Happy ThanksGiving!

Happy ThanksGiving!

Something New!!

I have Started a New face book Group called 'Christian Card Makers around the World.'
This group is a a Card making show case for Word Art, Encouragement, techniques and resources! I would like to invite you to join and share your art! There's only a couple of rules and no obligations whatsoever! go here to join:
Thank you!!
Above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Col 3

Friday, April 18, 2014


One of the fun things about blog reading and participating in challenge entries is prizes!!   I thought I'd have a little contest on my blog this week!!  This contest will last one week closing midnight Friday 4/25/14  , Next Saturday I will post the winner! On Monday I will mail the package, it is all ready to go!!  The contest is very simple.

1)  Guess how many cards I have made from this set of 6x6 (48 sheets) of paper - closest wins the prize!  I will have a random draw in the event of a tie.
2) Join my blog or already be a follower!  Scroll all the way down to join - it is easy!!
3) leave a comment with your guess!

This is the pad:

This is the Prize:

That is it Easy Peasy!

Last year I chopped most of my 12x12 pads in to 6x6 pads, this made card making so much easier and fun!!  With this contest I will be using one pad and the winner will receive one of the other ones! The pack also includes Strathmore deckle edge 100# paper, envelopes, 8.5x11 card stocks in shade of red and brown ( these are all 80#+90# papers) and a stamp set which is not in the picture.

A hint about how many cards I will make.  I don't do the type of cards where you take a 6x6 pad and make 5 cards from each sheet.  I actually have no idea how many I will make, I pulled this pad and thought it would be fun to see how many I could make and even more fun to have a contest.!  Will post a widget or something like that during the week with a link back to this contest so that more readers can join it.  I will post pictures of the finished cards on Saturday when I announce the winner.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Love ties everything together

On Tuesday, Paulette over at TLC creation posted a lovely freebie.  I love the doodle and will be making cards with it, especially for some of my students - The verse however has been in my mind and it has been working it's truth in me : 
From Col 3-14
Love is more important than anything else,
It is what ties everything together.
In the KJV:
Above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
I think the most important thing we have in life is our relationship with our maker, after that our relationships with people and then our relationship with what we do. Let me explain;  we understand the importance of loving God and loving people, that type of love most of strive for, it is very solid in our lives, we must have it.  There is something else, a lesser "worked" form of love: Loving others, even people we do not know, through what we do and what we say (or write).  It isn't as existential as it sounds; when we pour our gifts and talents into what we do we make a positive difference.  When we pour love and determination into our work, we make a positive difference.
I want to pour more love into what I do, I want my reputation to say I give it my all, especially because I also say I am a Christian, I want Love to tie it all together.
This worked itself into my card making this week, I made these two cards for Nicecrane Designs and have several friends they will be mailed to.  Roses universally speak of love, so I used one image from the Flowers bring smiles set:
I printed four of these Rose images to one sheet, the cards are 5x7 base size.  The rich color make these images truly beautiful!
Thank you for stopping by my blog spot and I hope you life overflows with Love!
Ginny M

Word Art Wednesday and Mojo Monday!

Horay!!  I have finally made a card for my two favorite Challenge blogs:   Word Art Wednesday and Mojo Monday!! I encourage you to check these blogs out and Enter into the Challenge!!! It is fun and it will help you stretch your card making skills!!

Here is the Sketch from Mojo:

Here is the Verse from  Word Art Wednesday
Here's my card!!
Yes you are correct, it is exactly like the one in the picture!!  That is okay it doesn't have to be!!  Once I started working with this patterned paper, I realized I would have to make it a little different!
I also made this Artist Trading Card today for a an ATCM swap:
ATC card are 2.5x3.5
I hope you are able to go over to WAW and Mojo Mon and enter your beautiful creations!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WOYWW#254 and the Ole Gray Mare

Hi all, it's WOYWW again!!  The Fun starts here At Julia's blog and then travels all over the world!!

As Some of my readers know I went back to work last week in a vintage print shop.  After 3 days of working, lifting and cleaning I have come to realize this was perfect timing for the reconstruction of my constitution. 
The ole gray mare ain't what she used to be!!

Hahaha!  Actually if feels good to be working and I have a very pleasant job!  Now for my Work desk at home: it is quite calm!  I have been doing a lot of DT work and swaps and journals in the last couple weeks.  Today I am working on my sister act project (see last weeks WOYWW) and making a few cards. 
I just made this card for the Oriental Stamps Arts'  "Ikebana" swap.
Ikebana means art of flower arranging, This swap required an Asian floral image, a hand stamp and a die cut.
Here is my card:
It's pretty CAS
I also worked on getting my 12x12 paper under control today:
I like these sterilite containers, they are sturdy and keeps the paper dust free.  I'd like to replace the smaller with 12x12 in the by and by - buy and buy :o).
Thanks for stopping over and I hope you will have time to enjoy the hop, it usually takes me a whole week!!
Have a great day!

Monday, April 14, 2014

An Easter Gift for a special friend

I've been working on a Easter Gift for a special friend.  I can't go into to much of her history because I don't want to violate her privacy, I will share a tiny bit of her interesting life.  Marcia as a teenager choose to enter into the religious life of a Nun. After high school she took her orders and lived in the convent, she attended college and taught children.  She participated in continued education and while teaching also became an excellent administrator.  At 38 She felt another calling, She left the convent and the religious life and pursued the secular life.  A year later She married Leo and became a wife and step mother of 5 young adult children.  She and Leo were very happily married for 22 years. During that time she continued her education and became a teacher at a local college.  Leo Developed  cancer and six months later Marcia did too.  Leo left this life and Marcia  retired from teaching and started again.  This is when I met her, about 5 years ago.  Marcia downsized her life and that meant giving her dog up for adoption.  The dogs new parents are Pentecostals and became Marcia's best friends and then Marcia became Pentecostal, She still works with the sisters of her former religious order doing human resource/advocate work to help them out on a regional level!!.  Marcia has been such a delight to have as my friend, her witty conversation and deep appreciation of God is inspiring.  I wanted to make her something special and something that might encompass all three of her life's changes.  I was delighted when Ignacio from Nicecrane sent me these designs to work on, they would be perfect for my Gift!  I'm really not trying to merchandize the sacred, but I sure couldn't do these my self!  My Friend Shaz in Australia could, but I can't!! If you would like to se some outstanding illuminated calligraphy check out Shazs' Blog!!   
 This set is called the Lords Prayer: I will show you each page and then how I completed  the book.
These have been water marked, something I don't normally do , but my photo skills needed the professional enhancing ( Thank you Ignacio)!

 I printed these out on 100# cold pressed water color paper , the ink in my inkjet  loved this paper !


A pretty cover:


Inside I used vellum between every page:

Punched it:
And here it is!!
These are the products I used:
Nicecrane's The Lords Prayer
Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have a great day!!

Letter Press

I took a few pictures on day two of my new Job at Letter Press Things and I thought I'd share them with you before I start day three!
Letter Press Things is a combination of retail out let and museum , The physical space is tucked away in a vintage factory within walking distance of my house.  Perched on the 4 floor, about 30,000 square of letterpress crafters dreams come true.   Long time ago I helped do wedding invitations for my father in his business called country copy.  To say the least I was terrible at it, I just never got the knack of readying type backwards and setting it!  However I am sure this is where my love for the printed word was born.  Now decades later and post Astigmatism correction, I am surround by vintage presses, bits, bobs, fonts and furniture.  It is a very pleasant place to be!
This is a random kind of a picture showing.. 
This is called "furniture" Come in Brunette, Brown and Blonde, millions of little wooden blocks used for spacing/bracing the type in the "chase".

this is Ralph's work bench where he spends hours and hours "fonting up"  and restoring.  Fonting up is the art of putting sets of fonts (type) together in alpha order, these set can range in size from itty bitty to Giant.  those are laymen terms, they use the terms Pica and Points to refer to size and I've even been given my own ruler to help me along.  Thank God, I at least knew this!!
Presses and type trays
A beautiful Plate

Friday's treasure:
Two set of very vintage Asian fonts, made of Pine I think and hand carved.  One is Chinese and the set in the foreground I believe is  Korean.
That's it for my little picture tour!
I hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Oriental Stamp Arts Swap

I have two  OSA swaps due this week, I was able to get one done last night fairly quickly.  I also used my new circuit machine to help me out.  I love how easy and how well my expression machine works!  This is the first swap, a CAS card sort of, the subject was cranes.
Busy day here with church and Sunday dinner, I hope you all have a wonderful day and thank you for  stopping by!   
Ginny M

Friday, April 11, 2014

Seed Cards and scripture download ables

I whipped up a favorite project of mine last night that I wanted to share.   I call these seed cards.  I call them this because I leave them all over the place; just a simple card with an encouraging scripture on it.  No contact info, no doctrinal instructions, just a verse to encourage and I hope reach out to someone and bless.  I usually, make them a little more elaborate, with rubber stamping and coloring.  I need a batch for myself and one for a friend who loves this idea too!  The bible says to broad cast the Word, which means in our language to scatter, to plant, a seed. The Word does not go out void so I don't have  to attach my personality of my faith to it, it just needs to get into someone's hands and then into their heart.

I  used two sheets  of DCWV cardstock from a mat stack and glued them wrong side together, I pressed  them under a half dozen other mat stacks. This gave me a very nice base weight card.
I tried to pick masculine and feminine papers.

These cards are standard ATC size 2.5 x 3.5, I think this is the perfect size for this !   After glueing the 12x12 sheets I cut them into size and then placed them under the stacks for pressing.  While the Glue was drying I worked up scriptures in word and then turned them into PNG files in Project point ( a nifty trick Steve showed me!!).

I cut the scriptures out and then glued them to the cards.  Sometimes I print directly and sometimes I used rubber stamps.

 I am posting them here and Please feel free to down load and use any way you like!!



Here are my cards, Like I said these are simple but they are very pretty!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you join me in "seeding"!!
Ginny M