Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Brayered scrap attack

Hello peeps, I'm utilising my pool of secretaries again as I thought that there is no reason why I can't share a few pre-makes with a couple of new ones I have made over the last few days.

Very slow going on the crafty front and the computer is still a no no for more than a couple of minutes.......takes longer to correct all the errors because I can't get my fingers to go to the right keys........but I think there is some progress. Still can't manoeuvre the brayer which is a real pain in the derriere so the ones using that technique in this post are 'old stock'. And the Royal 'we' are going to try and be clever and enter some challenges - this will a good test of my 'staff'......

The little minx above is one of the new Crafts and Me (link of sidebar) stamps called Lighting the Way. She is coloured with watercolours and the DP are pieces from the 'pink and green DP drawers' and because they are offcuts I have no idea of the make. But because they are offcuts it's one of my shares for the challenge Jules has set herself every Sunday. The green flower is made from inked tissue paper which was wrapped round some thrifty is that ?

Papertake weekly - Putting on the glitz
Magical Mondays - With love
Paper Sundaes - Pink, distres inks, flowers
Crafts and Me - Spread your wings

This card is another 'snippets' creation, this time utilising all those annoying piece of bazzil that I never throw away, yet rarely use. Both stamps are Penny Black and inked with Brilliance. The cord is also odds and ends and the flower made from the offcut of bazzil. I thought the card matched Ashley, one of my Doulton figurines perfectly so I added her to the photo.

ABC Challenge - O for Oldfashioned (Cottage garden flowers)
Simon Says - Make your own embellishments (flower)
Creative Cottage - Fabulous florals

Now for some brayer, masking and sponging work from my stock pile of creations. On both the card above and at the top of this post, stamps are a mixture of Art Impression, Stampscapes and Clarity, all inks are Adirondack felt dye pads and of course the trusty Speedball brayer and gloss silk cardstock. For sponging I use round make up sponges which you can buy in packs really cheaply from high street chemists as they scrunch up nicely to form a 'ball' at the top to ink and avoid lines.

The brayered cards are for these challenges:

Top card:
Incy Wincy - At least two mediums (Adirondack inks and Copics)
Try it on Tuesdays - The sky's the limit

Bottom card:
Shabby Tearoom - Photo Inspiration (think this uses the colours)
Stamping Sisters - KISS - one layer card


  1. YOur cards are really beautiful. I especially like the first one and the last one. I love the images you chose on these 2 cards and the colours.

  2. Wow is all I can say,all your creations here Brenda are just beautiful,but I do love your brayering so

  3. Oh my God, super duper lovely Brenda. Love them all.

  4. Gorgeous set of cards Brenda! Second one has to be my favourite, so pretty. Take care. Carolxx

  5. what a great cards you have here, lovely!

  6. It's good to see you Brenda. I'm glad things are slowly improving. These cards are gorgeous. I think my favourite is the third as the colours are wonderful. However, your brayer work is stunning as always.

    Nikki x

  7. Good to hear from you, you are very missed!
    So amazing card everyone of them. My favourite is the oldfashioned and a beautiful figurine,

  8. oh wow hun this is one amazing set of cards each one is just pure eye candy hugs cheyrl xxxxxxxxx

  9. Hi Brenda

    Lovely to see you are putting your secretaries to good use .. ... they will be expecting a good Christmas bonus at this rate!!!

    I hope that things continue to improve so that you can get back to all the things you love doing.

    Brilliant makes here and I love the ones you have made out of your "snippets". I am pleased you played along and I will showcase them on Sunday as I am sure everyone will enjoy seeing what you have made. Lots of inspiration. That tissue flower is gorgeous!!

    Have a good day and get better soon!!!

