Sunday, 4 March 2012

Spring Flowers



A very Good Morning to you all, I hope you are having a good weekend.
As it's the first Sunday in the month it means it's time for new challenges at Sir Stampalot and Penny Black and More, the card at the top is one of my DT pieces for the latter.

At Stampalot it's a challenging month for the DT as I set then all a task of creating two cards with two kits. I sent them all two kits of products much the same and today we are revealing what they came up with using the pearls and swirls kit...................their other makes will be shared later in the month. Of course I didn't expect to escape the challenge myself and here is what I came up with, but you really do need to go over the the challenge blog to see everyone else's wonderful work and to see what the theme is.


The DP's which form the basis of my card...........yep another easel...............are Alla Prima and I used one sheet to make the rosette onto which I added the focal image which is Hero Arts K5576 Newspaper Tulips which I inked with TH Mustard Seed, embossed with detail clear them sponged with TH tumbled glass.

Springtime is the theme at Penny Black and More this month, my favourite time of year so the theme was inevitable. I have ended up with three DT cards as the new release stamps from the Full of Surprises collection literally just landed here in the UK so I had to get inking and you will see two of the stamps on my card at the top of this post. The flowers are a Penny Black slapstick stamp 40-104 Spring Beauty so that had to be used for this months theme and the sentiment is PB 4263F Garden of Life. Both were stamped onto Fabriano watercolour card and embossed with detail clear, then coloured with Derwent watercolour pencils from the beautiful wooden box collection of 48 hubby bought me this last week.

The borders are cut with some of the new TH border dies using My Minds Eye DP which I also used for the mat behind the image cut with Go Create dies. The little embellies are some new metal ones called Floral Spacers from Stampalot which have holes through the middle for brads, although I just stuck mine on and added swarovsky crystals to the centres.


For my second card, I stamped Penny Black 3381K Aspire with Adirondack citrus and meadow, then stamped over this with Penny Black 3157H Growing Free using versafine black, cut out with Nesties 20 and layered onto a black panel cut with Nesties Fleur de Lis rectangle. That back panel is embossed with a Sizzix folder and I added some ribbon, leaves and flowers made from organza ribbon.


And finally just one more that was already in the mix before the new stamps landed, the technique is a bit involved so I will try and explain best I can. Please do mail me and ask if any part is not as clear as it might be.


For this second Penny Black DT piece I started by stamping the two images Penny Black 4039K Candid and 1483E Cherish Yesteday................as you can tell by the code this is a real oldie..............with archival black ink onto a piece of double sided adhesive. To do this I peeled away one side to do the stamping then placed the covering back on top but leaving about 1cm of the sticky showing at one end. Onto this exposed area I placed a piece of acetate cut ready to the size of the sticky piece and gradually peeled away the backing to allow me to lay the acetate directly onto the stamping.

Next I took a piece of tissue, scrunched it up and lightly inked using direct to paper with TH mustard seed, shabby shutters, sage used sparingly and Versamark champagne to add a bit of sparkle. I scrunched the tissue a bit more between each inking to expose more creases to pick up the ink. When I was happy with the tissue, I removed the reverse side of the double sided sticky paper and placed the tissue onto it.

Working from the tissue side I gently coloured the flowers with Copics..................doing this over a light source or against a window helps. You need to be a bit gentle so as not to tear the tissue, but it's amazing how much colour you can add at this stage. Finally I matted and layered onto the base card which I randomly stamped down one side with Hero Arts H2365 Old French Writing, a punched border, some pearls and cord. Finito !

I really hope you will be able to join in our challenges this month and look forward to popping over to your blogs to see what you created.

49 comments:

✿LemonBella✿ said...

Gorgeous creations! I love the yellow organza flowers so much! :)

cebelica said...

All your card are wonderful. Hugs! xx

Sue said...

All are absolutely gorgeous cards Brenda, seeing the lovely Daffs remind me so much of Spring.
Smiles:)

Dragonlady said...

Stunning creations, particularly like the last one with the script in the background. Hope you are well.

Hugs Ali x

Sarah said...

Gorgeous springtime cards, love the colours and images x

Linby said...

So many stunning creations here. I love that effect you have achieved on the last one.
Lynnx

Geraldine said...

Beautiful cards. Truly inspiring...
Ger x

Crea Astrid said...

Wowwww, what a beautiful cards with beautiful flowers.

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

Fliss said...

Wow Brenda! These are all just stunning. Love the Spring colours and images and all the texture on the last one is just stunning. Thanks for sharing the inky tissue technique too, it looks fabulous and is well explained.
Hugs, Fliss xx

angelique (anlou) said...

hiya sweetie
you've bin a bizzy girl
your cards are super sweetie
and i love the flowers you've made with the ribbons hunni
have a great sunday sweetie
hugs angelique

Lynne K said...

All fabulous cards, Brenda, but the last one is definitely my favourite. I just love those gorgeous spring colours. So pretty.

Марина_Кривчун said...

Красиво)))

Hanneke said...

Wow, you have really outdone yourself! So many wondeful cards! Love the spring theme and love the sentiments you used on your cards! Hugs, Hanneke

Debbie said...

Stunning cards all round Brenda, you have been busy. You've used some beautiful products.What more can I say except wow.Love Debbie x

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

WOW I believe .... it is Spring. Beautiful all of them
Lovely greet
Marja

Hussena said...

wow all your cards look so beautiful..... i really loved the first one...such lovely spring colors:):)

Kat said...

Stunning cards Brenda. I love them all but my favs are the 1st and 4th ones. So gorgeous and Springlike. Love the spring colours and flowers in them.

Take care,

Kat xx

CraftyLoops said...

Holy Moly Brenda, you have been a busy bee. These are all stunning cards, absolutely beautiful. They have a real feeling of spring about them and I just love the colour yellow. Gorgeous cards. Lee x

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Hi Brenda,
wow they are all so gorgeous cards!
Maybe my favourite is the last one;-))m

Sally H said...

Toatally stunning cards, Brenda! I was going to email you to find out what make the 'cherish..' stamp was. Should have guessed! Love the scrunched tissue effect on the last one. Love the ribbon flowers too

Nikbee said...

Gorgeous cards. I love the colours on the first one and I love the technique on the third one.
Nikki x

butlersabroad said...

Stunning cards,love the "technique heavy" one, just beautiful. I have a new (for Christmas) PB stamp that I really want to ink up, so off to get creating for PB@Allsorts.

Hugs
Brenda

Ruth said...

A breathtaking set of cards! I love their uniqueness and know you have spent a while creating them. Gorgeous! Ruth x

Stamps and Paper said...

HI Brenda....well you have certainly created some beautiful cards but my favourite is the first one I thinks its the colours that attract me.....

Anne

Wendy Fraser said...

Such stunning projects, love them all. xx

Ellie said...

Such gorgeous cards Brenda! Loving your choice of colors, the diecut frames look so beautiful and amazing details on all!! Fabulous work!

pinky said...

Stunning, stunning, stunning work mrs. Something new and interesting on each card!!

Wendy said...

Stunning creations Brenda, love them all.
Wendy xx

Tracy said...

Oooo Brenda this is a right feast for the eyes, gorgeous creations and all of them make me feel it's time for spring. I love your organza flowers.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Jo Channon said...

Hi Brenda,
What a fabulous post with so many gorgeous designs. I think my favourite has to be the first one. The colours are so fresh and clean looking. Jo xx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Wow! These are all so beautiful, love them all and such a wonderful spring feeling to them all, I love the flowers on the third one and the daffs on the last one especially but they are all gorgeous
Lindsay xx

Claire Phillips said...

Really lovely inspirational cards as always Brenda. Thanks so much for popping by the kids projects they were thrilled with your comments! Cheers Claire x

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow i can't choose my favourite Brenda .. a stunning array of cards
Lisa x

Annmaree (Emu) said...

gorgeous cards Brenda, so awesome to see!!!

I lvoe the rosette/medallion, and the wonderful sentiments and all the beautiful flowers, its definitely spring here!

Rhonda Miller said...

These are beautiful.

Rufus said...

You're just full of beautiful cards today! I always love the "technique-y" ones, always did like to make a mess!
R/

walchowDesign said...

Beautiful cards, Brenda! I can see that you are having fun with the new stamps! Love the 2nd card with the narrow border!

Thanks for your visit and I just sent a mail to Mr. Linky and hope it will be solved soon!

Clare *Littlebear* said...

Brenda, your cards are fabulous, as always! Thank you for setting us the kit challenge on SS, I really enjoyed the challenge.
Hugs, Clare xx

ribenaruby said...

Hi Brenda, lovely selection! The daffodils one is super. Ruby x

Teresa said...

Hi Brenda,
A wonderful selection of cards as always, you've bought a bit of spring to us all - I love them all, such wonderful colours and textures...love those daffodils, Hugs, Teresa xx

Brittany said...

A beautiful selection of cards you have here. LOvely colours and great detail. Thank you for your comment on my blog. I am your latest follower..
Hugs! Brittany, xoxo
http://www.mymagnoliacardsbybrittany.blogspot.com/

ALI said...

Love the recent cards, they are gorgeous!

Paula (PEP) said...

I really love these new Penny Blacks & the theme for the Penny Black & More Challenge is a really delightful one - I'd not thought of entering as I'd not used a PB image but have now done so..... thanks ever so for suggesting it.
Your Derwent watercolour pencil colouring is beautifully soft & i really must have a go with mine.
The rosette on your second card accents the shape of the easel beautifully & I love theat little button & ribbon detail.
As for the last one - I'm speechless, very interesting & so effective a technique.
Much love
Paula (PEP)

fatmonica said...

These are all stunning!I love these flower stamps.

Dawn's Craft Place said...

All of your designs are just stunning! Love your coloring
Wanted to thank you for your visit, and checking out my pin cushion.
Just had to become a follower
Hugs

Juls said...

wow these are just gorgeous!!! I love tthe 2nd last one with the black, it really makes it pop, love your stylishh and elegannt style!! Hugs Juls

CLM-cindylu2u said...

Oh my, I so enjoy visiting your blog, your designs are always beautiful!!

Merry said...

Such a wonderful technique...I am sure I would tear the tissue paper. Beautiful work.

Dari said...

Wow!!great ideas!!