Sunday, 1 August 2010

Glitter and bling

Stampalot DT card

Continuing my holiday itinerary and your next clue for the to enter in the post at the top of my sees us in a beautiful City that only a few years ago was ravaged by war.

Standing in the beautiful walled City of turrets and towers it is hard to imagine such atrocities such a short time ago until you look at the bullet and shell marks still evident on the City Gate below. Sitting on the coast in the Adriatic Sea, it used to be part of Yugoslavia and following the Civil war in 1991 changed to Croatia. Nine letters, the first is 'D' and the last 'K'.

And as it's the first of the month, Stamplalot Challenge and Penny Black at Allsorts both have new challenges, here are the themes:

Stampalot: Bring on the Bling

Penny Black at Allsorts: Glitter and Glitz

There are similarities and I can see quite a few being combined here, but equally I am sure lots of you will see totally different ideas. And both have some wonderful prizes on offer, Stampalot have a whole collections of craft essentials and Penny Black at Allsorts have six prizes on offer.

For my Stampalot DT card above I used Penny Black 4039K Candid stamped with versafine sepia one a background created with Tim Holtz olive and mustard seed, spritzed with Glimmer Mist pearl and then over stamped with Magenta 32090M crackle background. I stamped the flower heads again and coloured with the same two TH inks and spritzed with GM to make them pliable before decoupaging them onto the main image.

The DP is from stash and I have no idea of the make, I so wish I did as I love the colours of it. The border are punched with Martha Stewart double loop and the swirl is a sizzix die. For the bling I added some Swarovski crystals, so when I use them it means it's for someone special..........our daughter whose birthday is whilst we are on holiday.

My second card is my DT work for Penny Black at Allsorts:

Penny Black at Allsorts DT project

Its ages since I made a box easel card, so time to put that right. I have used some on the new Cosmo Cricket DP's to cover the box, the colours of this one are so yummy. For the main element I masked a piece of cardstock and sprayed with Glimmer Mist turquoise and sunflower to create a panel effect background. I then stamped Penny Black 3948 Fireworks over the GM's section and Penny Black 3940 Life to the side.

The borders are punched with Martha Stewart embossed scallop, the punched leaves and roses glittered liberally and Liquid Pearls added to the stamped flower heads plus more glitter.

Don't forget to pop back tomorrow for the next candy clue.


  1. Gorgeous cards Brenda as always and hope you having a fab holiday.
    Louise xx

  2. I believe it's Dubrovnik. That was a tricky one! Gorgeous card/box!

  3. Gorgeous floral works of art B - great colour combos in action. Wow what a place of history and turmoil you are in today - is it Dubrovnik? Enjoy your Sunday. Hugs Cherry XXX

  4. Love both of your floral cards!
    And welcome to Croatia!!!
    My homeland!!!
    You are in DUBROVNIK!!!
    Wish you will have best time here!

  5. Yes, Dubrovnik today. Love your "glitter and bling" card, it's fantastic.

  6. O wow Brenda what beautiful projects, they are amazing as always.. love they elegance and yes.. I think you are in Dubrovnik as well. Never been here. Enjoy xx

  7. I think you are in Dubrovnik, you need to come home Brenda my jealousy meter is off the scale now!

  8. Sounds like many beautiful cities...

    And your card/box looks so gorgeous as well!

  9. Hi Brenda ... before i give my answers i must say how beautiful your projects are today...the colours just blew me away in the first one they are gorgous.
    I believe you are in DUBROVNIK - have fun
    Lisa ;)

  10. You are Dubrovnik today! I hope you will sail even closer to me (Haifa) :)

  11. Hi Brenda

    Gorgeous card. It would have to be Dubrovnik.

    Hugs Ali x

  12. Ahh dear Brenda
    Soon you will reach and our country. Yes, you are in the city of Dubrovnik.
    Maps are satisfied with your brilliance. I look to see where tomorrow will be

  13. Wow Brenda what stunning cards!!!

    I think you are in Dubrovnik , hope that's spelt right ;-)

  14. Hello Brenda.
    These cards are simply gorgeous!!!
    Are you in Dubrovnic?
    Lesley x

  15. Hi Brenda, Wow stunning cards!

    I do believe you are in the Croatian city 'Dubrovnik'.

    Lsa x

  16. Hello! what a beautiful place where you are! is in Dubrovnik, a city known as the "Museum City" for its high number of relics.
    On the other hand, that your cards are beautiful, the design, details and colors. Very delicate.
    See you next!

  17. Beautiful cards Brenda.
    I believe you are in Dubrovnik
    Have a nice time.
    Anne x

  18. Gorgeous card & beautiful box.
    I think that you are in Dubrovnik.

  19. Great Cards Brenda. I think you are in Dubrovnik. Tracy x

  20. Both od these are so gorgeous, Brenda.
    I hope you enjoyed your visit to Dubrovnik. This is still one of the places on my wish list :-)
    We holidayed in 'Yugoslavia' many years ago and would love to back to see this lovely, interesting city.


