Thursday, 12 August 2010

DT vacancies, challenges and puppy update

Little and Large

Good Afternoon folks and what a wet one it is here in the Fens, but much needed and I guess I will have to put up the the sub zero temperatures, or at least what fees that way after the Med heat.

Might be a bit of a long post as lots to tell you about. First of all I am looking to expand my DT over at Penny Black at Allsorts. We have just started our second month and after a wonderful first month I think the time is right to spread our wings a bit and incorporate a bit of new blood. So if you love your Penny Blacks, can commit to submitting a piece of artwork each month and commenting on entries and feel you have what it takes to join our little gang pop over to the Chalenge blog now to see what you have to do.

So hows it going with the puppies ? Up and down is probably the best way to describe it. Two rather noisy nights eventually led to desperate measures by 3am this monring when no amount of pacifying was going to settle Daisy. We remembered the old trick of giving puppies something smelling of their Mother, well we did not have that so as Daisy has spent most of last evening on hubbys lap he gave her his trousers to lay on in her basket.......I did say drastic measures and at that time of the monring anything goes.......not another peep out of her till almost seven, so I figure he can say goodby to a decent pair of linen trousers.

Apart from that all is going well considering how young they are. And the star of the show has to be Bernie the St Bernards, he is being an asolute darling with them. It's nigh impossible to get a picture of them all together but I did catch the one above earlier.

I also want to thank the team at Crafts and Me for selecting me for their Top three last week.

I have somehow managed a couple of cards, taken me almost two days, but here they are. The first is my saftey net style using My Minds Eye DP's, some of the beautiful lace I bought in Cadiz and the main image Penny Black 3877K an afternoon inked with Tim Holtz dusky concored and peeled paint, spritzed before stamping to bleed the colours a bit and stamped onto linen cardstock. The flower is made with punches from the same DP's scrunched up to age and spritzed with Glimmer Mist dazzling diamonds. The sentiment is Penny Black 4070F Dreams. The butterfly is also punched from the same DP and glittered.

This card is for the following challenges:

Flutterby Wednesday - must have a butterfly or fairy
Crafts and me - Purple and green
Stamp Man - 2 colours

My second card uses one of my lovely new Sweet Pea stamps called Poppy Love which I stamped and embossed with detail clear and then masked to create a sun over the rays whch are part of the stamps using Tim Holtz mustard seed and dried marigold, then coloured with Copics. The double sided DP is Crate Paper, some lace, a magnolia flower adn swirl cut with a Sizzix die. This card is for the following challenges:

Sweet Pea Stamps Challenge - Carnival colours
Charisma Cards - Easel card
Tuesday Taggers - Sunshine


Kras said...

They are all so sweet!

pinky said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda, love the stamping in the first and the torn ends. Lovely colours in the second those papers are gorgeous. My favourite has to be little and large lol. How adorable is that!

Helen said...

Lovely cards, especially the "dreams" one. Grogeous puppy, hope you all sleep better in future!! It must be worse than kids....

Nannieflash said...

Hi Brenda, your dogs look so peaceful it doesnt seem that they could be so naughty but there you are. Love your cards they are gorgeous and congrats on doing so well in the challenge.
I do so hope you enjoyed your holiday, Im just hoping I get one eventually as my last few weeks have been shattering. With love and hugs Shirleyxxx

sandra said...

I love both of your cards!
I love how you create sun behind faerie.
And puppy's are sooo adorable!
Hope they won't give you sleepless night tonight!lol.

Anonymous said...

lol the joys of puppies!

oh wow these are both amazing cards!!!

especially love the first purple one with the stamping and ribbon and lace!

and I love the bright summer colors on the second, beautiful stamp too!

Littlebearcrafts said...

Two very beautiful cards Brenda and a gorgeous photograph.
I'm not sure which are the most hard work, puppies or babies!
Clare x

Fliss said...

Hi Brenda, hope you had a really lovely holiday. Now trying to catch up after getting back from mine yesterday.
Gorgeous cards as always and those new puppies and your other grown up ones are cute and gorgeous too. My daughter went all soppy over your earlier puppy pic.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Craftnut said...


Great card and cute puppies. Sent you a message to say Mr Linky is not on the August Challenge.


Cherry said...

Gorgeous cards B. Lovely piccie of some of the brood. Glad you got some sleep. Hugs Cherry XXX

Babs said...

Love the purple and green on your first card Brenda, the sentiment is lovely too,i like how you have torn and distressed the paper which is gorgeous, two beatiful cards.
Hope you had a fantastic holiday.
those babies are adorable.

Babs x

Tracy Evans said...

You poor thing being up at that time in the morning, but I know how it feels I have a pug pup. Your picture is adorable, they look no trouble at all LOL. Gorgeous cards and I love the flowers on both. Have a good evening, Tracy Evans x

Claire said...

