Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Daisies and Dragons

Crafting still seems on go slow, the ideas are there, they just seem to take forever getting all put together. It does not help that for three days I've been plane spotting........or rather keeping an eye on any changes to the flight situation where it seems the whole world has gone crazy.

Our eldest son and his wife are stranded in Thailand and been told the earliest they can be re-booked on to a flight is 1st May. We have tried every computation to try and get them home, but at the moment coming up against brick walls. They flew via Dubai with Emirates who are still flying into Malta so if they can get there, could get home via ferry and train. A tortuous journey but possible, but Emirates want a Kings ransom to change their original flight arrangements.

Back to crafting, two cards for two challenges. The first for this weeks Everybody Art Challenge who have a lovely sketch created by Jenny, the second for Tuesday Taggers who would like to see Dragons.

An easel card for the first challenge using Kaiser DP's. For the main image which is Penny Black 4042 Daisy Fields I created a background with Brilliance inks olive, gold and yellow, water and Glimmer Mist pearl. I then stamped over the piece with Magenta 3940M crackle background, then the main image using versafine sepia and detail clear embossing powder.

I stamped the flower heads a second time, coloured with Marvy pens, inked with versafine frost as this bleeds and softens the colours, then spritzed with the same GM, moulded whilst still wet and decoupaged. The sentiment is Penny Black 3940 Life. The border is punched with Martha Stewart eyelet lace, punched butterflies and some Magnolia gem leaves........I'm sure they have a proper name, but I threw the wrapping !
The second card which I confess I am non too keen on, is made with the only dragon stamp I possess and it probably not the sort of dragon St George would have associate with, but artistic licence and all that. I stamped all over the card itself with JudiKins 2201J using versamark and detail clear embossing powder, then inked all over with Tim Holtz rusty hinge, dusted with Perfect Pearls and moved the colours around with a baby wipe to create a more aged look.

I used the same TH distress ink to create a background for the main image, plus a smidgen of TH dusky concord, then embossed the edges with gold. I stamped the dragon image which is Rubber Stampede 3006F with versafine imperial purple and embossed with detail clear. The sentiment is Stamp Barn kanji cube and purple cord to finish.

54 comments:

Jill said...

Wow what a fantastic dragon card, beautiful dragon and I just love the background. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at TT this week. Jill

La Vikinga said...

Beautiful easel card! I 'm not sure how to spell it but I refer to the first card on this post...

La Vikinga

Tracy said...

These are two equally fabulous cards, love the colours on both and pretty stamps on the easel card. Scott my eldest would love the dragon one as he's into owt like that. Hope your son gets home safe soon.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

HappyCrafter said...

They are both striking! I like how you popped up the flowers on the top one, and for the second one, the asian feel of it and the little coin are very cool

Nannieflash said...

Hi Brenda, a lot of people are stranded all over the world and its such a shame that things carnt be sorted out but it looks as though its just going to take time.
Fabulous card love it, its so beautiful and classy. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

Fliss said...

Hi Brenda, really gorgeous cards and such lovely colours. My only dragon stamp is like yours, a Chinese one as my elder daughter loves them so hooray for artistic license.
Sorry to hear about your son's difficulties and hope you get some good news soon.
Sending hugs, Fliss xx

Annmaree said...

Your cards are rockin!

ADORE that first one to bits, so beautiful, and that second asian one looks amazing!

Christine said...

Hi Brenda stunning creations the easel card is my fav ..but oriental is gorgeous colour combo.. must be a worry for you re family not being able to get home....

Hugs Christine xx

Teri said...

These are both fantastic hun - love the dragon one! Thanks for sharing with us at Tuesday Taggers.
Hugs,
Teri xx

Juls said...

such gorgeous makes! Love the easle card, beautiful images and colours, and I love the dimension you have created! Hugs Juls

Helen said...

Two such different styles, the dragon one is great, but my favourite has to be the easel card- I love those stamps you've used. Good luck arranging for the journey home for your son and dil!

Lisa Jane said...

Two gorgeous cards Brenda - must admit i like the foral one best ... not really a dragon person myself - but the card is still fabulous.I hope your son and his wife get home soon
Lisa ;)

Nicola said...

Two great cards - both are nice but I too prefer the easel card (1st card). You haven't had much luck this month but hopefully things will improve for you now. We have several teachers and children stuck in various parts of the world so short staffed. Take care and hugs Nicky xxx

Carol Ann said...

Two lovely cards Brenda my favourite one is the top one it is stunning I just love the colour combo you have used too. The flowers are so real looking just gorgeous.
Carol Ann xx

Dora said...

Hey sorry to hear about your son and his wife.. this problem is everywhere... Hope they can get home safely and quickly .. let me know if they need anything when they are in Malta.. honestly. You got my email addy. Hugs xxx

Shirley N said...

Your easel card is just GORGEOUS!, LOVE it!!!
Hope your son and DIL gets home soon and safely. What a sad situation, feel for your family!

Anesha said...

Two wonderful cards, love the dragon card. ANesha

Kari said...

The Easel card is fabulous!!Gorgeous colours!
And I love the butterflies!
The dragon is great!
I hope it works out for your son and wife :)

Have a wonderful evening :o)

Hugs,Kari :)

pinky said...

You'll think I'm doting but when I read your title I sat for ages looking at the first card trying to spot the dragon lol. Two fab makes again. Hope your son gets to fly again soon, unbelievable this isn't it!
pinky

otomys said...

