Saturday, 5 June 2010

Strawberries and Cream

A sweet treat I cooked up for crafty research, calorie free of course

Here in the Cambridgeshire Fens, the arrival of strawberries in late May is always an eagerly awaited event in the produce calendar. Although you can buy them year round in supermarkets, there is nothing to beat the flavour as they come straight off the plant.....I should know I was brought up with them and thought nothing of being in the fileld at 4.30am for the start of the picking day for the six week season.
So I have chosen the theme of Strawberries and Cream for my theme week at Allsorts and have come up with two pictures as inspiration for your projects this week. You don't have to have strawberries on your work, but I would like you to draw your colour combo from the pictures.

I created my first card using purely the colour scheme as my inspiration, however my hubby thought I had totally lost the plot and asked where the strawberries were, so I made a second card with a couple of baskets of shrinky ones - OK Lou - for those of you who don't know, she's the queen of cream shrink plastic and believe me Lou, I needed a magnifying glass for these.

So the card above has a little scene created with Sarah Kay farm girl, masked and decoupaged with a Magnolia fence, Hobby Art tree and Art Impression birds, grass and flowers. The strawberries are also Magnolia and the baskets from Sarah Kay stamps.
The second card which was my first effort used Hero Arts CG185 elegant weeds stamped onto a background distressed with Tim Holtz worn lipstick and stickles added to the flower heads. The resist background was created stamping Inkadinkao 9718 with versamark, embossing with detail clear and distressing with the same TH ink. The sentiment is from Hero Arts CG198 whatever, a piece of corrugated card to add some texture and a punched flower spritzed with Glimmer Mist tattered rose.
Wedding pictures tomorrow !!


  1. Hi dear
    lovely cards both... the second very smart and delicate, with lovely pink colour.... but the first one is absolutely my favourite one!! Love the stamp and your perfect colouring, and those stawberry baskets are gorgeous!!!
    The cake then.... mhhh look so gourmant! :))

  2. Two beautiful cards and I love the look of the cake!!! Anesha

  3. Love the theme and love the cards and LOVE the dessert!!!!!
    Can't wait to see the pics.
    Lesley x

  4. Great summer theme and yes those plant to bowl strewberries are the best, our house is in an estate built on old strewberry fields. they are still grown hereabouts and one of the local walks is called the Strewberry walk.

    Gorgeous cards loving the little shrunk strewberries but my fav is the second one, that stamped image is just so dreamy. xx Zoe

  5. I understand why you couldn't choose between the cards, they're both lovely

  6. Beautiful card, and an absolutely mouthwatering desert. Strawberries and chocolate..both my favs. Please please please can you post the recipe????

  7. Looking forward to the wedding pictures. Great creations, love the Sarah Kay scene, that's a great fence too.
    Hope you have a great day at Sir Stampalot, get messy and have fun.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  8. How could you concentrate on the cards with that cake staring at you - I would have eaten the lot - it looks delicious! Two wonderful cards.

    Love Lynda xxx

  9. Gorgeous cards Brenda, but I can't stop looking at that yummy cake!! Looking forward to seeing the wedding pics tomorrow xx

  10. oh wow brenda hun these are 2 stunning cards,totally love the images,and as usuall your detail is brilliant hugs cheryl xxx

  11. Wow Brenda, youve certainly been busy not only with your cooking which is totally yummy, but your cards as well, finding all those stamps that go so well together, your cards are quite stunning. Enjoy your weekend at Sir Stampalot. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxx

  12. Yum!! that's the card and the dessert! Will be back for the pics tomorrow!

  13. 2 gorgeous cards B. Hope you make that dessert for Sir Stamp DT sometime... yummy!
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  14. Wow! Both cards are gorgeous!...
    And the cake looks very yummy ;O).


  15. Two beautiful cards. I must say when I first saw your post I thought you'd been baking for Jules and the others - but no calories??? Give me the recipe my stomach was screaming - oh - you meant the cards. Never mind - they are both a feast for the mind.
    Beryl xx

  16. Wow - two gorgeous cards. Love the scenery card, sums up summer memories of strawberries and cream. Rosie x

  17. Oh yum yum Brenda. Couldn't agree more about the strawberry's, gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.xx

  18. wow I love both of these!!! They are just gorgeous

    Love the scene you have created on th Sarah Kay one....and I love the vintage feel of your 2nd one with the torn edges and the touch of corigated card is just fab! Hugs Juls

  19. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I had such a fabulous day today and so did Meg. Love both of these cards and the one on the post below. Just about to finish my brayered card x

  20. Both cards are fabulous, I could'nt pick a favorite from them...

    The Cake looks yummy.......... and your strawberry picking day's took me back a few years, I worked on a market garden, and I just loved the strawberry picking season. all the Produce was for M&S so we had to pick them with the stalk's on..... oh and remember the pink stained hands.............. (lol) not much different from inky fingers really.


  21. Absolutely gorgeous cards and even more gorgeous strawberries. I have a weakness for them and love picking them at our local fruit farm. I too have fond childhood memories of strawberries as my gramps always grew them along with blackberries and rhubarb.


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