Sunday, 5 August 2012

Wings and Things



A very Good Morning to you all, I hope you are having a good weekend and enjoying the Olympics as much as I am, wasn't last evening just awesome, I can't begin to imagine how electrifying the atmosphere was in the stadium as Team GB clocked up three golds, not forgetting those on the water earlier in the day.

As it's the first Sunday of the month it means there are lots of new challenges and we have some great themes for you. The ones at Stampalot and Penny Black and More might leave you thinking I didn't work it all out too well, but I asked my DT's for ideas and it really is sheer coincidence that the two are pretty similar. And the theme at Craft a Scene could also tie in very nicely.

So at Stampalot it could not be easier with the theme 'Take Flight' - something with wings predominant on your work and at Penny Black and More it's 'Whiskers and Wings, then at Craft a Scene it's 'Anything Goes, but with a bias towards the Great Outdoors. So all in all the opportunity to work with all those things I love most in crafting.


My Stampalot DT piece at the top of this post is probably a bit different for me, a touch CAS which is miles away from my norm, but thought I would give it a try. I stamped the PB butterfly onto the card base using Picked Raspberry from the TH Summer Collection, then again onto a piece of BoBunny DP which I decoupaged. The butterfly 'trail' was created using a mask and the same TH distress ink, which I also lightly sponged around the PB sentiment. The border is simple a punched strip and folded, with some ribbon placed across it.

The butterfly card shape which could fit any of the challenge themes and was just a bit of inky indulgence really, was created by welding the shapes and cut using Cricut Design Studio. I treated it just like a normal inked and masked piece, sponging the inks and stamping Hero Arts tall grasses, then a smaller butterfly which I inked with the same colours and over stamped with a new PB stamp.


My Craft a Scene DT piece is one of the favourite little Countryside scenes I so love to create using inking, masking and stamping with a collection of various stamps, all listed in the thumbnails below. And of course there had to be a sun with rays which I simple create with a sponge and piece of ripped paper.......it's best to rip the edges rather than cut them other wise the line of the rays are too harsh.


Finally my Penny Black and More DT piece and yes, it's that birdcage again. I have created the background by stamping the tiny butterflies from one of the stamp sheets I selected from one of our sponsors Flonz Craft who invited the DT to select some stamps to use and I thought these would compliment the main image Penny Black stamp well. The butterflies were resist stamped and inked with distress inks and spritzed with Glimmer Mist to blend the colours and the main butterfly inked and spritzed with water before stamping out.I also distressed the edges a bit and added some fratage embossing powder and flakes.

I really hope you will join in our challenge this month.



62 comments:

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

totally gorgeous, each one is so good and would delight any recipient but the beautiful scene with the deer,oh my, it's perfect,the sun rays and the contrast of dark stamping,wonderful. janex

Jane said...

Such stunning work Brenda...the birdcage card is just a work of art. Thanks for sharing your talent, your work is really inspiring. Happy Sunday,
Jane x

Dragonlady said...

Wow so much inspiration in one post Brenda, this definately deserves a gold medal (yes, I am really enjoying it especially all the gold medals!). Stunning and the bird cage is worth using over and over again!

HUgs Ali x

sovenok1703 said...

Просто супер)))

Stamps and Paper said...

Well Brenda what can I say just stunning work, lots of colours and textures my fav has to be the birdcage

Anne

iReneM said...

All so beautiful and all so different - love em all.

x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

You've created wonderful pieces.

Mihaela said...

Gorgeous work, love the wings and things....and each details!!!

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

Brenda so much diffrent things but also so many different beauties. Great work. The butterflies, the landscape, the birdcage. Gorgeous work again.
Nice Sunday and big hug
Marja

Mieke said...

Whow, amazing cards in this post! These are totally my style!

Ruth said...

Wow! I didn't expect to see such a feast of cards this morning...all terrific and I do love the inking. Ruth x

Jackie said...

Oh wow, what a stunning selection of cards, each as great as the others for different reasons. My favourites are the 1st and 3rd but I love them all :o)
Jackie xx

Von said...

Another selection of fabulous makes Brenda :)
Von ♥

Teresa - My Crafty Heart said...

OMW Brenda, another fabulous selection of cards - loving the butterflies, your techniques and effects are just stunning...have a lovely Sunday, Hugs, Teresa x

sue - bearhouse said...

Oh my goodness! I don't know where to begin - your cards are truly stunning Brenda. I adore butteflies so this is a real treat for me this morning!
I really love all the designs, colours and different techniques you have used.
Thanks for giving me so much inspiration.
I hope you have a good Sunday
Sue

Sally H said...

Wow, Brenda! All totally stunning! I love them all, but my favourite has to be the countryside scene with the deer. Could be a view from very close to the cottage we stayed in!

Lynne K said...

As usual, I struggle to find enough superlatives to describe your cards, Brenda. I can't possibly choose a favourite. They are all stunning!

Lynne x

Beryl said...

A fabulous selection of cards.Love the different colour ranges used on them and each one is so different in style.
Beryl xx

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow Brenda - can't choose a favourite.. but if pushed i would have to say the shaped card just tips it for me lol
LISA X

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Love that pink butterfly card!

May said...

All these wonderful cards are Stunning...love all the wings & things... your scene is Beautiful Brenda... Well I have almost lost my voice with cheering on TEAM GB.. whoop, whoop, so proud of all of them...Gold.. all the way.. Hugs May x x x

Tedz said...

These are lovely Brenda, I think I like the Craft a Scene the most closely followed by the PB and More. Pauline xx

Gail said...

They're all gorgeous!
Love the butterfly!

Gerrina said...

Again you made a beautifull selection of cards! Love the shape from the butterfly card, but think they all are georgeous! It is inspiring to see such a difference in technics... Have a nice sunday! Hugs, Gerrina

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, these are lovely creations. I especially love the butterflies.

Ellie said...

These are so gorgeous Brenda, I love the way you used the punched border folded on the first card, and great idea to add some color under the sentiment.
Love the butterfly shaped card, gorgeous colors!!
The scene you created for craft a scene is just stunning. Thank you for sharing how you did the sun!
And I love all of the details you have added to the PB card. Another really stunning creation! I just love those flonz butterflies, I must have missed them when I did my search on their site.

snailzpace said...

hi Brenda, these are all so gorgeous! I love the birdcage. I'm using my new Dragon software, finally, but I think it'll take a while to learn the different modes and switching back and forth. At least it'll save my hands for creating. :-)
Linda

Paula (PEP) said...

It's the first that is my favourite - love the way the swirly pattern on that ribbon picks up on the butterfly's anteannae & the detail in that. Those swirls for the trail are terrific & I love the contrast of black & your beautiful little pearly clasp.
The way you created a scene within the butterfly shape in the second is astonishing & I always love the rural scenes. I must admit I'm very taken with that terrific butterfly in your final card - the combination of colours is just lovely & as for the trail - so exotic.
Thank you too for so much encouragement.
Much love & take care
You're much in my thoughts.
Paula (PEP)

Solange Barreto. (Lange) said...

Amo seus cartões, são preciosos.
Beijo, feliz semana.

pinky said...

Wow Brenda, they are all stunning. I love the cas one with the bold pink and black. So striking!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Oh my goodness Brenda! These creations are all so gorgeous and also elegant. You are very talented! Thanks for sharing, Shirleyx

McCrafty's Cards said...

These are all absolutely fabulous Brenda, My favorite has to be the countryside scene it looks so peaceful
I hope your well.
Kevin xx

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Gorgeous cards each one, breathtaking scenes and beautiful details;-))m

Amelia (mimi) said...

i love the effects around the quote it's beautiful!
i've made a new blog if you want to see it:
http://ngubl.blogspot.co.uk/
xxxxxxxxxxxxxx mimi

Kat said...

Stunning cards Brenda. I love them all but I think my favourite is the first one. The simplicity of it and the colour is just gorgeous.

I saw a tiny piece of the Olympics today while I was watching Barbara Gray. I couldn't resist going over to see how Andy Murray was getting on. Then I saw a bit of the mixed doubles while we were having tea. I'm really pleased for him that he got the gold. Team GB seems to be doing really well. We've got the first two special gold medal winner stamps to sell so I expect we'll be getting a lot more this week!

Take care,

Kat xx

Mrs.B said...

So many Gorgeous cards Brenda, and such a lot of inspiration, so glas I don't have to choose a winner!
Avril xx

Michelle J M said...

Ah, look at these cards, each and every one a beautiful creation. Love the sentiment on the first one, how true. Michelle x

Sarah said...

Absolutely stunning work Brenda, beautiful colours and details xxx

Louise said...

Beautiful cards Brenda but I so love the first one the colours and design are gorgeous
Louise xx

franzesjoi said...

beautiful creations as always Brenda! :) you're such an inspiration!

Rufus said...

Awesome cards! Each prettier than the last. Team GB is doing marvelous things!! I'm spending way to much time watching the Olympics.
R/

Lisa aka Myran said...

I absolutely love the butterfly card, gorgeous!!

Heidi said...

I really love pink and black and butterflies are definitely my all time fave details. hope you are having some good weather at the moment, I expect your garden is full of butterflies. Have had a couple of great days in the garden but we are now back to drizzles again hohum! Never mind think the kiddies will play in the caravan that we managed to get put up/together at the weekend. Its perfect for them lol. hugs heid x

Tracy said...

What a busy time you've had. They are all totally gorgeous, the inking and stamping is brilliant as always. The colours are fabulous on each one. The scene is stunning, I love the details and the tranquility of this card.
Have a good week
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Pearl said...

Beautiful cards Brenda! Like the sentiment on the 1st card. Had heard it before but didnt know it was by Helen Kellar. Understand it better now. Love your 4th card too. The butterfly looks so delicate and like all the gems you have put on it.
Pearl x

Izzwizz said...

Oh my goodness, four fabulous projects. I LOVE your stamped scene - the deer are gorgeous, and your CAS card at the top is fabulous, so hard to do and you have executed it perfectly. Fab colouring on your bottom card. The birdcage is one of my favourite dies too, and I love the flakes you used. All wonderful work. Maddy xx

Desire Fourie said...

So beautiful and true to your creative style, Brenda. You have been very busy once again. I just love the butterfly creation you photographed so beautifully in the garden.
Hugs
Desíre
Doing Life
Digistamps4Joy DT Member
Tammy’s Scrapin Corner DT Member

Lau W said...

OMG ! All your cards are wonderful Brenda ! WOW, just WOW !!! You're very creative my friend !
xxx

Sharon said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comments Brenda. The programme I use is Photoscape. It is free to download and makes such a difference to your images. It is so simple to use which makes it even better though there is still so much I haven't even looked at yet. I love these cards Brenda they are so gorgeous. I guess like many of us, you are a lover of butterflies. I am following your blog so that I can come back to view your wonderful creations.
Love Sharon. x

Pat said...

Such beautiful cards, everyone different and stunning, love the butterflies.

Pat xx

Whisper said...

All of them, absolutely stunning, Luv Sam x

Teresa said...

All your cards are amazing, but the countryside scenes is simply wonderful!

Annmaree (Emu) said...

stunning winged creations Brenda! You are indeed remarkable!

Helen said...

Gorgeous selection of cards as always! I love the first one particularly. I have barely picked up a stamp for 10 days - just revelling in the excitement of everything. Went to watch the Marathon on Sunday, it was fantastic (but VERY wet!)

Ellis said...

Stunning cards you have made! =) They all look amazing! =)
Great sentiment on the first one!
Hugs, Elenor

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

All gorgeous cards as always Brenda, I really love the first one, the sentiment is just wonderful and the brayered scene on the third one is so beautiful, I have just bought the bird cage die but haven't had a chance to use it yet, thanks for the inspiration
Lindsay xx

Dora said...

O wow what a feast for us today :D As always your cards are stunning Brenda.. but my fave are always the silhouette ones... always so beautiful. Hugs xxx

Anna-Karin said...

Such gorgeous cards Brenda! Love your scene, with the pretty colours, great composition and the beautiful rays. The other cards are wonderful too, I especially like the butterfly shaped one. TFS!

Tanya said...

Wow again Brenda - I was away all week so I'm going through all the posts I've missed, and good gracious, but you've made soooo many cards this week! And they're all insanely amazing! I love the contrasting pink and black, the shaped card is just fantastic - I love the colours on it too, that scene is a perfect idyllic little forest and I am just in love with the last one - I have a weakness for sparkles, and this is just perfect!

Tags xx

Merry said...

Oh wow....all of these cards are just stunning. Each have a special technique on them. Very inspiring.

susiestacey said...

My My Brenda you have been very busy love all your cards and they are all so different but my fav is the PB Allsorts one the colours are just gorgeous and the butterflies are stunning. x Susan x

Varshitha said...

wooooow its sooo nice... beautiful butterflies

 
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