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Monday, September 22, 2014

The FLOURISH and the ROSE GIFT BOOK

I know you probably are so tired of hearing me say this...
 
BUT...
 
 
I HAD SO VERY MUCH FUN.... making this book... 
 
I think I am a frustrated little kid that loves to cut paper
Glue it...
Paint paper,
Cut it up...
Glue it...
and cut pictures and clip art up...
and GLUE IT...
Make pretty ribbons,
and tie them into bows... 
but I LOVE IT ALL... 
 
Do YOU???? 
 
See...  there are some out there that are holding their hands up screaming...
I DO.... I DO... 
 
I knew it.... well I had fun doing this...
 
This week-end I had my basket classes for the Kudzu basket making... what fun we all had... baskets were made by all and some were very unique while others were out of sight with different colors, of light and darker vines... some with bark, others stripped off...  so very pretty... all were outstanding... I love teaching and being part of this type of thing... it was glorious... 
 
So today I had the opportunity to create this little book in the peace and quiet of my studio... 
it was very rewarding and I had lots of fun...
 
So here it is...
 
 


 
This is the finished book... 
I will show you each section and also all the details etc... 
I love the colors... and the designs of each section... 
Don't forget this is a GIFT BOOK.... 
 
 


To start off with, my sweet husband had received a couple of books in the mail... this is the piece of corrugated that came in the books!!! 
Waste not, want not...  a good thing to practice...
I peeled off  the outside paper... to show all the beauty...
and then folded it... unevenly, so that the front was shorter than the back... 
 
I made this piece of paper this morning...
It is sort of a new technique... spun off of Pamellia Johnsons tehcnique... 
 
I will tell you a combo of what the two are...
Pamellia took the textured paste and put it onto paper,
used embossing powder and a heat gun to finish it ....
 
I did the same with black paper, textured paste, and purple embossing powder..
 
BUT then... 
I took my Versa Mark pad and ran it lightly over the textured paste that had been embossed with the purple... and added some Steam....  
 
then I did it again... 
this time adding Lettuce...  
 
then I did it again...
adding milled lavender... 
 
WOW... what fun... what colors... 
 
 
it got a little thick.. what an exciting feature...  the colors slipped into the area that had no texture paste... it just turned into a wonderful piece of paper... I really didn't want to cut it up... but hey... new rule... 
 
USE IT...
or you might not find it again.. .
LOL... 
 
  

 
 

 
And I snuck in a few little ones too...  can you see the little purple one... 
I used ribbon to cut the flower out... and then some stamen in the center...  love it... 
 
 

 
 
 
 
I used Tim's Tattered floral strip and used the leaves here...
I used a sort of new method on these... 
I colored them with ink on the work sheet, but then I rolled them up until they dried...  then I sort of unrolled them... leaving a lot of the paper curly, etc.. 
 
Can you see the embossing... love it.. 

 
 
 

 
finished cover.... 
 
Below are a few more closeups...  just love this cover... couldn't stop taking shots at different angles...  LOL... 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It is a Sizzix Die...  oh so very elegant... all by it's self...
Lovely and ELEGANT.. needs nothing else.. but I did put a little bow around its neck... it wanted to be dressed for the occasion...
 
I also made it into a pocket... by putting double sided tape down the two sides and across the bottom... thus a nice envelope... 
 
 

 
Then I made this to slip inside... and there is a arrow at the top... it is a little hard to see... up by my name...
it is purple... 
it says PULL UP...
 
A little tangling... too...
When you pull it out.. a folded check is there as the gift...
YES... GREAT GIFT... 
 
 
You know that I don't stop with one thing in a book.... don't you???
 
So onward...
 
I made a piece of paper... 8.5 x 11... using tim's method of coloring paper... ink onto my worksheet and then dragging the paper thru it...  oh what fun.. .then I add some other color if I desire it... this time I cut the paper in half... 

 
and made two envelope... no flaps... they just fit into the booklet cover... perfectly... wow... I am getting good with this measuring thingy... 
 
I use to draw a lot of digital images and sell them.. this is the wreath...  I printed it, colored it, cut it out and glued it onto the pocket... a pretty K and Co butterfly... 
 
 

 
And on the other pocket front, I put a die cut/embossed paper by Cuttlebug and then put this cute little bird on there... it was stamped...
 but when???
by WHO???? 
BUT I did watercolor it... 
and then cut it out... 
 



When you look at the edges of the book... this is what you see...  so now I will show you all the goodies... 
 

 
The inside flap... 
A little doily and inside the doily... which is used at a pocket here... 

 
Is another little fold up paper... I have the sizzix die for that too... but it has no name on it...  ????  but it is a square and has rounded half circles on the four edges... love it... 
 





 
I put a flower on one of the half circles... 

 
This is it all open... and as you can see I have foil butterfly stickers all over it... 

 
This is how it looks when it is all folded up...  I am going to use my stickers up too... I have tons of them... and I really love some of them... like these...
 
Also this little folder is only about 2x2 inches... and it can also hold a bill... or a check also...  but I have a little butterfly inside for right now... 
 
 

 
In between the two pockets is this little paper, with the bird in it... just a little pretty... nothing more or less... just because...

 
The next pocket is this...
that I showed up above... 
 

 
Inside each pocket, I have a tag... of course... 
Each tag was also a lot of fun... naturally it was... 
 
this one I put a doily on the top and then some Pickled Raspberry inked paper... with a little bit of purples...  but love the PR...
 
A Swirl, and Textured paste queen Anne's lace flower... and some Chit chat... 
 
 
 


 
That is the first tag... 
 
Then the second tag... 

 
Okay...  this one is a little bit different... 
 
The same textured paste with the same stencil... a little bit different color background...  but then a Just rite stamp... and the word LOVE stamped and under it ... YOURSELF...
 
You can't love, truly love someone else, with out loving and knowing your self FIRST...
 
Love yourself...
Love others will full intent... 
How very BEAUTIFUL... 
 
 
 


 
 
FINISHED
 
 
Now all I have to do, is to find a box to mail it in... LOL.. that will be the hardest part of the whole project...
 
But then again... the Post office has these great free boxes... that this will most likely fit into with extra space...  LOVE IT... 
 
Okay...
 
So first project of the week... 
three Challenges... 
 
Have a great week.. .and please check back here tomorrow for more challenges...
and Please dont' forget...
 
hope you will take a look at what I have created for this one...
 
WOW is all I am going to say... 
 
thanks for stopping by today for a look see and a visit...
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 
 

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