Sunday, 5 August 2018

Live every moment

"B" is for Blooms, Butterfly and Bricks

Morning Peeps, editing this post I realised the title is rather approrpiate for our youngest son and partner who left on their year long travels a few days ago. We waved them and their two dogs off in their custom built motorhome van and first reposts from France as they head for Flornece were positive. Mind you they told me yesterday that they have yet to test out the wet room and instead been using the facilities at the overnight French Aire's. 

They will be combining their photographic profession along with althletic races which they regularly partcate in across the world. We so hope we can fly out to see them at some point but as they are the ones who horse and dog sit for us when we go away it might be a tad tricky to arrange.


So onto craft and it's time for our  new challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'Anything Goes with current Favourite Stamp' and 'I Spy'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both. I also have a few Chocolate Baroque pieces to share from last months shows on Hochands TV as well as my my Snippets PlaygroundButterfly Challenge and 
Rudolph Days shares, the only three challenges I enter usually and here they are like buses all in one go. 

My first PB&M card at the top used quite an oldie 2666K Blush along with the matching die which is more recent called Bashful as the focal elements. I started with a Distress Oxide background followed by some stenciled bricks using texture pased coloured with a little acrylic pain to take off the harshness of the white. I then inked just the script sections of  another oldish wood mounted stamp called Rosa and rangomly stamped, then spamped with flowers inking the stamp with Distress Markers and cut out with the die. The sentiment is from Happy Wishes, masked and each section stamped individually to creat three pieces.



My Stamping Sensations shares feature some new stamps from this months sponsor Rubber Dance, their stamps were new to me and I have to say I rather enjoyed working with them. My first piece is a grayboard tag which has been treated to lots of gesso, ancylic pain, ink and crackleglaze then Cornflowers stamped along the bottom and side and painted with white gesso, some randon stenciling then the Butterfly Trio stamped, cut out and layered up to add deimension. Finally a sentiment which is CB.  The Butterflies are all made from snippets so is my entry to the Snippets Playground. I would also like to enter this into Lost Coast Designs new Anything Goes challenge, I was invited to link up to their last challenge with my black and blue tag in my previous post and just discovered Random Or., selected my entry so it seems only right to join in again.


This one again has an Distress Oxide base, a sponged sun, Cornflowers stamped randomly using the same colour Oxide, then flowers and stems from Crazy Flower, coloured with the same inks, cut out and decoupages, a Butterfly from Butterfly Trio and sentiment again CB.

'B' for Birds, Branches and Buds

My final PB&M piece uses the tree scene together with some branches and buds from, some colouring added with Pan Pastels and a sun, then finally the Birds on a Wire stamped to the left, the lines extended with a black fine liner then just one of the birds stamped.......Billy no mates maybe!!


The Butterfly Challenge this time round is all about things beginning with 'F' and I have managed all seven elements, Fuchsia, French Blue and Ferrari Red (flowers and Butterfly) Flowers (the stamp itself) Frame it (image framed by masking and using DI's) More than on Fold (easel has two) and of course the Butterfly. All stamps are Penny Black and stamped using DI's direct to stamp.

And here are my CB shares, all the details of stamps and how I made them can be found on my post over at the CB blog. And I figure any one of these will fit in nicely with the current Rudolph Days challenge over at Mo's, it's a little later than usual as she has been on holiday here in the UK.






Have a good Sunday all and I hop you will join our challenges this month.

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53 comments:

aussie aNNie said...

Magnificent post B, and Imust admit Rubber Dance are my favourite staMPS from all time...been using them for a while now and the quality is lovely, as you will know now..lovely cards.x

Stamps and Paper said...

Wow Brenda what an amazing selection of beautiful cards ..your cards always have amazing backgrounds ..have a lovely day

Anne

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, and even more gorgeous! That’s the only way that I can describe this post Brenda. Each and every card that you’ve made is a stunner in it’s own right. The background on the first one in incredible and your colouring throughout is just perfect. You are one very talented lady. Take care and enjoy your day. Crafty hugs, Sandra x x

Leanne Harris said...

Lots of stunning makes here Brenda, lots of B's and lots of beautiful loveliness! xxx

Mervi said...

Enjoying the fabulous set of cards, beautiful rough backgrounds and the pretty butterflies. All cards are so gorgeous.
Have a nice Sunday, finally we got some rain last night;-))m

Craftyfield said...

I don't know how you've managed to be so productive in that heat! They are all beautiful as usual! The Mixed media tag with the Rubber Dance Coneflowers is particularly gorgeous with the crackled background and I can't resist a scene so you Birds, Branches and Buds card is up there in my favourites… Enjoy your Sunday! xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Wow what a wonderful collection here Brenda, they are all so gorgeous it's too hard to pick a favourite from them.

Sue xx

Pollard Carole said...

Spoiling us again Brenda with another absolutely amazing set of card they are all magnificent and so beautiful My eye has been drawn to that robin card I do love that design Have a good week Love and hugs Carole x

scrAPpamondo said...

I'm sure that your son and partner (and doggies) long travel will be fabulous and they will enjoy any moment of it :) It will be a wonderful adventure!
If I lived near you, I would come so gladly to attend your dogs and horses! :D But I live too much far :) I wish you to find some very reliable people to take care of your loved furry friends, so you could meet your son sometimes!
Love so very much your PB&M sample, how amazing textures and design!! Pinned it
https://www.pinterest.it/pin/534802524498130093/
and pinned also the sweet and delightful tag for SS, such a fabulous delicate feel!!
https://www.pinterest.it/pin/534802524498130103/
All your cards are so beautiful ad inspiring, I already admired the CB samples of the new stamps on their blog, fabulous!
Have a lovely Sunday and take care. Here it is very hot, a lot of humidity and a strong sun!!

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful collection of cards, Brenda! Love how you've used the Bashful die and cut the sentiment apart! So many beauties in this post!

Donna Ellis said...

What an amazing lot of cards, Brenda! I appreciated the post and details - first - congratulations to your son and his partner. Hope they enjoy a fabulous time.

LOVING the inky beauty in your first card with the beautifully shaded flower petals and background textures. Lovely, FUN tag in monochromatic rose colors, and the sunshiny fantasy flowers with the sunny background. I think I most like that card, if I have to choose, because the sentiments are floating all around the air and your stamped borders with the daisies make me feel like it's a prolific garden enjoying the sun's rays! The scenes, textures, layers and themes in your other cards are all amazing. I most enjoy seeing your heart in your art, Brenda. SO JOYOUS and a great LOVER OF NATURE. hugs, de

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow Brenda you where busy again gorgeous cards and great designs.

Cath Wilson said...

Ooh, what a lovely display and variety, Brenda - so much to look at and all beautiful in their own way. You've certainly been busy.

Glad you've heard from your son and all is well so far... they'll have the time of their life!

Two more lovely challneges :-)

Cath x

Wendy L said...

Loving them all Brdnda but the turquiose flower one is most beautiful.
How wonderful for your son to go off travelling with their dogs too. Xxxx

Ellibelle said...

Loving every one of these creations Brenda, each one so special with wonderful details and gorgeous stamps. I just received the Penny Black "Restful" stamp a couple of weeks ago, haven't inked it up yet, but can't wait! And I need to look into the crackleglaze, love the effects from it! Thank you as always for the wonderful inspiration!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, Brenda, so many beauties here! They are all gorgeous but my favourite is the pink butterfly tag, so beautiful!
Congratulations to your son and his partner! Looks like they have exciting plans! Oh and way to go on achieving all 7 elements at the Butterfly Challenge! That's not easy to do!

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Brenda, every one is stunning, your designs and colours are fabulous, no use trying to choose a favourite, love them all, Kate x

Paper Profusion said...

What a fabulous array of beautiful cards Brenda! You are so very talented. I do hope that you are as well as can be and do find some 'creature-sitters' so that you can share some of your Son's adventures. Make sure they have the wet room in order first! Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Nicola x

Sally H said...

Wow, Brenda! What a fantastic collection of beautiful works of art! I love them all!

Di said...

Oh B!! You really produce such fabulous work - always perfect and often thought provoking as well.

Adore your snippets card - as well as all the rest of course.

My remark in today's blog post was triggered by you mentioning needing to feed cattle their Winter food in a comment - and then of course it was on TV as well later. Let's just hope the backlash isn't against the food producers - it's Mother Nature to blame! And we need to accept that and stop whining if prices go up. Carrot cake anyone - sorry, no carrots left in the land!

Hugs

Di xx

Sarah said...

These are wonderful Brenda although I keep scrolling back to that gorgeous pink butterfly tag...and the easel card...and the "spotlight" robin is rather fab too!!xx

Mrs A. said...

Besutiful pink butterfly tag and the other cards are outstanding as usual. Such an array of talent. Hugs Mrs A.

Crafting Queen said...

Wow, Brenda you have been busy!! I love the cards, especially the bright ones, just perfect. Hope your and the animals are all keeping cool. Poor Skipper is not doing well in the heat. Have a good week. Hugs Anesha

Lori Warren said...

A really beautiful collection of creativity! Nicely done! Thank you for joining our challenge on The Lost Designs Portal to Creativity Blog!

crafty-stamper said...

WOW you have certainly been busy love all the fabulous cards and been scrolling up and down looking at them all--beautiful stamps,scenes and fabulous textured layering and stencilling--love them all!!!
Carol x

Sue said...

What a beautiful selection of cards Brenda. Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Lost Coast Designs, and have a very happy week. Sue xx

linda said...

these are all so beautiful, brenda! i was looking for a b is for bunny in your pb card. :)

Kathleen said...

