Sunday, 7 June 2015

Soft Wings and Orchids



Time for our monthly challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are Dies and Punches and Wings.

My Penny Black creation uses the lovely Penny Black Soft Wings Butterfly, it's quite a large stamp and needs little more with it on a card. I used distress markers to ink the stamp and spritzed with water before stamping and cutting out. The border is Tattered Lace Victoria and I added all to a background stenciled with the same colour DI's.


On to my Stamping Sensations DT work and two cards from me, the first using Ruth's Tonic Pick of the Bunch Lilies Window die and some Theresa Collinds DP's. The sentiment is Stamp Addicts.


I have just realised that I have used the same TL border die for the above card, it wasn't intended that way but figure means I rather like it, on this occasion I used just the inner portion of the die to create a pattern within the base layer which I also embossed with TL foliage and butterflies. The beautiful Orchid is a Sheena stamp coloured in with Spectrum pencils and a little stenciling added to the background.




And here are a few of my Orchids in flower at the moment, hubby nurses them all winter long in the conservatory which seems to be just the right temperature for them and waters them with filtered water and each Summer they bounce back with the most beautiful blooms.

As always we have some fabulous prizes to be won at both challenges so I really hope you will join in this month.

66 comments:

debby4000 said...

Fabulous cards but my favourite must be the beautiful butterflies and love that colour combo too.
Beautiful Orchids, I have one must photo it before I kill it.
luv
Debby

ellyscard creatief said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda. So elegant too.Love the butterflies and the beautiful border.

Stamping Bubbles said...

Morning Brenda
Three gorgeous cards today. The border die is beautiful especially the effect on the pink card. I really like the wings and things PB challenge this month and am off to check out my PB stamps to see what I have that is relevant. If not I feel a little shopping coming on.
Your orchids are beautiful. Your husband is very talented, my orchid was stunning when I bought it but has since died - my nurturing skills obviously need some work.
I hope you are feeling well and that the sun is shining in your part of the world.
Take care
Lesley

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Three absolutely stunning cards Brenda. I love what you've done with the bow on the first one and the colours work so well together. The second one is really striking and uses one of my favourite sentiments. The third is so delicate and you've captured the Orchids perfectly, wonderful colouring x

Shirley Chillman said...

Three stunning cards Brenda and the border die is rather special looking so I can see how you have used it twice. Beautiful orchids hubby must have the patience of a saint.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
ShirlsCards.

Craftyfield said...

The Penny Black butterflies are gorgeous , love how you stamped them in colours and finished them with pearls.
3 great cards but your hubby might upstage you with these beautiful blooms...
Have a good Sunday Brenda, xx

Glennis said...

Fabulous cards Brenda. Your hubby must have a special touch with the orchids - they are 'bloomin' wonderful!

Mervi said...

The first card is absolutely my favourite, the two others are gorgeous too.
And beautiful flowers!
Sun is shining, it's warm, but awful wind from the lake;-))m

Sue said...

Such a beautiful selection of cards Brenda.
The butterflies and flowers are gorgeous and I love the colours.
Your orchids are stunning, the colours are so beautiful.
Sue xx

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning orchids Brenda they are pretty in colour. Outstanding creations today as well, colours are gorgeous and fabulous images used....xx
{aNNie My Personal Blog}

Rainey's Craft Room said...

What a pretty colour combination on your first card Brenda, I steer clear of green and blue together but here it looks beautiful and those butterflies are gorgeous. You have been busy and created even more cards and these are both gorgeous too.
Those beautiful Orchids are stunning, I have no luck growing them but my mum has a beautiful specimen on her windowsill, I will have to get some tips.
Lorraine

AnyOldCraft said...

OMG Brenda your butterflies are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G
I love everything about them just stunning.
Love all your cards as always but the butterflies are certainly no1 on my list.
Beautiful Orchids as well.
My MIL keeps hers in the conservatory as well and they bounce back each year.
Have a great Sunday honey :)

Wendy L said...

Wonderful cards Brenda, butterflies got to be fave though.
Orchids are stunning, MIL has one that flowers year after year but she doesn,t go to that much trouble with hers.

xxxx

Fliss said...

Absolute stunners Brenda and I especially like those gorgeous sparkly butterflies.
Fliss xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Your Orchids are fabulous, Brenda! Love your three cards, and the border that you used in the first one and in the last is just gorgous. Love the elegant design and the wonderful butterflies of the first, they are amazing!

Amelia said...

Beautiful work Brenda, I love the summer colours. Those orchids are so pretty xx

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW the butterflies look so stunning
Cheers
Dr Sonia
Cards Crafts Kids Projects

Bad Kitty said...

gorgeous cards and very nice flowers
have a nice day

Viv's Visuals said...

Gorgeous cards and gorgeous orchids my friend. x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda, so many wonderful flower stamps...how jealous am I!!! Beautiful pics, those orchids are flawless! happy weekend :)

KT Fit Kitty said...

Beautiful cards, Brenda! The first one really caught my eye - I love those butterflies! I enjoyed seeing your orchids too. We have an orchid and it hasn't bloomed again since it's first blooming last year when we received it. I haven't been pampering it with any special treatment so I guess that's the problem. I'll Google what to do, thanks for the tip!

Whisper said...

Your cards are simply stunning and all so different - i particularly love the colour combo of the PB one.

Oooo can i borrow your hubby, as i so love orchids, but i always manage to kill them off !!, Luv Sam x

Ellibelle said...

Such beautiful creations Brenda! My most favorite is probably the first one, the butterflies look stunning the way you inked them! Gorgeous papers and design on your second card, and fabulous idea to use the inner part of the die on your card. Your orchids are so beautiful! I haven't been able to bring mine back to life, but didn't try hard :-( I have one at the moment that's done blooming, maybe I'll try again...

walchowDesign said...

Beautiful cards and the first card caught my eyes with the artistic look as for the second one is simply elegant, Brenda! I am jealous of your beautiful orchids. Mine only lasted for weeks....

Gail said...

Beautiful cards Brenda! Thanks for popping by!
Your orchids look amazing!
I bet they smell wonderful too!
When you said you used the same border on 2 cards, I also was just thinking that you really liked it!
Hope you're well!

Jaya Raghuvanshi said...

These cards absolutely Fantastic Brenda! Thank you for sharing :)

Sarah said...

Ooh Brenda, I have orchid envy. Mine resembles a green stick!! Love your pretty cards, they are all equally beautiful and I can see how that die appeared twice...it's gorgeous!! xx

KandA said...

Beautiful cards as always Brenda. I can see why you like the TL border die - it really is so pretty.
You're orchids look fantastic - they are one of my dads' passions and he even has a lovely blue one too xx

Mrs.B said...

Beautiful cards Brenda, love the border die.
The orchids look stunning.
Avril xx

coldwaters2 said...

Stunning cards Brenda the images and designs are exquisite those Orchids are sensational your hubby must be so proud to see them bloom as beautiful as they do.
hugs
lorraine x

susiestacey said...

Beautiful cards Brenda, looks like you have been very busy. Lovely orchids - the red one looks amazing, l bought two this year the first time l have had orchids as l thought they were difficult but so far they are doing very well but l might need tips for winter when they are dormant x Susan x

Casi said...

Absolutely beautiful cards. The background technique of card 1 and 3 is amazing. I Need to keep it in mind!

Lg Kerstin

nnalorac said...

Stunning cards Brenda, so love the butterfly, beautiful colours. Carol xx

linda said...

gorgeous cards brenda! i had to look twice to make sure it was the same lacy border die - it looks so different on each card. aren't you lucky to have hubby care for those beautiful orchids, they're so lovely.

scrappymo! said...

Another trio of gorgeousness!

My fave is the first so I will start there...these are my favourite colours so i was drawn to this card right away. Lovely design and such pretty butterflies.
The second is stunning...love the impact of the colours. You have reminded me that I don't use my hexegon dies enough!

The last is a tribute to your beautiful orchids. Your husband does a wonderful job of bringing them back to bloom.

32 degrees celsius here...we are going to spend the rest of the afternoon in the pool to try to cool off. We are us at the lake but daughter assures us that Vancouver is almost as hot...around 29 degrees there. Hope this means good news for the rest of summer!

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful cards love the gorgeous butterflies and beautiful orchids
carol x

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful cards Brenda I love them all but my Favourite has to be those butterflies, your Orchids are beautiful!
Kevin xx

Berina RGA said...

beautiful cards Brenda!! lovely!! love how you have colored the orchid... the butterflies are gorgeous!!

Jackie said...

Wonderful cards and beautiful photographs Brenda :o)
Jackie xx

Lorraine said...

I'm just having a catch up and see I've missed some gorgeous cards over the last few days.
This selection look fabulous too and I love the pretty butterfly card at the top. Your orchids look beautiful - someone has green fingers!
Lorraine x

Linby said...

Beautiful cards, love those butterflies the colours are amazing.
I got given an orchid at the end of March and it has just about lost it's flowers now - not sure what to do with it! Not really an indoor plant person.
Lynn x

Michelle J M said...

All such pretty cards Brenda. The butterflies are so lifelike. Your orchids are beautiful. I have managed to keep one going for almost a year now without killing it off! Michelle x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful designs Brenda, I love the butterflies on the top one and the pearls with them. Your bows are always so gorgeous as well. The orchids are beautiful, wonderful that your husband can grow them :) Take care, Shirleyxx

rachel said...

stunningly beautiful makes Brenda and stunningly beautiful orchids - I used that sheena stamp on saturday night for the first time - its so very pretty! Big huggles! Rachel x

Janice said...

Love all those gorgeous cards Brenda, especially the butterflies, and look at your orchids! The number of blooms on the last one is spectacular! Such pretty flowers, Jx

Jacee said...

Beautiful cards Brenda, I love the butterflies, well I love them all actually, such pretty designs, lovely!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

PatR said...

Gorgeous cards as always Brenda. I particularly love the first one as I love butterflies and the colours are so pretty. Your orchids are amazing too.xx

Sally H said...

Three gorgeous cards, Brenda! I love them all! Your orchids are all so beautiful! Our white one had so many blooms last year that we had to prop it up to stop it toppling over! My favourite is still the one you bought for me xxx

MaryH said...

Oh my! Each is breathtaking, but I think #1 & #3 really made my heart stop. Am so loving the TL border lace die. Each background treatment enhanced the imagery of it's unique card design, and on #3, really loving the beautiful checkered design on that gorgeous ribbon trim. How versatile is this stunning TL lace die...Really some splendid designs & colors here, Brenda. Well DONE! TFS & Hugs

kleidosbastelstueble said...

All the cards are beautiful. But I like the first well . Love the color combination , the butterflies and ornaments . A really very pretty creation . That's my faworit!

Hugs Doris

Lucy Woods said...

Wow such stunning cards Brenda! Love the lace effect and pretty green butterflies oh s d the fab yellow and black bee card!
Your orchids look so beautiful too!
Lucy x

Gaby Dierx said...

Beautiful cards, I love the butterflies!!!
Hugsss, Gaby

Gerrina said...

Love the butterfly card and the orchid one; that are such beautiful flowers and you can enjoy them so long.... Yours look super! That is a good way to nurse them. Hugs, Gerrina

Lau W said...

Oh your orchids are wonderful !!!! Superb cards, so fresh and elegant, love to see your creations !
xxx

Kath said...

Fabulous cards - especially the butterflies.
Kath x

Sharon said...

Your cards are all gorgeous Brenda but I especially love the top card with the beautiful butterflies.
Have a lovely week.
Hugs Sharon. x

Robin said...

These are all so gorgeous but I have to say I am partial to butterflies...my daughter says I have to many and I can't buy anymore butterfly stamps. The flowers are so very beautiful. I can't grow anything...major brown thumb. You are very blessed to be able to see all the beauty that is in your garden. Hugs, Robin

Desire Fourie said...

Brenda once again its like a fresh breeze popping in here. Just adore all your beautiful creations and your hubby is doing an awesome job with those orchids.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Dora said...

beautiful cards have you made. beautiful flowers and butterflies.
your orchids looking beautiful too. I have some orchids too but they do not look like yours.
thank you for comming by my blog.
I hope you have a good week.
I do not know how your health is doing at the moment. I hope that is all good now.
kind regards,dora

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Beautiful cards especially love the butterflies,

Светлана said...

beautiful cards!

Lucy Woods said...

Oh yes my fairy is a Digi sorry Brenda! Do delete it from the Penny black blog for me! Xx

Craftnut said...

I do well with orchids as well - they dont get TLC like yours though! lovely card x

ALI said...

Gorgeous cards.

Tracy said...

Your butterfly creation is amazing, gorgeous colour combo. Fabulous other cards too. Love the orchids Brenda, I got one for my Birthday, but I killed it I'm afraid.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Nicecrane Designs said...

I am falling in love with these cards , and all over with the butterfly ones,,,,,,what a stunning work here, the colors, the composition, the perfect card,,,,,,,llllllooooooooveeeeeee it,.