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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.






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


Happy Thursday everyone! Today I am showcasing a CAS card that so soft in colors.

I heat embossed the butterflies onto the Clear Vellum and used the vellum as an overlay over the Mica/Metallic paper which I also heat embossed for my background paper 🙂

This was a really quick and easy card to create 🙂

posted this in Designer greeting cards on July 4th, 2017

Creating a fancy cut card with my Cricut and Premium glossy paper and a freebie

Hi, Ginny M here, I’ve just started using my Cricut again!  Last February I purchased a  Silhouette and I didn’t like it. I was able to cut 4 projects and after that, It just chewed paper with it so I sent it back.  Next,  I purchased a Cricut Explore.  This machine cut perfectly with very little effort, but I didn’t like the software.  A common complaint with the explore – especially if you were happy with the Expressions!  Well, Provocraft has a new software upgrade and I am very happy with it so far.  Not trying to sound like Goldie locks, but I do have an expectation of things working according to the manufacturer’s statement of fabulous or at least Close to it!

Today I decided to make a fancy cut card using te Cricut /software beta and a gorgeous piece of Midnight Blue Premium Glossy and I hoped it would come out on the first cut!    I’ll show you the results and then the process:

This was really a fun card to make

I used an 8.5×11 sheet and began the cutting with the knife set on heavy cardstock

I was so excited to see how beautifully this paper cut – no nubbies from the knife dragging.

When those Nubbies happen it is not always a dull knife – sometimes it has more to do with the pulp the paper is made from – you guessed it- cheaper pulp with short grain fibers yeild yield poorer quality cuts.  With paper, you can’t always tell by sight the quality, Paper processing is very complicated and a highly guarded for propriety secrets.  in short, this is very good paper and the proof was in the cut.

Because this paper is white core I inked the back in a complementary color  for the paper lace background, knowing once it was mounted you would never know it was white core

you can’t even see the white, this took about 30 seconds using a distress tool and distress ink.

A little of  the  Best Glue Ever applied to the back for perfect adhesion

a sentiment stamped on the back of the center oval cut out, a butterfly and a little bling and my card is done!

and since I had the circuit up and running,

I cut a batch of these using   Paper Temptress’   Neenah Super Smooth Black  paper – yum! 

Aren’t these beautiful!!  Again, the clean cuts are a direct result of the high quality of the paper!

I hope you found this helpful in your paper crafting

 and I’m leaving you with a sweet summer freebie

Thanks for stopping by!

Ginny M

posted this in Designer greeting cards on June 29th, 2017

Nature’s Art

Here’s some more gorgeous pressed leaves that a friend at church gave to me. I use these natural beauties and turn them into cards which we then sell at our local Bazaar to raise money for various charities. This project is also using wonderful papers from Paper Temptress.

Papers used here are Neenah Solar White Classic Crest and some great red colored cardstock called Wild Cherry Pop Tones.

The base of this card is using brawny Tuscan sun.   I then used some wonderful ruche paper in deep brown.  I finally die cut some gorgeous mica/metallic paper in Emerald.

Hope you have a great summer day!

Cheers, Holley

posted this in Designer greeting cards on June 27th, 2017

How to create a sweet vintage card . Plus a freebie!

Hi everyone, Ginny here and I’ve made a sweet vintage card using alcohol markers, distress ink and Paper Temptress papers.

For my freebie, I am giving you this classic image for your card making along with a how- to for the card!

I printed two of these images on 80# Heavenly white paper -wonderful for alcohol marker coloring and Distress Inks!

Right click and save for your card making. This is a masters engraving I adapted for card making.

My pen  coloring selection.  I normally use Spectrum Noir at home and Touch Fives for travel

I did not use a lot of different colors for this card, but I did use a lot of ink,  I was looking for a very saturated look.

I colored this card as I normally would.  Colored the little girl separately, fussy cut her and added her to the main body of the card with dimensional tape. The sky was colored with  1 shade of blue and then I worked in blending solution to give it a more natural mottled look.  After the paper dried (a few minutes) I began to dab in a little yellow, First on the back side and then on the front.  By coloring the back first it gave a ‘sun through the clouds’ look I also edged the card with chipped sapphire.

This paper really works well for blending color!

I layered the focal image on  Silver Ore paper

And finished by mounting on Heavenly White 120# base weight paper.

This paper makes a beautiful crease!

Thanks for stopping by and I Hope you enjoy today ‘s freebie. Stop over to Paper Temptress, you will love all the yummy papers and if you would like more tips and tricks for your card making, Stop by my blog at Maxam Made Studio!

Ginny M

posted this in Designer greeting cards on June 25th, 2017

Fun with punches

The base of this card is Serpentine Mica Metallic. If you look closely there is a slight green color to it.  It is also shimmery.

The two frilly layers at the top and the bottom are Monterey Sand Classic Linen.  This cardstock has a slight texture to it. The coral distress layer was also the Monterey Sand Classic Linen.

The brown piece in the middle and the layer around the main image is Hot Fudge Pop Tones.  I had a punch set that did the corners of the brown layer and a straight punch that matched to do the accent on the top and bottom.

The main image was stamped on Cryogen White.  I did cut a piece larger than my image and used a stamp positioner for this image.  I stamped with Distress Abandoned Coral.   I then stamped it again with the same color and got out my water brush.  The idea is to drag the color to the ends of the petals.  I added Distress Peeled paint to the leaves also with the water brush.  A little Distress Mustard seed was added to the middle.  The final step was to stamp the image with Distress Brushed Corduroy.