Sunday, 1 July 2012

Into the secret garden



Happy Sunday Peeps, time for new challenges at Craft a Scene where we have the theme 'In the Garden', Stampalot we have the theme 'What's your Crafty Passion' and at Penny Black and More  we are looking for Summer Blooms'.

It's a bit of a mega bundle post so you might need a cuppa to get through this little lot, but I will try and be brief.

My card at the top is my Craft a Scene DT piece and one of the samples I made for Sir Stampalot using the Heartfelt matching die and stamp sets and as Heartfelt are our sponsors I thought this fitted nicely. The wall and archway are all one stamp and the little scene through the arch another. The framework round the arch is one of the dies and the trailing vines are two more dies in the same set. I stamped the door element onto the reverse side of the piece of cardstock to give a more realistic feel to the opened doorway. The topiary tree is also in the same stamp set along with two further ones, so really good value for money. I would like to enter this into:



I ended up making two DT pieces for Stampalot DT as I just couldn't decide, but both have lots of my crafty passions, distress inks, moons and suns and flowers fairies, but then I realised a bit of fantasy was missing, hence the second card with the fairy and butterflies.

The above card incorporates the TH Alterations fence and bird on branch die, over a sponged background stamped with an assortment of floral and foliage stamps. I would like to enter this card into:

Stamping for the Weekend - Show us your style - inking, silhouette stamps, masking moons and suns
C.R.A.F.T - Feathers and birds
Hotshot Crafts - Distress Inks


I have used this gorgeous Stampendous Fairy Queen stamp as the focal image, some background brayering and sponging, decoupaged cherry blossom and Art Impression deer's and flowers to create a little scene. The inks I used on this one are the yummy new set of Timmy's Summer colours, the 'picked raspberry' is a fabulous colour which I used to colour in the Fairy Queen. I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Polkadoodles - Fairies and Fantasy



And finally my Penny Black and More piece. When I made this one I was thinking Victoriana and a Cottage Garden feel, I'm not really sure what the flowers are on this stamp actually are, but it's a firm favourite with me. I used distress markers to ink the stamp and spritzed with water before stamping and lightly inking the edges. The piece of cheesecloth was soaked in tea to give it the aged feel to blend with the DP's. 


Thanks so much for taking a peek and I hope you will join in our challenges this month and look forward to seeing what you all create.

62 comments:

Von said...

These are sensational Brenda :)I couldn't possibly pick a favourite
Von x☺x

Caroline said...

WOW these are all gorgeous great layouts. Love the top one with the window it's gorgeous. Welldone. Caroline xxx

Dora said...

OMG Brenda, these are stunning... I've been scrolling up and down and up and down again to see the cards again and again and trying to absorb all the beauty in your cards.. so beautiful all of them, love all the details and style xxx

Ruth said...

Wow, Brenda, you've excelled yourself again. These are amazing. Such a lot of thought goes into them all. Ruth x

Stamps and Paper said...

Wow Brenda you have been a busy lady..just love your secret garden card but they are all fabulous and so different hard to say which is my favourite

Anne

Helen said...

What a beautiful array of cards, Brenda! hope you are ok.

Mihaela said...

Very beautiful work!!!

Lynne K said...

What a stunning set of cards, Brenda, and all so different. I love the first one particularly, and the flowers on the last one. Gorgeous!

Lynne x

Linby said...

A beautiful array of cards and all so different, how do you do it? I love the pink pearls they make for a magical card.
Lynn x

Beryl said...

Fabulous work Brenda - I love to see your scenic cards. I think there may be a touch of fantasy about the first card for Sir Stampalot though - the sun!
Have a good Sunday.
Beryl xx

Sarah said...

Wow, this is a post and a half Brenda! Gorgeous cards, all so very different but all so very beautiful x

pinky said...

OMG woman how do you come up with so many brilliant ideas. You definitely have an eye for nature Brenda. They are all stunning. I really love the archway opening, so beautiful and the fairy queen one, wow so pink and beautiful!!

Gerrina said...

