Saturday, 25 October 2014

Just Christmas



Before I tell you about this weeks Allsorts theme I would like to share some news, I'm still pinching myself and in shock and thought it was a send up but apparently not and I am one of the lucky nominees in this years Craft Awards. I feel very humbled to be on a list with so many of the well known names in the crafting industry who are amazingly inspirational and although I know in my wildest dreams I will never make the final cut it is still so surreal to have even been nominated and I am most appreciative.


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday so that mans a new challenge at Allsorts and this week it's my turn to host the challenge. Our sponsor is Cuddly Buddly and to tie in with the release of their new Christmas stamps I have selected the theme of 'Just Christmas'.

My first card is just a bit of the usual inkiness using masking tape to create a central focal area which I inked with Adirondack inks black, eggplant and denim and stamped Penny Black Winter Ledge, a few more birds from the new Natures Friends PB unmounted set and I added some berries using silver glitter and finally a Penny Black sentiment.


For my second card I have stepped outside of my comfort zone again and done some more colouring ........not too much mind you.......using my new Chemeleon pens which I have to admit I am rather enjoying. The image is from our sponsor and called Snow Family. I cut round the top of the snowmen and layered onto a piece of acetate which I then placed over a snowy background created with a mask and Pan Pastels and a stamped Santa and sleigh. I used my old favourite holly embossing folder which I lightly dusted with Pan Pastels and matted onto a tent style card.................not convinced that's the right name but they are easy to make with a score board.

Happy weekend to you all.

51 comments:

Jackie said...

Don't sell yourself short Brenda, your crads are always superb and you stand as much chance as the rest who have been nominated!
Wonderful cards here, I especially love the first one :o)
Jackie xx

Andreja L. said...

Beautiful cards you made Brenda :-))
The first one have a lovely scene, and the second pretty Snowmens!
Have a nice Weekend!
Hugs, Andreja

Marianne said...

Congratulations on being nominated, Brenda. At least it shows that your work does not go unnoticed.I love your pretty Christmas scene on your first card and the way the silver gitter makes the berries pop. I can see why you love that old embossing folder; it's really pretty. I've seen a promo for those new markers on the Internet last week and they look very interesting. I wonder if we'll be seeing more colouring by you in the near future...
Have a wonderful weekend!
Marianne x

Wendy L said...

Well done Brenda, well deserved. Gorgeous cards today too, xxx

Gertrude said...

Einfach Wuuuuuuuuuuuunderschöne gemacht
glg Gertrude

Jane said...

What wonderful and well deserved news Brenda, many congrats to you xx

Kelly Lloyd said...

Good morning Brenda.. That's wonderful, massive congrats to you... Very well deserved.
Fantastic cards yet again... I could look at your scenes all day, you are so clever
Have a lovely weekend
Hugs Kelly.

Cathy said...

Woohoo! Congratulations Brenda, what wonderful news and well deserved. These chrissy cards are gorgeous, love the inking in the 1st one and the snowmen are so sweet, such a clever design, Cathy x

aussie aNNie said...

Wonderful colours and gorgeous creations Brenda, love the snowman card, gorgeous all up....
aNNie xx
The Journey is the Start

susiestacey said...

Congratulations Brenda on your nomination - so well deserved. Todays cards as always offer lots of inspiration. The first one 'just a bit of inking' is stunning - a beautiful scene. Love the fun snowmen image and the card you have created with it. Have a good weekend x Susan x

Viv's Visuals said...

Deserved, deserved, deserved!!!!! Congrats and Good Luck.
Loving the inkyness - (and you know I will shamelessly copy it don't you - cos I actually have those stamps!!!)
Santa and his 3 snowy mates are cool too... let's hope our back 4 are the same today!!! xxx

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Congrats Brenda!
Two fabulous designs, love the first one.
My task this weekend is to make 50 Christmas cards, lol;-))m

Helen said...

Well, I'm not surprised at all! Love the cards- am meant to be starting mine this morning... well, maybe later on...!

Laila B. said...

Hi Brenda... Congrats on the nomination!!!! Hugs, Laila

ribenaruby said...

Huge congratulations Brenda for being nominated! What a great achievement and your brilliant cards always say it all. Lovely top card, nice scene and the cuddly buddly snowmen are just the cutest aren't they. Enjoy your weekend Brenda, take care. Ruby x

Sally H said...

Huge congratulations, Brenda! Very much deserved. Your two cards are gorgeous! I love them both!

Bad Kitty said...

Congratulations Brenda!
Very pretty card

Sue said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda. The scene you have created is stunning and I love the cute snow family.
Congrats on your Craft Awards Nomination, it is so well deserved.
Sue xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Brenda, these cards are just so beautiful and completely different! Your first one looks like one of those beautiful postcards you see, featuring some famous artist...which, apparently you are!! Congratulations on your nomination, I would wish you luck, but you don't need luck when you have talent!! OK, back to cards...I love the rolling hills and the silhouetted trees and birds, so serene, like a calm winter's night! Card number two is so much fun and so unique, What a fantastic layout with the 3d snowmen. Looks like one of those box seats at an opera house...fancy!! They are both amazing Brenda, it's easy to see why you were nominated! big crafty hugs :)

Sarah said...

