Monday, September 4, 2017


Hello friends.

If you are celebrating Labor Day, I hope  you are enjoying the day!

We've just returned from a couple days in the NC mountains
with our daughter and her family. So we are spending
a quiet Labor Day.

These loons were stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed.  They'd been
waiting patiently in that UFO box for their place on a card.

I had pulled them out thinking they would be good for our 
CAS Watercolour silhouette challenge 
but needed some watercolor to go with them.

I had this piece of watercolor wash in my background box and was
trying to figure out how to put them together when I saw this card
that my friend Julia had done.

She enabled me to zip over to Papertrey ink and check out this die.

Actually it was 2 dies.  And while I was there, I had to get some 
of their wonderful sentiment sets too.

I used the smaller die to cut a piece of the watercolor wash
and the larger die to emboss a piece of Neena.

Fortunately there was enough of a border left on the wash
to use as a narrow border.

Here's a close up of the wash. Doesn't it look like water?

CAS Mix Up
I have stamping, watercolor wash, heat embossing, dry embossing with a die and a die cut.

AAA Cards #98 is
I'm thinking the loons qualify as critters.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Circle Loons (Northwoods), Out on a Limb Sentiments (PTI)
Ink:   VersaMark
Paper:  Neena, Mixed Media (ST), Basic Black (SU) 
Other:  Gansai Tambi watercolors, Mat Stack 3 & Layerz Mat Stack 3 dies (PTI), Black EP (SU)


Liz said...

Super card, Bonnie, the watercolour wash is so pretty. I had to chuckle when I saw the title of your post. In the UK a loon is a silly or foolish person! xx

LeAnne said...

This is just beautiful! And yes, it looks just like water! Very peaceful!

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful Bonnie, I love the layering it draws the eye perfect to that wonderful image of a loon in water.

Loll said...

So beautiful. I love the watercoloured background, just perfect with this sweet image. I really like that die and was also eyeing Julia's gorgeous card. I'm thinking maybe I need to have a shop at Papertrey Ink as well. :) xx

Maria Illsley said...

A lovely card the watercolour is great xx

Maxine D said...

Oh Bonnie what an elegant card - love the wash behind the Loon stamp, and that elegant frame die...

JosieD said...

Beautiful and different card, Bonnie. Love the loons stamp, that unique die and the heartfelt sentiment. Such a peaceful feel to it all.

Brenda in IN said...

So pretty and such a soothing card. The wash looks so pretty and authentic. There is something about water that just lulls and calms me.

Heidi Stamps said...

Loving that loon image and how it fits nicely in the die cut!

Lin said...

Oh this is nice, Bonnie - I have a special affinity for loons, as we used to vacation in Canada on a lake and loved hearing their calls! Thank you so much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, and for bringing back that memory!

Susan said...

Love the new dies! Love the way you inlaid the loons and then inlaid the shaped die cut! Great colour scheme too!

nancy littrell said...

Love your soft blue watercolour wash background for your beautiful silhouette loons, Bonnie. Your CAS design is so elegant and beautiful just like your loons, which we see often on the Oregon coast. TFS Hugs..

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

So gorgeous with the watercolor wash, Bonnie - very serene!!

Marcia HIll said...

Beautiful card Bonnie! Love the soft water color wash on your background and that loon stamp is wonderful! Love the sentiment too! Lovely, lovely card my friend!! :0)

Jo Manna said...

Such a classic beauty. Love that watery pastel blue wash, those loons are in the perfect environment. Imperial looking, xx

Darnell said...

Beautiful loons, Bon-Bon! Great to see the ol' enabling ball continues to be passed around between all of us, lol!! You used your goodies brilliantly! I'm glad to hear you had a great coupla days with your daughter in NC!! Hugs, Dolly

Cheryl S said...

Such a peaceful card and I love the sentiment! Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Cards.

Karen D. said...

gorgeous card Bonnie, love how you framed it all out. It really brings the eye into the wonderful image.
xx Karen

JoAnn said...

Love your card. Yes, the blue water wash panel does look like water. Love the design.

Mac Mable said...

Yes sure does look like water. Great use of the dies and what a beautiful stamp and sentiment. Thank you for the link across to Julia's ever so pretty card too x

Mac Mable said...

Meant also to say that I think it's a clever idea as a silhouette stamp x

Pat said...

These ducks are so cute Bonnie and look perfect on the shaped mat, and the subtle wash of colour does look like water. Beautiful! x

Jane said...

Beautiful calm colours and very restful to look at. Fabulous! Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

Anonymous said...

Lovely, soft and pretty card, Bonnie. Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards.

Bożena Adamusińska said...

In this card I find peace and wisdom. Cracked image and sentiment are carrying great content. Thank you for such great inspiration.

Bobby said...

That die works perfectly with a circle image, Bonnie, and the embossed outline looks wonderful.

Julia Aston said...

I love your watercolored die cut panel and all the pretty framings Bonnie - the lovely loon on the circle is a beautiful focal point! Julia xx