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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Girl

Sometimes when you are doing challenges, which to me is an excellent way of socialization with people you like and have things in common with... but also it teaches you so very much about techniques and also about yourself...  so one of those days hit me about a week ago... and I started to play for ME... 100%... not for any challenge or a class or anything... just for ME... 

I wanted to make a DOLL... yes a doll.. a paper doll.. no not one that you change like we did when we were younger... but one that is made from all kinds of scrap papers... and you and I both know that in this art form... we have way too many... so trying to use them up can always be a situation that truly needs ones attention...  I have given even some of mine away... and the people I give it to love it... as it is new to them JUNK... LOL.. but the good kind of JUNK... 

So with all that in mind.. I created this project that I call
 
My Girl..
 
is it me???  you be the judge... I sort of think in a lot of ways she is me... but in some not...
 
I still love her... and until I make another one... she will be my favorite...
 
My Girl stands about 12 inches tall.. and is about 4 inches at the bottom... first thing that is not like me... LOL.. anyway... that is her!!! 
 
 

 
I will show you different parts of her... the top part is two pieces... her arms and shoulders and head are all one piece... the lower part has straight edges...  from the neck to the bottom of her skirt.. I always wear long skirts...  love them... so comfy..
Okay... I will show you her head up close later... so her neck piece is a button I bought a long time ago... and just love it... so had to use that finally... 
her dress is entirely made of scraps of paper... and I tried to use the smaller pieces... hey the larger ones are good for larger items.. you never know when you are going to need a large piece...
 
Her heart is a piece of greet glass... and it was given to me by a friend over 14 years ago... a very sweet gal, who also got me started in making 1000's of boxes.. .LOL.. Love you Mary Heald...hope you see this...  she also gave me some little butterflies and such... I have used them all.. with the exception of this one... 

I also used TH Remnant rubs for the words and some of the things like butterflies etc... 
  

 
On the lower half.. .I made the flower... more on that later... but I also made the feather... I cut a piece of paper the shape I wanted the feather to be... and then used a pair of very sharp scissors to but the sections of the feather...  *remember I said to learn about self...  I am learning patience !!!!  of all kinds... LOL..
The dragonfly has separate wings that have are glossy.. and the copper wire was fun to mold thru the skirt...  the butterfly is two layers and the top one has 13 gem stones on it... so very glittery in real life...  (I dont' wear that much jewelry anymore at all... so not me... but I love to create it... ) 

 
The head...  I love to spin, felt and create my own wools... so these pieces of wool I dyed using my distress stains... !!!!  WOW.. not washable... but so vivid and GREAT...  and the little flowers I also made with a punch and also some stamen...  so adorable... reminds of flowers I use to love as a small child...
Her face... a Butterfly... (Not me... but hey!)  it is a rub on decal type from TH...  just wanted a fun face...
 
Following are just some close ups... and then more...
 

wire bracelet... and giggle ticket in kraft
 
 



 
Okay... the flower... I LOVE flowers of all kinds...  and wanted another New type of flower...  so I took an old book and cute out about 10 poinsettias (the med from TH Die)  and then dyed them purple... and put them onto a wire of stamen...  love it... nice new flower for me.. 

 
The doll stands free.. as I have used another Tim Holtz die cut... called Small Easel... love it for so many things... especially some cards even that I send to older people... they love to stand them up so they can be viewed by all... 
 

 
I use to make a lot of jewelry for New Age Stores... and have tons of feather and such left over from that long ago time...  and so I made some really long droppey turquoise wires with feathers on the end...

 
 
Last but not least... an ear ring from my Mother In Laws gem jewelry... can you image wearing this...  it is heavy...  and a clip on... yikes... must have been painful plus... 
 
Okay.. so my girl is standing in front of me as I write this... and there is a lot of things on her that I didn't write about... but... I am sure you can see that she is loaded... 
 
I wanted to share her with others... and so I though about challenges... and low and behold...
 
Since I make a lot of my papers using Distress Stains... I think this qualifies...  I always use distress inks... my fav to say the least...
 
 
 
My first time entering this challenge... but this so fit...
Hope you all enjoy it... 
 
Yesterday sort of seems like a blur...  I did way to much.. and tomorrow I have a class here in the studio... but I had so very much fun with this GIRL.. and hope it inspires you to create one too... 
she is easy to make... and everything you have on hand... even the paper... anythings goes with something like this...
 
Hope you have a super great day... and see you all soon..
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie    
 
 

Monday, July 28, 2014

A JOURNALING Day for SURE!!!

Today is Monday... a lot of fun things happen around here on a Monday...  today in the way we farm, it is a good day to ferment veggies... so I made 10 Liters of Kraut, 10 Liters of Kim Chi and 10 Liters of GARLIC DILL PICKLES... YUmmmmm I took a class a few years ago with Sandor Katz (the king of fermentation)  and he makes it all so simple... so I love to do these things... and we feel so very much better when we eat fermented veggies...  anyway... that has really taken most of my day... but in between I have been playing... not a whole lot... but bits and pieces...  and this is what happened...



 
As I go along with these pictures you will see how the whole picture came together...  bits and pieces... 
I wanted to do the challenge A  Vintage Journey... so
was the theme... and so I thought and thought... had a few ideas.. and then the journal came into my mind.. .I have to admit... I have not been journaling for about a year now... just too busy etc. etc...
anyway... I wanted to get back into that... so I am going to do it with this JUST STAIN IT...  yes sir!!!!  


Well because my stains are on my worktable always handy it was just what colors to use... so I used a variety of them... as I wasn't really sure exactly where I was going...  just to have fun.. main goal... 

I think I used about 8 different colors... it is a hard decision .. there are too many that I love...  so I just turned the lazy Susan and where it stopped... I used that one...  just that simple... 
 
I would make it all go together anyway... so not a big deal... and they are all yummy so again... not a big deal... 
The sayings are the hardest to pick...
This one is special...
LIFE IS THE SUM OF ALL
YOUR
CHOICES. 
How very true...  sometimes we don't want to admit that... but it is 100% true... 
 
okay... moving on..

 
Simon Monday is all ABOUT J's... so I thought on that for a minute too... and JOURNAL.. Journey, Jams...  oh my goodness get out of the kitchen now... you are playing in the studio... 
Well a Butterfly jam???  meaning a lot of them in one place... ???  Okay... stretching it  a little bit too much... we will go with JOURNAL... 

 
Of course being Monday.. it is Zen Tangle Day...  OMG... no meditation today... up too early getting things ready for the fermentations... and also bean processing... and then Glenn picked a couple more gallons of Blue Berries... too much going on... no meditation.. .but I want to tangle... so I did... on my journal page...
The challenge today was to use your initials and pick out two tangles to represent you...  so I did that too..  Me2 and one that begins with a B that has flowers... LOL.. you know me... it has to have flowers... 

 
Just wanted to show you how my page is coming along...  so far...  that is ..
 

 
I love maple seeds.. and my husband will always collect some for me to use in my art... so I have used some... but always reserve some too...
 

 
Well... I love butterflies... and love them flying and everything that a butterflies does is fine with me...  so I wanted to show as many ways as possible with a butterfly on these pages.. so I thought about embossing them too... Well low and behold... two challenges ask for EMBOSSING... of any kind... this is the dry embossing, but the dragonfly is WET... with my new Texture Paste... love that stuff... I have almost used half a jar... need to get more NOW... don't like withdrawel...  of any kind... 
 

 
A better view of my tangle for today... 

 
After taking pictures of my journal page... I didnt' like the way it looked... so I went back and mixed up some Textured paste with some Distress dyes and added these little hexagons all over the place... I made this stencil from Tim's Template... love to do that... and they are so fun and easy...

 
Closeups of those areas.. 

 
 




 
 

 
 
This word is very meaning ful to me... I had a speech teacher in college that use to stand up in front of the class and lecture for hours... with her eyes closed and half of us would sneak out...  anyway... her favorite thing to lecture about was OBSERVING... how very important it is all the time...  have you ever observed something you use all the time... would you be able to tell me what a pencil really looks like.. you know the yellow one, with 8 sides... and the little gold band... and the band generally also has another color on it too.. etc etc...  what words are on the pencil... OBSERVE... 
So it was a reminder for me...
 
Journaling is a diary for the artist to explore the inner and outer happenings in their life.. so this is mine for today...
I did forget to put some kraut on there... but it will not be ready for a few days... so sorry about that... LOL..
 
Thanks for taking a look and stopping by for a visit...  also I love all the comments you leave and read each and everyone... as I cherish them... thanks again to all of you. 
 
hope you have a wonderful evening and also day...
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 
  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Winter Calls

Today being still SUNDAY here in the US... it is Sunday Stamper time... and I have been really busy all day with company, playing off and on... and also trying to get into the winter/ Christmas mood... so I finally got this tag made... and there is NO STAMPING on it... other than the words on the poinsettia pages of a book... I just couldn't bring myself to stamp on here... as I would have had to have dug out the old Christmas stamps... so sorry... I don't have any stamping on here...  I dint' think that sea horses would work with this theme.. .LOL.. 

Oh well... a little humor...

So here is my WINTER TAG...  with a poinsettia... 

 
My little girl is a clip art... not really sure where I found here... but I  do love it... a bell ringer... 
 
 

 
Love poinsettias... but hey...I love flowers... 

 
That is about as close to winter as I can get right now...  LOL.. it is 98 degrees here now... trying to have a severe rain storm... but the humidity is horrible and I could use a nice snow storm for a few hours...  but... my winter/Christmas stamps are still packed... and I just found my fall ones... so time will bring forth the others...
 
Have a fun day... thanks for stopping by for a visit... and have a super good week... I will be very busy with challenges and also doing all my canning this week... all fun stuff... so if you get a chance please stop back... 
 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 

Anything but a CARD

Anything but a CARD... this week the theme is IT'S A SMALL WORLD... so bottle caps, ATC's, Rolos, inchies... etc... 

So I love to work small at times... and so I took advantage of this today... as I had limited time available...  company for dinner and I wanted to make a nice dinner... but also FRESH LOCAL ORGANIC PEACHES... so shortcake was in order... YIKES... so very good.. is your mouth watering...??? Mine is... and we had it, and I could eat more...  not really.. I am good until next year..  but it was good...  also gluten free biscuits that I made and they were warm when I served the desert... OMG... delicious...  stop this right now... okay... I will ...

So with this challenge... it was super fun... I use to trade with over 75 gals a month when I use to do ATC's... and when I gave it up I was relieved... too much.. but I do miss doing them... so today I had an especially nice time creating them... 

Here is what I did... even thought these might look large... believe me they are what I am telling you... 

 
This is a 3.5 X 2.5 inch ATC... love it... I made the papers with Distress inks... and then edged the edge with gold pen... and mounted onto the 3.5 x 2.5 backing...  the birds are a Remnant Rub by Tim Holtz...  and the nest one of his stamps...   

 
This is 3X5... and I stamped the fall leaf from a stamp that has to be about 12 years old... and then tore a hole in the paper for the eye to look thru... (tim holtz eye   LOL)  the letters I added as I need to use some of these odd letters... and this was good...  Fall... seeing the fall... or Looking for FALL to arrive... cooler weather... anything but this humidity...  anyway.. they I backed this piece with another distress ink paper... (p.s.  if you don't know me yet that well.. I love to make this paper... and almost everything I do is made using it...  keeps me happy...  ) 

 
Okay... so I also have become a huge fan of plaster... or texture pastes...  love them... so I used it on this orange paper... and the leaf I made using a die cut of Tim;s and also a piece of up cycled plastic from a die... LOL... nothing like using it all right... we have to save our land fills and the earth.. .so we have to try and use as much as possible in our arts...  Anyway... the orange is a little pocket for the ATC to go into...  the ATC... my favorite ice cream use to be Mint chip... and they always made it GREEN??? anyway... put that on three layers of distress ink papers... one embossed... and the bottom one is water color paper... 
 
The Butterfly...  is escaping from within... and it was made with another die cut of tims and then I used texture paste to create it... and then distress inks to paint it... do you think I like distress inks... you are 100% correct...don't honestly know how I lived prior to them.. .and I have been doing this for YEARS...  way to many...  LOL.. .
 
 



Another pocket... this time it is a little larger... it is 3X5... and it holds a narrow Rolo...  which I used Tim's pumpkin, butterfly and Trellis dies on...  the leaves are also his die ... 
 
I love to upcycle or recycle... how or what ever words you like to use... and so I made this envelope to put both of these into to mail to a friend...  happy Fall... 
 
So that is my IT'S A SMALL WORLD....
 
I had fun doing these... and thanks in advance for all your lovely comments...  tomorrow I am making sauerkraut, kim chi, and also dill garlic pickles... Green beans will be ready again on Tuesday... so I will have to make some Dilly beans and also can the rest of them... so very much from our gardens this year...
We are getting another rain storm now... and so I had better get off here... thanks for stopping by for a visit... and please stop by ANYTHING BUT A CARD to see all the pretties...
 
Have a GREAT DAY... 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie     

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