Sunday, 7 April 2013

Spring blossoms and blooms



Good Morning all you crafty Peeps, another scheduled post with our new challenges at  Stamping Sensations where our theme is 'Special Occasions' and at Penny Black and More where we have 'blossoms and Bows'.

My Penny Black and More DT piece which is the top card is an order from my daughter for a leaving card for a teacher colleague and she specifically wanted me to use this PB sentiment, it had never occurred to me before to use it for that type of card but it is actually quite appropriate. She also wanted a simple but stylish design and a large card as all the Humanities department need to sigh it, so it's a 10x10 with a matching box.

I started by stamping and embossing the PB blossom stamp and then cutting round some of the blossoms so that I could place them over the edge circle nestie to they stayed intact before cutting the aperture. The background is shaded with Pan Pastels and the PB sentiment stamped and embossed in black. I added a little colour to the image and then some small punched flowers and as it's a 'special' card used swarovski crystals in the centres.



I have two DT pieces for Stamping Sensations, the first above uses lots of lovely poppy stamps, the one in the aperture is Penny Black and the ones around the frame which I stamped and then cut round so they go into the frame is a Clarity stamp, one of the very few from them that I own but this one was a must have. The flowers are all coloured with Pan Pastels and the sentiment is computer generated.


My second Stamping Sensation piece is a bit of die and flower indulgence really. The base piece is embossed with one of the new A4 size Spellbinder embossing folder which are so useful without all the faff of lining up patterns with the smaller ones.

The central mats are more Spellbinder dies (details to all on the thumbnail links below) and the flower made with Ruth's Tonic Pick of the Bunch stamp and punch set.

I really hope you will join in with our challenges this month, as always we have some fabulous prizes on offer.

76 comments:

  1. Three lovely cards Brenda I must say that sentiment on the first is gorgeous such a beaurtiful card
    jacqui x

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  2. All of your cards are fab, but the one that really caught my eye was the first one. I like the soft colours you used for the background (in the circle) and the way you used the branch and those flowers. What a clever idea!
    The other two cards are wonderful too. Those poppies on the second one really add something special to the card and I just love the vintage look of the third one. Amazing! Hugs! xx

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  3. Your lilacs and lime card is a real beauty. Love how you tied in the flower colours with a distressed background.

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  4. O wow Brenda, these are all so beautiful, love the style on all. I don't know which I love mostly, they are so elegant all three cards. Hugs xx

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  5. What a lovely springtime post Brenda. All your cards are wonderful, I especially love that sentiment on the first card and all those hand punched flowers with the dew drops on them. The challenges are perfect for this glorious sunshine which finally arrived this weekend. Hope the sun is shining on you in Paris.
    Jane x

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  6. Love the colours here brenda and the sentiment is beautiful. I am sure that the teacher will treasure it.

    TFS

    Annie x

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  7. A stunning selection of cards Brenda. I love the designs and colours and the flowers on your last card look amazing
    Sue xx

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  8. Wow, Brenda, you really have excelled yourself with this set! Absolutely beautiful anniversary cards (I really must get those Clarity poppies) but the PB one is definitely my favourite. Gorgeous colours, and I love how you've added the punched flowers and let them spill into the aperture. Simply stunning. And, as you say, the sentiment is very appropriate.

    Hope you're enjoying Paris,

    Lynne x

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  9. Stunning cards Brenda, hard to say which one I love the most. xxx

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  10. Stunning cards Brenda your all equally gorgeous

    Anne

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  11. Gorgeous selection of cards B, just love the top PB card, beautiful colours and design x

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  12. All of them are absolutely stunning, Luv Sam x

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  13. Gorgeous cards, Brenda. I love them all. That first one is really inspired, and you used a circle brilliantly! I love the poppies on the second, and the third is so pretty!

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  14. WOW Brenda these are stunning.
    I have to say my favourite is the first one.
    More often than not less is more and this one fits the bill perfectly.
    Hope you are having fun :)

    Julie

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  15. So many beautiful creations all very beautiful

    Hugs
    Francesca

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  16. all three projects are stunning Branda - I just adore the saying on the first one and the other two are beautiful. Hope you have a good week! Hugs Rachel xx

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  17. Fabulous cards. Love the matching envelopes

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  18. All three cards are beautiful Brenda, I like the delicate look of the first one the the fabulous poppies on the second and the embossing and dies used on the last one.
    Kevin xx

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  19. Your flowers are just beautiful B (note to self MUST get some Tonic punches!!) xx

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  20. Great cards!! Love the poppystamp :-)
    xxx Marianne

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  21. I don't know whether to be astounded or just not bother anymore! amazing work which I so wish I could emulate. Love the PB and clarity poppy stamps combined.
    Lynn x

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  22. They are all absolutely gorgeous in different ways, Brenda. Your first card is so beautifully delicate and I love the colours. Love your cluster of poppies on second card. Fab dimensional flowers on third card.

