Wednesday, July 15, 2020

More Stencil Outlining for CAS Mix Up Reminder

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

There's still time to join in at CAS Mix Up.

Nancy is hosting the challenge this month.

This was such a quick and easy card!

I sponged ink through a stencil onto mixed media paper and 
using a damp waterbrush, I moved the color around.

When it was dry, I outlined the design with a Copic Multiliner.

For the background I did some partial dry embossing.

Stamped a sentiment and it was done.

Our Guest Designer, Greta, and our fabulous Design Team
have wonderful inspiration for you.  Check it out.  
Then I hope you'll pull out a stencil and join us at 

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:   Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint (DI and DM), Versafine Onyx Black, 
Paper:   Mixed Media, Basic Black, Neenah Solar White
Other:  Bouquet of Roses Stencil (SSS), Black Copic .1 Multiliner, Crackle EF (Darice), Stitched Shapes Die (SU)

Monday, July 13, 2020

Exhilaration in Nature

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

I love Penny Black's Brushstroke Stamps and this new to me one is no exception.

I put the stamp in my MISTI and inked it up with Distress Ink and Markers.

First I inked the whole stamp with Antique Linen Distress ink.
I find that having a light base makes it easier to add color.  I'm not sure why, but there's
probably a very good scientific reason.  I'm a trial and error type and that's just been my findings.

I cleaned the stamp off and inked the different areas with different color
Distress Markers and used a damp waterbrush to move the color.

To add a soft wash, I pulled some color from the flowers.  To add more color, I
swiped on a palette and picked up the color so it would be light.

After die cutting the piece with this pretty frame, I added some splatters.
Thankfully the splatters cooperated!

Boom! Ready to mail.  

NBUS #16 - Never Before Used Schtuff
Penny Black and More - In the Garden
Penny Black Saturday - ATG/Optional Nature


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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Exhilaration, Special Sentiments (PB)
Ink:   Antique Linen (DI), Mustard Sed, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage (DM), Old Olive (SU)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore), Crushed Curry (SU), Neenah
Other:  Leaf Stitched Frame (PB), Subtle EF (SU)

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Snowman with a Hat

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

I have a quick card for my Christmas stash today.

I stamped and did a little coloring with watercolor pencils and blended with
a Blender Pen.

I think I might go back and add some berries to his hat.

ABC Christmas - N and O (No Fuss)
Christmas Craft Creations - Christmas Characters (Frosty and Friend)
Christmas Kickstart - Hatty Christmas
Double D Challenges - Stitches (Wonky Stitched Border)
NBUS #16 - Never Before Used Schtuff (First outing for this stamp)


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Card Recipe
Stamps: Snowman Face (Rubber Cottage), Oh What Fun (SU)
Ink:   Archival Jet Black, Tempting Turquoise (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Tempting Turquoise (SU)
Other:  Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die (MFT), Watercolor Pencils

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Pawsome Birthday

Hi there.  I'm really glad you stopped by!

I had so much fun making this card!

I stamped and colored these sweet critters and cut them with 
the matching die from my NBUS stash.  Actually Darnell enabled me to
get this set after I saw this card!  Thanks, my friend.

I stamped, embossed and die cut the little banners and wrapped them
around a toothpick broken in half. Then I glued a micro bead to the point of
the toothpick for safety as well as a finishing touch.

The pooch is attached with a wobble so he is quite bouncy.  The birds have
dimensionals behind them.

I had some streamers in my stash that I cut out with my friend's die.
It was a good way to use snippets of colored foil.

NBUS #16 - Never Before Used Schtuff
Seize the Birthday #194 - Red, White & Blue


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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Pawsome (Taylored Expressions)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Neenah, Brilliant Blue (SU), Colored Foil ($ Tree)
Other:  Copics (E25, E23, E13, R3, BG15, Y18), Pawsome Die (TE), Party Confetti Die (HA)

Monday, July 6, 2020

Joyous Christmas

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

I have two Christmas cards to show you today.

This die was a gift from a friend and had stayed in my NBUS box way too long!

I've die cut it from gold foil and die cut again from some snippets of brown so it could
be stacked for depth.

