Saturday, 29 September 2018

Autumn Glory and Versafine Clair - wow


Morning Peeps, time for our new Allsorts challenge and this week I am your host, like many of us I love creating with the beautiful colours of this time of year so my theme is 'Autumn Glory'. Our sponsor is Lost Coast Design.

So inevitably there would be more than one from me this week and two of my shares uses a new stamp from Lost Coast Designs which I recently won in their challenge, it's called Large Shrubbery and my goodness it is a big stamp. The top one has a Pan Pastel background, was stamped first with Versafine Toffee and again with Versamark so that I could heat emboss with detail copper powder...........my Timmy stamp platform is perfect for doing this. I added a sentiment and some birds, heat embossing them as well and cut into three to make a triptych card.


Although I love this season I don't relish the thought that it means winter is approaching and when I saw Sue's lovely card a few days ago using the Sweet Poppy Squirrel I had to have it, it was showing as out if stock so I was thrilled when Lucy called to say it was available and half price so bonus and I ordered it along with a couple of replacement pots of paste as I'm getting low.

I created a Distress Oxide background and used Copper paste to stencil the squirrel onto it, mounted it on to some coordinating card and added an Inkylicious sentiment.


Next my entry for the current Butterfly Challenge and the wheel has spun round to the letter 'S' giving us Scarlet, Sea Green, Sahara Sand, Sequins, Silhouette and Spots plus of course a Butterfly. I knew instantly that Brushos would help me out and I used Scarlet, Sea Green and Sandstone which I applied to the background along with liberal helping of water. I loved how the sea green ran into the sand colour, although it does look rather orange but that's the beauty of Brushos, you never get the same twice.

I then stamped a silhouette Lavinia Fairy and built up the scene with other Lavinia stamps including a little mouse, then three Chocolate Baroque silhouette Butterflies, used tiny sequins on their thorax, and finally added spots using a stencil thus completing the full compliment of the Butterfly wheel.

My third card also has a Distress Oxide background and has been stamped with Versafine Toffee, a, Inkylicious sentiment and a few leaves across the top to frame the scene.



And I just had to share my enthusiasm for Versafine Clair inkpads, I know they have been out a while and lots of you have already tried them but I have heard contrasting reviews so have not bought any........until this week. Chocolate Baroque Lesley mentioned recently that she was impressed with them so I though I really should try a few and when Allsorts Kath told me this week that an on line store had a one day 20% off offer I ordered myself six...............I know I could have tried just the one but wheres the fun in that.


To say I am impressed is an understatement, I took a Lavinia Fairy and stamped her out in the six colours and got a super image, I actually used my Timmy stamp platform thinking I might need to stamp a couple of times, but not necessary and what you see is just one stamping. It's quite a chalky finish which I rather like and so intense......no secret I do love colour as does Lesley and why she suggested I try them. I can see now I didn't clean the stamp properly after the last couple so there's a bit of transfer onto the skirt.

Happy weekend all, I hope the weather stays nice as today we are out for lunch with the Assistant Chief Constable of Hertfordshire..... aka eldest son Owen.
 
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42 comments:

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous scenes, Brenda. I don't know if I prefer the vibrant Brushos background or the subtle Pan Pastel one, hmmm difficult... I'm off to the Birthday celebrations at Crafts U Love, should be fun!
Enjoy your weekend and family meal, xx

gwen70 said...

Simply stunning cards Brenda, couldn't possibly choose a fave. I must say I adore the Clair ink pads been using them a while now. Can you tell me which store is selling them with 20% off or maybe you aren't allowed too

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous scenery cards Brenda. great job you did.
Gr Karin

aussie aNNie said...

My goodness, these are all wonderful. Love them all vibrant, autumn and a variety of inspirational goodies.xx

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Beautiful cards Brenda, I do love the autumnal stamps and colours. I also love the Varsafine Clair ink pads as they seem to have just the right amount of ink to leave a perfect impression without needing to reapply the ink. Definitely need more of them :) Have a Lovely weekend. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

brenda said...

It was Craft Stah Gwen, but I think it was just a 24 hour offer.

B x

Maxine D said...

What beautiful cards Brenda - love that large foliage one on the top card, and your backgrounds are stunning!!
Your butterfly challenge card ticks all the boxes beautifully
Blessings
Maxine

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful cards Brenda your scenic one are stunning...love the vibrant colours of the fairy cards and those ink pads look interesting...
Enjoy your lunch out

Anne

scrAPpamondo said...

How many amazing and peaceful scenes, Brenda!! Love the warm autumnal colours you used and all your different designs! Great techniques as always, very inspiring! My favourites are the fairy one with that awesome brushos background and the squirrel one! That copper embossing on the squirrel looks just gorgeous!

I wish you a wonderful launch with your elder son!! :) Enjoy your day!
Big hugs!

Viv's Visuals said...

Hope lunch was good with the ACC! (And I hope he paid!)Everything crossed for a turn around from the other night later today.
Loving all of these creations B - as ever - and simply cannot pick a fave... although maybe the DO background just shades it! x

Linby said...

Loving the autumnal makes - real feel for the season on them. My absolute fave is the butterfly challenge card, just love that riot of colour.
Glad you like the Clair inkpads, I've just got two and not found them chalky at all.

L x

Crafting Queen said...

