Monday, July 21, 2014

Christmas in July ~ CYP Challenge #223


We have a fun theme this week at Craft Your Passion Challenges. It's Christmas in July and our wonderful sponsor is Crafty Sentiments. I chose to play with the image called Hootie Christmas Carol and coloured this sweet couple with my Prismacolor pencils before fussy cutting leaving a narrow white border. The image was then matted in black cardstock before being popped up on foam tape.



The background papers come from a Christmas stack by Recollections. The two papers were separated by a puncged scallop border and the entire background was matted in black with the corners on the right being rounded. Before that layer was adhered to the white card base, two lengths of red satin ribbon was wrapped around the left side. A small red bow was glued to the end of the image branch. Faux stitching was doodled on both designer papers with a black Micron pen.


The sentiment was computer generated, matted in  red, and given a punched red heart. It was then popped up on foam tape for dimension. Three Christmas themed tickets from Vectoria Designs were printed, fussy cut, and matted in black. They were glued together and popped up on foam dots to raise them higher than the other elements. Three black pearls finished off the design.

The Hooties and I thank you for stopping by today. We do appreciate your fine company. When you get a chance, hop over to the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog to see the wonderful Christmas creations by my talented teammates. We'd love it if you decided to get an early start on your Christmas cards and played along this week.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, July 18, 2014

Just Another Day ~ The East Wind new release


Hey there! Fridays mean a new release at The East Wind...happy dance! Today's release is called Lucy Loo Professor Loo and she's a knock-out! Lucy Loo is such a fashion plate who exudes style...and attitude. She makes me laugh just with the look on her pretty face...so disdainful and cynical.


I coloured Lucy with Prismacolor and a few Polychromos pencils. I have started supplementing my Prismacolors with the Faber-Castell pencils because they have different shades which sometimes suit the project better. I love the way they colour, too. Anyway, back to Lucy Loo before she gets annoyed with me...yikes! I fussy cut her and matted her with black cardstock before popping her up on foam tape.


The background is a mixture of papers from my stash. The one edge of each paper including the matting was torn and distressed. The top plain paper was also edged with Vintage Photo. The library card is a freebie from  tortagialla.com. It was trimmed out, edged in Vintage Photo, and matted in black before being adhered at an angle over the layered background. The stack of books which was fussy cut and matted in black came from my stash of images.


The sentiment was computer generated, matted in black, and faux stitched. Foam tape gives it some dimension and shadow. The only embellishments I added were the three Idea-ology mini paper clips. I auditioned several other items but they failed to make the grade...lol. (School humour).

Anyway, thanks for stopping by today. Professor Loo and I appreciate it, each in our own way :) Check out The East Wind Facebook group to see other takes on this same image by my talented teamies. We'd love to see what you do with her.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
As You Like It ~ Favourite Sentiment/why...the senitment I used always makes me smile even when things are not going well
ColourQ Challenge ~ #250 use colour palette given
Cards Galore Encore ~ #7 Use a Stamp or Digi Stamp
613 Avenue Create ~ #80 Anything Goes
Digi Galore ~ Anything Goes
Digi Makeover ~ #149 Girly Girl

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Style is Timeless ~ Altered Board Book


Hey there! I have the next installment in my Hat Ladies Altered Board book. I've taken a child's board book, gessoed the entire thing, and am creating mixed media spreads featuring Rick St. Dennis' fabulous Hat Ladies. This one stars the image called 1940 Hat but she told me her name is Jenny. I just love how elegant and pensive she looks.


  I coloured Jenny with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut her, and mounted her on black cardstock. This gives her a lovely black outline which contrasts with any background and strengthens any thinner bits (like the feathers) when I pop the image up on foam tape.


I covered the background with some older Bo Bunny Timepiece paper from my hoard vault...time to break it out! Smaller rectangles from the same collection were edged in Distress inks and layered on both pages. Pattern was added with Jet Black Archival ink through TCW's Tiny Circles stencil.


White gesso was applied to the bottom of an old flip flop and used as a stamp to create the cross hatch designs. Flip flops have the most amazing textures on the bottom and they are so inexpensive ($ store) and fun. I just stamped this pattern in two directions to get the cross hatch. Jenny was placed over the large block of solid paper and two clocks were fussy cut from the Bo Bunny paper to anchor the corners of the layered rectangles.


To further the time theme, large chipboard clock hands were adhered, one on each page, and topped off with large gold pearls. These were a little too shiny for me so I added a little Treasure Gold to each with my finger. Part of the sentiment, Fashions come and go, was computer generated, matted in black and popped up on foam tape. The other letters for But Style is Timeless are Idea-ology Alpha Parts, Alpha Tiles, and stickers. To complete the design, some punched semi-circles and border left-overs were added to the pages, doodling was done with a black pen, washi tape added, and white dots were created with a paint pen. Jenny approves!

Thanks for visiting today. Jenny and I both appreciate it. For more inspiration using Rick's fabulous images, fun challenges, and some wonderful sharing of projects and knowledge, come and visit:

our Facebook group
our Airless Chambers blog
our Rick St Dennis Gallerie
our Tuts and Comments blog

I am entering this spread in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create ~  #80 Anything Goes
A Song in Your He(Art) ~ #11 Three Times a Lady
Crafting by designs ~ Use a Sentiment
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Spots and Dots
Digi Makeover ~ #149 Girly Girl

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

If You Can't Take the Heat...TEW Challenge #11


We have a new challenge beginning today at The East Wind and the theme is It's Getting Hot! Now you can interpret "hot" in many ways and there can be lots of reasons for the heat to rise so it's really pretty wide open. I chose to work with this fun image called Lucy Loo Attitude. I coloured her with my Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut her, and popped her up on foam tape.


The background started with a white card base and a rectangle of black cardstock cut to leave a narrow border of the white showing. I used the Dylusions Diamond of a Border stencil and white gesso to create some background pattern. Golden Iridescent Copper paint was pounced through the TCW Tiny Circles stencil to create a little more texture and pattern.


Three colours of cardstock were cut into a flame design and overlapped for the border at the bottom. Lucy Loo was tucked in behind so that she looks like she is standing in the fire...and obviously can handle the heat. A wooden Prima pointing hand icon was colourized with Treasure Gold and adhered beside Lucy with Glossy Accents. The cuff was coloured in with a paint pen and a "button" was created with a flat pearl. I added the hand to represent someone getting ready to tickle Lucy Loo...not a good idea as you can tell by the look on her face.


The sentiment which I love was computer generated, and the bottom section was matted in black before both were popped up on foam tape. Orange enamel dots were added to the top right corner to complete the card.

Thanks for visiting Lucy Loo and me today. I appreciate your taking the time to do that and Lucy Loo...well, she's giving you free advice so I assume she's happy you are here, too...LOL. When you get a chance, pop by TheEastWind challenge blog to see the Hot, Hot, Hot creations by my talented teamies. We would love to have you play along with our challenge.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Monday, July 14, 2014

You Octopi My Thoughts


It's time for another new challenge at Craft Your Passion. Our theme this week is Citrus or Tropical Colours. Our sponsor this challenge is ZapPow Designs and I chose to work with this fun little octopus. I printed Ollie on a pale orangey yellow designer paper and then coloured him completely with Prismacolor pencils.


I printed him a second time on white paper and coloured the glasses and the bow tie and then fussy cut them to adhere over the original. Ollie was then mounted onto a punched black cardstock circle which was popped up on foam tape.



The background started with a sparkly orange paper layered over a white card base. The next layer was  a scrap of designer paper matted in black. A layer of wider orange ribbon was topped with a narrower yellow ribbon and both were wrapped to the back. Three hot pink buttons were threaded with black embroidery floss and adhered over the ribbon.


The sentiment comes with this fun image. It was printed on white cardstock and coloured with Prismacolor pencils before being matted on black cardstock. The sentiment was also popped up on foam tape. A photo corner was punched and added to the bottom left corner to complete the card.

Thanks for joining Ollie and me today. We appreciate your stopping by. When you get a minute, pop over to the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog to see the great projects created by my talented teamies. We'd love it if you decided to play along with our Citrus or Tropical Colours challenge. Hope to see you there!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, July 11, 2014

Who's next ~ New release at The East Wind


Fridays and Mondays are the days that Kyra releases her new images at The East Wind...so fun to see what her wonderful imagination and talent cook up! Today's release is called Who's Next (MAC0094) and features Lucy Loo as a very scary nurse with attitude! I coloured Lucy Loo with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut her, matting her in black for extra strength.


The background began with a shape die cut with SpellBinders Labels 25 cut from black cardstock and a larger one cut from a designer paper from DCWV's High School Mat Stack. Lucy Loo was popped up on foam tape and adhered to these two layers. red and white baker's twine was wrapped around the layers and tucked underneath her before being adhered to the back. White faux stitching was added with a paint pen.


A black rectangle was cut to fit the white card base and a scalloped border was punched from red cardstock to tuck under the right edge. White faux stitching was added to the black layer to create repetition and contrast. The sentiment was computer generated, matted in red, and popped up on foam tape. Two threaded white buttons were added to the upper right corner for balance and fun.


Thanks for joining Lucy Loo and me today. Believe me, it's important to keep her in a good mood when she's carrying a needle and an attitude that large! If you want to see more versions of this image, pop over to The East Wind Facebook page to see the fabulous creations of some of my uber talented teamies.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Inspired by a Book ~ Gandalf

Hi there! Members of Rick St. Dennis' EDT were invited to guest design at the C.R.A.F.T. challenge which he is sponsoring this week. The theme is Inspired by a Book and knowing how much I love books, how could I resist? I chose to play with Rick's Gandalf Wizard image which can be found in Rick's Zibbet shop.


Gandalf, from Lord of the Rings, is such a wonderful character and I have a great fondness for wizards. I coloured Gandalf with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut him. He was matted in black cardstock and popped up on foam tape. Who knows what problems he was solving while he awaited his background tag.


I had searched for a Gandalf quote from the book and when I saw this one, I knew what would be the first background layer: map designer paper. Next I tore some scraps of blue paper (sky/water) and layered them across the tag  along with some vintage text ( reference to books). These scraps of blue and text were edged and scuffed with Vintage Photo Distress ink to age them and then outlined with a Sepia Micron once they were adhered to the background. Pattern was applied with gesso through the TCW Texturized Stencil and with Coffee Archival ink through another pattern of the same stencil.


A generous coat of both Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress inks were added to the tag edges to frame the tag. Idea-ology Remnant Rubs were chosen on the basis of words that fit with the sentiment and applied both to the background and to an enamel coated metal star. The sentiment was computer generated, matted in black, and popped up on foam tape. Two segments of a punched scallop border were added to the edges, as well as an Idea-ology pen nib,  a reference to the wizard's era but also to the written word (book). The topper is a length of grosgrain ribbon stapled to the back of the tag. The staples are covered with an Idea-ology Muse Token which says courageous.

Thanks for visiting today and thanks to the C.R.A.F.T challenge for letting me play along. Gandalf and I are so appreciative. When you get a minute, pop by the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge blog to see the other fabulous responses to this fun theme, Inspired By a Book. For more inspiration using Rick's fabulous images, fun challenges, and some wonderful sharing of projects and knowledge, come and visit:
our Facebook group
our Airless Chambers blog
our Rick St Dennis Gallerie
our Tuts and Comments blog

I am entering this tag in the following challenges:

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie