Sunday, 5 April 2015

April in Paris



Time for our monthly challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are Pretty in Pink and Birthday's.

The top card is my Stamping Sensations piece, it is one I recently made for a commission from our local doctors surgery for a lady who is retiring. The brief was, pink, Paris, bling, handbag, her name but no mention of the 'R' word. It also had to be quite a large card to enable all members of staff to sign it so I went for an 8" x 8" and put a insert made up of three layers.


So my Penny Black Venetian lady is on another trip to Paris ! I used a die to create the arch shaped mask and used Pan Pastels to create the scene using a Sheena stencil and with the mask still in place stamped some trailing ivy and flowers round the top and also sponged some sunrays. I stamped the lady onto white cardstock and again onto some patterned DP and paper pieced her dress, hat and handbag. Some roses, a punched border and die cut ivy and an organza bow. I also made a matching box which you can see in the photo below.


For my Penny Black card I used a real favorite wood mounted stamp 4383K First Dance. The background was created with Brushos, adding liberal helpings of water to the Fabriano card and then sprinkling the Brushos and letting them run and bleed ans I gently twisted the card.

I used distress markers to ink the stamp and spritzed with water before stamping several times and used the same colour marker to ink the sentiment which is from the new PB 30-2997 Sprinkle and Smiles sentiment set. I kept it all fairly simple and just added some ribbons before matting and layering.

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


52 comments:

  1. Both lovely, I do love the Venetian lady. Happy Easter x

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  2. Both so beautiful Brenda, xxxx

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  3. Both beautiful cards, so lovely stamps.
    Happy Easter to you;-))m

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  4. Absolutely brilliant cards, both of them, but it's the top one that really jumped out at me.... I adore how you used the Sheena stencil with these clever sun rays above and the paper pieces lady fits perfectly.

    Happy Easter, hope you'll have a wonderful time!

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  5. What gorgeous pinknesses Brenda and I bet Irene was thrilled!! xx

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  6. Two lovely cards Brenda...love the paper piecing on your first one

    Anne

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  7. Brenda I think you've fulfilled your commission brilliantly! Love your Venetian lady...
    I don't know how you got the soft pink with your Brushos, I always get dark reds with my powders! The second card has lovely watercolour effects, superb stamping!
    Craftyfield xx

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  8. Gorgeous cards Brenda.
    The retirement card you made is stunning. I love the design and gorgeous detailing.
    Your floral card is so pretty and feminine too.
    Sue xx

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  9. Beautiful cards Brenda, especially love the April in Paris, so elegant. Michelle x

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  10. 2 beauties as always Brenda - adore the PB one - another stamp to add to the wish list - and Fabriano card I need to check out cos my attempts with Brushos never turn out like this!
    (purposely staying away from sports pages, radio reports and TV channels whilst I try and forget yesterday's debacle - and try not to panic about Wednesday). x

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  11. They are both beautiful Brenda. I love your venetian lady and her paper pieced dress is fabulous as are the background and embellishments.
    Your second is so pretty with a gorgeous stamp,
    Happy Easter to you and your family.
    Hugs Sharon. x

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  12. Beautiful Brenda! I love pink so these are right up my alley! Beautiful stencil work on the paris card and the brushos on the second card! Happy Easter! :)

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  13. Two beautiful cards, Brenda! I love them both. The new penny black stamps are rather gorgeous!

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  14. Two lovely cards, Brenda! The backgrounds are very beautiful as always, love both the stenciled and the stamped.

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  15. These are so stunning! I just love the backgrounds you create! Happy Easter...Hugs, Robin

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  16. Two beautiful cards Brenda, love how you've framed the scene for that very stylish lady. Gorgeous colours and stamping on the 2nd too.
    Avril xx

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  17. WOW! This is stunning.
    Have a Blessed Resurrection Day.

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  18. B these are fabulous beautiful colours on both.

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  19. Fabulous Brenda I especially love the paper piecing on the lady, gorgeous. Happy Easter weekend to you and your family.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  20. two beauties Brenda - I so love that Venetian lady stamp! Both are gorgeous though. Big hugs to you and I hope you have had a fabulous Easter! Hugs rachel x

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  21. Stunning cards Brenda very chic and sophisticated the image and colours on both cards are superb,.
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  22. She will love it, it's gorgeous!
    Love the sentiment in the second!
    Hope you're well!

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  23. Oooo a pair of classy cards - you have more than met your brief for the Paris card and am loving your new stamp too, Luv Sam x

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  24. my goodness, these are both gorgeous, each in their own special way. :)

    Happy Easter!

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  25. Oh my, she is one beautiful lady, I am ready to leave right now to meet her. Fab composition and palette. Apologies for being MIA, I am preparing to leave for Israel in a week. Will catch up when I return at the end of April. Have a beautiful Resurrection Sunday.
    Blessings
    Berni

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  26. Hi Brenda
    Wow gorgeous designs on these cards, and elegant images, such a wonderful inspirational pieces.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  27. Two stunning cards, Brenda, but I just love the Paris one! The stencilled background is amazing and the paper piecing is perfect! x

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  28. Goegeous cards and love the paper pieced Lady, fabulous backgrounds and a gorgeous PB stamp.

    Kath x

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  29. Stunning cards Mrs b! I love the Paris theme, perfect for the recipient! Hope you had a lovely Easter.

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  30. elegant card brenda, the paris bg is awesome

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  31. Very pretty pair of cards Brenda :o)
    Jackie xx

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  32. ♪♪I love Paris in the springtime♪♪ and will go there one day and just adore both of your cards Brenda, but the Paris one is my fav.xxx{aNNie My Personal Blog}

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  33. Two very pretty pink cards Brenda. Loving the fancy bows. Your bow making is working very hard!
    I hope you had a lovely Easter.
    Take care
    Lesley

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  34. Love the Venetian lady in Paris! Beautiful second card too x

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  35. Beautiful! My favourite is the chic paper-pieced lady.

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  36. Gorgous elegant cards. Love your paper pieced lady but my favourite has to be the second with the amazing PB flower and super colouring xx

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  37. Both look wonderfully pretty in pink. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Nicola x

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  38. Amazing cards!! I love these tones!! Regards.

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  39. How beautiful are your cards Brenda love them both & thanks for the inspiration...x

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  40. So late in commenting; had a long-long Easterweekend with the daughter having an extra day af today...
    I love the way you used the arch-sponging-stamp combination! And the flowers on the second card are so beautifully watercoloured! (can see you are totally in making bows :) ) As allways such a great pleasure to look here and get inspired! Hugs, Gerrina

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  41. Two very pretty in pink cards, the Paris scene is stunning and the venetian lady is just perfect for paper piecing too - love it x Susan x

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  42. These are both stunning, and gorgeous colors. I was going to say my favorite one is the second one, but had another look, and they are really both equally beautiful!

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  43. Really gorgeous work. Particularly like the Paris one . xxx

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  44. These are just stunning!! I adore the Paros scene!
    Lucy x

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  45. These cards are stunning. I especially love the scene you created on the Paris card.

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  46. These cards are stunning. I especially love the scene you created on the Paris card.

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  47. Two beautiful cards...my fave is the second...it has such an lovely arty feel...beautiful colours and stamped with a lovely feeling of abandon!

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  48. Both stunning cards Brenda as usual. I would never have thought about putting a triple inner into a card before. What a great idea to give more people room to sign it. Thanks for that tip.

    Shirley

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