Saturday, 7 May 2011

Gypsy memories

Saturday means we have a new challenge for you at Allsorts and this week Helene has called the theme "Stamp alot" - use at least three stamps, how very clever of her as this months Guest desinger is Sir Stampalot.

I also need to let you know that our sister challenge Penny Black at Allsorts has a DT call going this month along with the theme 'Shape Up', so those interested in applying need to pop over and join in.


My post is a bit picture heavy I am afraid, but a long card is so difficult to photograph so I did a few more close ups, plus one of the front cover which is a Gypsy song I found on the Internet.


This is one of the TV samples I did for a recent Stamp Addicts programme and which Nigel seemed to fall in love with which brought a little smile to my face seeing him bob It up and down on the counter several times.

I loved working with these sets and I especially love the Gypsy Caravan.....it takes me back to my childhood when every summer a Gypsy family with a caravan just like this, used to visit our village just outside Cambridge for the Summer to work on the land. One of the daughters was the same age as me and used to come the village school......that made our numbers up to 25 !! Sadly she died when she was about 12 and afterwards the family stayed very close to the village and became familiar and friendly faces.

This one certainly fits Helene's challenge as I lost count of the number of stamps at fourteen, all from the Scenic and Gypsy Caravan 1 sets. All colouring was done using Aquamarkers and I stamped onto Farbiano watercolour card.......it's expensive but so so smooth and perfect for picking up every little detail of a stamp.

35 comments:

Debs said...

Stunning work Brenda - perfect for the challenge.
Have a fab weekend.
{{Debs}} XX

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

I missed this tv show but will look out for a repeat,no wonder Nigel loved your card,wow,so very special.
I love the continued scene and the beautiful poem.
janex

Vicky said...

All gorgeous Brenda x

Annmaree (Emu) said...

amazing accordion card!!!

I just love these gypsy images and the poem too, how clever!

Dobra said...

Very beautiful work. Superbly presented. I am full of admiration.

Teresa said...

Wow Brenda! Just magnificent. Such detail and what a lovely (and sad) story about the gypsy family. I can see this would have bought back all those memories. I wish I had seen this on the TV! You make such wonderful cards. Hugs, Teresa x

Mandy said...

Wow Brenda this has taken my breath away it's just stunning...Love all the scenes and as always your colouring is amazing..We still have one of the half barrel caravans come just outside our village once a year they stop on the side of the road for about a week then go,it's so lovely to see....I can see why Nigel loved your card...Have a lovely weekend....
Mandy x

Anesha said...

Stunning creations, the scene is just amazing.

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Wow Brenda - this is a fabulous keepsake. The scenes are beautifully put together and I love the Gypsy theme. Sylvia x

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow Brenda this is simply stunning.. i love scenes... and you already know i love that gypsy caravan.. great work
Lisa x

Carola said...

You just keep astunnishing me. Love it :P

Kari said...

Oh,wow,Brenda,this is stunning!!I love this scene,it`s awsome!!
Have a great weekend!
Hugs,Kari :)

Violets Corner said...

The scenes are fantastic Brenda, I can understand that they made success at the TV show, I so wish I could have seen it. Would have been glued to the telly, he he.

Love
Maarit

Jacee said...

Super work Brenda, a real work of art!!
Hugs Jacee

CraftyC said...

This is gorgeous Brenda, so much detail and beautifully coloured
Clairexx

Lesley said...

Hi Brenda,
What a stunning piece of art. Really beautifully stamped and coloured. There is just so much to see.
Wonderful.
Hope you are keeping well.
Lesley x

Lynda said...

Oh Wow Brenda what a beautiful piece of work - it's like a little story book. Love it.

Love Lynda xxx

Kat said...

Stunning card Brenda. What a lot of work you've put into it. Must be amazing to see your work on tv. Needlesss to say I missed that programme!

Kat xx

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, this is fabulous. Your coloring is so great. TFS.

Laura said...

This is lovely, a childhood story book!

cebelica said...

Wonderful!

Nannieflash said...

Hi Brenda that is fabulous and I love the fact youve turned it into a story scene.
I remember my mum made me a skirt which had a gypsy caravan and images all around the bottom, I loved it. with hugs Shirleyxx

chris said...

Hi Brend wow what beauties, so very special.

Merry said...

Wow....what a beautiful display of artwork Brenda....great post.

Juls said...

wow what an utterly stunning creation! Hugs Juls

Sally H said...

Absolutely beautiful Brenda! I saw the programme and kept saying 'That's one of Brenda's!' It is great to see a close up or three - now we know why Nigel got so excited. It's Gorgeous!

Lorraine said...

this is stunning i just love your scenic cards yuour so very talented and inspire me no end so thankyou xx

debby4000 said...

Oh this is gorgeous, a real labour of love.
luv
debby

Anne said...

Good grief this is stunning! And lovely to hear the story behind it too...
Hope you're making good progress
Anne
x

louise said...

Oh Wow Brenda you have been busy fab creation love it.
Louise xx

KarenB said...

Brenda, your colouring is always wonderful and makes me smile :) The story card is a lovely idea.

troy said...

omg Brenda this is just stunning, absolutely gorgeous, lovely story behind it but so sad for the little girl, only just starting on her life's journey.
really need these stamps lol
have a great weekend
hugs Troyxx

Dawn said...

Hello my dear friend. I love the gypsy card and this is just so much of you (I feel) How are the darling doggies, I keep forgetting to e-mail you. my mind is not my own it seems oh well I am here now so I will do some catch up commenting on some past posts ;0)

Love Dawn xx

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness, this is stunning Brenda, so much more than just 'a card'!

Paula said...

The way the butterflies are flying across the panels is lovely & I love that little dog in the final scene. The character you put into your scenes just makes me smile. We have hills opposite our home looking very like the scenes you depict - patchworks of colours with different shrubs & trees. I love your overhanging branches too.
Paula (PEP)