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!


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Pathway to Happiness

Thank you for stopping in today. I do hope you like some of my more simplistic card styles. Earlier today, as I was sitting and talking with my husband, I asked him what title might be best for this card. He looked at the framing with its airy and leafy look and called it a “pathway.” Then, because it is yet another birthday card, he added the “happiness.”

Since starting my blog and facebook pages, I am really becoming more aware of the number of products used to create each card. I hope that I will not forget to mention all the various, everyday products.

The papers used for this card are some of my favorites from Neenah’s StarDream collection: Punch (the Peony color); Emerald; and Crystal. The frame die used is from Poppy Stamp called Leafy Frame (it may be retired). I am not sure about the pine bough die. The Coneflower die is by Susan’s Garden (1007). For the flower center, I used USArtQuest’s Lemon Chiffon Prills.

Other products used are our necessity products –  loop tool, glues, die cutting machines, tape, relaxing music in the background.

Thank you again for dropping in. And till next time, have fun creating your own works of art.  

Friday, January 20, 2017


One of my most favorite songs is an oldie called Cherish by The Association (1967). It was the song playing when Jim asked me out for our first date. Two weeks later, we decided that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. Now, 50 years later, I still Cherish him.

Unfortunately, this particular card is not for Jim but for my mother. Thought she might like to know some of the memories that I Cherish about her.

Just thought I would share my efforts with you today. 

Till later – happy crafting!


Special Note:
Recently, I have had several people inquire as to what aids I use to produce my cards. I am working on that and will be presenting my “helping hands” in the next few days.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Victorian Garden Gate

I have always been impressed with beautiful, old-fashioned gardens and of the graceful Victorian Gates that welcomed you. There was a time when we called such gardens Victory Gardens – signs of a new beginning.

For this card, I used a combination of three different textured papers: Elizabeth Craft Designs, Dark Fuchsia Soft Finish; Neenah Crystal StarDream; and USArt Quest, Forest Green Indian Batkin.

To create a standard A2 card base, cut the Crystal 8.5” x 11” in half. Then score in the middle giving you a 4.25” x 5.5” card front. Cut the remaining piece to give you two 4.25” x 5.5” pieces.

For the background layer, cut Dark Fuchsia to measure 4” x 5.25” and adhere to the base card. Set remaining piece aside. That will be used for the flower.

Now the fun part! For the gate, I used the Crystal paper to die cut Heartfelt Creations’ Botanic Window (HCD1-7100, a three part die). On the backside, I cut very small pieces of regular tape to adhere the two parts together. Then I used a glue pen and a few pieces of double-sided tape to adhere the “window” to the Fuchsia paper.

The flower, Amaryllis (1218) from Susan’s Garden was die cut out of the remainder of the Fuchsia cardstock.  This is a great flower die. There are just two pieces to the flower with one smaller than the other. Using Susan’s Loop Tool, I then added the veining on the underside and did a little shaping. Glue and offset the two sections.

For the center, I elected to glue Go-Man-Go Prills from USArt Quest. When dry, I then used glue dots to adhere the flower to the card.

The leaves are a variety of previously cut pieces from several different sets. I really like the way this particular paper works. This is Forest Green Indian Batik paper. USArtQuest carries a fantastic line of unique, imported papers. In the near future, I will show a few flowers created from the Indian Batik and similar lines of blended papers.

Thank you for stopping by.

I hope you liked this Victorian Garden Gate.

Till next time,

Monday, January 9, 2017

Double Tulip

As I tried to design this card, I was thinking of the lady who would receive it. She enjoys the outdoors, a good rodeo, her horses and their ranch-like setting. She also loves to garage sale and enhancing her “finds.”  My desire was to reflect her strengths and her delicate side.

The Card: For this project, I cut Neehan’s StarDream  Crystal pearlescent paper to 8 ½” x 5 ½” and folded in half for an A2 card. Also, cut an additional 3 ¾” x 5” in the Crystal. For the darker layers, I cut one pc at 4”x5 ½” and another at 3 ½” x 4 ¾” out of the Bronze pearlescent.  

The Flower and Leaves: For this project, I selected one of Susan’s Garden Tulip die (retired). Per my usual, I cut two sets of the individual petals out of the Crystal pearlescent paper. Then I cut the leaves and sepal out of the Bronze.

The Shaping: To create the shapes for the Tulip, I mostly use the loop tool from Susan’s Garden Tool set. I like the way it scallops the edges of the petals by just adding a slight pressure, then a slight pulling of the tool towards the center. Then I use a small ball tool to draw in the center veins. I used the ball tool for the sepal by just doing a circular movement in the center which will lift the sepals slightly upward. The sepal is the base used to secure (glue) the petals in place. For each petal, after shaping it, slightly pinch the end that you will glue to give more lift. Glue the first two petals opposite each other and the next two between them. Continue until you are satisfied. Then, glue Express-O Yourself (bronze) Prills to the center.

Vein the leaves in the same manner. Because the leaves and background are the same, I edge the leaves with Gold Metallic ink.

Refer to the photo and layer the card front. I use double-sided adhesives but you may prefer glue. Adhere the flower and leaves with glue.

Thank you for looking in today. Until next time…Barb

Special Note: There are many tools on the market designed for creating flower veining and shaping. I just checked with Amazon and was surprised to find such a variety of useful tools: Japanese Flower Making Tools; Blossom Tools; Molding Tools; Flower Shaping Tools; to name a few. And prices? From reasonable to somewhere way out there. I own two sets, the McGill 4 pc Paper Blossom Tools and Susan’s Garden 4 pc set. That works for me.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Heart of the Lattice...

Fell in love with this beautiful Heart Background die when I first viewed it. I knew I did not want to just use it for Valentine's Day. This will be given as a birthday card in a few days. It was really a fun project and I thought I'd share it with you. 

Let’s Get Started…
Coral pearlescent paper: Cut the 8 ½ x 11” paper to measure 8 ½” x 5 ½” and score the long side at 4 ¼”. Fold on score line. Using the excess piece, die cut the Carnation. (I usually cut 2 sets in case I want to add more petals.)

Opal pearlescent paper: Use the die and cut Heart Background. Set aside.
In my stash, I had some extra leaves, cut from various flower sets in the Olive Twist.
The following link will show you how to create this lovely Carnation:  

Wasn’t that fun? Susan is so talented and a real inspiration.

The Card: Before adhering the Heart Background, you may want to attach a few of the leaves and weave them from the back through to the front. I taped most of the leaves and glued a few. Using a Glue Pen, apply glue to the outer edges of the backside of the Heart Background. Carefully set in place.

Add the Carnation. I use glue dots to the underside of the flower.

Products Used:
Susan’s Garden Notes – Carnation (1191)
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Heart Background (1261)
Susan’s Garden - 4 pc Tool Set (808)
Susan’s Garden Molding Pads (809 and/or 810)
Pearlescent Papers – 8 ½” x11” Opal and Coral
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Soft Finish, Olive Twist (PSF-138)
Double-side adhesive, glue dots, glue pen
Die cut machine

Till next time… 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, ...