Saturday, 11 September 2010

Magenta 2010 new releases and challenges

Good Morning everyone, firstly thanks to all of you for your kind messages about my health and entering my candy at the top of my blog.

I have been very good this week, followed doctors orders, had lots of rest and this is my first posting for days. But beings it it, I need to make the most of it and it's a bit of a long one so you might want to grab a coffee, a bar of Cadburys or even better both !

I have been doing a bit of crafty dabbling, just the odd hour indulging in some of the new Magenta stamp releases which landed on my doormat from Sir Stampalot this week. They have the stamps on line and ready to buy and there are some gorgeous ones, a mix of Christmas and others, so do take a look and there a few samples below.

As it's Saturday it's time for a new challenge at Allsorts and this week it's yours truly's turn to set the theme and I am going very seasonal with the theme "Colours of Autumn". And as I love working with the rich Autumnal colours, two DT cards from me this week.

For the first card above I have used one of the new stamps from Penny Black 40-037 autumnal gifts, I have probably said this before, but this stamp totally sums up this time of year to me and the Harvest Festival celebrations that will be happening in Churches everywhere. And perfect for a man as well, my Dad who was a farmer would have adored this image, so this is for you Dad.

I stamped the image onto ivory linen cardstock using versfine sepia and embossed with detail clear before colouring in with Copics. I used the top element of the stamp to add corn to the corner's of the card. I have no idea of the name of this shape of card, but it is so easy to make using just a scoreboard and Nesties and quite effective I think. Finally, I punched some leaves with the lovely new Xcut punches which also emboss the leaves so you can highlight with inks, I used a selection of brilliance. This card is also for the following challenge:

My second card used the clever stamp set from Lavinina where you stamp first with the solid leaf shape then overstamped with the skeleton. I used Tim Holtx frayed burlap and rusty hinge. I then covered the leaves with Diamond Glaze, allowed to dry, then inked the whole piece, which is cut from Nesties, using TH sage, wild honey and barn door. I then overstamped the whole piece with Hero Arts H2365 old French writing, rubbing up the leaves afterwards to remove any ink. The leave have a lovey raised sheen, but it difficult to pick this up on a picture. Finally I tied some cord and added buttons and mounted onto a piece of Kaiser DP. This card is also for the following challenges:

Fab and Funky - Whatever
Raise the Bar - Orange, brown, green
Paper Play - Autumn is a coming

Next my card for this weeks challenge over at Polkadoodles where the boss Nikky is in charge again and has given us a sketch with a recipe and hidden twist.

I turned the sketch sideways and created a flap at the side with a greeting beneath using a Fairy Flutterby stamp. The paper is all from Paper Boutique and the flower made from the same papers using the Tim Holtz tattered floral die.

Now a couple of cards using the new Magenta stamps I mentioned above. The first one is a Christmas stamp Magenta 43032L Seasons Greeting which I think has a real Victoriana feel to it. A bit unusual having a rose on a Christmas Card, but perhaps it's a Christmas rose ! I stamped it with stayzon sepia and coloured with Aquamarkers. I stamped Hero Arts CO222 Music Background on the actual card using Tim Holtz frayed burlap. The DP is from stash and punched with Martha Stewart cornice border.......a little indulgence I could not resist, it's so elegant and I think goes with the theme of the image wonderfully. This card is for the following challenge:

Simon Says - Holiday Fun

My final card is using Megenta 95276N Field of Poppies.....I have always loved poppies so this was was a must have. I created a background with TH distress inks and water, then stamped the image with versafine black and embossed with detail clear. I added extra colour to some of the poppies with Copics then covered them with Diamond Glaze. The DP is Daisy bucket, I used the same MS punch as he card above and made a flower with my Tattered Flowal die.


  1. What a gorgeous collection of cards,I love the way the first image is suspended in the frame,clever,the leaves are stunning,I so love the colours of Autumn and you have so captured them,(love the glaze) but my favourite of the collection is the stunning field of poppies.The layout is lovely,and the flourishes just finish it off beautifully!.x

  2. glad to hear your resting up!

    and wow how gorgeous are all these, you haven't been resting at all!! LOL

    totally love them, your stamping is always divine!!

  3. you sure you are resting hun with all these cards,
    but tell you they really are all amazing the images,the detail the papers,the way you put them together hun just brilliant
    please make sure you do as you are told hun and rest take care hugs cheryl x

  4. I love your autumn leaves cards, so beautiful. Hope you feel better soon x

  5. I think all your creations are wonderful, I adore Poppies, so that is a fav of mine. Everything is well detailed and beautifully put together. Hope your recovering well my love. Take care
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  6. wow you have been busy...All your cards are fab but i have to say i love the leaves one with all those vibrant colours.Glad you are resting up xx jo xx

  7. WOW stop you crafting and the work just goes up another notch exceeding yourself here these are all super. Love the harvest festival stamp and Lavina's brilliant leaf sets and Field of Poppies very special its all too much to take in at one go but you carry on following doctors orders the rest of us can come back and look at one card a day LOL xx Zoe

  8. gorgeous card Brenda - i love the Poppy card as they have a special meaning for me . I love the big flowers too.
    Hope your on the road to recovery
    Lisa ;)

  9. lots of gorgeous card brenda....thanks for joining in the fun this week at PBSC...hugs kath xxx

  10. Even more wow here! Fabulous cards all of them and I'm off to look at the shop as I adore Magenta stamps and have loads which I could never part with.

  11. What a beautiful bunch of cards you've made, Brenda! So sorry you've been ill, but glad you're feeling well enough now to be able to create and enjoy! Keep resting, and I hope you're feeling great very soon!


  12. I love all these cards, Brenda, and am glad you have been obeying orders and resting!!

  13. All so beautuful Brenda, can't make my mind up which one I like best because I love them all. I really like how you stamped around the first card, love the PB stamp so much and the field of poppies card but then the christmas stamp is equally as beautiful...

    Decisions, decisions....Oh blow it, love them all....

    Take care

  14. Love the cards, particularly the poppy one. Thanks for the prize you posted - very excited still!!. I have put an award on my blog for you. Tracy x

  15. These are gorgeous Brenda, each very special in their different way.
    It doesn't look as though you have been taking it easy, but I will take your word for it!
    Clare x

  16. lovely cards Brenda! inspiring for sure! TFS!
    Pam Going Postal

  17. Hi Brenda, wow what alot of amazing cards, all so stunningly beautylicious as usual.

    pleased you are taking it a bit easier.
    (I trust you are )
    been to see the new designs and claire today, they are amazing, love them so much.
    keep resting love chris xx

  18. Wow you never cease to amaze me Brenda, so many gorgeous techniques and all so different. I really love the way you did the glossy leaf ones, might give that a little go. Just gorgeous, hope you have noticed an improvement in your health with the week's rest.

  19. Hi B. these are all gorgeous, hope you feeling better & resting
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  20. HI
    I like all of your cards... they make so much autumn feeling!! I like those colours...

  21. Wow! If that's taking it easy, Brenda my dear, I'd love to see you when you're busy! But you're definitely sounding more chirpy, so it must be doing you good.

    Totally gorgeous cards, all of them, but yes, the poppies one is my favourite. xx

  22. Oh wow Brenda.....all of these cards are just stunning. Thanks so much for all the details on your cards. I love reading how you create them. Keep following those doctors orders....:-)

  23. My goodness, what fantastic cards! You are such an inspiration. I hope you're getting enough rest and that you're well on the way to recovery.

    luv, Mags x

  24. The bright, filled works! In everyone the idea, style:) with pleasure I Will read this blog - it cozy and in it a lot of inspiration!

  25. What wonderful cards brenda,I hope your resting

  26. All absolutely gorgeous! I love them. hope you are on the road to recovery and not overdoing it. Take care of yourself my friend x

  27. Oh wow, what amazing cards, Brenda! You are so talented!

  28. I dont know how you do it, so many gorgeous cards in such a wide varity of styles! Love your polkadoodles one, and the pink seasons greetings soft and pretty! Hugs Juls

  29. Amazing and beautiful cards Brenda, just what the doctor ordered! Hope you continue to improve.


  30. Hi Ya, love those rich colours on your Autumn Leaves card. Mel x

  31. Wonderful cards Brenda - so pleased you are behaving yourself.......I have really enjoyed my visit today and seeing all your wonderful creativity! Cheers Claire x

  32. one card more beautiful than the other!
    fun to look at and great inspiration!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  33. What a fabulous selection of cards Brenda thanks for sharing them with us. Take care.
    Hugs, Pat xx

  34. Oh I do admire your creativity Brenda! They are all gorgeous!

    Hope you're resting from everything tiresome :)

    Big hugs

  35. Gosh, you've certainly been productive, Brenda. These are all stunning. I couldn't pick a favourite although the first and last are probably it if you twist my arm hard enough.
    Hope you are feeling a little bit better today.
    Hugs Lisax

  36. They're all beautiful Brenda and I'm so glad to hear you're following doctors orders lol. Take care

    Love Lynda xxx

  37. Your cards are all so elegant! Thanks for playing along with Fab N Funky

  38. Wow what gorgeous card and haven't you been busy. I don't know how you do it. But so loving the autumn feel to them. Loving the stamps you have used too. Hugs Nicola xx

  39. What stunning cards Brenda, Im torn between the top Harvest one and the Poppy Fields as they are just gorgeous and a little different from the run of the mill images.

    Lovely set of cards and I bet it was lovely having some crafty time to dabble! Glad you are getting lots of rest, hopefully it is helping your recovery!

    Keryn x

  40. Wow Brenda
    what stunning cards you have made. You have been busy.
    Keep resting!!!!!
    Love Sarah X

  41. Hi Brenda! that your cards beautiful, I love the colors! I admire the color with markers!

  42. My goodness Brenda, youve been busy fabulous cards the first one is a tent card by the way, and they all are gorgeous. Take care with love and hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  43. Brenda, this is so delicate and pretty!

    Thankyou for joining us on the SSS blog hop!

    Katie xx

  44. Wow fabulous collection of gorgeous, gorgeous cards each so wonderful!!!
    The Design Team & I are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp ~ Stamptember Hop
    Thank you!
    HuGs Kim :)

  45. Your cards are all beautiful!! I love the leaves and flowers that you created. Just stunning work!!

    Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog.
    xoxo, Christine

  46. Wow Brenda, these are all stunning. So glad you are getting rest and relaxation xxx

  47. Great projects as ever Brenda! Seriously LOVE the leaf card! Hope you are taking it easy. As someone who has ME I know the importance of taking time to convalensce... I know it's frustrating but it will pay of in the long run. HUGS.

  48. Brenda what a beautiful line up of cards! I adore each and every one of these as I can tell you pour yourself into your wonderful work. Beautiful job on the leaf card, the colors are amazing and I love the way you used the chord around the button. Thank you so much for joining us at Raise The Bar this week!
    ~*Joni RTB DT

  49. Wow now this is a heavy dose of inspiration! Each one is so unique and special. Awesome!!

  50. Brenda, I'm so glad to hear you're in better health!

    Youve made a gorgeous line up of cards. I LOVE Autumn leaves so this was a pleasure to view. Thanks for playing along with us at Raise the Bar!

  51. I love your cards. I especially like the first one. I love your style that I find refined and elegant.

    Clara XXX...


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