Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Turning the Page October 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 October 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.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Perfect Pearls with Friends

Hi there.  I'm glad you stopped by!

I've had Perfect Pearls for years and hadn't used them in years.

So when my sweet, organized and talented friend Loll suggested a Zoom get together
using Perfect Pearls, I was all in!

I die cut the butterfly from Mixed Media paper so it was all ready to add color. 
Then I smooshed  Distress ink on my palette, tapped a bit of Pearl Perfect Pearls on the ink,
spritzed with a bit of water and mixing it to use as watercolor.

I laid the die cut on another piece of  mixed media paper so my messiness
would run off on it for a background.  While the butterfly was very inky, I turned
it over and pressed it down for Print Making.  Then I covered the print butterfly when
I made the card.  Oh well, it made an interesting background.

I also added a snowflake that was laying on my table. I just liked the look of it
under the butterfly.

You can see the pearly shine better here.

Of course I didn't stop at one!

Stamped, heat embossed, watercolored with Distress ink mixed with Perfect Pearls
and water.  Maybe you can see that pearly glow better here.

Check out what my Zoom friends did with their pearls.

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Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Out on a Limb Sentiments (PTI)
Ink:   Peacock Feathers (DI), VersaMark
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Tempting Turquoise (SU), Neenah Solar White
Other:  Stitched Butterfly Trio Die (PS), Pearl Perfect Pearls, RyLynn Snowflake Die (SSS)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Winter Flowers (SSS), Merry Christmas Messages (HA)
Ink:  VersaMark, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint (DI)
Paper:  Neenah, Mixed Media (Strathmore), Gold Foil (SU)
Other:  White & Gold EP, Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS), Gold Dazzling Details

Monday, September 28, 2020

Turquoise and Navy

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

The Color Hues Challenge is asking for Navy and Turquoise this time.

I've stamped these butterflies one at a time with Midnight Muse ink
and used clear powder to heat emboss.

I pickup up ink squooshed into the lid of my inkpad to color
the butterflies with my waterbrush and added splatters.

Color Hues -  Navy & Turquoise

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Social Butterflies (PB), Many Everyday Messages (HA)
Ink:   Midnight Muse, Tempting Turquoise (SU)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Tempting Turquoise
Other:  Clear EP, XStitch Borders Die (Gina Marie)

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Happy Fall with Sparkle Kitty

Hi there.  I'm glad you stopped by!

I'd like you to meet Sparkle, the kitty.

He's a fun Memory Box die cut from Black Glimmer Paper.

The background and pumpkin are from my Gel Press play.

I thought it would make a fun Halloween card for one of the grandkids.
So I did another.

This card base was stenciled with the same color ink as the cardstock. 
I'd used the same stencil on my Gel Press piece that the pumpkin was cut from.

The background is a paper towel transfer from my stash.

I used a Circle Thin Frame die on a scrap of black then cut in half for the mouth
and cut the points off a punched star for the eyes and nose.

I do like a happy Jack-o-lantern face!

You can see better how Sparkle got his name in this next photo.

I used some Schparkly Embossing Powder on the sentiment.

Memory Box Outside the Box - Haunted Halloween (Used Black/Orange)
Poppystamps Challenge - Cards for Kids
NBUS #18 - Never Before Used Schtuff (Cool Cat Die)


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Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Mum's the Word (PTI)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Black, Black Glimmer (SU)
Dies:  Cool Cat, Woodland Branch (MB), Swirl Pumpkin (PS), Leaves (IO)
Other: Gel Press, Acrylic Paint

Card Recipe
Stamps: Spooky Sentiments (Amy R) 
Ink:   VersaMark, Tangerine Tango (SU)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Tangerine Tango, Black, Black Glimmer (SU)
Dies:  Cool Cat, Woodland Branch (MB), Swirl Pumpkin, Picket Fence (PS)Circle Thin Frames (SSS), 
Other:  Gel Press, Acrylic Paint, Mini Tiny Circles Stencil (TCW), Star Punch, Black Sparkle EP (Ranger)

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Simple Joys and White on White

Hi there.  It's been a couple of busy weeks and I have more cards
to put in challenges than days.

I love the Power Poppy Digital stamps but I also love the clear stamp sets.
This pretty, rustic tree is from one of them.

I stamped with Archival Watering Can ink and used Zigs and my waterbrush to color.

I added some silver metallic to the watering can with a gel pen and
some clear Dazzling Details to the ornaments and Crystal Drops to the berries.

You can see the sparkle and shine better on the next photo.

Power Poppy has a challenge each week.  I only managed this one card for 
Julie's Tic Tac Toe challenge this month.

I'm also going to take this over to Maureen's Rudolph Days Challenge.


I've dry embossed some vellum strips and wrapped around snippets of cardstock
for the panels. A sparkly snowflake tops it off.

Here's a closeup of the sparkle.

Power Poppy Creative Confetti Challenge - Tic Tac Toe (I went straight down the middle)
Rudolph Days - Anything goes Christmas from the 25th to the end of the month.
CAS(e) this Sketch - sketch below
Christmas Kickstart - White on White
Jingle Belles - Dashing Through the Snow


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Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Simple Joys (PP)
Ink:   Watering Can Archival (Ranger), Pacific Point (SU)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathnore), Blueberry Bushel (SU), Watercolor (Strathmore)
Dies:  Double Pierced Squares (Avery Elle)
Other:  Zig CCRBM (Haze Blue, Cornflower Blue, Persian Blue), Caran d'ache Supracolor Penciles (Carmine, Aubergine, Silver Grey) Dazzling Details (SU), Nuvo Crystal Glaze, Silver Gelly Roll Pen, Silver Twine (SU)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  There She Goes
Ink: Encore Silver
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Cardstock Vellum (SU)
Other:  Snowflake EF (Martha Stewart), Snowflake Duo Die (PB), Silver EP, Silver Thread (SU), 

Friday, September 25, 2020

Happy Birthday Nancy

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

Today we're celebrating the birthday of a very special friend,
Nancy Littrell (scandinancy creates) with a linky party.

A little printmaking with Magnolia Die-cuts and lots of water came together
in an artsy, Monet style background.  It made me thing of Nancy's wonderful artsy style.

Some vellum as the bottom layer of the butterfly softened the colors there.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday, my dear, sweet friend!

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bouquet of Thanks (SSS)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), CertainlCelery, Neenah Natural, Black, Vellum
Other:  Print-making background using AR Two Magnolias, Flutter Side Butterfly (MB)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Trees for Twofer

Hi there.  I'm glad you stopped by!

When I saw the Twofer Challenge for this month was trees, I thought it would be easy.

Deciding which tree stamp or die to use was more difficult than I thought!

I settled on a old and retired Stampin' Up! stamp.

It hadn't seen ink in a long time.

This first card evolved over several days.

I stamped the top of the tree upside down at the top of a piece of card front.

Or it could have been the side.....

I ended up making it the top and stamping this sweet birdhouse.

Stampin' Up! Markers provided the color for the flowers and the rest was
colored with watercolor pencils.

I used a lmake up brush to add a bit of Distress ink all around then
die cut this Whittle Bird and added some color to him.

I knew I wanted to use this stamp with some Flower Soft that I found on a clearance
table over a year ago.

The full tree was stamped on mixed media paper using Stampin' Up! markers
for color.  I added the grass and sky by swiping Distress ink from the inkpad 
onto my palette and picking up with my waterbrush.

When it was all dry and mounted, I added the Flower Soft with some Tacky Glue.
I love the texture this adds!

Twofer #31 - Trees

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Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Thoughts & Prayers (ret. SU), Songbird Celebrations (PB), Script Sentimenst #1 (Inky Antics)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black, Tumbled Glass (DI), Real Red, Gumball Green, Pacific Point (SU Markers)
Paper:   Neenah, Black
Dies:  Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Whittle Birds (PS), Leafy Sprig (PS)
Other:  Caran d'ache Supracolor Pencils (Lt. Grey, Grey, Warm Grey, Black)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers (ret. SU), Good Greetings (ret. SU) 
Ink:   Soft Suede (SU), Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar (SU Markers), Peeled Paint (DOX), Speckled Egg (DI)
Paper: Mixed Media (Strathmore), Primitive Cream (MFT)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Layered Leaves (MFT)
Other:  Flower Soft Autumn, Aleene's Tacky Glue

Monday, September 21, 2020

Jane's Doodle Birds

Krafty Chicks #523 -  (Week 3) CAS Cards

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Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Free as a Bird (Jane's Doodles), Sentiment Strips (Alt)
Ink:   Archival Jet Black
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Neenah, Orchid Opulence
Other:  Zigs (Cornflower,  Lt. Violet,  Bright Yellow), Stitched Hexagon Layers Dies (MB), Charles EF (Cuttlebug)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Free as a Bird (Jane's Doodles), Tiny Sayings (Ali)
Ink:   Archival Jet Black
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Blue Raspberry (MFT), Gold Foil (SU), Neenah
Other:  Zigs (Lt. Blue, Lt. Violet, Violet, Bright Yellow), Double Stitched Circle Die (LI), Circle Thin Frame (SSS), Subtle EF (SU)

Card Recipe (card 3)
Stamps:  Free as a Bird (Jane's Doodles)
Ink:   Archival Jet Black
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Neenah
Other:  Zigs (Bright Yellow, Orange, Yellow Green, Mid Green, Cornflower Blue), Hello Die (SSS), Oxford EF (Cuttlebug), Stitched Rectangles Die (SSS)

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Just a Note for Penny Black

Hi there.  I'm glad you stopped by!

I'm Guest Designing for Penny Black Saturday Challenge again.
It's such an honor to be a part of that fantastic team!

This challenge is Anything Goes with an option of  Your Favourite Colours.

I love so many colors that I can't pick an actual favorite.
Yellow and red always appeal to me.  They seem so warm and friendly.

I've stamped one of the birdhouses from one of my NBUS sets onto
mixed media paper, heat embossed and watercolored with Distress Markers and a waterbrush.

I added a bit of doodling around the die cut square and popped on some
die cut branches.

Do check out the Design Teams fabulous creations and join in.

While I had the set out, I used the other birdhouse.

NBUS #18 - Never Before Used Schtuff
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes/Your Favourite Colour

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Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Songbird Celebration (PB)
Ink:   Archival Jet Black, Distress Markers
Paper:   Mixed Media, Neenah, Black
Other:  Clear EP, Stitched Squares Die (SSS), Airy Die (PB), Copic Multiliner (Black .03)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Songbird Celebration (PB), Snippets (PB), Work of Art (SU for post)
Ink:   Archival Jet Black, Distress Markers & DOX
Paper:   Mixed Media, Neenah, Black
Other:  Stitched Rectangles Die (SSS), A2 Thin Frames Die (SSS), 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Magnolia Blossoms on Sand

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

When I saw that the Flower Challenge was asking for brown and pink, I thought
it would be a perfect opportunity to try coloring on colored cardstock.

I stamped using Memento ink and a new to me stamp that was one of my
winnings from Kathy Racoosin's last 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Coloring was done first with a white Caran d'ache Supracolor pencil and followed up
with shades of pink.

There are some gorgeous cards by the Design Team and in the gallery over there.
Be sure to take a peek and maybe join in.

Flower Challenge #48 - Brown & Pink
NBUS #18 - Never Before Used Schtuff (Magnolia stamp)

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Magnolia Blossoms (MFT)
Ink:   Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper:   Sahara Sand, Neenah Solar White
Other:  Caran D'ache Supracolor Pencils (White, Salmon Pink, Rose Pink, Dark Carmine, Brown Ochre, Umber), A2 Thin Frames (SSS), Sequins (SSS)

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Shimmery Dainty Blossoms

Hi there.  I'm glad you stopped by!

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

where Joanna has asked us to...

I used the Altenew Fine Frames die to emboss the background.

You can see it better here.

After I watercolored the die cut flower, I used some of the color to add
splatters.  The sweet little bee is from a Power Poppy set.

I added some colored shimmer to the flower. It was a free gift with an order
and had been languishing in my drawer.

The bees wings get their shimmer from a clear Wink of Stella.

My mixed media are Embossing with Die, Die Cutting, Watercoloring, Stamping
and Splattering.

I hope you get a chance to try your hand at embossing with a die cut.
Check out the videos and the team's fabulous cards to inspire you.

I hope you'll join us at
Challenge ends on the 24th.

NBUS - Never Before Used Schtuff (Flower Die)

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Friendship Messages (SSS), Bee Kind Toile (PP)
Ink:   Gorgeous Grape, Versafine Onyx Black, Mustard Seed Distress Marker
Paper:   Watercolor (Strathmore), Neenah
Other:  Dainty Blossoms Die (Pinkfresh Studio), Fine Frames Rectangles Die (Alt), Gansai Tambi Watercolors (61 Cornflower Blue, 66 Menthol Violet, 139 Purple, 54 Olive Green, 43 Med Yellow), Pressed Peony Nuvo Glitter Marker, Clear Wink of Stella, Gold Sparkle Crystal (Studio Katia)

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Deco Tree and Holly Frames

Hi there.  I'm glad you stopped by!

Today I have two cards made with Poppystamps dies.

First up...

So much shine on this one with all that gold foil! The background was done with
alcohol ink and the die cut with foil cardstock.

If you look close you can that I embossed the  Fine Frames die and added a thin gold frame.

I used the rest of the alcohol inked piece to die cut this holly frame. 

The alcohol ink was so thick that it was sticky in places.  So I cut a piece of deco foil, 
lay it on top and ran it through my big shot sandwiched between copy paper.
It left some bits of gold that cover the sticky ink.

I've heat embossed the sentiment in gold and added some
stickers for berries.

CAS Christmas - Christmas Tree
Jingle Belles - Baby it's Gold Outside (add metallic gold)
Krafty Chicks #524 - Christmas

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Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:   Neenah Natural, Gold Foil (SU), Photo (Kodak)
Other:  Alcohol Ink (Bottle, Botanical), Gold EP, Fine Frames Rectangles die (Alt.), A2 Thin Frames Die (SSS)

Card Recipe (card2)
Stamps:  Letters to Santa (Kaisercraft)
Ink:   VersaMark
Paper:   Neenah Natural, Cucumber Crush, Photo (Kodak)
Other: Simple Holly Vine Frame (PS), Alcohol Ink (Bottle, Botanical), Deco Foil (icraft), Gold EP, Red Stickers