Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Tonic meets Stampendous



Hello craft Peeps and welcome to my new followers and also a big thank you for all your comments on my last post, I think it's fair to say that a good few of us would like to be on that tropical beach right now. How about we charter a flight for a few crafty days in the sun...........now that is a good idea.......and if we are really lucky Captain Jack Sparrow aka Johnny Depp might happen to pass our island and drop in.........you all know I live in a fantasy world so just humour me.

Anyhow, back to reality and I thought I would share a bit of spring through my card above, violets are such pretty flowers with the most amazing scent and when I saw this Stampendous stamp had to have it. I have coloured the image with watercolour pencils and made some violets to embellish using the small petal punch from the Rose stamp and punch set from Tonic. The leaves which I thought reflected those on the image so well are stamped into bazzil using  Ruth's Pick of the Bunch Lily set.


I thought I would have another go with the Flitter Glue and Gilding Flakes, I bought it months ago but have never been happy with the results and usually end up with a  desk full of mess, but I was so pleased that this time it worked and I seem to have mastered it at long last. The frame is another of Ruth's products, the Lilies Window Die....................I am so impressed with these Tonic dies, even the more intricate ones still cut like butter, there's non of this faffing about having to run them through the machine several times to get a good cut. I cute the frame a second time onto black cardstock and cut out the lilies and bee, then overstamped with the matching stamp set using the flitter glue and gilded them. The ivy in the background is from the same stamp set and again gilded as is the central sentiment.

That's it from me today, back to proper work and get my desk cleared before Easter.

64 comments:

  1. As always your cards are beautiful! the second is of infinite elegance!

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  2. Two super cards Brenda, I have to admit to liking the colours on the first one best but they are both striking
    jacqui x

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  3. Both gorgeous cards, yes please I'll join the queue. xx Flora

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  4. Two beautiful cards, Brenda! So unique. I am especially touched by the pearl drops on all those diamond tips! Wow! Each one is so perfect! And then matching droplets by your sentiment. Great job with the glitter! The purple violets card is wonderful. Love the layers and shading. hugs, de

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  5. Both your cards are very beautiful Brenda!...I love the way you have used the flitter glue in the second card...It looks really very pretty! :)

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  6. Another two little works of art. Love the hexagon frame idea in the second.
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    Hugs
    Desíre
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  7. Craft holidays on a tropical island? count me in, Brenda! I am dying for warm weather and as I am typing this mail, my legs are freezing cold!

    Two beautiful cards! you've mastered the flitter glue very well!

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  8. Какая красота..фиалочки..супер....с ТЁПЛЫМИ ВАС ДЕНЁЧКАМИ..........

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  9. Two really lovely cards.Have a great day. :)

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  10. Beautiful cards Brenda, can almost smell the pretty little violets. Johnny Depp can stop by my space anytime - yummy. Thank you for the beautiful birthday card,it arrived safely yesterday - l know we had heavy snow on the ground but the PO are taking the mick with 9 days to deliver. I loved this card when l saw it on your blog and l think l will get a little frame for it. Take care and have a good Easter x Susan x

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  11. WOW WOW WOW Brendfa, thats marvelous work. I love the first one more. What a splash of colors and although so stylish. Beautiful.
    lovely greet
    Marja

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  12. Two wonderful cards Brenda, I love both of them but the firt one is so fresh and pretty :o)
    Jackie xx

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  13. Such a gorgeous cards my dear Brenda^_^
    So beautiful image in the first and lovely sentiment in the second^_^
    Big hugs,
    Sonia

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  14. Both cards are beautiful Brenda, I like the colours and stitching on the first and the sparkle and embossing on the second, I hope you are keeping well and warm.
    Kevin xx

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  15. Such beautifully designed cards Brenda. I love the images and gorgeous colours
    Sue xx

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  16. Lovely cards Brenda and love the colours of your first card...love your flitter glue and flake effects on your 2nd card

    Anne

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  17. Hmmm love the smell of violets, so sweet !
    Your cards are wonderful, love the embossing on the second !
    xxx

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  18. Brenda...you never fail to shine!! The violets are fantastic and I'd never have thought to use the Lily leaf stamp with them. I love how you've used the Lily Window die too. The gilding looks so luxurious. Brilliant cards :)

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  19. They both are lovely!! My fav. is the first one. Love these little flowers :-)
    xxx Marianne

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  20. Two lovely cards, your ideas are really great!

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  21. Two gorgeous cards, I love violets too they have a lovely scent and when they appear it makes you think spring is really here

    Jackie x

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  22. Przepiękne kartki! Very beautiful cards :) Specially these blue flowers.

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  23. Gorgeous cards Brenda. I,ve been watching the Tonic dies on C&C and they do look great, I may have to watch our for them when I,m on my Hollie Days next week. xxx

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  24. Gorgeous cards Brenda, Love those violets & gorgeous die-cuts... the second.. Love those flakes the effect is amazing....great designs... Hugs May x x x

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  25. Both really gorgeous cards, I love the colours and the image on the first one and the gilding against the black on the second one looks amazing
    Lindsay xx

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  26. Two stunning cards Brenda as always. I love the blues of the first one and the gorgeous little violets that you made. Michelle x

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  27. Your first card is really vibrant and the violets are lovely - I just had to pop over to Cheddar Stamper and guess what - some of their lovely flower stamps just fell into my basket!! Lovely gilding on the second card, do your stamps feel tacky after cleaning the FlitterGlu off? If you don't post again I hope you all have a lovely Easter. Pauline xx

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  28. I love the purple card, those flowers are so gorgeous.

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  29. Brilliant cards. Love the tonic flowers and great images. Jx

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  30. Beautiful cards Brenda. I love how you use the layered die cuts in the first one. We had a bit of snow today but disappeared very quickly. Freezing cold though!

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  31. Two gorgeous cards, love the colours of the first card, very spring like. The second card glitters lovely and a great embossing folder.

    Kath x

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  32. You managed the glitter totaly; the card has an verry beautiful special touch by it! Love the colour on the first (I keep reminding myself that the crocusses will come and they have the same colour...) Hugs, Gerrina

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  33. Oh my word Brenda this is so beautiful I love the flowers also the wonderful colour theme, those Tonic punched flowers look ACE, I bought myself some of these but haven't used them yet, the spellbinder dies look super. I would love to join your fantasy charter flight to a tropical Island Brenda anywhere but here would be fine by me, lol.
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  34. These are both such lovely cards.

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  35. Two beautiful cards Brenda! Both have a lovely design. hugs, Marlies

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  36. Beautiful cards Brenda. Love the sentiment on the second one. Love the violets on the first one especially the ones you made they're stunning. I love violets too.

    I love your idea of Johnny Depp joining us on the island! He's rather cute isn't he?

    Take care,

    Kat xx

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  37. You can keep Johnny Depp but i'll take Captain Jack any day of the week.
    LOVE all the Pirates of the Carribean films.
    Beutiful cards Brenda.
    Those violets look SO REAL.

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  38. Two beautiful cards, Brenda and so pleased you have mastered the flitterglu! Looks brilliant!

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  39. Two beautiful cards Brenda, I love those gorgeous violets, can't wait until they are blooming in real life.
    Gorgeous design on the second card, love the color combo you used!
    And yes, a tropical island does sound like a great plan :-), I normally don't mind winter, but this year it just sticks around way too long.

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  40. Gorgeous and beautiful cards, my fave is the first one love the colours.
    I'm packing my bags as we speak, so cheesed off with Winter/Spring.
    luv
    Debby

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  41. Two beautiful cards Brenda. The violets are coloured and showcased beautifully.
    Well done for mastering guilding flakes. Guess you just have to stick with it - something I've still to master.
    Beryl xx

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  42. Two fantastic cards. Love the colors of the first one :)

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  43. Looks like you had a nice sunny day when photographing that first card. Two wonderful cards

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  44. LOL Brenda I have to say I SO agree with on the Captn Jack Sparrow thing! hehehe! Also Captain Jack Harkness from Torchwood I wouldn't object to either! Or the latest 2 Doctor Who's.... Sorry where was I? Off in dream land! HAHA!!

    OOH I so love Purple Brenda, and those gorgeous Violets are beautifully done! Love the stamp with the matching diecut flowers!

    and the black with the gilding looks gorgeous! Haven't heard of that! Very Cool!!!

    Incase I don't get a chance to say beforehand, Have a fantastic Easter Weekend! HUGS! XOXO

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  45. Amazing photography on that first one - I can see little yellow bits of real flowers echoing your stamped ones. The violets haven't ventured forth in our woodland yet. It's the first card that takes my breath away - I love the spotty background paper & the way those dots are picked ip by your stitched border. The leaves you used for the die-cut violets do indeed reflect those in the stamped image beautifully & i love the way you shaded the image panel to match that base patterned paper layer.
    I'm intrigued by your gilding - haven't tried it but it certainly looks very striking with the black.
    Hope you have a good Easter.
    Paula (PEP)

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  46. Wow Brenda these are stunning, love the beautiful stamp on the first card and the gorgeous detail and style. Both so elegant and a really beautiful sentiment on your second card xxx

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  47. Love your violet card Brenda, so pretty! The second card is very different. I think the lillies look lovely in black and gold gilding. Hope you are having a good week :)
    Pearl x

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  48. Beautiful cards Brenda, love the violet stamp

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  49. another wonderful crafts!!! love it!

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  50. Another two stunning cards Brenda really like the 1st one it looks fab, must invest in some of these tonic dies although im trying not to buy so that i can have a wee spree when im in Texas im sure there will be lots of crafty stuff there. I got my parcel today thank you so much they will definately get well used. Thanks Again. Aud x

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  51. Oooo gorgeous cards, especially loving the purple one, Luv Sam x

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  52. Gorgeous cards Brenda (no surprises there then)! The purple shades on the first one are glorious, and the gilding on the second one is so effective against the darker background. Love the embossed panel on that one too.

    Hope you get that tropical holiday, and if Johnny Depp is going - count me in!!

    Have a happy Easter - Sylvia xx

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  53. Wow, those gilding flakes look so amazing!
    Alison x

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  54. Two gorgeous cards Brenda, loving the colours of the first one and the pretty flowers, look the real thing from where I'm sitting. What a fantastic holiday it would be, a bunch of crafters and Jonny Depp, sounds like paradise to me. Have a lovely Easter weekend. Carolxx

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  55. Will have to have another go with the flakes myself, this looks fab. Love the to card too.

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  56. Just beautiful!
    I've never heard of the flakes....I really gotta get out more!

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  57. Both of your cards are very, very beautiful. I'm usually not too keen of black on cards, but on your card it looks great. It gives it an elegant look. I love it! Hugs! xx

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  58. Gosh the vibrancy of the top card is stunning Brenda - both are so beautiful as always. Have a most Happy Easter and Enjoy Paris you lucky duck!! Nicola x

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  59. 2 absolutely stunning cards hun and thank you for popping by mine and leaving such a sweet comment...means a lot!!
    hugs and xxx
    Gemma

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  60. Two gorgeous looking cards I particularly like the dramatic black and gold colour scheme on the second one
    Alli D x

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  61. Amazing creation. We would love to see it, at Crafting By Designs, our current challenge is Anything Goes with a Twist: Vintage Spring and/or Spring and your project is perfect. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent. Hugs,

    Julia

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  62. Two beautiful cards Brenda, love the violet stamp, saw this at Harrogate, wish I had bought it now!
    Avril xx

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  63. Absolutely gorgeous, love the colour scheme. cheers Linda

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