Saturday, October 7, 2017

An Autumn Celebration…



Thank you for stopping by today. Are you enjoying this beautiful season? I love autumn. The array of color and the fresh, crispness of the cooler air is so refreshing. Outdoor sporting events, marching bands, communities celebrating Octoberfest and homecomings marking the change of seasons.

For us, this month we will be celebrating a few birthdays and two exciting weddings.

When considering the early October birthdays (all women), I wanted to add some special touches to the flowers I create. If you have visited my blogs before, you know how passionate I have become with some of the newer products on the market… Chameleon Pens and Foamiran products.

The picture at the left shows two each of three different sized petals cut with Whimsy Stamps Lily Flower die. The petals are cut from Foamiran Pale Yellow and Lemon. (For this flower, you can use any number of petals to create a fuller flower.) The flower in the middle uses two of each size.

To give the illusion of texture and accents, I used Chameleon Pens, OL3 (Olive Green) for the centers and YO3 (Warms Sunset) for the outer edges. I also used the Colorless Blender to soften some of the accented colors. (Note: I could have fussed the colors instead but I wanted a slightly different look.) 




After adding the color, I used my iron on a very low setting for each petal and immediately crinkled the petals. Then, using a ball stylus of appropriate size, I opened the petals. When all were opened, I then used a hot glue gun and assembled the flowers. To help hold the flower in place, I again hot glued the flower on to the card.

What are you working on the month? Want to share?

Till later,

May God Bless you and yours.




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Something for Our Daughters...



This weekend is almost here. 50 years ago, this Saturday, we were married at the Base Chapel at Quantico, VA. Does not seem that long ago. We will be celebrating with our family and dear friends at our youngest daughter's home.

For this event, we wanted our daughters to have something a little different. Made these in hopes they will be worn as corsages since they will be acting as our hostess. Thought about one for our son-in-law but I don't think he would appreciate a flower.

I again used a Whimsy Stamps' Lily Flower die and a light yellow Foamiran for both flowers. This die is a little larger than others in my collection which works best for this type of project. I also used various shades of orange Gelatos for the color accents.



Thank you for stopping by. Hope you are having a great day.

May God Bless You All,
Barb


Monday, September 11, 2017

FYI - Good Videos ...

Recently a very new Internet friend asked about letting me teach her to make flowers with Foamiran. It is a real compliment and I deeply appreciated her enthusiasm. However, she is in Texas and I am in Michigan. Long drive!

There is a vast network of videos from all over the world, that offer excellent visual Foamiran tutorials. I thought I would share a few of them with you. Some are on youtube and others are on blogs. The following is just a few of the hundreds that I have found. Hope you take some time to visit these talented artist (hobbyist, crafters and lovers of beauty).



http://lizscreativecorner.blogspot.co.uk/ Good step-by-step photo tutorial




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zV34_4sMP4   rose bud center interesting – hand cut – no die  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdDkqZh9ra8   hand cut - note aluminum foil center!  WOW 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2bwVAlX4-A   hand cut – Note how she gets a full body. Also a spray was used to enhance the leaves?


ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVmIGY4PJe0&feature=em-subs_digest    Lady E - no heat Simple Foamiran Poinsettia Flower Tutorial   Emilia Sieradzan


 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC5-wZiCw0E  Note how to use the molds for the leaves.




If you would like to see more ideas, please feel free to visit 
https://www.pinterest.com/jimbarb916

Thanks for dropping in today. Hope you are having a creative week. Would love to hear from you and share your talents.

Till later,
Barb

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

For a Wonderful Couple on their Anniversary…


Making anniversary cards is always a wonderful experience. As I begin the process, I think about the people who will receive it. For this card, both the lady and her husband are creative people – she is a fantastic quilter while he does woodcarvings that are amazing. Seeing their creative works of love and joy is an exciting adventure. My husband and I enjoy visiting them and seeing their newest creations. This card is for you…



For several years I have been creating dimensional paper flowers using all types of paper from card stock to pearlescent to fibrous. However, I had reached a point where a change was more than needed. By now, if you have seen some of my more recent posts, you will realize that I am totally captivated by a unique product called Foamiran. For several weeks, I visited websites from around the world featuring their fantastic foam flowers. I discovered that YouTube has a vast collection of tutorials. To my dismay, most are in languages that I do not understand but the videos speak for themselves.

There are several sites (groups) that post their finished works that will take your breath away. So many appear so totally real. One of my favorite groups is Foamiran Flowers Lovers (thru https://foamiranworld.com/). Hope you get a chance to visit there.

