Monday, 21 December 2009

Cupcake chellenge in the ultimate comfort zone

Monday morning and only four more sleeps until the big day and still not really ready. Are we ever ready, I very much doubt it, although I stood behind a lady in Tesco the other day who was extremely confident she had been ready since the first of December.......she went on to tell the cashier that she makes it a household policy that everyone has their preparations completed by that date........I felt like saying wake up to the real world lady ! The cashier gave me a wry look as she walked away and I had a fair idea that his thoughts were not too distant from my own.

Crafting - well my mojo has been on holiday the last few days........or could be away making Christmas preparations with the lady in Tesco........but thanks to Claire and her wonderful artwork it has made a brief appearance today, albeit it very much in my botanical comfort zone. Claire has come up with another brilliant image and it's free to anyone who pops along to her blog.

As soon as I saw her latest image I could visualise a card and I have used it for this weeks Cupcake challenge which has the theme "Time For Celebration - a fairly open ended theme birthday, new baby, wedding, engagement, the choice is yours!"

So I have used Claire's image which I thought matched wonderfully the dragonfly she created form me a while back when I won her candy. I printed the main image three times and dragonfly twice so I could decoupage, colouring with Copics. I have added diamond glaze to the tulips and mounted all onto some My Minds Eye DP, a greeting from Rubber Tapestry CLS5006 made into a ribbon slide using a Nestie run through the Bug and some ribbon. I also traced the swirls on the image bow and added crystal glitter. As I said, very much comfort zone stuff.


Desire Fourie said...

Just gorgeous. Such a fresh creation and the cute dragonfly is just the perfect finishing touch. Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed festive season.

Mandy said...

hi Brenda, A lovely image and the dragonfly is beautiful..a great card..hope you have a lovely christmas and New Year..
Mandy xx

Juls said...

just gorgeous!! Love the dimention you have created!! Hugs Juls

Always with a Sentiment said...

Hiya Brenda. Your card is beautiful my friend. Love the flowers and the colouring is just brilliant. I love the design and the lovely sentiment with that fab ribbon.
Have a lovely Christmas when it arrives. I like you am not totally ready, but hey, it will all come together in the end.
Ready for 1st Dec, I dont think so.
Love Sandra xx

Nannieflash said...

Hi Brenda, wow thats one gorgeous card, and it will be received with awe, as its stunning. Well done I want to wish you a wonderful Xmas, with love and hugs Shirleyxxxxx

pinky said...

Beautiful Brenda, just love the freshness of it. Would you believe I am still getting orders for Christmas Cards...I know, that lady in tescos must be the only one on the planet who is ready for Christmas lol. We still have snow lying but no snow falling as yet. Keep warm.

Liz said...

Wow Brenda Claire will love this so do I
Beautiful Mrry Christmas if I dont get back over to you and yours

Liz xxx

chris said...

well it certainly doesn't look like you have lost your mojo Brenda, this is lovely I'm not organised either, still haven't posted everything due to snowy roads lots of love chris xx

Lauren said...


This is beautiful! Merry Christmas!


PS - She was totally lying! No one is ready December 1st!

Lynne K said...

Hi Brenda, what a lovely card, and so cheering to see something so springlike on such a cold, snowy day.

Thank you very much for the beautiful Christmas card. It's now up on my mantlepiece in pride of place. In case I don't get chance to say it again, have a wonderful Christmas, & I look forward to seeing lots more of your inspiring creations in the new year. xx

Lynda said...

Gorgeous card Brenda and beautiful bouquet. I can't get myself in the crafting mode at all at the moment. Am only glad that I got all my DT stuff done up to the end of the year or I wouldn't have anything to post lol.

I best get me skates on with the Christmas prep too by the sound of it! 1st Dec yeah right lol. Hope you're getting organised!

Love Lynda xxx

theneon said...

This card is brilliant! And, so refreshing from our Christmas flurry. You have sleeps before the big day? I haven't slept in a couple of days LOL! Merry Christmas!

PatR said...

This is gorgeous Brenda and a refreshing change from Christmas cards.
Just to let you know that there's gonna be a fantastic Blog Hop organised by The Stamp Man, running from 27th Dec to 3rd Jan. Please check out their blog.
Hope your festive preparations are going well.
Pat xx

Lou Sims said...

Georgeous, georgeous card Brenda - just love it.

Wishing you and your family a magical Christmas,


Anonymous said...

I really love this, I just love flowers on a cards and the dragonfly is the best touch!

craftimamma said...

What a 'sad' lady that person in Tesco's is! The Christmas frenzy is part of the fun :).

Beautiful card Brenda. The image is nice and fresh and modern and I too love the dragonfly.

A very Happy Christmas and New Year to you and your family from me, in case I don't get back round to you before Friday. Have a lovely time.

Lesley Xx

Merry said...

Beautiful the colours you have used.

stampinfrog said...

Brenda this is a beautiful card! Love the tulips!
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tracy said...

Your dragonfly is gorgeous, another beautiful card brenda. What on earth do you do for 24 days if your all organized by the 1st of dec. Isn't the preps and organizing the thing that builds up the Christmas spirit through the month of Dec.
Have a great Christmas and a peaceful one.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

cheryl said...

oh hun you have done a brilliant job with clares image I have that and cant wait to use it,well I have but its for a DT post which cant go up yet,but boy hun yours is just amazing encase I forget hope you and your family have a wonderful xmas and a safe and happy new year love hugs cheryl xxx

Cherry said...

Wonderful Brenda - love your colours. Wishing you a merry festive season Hugs Cherry XXX

Louise said...

beautiful card brenda as always, hope your nearly ready now for christmas, I am just about other than mince pies to make. Have a fab christmas and New year.
louise xx

debby4000 said...

Oh those tulips are wonderful, gorgeous card.

Liza said...

A gorgeous card, perfect for this week's theme. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

Liza x

Claire Phillips said...

Beautiful card - great job with the image Brenda - its fab and the Dragonfly works really well with it. You are so good ...didn't think anyone would have the time to use it at the mo! Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy 2010! Hope it's a great year for you! Love Claire x

Silli said...

OM Brenda...spring is in the air...;-) Your card is beautiful, love the tulips and the colors... I LOVE YOUR WOrK!!!!

Beryl said...

A lovely image Brenda and you've done a fab job with it. Love the colours you've used - very springlike.
Beryl xx

Christine (All She Crafts) said...

Another fave combo.. pink and green! Very fresh card. Lovely.

Chris xx

The Crafty Den said...

Such a cute card. Love the image and gorgeous paper. Thanks for joining us at cupcake craft challenge. Hugs, Denise x

Donna said...

Fantastic card and just perfect for our celebration theme, such a stunning decoupage image! Thanks for playing along with us at Cupcake :) Donna x