Saturday, 9 March 2013

Beautiful spring



Saturday means a new theme at Allsorts and this week another of our new team mates Wendy is hosting her first challenge with us with the very seasonal theme of Springtime.

It's my favourite time of year and I just love making cards with all the fresh and pretty spring colours. The one at the top uses Ruth's Pick of the Bunch rose punch and stamp set and although daffodils are not one of the intended flowers for this set, I found that by turning the petals the other way round I could come up with a reasonable daffodil. I used a Penny Black image in the centre of the Marianne die set and cut some leaves for the daffodils from Bazzil cardstock.

Hubby.......my biggest critic..........suggested the centres of my flowers were not quite right, but after spending some considerable time looking at images on the Internet I found some varieties do indeed have little stamens inside the trumpets.


And I just had to do another card as I wanted to do one with spring bunnies, this pair are a Lavinia stamp, and I created a little scene around them with blossoms and flowers, coloured with Pan Pastels and popped a Chocolate Baroque bird into the corner. And when my 'critic' saw me taking photos of this one he said 'Is the theme Watership Down then'..............I didn't deem that worthy of a polite response !

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

67 comments:

cebelica said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda! I love those daffodils and the pearl strings on the first one. And the scene you created on the second card is fab. Hugs! xx

Marianne said...

Beautiful!! Lovely daffodils and text and I love the little bunnies in your scenery!
Have a lovely weekend!
xxx Marianne

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Two more lovely cards Brenda love how you've done your daffs I always have daffodils arround for the short time they're with us.
jacqui x

Craftnut said...

Beautiful cards Brenda, love the daffy card the most, lovely use of Ruth's punches! Tracy xx

Wendy L said...

Love them both Brenda but 1st is fave. xxxxx

Jackie said...

Two gorgeous cards, I love them equally :o)
Jackie xx

Beryl said...

Well I think they are both beautiful cards Brenda. Your daffs remind me of the narcisus my dad used to grow and your woodland scene with the rabbits is fabulous.
Beryl xx

rachel said...

these are just gorgeous brenda - beautiful x

Kelly Lloyd said...

Fabulous cards Brenda. Your daffodils look perfect to me.
Have a good weekend
Hugs Kelly

Judith said...

These are just two gorgeous cards Brenda - I thought I loved the 1st one - but think I love the 2nd on even more - such gorgeous stamping and colours hugs Judith x

May said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda...the first the flowers are Beautiful & I love that die it's on my wish list. Love the colours spring is a wonderful time! the second those cute Bunnies look perfect in the scene you have created.. Lovely work.. as for your kind hubby's comments Bless him " Watership Down" Tee-Hee!! Have a great weekend Hugs May x x x

June Macfarlane said...

Stunning cards for spring, Oh they make me long for the milder, brighter days. These are both beautiful but the daffodil card is my fave
hugs June xxx

walchowDesign said...

Good Morning Brenda! Your daffodils look perfect on this lovely card and great bunny scene! Perhaps you should challenge your DH in making a card!

butterfly said...

Delicious spring cards, Brenda - the stamens are looking great!
Alison x

susiestacey said...

WOW Brenda, when l saw the first card (Daffodils) l thought it so beautiful as l just love them and there are so many different varieties and colours too..then...l scrolled down and saw the bunnies ..what a stunning card l love it and have spent quite a few minutes looking at it. Men ! What are they like - enough said. Have a good weekend x Susan x

Andreja L. said...

What a beaufifull cards you made :-))
Fantastic work!

Cheryl said...

oh wow hun stunning or what love the layout on the first one but oh love the scene on the second those bunnies are so cute hugs cheryl xx

Nicola said...

Two gorgeous cards Brenda, I love them both - the first for the beautiful colours, awesome design and fab daffs and sentiment. The second for the beautiful stamping and perfect spring scene!
Hugs Nicola xxx

Nicola said...

Two gorgeous cards Brenda, I love them both - the first for the beautiful colours, awesome design and fab daffs and sentiment. The second for the beautiful stamping and perfect spring scene!
Hugs Nicola xxx

Paula (PEP) said...

Well you can tell your 'critic' that he really gave me a chuckle. I love the second one in particular & especially the way your matting picks out the colours. The Choc B bird is a beauty isn't he? - love the 'beady' eye you gave him (i can see it's a pearl but couldn't resist the analogy). The pearls on the flower blossom centres are a lovely touch too. I love the little touch of the fallen blossoms too.
Your fist is a really beautify with this daffodils (they certainly look authentic to me & I love the pearly swills. The soft minty blue green works beautifully with the shades of pastel yellow.
Apologies for the essay - just got excited.
Paula (PEP)

Merry said...

How clever to turn a rose punch into a daffodil. Two wonderful cards Brenda I hope I have found a way to stay more up to date with your blog. Through my phone.:-)

Fliss said...

These are just gorgeous Brenda. Both so different and oozing springtime. Love those daffodils whatever your hubby might say too (I have a critical one too!)
Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Donna Ellis said...

Brenda, two beautiful cards - those daffodils look not only soft and springy, but are so unique! Gorgeous flowers. The background on your card is soft and springy, too. Beautiful card. The silhouette card is lovely. Very pretty colors.

Sasha said...

Two beautiful Springtime themed cards, Brenda. I love that you created your daffodils from a rose punch! And your second card is another of your gorgeous scenes...love the addition of pearls to both cards x

Tanya said...

These are both beautiful Brenda! I love the daffodils, and I love that poem too :) The bunny card is beautiful, looks to me like it's really early in the morning and they're out playing uninterrupted - whenever I go out really early in the morning, there's always rabbits everywhere!

Have a good weekend :)

Tags xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Both cards are beautiful Brenda, I like the daffodils the pearls and the die cut frame, I like the scene on the second card and the colours.
Kevin xx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful spring cards Brenda! The daffodils are lovely and I like how you have added the mini pearls in the blossom on the second card.
I also want to apoligise that I entered my son's cards in the pennyblack challenge when they dont qualify. I only read the rules on the side that said you can use any stamp but didnt realise it had to be the focal point of the card. Im very sorry!
Pearl x

Gerrina said...

The daffodilcard calls for spring. A beautiful card! A great stamp the bunniestamp and again you made a great scenery with it! Have a good weekend, Gerrina

jackiescrafts said...

Two gorgeous cards, I especially love the daffodils and that soft green card you have used for the gorgeous die cut. The bunnies are cute too

Jackie x

chillin with Quillin said...

love the punch design and the background print, the flowers are lovely !!!
Paula

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Gorgeous card with great spring feeling. Love the daffodils and the bunnies.

Crafting Queen said...

Two really lovely cards.

ellyscard creatief said...

Two beautiful cards Brenda.
Gr Elly

Lynne K said...

Wow, stunning cards, Brenda! LOVE the daffodils. The diecut frame has a look of Wedgewood, just beautiful. Think I'm going to have to get that die! And the bunnies are gorgeous. Lovely spring scene. x

Lorraine said...

Two beautiful cards Brenda. I love the daffodils, and the die cut square is so pretty...I need!! lol The scene you've created on teh second card looks fab and I love the cute bunnies.
Have a lovely weekend
Lorraine x

Martina Heß said...

Die beiden Karten sind einfach zauberhaft. Da kommen so richtig Frühlingsgefühle auf.
Liebe Grüße
Martina

catherine said...

Both of these are just so beautiful Brenda and perfect spring time cards
x catherine

Leikkaan Mervi said...

So wonderful cards both of them.
I found some new dylusions today at the craft fair, had a great day;-))m

Stamps and Paper said...

Two lovely spring cards Brenda ...love your daffodil card and those gorgeous pearls....
Fabulous scenic card and love those sweet rabbits

Anne

Ellie said...

These are amazing Brenda, I love how you made the daffodils, they look stunning! Beautiful scene on your second card. I love the use of all the different stamps!
Have a fabulous weekend!!

Kat said...

Hi Brenda, sorry to have been such a bad blogger this week. I haven't managed to visit any of my favourite blogs all week because of my WRI show. It's over now and I'm free. As my friend pointed out I say every year that I'm going to start sooner and be better organised. But this time I've had a really stressful two weeks between sewing and finishing knitting and crocheting and baking. So I must do better next year!

I've missed so many gorgeous cards this week since I visited you last. Every time I saw what you'd done as I looked back over the week I thought I'd found my favourite and then I found another gorgeous creation and another! It was lovely to see them all one after another but I'd really have preferred to visit you every day!

I loved the card Marianne did for you with her drawing of Buffy. It's so like her.

Have a lovely weekend.

Take care,

Kat xx

Tracy said...

Very beautiful daffodils and die cut background with the sentiment in, gorgeous creation.
I love the scene on the second, the rabbits look fabulous and love all the extra stamps used.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Nikbee said...

Gorgeous cards, Brenda. I especially love the first one. The flowers are lovely and the die cut shape is fantastic.
Nikki x

Anonymous said...

WOW Brenda to spectacularly different cards I love them both but the bunny one is my favourite :)
have an awesome weekend hugs me xx

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous work, as always Brenda!!! I so love those Daffodils, just gorgeous, and the bunnies in the clearing are fabulous!

LOL at your hubby, he is becoming quite the critic, methinks he needs to start crafting too since he knows so much now! LOL! too funny!

Tess Ekwall said...

Gorgeous cards. Lovely colours. Hugs, Tess.

Barbara said...

...♥... ganz, ganz zauberhafte Karten ...♥...
liebe Grüsse Barbara

Marlies said...

Two beautiful cards Brenda! A great idea on making the daffodils, lovely peearl swirls as well. You've created a lovely scene on the other one. You've used lovely stamps and your colouring is fab. I like the little pearls on it as well. hugs, Marlies

Izzwizz said...

Lol! Brenda my hubby is just as honest as yours, but at least you know that when they give you the nod of approval that they really do like it! I love both these projects. Your daffodils are amazing, really original and yes, they do look like daffodils!

Dora said...

Wow Brenda, these are stunning, well all your cards always are :D but the flowers on the first card are especially beautiful.. :) Wishing you a beautiful Sunday xxx

Tedz said...

Both these cards are lovely Brenda - I like the bunny scene very much. Pauline xx

SusanLotus said...

Two very lovely Easter cards! You are so good at stamping. Maybe I already tould you so many times, but it´s beacuse I am worthless as a stamper. I find it difficult for some strange reason...

Have a really great sunday!
Hugs
Susan

Sally H said...

Stunning, brenda! The daffodil is perfect and I love the die cut with it. Beautiful. The scene is a beauty too - cute rabbits!

Wendy Fraser said...

Superb cards, I just love those daffs. xx

downrightcrafty said...

gorgeous cards and love the top one with the flourishes of pearls
Hugs Kate xx

Sonia said...

Fabulous cards my dearest Brenda^_^ Very elegant the first one,gorgeous your 3D flowers^_^ I love the cute image in the second and beautiful colours^_^
Big hug,
Sonia
Your ricycle candy arrived this morning,thanks a lot,thanks again,I'm very happy^_^

Claire Phillips said...

Wonderful cards Brenda and I also do love those daffodils.....just stunning. Have spent today dying, love it to bits and am getting better at wearing rubber gloves to protect my hands, it was getting embarassing! Cheers Claire x

pinky said...

Husbands...can't live with them...can't live without them lol. I love both your cards, the daffodils (my favourite flower) look gorgeous to me and the little rabbit scene is just amazing. You mentioned I might have lace on my paper on my card today. Unfortunately not, it is built in to that beautiful paper from Kanban. Did you hear they are closing!

PatR said...

Two gorgeous cards Brenda. Just can't wait for spring to arrive so thank you for giving us a taster with the beautiful daffodils xx

Louise said...

Love your daffodils Brenda and pretty card
Louise xx

Ruth said...

Both beautiful cards! I think the colour combination in the top one is just so classy! Ruth x

Rhonda Miller said...

What wonderful cards. I love the bunnies.

Mrs A. said...

Your daffodils are totally life like and I love your second card. Have to agree with your Hubby though it is Watership Down inspired. Hugs Mrs A.

Liz Miller said...

The Anja squares dies are amongst my favourites at the moment and I love the daffodil card you've created with yours. Hopefully it won't be too long before the daffs really appear. Thank you for the lovely comments you have left recently.
Liz xx

ribenaruby said...

Brenda, can't believe i didn't leave a comment, been admiring your super cards all week but forgetting to say how beautiful each and everyone is! Ruby x

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

These are both so gorgeous, love the daffodils on the first one and the scene with the bunnies on the second is beautiful
Lindsay xx

scrappymo! said...

That diecut is just gorgeous! I will have to give this a try! Off to check out my inspirational quotes!