Thursday, 1 September 2011

Decoupage and distressed in the frame


Hello peeps, It doesn't seem possible that it's the 1st September does it, where did the summer go, oh that's right, it never actually arrived in the UK did it ?

I guess we did have some good weather, but the warm days were so few and far between it's difficult to remember exactly when they were. So Autumn is all but upon us and I noticed when I was out the other day that some of the leaves are already taking on an Autumnal hue. But I love crafting with the lovely rich Autumn colours so at least I will be seasonal for one.


Enough of my blathering, I know you want to know about the new challenges but first some HOT news .................... watch out for a new weekly feature that Sir Stampalot are promoting, starting tomorrow. It’ll be called ‘Freebie Friday’ and it’ll be sent to you via their email newsletter so if you haven’t already signed up, you’ll need to sign up before end of day today, here :

So the challenges and first up is Stampalot Challenge where we have the theme "It's a frame up', pretty simple and a chance for you to get creating lovely apertures and frames with your nesties and other die cuts.

My card at the top of the post is using one of the gorgeous new Christmas released from Penny Black 4210K Floral Story which I stamped and coloured with Aquamarkers and made a frame with Nesties using one of the new Kaiser DP's. A bit of distressing with TH vintage photo and borders punched with MS cornice edge.

Moving on to this months challenge at Penny Black at Allsorts we are inviting you to 'Get ahead for Christmas'.

I have used another new stamp from Penny Black 4208K Christmas Narrative , stamped onto a background of distress inks and Glimmer Mists. The flowers have again been coloured with Aquamarkers, they really are my favorite colouring medium.


On both of the above cards I stamped the flowers several times and after colouring inked with Versamark frost and spritzed with Glimmer Mist Pearl to allow me to mould the petals before decoupaging.

Thanks for visiting and hope you will join in this months challenges.

47 comments:

  1. Oh wow Brenda, these are really stunning card. Beautiful. Lee x

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  2. Two totally stunning cards, Brenda! I was so close to ordering the amaryllis stamp myself, but thought I would wait until the demo day! It's a real stunner!

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  3. I'm sorry to hear that you had bad weather all summer.
    Here it was so hot that I had feeling like I'm in the middle of Africa.
    I couldn't wait that heat loos a bit.

    Both of your cards are amazing!
    Love decoupage on them!
    Hugs!
    Sandra!

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  4. Both are beautiful cards, Brenda! Maybe I'll try and "get ahead" next week.... you can't beat Penny Black for Christmas cards!

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  5. These are gorgeous Brenda, love the images, so vibrant and traditional, love them. Carolxx

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  6. These have such a beautiful vintage Christmas feel to them! I love the gorgeous frame effect too. It's hard to believe it's September - also that it's 2 months since I was over with you? How the time flies (must be getting old!)Ruth x

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  7. Wow, love this Amaryllis stamp and what you've done with it. How effective is that frame???? I may have to order that stamp...

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  8. Fabulous cards Brenda. Lots of lovely ideas and inspiration to be had from them both.
    Hugs, Clare x

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  9. Hi oh wow stunning creations. Your flower is so perfect ! I just love your creations . Kitty :D

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  10. Oh WOW two gorgeous cards Brenda.
    luv
    Debby

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  11. Hi Brenda, I always love your cards and these are no exception - they are beautiful creations. Where do you get the ideas from - the flower in the frame with a book page backing is just brilliant. Elizabeth x

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  12. Wow Brenda two absolutely gorgeous cards!! Love how you created the frame aperture in the first and all that gorgeous stamping. The second one is stunning, what a gorgeous flower with all that layering.

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  13. Gorgeous cards! I love using decoupage on my cards too. Have a great day!

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  14. hi Brenda, such a gorgeous selection, loving the amaryllis its a stunner.
    thanks for your phone call earlier, hugs chris xx

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  15. The first card I especially liked. It is full of beautiful details: frame with a flower, the flowers and lace...

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  16. Waw love the gorgeous flower on the text And the deept the frame gives.

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  17. wow they are gorgeous, love all the details and colors!!!

