Monday, 14 December 2015

Snippets, Fairies and the naughty corner for me yet again



Good morning Peeps, how's your weather, we have had dully dreary days and nothing but rain for days now and I am well and truly fed up with it, although I guess I am not alone here. How nice it would be to see some frosty nights because that does tend to lead to some sunnier and brighter days.

I have a couple of shares today, those who know me are aware that I don't often enter challenges, mainly because my eyes won't let me spend ages doing all the linking up so I tend to save my screen time to dealing with the challenges I run. I know that sounds a bit churlish but sometimes you just have to prioritise. But there are one or two challenges that I do try and make an exception for and enter when time allows so here we go........................

Snippets Playground, we've been having rehearsals for the Nativity Play and are all hoping for a part, but Miss Di has not been in touch so I am guessing sneaking in the mulled wine and bottles of white (that was Kath's fault, not mine, honest) means I've not got a part and will have to spend time in the naughty corner...............again, either that or I will have to wear that awful donkey outfit yet again. And for those of you reading this who don't have a clue what I am rabbiting on about and just might...........quite understandably..........think I have totally lost the plot, why not head over to the playground and join in the fun.

Butterfly Challenge where for this one Christmas challenge would like to see Fairies instead of Butterflies so was an easy ask.

Fashionable Stamping Challenges where the theme is to create your own backgrounds, I've never joined in this one before but my teami Shirl from Vintage Stamping Challenges left me a message on my Allsorts post saying why not join in with that card. Unfortunately that was posted a day before FSC's challenge was posted so I thought it only right as I love inkiness to find another card to enter.


And I had better add a bit of an explanation about which is for which and how I made them. The top card has a background cared using an acrylic block, inked with distress inks, spritzed with water and stamped directly onto a piece of 600gsm Fabriano card. There really is no right or wrong way to do this, simply repeat stamp with the black until you have a pattern that you are happy with.

I then stamped the Penny Black stamp over the background and again twice onto some offcuts of Be Creative Vintage Collage papers and paper, cut out and pieced adding two layers to decoupage. The sentiment is also Penny Black and I would like to enter this into FSC and Snippets Playground.

My second card uses Lavinia stamps, stamped with archival black onto a background of Pan Pastels and a rather over sized masked sun. Some glitter here and there and of course on the Fairy wings and some organza ribbon to finish. I would like to enter this one into the Butterfly Challenge.

I am bust working away on Tattered Lace samples ready for CHA early in the New Year and there are some scrumy new products but not able to share them until closer to the time, but I do have some using the new hexagon box are dies which launched last week I will try and post as soon as.

Have a good week all.

61 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see your card on the catwalk Brenda it is so delicate looking with those tonal Blues and browns. Love the technique, a very old and tried technique but it never ceases to amaze me how the backgrounds always look so unique when done.

    The other card is also stunning and just by adding the hint of purple it makes everything all the more magical looking. Gorgeous and very pretty.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  2. Beautiful cards Brenda, but I adore the second one, do love fairies even at my age Ha Ha

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  3. Beautiful creations as always.I wish I can make such a beautiful scene.
    Blessings,Elly

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  4. Absolutely beautiful cards! I'll have to join you in the naughty corner as I've been off soaking up the sun on holiday and missed all the rehearsals for the nativity play. I fear Miss Di is going to be conducting things from a horizontal position this year - and I don't mean from too much mulled wine!
    Jane

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  5. Two gorgeous cards Brenda and the background technique looks so interesting on that beautiful poppy card, must give that a try,
    Love the pretty fairy scene.
    Avril xx
    p.s. Thanks for sharing your card with us at FSC, lovely to have you join us.

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  6. It looks beautiful on the catwalk Brenda and the card displays such a beautiful background.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  7. Wonderfull card you make, I realy like them and love how you make youre background!!
    ♥Hugs Valentina♥

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  8. They both look fab Brenda, xxx

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  9. Fantabulous cards B and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE those faery stamps.

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  10. This is truly great and very fine work

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  11. Superb cards Brenda !
    Magical !
    Big hugs my friend,
    oh and your french is good : Meilleurs Voeux = Best Wishes ;-)

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  12. Hi Brenda - how lovely to see you in the Playground and with such a beautiful snippets card too. Wonderful background you created and the PB flower stamp is just fabulous! The decoupaging is such a wonderful way to use the image - I love it!

    Also love the fairy stamped card too of course :)

    Don't fret about the Nativity Play casting, I wasn't in on the decisions but am currently being eyed up by a flipping big vulture that was delivered this morning from our local Bird Sanctuary. It arrived with some brightly coloured paints and a note to set to and 'dolly the bird up' - plus a crutch. Since when was there a part for Long John Silver in a Nativity Play then?

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  13. Oh Brenda your silhouette cards are absolutely to die for!! I wish I could make stunning cards like these!
    Lucy x

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  14. Your cards are wonderful Brenda. I especially like the Lavinia one.

    I'm sure you'll get a part in the Nativity Play . . . Mrs A (the casting director) is totally open to bribes. You'll get a REALLY good part if you offer to look after the Elf that's moved in with her!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  15. Both your cards are fabulous Brenda. I love the 1st because it has been made with a poppy stamp and I love poppies in any colour. The second I'm just drooling over. But wait I spy lilies and bulrushes and I don't have those stamps. I take it they are Lavinia stamps. I'm hot footing it over to their site to check them out. I feel a little spend coming on!! Gorgeous colours and I'm honoured that my challenge is one that you enter. If you check out my comment on Miss Di's current challenge #207 you can read an update on the nativity dress rehearsal. I will say no more except you might just be needed for the Donkee!! Thank you for fluttering by my special fairy challenge this month . Hugs Mrs A.

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  16. Two beautiful cards. Have a great day.

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  17. Wow, these are gorgeous Brenda! I love the layering of the flowers and leaves on the first one, and that second one is just so magical! hugs :)

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  18. Ciao Brenda, qui piove poco, ma il cielo è molto nuvoloso da parecchi giorni.
    Grazie per avere spiegato la tecnica che hai usato per il background della prima card, è bellissimo!!Anche il decoupage sui papaveri è meraviglioso e che bei colori!
    Amo la card con la fata...!!! Hai fatto uno splendido sfondo con i Pan Pastel e il masking per il sole all'alba!!Il glitter ci sta d'incanto!

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  19. Hallo Brenda !!!

    Wonderful background you created and the PB flower stamp is just fabulous! The decoupaging is such a wonderful way to use the image - I love it!

    Also love the fairy stamped card too of course :)

    CU hellerlittle

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  20. These are both really beautiful Brenda, I love the flowers, and the fairies
    Kevin xx

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  21. Wow, beautiful cards !!! But the first ... It's my favorite...

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  22. They're all beautiful!
    You must be feeling better if you're causing mischief, drinking all the mulled wine! haha!
    Hope you're well, thanks for popping in!

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  23. Gorgeous cards today Brenda. The fairy one is my favourite, I love the backgrounds you create. Good luck with your challenges!
    Sharon x

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  24. Both are beautiful Brenda! I do hope you don't end up wearing the donkey - not a good look! Nicola x

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  25. Lovely cards Brenda, but love the first one the best

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  26. These are beautiful Brenda xx

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  27. Beautiful cards Brenda!! The second one is my favorite!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  28. absolutely beautiful makes Brenda - really lovely - didn't understand that nativity bit but will follow the link for a nosy! Big hugs to you! Rachel x

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  29. Two gorgeous cards, love the delicate colours on the second and pretty flowers on the top one
    Lorraine x

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  30. These are beautiful, Brenda! Glad you are able to join a few challenges. I find it great fun! Your nativity play sounds like fun too - I hope you get the part you want haha!

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  31. Two beautiful cards Brenda I love them both especially the Fairies
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  32. Totally love the first card and not sure if I have seen that stamp but I am sure I need it.
    Another totally brilliant scene with divine colours on the second card.
    Oops hope I don't have to go in the naughty corner now, as I may not get my glass of white, which will not look too good for Angel Gabrielle.

    Kath x

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  33. Such pretty creations, Brenda, love how you layered the flowers in on the top card!

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  34. Well, I'll be in the naughty corner with you...mainly because I just haven't been 'showing up' very much. I hear you about prioritizing, and sad to say, sometimes Life just gets in the way (along with a big case of LAZY). So if I make it over to the Playground, I'll be looking for you...and Kath too! Love both of these cards..the inked blocks made a pretty grid background for this wonderful PB image. (that is one of my favs!) Also loving the fairy card as well. Splendid background with the ppastel sponging...and loved the falling dewdrops. Wondered if that was 'frontage effect' or perhaps some glossy accents drops? Whatever, it's a very pretty effect. Can't wait to see your CHA shares, if you can post it here. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and hope that 2016 brings wonderful health for you. Hugs

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  35. Brenda, I do love your inky cards!

