Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blue forget me nots...

I love this particular clip art and wanted to make a special card using it...  I wanted the clip art to wrap around the tea bag folded medallion...  so here it is...

 
I love this one... I used a blue ink around the edges of the punched area.. and then a little green...  vintage looking a little bit at least...  and then went to town having fun.. 
 
 

the clip art going over the medallion 
 

 
the inside of the card... when you open the first flap... 
 
The little faeries of the flowers are so very special to me... love them... 
 
Just right stamps are layered in this one too... 
 
 


 
 

 
when you open the last flap... you see this... a special pocket to put a gift into and or a special message...  I used just a punched piece of paper, leaving space for writing... 
 
Love this card and it will go out to someone  very special ... no matter who it goes to, I hope they enjoy it...
 
Please don't forget, I do sell 99% of my cards... so if you are interested in any, please let me know and I will tell you the pricing and also get them out to you as quickly as possible...  next day is always an option...
 
Have a wonderfully creative day in all ways...
Thanks for stopping by for a visit... and see you tomorrow...
 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Using Stencils

Oh My GOODNESS.... how I love to get messy... as a friend says... INKY FINGERS... right Hels???  Love it..  anyway.... when I stencil I have to be in the right mood to really GET INTO it 100%... not even 99%... 100% or more... 

Get the stencils out... cover what you don't want paint on... LOL.. and then have fun... lots of it too... yikes...

I generally will have a few sheets of paper that I have already colored... and they need a few more colors... or dimension, or something... so out come the stencils... and I love to create with them... 

I use sprays, sponges, dabbers, and anything that is around...  I use premade stencils... or grab things in the studio to use as a 'stencil' too...  anything goes in this process... LOL.. the messier that better... 

So here are a few cards I have made with stenciling going on in the backgrounds... 


 
Oh yes... I forgot to mention... I generally also add a medallion on them... adds to the layering of each card.. have to keep the mail company (post office )  in business... LOL...  this one is a costly card with the flower... as it will have to go into a box...  but so pretty... most of the time with a card like this, I do give it to the person directly... 
 
This stencil is the diamonds.. and I outlined each area with Liquid pearls... love it..  really a wild look... you can even be really wilder with the color choices... 
 

 
Just some leaves and stems for the pretty roses.. 

 
More diamonds... I must have at least 30 stencils.. but there are favorites... you know the story... 
 

 
The stencil used in the middle of the medallion is also a favorite...  it is just wild plus...  but I love using it with the pearl (white pearl) dabber from Ranger... love the effect it leaves.. really great... have used it in a lot of journal pages...  this also have 6-8 layers in different places... yikes,.. I love layers.. 



In this card you can see the diamonds and the effect of the liquid pearls too...  love the look it gives...  it never has to be perfect.. just areas... oh wow... how special stenciling is... have you tried it yet???  it is a lot of fun... go wild... create to your hearts content... 
 
Do you live local to me... or even anyplace.. and desire to take a class or two... I have classes on going all the time... and you a friend or two can create a class and I will do it for you... custom classes....??? What ever... get the idea...  love teaching others to create... a really special thing to me in so many ways... 
 
have a fun day... and create something!!!! ANYTHING.... just CREATE.... 
 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Special Punching

Okay... this is a special punching time.. again... when I am in the mood to punch... I PUNCH...  and I do all kinds of punching.. but my favorite is this kind of punching... there is a class I  offer on line about how to do this... you can find it here... *(special punching).. So if this really interest you on how to create these.. hope you will take this simple class... a lot of pictures... you can't mess up with this one... 

Here are a few more cards... 

 
Of course using a border punch and double punching is magical too...  so please dont' forget that one... 
 
Behind the medallion you will see two small squares using the heart MS punch... love this 

 
But I love doing these even more...  this can be made any
size you choose to have...  within limits... 
 
 

Each corner punch you own will create a different look for your backgrounds... so very easy and wonderful... 
The corner punching on this also adds to the complex viewing of the punching going on here... love it all... 
 
Thanks for stopping by... and if you choose to take this class just let me know.. .I will be able to give this to you with a few minutes...  it is all one line already for you to enjoy...
 
Have a super wonderful day... and create CREATE and CREATE!!! 
 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 
 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Special Folds

I love making cards... duh... and I love making different ones... duh... and the more I make the more I want to make different ones...  make any sense to you??? I know you are most likely like that too... right??? 


Well... I wanted to share a few here with you...

 
Making a piece of paper that is punched and then you fold it to create a special place to glue a medallion... love it...  I also added a few VERY SPECIAL flowers that my dear friend Deana Barr made for me...  Don't worry Deana, I didn't glue these down...  they are double sided taped and that way the person that  receives this special card can use them on a blouse... although they might never get to anyone else... they might end up on mine... LOL.. 

 
adding little pearls is also an eye catcher... 

 
Pleating of paper... a special fold... and then adding a little folded tea bag on each fold... wow... special... this paper also was given to me as a challenge by one of my friends and students... Sheila... thanks again Sheila... loved doing this one... 

 
I love making this style of card from the first moment I saw it some 8 years ago... love it... never fails to amuse me in so many ways... what to put where... how many layers, etc etc...  you can really spend hours and hours on this one... 
 
So this time I added a lot of medallions... small, half ones, only tea bags folded etc. etc... the following pictures will show you all the special areas... 
 
enjoy... 





I hope that again you have enjoyed viewing these cards... I still have many more to share with you... I told you I love to make cards... and I also sell them... so if you are interested in any ... please let me know... some I will not sell... but 99% I will... 
 
have a super wonderful day and enjoy it all...  have a great week-end too...  create something for a loved one... 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Simple Layers

I call this simple layering... as it is just a few layers...  or nothing really FANCY...  LOL... all cards are fancy when you personally make them... so I hope that you understand where I am coming from with this statement... 

 
I think that you will be able to see what I mean by simple... I made a Martha Stewart background... so many people have asked me how to do this... in the original box that your punch came in, there was a piece of paper that did explain how to use these punches... and like so many... I also threw it out... I didn't need directions for how to punch... I had tons of punches... BUT I came to realize that the directions had the sizes of paper I  could use for these special punches...  so you need to cut the paper to the size you want to punch and then you can start to make your layers...  I simply put a vintage post card with a few tea bags folded on the side...  with of course a ribbon that was dyed by hand...
 
Okay.. the ribbon... you can buy that by searching for it on line...  it is $9.00 for a spool of 100 YARDS,.. and then you spritz it with inks.... how easy can that be... the hardest part is waiting for it to dry...LOL... you want to use it now... use a heat gun or hair dryer to LIGHTLY dry it...  it is rayon... be  careful  not to burn it... 

Another VERY simple card... 
 

 
This is also simple... I simply cleaned up my work space... a little of this and that can make a card... organize it by putting it onto a MS background...  what fun.. the snail is a Zen tangle that I drew and copied many times... colored and cut out... what fun you can have... add your own personal touches every where you can... 
The roses... I used Tim Holtz's pine cone die cut... and relaxed the whole thing and spritzed different colors on it... voila... and now you have a rose... 
 

A close up of the medallion... 
 

 
I have this card in this section, as I wanted to show you that by using a piece of scrapbook paper you can make a very nice background too...  and then add a spellbinder piece... and a medallion and you have a card...  yipppppeeee do... Love it...  of course some dyed ribbon.. 

 
 
Hope that you have enjoyed  these... and thanks so very much for stopping by for a visit...  love having you visit me... leave me some words too... thanks...
 
Have a special nice day... enjoy the weather no matter it is in your area.. and create something special too...
 
Love, Light and Peace... Bonnie 


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Layers and shapes...

Okay... you have to remember that I am trying to play catch up and show you some of the cards I  have made over the last few months here... 

 
A Valentine special...  hearts galore... 
Punches and papers and stamps.. what would my life be with out them... still very artsie... that is for sure... 
even the stamps are layered... and the shapes are different...  6 layers on this card... count them... 
 
The lacy border is punched from the original card... 

 
As you can see here... the border on the front of the card...  I wanted to show you the inside too..  another layered medallion and a strip of paper that in real life you see thru the punching on the border...  just another LAYERED card... 

