Sunday, January 31, 2010

February "From Venice, with Love" kits revealed @ Swirlydoos!

Wohoo, my first month as a Swirly designer!!! And I'm so lucky,because this must be one of the bestest kits to date!!! The papers are gorgeous. Right up my alley, the flowers are to die for, and the embelliues and stamps - sooo cool! And then the project kit with the TSS metal. The possibilities with these kits are endless. Thanks Krissy, for not choosing the traditional red and pink Valentine papers. What I love about the papers of this kit is that you can use them for any theme or event. So I'm starting off with the sketch LO. Every month the very talented Beggahuna designs a sketch especially for Swirlydoos. Here is my take:

The picture is of my DSS and his GF. They are so cute together. I first painted the heart with distress crackle paint, then inked it with distress ink and then covered it with distress stickles. Don't you just love the little birdie stamp and the precious butterflies? The flourish is cut with my Cricut.

The second LO is a photo my BIL took of the children of one of his collegues. Isn't that just the cutest picture ever? I had to scrap it. I used a MS border punch and the swirls are cut with my Sizzix.

This picture of Nike was taken when she just met her future husband-to-be. I embossed two metal strips which I decorated with pearls. The flourish is made with my Cricut.

Another picture of Nike, taken last year. I inked the ribbon with distress ink.

This is one of the last pictures taken of my grandma. She was 98 years old when she passed away. I LOVE the gorgeous butterfly frame which was included in the Embellishment Add-on Kit. I colored it with Glimmer Mist and decorated it with liquid pearls. The tule butterfly is from the January kit.

I used this patchwork design already several times, but it is such a great way to use your scraps. And of course I wanted to use every last bit of paper of this kit. The photo is my BIL and his niece. She totally adores him and wants to be just like him LOL. The die-cut is made with my QK Revolution. The title and bird are made from TSS metal, the metal rose is made of TH foliage. The metal corners are TH too.

The last LO I made for the Swirly Girls Club February Challenge that Robin is hosting on the Swirlydoos website. It is open to everybody, so come over and play along! The challenge is to have negative space and to use 4 photo's. I used the last bits and pieces of paper of this kit, embossed a metal heart and gave it grungeboard wings, which I inked, stamped and painted.

Thanks for having a peek at my newest work! If you'd like to see more inspiration on this months kits be sure to check out the DT gallery for the February "From Venice, with Love" kits at Swirlydoos, or the gallery of the very talented Swirlydoos subscribers!

Hugs, Bonnie

Blog Award

I received this award from Jolanda ( It is a Happy award, so here are 10 scrappy things that make me happy:

1. Scrapping with my sister. I don't mind scrapping alone or with others, but if Nike and I scrap together we get the best ideas.

2. When my layout comes together just like I want to. Sometimes it is a struggle to make a good layout, but sometimes everything falls into place.
3. When I receive positive feedback on my layouts.
4. When I have the opportunity to attend one of Tim's workshops.
5. When I'm learning a new technique, or work with a new product.
6. When my monthly Swirlydoos kit arrives. I just love the excitement to open the box and drool over all the new scrappy goodies.
7. When I'm shopping for new scrappy goodies.
8. When I can make somebody happy with a present I made myself.
9. When I'm blogging or chatting with people that are as obsessed with scrapping as I am.
10. When I'm able to share my scrapping know-how with others.

I'm forwarding this award to:
1. Of course my sister Nike , because she is the best scrapping buddy in the world,
2. To Manda , because I love her creative Mandaness,
3. And Paulien , because I admire her art.
Thanks for reading my blog.
Hugs, Bonnie

Friday, January 29, 2010

Lots to tell ya

It has been a while since I posted on the blog. But that doesn't mean that I haven't been busy.

For starters: I was asked to be a Swirlydoos designer!!!!! Wohoo, how exciting is that!! Starting with their February kit you can see my work on their website on reveal day, which is the last day of every month. I will also post the layouts here on my blog.

Then, I had the opportunity to visit the winter CHA in Anaheim!!! So awesome! I saw so many amazingly gorgeous scrappy goodies and met so many nice people. People that I only knew from the web. Cool!! Here is a picture of part of the Swirlydoos design team: Robin (Robinzberdz), Krissy (Rodeeogrl, and our fearless leader @ Swirlydoos), Irene (Scrapperlicious) and me.

And then, when I came back from CHA, I saw that Jolanda has given me this blog award.

Thanks Jolanda, that is so sweet of you. In my next post I will reveal to whom I will forward this award.

That's it for now. Thanks for visiting me!

xoxo Bonnie

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Be Mine

I found these gorgeous Valentine papers from Fancy Pants and just had to make a LO with them. It is a lift from GabrielleP's LO "Madame Butterfly" (link: TFL

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Valentine Cards

Cards are also a great way to use your scraps.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

My Dad

Still working my way thru my scrap papers. This time with a picture of my dad. TFL

Friday, January 15, 2010


Another attempt to make a dent into my ever growing pile of scraps. TFL

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Let's Get Shabby Challenge #7

This month's challenge at Let's Get Shabbi is an inspirational one, using this photo as an inspiration.

With the brigth colors it was difficult to give it a shabby look, but this is what I came up with.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Picture of DH, his siblings and their nanny in 1955. It is a lift from the "Welcome Home Baby Boy" layout of the very talented WendyG-SA. (link: Thanks for the inspiration, Wendy!And, I again used some old stash and scraps. Not really noticing a dent yet, but I'll keep trying. TFL

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Behind the Scenes

Another LO done from papers from my old stash and scraps. The picture was taken during our visit to Universal Studio's last October. I made the flowers from grungepaper with stamps of Studio 490 and papers from Jenni Bowlin; the metal strip is made from TSS black metal and a mold. TFL

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Using my old stash

I cleaned out my scrap room and came across my old stash of papers. So here are two layouts made of older papers and scraps.

Isn't she lovely? This is Nike 1 week old. Usually I'm not such a pink scrapper, but after all the Christmas and winter layouts I felt like something light and girly. I used some of my old stash papers and scraps. The heart is made from a paper heart on which I glued lots of flowers. Sort of an early Valentines heart.

This is Nike and me on Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles last October.
Thanks for taking a peek.  Bonnie

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Love gives you wings

I made this for the Blooming Butterfly challenge at The background paper is 7Gypsies and the tags are made from K&C paper. The chipboard swirl is from A2Z Scraplets, and I painted it with pearl paint dabber and then stamped it. The gingham flowers are from Maya Road. The pink flowers are probably Prima, but I'm not sure. The swirl on the right is made with Liquid Pearls on acetate. The birds, flowers and wing are made from black TSS metal, die-cut with my Sizzix, embossed and sanded. TFL

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a safe and happy new year. Mine was quite and peaceful. But honestly, Im happy that the holidays are over and that everything will be back to normal after today. As much as I LOVE the holidays, I always feel good about making a fresh start in the New year. Today I wanted to share with you two more layouts I made with the Swirlydoos January kit. Thanks for visiting my blog and the supportive comments. I wish you all a very happy, healthy and creative 2010!!!!

Every year in March, my sister comes over for 3 weeks of fun, scrapping and rodeo. This picture was taken last March.

Picture of me alongside the river Maas in January 1979.
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