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February 2022

No Heat Press?  No Problem!!

In January of every year there are many new users of Cricut, Silhouette, Brother and other cutting machines. In all the groups across the internet the "newbies" are asking all the questions to get up and running on their various projects. 

Many are discovering HTV/Iron on and the endless possibilities of creating with it. HTV/Iron on can be applied to many things - Fabric, Paper and wood are just three possibilities. However they think they can't because they do not have a Heat press.

There are a variety of Heat Presses like the Cricut Easy Press, Cricut Mini Press, Clamshell Presses from various manufacturers and others. I have a secret to share with you. You do not have to have a heat press!  You can do your projects with your ordinary Iron!

Yes, You can apply HTV/Iron on with your ordinary Iron you use for ironing your clothes! I have yet to purchase a Heat press of any kind, it simply is not affordable. Yes, I am saving up for one, however, I have been using an iron at home for my projects for three years now! My products have held up and have made many smile!

To the left are some pictures of some of the Shirts I have made with only my Iron. See?!  You can do it!


Ok Baba - How do you use an Iron for HTV/Iron on?


1. Make sure your iron has NO WATER. Water is a NO NO when applying HTV/Iron on

2. Get a roll of Parchment Paper. NOT wax paper.

3. Locate a flat surface in your home such as a wood or marble counter top, wood table, or find yourself a large wooden cutting board. I use a wooden cutting board or the top of an old buffet that I have that is marble.

4. Set your Iron on the Hottest setting it has. I will state here - Irons vary wildly, some get very hot and others dont. My favorite iron for HTV/Iron on is an Older Oreck Iron that I purchased at a thrift store for 3.00.

5. Prepare some pieces of HTV to PRACTICE with and an old shirt to PRACTICE on.

6. Lay your shirt down on your surface. Place HTV/Iron on down on your shirt. Shiny Side Up. Take a piece of parchment paper and cover your shirt with HTV with it.

7. Check the 'timing' for the HTV/Iron on  you are using. Usually on the instruction sheet or if Cricut/Siser brand timings can be found online.

------ You need the timing to have base line to compare to

8. For example - 30 seconds is the timing - Place your iron on the top of the parchment paper over the HTV. DO NOT MOVE IRON in an ironing motion. to cover entire area PICK up to move over. Count to 30

9. After you have counted to 30, remove iron and parchment paper. If it is warm peel carefully start to peel carrier sheet off, sometimes it can be finicky but it should release easily. If it does not release easily put parchment paper on again and apply Iron some more.  Keep track of how long you keep Iron on so you know next time how long that type of HTV needs.

10. HAVE FUN and PRACTICE. Different brands of HTV/Iron on will need different timings with your Iron. Keep a note sheet of how long and practice with a small piece on an old shirt first.  It Works!  My Oreck Iron takes Less time than a standard heat press to adhere the HTV/Iron on to surfaces. My Walmart Iron takes More time. It will depend on your iron how long it takes.


#usewhatyouhave #Ironon #HTV #heatpress #cricuteasypress #iron #handmade #DIY 

Polar Bears Christmas
Wreath on Vintage Truck

Baba's Blog

January 1 2022

 HELLO! Happy New Year!  


I am so excited!  Baba's Shop is up and we have added the beautiful Apron you see pictured on the left to the store!  Baba made many Aprons for Christmas gifts, you can see her Handmade Christmas video on YouTube to see them and other things she made.  

The New Year always brings excitement here in the barn and this year is especially exciting with the new website, shop and planned content. I do hope you visit often.  We have several new Affiliates, please do take a look at the Affiliates page. I am very happy to be able to affiliate with them and I hope you like them too!

Coming Soon - DooDoo's Doodles!  Digital Images drawn by Baba's Husband (Dedo, but youngest calls him Doodoo! lol) We don't yet know if they will be via Etsy or the Shop right here at Baba's Barn.

Health, Happiness, and Blessings to All this Year!

Love, Baba

Apron pictured on left is available in Babas Shop!

Smooches card, pictured on the left

The Smooches card is made using a Card Sketch from Cardz TV and I recorded it for youtube.

I used Neenah Index Cardstock (get it by the ream at Sam's Club really cheap!) From a planner purchased at walmart on clearance I used Patterned Planner Paper and a 6X6 paper pad of unknown origin. 

I have provided my Amazon Affiliate Link next to the products I used that are on Amazon for purchase if you are looking to buy or just want to see a closeup of the product.  I encourage you to hunt your thrift stores and yard/estate sales for thrifty craft purchases!  I also encourage you to Use What you already have!  You likely can change the card up with your own supplies without making new purchases, Just try it!  :)

Supplies Used

Lawn Fawn Sentiment Borders

Papersmoches wise dies 

Simon Says Stamp Nested Hearts. 

Dollar Tree Foam Tape

Bearly Art Glue

Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick

Martha Stewart Bubblegum Lipstick Glitter

Sizzix Big Shot

Martha Stewart Scoreboard

Xyron Creative Station

Crafters Companion Guillotine Trimmer

Teflon Sheets -

Blending Brushes -


The Dimensions laid out on the sketch are as follows:


A2 Base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 

    Layer 1 4 1/8 x 5 3/8

    Layer 2 3 7/8 x 5 1/8

Small Rectangle Layer upper left 2 5/8 x 3 7/8

    Layer 1 2 3/8 x 3 5/8

Square Layer Centered (I changed this to a heart layered on mine)  2 3/4 x 2 3/4

    Layer 1 2 3/8 x 2 3/8

Banner centered at bottom - 1/2 x 2 3/4 - I used the Banner die from Lawn Fawn for this.