There was a piece of off white linen paper in my stash that I mounted on a
piece of gold foil.

Here's a shiny view....

as for card two...

I die cut from Glimmer Paper and added it to a layer of Neenah.

The background was in my stash with the stars already stenciled on it.

CAS Christmas - Nativity
Jingle Belles -  Stars and/or Stripes 
NBUS Challene 16: Never Before Used Schtuff

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Card Recipe (card 1)
Paper:   Neenah Natural, Linen (?), Gold Foil (SU)
Other:  Joy Nativity (Cottage Cuts)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Cling Music Score (Stampendous)
Ink:   Shadow Gray, Whisper White, Island Indigo (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Dazzling Glimmer, Island Indigo (SU)
Other:  Joy Nativity (Cottage Cuts), Stars Shimmer Stencil (MB), Stately EF (ret. Craft Concepts)

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Geraniums and Wrens

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by.

I have a story to tell of a huge geranium plant my DD gave me for Mother's Day.
It's HUGE!  I love seeing that pop of color outside my kitchen window.

Mr. Carolina Wren liked it too.

We watched him carrying bits into the pot to make a nest.

I blocked off his entrance because I wasn't sure I wanted him to make
his nest in my plant.

He pushed the block aside and kept on building.

Soon after he brought Mrs. Carolina Wren by to check out his work.

Evidently she approved, because she stayed.

I was able to carefully water (the rain helped) and deadhead the flowers
without seeming to disturb her.  

DH just had to check it out and got a mad bird in his face!

While she was away, he shone the flashlight into the nest and we
could see three eggs.

After a couple of weeks we noticed both the Mister and the Mrs. flying
in and out.  Each day they made more and more trips.

After a couple more weeks, I spotted two fledglings on the deck.

The little ones flitted and tried their best to fly.  They were pretty clumsy but
made it off the deck and into the surrounding foliage.

Not a good picture of one of the fledglings.  He had feathers sticking straight up
on his head!  He's getting ready to fly here.  See his wings flapping.

I have my geranium back.  But I kind of miss the Carolina Wren family.

has asked us to show what inspired us for a card.  She used a sketch.
I've chosen the view from my kitchen window and back door.

Krafty Chicks #514: Stamp Act (wren)
Power Poppy Creative Confetti: Source of Inspiration


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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Geraniums (PP Digital printed in sepia), And Open Heart (ret. SU)
Ink:   Antique Linen Distress Ink (DI), Rusty Hinge Wild Honey, Vintage Photo (DM), Cajun Craze (SU Marker)
Paper:   Neenah, Sahara Sand (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Copic Markers (YG03, YG07, YG63, YG67, G29, R30, R35, R29), Anytime Tags (LI)

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Double Coloring or Print Making

Hi there. I'm so glad you stopped by.

I hope you are well and being careful when and if you go out.

Kathy Racoosin is hosting another of her

I loved the technique she showed for the first day.
She calls it Print Making.  I call it creative genius!

Here is what I did with it.

I die cut the flowers and leaves from cold press watercolor paper 
and colored them on top of another piece of
watercolor paper.  

As I colored and spritzed the die cuts, some of the color transferred 
to that piece of paper.  I also pressed  the wet watercolored die cuts into the paper
a few times.  It makes a perfectly coordinated background that I love!

I did another while I was at it....

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Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps: Handwritten Notes (PTI) 
Ink:   Versafine Smokey Gray
Paper:   Watercolor (Arches Cold Press), Neenah, Pink Pirouette (SU)
Other:  Flower Stems #1 Dies (TH), Arteza Twimarkers (Periwindle, Indigo, Violet, Lime Green, Olive Green)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Paper:  Watercolor (Arches cold press), Neenah, Orchid Opulence (SU)
Other:  Flower Stems #1 Dies (TH), Arteza Twimarkers (Violet, Sapphire Blue, Bumblebee Yellow, Olive Green), Curved Stitch Die (PB)

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Outline Stenciling for CAS Mix Up

Hello friends.  I'm glad you stopped by!

We have a new challenge at CAS Mix Up.

This month we are using stencils.
Nancy is hosting this month and she chose...

