Monday, March 19, 2018

Small Antilles Flower Garden on Acetate

Hello my friends.

Today's card is for both the CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour Challenges.

I have used alcohol inks to color a piece of acetate for the background.

The flower garden has been die cut and watercolored using a
water brush and picking up ink smooshed into the lid of the inkpad.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bouquet of Thanks (SSS)
Ink:   Jet Black (StaxOn), Old Olive, Strawberry Slush, Not Quiet Navy, (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Watercolor
Other:  Acetate, Alcohol Ink (Lettuce, Pesto, Gold Mixative), Stitched Rectangle Die (LI), Small Antilles Floral Left Corner (MB), Water Brush

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Inspiration at Merry Monday

Hello my friends.

Another week has flown by and I'm coming in to Merry Monday
just under the wire.  Again...
edited to add, my computer jammed so I didn't get this entered at Merry Monday after all. :-(

This week Kim chose an inspiration photo.
I struggle with this kind of challenge.
I did notice that yummy topping and the candy cane.

I had the cup but no candy can die that would work.

So I pulled out my candy cane $1.00 stamp and stamped that.

It didn't stamp really well so I filled in with a Red Ultra Fine Sharpie.

I cut one of the candy canes out and it was a perfect fit.

The topping is some old Sparkle Paste that I put on top of
the die cut then sprinkled with red glitter.

And since the cup looked a bit plain, I added a sparkly snowflake
and some holly.

While I had the candy canes out, I went for a Twofer.

A dear friend had given me this beautiful scallop diamond die for Christmas.
I was delighted to see that the candy canes fit on it so nicely!

I stamped the peppermint on mixed media paper and used the tip of a
water brush to move the color.  The bow got a generous portion of WOS.

Since I popped that holly on my cup, I'll put this in the gallery at

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Christmas Sentiments (Kaisercraft), Candy Canes (Michaels)
Ink:   Real Red (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Foiled Vellum, Smoky Slate (SU)
Other:  What's in Your Cup Die (PB), Stitched Squares Die (SSS), Holly Punch (MS), Sparkle Texture Effect (MS), Red Ultra Fine Sharpie

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Candy Canes (Michaels)
Ink:  Real Red (SU)
Paper:  Neena, Mixed Media
Other:  Scallop Diamond Tags (PPP), Holiday Words (Quickutz), Water Brush, Clear Wink of Stella

Saturday, March 17, 2018

More Holly for CAS Christmas Card Challenge

Hello and welcome.

I'm decking the cards with more holly.

I used my favorite holly die from Penny Back and die cut from a scrap of mixed media paper.

I lay the die on a plastic lid (half of a broken stamp case) and used
Zigs and a water brush to add color.

The woodgrain background and sentiment square were cast offs waiting to be used.

While I was playing with holly, a friend brought me the die I used for the second card.

I colored it in the same way and added it to an dry embossed piece.

We're using holly on our CAS (Clean And Simple) Christmas cards this month at

We're trying to get a jump on our Christmas cards so we're not 
in panic mode when it's time to send them.

We'd love for you to join us.

The challenge is open until the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Season's Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Early Espresso (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media
Other:  Holly Berries Die (PB), Stitche Squares Die (SSS), Pinewood Planks EF (SU), Zigs (Olive, Mid Brown, Dk. Brown) SU Marker (Real Red)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Paper:   Garden Green (SU), Neena
Other:  Holly Die (wish), Zigs (Olive, Mid Brown, Dk. Brown), SU Marker (Real Red)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Stitched Flower Garden

Hello again.

I'm back today with a reminder for the CAS Watercolour Challenge.

This challenge is hosted by Loll
What beautiful gardens are filling the gallery!

Our fantastic Design Team and Guest Designer (Nonni) have
lots more inspiration for you over there.

I used a stamp from the Penny Black Stitched Flowers set.

By placing the stamp in my MISTI, I was able to easily ink the different flowers
with Distress Markers.  I'd stamp and move the color around with a water brush,
then stamp again as needed.

I worked in sections until I had the whole image stamped, then pulled some color
from the images to make a soft wash around the flowers.

When I die cut the design piece I got a little divot. 

I added a sequin to hide that and it looked lonely by itself, so I added more
to keep it company.

I'm happy with this garden.  Wish I could say the same for my outside gardens! 

Flower Challenge: Anything Goes

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Stitched Flowers (PB), Bouquet of Thanks (SSS)
Ink:   Gathered Twigs (DI), Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint, Aged Mahogany
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Neena, Daffodil Delight (SU)
Other:  MISTI, Water Brush, Sequins (SSS)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Foil Leaves and Acetate

Hello my friends.

I hope you are having a good day.

Here's another card for our CAS Mix Up Challenge.
My mixed media are stamping, acetate, tissue paper, foil, alcohol ink and die cuts

Susan is hosting this challenge and it's open until the 24th.

Our Design Team and Guest Designer, Cathy, have some awesome cards to inspire you.

This time I used alcohol ink to add color to the back of a piece of acetate.

After it dried, I added some crinkled tissue paper to the back with clear glue.

Since there was some gold mixative with the alcohol ink, I thought 
some foil leaves would look good with it.

The copper leaf had some tape on the back when I cut it to keep those 
little pieces from running off.

The sentiment doesn't show up as well as I would like, but
I didn't want to risk ruining the whole piece so I left it as is.

This will be good for one of the guys in the family.

I'm going to share this with
Where it's ANYTHING GOES as long as there's stamping on it.

Edited to add that I'm also adding this to the 

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Persian Motifs (Alt)
Ink:   Timber Brown Stazon
Paper:   Thick Vanilla, Gold Foil, Copper Foil (SU)
Other:  Alcohol Ink, Acetate, Tissue Paper, Layering Leaves Die (C9), Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Hello friends.

Today I have a touch of spring to share.

Crocus are one of the earliest spring flowers although I think the daffodils
bloom earlier in my yard.

Both of these stamps are from my win at Serendipity Stamps.

I'm entering this in 

Here's another project I made. This time I used the Serendipity Blackeyed Susan Alphabet stamp
and the PPP Scalloped Borders 2 die that came from Serendipity also.

I've enjoyed using it with the last two books I read by a NC author,
Donna Everhart.  It's always fun to have a new bookmark and find a new favorite author!

I'm having a wonderful time creating with these stamps.

Wish I had more creative time because I have a few more that I'm longing to play with.

Since I've used snippets for the bookmark, I'll take it over to

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Crocus, Lilacs Cling Set (Serendipity)
Ink:   More Mustard, Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Brushed Corduroy, Tumbled Glass (DI), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media
Other:  Stitched Square Die (SSS)

Bookmark Recipe
Stamps:  Blackeyed Susan Alphabet (Srndpty)
Ink:  Crushed Curry (SU)
Paper:  Naturals White, Chocolate Chip Textured (ret. SU)
Other: Scalloped Border 2 Die (PPP/Serendipity), Stitched Squares Die (SSS), Seam Binding

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Violet Shaker

Hello and welcome.

I hope you are having a good weekend.

It's dreary and rainy here today.  A perfect day to stay inside and craft
or catch up a bit on blogging.

Last month I was playing with the Papertrey ink Year of Flowers violets.
You can see those cards here if you're interested or need a refresher.

This card came about because of an unwanted smudge on the flower piece.

I covered it with an aperture and because we're using acetate for CAS Mix Up
this month, I decided to make it into a shaker card.

I cut a matching aperture in a piece of fun foam and adhered it over the design piece.

The acetate was adhered behind the aperture cut in the front piece
that had been splattered and stamped with a sentiment.

I made sure to add adhesive close to the opening, added a few sequins and
micro beads, and very carefully adhered the pieces together.
(Those sequins are purple IRL not blue.  Silly camera!)

The Flower Challenge #18 Anything goes.
CAS Mix Up using stamping, acetate, heat embossing, watercolor, die cuts and shaker

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Year of Flowers Collection (PTI), Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Encore Silver, Orchid Opulence (ret. SU), Distress Markers (Seedless Preserves, Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint)
Paper:  Neena, Orchid Opulence (ret. SU), Mixed Media 
Other:  Silver EP (SU), Double Stitched Circle Die (LI), Foam, Acetate, Microbeads, Sequins

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Lilacs for Serendipity Blog Hop

Hello dear friends.

Here's a little reminder that Spring is around the corner....

Today I'm participating in the Serendipity Blog Hop.

I was lucky enough to win a gift certificate to Serendipity for commenting on
the cards for the December Blog Hop.

Mary asked me if I would like to participate in a future blog hop and I was happy to agree.

Participants in the Blog Hop are:
                        Bonnie Klass (that's me)
    Julie Warner
           Marybeth Lopez
         Mariam Napier
        Vickie Zimmer

I've admired the Serendipity stamps for a while now and was delighted to get some.

They stamp beautifully!

I used my MISTI to stamp this design, inking small sections with Distress Markers, 
stamping and moving the ink around with a water brush.

The MISTI makes it possible to ink again and adding more or different colors.

I hope you'll visit others on this blog hop.  The Designers are a very talented group!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Lilace, Quick Note Vertical (Serendipity)
Ink:   Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Pine Needles, Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold (DM), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Neena
Other:  Water Brush, MISTI

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Poinsettia for Merry Monday


I'm slipping in just under the wire again for Merry Monday.

This week's host is my sweet friend JoAnn.

This beautiful poinsettia stamp was in my NBUS box.

I stamped and embossed the flower in white and watercolored using re-inkers and my water brush.

When it was dry, I masked the poinsettia, stamped the leaves and embossed.

Again I used re-inkers and my waterbrush to watercolor the leaves.

I popped it on an inlaid stitched square and frame. 
Then I added some gold microbeads to the center of the poinsettia, stamped
a sentiment and done.

Only one this time.

It's been super busy around here lately.  It's all good as we've got to spend lots
of time with our grandkids.  