#Usewhatyouhave #Papercrafts #cardmaking #timholtz #distressOxide #sizzix #LawnFawn #SimonSaysStamp #BearlyArtGlue #Craft2022 #Create2022 #babasbarn

Thanks for looking!

#Handmadecards #cardmaking #papercrafting #inkblending  #timholtz  #usewhatyouhave #MamaElephant #recollections #Crafterscompanion  #DistressOxide   #SimonSaysStamp  #RangerIndustries  #RangerInk

Polar Bears Christmas

05 Dec 2021

Polar Bears Believe

I've pulled from several stamp sets for this scene as well as mixing other mediums together. The Background is inkblending of Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick and Chipped Saphhire Distress Ink. The images have been stamped in versafine black onyx and heat embossed with Ranger Clear Embossing powder and the word Believe in Ranger Silver Embossing powder. The Polar Bears are from Recollections, they are colored in with spectrum noir alcohol and watercolor markers; the presents come from Mama Elephant Santa's Sleigh and Simon Says Stamp Bright and Merry; the word Believe is from Gina K Designs Stained Glass Flowers. The Santa and reindeer in the sky is from a photopolymer stamp of unknown origin. The hill the bears sit on is from Gina K's Master Layouts 6. I believe that covers everything in what I used to create this. Thanks for looking!

#Handmadecards #cardmaking #papercrafting #inkblending #ginakdesigns #timholtz #stamping #usewhatyouhave #MamaElephant #recollections #Crafterscompanion #SpectrumNoir #DistressOxide  #DistressInk #SimonSaysStamp #Mamaelephant #RangerIndustries #AlcoholMarkers #RangerInk #Watercolormarkers #coloring #heatembossing


Happy 60th Birthday Vintage Truck

The last week of November is always a busy time. Not only does the family celebrate Thanksgiving but we also have many birthdays. This year Dedo turned 60 ! To commemorate the big day, Baba tried her crafty hands at creating this Vintage Truck.

This Vintage truck was made to pull double duty. It was gifted as a Happy 60th Birthday Display. However the number blocks are actually for Displaying the Date of the month!  How cute is that!

Originating as an SVG file from Silhouette America that Baba was able to modify to make her own. The files were cut using the Cameo 4 and Cricut Maker. Bearly Art Glue is the major adhesive on this project and hot glue was used to attach the axles and body to frame.

This truck measures 12 inches long and six inches tall. Complete with a bench seat, steering wheel and vintage style dash. This truck was created with heavy cardstock for the body, recycled cardboard for the frame. Glitter cardstock was used for chrome accents and balloons, heat sequins for taillights and Glossy Accents on glitter paper for headlights. 

The beautiful wreath colored with Tim Holtz Mica Distress Crayons hangs on the grill. The wreath is Baba's favorite thing on this piece as it was her shining breakthrough using the new distress crayons.

  #TimHoltzHoliday2021 #VintageTruck  #3dPaperCraft  #Papercrafting #60thBirthday #SilhouetteAmerica #TimHoltzDistress #create


3D Vintage Truck
3D Vintage Truck
3D Vintage Truck
3D Vintage Truck
3D Vintage Truck
3D Vintage Truck

Oct 2021

WOW Expandable Card - 100

Before Baba decided to start the blog she posted a bit on other places. in Oct 2021 she made a 100 Candle WOW Candle card for a special Family Member.  To see a short video click below to be taken to that post

Happy Birthday Ms Argie ! I’ve made this beautiful WOW expandable candle card for a dear family member who turned 100 on September 14th ! A labor of love this was! The design is a Marji Roy design. I’ve used glitter paper, multiple patterned paper, and stickles to achieve the wow factor here. #cardmaking #marjiroy #papercrafting #100birthday #handmadecards #silhouettecameo #cardmaker #papercrafts #handmadecards #handcrafted

Follow Your Dreams

How it was made

This is a simple A2 size card utilizing heat embossing and ink blending. 

An A2 size card is simply a card that measures 4.25" wide by 5.50" tall when folded.

Many of the best cardmakers use "mat and layer" to achieve a refined professional look in their cards.

Mat and layering is achieved by starting with your base card, a layer on the front that is at least 1/8" smaller than the base. Then the front layer that is again at least 1/8" smaller than the layer.

In my Follow your dreams card the base is an A2 size card base of a sunny orange color, the first layer is black cardstock and the front is Ink Blended. The bit with the words is called a Banner, which is made with black cardstock.

I have used Tim Holtz distress oxide inks to create the blended colors and spritzed it with water to create the patchy effect. Using Versamark clear ink I have stamped with Simon Says Stamp Dandelions Stamp covered with white embossing power and heat set. The same clear versamark and powder used for the Words.

The card has a simple yet elegant look and only takes a short bit of time to create.

Learning basics of cardmaking such as matting and layering will give your cards that extra something to make them more appealing, refined and professional.

Paper Crafts Gallery

Pictures of Baba's Cards - Some Good, some not so good.  Playing and Practicing at creating hones your creative skills. You never know what you will come up with next!

3-D Paper Crafts

These are crafts made of cardstock and paper in a three dimensional form.