Monday, 26 May 2014

Inky Flutterbys and cute dogs


If you are on the Allsorts Birthday Hop, it's the post below this one.............


Again I must thank you all for your kind comments and mails asking how I am, truth is there is still an awful lot going on and to take in and at the moment I don't feel able to open up about it, so please bear with me as in time I am sure I will come to terms with everything.

I have gone all inky for this weeks Prickly Pear DT piece, or rather pieces as I have made a set of butterfly cards using a number of stamps all listed above with direct links to them. My background is created by masking the sections I want to colour on the cardstock, applying distress inks to an acrylic block and spritzing with water before stamping the whole block on the Farbiano watercolour cardstock. The more water you add to the blocks the better the inks blend and bleed over the sides to give a more random look. Unless you want your images to pop outside the box as I did for part of the one on the left, do your stamping before removing the masking tape.


And I have three Nicecrane pieces to share with you after a weekend of some crafty time.

The first above uses another of the lovely Dream of Fair Women designs along with Graphic 45 DP's.

I printed the image onto some new linen cardstock and am really pleased with the finished result.

The one to the left uses three images from Ignacio's new Cute Dogs here, I just love the sleepy dog in the last photo.

And finally an Oriental  one using the new Japanese designs which you will find here.

I thought lilies would go rather well and made two using Ruth's Tonic Punch and Stamp Lily set.



Happy Monday all.

65 comments:

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful cards Brenda.Love the butterflies.
Blessings,Elly

Von said...

Your butterfly cards are divine Brenda :)
Von ♥

Jane said...

Hi Brenda, wonderful work here today, the inky backgrounds for the butterflies are stunning as are the butterflies you added. Your Nicecrane cards as also delightful especially the dog one. I hope that you get some strength just knowing that everyone is thinking of you. Don't feel the need to share anything here, everyone has their own coping mechanisms. Hugs xx

Helen said...

I'm so sorry you're having to cope with some obviously worrying and stressful issues, I hope you are being well cared for. I love today's cards - especially the butterfly ones! They really appeal to me on this damp Bank Holiday Monday!! Take care, and sending much love. xx

Sarah said...

My word Brenda you have had a crafty weekend and I hope it took your mind to a fun place for a while. It goes without saying, I LOVE the dogs!! xx

Janice said...

Loads of great makes again Brenda, love the butterflies, and the dogs - love the whole post really, Jx

debby4000 said...

WOW what a fabulous post, I especially love the cards at the top of the post those butterflies are gorgeous.
Even though we don't know all whats going on, we are all rooting for you and hope thats gives you a bit extra strength to deal with it all.
Hugs
Debby

Wendy L said...

A wonderful selection of cards Brenda, love the butterfly ones, xxx

Astrid Maclean said...

Absolutely stunning!! Totally love your water colour backgrounds, such a fab technique!! The way you have finished the cars looks fantastic too!!

Sending hugs and thinking of you!!

Andrea said...

my what stunning cards the butterfly cards are beautiful i love the watercolour background technique its lovely.you have been busy with so many pretty cards and styles....love th ecute dogs ... have a good bank holiday monday andrea x

Bad Kitty said...

adorable cards!

Stamps and Paper said...

Fabulous card Brenda and I have pinned your butterfly ones they are beautiful

Anne

Anet van Zyl said...

Wow Brenda, I love the first three cards it is gorgeous. The different colours and images is pretty.

Jaya Raghuvanshi said...

Simply Gorgeous card Brenda! love them all and soo much!

Debbie said...

Wow your creations never fail to brighten my day.Love the inky cards at the top of your post-gorgeous.So pleased you are getting some crafty time - hopefully it will help while you are going through so much.Your Nicecrane and Prickly Pear pieces are beautiful too.Thinking of you sweetie.Take lots of care.Hugs Debbie x

Gerrina said...

Wow, what a production! The butterfly cards are stunning! Love how you combined the colours on the cards and the butterflies! Hugs, Gerrina

Lau W said...

Oh you're so so creative with the inks, love all your creations, superb colors !
So feminine card in pink, love the image,
the creation with the dog is really cute,
and so lovely flowers on the japanese card !
Big kisses my friend !

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hi, Brenda! Your Nicecrane cards are lovely, but I am very taken by your butterfly cards - Wow! Love them! Gorgeous colours and I love those butterflies! What a beautiful set of cards!

Jacee said...

Wow, what beautiful work, you never cease to amaze me!
Enjoy the rest of the bank holiday.
Hugs Jacee

Sue said...

A stunning selection of cards Brenda. I love the butterflies and the colours you have used with them. The Nicecrane images are gorgeous and your designs showcase them so beautifully.
Take care, Sue xx

Juls said...

stunningly gorgeous and creative cards as always!! Hugs Juls

Karen Petitt said...

Love those inky backgrounds and the butterflies - right up my street they are! Funnily enough I have been creating the same sort of backgrounds - as you probably saw on my blog when visiting for Allsorts - I just love inky things! The oriental card is stunning too and yep the dogs are very cute! Lovely selection of cards. Take your time, we are all here for you if you need us, but do this is in your own time, sending hugs Karen x

rachel said...

wonderful selection of cards today brenda. i especially love the butterfly ones. sending you big hugs brenda. it doesn't sound like you're having an easy time..... take your time and try to stay positive xx

ALI said...

Absolutely gorgeous inkiness, love them.

Aluna said...

Beautiful backgrounds and butterflies. I like next three cards, too. Hugs, Aluna

Lynne K said...

Wow, Brenda, I LOVE the butterfly cards! (Of course!) The others are rather gorgeous too. xx

Helene E said...

Your creations are marvellous, I really like the butterfly cards!

hellerlittle said...

Hey there Hun,
it seems you´ve had a bussy time working in art *smile
I love today's cards - especially the butterfly ones! They really appeal to me on this rainy day here.
Take care, and sending much love.
CU hellerlittle

Angie said...

Brenda, Your PPRS set is fabulous! I LOVE the way you created backgrounds for the beautiful butterflies. Sensational set! Your next three cards are beautiful! Love the embellishments. You are in my thoughts dear friend. You are in my thoughts as you courage on.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

You've been very creative. Fantastic pieces. I love the set of three cards. Just my cup of tea.

kanda said...

Gorgous cards Brenda. Really love the first 3 with the beautiful butterflies and onderful colours xx

Frea Konings said...

Oh my goodness me, I'm sooo sorry I haven't been round for so long, especially seeing all the yumminess you have been making! Since my blogpost was in Dutch I'll explain; apart from the fact that the schoolyear is running to it's grand finale (LOL), and us teachers are running on empty, my house is a total mess with the reconstruction of a new bathroom. Don't you just hate all the cement dust which seems to creep everywhere?? Anyhow, I love all that gorgeous stuff you've been making, you are such a talent. Will definitely have to stop by more often. Hugs Frea

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Beautiful Creations Brenda!

I like all of the, but I love the butterfly cards, they are lovely with such beautiful colours.

Hope you are ok.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Dwie lewe rączki said...

OMG! I just love your botterflies cards! They're just amazing

Kathleen said...

Well Brenda I have to say that I am not a fan of Butterflies on cards but these three cards are just lush, love the fabulous colours and the gorgeous inkiness of them.
Fabulous feathers, netting, flowers and papers on the second card, and you are still spoiling us with more fabulous creations.
Glad that all your problems have not affected your creatability.

Take care

Kath x

McCrafty's Cards said...

These are all fabulous Brenda, Love those butterflies.
Kevin xx

Pearl said...