I used this Penny Black stencil and masked off the stems and leaves with tape,
spritzed with water and sprinkled Color Burst Powders.  I spritzed again and in a few seconds
used a paper towel to blot it, then removed the stencil and let it dry.

After it dried, I replaced the clean, dry stencil and taped over the flowers so I could
repeat the process with Olive Green Brusho for the stems and leaves.

Once completely dry, I laid the stencil over top and outlined the
flowers and leaves with an Ultra Fine Black Sharpie.

Some of it was pretty messy looking.  So I cut it off and punched the top of what
was left thinking it would make a lovely bookmark.

But it needed another flower.  You know that rule of three thing?


I laid the stencil over top and outlined the tallest flower with
an Ultra Fine Black Sharpie.

After I was sure the ink was dry, I sprinkled the Powders on my palette
and picked up the color with my waterbrush to color in that flower. 

When the recipient removes the bookmark, this is what they'll find.

 I outlined the stencil with the Sharpie on the front of the actual card,
and picked up watercolor with my waterbrush to color it and add splatters.

The Design Team has some awesome inspiration for you and we're
so fortunate to have three amazing Guest Designers this month.
All three are winners from May's CAS Challenges.
(CAS Mix Up, CAS Stencil, and CAS Watercolour)
Greta (GG Creations)

I hope you'll pull out some stencils and join us at

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Handwritten Notes - bookmark (PTI), Sending You Phrases -card (Creek Bank Creations)
Ink:   Shaded Spruce - bookmark (SU), Versafine Onyx Black - card
Paper:   Watercolor (Arches Cold Press
Other:  Flower Dance Stencil (PB), Tag Punch, Corner Rounder Punch (ret. SU), Brusho (Olive Green), Ken Oliver Color Bursts (Lemon Drop, Razzleberry - for MFT) Black Twine (FSJ)

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Turning the Page July 2020

Time to turn the page on our calendars to a new month.

I make calendars each year for my desk and my family.

I thought I'd set up a regular post on the last day of each month to share them.

I hope you enjoy my “Turning the Page” posts.

Here's our July 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.

If you would like a word document with the calendar, email me (bonklass(at)gmail(dot)com.
and I will be glad to send it to you so you can design your own.

If your email address is not in your profile, I have no way to send this to you.

Email link is in my profile on the sidebar.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Monday, June 29, 2020

Cardinal Christmas Tree

Hi there.  I'm glad you stopped by.

I have another Christmas card for my stash.

I've used another of the Power Poppy Digital stamps and watercolored with
Twimarkers and my waterbrush.

The background is a wet on wet wash using reinker with
lots of water.

A little Chunky Frantage heated from underneath added a bit of snow.

This scene reminds me of the shelf outside my grandma's window where
she fed the birds.  I still love watching the birds.

Jingle Belles:  Get in shape
June Rudolph Days: Anything Goes Christmas


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Card Recipe
Stamps: Cardinal Couple (PP), Signature Christmas (PTI) 
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Neenah
Other:  Stacking Pennants Die (Honey Bee), Mini Embossing Die (Nicole), Arteza Twimarkers (Poppy Red, Ruby Red, Orange, Latte Brown, Army Brown, Caramel Brown, Moss Green, Pine Green, Mint Green, Pale Green, Bumble Bee Yellow), Caron d'ache Supracolor Pencil (Silver), Tumbled Glass reinker, Chunky Frantage, Linen Thread (SU)

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Happy Birthday Loll

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by.

Today I'm celebrating the birthday of my cherished friend, Loll.

Happy Birthday, my friend.

I've inked this Technique Tuesday stamp with Distress Markers and ink pads
and used a damp waterbrush to blend the colors.  Where I needed more color,
I smooshed ink on my palette and picked up the ink with my waterbrush.

I hope you have a wonderful day, dear friend.

Krafty Chicks: All Occasions 

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Rhododendron (TT), Banner Sentiments (PTI)
Ink:   Warm Glow (GKD), Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles (DI)
Paper:   Neenah, Mixed Media (Strathmore 100 series)
Other:  Stitched Square Die (LI), Caran D'ache Supracolor Pencils (9 Dk Carmine, 239 Spruct Green), Subtle EF (SU), White Gel Pen, WOS