Monday, 21 September 2009

Penny Black challenge and a candy win

Well, where do I start. I guess first it has to be to tell you all that I have been oh so lucky to win Claire's blog candy. Claire is a fantastic artist and has just opened her own shop which you will find here selling the most yummy and detailed digi stamps. The prize Claire offered was "You give me a theme and I will create you a digi image and also send you the coloured original - so it's all yours!" So no prises for guessing that I have asked if I could have something with 'wings'. I am so looking forward to working with it and sharing my cards with you.

Moving on to this weeks Penny Black challenge which is "Lace and Pearls". The other day when visiting Sally and looking at one of her beautiful creations, she said she was inspired by a very talented lady called Michelle Zindorf . The name rang a bell and when I visited the blog realised it was one I used to visit but blogging being what it is you drift off in other directions, so I was pleased for the reminder and this card is my take on one of Michelle's tutorials.

I brayered onto glossy cardstock using Tim Holtz inks, first mustard seed to the top half of a piece of white gloss cardstock (rolling off on scrap paper to reduce the intensity of the ink on the roller), then spiced marmalade, again rolling off the excess followed by fired brick across the top. On the bottom half I brayered shabby shutters first, then peeled paint. To achieve the grass effect I ran the edge of the brayer randomly (sort of like doing a wheelie).

The tree is Partridge in a Pear Tree from Penny Black 30-305 which I stamped with verafine black and embossed with detail clear. The fence was created by drawing three lines freehand.........this is as near to drawing as I can achieve.......then adding fence posts with a ruler using a black permeneant marker pen. I stamped the little birdies twice more and placed one on the fence and one on the greeting which is Art Impression E3145. The fence and tree has been highlighted with a white Inkssentials pen, and I stamped across the top with the edge of Hero Arts H3317 Delicate Weave to add a bit more interest and distressed the edges with TH peeled pain.

Pearls have been added to the tree to represent the pears and a border punched from Martha Steward embossed zigzag, some black lace and a few more pearls.

31 comments:

Kath said...

wow brenda...fab card...love the colour combo and great use of lace and pearls...thanks for joining in the fun this week at PBSC..hugs kath xxxxxx

Desire Fourie said...

Just beautiful Brenda. This is such a beautiful little country scene ... one can hear the birds singing.
Hugs
Desire

pinky said...

Love the scene you have created and the gorgeous colours. Well done on your candy win!
Pinky

Hope Jacare said...

A beautiful card fab colours! Your wings image is a go - just send me an e-mail Brenda with your addy and I will get the original off to you. Cheers Claire x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Brenda your so talented! love the colours and WOW well done on winning some candy! looks fab! can't wait to see what you do with your candy!! :0)

Silli said...

oh Brenda, your card is sooooo very pretty. I love the szene, the birds are very pretty. Great work. Happy monday!

* Shaz * said...

Beautiful card Brenda and congrats on your lovely win x

lisa said...

Hi Brenda. Congrats on the blog candy. I've just seen what Claire has created for you, it's delicious you'll love it you lucky thing. I'm really envious!!!!
I love this card. It's stunning, a real work of art. I saw Sally's cards too and really must check out this blog, it sounds so interesting.
Have a great Monday.

Lisax

Beth said...

Ooh this is fab! The black lace is so gorgeous and I love the background you've made! Thanks for joining in with the Penny Black challenge!

Beth xx

Carolands said...

Fabulous card Brenda, love the colours a beautiful sunset on a snowy day, beautiful! x

eiyiyi said...

What an exciting candy win! Love your card, as always you technique and color choices are flawless. You do such amazing work. Yeah you!!!!! hugs, eileen

Violets Corner said...

Stunning card! So beautiful!

Hugs
Maarit

Tracy said...

Congrats on your win, love the card. The colours are warm and beautiful.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Crafty Dawn said...

Thought yr card looked very familia lol I am a follower of her blog so I never miss one lol missed you as I have been busy with G'Son hopefully will get bk to crafting and so put something on my blog soon thanx for the comment

Love Dawn xx

SannaS said...

WOW! Absolutely brilliant! Such an amazing card! =)
Hugs, SannaS

chris said...

oh Brenda I just love it,you are such a clever lady
would like to have a go at something like this .
love chris xx

Lesley said...

Congratulations on winning the candy Brenda. Aren't her stamps gorgeous!! Love this card!! fab-u-lous!
Lesley x

Kari said...

Wonderful card,Brenda!The lace is lovely!
Have a great evening:)

Hugs,Kari:)

HazelQ said...

Lovely card, I like the pearl touches you gave to it :) thanks for visiting my blog. I'm feeling much better!
Hugs
Hazel

Nannieflash said...

Congratulations on your blogcandy win, I hope you really enjoy it. I love your card, its gorgeous. Well done with love a nd hugs Shirleyxxxxxxxxxx

Lynda said...

Brenda this card is amazing - love the scene you created and thanks for the link too. Congrats on you blog candy win - what a fantastic prize - I just popped over to have a look.

Love Lynda xxx

Lynne K said...

What a wonderful card. The design could be adapted to fit many occasions. Congratulations on winning the blog candy! Look forward to seeing what you make with it. x

Liz said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh the colours the whole card a masterpiece..as usual perfect

liz xx

coldwaters2 said...

Oh Brenda this is just stunning love the colours and the scene is just wonderful with those little pearls hanging from the trees...awesome work.

Hugs
Lorraine x

Sally H said...

Stunning work, Brenda! I love the colours. I tend to brayer with Adirondacks, but looking at this I must try distress inks. love the lace and that punch too! Gorgeous! Thanks for the plug too!

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

utterly fabulous, just love your background and the pearly tree.janex

Cheryl said...

this is great hun love the background well done on your win too love cheryl xxx

Merry said...

This is so wonderful...love your brayered background.

Juls said...

this is stunning!! such a striking card, and I really love the pearl detail!

Christine (Craftling) said...

This is a stunner, Brenda! Love the graduated colours.

Hugs,
Chris xx

fiona henderson said...

Stunning and wonderful Brenda.....i love the colours too..

fiona DT
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