Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Hummingbird for Color Hues

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I used a NBUS die from Dee's Distinctively and a print making technique
to make this card.

I cut the bird from Arches cold press watercolor paper and laid it on a piece
of Mixed Media while I did some messy watercoloring.  I love how it leaves some
matching colors for an Impressionist background.

I colored the bird with the colors from Color Hues and winked his wings to
give the feeling of movement.  To finish I added a die cut
hibiscus for the hummer to zoom in on.

The textured background is the inside of the cover from a mixed media pad.

Challenges:
Color Hues #41 - Aqua & Red
NBUS - Never Before Used Schtuff (hummingbird & hibiscus die)

  


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sketched Flowers (SSS)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Watercolor (Arches cold press), Mixed Media (Strathmore), Mixed Media Pad Cover
Other:  Hummingbird 2 die (Dee's Distinctively), Aloha Hibiscus die (Frantic Stamper), Re-inkers (Pool Party, Real Red), Black Sharpie, White Nuvo Crystal Drops


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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Happy 14

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I had a tough time coming up with a card with flowers and a number on it
for The Flower Challenge this month.

My granddaughter will be 14 her next birthday so I have a card made ahead of time.
I hope I don't forget...


This is a free digital stamp from Power Poppy.  I've printed the no-line version on
mixed media paper and used my Zigs and a waterbrush to color it.

The numbers were cut from the finished panel.  (It always makes me so nervous
to cut into a colored piece!)  I also die cut the numbers from a bit of foam so I
could raise the numbers up a bit.

A sparkly happy and stamped birthday finished it off.

Marcella is offering some of her Spring Digital Stamps at 25% off this month.
It's a great time to stock up on her beautiful images.

Challenges:
The Flower Chalenge - Use a Number




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Kindness is the Way (PP free digi), Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Black, Back of Mixed Media Pad Cover
Other:  Zig CCRBM (Tea Rose, Pale Orange, Lemon Yellow, Lt. Pink, Gray Tint, Dark Brown), Black Stampin' Write Marker, Caran d'ache Supracolor Pencil (Warm Gray II, Brown Ochre) Large Number Framelits (SU), Word Dies (Peachy Cheap)


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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Spring Thank You

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A quick card inked with markers and blended with a damp waterbrush.
I did some second and third generation stamping of splatters to add a little color
to the background.  It was the perfect size to frame in this window.

We recently went to Nags Head for a few days.  This card is for the sweet
neighbor that picked up our mail and kept an eye on our house while we were gone.
Good neighbors are a real blessing!

Want to see some of what we saw at the beach?

Day 1 - High seas and crashing waves

Day 2 - Fog and wind

Day 3 - A little calmer

Day 4 - Sunny skies in time to go home

But it's all good at the beach!



Challenges:
The Four Seasons - May-Spring






Card Recipe
Stamps:  Painted Poppies (SU), Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Soft Sky, Soft Seafoam, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Other:  Peek-a-boo Square Window Die (MFT)


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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Artistic in Blue and Tan

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A CASE of a card we did in class last week using the colors from the 

I probably would have never thought to use these colors together, but I
really like them.  And I think my niece will like them too!

The ladies in the class and I love how this stamp makes the flower and leaves
look like watercolor without any water. On this card, I added a little blue watercolor
pencil over the tan leaves to blend them in with the flowers.



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Artistically Inked (SU), Sketched Flowers (SSS)
Ink:   Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake
Paper:   Naturals White (ret SU), Natural (MFT), Neenah Solar White
Other:  Artistic Dies (SU), Timeworn Type 3D EF (SU), Caran d'ache Supracolor Pencil (blue)


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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Brushos with Nature's Paintbrush

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Take a deep breath. Relax.


The background of this card was made by smooshing a piece of
coated cardstock onto some wet Brusho crystals on my craft mat.

You know how you always have that leftover run off?
I hate to let it go to waste sometimes.

It made a very light background so I sprinkled a
bit of Olive Brusho crystals on top of the wet piece.

I loved all the colors that popped out!

Once dry, simple stamping was all this needed.

Challenges:
Penny Black Saturday - ATG/Optional Nature


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Nature's Paintbrush (PB), Psalm 121 (Verve)  
Ink:   Tree Branch Archival (Ranger)
Paper:   Coated cardstock, Brushed Gold (SU)
Other:  Brusho (yellow, orange, olive green)


Friday, May 6, 2022

In the Pink

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I'm trying to use up some of the backgrounds I've done through the years.

This background was from our retreat in 2019.

It's well past time to put it on a card, don'tcha think?

The base was swiped with a baby wipe that was saturated with ink.

I used a stencil and embossing paste through the stencil for the flowers.

When I pulled it out for this card, I stamped randomly with a script stamp
with white ink.

After I cut it down, all it needed was a little butterfly on top.

Challenges:
Colorful Options - Pretty Pink


Card Recipe
Stamps:  French Script Background (ret SU)
Ink:   Whisper White
Paper:   Mixed Media, Neenah Solar White, Vellum
Other:  Baby Wipe, Floral Garden Stencil (Magenta), Stencil Paste (?), Moonlight & Kaleidoscope Butterfly Dies (MB)


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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Wreath of Joy

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I'm still trying to catch up with my Christmas stash, but I've chosen pastel colors
for this one.

I used a retired 3D embossing folder for this wreath and colored it with 
watercolor pencils.

My favorite bow from the Greetery, cut from foil cardstock and a matching
die cut sentiment finish it off.

Challenges:
Can You Handle the Pressure? - ATG with embossing folder/twist PASTELS
Krafty Chicks #609 - All Occasions (Christmas)
Peace on Earth #16 - ATG Christmas



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Sentiments (PB)
Ink:   Baja Breeze
Paper:   Neenah Solar White, Baja Breeze (ret. SU), Confections Foil (TH)
Other:  Seasonal Wreath 3D EF (ret. SU), Fit to Be Tied Die (Greetery), Joy Wreath Die (CP), Caran d'ache Supracolor Pencils


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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Turning the Page May 2022

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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 May page using Hero Florals Poppy by Hero Arts.

 

 By the way, the calendars are 4 ½ inches by 7 inches.

They can be 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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Friday, April 29, 2022

Plaid Tree

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I'm on a roll for Christmas cards.  I apologize to those who are still seeing snow.


I spread some embossing paste through a stencil then sprinkled with glitter for 
the background.  A little glue and glitter brought sparkle to the snowbank.

Dee's Distinctively Jumbo tree cut from plaid paper made the tree and
a couple red cardinals decorate the tree.  I've used dimensionals
between the tree's layers so there's lots of dimension to go with the sparkle.

Happy 2nd Birthday to Christmas Craft Creations!

Challenges:
Christmas Craft Creations April - Tartan Plaid (not sure if this is Tartan but it's plaid)
Rudolph Days -ATG Christmas


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Prancers (PB)
Ink:   Bundled Sage (DOX)
Paper:   Neenah, Holiday Cheer Paper Pack (Honey Bee Stamps)
Other:  Jumbo Tree Stacker (Dee's Distinctively), Embossing Paste (Wendy Vechi), Glitter (Sweet Poppy), Sparkling Snow Stencil (Echo Park)


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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Silver and Gold Snowflakes

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The Peace on Earth Mood Board inspired me to get out my Glimmer plate and
a NBUS snowflake plate I bought last year and never used. 

This wasn't from my first attempt!  I really need to use this more often so
I'm familiar with the process.  I do find that tape is very helpful!

I cut small pieces of foil for each snowflake as they're all in a line and
taped each one.  When heated, I ran them through the Big Shot and was
finally rewarded with this panel.

I've mounted it on an envelope from my stash.  I believe a Hallmark card
came in it and it was too pretty to throw away.

The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed.

Challenges:
Krafty Chicks #608 - CAS week
NBUS #37 - Never Before Used Schtuff (I hope Glimmer Plates are included?)

 


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Wishes (Kaisercraft)
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:   Hammermill, Recycled Envelope
Other:  Glimmer Foil System, Sparkle Border Hot Foil Plate (Spl), Speckled Prism & Starburst Foils (Spl), Gold EP


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Monday, April 25, 2022

Wobbly Gnome for Christmas

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I am behind on my stash of Christmas cards so I'm hoping to get lots
done in the next week.


My gnome friend has been colored with Copics and added to the card front
with a Mini Action Wobble so he waves his sign.

The embossed background was in my Christmas box.  I don't know who made this
embossing folder.  It was borrowed from a friend a long time ago.

Challenges:
Christmas Kickstart #61 - From Our Gnome to Yours



Card Recipe
Stamps:  It's Snome Time (Helz Cuppledish/Craft Consortium), Baubles Set (Magazine Freebie)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red
Paper:   Field Day (MFT), Neenah, Baked Brown Sugar
Other:  Copics (G24, YG17, YG67, G43, G20, R29, N5, RV000, Rv10, C00, C0, C2), Min Action Wobble (Art Imp)


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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

More Tulips

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I have really enjoyed these tulips! They are a joy to watercolor!
Thank you sweet friend for sharing them.

This time I colored them pink.  I added a light wash of blue and some splatters.

I held my breath and die cut the panel. Woosh.  So glad I didn't ruin it!

Challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - ATG/Option of Easter
Four Seasons - Spring

 



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Splendiferous (PB), Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Squeezed Lemonade (DI)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Natural (MFT)
Other:  Curved Stitch Die (PB), re-inker (Tumbled Glass, Wilted Violet - DI), White Gouache (for splatters)


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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Easter

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  1. Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
    Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
    Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
    Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!
  2. Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
    Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
    Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
    Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!
  3. Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
    Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
    Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
    Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!
  4.                                  Charles Wesley


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Simply Succulents (SU)
Ink:   Whisper White
Paper:   Neenah Solar White, Gorgeous Grape
Other:  Double Pierced Rectangle Die (AE), Large Cross Die (MFT), Small Cross Die (SU), White EP


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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Stenciled Ornaments

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A quick post with a quick card made from last year's December calendar page.

I used a Sweet Poppy stencil for the baubles and a piece of cardstock that was left over
from die cutting pine branches for the greenery.

Challenges:
Jingle Belles - Recycle or upcycle (used page from last year's calendar)
Peace on Earth Christmas - ATG Christmas

 


Card Recipe
Stamps:  
Ink:   Real Red, Gumball Green (SU), Rustic Wilderness (DI for stenciling)
Paper:   Neenah, Gumball Green
Other:  Damask Baubles & Bows (Sweet Poppy), Pretty Pines Thinlits (ret SU), Gold Dazzling Details, Holiday Sentiments Glimmer Plate, Gold Foil, WOS  


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