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  36. Both are just so beautiful Brenda! The backgrounds are gorgeous! I'm partial to the fairies as I just love them...second only to butterflies. Hope all is going well and I hope you don't have to be the donkey. Hugs, Robin

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  37. Two beautiful cards Brenda. Judy x

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  38. Yes I was wondering if you had lost the plot but what a fabulous card at the top, love the efects and the fairy card is another beauty

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  39. Stunning cards Brenda, both of them in different ways.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year :o)
    Jackie xx

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  40. Two so different jet both beautiful cards! Love the rustic BG and the flowers and leaves on your first. And the second; well there is nothing I don't like... Beautiful stamping and sponging again! Hugs, Gerrina

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  41. Same miserable weather up here as well.. all I can say is 'roll on spring'

    Wonderful cards as always Brenda. Really taken with the first one with the super background and decoupaged PB flower. The second is so beautiful with the colours and fairy stamps (thought Mrs A would fall in love with that one) xx

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  42. Two gorgeous cards Brenda. Love them both but the first one has to be my favourite.
    Mags
    x

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  43. Two gorgeous cards Brenda, love them both as blue and brown are my favourite colour combo and then fairies are my favourite stamping subject. I'm hoping to get some time over the Christmas period to make some projects just for myself and in a style that I choose rather than for customers orders. Don't get me wrong I love making these orders but I then have to fulfil other peoples brief for colours and subjects and it's not always to my taste. You sound very busy already making samples for CHA next year, look forward to seeing them soon.
    Lorraine

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  44. Wowww, your card ist beautiful. Great backround and design. Thank you for sharing with us at FSC.
    The other card is also wonderful.
    Greetings Carola

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  45. Beautiful background and paper piecing, really love this one just a bit more than I love all your work! Great inky card too as always.
    Lynn x

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  46. Aaaah what a super pair of beauties and just popping by to wish you and your family a very Merry Xmas, Luv Sam x

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  47. Love the serene soothing colors on your first card Brenda and all the best on your CHA projects!!
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  48. Such fabulous designs the backgrounds and designs are just lovely I love them both they are amazing I'm sick of the rain and dark days i as I hate the winter when its like this love and hugs Carole x

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  49. ah wonderful cards B. and had to chuckle at your being in the naughty corner again!!
    Mm, poor Miss is having trouble keeping everyone under control, (and Parnsip not helping!!) and rather think donkeys might be heading in few directions, and extra one or two :D
    thanks for sharing and sorry for being bad blogger missing much of late.. Shaz in oz.x

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  50. Brenda these are two absolutely gorgeous cards. They're both stunners. I couldn't choose a favourite. You offer to have that elf for a day and I'm sure Mrs, A will give you a part in the Nativity play. Barbxx

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  51. Gorgeous cards, love the backgrounds in both. I have that beautiful Lavinia fairy, she has been sitting a drawer much too long. Take good care, Shirleyxx

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  52. Well actually now you come to mention it could you do a spot of backdrop painting for the nativity? A few fluffy clouds and some camels coming over the hill would look really authentic. Not forgetting the Star of course which needs to be quite big and shiny. How much glitter do you have? If you could bring it all by on Friday at the last dress rehersal that would be fab.
    p.s. You can pick the pesky elf up at the same time!!
    Hugs Mrs A.
    pps. Very sweet of you to follow both blogs. I will be Casting in January 2016 for the next nativity play and as you already have the wings I will put you down for Angel Grabrielle.

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  53. Beautiful cards, I love the backgrounds ...

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  54. Morning Brenda I totally agree with you about the weather it's so depressing at times..looking forward to getting back to Portugal for some sun....your creation surely are so beautiful brenda I just adore them both.. Happy Christmas to you and your family and best of wishes for 2016
    Hugs Babs..x

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  55. These are both absolutely amazing Brenda, you always come up with the most beautiful cards. So creative! And yes you had me go looking at what Snippet's Playground was all about :-)

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  56. Well, I can't really complain about the weather, because we had a nice sunny day today (even though it was quite cold), but I wouldn't mind some snow. Christmas is just around the corner and I really wish we'd have some snow on this most wonderful day of the year (imo), but it looks like there won't be any. *sigh*
    Now, aren't you one clever lady! I LOVE how you used acrylic block to create the background for the first card. I looks fantastic! I wonder why haven't thought of that yet. *doh*
    And the second card is magical. You really created depth there and those soft colours you used are perfect together. As I said - magical!
    Hugs! xx

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  57. Love how you paper pieced the flowers and the patched background. The fairy card is so sweet.

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  58. I just adore that stunning card in my favourite blues and browns - fabulous! They're both lovely, but that's the one that's really stolen my heart! Good luck getting all those samples done... looking forward to seeing the results in 2016.
    Alison xx

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  59. Gorgeous cards!! Love the fairy one, so pretty & magical xxx

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