Sorry I haven't been around to visit much.  I hope to catch up one of these days.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Winter Flowers (SSS), Holiday Sayings (IA)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU), Encore Gold
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media
Other:  White EP, Gold EP (SU), Re-inkers (Real Red, Garden Green), Water Brush, Stitched Square Die (SSS), Microbeads (Mikes)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Holly for CAS Christmas Card Challenge


Today's the day!

It's the start of our
CAS Christmas Card Challenge
and our first challenge is...

Here's my card.

I found this bit of holly (and a matching bit that I put on the inside,
tucked away in the stamp set.

You know how I'm all about using up these UFOs!

The holly has been stamped, smacked with VersaMark and clear embossed.
to give it extra body and shine.

I used the matching Die to cut it out.

The frame has been embossed with my PTI Texture Plate.

A few sequins give it a festive flair.

I hope you'll join us at
CAS Christmas Card Challenge
Can't wait to see your holly entries.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Happy Holly Days (HA), Yuletide (Kaisercraft)
Ink:   Onyx Black (Versafine), VersaMark
Paper:   Neena
Other:  Copic Markers, Clear EP, Stitched Rectangles Die (SSS), Linen Texture Plate (PTI)

Friday, March 2, 2018

Watercolour Garden

Hello.  It's time for a new challenge at
CAS Watercolour

Here's my card....

Loll is our host this month and she chose
Must include a garden (not just a flower)

It was just the push I needed to get out these stamp sets that had
been sitting in my NBUS box for ?*!? years.

I used various distress inks to build my garden using some water
on the flowers after stamping.

I don't know why it took me so long to use these stamps!

Hopefully I will have an excuse to use them again soon.

We have a new designer on our CAS Watercolour team
Marcia Hill has joined us and we know you will be
as happy to see her there as we are!

Our fabulous Guest Designer is Nonni.
She was the winner of the January challenge.

We're sad to say goodbye to Christine as a designer for CAS Watercolour.
We'll miss her wonderful watercolour designs although she promises to join in these challenges.
And we're super excited to have Christine join us as a designer at
CAS Christmas Card Challenge.
Our very first challenge starts tomorrow.

Whew! A lot going on.

Hope to see your gardens at
CAS Watercolour

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Flower Set, Foliage Set (Art Impressions), Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Soft Suede (SU), Wilted Violet, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick, Faded Jeans)
Paper:   Solar White 110 lb. (Neena), Watercolor (TH)
Other:  Waterbrush, Stitched Rectangles dies (SSS)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Acetate for CAS Mix Up

Hello, and welcome to a new month.

It's a special month for us.

CAS Mix up is 2!!!!

We're celebrating with prizes for the top pick and one random draw winner.

Be sure to check out the challenge and enter a card for your chance to win!

We also have some exciting changes at CMU.
  I'll get to them in a minute.

First, our challenge hosted by Susan

and my card.

I used acetate as a window by first embossing the image on
heat resistant acetate with StazOn white ink and heat embossing.

The acetate is sandwiched between two pieces that have the 
window cut from them

I stamped this gorgeous flower again with Mustard Seed Distress ink 
on a piece of watercolor paper and colored it in using inks that
were smooshed unto my palette.  I picked up the ink with a water brush.

The trickiest part for me was lining the watercolor flower behind the 
acetate window after die cutting it.

The sentiment starts on the front and finishes inside.

My mixed media are
stamping, acetate, heat embossing, watercolor and die cuts.

Sadly, this is Susan's last month at the Mix Up.
We'll miss her wonderful designs as inspiration, but she promises
to join in the challenges.

Gladly, she is joining the CAS Christmas Card Challenge.

It starts in just two days.

We're so excited!!!!

And we're even more excited that Mac Mable is joining our CAS Mix Up team!
Yay, Mac!  We're so happy to have you on our team!

The Design Team has some awesome inspiration for you and we are joined
this month by Cathy R. as our Guest Designer.  Thanks, Cathy!

Check the CAS Mix Up Challenge for helpful tutorials using acetate.
Then join in for a chance to win a birthday prize.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  French Marigold (Stamplorations), Out on a Limb (PTI)
Ink:   Onyx Black (Versafine), Cotton White (StazOn), Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint (DI)
Paper:   Neena, Heat Resistant Acetate (Crafter's Companion), Watercolor (TH)
Other:  White EP (SU), Water Brush, Stitched Squares Die (SSS)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Turning the Page March 2018

Tomorrow we turn the page on our calendars to a new month.

I make calendars each year and I've been sporadic about sharing them with you so
I thought I'd set up a regular post on the last day of each month "Turning the Page".

I hope you enjoy these posts.

Here's our March page.

By the way, the calendars are clipped together and can be displayed on an easel
or hung on a push pin or magnetic hook.  We all have a different way to display them.

Happy March!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Happy Bliss (PB)
Ink:   Versafine (Smokey Gray)
Paper:   Neena 110 lb.
Other:  Watercolor Pencils, Slightly damp water brush