Saturday, August 5, 2017

Twenty-Eight Years…And Still Happy!

 
  
Twenty-eight years ago, on the 12th of this month, we attended the wedding of a wonderful young couple who have remained dear and cherished friends. Even though they live a little more than 200 miles from here, getting together is always a joyous occasion. We are looking forward to their visit next month.

Now, if you are on my email list, or even read my “Cabbage Rose” article below, you know that I have discovered what the thousands of flower makers across the oceans have been enjoying for about 3-5 years…Foamiran!

For the card pictured above, I used White Foamiran, die cutting 6 layers (at one time) from Heartfelt Creations’ Vintage Floret. To add some colorations, I used Gelatos to blend several shades of pale pink, yellow and green for two of the flowers and instead of the pink, I used an orange and blended in the same way for the third. There are so many ways to blend but today I elected to just lightly rub each petal with my fingers. You could use blending sticks, a foam blender or even tissue.

You do need to watch the videos to understand about slightly heating then “circling” the petals between your hands, to get the unique textures. (Try that with just one hand! My jeans look rather strange now with a long smudge of color on one leg.) I used hot glue to assemble the flower. Then for the centers I hot glued Prills in place. (Have not mastered the stamens yet.)

The leaves are actually a heavy blended fibrous paper purchased through USArtQuest. The medallion was purchased on line and the lightly accented with Colorbox’s Antique Copper.

I do hope you will look into Foamiran and, as a wonderful artist friend of mine use to say, “Give it a go!”

Thank you for stopping by today. Hope the rest of your summer is filled with beauty and never-ending love.



God bless you all always,

Barb



Cabbage Rose

This has been an exciting year for paper crafters. We have been seeing and sharing videos about products we in the US have little or no knowledge of. Sometimes I feel like a whole new and exciting creative avenue is finally opening for us. Earlier this year Chameleon Pens introduced their Color Tops to compliment and blend with their existing 50 colors. These pens are fantastic and offer so much coloring freedom. I hope in the next few months to present several projects using these interesting pens.

Today, I would like to show you something called Foamiran! If you really want an eye-opener, just go to YouTube and be prepared to spend some time. (For just a starter take a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs8PDH9atw and then go search!)

I tried to do a photo study of a card that I just finished. I am also using Faber-Castell’s Gelatos for the first time. Interesting!

A note on Foamiran: it is a very thin (0.6mm) flexible foam. You can die cut as many as 6 layers of foam at one time! Believe me, it is more than fascinating just for that aspect. (I think it might be easier on the dies too.) After die cutting then separate the layers.

For this project, I used Heartfelt Creations’ Vintage Floret to cut 4 different sizes, each with 6 layers from the White Foamiran. The leaves are Heartfelt Creations’  Classic Leaf die again 6 layers but with Olive Green Foamiran.

Flower: To start I used Butterscotch to apply the darker centers on both the front and back side of each petal. I blended the color toward the outer edges with my finger.


Then I used Butter Cream going from the outer edge toward the center and again blended with my finger. I found that I did not need an even application to get the look I desired.



Leaves: I randomly applied a Chocolate color and a few highlights of Butterscotch for highlights. Again I blended the color.

If you watch the video mentioned above and use your imagine, you can see what I attempted to do to create a softer look to the flower. (If you want some fun, try it with one hand.)

     


The Finished card!


Just the beginning!



I still have a lot to learn using these foams, but I’m willing to keep trying. I love the realism offered and the freedom to "do it your way!"

Special Note: I ordered my products from Foamiran World. My order arrived in 3 days from Ireland!



July 25, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I Do…Again



On a hillside in Virginia, fifty years ago this month, a handsome young man asked me to grow old with him. We had only been dating for two weeks but time really is not the import factor when it comes to love. After saying “yes,” I asked what took him so long.

This September, we will celebrate our Golden Anniversary. To be honest, it does not seem as long as the words say – 50 years. I still feel like it was only a few days ago instead of half a century. I cannot image my life without Jim nor our two wonderful daughters. I feel God has blessed us more than our share.

In honor of our special upcoming event, we are designing our celebration invitations together. We wanted them to express our appreciation for the beauty we see from within the trees. When Jim creates his furniture, we know the exquisite grains and blended colors are part of God’s artwork.

The dies we selected are from Tattered Lace (Enchanting Couple) purchased online through Hobby Craft  and Memory Box (Medium Forest Archway) purchased online through Blue Moon Scrapbooking .

If you have read any of my blogs, you know that I love quality papers. About a year ago, I had a chance to try a special paper with a delicate texture. While thinking of this project, it was that paper which came to mind. We selected Elizabeth Craft Designs, Soft Touch-White for the base card and the couple, then Soft Touch-Rust for the trees. Those are mounted on Cordenons’s Antique Gold.