Many,many congratulations on your nomination B, very well deserved! Your cards are gorgeous x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Big congrats, Brenda! Well deserved! Your cards are beautiful! I say keep it up with your colouring because it's beautiful! Have a great weekend!

Sarah said...

What fabulous news Brenda and I couldn't be happier for you!! What great cards too, love the snow family and the acetate is such a clever idea. xx

LauraVi said...

Congratulations Brenda!
Love both these cards, two different ways to translate Christmas atmosphere!

Pat said...

Brenda, I don't know if my comment went through as blogger threw a wobbly, but just in case, I think your two cards are gorgeous, love them both and many congratulations on your nomination you thoroughly deserve it. Enjoy your weekend.

Pat xx

Helene E said...

I love the blue nuances

Gerrina said...

Both so different, both beautiful! Think you know I love the first best for the great scene... En joy your weekend, Gerrina

Joan said...

Well deserved nomination Brenda, you are an inspiration to us. Love your two cards especially the inky one

Joanx

Michelle J M said...

Well done you! Your cards are always stunning so the nomination is very well deserved. Love both of your cards, the first one is very beautiful, love those hills and the second is so cute. Michelle x

Kathleen said...

Huge congratulations Brenda, bet you are the only one who is surprised, very well deserved.
Two fabulous cards, the scene on the first one is stunning, fabulous shades and the addition of the silver adds that touch of Christmas sparkle.
Second card, cute image and a lovely shape of card.

Kath x

Lynne K said...

Wow, big congratulations, Brenda, that's fabulous, and so well deserved! All your cards are amazing and these two are no exception. Have a great weekend.

Lynne x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Fantastic news, congratulations. Two fab cards, love rhe first one the best x

Berina RGA said...

wow Brenda!! that's great news!!! congratulations.. and wish you the best for the next round... gorgeous cards as always.. love them..
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Debbie said...

Congratulations dearie, that is fabulous news.Love your blog and all the creations you inspire and share with us.Loving your 2 cards today.Your scenes are second to none.stunning.good for you doing more colouring, love your cute second card.Enjoy your weekend.hugs xxx

cheryl Baker said...

oh wow hun that is amazing,and yes you will be in the final hun have total faith in that as you are inspiring,and so so talented hun love your work,and these are no exception stunning hun hugs Cherylxxxx

coldwaters2 said...

Oh wow Brenda congratulations on being nominated that is awesome news and I am loving both these beautiful Christmas cards the first one is stunning, the second one is full of festive fun, superb makes.
hugs
Lorraine x

Dee said...

Fabulous cards! Congrats on the great news!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Brenda, Congratulations on your nomination it's well-deserved for sure. Your two designs are, as always, beautiful. I especially love the scene you've created in the top card, but the bottom is adorable and such a nice lay-out! Take good care, Shirleyx

Gail said...

Congratulations on the nomination! Cards are wonderful!

Donna Ellis said...

two wonderful creations, Brenda! I am always so happy to see your blog, with 2 or more completely unique designs. They display your varied talents and styles, just like these 2. Such a cute card design with the snow people, and beautiful vintage feel in your pretty landscape above! Beautiful! hugs, de

scrAPpamondo said...

I love the design in the first and the landscape in the second, fabulous cards both!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Brenda! What great news! Your card is lovely too.
Amelia xx

Judy Corner said...

WOW Well done you! Andhuge Congratulations. My fingers are firmly crossed for you.

As always two lovely creations too Brenda. Judy x

debby4000 said...

Love the beautiful serene scene card and adore the cute snowpeople card. Congratulations on your nomination.
luv
Debby

Paper Profusion said...

Huge congratulations Brenda - so pleased for you and well deserved. Good luck. Both beautiful cards. Have a lovely week. Nicola x

Tanya said...

Massive congratulations on your nomination Brenda! You really deserve it, your cards are always fantastic! The things you can do with ink and pan pastels is just amazing :D I love these cards, they're so gorgeous - both of them :) Hope you're keeping well also :)

Tanya xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Many congratulations Brenda....two fab cards your winter scene has to be my favourite

Anne

Nicecrane Designs said...

wowww Brenda you deserve it,,,,,love this fun card,,,,, so cute3, so cute, so cute,,,, loveee itt

Tracy said...

Congratulations Brenda and so well deserved. Gorgeous cards. Love the winter scene and your cuddly buddly is so cute.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

scrappymo! said...

Oh my goodness...this second card is gorgeous. I love the shape of the card (the folds and the curved title bit) and the image is a sweetie. Of course I still always love your scenes but this second card really caught my eye!

Juls said...

Beautiful cards and congrats on your nomination :-) xx

Mrs.B said...

Just had a little catch up - Congrats on your nomination, it is so well deserved.
Beautiful cards again, so full of inspiration, - it's no wonder you were nominated Brenda.
Avril xx