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Sunday, September 21, 2014

A FALL Journey in a card and Envelope

 
I am not the least bit surprised to see a challenge at this time of year with the theme of
 
FALL
 
Fall is a wonderful time of year with all the beautiful colors, one trying to out do the next one...  almost every color in the rainbow is glistening with dew, brightly shining and magnificently displaying its final round of beauty... 
 
So to capture this.. I felt that I needed to really get my colors nice and clear so I had to think thru this one clearly to get
CLEAR COLORS... 
BRIGHT COLORS...
and a little hint of DEW on the leaves... 
 
So this is what I came up with...
 
I have to apologize that I forgot to take pictures from the very beginning...  but you will get the idea anyway... 
 
 
This is what my final piece looks like.. it is a card and the envelope... which will have to be sent in another envelope... as this one will NOT make it thru the postal systems... LOL..  anyway... you will see all the components as I go along... 

 
I am going to start off with the card... I had started to make the card and envelope and then remember the camera... so I spread out the card so you can see the paper...  I used a technique using clear embossing powder, with layers and layers of stamping and inking in between... I hope to do this with a tutorial some day... I love doing this for each and every season...  just a really unique technique and you always get fun and pretty results... 
 
For this, I used Tim's leaf set of stamps...  and also Distress inks and round blending tools... you can get into areas that you normally would not get into with the little round ones...  and with this technique you will need to do that... 

 
When the card is folded, this is the front, with the paper beads I made from some paper that I also colored with
RIPE PERSIMMON... 
and cleaned up the worksheet with my ribbon... and added some mustard seed and also a little tiny bit of vintage photo...  
 
I attached a few leaves... which I made from Tim's Tattered Leaf Die Template...  love it... quick and easy and tons of leaves.. then I just have to have fun coloring them... a little spritz here and there.. and you have instant pretty leaves... 
 
I did edge them all with some browns... and also some greens...  
 
  

 
Down in the lower left corner I stamped this stamp which is from Just Rite...  love their stamps too... 
 
AUTUMN
the year's last,
loveliest smile... 
 
I love the purple... which shows up better in the camera than it does in real life... LOVE IT all...  The leaves on this look almost transparent....  and the colors are vivid... just like I wanted them... 

 
The front of the card... I also attached a leaf which is shown on the front and goes into the inside of the card... 

 

 
The inside of the card...  with a few leaves... that sort of got blown into the center... 

 
My favorite fall saying... 
 
EVERYONE MUST TAKE TIME TO
SIT AND WATCH
THE LEAVES TURN...
 
Have you ever done that... it is amazing... it takes a long long time...  LOL... 

 
The envelope...
I had already glued the envelope together... I should also tell you that I made the piece of paper 8.5 x 11 with these leaves while it was an entire sheet...  I then folded it in half and tore it... not cut it... tore it...  thus the ragged edge... also I couldn't find my scissors... and wanted to see the papers... oh yes... I love it...  Added some words to the envelope.. 

 
and also some Pickled raspberry... and I was HAPPY... 

 
Here is a close up of the leaves... you can see the embossed areas... 

 
I have told you that I love to make papers... so this on my inking area table... and so I stamped a pumpkin from Tim's set... and then started to color with the Distress markers...  but I didn't have the RIPE PERSIMMON
that I wanted... so I used a brush and distress stain on my worksheet and finished coloring the pumpkin.. 

 
All finished... 
 

 
I cut it out... a little too much as you can see here...
but on the envelope no one will ever see it... except YOU.. 

 
I added a few more leaves, and also the word AUTUMN from some of Tim's stickers... and a piece of raffia...  all done...
When I went to glue this all down... and piece of cheese cloth got stuck to my fingers... (Too much glue on my fingers...) and it wanted to go into the arrangement... so I let it...  and that is it... 





 
When the card is in the envelope... the top leaves stick out... I love that... so does the ribbon with the beads... 

 
The envelope alone.. 

 
The card and envelope... 
as you can see the leaves are out...  just adding to the
fall arrangement... 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by here for a visit...  as I really appreciate you coming by...  and also love all the sweet loving comments you leave too...  I cherish them all..
 
Have a fun fall season... and see you later with more goodies..
 
 
 
 
Thanks again for all your love and support... 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie     
 
 
 

Monday, September 15, 2014

A little FALL book

This is a long posting... but it is for a lot of  different  Challenges...  I don't really have all the time I normally have during a weeks time... so I have to combine...  I have a huge basket class coming up on Saturday...  and need to pay attention to that...  gather up supplies, etc...  so please forgive the length of this... but each challenge is very important to me.. 

Fall is here and I love the fall season... it is so beautiful and the changing of the leaves and all the wonderful smells... the first wood burning fire is so divine and then someone is burning leaves... (really not allowed, ) but it smells so good too... and then the music... the music in the air... the fall music that plays only in the fall months...  so delightful...  light and airy... and swirling and colorful... can you hear it... maybe you will by the end of this blog...  I certainly hope you will be able to...  it is do GREAT...   

