Thursday, June 24, 2021

Gnome for Christmas

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I used a previously embossed background and stamped the Fragile Branches
with DOX ink.  I used a wet waterbrush to move the ink to blur the images some.

The gnome background was cut from Neenah and the pieces from Neenah and
decorative paper.  I swiped his beard a few times with a gray Copic and used
a pink Copic to color his nose.

I've so far refrained from adding some red berries with Nuvo drops.

Challenges:
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Gnomes
Jingle Belles - Neutral Noel


 



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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Fragile Beauty (PB), Happy Holly Days (HA)
Ink:   Iced Spruce (DOX), Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Mixed Media, Basic Gray, In Good Taste DSP (SU)
Other:  Gnome Die (SSS), Copic Markers (R20 blush, W2 warm gray no. 2, Dilicate Designs EF (ret. SU)


Monday, June 21, 2021

Snowy in Blue

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My dear friend Hideko is hosting the CAS Christmas Challenge

My favorite snowman stamp got dusted off.  Yay!

I stamped him on Tim Holtz Watercolor paper since it's the whitest
watercolor paper that I have.  The coloring was done with
Distress Markers swiped on a palette and picked up with a waterbrush.

Snowy has shimmer on the pom pom and brim of his hat!

There's still a couple days left for this challenge if you want to 
take a snowman over and join in! There are lots of cute snowmen in the
gallery to lend inspiration! 

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snowy )(PB), Mixed Christmas Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Watering Can Archival (Ranger/Wendy Vechi), Faded Jeans (DI & DOX)
Paper:  Watercolor (Tim Holtz), Neenah
Other:  Frosty's Snow die (PB), Airy Die (PB), Kars Snow EF (ret. Cuttlebug), Black Nuvo Crystal Drops (for buttons), WOS


Sunday, June 20, 2021

Beautiful Nags Head

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No card today.


We recently met my brother and sister-in-law at Nags Head for a couple of days
enjoying the beach.

It was so nice to spend time together again!

It was really nice to see something besides our walls!


My brother got this shot of the sunrise from the other side of the pier.
(I was still asleep 😴)

We got to spend some time together at our house when we left the beach.

It was a wonderful week!

I hope I can find my mojo now.


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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Bluebirds Love

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Another card showing flight with watercoloring.

I've punched the birds with an old and well loved punch and added color to them
with ink swiped on a palette and picked up with a waterbrush.

To make the birds seem to be flying, I punched extra wings and placed them in a
fluttering angle.

A bit of watercolor made a soft sky and a frame made with
two stitched rectangle dies finishes it off.

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up - Watercolor Flight
Krafty Chicks - CAS week

 


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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black, Not Quite Navy, Flirty Flamingo (SU Markers swiped on palette)
Paper:   Neenah, Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series)
Other:  Bird Punch (ret. SU), Heart Punch (ret. SU), Caran d'ache (Ivory Black), Subtle EF (SU)


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Ducks in Flight

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

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


The lovely Viv is hosting the challenge this month and she's chosen...

This is a watercoloring challenge this month.

It's taken me several tries to get these ducks to look right, but
perseverance finally paid off.

I've stamped with Archival ink, done a watercolor wash for the sky, then
colored the ducks with markers, blending with my waterbrush.

I remembered this cattail die that a friend had given me and
cut it from the same piece of Mixed Media Pad cover and the background.
You can't tell in the photo, but it has lovely texture.

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

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Ducks (Deep Red), Celebrate Everyday (HA)
Ink:   Watering Can (Archival), Cherry Cobbler (SU), Faded Jeans (DI), Fired Brick, Pumice Stone (DM), Black Marker (SU)
Paper:   Neenah Natural, Merry Merlot (SU), Cover from Strathmore Mixed Media pad
Other:  Cattails Die (?)


Saturday, June 12, 2021

Lavinia Christmas

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I am so excited to be Guest Designing for 52 Christmas Card Thowdown!


The challenge this time is

I'll admit that this color challenge stumped me at first.
But in the end, I'm happy with it and used two

After temporarily putting a circle mask for the moon, 
I used a straight edge and gently sponged gray ink on a piece of 
Neenah cardstock.

Then I used a snowflake stencil and applied some more gray ink
over that.

I removed the circle mask and used the circle stencil for a guide
and added yellow ink for the moon.

After stamping the main images, I used the circle mask and outlined
the moon with a Quickie Glue pen and added a bit of gold glitter.
I'm not sure I like the glitter, but it's not going anywhere.

You can see the shine better in this view.



Finally I added some Chunky White Frantage and heated from beneath the 
card for the feel of snow falling.

I hope you'll join us at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.

Other Challenges:
Krafty Chicks: Christmas

 




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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Reindeer (small), Fairy Fir Tree 2 (Lavinia)
Ink:   Smokey Slate, Delightful Dijon (SU), Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Neenah, Black
Other:  Winter Snowflake Lace Stencil (MB), Circle Mask & Stencil (Homemade), Quickie Glue Pen, Gold Glitter, Frantage Chunky White EP (Stampendous)


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Hello Sunshine for Twofer

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It's time for another Twofer Challenge.

Guess what the challenge is this month?



I used a NBUS Gerda Steiner stamp for my sunshine.

Onefer is celebrating the end of school.
Today is the last day around here.


The sun and Jackie Bear are watercolored. His balloon is die cut from an
alcohol inked piece.  

I used a stitched snowdrift die to cut the curve.  I had to use it twice and it
left a bit of bobble.  Fortunately it was in a perfect place for a wobbly balloon!

For my Twofer....an encouragement card...