What a great cards! Had to look a while by each card to enjoy the scenes you made... Wouldn't know wich one I like the best; they are all so beautifull! Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and follow it! I really appriceate that! Have a nice sunday, Gerrina

Sarah said...

Amazing work as always Brenda!

Sarah x

Julie said...

Ohhhhh B,your beautiful cards never cease to leave me speechless, and that's not an easy task lol!
Amazing fantasy moonlight,I need to try that out,looks wonderful ! Have a lovely Sunday,hope the pups behaving,Julie x

Whisper said...

Wow your cards are all simply stunning - your secret garden card, took me back to when i was a little girl, when i used to watch it and your fairy stamp scene is gorgeous, and i must try inking with distress inks, Luv Sam x

Fleur said...

These are all gorgeous, so pretty
HUGZ Fleur xXx

Heidi said...

Oh my where do i start, these are all fabulous Brenda. The silhouette of the bird and fence look great against the background. Love the fairy and the wee deers. Where do i start with the secret garden, I love it, great sentiment too! I too have had a manic week, last one before the holidays started for my kiddiwinks. so you've guessed it, it's pooring here, so much for maybe a little sunny weather. lol. Have lots of trips planned so it had better get its hat on! The sun that is. Heidi xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

These are all fabulous Brenda, I love the first one, wonderful design, I like the scene you created on the second, the image on the third one and the colours and flowers on the last. you are an inspiration.
Kevin xx

Sadilla said...

these are all simply amazing dear... but the first one is my favorite!! I love the scene you built!! =)
have a lovely day
hugs
sadi

Frea said...

Hi Brenda, what a collection of gorgeous cards! My absolute favourite is the secret garden though, love that one!! HUgs, Frea

Shirley said...

Amazing cards Brenda.I must admit my favourite is the PB card you have posted. I so love the tones of the colours and the papers you have used.

Shirley

Suzi said...

Loving all your cards Brenda, Always beautifully designed and a joy to look at. Thank you for joining us at Joanna Sheen with your lovely work.
Hugs
Suzi

Gail said...

Wow! You've been busy!
I like them all!
The details you add just make the card!

The Sparkly Fairy said...

OMG! All the cards are amazing - I could never pick a favourite! x

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

such beautiful creations, the top one is so clever all wonderfully crafted. janex

walchowDesign said...

I can't choose which one would be my fav of today! They are all so beautiful in it's own style, Brenda! You are so creative and am always in awe with your brayering skill!

Ellie said...

Wow Brenda!! These are all so amazing! Simply stunning designs, I especially love the first one on top with the beautiful window. But they are all so gorgeous!!

Lau W said...

Wow, you're so busy dear Brenda ! I love all your cards ! Perhaps that the fisrt is my fav because i love to see my garden through the window, but all your card are fantastic, superb scenes !
Have a nice sunday !
xxx

Michelle J M said...

I so love your secret garden card! Of course the others are fabulous too. What a lovely touch putting cheesecloth on your card. Michelle x

Jackie said...

Oh wow Brenda, what a stunning selection today. The first is my favourite but I love them all :o)
Jackie xx

Sally H said...

Four totally stunning creations, Brenda! I love the first one - keep looking at those stamps - not sure I will be able to resist much longer! I love the other three too. Some gorgeous colour combos x

Leikkaan Mervi said...

wow Brenda you rock again like in old days, so many gorgeous creations,
could not pick favourite,maybe the last flower one or the bird card!
And so many challenges...
And it was a warm and sunny day, hope you had a great weekend, busy I know;-))m

chillin with Quillin said...

Awesome cards, love the black bird one, and the Fairy, !!!!!
Paula

Anesha said...

Beautiful creations!!!!

inkypinkycraft said...

Some beautiful creations! Trace x

Nikbee said...

Gorgeous cards, Brenda. I love the top one, but I think the bottom one is my favourite. The image is gorgeous and I love the more vintage feel to it.
Nikki x

Claire Phillips said...

Such beautiful cards Brenda. I am really enjoying a catch up tonight in blogland and it's always lovely coming to visit you! Thanks so much for your well wishes for Caleb. He is coping alot better with all the test than Mummy is. We are back up to Yorkhill this week for an MRI incase nerve damage is causing his problems. It will be good to eventually get some answers. Cheers Claire x

Rhonda Miller said...

These cards are beautiful.

debby4000 said...

Oh my goodness what gorgeous cards and so much work, especially love the first one.
luv
Debby

Lisa Jane said...

wow what a fabulous selection. I love the open window
Lisa x

Anonymous said...

amazing cards Brenda, I adore the scene with the window panes that open!!!

Love the awesome raven bird too and the gorgeous fairy and flower! 4 totally awesome and different cards!

Trimgym said...

Great project, thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week and good luck! Don't forget to check back with us again on Thursday for our new challenge and to check if you have won or made our Top3.
Don't miss out on the regular freebies at Trimgym's Digistamps and Images and the current challenge there. Hope to see you there as well!

Jo and Tigerlover.

Nannieflash said...

Hi Brenda, wow youve been so busy all those beautiful cards, I love them all they are just stunning. hugs Shirleyxxx

Charlotte said...

Wow! the first one is a real art piece!
G.
Charlotte

May said...

What a collection of fabulous cards Brenda... you have been a busy bee.. simply Beautiful all of them!! Hugs May x x x

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Oh wow you have been busy, these are all stunning, although I think the first one has got to be my favorite, just gorgeous, I love that window
Lindsay xx

Tracy said...

These are amazing and I love them all.
The scene through the arch is so pretty, a fabulous creation.
I just love all the inking and stamping on the second, the colour is so pretty.
Your fairy is just perfect among those blossoms, so beautiful.
And lastly a typical fabulous creation, the flower stamp is beautiful.
You've been a busy lady!
Happy crafting
Tracy x
tracy x

Anna-Karin said...

Wow, look at all those beautiful cards! They are all wonderful. Lovely details, design, colours. TFS!

Elizabeth Allan said...

AMAZING collection of art!

Clare *Littlebear* said...

These are wonderful Brenda! I really love the top one. Hugs, Clare x

nnalorac said...

Oh Brenda, so many beautiful cards, love them all but the last one just love the colours and design. Carolxx

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful set of cards Brenda, actually Elizabeth Allan is correct, they're all works of art. Love that Marianne rolled flower die, it's very popular, it's always sold out when I'm in England! Finally, I'm so happy to report that it rained (and thundered) here this morning! Never been so happy to see some rain in all my life, lol! Let's hope you now get some sun too.

Hugs
Brenda

Pat said...

Such stunning cards Brenda, absolutely love the scene.

Pat xx

sharon said...

Great cards. Thanks for playing along at CRAFT challenge. Sharon x

Kat said...

Not sure how I missed this post on Sunday Brenda! Not like me to miss a chance to visit your blog and be amazed by your cards. I love the scene in the first one and the lovely sentiment. The second and third ones are just your style. Beautiful! But I think the last one might be my favourite, I love the flowers and the lovely soft colours.

Take care,

Kat xx

Crafting Diva said...

Thanks so much for poping by my blog your right all this weather you just want to stay in . Lovely cards you have made and love to see your designs have a good day from Lisa

Iverova said...

O MG! My jaw dropped at the keyboard, from the seen of beauty! Just great! Bird on a branch, it is something! Really like it! And fairy queen, oh! Words do not describe my excitement!
As much as I would like a postcard from you! Be admired every day!

Merry said...

Wow, wow, wow....just love how you put all your cards together. They are all so special Brenda.

susiestacey said...

Beautiful cards Brenda, love them all but love all the stamping in the top one. Enjoy the weekend and maybe a few more bubbles will be needed at the end of the tennis x Susan x

craftymum said...

Gorgeous!All stunning cards Brenda. Hope you are okay. Thank you for entering our "Distress Ink" challenge at HSC. We hope you will enter our new challenge " Kanban"

Hugs Sarah x

butterfly said...

All lovely, but I think the blackbird on a branch is exceptional - amazing background, gorgeous silhouettes, beautiful colours!
Alison x