Here is the book I created that is all about the music and smells and sights of FALL....   (and I will tell you all about the challenges as we go along...) 

Card and Envelope from Wall paper 
 
I had a lot of fun making this little booklet… it just kept on adding and adding pages… one after the other… not really sure how this happened.. but it did..  Anyway… this is how it all happened… sort of anyway… 
 
The front cover and back is one piece of paper that I created using the distress ink on the worksheet and then spritzing with water… love that technique…  my favorite past time of all.. LOL… I can make so many pretty pieces of paper in an hour that my studio runs out of room to dry them… truth.. 
 
Anyway… I made this piece of paper and then used a stamp I created from the butterfly die cut of Tim’s little butterflies..  How to do this… simple… die cut a piece of foam…(the shape you want to make the stamp from)  and then glue it onto a piece of scrap plastic…  voila… a new stamp…  so very much fun…  anyway I used archival black ink to make these butterflies…  I had this paper in my FALL TO USE pile of papers… and took it out to make something for this particular challenge… and all of a sudden this little booklet starts to build and build..
 
 
 
So the first challenge that I addressed with this, was Frilly and Funkie… and the theme is“It’s all about HEARTS”  so I cut  a heart out on the front… knowing that I would make something appear in the center of the heart… 
 
The second challenge was Hels Sheridan’s Sunday Stamper… and her theme this week is Music… music, music…  so I took some tissue wrap and cut one inch strips and glued it around the heart edge…  making a ruffle for the heart… oh it went way beyond the edge of the card.. oh well…  I don’t’ mind… I have a nice big envelope for this one… 
 
 
I put a butterfly on the ruffle and then added a piece of raffia and a button… thinking that this week was the Kraft theme of buttons and bows… oooops… not a big deal… I love it anyway… 
 
 
 
Tucked a kraft glassine oak leaf under the bow… and thought wow.. I love that… 


 
The last of the butterflies.. a fall butterfly is on the music... singing it's heart out...  "see you next spring... I love you" 
 
Can you hear it??? 
wow...
I love butterflies.. they are so very special to humans also.. 


 
Well now did you think a crow was going to appear there??? 
If you know the mood I am in... YES...  it had to be a crow... 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Sugar Creek Hollowhas a theme this week of putting a sentiment on your project… (#95 Word Play… )  so I kept that in the back of my mind… and also a few others… like Compendium of curiosities volume 3 challenge #11… has effect powders as the theme… so I was also going to add some effective powders to my project too…  maybe… maybe not… all depends…  well… I kept on playing… and before you know it…  I have a whole little book… 
 
on the inside cover… I found this really neat crow stamp… what a surprise…  lots of crows… and a moon…  oh I have to use that… and then a single pumpkin and a little crow… have to use that… 
 
I won a $15 gift certificate over at Kraft Journal… and picked out some really nice things…  not really sure if I would really use them or not…  oh dear me… more stuff… and Craft Hoarders Anonymous really had me doing so well… oh dear me… but when I got my package… I was totally excited… and started to use all the things as soon as I could.. 
 
 
 
The first thing I used was this little Kraft Brown envelope… how cute is that…  and check out this great washi tape… black with white dots… love it… going to have to get a couple of them… love it a lot…  anyway…  added a page with this fun crow… so that it would look thru the heart… but then I added this little envelope… can you feel the pages starting to collect in this simple little card??? 
 

 
 
 
 






 
some close ups...  Love these little kraft brown envelopes... wow. .and I only got 10... need to use a few more... then re-order... 
 
 
So in went the tag… and an extra leaf…  love it… had to stamp on the envelope and decorate that too… couldn’t’ leave it empty… a little double butterfly never hurt anything … 

 
Also... this week for Shabby Tea Room Challenge there is a picture of a pile of pumpkins... white, orange, white, orange... so I created this orange and white border... using a spellbinder border... I popped the pumpkins out... colored them ... and then popped them back into the border... they are raised though...  okay... the picture also had some Bittersweet around the pumpkins... so I didn't have a stamp small enough... so I thought I would make some small leaf stamps... and also draw some bittersweet... 
 
This week at Simon Monday... it is to ROCK THE TECHNIQUES.... so here is my technique... 
 
 
How to make your own simple stamps... I love leaves... and forever need MORE and MORE...
 
So I grabbed a piece of foam...  color and thickness do not matter..
Cut the simple shape out... as you can see above...
 
 

 
Using an old credit card, or a piece of repurposed plastic from shipping products... glue the foam onto the plastic... 
 

 
Treat this as you would any other stamp...  use ink and stamp away... I did it twice here... 
 

 
Then drew the lines for the bittersweet and added some berries... 
 
 


 
 
Another technique that I use when needed is to cut the paper to allow something special to happen... like this crow holding the leaf...  You might never notice on line.. .but in real life you need to make it seem as real as possible... I love this...  I use an exacto knife and carefully cut on the top and bottom and slip the leaf into position... 



On the back of the tag... 
 
The Mighty Oak trees FLOWER
THE ACORN

 
This week at the PAPER GIRLS... they are showing a technique style they call Watercoloring...  it is fun and easy... I used it like this...
 
 
 
The acorn was then cut out and put onto the back of the crow tag... I just love the crow tag... it has so much going on... and yet was so very easy to create... love it...  it is only 2.25 inches by 3 inches tall.. a small little thing to have so much on it... 
 
 
 
 

 
The back of my little kraft brown envelope is covered in a pumpkin print...  and of course a double butterfly... 

 
Finally the CROW page...  with some pumpkins... I used the Challenge for Compendium of Curosities challenge #11 for this one...  it is really wonderful in real life.... if interested in knowing more... please check this site out... other than learning... and meeting all kinds of wonderful people there... it is FUN... love it..
 
 

 
The back of a page is just as important as the front in a book... you look at both...  and so this came out of the pile... TO USE LATER..  a leaf that I made on white paper, using my Textured paste...  used a whole jar the first day I got this stuff... now I have been using all the things I created...  LOL.. am I silly or what... just like a kid having fun in the candy store... 
 
I also zentangled a heart... again for the Frilly and Funkie challenge...  I told you that I was going to cover a lot of challenges... didn't I??? 

 
This is another one of those leaves... but I turned this one into an envelope... Love these envelopes... you can put so very much into them...  like an ATC...  and if you look close enough ... a chicken feather... Our feathers are black and white... perfect colors for this little FALL book... 

 
There is that eye looking at YOU... 
A stamp from the past... at least 10 years old... 
and tim's eye stamp... love that too... 
 
The FALL letters are from tim's line of ideology...  great to use in a flash... 
 
 

 
Turning the ATC envelope.. this is on the back... and low and behold... another envelope!!! in black and white stripe...
 
I think I told you that this little book just started to happen... and it all because of this great black and white dot washi tape I got from The Kraft Journal Store... check it out... anyway... all the book is held together with it.. 
 
On the back of the envelope.. 

 
I had to tangle some more..  CELEBRATE THE COLOR
And of course a pumpkin...  you see these things just sort of happen when they are suppose to happen... 
 
Actually I stamped a lot of things about a month ago... trying to get into the fall mood... but the mojo wouldn't allow it to happen earlier than it was suppose to... 
 
So I just had to pick and choose what I wanted to use...  this pumpkin was embossed with orange and then highlighted with yellow... and the leaves were embossed with GREEN... 
 
 

 
I didn't tell you about the challenge over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous... 
 
Well they have really helped me get my studio in order... and also gotten me into trouble... and others I might add...  but hey.. it is all in fun... 
Since I joined there, I have cleaned my studio of all the junk that I wasn't using... have given it to others that NEEDED it... and also didn't have much... I also have stream lined things... so that I really know where 99% of my STUFF is...  and can find it pretty quick.. that is a miracle in it's self...
 
BUT I have a huge stash of flowers now... never have enough of them... and now the fall stuff is getting out of hand... so I need to work on those areas... 
 
so I had to use some things here ... for no other reason
than just to USE THEM... 
Craft Hoarders Anonymous this week, is asking to use office supplies... 
I use them all the time... but I did use some staples, and also a few paper clips...  so I hope you have seen them...  I also used some tape on the back of the leaf that the crow is holding... LOL..
gotta think of everything these days... 
 
 
 
 



This black and white striped envelope was holding a tag... 
This fall... I have fallen in LOVE with using
Pickled Raspberries...
(what a name... but I love it... )
using this color with the other fall colors is just perfect to me... I love it...  
 
The pumpkin is again done with Effect Powders for CCC3  challenge #11...  and the Sentiment for Sugar Creek Hollow... 
 
I made the paper using my favorite method stated above... I actually have about 5 sheets left over from making this book.. but you know they are going into the USE LATER PILE...
I hardly ever throw paper out... it has to be really messed up... but then again.. I use that too.. so ????  throw paper away... not at all.. 
 
 

 
This broom wanted to hang out... so I let it...
STAPLED onto the back of the tag... and hanging out.. .LOL. 

 
WOW coming around to the end of my FALL BOOK... 
Flipping over the black and white envelope you see the final look...  a huge maple leaf... using the method that The Paper Girl challenge is showing how to create.. .and then the last page...  a sentiment
which I love...  and a leaf and a smiling pumpkin... 


 
May the bounty
of the SEASON
fill your
Heart and HOME... 
 
I wish that for each and every one of you... with all my heart... 
 
Not forgotten, but in all the excitement of today I had a wonderful honoring surprise of winning yet another challenge from Frilly and Funkie... I am so very thankful and love it... 
 
here is what I created for the challenge of
 
A SUMMER GARDEN
 
 
The inside of the tri folded card



The front of the card 
white on white...  
 When you open this card... you see this and much more...
Check out the entry for August 27th... 
 
Thank You Frilly and Funkie... I love you all and thank you all very much for your vote of confidence and love. 
 
Hope you have enjoyed this long winded blog...
and have a happy Fall season.. enjoying it all.. 
 
Thanks for stopping by for a visit...
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie