Sunday, 1 May 2016

Springtime



Time for our monthly challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'Anything goes with a stamp and ribbon' and 'Anything goes'......I can see the perfect opportunity for some doubling up here to maximize you chances of a prize.

My Stamping Sensations creation uses a new floral image from Crafty Individuals our sponsor this month, it's a rather busy one for me, but it's slowly growing on me. I used Distress Markers to ink the stamp and a spritz of water stamping onto Fabriano then dragged out the colour a little, but at that point I came to a bit of a standstill and actually left it for a couple of days.

Then I came across an inky background to which I had added some texture paste in the corners and sort of went from there. I randomly stamped some CI dragonflies onto the inky panel and rubbed Pebo gilding wax over the raised embossed areas and also around the stamped piece which I then tucked into two pockets cut in front of the embossed sections. Some flowers, an organza bow and Tattered Lace ivy and finito.

I would like to enter this card into the current Butterfly Challenge where the theme is of course Butterflies plus Texture or Teal, so this has the Butterflies and Texture.


It's another with the lovely Venetian Summer stamp for my Penny Black creation. I've probably said it before but Venice is my all time favourite City and I can't wait till be go there again in July for a few days ahead of our cruise.

My Venetian lady is stamped onto Fabriano, the background is coloured with Pan Pastels and her dress paper pieced. The card base is one of those folds I picked on on the internet which makes quite a nice change, I tend to cut and score several at a time while the technique is fresh in my mind. I have a feeling the DP's are first addition but as they are left over pieces can't be sure. Some ribbons and blossoms to embellished and the sentiment that comes with the main image.

I am off to the Snippets Playground with this one, I've been MIA for the last couple of weeks so I do hope Miss Di will be kind to me and I don't get sent to the naughty corner for truancy. I though if I bake another batch of cupcakes to take up to the tree house like those in yesterday's post it might help my case........not to be confused with any bribery intent of course.........ahhhhhham.

Happy weekend all and hope you will pop over the the challenge blogs and join in this month.

75 comments:

  1. Two beautiful cards - I love the texture in your first one and the unusual shape of your second one.
    Kath x

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  2. Gorgeous cards Brenda and you share my passion for Venice, it is my all time fave place in the whole world. My John is all Veniced out but I could go again and again, xxxx

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  3. Two beautiful cards to admire Brenda. I love the whole floral scene you have created on the first card and it is so soft and delicate. The second card has a vintage look with a modern twist which I love and the papers are so pretty.

    Shirley

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  4. These are gorgeous Brenda especially the floral one..so much texture. Where did April go!! It's flown by. I will join you in the tea house and yes those cupcakes would make an excellent bribe. Happy May to you I hope you are keeping well? Hugs xx

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  5. Wow Brenda two stunning cards beautiful spring colours on your first card and love the shape and paper piecing on your 2nd card
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend

    Anne

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  6. Oh Brenda, that Crafty Individuals stamp is absolutely gorgeous and you've coloured it beautifully as always. I really like the colours that you've used and they really are perfect for Springtime. I love your chic Venetian lady too, very stylish! Take care of yourself and I wish you a lovely week :) x

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  7. I love that Venetian Summer stamp, it is so 'chic' The fold looks interesting too

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  8. Both are stunning creations. I love Venice too, I go there often. Enjoy it in July!

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  9. Oh my gosh! What wonderful cards, the colours of the floral one are fantastic, so bright and summery, beautiful background stamping too.
    Love the elegant lady and the Venitian scene, fabulously coloured, Kate x

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  10. Great cards Brenda, lovely florals and beautiful Venice! Great shapes and designs. Jx

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  11. Wouu wat zijn je kaarten schitterend .Je kaart met de bloemen en kleuren prachtig.
    Groetjes Gerrie

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  12. Totally beautiful and they both look full of Spring promise Brenda. Gorgeous PB Venetian stamp and I would love to go to Venice, it's on my bucket list.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  13. Both are absolutely gorgeous, i'm so loving the shape of the second one, Luv Sam x

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  14. Che meraviglia la prima card Brenda!!! Così luminosa e piena di dimensioni e textures!! Hai lavorato tanto su di lei, ma questa scena di primavera è davvero fantastica!!! Gli angoli con la texture paste danno un bellissimo effetto!
    La card veneziana è molto dolce e mi piace tantissimo questa tecnica di folding, è davvero impressionante e originale. Spero che tu abbia una bella vacanza in Italia, questa estate!
    Buona domenica!

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  15. Oh wow, these are so pretty! I especially love the first floral one, gorgeous flowers to match your fab image :)

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  16. Love both your cards, the colours and textures in the first one is super. Have a great weekend.

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  17. two very nce cards!
    love how colorful is first card!
    have a nice day
    hugs
    Bad Kitty's Craftroom

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  18. Two absolutely lovely cards Brenda. I love the colouring on the lovely flowers on the first and the paste corners look great. But the second is my favourite. She is a beautiful image and I love the paper piecing. What a lovely shaped card it is too and so different. Barbxx

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  19. Beautiful cards Brenda! I love it

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  20. STUNNINGLY gorgeous, love the cards and the colours are amazing as is the style on your second card...love them..xx  {aNNie}

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  21. I love the shape of the second card Brenda and the colours are so delicate. I love the stamp on the first one and the shades you have used are so right . Thanks for the inspiration , jenny

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  22. Love how you framed the CI stamp in your first card and this Penny Black stamps is a must have! Beautiful cards. xx

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  23. Two gorgeous cards once again Brenda. The first one is very pretty and the colouring is beautiful. The fold on the second one is amazing and looks really complicated.
    Enjoy the remains of the Bank Holiday weekend.
    Lesley

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  24. These pieces are just wonderful, great spring feeling.
    Sorry for not being around for the last few weeks.

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  25. Both of these are just stunning! I love the way you colored them and the fancy fold you used. I love all the elements you put into them. Have a great week! Hugs, Robin

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  26. Beautiful cards Brenda.

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  27. Stunning cards, Brenda, especially the CI one. That stamp is one of my all time favourites of theirs, and you've showcased it so beautifully. x

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  28. These are lovely Brenda. I'm sure cupcakes will do the trick over in the playground!! xx

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  29. Wonderful cards Brenda. Love the flowery one with the gorgeous stamp and colours and the shape and elegance of the second. have a great weekend xx

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  30. Lovely Springtime cards
    Jackie x

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  31. These are both absolutely beautiful Brenda. Such gorgeous flowers on the first one, and the background looks amazing. Love the ivy die cut!
    The Venice scene really makes me wish I was there too. And you have colored it beautifully with pan pastels.

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  32. Wow! I saw your card over on Stamping Sensations and knew immediately it was yours before seeing your name! GORGEOUS GORGEOUS - oh so GORGEOUS! Lovely techniques on this floral masterpiece. It reminds me of morning time when things are a bit hazy here because the dew rises from the ground, and spreads magical pastel colors throughout the air! Beautiful cards, B. I especially like the paper piecing in your second creation. hugs, de

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  33. Stunned here - how do you keep coming up with some fabulous designs Brenda?! Love both - and your snippets card is so elegant. Carry your bags for you on your trip if you like? And I did giggle about the morning dew - and am also aware that you're becoming one of the playground scallywags :)

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  34. Stunning work as always brenda and lovely combinations of techniques...its always nice to see the venetian lady! Beautiful x

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  35. Gorgeous cards! Love the embossed corners on the first & the shape of the second.

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  36. Two absolutely gorgeous cards Brenda, I love the beautiful pastel pinks and yellows of the first card, and the image on the second is fabulous,

    Pat xx

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  37. Love both of your cards, pretty spring flowers card and beautiful shaped feminine card;-))m

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  38. Two gorgeous cards Brenda, love the bright sunny colours on the first card and the fabulous scenic PB stamp on the second.
    Lorraine x

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  39. beautiful creations brenda; i especially like the pink and brown combo and need to start using those colours.

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  40. first card just so pretty, beautiful colours and love the stamp and the second, lovely shaped card, classy card. Carol xx

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  41. This is beautiful. Sometimes it pays to walk away from a piece and leave for while. I'm glad you did that here as the resulting card is just lovely. Thankyou for fluttering by my challenge. Hugs Mrs A.

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  42. Two beautiful cards, gorgeous Summer colours and I love the fancy fold Venice themed one.
    Lorraine

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  43. WOW, WOW and WOW again, Brenda these two are so beautiful I love, love the Nature theme on the first card the image is full of colour, the second one is so sophisticated and classy two superb creations
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  44. Love, love, love, that stamp and the colours of your first card.
    Great stamp and background and a really lovely shape of card and perfect matching papers.

    Kath x

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  45. Two stunning creations, Brenda! I love them both. Lovely texture on the first and what a wonderful fold on the second. I rather liked the look of your cupcakes on the previous post too ;)

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  46. Beautiful work, Brenda! I never know how to use the lovely lady stamps by PB & your card is one of the best I've ever seen! So classy!

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  47. Beautiful cards especially the butterfly one - so pretty

    Thanks for entering the Butterfly challenge this time, Kim guest DT x

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  48. Hi Brenda . . . 2 gorgeous cards. I am LOVING the Venetian shape and image. Hope you enjoy your cruise and stay. The intervening weeks will disappear in a flash and it'll soon be time for your hol.

    Did someone mention CUPCAKES?????? Yes please!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  49. Beautiful as always Brenda! Just playing some catch up today after my week with Mum. Hope you had a wonderful week while I was away! hugs :)

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  50. Two gorgeous cards! Lovely spring card and love your stylish venetian card, Brenda!

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  51. Amazing femine cards!! Love the soft coloures!!
    ♥Hugs Valentina♥

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  52. Oh Brenda! These are utterly beautiful and amazing works of stamp art! Fantastic!!! <3

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  53. Two lovely cards, Brenda!! Love the Ventian lady!! Gorgeous!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  54. These are both beautiful Brenda, I love the vintage lady
    Kevin xx

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  55. wow your first card is just amazing, so much detail. Love the second card too of course because it is fashion! Lynn x

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  56. Your first card is so rich in different textures and those colours are so elegant combined on all the layers! The second is my favo; this is the kind of atmosphere that you would like to spend a long time in! Hugs, Gerrina

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  57. Hi Brenda, you are right as I print this the words seem smaller....don't think blogger likes us at all.xx

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  58. Oh WOW Brenda! In one word only - FABULOUS! Judy x

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  59. Two beauties Brenda. LOVE the springtime card, so pretty. Had the agents come re photo my garden as spring is so beautiful, been out there pottering today.
    x Susan x

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  60. Such delightful springtime cards - gorgeous, Brenda!
    Alison x

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  61. 2lovely cards Brenda, I do like the vintage floral image on the first and the embossed corners look fabulous.
    Always love to see that chic lady and she looks super on that card fold.
    Avril xx

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  62. Fabulous cards ... Brenda...
    Love them both
    Hugs Sylvie xx

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  63. Fabulous these are just so beautiful both your designs are very special Love and hugs Carole x

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  64. Fabulous cards Brenda, great use of the snippets.

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  65. Two gorgeous Spring themed card art. I hope you are doing well, Shirleyxx

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  66. Both are truly gorgeous Brenda. I especially love those happy colours in the Springtime one. These are an absolute treat. Nicola x

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  67. Hallo liebe Brenda,
    da hab ich ja durch meine Krankheit und der Pflege meiner Mutti so einiges bei dir verpasst,ganz zauberhafte Werke sind dir da vom Basteltisch gefallen, eins schöner als das Andere,wünsche dir und deiner Familie ein schönes sonniges WE ,
    liebe Grüße von Ulrike

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  68. #1 makes me feel as though I've just taken a lovely stroll through a garden. SO very pretty and love your 'found' background. You certainly 'dolled' it up with the stamping & embossed corners to show off this floral scene so nicely. Awestruck at the complex fold of #2, as well as the lovely papers and imagery. I'm sure Parsnip won't send you to the naughty corner. If so, I'll be there right along with you, as I've been most MIA for quite a while. It's good to sneak peeks at some of the entries that are at play there, as I surf along through Blogland! TFS & Hugs

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  69. Wow Brenda, two stunning beautiful cards. I like colours on your first card and like paper piecing on second :-))
    Hugs, Andreja

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  70. Wow these are both stunning! Creative Blessings, Tracy x

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  71. Fabulous colour combinations on two very pretty cards. Love your designs Brenda.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  72. I saw your first card on Pinterest, it is just so lovely. Perfect embellishing. What a terrific style for the second card.

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  73. I adore the first card!
    Very artistic.
    Enjoy the spring! :)

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