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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

AdornIt Art Play Paintables Cards ~ a Joggles Sneak Peek


Hi everyone! Today I am posting over on the Joggles blog but I thought I would give a little sneak peek here in case you want to check it out. I have created 7 sweet cards using images from 2 of the 22 AdornIt Art Play Paintables sheets. These are adorable ATC size images printed onto watercolour paper, all ready for you to add colour. Each one can become a sweet focal for a card and with 12 to a sheet, the possibilities are wonderful. I used Derwent Inktense Pencils and wet brushes to add colour to mine but any watercolour pencils or palette, Neocolor IIs, Distress Markers/Ink Pads or even markers like Copics would work just as well.

Pop over to the Joggles blog to see all 7 coloured images as well as the finished cards. You know you waaaannnnaaa :)

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, April 07, 2017

1467 Lady Bug Hippo ~ 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 Lady Bug Hippo 1467. I love ladybugs and Sandra's hippos always make me smile so it was a win/win with this image.


I coloured LBH with a mix of Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils, adding Diamond Stickles to her wings. 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 and to create a natural shadow.


The 6 x 8 inch mixed media paper background was coloured with a brayer and Blue Green Light and Aquamarine DecoArt acrylic paint, giving it a hit and miss approach rather than going for full coverage. It was a clean up sheet where I cleaned my brayer when Gel printing. During the same gel printing session, I also used black acrylic paint and an MFT Weave stencil, so I cleaned that off on this background, too. Why waste all that yummy paint and pattern? Stamping was done with Jet Black Archival Ink and a VLV circle stamp before molding paste was scraped through Joggles Mini Punchinella Quintet stencil circles. Two pieces of washi tape were layered to give  LBH somewhere to stand so her little wings didn't get tired.


The sentiment was printed on white card stock and cut into sections. These were matted with black card stock and popped up on foam tape. Three hearts were die cut from the red and white washi tape, outlined with black, and adhered above the saying on the right side. This brings that red as well as the dotty pattern to the opposite corner of the page causing the eye to travel through it. A simple border was doodled around the edge and Black Big Brush Pen was used to ink the white edges of the page. A black mat was added to the page to frame it as well as adding strength to the page.

Thanks for joining Lady Bug Hippo and me today. To see more of Sandra's wonderful new releases which will be in the shop later, and also 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. You are sure to see many images that inspire you to create!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie


Thursday, April 06, 2017

Old Folks Challenge at Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group


Hi everyone! I'm excited today because I am hosting this month's challenge at Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook Group. 


My challenge theme is Old Folks because I am such a huge fan of all of Sandra's Old Lady images (and also because I can relate to the theme...LOL). That woman has spunk and attitude :)


I have chosen four images which Sandra will put on sale for $1.50 for the duration of the challenge.


She has also created an adorable brand new image just for this challenge and it will also be on sale in her Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs. 


You can create a project with any (or all) of these five Old Folks images and enter it in the April challenge album on the Facebook page for a chance to win the prize of 2 free digis plus a bonus coupon which Sandra has generously included for Buy 2/Get 2 Free.

The challenge starts today (April 6, 2017) and will run for two weeks, closing at midnight PST on April 19, 2017. Just to entice you and show you the images, I have created 5 different art journal pages. I think these images would also be adorable for birthday cards, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or JFF cards. They work for almost any occasion really since they certainly will bring a smile.

I hope you will join us for this Old Folks Challenge at Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group. I cannot wait to see what everyone creates with these lovelies!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, March 31, 2017

Lady of the House 1471 ~ 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 Lady of the House 1471.


I coloured Lady with a mix of Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils and seized the opportunity to practise my marcelle curls colouring technique. It's so fun and the results always make me smile. Lady 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 background began as a 6 x 8 rectangle of designer paper. Extra detail was added with Pale Ochre Archival Ink and Joggles Nonsense Latin Text stamp as well as Carabelle Studio Quadrillages stamp. Jet Black Archival Ink was used to stamp the heart border but it was beefed up with a black Pitt pen because it seemed too dainty. Pink rings were added to the background using chalk paint and a bottle lid. Molding Paste was scraped through TCW Tiny Circles stencil and allowed to dry thoroughly. White gesso was drybrushed over the stencilling to help it show more and also in other spots in the background to add interest.


The sentiment was printed on white card stock, cut into individual words, and matted with black. Before adding foam tape to the back of each word, the "me" in awesome and the single word me were outlined in pink marker to draw attention to them. Two lengths of washi tape were adhered below Lady to give her a place to stand since floating is not one of her super powers. The washi strips were outlined with black pen and a doodled border was also added to the outside edges. Two exclamation marks and a question mark were adhered to the right side using Idea-ology Ransom Letters and white paint pen dots were added to them. A punched photo corner was added over the ends of the washi tape and white dots were added to it to repeat the dots on the marks. Black Big Brush Pen was used to ink the outside edges of the background before it was added to a black card stock mat.

Thanks for joining Lady of the House and me today. We're always happy when you stop by. To see more of Sandra's wonderful new releases which will be in the shop later today, and also 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".

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Easter Parade ~ Bloobel Stamps Progressive Challenge


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 choice of six fabulous images or you could use a different code to buy them all at a special price...which, of course, I did because who can resist! The theme this month is Easter Parade based on that wonderful old Judy Garland/Fred Astaire movie.