 
I had a piece of metallic paper on my inking area... and so it got inked and then I ran it thru my big shot/cuttlebug... and embossed it... and lightly sanded off the edges... *(have to be careful about sanding the metal... you don't need that in your body... )  that was cut into three strips and evenly put on to the layer underneath... which was a Martha Stewart corner border punched piece... 
 
On top of all that ... a spellbinder fancy square and then a medallion...  ribbon is all around.. with bows and ties...  layered plus... but only 5 layers on this one... 

 
I would have to call this a simple layered one... but the layer under the medallion is a printed piece of paper... so I cut it out as a layer...  this card is 5.5 X 8.... my largest size card... I don't make that many this size... too much to send in the mail..
 
Hope you have enjoyed this.. and see you tomorrow... with more cards... 
 
THANKS so very much for stopping by for a visit... leave a comment now and then too... I will try and answer them all... thanks...
 
Love, Light and Peace...  Bonnie 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A card of love to a DEAR FRIEND

When you have a friend... does it mean you have to know them face to face...???? Or can they be a friend whom you have met thru the internet and shared life time experiences with???  Well Penny Wessenauer is one of these friends in my life... she is always so very willing to share and give to all...  a true person in so many ways... and I have never met her or her lovely husband Don... but both are so very wonderful people.   I wrote to Penny about a card I had seen on Facebook... this was prior to me getting High speed internet service... and I loved it... Penny sent me a card, because I was unable to sign into Yahoo and join a swap...  so I sent her one back...  this is the card I sent to Penny... my dear FRIEND...  thanks again PENNY for being YOU... 

 
This is the front of the card that I sent to Penny...  as you can see it is a gate card with a panel on the left side of it...  and I put a medallion on the center circle...  yes... there is more on the inside... this card is for PENNY...  do you think it would be bare??? 


Here is a close up of the medallion...  

 
When you start to open the card.. you will see on the left panel another medallion inside a specially folded square...  such fun... with a little bird in a nest...  the violets are in the center of the card... 

Here is a close up of the medallion... 
 

 
In the center of the card thee is a vintage clip art... and a zen tangled snail... and of course a little daddy bird..  looking for snacks for the mommy bird...  Over on the right you will see the right hand panel... with the little Faerie of the flowers...  so sweet... 
 
I know that Penny loved this card... and hope you do too...  Hope that Penny will send me the link to the tea bag folding group.. so I can rejoin the group...  would love to join... and do some swaps... can't find it on yahoo...  ??? 
 
Well hope you enjoyed this card.. and have a wonderfully happy day... thanks also for stopping by for a visit and hope to see you tomorrow... 
 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 


Monday, April 7, 2014

Gate Cards

I love making gate cards... they add a different dimension before you even get started with the rest of the card...  never made one???  better try making at least one...  they are fun. 

Tomorrow I will show you a different style gate card... so please make sure you come back tomorrow too... LOL... getta get you hooked on visiting here every day...  I love your visits... thanks always for stopping by... 

Okay.. here are some gate cards... 

 
Okay... so these are a little bit different than the average gate folded card... but hey... I am different anyway... right???  I cut a circle in the middle of the gate fold, to put a medallion there... what fun... love it... 
 
Also a challenge at this time in my life... doing something a little bit different keeps me on my toes all the time... 
 
A gate folded card is simply folded differently...  take a piece of paper... lets say 12 x 6... and with your score board score at 3 and 9 inches...  or make a score mark in that area using a ruler...  fold into the center... a gate card has now been created by YOU...  EASY... 

The center of the card then needs to be decorated.. have fun... here I used a piece of tea bag tile paper, created with using a half inch tile... really makes a nice background paper... you can create this with any of my tea bag tile kits... using the tile making program...  check it out on the medallion art blog... (to find that... scroll down on the right hand side of this blog and you will see the medallion art tag... click on it... another whole world of stuff) 
 

 
 
A Valentine card for my special Valentine... 
 

 
Inside medallion 
 
 
Did you enjoy this... are you going to make a gate card... hope you will... even if you have made tons of them... make another one... and try and make a circle that will let you see thru to something else... what fun for the person that receives this card...
 
Love life to the fullest...
Thanks for stopping by for a visit...
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

On the FARM...

I just wanted to share a few things with you... I have posted on the FARM site a few new pictures for you to see...  some of the chickens and also of this great salad we had tonight for dinner... 


 
You can get to the site by clicking on FARM above.. or also by scrolling down to the bottom of this page and on the right side of the page, you will see a picture of the farm... click on it...  both should work... 
 
I love our farm and home... and love sharing it with you...
Love, Light and Peace....Bonnie...
 
ps... tomorrow there will be some more cards ...  so come on back...  love your visits... 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Easter is on the WAY...

I am trying to gather my cards that I have created and get them posted so that I can share them with ya'll....  so please be patient with me... LOL...

Here are a few Easter Cards that I have made...  Of course they have medallions on them... as they were samples for classes in Tea Bag Medallion making... we have lots of creative fun in these classes...  if you are local and want to join a group... please call me... or write to me...  thanks... 

Sop here are a few of the cards... 

 
This is the front of the card... and I wanted it to be an open card... with a window.... SPRING time you open up the house... let the fresh air in... yeah... 
 
Anyway... the medallion is around the edge of the window.. and the window is 'covered' with a piece of vellum that I ran thru a cuddlebug folder Dotted Swiss... or Swiss Dot..?? 
 
Behind it is another dry embossed folder ... I love white as a background.. makes a really nice background to show things OFF... 

 
A little bit closer...  there is also a Spellbinder medallion behind in a moss green....  just a little touch of color...  makes it look more complete...

 
When you open this up... you see this on the inside of the 'window' 
I love adding all this dimension...  just LOVE IT... 
 
 
 
When you open the card you still have a lot of place to write your message to the person you are sending this too... 
 
 
 
 
Using the same BUNNY... I  created this card...  the back ground paper is paper I made using inks of all kinds, stencils, lace done on the top edge of the card... and then punching and hand dyed ribbon... and then the MEDALLION...  love it... 

 
Oh yes... floating a medallion in a window... what fun...
With all the glories of flowers, ribbons and a charming bunny bringing a gift of Pussy Willows...  how SPRING is that... 

 
Check out the floating medallion... 


 
When you are in the mood to do something... you do it... you might not use it until a later date... but when I NEED to make PAPER... I get out my inks, paints, stencils and everything I need and CREATE.... 
 
So I was in the mood to make paper.. and made about 15 or so pieces of 8X11 pieces...  this background is one of them... I only used a small part here... and will use the rest on another card...  a little dry embossing and some spellbinders and clip art... and you have a CARD.... 
 

 
The Leaf stamp... I made using an eraser...  love my leaf stamps.. .I must have at least 6 all different ones...  you never know what size you might need...  right??? 

 
Oh what could be more perfect in my world than using purple and a dragon fly????  LOVIN IT .... 

 

Trying new and different type of cards is a passion of mine too...  variety is the spice of life... 
 
When you open this card... you can see more love pouring into the experience...   
 
Open all the way... you even see the pocket with a special message and maybe even a gift of more love... 
 
Pocket close up 
 
 
 
Looks like a pretty card... but then when you open it up... 
 
 

 
WOW...  really a fun card.... all in the folds... and of course colors...  and the medallion also adds to the WOW in my opinion... 
 
Love these cards... and hope that you do too..
 
One last one to share with you...
 
Almost forgot..  
Spring has sprung here... in fact it is hot out... in the high 70's... and going up as we speak... another hot day...  flowers are blooming, dogwood, pink and white.. the azaleas in our yard a little stunted at this time...  we went from COLD to HOT... in a matter of a few hours...  climate change??? Naaaaaa...
 
This card is so spring like...  had to share it...  with the little bird nesting and the daddy bird bringing food to the mommy...  I think of my son and his wife... having a baby and a very special time in their life.... 
 
 

Just wanted to share these with you and hope that you enjoy them...  have a super nice day...  enjoy every second of it... 
 
Thanks for stopping by for a visit... 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie