Saturday, 15 November 2014

Anything but a card



Saturday morning and a new challenge at Allsorts and this week our lovely Tracy Mouse is challenging us to create 'Anything but a Card'. Our sponsor this week is Yours and Mine Papercrafts.

Before I tell you about my makes I need to extend an apology for being such a bad blogger this week, my body seems to be going through one of it's painful periods and energy levels and appetite almost zero. Fingers crossed things pick up in the coming days, but meantime thank you for your kind visits despite me being so inactive.

When Tracy knew I had been to the NEC last week.......I would hasten to add it was a rather impromptu and quick visit and I was in and out in about three hours..........and knew I had bought some goodies from the MDF man and a marbling starter kit she said she expected to see both MDF and marbling for her theme, so of course I had to oblige.

The hanging above is actually something I made a few weeks ago as a DT piece for Stamp Addicts so I was part way there. I used a mixture of their stamps including grunge flowers, grunge background, script background and swirly tree. The hearts were painted with acrylic paints first then covered with crackle glaze followed by various inks and gilding waxes.


The second piece is a test run using my new marbling starter kit, the first attempt was OK'ish but the box was made of Kraft and looked rather dark with the ink colours I chose which were black, blues and red, so I decided to give lilacs and black a go with a white box and am much happier with the outcome. I've not got as far as trying out flowers and more defined patterns, that will be some inky fun another day.


I am still playing Photoshop and trying to get properly to grips with it and have created a little collage with close up's of the above box and tag.

Happy weekend everyone.

48 comments:

  1. Brenda these can't get any more stunning than they are....love them both. I used to use crackle a lot and funny how when we see something someone else has made the inspiration comes flowing back....now to get the crackle glaze out.xxxx
    Have a lovely weekend.The Journey is the Start

    ReplyDelete
  2. Two wonderful creations. Hope you feel better soon.

    ReplyDelete
  3. absolutely gorgeous projects! I have some marbling colours in the basement, not used for ages, I think I need to go and get them now =)

    ReplyDelete
  4. What beautiful things Brenda. Love the flowers on the wallhanger and all the fabulous textures you have achieved and as for the marbling...brilliant!! Wishing you well xx

    ReplyDelete
  5. Both gorgeous creations Brenda, just been watching 'marbling' on C&C and looks very interesting.
    Hope you start to feel better this week, xxxx

    ReplyDelete
  6. WoW Brenda, what a lovelly hearts you made and the box is so pretty! I like all embelishments :-))
    Hugs, Andreja

    ReplyDelete
  7. I keep looking at those marbling kits, they look great fun, but a bit pricey. You got some great results though, so it looks worth the money! love those flowers. Hope you feel better soon. xx

    ReplyDelete
  8. Such a beautiful heart hanging...I love the crackle effect and your flowers are super gorgeous .Hope you feel better real soon
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

    ReplyDelete
  9. These are stunning Brenda. The colours and textures on your hanging hearts are gorgeous and I love the pretty marbled box with the beautiful matching flowers.
    Sorry to hear you haven't been too good, I hope you feel better soon.
    Sue xx

    ReplyDelete
  10. Wowers Brenda, that heart decoration is breath taking. I LOVE it. And the box looks awesome too. I like purple and white combination and also the marble effect.
    I'm sorry to hear you've been in a lot of pain. I hope you'll feel better soon.
    Big hugs to you! xx

    ReplyDelete
  11. I had wondered where you were Brenda, hope you feel better soon. Wow I love the marbling , fabulous colours. Love all the crackling on the heart piece too.

    Joan

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wonderful projects, Brenda! Simply beautiful! I hope you are feeling betters very soon! Sending you healing hugs and prayers.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hi Brenda, sorry to hear you're not feeling well, I sure hope you feel better real soon! Just love both projects, but I am loving the texture on your hearts. I would really love to know what paints and glaze you used to get such a wonderful crackle texture?? I have never had anything turn out that gorgeous! Love your box too! big healing hugs coming at you! :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. The hanging is my fav, but that is just because I like the crackle so much, I think... And the marblepaper looks super!
    Hope you'll have your enbergy back this week, but I think everybody's body is trying to adjust to shorter days and colder or rainier weather... Sending some warm hugs, Gerrina

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hope you are soon feeling better Brenda.
    Two beautiful makes today - l love the wall hanging decoration it has so many pretty details. The marbling is fab too - l have never seen this before but expect there will be plenty more beautiful pieces to follow. Enjoy the rest of the weekend - very damp and foggy here today x Susan x

    ReplyDelete
  16. Adorable both the projects! I love especially the first, it's really a lovely hanging !!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Two fabulous projects Brenda....sorry to hear you've not been too good.....

