Sunday, February 28, 2021

Turning the Page March 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 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.

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.


Saturday, February 27, 2021

More Glittered Circles

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

Have you ever had a card that you struggled with?

This one was a struggle for me!

I did some soft sponging over a stencil and was happy with the background.

I was using this technique by Eileen Godwin and CASEing her card.

I stamped a silhouette flower in black and didn't like it.
It seemed too strong a contrast to the soft colors of the background.
So I winked it with Stella.

I liked that even less and set it aside.

I'd look at it and think that it needed something.  Finally, the thought of
a die cut popped into my head.

If you look closely you can see the stamped flower behind the die cut.

I'm finally satisfied!

Here's a close up.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  French Script (Darkroom Door), Sketched Flowers (SSS)
Ink:   Speckled Egg, Tattered Rose, Shabby Shutters (DI for background), Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Neenah, Petal Pink (SU), Black (MFT)
Other:  Laurel Stencil (Lavinia), Circle Masks (Cut from heavy vellum with Infinity Circles Dies (HA), Flower Stems #1 Die (TH), Twinklets Glitter

Friday, February 26, 2021

Merry Snowflakes

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

I have a slimline card for the Christmas stash.

I used a Slimline Stencil from Stamplorations pressing VersaMark through it
then heat embossing with white powder.

When the embossing had cooled, I used my stencil brushes to add some
Distress Oxide ink over the whole piece.  I used Tumbled Glass first and dried,
then gently added some Wilted Violet here and there and let it dry.

I needed it darker and used some Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink since I didn't
have a dark blue in the Oxides.

After buffing the embossing to remove excess ink, I matted it and popped it
on a card base and added some sparkly die cut snowflakes on top. 

I kept thinking it needed some red so I tied a sparkly, die cut sentiment with
some red twine.  Some stickers added a finishing touch to the center of the snowflakes.

Christmas Kickstart - Slimline Cards
Rudolph Days - Anything Christmas

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Ink:   VersaMark, Tumbled Glass, Wilted Violet (DOX), Blueprint Sketch (DI)
Paper:   Neenah, Blueberry Bushel, White & Red Glimmer (SU)
Other:  Snowflakes Slimline Stencil (Artsplorations), White EP, Various Snowflake Dies, Wonderful Words Die (PTI), Red Twine (Ali)

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Purple Times Two

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

The rain has stopped for a few days and it feels like Spring will come!

Memory Box is asking for PURPLE this month and I'm happy to comply.

I actually did the second card first, but realized that that particular die isn't
available anymore.  So I came up with plan B.

This pretty corner die was cut from watercolor paper and watercolored with
Distress Inks.  The background die is also from Memory Box.

It would make a perfect shaker card, but I didn't have any suitable colors of
shakers in my stash.

I did add some splatters and pearls.

I used the Print Making technique for this card by watercoloring the lavender
on a mixed media piece and turning the flowers over and pressing down so
some of the wet ink transferred to the background.

Inspired By Challenge is asking for a quote and this is one of my favorites.
It's from a company that has since gone out of business.  Sorry.



Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Agapanthus (TT)
Ink:   Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint (DI), Gorgeous Grape (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Watercolor (Arches Cold Press)
Other:  Small Antilles Floral Left Corner Die (MB), Distressed Windham Collage Die (MB)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Kind Words (Verve)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Watercolor (Arches Cold Press), Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), Neenah
Other: Long Stem Lavender Die (MB), Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS)

Saturday, February 20, 2021

More Zoom Fun

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

Last week I enjoyed a Zoom crafting get together and
have finished a couple of the cards using the techniques.

First up...

We dripped some Frost White paint on our mat and smeared it around with
a wadded up piece of plastic wrap.  With very little paint on the wrap, we pounced
it on our cardstock and let it dry while we washed the stencil.
 Then we replaced our stencil and used our blending brushes to ink it
up with Distress Ink through a stencil.

Another technique we did was Kristina's Sponging Bleed Through a Stencil.
After the image was inked through the stencil, we used small blending brushes to "bleed" 
the color around the stenciling.  It gives a much softer look.

You can use multiple colors for this technique and it gives an even better look.

Here's a photo of the shine from the Faux Mother of Pearl.

While I was waiting for inspiration to finish my tree card, I die cut a butterfly from vellum
and did the technique again.

Then I used the die to cut out my FMOP butterfly.
Here's a picture of the shine.

For this card's background I used an Eileen Godwin Technique.

I did some soft stenciling and stamping then used circle masks I'd cut from
heavy vellum to lightly sponge around.  When the ink was completely dry, I
used a Quickie Pen to trace around the circles and added some glitter.

It was a fun day!

Krafty Chicks #547 - CAS
Penny Black Saturday - Anything Goes

Now I hope that Blogger doesn't think there's something in this post that they
don't like and delete it all.  If I disappear from Blogland, you'll know that's why.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Botanical Blocks 2 (PTI)
Ink:   Bundled Sage, Rustic Wilderness, Brushed Corduroy (DI), Encore Gold
Paper:   Neenah, Embossed Vellum (ret. SU), Green Leaf (SSS)
Other:  Christmas Trees Stencil (Artsplorations), Frost White Paint (Tsukineko), Gold Dazzling Details (SU), Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS), Blending Brush

Card Recipe
Stamps:  French Script (Darkroom Door)
Ink:   Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Spun Sugar (DI), Sahara Sand (SU)
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  Laurel Stencil (Lavinia), Mini Stencil Set 4 (TH), Delicate Wings Die (PB), Frost White Paint (Tsukineko), Circle Masks cut with dies, Quickie Glue Pen, Twinklets Glitter

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Spot's Christmas

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

Meet Spot.  He's been a good boy and hopes Santa will leave him some
goodies in his stocking.

He's been stamped with Versafine ink and his spots were drawn and colored
with colored pencils.  I used a Copic Multiliner pen to add darker
edges on the spots.

I die cut the stocking from felt.  A little die cutting and embossing
and he's ready for the Christmas box.

Susan is hosting CAS Christmas this month.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Critter Party (PB), Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Neenah, Real Red (SU), Watercolor (TH)
Other:  Whimsical Christmas (Cheery Lynn Designs), Square Peek-a-boo Window Die (MFT), Felt, Brick EF (TH), Subtle EF (SU)

Monday, February 15, 2021

Embossed Dragonflies

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

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

Our challenge this month is

This time I smooshed some embossing paste through this sweet dragonfly stencil.

For some odd reason, I was thinking the paste needed to dry before I put the embossing powder
on it.  By the time I realized the mistake, it was dry.  So I broke out my Wow Embossing Pen
and covered the raised design with that, sprinkled on the powder and heat set.
I did two dragonflies at a time to ensure they would be wet enough.

I love the sparkle in this powder!

After it had cooled off, I lightly brushed some Speckled Egg Distress Ink
around the dragonflies.

I've scored lines around the design.  You can see the lines better here

My mixed media are Stencil Heat Embossing, Stamping, Ink Blending, and scoring.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Special Sentiments (PB)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black, Speckled Egg (DI)
Paper:   Neenah, Pool Party
Other:  Dragonfly Stencil (Magenta), Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi), Long Island Teal EP (Wow), Embossing Pen (Wow), Simply Scored (SU)

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Blogger Deleted my Design Honors Page

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

I just added some design honors to my honors page and got this email from Blogger


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My friend Darnell had this happen a few days ago so I was careful not to add a link to
the challenge site and used badges already used in my page. 

Be careful about adding anything to your blog!

And if you can figure out how to get in touch with BLOGGER, please let me know!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe


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

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here's a few of the cards I made for the kids.

Using a retired Stampin' Up! stamp set and embossing folder.

Use a LOVE THEMED Embossing Folder AND
the colour RED/PINK

Using an Impression Obsession giraffe! Did you realize he has a heart on his neck?

A Penny Black stamp with assorted heart shaped balloons.

Another Penny Black stamp.

If you'd like more information, let me know in the comments.  Be sure you leave
your email address, so I can respond.

I hope you have a LOVEly Day!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Friday, February 12, 2021

Sweet Heart Roses

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

I made several of this design for Valentine's Day.

The stamp is a 6 inch x 6 inch background so I cut some pink cardstock
just a little bigger and used my MISTI to stamp the roses.

After heat embossing, I used a sponge dauber to add color to the center of the roses.

When they were all colored, I cut the un-inked edges off and cut into 
3 inch x 3 inch pieces to die cut with this sweet heart.

I pulled out some already dry embossed pieces, some that were cut offs, and
cut a piece of the pink cardstock just a bit larger.

I placed the sentiment in my MISTI and stamped several times by moving the
cardstock up or down a couple of rows, then cutting them apart.

Double D Challenges - Valentine Love
NBUS - Roses Background Stamp


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Roses All Over (MFT)
Ink:   WOW Embossing, Regal Rose (ret. SU)
Paper:   Tickled Pink (MFT)
Other:  White EP, Finger Brush, Layered Leaves EF (SU)

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Balloons for Twofer

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

his month's challenge is...

Balloons always make a fun birthday card so I went traditional on this one.

I've done some monochromatic stamping for the background and made a balloon
bouquet by die cutting and punching balloons from some alcohol inked backgrounds.

I went non-traditional with my Twofer...

By flipping the die cut balloon upside down, I made a Christmas tree ornament.

I know you have at least one balloon stamp, die or stencil in your stash.
Have fun with it and make two different designs for two different occasions and
stretch your card stash!

Check our the awesome inspiration from our Design Team and our
talented Guest Designer, Greta.

I hope to see you in the Twofer gallery!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Timeless Textures (SU), Bitty Birthday Wishes (MFT)
Ink:   Island Indigo
Paper:   Neenah, Island Indigo
Other:  Alcohol Ink, Celebration Time Die (SSS), Die Cut Party Confetti (HA), Twine (FSJ)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Bitty Holiday Wishes (MFT)
Ink:   Cucumber Crush (SU), VersaMark
Paper:   Neenah, Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer
Other:  Heirloom Frames Die & EF (SU), Celebration Time Die (SSS), Small Snowflake die (IO), Pretty Pines Thinlits (SU)

Monday, February 8, 2021

Inspired Valentines

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

I have two similar but different cards today.

Poppystamps challenge this month is...


The Inspired By inspiration photo for this challenge
Aren't those hearts darling?

A twofer inspired by the Inspired By Design Team.

Paper, cardstock, dies and embossing for two more valentines.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Paper: Crumb Cake (SU), Neenah, Patterned Paper (?)   
Other:  Stitched Heart Trio die, (Poppystamps), Heartfelt Die (PB), Music EF (?), Stately EF (Craft Concepts-retired), Paper Ribbon, Pearls (Stash)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Paper:   Crumb Cake (SU), Primitive White (MFT), Patterned Paper (?)   
Other:  Sweet & Sassy Framelets (SU), Heartfelt Die (PB), Pinewood Planks EF (SU), Braid from stash