Saturday, 6 October 2012

The working horse



This week Jo chose our theme at Allsorts .......... 'Autumn Leaves and Trees', a perfect excuse to get out the inks and tree stamps of which I have rather more than I care to admit.

My scene transports us back to the days when horses were the agricultural manpower, before my time but I remember hearing many stories as a child about one of my grandfathers who was a horseman on a local farm. And by coincidence the original and oldest part of our house was a horse keepers cottage and I have often wondered if it is anything like the one my great grandparents lived in and raised the eldest of their 10 children, the farm I remember was one they moved to years later.

I stamped all the images with archival black ink and colour the whole picture with Pan Pastels and added a hand drawn fence. The poem Autumn by John Clare is the perfect accompaniment, but it's an awfully long poem so I just selected two verses and carried the Pan colours and stamping around the verse. The stamps are Inkylicious and the horse and plough Stamp Addicts.

Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed making this piece and hope you like it well.

My second card uses some images from this weeks sponsor DigiStamp Boutique, it's actually a new home set and I coloured and cut out the houses and trees, then added some scenery and additional stamping and think it looks quite autumnal.


As always I really appreciate all your kind comments and visits.

44 comments:

Inkypinkydelights said...

Oh Brenda, my Dad would have loved this! It is what he used to do many many years ago. I used to scan the shops for these sort of cards, and they were so rare at the time. Lovely! Judy x

Sadilla said...

wow... amazing fall vew dear! great scene you built!!!
congrats!!
hugs
Sadia

Wendy L said...

They are both gorgeous images and the first is my vafe. Two lovely cards. xxx

susiestacey said...

Beautiful cards Brenda, l love the first one with the traditional scene - such a beautiful piece of work. How tired those farmers must have been working the land without all the modern day machines, our local fields look like tanks have been over them recently as the ground is so wet and it looks like they have been cutting silage. Take care x Susan x

Jackie said...

Two gorgeous cards Brenda. What a wonderful Autumnal scene you have created on the first one :o)
Jackie xx

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful cards.
Gr Elly

Jane said...

Good morning dear Brenda, autumn certainy is here now. The trees are turning such lovely golden colours. Your cards are lovely but the first one is just wonderful....I love the scene and that wonderful poem.I am almost humming..we plough the fields and scatter...another song from my childhood. Enjoy your weekend,
Jane x

Beryl said...

You've caught the essence of days gone by on the farm with this one so well Brenda. It's a a lovely scene, well worth framing and displaying on a wall or somewhere. Love the way you've framed the poem too.
The second is a beautiful new home card - I hope it finds a beautiful home to live in too.
Beryl xx

Craftnut said...

Hi B, two lovely cards as usual. Love the shire horse one at the top - looks just like leafy warwickshire :o). Tracy x

Fliss said...

These are both beautiful Brenda. You really are the bees knees at scenic cards and have made them so gorgeously autumnal.
Have a lovely weekend.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Brenda...these horses remind me of the Draught horse! We have them here still and they are sooo huge and strong! Beautiful in their power I think. A wonderful scene Brenda
Dot x

May said...

Two Beautiful cards Brenda..Gorgeous scene with the first.. I could look at that scene for hours..
The second is just as beautiful.. love those houses and those Backing papers are perfect..love the touch with the leaves too... Have a happy weekend... Hugs May x x x x

Sarah said...

Beautiful scenic cards Brenda, love the soft autumnal colours x

Tedz said...

Hi Brenda, I just love the scene - it is so reminiscent of my childhood and beautifully captured. Your second card does look very autumnal and I imagine easy to alter to any of the other seasons. Pauline xx

Sally H said...

So very beautiful, Brenda! I love them both, but the plough scene is just perfect. I think I need lessons with pan pastels!

Aud said...

Two beautiful cards Brenda, really like the horse one it looks great. Hope all is well with you and thanks for the comment on my blog. Enjoy your weekend. Aud xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Two gorgeous card Brenda but I just love the scene on the first card and your colouring is brilliant...

Anne

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Love the autumnal theme on these beautifully coloured cards Brenda. The first one is my favourite as it is so much like a very old black and white photo I have of my Father, ploughing a field with a horse-drawn plough when he worked on a farm (taken around 1930).
Have a lovely weekend - Sylvia xx

nnalorac said...

So love Autumn colours, love the farm scene, just beautiful and your home card is just so cosy looking Brenda.
crafty hugs
Carol

Paula (PEP) said...

Gorgeous colours in both & I like the very different feel you created in each of these cards. The first is my favourite with the beautiful scenery & the evocation of farming that it conveys. The cobbles & the trees are great fun in the second & I love your embellishing of it.
Paula (PEP)

McCrafty's Cards said...

Both cards are beautiful Brenda, I love the scene on the first card with the gorgeous horses,I like the houses and the foliage on the second, I hope you are keeping as well as you can be.
Kevin xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Stunning cards Brenda. I love the scene with the beautiful poem. It is clear to see how much you enjoyed making such a gorgeous card. The design and colours are perfect! The second card is wonderful too, such fabulous colours.

Hugs Sue

Linby said...

Love the first scene - so beautiful. the second card is different for you, but I like it also. Waiting patiently for my pan pastels to arrive, ordered some sofft sponges today!
Lynn x

Tanya said...

These are both beautiful Brenda, and I love the autumn poem on the first one, it really sets the tone for the card! I love the little houses on the second one, very sweet :)

I hope you're doing well.

Tags xx

Dora said...

hello Brenda,
the card with the farmer, is amazing. beautiful stamps and scene.
the sun and the land are great coloured.
greetings

Gail said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda!

Dora said...

Brenda your cards are both so beautiful, love the idea of the poem on the side of the first card. Yes, farming was so different in those days, and they had so many children too... not like nowadays.. my husband is one of six boys!! Hugs xx

Vicky said...

Simply beautiful hun...and loving the colours and layouts too...:o)

big hugs Vicky xx

NancyD said...

Two fabulous cards. I especially like the first one with the team ploughing. Great colors too. NancyD

chillin with Quillin said...

lovely cards!!!!
Paula

Anesha said...

Two great cards, I love the scene you created. Enjoy your weekend.

Lorraine said...

Two gorgeous cards Brenda. A fabulous scene and beautiful poem.
Lorraine x

pinky said...

Your first project is just amazing Brenda, what a scene girl!! I have a card to make for someone who just got a new apartment and I think you have inspired me with the second card, thanks mrs.

Kat said...

Amazing cards Brenda. I think the first one is my favourite. I don't remember working Clydesdales but I think my eldest brother does. He is 12 years older than me though!! Love how you've coloured and put together the houses and trees in the second one.

Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

Take care,

Kat xx

ALI said...

The first card is just beautiful, really love how you created the scene, the second card is not bad either...lol

Manderly said...

Hello you, my secret friend!
I love, love, love your work! Such talent you have! I am very proud to be your team mate at Craft A Scene!
Manderly
xxxooo

Merry said...

Two wonderful cards Brenda...interesting hearing about your grandfather. I volunteer at our Museum and was there on Friday and we were talking that during WWII a lot of the machinery was taken from farmers and they were given horses and donkey's in return for their farm work.

Frea said...

Hi Brenda, love your card, first one is my absolute favourite. ! Hugs Frea

HappyCrafter said...

WoW, that horse/farm card is AMAZING! My favourite card I have seen in forever!! The scene itself looks good, and I love the layout, and how you put the leaves on the edges etc. Thank you for the inspiration, I will be casing this as best I can!

Rhonda Miller said...

These are beautiful.

Mrs.B said...

Just catchin up Brenda, Two gorgeous cards, love the Autumnal scene on the first one, looks just like a photo.
Avril xx

Nicola said...

Love these beauties B, the autumnal detail is gorgeous!
Hugs Nicola xxx

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

Two amazing cards for this week I love them both equally love how you have mixed digi and rubber on the second one hope you had a great weekend

Em x

Teresa said...

As I like your cards with landscapes, are an invitation to walk!

 
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