Saturday, 15 October 2011

Arsenic or Lavender ?

Good morning one and all, afraid I've been rather quiet this week and not even been able to get round my DT commenting. Had a burst blood vessel in my left eye, that led to a few tests and now I need to go in for some heart checks, so that's really clipping my wings.

Anyhow, something more fun as it yours truly's turn to host the theme at Allsorts this week and I would like to see 'Lavender and Lace', sort of has a nice ring to it I thought. I kept thinking there was movie with that name, but I'm sure I am thinking of Arsenic and Old Lace.......similar I guess but less lethal !

Two cards for me because typical me, I went into crafty mode before I navigated my mind, made a card following the theme then remembered my friend Ruth the artist behind A Passion for Stamps is our sponsor this week, so I could hardly forget to make a card using one of her lovely images, especially as I am lucky enough to be on her design team !!


And as Ruth's Cosmos flower is one of my favorite images, that had to be the one I used. I ran off the image once onto normal cardstock, then twice onto some lilac DP from stash. I masked the first image and stamped over with Hero Arts H2365 using TH Pumice Stone. When cutting out the images on the coloured paper, I cut the second slightly smaller to give more dimension when decoupaged. The frame is from the Nestie Fleur de Lis set and the little rose a Marianne die.


My second share uses Penny Black 3227K Hope was Born as the main image, I think this is such a beautiful Christmas verse and a card on it's own. The DP is from stash, but I have an inkling it might be Kaiser. The poinsettia and leaves are cut from one of the new Spellbinders Christmas die sets and I confess it's been pretty overworked this last few weeks. I usually stamp by poinsettias and cut out several to decoupage, so this set was a real must have and oh so quick by comparison. The colours non too good in this picture, but promise you it is lavender in the flesh.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by.

55 comments:

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Beautiful cards Brenda - the soft lavender shades are gorgeous. Love the flowers and all the wonderful detail.
I am so sorry to hear about your eye problem and I do hope everything goes well with the tests.
Sending {{{hugs}}} - Sylvia xxx

Marzenciuk said...

Beautiful. Especialy first card.

Natalie Golubeva said...

Wow, Brenda! The first card is stunning! I'm amused!!!
So sorry for your eye problems. Hope everything is going to be all right! Fingers crossed!

Anesha said...

So sorry to hear about your eye, hope the test come back with good news. Love both cards, the designs and colours are just perfect. :)

ribenaruby said...

Hi Brenda, stunning card and what a fab combo for the challenge! Hope all goes well. Ruby x

CarmenAlice said...

Wonderful creations! I can not decide which I like more. I hope you recover quickly.

Marian said...

So so beautiful cards. Colors are such right and all goes so perfectly together!

Marja's Stamp Addiction said...

Brenda I adore your lavender flowercard but also the cosmos flower. This are beautiful creations, I love them very much.
I hop that everythin will coming true with you and wish you a speedy recovery and strength.
Have a nice weekend and lovely greet
Marja

Jackie said...

Both cards are superb, I love the dilicate colours :o)
So sorry to hear about your eye problem, I hope it is soon sorted.
Hugs, Jackie xx

gandi said...

WoooW Brenda! Beautiful cards! Teh first is my love! I love the colours! I wish you quick recovery!

Rose Petal said...

Hello Brenda. Stunning work as always. So beautiful and very delicate in every way, love them.
You take care of yourself sweetie.
Love Sandra xxx

Helen said...

Two beautiful cards, Brenda - but I hope you are OK and your eye recovers soon and the heart tests come back good too. You don't do things by halve for sure! Take care.

YuliaM said...

Very, very beautiful cards/ I love such colors, but for me it's a real challenge to work with such colors! Your creations are unbelievable!

Kirsty-Anne (Kitty) said...

Hi super combination lavender and lace ! They are both incredibly beautiful !! Kitty ;0)

Elizabeth said...

Sorry to hear of your eye trouble and hope the tests are clear. The two cards are gorgeous - love the cosmos flower - you've given it real dimension. You could be thinking of Lavender and Old Lace - a novel by Mirtle Reed published a long time ago in 1902 - I think a film was made based on the book. I have the poinsettia die and it does make it much easier to produce lovely flowers. Take care, Elizabeth x

Sarah said...

Two stunners there Brenda, love the soft colours and beautiful details. Hope you get all sorted with the tests, I'm sure it's just precautionary xxx

Paula (PEP) said...

