Sunday, 6 April 2014

Blossoms and Blooms and a little birdie




Today sees the start of our new monthly challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are Dies and Punches and Blossoms and Blooms.

The new computer is up and running although I think it will take me some time to suss out Windows 8, it's so very different to Vista and so far it won't accept my e.mail account which is also my work one so need to get to grips with that today.

It's something other than a card for my Stamping Sensations piece, a chipboard flower lovingly inked with almost everything I could lay my hands on including gilding wax and crackle medium. I stamped and embossed around the edges with black and gold, I also added some text stamping but that seems to have disappeared, but that on the birdie does still show OK. Dies cut leaves and bird, the larger roses made with a punch, some ribbon and a little cameo which I also glitzed up with some gilding wax.


For my first Penny Black piece I have used several stamps from the new Happy Everything range, Penny Black 3737K Red Tango, 4383K First Dance, 4378K Hollyhocks, 40-282 Twirls and 30-229 Special Wishes. I created the four way card base on the Cricut and spellbinder for the handing elements........I have since found a Sizzix die that does it all for you so between them gives a shape option.


And I had to do an inky one using Dylusions Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange and Cut Grass. I then used a stencil to create the distressed sun rays, applied distress markers to the Penny Black Daffodils stamping several times, used archival coffee to stamp the Penny Black Wordsworth poem and finally some random stamping with textured background stamps and two butterflies which are also Penny Black.

I do hope you will join in with our challenges this month, as always we have some awesome prizes to be won.

58 comments:

Juls said...

Just such a beautiful collection ... Love your flower creation at the top, utterly beautiful!! Hugs Juls

Desire Fourie said...

Brenda your talent is so diverse from beautiful and elegant to stunning mixed media. Once again its an absolute feast for the senses popping in here.
Hugs
Desíre
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Sarah said...

A tremendous trio Brenda, the flower is amazing!! I hope your language hasn't been as colourful as my Hubby's was when he was getting to know Windows 8!! They are on great terms now though I am pleased to say!! Happy Sunday xx

Wendy L said...

What gorgeous creations Brenda, Love the quad card. xxxx

McCrafty's Cards said...

These are all really gorgeous Brenda, I love them all.
Kevin xx

vinita jain said...

OMG! What a fab creations!!! All are so versatile and an eye catching! Gorgeous mix of colours. Your chipboard flower is drop dead gorgeous!

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow, all of them are complete stunners!!! Love the textures you have achieved on the first one, and I can't believe you actually made those wonderful flowers! You accordions always have the complete wow factor and this one is no exception and I absolutely adore the inky one at the end. Just beautiful, all of them!

Good luck with Windows 8!!! I switch between Vista (main PC) and W8 (laptop) all of the time and am no wizard with techie things, so I am sure you will get the hang of it!

Crafting Queen said...

Brenda, these are stunning pieces. I love the colours in the third piece. Have a great week. :)

Beryl said...

That chipboard flower is fab Brennda. Of -course - I always love to see your hand made roses and the colours and texture on the main flower are great.
Two gorgeous pieces for PB too. Don't know how you find the time to produce all this lovely art work. Better time management and more talent I'm thinking.
Beryl xx

rachel said...

stunning work Brenda - really love all of your pieces today - gorgeous work! Hope you get to grips with your new computer soon! Big Hugs rachel xx

Sammy said...

Ohhhh, these are all gorgeous! So, so very lovely!

And my commiserations on being put on Windows 8. It is by far the worst operating system windows have ever released :-( x

Sue said...

A truly stunning selection of creations Brenda. I love your designs, gorgeous colours and wonderful detailing too.
Sue xx

hellerlittle said...

Wowzeeeeeeeeeers !!!
Love all These works from you hun!!!
Your 4 Panel Card is such elegant - love it !!!
Thanks a bunch for your lovely comment
CU hellerlittle

Jane said...

Good morning Brenda these are 2 stunning pieces your have produced today, so many gorgeous details. I especially love the rays coming out from the sun on the second card. You are so talented. Happy Sunday xx

Stamps and Paper said...

3 fabulous makes Brenda all equally stunning ..so pleased you've got your computer sorted out

Anne

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow! Gorgeous, Brenda! Love all of these! I enjoy seeing your various techniques!

ALI said...

Brenda this is stunning work, really beautiful.

May said...

Stunning work Brenda, Love the altered flower the texture is fabulous... the cards are amazing...Beautiful designs...It will take a little time to get used to your new computer I have windows 8 it took me a couple of weeks to suss it all out...good luck... not too sure why it's not accepting your email I hope you get that sorted soon....... Hugs May x x

Sally H said...

Wow, Brenda! Three stunning projects and all so beautiful! I love them all! You have such an amazing talent with using different products and they turn out so beautifully!

Bad Kitty said...

gorgeous cards.
bright colors,very nice

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

wonderful work there B. love them all!!
My father had to upgrade his computer too and found windows 8 a steep learning curve too so pray it sorts it self all out for you, too, Shaz in oz.x

Viv's Visuals said...

Gorgeous creations as always Brenda. (Am getting very nervous!!!! LOL)

Whisper said...