Hi Brenda, thanks for leaving a comment and your address at my blog. I looked through your blog and your cards are beautiful. The easel card is my favourite and absolutely stunning.
Amelia

Rosie said...

Brenda what gorgeous cards. An amazing amount of detail in the easel card, and how effective the decoupaged flowers are.
Rosie x

Dragonlady said...

Hi Brenda

Two totally different cards but equally stunning in their own way.
Sorry to hear you are indirectly effected by the plane situation - hope they get home OK.

Hugs Ali x

Sally H said...

I love both your cards, Brenda! The first is so pretty and your lovely oriental dragon is perfect for TT this week! Thanks so much for sharing with us. Hope your son arrive home safely soon x

Zoechaos said...

oh oh oh love your first card the little amber like beads on the side gorgeous. Then you did the dragon card and its wonderful. As always your choice of colour unexpected and perfect.

So many peeps stuck in the wrong place and wondering how to get home.

craftymum said...

Hi Brenda
lovely cards. I LOVE the first card. It is just gorgeous!!!! Who wouldn't love to receive it!
Love sarah XXX
p.s. Thanks for visiting and your lovely comments. I really do appreciate them

Dawn said...

I hope yr family get back soon (at least they are safe)

I love the top card very lush and I know oriental stamps are not my thing either but it's still a great card sketch colours and accessories are all in the right place honest you may not be keen on it but it's a cracking card. Although I also prefer the top one.

Love Dawn xx

lisa said...

Hi Brenda

Thank you so much for your lovely comments and I'm sorry to hear your Son and DIL are stranded although having just seen the 10 pm news it looks like things are starting to move at last so hopefully they will be home soon.
I love both your cards, the dragon theme had me stumped this week, I don't possess a single dragon, but you've cracked it beautifully. It has a real oriental feel.
I have to confess the first one is my favourite though, I love these new stamps you've been using and they look 3d in the sunshine.
Hugs

Lisax

Fleur said...

Hi B. Hope your son gets home soon. 2 lovely cards. had to laugh at pinky's 2nd comment as I had looked at first card too, and couldn't see the dragon I thought it was the name of a flower - you know like snap dragons. hehe!!!

Fleur said...

meant to say Hugz Fleur xXx Obviously got my fuzzy head on today!!!

KarenB said...

The colours are just amazing in both of these cards.

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

2 fab designs , great colours , the easel card is so 3d it's stunning. janex

Cheryl said...

wow brenda these are 2 stunning cards,hun love the MS punches you have used,such detail wow brilliant hugs cheryl xxxxx

Vicky said...

Hi Brenda
Rusty hinge and PP are some of my fav things at the moment, don't worry I can't blame you this time luckily I have them....lol

I love the easel card, the papers and the colours are gorgeous, I know what you mean about the second card I have a dragon that what ever I use it on never seems to look so nice for me, yours is nice is it maybe not to our taste rather...I know your a fairy and flower girl like me...

x
Vicky

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda but my fave as to be the wonderful easel card it just stunning.
luv
Debby

Alex said...

Wonderful work! Thanks for joining EAC!
Hugs, Alex

Lesley said...

Fabulous cards today Brenda and I particularly love yesterday's red and white - I seem to have missed it lol!
Hope everyone gets home safe and sound soon.
Lesley x

jane said...

A lovely easel card hope your son and his wife get home soon.
Luv Jane xxx

Crafting Diva said...

Hi thank you so much for your kind comment you left on my blog wow your blog is wonderful so many great card designs. I love easel cards they are brilliant something so different hugs from Lisa

Stempelfrosch said...

Wonderful work with fantastic colours ! Love all your papers...stamps...etc.
LG Anke

stamping Sue said...

Hi thank you for the comment you left me on my blog. love your cards very stunning designs. from Sue

Hope Jacare said...

Wonderful cards - both of them. I love the dimension in the daisies though - so life like! Cheers Claire x

Spyder said...

Beautiful easel card and fabulous dragon card, love the colouring
(Lyn)

Silli said...

Brenda, both cards are so very pretty. I love the flowers from the easel card...What a beautiful work. Hugs Silke

Clarky J said...

Wow what stunning cards - I love your dragon! thnaks for playing along with TT this week x Janet

PatR said...

Two fantastic cards. The dragon is perfect for the TT challeng and thanks for playing along.
Pat xx

April Diva said...

Absolutely stunning daisy card. Love everything about it. Pauline x

Anonymous said...

Brenda,

Great detail, depth and color!!

Michelle said...

Well brenda, the beauty of your work is reflected in the huge number of comments. Amazing! Thanks for joining us at TT this week
x Michelle

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow Brenda your creations are gorgeous. I especially love the easel creation which is packed with so much yummylicious embellies to look at.
Hugs
Desire

Rach said...

wow stunning cards, love the beautiful papers on the first card. stunning.x

Tina46 Kreativblog said...

great easel-card !! beautiful designed.Thanks for joining in our challenge.
hugs
tina46

blackdragon said...

Hello Brenda
i love this dragon card.... even if its an oriental dragon rather than a western dragon... a dragon is a dragon.
Thanks for playing along with tesday taggers this week.
xxxlynx

Merry said...

Amazing cards Brenda...I hope your son and wife are back home safely now or closer to getting home.

foxyenglishcrafter said...

Just been looking at all your creations and all i can say is wow, wow, wow. They are awesome. I love them all but to many to comment on. You are very talented and your creations are simply stunning.
Thanks for sharing

Julie

 
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