    Love Jules xx

  10. Stunning cards Brenda, so glad you are wanting to craft, you must be feeling a bit better. Looking forward to seeing you back at the helm when you are ready, big hugs xxx

  11. Hi Brenda, I love seeing your posts knowing that you are in the 'groove' and your team are helping you out. All four cards are lovely and I especially love your handmade flowers. Hugs, Hazel x

  12. You have some lovely cards here again, I especially love the last one, but then I love Stampscapes (have lots of favourites, don't I?!!)
    Glad you are making some improvement, even if it's slow.

  13. Some fantastic cards there, I love the faerie one you have made for our challenge
    Thanks for joining in at SFC this time

    Hugs Jackie x

  14. theses are all beautiful cards brenda, glad you are starting to be able to use your hands more. my fave is the last one such a wonderful colour palette.hugs heidix

  15. such stunning cards Brenda.
    hope you are well
    hugs sarah x

  16. Wow lovely card Branda!! Lots of different techniques too!! Hugs, Frea

  17. Oh Brenda, it's so good to hear your improving and getting your creative hands working again, and with a little help on the PC front it's fantastic to see you here with these almighty gorgeous cards. All so different but So Beautiful....

    Good to see you here Brenda

    Thinking of you

  18. All I can say is Wow! Love all your creations and love the image of the little minx. Thanks for playing along at Magical Mondays.

  19. Wow!!So many gorgeous cards! Love the Old Fashion...(I just love the vintage/shabby style) Thanks for joining us at The ABC Challenge this week!

  20. Beautiful work ... you are a true artist! Thanks for sharing your talents with us in the Tea Room :)

    Please be sure to only include your submission for the Tea Room challenge in your post to be considered for the weekly prizes!

  21. gorgeous work as are a crafty wonder, especially with the old brair...LOVE the first one!!!! Hugs Juls

  22. Pretty card and fab use of flowers for our challenge at the Creative Cottage this week! Thanks for joining in the fun with us :) Donna x

  23. How awesome Brenda, love your got lots of Helpers around you!!!

    I love all your cards, but especially that first with the pyramids and flamingoes, very exotic!!!

  24. Hi Brenda gorgeous set of cards, Im pleased to hear that you have lots of helpers and they are allowing you to still keep in touch with us. Do take care with love and hugs Shirleyxxxx

  25. Fabulous creations Brenda. Great to see some of your amazing brayered cards. I have to say I have some of the stamps you've used on them and never acheived anything like this. Glad to hear you are on the mend and at least getting some crafting done. Got to start with the important things haven't you.
    Take care.
    Beryl xx

  26. Your staff are doing you prou Brenda :) beautiful cards
    Von x

  27. oh my goodness Brenda !! these are all fanbloomintastic !! I love your addition of the figurine too ,,, she is lovely :-) I need to get my brayer out and give it a whirl !! :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
    Lols x x x

  28. Brenda you have been busy and they are all so lovely and so different.
    Hope you keep improving and will soon be back to full strength.
    Max x

  29. Brenda's little helpers are doing a great job! What a beautiful selection, all totally gorgeous as always. Thanks for joining us for the TioT challenge again this week. Glad to hear things are improving even if it is slow going. Get well soon. xx

  30. Hi There.

    WOW, your brayering is amazing, love you fairy card too, very nice creations.

    Thanks for joining us at SFC, good luck.

    Huggies Angel

  31. Beautiful card and fabby use of flowers for our challenge at creative cottage hugs linda x

  32. Hi Brenda!
    so glad I found your blog. Your cards are beautiful. I particularly love the one you did with the white flowers and loved your made flower on it. I do love the church one as well. I haven't tried doing this kind of coloring.
    Hugs Maz

  33. These are all fantastic love the colours in them all and the little details you add to your cards. So glad you have secretaries so we can contiune to see your work...thanks to them. :-) Keep getting well.

  34. Gorgeous cards Brenda. I love them all but my favourite is the first one. I love that scene, it looks so peaceful!

    Nice to see you're keeping your "secretaries" busy! Isn't it nice they can type your posts and enter challenges for you!

    Take care,

    Kat xx

  35. da sind ja wunderschöne Karten entstanden
    die erste versetzt einen in Urlaubslaune
    die 3. und 4.sind super romantisch
    und die 2. ist wunderschön


  36. I keep thinking you won't be posting and when I pop over to check I always get a brilliant surprise. Stunning work. I love your brayered cards. Still have a full box of that card sitting looking at me but I am just to scared to try it again. The card with the house just knocked my socks off (can you smell them lol) Stunning work as always. Take care. Hugs

  37. A beautiful selection of cards. Thankyou for sharing one with us at TioT's.

  38. It's lovely to hear from your Brenda. I hope you are doing OK. These cards are all stunners. I'm hard pressed to pick a favourite. Your Royal Dalton lady card is so elegant and you're right it matches her perfectly.
    Take care my friend.
    Hugs Lisax

  39. Love the cards. Ok, I think I am ready for a vacation. Your scenery cards are gorgeous. I love your Royal Doulton figurine. Thanks for sharing

  40. These cards are Gorgeous!! I LOVE them all!!
    Nancy :D

  41. All of these cards are just stunning! Thank you for joining us at Stampin Sisters in Christ.

  42. Such wonderful cards Brenda. Hugs Michele x

  43. Hi Brenda,
    Stunning cards!
    My favourites are the ones with the Stampscape stamps, but they are all wonderful.
    I'm glad to hear you have such a helpful team at home, it's been good to see you around again.
    Hugs, Clare x

  44. beautiful set of cards,love all the designs. Thanks for joining us at The Creative Cottage, Tracy x

  45. Ah, B. your amazing and diverse variety of cards are delight to the eye... and love the brayer myself so know how you must long to use it! and your card does go so very beautifully with Ashley (isn't she sweet?) I pray your improve continues along on the wellness way!
    Love Shaz in oz.x

  46. Ooh gorgeous cards!

    I can't possibly decide which I like best. I love them all - and they are all so different. I love the image in the first and last one, and the colours and flourishes in the second. The third one is beautiful colours also and has a lovely vintage feel to it.

    Hugs Sue xx

  47. Hello Brenda, Enjoy visiting your blog and admiring your work so please pop along to my blog: where an award awaits you. Elizabeth x

  48. It's so good to know you are starting to recover but don't over do! It's not worth setback.
    Your cards are beautiful! I love the brayered looks and a girlfriend has promised to show me how, soon. It's such a pretty effect on the cards.
    Thanks for sharing and take care! :o)

  49. Oh my these cards are beautiful. Loving the brayered cards truly amazing. Nicola xx

  50. Gorgeous cards as always Brenda, sorry to hear you're still struggling but a little progress is better than none !! I think the staff are doing a wonderfull job keeping us inspired by your creations...take care Esther xx...

  51. WOW they all gorgeous but I really really LOVE the 1st and the last. Thanks playing along with TIOT

  52. Beautiful work! Thanks for joining us this week at TSTR! :)

  53. Oh my goodness you have been busy creating beautiful works of art. Love each one of your cards! Thanks for playing along with Simon Says Stamp Challenge. :)

  54. wow all so perfect and really stunners.
    keep resting and getting better.least you have loved ones /helpers around.
    thinking of you. janex

  55. your brayers are fantastic - mine never come out like that x

  56. I'm missing words, you've been so busy and these pieces are beautiful.

  57. Lovely creations Brenda!! I'm super fond of the Penny Black creation; I may have to case that beauty.
    Sending good wishes that your recovery speeds along and you are back to normal soon.


  58. Really lovely cards always! x

  59. Your cards are lovely! Thank you for playing along with the Papertake Weekly challenge.

  60. Wow Brenda hun that is some great line line up! I love the brayering I must gove that a go one day :D
    Thank you for joining us at Crafts and Me and good luck.


    Amy xx

  61. Hi Brenda, I love your bits and bobs framed flower card, it works a treat. I always feel like im doing something good when i use up my annoying bits and pieces which i am fed up with looking at ! Melx


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