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posted this in Designer greeting cards, Halloween Cards on October 22nd, 2017

If I only had a brain.

Here’s a funny card to give you all a laugh today.  You all know I just love images with BRAINS in them, as well as, sentiments with the word brain, lol.  So I totally had to get these.   If you ever come across a brain stamp or a sentiment, let me know where it is!  I’d love to find out if it’s one that I don’t have.  I had successful brain surgery 7.5 years ago and I celebrate every year in February.

I am using wonderful papers from Paper Temptress on this project today. The base of the base of the card is Basis Black, which I embossed with a Darice embossing folder.  Then I stamped my images onto Neenah Solar White Classic Crest Paper in Mememto Ink.  After letting the ink dry (I give it at least a day), I colored the brain and the eyeballs in with copic markers.  I layered the papers with wonderful silver lustre.

posted this in Designer greeting cards on October 19th, 2017

Dia de los Muertos

Here’s an awesome card that I did for Dia de los Muertos.  For those of you who don’t know about Dia de los Muertos, it’s called Day of the Dead, it’s Nov 2nd, which is also All Saints Day.  It’s a day of celebration of those deceased often with prayer and remembrance of friends and family members who have died by making shrines commemorating their favorite things and foods,  as well as gathering and exchanging stories about them.  It’s associated with the Sugar Skull image that I used here, in combination with gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress.The base of the card is Neenah Solar White Classic Crest.  I took a sheet of 8.5×11″ and folded it in half and then cut it to fit the card size I needed.  The gorgeous green is a Hambly Studio Overlay called Lime Urban Chic Frames.   You can also by the Hambly Studio products in wonderful 6×6″ packages, which are the perfect size for cardmaking.  For the Sugar Skull I am using glossy black paper.  I also added a Dia de los Muertos cardstock sticker from Bo Bunny to finish off the card.

Hope this card inspired you today to make a fun card for Dia de los Muertos.

Cheers, Holley

posted this in Digital cutter files, Fun stuff, Techniques, Tutorials on October 18th, 2017

How to Create a Lattice Cut and Distress Oxide Card

Hi everyone, Ginny here today with a how to and confession: I’m probably not ever going to be the first person with a ‘how- to’ when new products come out.  I Love them from afar and that is just fine with me.  Why, because I have a significant investment in things like inks and paper.  My hope is to become proficient at one thing before I move on to the next. I kinda skipped the whole dye and stamps with matching dies trend. They take up to much room to store and time to use.  I am so glad I followed that path and waited for the Scan n’Cut  to be invented and then a little longer so that I could afford to buy it.  I also only own about 10 punches – butterflies and little flowers.  At one time I had a large collection, but because I bought a Cricut, I sold them! I don’t own a package of prima type flowers and If I never bought another ribbon in my life, I’d still have way to much!  Why am I telling you this?  Well, because I never want to be a person that says buy, buy buy, just because it is out there.  I do want to say use it, use it, use it and learn more.  Learn more about what sets your creativity soaring, what makes you happy!  Buy the best you can afford, quality, not quantity. when you use quality products your art will always look better and you will feel better about what you are creating and in the case of cards, you will be proud to mail them off!

I said all that in part to say, I finally got my distress oxides out and made a card.  I really do like the Distress products and was excited to give my newish distress oxide inks a try.

They were fun and I think I need to watch a few more youtubes – I am not in love yet -I do love my regular distress inks and use them all the time!

I’ll show you the card and you can decide if it will be worth reading the how-to.

I really like this quote!

I started this with Neenah Super Smooth Black from Paper Temptress

Using my Cricut I cut a card from Anna Griffin Cartridge

I used a fine blade and opted not to score on the machine

This gave a beautiful sharp cut.  Some blacks cut with a raggy edge, not this one, smooth and clean!

Next, I double scored 1 mm apart – I use the Cricut Stylus for hand scoring – it works so well!

Next I splotched my oxide inks on my craft mats

Adding the water was pretty cool!

Next, I just laid my 120# Heavenly White in the wet ink and let it soak it up. Pretty easy!

Let it dry. I colored my butterfly while this was drying

Using my needle nosed Best Glue Ever I dotted the glue on the  inside of the paper lattice

I slipped the dried Oxide background  and carefully placed it

And then put a weight on it to dry:

Anyone remember this guy?  He’s survived 4 moves now!!

I created my sentiment panel from a bit that was left over from the base

Really beautiful cutting!

I hope you found this helpful and the quote inspiring!

If you are new to crafting, here are a few things that I think are must haves’ – the rest will come with time.  When you give your self this time you will find you will evolve into a better crafter and not spend money on things you will never use.

Good Papers – it is the foundation of your art, I highly recommend Paper Temptress

3 cutters – one guillotine for multi sheets, one rotary cutter, and one travel size. I use a Tonic guillotine, large and travel size and a Genisis rotary trimmer.  I’ve been doing this for 40 years – these are the best cutters I have found for a reasonable price.

Good scissors, large and Itty Bitty – I like Tonic

High-quality inks – I use memento for alcohol coloring and Archival for watercolor

Distress inks and Memories

Coloring.  I use Alcohol pen, waterbased markers, watercolors, pastels, colored pencils

Ultra-fine sharpies – for touch up stamps

Misti Stamp tool

I hope you found this helpful and the quote inspiring!

Thanks for stopping by!

Ginny M

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

Troll For Aria

Sorry this is a little late.  Just too many commitments.  Good thing is that this is a birthday card for my granddaughter and it is actually done early.  Guess what the theme of the part is.  TROLLS

The base of this card is amethyst mica metallic.  Mica metallic is shimmery and a really nice weight for the base.

I tried the Heavy Weight Vellum for the second layer.  It embossed so nicely.  I colored some of the areas on the back side.

The troll is actually 2 colors of Basis.  The bottom layer is Pink Basis and the top layer is Magenta Basis.  The wording is actually two colors.  I tried Aqua Basis (light ) first and it was to light, so I cut the words in Teal basis and placed it on top of the first layer.  It raised my words off the page and if you look at the side you can see the layers.

posted this in Designer greeting cards, Easy and fast! on October 14th, 2017

Quick Birthday Card

Here’s a quick birthday card that could be used or adjusted for either gender.

For this card, I used Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock as the base.  Then, I used Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide to stamp “Have a fantastic” on an angle across the card base, and I used some scraps of teal cardstock to die cut the word “birthday” and the shadow from The Stamps of Life Birthday Statement Set.  Obviously, the stamping and die cutting can be changed to any colors to suit any personality style.

posted this in Designer greeting cards, Halloween Cards on October 12th, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Here’s a card I made with some super cute skeletons and some great papers from Paper Temptress.  I love that I can combine Halloween with my love of skeletons, but as you know, it’s never really stopped me from enjoying them on cards!

 The base of the card is white cardstock, Neenah solar white classic crest.  If you want to make square cards but only have 8.5×11″ card stock, fold it in half and cut out a 5.5″ square card.  I then added a wonderful Hambly Studio Overlay on top of it.  I just love the Lime Green color for Halloween (well, let’s be honest, Halloween and many other) times.  This paper is called Lime Mini Graph.  I added a cute set of stamped skeletons on Neenah Solar White, layered on Silver, layered on Black glossy.
Cheers, Holley
posted this in Altered Art Items, Bags and Boxes on October 11th, 2017

Wedding gift box


One more gift box set to show you – this time for my post I have a wedding box with matching memory book and card that I made for a friend that just got married last weekend.

For the digital image of the wedding couple – from ‘A Day for Daisies’ I used ‘cryogen white’ cardstock from Paper Temptress and colored it with prismacolor and polychrome pencils. I love the cryogen white – I rarely use anything else for my digital images or stamping.

On the top of the box, front of the book and base for the card I uses ‘silver luster’ also from Paper Temptress – lovely shimmery paper – I use it most for wedding stuff and Christmas but it looks very elegant for any occasion!!

I added all kinds of sweet little do dads – like the clay roses from a mold, a little charm that says “To love and cherish’ , 2 rings with doves on them, several pretty ribbons and some rhinestone trim.

Last but certainly not least I used a shimmery piece of vellum and embossed another wedding stamp on it in gold – the vellum is from Paper Temptress also and is the ‘pearl vellum’ just a hint of soft shimmery pearl – very pretty!!!

All for today – Take Care


posted this in Designer greeting cards, Halloween Cards on October 5th, 2017

Trick or Treat

Here’s an adorable Halloween card using some cute die cuts and some great paper from Paper Temptress.  I just love orange and black and most especially SKULLS and skeletons, so needless to say, Halloween time is one of my favorite card making times of the year.

I am using Basic Black as the base of this card.  I cut out three adorable Skeletons (Yvonne Creations) in Heavenly White paper and glued them on to the card.  I added a single strip of Flame Mica/Metallic to give the final card a little shimmer.   I hope this card inspires you to create some Halloween fun this year!



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

Beautiful Black Eyed Susie’s

Hi everyone, Ginny here. Near my home a neighbor has a beautiful patch of  Black Eyed Susie’s, They really inspired me to make this card:  Probably pumpkins will be next!!

I used a magenta stamp called Daisy Trio,

Stamping the back ground and a second image for the fussy cut flowers, My paper of choice is Heavenly White by Paper Temptress.

 Using only a few Alcohol markers I colored the flowers and the background:

Glossy accents and micro beads

For a base, I choose this gorgeous Epic Black Columns paper from Paper Temptress

I hope this inspires a little fall creativity for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Ginny M

posted this in Designer greeting cards on October 1st, 2017

For the Newlyweds

Well it must be wedding season.  The base for this card is Neenah Ivory.    I used Burgundy Basis for the embossed layer.  The basis line because of the cardstock weight takes embossing just perfectly.

I wanted to carry on the heart theme.  The first layer of the heart is Pink Ice Antique Parchment. The antique Parchment is a light pink varigated cardstock.   Top heart is the Neenah Ivory again only I added distress ink to the cut out image.  This cardstock took the ink accent just wonderfully.  The sentiment is stamped on Gold Pearl Linen.  The picture does not show it , but it has a beautiful shimmer to it.

Lastly the ribbon is some that I had in my stash.