    Hope all went well in Paris and that you had a great time x

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  23. All three are gorgeous Brenda. That first one is just stunning with the falling green and purple blossoms.

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  24. All three cards are so beautiful. At the first card I love the tiny flowers and the colors. The corn poppies on the second card looks so great. I love the flowers and the monochromatic colors on your third card.
    Hugs, Uta

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  25. Beautiful selection of cards as always Brenda, they're fantastic! I'm sure your daughter and all her colleagues will love that card!

    I love the poppy card, just beautiful :) And the colours on the bottom card are so gorgeous, I'm loving brown and cream together at the moment!

    Hope you're having a lovely time in Paris :) And thank you so much for having me as GD for Penny Black and More :)

    Tags xx

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  26. O WOW such abeautiful cards.Corgeous Brenda. I love them all.
    Gr Elly

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  27. Gorgeous selection of cards Brenda, I love that PB Sentiment.. wonderful poppies, fabulous dies, they all are simply Beautiful... Hugs May x x x

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  28. Another stunning selection of cards Brenda. I love the colour in the first one, just gorgeous. Love the pretty flowers and the lovely sentiment. I don't know what to say about the second one apart from it's stunning. I'm like you with poppies and have quite a few poppy stamps. I love how you've combined some of yours to make a fabulous card. The third one is so elegant with the lovely embossing and die cuts and gorgeous handmade flowers.

    Take care,

    Kat xx

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  29. You have been busy, your cards are all gorgeous

    Jackie x

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  30. Awesome creations and your photography is just so professional.
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    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  31. You have been quite busy Brenda. All three cards are beautiful in their own ways. Really love the colour combo of your first card and the pretty little flowers, and the elegance and stunning flowers of your third card.

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  32. Your cards are gorgeous! Very beautiful!
    bbiswabic@new.rr.com

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  33. Three gorgeous cards Brenda, purple and green....one of my favourite colour combos, the cut out poppy frame is lovely, and I love your die and flower indulgence....beautiful colour combo and the roses are divine.

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  34. Wow you have given us a lot of eye candy today Brenda. Love the sentiments you have used and the gorgeous colours and flowers. Hope you are having fun.

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  35. Beautiful cards , love the way you have overlapped the aperture on card one and I love poppies so card two is fabulous. On card three I love the centre oval, can't see that in your thumbnails below? Is it a spell binders or a mariannes?


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    Joan

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  36. These are all just so beautiful Brenda and such a fantastic sentiment for the card
    x catherine

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  37. hi brenda, hope you are enjoying your time off. these cards are all so gorgeous!! each is unique with its own layout, colours and images - you're so creative.
    linda

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  38. Gorgeous cards Brenda. They all look fabulous but I have to say my favourite is the top one...sooooo pretty!
    Lorraine x

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  39. Wow these are great projects, I just love the 3rd one so much!

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  40. Your first card is rather special with that sentiment & I love the way you blended the colours within the circle to match the individual blossoms of your branch. The touch of purple on the little tag draws the ey to your lovely bow beautifully.
    The Penny Black poppy & wheat stamp is on my wish list & I love the way you've accented this design with the brilliant red matting plus gems & the 'ribbon' threaded through the sentiment.
    My very favourite of all these is the final one - the colours are what make it for me as well as those beautiful flowers with the touch of colour on their petal edges.
    Paula (PEP)

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  41. Wow Brenda, gorgeous cards! I love the oval cut our with the flowers around it, it looks stunning! Hugs, Hanneke

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  42. wow you have been busy .. what gorgeous cards .. love them all - but the colours are my favourite spring colours
    Lisa x

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  43. Absolutely stunning, beautiful cards.

    Kath x

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  44. gorgeous cards, always enjoy looking at them !!!
    Paula

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  45. Beautiful work Brenda and the envalopes are so lovely too. I really like the first card, its very pretty and delicate.
    Hope you are having a nice time in France!
    Pearl x

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  46. Gorgeous florals in all three of these, Brenda - but it's that last one which is the absolute showstopper for me - completely beautiful!! Thank you so much for having me as Guest Designer...
    Alison x

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  47. Gorgeous card, Miss B! Very elegant. hugs, de

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  48. Such beautiful cards Brenda, beautiful stamps, and love the color choices you used on each card. Hope you're having a wonderful trip!

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  49. Amazing as always Brenda!

    Now dare I look up what Pan Pastels are? Or like Dylusions and everything else wonderful you use I am going to need them? lol!!!!

    I so love the purple and green, my favourite colour combination!

    Adore the poppies too, they are such beauties!

    and the embossing and layers rock on the last, great beautiful blooms!!!

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  50. So many beautiful cards, Brenda! My preference for today goes for the last card with the earthly colour. I find it difficult to bring out the elegance of the muted colours but you've done a execellent job on this!

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  51. These are all so pretty Brenda, I love the colour blending and the sentiment on the first one, the poppies on the second are gorgeous and the colours and layout on the last one are so pretty. I hope you had a lovely time in Paris
    Lindsay xx

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  52. What a wonderful selection of cards, they are all so beautiful :o)
    Jackie xx

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  53. Good afternoon my dear friend, I'm back from a short holiday in the mountains^_^
    These cards are really wonderful, very beautiful blossom image and flowers and colors used^_^
    Hugs,
    Sonia

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  54. A super selection of stunning cards Brenda, I am sure the one for your daughter's colleague will be well appreciated especially with the lovely sentiment. As always the Poppies are gorgeous, as for the final card I absolutely love the flowers they are beautiful. Hope you are having a great time in Paris.

    Pat xx

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  55. All beautiful cards Brenda, my favourite this time has to be the first one, just love the colours and lovely design. carolxx

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  56. What lovely cards Brenda, I love your pan pastel blending and the colours on the last one are so elegant.
    Rosie x

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  57. Just beautiful Brenda, the Poppies are my favourite but those flowers on the last one are gorgeous. Mine are not fit for viewing just yet, I haven't quite got the technique. Pauline xx

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  58. I'm missing words, your cards are fantastic, great details and coloring.

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  59. All cards are nice, but my favorites are the first and third.

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  60. So great how the flowers look with the tiny drops! And the green&purple card is my favorite; it´s so subtile and the quot so beautiful... The poppycard is so original in it´s form.... Oh, you must be verry proud of your sun! Think it was a lovely day on the Paris marathon... Hugs, Gerrina

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  61. Stunning cards, especially the poppies one! Glad Paris went well for you, Jx

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  62. Amazing cards! Thanks for the inspiration ♥

    Hugs, Hilde

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  63. These are all amazing brenda, I love all the designs and the details, loving all the embossing and die cuts of the third creation. Really gives it an elegant look.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  64. Wow Brenda what a fantastic selection of caards. I particularly like the leaving card as it's so delicate and simplistic. xx

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    1. Wow, such fantastic creations. I love what you do with the Pan Pastels. I have no idea what they are, but every time you use them makes me want to buy them. That anniversary card is gorgeous. I love the earthtones and those die cuts. The flowers are beautiful.

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  65. Stunning cards Brenda, so glad I don't have to pick a winner!
    Avril xx

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  66. Here I was looking at your first card thinking how pretty the colours and how delicate the flowers. Then the second is amazing with all those beauitful poppies. Then still more a third card with such lovely crafted punched flowers. Love all these cards and the styles you have used.

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  67. 3 beautiful cards, yet so different in their own way.Such elegance and fantastic style to each of the cards.Love them.Hope you're okay.Hugs Debbie x

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  68. Wowzer Brenda these are all so beautiful, each one you have designed beautifully, the colours and images look superb.
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  69. beautiful cards!! so stylisch.
    your alex did really well, congratulatios , he is, I think, very proud that he done this.
    i hope that you have a fun trip had in Paris

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  70. These are all so lovely! Each one is so psecial but i love the last one best...That was what I planned to make for your celebrations...but sadly the die just came in at the scrapbook store. I have owned it for just a couple of days but we are in the midst of a huge garden reno project and I have fallen behind (as usual)!

    I think of you when i see these type of cards anywhere! Your flowers are so real looking it is amazing.

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  71. Wow Brenda love both of these beautiful and stylish cards,
    really lovely.
    Lots of greetings;-))m

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  72. Beautiful cards Brenda, l could not possibly choose a favourite one as they are all stunning and individual x Susan x

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