Good grief Brenda, where do I begin?
Your first card is my favourite, the colours are gorgeous and so are the flowers, a super background and as in all your cards today you have done a really super job with the butterflies and dragonfly, coloured them beautifully. The pink tag especially.
I also love what you have done with the bird card. So many cards so much inspiration.

Kath x

Caro´s kreative Welt said...

WOW Brenda, what great cards again. I'm totally thrilled. All FANTASTIC!!!
Hugs Carola

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Admired your cards on the challenges but wow what a fab collection you have for us today.

Joan said...

Wow Brenda, an amazing collection of cards, love them all but I also spotted a couple of PB stamps you have used that just have to go onto my wish list which gets longer every day

Joan x

Diane said...

Oh wow Brenda, what a wonderful colection of makes in different styles !! You are one talented lady !! What an exciting trip your son has started as well !!

hugs Diane xx

Linby said...

wow - wow -wow so many cards and such beautiful colours. My fave is the pink tag so very pretty.

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW Brenda...so many pretty creation...each one unique and an artwork in its own right! I hope you are good my friend
Cheers
Dr Sonia

pinky said...

Wow Brenda I came over to see your post and look what I got rewarded with! Utter beauty and loads of talent! I love them all but I really want to give your tag a go. It's stunning!!

Fliss said...

Wow Brenda! A beautiful array of gorgeous cards and such a pretty tag too. Looks like you've had a mega crafting session there!
Fliss xx

ALI said...

Another stunning collection Brenda, hope you are well?

SusanLotus said...

Wonderful creations! <3
I love the tag and the last card,
but they are all sooo lovely.

And your heart is too. :)
Thank you so much for commenting on my blog!
Hugs!
Sussie

rachel said...

stunning makes Brenda - and so many of them - absolutely gorgeous - love the CB ones of course but wow - that first one is just so pretty! Take care lovely lady! Hugs rachel x

Greta said...

Beautiful work, as always, Brenda! I especially love the pink tag with the butterflies! What an adventure--hope all goes well for them!

susiestacey said...

A stunning collection of work as always Brenda, the beautiful tag stands out, love it x Susan x

MaryH said...

A stunning collection of gorgeous cards, each one so different, yet equally beautiful. I always enjoy your 'scene' cards, and the Rubber Dance is a new company to me. Love that set you've used here very much. I also very much liked the way you've done b&w bird motif, placing the colored one atop the center. A very attractive design. The pink tag is just lovely as can be. Also really loved the pears motif - I liked the layout and must try to remember this one, as I have a zentangle pear that I forget about. Hope all has been well with you. Hugs & TFS

Laurie said...

a really beautiful collection of cards - you have been busy and it shows! thank you for joining the lost coast design challenge!

scrappymo! said...

These are all so gorgeous,
brenda. I love them all. The tag especially caught my eye! I avidly read how you created it as I have learned a little bit more about inkyness whist on my British holiday. Once the jet lag is over and the weather gets a wee bit cooler, I plan to try out my new lessons! It is in the 30's over here too...

For Rudolph Days entry, I chose the card with he three images stamped, but only one of them is coloured. What a marvelous idea....love that one!

Thanks for taking part in the July Rudolph Days Challenge.

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Wow! a full post packed with fabulous photo's of your gorgeous work Brenda. Lots to whet my appetite and inspire me to get those inks out and start to play.
Lorraine

Marlies said...

Stunning creations Brenda! Such great inspiration, they all look fantstic, fantastic work as allways! Marlies x

ionabunny said...

Gorgeous makes Brenda. Love the flowery explosion on that tag. Thanks for joining the fun at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity. Hugz

Mrs.B said...

A stunning array of cards Brenda, you are so inspirational and creative, I'm so glad I don't have to pick just one. Love the I Spy card, colours and background is fabulous. I absolutely love the distressed tag, the crackled paint background looks amazing.
Avril xx

nnalorac said...

So many gorgeous cards in one post Brenda, enjoyed taking in all the detail while having my breakfast this morning. Love the designs you create using the many crafty techniques that I seem to shy away from nowadays. Maybe someday! Enjoy your sons many travel stories along his way. Carol xx

Mrs A. said...

Back again to say how much I like your easel card using all seven elements of the wheel. Like Joan there are now some Penny black stamps I am just going to have to get ASAP. Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel with me this week. Hugs Mrs A.

Gerrina said...

Sorry for being so late commenting; due to summerholidays...
I didn't expect so many cards...an even bigger treat than normaly in this post...
Love all the layers in paper and ink, you know so well how to get some crackle gives a card a vintage or outside-look! Favorite is the butterfly tag; those layers work super! Hugs, Gerrina

Fikreta said...

Gorgeous cards!
hugs

Bibi, Rubber Dance Stamps said...

All your cards are so gorgeous, Brenda! Thank you so much for making those cards with our stamps, I'm thrilled to see what you did with them! Big hugs! ♥