Friday, December 30, 2016

The Anniversary Blue Pearl Rose

January…  A New Year ... A time to look forward… Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and so much more.  So many cards, so much fun! Can’t wait!

We feel so honored to know a great couple who will celebrate their anniversary the first week of January. Whenever we visit, I am always looking to see what is new in her red, white and blue miniature collections. (Note: Her and her husband have the same interest as my husband and I – paper and wood!) .

Let’s get started…
The Rose: For this year’s anniversary card, I wanted to do something to reflect her unique collections. Susan’s Garden Rose die, was my first choice. I cut two sets of rose petals out of a deep blue pearlescent cardstock. Then using an emerald green cardstock, I cut a variety of Rose and Jasmine leaves.  

To create that life-like appearance and working on a molding pad, I used Susan’s Garden Loop tool to add the veining and texturing. Remember, it is best to work on the back or underside of the petals. I use a strong-jawed reverse tweezers to hold the petal as I curl and bend the outer edges. Repeat this process with the leaves and stems.

The Card: As a rule, I like to layer my card fronts and usually try to make even margins. But for this card, I decided to offset the layers to one side leaving about 1/8” on the rib side.

For the card itself, cut the white cardstock to 6 ¼” x 10 ½” and score and fold at 5 ¼”. Then cut the blue 4 7/8” x 5 7/8” and the red at 4 3/8” x 5 3/8”. For the top layer, cut the white to 4 3/8” x 5 3/8”. I use double sided tape to adhere the layers.

To assemble the Rose: I like to place a paper towel over my molding pad then glue one petal at a time toward the center of the sepal. I find it works best to add the second petal on the opposite side. The third and fourth petals are set between the first two, and so on. As I apply each petal, I use my stylus to add pressure, or cupping, the glued spot and that helps give the lift to the petals. (This rose ended up being about 1 ½” tall.) When assembled, I glued Mini Pearls Prills to the center. Let dry.
Now arrange the leaves and flower and glue in place.

Materials from Elizabeth Craft Designs: Susan’s Garden Rose 1 (997), Molding Pad, Loop Tool, Double Sided Adhesives, Mini Pearls Prills.

Papers from Neehah:  StarDream Collection – Crystal, Emerald, Lapis Lazuli (dark blue), and Jupitor (red).  Note: these are a heavy cardstock and hold their shape. May need some practice to get the feel for this weight.

Hope your new year brings you joy while crafting your beautiful projects.

Till next time,  Barb

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Miss Molly

My family and I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that your dreams for 2017 are the dreams that come true.

In our circle of family and friends, there are two little girls who will celebrate their 4th and 5th birthdays this January. To my dismay, I am lacking “little girl” types of stamps. However, by luck, I had saved this 2005 Stampin’ Up lovable fairy. That cute little smile reminded me of the first little girl (Molly).  

To create this cards, I used Elizabeth Craft Designs - White Soft Finish cardstock and a light pink pearlescent for the layering.  I stamped the image with Color-Box Black and embossed with a fine black embossing powder.

To color this little darling, I used Chameleon Pens. Then added a little gold glitter for that sparkle look.

I printed MOLLY with my Silhouette Cameo.

OK, now to start thinking about the second little girl (thankfully, not for a few weeks…I need to go shopping!).

Again, thank you for stopping by.

Till next year…  Barb

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Something for Mary…

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is always filled with excitement. For several of our friends, they will celebrate their birthday. Our friend Mary is one of the celebrants. We hope her day is beautiful.
Again, I am using Susan’s Garden’s two poinsettias (1090 & 1226) from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I am not real excited about putting the Christmas themes away just yet and these dies work so well with the pearlescent papers from Neenah’s StarDream Collection, that I could not resist. The flowers are White and Emerald, the card stock is Opal with Gold as the layer.   I accented the flowers with ColorBox’s Gold and added Lemon Chiffon Prills for the centers.
My handwriting is nothing short of a doctor’s signature, so I decided to use my Silhouette Cameo to add our friend’s name.
Well, just looked at my calendar and there are several birthdays and a couple of anniversaries in the next two weeks. One is a 5 year old girl – best get my ideas going.

From my family to yours, “We wish you a Happy New Year!”

Till next time…
As Always,  Barb

Saturday, December 17, 2016


Isn’t it strange how just the littlest thing can make you think of home. For me, it was this pinecone. I spent the best part of my pre-teen years in eastern North Carolina. The only trees in our yard were pine trees. We had a wonderful Cocker Spaniel, Lady, who was a bit of a scamp. As my father mowed our yard, he would toss the pinecones aside. Our dear dog would run after them then lay them in a rather straight line in the newly mowed yard. She was so proud of herself.

The base card and frame are from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock (100 lbs.). The base card is Dove Gray cut to 5 ½” x 8 ½” then scored and folded. Cut a piece of CafĂ© au Lait to 5 ½” x 4 ¼”. Cut that piece on a diagonal and glue one piece to the front of the card. Die cut Dark Chocolate, using the 4 ¼” x 3” Dotted Scallop Rectangle. Glue that in place.

Use Susan’s Garden Note – White Pine Pinecone and Bough. Cut 3sets of the boughs using Soft Finish Olive Twist cardstock. Accent the boughs with a little Gold metallic ink.

For the pinecone, cut 2sets out of a Bronze pearlescent card stock. (I always cut a little extra, just in case.) To see the assembly of the pinecone it is best to visit Susan’s video at,

Hope you had fun.
Till next time,


Monday, December 5, 2016

Celebrating You, Always

Every month offers us something special. For me, it is maybe a holiday or a special gathering. Mostly though, it is time to honor our dear friends and family members with their own, one-of –a-kind celebration card. In this case, “Always” is for a friend’s birthday.

With a mid-December birthday, my first thoughts gravitated towards Susan’s Garden Notes Poinsettia (1090). 

As I was going through my collection of various papers, I remembered how this friend likes things that shine. As I thought about my project I gathered together Neenah’s Stardream Pearlescent papers, Crystal, Opal, Jupiter, Emerald and Gold.

                   Finished card size 5”x7”

Let’s get Started:
Cut a piece of Opal to 7” x 10” and score a center ditch (5”).  Cut a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” for the top layer. Cut Jupiter (red) to a 5 ¾” x 4 ½” for the middle layer. Keep the remainder if the sheets to the accent corners and leaves. Set aside.

The Opal top layer can either be left plain or you might want to add some snowflakes stamped in gold. With this type of paper, the gold shows up when the light catches it at the right angle. I used snowflakes from a retired stamp set.

Die cut two Poinsettias in the Jupiter and one in Emerald. Die cut the berries and Suzanne Canon’s Quietfire “Always” in Gold. Cut two Jasmine flowers in Crystal.

Form and Assemble:
This is the fun part. Using the 5mm Stylus, add the veining to the lower green poinsettia. (For a crisper vein, use the 1mm Leaf Tool.) I will first work mostly on the backside. Turn it over and using a circular motion, work the center. This should lift the leaves. Do the same with the first layer of red leaves. Using Kids Choice Glue, apply a touch of glue to adhere the green and 1st layer of red. Make sure to offset the layers.

The top layer of the flower is basically done the same. However, to get a more dramatic flower, I recommend “curling” a few of the leaves and lifting them higher. I use a Fine Tip Reverse Tweezer to create the curls. Again, glue this layer to the rest of the flower. Let dry.

Use the 2mm, add a dimple to the underside of the gold berries. Using your tweezers, lightly dip the edge of the berry in the glue and place in the center of the flower. Use 8 or 10 berries.

Assemble the card adding your own corner accents.

Hope you were able to glean a few ideas from this project. I had fun creating this card, especially knowing the friend who will celebrate next week. 

It was my pleasure to present this project. I do hope you will stop in again.

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