Monday, June 5, 2023

Nature's Beauty

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

Hello Summer!

I know the calendar says Summer doesn't start until later this month.  The weather
people say June 1 is the start of "meteorological summer".  It sure feels like summer here! 

I finally pulled this Greetery die set out of my NBUS box and gave it a go.

Actually, we used these elements in our Craft Group last month.

I don't know what took me so long to get it out and use it.  I love all the elements and
would like to do a card using the seashells and jar.  But that can wait to another time.
Today it's winged things.

I cut everything except for the flowers out of mixed media paperr so we could add
a bit of water and Wink of Stella for blending without warping.

First we did some subtle stamping on the background piece before gluing the
divider and frame to the top.  The brass foil hinges and door pull give this curio
cabinet a very realistic look.

After adding color to the die cuts with Distress Oxide ink, a touch of damp waterbrush
evened out the coloring and Wink of Stella added some sparkle.

The bee with the set is really cute but seemed a little large for the opening so I used
the Firefly die.  It's also from the Greetery.  He makes a great bee!

The flowers have been punched from snippets of decorative paper and were left over
from a previous project.  I used the cut outs from the upper open wings of the butterfly
and colored for leaves to tuck under the larger flowers.

I added some little ladybugs cut from red paper with a die from Spellbinders.  They add
fun little pops of color.

Four Seasons - Summer
NBUS #51 - Never Before Used Schtuff
Triple B - Birds, Butterflies & Blooms

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Scripted Backgrounds (W9), Nurturing Blooms (GKD), Butterfly Basics (ret SU), Curio Labels Sentiments (Greetery)
Ink:   DOX inks.  Background: Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Butterfly & Bee: Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fern & Leaves: Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Dragonfly: Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers
Paper:  Neenah Natural, Naturals Ivory, Mixed Media (Strathmore), Patterned Paper 
Other:  Curio Summer Findings Die, Divider & Details Die, Cover Die, Firefly Die (Grty), Foliage & Ladybugs Die (Spl)


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Sandy said...

We are having very unusual weather here in Northern Florida -- much cooler than usual - staying in the 70's and a lot of wind.
My first thought on your card is that it is very different from previous creations. I really like it - it just does not look like a Bonnie Klass card to me!
Sandy xx

Brenda in IN said...

What a fun card this is and a nice welcome to summer (no matter when it starts). A beautiful design and great coloring. The brass hinges are a terrific addition.

Cat Craig said...

Oh ya, hello summer. This is such a fun curio.

Darlene said...

Oh Bonnie, what a clever design ... I simply LOVE it!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.


JoAnn said...

Beautiful little curio cabinet card with all the winged elements and cute flowers. Love the colors and the subtle background.

I Card Everyone said...

A wonderful curio filled with so many of my favorite winged things, Bonnie! This must have been a treat to make! I am so glad you got it out of the NBUS file!

Marcia Hill said...

Yep, this card definitely says SUMMER, and I love each little element you added to the curio many fun winged things!! Love all the shimmer you added too! And the background is fabulous also!! Glad you finally had the chance to play with all these goodies as the whole card came together beautifully Bonnie...LOVE it!! Hugs. :0)

jimlynn said...

Cute idea to add the hinges and door pull! Love all the sections of the "cabinet" too. Fun and creative!

LeAnne said...

What a sweet does look like a little case full of entymological samples! When I was a little girl, my friend told me she wanted to be an entymologist....I thought it sounded very cool until I found it she would be studying bugs! Your bugs are beautiful and them all!

Loll said...

This card is so sweet, Bonnie! I love your curio cabnet and the wonderful summery images. Beautiful and soft stamping in the background to set the mood. xx

nancy littrell said...

Wow...All your little details to your beautiful die cut images really make this curio card design extra special. Loved your very lightly stamped background too. It was so much fun reading your detailed many sweet perfect details, Bonnie. Your card will be treasured:-) Love and Hugs...Nancy

HilaryJane said...

This is great, love all the little details and the cabinet effect. It is great that you have finally used it xx

Nstiz said...

What a fun card, Bonnie! It looks so fun to do and I bet your class had a ball making this. Love that divider die! So many possibilities with that. It's also SO colorful which caught my eye.

Pat said...

I love the different images you have used on each of the panels Bonnie and beautifully coloured and a great background too. x

Lisa Elton said...

So many pretty sparkly winged things! This is a wonderful card, Bonnie. And you're right, the firefly does make a great bee!

TK said...

i LOVE this, Bonnie! So many cute and wonderful winged things, there's a lot of pretty and unique dies here!

Susan said...

Love the subtle patterned paper in the background, the grid effect, and all the great die cuts! A fabulous card!

kiwimeskreations said...

A wonderful card Bonnie, and a great curio cabinet finish to it. Loving all the wee insects, particularly the firefly turned 'bee'.

Bobby said...

Your card is so much fun with all the different elements, Bonnie. It looks like a school project with all the specimens. The hinges really make it a cabinet.

Vicky Hayes said...

A wonderful summery card in all its gorgeous detail Bonnie! I love the brass fixings, and the sparkly wings on the butterfly and dragonfly are so pretty. Vicky x

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, how cute this is! Colorful and fun and I just love the faux hinges and pull and the whole botanical vibe!

Christine Alexander said...

fabulous card with all the touches of summer, the bugs and flowers are wonderful ♥

Darnell said...

Your little curio cabinet is so cool, Bon! I love the background and all the sweet little critters and flowers. The hinges and knob and schparkle finish it perfectly! Thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Dolly

Karen Letchworth said...

This is such a fun card, Bonnie. I love that die from The Greetery and it really gave you a beautiful design. Have a blessed week and please join us again soon.

Diane said...

Very creative and beautiful!!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Triple B and Four Seasons!
Diane TB and FS Co-Owner
{Nellies Nest}
{Triple B}
{Simply Clean & Simple} Coming July 7th

Trina P. said...

Adorable card. I almost bought this set.

Brenda said...

This is a very cool card Bonnie, I love the background and all the natural elements in each box. I would have never thought that bee was a firefly, he does indeed make a great little bee! Hugs, Brenda

Maria said...

I saw your card over in the NBUS Challenge and just had to drop by and say that I LOVE your card! Nature at its finest! Love all the elements and pretty colors!