All absolutely fabby - i particularly love the shape of your first PB card, i must check out that Sizzix die, Luv Sam x

ellyscard creatief said...

Gorgeous creations Brenda.
Beautiful big flower.
Gr Elly

butterfly said...

Wow, what fabulous crackle on that flower, and the tiny cameo is adorable. Gorgeous accordion card too, but I think my favourite is the card at the end. Glorious colours, and so subtle and beautiful.

So glad you're back online - it's awful being cut off, isn't it?!
Alison x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow all three are so gorgeous, love them all. I hope you are doing well, Take care, Shirleyx

Berina RGA said...

wow!! Amazing!! love the flower.. it is very beautiful.. and the cards are also very beautiful!!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

pinky said...

Stunning creations Brenda!! Windows 8 sounds way to complicated to me lol. Good luck with it.

NancyD said...

Wonderful projects Brenda! Love the texture on the flower tag - who says tags have to be rectangles! NancyD

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

Who's been a crafty lady , gorgeous creations.
Good luck with the new pc , it's always hard getting use to a new one. janex

Ellie said...

These are all simply amazing Brenda, gorgeous colors and designs! Glad to hear you got your computer up and running...I am waiting out for windows 9 for a new desktop. Scared to try windows 8 so I will just use my laptop in the meantime. (Our desktop is XP and really needs replace. Thanks by the way for the comment on my flowery card from yesterday. I am wanting to try some new techniques and having way too much fun doing it :-)

Pat said...

Such gorgeous creations Brenda, I love the second one with all the beautiful images. Hope your weekend is going well.

Pat xx

kanda said...

All are amazing creations Brenda. Especiialy love the Wordsworth daffodils with the gorgous colours and stamping.
Good luck with the new computer and getting to grips with Windows 8 xx

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Fabulous cards, so beautiful designs;-))m

Gail said...

Great projects Brenda!

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Wonderful Creations Brenda!

I love them all, but my favourite one is the second one.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Judy Corner said...

Smashing cards Brenda. Love the Concerntina card particularly. Hope your weekend is going well. Judy x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Fab makes today

Lorraine said...

Stunning cards Brenda - so pretty
Lorraine x

Michelle J M said...

Wonderful creations Brenda. I love that flower, how sweet is the little cameo on it! Love the shape of the second card, really gorgeous and the last one is beautiful with a lovely sentiment. Michelle x

Marianne said...

Gorgeous creations Brenda!! Lovely as always!
xxx Marianne

mags said...

These are all gorgeous Brenda.
Mags
x

susiestacey said...

Loving all you makes today Brenda - they are all so special, each with lots of details. Pleased you are now sorted with a new computer and hope you soon get to grips with it. take care and have a good week. Yes l had a good day yesterday and catch up with Tracy and hopefully she will come over for a craft day after the hols too x Susan x

walchowDesign said...

So many stunning projects! Love how you put the bird on the flower arrangements on the first project, Brenda! I am sure you will be an expert in no time with the new computer!

Debbie said...

So pleased you got your computer in the end.what a hassle for you though.3 amazing creations.all so beautiful.such talent dearie.love them all, especially the flower hanger-such texture.Hugs Debbie x

Kathleen said...

First of all I will say that I have loads of those chipboard flowers and would never have thought of using them in such a fabulous way, Stunning.
Your PB creation is totally stunning and I love it to bits.
While your third card is a fabulous piece of art work, I am not a Butterfly fan on cards but can appreciate the work that has gone into this.

Have a great week.

Kath x

Lynne K said...

Love all of these, Brenda, all different but all equally stunning! Glad you got your computer fixed. x

Merry said...

Such wonderful work, all beautiful in there own right. I think the email with Windows 8 is my pet hate. I finally got mine loaded but for some reason it deletes them as soon as I look at them. Grrrrrrr.

Lau W said...

OMG ! so fabulous creations ! Fantastic !!!!!
Big hugs dear Brenda !
xxx

Rhonda Miller said...

What beautiful creations!

Gerrina said...

Wow, three totally different pieces! Love the first and last most, thik that's because I don't have so much with soft pink at the moment... Great to see such different styles from you! Hugs, Gerrina

Eret said...

Amazing projects, Brenda. Love your chipboard flower. The texture on it is awesome. Your cards are stunning as well.
I'm glad you got a new computer. Every new thing is difficult at first. But the more you use it, the easier it gets. Soon Windows 8 will be your friend.
Hugs,
Eret

Jaya Raghuvanshi said...

Wow Brenda! These are lovely ! The accordion style card is way too beautiful! I am in love with the style and elegance of it..beautiful creations!

Tracy said...

Your chipboard flower is beautiful, I love it! And your other two creations are wonderful too.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Cath Wilson said...

Almost superfluous to leave a comment here, Brenda but the daffodils card is absolutely stunning and I just had to say so - gorgeous!!! I NEED that daffodil stamp ;-)
I'm sorry you're not so good and I really do wish you well - I'll pray for your healing. Bless you. Cath xxx

ionabunny said...

Oh, these just got better and better. Love them all.

mojescrapowisko said...

J`ai passe quelques heures ici. Tes travaux sont formidables!

SusanLotus said...

Lovely piece of Art!

 
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