Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A 'Secret Garden' Box of Cards


Today I have a box of cards to share with you. I used the Graphic 45 'Secret Garden' paper collection to make this project. The box is a SU Clear Mount Stamp Case  - I love these boxes and use them for many gifts - and all the card stock is also from SU. I fussy cut small details to add to the cards as well as Diamond Stickles to add sparkle.

This is the cover . . .

and the inside.

The back cover.

Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog today! We have beautiful and sunny Fall weather again today in this part of WI. I love this time of year when the heat and humidity of summer are gone but the cold and snow of winter are not yet here! Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WOYW? Wednesday: A Project After A Long Time Away


Such a long time since I have posted. Fighting pain and illness since last December and reached a point of no concentration and/or inspiration to create. I have made various birthday cards, etc. but did not photo. I am happy to be back posting and hope that as issues are resolved I can continue. This will also be my first visit to WOYW? and hope that you check out as many of this week's creations as you can! I know I will. Go to http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/ and see the list that Julia has for you!

I have created this book for a friend using the Graphic 45 "Secret Garden" collection and would like to share it with you. I painted the paper mache book with white acrylic paint and inside I have layered with lots of fussy cutting and used glitter on many areas to give it depth.

Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog today! After much rain and dark days we are now having wonderful sunny Fall weather here in this part of WI. The temperatures are cool but the trees are starting to change and we will have lots of red and orange this year because of the moisture so it will be beautiful!

In the time I have been absent from the blog my cat Jimbo has grown! He was only a 6 pound kitten when I got him in December and he is now a fat and fluffy 13+ pounds! I will share photos soon. Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Princess Has Her Crowns


My Princess and The Pea doll has her crowns! It has taken me a long time to get this posted but now I can finally share the beautiful crowns that my brother Richard has created for her! She now sits on her own shelf in all her glory wearing one of her crowns- with the second one ready for a change. 

The first crown is a beautiful creation of five points with tiny rubies. This wirework is so delicate - the Princess wears this crown for everyday. It is her Princess crown.

The second beautiful crown has a extended point in front with a single ruby front and center. The wirework again is so detailed and lovely. This is her Royal Occasion crown.

The crowns arrived in their own little boxes . . . 

and with them was a tiny scroll! What would it say?

It was such a wonderful surprise! My father came to the U.S. from Denmark as a child and my brother created this wonderful scroll for the Princess using his family crest (Nielsen on top and Denmark at the bottom) and giving her name in Danish. It says . . . .

Created Exclusively For:

Prinsessen pa AErten
(Danish for Princess and The Pea)

Created this Fifteenth Day of May, Two Thousand Fourteen

Created by: Richard Juel Nielsen, Danish Crown Artist

How cool is that! To think that my brother took so much time and effort to make this so special touched my heart and made me so happy! Thank you Richard - your kindness means so much to me!

So now the Princess sits proudly on her bed, wearing one of her beautiful crowns and feeling so majestic!

I had to move this doll and small dollhouse/studio to exchange places with the Princess - so now they sit by my workdesk. More wonders to come as my brother had agreed to make a new wooden bed for the Princess - the one I made for her is out of core board so not very sturdy as two of the legs have already bent. I can't wait - it will be the same dimensions to fit the mattresses and dust ruffle and it will be so beautiful I know!

You can see my next project sitting on the table - I hope to finish it soon.

It has been so hot and humid here in this part of WI - hate this heavy air and although we have had rain it has only added to the humidity. Thunderstorms are in the forecast so hopefully they might bring some relief. Wishing you a happy Sunday!


Barbara Diane

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Baby Quilt for Sophia


Those of you who follow my blog know that my oldest son lives in a Adult Family Home with a young couple who have a 1 year old daughter who's name is Sophia. I just finished this quilt for her using a panel as the top and then machine quilting around all of the figures - elephant, giraffe, owls, butterflies, flowers, etc.  

The quilt is also stitched all around on the edge and again on the dark pink border all around in addition to across and down on the individual blocks.

Her parents were very happy with the quilt - as was Sophia - and her mother asked me if I could make something for the walls to match the quilt as Sophia will now be moving into her own room. My friend Kristie had also purchased a kit with this panel and she graciously agreed to let me have it  - and brought it to me yesterday. So now I have it to create some wall hangings of the individual figures to match the quilt. I will keep you posted!

What a difference a few months makes when you are a kitten. This is February 19th . . . .

This is June 18th. Jimbo is becoming a very large cat and now even his markings are changing! I have been taking photos to watch this as it is believed that he has some Maine Coon in him because of the tail and pointed/tufted ears and toes and round eyes and square chin. Whatever his genes, he is a sweetheart!

We have had so much rain here in this part of WI but today it is sunny and clear skies! The humidity has been so heavy - yesterday it was intense. I am happy for the cool breezes today and much less humid weather! Wishing you a happy Sunday!


Barbara Diane
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