Saturday, 30 July 2016

Pastels and Poppies


Good morning to you all, it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and Tracy Mouse would like us to 'Add a touch of sparkle', oh what fun as most of us love a bit of glitter. Our sponsor is Scrappers Delight. I also have some Chocolate Baroque shares following our fortnightly theme of 15 minute card to prove that their beautiful stamps can be used for simple as well as more details cards.

A scheduled post again, by now we should have visited Katakolon for the short trip to Olympia, the historical home of the Olympic Games, also Athens and today be in Thessaloniki. Then it's onward to, Bodrum and Sicily and of course Venice.

My card for this weeks challenge has been made with a Sweet Poppy stencil, white stencil paste and glitter onto a lightly inked background with a little sponging through a harlequin stencil. A stamped sentiment and organza bow. Being a bit of a colour freak it's unusual for me to make something in soft pastel colours but I have to say this one has quite grown on me.


As we started our cruise in Italy, my all time favourite Country the above card is quite fitting. I started with a masked sum and background of distress and dye inks, then removed the mask and dragged a damp baby wipe through the colours to move the colours about. I stamped one of the images from CB Echoes of Italy along with a sentiment from the same set and then bleached out some of the colour to lift the image from the background.


This one has a Pan Pastel baclground which I added after masking the sun and use a piece of ripper paper to create the ground. The fairy from CB Summer Fairy, sentiment and vine from the same set are all stamped with black archival and shock horror................OMG, I just realised writing this scheduled post in June and looking at the above photo that I forgot to add glitter to the fairies wings. And it's too late now as it was in the latest box of 100 cards to go off to the Animal Health Trust where I donate cards to be sold in their Visitor Centre. I send about 400 a year to them to help raise much needed funds for their research.


My final card is very CAS with just a simple but beautiful Poppy from CB Pretty Poppies stamp set, stamped with black archival and heat embossed with detail clear and colored in with Spectrum glitter pens. Some gems and ribbon to finish.

Hope you all have a good week.

37 comments:

  1. They are all so gorgeous Brenda, 1st one my fave though, xxx

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  2. Beautiful cards Brenda, I love the soft colours of the first one.

    Pam x

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  3. Beautiful makes. Hope you are having a wonderful time and recuperating

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  4. как красиво! чудесные работы!!!!!!

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  5. Lovely cards Brenda - I hope you are having a fantastic time

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  6. Wonderful cards today they are all magical I hope you are having a fabulous time the cruise sounds amazing enjoy love and hugs Carole x

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  7. Ciao Brenda, spero che il tuo viaggio in Grecia e in Italia sia pieno di relax e di belle emozioni! :D
    Favolose card, la seconda con il paesaggio italiano è così vibrante e mi ricorda la Toscana o l'Umbria... Adoro anche la prima, così delicata, e quella con la fata!
    Abbracci!

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  8. These are all fabulous makes, Brenda, but your vibrant Italy card is my favourite of the bunch. Hope you are enjoying yourself. Too bad I was unable to meet up with you on Thursday. Hope you enjoyed your brief visit to Crete, though.
    Marianne x

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  9. Fabulous cards as always! You have me dreaming of a Tuscan holiday with your Echoes of Italy card, love the hot summer colours... Your journey sounds fantastic too! xx

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  10. Wonderful cards, hope you are having a great holiday.

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  11. How lovely these are, Brenda! An especially worthy charity to donate, too. Glad your trip was enjoyable and inspirational. Hoping you are feeling better, as well. Hugs, de
    PS I did not even notice the lack of glitter on your fairy wings

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  12. gorgeous and elegant card Brenda

    the other cards are very beautiful

    Gr Karin

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  13. Beautiful cards, love the 'with love' card.
    Hugs, Chantal S

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  14. Beautiful selection of cards.

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  15. Hallo liebe Brenda,
    wunderschöne Karten hast du da wieder gestaltet,alle mit soviel Liebe zum Detail gestaltet,vor allem die Elfen Karte gefällt mir wieder sehr,
    liebe Grüße von Ulrike

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  16. Always so very beautiful! I just love the scenes you create! WOW! 400 cards a year...I don't think I could even make that many in one year. You are amazing! Hugs, Robin

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  17. These are all beautiful, Brenda! The first one if my favourite! Love the pink, the sparkle and the gorgeous ribbon/bow! 400 cards a year... I will say you are a very prolific cardmaker - that's awesome! And what a great charity too! Hope you are enjoying yourself and feeling great!

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  18. Some fabulous creations here Brenda and I love the very classy, pastel card for this weeks challenge.

    Kath x

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  19. absolutely stunning cards - I love these - that italian one is a real gem - fabulous scene - I hope your holiday is going well Brenda and you're getting a good rest! Hugs Rachel x

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  20. Beautiful love them all, I hope you are having a fabulous trip xxx

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  21. These are all really beautiful Brenda, I hope you are enjoying yourself
    Kevin xx

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  22. Such a gorgeously created cards, love the image and colours used...the papers look lovely ..xx

     {aNNie}

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  23. Absolutely stunning cards Brenda, designs and colours are beautiful, Kate x

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  24. Wow all so gorgeous!! And your trip sounds wonderful! Hope you're having a lovely time!
    Lucy x

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  25. I hope you are well.
    A gorgeous selection of cards Brenda, love the silhouette fairy
    Lorraine x

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  26. Wow--you can do any style, Brenda! Your Italian card looks like a painting--should be framed!

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  27. They are all gorgeous. Great job!
    Valerija xx

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  28. All beautiful cards Brenda, I do like the first one, so pretty.
    Sounds like a fabulous cruise, Enjoy.
    Avril xx

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  29. Beautiful cards as always Brenda, particularly love the top sparkly one. Hope you are having a fantastic time xx Susan xx

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  30. Beautiful cards as always Brenda, particularly love the top sparkly one. Hope you are having a fantastic time xx Susan xx

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  31. Beautiful selection of cards and styles but really love the pastel one and gorgeous bow
    Carol x

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  32. Hi Brenda
    Gorgeous creations, love all your cards and designs too. Beautiful collection.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  33. Amazing selection of card ... I hope you are having a great time!

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  34. "Echoes of Italy" is a stunning card!

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  35. I popped over to make sure I pinned some of your projects to inspire me and so happy I did! Love, love, love the Tuscan one, such wonderful inkiness and all of these show your talent quite beautifully and perfectly Karen x

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