Saturday, 17 August 2013

Explore, dream, travel



Our lovely Jo is challenging us to use our new crafty goodies on our work at Allsorts this week, I don't think that will be too hard for most of us somehow. Our sponsors this week are Yours and Mine Papercrafts and Whimsy.

I have actually been quite restrained recently and resisted buying too much new stash and I think the last stamps I bought were some sets from Chocolate Barqoue which I have used on this project. It was for a commission for one of my daughters for a TA who was leaving to travel the Far East so the brief was to reflect that part of the world in some way as well as being large enough for all the teachers and staff to sign - about 80 in total so a good volume of space required. As the stamps didn't lend themselves to a really large card I incorporated some internal pages to allow space for everyone to have room to sign.

The background is Dylusions pure sunshine, squeezed orange, lemon zest and postbox red around the edges to add intensity and of course my customary spritz of glimmer mist to blend the colours. Next I stamped images from the Indian Elephant and Indian textiles and across the top the bubbles from the Decorative Edges set, such a lovely set and so useful. The harlequins from the same set were dabbed with gold pearl acrylic paint and stamped randomly holding and bending the stamp rather than using a block. I then bleached out the colours here and there.




I used the same Dylusions as ink to stamp the insterts in order to carry he colours and then made it all into a little booklet with a ribbon tied spine. The sentiments were computer generated.


Hope everyone has a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing all your entries this week.


72 comments:

Sarah said...

Fabulous colours B and such attention to detail, as ever. I bet the recipient was delighted with it. Have a good weekend and I hope all the laundry's up to date! xx

Hussena said...

What an amazing project this is Brenda!...I love the cover of this booklet,the mix of colors ,the harlequin border,and the stamps,all work so perfectly..What an eye candy this is :)

Tracy said...

Brenda this is amazing, I have started a card made this way (not the stamping of course) but put together like this to house a large House Mouse stamp. I love the rich warm colours, it all fits your brief perfectly. Gorgeous, I'm sure your Daughters TA will adore it.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Michelle J M said...

This is so beautiful Brenda. Those colours are stunning and certainly depict the Far East I think. I love the way you created the background. The insert pages are gorgeous and a good idea to make a little book for so many signatures. Michelle x

Sue - bearhouse said...

This is stunning Brenda. The images are so beautiful and the colours are just wonderful.
Sue xx

Donna Ellis said...

A beautiful little booklet, Brenda, with the most amazingly magical colors! Like taking a "magic carpet ride" to the East and enjoying the scenery from a special place! Lovely! hugs, de

iReneM said...

Hello Brenda
What a wonderful card to send off the young traveller on an exciting adventure.
I love the vibrant colours and all the beautiful stamping - the white bleached parts really pop.

x

Ella's Design said...

Beautiful card, Brenda! Love your fabulous background, rich colours and pretty stamps! I bet it was very well received! Hugs, Lisa x

Marianne said...

Beautiful little booklet and nice stamps :-)) Lovely how you stamped the sides of the booklet and the little circles in the sky. Beautiful colours too!
xxx Marianne

Kelly Lloyd said...

This is a fantastic project Brenda. I'm sure they were delighted with it,
Have a good weekend
Hugs Kelly

SusanLotus said...

This is gorgeous!
I love the elephant stamp inside.

Hugs!

susiestacey said...

Stunning card Brenda, love the rich exotic colours and stamps. Have a good weekend x Susan x

Shylaashree said...

awesome BG brenda

Jackie said...

What a wonderful card, I love the warm colours :o)
Jackie xx

rachel said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Brenda - love the background - its stunning. What a wonderful card for its purpose too x

Wendy L said...

Great card Brenda, remind you of your hols? xxxx

Helen said...

That's gorgeous, Brenda!! Am looking forward to football again after all these other lovely sports all summer... hope we do well this year!

Paula (PEP) said...

This is a real beauty - the colours, the bleaching & the images - & I absolutely love the ribbon with the way it picks up the colours & makes the whole scene glow. I'm just sitting here drinking in the beauty of all the elements. And then the inside ........what a brilliant idea & how lovely the spine looks on the outside. The design is so apt for the recipient too.
Paula (PEP)

catherine said...

This is fabulous Brenda and a gorgeous set of stamps. just love those hot sunset colours
x catherine

McCrafty's Cards said...

I love this Brenda, I love the front the scene is beautiful and I like the stamped images inside. I hope you are keeping well.
Kevin xx

Dawn said...

Your know Bren I haven't bought Any crafty stash for ages! I have been concentrating on a crochet blanket I have been making, love crochet! This is a very warm and has a wonderful exotic feel to it beautiful as always love you hun ( hope you're well hunny) Love Dawn xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous design Brenda, love your colours and highlighting. Of course I'm a CB addict and love the stamp sets that you have used. Have a great weekend, Shirleyx

Merry said...

Fantastic Brenda, such wonderful colours. Finally finding to catch up on your amazing creations. Hope you are feeling well.

Selennea said...

I love this work!
It is wonderful :D

Mrs.B said...

Brenda, this is absolutely stunning, love the stamps and colours, so exotic!
Avril xx

Izzwizz said...

Hi Brenda, this is gorgeous! Love the inked background and the wonderful colours are just perfect for the silhouette theme. I wish I could say I've been good lately but I bought myself a bs pro for my birthday and then just spent another fifty quid in the sizzix sale lol! There is no hope for me :-) hope you are having a great weekend. Maddy x

Kat said...

Beautiful Brenda. I love how you've put all the elements together and the strong colours are just perfect for the style of card.

Take care,

Kat xx

Teresa said...

What beautiful colors! very nice project!

Whisper said...

Absolutely stunning, luv Sam x

Pat said...

Brenda this is gorgeous the colours are beautiful and the image is great.

Pat xx

Joan said...

Wow Brenda, what a fabulous card! Love the colours and the silhouette of the buildings

Ellie said...

Such a beautiful creation Brenda. Loving the design, and the gorgeous colors! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Desire Fourie said...

Jaw dropping gorgeous with awesome stamping and such beautiful rich colouring. Such a great idea with the extra pages for everyones messages.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Gail said...

Hi Brenda!
I'm doing a little catch up!
Glad you had a wonderful time on the cruise!
Cards are lovely of course.
Congratulations to Eliot & his team!
Hope your new machine gives you plenty of pain free nights!

ALI said...

What a fab creation and I love the idea of the extra pages, such a great keepsake!

Lorraine said...

A beautiful card Brenda. The design and colours are gorgeous.
Have a lovely weekend
Lorraine x

Inkypinkydelights said...

What a fabulous design. Very artistic and creative. Happy Weekend Brenda. Judy x

Paper Profusion said...

Wow this brilliantly captures the vibrancy and life of the far east Brenda - stunning hues / stamping etc (and gorgeous ribbon to match). Inserts are wonderful and very clever. Fantastic memento with all the signatures. Nicola x

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

such a lovely creation Brenda xx

Von said...

I like this very much Brenda :)
Von ♥

Vicky said...

Gorgeous as always hun...and I hope you are having a lovely weekend too...:o)

biggest of hugs Vicky xx

Craftnut said...

Beautiful card Brenda. Happy Weekend. Tracy xx

walchowDesign said...

Love the intense colours of the card and the uniqueness of the Indianish card, Brenda!

Sarah said...

This is absolutely stunning B, gorgeous rich colours and beautiful images x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Wow, love the rich colours, fab card

Gerrina said...

Your latest stash is a beautiful stampset! Love how you made the background and the warm colours! Have a fun and creative sunday, Gerrina

Julie said...

Oh my goodness Brenda,this is amazing! Totally cool insides for everyone to sign too! I've not tried Dylusions??? Not sure what they are but think I need to explore after my adventuring. Be good whilst I'm away,Julie x

Leikkaan Mervi said...

This is so divine, Brenda, love those Dylusions and fabulous stamps;-))m

loulou said...

Absolutely stunning and what a fantastic idea for a card where you need space to sign.

Marlies said...

A gorgeous creation Brenda! Lovely colours and a great idea to add pages to sign. Beautiful made! Marlies

Annmaree (Emu) said...

awesome project, Brenda! I love the rich vibrant colours! Gorgeous stamping and inking!

May said...

O my word Brenda this is Stunning the beautiful colours are blended so well together..The Gorgeous image..It's simply Amazing inside & out...Love it all... Hugs May x x x

Edith said...

Great card, Brenda! Love the colourfulness!

Soniki84 said...

Que bonito!! Ha quedado precioso, me encanta :)

Besos!!

chillin with Quillin said...

beautiful card :)
Paula










Kaja M said...

sooo great! amazing colors, i love the indian look:)

Fandhmum said...

This is just gorgeous,
Rosie x

Lisa Jane said...

ooh wow am loving this exotic card .... the hot colours are gorgeous ..sorry not been around much - making the most of the good weather and my new caravan
Lisa x

Isa said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww !!! I love4 it ;))) It´s a wonderful work Brenda !! Hugs, Isa

Phi said...

Love the beautiful background Brenda. The colours are lovely and I love the white accents.

Shirley said...

Delightful Brenda
Gorgeous colours.Just perfect for someone who is travelling to the Far East. I am sure they loved it.
I wish I was talented with inking techniques. I have a long way to go and am still trying. LOL

Shirley

Eemeli said...

Wow, the background is stunning! Fabulous vibrant colors and those white accents are my favorites.

Hugs,
Eemeli

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A fantastic album, love the colors of the cover - really wonderful.

Amelia (mimi) said...

hi brenda, beautiful indian design, love the silhouette of the building, and look at those patterns!!
love it! please visit my blog sometime!
xxxxxxxxxx
Mimi

Bridie Payne said...

Wow, this is stunning, the black and orange combo is really striking

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kalina1984 said...

Beautiful card, I love this colours!

Brenda Brown said...

A fabulous design and gorgeous colours.
hugs {brenda} x0x

AnyOldCraft said...

This is wonderful Brenda such rich warm colours.

butterfly said...

Just brilliant, Brenda! I love the cover, with those tropical colours, and wonderful gilding and bleaching. And the stamping on the pages to be signed is so fabulous too.
Alison x

CraftyLoops said...

Hello lovely Brenda. Remember me? Phew its been so long that Ive been in blog land. I spent the last 8 months making EVERYTHING for my brother's wedding that was at the end of July there.....and Im totally knackered, lol. It started off as just being the wedding invitations.....and as they went so well, I ended up making favours, menus, guest book, table plan, table names....you name it, I did it, lol. So needless to say, my blogging and crafting took a major hit, lol. But it was a pleasure to do it for them and Im hoping to show everything I made on my blog soon....me being the silly moo forgot to take photos of everything. Anyway enough waffling. I LOVE this card, the colours are incredible. I'm trying to be good and not buy any new stash either. Since the wedding, my craft room is an explosion of purple and gold (wedding colours, lol), so I am doing a big clean up....its taking ages, lol. I hope you are doing well my friend. Lee x

Rhonda Miller said...

This is fantastic. I love the bright colors and fun stamps.

scrappymo! said...

Beautiful and a brilliant idea to make it into a bit of a mini book for them all to sign!