All the best with those tests. There is a film - Ladies in Lavender - which is quite delightful & wholesome. Your decoupaging of the Cosmos is quite stunning & I love the little lace trim round your rose. The second is equally delightful & love how all the shapes flow into one another - your card shape echoed by both the lace & the poinsettia leaves.
Take care of yourself & hope you're feeling a bit better.
Paula (PEP)

Kat said...

Stunning cards Brenda, I love the colours in them both so I really must try to enter the challenge! I've ordered the poinsettia dies and I'm hoping they arrive at the beginning of the week. I think they'll be really useful. Love the sentiment on the second one, makes a lovely card with just some embellishments.

Sorry to hear about your eye problem. Hope you're on the mend now.

Take care,

Kat xx

chillin with Quillin said...

there really gorgeous, love the colors and all the details, love it!!!
Paula

CraftyLoops said...

Stunning cards Brenda, I love the gorgeous flower images. Ruth is an amazing artist. I hope everything goes well with your tests, I'll be keeping you in my thoughts. Lee xx

Linby said...

Sorry to hear about your eye trouble - hope it is ok soon. Where you also thinking of "The Lavender hill mob? film.
I would never have thought to cut a poinsettia in lilac-it's stunning, just love both cards as always.
Linbyx

Mihaela said...

Very beautiful card, colors are lovely!!! Great work!

Crea Astrid said...

Wowww, what a beauties. The first one is my favourit.

Hugs Astrid.
http://creaastrid.blogspot.com/

lisa said...

Both cards are stunning, Brenda. I especially love the first one, those flowers are delicious.
Sorry to hear you are under the weather and want to wish you the best of luck for your tests.
Take care
Hugs Lisax

Merry said...

Oh wow Brenda....two amazing cards. Such wonderful detail on both of them. I so hope all the tests are good for you and that your eye heals fast. Take care.

Bernie said...

Wow two amazing cards! Love the color and all the lovely lace. You never disappoint. Hope all goes well with your eye and the tests.
Blessings Bernie

Esther said...

Gorgeous Brenda - I love Lavender (and lace)and have the perfect stamp to use for this challenge so hoping get time tomorrow - bit snowed under with a christmas card order and SA samples.

Thinking of you and hope the tests go well..Esther xx

Lorraine said...

wow absolutely stunning huni xx

THE HOOSIER STAMPER said...

These are so beautiful! Love both of them :O)

Annmaree (Emu) said...

OH Brenda sorry to hear about your eye, hope its not paining you!

Meanwhile these are amazing cards, I hope you are OK xoxo

Rufus said...

can't believe you created these beauties while having eye problems! Hope that all the test come back with good results and that the eye isn't hurting. Both of these are lovely in lavender (sorry couldn't resist!). Will be thinking of you this week with the rest of your tests!
Hugs,
R/

Shirley said...

Two beautiful cards Brenda. I know I can always come to your blog for lots of inspiration.

Shirley

Светлана said...

Очень изысканная красота открытки просто поразила! Замечательная работа!

Pendra said...

So beautiful. I am new to your site and so glad that I found you! These are both so beautiful, love the flowers and the use of lace, so romantic and pretty.
(I don't know why Google won't let me leave you a message so I am going to try anonymous... fingers crossed)!
Crafty Hugs,
Pendra
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Nicola said...

Stunning cards Brenda, such gorgeous shapes and attention to detail, love them both!
Love Nicola xxx

kukusya said...

verry sweet! thanks for inspiration!

rose said...

I have fallen in love with this card №1 and in this color scale! Very elegantly!

StampLadyKatie said...

Love the colors on both these samples. Really very pretty.

soldes said...

Your card gives Awesome look.Specially its with my favorite color Lavendor which give a great stunning and extraordinary look to the card.Its outer designs are too good.

Hanneke said...

WOw, those cards are great! Sorry to hear about your eye, good luck with the doctor vicits!

Лисена said...

Beautiful cards!!!Brenda I adore your lavender flowercard but also the cosmos flower! Wish you a speedy recovery and strength!
P.S.I apologize for my English.

snailzpace said...

hope all is well with you. wow; these are both gorgeous!! i love your shaped easel cards and now i have to check out the poinsettia dies. :)

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Beautiful colors! At you very interesting style, I anywhere such didn't see.

Alёnushka said...

Very pretty cards!!! Especialy second!!!

Marla Star said...

the first card so sweet and softly=)
So beautiful colors=)))))

andrianna said...

super! Lovle this colors!

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