Saturday, November 25, 2017

Getting into the Spirit…

Are you like me? For some reason the years seem to fly by. Last year, I was determined that by todays date, our Christmas cards would be ready to send.  However, exactly like last year, I am just now starting to create. Even though it has been a busy year, I really have no excuse. To be honest, I should take a lesson from a friend of mine who decided years ago, that on the 25th of each month, she would produce a certain number of Christmas cards. She is really pretty good at keeping her goal. Such determination!

Today’s card is one that will be on its way very shortly. However, I did want to show you the different dies and unique papers that I used.     
  
The corner die in the upper left is from China and a real joy to use. It is part of a 4-piece set. The Poinsettia die is from the Rosy Owl collection. (You can see how I store my dies on these magnetic sheets from Crafters Companion. My die collection seems to have grown a great deal this year.) The whitish paper is a Golden Pearl cardstock, one of my favorite from this collection. The green is an imported, very stiff fibrous paper that I get through USArtQuest. I used it for the colored layer and the leaves. That is also where I order my Prills.
The Merry Christmas stamp is from Whimsy Stamps out of Florida. They have such a nice collection of adorable stamps. Great for the “young at heart.” 


The Poinsettia was created using a soft Pink Foamiran which I ordered from Ireland. Since then, I have learned that Whimsy Stamps in Florida carries the full line of Foamiran products. I like ordering from both locations as the service is usually very quick.  I accented the petals with Memento’s Rhubarb Stalk. I love how it blended.


Well, it is time to get going. My cards are waiting to be created and so are several other Christmas projects. 

I hope that you will enjoy these last few weeks of preperation  - enjoy your crafting, shopping, baking, and decorating. 

Christmas is about our love towards others as well as our love and faith in Jesus.


God Bless You and Yours.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Today’s card and odd suggestion…


Not too long ago, I spotted a card on facebook created by Mr. Sid Haselden. I admired the corner die he used as it set his card off so beautifully. With his help I went on line and found exactly what I wanted. It arrived along with three other corner dies in that set. Funny how just finding something unique can get us so excited. Anyway, I wanted to use the die for a special young woman’s birthday card.

As most of you know, I love the pearlescent papers and decided to use a golden white for the top layer and card base. Since I was making a pink flower, I selected a dark pink pearl for the underlayer.

Wanting the top layer to have a nice margin around the cutout design, I carefully applied the die to my card front and using post-it tape, secured the die in place.

Beautiful cut! So excited but … the tape left a slightly visible impression. Well, after a few minutes of careful thought, I tried again. This time I decided to tape the back of the die to a thin piece of scrap paper. Then, after a lot of measuring, I laid out the cardstock so the die would line up the way I wanted. Well, you can see the results.

Hope this odd suggestion helps.


Till next time…God Bless you and yours.



P.S. I did a stamen! Wow. Not so difficult! Next to hopefully get the stems. 


Thursday, November 2, 2017

White Pearl on White Pearl…



Wow, thank you for stopping by today. Sure, hope your autumn days are filled with creative projects. Are you trying anything new?

My husband just finished making a special gift for another fantastic newlywed couple. As I debated about the card, I wanted something out of my norm. Over the years, I have admired the white-on-white projects but never did attempt one. I have absolutely no idea why I was so reluctant to pursue this type of project. Strange, I know.

Anyway, today, I gathered my courage, my favorite pearlescent papers and several of my flower and leaf dies and started cutting. I wish I could claim this layout, but I saw one very similar on line and just decided to go for it.

OK, I have to admit that I had a ball and it really was not a difficult project. I’ll be doing this again. Maybe for those upcoming holiday package toppers. We'll see!

Well, till next time, have a Blessed week.




Friday, October 27, 2017

A Busy Week...

It is so wonderful that people are getting married and having birthdays. It gives those of us who love to create a chance to share our passions and hopefully show others just how much we appreciate them. 

Part 1:

This week has been one of those excitingly challenging experiences. Jim was working on a gift for a wedding while I accepted the challenge of trying to match the invitation with our card and the gift wrappings. The invitation was on black with beautiful, bright sunflowers. My first challenge was finding black gift wrap. You would think with Halloween next week, no problem. After exhaustingly searching several card shops, I decided to go to my favorite paper store, USArtQuest. What I found was something called Lava Paper. (Great stuff!)

 
Then, after a making an unrecognizable sunflower, I decided to try Asters. Much happier! 

Meanwhile, Jim finished the gift and helped wrap his project while I assembled the card. 



Part 2:

This afternoon I worked on a card for a beautiful lady friend. Sure hope she likes roses. 

This was die cut from Heartfelt Creations’ Vintage Floret. I used a light pink Foamiran and accented the edges with Mementos’ Rhubarb Stalk.



Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will return again. Have a few ideas that I might want to share.

Till then, 

God Bless You and Yours.

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

Getting into the Spirit… Are you like me? For some reason the years seem to fly by. Last year, I was determined that by todays date, ...