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posted this in Designer greeting cards on August 20th, 2017

One more Graciellie Flower

I know the blog hop with Graciellie Design is over, but I just had to make one more card.  The previous link is for the etsy store.  Here is the link to the Graciellie Design blog

I have never really been one to print out digital paper and use it on cards, but love these designs.  The polka dot was printed on white pearl linen .  There is some slight texture there and a beautiful sheen.  I did add a few rhinestones for a little more glitz.  Cryogen White  always works beautifully for the digital paper designs and also for coloring.

The base for the card is Magenta Basis and the light blue layer is Aqua Basis.  The dark teal ribbon was calling to be added , so there you go.  Thanks to Graciellie Design for some great patterns and Paper Temptress for some great cardstock.

posted this in Designer greeting cards on August 16th, 2017

Winners of the Magnolia Dreams Blog Hop!

Hi all…sorry announcing winners late…..but here they are:

Winners of a Magnolia Dreams Variety Pkg

Gisell Conepcion

I just love flowers in general and this one is beautiful using this kind of paper..thanks for the opportunity to win.

Wow! Those papers are amaxing! I just love your sentiments today!

So would Gisell and Melody please email me at to claim your prize!


The chance to win is over but the blog hop is always there so please be sure to check out the the beautiful cards that were designed by these 2  amazing design teams!

posted this in Designer greeting cards on August 9th, 2017

Cutting and Crafting an Art Deco Card with a freebie!

Todays’ card has been a lot of electronic fun, I’ve used digital cut files and a digital image.  I am learning more every day on how to utilize my machines.  To be honest with you I really don’t enjoy the whole idea of die cutting.  It seems like a lot of money to spend and a lot of storage to utilize.  Hence I used my Cricut for fancy dies and my Scan n’ Cut for the stamps.  and because I use digital stamps 75% of the time this really is the way for me to go!

I’ll show you the card and then walk you through the process:

This card was made using the beautiful papers from the Magnolia Dreams pack btyPaper Temptress 

 and Heavenly White 80# for printing

Here is the lovely image for you to use;

For my  Card base,  I used Teal BASIS 80#  and for the  lattice background

Magenta BASIS 80#

The SVG file came from Garcielli Designs also part of the Magnolia Dreams collection

I set my knife on my Cricut explore to the first level on ‘fabric’

Here it is on the mat, always looks like it didn’t work

But look!

Beautiful clean cut and no problems uploading the SVG and using it in Cricut!

So nice on the Teal Basis!

It can be frustrating trying new things, techniques and or machines – but that is what keeps this craft growing!

Lots of Beautiful and Unique paper over at Paper Temptress and beautiful digitals and SVG’s at Graciellie Designs!

Thanks for stopping by!

Ginny M

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

More from Graciellie Design and Paper Temptress

I have fallen in love with the cut files and digital designs from Graciellie Design.  Add Paper Temptress cardstock and you have it all.

Tried taking a little different angle on this card.  The base is epic Black Thick Columns.  The Columns are a little bit hard for me to photograph but you can see them if you really look close.  I love cutting things on my cricut and these cut files cut perfectly.  The ornate side panel is gold pearl linen.  This cardstock has a little linen texture and a small amount of shimmer.

The flowers were printed on cryogen white.  I did the print and cut on the cricut.  Flowers were colored with copic markers with a little yellow glitter in the middle.

Finally I added the shimmery gold bow.  Everything in this card is in the special cardstock package made especially for this Graciellie collection. It is called Magnolia Dreams

Don’t forget the blog hop to showcase the Graciellie collection and Paper Temptress cardstock is still going on.  Here is the list.

Gracielle Designs 

posted this in Designer greeting cards on July 31st, 2017

Gracielle Design and PaperTemptress blog hop releasing the gorgeous Magnolia Dreams Collection

Hi Welcome from Terri’s blog…hasn’t this hop been amazing plus a chance to win fabulous prizes….2 people will win the beautiful Magnolia Dreams Variety Pkg which includes 25 sheets of very high quality cardstock,  five ribbons,  and one adorable bow…plus then one winner will win the complete Magnolia Dreams collection from Gracielle Designsto enter to win all you have to do is leave a comment on every post in this blog…winners will be selected on August 14th….good luck!

I am soooo excited to be working with Gracielle Designs releasing her latest collection called Magnolia Dreams…and it is a dream…the colors are gorgeous and Gracie also included SVGs in this release…This collection offered sooooo many items that it was really hard for me to select which items I wanted to design with!  But I did end up making a decision and here is what I created….

I have been making my own paper flowers lately so when I saw Gracie’s Magnolia stamp I had to try to add some dimension to the Magnolia digital stamp.  It was really easy to add dimension…I printed 2 of the Magnolia stamp with the Cryogen White which is included in the Magnolia Dream Variety Package..and just cut between the lines of the flower on the main stamp and then cut out the interior parts out of the 2nd stamp then cut in between the flowers.  Rolled the edges a little bit and glued the 2 pieces together…and then I spent hours coloring LOL..NOT!  I actually just used spray inks to color the magnolias…easy peasy!  I printed out the digital paper named Magnolia 5 on Cryogen White text weight which printed beautifully and you could still see the light sparkle that they Cryogen White has….all the digital papers are just beautiful!   Attached the Magnolia 5 print to Azalea Mica/Metallic cardstock included in the Magnolia Variety Package ..printed the digi sentiment also on the Azalea Mica/Metallic …added some bling…I think it turned out pretty good.

I loved this collection so much that I couldn’t stop there..Gracie added svg digital cutting files to this release that are just beautiful…so I cut out the 6×6 size which cut out perfectly with the Pink Basis 80# which is also included in the Magnolia Dreams Variety Package…placed in on the GORGEOUS Nero Incandescent to make a beautiful cover…printed out the sentiment on Heavy Weight Vellum 48# with my laser printer…added some bling…again I think it turned out pretty!

So to continue on with the Blog Hop you can now visit Melanie’s blog..the whole blog list is below in case you didn’t start at the beginning.  Here is the picture of the cardstock in the Magnolia Dreams Variety Pkg…


Gracielle Designs 

posted this in Designer greeting cards on July 23rd, 2017

Hey Chick says Have a Happy Day

I decided to pull outa set from Stampn’ Up called Hey Chick. Most of the cardstocks in this card are from the Treasures line.  I used the Crafty Brown Treasures for the base and the sentiment.. The Periwinkle set off  the brown for the second layer.

Now here is my simple technique for today.  The patterned layer is cryogen white. I colored it with distress ink and finger daubers.  I then took a stencil and sprayed it with water and put it down on the cardstock.  I laid a paper towel on top and pushed down on the stencil.  This helped to get rid  of excess water.  Remove stencil and dab excess water off of your cardstock.

The frame around the chicken is made from Goldenrod Treasures.  I needed a bright color to highlight  colored image so I used Mango Orange Treasures.  The image was stamped on Cryogen White.

Add a few rhinestones for some extra bling and there you have it.

posted this in Designer greeting cards on July 20th, 2017

Just Wanted to Send You a Line

Happy Thursday everyone! Today I am showcasing the Desert Storm Kraft card stock.

I used the Desert Storm in three different ways:

  • I colored the images with copic markers
  • I used an embossing folder
  • I heat embossed and then colored with Tim Holtz Oxide inks

I just love how this card turned out, just so cute 🙂 especially with the pretty squares and stitches ribbon.

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

Printing digitals, a sketch challenge and a freebie!

Hello everyone, Ginny here!  I created a sketch challenge for my group after I made a card for a special friend.   One thing I always stress in my card making is to  use the very best quality you can and when it comes to card stock this is especially true.  There are two things I never cut corners on – the base and what I print or stamp on.  When you use top quality papers, you produce top quality cards.

Paper goes through a very complex process in its making and each paper has a different recipe which can include rags, fibers, wood pulp and all kinds of things you wouldn’t think goes into paper! Ever have problems with glue and adhesives? Here is why: if things aren’t processed correctly at the mill and this could mean a set of rollers out of sync, a drop in temperature in the pulp s, drying the damp sheets too fast before cutting or drying too slow, any number of things can cause the fibers in the paper to shift or warp. There is no way of knowing until the paper is cut. Paper from the mills is often sold in 23×44 lots, from there the paper is cut to order by the print shop or whole sale distributor. All is still well until the paper is used, adding the additional moisture of inks and or glues with cause the fiber in the paper to react,( if it is a good batch of paper it will remain nice and flat if it is a bad batch it curls). Cheaper papers use fewer fibers per square inch.   I said all that to say my choices for bases and printing are well researched! My go to for printing and Copic coloring is Heavenly white 80# and for bases Heavenly White 120# – for good reason each piece produces expected and perfect results. these papers hold my adhesives and score perfectly.  Ever have an edge fold that wrumples?  That has to do with the grain cut and the processing of the rollers.

Here is my card made from both the heavenly white papers:

I have found that they heavenly white 80# prints beautifully on my Canon Pixma printer ( a 50.00 printer!) and wonderfully with alcohol marker coloring. for this reason, I keep a stack cut into quarters on my desk and by my printer – always on hand!  Most of my cards have a lot of color saturation so I really need to have top quality paper.

Here is the sketch:

And for you a freebie

I hope today’s dialog on paper helps you in your paper making choices.  I love it when people tell my cards “even feel good”!  Quality Counts!

HAve a great day, Ginny M




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

Elegant and Simple!

Here’s a quick and cute card that you can make when you need something elegant for almost any occasion.  I am using two beautiful papers from Paper Temptress along with two beautiful embellishments from Jolees.  The final card sparkles and looks as good as any store bought product!The base of this card is a wonderful mica/metallic cardstock called Citrine. It has a whitish to golden hue over it.  I then added a piece of Glamour Gold cardstock on top of it.  On the inside I put a simple “thinking of you” sentiment on a Glamour Gold piece of cardstock, but I think this card would also be perfect for a sweet get well, congratulations, or missing you theme card.

Happy Crafting everyone!



posted this in Designer greeting cards on July 9th, 2017

A camping Birthday

This is a birthday card for my son-in-law.  All the stamps used are from Stampn’ Up.  I stamped in Memento Black and colored all the images with colored pencils.

The base of the card has shimmer to it and is Blumarino Incandescent.  The yellow layer is Sunshine yellow columns so there is a little texture there.  The main images are mounted on Opal Mica Metallic.  I did stamp lightly some clouds and grass and then distressed the outside.  All the images are stamped on Cryogen White with black Memento ink.


I have been trying to give a little easy technique in my posts lately.  So I have a second card today.

This card is only two layers.  The bottom layer is Epic Black thick classic columns.  This gives the back a little texture.  The card front is Cryogen White.  I used two colors of bingo markers to make the little monsters.  When you slam the marker onto the cardstock a spatter image is made. I added goggly eyes.  My grandchildren are 4 and 7 months.  This is just perfect.