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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cool Waters and Anything Goes...

Today I have two challenges to enter this tag into... 

I have to tell you a SHORT story... I made the tag the other day... as I knew that I wanted to enter another tag for the FUNKIE end of the challenge...  well I took some pictures of it... and didn't like it... so it went back to the work table and got some alterations...  I now like it... 

So here it is... 
 
Just Swimming BY
I started off my coloring my paper with distress inks... then added some Texture paste thru a stencil... 
Love playing with that ... of course it takes me a long time... as I have to do three or ten more... LOL... just the way it is with me... addicted to playing.... 
 
Then I started to add all the little critters... 
 
 
This Shell is from Tim's nautical stamp set... and I stamped this on glossy paper and then used alcohol inks to accent it...  and THEN.... used Distress Glitter to go along the edges...  I use to love to find a nice clean large shell that was all shiny from the ocean waters... so wonderfully fun. 
 
 
A close up of that shell.. 
In the back ground you will see some TAPE that I bought at Home Depot... it is used for putting sheet rock together or something like that... not really sure... but it is fun to play with... sort of looks like netting of some kind... I think I bought this roll of stuff about 8 years ago... maybe longer when I was really into doing altered books... this was a must back then...  we didn't have all the goodies that we have today... 
 
 
My Sea Horses...  okay... they just looked so very plain... but there are in the back ground... the shell is the focal point... 
But they just didn't look happy...  so I dressed the Mama up...  ready for a dance... 
 
 
There is a reason for the post card tape and the pen... 
 
 
 
When you go away on vacation... you go to get a break from everything... and then after a few days you are all nice and relaxed and you go shopping and buy some post cards and then feel the need to write to all your friends back home and tell them that you are having fun... until you decided to stress out to get all these silly cards sent out!!!  Why do we do this to ourselves.. anyway... brought back some 'memories' of when we use to go to the shore...  
 
So this message is JUST SWIMMIN BY TO SAY HI.... and not to write post cards... LOL... 
 
Hope you have enjoyed this tag... and I thank you for stopping by for a visit...  and again thanks for all the great comments and Hi's you leave for me... this is so much easier than writing out post cards... isn't it??? 
 
 


So this tag is for Frilly and Funkie Challenge....  which is Cool Waters this week... and it is the FUNKIE side of the challenge...  I love these challenges here... they are really fun and really get my mind going...  I would also like to AGAIN thank the DT for giving me this GREAT award of Guest Designer... I am having fun with that ....  hope you all join me back here next week...  it is going to be exciting for me... that is for sure... hope you like what I am creating...  wait until you see what it is... a SURPRISE for sure... 

The other Challenge I am doing this for is called Anything but a card...    this is the 3rd challenge that they have had and my first with this one... sounds pretty interesting... as I do a lot of off the wall things... LOL... as you all know ... 

Again.. thanks so very much and have a wonderfully happy and prosperous creative day...

A little saying that I saw this morning as I was reading my positive thoughts for the day.... 
ADD TO YOUR JOY....  Count your Blessings...  we all need to do this all the time... we forget sometimes and get caught up in the every day things that really don't matter...  so count your blessings...

Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Monday.... what a lovely day of the week...

Today is Monday...  and it is a busy busy day around here... even though it is raining, I am canning up some beans... and threw some blueberries into the freezer...  and made a card... yes ONE card for THREE challenges... usually it is the other way around... but this week is really hectic and I wanted to do something for all three of these challenges... 

Simon Says... I have to say again... THANK YOU all for the lovely honor of  Designer Spotlight...  it is truly a huge honor... and also the Winnings of a $50.00 shopping spree...  WOW... what fun is that...  so Please check out this FUN challenge... and ENTER today...    This week it is Mid Summer Challenge...  with sort of an anything goes type of theme...  for this theme I choose to do summer flowers... one of my favorites...  tiny blue bells... please check out this site and join in on the fun... 

The other challenge is Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge and they ask that we use up STUFF we have... and get the old things and USE them...  I had to join... I keep on thinking that something miraculous will happen and my studio will become clean...!!!  LOL...  Anyway the theme this week is to EMBOSS...  dry or with a heat gun...  so I did a little of both... I embossed dry... with a tim holtz embossing folder and then I used many different colors of embossing powders all over the paper.. I love the way it turned out...   hope you can see enough of it... I also used little fancy spellbinder pieces on the corners and embossed them too...  so I do have some embossing going on here... I just did the first challenge here yesterday... and everyone seems so very welcoming and happy... I love that...  so here I am again with another piece... as I promised... 

Third.. but not least is the Shabby Tea Room challenge... which I have not done in over two years... I use to have dial up and it was so very difficult to get onto a site... let alone post, and do all that one has to do... so I gave up doing it... and this spring when we finally were able to get high speed... I got on line and started to PLAY... and here I am again...  Hi Debbie...  Okay... the challenge here is to do flowers... and also lace... I have the blue.. but not the pink... hope that the colors are okay... if not, I had fun adding my lace... and will watch to see if the colors have to be the same too... 


Okay... now some of the other things that I have added...  my background paper and the envelope of course I made also... I took Distress inks and put them onto a worksheet and spritz and created the papers... then I took a die cut and made a stencil with the butterfly die cut of tim's... and that is how I got the butterflies...  also used a small group of flowers on the card background... just because I love flowers... 

The center of the oval frame... (which is crackled) I took a piece of one of the green tall plants from the butterfly garden we have on the farm... and brought it home and sprayed it with some Dylusional ink...  I love the results... 

I made all the flowers... and used stamen that I did buy...  in the centers of each flower...  the ribbon is of course seam binding dyed... 

So... that is my card... now I guess you would like to see it...

 
Midnight Bloom 

 
Embossed paper in background and spellbinder fancy corner also embossed 

 
I adore butterflies... and this one I made using Tim Holtz's die cut... cut 100's of them... and painted the all different colors to use... if you want to talk about OCD Karen... we can now talk!!!  LOL..
anyway.. .I generally make the butterflies double... to show them flying FREE... and the underneath one is generally always different...  just the way it is... 

 
Here you can see the difference of the other butterfly...  also the spraying of the tall grasses...  I used sunshine yellow (?) and also a brown... love the effects I got. 

 
Some of the bluebells... 

With a large card like this, I generally try and make a matching envelope... which I did...  paper matches sort of... not the stamping on the butterflies... but colors and butterflies are a match...  
 
 

 
This is what the paper looks like close up... 
 
So that is it... hope you enjoyed this... and thanks for stopping in to see me...  I really love your visits and also love your sweet comments... thanks so very much for both... 
 
Hope you have a wonderful day creating and enjoying... 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 

Truffles

This week we have a very NEW face and also young face as the hostess to this I AM THE DIVA challenge..  And she has also created this Tangle as part of her Certification process to be a CZT...  congrats... and lots of love with tangling... 

So this morning after seeing this new tangle, I did my early morning cores... and then meditated and then tangled...  LOL.. it is almost noon here... and still have morning chores.. oh well.. life is like that at times... just going along at a merry pace... .


So here is my TIA for the week...

 
No color this week...  just black and white... have a few bushel basket of beans that I am canning and 20 quarts of blue berries to get finished today... phew..  a few things... but had to tangle and also have a few other challenges today as well... maybe that is... 
 
I like this tangle... reminds me of the tangle Roller coaster... a favorite...  I really didnt' take the time to add tangles in the spaces... time limits... but might try it later when time is a little bit more lucid...  LOL... 
 
Thanks for taking a look see and for the comments...  I try and get around to as many blogs as possible... but just dont' seem to get to all of them... 
 
Have a super wonderful day... and enjoy it all...
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

DREAMS.... Love them, don't you???

SUNDAY STAMPER.... Okay... Hels has really had a rough week this past week... a tummy virus and that is not fun in the summer months... She should really have taken it easy today as well.. but she did a challenge for us... so who am I not to do it...  better get busy I said...  and so I created this card set... 

 
I really love making these sets... it is a small card with a cute envelope... and then a larger one made from Wall paper to fit the other envelope into...  I love it...  just so formal in an unformal way...  if you know what I mean... 
 
 

 
I don't know about you... but so many things I make I have to keep... I just cant get rid of them... they are part of me...  LOL... and this one I love... bits and pieces of paper that are all special... and I love this Just Rite stamp...  and that pink butterfly!!!  Well I just most likely will save this one... unless I really need to send it to someone really special... which might happen also...
 

 
it says.... embrace your DREAMS... I am a firm believer of this...  all dreams to me are very important and special... If I could remember them all, I would have a huge journal...
 
 

 
These envelopes are a great way for me to use up SOME of the papers that I love to make....they are just the right size...  and they are so much fun to make and decorate... this one has one of the medallions that I love to make and use...  and then some cute rub ons from Ranger...  love them too.. 
 
Well.... that is my DREAM entry Hels... and my one WISH for this week is that you are feeling so much better that you will be ready to run the mile by tomorrow morning when you get up...  So take care and get better .... 
 
Thank YOU for stopping by here for a visit... and thank you all so very much for all the lovely comments you have been sending me on my blog and also in my e-mails... I appreciate each and every one of them... 
 
Have a wonderful day, evening, what ever, where ever you are... and I will see you tomorrow sometime with a few more challenges... 
 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 

Framing the Ancestors

This time on Compendium of Curiosities 3 we are creating Painted Industrial ... which I really call Faux Metal... and I happen to LOVE creating it...  wow... you will see some old things that I had done in the past with this GREAT method... as I really love doing it...

For all the details and also all the EYE CANDY... please go to the site  to see it all...  I really think you should grab some toys and join in on the fun...  Tim's books are for sale on the site above... and in other places... but that and join in on the creations every other week...  what fun.  I love doing these challenges, as it keeps me on my toes...  and I love to see what I come up with... and also what everyone else does too... 

Here is mine for this challenge... 

 
So many times a family forgets where they came from... so I am leaving tid bits around so that our kids can understand who people were in their ancestry...  
 
This is a picture of my Husbands Grandparents... I am looking for the book (family blood line book, which I can't seem to find right now???  ) 
They were married around 1890....  yikes... that is a long time ago... 
 
Anyway... they had four children ...
Nellie and Alton McLain 

 
I wanted to do something special for this picture... as it is really such a LOVELY picture for the time it was taken...  her dress is so very pretty...  and I wanted to show that to the fullest... also the room that this was taken in... 
 
The frame is also a shadow box... about an inch deep.. and you will see why in a minute... 
I used the Faux Metal and created a frame and then also using the die cut, three times with chipboard and once with the faux metal...  to make a thick frame...  I guess you have to look very closely to see that... but the oval frame is raised...  and the back piece is against the panel...  The panel is a piece of paper from the Wallflower collection of paper... love that paper... 

 
I create faux metal flowers too...  and used alcohol ink on them... I didn't want a bright color flower... so I used a pearl white and then put mushroom dye on top of that...  I think they look a little vintage... which is what I was tying to create...  since this picture was well over 100 years ago... LOL...   
 

 
I put one on the top too...  smaller flower... these were cut from the Tattered Floral die strip by tim...  I have had that one for a long time... and really just started to use it a lot... love all the different flowers on that strip...  and of course the leaves...

 
So here is a closeup of the frame... 

 
I had to make this picture lighter, so you could see the ribbon and the little locket in the box... 
 
 

 
In here are the names, marriage date, birthdays of the 4 children and it will be kept with this picture... hopefully one day, someone will cherish this as I do.. 
 
 
 
NOW... here are some other items that I have made in the past with this WONDERFUL technique... I really do love this technique... and do use it a lot.. 

A frame...  the flower is embossed with the color... 

 
I made this for my Mom's 93rd birthday...  she just recently passed, and I hope that I will get this box back...  I love the different looks you can get with this technique...  that is why I am showing all these... 



Well you know me... more is always better... LOL.. .so here are a few of the boxes I have made... one year, I made all the men a box for Christmas... with a nice gift inside of it...  love it... the girls got the flower ones...

So Thanks to Linda Ledbetter and THE CREW...  for all the inspiration and love that they give to each of these challenges...  and also to all the people that give wonderful prizes... like Tim, Mario and Inspiration Emporium... thank you one and all... you are all great... I love all these super duper challenges... 

Hope you all will take a look over at the site   so you can see all the wonderful eye candy...  really some really good ART... 

Have a wonderful day and be creative...  Thanks for stopping by for a visit.. and see you tomorrow with more challenges and more fun...

Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 

Make a TAG...

I think I am addicted to making paper things???  Do you think??? Nah.... just loving it all... and here is another challenge...  Called... are you ready for this....

CRAFT HOARDERS ANONYMOUS....  is that me or what...  anyway... I am really glad that I found this site... as I have a lot of things to use up...  so lets get started... 

This challenge closes tonight.. July20th... so I am just making it...  I did have a fun time making this... and did use some things... not many... but some that I have been hoarding... I love these Graphic 45 pads of paper... and this one I loved so much that I bought the 8x8 and also the 12 x 12 pad... LOL... I think I have to have them... and know that I will use them... SOMETIME...  so I pulled it out to use... 

Here is what I made...

 
The Blue Bird 
I love blue birds call.. I always know when it is going to rain.. as the blue bird yells... Thief... Thief...  and then soon the rain will start...  a little story my Great Grandmother use to tell me... 
Well... this is all about the blue bird...  I use the Graphic 45 pad called Botanical Tea... an all time favorite...  not that it is that old... just a favorite ... 
 
I seem to be really into the blues this month...so I used some white card stock and created my paper, using Tim Holtz method of putting ink onto the work sheet and then putting paper into the ink... love it... the randomness of the paper is just eloquent to me...  I did cover a piece of chip board to make this tag, as I am going to use it for the front of a book at some time...  so I wanted the sturdiness of this. 
 
I cut out the blue bird from a tag in the back of the  pad... and used a corner of that picture in the right hand side... I can't stand to throw good pieces of paper away... (Is that the sign of a Hoarder???)  anyway... I do use them quickly... like here on the tag... 
Little nest at the bottom also... LOL... Love it too.. 
 
 

 
Okay.. then I used two pieces of paper to create two pockets on the tag... and decorated the pocket front with some flowers that I again have a little story about... when I was a child... I use to love to go to the variety store called the 5 & dime... it was a little general store that carried everything from small tools for the men... toys for the kids and dishes and assorted things that the housewife needed... well these little flowers were 15 cents... and I only got a dime for my chores...  so I had to save up to buy this little bouquet of paper flowers... I use to buy them all the time... and make things for my dolls etc with them...  I wanted to make some... so I used a small punch and put a hole in the center of each flower and then inserted a stamen and glued it in... each "flower" is acutally 2 flowers... and they are cut out of paper that I colored with the same method for the background...  I love these flowers... and now I can have TONS of them... (REAL HOARDING.... but I do use them... ) 
 
The leaves are also punched out of paper I made... and the butterfly is a digital image that I cut out...  I love butterflies and dragonflies too...  Oh  there are way to many things I LOVE... I guess that is why I have too much stuff...   
 

 
The little bow and the top bow are made from seam binding that I have dyed... 

 
 I made two little tags... one with velum and a little dragonfly stenciled onto it... and the other just a piece of paper with a bird... and the polka dots for the background.. (I love polka dots too) 

 
The little eggs...  love them... just couldn't thrown that out... could you?????  So I used it... 
 
Well... thanks so much for allowing me to join in on this challenge... and thanks for all that leave a nice comment and stopped by for a visit... I thank you with much appreciation... 
 
Have a lovely CREATIVE day... and enjoy...
 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stencil it.... BLUE ON BLUE

WOW... I just realized that this is a TIM HOLTZ tag... LOL... everything on it is TIM....  love it... anyway... This is another entry for Country View Challenges...  please look at the Dragonfly entry for all the info on this site... I just found this today... and love it... thanks to a good friend... Also put this into the Mixed Media Challenge... which is a brand new challenge...   

So here is the tag... 
 
BLUE ON BLUE 
This background is made using Distress inks and stamps by Tim...  then I used a die cut to create the butterflies.. and I will tell you all about that in a second... 
 
 
I love butterflies and wanted a stencil with a TIM butterfly...  so I took a piece of plastic from a package and die cut it with the Butterfly... 
This was my new STENCIL... 
I could use my textured paste and create all kinds of butterflies... I think I spent a whole day... making butterflies and painting them too...  but what fun it is..  I LOVE BUTTERFLIES... 
 
Okay... so I cut about 40 butterflies out of paper... and then while I was waiting for the texture paste to dry I colored some butterflies... a little ink right from the mini ink pads... perfect... and then some distress pens and a white pen... makes really lovely butterflies... I doubled them up... to make it look like they are flying... 
 
 
 
 
So one of the butterflies landed on a tag that I had crackled... And that tag is in a pocket... on the edge of the pocket, I took some tissue paper of Tim's... Music score and made a ruffle from a strip of the tissue paper...  just gathered it onto some red line tape... love that stuff too... holds just about everything where you desire it to STAY... 
 
Put a little dyed ribbon and hung an enameled word plaque and then used some Remnant rub ons for the words and butterflies...   Okay... another yeah... I love these little rub ones... I love them especially for little books... and also for small little areas where you want to add a word... like on this enameled plaque...  there are two butterflies and also the words FLY AWAY...  all on a little tiny tag... how wonderful is that...   
 
 

So once the tag is out... you can see it is crackled... it had some really huge air bubbles... and so I had to let it dry too long for the project I was working on... so it went into a pile of use later things... and here it is...  with a huge white butterfly on it... with some texture paste...  I didn't smooth the butterfly out... I love them sort of rough looking and very textured... 
 
The little blue butterfly is layered and both are painted with the mini ink pads and then some black and white ink pens...  
 
a closeup... 
 
 
Using the stencil I made from the die cut, I created a bunch of white butterflies... and they needed some coloring... so here is one...  the coloring is done with distress pens and a waterbrush and then straight  distress pens for the stronger lines... 
 
 
 
Just so you can see the texture on these butterflies... love it..  nice and chunky... 
 
Well that is it for now...  hope you all have a wonderful evening, and a great day... play with full gusto and enjoy it all..
 
Thanks for stopping by for a visit... and hope to see you soon..
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 

STENCIL IT

Thursday... and having fun...  played all day long... had a class this morning... and that was fun... and then continued on my own ... it is now night time... LOL... and still going strong...  Great energy and fun today... 

A friend of mine e-mailed me to tell me of this GREAT CHALLENGE... called ...  COUNTRY VIEW CHALLENGES...  love it... know so many of the gals on the DT and also that have put entries into the challenge... well my eyes were popping out of my head... so much eye candy... and I haven't really had the time to go look at all the entries yet...  had to play... I got so inspired for all the examples that the DT had... OMG... what color, design and creativeness flowing all over this page... WOW... anyway... that is still some of the energy that I am feeling... still have not even been to the individual DT blogs! ! ! !   Wow... what a treat this find was...  Thanks Debbie... I owe you one... 

I also entered it into a brand new challenge called the Mixed Media challenge..  The challenge is WIDE OPEN this month...  great going...  Good luck... I know I will be joining in... 

So I played...  Stenciling was not a stranger to me at all.. in fact I just got some of RANGERS newest goodies...  TIM's Tins... which I LOVE... really puts those little inks into a VERY usable order...  I love those little inks, but was having trouble finding the ones I wanted to use in a second... and had to fumble... well these really are great... 

AND I also got some Texture Paste... love it too...  I hope that they make this stuff in a giant size... I am going to need it... I love to stencil and create texture on my paper...  as you will see... LOL..

Okay... here is my first of two entries... 

 
I love purple and love dragonflies...  and of course flowers... 
so my design was not hard to come up with.. .I had bought this dragonfly stencil about 14 years ago... and used it to stencil on fabric...  so I decided to use it on this card...  which is 8.5 X 5.5 inches...  huge... but had to make it that large to get everything on it... 
 
The Background paper was made with Distress inks and then stamped a Set of Tim's Stamps.. 
 
 


 
I then used my texture paste and created the white dragonflies on the background paper and also on some thick vellum...
and then mixed some Light lilac and Seedless preseves (Distress inks ) into the paste and mixed it with my palette knife...  I love the rich color that I was able to get... 

 
I also used Tattered floral die cut and a piece of paper from Tim's Lost and Found pad.. the pink floral piece and created this flower... which I love to make...  This die has been one die that has really seen so much activity...  I have to say that over 300 people have cut flowers from it... and I still use it almost every day... I am addicted to making flowers... LOL... truth... anyway... it still really looks the same as the first time I used it...  perfect.  love it... if you don't have this die... BUT IT... NOW... you will love it..  you can literally make over 30 different flowers with it...  so much fun... 

 
I wanted to put this dragonfly on this card... as I love it so much ... on the vellum you can really see the detail of the stencil...  and the textured paste really goes thru the stencil wonderfully to allow those small details to be shown... 
 
 

 
Okay... now pick up the little piece of vellum that has tissue tape all around it... and you will see some chit chat... 

 
I found a huge stash of my MIL jewelry...  still going thru stuff of hers... and so I decided to use a piece of one of the necklaces for the Dragonflies body... 
 
I am not sure if you can see this real closely, but the head is the catch and it duplicates the stamp to a tee... amazing... had to use it here... no question about it... 

 
Another view of the large purple dragonfly and the flower... 

 
I love the body of the Dragonfly... really cool... and the rhinestones have to be over 90 years old... as I think this one was her Mom's... 

 
 
So that is my final card... 
and I really love it...  as I love to do everything that is on here...
Stamp, stencil, create paper, color, use my die cuts, and have fun.. the most important of all.. 
 
Thanks for stopping by for a visit and also for any comments that you may leave.. I do read each and every one of them... and really appreciate them all...
Hope you have a wonderful day and create something spectacular... 
 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie