Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Fairy castles

Hello peeps, winter has returned and a really hard frost this morning, I guess that's the penalty we pay for the sunshine, but I would rather have that than the rainy dull weather of last week.

I managed to have a really good play last evening minus the sling impediment....although my arm is complaining a bit now and the osteopathy visit left me a bit sore this morning, but it is definite progress.

Some inky shares but first I need to say a big thank you to Isa in Spain for passing on this award to me, it was so kind of her. You all know my rotten track record with passing on awards as I never can choose, so this is for all of my lovely blogland friends, please lift off to your own blogs with my love.

Now for my makes, the first one up top of this post involved making a simple mask with an oval aperture and sponging TH marigold, stormy sky and peeled paint. With the mask still in place, I stamped the castle F40047M by Stampalot and a mixture of Lavinia stamps to create the little scene. Then simple matting onto coordinating cardstock and a border punched with MS Vintage lace and of course a liberal helping of glitter to finish. This card is for the following challenges:

ABC Challenge - M is for magical
Flutterby Wednesdays - Anything goes

My second card using the good old speedball brayer was inspired by the beautiful evening sky here in the Fens yesterday..............a bit of artistic licence thrown in as we don't have hills, just flat landscapes for miles as far as the eye can see.............absolutely beautiful mind you, but an aquired taste and alien to those who come from more undulating parts of the Country.

It was a really magical sight with beautiful oranges topped by dark cloud and the setting sun was almost colourless against the vivid sky. I used Adirondack eggplant, butterscotch and meadow for the brayering and the stamps are Hero Arts S5316 Silhouette Grass and Art Impression G1045 Geese both stamped with Adirondack Espresso. This card is for the following challenges:

Bee Crafty - Ray of sunshine
My final share is yet more fantasy, this time Sweet Pea Fairy of the Night. available in the UK from Crafts and Me (link on sidebar). A moon of course........sorry for the monotony but all good fairies deserve a moon or sun.......... masked and brayered with Adirondack cranberry. The image is heat embossed with detail clear then coloured with Copics and some paper piecing for her dress and crystal ball. Lace, flowers, beaded pins, a border punched with MS garden trellis and the easel card was cut on the Cricut. The My Minds Eye DP is a really old one, all lovely and glittery. This is for the following challenges:

Simon Says - Bingo (lace, flowers and embossing)
Crafts and Me - Monochrome
Creative Cottage - Shaped card
Papertake - Ribbons and pearls


  1. wow - i think your arm must be improving.. fabulous makes today. Love the top one .. the little scene in the aperture and the sparkle is beautiful
    Lisa ;)

  2. Love the Fairies so much!!! very beautiful card)))

  3. Simply gorgeous hun!, all so beautiful :o)

    Hugs Vicky xx

  4. It´s unique. I love it. Congrats

  5. Oh wow! These are stunning Brenda!
    Clare x

  6. oh, I love the fairy scene! Wow

  7. these are all really beautiful cards
    have a lovely day

  8. I see fairies!!! yeeea! They Just make me happy!

    They are so magical, love the first and last ones!

    and I love ducks flying overhead in the middle too, the wheat field looks great, and I love the way you've brayered it and split it into 3 sections, so cool!!!

  9. You've been busy again Brenda, such beautiful cards, love'um!
    Hugs Jacee

  10. Wow Brenda, what stunning cards! I love them all but the brayered scene is especially stunning.Such clever stamping on them all, I'm always full of ideas after visiting your blog so a big thank you for the inspiration
    Hope your shoulder is improving
    Claire xx

  11. oooooooooooooh speechless - these are just so fabulous.
    Ann xxx

  12. Beautiful cards. I especially like the last one. I love the image and how you folded the lace!

  13. Really lovely projects - the landscape tryptic is fabulous but then I love the fairy castle aswell - gorgeous! Cheers Claire x

  14. Hello Brenda,
    Thank you for leaving such a sweet message on my blog. I am indeed back lol.
    I have just spent a lovely time catching up with all your creations. You are so very talented.
    Lesley x

  15. Faeries finally!!!
    I just adore first one!!!
    You know how much I love those scene cards!

  16. Hi Dear
    lovely cards... they make me dream! =) The castle is so beautiful...

  17. Wow, Brenda! Wow, wow, wow! I love them all, but that middle one is just breathtakingly beautiful! What a stunning sky and a great use of that beautiful grasses stamp. You have just inspired me to get the brayer out again!

  18. Hi Branda, my you have been working girl!! Love all the cards but he Sweet Pea would be my favourite. Have the stamp myself but haven't inked her up yet. Love the paper piecing too. Hugs, Frea

  19. Stunning makes Brenda. I thought the first one, which is so magical was my favourite, but then I got down to the pink one and you know me and pink. But they are all stunning creations:) Leave it to you to be always pushing yourself, healing takes time mrs so be careful!!

  20. All three are gorgeous Brenda, but the first one is out of this world, absolutely gorgeous and so magical too. And as always your brayering is just so striking. And I love sweet pea and this is fabulous. What a pleasure to look at.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  21. I'm so glad your arm is feeling better, Brenda. You've certainly put it to good use with these stunning cards. I thought the castle must be a new Lavinia stamp I hadn't seen!!! Doesn't it work well and your Fens inpsired landscape is beautiful. Artistic licence is definitely allowed.
    I'm with you on the sunshine and cold weather. I hate the wet and the dark!!
    Take care
    Hugs Lisax

  22. Hi! B,truly hope you are doing ok?
    and recover soon :)
    All of your cards are gorgeous,totally love the Fairy Castle one and so magical.
    Very pretty with the sparkle,you take care.
    hugs Lou.xx

  23. Just stunning love all of these cards. Especially your duck scene.....

  24. The three cards are beautiful but the castle and the fairies with their glitter frosting just sings out! We had sun here today but it has got colder and my resident weather sage (O/H) predicts a heavy frost tomorrow. Hope your arm is a bit better in the morning, hugs, Hazel x

  25. such gorgeous gorgeous creations!!! Love the last one! Hugs Juls

  26. Three stunning cards Brenda. Difficult choice but my favourite is the first one. Love that fairy castle...... complete with fairies lol! Hope your physio is helping.

    Thanks for your email.

    Kat xx

  27. All 3 cards are gorgeous hunni :o)
    hugs and xxx

  28. Absolutely beautiful cards - all gorgeous but my favourite is the Fen one. I love your brayering and the ducks are great. Glad your arm is healing and you are able to produce work like this. Regards, Elizabeth x

  29. Fabulous cards Brenda, your brayer work amazes me - I have to say I am hopeless at it. I love how you have also paper pieced Sweet Peas dress and I really love the colours of this card.
    Max x

  30. Your cards are all stunning - I especially love the fairies and castle card!! Thanks for playing with us at Flutter By Wednesday!

  31. All so beautiful cards and stylish! This time my favourite is the last fairy;-))m

  32. Hi Brenda, for someone whos been having arm problems you certainly have created some stunning cards I do love the fairy one, but then Im nuts on them. With love and hugs Shirleyxxx

  33. Gorgeous cards Brenda. I love the top card.

    Nikki x

  34. gorgeous cards i love both the images you have used. Thanks for joining us at The Creative Cottage, hugs Tracy x

  35. These cards are fabulous,Brenda!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and I appreciate your comment!
    Have great week :)

    Hugs,Kari :)

  36. beautiful cards! I love your work. Thanks for joining FBW

  37. Oh, Sweet pea fairy is soo sweet - and I just love the brayer card even with the artistic license on the hills.. very nicely done, cant go without my brayer myself.
    Shaz IN Oz.xx a new method you may like?..

  38. wow these are beautiful cards, very pretty.xx

  39. Very pretty cards!
    Thanks so much for joining us this week @ Paper Take Weekly!
    I am now one of your followers.  ;)  I would love it if you came to visit my blog and become a follower too!
    True :D

  40. Wow! All 3 cards are absolutely gorgeous! I love the colours and the flowers are so pretty!! And I agree, all fairies deserve a moon!!! THANKS For joining us at Simon Says Stamp this week!!!

  41. Gorgeous images!! I love the coloring on all three!

    Thanks so much for sharing your work with us at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!!


  42. Simply gorgeous cards - I love doing the scenery ones also and am addicted to sweet pea stamps :) You are very talented

  43. All of your cards are beautiful! Thanks for joining us this week at Flutter By Wednesday!

  44. Fabulous creations Brenda, love the fairies. Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me. Hugs Tracy x

  45. Gorgeous collection of designs Brenda, you must be reading my mind as I've been messing with oval apertures lately too!

    Beautiful creations! Thank You for playing at Crafts & Me, hope to see you again x


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