Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Joggles CAS Center Step Cards Sneak Peek



Hi everyone! Today I  have another Tuesday Card Post over on the Joggles blog but as usual I wanted togive a little sneak peek here in case you want to check it out. This time I have created 4 clean and simple cards using images stamped with Joggles and Joggles/Virginia England Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps. The backgrounds were created with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks and Joggles Itty Bitty ATC Stencils...yum!

Pop over to the Joggles blog to see the tutorial as well as the finished cards. I'd love it if you did :)

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, April 21, 2017

Your Crazy is Showing - Bloobel Progressive Challenge Entry


Hi everyone! Each month, Lisa at Bloobel Stamps runs a Progressive Challenge on her Facebook page. If you played along the previous month, you get a discount code for the current month's image so you can play along again. This month, she offered the choice of 11 fabulous images or you could use a different code to buy them all at a special price. The theme is Flower Garden and I decided to use the absolute quirkiest (IMHO) three of the collection for my art journal page.


This is Clarissa Flower. She like the others is coloured with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils.


This lovely is called GM George Flower. He , like the others, was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, then matted with black, and fussy cut leaving a narrow black border.


The third of the crazies is called David Daisy. He, like his friends, was popped up on foam tape to create dimension and shadow.


The background was created with two different designer papers which were layered and then altered. Ellen Hutson Bokeh Dots Stamps were applied to both backgrounds using either Forget-Me-Not, Jet Black or Coffee Archival Ink. Ranger Texture Paste was scraped through Carabelle Studio Weft Fabric and Numbers Art Template. Some doodling, ant brads, and a printed sentiment completed the design.

Thanks for popping by to meet these three amigos. To check out the other amazing creations made by the people playing along with the Bloobel Progressive Challenge, be sure to pop by the Bloobel Facebook page. It's not too late to join in either. You have until the end of  April to enter your creation made with one of the Flower Garden collection images into the Facebook album. Then you will be eligible for the coupon code for May's challenge. Check out the other amazing images in Lisa's shop, too. They make me smile...and want to colour them all :)

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

1510 Fashion Kitty ~ A Sandra Caldwell New Release


Hi everyone! It's New Release Friday at Sandra Caldwell's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs and she has some dandy images for us again this week. The Design Team has done their usual fabulous job creating projects with some of them but Sandra always has a few surprises for us, too. This week, I chose to play with the new image called 1510 Fashion Kitty.


I coloured Fashion Kitty with a mix of Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils. She was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and then matted with black card stock. Once she was fussy cut a second time leaving a narrow black border, she was popped up with foam tape to give added dimension.


The card background was cut from designer paper and then a band created from a scrap of paper left from another background I had created was added behind the kitty. This band was also matted with black. Faux stitching was doodled along the long edges and also around the edge of the designer paper. To help the image stand out from the busy background and also add a feminine touch, part of a doily was added behind her.


The lettering was added with black glittery stickers and three large pearls were adhered to the top right corner to complete the design. The background was matted with black card stock to frame the design before it was adhered to the white card base.

Thanks for joining 1510 Fashion Kitty and me today. We're always happy when you stop by. To see more of Sandra's wonderful new releases, all of which will be in the shop later today, and also to see what our talented DT members did with them, be sure to drop by Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group, where they will be posted throughout the day. Pop by Sandra's Etsy shop, too, when you get a chance. There are so many fabulous images that you are sure to see some "Must-Haves". I know I always do!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Brand New Shop ~ LeighSBDesigns


Hi everyone! Have you checked out the new Etsy shop called LeighSBDesigns? It's owned by Leigh Snaith-Brunton and features her amazing, quirky, and inspiring designs. I am smitten! So smitten, in fact, that I have joined her design team so I can play to my heart's content! The image above is called Miss Oddleigh Flower and is the first of a series which we will be introduced to in time. I love her to bits! She also comes with her own flower garden image which I will use another time.


I coloured Miss Oddleigh Flowers with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, fussy cutting her while leaving a narrow white border. She was then matted with black, and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border to help her stand out from the background.


