Monday, August 11, 2014

A few challenges all combined...

July 11th I went to SIMON SAYS MONDAY CHALLENGE and low and behold... I had won the $50.oo shopping coupon...  oh wow...  it took me a long long time to pick out what I REALLY needed... LOL..  and after making many orders, I finally pushed the button that said Order complete???  YES... OMG... I had just picked out all kinds of really NEAT STENCILS...  love these things... can't have enough of them in my mind... been playing with these things in journals and on cards for over 4 years now...  and now with this TEXTURED PASTE... over the moon ALICE!!!!  (Do you remember that show... Jackie Gleason???)  Oh well guess you had to be there kind of thing.. 

So... the stencils arrived in a really short period of time... like in about 4 days...  and I could hardly wait to get into the studio to play...  oh what fun...

Well in a few minutes I ran out of space to lay down the wet papers... LOL.. so I took a break and studied them all... what fun stencils I had gotten...

I love them all... all having to do with nature... and so that is just me... I will use these for a very long time... that is for sure...

so here is some of my first 'off the press' examples of my night of playing with my new STENCILS... THANK YOU Simon Says Monday Challenge...  I really love shopping there ... and will be back again soon... I even got a $5.00 off coupon to use... so I will be back real soon... wow... what fun is this...

So here is what I created...

This is a little book...  3x4 inches... and made from one coffee filter...  put together with a piece of raffia... how simple can that be...
This project is for a few challenges.. so there were some 'rules' that I had to follow... 
Use what is on your work table... 
Scratched up and Grungy
Recycle something.. 
Use something NATURAL
So I have used all these things... and what was on my work table was pictures I had printed of my Mother In law's maternal family... and a large coffee filter (recycled)  and raffia, and assorted other stuff...  that I used only one of...
And that was a piece of paper that I had made the other day...  using one of my stencils... Gingko leaf... and I had embossed it about 10-15 times... different color embossing powders, and then laid it down to play with later... well later arrived... I cut it up into 6 pieces... and also used a piece of small burlap which was also on my work table... left over from my And the BEAT GOES ON book...  (check the posting prior to this one... ) 
And this is how it all came together...

If you remember I had fun making all kinds of leaves the other night... well I cut some out and used a FEW of them in here...  love these gingko leaves...  used the stencil to make the paper and then used it with the Textured paste to make the textured leaves... what a great thing... 

This is a picture taken of My Mother in laws, Grandmother, Mother and Uncle..  I think about in the late 1800's...  yikes... a long time ago.. 

The center of the book...  on the left my Mother in Laws Father picture... and she is on the right...

Her Dad, who passed away when she was only 10 years old...  she hardly knew him, but loved him dearly... He brought her home a doll you will see in a little while... 
This picture was taken with a buddy of his on the pier at Atlantic City NJ... that is why the picture is so weird... I was going to have him sit on something and I actually forgot...  (time is running short and I need to fix dinner... wow!!!) 

And here is my Mother in Law... with her little doll and what a HAT!!! 
And check out those shoes... wow... 

Another and last section of this little book...

Her name was Virginia, but we  called her Virge... 
She lived to be over 85 years old...  (always sort of said she was 29 and wouldn't say anything different...LOL) 

I really love this little book... it is soft and small and will fit into a very small little box of some of her special things... and her family was very special to her... 
I used some of Tim's Remnant rubs.. .I love those things...  so handy and they really make a nice accent... 
Hope you enjoyed your day... and have a very pleasant one tomorrow too...  thanks for stopping by for a visit...
Here are the Challenges that this little book is for...
Sunday Stamper... Week #320  A Natural Woman 
Simon Says Monday Challenge ...  Scratched up and Grungy 
Craft Hoarders Anonymous...  #13  Let's Cycle   
The Kraft Journal  #184  What's on your work Table..  
Which again... I need to take a few more minutes and say thank you to this group of wonderful gals on this design team for picking MY GIRL as a winner... thank you so very much.. .I am honored and am now displaying my badge proudly..  THANK YOU  Gloria and the Kraft Journal Team 
Create something special and love the day.  
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie         


  1. Cool ways to use your new toys Bonnie. Congrats. What a lucky girl you are.

  2. Hi Bonnie, Just saw your comment over at Mo's beautiful butterfly project, and it was easy to follow the link and check up on you. So enjoyed seeing your projects today and loving those ancestor pictures. What wonderful memories you have created to pass along to your children and Grands. Big Congratulations on your fab win. I know you will put whatever you selected to marvelous use. Come see me sometime if you have a minute. Sure miss seeing you. Hugs & TFS

  3. What a gorgeous keepsake and the story behind the creation of it... congrats on your win! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  4. Gorgeous creations yet again Bonnie. I absolutely adore stencils,can't get enough of them. Ha ha I can just imagine you deciding what to spend your 50$ a kid in a sweet shop!

    Donna xx

  5. I love the texture of those pages! I am going to have to give this technique a whirl, as I love making mini albums. Really clever, Bonnie, and such a great keepsake, too. The gingko leaves are grand! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  6. Bonnie, I bet you are loving this fast internet connection. Just saw your banner with the young people. Oh my did I enjoy seeing that! WTGo. What a handsome couple. Thanks for your encouraging words, and I'm so happy you can teach now from your studio. Wish you were not quite so far away. Hugs

  7. Bonnie what an awesome post on your blog today. Long and very entertaining !!!
    Congrats on being the winner.
    Congrats with the birth of Silas. What a lovely baby and the story you told is so warm and sweet !!
    And oh my.. How creative you have been. I love and adore your work..impressing and very inspiring !! Thanks a lot for sharing !!!
    Hugs from SPAIN

  8. What a wonderful tribute! I love those leaves you made! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  9. I have to say, I REALLY enjoy reading your posts and love your work! Congrats on winning! Keep on doing what you seem like you love it.

  10. such lovely work! thank you for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

  11. Great job, Bonnie. It's fun to see what you've created with what you had on your craft table. Also, I wanted to congratulate you on your Top 3 win. We're SO thankful to have you play along with us.
    The Kraft Journal

  12. Beautiful vintage it! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  13. Love the burlap mixed with the brown bag. Great project.. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  14. Congrats on your win! The altered bag is amazing! Thank you for joining us this week over at the Kraft Journal.

  15. Such a beautiful little book Bonnie! Love the repetition of the leaves. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

  16. Awesome! I love burlap and used both! YAY! {wink} Thanks so much for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!