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