Wednesday, 1 June 2011

How do you choose a favorite ?

A bit of a heavy post here as there is so much I need to share.

A new month means new challenges at Stampalot and Penny Black at Allsorts and some new about something going on over at Allsorts challenge, so read on.

The June theme at Stampalot is 'Photo Inspiration' - a lovely field of poppies and daisies and at Penny Black at Allsorts 'Your my Favourite'...........I have only myself to blame here, I ask you......... how is it possible to pick a favourite Penny Black stamps ? I can't as there are so many, so in the end decided I would opt for a finished card that I particularly like.

The top card is my DT piece for Stampalot challenge. I masked a piece of Frabico watercolour card, stamped Sheen Douglas daisies in white, then inked the whole piece with TH sage, masked the daisies, stamped Hero Arts S5316 Silhouette Grass in the background using TH tea dye, then overstamped with Hero CL449 and coloured the poppies with Copics.

For my Penny Black piece, a lovely slapstick stamp Penny Black 20-025 Thinking of You, coloured with Copics and decoupaged. The DP is October Afternoon and the flower created using a Cuttlebug quilling die set.

The piece above is not a card at all as it ended up rather too large, so in the end I just mounted it onto a piece of heavy card which probably works better as it is a Stampalot sample. The little girl on the left with her easel are both stamps from the new Molly Blloms range here along with others from previous releases. I drew the hills in by hand and the fence and tree are Magnolia everything is coloured with Aquamarkers.
And last nut not least I need to let everyone know that we have a DT call going on over at Allsorts. It will run for two weeks from today and if you pop over the the challenge blog you will fin all the details there. Please grab the logo above and help spread the word.


  1. Superb set of cards. I particularly love the poppies, and the colours of the second one are gorgeous :o)
    Jackie xx

  2. Wow, super cards, love the detail on the last one. Have a great day!

  3. Gorgeous artwork Brenda as always but my favourite is the first poppy one as I absolutely adore poppies too.
    Hope you're keeping OK at the moment.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  4. Wow, wow, wow, such gorgeous work Brenda, I adore the PB card and the scene using Molly Blooms images needs mounting on a wall. You are so creative xxx

  5. Stunning creations, Brenda! You did an amazing job with all the molly blooms stamps - it is a gorgeous scene. Your poppy card is also very beautiful. We have such good taste in stamps!!

  6. Brenda these are absolutely gorgeous all of them. I adore the poppy one its stunning.
    Ohhh and just so you dont miss out, if you would like some vintage collage images free ... I am giving away a $2.00 collage sheet today for just ONE DAY ONLY at my Dezinaworld blog... so please pop by and grab it while its there ... Have a lovely day my friend
    hugs June x
    ps, if you could be so kind as to tell as many of your friends about todays freebie i would be thrilled :)

  7. Morning Brenda,your cards are all so gorgeous as always, love that Molly blooms one, Janice will be thrilled with it.
    love and hugs Chris xx

  8. Oh Brenda,
    so gorgeous cards,
    especially love the poppies -one.

    Now it's hot, windy and thunder is coming;-))m

  9. I really love poppies gorgeous card, I just love red!

    I love PB stamps too, love the slapstick images, this one is gorgeous!

    Love the scene you created with all the stamps, so great!

    Hope you are well!

  10. Fabulous cards Brenda! All so different but each wonderful. I love the colour combination on the second card, it reminds me of elderberries!
    Hugs Clare x

  11. Beautiful cards Brenda, but my fave has to be the scene that you have created. It is fabulous, must have taken a fair bit of time too! The colours you have chosen to colour with remind me of summer in the countryside. Hugs from Heidi x

  12. Stunning work on all these cards Brenda but I have to say the poppies and daisies are just beautiful.

    Love Lynda xxx

  13. The first card is soooo beautiful and eye catching. I love it!

  14. cnat say witch card is the best!

  15. Well although its really hard and i love them all.. i bet you can guess i am gonna choose the poppies!! I am so predictable .. but they are beautiful
    Lisa xx

  16. Hi Brenda,
    your cards are all amazing! Love them all, especially those poppies look fabulous!
    And what a cute scene you made for the last project!

  17. Hi Brenda...well what can I say but Thank you for asking me to join you all this month. I was up at 5:30...not on purpose, Kip decided she wanted to go and jump into James bed but his door was shut so after several minutes hearing her whine I got up and opened his door for her...
    She did me a favour, as you know I have never been brill at sheduling posts, so it gave me time to sort and link everything for the challenge...I am yawning like a good eh now I think I will sleep well Not for long though, James car is in for an MOT so gotta get up at the crack of dawn to drive him to the motorway junction to grab a lift with a work pal...

    I did manage to decorate Mum's spare room without falling off Tomorrow I am taking her to Ikea to look at furniture...Me thinks she's gonna be treating me there cuz I love there storage for

    Thank you so much for asking me to join you all this month, it was way nerve racking because your all so amazingly talented. I did manage to get a glimps of all the teams designs first thing, I feel so privilaged to be joining you and love everyones take on the theme....they are all so different and totally gorgeous....I feel really privilaged to be part of your team...

    Thank you xxxx

  18. Oh oh oh.... though I might be half asleep already...can I just say thank you for what you wrote about me on the challenge....I am so happy you liked what I made and epecially the one with the flowers and fairie xxxxxxxx

  19. Gorgeous makes Brenda. I love the Molly Blooms scene.

    Nikki x

  20. Goodness - such a lot here. The poppies, diaises & the butterfly just make the first one my favourite & I sat & just looked at all the techniques in it. Love that butterfly - daisies, poppies & butterflies are amongst my favourites. Then to green in the second - one of my favourite colours & all your detail with this is delightful. Shall have to go check those Molly Blooms - somehow they keep popping up under my nose at present.......
    Hope you've recovered a bit from all the visitors.
    Paula (PEP)

  21. I love your choice of challenge this month brenda, your creations are so gorgeous. The Molly Blooms are fabulous. Love the way they are so versatile.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  22. Stunning cards Brenda. As usual my favourite has to be the poppy one. I do love the little Penny Black girl too though. And the Molly Blooms are really sweet. As usual I just love all your amazing work!

    Kat xx

  23. Gorgeous as always Brenda, I do love that scene with the Molly Blooms...I'm definately tempted!! Esther xx

  24. What a fantastic array of cards Brenda, all of them different in style. Love the intensity and the stamping of the first one. The second one is my favourite, the 3D effect and the colours are just fabulous, the scene is beautifully done on the third card.

    Warm hugs

  25. Love them Brenda, I always see stamps here that I didn't even know existed and the techniques you use are all so new to me to. A total inspiration girl!!

  26. Oh gorgeous cards Brenda but my fave has to be the stunning poppies card.

  27. Wow, Brenda :) These are all just fabulous! Love the poppies - they really stand out.

    Thanks so much for your comment, ooops, yes I had posted my link in the wrong place :) Hopefully you can delete it.

    many thanks


  28. Really love your Molly Blooms creation...thats the wonder of stamping - it can lead anywhere! Cheers Claire x

  29. Wow Brenda gorgeous cards I love them all and your poppy one is beautiful and the other two are fabulous. with hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

  30. Wow some great designs here, some really very pretty looking ones. Great blog too. Please take a look at mine if you get a chance, would really appreciate the feedback. New Build Planning

  31. Gorgeous creations Brenda, love them all, each totally different but beautiful. You are very talented! Love the vibrancy of the poppies, the soft tones of the second and the 'scene' created in the third masterpiece!
    Love Nicola xxx

  32. Oh Brenda these are all so lovely. Love how you decoupage stamped images...I never think to do that. That last scene is so wonderful and I am always at how beautifully you colour with the aquamarkers. I always find mine come out very dark. Yours are lovely a pastely.


09 10