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  18. Beautiful cards, love the muted colours and gorgeous details. I am another one who can't beleive it is September already and at a loss as to where the summer disappeared to ;-) x

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  19. OMG Brenda these are both absolutely stunning!! Love how you popped up those flowers, gorgeous details on both and stunning colors. Sorry you didn't have such a good summer weather over there, I wish I could have given you some of the heat we had to deal with over here.

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  20. Hi Brenda, sunny day here for a change. Love your cards, a really inspirational blog xxx

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  21. Absolutely gorgeous cards Brenda. Especially love the first one as your flower is stunning against the text background.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  22. Your flowers are breathtaking. So beautifully colors and so much demension. Fantastic cards.
    Blessings Bernie

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  23. Oh, they are stunning Brenda, love them!

    Hope you'll get some warm autumn days, when we visited London in July it was very cold from time to time...but we enjoyed our stay thoroughly.

    Hugs
    Maarit

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  24. What wonderful dimension and the framing of the first one is perfect - absolutely wonderful! Cheers Claire x

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  25. Beautiful as always Brenda
    Hugs Louise xx

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  26. Such a beautiful card Brenda...

    big hugs Vicky xx

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  27. Two stunning cards Brenda. I love the decoupage you've done on both cards, really gorgeous. If I had to choose a favourite it would be the first one. Love the DP, it's beautiful.

    Take care,

    Kat xx

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  28. oh i just love the vintage/traditional look of your cards
    Lisa x

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  29. Wonderful creations Brenda, Love them both, really beautiful.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  30. Both of these are beautiful cards...So love the colours you have used and the papers. We are heading in to Spring here....flowers are popping out although it feels like we are heading into summer. :-0

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  31. Beautiful cards Brenda, I so admire your work!

    Sorry I've been super slack at commenting on your posts, just don't know where my time has gone lately!

    Hope you have a terrific weekend!

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  32. your cards are always so pretty...love your technique..

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  33. They are both lovely! The lace on the first one is gorgeous. Really like all the marvelous dimension on both of them.
    R/

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  34. Love what you did with the flowers,lovely cards,Brenda!
    hugs
    Doreen

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  35. Hi Brenda
    love the colours that you have used, another two beautiful cards, you are such an inspiration. As for the weather, I have just put my heating on, (can't remember when I have ever done that at this time of the year), I have a thick wooly jumper on, thick walking boot socks & I'm still freezing.
    hugs
    Sandra (craftynan)

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  36. Two gorgeous cards Brenda - the framed flower is stunning against the vintage text background, and I love all the traditional Christmas colours and images. Fabulous!

    Have a happy weekend - hugs, Sylvia xxx

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  37. Oh wow Brenda two stunning Xmas cards I love the flower on both of them they really do look fabulous. hugs Shirleyxxx

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  38. Brenda,Beautiful card. I very much like colors!

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  39. Hey Brenda I'd be very happy to share some of this 100+ degree weather we continue to have here in Kansas, USA! These cards of yours are awesome and make me yearn for the cool days of fall when I'll be in the mood to start on my Christmas cards too. I'm really drawn to all those Penny Black stamps I've been seeing around and might have to pick up a couple! TFS!
    Sharon

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  40. I love the framed card! So subtle, yet such a standout.

    ~ Ü ~ Hilda

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  41. The time thief imp is running riot - seems to think she was given permission to by the builders & leaves trails of dust in her wake.
    Anyhow these are terrific - love this floral release from PB & the way you have made the two different floral centres is strking. I love seeing your use of AquaMarkers & am itching to have a go but need to do things in an orderly fashion (at least attempt to).
    Much love
    Paula (PEP)

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  42. Oh wow Brenda - both these cards are breathtakingly beautiful! Love the popped up elements and the fantastic textures.

    {{hugs}}
    Jocelyn

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  43. gorgeous cards
    and stamps
    got mine, but haven't yet inked:(
    have a great weekend;-))m

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  44. This two cards are just adorable, I love them :O)

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  45. Great cards, beautiful images, love them! Jx

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