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


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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

God’s Special Art


“Butterflies are like angels kisses sent from heaven.” 
 
Malia Kirk

Thank you for looking in today as I celebrate the fact that Spring has finally reached our area of Michigan.  I noticed the greenish hints on our lilac bushes and the willows trees. 

To mark this annual birth of the season, I decided to have some fun with this fantastically beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly from Stampin’ Up. The design offers such great detail that it will lend itself to most any type of finish. For this, I used Memento’s Tuxedo Black to stamp the image on Gina K’s Pure White Luxury cardstock. I then stamped a sentiment also from Stampin’ Up, their Trust God collection. To really make the detail pop, heat-set the inked areas with a fine black embossing powder.

The Butterfly: As you may be aware, I really love the painted effects that the Chameleon Pens offer. This time however, I did not infuse the colors applying all 7colors full strength. The colors used are:


·         VO2 – MAUVE
·         YL2 – SUMMER YELLOW
·         YO3 – WARM SUNSET
·         VO4 – DEEP VIOLET
·         YO2 – MELLOW YELLOW
·         NU4 – CARAMEL
·         YG3 – SPRING MEADOW



Mounting the cover design is just a matter of your own preference. I used the Neeham Stardream Punch and Ruby cardstock. This would also look great layered with a bright yellow and a deep black cardstock.

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on”     ... Albert Einstein

Please stop by again, 
Till then,
 May God Bless you and Yours Always

Barb




Friday, March 17, 2017

A Lumberman’s Special Birthday…


Theme parties are always fun and this one is really going to be special. We will be celebrating a darling little guys 1st birthday ... By the way, his grandpa was an especially great northern “lumberman!”

There was not much thought given as to what to create. Stampin’ Up’s (retired) woodsman was the first choice. It was a not much of a challenge trying to capture his ruggedness with traditional “woodsy” garb. Needless to say, I used The Chameleon Pens to produce the blended shades of green for his shirt. Actually, that shirt is only one color, Green Apple (GR1). By infusing the tip of the pen, you obtain a lighter shade that slowly darkens to full strength.  The grassy area shows a little more of the changes with that same Green Apple. His new jeans are Royal Blue (BL6) with the pockets being the infused color. Other colors that were used are: Crimson Red (RD4), Nude (NU00), Burgundy (RD5), Bark (BR5), Caramel (NU4) and Turquoise (BG3).

The trees are from Heartfelt CreationsSnow Kissed Spruce collection. For the stamped images, I blended a dark green and black ink to offer more realism in the coloration. Next, I die cut the stamped images and a black image of all three sizes.

For the card itself, I decided to make it into an easel design. To hold the display upright, I found a piece of scrap wood from Jim’s shop and glued it to the base. It almost looks like an old weathered log. Well that was the basic essentials and now just assemble.

Thank you for stopping by today. I really had fun creating this card and hope our little friend has a wonderful 1st birthday.

What are you creating? Want to share?

May God watch
 over you and yours, 
forever.


Till next time,
Barb


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pen and/or Pencil...That is the Question...

Welcome to my little corner of the net.

Today, I would like to show you something a little different than my usual cards. I have always been impressed with the wonderful designs of the Art Nouveau era. During the 1980s, Rebecca McKillip publshed a book entitled Art Nouveau - Abstract Designs. It is filled with exciting patterns and a little blend of what I consider to be a Celtic-Nouveau. It has become one of my favorites from that time.

Yesterday morning, I sat down with the one of her patterns and decided to play with my Chameleon Pens. I selected only three colors, Sky Blue (BL3), Olive Green (OL3) and Mellow Yellow (YO2).



This was so much fun that I decided to attack another project. Not long ago, I took an on-line class through Chameleon Pens and was able to download a few exciting Mandala patterns. Recently I received one of their newest (soon to be released) lines -- a set of 25 - 2 toned pencils. Actually 50 colors that blend so smoothly. Well, I just had to give them a workout. Actually I only used about half of these beautiful colors. If you are into pencil art, you may want to watch for this series.



It was exciting and refreshing to do something a little different for a change. I love the chance to try new products and go in a different creative direction.

Wonder what Celtic Knots would look like? Hummmmmmm!

Thank you so much for looking in today. Hope your creative ideas are flowing and you have a blessed day.

Till next time,
Barb

Friday, March 10, 2017

Gee. I've Been Busy!

During the past month, I have really been busy. So, instead of going into detail, I would like to share some of the projects. Of course I am using many exciting dies, both new and retired, the exciting Chameleon Pens and some of my favorite stamps. 









As those of you who know my husband, Jim, you know he is extremely happy to be retired and enjoying his woodworking shop. He just finished making matching, natural cherry dressers. I hope you do not mind my sharing pictures of his work.




I just love the natural grain in the tops.

At last, spring is almost here. Our trees and shrubs are heavy with buds and that hint of green. So many of the birds have stared to return and I spotted a darling newborn  fawn a few days ago.

May joy and peace surround you, 
contentment latch your door, 
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!

Till next time, Barb



Monday, February 20, 2017

Love and Sympathy…



The other day, we learned of the sad passing of a friend’s grandfather. We want to offer our deepest love and support to our friend and his family.

For me, these are the most difficult cards to create. For this particular card, it was helpful to go on line for some inspiration. There is a beautiful card similar to this on Pinterest from the Our Daily Bread Designs collection.  

The stamped design is actually from two of Our Daily Bread Designs sets: With Sympathy (the dock scene) and With Heartfelt Sympathy (the cattails). The first was stamped with Versa Magic’s Sage. The Cattails were stamped with Memento’s Olive Grove.  The Sentiment is from Stampin’ UpLove and Sympathy and was stamped with Memento's Espresso Truffle.

The frame is a felt-like Olive color while the base card is Gina K’s Olive card stock.



Till next time,

May God bless you and your family,

Barb





Thursday, February 16, 2017

Celebrating the Coming of Spring …


I have been so blessed with wonderful people in my life. Each person holds more than a special place in my heart. This card is dedicated to one such lady. We have known each other for 50 years and have shared many highs and lows. And above all, we are still good friends.

Making this card was more fun than I can express. When I first saw Stampin’ Up’s Beautiful You (143637), I knew instantly what I wanted to do…shades of a refreshing green with a light and early spring time feeling. I stamped the image on Gina K’s beautiful White cardstock. For her hat and dress I used only one color, fused and blended with Chameleon Pen’s Spring Meadow (YG3). For her flesh, I selected Nude (NUOO). The ground is full strength Green Apple (GR1).

The base card is Neeham’s StarDream – Fairway. I then used the Poppy Stamp's Leaf Frame die to surround the lovely dancing lady.

Just assemble the card per your usual way.  And Walla! You have a happy any occasion card!

Thank you for dropping in to my corner today. 



Till next time,


Barb

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Special 60th!

Card size - A2

The 13th my was sister-in-laws exciting 60th birthday. She really is a treasure and I wanted her card to be as special as she is. We are hoping this year will bring her much joy.

For this card, I am using a few of my favored products. The papers are from Neeham's StarDream collection, Punch (a beautiful purple with pink highlights) and Crystal pearlescent card stock.

The flower is again Susan's Garden's - Rose, die cut out of the Crystal. To match the color of the Punch, I used Chameleon Pen's Purple Grape (PR4) on the petals. The way these pens work is just amazing. If you have not seen the demo, go on line www.chameleonpens.com. When using specialty papers like the pearlescents, the color of the ink is a little different than on a smooth cardstock so I always have a scape handy for testing. I like the textured look this combination acquires. I really love creating these flowers. I use a variety of shaping tools and a fast drying glue to hold the petals in an upward position. (This rose was almost 1 1/4" in height.)
For the center a used Lemon Chiffon Prills. The leaves are a Batik, fiber-type paper called Earth Olive and die cut using Heartfelt Creations Classic Leaf.

The beautiful background gate is Majestic Medallion from Our Daily Bread Designs. I love the richness it offers for most any type of occasion. I have used it for not just birthdays, but also for a few Sympathy Cards.

During the last several days, I have made 3 more exciting birthday cards. For the rest of February and the first week in March, there are 7 more celebrations to get cards ready for. Think I will busy.

What are your upcoming projects? Are you going to try something new? Sure hope you are enjoying your crafting time as much as I am.


Thank you for stopping by. 

May God continue to watch over you,

Barb

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Give Thanks to Someone


We all have people who come into our lives and make a difference. Sometimes that difference is very noticeable and sometimes, it is something felt from deep inside. Today’s card is for a lovely lady who, probably, unbeknownst to her, helped me regain some of my confidence in card making. She is special to so many in our area, not only for card-making, but for many other community projects.


While reorganizing my craft room, I came upon a printed 6x6 page that I have always wanted to use. I really loved the soft greenish flow of flowers and leaves with just that airy, breezy appearance. I had some Gina K Design Pure Luxury-Jelly Bean Green card stock that complimented my prized page. So why not give it a go.

There are so many wonderful die companies today and, like you, I have my favorites, especially for the dimensional flowers. One of my often-used dies is a retired set from Susan’s Garden called Daylily. Each petal is separate which makes shaping and accenting easy. The lily is USArt Quest’s Batik-Strawberry Red. I slightly highlighted each petal with a light yellow ink.

For the leaves and stamen, I used USArt Quest’s Batik-Earth Olive.I like using the stamen from  Heartfelt Creation’s-Sunrise Lily. The design of that stamen is easier for me to form.

The beautiful sentiment on the front is from Stampin’ Up’sBasket of Wishes collection.

Special Note: This card’s final dimensions is approximately 5 ½” x 6 ¼”. Because of the height that I achieved with this flower (a little over 1 ¼”) and the card size, I had to find some way to present the card. Part Mart.com carries a great line of various boxes. For this size card I usually use a Clear PVC box with flat gold bottom (#840965) which measures 6 3/8” x 5 3/8” x 1 ½”. If it needs mailing, we use a slightly larger cardboard box. Cost a little more, but worth the surprise.

Hope you know someone who just might like to know that you appreciate knowing them. Why not take time today to tell them so. 

It was fun having you visit today. 

God Bless...

Barb




Tuesday, February 7, 2017

For A Beautiful Friend…



As you may have gathered, I love to create special greeting cards for our friends and family. Today’s card is for a most talented artist and gracious lady. When she picks up her art pencils, the results are breathtaking. I feel honored to have one of her drawings.

Last year, my husband gave me a wonderful set of Chameleon Pens for our 49th Anniversary. I have used them so often when creating my dimensional flower coloration's so I decided to apply them to a stamped projects. I have always liked this stamp from Gina K Designs, Arranged with Love (MM19C), and decided to give it a go.

The card stock for this A2 card is also from Gina K Designs. Because the pens are alcohol based, I used Memento Black ink to do the impression. 

If you have not used Chameleon Pens before, I think you are in for a great surprise. These pens can be fused to create a very light to full strength color in one application. They blend easily with other colors to create interest.

For the Roses: I fused the base color on each flower with some petals showing very little color, graduating to a stronger, full strength area. The colors used are Dusty Rose (PK2); Mellow Yellow (YO2); and the third rose is Light Peach (NU2). On the Dusty Rose and Mellow Yellow, I added a little Light Peach for accent.

The Lilies: Seville Orange (OR4) when fused is a light yellow and blends into a beautiful orange shade. I did very little accenting but used Warm Sunset (YO3) which brightened the petals.

The Cornflowers: You guessed it, Cornflower Blue (BL4) was perfect.

The Leaves: For the rose leaves use Dark Sage (GR2).  The other leaves are Olive Green (OL3).

The Frame: Fawn (NU3) full strength.

The Background: This is also a full strength application in Lagoon (BG1).

To my delight, the surface feels as smooth as a photograph.

For more information regarding these exciting pens, visit http://www.chameleonpens.com/home.


Thank you for stopping by today. Till next time,

God Bless,


Barb

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Brush Fun


During the past week plus, I have been busy with "reorganizing" my craft rooms. As you may expect, it was like a walk down memory lane with some things and the usual, why did I purchase this question. One of my long ago, and my favorite project, was this hand-painted, fantasy design, This is on just black paper and I used Acrylic Enamels paints. I like the sheen these paints offered.

We are also finishing up a unique wood-burning projects for the door frames for one of my crafting rooms. That was a challenge as we wanted the frames to be considered sketches with no rhyme or reason to them. There are two openings in that room (we took the doors off completely) which really gives a more flowing feel.




Well, got to go. Thanks so much for stopping by. Now to get back to my cards..

Till later.
Barb

Wednesday, January 25, 2017



By the Sea


As a youngster, I always loved the sound of the ocean with the waves breaking at the shoreline. The rhythm as each wave broke and came rushing in was magical to my young ears. The added songs of the various ocean birds gave me the feeling that this was God’s perfect gift. Oh, how I miss the Sea.

Our Daily Bread Design’s, The Sea (#E350), brought back that enchanted feeling. I could almost feel the mist as I colored in the breaking waves.

I wanted to create a card that a gentleman would appreciate, so I selected both a lighter and darker shade of brown for the layers and frame. The picture and the card base are on a white, slightly textured paper.

Where is your favorite place? Have you captured it in or on a card to share with a friend?

Well, I think I will dream about that old N.C. beach tonight. I can almost hear the waves.

Till next time,
Happy creating!

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...