Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Blossoms and Blooms

Hello all, hope you are all having a good Tuesday.

My latest crafty exploits have been my attempts to prefect the tunnel card, well at least my version. A long way to go still but they say practice makes perfect so two for the price of one her. At least it's given me the opportunity to get some of the long overdue samples done for Sir Stampalot in the process and the second on also fits this weeks new ABC challenge with theme theme T is for.

The first one uses an unmounted Magenta set CS-043 which has some really lovely corner elements as well as flowers and fauna. I cut an aperture in the front of the card with Nesties through the Big Shot. I used the same piece for the dangling element but cut it a size smaller then stamped with versamark black and embossed with detail clear and coloured with a mixture of Copics and Marvy pens, stamped the flowers a second time coloured and spritzed with Glimmer Mist pearl and decoupages. I fixed the main image in place with an eyelet and jump rings. The DP is Kaiser and that's about the card really, oh and some dots of liquid pearls, but actually quite quick to make.

My second card.........sorry the piccies a bit dark despite sunshine and taken in the garden on the gazebo steps.........was created in exactly the same way, but this time I fixed the main image to the rear section of the card. The image is Hero Arts S5362 Dogwood which I absolutely fell in love with when I saw Lynda using it on some of her wonderful artwork........I'm sure they kept this stamp hidden from me at Stampaot because I really had not seen it before, but Janice soon put things right, hence the samples.

The flowers are decoupaged after stamping onto some Kaiser DP, which I also used to cut the corners with a Sizzix die and the spotty revers on the back of the card. The thank you sentiment is Art Impression G463 which I fixed onto one of the inside folds.


Sarah xx said...

Beautiful decoupage Brenda - looks really fiddly, I can't believe you said they were quick to make - the results are gorgeous!
have a lovely day


Hi Brenda,
Love the style of this aperture card - it is so effective. Both cards are equally stunning and the
3-d effect on the flowers is fabulous.
Love, Sylvia xxx

Linapyssel said...

The first time I´ve seen this type of card!!! AMAZING Brenda!!! Love the way you decorated the first...pretty!! And the flowers on the second they look like a million dollars!! Exclusive!!!

Many hugs Lina

Mirabelka said...


chris said...

Oh my word there lovely, especially love the magenta one I love that set.
hugs chris xx

Helen said...

You always do such lovely cards, I think these are fantastic. One day soon I will take a break from tags and "plain" cards and do some along these lines - yours look stunning.

Crafting Queen said...

Two stunning card, love them. Anesha

Lynda said...

Hahaha you've got the stamp at last! They're both amazing cards Brenda.

Love Lynda xxx

Fliss said...

These look stunning Brenda and glad to see you've taken to this shape like a duck to water!
Know what you mean about easel cards as I do them quite a bit too.

Beryl said...

Wow Brenda - these are gorgeous. Each one is decorated beautifully and I think your card design it brilliant. Do I sense another tutorial coming on (please).
Beryl xx

Ivolina said...

They are so amazing. Great work.

craftymum said...

Hi Brenda
these 2 cards are real beauties.I haven't tried one of these cards ....yet!!!!!
Thanks for you sweet comments on my blog recently. You are right, you and I are staying put, being faithful to the blogs we love. I really appreciate it when you comment. Thanks again Love sarah XXX

SannaS said...

WOW!!! Gorgeous cards!! Looks fabulous!! Have to try this myself!! =)
Hugs, SannaS

Kari said...

Oh,my goodness,this is fabulous!!Both cards are
Have a lovely evening :)

Hugs,Kari :)

Sandra said...

I really like how classy these cards look. Love the idea of using the same dies for the cutout and the inlay.
Hugs Sandra

PinksyDoodles said...

Wow, these are brilliant Brenda. I love what you have done with the stamp on the second card.
Clare x

Sandra said...

both cards are very beautiful.
Hugs Paula

Ludkasz said...


coldwaters2 said...

Oh wow Brenda these are amazing two real beauties just so creative and inspirational.

Lorraine x

Anonymous said...

These are very cool, I had never seen them before!

Nannieflash said...

Oh Brenda, Im in awe of your talent, two fabulous and stunning cards they are gorgeous.
Im glad you received the newspaper, yes Im really proud of Clare and my grandsons, shes done a brilliant job of creating that paper and its so easy to read as well.
Take care with love and hugs Shirleyxxxxx

cheryl said...

oh hun these are 2 gorjus cards,so love making these too and yours are so beautifully detailed with the most stunning images,and colurs hugs cheryl xxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Brenda, I feel like falling asleep in my paint bucket at the's been a task and half...thank you for the advice earlier, must admit I never gave that a thought till you said. So need to rethink that one!!!

I love your tent card idea's...the second one has to be my fav...those flowers are I just love the corners

I am off to bed now...cream crackered but had to catch up an my pal's

Thanks for the advice's a good job you said or I would have streak's down my

speak soon....

lisa said...

Hi Brenda. I don't stop by for a few days and what happens, you post some absolutely stunning cards. Still I've had a wonderful catch up. All your cards are just beautiful and I adore these tunnel cards, especially the first one with the decoupage flowers.
I'm so glad your family got home safely.
Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.


Kat said...

These cards are both stunning Brenda. I love the look of tunnel cards but needless to say I haven't tried one yet!

Kat x

Sally H said...

Both stunning cards. All lovely stamps! I do like the look of these tent cards. I might get round to making one in the next school hols, and write a shopping list for our next Sir Stampalot visit!

Merry said...

Now these look like fun cards to make both of your creations. That sunlight is very elusive when it wants to be isn't it. We have a bit more here today which makes me happy. :-)

Cathy said...

Stunning cards Brenda. I love the flowers and tent cards. Thank you for joining in the ABC challenge this time.
Cathy xx

Linda said...

Hi Brenda love the card, those decoupaged flowers are brilliant. I like the corners on your second card, it works really well. Love Linda

debby4000 said...

Wonderful cards Brenda, beautiful work.

Claire Phillips said...

They are both beautiful Brenda. I really like the japanese feel of the first card and its delicate appearance. Cheers Claire x

Sarn said...

OMG . . . .only recently found your blog, but I LOVE the cards you make. Definitely need to have a go at these tunnel cards . . . off to find some instructions!

Juls said...

Hi Brenda, both of these are just gorgeous!! and so elegant! Hugs Juls

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Such lovely elegant cards Brenda! They are gorgeous and must have taken some time to make.

Big hugs

issy said...

Hi Brenda, both of them, are beautiful, and I love the design of the card, very clever.


Liz Corrigan said...

Oh gosh Brenda two amazing cards. Love how you have decoupaged the flowers on the first card, and what a great stamp this is. The second, love how you have stamped on the paper and given the flowers movement. Rosie x

Lou Sims said...

Brenda your cards are FAB and love that shape . . will definitely have to make a card like that.

Have to say your 1st card is my favourite - love the stamps you have used.


craftimamma said...

All I can say is WOW!!!! Brenda these are both stunning and I couldn't pick a favourite if my life depended on it. Absolutely gorgeous.

Lesley Xx

Annette said...

Wow! Stunning creations!