Needless to say, I will be extremely busy in my card room all this summer with this and 2 other large projects. I hope you can take time from the summer outdoor fun to create beautiful and exciting paper projects.

Thank you for stopping by my corner today and I hope you will do so again.

May God watch over you and yours.





Note: The Archway itself will work perfectly with the normal A2 card si. However, we wanted a slightly larger card so we designed it to fit an A7 envelope.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Golden Anniversary…1967 - 2017



When I first saw this card on line, I feel in love with its delicate design. We have several friends who will be celebrating their Golden Anniversary this year and I thought this would be the perfect complement for their event. 

This September, Jim & I will also be joining that list of the Golden Couples. Like everyone, we have had our highs and a few lows, but that is what builds a strong and loving marriage. 

For instructions regarding this card, visit Kittie Kraft and look for her Framed Songbird Branch. Such a talented lady with such inspirational designs.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy the summer!

God Bless…

Strong Union

It’s your golden wedding anniversary,
And it makes me so happy to say:
Through the years I’ve gotten to know you well,
And I’m proud to applaud you today.

Now your union is golden; it’s 50 years,
An accomplishment hard to achieve;
I hope you will flourish as more years go by,
And whatever you want, you receive.

By Joanna Fuchs
(and Karl)



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Busy Project



Sorry for not posting in awhile but I am rather on the busy card-making side. For the next few months, I will be working on a project for an upcoming October wedding. The bride asked if I had time to create 150 thank you note cards. I really felt honored and hope I can fulfill her request. The picture above is my first weeks progress plus 3 more which did not make the picture.  

For the last six months, I have had a "wire-loop recorder" just under the skin of my left breast. It is an internal heart monitor. This Thursday it will be removed, or at least hope it will. Monday I started with a sore throat which has developed into laryngitis. I sound like a "sick bullfrog."

Anyway, for this project, I have been selecting open stamp designs, stamping with Memento Tuxedo Black, and embossing with either a clear or black embossing powder. Then I used the Chameleon Pens to add the coloration. I really love to do layering and try to match the layers with the design colors.

My husband has been in the furniture creating mood and I have a unique new art desk. Behind the two doors, he designed space for various sized canvases.  Thought I would share his "master" piece with you.



Well, I need to get back to the cards. I do hope you have a fantastic week and have time to create your own artwork.

God Bless ...





Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Condolences…




It is always a difficult time for families when a loved one passes on. We all somewhat feel their sorrow and hope we can convey our caring for our friends. I have trouble finding the right words.  Sometimes, it is just a hug.

Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.                                                                                                                  ... Matthew 5:4 (NKJV)

Today’s card is for a lovely lady whose mother-in-law passed this past weekend.

Wanting something delicate, I selected a stamp set from Hot Off The Press. I used Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp the image and sentiment on Crystal pearlescent paper. Then I applied a Black, Fine Detail Embossing Powder and heat set.

For the flowers and leaves, I used Chameleon Pens, Bubble Gum (pink), Warm Sunset, and Green Apple.

Thank you for stopping by today. Hope you will join me again soon.


Barb

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Just of you…



Recently, a few friends asked to see what the Chameleon Pens could actually accomplish. They had seen the videos but could not really grasp the concept. Therefore, we decided to have a hands-on afternoon. I hope they had as much fun as I did.

For this adventure, I felt that Altenew’s Beautiful Day stamp and die set would be more than an excellent choice. To save some time, I prepared the card fronts in advance.

I first stamped and die-cut two of the outlined flower. These cutouts will be used as mask.

For the top layer (designed layer) use Memento’s Tuxedo Black I stamped just the outline flower from the set. While the ink was still fresh, I sprinkled a Fine Black Embossing Power over the design and heat set it. Taking one of the masked cutouts, I placed that on top of the 1st flower and stamped the same outlined stamp so a portion would appear to be under the first one. Again, use the embossing power and heat set.

To add the outlined leaves, I carefully masked both flowers and select a lighter grey or light olive dye ink. I elected to use a variety of colored pencils in shades of green with a goldenrod accent. I wanted this area to be less intense so I kept it lighter.

For the flowers, I selected Chameleon Pens YO3 Yellow Sunset. I infused the tip for about 3-5 seconds and starting at the closest point to the center of each petal slowly worked the color from light to close to full-strength. Do this for each petal. Then for the second flower, I used Chameleon PensPK2 Dusty Rose prepared in the same 3-5 second infusing time. The center of both flowers was Chameleon Pens BR1 Taupe.

Thank you for stopping by my Card Corner. Hope you give this technique a try. It is fun and very relaxing. I love seeing the flowers come to life.

During the next few weeks, I will be working on a special project for a dear friend. She request “a bunch of” my dimensional flowers. I really look forward to this challenge.

May God continue to bless you and your families and keep you safe.

Barb


Twenty-Eight Years…And Still Happy!      Twenty-eight years ago, on the 12 th of this month, we attended the wedding of a wonder...