Sunday, 1 October 2017

We plough the fields and scatter



Yet another scheduled post as we are still on our travels and our itinerary for today, which is our Wedding Anniversary, takes us to Valletta in Malta, we have never been there before so are looking forward to exploring what it has to offer. Our daughter who spent her honeymoon there wasn't over impressed with it, but we shall see.

It's time for our challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'Autumn Glory and 'Close to Nature'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both. 

Confronted with some of my favourite themes it was a real dilemma and in the end I had four cards and unable to choose I am sharing them all.

The top one uses the lovely plouging image from Stamp Addicts which always reminds me of the lovely Harvest Hymn 'We Plough the Fields and Scatter'. My paternal great grandfather and grandfather as with my Dad were all farmers and there are a few sepia photos of my Grandfather as a very young man if only thirteen or fourteen ploughing the fields with heavy horses and I have often wished I could have witnessed the scene. Although my Dad died at Christmas we sung this hymn at his funeral as he always loved harvest time and some of my fondest childhood memories are of days spent with him in the dusty harvest fields.

As well as the focal image I have used a collection of other stamps to build up the scene onto a backgrond created with DI's.


My second Stamping Sensations piece using that lovely Stampers Anonymous face stamped onto an Oxide ink background, an Inkylicious sentiment and a really old Judikins wheat stamp across the bottom and more wheat across the top using a Sweet Poppy stencil and copper paste.


For my Penny Black piece I have used the lovely Stately tree stamp inking with Distress Markers and spritzed with water before stamping twice. As per usual I created the sky first using distress inks, lots of water and bleach, then the stamping followed by creating the grass and hills with a brush and watered down DI's. Finally the PB Birds on a Wire stamp, extended through the trees with a fine line pen and then inking just one birdie to add the the other side of the trees................nicknamed Billy (no mates) by hubby and some flora to the front using PB Aspire stamp.


One more Stamping Sensations share using the lovely leaves from Stamp Addicts, a DI background, some stencilling and stamping around the edges, then the leaves stamped onto offcuts of card and coloured with the same DI's, seam binding dipped into watery DI's and SA words.

38 comments:

Mervi said...

Such eye candy, beautiful cards.
Happy anniversary and enjoy the holiday, you've earned it;-))m

Valerija said...

Beautiful cards as always, Brenda. Love the scenes you have created.
Valerija xx

Craftyfield said...

I wouldn't know how to choose between all those lovely creations either... I like to think of you under the sun enjoying a leisurely day (it's rather cloudy in Blighty!). Happy anniversary Brenda!!

stempelbavaria said...

Wonderful cards, Brenda!
Happy sunday and hugs
Daniela

Stamps and Paper said...

Wow Brenda absolutely stunning cards ....

Anne

Leanne Harris said...

Three lovely Autumnal makes here Brenda, beautiful seasonal colours and I can see that you are enjoying that Stampers Anonymous stamp - (I think I'm to blame for that one!!!!) xxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Wow an Autumn feast for the eyes. Happy Anniversary, hope you having a fab hol

Sally H said...

Happy Anniversary, Brenda! I hope you are enjoying some sun and having a relaxing time. Your four cards are absolute stunners. I love them all!

Lynne K said...

All superb cards, Brenda, and no, I couldn't have chosen between them either! Happy Anniversary to you both, and enjoy your holiday. Hope you have a lovely, restful time. x

Gerrie's kaarten said...

Wouw wat zij je kaarten weer schitterend.Prachtig de bovenste kaart met de boer en het paard dat het land aan het ploegen is.
Dat doe me denken aan de verhalen van mijn opa vroeger
Fijne dag
Groetjes Gerrie

Marlies said...

Happy anniversary. I hope you are having a wonderful time on your holiday. It sounds fantastic going on a cruise and visiting all the lovely places. Your cards are fantastic as allways!

ALI said...

Just beautiful cards, you always create the perfect scene!
Happy Anniversary x

Fiki said...

Love your gorgeous cards!
have a nice day
lots of hugs

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow gorgeous cards Brenda.

Gr Karin

Tracy said...

Happy Anniversary, hope your having a wonderful time. I can see why you couldn't choose for the theme, love the variety, they are all gorgeous, love the colours of them all, warm and soothing.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

scrAPpamondo said...

Happy Anniversary, Brenda!! :) Have a great time in Malta, surely you will love it!
Amazing all your cards, always love your stunning country scenes, and now that I read your post I know why you always make them :) Where the heart is, anything come inspired
BIG HUGS, and enjoy your holidays!!

Crafting Queen said...

Really wonderful cards. Happy Anniversary!

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Happy Anniversary Brenda and I hope that you're having a wonderful holiday. Your cards are stunning and I really do love them all. It was lovely to read of your happy times with your Dad and I too always loved Harvest Hymns. Your ploughing scene is wonderful, as are the others too. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

crafty-stamper said...

Happy anniversary Brenda and hope you are enjoying your fabulous break--love all the stunning cards but really love the first one-I remember singing that hymn at school---many moons ago!!!
Carol x

Caro´s kreative Welt said...

Wow Brenda, just beautful cards!
Today I finally have time to visit you. What beautiful works you made in the meantime, just everything is great.
Hugs Carola

Sarah said...

These are wonderful Brenda. Hope you are having a fabulous time xx

cuilliesocks said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh wow Brenda what amazing cards, each one so different, beautifully designed and coloured, I really love the farmer ploughing it's wonderful, Kate x

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda, love the autumnal scenes
Lorraine x

Ellibelle said...

Happy Anniversary Brenda!

Each one of these is absolutely stunning, I always love your scenic cards so much and I am in awe how beautifully and skillfully you use the inks.
Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

linda said...

happy anniversary brenda! sounds like you're having a wonderful time. these are all gorgeous; so serene.

Greta said...

You make the most beautiful scenes, Brenda & the last card is an absolute stunner! Hope you're having a great vacation!

Maxine D said...

What amazing cards Brenda - I am in awe of your talent. I do hope you are enjoying your time away and come back refreshed and strengthened
Blessings
Maxine

Mrs.B said...

Beautiful cards Brenda, stunning scenes and I love the way you've used the Oxide inks for the backgrounds.
Hope you're having a lovely time.
Avril xx

Berina RGA said...

Happy wedding anniversary Brenda!! Hope you are having a great time! Beautiful cards!! Love the penny Black one. All the cards are lovely.

Gerrina said...

Wow what a treat so many beautiful cards! Super to get inspired like this! Hugs, Gerrina

Pat said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda, love the scene of ploughing the field of the first. Hope you enjoy Valletta, I love it, in fact love all of Malta my very favourite place.

Pat xx

Henry said...

Love all your beautiful cards, Brenda!!! Happy anniversary. Hope you are having a great time:)
Henry

Linby said...

Lots of beautiful autumnal colours and scenes in this selection. You look like you really enjoyed creating these.

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

These are perfect for the Fall Season! Beautiful work. You must be very patient!

Babs Watson said...

Your one talented lady Brenda , Stunning cards..
Hugs Babs x

SusanLotus said...

So wonderful cards! <3

Dora said...

Beautiful cards!!!

Let's Art Journal said...

What amazing cards, I can see why you couldn't chose with all those fabulous stamps - beautiful! I love the saying "Always believe something wonderful is about to happen" too 😁. Nice to meet you at Stamping Sensations and wishing you a Happy October and Weekend! J 😊

 
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