I stamped and heat embossed the sun to make the center for a true
sunflower.  I used a watercolor pencil to draw the petals and stem, then added 
color with Distress inks.  I used a Versamarker to add dots to the center
and heat embossed them before adding more watercolor.

The little ladybug was made with the punches on my Crop-a-dile.

The first time I did a sunflower I added splatters.
Well they were actually splotches.

Bad splotches!

Lest you think I'm being too hard on myself, I'll share.


I chickened out on splatters the second time around and used part of a stamp
for my splatters.

Our fabulous and fun Design Team is joined by Veana & Daphne as
our Guest Designers and they have some wonderful inspiration for you.

I hope you share some of your sunshine with us this month at

NBUS - Never Before Used Schtuff
Twofer - Sunshine

 

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Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Hello Sunshine (Gerda Steiner), Crazy Words (TH), Foliage Set (Art Impressions)
Ink:   Brushed Corduroy, Mustard Seed (DI), Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Watercolor (TH), Kraft (MFT)
Other:  Stitched Snow Drifts (MFT), Balloon Punch (SU), Alcohol Ink, Black Ultra Fine Sharpie

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Hello Sunshine (GS), Sending You Phrases (Creek Bank Creations)
Ink:   Wow Emb., Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Bundled Sage, Rustic Wilderness, Gathered Twigs (DI), Soft Suede (SU)
Paper: Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 Series), Back of Mixed Media Cover, Milk Chocolate (MFT)  
Other:  White EP, Tumbled Glass Re-inker (DI), Caran d'ache Supracolor Pencils

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Glimmer Snowflake

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

I met with some crafty friends last week and we played with
our Spellbinder's Glimmer Hot Foil Systems.


This was made with my friend Barb's glimmer snowflake plate using gold foil.

The 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge this week is a sketch.

I wanted to join in since I won the Santa Challenge last month.

Here's the sketch...

I used a bow for the smaller square.  Hope that's okay.

You can see the shine better here.  (I have trouble photographing foil.)



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Card Recipe
Stamps:  
Ink:   
Paper:   Neenah, Gold Foil, Gold Glimmer Paper (SU)
Other:  Glimmer Hot Foil System & foil (Spellbinders), Snowflake Die (?), Delicate Details EF (ret. SU), Double Pierced Squares (ret. Avery Elle)


Monday, June 7, 2021

Bee Happy

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This started with one of Power Poppy's beautiful digital stamps that I
colored with Copic markers.

I had a whoops and ended up fussy cutting the design to save it.

To add some interest in the corners, I used a honeycomb stencil that 
my dear friend Loll had cut with her Silhouette and sent to me.  

The flowers are popping out of the circular frame and the background
has been embossed for a bit of texture.

Challenges:
Double D Challenge - BEE Inspired




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Card Recipe
Stamps: Asters Abuzz (PP Digital), Bee Toile (PP)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black, Scattered Straw (DI)
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  Copics (R83, RV00, V04, B000, B21, YG03, YG07, YG 17, Y18, C00), Honeycomb Stencil (Silhouette), Stitched Circles Die (PB), Infinity Circles (HA), Tasteful Textures EF (SU)


Friday, June 4, 2021

Email Subscriptions

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No card today but something important to share.

I have been using the Feedburner Email Subscription Service since I started my blog in 2011.  It is part of the Google Blogspot offerings and it has worked well for me.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Festive Poinsettia Joy

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

It's been pretty busy around here, but I squeezed in a few minutes
here and there to do some lessons from Heather Telford's Floral Faves Class.


Sometimes I struggle with no-line watercoloring.

I do fine with inking the stamp and drawing the ink into the design.

But for some reason, stamping and using regular watercolor brushes
usually ended up in a mess!

After watching Heather, I decided to attempt this technique again and
I'm quite happy with the results.

I first stamped this NBUS poinsettia with Antique Linen Distress ink.

I smooshed some Crackling Campfire and Rustic Wilderness ink on my palette
and painted away.

It was a little too orangey looking to me and the green was a bit dark
so I smooshed some Barn Door and Peeled Paint ink and added a bit of that.

I meant to use my watercolor pencils in the nooks and crannies but
I got too excited and said done.

I still may add some.

But then again....maybe not!

Here's a close up so you can see the shine from the embossed sentiment
and center.


By the way, this is a mini slimline card (6 1/4 x 3 1/4)

Challenges:
NBUS - Never Before Used Schtuff


 





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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Festive Poinsettia (Alt.)
Ink:   Antique Linen, Crackling Campfire, Rustic, Barn Door, Wilderness, Peeled Paint (DI), Wow Emb.
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), Neenah
Other:  Gold EP, Delicate Designs EF (ret. SU)


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Seagull Splash

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

A new month and a new challenge at CAS Mix Up.


It's Watercolor month and our host is my talented friend Viv.
She's chosen...

That made me think for a minute.

I found this background in my stash that was done with Gansai Tambi watercolors and
the Splash Technique.  It worked perfectly with this seagull die cut.


Our fabulous Guest Designer, Joyce (Cards by the Sea) and our very talented
Design Team have some wonderful inspiration for you.
I hope you'll check them out and join in at CAS Mix Up

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Smell the Sea (IO-Dina Kowal)
Ink:   Wow Embossing
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 Series), Neenah
Other:  Gansai Tambi Watercolors (Turquoise, Marine Green), Sea Birds Die (IO), Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die (MFT), Caran D'ache Supracolor Watercolor pencils (Grey, Ivory Black), Whtie EP, Tasteful Texture EF (SU)


Monday, May 31, 2021

Turning the Page June 2021

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

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 June 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.

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Email link is in my profile on the sidebar.


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Enjoy!