color called Cranberry Brown Bag that would do the trick.  I roughed the edge a little and applied dark purple ink around the edge.  It needed a little bit of something so I added the twine.

posted this in Designer greeting cards on June 6th, 2017

Making a masculine birthday card made with beautiful vellum

Hi Everyone, Ginny Here bringing you a masculine birthday card today using beautiful vellum and metallic gold cardstock.  In my

In my stash, I have these sumptuous papers from Paper Temptress just begging to be turned into a card!  Here is how it turned out!  I used Midnight blue heavyweight vellum and Retro Gold Lustre Glossy

Keep reading for more details!


I used stash papers for printed background and card base.  My normal go to favorite for card bases is the Heavenly White 120#.  I pulled my papers together.

Beautiful texture on the metallic gold:

I printed my image – I wanted to do heat embossing with this card AND use digitals.  This can be done, you just have to work quickly!  Setting my image and my sentiment:

Printing- here you have to go from printer to embossing powder quickly

I love it in the black ink too, Gold would have looked nice!

This vellum hold up well to heat embossing, I had no trouble.

Next trimming with my vintage photo trimmer – I was a little nervous.  Vellum does not always cut well with a straight edge let alone a 60-year-old deckle blade!

No problem, it trimmed up fine!  Next adding a little distress ink on the card base for contrast.


this card was really fun to make and to help you make it I have this lovely ship freebie for you:


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy making this card!

Ginny M


posted this in Bday cards on June 1st, 2017

Happy Birthday Space Man

Happy Birthday Dad!  I made him this card using some gorgeous specialty papers from Paper Temptress and this adorable image from Limited Runs. The card says “Happy Birthday Space Man!!”  I thought he would get a kick out of this fun card.

The background of the card is a glossy black cardstock.  I mounted the image printed on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest paper onto some glossy glamour gold cardstock.  To add some wonderful background, I am using some great Hambly Overylay.  This wonderful pattern is called White Helconias.  I totally recommend the 6×6″ packages which give you a wonderful selection of the overlays in all different patterns!  Then I finished off the card with some wonderful gold bling.

posted this in Designer greeting cards on May 28th, 2017

Cryogen for Water Color Paper

My sister-in-law taught me a really simple new technique.  You use a plastic baggie, markers (not permanent) ,water color cardstock and a water color pen .  For this technique I used cryogen for my water color cardstock.  I was very impressed because it was nearly flat after adding water to it.  Really amazing because my water color paper did not even do that good.  You scribble on the baggie with the markers.  You then take a watercolor pen and wet the cardstock.  You then put the baggie with the color on it on the damp paper and smooch it around.  I let it dry and then stamped my main image.

Trying to show the sparkle in this picture.  The deep purple cardstock is Mica Metallic Violet.  The orange is Orange Basis and the olive is Olive Basis.

posted this in Tutorials on May 19th, 2017

Colouring with Copics on Cryogen White

Hello everyone!

Stephanie with you today and I’m SO ready for the long week-end! But first, I thought I’d stop by to share with you a little colouring video I did using my beloved Cryogen White paper, perfect for all alcohol markers!

Here’s the final look!


I hope you will have some time for colouring this week-end and get creative! xx

posted this in Designer greeting cards on May 18th, 2017

Beautiful Spring

Here is a stunning image from artist Christina Hor that I am using combined with some luscious papers from Paper Temptress.  I just love how you can use a dark, but purple color to offset the beautiful flowers on the image as well as showcasing the gorgeous lace.

I am using some gorgeous Paper Temptress papers and some wonderful Lace that I got while in Istanbul.  The image and sentiment are printed out on Neenah Solar White.  The gorgeous background paper is Mica/Metallic that is a lush purple color called Ruby.  The sparkly yellow cardstock under the sentiment is called Mangue Sparkle.  It’s just stunning and you can see the mica flecks.
Cheers, Holley
posted this in Designer greeting cards on May 17th, 2017

Alcohol Markers on Cryogen Paper

Hi everyone, Ginny here!  Today I tried something a little new to me!  Using a Penny Black  stamp, I colored with Alcohol Markers directly on the stamp and then stamped my paper.

The different part: using alcohol markers for this traditionally used water color marker technique.  I stamped this on Beautiful

I stamped this on Beautiful Croygen 89# paper.  This also was a first for me and I kinda of held my breath, not knowing how the ink would play on the paper

not knowing how the ink would play on this sparkly paper.  The ink left the stamp and sat on the paper perfectly and I was able to go back in and add a little bit more detail withtheh fine nib on my pen ( I use Spectrum Noir)



In this shot, you can see the beautiful Sparkle! This Just added something so special to this simple stamp!  I edged the card with distress ink which also moved beautifully on the  Cryogen Paper!

This lovely paper is one I will definitely want to stock up on, I am thinking what beautiful Christmas cards this will make!

Thanks for Stopping by!  Ginny M – DT


posted this in Designer greeting cards on May 17th, 2017

Halloween Kitty


I am a bit slow getting movin this am but here I am with a Halloween card…..One of my Facebook friends/groups had this adorable kitty as a free digital image from Olga Gre and I couldn’t resist doing him in Halloween colors .

I used the cryogen white to color on as usual – from Paper Temptress, and then I cut him out and layered him onto ‘classic linen – antique gray’ ( a pretty gray with a bit of soft texture).

I then added a Happy Halloween phrase and a little sticker mouse whispering in the kitty’s ear. Then the kitty got a Halloween mask and lastly a few yellow and orange rhinestones to finish it off.

I figure I usually try and do a bunch of Christmas cards in July so why not a Halloween card in may??

Have a great week!!!!