Monday, December 28, 2009

More Winter

This photo of my garden table I took on the one day of snow we had here in Houston. I made the background paper with the Swirlydoos January Technical Add-on kit. For a how-to you can check out the tutorial on the Swirlydoos website


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Winter Layouts

No white Christmas here in Houston, but it is cold! The Swirlydoos January kit arrived just before Christmas, jampacked with all kinds of gorgeous winter goodies! Here are my first two layouts made with this kit.

This LO is based on Beggahuna's sketch, also provided in the kit. Picture of me when I was still a student. Me and my boyfriend rented a small recreational cottage in the northern part of The Netherlands, close to where my sister is living now. Then this snow blizzard came and we were isolated from the rest of the world for a few days. Some big bulldozer shovels from the local forrest rangers had to rescue us.

I embossed the vertical striped with embossing tinsel and snowed the title with white ink and distress stickles.

DH and his brothers playing in the snow back in 1958. This LO is made with the gorgeous Bo Bunny papers of the Swirlydoos January main kit and the Glimmer chips of the Technique Add-on kit. They are just perfect together, so I didn't have to do much to make it look pretty! I misted the chips with Glimmer mist and then embossed some pieces with embossing tinsel (also included in the technique add-on kit).
Thanks for visiting!          Bonnie

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wendy's Workshop

Taking a little break from all the Christmas and winter LO's. I had some papers left from the Swirlydoos October kit which were perfect for this photo of my sister in action during Wendy Vecchi's mega workshop. All the flowers are made of grunge paper with Wendy's stamps (Studio 490). TFL

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Magic of Christmas

Another picture of little me and a Christmas tree. I think this one is even older than the previous one. I used one of Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas on this LO. The crimson paper, the large flower, the lace and the gorgeous chipboard poinsettias are from the Swirlydoos december kit. The rest is from my stash. TFL

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Vintage Xmas

Another LO with the beautiful Swirlydoos December kit. The Flowers, bird and alphas are from my own stash. The photo shows little me admiring the Christmas tree.  TFL

Monday, December 7, 2009

More Christmas Layouts

Nike and me a "few" years back, when Christmas was still magical! I used some papers from the Swirlydoos december kit plus some papers from my own stash. I lifted the idea of the multi layers from the very talented Teresa (Catz).

My 3rd LO with the beautiful Swirlydoos December kit. I used the sketch of the 3rd day of the 12 days of sketches challenge at TFL

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Layouts

Two LO's made with the Swirlydoos December kit "Favorite Things". I used sketch #100 of Sketch Inspiration for the first one with a picture of DSS and his GF. For the second one I used Beggahuna's sketch provided with the kit. TFL

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

White with 1 - December Challenge

This is my third entry as a CT member for White with 1. This month the criteria is:

Minimun 3 RIBBONS
For more info you can check out their blog


Saturday, November 21, 2009

More Metal

It is so much fun to play with my new tools, molds and metal that I went a bit overboard. I metalized all the packaging tins that I could never throw away, and now they came in handy. The mini suitcases are from Maya Road chipboard shapes, the bigger rectangular ones are from Quickutz and the round one is from the Prima flowers. They are not perfect, but they are great little projects to practice my metal embossing skills.
TFL and have a great weekend!!! Bonnie

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Art Shadow Box

This is a lift of a project that Tim H and Sheryl D did at Ten Seconds Studio back in June. Inside the shadow box are 5 mini canvasses that I covered with old book and music paper and then inked with distress ink and embelished with idea-ology trinkets and vintage findings. The outside of the frame is decorated with embossed metal strips (see detailed photo's). TFL

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pretty in Purple

Another cruise picture. This LO is totally made of scraps. I also did some metal embossing. The stamps are Tim's. The flowers are from Michaels' floral department. The beautiful beads jewelry and the butterflies were sent to me by Mandy (Craftysprinkles). TFL

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My first canvas

In the Swirlydoos add-on kit of this month was an 8 x 8 canvas. At first I was a bit puzzled as to what to do with it, because I never worked on a canvas before, but there is always a first time.

This is what I did:
- Glue torn sheet music, decorative and old book paper with gel medium onto the canvas
- cover with a thin wash of gesso
- layer 1: paint some gesso on a piece of paper bag, then wrinkled it
- layer 2: a piece of an old napkin
- adhere photo, and embellish
- the metallic rose is made from grunge paper covered with aluminum repair tape from the hardware store and then colored with alcohol ink.

On the picture are my parents in law on their wedding day in 1946.

Thanks for stopping by! Bonnie

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tim & Mario

Just some LO's I did with pictures of Tim and Mario. TFL

Monday, November 9, 2009

Luv (Tralalala)

The title of this LO is a Dutch thing. Back in the seventies there was this group of girl singers called "Luv" and they had a mega hit whereby the chorus was tralala, and they always did this striking pose , and that is what this picture reminded us of. Anyhow, this is us again at the first formal night onboard the cruise ship. All the papers are 7 Gypsies from the Swirlydoos November add-on kit. I inked the doily with several colors distress ink, and sprayed the lace with Glimmer Mist. The flowers are made with my Sizzix. TFL

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Viva Mexico

Nike in Mazatlan. The LO is a lift from Jojo Noon's LO "Beauty" (link: TFL and have a great Sunday!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Good Life

After an inspiring class of Wendy Vecchi it was good to relax a bit on our stateroom balcony. We received a free bottle of champagne (yeah, our favorite drink!!!) because the ship had to make a detour to avoid tropical storm Patricia and we had to stay at sea for one more day (more scrapping time!!!). For this LO I used all scraps, except for the background paper (Websters Pages). I colored the bling with alcohol ink, the flowers are from Prima and the awesome stamps are, of course, Tim's. Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Friday, November 6, 2009


This picture was taken in Mazatlan, Mexico. It was the first port of call of our Artful Voyage cruise. The background papers, the lace, the big Prima flower and the vine are from the Swirlydoos November kit. The rest is from my stash. TFL

Thursday, November 5, 2009


This LO is made with Kaisercraft and TPC Studio papers from the Swirlydoos November Antique Linen kit. It is based on a LO of the very talented 2dogs. You can check out the beautiful original here: . The roses are made of grungepaper and cardstock. The picture is of Nike and me on our first day on board the cruise ship. The journaling says: Nike's suitcases are MIA, but we have champagne!!! Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


OK, so this is Nike and me in a photoshoot with a .... TIGER!!!! When we were in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico there was this fund raiser for a wildlife preserve, and of course Nike - animal lover as she is - insisted that our picture was taken with the tiger. There were 2 tigers - a cute little baby and a bigger one. Guess which one Nike picked.... So, what to do as a big sis??? The LO is a lift from IngridG's LO "Brighton" (link: At least that is how it was intended and how it started. But you know me, I can't stand empty white space on my LO, so I changed the background paper for a patterned paper. But then Ingrid has these 3 super cute seaguls on her LO, so I did 3 butterflies, and another 3, and another, well I guess I went a bit overboard with that. But now it looks as if the tiger is looking at the butterflies, and I thought that was cute too. TFL

Monday, November 2, 2009

Make Art

This is my sister, Nike, at the mega workshop of Wendy Vecchi during the last day of our Artful Voyage cruise. We were making a very cool inspiration board with a lot of grunge paper flowers. The LO is based on a sketch of Beggahuna. The title is, of course, Wendy's slogan.  I used a piece of cardboard, some chipboard and grungeboard alpha's, metal tape, alcohol ink and a sanding block. This is a new technique for me that I've never used before on my LO's. I'm submitting this LO for the Let's get Shabby Challenge No. 5. TFL and have a great week!

White with 1 November Challenge

This is my second entry as a CT member of White and 1 for their November challenge. Check it out and play with us! This month's criteria are white, apricot and Perfect in the title. On the picture is DSS and his girlfriend.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Wedding Bells

All of the papers except for the book and music papers are 7G from the Swirlydoos October add-on kit. Also the heart and the big butterfly are made from 7G papers. The flowers are from Prima and the butterflies are made from grunge paper and decorated with idea-ology trinkets. The photo is of the wedding of my parents in law in 1946. TFL

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Enjoy the Journey

This LO is based on a sketch from Suepup. I used primarily 7G papers from the Swirlydoos October add-on kit. I just love their stuff. The flowers are made with Studio 490 stamps (Wendy Vecchi) and the butterfly is made from grungeboard and Idea-ology trinkets. The photograph is my sis and me ready to board the cruise ship. Thanks for looking and a happy Halloween to everyone!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bird Plaques

Here is another attempt of mine to do someting other than scrapbook pages. I admit, I totally copied it. I was telling in an earlier post that I am exploring new techniques and I found this metal bird plaque in the Trends & Trinkets booklet of Design Originals. The booklet contains a lot inspiring ideas. Sooo cool!!! So much fun to make something totally different with stuff I had already in my stash. I didn't have to buy anything for it!!!! I even had the metal tape. Can't remember how I got it; it must have been in a kit, or something. But.... I had only enough to make one plaque. Therefore I adjusted the design to a paper project so I could make another one.

Thanks for looking


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Treasure Box

This is a box I made during the cruise. To keep up busy during our day off (that means: no workshops that day LOL) we received a naked card board box that we could decorate. I covered it with 7G papers and gaffer tape and glued some torn old book and music papers on it and used some TH stamps. Then I covered the top with Rock Candy distress crackle paint. The chipboard alpha's are from Maya Road and painted with black paint dabber and covered with copper distress stickles. The knob is from 7G and the metal hanging embelishment is another project we did in one of Tim's classes.
Thanks for looking, Bonnie

Monday, October 26, 2009

A New World!!!

This shadow box we made during one of Tim's workshops during the Mexico artful voyage sparked my interest for mixed media projects. Ever since I'm back from the cruise I'm browsing the internet to learn more of these exciting techniques, tools and materials. It opens up a whole new world for me!!! Up to now, I only did 2-D scrapbooking, but now I discover that there are so much more possibilities to CREATE and to use all of the scrappy stuff I have hoarded over time!! For those of you who have already travelled this road it is probably nothing new, but I'm really excited about the transition from 2-D to 3-D projects. Of course this doesn't mean that I won't do scrapbook pages anymore. I love to do that too. But every now and then I will try something else. In my next post I'll show you my first steps into this (for me) new discovery.

Thanks for stopping by, Bonnie

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Back home!

Back home!!!! But what an awesome voyage this was!!! Everything, the ship, the food, the ports of call, but most of all the workshops of TIM and WENDY were just amazing, incredible, fun, inspiring, creative, and so well organized.! Everything was taken care off. We didn't have to bring any tools or supplies of our own. And you won't believe the amount of goodies we got. Tim already warned us to bring an extra suitcase and we sure needed that LOL! Separate from the two classrooms there was a studio just for us where we could scrap 24/7, and Mario's market place, were we could satisfy all of our scrappy shopping needs. The projects we made ware so much fun to do. I did not yet complete them all, but below is Tim's grungeboard mini album full of 7Gypsies and Idea-ology goodies. Still have to include my pictures, but want to share it now anyway.

Thanks for taking a peek!

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