The 6 x 8 inch background was cut from designer paper and then used to pull prints from my gel plate in several layers. Jet Black Archival was used to stamp VLV heartbeat and star background stamps. Two lengths of washi tape were adhered to the background to give Miss Oddleigh a place to stand. The sentiment was printed onto white card stock and matted with black before foam tape was added to the backs.

Besides the Etsy shop, Leigh has a Facebook group where everyone is welcome to share their LeighSBDesigns projects. We are all excited to see what you create with these inspiring images. Leigh has been sharing some freebies in this group as part of her Grand Opening.


There is also an Inspiration Blog where Leigh and her DT will be sharing their finished projects and providing inspiration as new images are released. Be sure to check it out!

Anyway, congrats to Leigh on the launch of her new Etsy shop and in pursuing a longtime dream. I am super excited to be part of her talented DT and cannot wait to see the new images as they unroll.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Joggles Tuesday Card Post - Sneak Peek


Hi everyone! Today I  have another Tuesday Card Post over on the Joggles blog but I thought I would give a little sneak peek here in case you want to check it out. This time I have created 2 sweet and simple cards using images from Stampingbella Creative Girl Stamps by Danielle Donaldson. Have you seen these images? I am smitten with their charm and whimsy. The images come in two sizes, the smaller one being ideal for ATCs and the larger for art journals or cards. There are also sentiments included. I combined these images with some of Joggles Sticky Snippets for quick and easy cards.

Pop over to the Joggles blog to see the coloured images as well as the finished cards. I'd love it if you did :)

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Monday, April 17, 2017

The 2017 Joggles Art Journal Adventure ~ Week 16 Sneak Peek


Hi everyone! It's my turn to host Joggles Art Journal Adventure for Week 16. I'm only sharing a sneak peek here with the ulterior motive of luring you to see the rest on the Joggles blog where I share the entire process with step out photos and descriptions. The prompt I chose for this week is "Just Say No to the Blank Page". Lots of times that blank page staring at people inhibits them from starting so today we are using one particular method (there are many others) to take away that blankness and jump start a page. I'm asking everyone to slap down something else first such as a page from an old book, sheet music, magazine or newspaper, whatever you want. Once it's adhered, add a coat of gesso as light or heavy as you want and then begin your page.

I hope I've piqued your interest...I'd love to see you over at the Joggles blog!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, April 14, 2017

1499 Crown Hippo ~ a Sandra Caldwell New Release


Hi everyone! It's Friday and that means there is a lovely group of wonderful new release images at Sandra Caldwell's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs. Besides the ones which the DT have played with and will show on the Sandra Caldwell Stamps Fans Facebook group, Sandra always adds some surprises in the shop...so fun!


This week, I played with an image called Crown Hippo 1499...just love her sassy little outfit! I coloured her with a mix of Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils. She was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted with black card stock, and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border. Foam tape was added to the back to pop her up and create a natural shadow.


The 6 x 8 inch background began as a "mop-up" paper where I was cleaning blue and green acrylic paint off my brayer when printing with my gel plate. I love using these papers as the start for my backgrounds. Manganese Blue Archival Ink was then used to stamp a punchinella image in a few places and Jet Black Archival was used to apply Carabelle Studio Letter Background stamp. A length of black and white washi tape was added to white card stock to take away the translucency and then it was adhered below Miss Hippo to ground her. Three punched black stars were added to her left.


The sentiment was printed onto white card stock, matted with black, and popped up on foam tape. A simple border was doodled around the outside edges and a punched black photo corner was added to balance the design. Finally, a black card stock mat was added to help frame the background and finish off the card.

Thanks for visiting Crown Hippo and me today. We appreciate your fine company. To check out the other fabulous new releases, be sure to pop by Sandra's Etsy shop. Drop by the Facebook group, too, where you will see the awesome creations featuring these newbies from some of the design team members. We would love to see what you create with Sandra's images there, too.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie