Sunday, 2 October 2016

Autumn Glory and a special anniversary



It's time for our challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'Autumn Glory' and some Colour Inspiration which screams out Autumn, I know they are much the same but it's such a glorious time of year and always seems such a popular theme. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both.

For my Penny Black share I used Broshos to create a background and dabbed with a piece of kitchen towel to tone down the colours a little and when dry used a Tinny die in one corner. I then randomly stamped a script background and PB leaves from Nature's Gifts inking the stamp with distress markers. The flowers are stamped with PB Blush and cut out with the coordinating die called Bashful. Some hessian and a button to finish.


For my Stamping Sensations piece I again started with a Brusho background dabbing off some of the wet colour with a paper towel. Using a stencil and grunge paste I added the flourish and when dry sponged some DI. The Butterfly and sentiment are from Inklylicious and the Butterfly coloured in with the same colour Brusho's.


Yesterday hubby and I celebrated a rather special wedding anniversary, instead of a card I made him a wall handing for his office using chipboard hearts, paint and crackle glaze and several Penny Black stamps along with some stenciled wheat.

I'm not saying which anniversary it was, all I will say is it seems a lifetime ago when at seventeen I walked down the aisle with my dear Dad in a dress made by one of the Royal dressmakers......no we weren't rich, my Mum just happened to work with the sister of one and that's how it came about. And much to the horror of my elderly Aunts I had a bouquet of Lilies, I know they are a popular choice now, but back in those days they were for funerals only and not readily available year round as they are now, mine were Longiforum Lilies and had to be brought in from France. Now that we have grandchildren the same age and older than I was then it is quite scary as they seem so young and marriage is the last thing on some of their minds, let alone becoming a Mum at nineteen as I did.

But I wouldn't change a thing, it just meant we did things in a different order to nowadays. At thirty eight soon after being diagnosed with MS and despite my Mum thinking I was mad I embarked on a Psychology degree. Then as the children got older we started to travel to all those distant places we were unable to afford when they were small.

We knew the children would feel a party was essential so decided to explain in advance, much to their disappointment, that we would be far happier enjoying a lovely family meal with immediate family at a nice restaurant and left them to sort that out among themselves. That's eighteen of us in total so almost a party in itself.........the benefits of a large family.

Hope I have't sent you all to sleep and looking forward to seeing all your lovely Autumnal creations this month and as always we have some super prizes to be won.

68 comments:

  1. Oh Brenda. all of the Autumnal pieces are just glorious, I could not pick a favourite, each in their own way is just stunning!!

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  2. Your Autumn colours cards are superb as usual... but your wall hanging is fabulous, perfect for a special Anniversary. I am glad to hear you love the lilies as they are my favourite flowers and I never understood that association with funerals. The scent, as well as the elegant white shape, sets them apart... Anyway Congratulations, enjoy your big family get together, those are precious times. C xx

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  3. Lovely creations Brenda as always.
    Congratulations on your wedding anniversary, enjoy your celebrations.
    Sharon x

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  4. These are grgeous Brenda, love them all. Great to read about you too, xxxx

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  5. Oh what stunning creations... and memories, congrats to you both.
    My parents had their 65th anniversary last spring, and it was the last one too.
    At the age of 20, mother had already 3 children. Now my daughter is 21 and there's no hint about I'm ever going to be a granny;-))m

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  6. Oh Brenda I've got a lump in my throat, reading your lovey story, and a very Happy Anniversary to you both. I would love to see you in your wedding dress, if you ever thought you could post it. Your wall plaque is gorgeous and what a beautiful idea for your husband. Have a wonderful celebratory day.
    Now your cards are glorious, what wonderful colours and designs, couldn't possibly pick a favourite as I love them both, Kate x 🌹

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  7. Fabulous cards Brenda, all of them, love those colours and stamps used..xx
     {aNNie}

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  8. First of all congratulations on your wedding anniversary. I hope you and your family had a lovely day yesterday. You've made a beautiful hanger for your husband and I'm sure he will be very pleased with it. Your two cards are gorgeous! Both beautiful designed and in lovely colours. hugs, Marlies

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  9. Gorgeous cards and Gorgeous wall handing!
    happy anniversary !
    have a nice day
    hugs

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  10. Prachtige kaarten Brenda .Je teksten en details zijn mooi .
    Groetjes Gerrie

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  11. Oh what a lovely story Brenda, congratulations to you both on your special anniversary. Hope you have many more to come. Your cards are so beautiful love all the amazing colours you have created with your brushos for your backgrounds they are really pretty. Your wall hanging gift to your hubby is so beautiful love all the earth tones and your little birds is so sweet. Have a good week.

    Hugs Babs :))

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  12. Wow Brenda just love the wall hanging you did for your hubby annd I'm sure he loved it too
    Your other two cards are gorgeous the colours are amazing on your butterfly card and your first card blew me away it's fabulous

    Anne

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  13. Many congratulations to you and your Hubby Brenda on your 'Special' Anniversary. It was lovely to read about your wedding day. I imagine that only it feels like yesterday but it's amazing how quickly the years roll by. The wall hanging that you've made is just beautiful and I bet your Hubby will treasure it always. Two superb cards again, I especially like the second one with it's rich Autumnal colours and the butterfly is gorgeous. Take care and enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Crafty Hugs, Sandra x

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  14. Congratulations, Brenda and Eddy! Stunning creations - I love them all!

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  15. Wow these creations are stunning Brenda and full of Autumn delight I especially love the hanger it looks so lovely and natural, hope you are keeping well
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  16. wow Brenda beautiful card, gorgeous card and gorgeous project you have made.
    Gr Karin

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  17. Hi Brenda, Happy Anniversary whatever the number. You were very young to be married at 17 but obviously you made the right choice :) It appears that in spite of your health challenges, you have created wonderful life together. Looking from the outside you appear to be a strong, intelligent and obviously very creative woman. Wishing you and your hubby many more happy years together :) Oops almost forgot, your designs are gorgeous, love the wall hanging gift. Take care, Shirley xxx

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  18. Such gorgeous cards using the Autumn theme and a stunning wall hanging too. The crackle effect looks gorgeous and I'm sure it has pride of place in hubby's office.
    Lorraine

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  19. Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on such a large family too...I'm sure all had a wonderful time! Your cards are so beautiful and I'm loving that wall hanging!!! Have a fabulous day! Hugs, Robin

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  20. Congratulations on your special anniversary, Brenda, sounds like you had an amazing time spent with your family. I can imagine your wedding dress looked absolutely amazing!
    Gorgeous creations as always and what a special anniversary wall hanging you made for your hubby!

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  21. Oh wow,what stunning creations... all fantastic Brenda, love them.
    Hugs Carola

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  22. Congratulations on your special anniversary. It would be lovely to see a photo if you have one.
    Your cards and anniversary make look gorgeous.
    Lorraine x

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  23. Each of these is just breath-taking - love the rich colors, your designs, and of course the gorgeous brush-o work. Lovely texture too. That butterfly is a stunner, and of course the special hearts wall hanging. Happy Anniversary (and I bet I can guess which one!). It's a milestone to be proud of, as not many folks of our generation made it that long. We got married at 19, but waited til 23 to become parents (thank goodness!). I think kids of our generation were more mature than those of the same age, nowadays. In many ways, but still we were too young! Enjoy the wonderful family meal. I agree, that is the best way to celebrate this event. You can take a trip later to somewhere that you've always wanted to go! Big hugs, and I enjoyed hearing about your wedding! Hugs & TFS

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  24. No faves this time Brenda, love them all. A beautiful mix of colours on all three makes.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  25. Oh Brenda - what a lovely post and a very happy anniversary to you both. Gorgeous makes Brenda - the first one is an absolute delight - fabulous techniques. And the hanging for your hubby is gorgeous. Wonderful work Brenda xx

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  26. Sounds like you are having as much fun as me, congratulations on your anniversary! I am loving your beautiful cards, love the way the flowers pop in the first and the butterfly one is truly amazing. The hanging hearts are gorgeous, love the wood effect you have given them.

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  27. Really beautiful cards and wall hanger, all with gorgeous colours and images.

    Kath x

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  28. Oh, Brenda, I loved reading something about your life and your family! Years go quickly but you are so lucky to have your hubby and your family with you! I wish you a very Happy Anniversary!!!
    And I'm stunned by your cards and by the hanger you made for your hubby! ALL FABULOUS! You are the most eclectic talented crafter that I have known in blogland! Any piece you make is so different in style!! All and only masterpieces from you!!!
    I'm just in love with all your three works, and have a favourite :) it's the second one, it catched my heart and my eyes!!!
    Big big hugs!

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  29. Whatever the anniversary Brenda it sounds like you have shared many happy years together and I hope you had a wonderful celebration today with your nearest and dearest. What super creations, the message on the butterfly card struck a chord with me and the wall hanging for Hubby is fabulous xx

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  30. What a lovely family, Miss Brenda! I envy that for you, and am grateful you do have such a caring family as yours. Happy Anniversary! and thanks for sharing a bit of your personal history -- LOVELY YOU!

    The plaque for your hubby is beautiful! Lovely soft colors, and the textures, while lovely, are very masculine! I am also smitten by your boldly colored collage card above! Fantastic textures and design elements.

    Wishing you a great week.
    hugs,
    de

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  31. beautiful cards love the sentiment and great backgrounds -Happy Anniversary to you both and the heart hanging is stunning and much better than a card -beautiful stencilling and texture love the crackles-I was married at 19 and became a Mum at twenty but certainly agree we seemed more mature than they are nowadays and we last longer because they give up at the drop of a hat
    Carol x

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  32. I'm sure you all had a wonderful time on your special day Congratulations to you both on your Special Anniversary. You certainly had a very special dress on your Wedding Day.

    What a beautiful wall hanging for your Hubby's office. It's a really beautiful gift and something he'll be able to look at and enjoy every day instead of putting it away in a box after a couple of weeks. Both cards are lovely Brenda with gorgeous backgrounds and lovely details.

    I really enjoyed reading your lovely post today. Barbxx

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  33. this post is so lovely ..... congratulations on your anniversary!
    All your creations are stunning, I love your design.

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  34. Wishing a very Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby! I really enjoyed reading about your wedding and other life events! You were a young bride and Mom indeed! Your gift to your hubby is absolutely gorgeous and I know he will cherish it! Your cards are gorgeous and I like the die that matches the PB Blush stamp!

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  35. Such lovely card and wall hanging Brenda congratulations and what a lovely way to celebrate your anniversary. I too was a 17 year old bride and tomorrow we celebrate our 64 anniversary, where have the years gone. Life was so different then, I had 2 children by the time I was 20 but wouldn't change a thing. Just wish hubby was well enough to come home for the day.
    Hugs
    Margaret M

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  36. Such stunning work! Thank you for sharing. And, hope the anniversary went well!

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  37. I've got an idea which anniversary it may be, but no matter--huge congratulations to you & your hubby, Brenda! Must have so many wonderful memories with such a big family! Always love your work--what a wonderful wall hanging for your hubby! The cards are gorgeous, too--really love the butterfly colors & sentiment!

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  38. Wonderful cards and a gorgeous wall hanging.
    Congratulations on your anniversary!
    Valerija xx

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  39. Beautiful Brenda! Thanks for sharing your creations are amazing.

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  40. Two beautiful cards and a fantastic heart hanger. What's not to LOVE?

    Many congrats on your special anniversary. I wish you MANY more.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  41. Congratulations to you both, and I love the hanging, much more permanent than a card, and he can look at it daily and remember your long and happy life together.

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  42. Wow, what an amazing cards, great coloures and all together you realy had much of work, I'm glad becaust that meens that you are ok my friend ♥
    Happy annyversary, great wall hanging for your hubby, you did not put me to sleep, you make me smile and be happy for you and your family, that is great and you shoud travel and be together, yesterday was 22 years since my hubby and me started dating :D I was young only 16 but as you say I would not change a thing!!
    Thank you for sharing and I'm sending you lots and lots of hugs!!
    ♥Valentina♥

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  43. Oh wow hun these are amazing beautiful work sweetie love cheryl xxx

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  44. Oooo what a stunning collection of creations and what a wonderful thing to create for your hubby for your wedding anniversary too, Congrats on your special one, Luv Sam x

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  45. Absolutely gorgeous makes Brenda, love your Brusho backgrounds, I still haven't attempted anything with the set I bought about 3 months ago!! Many congratulations on whatever anniversary it was, we celebrated 45 years of marriage last week, how time flies!!!! Have a good week.

    Pat xx

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  46. Such different times...and you where really young marrying and becoming a mom! Think that is something that just had to, so you could do a lot that coasts a lot of energy before the MS came on your path... CI like the cards that you made, but the wallhanger is stunning! Hope you all have a great meal enjoying being together! Hugs, Gerrina

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  47. Happy Anniversary to you both - love the wall hanging and the card.

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  48. Enjoyable that you tell about your memories of younger days.
    I appreciate listening to the stories. :)

    Looked at your cards! So many wonderful and inspiring. Likes on the text "... stillness ..."
    Trying to achieve that. Hard though. :)

    Have a great evening!
    Hugs
    Sussie

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  49. Such gorgeous creations today Brenda, congrat on your special anniversary!

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  50. oh my goodness brenda, these are all such beautiful creations! i love all of them! happy anniversary! i'm sure your wall hanging will be treasured. thank you for sharing a glimpse of your personal life.

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  51. I am always amazed at your talent Brenda...such different creations and all so breathtakingly beautiful ...love love the wall hanging the texture and the birds are simply amazing
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  52. Congratulations to you both on your anniversary and here's to many more happy years together.
    I love all your wonderful makes especially that stunning wall hanging xx

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  53. Hallo liebe Elfi,
    wunderschöne Karten zeigst du uns wieder,ich bin jedesmal begeistert,
    glg ulrike

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  54. Beautiful makes Brenda! And the wall hanging is stunning, great idea as well. Many congratulations on your special anniversary and here's to many, many more.

    Barb gave me your special hug on Sunday!

    Love

    Di xx

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  55. Oh Brenda what a beautiful post I've so enjoyed reading it. Congratulations on your Anniversary and what a lovely keep sake you have made I adore it. I hope you had a lovely family celebration meal and you have many more Happy Anniversaries Love and hugs Carole x

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  56. Wow!! Congratulations Brenda!! Wish you both many more happy anniversaries!! It's nice to read about your wedding dress and bouquet!! Having a large family is really wonderful! Hope you all had a great time!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  57. Oh well! I forgot to mention about your cards! These are lovely!! and your gift to your husband is awesome!! I'm sure he'll cherish it forever!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  58. Beautiful creations Brenda. Love the wall hanging. Congratulations on your anniversary and wish you many more years of happiness.

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  59. Such beautiful projects Brenda - love the brusho's background (I was thinking of investing in some myself!)and absolutely stunning wall hanging what a lovely anniversary gift. And a lovely trip down memory lane fro your wedding day - it's funny the things that stand out - obviously the dress, your flowers....I remember deciding my fringe was too long and cutting it with nail scissors that morning lol - no idea what I must have been thinking!! - happy days, if only it was so simple now, life got far too complicated along the way - hope you had a lovely day hugs Judith x

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  60. Happy Anniversary! I can guess the number by your description!

    Your card today are so full of Fall and all it offers. Love the wonderful autumn range of colours you achieved here.
    Your wall hanging for your dear husband looks great as well. I am sure he will treasure it.

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  61. A slightly belated Happy Anniversary Brenda and what a lovely gift for your hubby too. Love those gorgeous cards as well.
    Fliss xx

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  62. Your creativy has no bounds Brenda as you turn out such beautiful cards and projects. My inking abilities don't ammount to much as they turn out a bit muddy. I might surprise you one day with an accepted card. Lol

    Shirley

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  63. Just on a catch up Brenda, such a lovely post, Happy Anniversary to you and Hubby, it was lovely to read about your Wedding Day and in such a special dress.
    Love the wall plaque, such a lovely gift.
    Gorgeous cards as always.
    Avril xx

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  64. Not a bore at all, I am truly happy for each and every blessing in your life, especially one to love and hold for all of your days. I know he is a great man and can tell how proud you are of his love and support for you. What a beautiful mixed media wall hanging to celebrate. Happy fall to you, Autumn

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  65. Thats a truly gorgeous card with the butterfly and your story is really touching. Congratulations!

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  66. These are beautiful creations. I hope you're anniversary was wonderful.

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  67. These are fabulous Brenda, the butterfly card is absolutely stunning.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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