Dear Brenda, I am so sorry I have not visited for so many days and missed seeing so many of your lovely cards :( Also reading from one of your past posts I am sorry to hear about your health. I hope that things will work out ok soon with your treatment and that you don't have to wait too long before you get the help you need.
Love Pearl x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow Brenda your cards are so beautiful, love the inky backgrounds on the top three. I'm so sorry that that you are going through a lot. Take good care of yourself, Hugs, Shirleyx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

all wonderful cards as usual B. ... but must say the inky ones do catch my eye what a great idea have done the ink block must do it again makes for great cards..
.. and wow agree with you on the Nicecrane with linen cardstock... looks fab.. mm not sure my current linen would work as yours looks coated somewhat? mine is matt and very ink absorbent I imagine..
Praying much for you with your health situation, it can be a tad overwhelming at first, cant it all? so pray that the direction and information and treatment of whatever it is is will be wisely guided and safely undertaken for God's protective covering on you and all concerning, love and much prayer dear B. Shaz in Oz.x

Rhonda Miller said...

These are all beautiful. I especially like the butterfly cards. The dog one is so fun. Hope you're doing well.

Berina RGA said...

beautiful creations!! love the butterfly!! Hope everything turns out ok..
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Gail said...

Wonderful cards!
I think of you often, and hope things are going well.

Jackie said...

Sending hugs and positive vibes for you.
What a wonderful array of gorgeous cards, but my favourites are the flutterby ones, they are stunning :o)
Jackie xx

Melodie said...

Wow, you show us so great creations.
Hugs
Melodie

Paper Panda said...

Fab cards, love the butterfly cards!
Mandy x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Gorgeous card, especially the top ones. Sending you hugs xx

KarenB said...

As always, such a beautiful and varied collection of cards. My favourites today are the set of 3 butterflies. Love the distress inks :)

Nicecrane Designs said...

so stunning cards Brenda,,,, love your vintage lady,,,,,,card,,,,, and the cute, cute dogs hang wall, but I must admit your butterflies are the best ones,,,,,, wow,woww,woww,wow

Maureen R said...

Lovely cards Brenda. LOVE the card trio. Your backgrounds are awesome! So sorry you're not feeling well. I'll say a prayer for you and remember if you just need some word of encouragement, I am here. Hugs

Michelle J M said...

I just love your butterfly cards, so very pretty. Michelle x

Ellie said...

Such gorgeous cards Brenda, especially love the effects on the first trio. I will need to give it a try.
Hope your having a good day. Thinking of you and sending lots of hugs!!

walchowDesign said...

I am in love with the butterfly set, Brenda! Going to CASE you soon! Thanks for the inspirations! Hope all is well with your!

Sarah said...

Beautiful cards B, love the images x

sue k said...

Your work is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! You are very talented.Your Japanese card would be perfect for my beautiful daughter in law.

Sue
http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

Solange Barreto. (Lange) said...

Amo borboletas, belíssimos cartões. Beijo.

butterfly said...

So sorry to have fallen so far behind, Brenda - it's been full on dollshouse restoration here in the Czech Republic for the last month and a half, and things have kinda fallen out of synch!

It sounds as though you still have a lot going on, so I'm sending thoughts and wishes for everything to calm down soon. I hope you find your way to a less troubled health zone soon.

In the meantime, that's a gorgeous romantic card - really beautiful!
Hugs,
Alison xx

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

I'm so sorry your health is not good , I'm thinking of you .
Love all the cards and I'm itching to try the inked backgrounds. janex

Crafting Queen said...

Sending you lots of hugs. Just adore those first three cards, they are super. The other cards are lovely as well.

Tracey Boley said...

Totally love the butterfly cards Brenda.
Traceyx

Kat said...

Gorgeous Brenda, especially the butterfly set. Just my sort of cards.

Thinking of you, take care,

Kat xx

Dora said...

ooo...you have created beautiful cards!! there is lot to see on this post.

BlackLissi said...

Wow Brenda! Beautiful creations, all of them! Dogs images it's so cute. :) You are very creative!

loulou said...

I love those gorgeous distress watercolour backgrounds - stunning. The doggies are very cute.

Mrs.B said...

Hi Breda just catching up and so pleased I didn't miss these beautiful creations. Love the beautiful butterfly cards, ,gorgeous colours. Love your designs for the Nicecrane images and thanks for the welcome.
Avril xx

Merry said...

What a busy lady you are... terrific cards. Love the colours in the first series of cards.

 
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