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



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)



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




Something for Our Daughters... This weekend is almost here. 50 years ago, this Saturday, we were married at the Base Chapel at Q...