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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 ūüôā

This was a really quick and easy card to create ūüôā

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 Рno 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.

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 РI 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 РI 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.