Stunning cards Brenda. Looks like you had fun making them. Hope you and your furry ones are well. Skipper has another vet but doing ok. Hugs Anesha

Carole said...

Truly fabulous creations as always Brenda and using such a great variety of mediums.Hard to pick a favourite...I love them all, your colours, your techniques...everything. Hope your lunch went well! xx

Mrs A. said...

Brenda, what can I say other than fabulous as ever. I love, love the entry for my challenge and well done on all seven entries. Masterful. Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel with me this week. Hugs Mrs A.

Jane said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda. I have been using the Clair pads for while and like them but I must confess I still prefer ordinary versafine for black silhouettes! Enjoy your meal...you're in safe hands obviously 😂xx

cuilliesocks said...

Stunning cards Brenda, what wonderful colours and designs, no use me choosing a favourite, love them all, Kate x x

Sylvia said...

Stunning cards,Brenda.Beautiful colours.You did a great job with the stamping scenes.Love it.

Gr,Sylvia.

Pat said...

So many absolutely beautiful cards Brenda, love the gorgeous Autumn colours and your lovely coloured fairies. Hope you enjoyed your lunch.

Pat xx

Kathleen said...

What can I say, every single one is fabulous, great images, design and colours but I think the background on the Butterfly challenge is just amazing.
Great colour choice on the pads, I ordered my C&B same day and no sign of it yet, not even had notification of a delivery date.
Hope you had a lovely meal

Kath x

Wendy L said...

They all look fab Brenda.
I invested in one of the stamp cleaning pads John had on his last shows, they work great, xxx

Leanne Harris said...

Woah Brenda, such a lot of beautiful creations here! I share your love of Autumn and the fabulous colour palette that goes with it. I've been using the Clair inks for a while now and have all the colours in one big box (shhhh don't tell James!) and love them, I don't blend with them i must admit but I love their juicyness and crisp stamping and all the lovely colours that they do - you certainly won't regret that purchase!!! xxx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A sumptuous set of inky cards Brenda, lovely stamping and design as always. I've just received some Pixie Powders purchased with my recent challenge win and hope to have a play with them soon.
Lorraine

Jeni Mc said...

Brenda , As usual all your cards are amazing but I just love the Autumnal scene the colours of the whole card mean Autumn , I can almost feel the Autumnal air . Like you I do nor like winter approaching but the colours at this time of the year are amazing. I hope you enjoyed your lunch,you must be so proud of him. Jennyx

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW those fairies in rainbow hues look simply stunning. Love how you juggle stamping and die cutting so effortlessly with such stunning results every time Brenda
Cheers
Dr Sonia

Sarah said...

Really lovely cards Brenda, you have certainly captured autumn brilliantly. The colours on your Butterfly Challenge card are equally wonderful and your rainbow fairies are delightful, great inky coverage.xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Such a wonderful collection of cards Brenda, I'm so glad that you managed to get the stencil of the squirrel, he does make such a beautiful card.

Sue xx

rachel said...

Amazing cards Brenda - really all are very beautiful. I am loving the clair versafine too - I got dull colours but I still love them to bits - super stamping ink xx

Gerrina said...

I kove that big flowerstamp grom LCD...have to get it out the binder soon... And love the DO scene you made; that's my favorite! You give us a real treat again with so many cards! I hold of the new versafinel got no place to starage them (so keep telling myself :) ) Hugs, Gerrina

Berina RGA said...

Such beautiful cards Brenda!! I love them all!!

coldwaters2 said...

Fabulous selection of creations Brenda I love the Autumn themed cards and I absolutely love how you did the Fairy card that is such a brilliant idea.
hugs
lorraine x

Greta said...

Oh wow--I really love that first card, Brenda--stunning! A friend of mine loves the Clair inks, but I don't have any yet. Wish they had a color like Versafine Vintage Sepia.

Ellibelle said...

Your cards are absolutely beautiful Brenda, and those new colors are gorgeous!! Did you try them yet for sponging? Still haven't ordered any oxides, waiting for Christmas. But maybe these would work in a similar way? I love how you got such an amazing coverage the first time!

susiestacey said...

Gorgeous collection Brenda, but just adore the beautiful colours of the magical fairy card - stunning x

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous cards and backgrounds and you have a collection of beautiful stamps -love them all
Carol x

ALI said...

These are stunning Brenda, I haven't tried the Versafine clair ink pads yet.

Wishcraft said...

Gorgeous selection of cards Brenda, all fabulous! I like the look of those ink pads, lovely bright colours... might need to try some ;o) Hugs, Lisa x

Caty said...

These cards are absolutely gorgeous Brenda !! I love all , the colours are wonderful and the stamps so beautiful, the butterflies one is fabulous.
Very happy day to you,
Big hugs, Caty

Fikreta said...

oh these cards are stunning!
love them!
hugs

Caro´s kreative Welt said...

Wow, what great projects again. I like all very well.
Greetings Carola

Donna Ellis said...

I am so in love with my VFC pads! I have 18 colors and want more LOL BEST INK PAD EVER! Loving your pretty cards - especially the first one with the triad mural effect and pretty colors in your fantasy Autumn's night with the full moon. Each of your creations is lovely! Wishing you a great week-end. hugs, de

Conny G. said...

So wonderful! I love the Autumn colors!
Hugs,
Conny

Carol said...

Gee Brenda you have been very busy. I love all your cards you have made lately. I'm very inspired, thank you. Crafty Hugs, Carol x