  21. These are such pretty, very tasteful cards. The pic looks great, it must have been awesome to visit!

  22. Now I have been here, but many years ago before the terrible things that happened. I would love to revisit it today. You are enjoying Dubrovnik today Brenda. Hope you are having a truly wonderful time.
    Hugs Lisax

  23. so lovely cards!
    You are in Dubrovnik.

  24. You have taken us to the City of Dubrovnik today in a country, like many Europeon countries has had a long history of governmental changes. Now on to both of your delectable creations, they both take my breath away. I just feel most of you gals are so far above what I am capable of doing, love looking at all and hoping maybe my visions will come through my hands someday. Hope your weather has been good.

  25. you are in Dubrovnik, love the card & the colours, I also like the easle card box. Janet T

  26. I do wish the comments had been invisible as I know Im always later in the day before I can comment.

    Dubrovnik is your city for today Brenda, lovely images from there.

    I love your colour choice on your easel card, the butterflies are very delicate!
    Your easel box is just stunning! I really love the split of 3 colours under the floral image, really fab!

    Im enjoying your cruise, just doing it the dry foot way! lol!

    Keryn x

  27. Hi Brenda,
    The answer is Dubrovnik

    your cards are beautiful :)

  28. Hi Brenda!

    Looks like you are having oodles of fun! Today you are in Dubrovnik. Enjoy the rest of your trip!


  29. Totally gorgeous cards, how did you find time before you went away!?


    and looks like an amazing trip you're on too, can't wait to hear and see pics!

  30. These are both stunning creations Brenda.
    Hugs, Clare x

  31. Oh, you lucky girl, visiting Dubrovnik, I've heard it should be very beautiful.

    Love your easel card and easel box, they are both brilliant. So full of fab details!


  32. Gorgeous Card. Today I belive you are in Dubrovnik.

  33. You're in Dubrovnik, Croatia!! I've always wanted to go there!! maybe some day... =)
    Absolutely gorgeous cards and creations, love them!! =)
    Hugs, SannaS

  34. Easy; Dubrovnik!

    Have a nice vacation!


  35. I do believe after googling and reading about it, it is Dubrovnik, I am really bad with places and never heard of it before.

    I love both your creations, both are totally gorgeous.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  36. Today you are in Dubrovnik.
    Enjoy the rest of your trip!

    I love punched borders by Martha Stewart, beautiful crafts

  37. Lucky you, Brenda, to be in Dubrovnik, somewhere I've always wanted to visit. I hope you're going to show us some photos when you get back.

    Your cards are superb! I love the colour schemes, and they are both so pretty. The easel card/box could be another idea for the next BGGT!

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  39. Hi dear,
    also while you are having holiday you surprise me with lovely creations, I like so much both your projects!!!
    I guess you are in Dubrovnik.... I would love so much to visit it, I guess it is really beautiful!

  40. Dubrovnik in Croatia, I am really enjoying this Geography trip. I think I will take a cruse one day.

  41. H Brenda, I think you're in Dubrovnik! Linda x

  42. Hi!
    I think you are in Dubrovnik today...i've never been here..i think it's a so sad place..but we can't ignore all the horrible things that have happened here..
    enjoy your trip, see you tomorrow in your blog!

    Sara - iloveM

    PS: that card is fabulous!

  43. I have to say this looks like a very interesting place never been to Dubrovnik, Croatia before looks like a place full of history!

    Your box cards as always, yummy I do hope your having a wonderful time, this competition sure kept people attending daily he he

    Love DAwn xx

  44. Hi Brenda,
    gorgeous cards you've made. You must have done lots of craftswork before you left. :-)
    Today you're in Dubrovnik.

  45. I do love these boxes you do! This is just so stylish!! Love the colour combo to..fabulous! Hugs Juls

  46. Wow, both of today's cards are marvelous. As for where you are, Dubrovnik! I'm getting more and more green with envy the longer you are gone and the more marvelous places you visit!!!

  47. I believe you are in Dubrovnik. Brenda this has been such it is fun reading everyones comments and learning a little more about each place from other people who have also visited or live there. Such wonderful creations above too.

  48. Dubrovnik croazia davvero un bel pezzo di mediterraneo :-)

  49. Gorgeous box easel card Brenda, those colours are gorgeous!

    Dubrovnik is on the list of places I would love to visit!

    Sarah x

  50. i have never heard of Dubrovnik but i would love to visit! great box easel card!

  51. Oooooh nearly missed this one. Answer for this one is Dubrovnik. Hugs xx

  52. This is Dubrovnik. It was easy for me, because I'm from Slovenia one of former Yugoslavia republic.

  53. Dubrovnik is where you went :)

  54. Another 2 beautiful creations Brenda.
    You are fairly gettign about on that boat, you lucky girl ;)
    I think you are in Dubrovnik xx

  55. I had to google this, since I didn't know about this city (Dubrovnik) lol anyways I hope you have a wonderful time there :)

  56. Beautiful!!! You were in Dubrovnik!! Very nice!!!

  57. I have to admit, I Googled ^_^


    Never heard of it until today!

  58. Dubrovnik

    Beautiful cards. I especially like the one with the box at the bottom.

  59. Both of your creations are absolutely beautiful. As for the answer: Dubrovnik


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