I decided to create my own little Easter Parade using Easter Parade Judy, Easter Parade Fred, and Easter Parade Bunneh. They were each coloured with a mix of Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils. They were fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted with black card stock, and fussy cut leaving a narrow black border. Foam tape was used to pop them up. Fred was given Black Diamond Stickles with Lagoon Stickles in the center of the punched flower on his hat.


Judy was given Buttercup Liquid Pearls on her dress trim and buttons, and on the flower centers on her hat. The flowers were punched from mop-up atcs sprayed with Lindy's so they sparkle, too.


Bunneh was given Lagoon Stickles centers on his hat flowers and his wonky eyes were covered with Glossy Accents to add dimension and shine. Aren't they a well coordinated trio? You can thank their stylist...LOL


The background of this art journal page began as a 7 x 9 inch rectangle of designer paper. One of the designs from the Stampotique Originals Circles Cube and Joggles Nonsense Latin Text stamps were added with Garden Patina Archival Ink. Carabelle Sudio Mini Checkerboard stamp was added with Jet Black Archival. The sidewalk was a torn piece of textured tan coloured card stock which was stamped using Stampotique Originals Brick Road and Tree Branch Archival. Both Coffee Archival Ink and brown Prismacolor pencils were used to add shadow and darken some of the bricks. The same was used to edge the sides of the sidewalk before it was adhered to the background. Black pen was used to outline it and add faux stitching. A sign post was created with black card stock and white glittery stickers. Next to the sidewalk, Inktense pencil activated with a waterbrush was used to add shadow and dimension.


White cheesecloth scraps were adhered above Judy and Fred to create puffy clouds.


The sentiment, which is a line from the Easter Parade song, was printed on white card stock and matted with black. Foam tape was used to pop it up. Small music notes were drawn with black pen and accented with black rhinestones. The same black pen was used to draw a border around the outside edges. Turquoise washi tape was added to the edges to bring some of that lovely colour from their outfits into the background and add a little more pattern. Garden Patina and Coffee Archival Inks were used to edge the background before Black Big Brush Pen was added. Finally, the page was matted with black card stock to frame it.

Thanks for popping by and watching Fred, Judy, and Bunneh's Easter Parade. It's always wonderful to have a crowd at one of these things :) 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 March to enter your creation made with one of the Easter Parade images into the Facebook album. Then you will be eligible for the coupon code for April's challenge. Hope to see you there!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, March 24, 2017

Bearly a Nurse 1422 - 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 Bearly a Nurse 1422...she's a cutie! 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 leaving a narrow black border. Foam tape was added to the back to pop her up and create a natural shadow.


The background for the card began with a rectangle of blue card stock cut slightly smaller than the card front. It was inked around the edges with Black Big Brush Pen and then faux stitched. A piece of patterned paper, chosen because of the "heartbeat" pattern, was cut to fit inside that blue layer. A heart was die cut from a mop-up card which had been sprayed with red Lindy's and a VLV heartbeat stamp was applied to it using Jet Black Archival Ink. Then it was adhered so that it lined up with one of the heartbeat lines on the paper behind it.


The sentiment was printed onto white card stock, matted with black, and popped up on foam tape. Small triangular pieces were cut and added to the four corners to help frame the background and finish off the card.

Thanks for visiting Bearly a Nurse 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


Monday, March 20, 2017

The 2017 Joggles Art Journal Adventure - Week 12 Sneak Peek


Hi everyone! It's my turn to host Joggles Art Journal Adventure for Week 12. Sometimes when I art journal, I just play and other times, I have something I want to work out or remind myself about. This week, it was the latter. I'm only showing you a sneak peak here of my page which was created in response to the prompt Opening. To see the entire page, read about my process and the thoughts behind it, you will have to pop over to the Joggles blog. I hope you do!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hare in Hiding 1407 - a Sandra Caldwell New Release


And I'm back! Hi there! Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! This is the second of two new releases which I had the privilege of playing with this week from Sandra Caldwell's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs. This one is called Hare in Hiding 1407 and he cracks me up because his disguise needs some work :)


I coloured Harry with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. He was then fussy cut leaving my usual white border, matted with black, and fussy cut again. Foam tape was used to pop him up to create a natural shadow.


The background began as a 6 x 8 inch rectangle of designer paper which had part of the design embossed. Deep Purple Archival Ink was used to apply Carabelle Studio Star Texture stamp in some places. Magenta Hue Archival Ink was used to stamp one of the designs from Stampotique Originals Kate's Cube. Ranger Texture Paste  was scraped through TCW Tiny Circles Stencil with a palette knife to add to the texture on the background. To give Harry a place to stand, two lengths of washi tape applied to white card stock were cut into fishtails, edged with Black Big Brush Pen, and adhered below him. The other sections were adhered in the top right corner to help balance the design and create flow.


The sentiment, which makes me laugh, was printed onto white card stock, cut into individual words, and matted with black. Foam tape was used to adhere them to the background. Two Black buttons were threaded (no naked buttons here) and adhered to the upper left corner for that pop of black I love so much. This was balanced in the opposite corner with a black die cut arrow pointing to the punny word. Black Big Brush Pen was used to edge the background before it was adhered to a black mat which serves as a frame for the page.

Thanks for joining Hare in Hiding and me today. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all it really took to change your life was to change your hair...LOL To see more of Sandra's wonderful new releases which will be in the shop later today, and also 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. Not only will there be fabulous new releases which are surprises but you can also see the 4 images which are on sale so you can play along with the Bee Silly Facebook Challenge. Hope to see you there!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie