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Thursday, October 12, 2017

If the Shoe Fits...

Can you imagine having your birthday on Halloween and growing up with your whole world dressing up and celebrating by having home after home give you free candy?  Barb, my friend, you were a lucky little girl - and no wonder you grew up loving witches!


The legs with witches' shoes are from a Stamps Happen rubberstamp.  The sentiment is a freebie from Ginger's House which was die cut with Spellbinder's Celebrations "Tag That".












I colored the image with Copics, fussy cut the legs and mounted them on foam tape to elevate them.  The purple CS on top was cut in two and elevated to give the appearance of a stage and curtain or wall hiding the rest of the witches.  

The inside sentiment is by Penny Black.



Envelope



I hand drew the web and the spider on the envelope.  I will use an address label stuck just below the web's center to mail this.
Spider's Red Jewel
CHALLENGES:
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Crafting From the Heart -#178 ATG Always
Incy Wincy Designs – Let's Celebrate
Addicted to Stamps & More - #263 – Holiday
Crafty Sentiments – Halloween/Fall TOP THREE
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #324 – If the Shoe Fits
Penny's Challenge #348 – ATG
Fab & Funky #366 – Word Art
Crafty Creations - #352 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #135 – ATG
Oddball Art – ATG  Top Three #2
Pile it On #135 – Fantasy
Crafty Girls Creations – #40 - ATG Always

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Aviator Birds...


613 Ave C has a new challenge... "ATG /twist of Masculine Card".  You have the month of October to show your creative talents!  For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas - check out the DT inspiration concepts HERE!

This is what happens when I print out images and color them for fun... and then forget where I got them!  Somebody help me and let me know where to find these birds?  I know there were four different ones together. 
So, here is what I did - birds were colored with Autumn colors with Copics, fussy cut, sculpted and elevated with foam tape.  The clouds are from a die cut and the tree was cut free-hand from CS that had been embossed with an embossing folder from Tim Holtz / Sizzix.  The sentiment is one of the fabulous freebies from the very funny Ginger's House.  






















CHALLENGES:

Sweet Stampin' – Autumn Colors
Crafty Girls Creations – #39 - ATG Always
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Addicted to Stamps & More - #261 – ATG
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #322 – Mildly inappropriate
Penny's Challenge #348 – ATG
Fab & Funky #364 – Fall Colors [Rust, Y, Orange, G]
Inspiration Destination #134 – ATG
Crafty Creations - #351 – ATG
Oddball Art – ATG
Pile it On #135 – Fantasy

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Life is like a balloon...

 These images and the "Life is like..." sentiment are all three by Mo Manning and can be found at Mo's Digital Pencil.

The details include enamel dots, matching ribbon and a hand drawn frame.






Inside








The inside is completed with designer paper left over from the front and a hand made envelope to house the philosophical sentiment.










 All coloring was done with Copics.  In an attempt to keep the scene airy I used a long unused [by me] Pointillism technique to indicate the ground and the sky. 












CHALLENGES:
Really Reasonable Ribbon  #172 – ATG w/ ribbon or trim
Sweet Stampin' – Cute and Cuddly
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers L:10 - #93 – Lost/Found Stash/Technique [Pointillism technique]
Crafty Girls Creations – #39 - ATG Always
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Crafting From the Heart -#176 ATG Always
Addicted to Stamps & More - #261 – ATG
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Simon Says Wed – ATG

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fantasy Zum Zum

 A neighbor printed out this image for me to color in honor of the many Hummingbirds here.  We estimate 165 Zum Zums [the name for hummingbirds in an area in South American  - isn't that descriptive??] or more in the summer.  In the winter the number drops to around 50.  Between my husband and I, we make the sugar solution and fill up to 9 quart feeders everyday in the summer.
I colored the image with Copics [BV11, 13, 17 BG45, 49 ] and then used a Uniball Signo white pigment gel pen for the dots and wink of Stella to create sheen on his throat.  The vine is from a Martha S. punch and the flowers are from a Hanko punch with a light blue jewel for the centers.  
The "Hello" stamp is from SU.  
I used this card as a Thank you for my brother and his wife.




CHALLENGES:
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Crafting From the Heart -#173 ATG Always DT Favorite
Sisterhood of Crafters – ATG
Tuesday Throwdown #359 – Punches or Dies
Crafty Creations - #349 – ATG
Oddball Art – Life in Technicolor/ATG
Pile it On #134 – Feathers &/or Scales
MarkerPOP L:10 –   #128: Use Dark Berry colors

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Teacher - Back to School...



613 Ave C has a new challenge... "Distressed".  You have the month of September to show your creative talents!  For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas - check out the DT inspiration concepts HERE!

Inside
This image was perfect for a teacher going back to school - along with papers from stash that correctly hint at his subject matter.  I fussy cut the rulers and added them to this background.  Distressing the edges is oddly appropriate for the subject matter - LOL!  I actually wish I had distressed the edges with a lot more vigor... more white showing with tears and bent edges that would have balanced the stark white image panel some.  Embellishments are simple and 'manly' using a Corner Chomper's 'Ticket Stub' punch and then simple metal brads.


Copics were used for coloring the image:
SKIN: YR000 & E00, 01, 53
HAIR: E31, 44, 49
CLOTHES: BG70, 72, 75
BRIEF: E23, 25, 27
CUP: R85, 89
SHADOW: NO

CHALLENGES:
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Addicted to Stamps & More - #257 – Make Your Mark
Crafty Sentiments – for Someone Special
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #318 – Favorite Season {fall}
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Penny's Challenge #344 – Quick & Easy
Creative Knockouts – L:8- #209 Finish the Inside WINNER
MarkerPOP L:10 –   #128: Use Dark Berry colors

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Biggg Words...

I have a friend who likes to tease me about my "25 cent words"... when I saw this quote, I could not stop myself - OMG!  I HAD to make this card for her!  Truth be told, I had no idea what it meant and I had to google it before she challenged me on this one. 

[This is an adjective - discerning, observant, insightful - having a ready insight into and understanding of things.
  1. "it offers quite a few facts to the perspicacious reporter"]
  2. INSIDE
    Fun word, eh??
This is a Tim Holtz' "Crazy Birds" image and it came with the embossing folder I used on the background.  Satin ribbon is from stash.  It was colored with Copics.   I THINK the quote was a freebie offered by Ginger's House.





CHALLENGES:
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Addicted to Stamps & More - #257 – Make Your Mark
Crafty Sentiments – for Someone Special
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Penny's Challenge #344 – Quick & Easy
MarkerPOP L:10 –   #128: Use Dark Berry colors
Sisterhood of Crafters – ATG
Crafty Creations - #349 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #39 - ATG Always
Scrapper's Delight #70 – ATG Always

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Shabby Chic???


613 Ave C has a new challenge... Shabby Chic!  You have the month of August to show your creative talents!  For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas - check out the DT inspiration concepts HERE!

I know, I know!  Pretty Clean and Simple for a Shabby Chic project... but I'm not very good at creating frou-frou.  I got the shabby in there and used glitter and a BIG [for me] bow ... so there you go!  I do like the result and still managed to maintain my style.
I used a diecut from SU and a technique that my friend Suzanne taught me... using regular tape on the back of the die cut with the sticky side facing up.  I put tape [sticky up] on three of the spaces and Midnight Turquoise from Stamp A Mania embossing powder - then used a heat gun.  This EP has specks of black and gold in the turquoise - very pretty!  Next I applied the tape to the last three sections and used a ultra fine gold glitter.  The background is a turquoise panel that has been distressed with a Tonic tool that creates the worn and aged edges.  Antique Linen Distress Ink by Ranger was used to ink over the physical distressing.  Nail heads [gold bling] from Creative Crystal Co. were glued on in random spaces.  This layer was matted in black to repeat the color of the balloon outline.  Gold specked ribbon pieces [cut off the ends of the double bow] were taped down around the edges of the black layer to give the impression of it being wrapped with ribbon.  These layers were then fastened to Kraft CS as the base A2 card.
The inside is another panel treated in the same manner as the front - and then an oval punched out for the sentiment plus additional bling.


CHALLENGES:
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG
Crafting From the Heart -#170 ATG Always
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Tuesday Throwdown #354 – Out of the World
Aud Sentiments - #185 – No Sentiment on front
Penny's Challenge #339 & #340 – ATG
As You Like It – Fave – Color Duo & Why [Turquoise & Black - Black just sets up & presents turquoise like a crown jewel IMHO] TOP THREE
Oddball Art – Sky Full of Stars / ATG
Crafty Creations - #347 – ATG
Really Reasonable Ribbon  #169 – ATG w/ ribbon or trim
Fussy & Fancy  #193 – Fave Colors [Turquoise & Black - Black just sets up & presents turquoise like a crown jewel IMHO]
Scrapper's Delight #69 – ATG Always

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

Friday, July 7, 2017

Gena's

Hi this is Gena Not Ginny making this post and I am so grateful to have Ginny in my life. She has taught me so much. Thanks Ginny.
This image is one I won in an Oddball Art Stamps Challenge By Lizzy Love . I colored the image with Tombow Markers and I fussy cut the image.  I put on pink paper for the background and I put three hole punched blue flowers. Last but not least I popped her up. I will share more with u I promise. Just Realized it looks like Ginny except the eyes hers are green

By Gena 14 yo

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Blast from the Past...

Ok, let me explain!  Sometime in the early 90's [???] I hung out with a bunch of women at a web site called GINGERWOOD, which is a still active  Bulletin Board format site devoted to Rubber Stamping.  We gals became pretty good friends and over the years we traveled to others homes to attend conventions or to hang out together and share "classes" of techniques with each other.  The owner of the site, Susie Wolfe, is to this day a dear friend with whom I stay in touch.  Ok, to the card... One day I came up with the idea of starting a "weird letter" [like a chain letter] with a basic card design and requesting the gals add something and send it on. Let me make it clear - chain letters are a pain in my backside... but this was a take off on the dreadful consequences of not following thru.  Here are the 'consequences' I used to threaten them for non-compliance:
"- One poor woman is still having nigtmares she is drowning in a sea of rubber.
- Another dropped her only quarter running toward the parking meter as the meter maid approached from the opposite direction!!
- And yet a third got a phone call that her husband had discovered her secret stash of rubber from a recent convention.  The one where she had assured him she had stuck to her budget! (SHUDDER!!)"  Pretty mild... but I didn't know them THAT well.

The base card was the 'wallpaper', the bathtub and the window with the hummingbirds.  I have enlarged three sections so you can see the details of what the 18 women added.  I know some of you are still out there - hope you find your contribution and it all brings back wonderful memories!



LOL!  I still get a giggle when I see this card!  Good friends - good times!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Birthday America...

 I downloaded "Americana Kids" - a freebie from Dearie Dolls to use for my 4th of July cards for family.  If you are not familiar with Mary Ellen Smith's web site, check it out - everything she draws for this site is free!
Here you can see three versions of the same image.  All were colored with Copics, each in a slightly different palette.  The first and third versions were fussy cut, sculpted and mounted on foam tape.  A Tag die set was used to create the tab and slot for the ribbon.
This first one will be the one entered in the challenges.


 








Challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door - ATG
Incy Wincy Designs – Friends Forever
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #310 – Flag Day
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Fussy & Fancy  #190 – Punches & Dies
As You Like It – Fave Way to add Ribbon & Why [not one fave - I love the versatility - see each card in trio has a ribbon - all used differently!]
Inspiration Destination #131 – ATG Just for Fun
Really Reasonable Ribbon  #167 – Summer w/ ribbon or trim
Crafty Girls Creations – #38 - ATG Always  [JFF]
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP
Scrapper's Delight #68 – ATG Always
Sweet Stampin' – Stars and Stripes



Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny



Sunday, July 2, 2017

Monochrome Twist...

613 Ave C has a new challenge... ATG/or Twist of MONOCHROME.  You have the month of July to show your creative talents!  For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas - check out the DT inspiration concepts HERE!

This is a Mo Manning image. Other than skin tones and the pop of color with the stem & ground, I have used a Monochromatic blend of Blue-Violet Copics.


Base card is the solid dark purple with a BV paper used on the diagonal and on the interior.  The sprinkle of dots in both upper corners were made with a 1/16" punch from left over purple CS, glued in place. A little Wink of Stella was applied to the dots and the wings of the fairy for a little sparkle. The ribbon is from stash.
The purple embossed sentiment is from Azadi Earles and was punched out with in a heart.


















CHALLENGES:
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG
Incy Wincy Designs – Sparkle or Shine
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #309 – Lazy Summer Days
Tuesday Throwdown #349 – Creative Borders
DP2 -Mo's Challenge Blog #276 - ATG + Mo Image
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Crafty Creations - #344 – ATG
Creative Knockouts – L:8- #200 for the Girls
Fussy & Fancy  #190 – Punches & Dies
Aud Sentiments - #183 –  For a Child + Sentiment
As You Like It – Fave Way to add Ribbon & Why [with a small bow - not overwhelming the PAPER design]
Inspiration Destination #131 – ATG Just for Fun
Really Reasonable Ribbon  #167 – Summer w/ ribbon or trim
Oddball Art – Spread your Wings/ ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #38 - ATG Always  [JFF]
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP
Scrapper's Delight #68 – ATG Always

Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny




Sunday, June 11, 2017

It's been RUFF!

I recently bought a great collection of 'Get Well' images from AI Clear Stamps - "Doggie Kisses Set" by artist Bonnie Krebs.   Definitely one of my current favorite sets with cute images and wonderful related sentiments.

 I colored the image with Copics and drew in the doggy pillow with a neutral grey for him to rest on.  Slippers were dotted with a blending pen to give the impression of fuzzy material.  The three dots are Enamel Dew Drop Stickers from Freckled Fawn.  Add a narrow, white grosgrain ribbon tied in a knot and I have a reasonable "feel better" wish for a man.
The best part was the inside sentiment!

Copics:
Dog E40, 41, 43
Bear E97, 99
Pillow Bed C00, 01, 03
Slippers BG13, 15











Challenges: 
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
Crafty Sentiments – ATG  TOP THREE
Shopping our Stash L:13  SOS #306 – Dude  TOP FOUR
Everybody Art Challenge #404 –  ATG
Penny's Challenge #332 – ATG  TOP THREE
As You Like It – Fave Reason to make Cards & Why [To stay in touch with friends]
Inspiration Destination - Fave Reason to make Cards & Why
Oddball Art – Mother Love/ ATG
Incy Wincy Designs - ATG
Crafty Creations - #343 – ATG
Fussy & Fancy #189 – Pets
Crafty Girls Creations – #37 - ATG Always
Scrapper's Delight #67 – ATG Always
Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Just a Note...

The new challenge for June at 613 Ave C.  is always ATG but, the optional twist this month is to use an Embossing - Folder to 'stamp'.  Fun!  Have not used this technique in ages!!  This involves applying ink over one surface of the inside of the folder and then embossing as usual.



In this case I chose to use a brayer and apply Encore Ultimate Metallic Blue Pigment ink by Tsukinako to the flat surface [or the female side] of the E-folder.  I used pigment ink because it takes longer to dry and covers the plastic surface better than a dye ink would have done.  This lovely E-folder by Sizzix really gives a deep and crisp image and the white just pops up off the blue background.  
I added the black die cut rectangle to help set off the image - but did not want a larger rectangle that would block off some of the background.  The die gives the cut the ticket stub corners, so I repeated that same corner idea on the music layer using a Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper with their Ticket Stub punch.  This layer was mounted on black CS of an A-2 size.  
The focal image was colored in a Copic coloring class I took a couple of years back - the only record I have of the source is a cryptic "SAFARTIC"??  If anyone knows the source for this image, please leave a comment?!  In addition to fussy cutting the image I sculpted her from the back and mounted her with foam tape to add dimmension.  I did jot down the colors if you are interested: Hair: Y23,24,28 Skin: E50,51,53,55 Outfit: B91,93,95,97,99 Reds: R14.  
The embellishments include the narrow strip of blue, satin ribbon, the blue tinted bling from Me and My Big Ideas and shiny gold foil added to the stars on her jacket with the aid of Duo Glue.












Challenges: 
Crafting From the Heart -#161 – ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #331 – ATG
Crafty Creations - #342 – ATG
As You Like It – Fave Reason to make Cards & Why ['Just a Note' or 'Thinking of you'... allows me to send any image I feel like using and is kind of like a bonus connection with the recipient!]
Oddball Art – ATG
Scrapper's Delight #67 – ATG Always
Crafty Girls Creations – #37 - ATG Always
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG
Everybody Art Challenge #404 –  ATG

Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny

Saturday, May 27, 2017

So Prrroud of him!


Our oldest Grandson, Reese with his Graduation Honors around his neck:
Honor Cord, National Society of H.S. Scholars and Skills USA, White Bib is National Honor Society. In addition he is wearing 3 Medals: Two Regional Medals and one State Medal in Welding. He has been accepted at the Univ. of Georgia and is in pursuit of an Engineering degree.

I found the card idea at Jill's Ink and she has a video tutorial of directions if you would like to make one!
The card opens up to reveal the stamped "Congratulations" sentiment and on the back of the cap a small envelope to hold money or a check.  I wrote in the card before I remembered to photograph it.

Close-up of the check/money pouch







The year numbers were made with Sizzix dies and I made the tassel by hand.  There are several You Tube videos available on how to do that.  The little diploma is merely a scrap of paper rolled and tied with the same embroidery thread used on the tassel.



**One of the challenges below requires I use "Old Stash".  I haven't embroideried since the 1970's - I think that counts as old stash!  The Sizzix Dies were the very first I ever bought and the papers I have had for 15 or 20 years!  And as one other 'old' thing - I used "Graduation Day" by the Beach Boys [1963] for another challenge.  Don't hate me Reese... be so glad I am using up some of this stuff before you guys inherit it!

Reese & his siblings
Challenges: 
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG
Crafting From the Heart -#157 – ATG Always
Incy Wincy Designs – B & W + 1 Color TOP FIVE
Quirky Crafts - May: Quirky Song [Graduation Day - Beach Boys 1963]
Aud Sentiments - #180 –  ATG + Sentiment
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Tuesday Throwdown #344 – ATG
Penny's Challenge #327 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #128 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #36 - ATG Always
Sweet Stampin'Use Old Stash [see above **] Sentiment is stamped!
Crafty Creations - #342 – ATG
Open Minded Crafting - #17 – Mighty Men/ Boys

Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny