Thursday, March 23, 2017

Not Bragging ... Just Deeply Honored

It is my greatest honor to be a featured article in an International Newsletter by the Chameleon Pen company. I hope you will take a few moments to view not just my article but the entire on-line publication.

http://www.chameleonpens.com/march-barb-tobias?inf_contact_key=953a221c7d2257a689b39e1e36097d02716036280952b80c819319f9b4af19e6

Thank you,
Barb

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

God’s Special Art


“Butterflies are like angels kisses sent from heaven.” 
 
Malia Kirk

Thank you for looking in today as I celebrate the fact that Spring has finally reached our area of Michigan.  I noticed the greenish hints on our lilac bushes and the willows trees. 

To mark this annual birth of the season, I decided to have some fun with this fantastically beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly from Stampin’ Up. The design offers such great detail that it will lend itself to most any type of finish. For this, I used Memento’s Tuxedo Black to stamp the image on Gina K’s Pure White Luxury cardstock. I then stamped a sentiment also from Stampin’ Up, their Trust God collection. To really make the detail pop, heat-set the inked areas with a fine black embossing powder.

The Butterfly: As you may be aware, I really love the painted effects that the Chameleon Pens offer. This time however, I did not infuse the colors applying all 7colors full strength. The colors used are:


·         VO2 – MAUVE
·         YL2 – SUMMER YELLOW
·         YO3 – WARM SUNSET
·         VO4 – DEEP VIOLET
·         YO2 – MELLOW YELLOW
·         NU4 – CARAMEL
·         YG3 – SPRING MEADOW



Mounting the cover design is just a matter of your own preference. I used the Neeham Stardream Punch and Ruby cardstock. This would also look great layered with a bright yellow and a deep black cardstock.

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on”     ... Albert Einstein

Please stop by again, 
Till then,
 May God Bless you and Yours Always

Barb




Friday, March 17, 2017

A Lumberman’s Special Birthday…


Theme parties are always fun and this one is really going to be special. We will be celebrating a darling little guys 1st birthday ... By the way, his grandpa was an especially great northern “lumberman!”

There was not much thought given as to what to create. Stampin’ Up’s (retired) woodsman was the first choice. It was a not much of a challenge trying to capture his ruggedness with traditional “woodsy” garb. Needless to say, I used The Chameleon Pens to produce the blended shades of green for his shirt. Actually, that shirt is only one color, Green Apple (GR1). By infusing the tip of the pen, you obtain a lighter shade that slowly darkens to full strength.  The grassy area shows a little more of the changes with that same Green Apple. His new jeans are Royal Blue (BL6) with the pockets being the infused color. Other colors that were used are: Crimson Red (RD4), Nude (NU00), Burgundy (RD5), Bark (BR5), Caramel (NU4) and Turquoise (BG3).

The trees are from Heartfelt CreationsSnow Kissed Spruce collection. For the stamped images, I blended a dark green and black ink to offer more realism in the coloration. Next, I die cut the stamped images and a black image of all three sizes.

For the card itself, I decided to make it into an easel design. To hold the display upright, I found a piece of scrap wood from Jim’s shop and glued it to the base. It almost looks like an old weathered log. Well that was the basic essentials and now just assemble.

Thank you for stopping by today. I really had fun creating this card and hope our little friend has a wonderful 1st birthday.

What are you creating? Want to share?

May God watch
 over you and yours, 
forever.


Till next time,
Barb


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pen and/or Pencil...That is the Question...

Welcome to my little corner of the net.

Today, I would like to show you something a little different than my usual cards. I have always been impressed with the wonderful designs of the Art Nouveau era. During the 1980s, Rebecca McKillip publshed a book entitled Art Nouveau - Abstract Designs. It is filled with exciting patterns and a little blend of what I consider to be a Celtic-Nouveau. It has become one of my favorites from that time.

Yesterday morning, I sat down with the one of her patterns and decided to play with my Chameleon Pens. I selected only three colors, Sky Blue (BL3), Olive Green (OL3) and Mellow Yellow (YO2).



This was so much fun that I decided to attack another project. Not long ago, I took an on-line class through Chameleon Pens and was able to download a few exciting Mandala patterns. Recently I received one of their newest (soon to be released) lines -- a set of 25 - 2 toned pencils. Actually 50 colors that blend so smoothly. Well, I just had to give them a workout. Actually I only used about half of these beautiful colors. If you are into pencil art, you may want to watch for this series.



It was exciting and refreshing to do something a little different for a change. I love the chance to try new products and go in a different creative direction.

Wonder what Celtic Knots would look like? Hummmmmmm!

Thank you so much for looking in today. Hope your creative ideas are flowing and you have a blessed day.

Till next time,
Barb

Friday, March 10, 2017

Gee. I've Been Busy!

During the past month, I have really been busy. So, instead of going into detail, I would like to share some of the projects. Of course I am using many exciting dies, both new and retired, the exciting Chameleon Pens and some of my favorite stamps. 









As those of you who know my husband, Jim, you know he is extremely happy to be retired and enjoying his woodworking shop. He just finished making matching, natural cherry dressers. I hope you do not mind my sharing pictures of his work.




I just love the natural grain in the tops.

At last, spring is almost here. Our trees and shrubs are heavy with buds and that hint of green. So many of the birds have stared to return and I spotted a darling newborn  fawn a few days ago.

May joy and peace surround you, 
contentment latch your door, 
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!

Till next time, Barb



Monday, February 20, 2017

Love and Sympathy…



The other day, we learned of the sad passing of a friend’s grandfather. We want to offer our deepest love and support to our friend and his family.

For me, these are the most difficult cards to create. For this particular card, it was helpful to go on line for some inspiration. There is a beautiful card similar to this on Pinterest from the Our Daily Bread Designs collection.  

The stamped design is actually from two of Our Daily Bread Designs sets: With Sympathy (the dock scene) and With Heartfelt Sympathy (the cattails). The first was stamped with Versa Magic’s Sage. The Cattails were stamped with Memento’s Olive Grove.  The Sentiment is from Stampin’ UpLove and Sympathy and was stamped with Memento's Espresso Truffle.

The frame is a felt-like Olive color while the base card is Gina K’s Olive card stock.



Till next time,

May God bless you and your family,

Barb





Thursday, February 16, 2017

Celebrating the Coming of Spring …


I have been so blessed with wonderful people in my life. Each person holds more than a special place in my heart. This card is dedicated to one such lady. We have known each other for 50 years and have shared many highs and lows. And above all, we are still good friends.

Making this card was more fun than I can express. When I first saw Stampin’ Up’s Beautiful You (143637), I knew instantly what I wanted to do…shades of a refreshing green with a light and early spring time feeling. I stamped the image on Gina K’s beautiful White cardstock. For her hat and dress I used only one color, fused and blended with Chameleon Pen’s Spring Meadow (YG3). For her flesh, I selected Nude (NUOO). The ground is full strength Green Apple (GR1).

The base card is Neeham’s StarDream – Fairway. I then used the Poppy Stamp's Leaf Frame die to surround the lovely dancing lady.

Just assemble the card per your usual way.  And Walla! You have a happy any occasion card!

Thank you for dropping in to my corner today. 



Till next time,


Barb