Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Sunny and Bright



Good Afternoon all you crafty Peeps.

The weather here today is absolutely glorious again, the overnight minus four frost and fog gave way to beautiful sunshine and I have had the french windows of my office open since lunchtime. The dogs are laid about everywhere as thought they had a hard morning..............I must have missed something because as far as I know the most energetic thing they've done is eat breakfast.


I thought I would share a couple of the cards I made for Ruth using her new Fritillary image which you will find at A Passion for Stamps here. The card at the top was made using the scrunched tissue technique, rather than go into it again you will find what I did here. I used some scraps of DP for the background and alternated them with some embossed squares. The roses were cut with a Memory Box die from plain copy paper, then lightly coloured with distress inks, the swirls are the same make of die and the leaves Spellbinders.

The second card is paper pieced with Bo Bunny DP. The harlequin background was created by inking a stencil with versamark, placing on a piece of white cardstock, running through the Big Shot Express then brushing Mica Powder after removing the stencil. I did exactly the same with the shaped mat, but kept the Nestie frame in place until I has added the mica. The little picket fence is a new Memory Box die, I am amazed with how very fine and detailed it is yet how perfectly it cuts.

Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for visiting.

39 comments:

Annette said...

wow wee these cards are so beautiful...I really love the first one...those colors are so amazing..

Lau W said...

Oh wow ! superb cards, spring is here !!!
xxx

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Hi Brenda, stunning cards, my fave is the first one,
gorgeous;-))m

Juls said...

such gorgeous fresh spring cards!!! Hugs juls

craftymum said...

gorgeous cards Brenda
hugs sarah x

Wendy Fraser said...

Stunning cards, love what you've done with Ruth's image. I must have a go with the scrunched tissue, I've been meaning to for ages! xx

Fliss said...

Really gorgeous and bright cards Brenda. They go so well with the current sunny weather too.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Mihaela said...

So beautiful cards!!!

Jackie said...

Wonderful cards, I took several photographs of the Crown Imperials at Wollaton Park last year, they are so majestic :o)
Jackie xx

Anesha said...

Two beautiful cards, love the tissue technique on the first. It's a beautiful day, hope you are enjoying it. Hugs anesha

Zoe Sanderson said...

Hiya, now I'm working I'm not getting round so much and missing loads. See you have a new addition to the family what odds are you giving that she will soon be the Alpha female around there!

Beautiful cards the colours reflect the wonderful weather we are enjoying perfectly XOXO Zoe

CraftyLoops said...

Wow, wow, wow. These are beautiful and summery cards Brenda. And I honoured to say that it was over 21 degrees today and blue skies today for me in NI. I was a bit shocked to be honest! lol. Lee x

Helen said...

Fantastic cards and what a stunning stamp - off to check the details now!!

Mummylade said...

well, eating can be hard work =)

Vicky said...

So gorgeous hun...such pretty cards and layouts too....

big hugs Vicky xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Two amazing cards Brenda love the wonderful colours

Anne

Paula (PEP) said...

Now I've been trying to identify that flower - thanks for sorting that out. Love the way you created the harlequin background & that fence looks quite amazing. Your teaming of it with the ribbon & background is super.
Paula (PEP)

scrappymo! said...

Lovely, lovely cards! Thank you for sharing the way to use the mica powder. I haven't tried that before so I always love nice, clear directions for card-challenged readers like me!
I have quite a few of the memory box dies, but I can see I sill have to add that iron fence to my wish list.
It adds a great accent to your card.

Beryl said...

Two fab cards Brenda. The fritillary image is lovely.We saw that picket fence at the NEC on Sat but unfortunately couldn't find any dies left. Ho hum.
Beryl xx

Diamond Doll said...

Two Beautiful cards Brendan, i love the handmade flowers.Thanx for visiting my blog and yes it is me the Trish you met at Stamperama last year i remember meeting you but didn,t know you had a blog.
(hugs)
Trish (-:

Sally H said...

Two real beauties, Brenda. I LOVE the scrunched tissue one! Stunning!

Kari said...

Wow,Brenda,these are fabulous!!I love the
spring colours!
Have a great week!

HUgs,Kari :)

Lisa Jane said...

ooh i love the bright colours .. especially the orange - and that new memory box die is fab
Lisa x

susiestacey said...

Two stunning cards Brenda, the image is gorgeous, the orange is my fav t reminds me of the one we had and lost in our garden a few years back x Susan x

May said...

Two Stunning cards Brenda, Love, Love, Love them both, what a fabulous stamp!! Nice and sunny here also in Eastbourne today... long may it last, Hugs May x x x

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Both really gorgeous cards, I love the floral image and the colours on both cards are beautiful, I especially love the orange one though, I don't normally like a lot of orange but it really does look stunning, hope you are well and glad that you are enjoying the sunshine, I always find that a bit of sunshine helps to cheer me up a little. Also my cat is very good at looking like he has a hard life when infact he does nothing but sleep and eat lol.
Lindsay xx

Anonymous said...

ooh, these are both so pretty, brenda! how different the same flower looks with different colours. i love the rolled flowers on the first one and the dainty fence on the other.
linda

Cheryl said...

oh wow Hun both cards are simply stunning,you really have showcased them beautifully love those flowers, and the gorgeous colours,you really are so talented Hun it just oozes,out of you just love your work hugs Cherylxxxxx

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

ab fab ,especially the first,loving the bright oranges and the crackled image. janex

Heidi said...

ooh Brenda,love these cards, the swirls on the top one are beautiful and the scrunchy tissue paper effect. Must have a looke at the picket fence die, that has come out really well and love the harlequin effect that you have made on the white card. hugs heid x

Nikbee said...

Two gorgeous cards. I love the tissue technique on the top one and I really NEED one of those fence dies!
Nikki x

Chantal said...

Beautiful cards, love the spring feeling.

Elizabeth Allan said...

Brenda a beautiful renditions of this flower in yellow and orange. Definitely sunny and bright!

Dora said...

Wow stunning cards Brenda as always, love the swirls and colours and flowers and o everything, so elegant xxx

Gail said...

Beautiful cards!

enrica said...

beautiful card!!!!like the colours and flowers!!!! very very elegant!!!

Anonymous said...

Looking fabulous MsBrenda! adore those awesome flowers, the lattice and fence etc on the second is brilliant! and I adore the flourishes and flowers on the first!

Dobra said...

Very beautiful card
Wonderfully painted stamp
I really like.

mckinkle said...

Morning Brenda,

Yeah that mystical being that walks the dogs for a solid 2hr military style route march always seems to have taken my three dogs also when the sun is shining after breakfast time!! I have to say its rather lovely having the peace and quiet though!

Beautiful cards, have to say the orange one is my fav as it just really stands out as its not really a colour we see much of and the patchwork effect of the super patterned papers really looks great!

Keryn x