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

How to create a beautiful digital card using sumptuous papers! And freebie.

Hi everyone, Ginny here! Because I love card making I love using many different types of technique.  Using digitals offers storage convenience and size manipulation.  I wanted to create a pretty card for a young friend and I wanted to do it fairly quickly.  So I pulled a few pieces of paper and let its colors inspire me.

Here is the finished product, if you are interested in the details, keep reading!


I started by creating a digi using  elements from Viva Digitals and a sentiment in my sentiment digi stash:

I printed this on Cryogen White – wonderful for digi’s!  It allows the ink to penetrate the surface under the shimmer. This keeps the image sharp and vibrant.  Some papers cause ink to sit on top of paper and eventually it  smears or just fades.

I fussy cut the image (yay Scan and Cut!)

I then dry embossed a piece of Aqua Basis paper from the ‘Basis Card Stock Package Beautiful rich colors all 80#.

used a printed paper and foil sheet from stash

Heavenly White 120# for the card base

I also added a little Stickles, Wink of Stella, Nail polish and a feather!

For your card making:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Ginny M

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

Love is in the air

I needed a wedding card for a girl at church.  Don’t really know the colors for the wedding so I used colors that I like.   All the cardstock used for this card came from Magnolia Dreams cardstock pack.  The base for this card is Solar White Thin Columns.  I wanted the columns to show slightly so I used Antique Linen  distress ink.

The accent for the main image and the Love are both cut from Teal Basis.  I love this color because it is so rich and highlights beautifully.

Background for the hearts is White Pearl Linen.  Last month Paper Temptress paired with  Gracielle Design .  The polka dot pattern came from Magnolia Dreams pattern from Gracielle Designs. I did add some Victorian velvet distress inks to the edges

Hearts were cut from Azalia Mica Metallic.  Love the shimmer here.  Added the bow to symbolize a sort of union of the hearts.

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

Baby boy box


Another baby box /baby book gift combo to show you today – I have been doing a lot of these lately – this one is#2 of 3 done with one more to go and a wedding combo to do also.

The box, book and card all feature the wonderful ‘cryogen white’ paper from Paper Temptress which is about all I use to color with. It is great for pencils as well as my copic markers. I is a great smooth paper that blends really well and is sturdy enough to hold up to the markers too.

I decorated a cigar box, a chipboard book , and a card with scrapbook papers and some little baby doo dads and ribbon.

The base cardstock on the card is also from Paper Temptress – Pop tones ‘berrylicious’ – such a pretty blue and a great weight for cards.

All for me today – Take Care


posted this in Designer greeting cards on September 12th, 2017

A BLAST FROM THE PAST! Glossy Berries!

This post was originally posted on  August 12, 2009 designed by Carolina…

Happy Wednesday! I have a fun project and card to share with you, so here we go and hope you enjoy it!

The project was inspired by the annual stack of Thank You cards I make for my sister. Being a teacher she’s always in need of Thank You cards so I decided this year I would package them pretty for her. Along with the package is a card, so here it is, For A Special Teacher!

Here’s a close up of the box opened with the thank you card outside the box.

This template for this fun box is from Hybrid Chick Designs called4x6 Prints Box designed by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs. I printed a the box using Paper Temptress’s Black Pearl Glossy card stock.

The note cards are all created using Heavenly White Premium Ultrasmooth card stock. Using Taylored Expressions’ Berries & Cherries set I stamped the flower/berry image as well as the sentiment with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink and colored the image with Copics. The circle image I stamped with Kiwi Kiss ink.

Across the middle I added a strip of ribbon with a prima flower and pearl in the middle. I placed them inside the box with the envelopes I stamped and tied in a bundle.

To the outside of the box I added a strip of ribbon and the sentiment that reads For a special Teacher.

I’m planning on giving it to my sister tomorrow on her first official day back along with this card, Life is a bowl of Cherries.

I again used the Heavenly White card stock for the base and added a strip of Laser Black Glossy Lustre (sorry no longer available) card stock to the card front. On one side I added a strip of Roackabilly designer paper and the other a strip of striped ribbon. To the middle I added a smaller piece of Laser Red Glossy Luster paper with a piece of Vintage Silver Lustre Text. To each top corner I added a black halfback pearl and to the bottom a strip of ribbon with a bow and prima flower with halfback pearl in the middle.

The image and sentiment are from the same Berries & Cherries set I used above. I stamped them bowl of cherries image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it in with Copics; I cut it out and place it in the middle of the center element with dimensionals. The sentiment I stamped with Vivid! Brick ink, punched it out with the Scallop Oval punch and placed it in the middle of a large oval scallop I punched out of Laser Red Glossy Luster. I finished it off by adding some black halfback pearls to each side.

Hope you pick up some of these amazing papers…you’ll love how they glam up your projects!

posted this in Designer greeting cards on September 7th, 2017

It’s a bird, it’s a plane….

Here’s a cute image of a girl dressed in a super hero costume by artist Christie Croll (Tiddly Inks).  I know it’s hard to tell from this photo, but the card is actually made on a CLEAR Transparency.  It’s super cool in person as it looks like she is flying.  I added some wonderful shiny silver die cuts that you could see on the inside of it from the front of the card.

I am using Neenah Solar White Classic Crest Paper for the image that I printed on my computer and colored with copic markers.  I layered the image on some beautiful column paper in Red Pepper.  Then I used glue dot to add that to a clear transparency which I folded into an A2 card size. Then I used a sheet of silver pearl linen to die cut some detailed ornate Tattered Lace dies attach to the inside of the transparency.  It looks like she is just floating now.

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

How to Create a Fancy Lace Cut Card on Cricut.

Hi everyone, Ginny here.  This week I needed a set of  ‘thank you’s’ to send off for birthday gifts and I wanted them to be summer pretty and simple.

Here is the card:

I turned on the Cricut and grabbed tow beautiful pieces of paper from my Paper Temptress stash!  Today I used White Pearl Linen and Midnight Blue.  Both of these have a beautiful rich finish” the Pearl is Pearl finish, and the Midnight Blue is Vellum finish.

Using my Paper Lace cartridge I created my cut files.  These four cards required on two pieces of 8.5×11 paper for the tops and two Heavenly White Sheets for the bases.  These are A2 size (half sheet) I cut the bases first and glued them onto the  bases and left them under a book while the tops were cutting

That oh boy moment when the cutting is done and you haven’t pulled it off the mat.

I’ve had several name brand cutting machines and I have to be honest, the only one I have not had a problem with is the Cricut machine.  The Expression, the Create, and the Explore have always worked beautifully for me. One I worked and worked with it was supposed to work with out a mat, it didn’t.  and the other one was top of the line and it went back because it chewed instead of cut everything.  I replaced it with the Explore.  I’m not endorsing, I’m sharing my experience.  When I am using premium papers, I want them to look like what they are and not like construction paper because the cut was so poor!

I added a little bling and in about 15 minutes I had my set of Thank you cards!

Maybe something you would like to try?  Here is a tip Make sure you have very strong contrast for this type of card.  With out it really will look very Blah!

for stopping by!

I hope you give this a try on your machine –

these beautiful papers just give this simple card a great panache!

Ginny M

posted this in Designer greeting cards on September 3rd, 2017

Just Because

Hello all.  I wanted to go with a bunch of layers, so this is where I went.  The main image, leaf stamped design and the dots are all stamped on Cryogen White.  I cannot seem to do a card without cryogen.

The base card is Basis Dark Orange, then Golden Green Basis and the leaves are embossed on Jelly Bean Green Pop Tones.  The stamped leaves are mounted on Sour Apple Pop Tones.  The orange dots are mounted on Banana Split Pop Tones.  The oval main image is mounted on Lemon Drop Pop Tones.

Sorry to be a little brief, I am supposed to be packing and getting ready for vacation.  Priorities first right?

posted this in Designer greeting cards on September 2nd, 2017

Foiled Rose

For those who celebrate it, I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Labor Day weekend with friends and family.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I hope you enjoy this card.

For this card, I foiled some Eclipse Black cardstock using an Anna Griffin hot foil plate and the Go Press and Foil machine.  I am in love with the result!  The rose is layered on a piece of the ever-delicious Heavy Weight Clear Vellum which cuts like a dream!  Don’t be afraid to try it because it’s super thick.  The two die cut layers are on top of a piece of paper from my stash, attached to a card base of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

posted this in Babies on August 30th, 2017

Baby card


Its been awhile since I posted but I think I am back in the swing of things….

I have for you today a baby card for my Niece and her Hubby who are due here in Sept. They have chosen yellow, black and silver to decorate their baby room so I did the card to match.

The main image if printed and colored onto ‘cryogen white’ which is my main go to coloring paper. It is Layered onto ‘silver glossy’ and the base cardstock is ‘lemon drop’ all from Paper Temptress!!!

I also used some patterned paper and some corners made from black clay and a mold.

(and just in case you are wondering my thumb isn’t bruised – just some ink stains from another project 🙂

All for today – Take Care


posted this in Bday cards, Designer greeting cards on August 24th, 2017

Fluffles Birthday Card

Here’s a cute birthday card that I made for my sister Hallie. Today is her Birthday!!  Make a wish Sis and I hope it comes true.  I am using an adorable image called Fluffles. I totally love Fluffles stamps, I was super sad when they were discontinued.  I am also using wonderful papers from Paper Temptress on this card.

The base of the card is Mica/Metallic in Flame.  Then I layered another Mica/Metallic called Bronze.  I added a great Hambly Studio Overlay called Gold Hanging Heliconias.  You can get Hambly Studio screenprints and overlays in  wonderful packsof 6×6″ sheets which are perfect card size.  I stamped Fluffles out onto some Neenah solar white classic crest paper and die cut him with Spellbinders Nestabilities.  Then I added a die cut sentinment in Kraft.

Hope you like this cute birthday card today!

Cheers, Holley