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


Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Green Man…




Folk Lore…A fascinating field filled with truth, myth and usually a lot of added mystery. Every nation has its tales of the unusual beings and most have their stories of the so-called Green Man. From what I have just lightly studied, the Green Man was originally considered a German protector of the woods. The Romans captured the idea and started using this character when doing their wonderful sculptures. The Romans took it to the English Isles. The Italians considered Green Man to be the protectors of the grapevines. (Very condensed study!)

I do not know who the artist (initals, A P) was for the drawing I found online, but I could not help but want to paint this handsome fellow. It was good practice blending the Chameleon Pens colors. Think I will keep this one.

For this project, I used the following Chameleon Pen colors: Nude, Light Peach, Bisque, Aqua Marine, Neutral Gray 4, Cool Gray 8, Taupe, Dark Sage, Olive Green, Spring Meadow, Evergreen and Vermilion.

Special Note:  The paper for this is 110 lb Bright White. When I photographed the page, I set the light behind the page and what a difference that made.

Hope you enjoyed our venture into a mystical realm and will look into other areas of art for more inspiration and design challenges.

Till next time…
May God Bless Everyone…



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