Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy SPRING

 
Happy SPRING... has it really arrived yet?? not here... thought it did... but then it turned cold.. really freezing cold here... hopefully it will start to warm up... and not turn in the blazing HOT SUMMER weather... are we ever satisfied.???? 
 
anyway... 
 
I wanted to share this fun card with you.. it is all about SPRING... 
Opening the windows of your home, to air it out from the long winter months...  and seeing all the pretty flowers blooming outside... 
 
Of course all the butterflies are flying, and the gardens are all cleaned up and ready to grow all the things we need around us from flowers to veggies. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A closeup of the window... I love love love this adorable little window... it is a spellbinder die and even though it is hard to get a nice clean cut with this particular die... I dont' mind...  as I Love the final outcome of the way it looks on any project. 
 
This rabbit is also so very spring like with the pussy willows...  love him too... 




 
These step cards really put your mind to a test of what to create and where to put it all... so I have faeries all around the card...  as you can see there is one in the center step... and a medallion behind her. 
 
 




 
Over on the right hand side of this step card, I have another faerie looking at a clover flower and also another medallion..  along with more flowers which I made from white tissue paper and used the tattered floral die from Tim Holtz...  so very fluffy and pretty and spring like. 
 
So there you have this card... 






A close up of the medallion...  this is a new one that my friend Penny sent to me... love it ... thanks again Penny... 

Hope you have a wonderful holiday week-end...  no matter what holiday you are celebrating...  just enjoy the SPRING weather and the renewal of life. 

Thanks for stopping by for a look see...  and a visit... love having you stop by. 

Love, Light and Peace..Bonnie 


 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Save the Honey BEE

We all need to work towards saving the Honey Bee...  using no chemicals and only growing organically will help... insect sprays are also very harmful to these tiny little  creatures...  we are all one and need to remember that... 


I haven't done a challenge in so very long... but had a few hours this afternoon to fiddle around... and so I took my newest die... which I have been using a lot of this past couple of weeks... I will show you that too...  but first the April Tag  using Tim Holtz's site and challenge.... 

Here are a few pictures of my tag... 

 
When looking at the tag, you will see that I did put two flowers... made with the tattered pinecone die cut... but the paper I used was white cardstock with some of tim's tissue wrap  glued onto it... it doesn't stick too good after I put all the distress stains on it... BUT it gives a 2nd and 3rd layered look.. .I love it...  I also added a few bees.. since I used the honeycomb die cut... 

 
Here's what the tag looks like over all.. I just felt the button balances all that is going on over on the left side of the tag... LOL...  (how can one little button help that... oh well.. )   

 
I was able to use scraps and bits and pieces of grunge board to make the honey comb as it fits nicely. 
The ribbon of course is dyed using my distress stains.. I used Victorian Velvet... my favorite color in the whole pallete... and then I used some metallic brass... love the colors in real life... 

 
A close up of the BEE... with all the glitter on its pretty wings...  **Note to self... get more colors in glitter...  really fun stuff... 
 
I also used some small scraps of paper and punched out a lot of centers of the honey comb...  I will use them over the next few months etc...  I loved having the ability to add a little color here and there in the back ground with meaning... 


 
The leaves are also layered with the Tissue Wrap... and they are really soft and fluff...  I used a couple of colors on the leaves and have to say I wasn't really happy with the color.. .and finally added a few brownish colors and that was good. 

 
 
I used Tim's clear glitter on the bees wings... in fact I have made so many bees over the last couple of weeks that I used a whole jar ... better get some more.. this is a staple product here... 

 
I also used some distress stain all the way around the tag...  love the way that it looks... what do you think??? 
 
 
I bought the honey comb die cut, as my daughter is giving my Daughter in law a baby shower in May... and I offered to make the invites...  so this what I did.. for them... 
 
 
First off I didn't make just ONE..  but I totally enjoyed making them... that is for sure.. and I also made the envelopes too... 
As you can see they have honey comb all over them...  The bee is the same as I used on the tag above... in fact I still have three bees left over... 
 
The sunflower I used the Tattered flower die cut and used baby wipes to create a light fluffy flower...  and of course some distress inks to create the color... 

 
Here is the envelope and the front of the invite... it opens into two move octagon shapes... love it... lots of places to stamp bees and have them flying all around.. 
 
But then... if you are having a Ba BEE shower... you also will need Thank You notes... so this is where I used the honey comb ... and had tons of fun doing these...  I made the bee a little bit larger... and used all kinds of 12 x 12 pieces of Tims papers for the fill ins...  also some mirrors, heart papers, papers I made for the pink and blue areas... and just had a blast....

 
Hope you enjoyed all the BEE info today... and know that you will have fun with this die cut... am now waiting to get a few more too...  they are really a nice addition for backgrounds... love it...
 
Have a super wonderful day... stay warm if you live in the eastern part of the US...  Create something fun today... 
 
Thanks for stopping by for a visit and hope you will return often to see all the other things I create... 
 
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 
 
 
 



Another special gate card with a panel

Sometimes a card is more than special to you... it might not be the way it looks as much as what you felt while you were making it... a really good feeling and lots of love and peace...

With out saying too much more...


 
 
Okay... do you see the circle cut in the center of the medallion... when the card is closed you see the word love... that is stamped in the center of the card... you will see it below.. 
 
A vintage girl.. and a medallion...  okay.. the underneath section is a Just Right stamp... and the leaves are a stamp I made...  love my leaves... 


 
When you open the card... this is the inside section of the left panel...  the medallion is on the back side of the front circle... 

 
This is the card open entirely... 

 
The center section... 

 
The right panel... 
 
So there is that special card... I personally totally enjoyed making it...  and love all the punching, faeries, and LOVE...  just a fun filled card... 
 
 
Thanks so very much for stopping by for a visit... have a great day... enjoy it every second of the whole day... enjoy being ALIVE... live it to the fullest... 
 
Love, Light and Peace.... Bonnie 
 

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