Sunday, 4 August 2013

Birds on a wire



Another scheduled post as today we are having a 'sea day' on route to Athens and I imagine it will be a formal evening as they tend to have them on sea days. So assuming I am right we will be donning our glad rags this evening for a formal dinner. I know some of the cruise ships have phased out this formality but as someone who hates dressing up normally, it is a lovely opportunity to do something a bit different.

As it's the first Sunday of the month we have new themes at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More with 'Things with Wings with a Touch of Vintage' and 'In the Garden'.

My Penny Black DT piece at the top may not look particularly garden inspired to some, but where we live it's very rural and looking across the paddocks from the garden this is the view I see............although the hills are a bit of artistic licence as the Fens are as flat as a pancake. After masking the reverse side of a sheet of centura pearl I created the background using Pan Pastels, then stamped the Penny Black flowers cross the bottom and the birds over the sun........I extended the wire using a ruler and fine black pen and stamped a single bird from the same stamp to the right.........hubby named this one "Billy no mates" !



I delved into my stash of reclaimed corrugated to make my Stamping Sensations DT piece and used a nice chunk of it for the backing of my card after giving it a good sprinkling of Frantage aged gold and aged spice. I stamped Hero Arts Dogwood onto a page of an old book and sprayed a second page with Dylusions post box red and squeezed orange and once dried stamped the same image and cut out the flower heads to decoupage. I follow the same principle with the Penny Black butterfly.

I think this month's themes are really lovely ones to play along with and hope you will join in with us.

59 comments:

Sarah said...

They are both beautiful Brenda but I particularly like the "Birds on a wire". Like you, we have nothing beyond us and the starlings regularly play "schools" on the wire across our fields!! Hope you had a glamorous evening! xx

Misiówa i Spółka:-) said...

Bardzo ładne!!i ciekawa kompozycja!

Craftnut said...

Two Lovely Cards B, I like the birds on the wire, they always look like they are having a chinwag to me! Tracy x

Marianne said...

I think they are both lovely and the challenges do appeal to me. So I hope I can join in again this time. Enjoy the holiday!!
xxx Marianne

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

two lovely cards Brenda xx

Gerrina said...

Both lovely cards, but I think the first is the one I would like to look at so mant rainy days... Have a good sunday! Hugs, Gerrina

rachel said...

these are both stunning Brenda - and I do hope your holiday is going well - it sounds wonderful xx

Lisa Jane said...

ooh i missed the fact you were on a cruise ..must pay more attention! Hope you are having a wonderful time .. Love the cards .. even though there are some You know whats in that top one!
Lisa

Lynne K said...

Two very different cards, Brenda, but I really like them both. I have the dogwood stamp but have hardly used it. I should, when you can make gorgeous cards like this with it! Love the Billy-no-mates! The two panel design is very effective.

Hope you enjoy your glamorous evening. I'm not jealous, or anything...!

Marianne said...

Ha, my namesake expressed my thoughts so well, I don't think I need to add anything lol. Hope you are having a great time, even if you need to dress up today.
Marianne x

Astrid Maclean said...

Both cards are gorgeous but I specially like the Penny Black one, just love the subtle background!

Enjoy your trip (and the party)

ellyscard creatief said...

Two beautiful cards.
Gr Elly

chillin with Quillin said...

there both lovely cards !!!!
Paula

Daniele said...

wow so loving the subtle colours of the scene
hugs

Joan said...

Love both of these cards Brenda,like the idea of the dogwood flowers stamped on the book page.Glad you are enjoying your hold, as someone who lives in jeans or jiggers I always loved to get dressed up for the formal dinners on board

Joan

sallysbitz2 said...

Brenda, your cards are Gorgeous. Love the layout of your 1st card x

Hope we are going to see some pics of your travels too x

hugs sally x
sallysbitz2.blogspot.co.uk

Paula (PEP) said...

That first one is a real joy - I just love the scenery & had a real chuckle over "Billy No Mates". The corrugated background teamed with the lace looks very striking in the second.
Have a super evening - there's something very special about these old formal customs of dressing for dinner.
Paula (PEP)

Fandhmum said...

Both wonderful creations
Rosie x

Desire Fourie said...

Just awesome as always!!!!!
Hugs
Desíre
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

jackiescrafts said...

Both cards are beautiful but I especially like the birds on a wire card

Jackie x

Stamps and Paper said...

Two lovely card Brenda...love the little birdie one and also those gorgeous flowers

Anne

Donna Ellis said...

Beautiful cards, Brenda! You ALWAYS come up with the most amazing layouts and designs. Both of these are being pinned. The first card is a wonderful idea to create a panorama and include a sentiment without interfering with the pretty image. LOVE the layers and textures of your second card. Enjoy your sea day and your fabulous trip to Athens! hugs, de

Sue - bearhouse said...

Stunning creations as always Brenda, I love the images and wonderful colours
Sue xx

Tina said...

wow these are both amazing,lovely colors

McCrafty's Cards said...

Both of these are beautiful Brenda, I love the birds,that butterfly and flowers with the corrugated looks fabulous.
Kevin xx

Karen Petitt said...

Wow oh wow Brenda! I have to admit my heart sank when I read things with wings and a touch of vintage as I struggle with that. But your take on it has inspired me - thank you for that!
I love the first card, the background is amazing and it's such a beautiful scene. Enjoy your holiday Karen x

Whisper said...

Both absolutely stunning hun, enjoy your formal night and the rest of your cruise, Luv Sam x

Beryl said...

Beautiful cards Brenda and so very different. Love the scene you have created in the top one and the 'frantaged' corrugated card on the second.
Beryl xx

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Two beautiful cards! I love them both.

Hope you're having a wonderful holiday and had a great 'sea day'.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

butterfly said...

Beautiful - I love the stamping against that blended inky sky, and the corrugated card background is fabulous. Hope you're enjoying some fabulous sunsets on board!
Alison x

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous card Brenda. I love the red flowers and butterfly, and the birds on the wire look fab.
Lorraine x

Ellie said...

I hope you are having a fantastic time Brenda! Your cards are both gorgeous, really beautifully designed! Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

Tanya said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda, hope you're having a fabulous time :)

Tags xx

Helene E said...

wonderful creations. I hope you're having a fantastic time on your vacation

Marianne's Craftroom said...

2 fabulous cards. Hope you are having a lovely time x

ALI said...

Both stunning cards but fav is the flowers.

susiestacey said...

Gorgeous cards Today Brenda - love how you have used the corrugated card. Love the formal evenings and a chance to put on the glad rags and a bit of slap lol. Hope you are still having a good time x Susan x

Barbara said...

I absolutely love the "birds on a wire" and hope you are enjoying your sea day - and the cruise as a whole!

Cathy said...

Lovely cards Brenda :) Cathy x

clare said...

Really love your second card. Fab colours and texture.

May said...

Two Gorgeous cards Brenda as always...Love the stamp of the first the birds are Beautiful... Love the second to as I love corrugated card & the flowers are Stunning... Have a fabulous trip... Hugs May x x x

Gail said...

Nice 'Bird on a Wire'!
The second one is just beautiful!
Think I need to expand my vocabulary, unless you're going for gorgeous or beautiful on every card!!

Jackie said...

Two gorgeous card, but the first is my favourite. I hope you enjoyed your formal dinner :o)
Jackie xx

debby4000 said...

Love your gorgeous cards.
luv
Debby

Dora said...

beautiful two cards!! I like the first one because so beautiful nature/scene! well done made.

Kat said...

Gorgeous Brenda. I love how the first one looks like the view from a window. Gorgeous colours in the second one and I love how you've decoupaged that beautiful flowers and butterfly.

Kat xx

Sarah said...

Stunning cards B. I hope you are having a truly relaxing time on your holiday x

Tracy said...

I really love both of these and the design and inspiration is fabulous. Poor Billy No Mates, give him a mate Brenda LOL! I also love using old book pages too, a great way of getting that aged feel.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Michelle J M said...

Two more stunning cards! I just love those birds on a wire, I'd frame that! The flowers on the second one just pop right out, wonderful. The corrugated card really finishes it off perfectly. Michelle x

Kathleen said...

Two stunning cards, some fabulous work gone into both of them, when I first saw the first one I thought 'oh, poor little thing, out on a limb' but like your Hubby's comment more.

Kath x

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Thanks paula xx

linda said...

hi brenda, two gorgeous and very creative cards! hope you're enjoying your holidays; sounds lovely.

Monika75 said...

interesting card with the butterfly :)

Rhonda Miller said...

These are both beautiful cards.

Sally H said...

Stunning cards, Brenda! I love the garden scene, and your frantage and butterfly on the second are gorgeous!

Anet van Zyl said...

Your cards are beautiful, Brenda. I love the background and flowers.

Beatriz Villanueva said...

I wish you a happy journey. I love the card with birds.
A kiss, Beatriz

AnyOldCraft said...

Billy no mates ROFL Haven't heard that saying for years.

SusanLotus said...

Awesome creations!