Materials for today’s project:
·        Light Pink and Green Foamiran
o   Whimsy Stamps Rose Petal Die Set (4 largest dies)
o   Whimsy Stamps Lily Flower Die Set (leaves only)
·        Bronze Pearl paper
o   Die from Aliexpress
·        Gelatos – Butterscotch, Mango, Lemon
·        White Cardstock
·        Hot glue, tape, Cut ‘n Boss

Thank you for stopping in today and until we meet again,
May God Bless You and Yours,

Barb
Thought for the day:

 If the world had more crafters, 
there would be more sharing and less anger.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

So this is Foamiran…





During a recent visit to the dentist, the opportunity arose to mention my interest with creating flowers with foam. The ladies seemed interested with what they saw. My husband still needed to return again, so we decided to create a couple of “blossoms.”  I love hearing the reactions as they received these Lilies. 


Materials:
Die used: Whimsy Stamp Die…Lily Flower Die
Flower: Ivory Foamiran
Leaves: Green Foamiran
Coloration: Faber-Castell’s Gelatos…Butter Cream, Mango, Pistachio, Chocolate
Other items: die cutting/embossing machine, iron, ball stylists, hot glue, Prills and 1 ½” sq. Plexiglas or plastic

The Lily Flower petal die offers 3 sizes. For this project, I cut 3 layers of each size. If you have never used this 0.6cm foam, you can cut multiple layers at one time. (I’ve cut as many as 6 layers at one time.) Did the same for the leaves.

There are many ways to apply the desired accent colors with Gelatos. For me, this was my best choice. Apply the Butter Cream to the outer tips of both sides for each petal. Then, lightly blend the color towards the bud end using your finger. Next, apply and blend Mango from the bud end lightly towards the outside tip. Do not cover the entire petal unless you want total coverage.

The leaves are accented with the Pistachio and Chocolate in a more random style.For the next step, you will need an iron, set at a low temperature. For me to explain this process, I would rather have you look at a video.  Thought you might like the following, very interesting video...                                                                 
                   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wDpbfRoOBQ&t=12s

Fun wasn’t it.

Now, after you assemble your flower, I glued the flowers to a piece plastic. That is not necessary but as I wanted to offer these to the ladies thinking it would be “safer” for the flowers to have a sturdy base – less handling of the petals.

Sure hope this graceful Lily inspires you to create something new and a little different..

Many thanks for spotting by today.
Till our next visit,
May God Bless you and yours,

Barb











Saturday, August 26, 2017

For Your Special Day…



Each of us have special days each year that we consider “just ours.” When these special days occur, it is made more special when friends acknowledge it too. This card will be sent to celebrate a young couple’s 27th Anniversary.

For today’s card, I used a Pale Peach and Dark Green Foamiran. I wanted a nice sized flower so I selected a retired Sizzix die, created by Susan’s Garden – Tulip. There are 3 larger sizes of petal designs in this set. I cut 4 layers each of the peach (at one time) and 4 layers of the green for the leaves. Then, using Gelatos, I blended Mando and Butter Cream on the outer tips of the petals. For the blending, I found you do not have to completely covered as I used my fingers to blend each color. The area that will be in the center, I used Pistachio and the Butter Cream, blending softly towards the upper edges. 


For the leaves, I again used the Gelatos and actually the same three colors to randomly blend.
To see the process of forming the flower, it would be easier to watch a video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdDkqZh9ra8. There are several and you may find the different techniques interesting.

The lovely chip board design is from Snip Art. I hot glued the board onto a lavender pearlescent paper then glued the flower and leaves into place.

Special Note: Hope you get a chance to look into creating life-like flowers using this exciting 0.6cm foam. It is thinner than most of our crafters foam. I have purchased my foam from Foamiran World in Ireland and have recently learned the Whimsy Stamps in Florida carries the foam and supplies. You can use your put-together flower dies as there seems to be no difference in the quality of the dies.

Wishing you a fantastic day and hoping you will drop by again.
God Bless,


Barb

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fantasy Brush Works…


  Creating something unique and beautiful, is a way of like for some many. For me, creating what I call my Fantasy designs, is to relax and let my brush do what it wants. In the early 1990s, I discovered a little know art book with the wild designs of the late Lucille Watkins. I never had the chance to meet her in person but her style really captured my imagination. It was free-form, flowing, colorful. It was Fantasy! It was Fun!


When creating my own, one-of-a-kind designs, I found the using FolkArt Enamels worked best for what I wanted to achieve – color build ups for a slight dimensional edge. Usually I would double or triple load my brush (2 to 3 colors at a time). It does not matter what size or shape of the brush, they all worked beautifully with multiple colors. As for the brushes I preferred, I loved the ones for acrylics from Royal Brushes. These paintings are on watercolor paper.


These cards are part of a group I’m creating for a friend. 








Life is more when when you create something for a friend.

Have a great week!

God Bless each of you.

Barb



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