Saturday, 22 October 2016

Sparkle and Shine and graduation photos



Good morning to you all, it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Susan has chosen the theme 'Sparkle and Shine'. Our sponsor is Stix 2.

We had a very special day in Cambridge this week when Zachary graduated gaining a First with Honours in History and below are a few photos of the day, not that clear I'm afraid as they were taken on my phone, but will still make their way to the family album.

I also have my card for the new Butterfly Challenge where this time round it is H for Hoops and/or Harebell along with your Butterfly.

Above is the card I made for our Granddaughter Amelia's 21st Birthday in the Summer and as she is a pink girl I had to indulge her passion for her special day. The focal image is a Sweet Poppy stencil designed by the talented Tracey Dutton of Lavinia stamps.

I started by masking the sun and sponging the sunrays........pink ones of course in this fantasy world of mine and Amelia's it seems as she loved it. Next a Penny Black stamp to add some blossom across the top with sparkle added to the blossom.

Then I stenciled the Fairy image using white texture paste and added more pink glitter over the whole and  a few Lavinia toadstools stamped on the bottom. The sentiment is computer generated, an TL embossed panel and some pretty ribbon which I bought in Worthing when we were staying with one of our sons and DIL..........like me she loves ribbons and took me to a gem of a shop which was like an Aladdin's cave of ribbons and fabric.

With Azaria (she graduates from Cambridge next year) and Anysia (she graduated from the same uni last year)

Zachary (sorry about the background, was taken in Cambridge Grand Arcade wandering between robing and the ceremony)

The class of 2016, Zachary second from left


Now for my Butterfly share and I was certain I had a Harebell (Campanula) stamp but I drew a blank searching my draws and boxes but I did realise after making my card that the flowers in the pink card at the top are probably Harebells. So I just went with the colour along with some hoops and of curse the Butterfly. I started with a piece of 600gsm Fabriano and sprinkled lots of water, Brushos and pearl mica and allowed the colours to blend.

Next I used tops from embossing powders and dipped them into distress ink and 'stamped' them onto the background, followed by some stenciled circles using a white ink pad. The main image is a really old wooden stamp called Filigree Butterfly from The Artful Stamper, this must be at least fifteen years old and I was surprised to find it's still a stock item. I stamped the Butterfly a second time, coloured with the same Brusho's, added wire antenna and some white Frantage around the edge and decoupaged. 

The sentiment is from Inkylicious and as the words overlap I used a post it to mask first the top and then the bottom as I stamped so that it was split into two, then more Frantage around the edges of both the sentiments and main piece before assembling.

Happy weekend all.

57 comments:

  1. Never mind the pink... it's a great card all the same! Of course as more of a "blue" person myself I loved your Brusho'ed background to the butterfly card!
    Great pictures of the grandchildren, lots to be a proud grandparent... Have a lovely weekend Brenda, xx

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  2. Two fabulous card, love them both, so dreamy.
    Happy weekend;-))m

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  3. Two fabulous cards lovely monochrome. Your pics are fab too, great keepsakes

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  4. Gorgeous cards Brenda, especially the butterfly one. I think some of my stamps are nearly that vintage!

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  5. Wonderful cards and lovely pics Brenda, xxxxx

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  6. Lovely grad photos B, and just adore your pink card AND the blue one is gorgeous...but the pink one is stunning.xxc {aNNie}

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  7. How beautiful! Gorgeous cards and wonderful photos! Huge congratulations to Zachary too.

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  8. Schitterende kaart .
    Gefeliciteerd met je zoon. Fijn als ze goed kunnen leren
    Groetjes Gerrie

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  9. Two gorgeous cards Brenda, I love the pink sparkle on the first card and the gorgeous colours of the second. Great photo, congrats to the graduate.

    Sue xx

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  10. Beautiful cards. Love the soft pinks, perfect for a magical theme and the butterfly on the blue card is so pretty. hugs :)

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  11. they are great memories, and congratulations - what a clever family! Love the hats in the air - lucky they were allowed to do it, I read of some university somewhere that banned it on H&S grounds.... gorgeous cards, too but that goes without saying! Have a good weekend (and 3 points please!)

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  12. Morning Brenda, and first of all Huge congratulations to Zachary. A First at Cambridge is very special. What a handsome group they are.

    Your card are both very beautiful. I love your lovely pink glittery fairy card. Just perfect for your little Granddaughter. Loving the colours on your butterfly card and the design is gorgeous. Frantage on your butterfly is different and very pretty indeed. Have a lovely weekend. Barbxx

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  13. Both cards are beautiful Brenda, I love them, gorgeous pics of the graduation
    Kevin xx

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  14. Stunning cards Brenda I'm sure your granddaughter loved her card and thank you for sharing you photographs with us

    Anne

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  15. Wonderful cards!
    And great photos of the graduation.
    Have an awesome weekend!
    Hugs
    Sussie

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  16. elegant and gorgeous card fabulous photo's and a beautiful card Brenda

    Gr Karin

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  17. Both are absolutely beautiful Brenda, the fairy card looks so pretty with all the pink, and what a wonderful design too!
    And a really beautiful butterfly stamp too, and wonderful sentiment to go with it. I am just now discovering old (20 year old) stamps on ebay (thanks to Sam's recent Penny Black ebay find), and I have to say I am so loving the quality and designs of these old stamps!

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  18. Forgot to add, congratulations to Zachary. Wonderful photos!

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  19. Beautiful cards, love them both, especially the colours of the bottom one. I've used bottle tops a lot with acrylic paints but never with inks, I'll have to give it a try. The butterfly image is gorgeous, a timeless beauty. Take good care, Shirley xx ps. you have a beautiful family :)

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  20. gorgeous 21st card for your lovely granddaughter and congratulations to Zachary , you must all be very proud . jane x

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  21. Big congrats to Zachary for his graduation!!! He is also a beautiful boy! :)
    The pink card for your granddoughter looks fabulous, love very much the sparkling stenciled fairy and the embossed white panel!! Very delicate, sweet and impressive!! Surely Amelia loves it!!!
    Love so much also your butterfly card, it has a fab bright background and love the details of the frantage and of the sentiments!
    Hugs and love, have a sweet weekend!

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  22. Two very beautiful cards Brenda, wonderful colours and designs, fabulous stamping too.
    CONGRATULATIONS to your Grandson on achieving his degree, fabulous results, Kate x

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  23. What most beautiful cards! and pretty pictures graduation, congratulations :-)

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  24. Gorgeous cards Brenda. The one for your granddaughter is beautiful and right up my street - pink and sparkly.
    Love the graduation pictures, you must be so proud.
    Take care
    Lesley

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  25. First of all, many congratulations to Zachary, you must be so proud Brenda. Your family all have such lovely names. I love your pink card and I'm sure that you Granddaughter will too. The ribbon is really special and it adorns your card beautifully. Your butterfly card is a beauty too and I love the background colours. The sentiment works really in two parts, so I'll be giving that a go as this is a sentiment that I use a lot, easpecially on cards that I make for younger people. Enjoy the rest of your weekend Brenda. Crafty hugs, Sandra X

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  26. Beautiful cards and lovely grad pictures!

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  27. Two really stunning cards Brenda.........love the pink fairy...really pretty and love the colours in the second one and your frantaged butterfly! Congrats to Zachary on his graduation..what a lovely family!

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  28. You must be so proud, congratulations. Love your cards as well they are lovely. Have a great weekend.

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  29. Both cards are great, Brenda. And the photos are cool....congratulations to him.
    Have a nice weekend!
    Hugs Carola

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  30. Your cards are gorgeous Brenda, such beautiful designs and I adore the colours.
    Congratulations to Zachary, you most feel so proud of your Grandchildren!
    Sue xx

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  31. The Fairy card is absolutely gorgeous,great layout and texture and love the delicate pink sparkle and yes they are Harebells lol-love the beautiful butterfly and colour in the second card-and congrats to Zachary
    Carol x

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  32. Totally gorgeous challenge card and love all the pretty pink and the sparkle.
    Fabulous background for the butterfly challenge and love the addition of the white on the butterfly.
    Fabulous photo's and what a very intelligent family you have, how proud you must be.

    Kath x

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  33. you must be very proud Brenda - really lovely photos and wow - your card is a stunner!!! Hugs lovely lady xx

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  34. Stunning cards Brenda and well done to Zachary ... a first in history which is not an easy thing to do x x

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  35. Beautiful cards!! Congrats to Zachary!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  36. These are both so beautiful! I just love that butterfly! Hugs, Robin

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  37. Two stunning cards and wonderful photos! Big congrats to Zach, you must be so proud!

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  38. Two beautiful cards Brenda I do so love the glittery Fairy she looks so magical, great photos, thank you for sharing
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  39. Two wonderful cards. Great what you do with inkt and stencils and stamps.
    Beautiful photo's.
    Kind regards, Dora

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  40. You truly are a master of techniques!

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  41. I like both cards; you have been so creatve with the embossingpowder and sparkle! But since I'm a "blue"-girl My favo is the second :) Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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  42. Gorgeous cards!
    Congratulations to Zachary!
    Hope you're well!
    Thanks for popping in!

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  43. Lovely cards Brenda. And what lovely family photos too. I remember the throwing of the hats well from our son's Graduation at St Albans Cathedral. An occasion never to forget, and a very proud moment eh? Judy x

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  44. Such lovely cards Brenda, particularly the sparkly pink fairy. Lovely to see the snaps of your Grandchildren xx

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  45. stunning cards and so pretty pictures, thank you for sharing - congratulations to Zachary!

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  46. Aww these are so gorgeous!! Love that ribbon! Huge congratulations to Zachery!
    Lucy x

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  47. Oh wow, Brenda--I do love your style! These are stunning creations--beautifully artistic with so many wonderful details! What a great picture of 3 beautiful young adults!

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  48. Hi Brenda, I'm finally here playing catch up and I'm loving all your wonderful cards. Love the super photos too and you must be so proud of Zachary xx

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  49. What precious and treasured photos! This is exquisite stamping too. Hugs, Autumn

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  50. What a beautiful family you have! And successful too! I enjoyed seeing the graduation photos! Such a proud moment! Both of your cards are gorgeous! I love your sparkly pink one - absolutely gorgeous! And your butterfly card is a beauty - harebell is a new word for me and this is the second time today I've seen it - I'm glad you mentioned Campanula because I have heard of that one! Hope you've been doing okay, Brenda.

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  51. Hi Brenda, wow what a clever family you have, my second eldest grandson graduated from Sheffield a year ago with a 2-1 in Computer Sciences and hes now working in London, considering hes got Aspergers Im really proud of him like you must be with your family. Thanks my love for popping by Im really lazy these days blog hopping and I know I have been away from visiting for such along time, but I do want you know I appreciate your visits. Take care, hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

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  52. Thank you for sharring your fammily photos, congrats to all of you it is so great when they go so well in theyre life!!
    Youre cards are beautiful, I love the first one in pink, it is so soft and huh it is hard to say, but I realy love it!! And the blue one with that amazing butterfly is so great!!
    Thank you again my friend for sharring!!!
    ♥Hugs Valentina♥

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  53. Two beautiful cards, love the bow on the first. Lovely family photo's.

    Pat xx

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  54. Two stunning cards Brenda and you know I am a pink girl, not so much a girl these days, myself but I do really love the second one, that mix of purple and blue is just stunning. Huge congrats to all your lovely family x

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  55. Gorgeous cards, especially love the 1st, Lovely family photo's.

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  56. Gorgeous cards Brenda, love the photo's and congratulations to Zachary, you must be so proud.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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