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

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 life for so 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 –  the color builds up 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.


The cards shown here are part of a group I’m creating for a friend. 








Life is more when when you create something for those we know.

Have a great week!

God Bless each of you.

Barb



Monday, August 21, 2017

Just a Flower!


Sometimes a single flower says more than a dozen. It speaks volumes.

These flowers have been created for our friends with special celebration dates this month. The flowers have been created with Foamiran foams and die cut in layers of 4-6 per die. All the background dies were found on Aliexpress.com.

With every flower I create out of this type of foam, I can see improvement. I'm even feeling more comfortable using a hot glue gun! 

If you want some great instructional videos, just look up Foamiran or Flower Making with Foamiran on Youtube. You may not understand their languages, but just watching will offer a wealth of instructional knowledge.


Jim and I have been blessed with so many wonderful and talented friends. Jim retired from the electrical field 12 years ago and has now gotten into woodworking. (I lost most of my basement space at that time which meant I had to move my crafts upstairs.) So many of his friends are either tuners or carvers. Their hobbies have created a unique bond. 

Ever since our daughters were born, I've been involved with some sort of creative arts. When I lost my arm, I decided not to sit still and started making greeting cards. Getting interested with dimensional flowers with quality papers started about two years ago. So it is only logical to start looking into a little more realistic media. It is so relaxing and exciting to see these flowers "come to life." My challenges have been adapting a two handed technique to a one handed process. 

Since I had to change my crafting location, I moved into one of the girl's bedrooms. Now I have two rooms devoted  to my creating enjoyment. If I find anymore interesting doable ventures, I guess I will need to take over the dinning room.! 



Thank you for stopping by today and letting me ramble on. Would love to hear from you and about your crafting interest.

God Bless and guide you,

Always,
Barb

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)



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 d...