Thursday, 22 November 2012

Poppy Passion



Good morning everybody.

Thank you for your very kind comments about my Pan Pastel Q & A post earlier this week and pleased some of you found it useful. I was a tad thrilled to receive a mail from Pan Pastels themselves asking if they could use it on one of their mixed media artist sites, so I figure it must be OK. I think I've answered all your e.mails about them, but if I have forgotten anybody just give me a dig in the ribs to remind me. 

I fully intended sharing a few more cards that I made yesterday using Pans, but the weather has been so atrocious it's been impossible to get decent photos as even in the middle of the day it's been like midnight. So instead here are a couple of samples I made for Stamp Addicts next programme on Create and Craft TV a week today, that's 29 November at 4pm and 7pm.

I've actually had the stamps a few weeks as Sarah gave them to me when I did my last demo there and it's been so hard keeping the poppies in particular under wraps, you know how much I love my poppies and I know it's a passion shared with lots of my crafty friends, so I'm taking no blame if you 'have' to buy them.


The card at the top of my post has been simply stamped twice with black archival ink and coloured with Pan Pastels, Bo Bunny DP. seed beads in the centre of the poppies and some ribbon and bow to embellish.

The second card is a bit of inky indulgence, background stamping, colouring with watercolours and rather a lot of Frantage around the edges, I think this one is Aged Spice. I also threw in a Tim Holt's clock die cut from coredinations and sanded down.

Have a good Thursday and many thanks for dropping in to see what I'm up.

50 comments:

ribenaruby said...

Hi Brenda, beautiful poppy cards! The top one is striking..stunning and the bottom one is lovely too with the distressed vintage feel. Have a super day. Ruby x

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Two lovely cards Brenda love those poppies I have to say the top one is my favourite I've not got into this grungy look as yet I've always been a clean edged kind of girl and its very hard to break the spell :)

jacqui x

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

I ,like you, love poppies, your cards are beautiful. Not tried pan pastels yet, lots of folks buying them at the shows though, your cards using them look wonderful. janex

Caroline said...

Beautiful card's I love both of the colour ways. Caroline xxx

cebelica said...

Beautiful cards. I like how you colored the image, it looks great! Hugs! xx

Rose Petal said...

Hello Brenda. Beautiful cards as always and so wonderfully crafted.
I hope that you are keeping well and taking care of yourself.
Lots of love and thinking of you.
Love Sandra xxx

Beryl said...

What a compliment to you to have Pan Pastels using your Q & A. Well done.
The above cards are lovely.Those poppies are beautiful and look not too difficult to colour.
You also demonstrate how they suit two totally different styles of card.
Beryl xx

Mrs.B said...

Two gorgeous cards Brenda, top one is so pretty.
LOVE the 2nd one, gives a totally different take on poppies.
Avril xx

Anesha said...

Beautiful cards and congrats.

Sue - bearhouse said...

Stunning cards Brenda. I love poppies too. The colours and layouts you have used are so beautiful

Hugs Sue

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

WOW beautiful work Brenda. Love it. Wonderful soft colors and the composition is great.
Lovely greet
Marja

krafty-kutz said...

Soooooooo pretty xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Both cards are beautiful Brenda, I love the poppy stamp and it looks wonderful in both colour ways,
Kevin xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful carda Brenda gorgeous colours and lovely stamps


Anne

ALI said...

2 fab cards, I do like poppies.

Tanya said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda :) they so pretty, I really love the poppy one :)

Tags xx

Paula (PEP) said...

Beautiful both & I love the way you have given two very different examples of how to use the Poppies - & still kept them so very realistic. The yellow poppies frequently appear in our garden.
Paula (PEP)

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda. I love poppies and these look beautiful.
Lorraine x

Kat said...

Hi Brenda and of course I couldn't resist popping in for a look when I saw the word Poppy! Beautiful cards and I definitely need to watch the programme. And as you know I can't resist poppy stamps. Oh dear! My favourite is the first one I just love the delicate colouring of the poppies.

Take care,

Kat xx

Divinity said...

very pretty cards. i especially love the first one -- something about red poppies. beautiful details to your cards as well. :)

hugs, divinity

NancyD said...

Such lovely cards! I especially love the pink and green birthday card. Everything about it speaks "elegant". You always amaze, Brenda. NancyD

chillin with Quillin said...

there both lovely !!!!
Paula

Gail said...

Gorgeous Brenda!
Love both cards!

Rosalee said...

These are both so beautiful Brenda. My favorite is the first one. Love the beautiful punching, papers and ribbon. TFS
Hugs, Rosalee

Lau W said...

I love poppies very much, so your first card is superb, and love the ribbon !
Colors of the second are fantastic !
xxx

May said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda... I love the poppies..Both cards are Beautiful...Hugs May x x

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful cards.I love the pink.
Gr Elly

Pat said...

Two beautiful cards with two lovely poppy images. The first is so clean and colourful and the second has a gorgeous vintage feel to it.

Pat xx

Sally H said...

two gorgeous cards, Brenda. Beautiful stamps!

Lynne K said...

Love them both, Brenda! Yes, one can never have too many poppy stamps, so another for my Christmas list! x

pinky said...

You are the poppy queen mrs. These are just gorgeous. I had a small piece of jewellery in the crackers last year Brenda, not sure what to put in there this year.

Joan said...

Great cards Brenda and lovely poppy stamps, I think I might just need that aged spice frantage ! good one for the vintage stuff

Joan

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Both are beautiful, I especially like the vintage style of the second card. The treatment frantage?, new to me:) around the edge is fantastic ! Shirleyx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Brenda, both of your cards are beautiful again. Love the poppies and the vintage look of the second one.

Gerrina said...

The poppy-stamps are great! Love the colours on the first and like the style on the second (love to get really inky myself most of the times, as you know). Have a good Friday! Hugs, Gerrina

Denise said...

This is simply gorgeous Hugs Denise xx

walchowDesign said...

Both cards has each their style, Brenda! Love them!

lisa said...

Who can resist Poppies, Brenda. I love how you've made them look vintage with that gorgeous Bo Bunny paper.
I haven't succumbed to pan pastels yet but your post was really interesting.
Thank you for your lovely comments even though I have been such a poor blogger of late. It is so much appreciated.
Hugs Lisax

Jackie said...

Good morning Brenda, what a stunning selection of cards I have missed while I have been AWOL.
Thank you for the Q&A about Pan Pastels. I have a few but only used them a couple of times so far because I need to get more colours :o)
Jackie xx

Tedz said...

Lovely poppies Brenda both modern and vintage and a lovely stamp. Hope the weekend weather is not bad for you, our forecast looks a bit bleak here in Kent. Pauline xx

Ellie said...

Really stunning pieces Brenda. Gorgeous designs, great idea to stamp the poppies twice to get a bigger image. Congrats on having your Q&A posted on Pan Pastel's site. I am sure they are very helpful for pan pastel users.(I haven't tried them yet.)
Have a wonderful weekend!! Hope the sun peeks out a little bit over there. It's out here but horribly cold and windy.

Linby said...

Fab cards - they're poppies after all! Been away with work for part of the week so a bit behind. great pan pastels post too.
Lynn x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh B. so agree with you on this poppy passion smashing indeed!

love Shaz in Oz. x

PS love he way the double stamping totally changes the card!

Rosani said...

I loved!!! I love your work!!!!

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Both gorgeous cards, I especially love the yellow poppies and the distressed look of the card
Lindsay xx

Izzwizz said...

Oh Brenda, both these cards are beautiful and your colouring is superb. I'm not surprised pan pastels want to use your work! Congratulations. Hope you are having a great weekend! Maddy x

linda said...

oh, wow!! these are both gorgeous, but since i'm partial to pink and green and pastels, i have say i love the first one only slightly more. :)
linda

Elizabeth said...

Two more beautiful cards - simply stunning. I love the grungy chain and pin in the second - another of your brilliant touches. Elizabeth xx

Merry said...

Hi Brenda, I am forever doing the catch up lately. Two terrific cards. Amazing how different the poppies look in the different colours. Congrats on your Q&A's being used.

Catherine said...

Brenda, I love the richness of this card n usage of the Tim holt's die... Gorgeous.