    Anne

    ReplyDelete
  18. Stunning creations Brenda, absolutely love the hearts wall hanging, such beautiful effects you created on it!
    And the marbling looks fantastic to me too, love the purple!
    Hope you're feeling better very soon!!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Glad to see you are making some projects again, Brenda! Two beautiful projects and love the look of the marble effect. Take care!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Gorgeous projects Brenda, so pretty
    Lorraine x

    ReplyDelete
  21. Both gorgeous projects, really love the wall hanging.

    ReplyDelete
  22. The hanging hearts are gorgeous, fabulous colours and the flowers are stunning, cute little bird.

    Kath x

    ReplyDelete
  23. both are beautiful... hope you feel better soon,,,
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

    ReplyDelete
  24. These are beautiful Brenda, I love those hearts!!
    Kevin xx

    ReplyDelete
  25. I hope you start feeling better soon! I just adore that marbled box! Awesome job.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Wow, these are both wonderful. I love your wall hanging and the marble effect looks amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Wonderful projects Brenda, I love the marbelling effects :o)
    Please don't worry about not being able to blog at times, I am sure we all understand that you have health problems...hugs
    Jackie xx

    ReplyDelete
  28. Oh wow, I LOVE the heart hanging, you've made me feel the need for some crackle varnish now, not something I've ever tried. Hope you have a better week health wise, Julie x

    ReplyDelete
  29. Love the texture on the heart hanging and the gorgeous colours on your marbled box. I saw the kits too but resisted the impulse, might try the technique with bits and pieces I already have around the house...

    ReplyDelete
  30. Both are stunning creation, love the crackle glaze effect' so beautiful and crisp and the marbling box is too beautiful!
    Hope you will feel better soon!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Both are absolutely stunning hun and hoping you feel a little brighter soon, thinking of you, luv Sam x

    ReplyDelete
  32. Beautiful projects, love the wall hanging & the marbling is fab :)

    ReplyDelete
  33. Two fabulous projects Brenda, the marbling looks gorgeous.
    LOVE those hearts and all the crackle and beautiful colours.
    Sorry you haven't been too well - hope you have a better week.
    Avril xx

    ReplyDelete
  34. Sorry to hear you have had a bad week. I have just been super busy and away again plus a craft fair today. Gorgeous amkes, love the hanging hearts, fab effects. The marbling is beautiful, look forward to more x

    ReplyDelete
  35. Wow, fantastic projects Brenda, sorry you are having a painful time at the min, I do hope you will soon be feeling better,
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

    ReplyDelete
  36. Hi Brenda do hope that your health improves soon, Brenda your two projects above are so beautiful, the hanging looks lovely and Shabby Chic the marbling on the second one looks amazing, awesome work.
    hugs
    lorraine x

    ReplyDelete
  37. Amazing projects, these are gorgeous Brenda, love them both, but the colours and design of the first one are particularly appealing! Hope your health improves soon, Jx

    ReplyDelete
  38. These are amazing Brenda. I really love your wall hanging and the lilacs you used for the marbling look so pretty.
    Hope you're feeling better again very soon. Take care xx

    ReplyDelete
  39. Sorry to hear you are going through a rough time at the minute mrs B. Hopefully it will pass soon. I love what you have made here, the hearts are very pretty and feminine. The marbling takes me back to my school days, we even did some with the kids in Nursery but they did not come out like your creations lol. Love the soft tones you have achieved.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Stunning projects, specially love the hearts, amazing crackle and I love the marbling on the box!!

    ReplyDelete
  41. Hope you're better my dear friend !
    Your creations are gorgeous, love them all, of course !!!
    xxx

    ReplyDelete
  42. Gorgeous, love the wall hanging :-) xx

    ReplyDelete
  43. Hi Brenda,
    Wow those hearts are so beautiful, truly inspirational. I love all the crackle and the colours. Amazing flowers too.
    Your marbling is fabulous and has worked a treat on your gorgeous box. Thank you so much for your creative makes for my challenge theme.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

    ReplyDelete
  44. Beautiful makes as always Brenda! Love the heart creation inparticular! Iam so sorry you have not been feeling yourself. Judy x

    ReplyDelete
  45. Stunning hanging Brenda, and the box is simply stunning! Wonderful makes! Good to hear you made it to the NEC but sorry you haven't been feeling well. Hope you are improving and have a bit more appetite x

    ReplyDelete

 
09 10