Beautiful cards as always Brenda and what a gorgeous pic too!
I hope you have a better night tonight, maybe those trousers will work their magic
Claire xx

Sarah xx said...

Yaaayyyyy!! Bernie is such a superstar!!!! I wondered how he was getting on with the pups but you hadn't mentioned him for a while and I didn't like to ask! The pups are just adorable but he is still my fave!! hugs xxx

Sarah A said...

Hi Brenda

Gorgeous cards, love the stamp in the first and the colours in the Sweet Pea one are gorgeous, I don't have this stamp.... yet but definitely on my wish list.

Haha poor hubby having to donate his trousers to a lil pup, love the little and large photo, it warms your heart.

Sarah x

Liza said...

Gorgeous work. Thanks for joining us this week at CCC.

Liza x

Linapyssel said...

Oh it´s a cute picture of large and small together!!! Big congrats to beeing top 3 wonder!! I love the lace and the dubble bow on the first one and the colors on the second one is faboules!!

Have a great evening!!
Elvis has left the building!!

Sally H said...

Both stunning cards, Brenda! I particularly like the first one. Gorgeous colours. Lovely photo of Bernie with Daisy too. Hope you get a decent nights sleep soon - definitely worth a pair of trousers!

Lisa Jane said...

ooh that doggy pic is gorgeous. What a cute pair.
The cards are fab too.. i love first one - the colours are gorgeous..
Lisa ;)

ps i dont think bobby could walk from Yorkshire to Southampton . so it wasn't me you were waving at lol...maybe my doppelganger!

lisa said...

Hi Brenda. I'm so glad you had a great holiday, the places you visited sound amazing although I have been to a few and love Palma, like you say, it's a beautiful city.
Your puppies look absolutely adorable, thanks for sharing the gorgeous photos. It sounds like you've got your hands full now.
Love both these cards. Congrats on your top 3, not surprised though!!!! You've used my favourite design of yours with the crossed threads and flowers!!
Hope the weather has cheered up for you now.
Hugs Lisax

Sally H said...

Whoops, forgot to say Thanks for sharing your sunshine with us at TT this week!

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Aww bless... just love the pics of your dogs and pups. You certainly sound like you have your hands full with them.
Love your elegant flower card - the bloom you have made is awesome. Pretty easel card too... lush papers and beautiful colouring.
Caroline xxx

Craftnut said...

Hi Brenda

Thanks for getting back to me :o)

I have done my comment now - mr linky had disappeared off the challenge when i looked at work but ok now.


coldwaters2 said...

Awww Brenda you must be in heaven with all those beautiful doggies around you lol, I know I would be. I am so loving both your cards fab colours and images.
Lorraine x

Zoechaos said...

Oh so darling the picture of the two dogs is just to adorable. a happy little girl has got to be worth a pair of trousers! and two gorgeous cards, seems you are getting your mojo back :) xx Zoe

Lynda said...

Awwww its good to see a pic of Bernie with one of the pups and I just love the story of the trousers lol - anything for a good nights sleep!! Don't know how you're managing to be so creative too - there must be so much going on there. Beautiful cards though and I love the sweet pea image.

Love Lynda xxx

Faye said...

Your work is beautiful, just stunning. Thanks for playing at Charisma. x

Unknown said...

So lovely to see Bernie and he looks in fine fettle ;0) glad you sorted out poor Daisy hubbys pants ha ha well if it works?

Card are beautiful hun as always

Love Dawn xx

Tracy said...

Hi Brenda,
I love your gentle giant and he looks adorable looking after the pup. What a beautiful creation you've done with the Sweet Pea image. I love the penny black one too.

Hope Daisy settles down soon.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Linda W said...
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Linda W said...

Hi Brenda, don't know what's happening this evening - my computer seems the have the gremlins, anyway I'll try again. The cards are lovely, I especially like the Penny Black one - the colours are lovely. I hope the puppies settle OK tonight with your hubbies trousers lol. This will sound daft I know but we've always put a travel clock under the puppies bedding - apparently they think the ticking of the clock is Mum - all I know is it works! Anyway have a good weekend. Linda x

Danni said...

Love the photos of the pups! Gorgeous cards!! Thank you for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

papertrails leaver said...

Very pretty cards! Hoping the nights settle down some for you and no more pants are required. :-)

Claire Phillips said...

Great cards Brenda - they are both lovely! The pup is adorable and how gorgeous is Bernie...Cheers Claire x

debby4000 said...

Fabulous cards Brenda and what an adorable pic.

chris said...

Morning Brenda, I have only just got up, I'm full of cold, not got a lot of commenting done either.
your photo is gorgeous as are you 2 cards, congratulations on you win.
back soon love chris xx

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

gorgeous cards Brenda , loving the dog pics, want to cuddle them all. The weather is horrid so wet here, you must miss the sun.

PatR said...

Two gorgeous cards Brenda and thanks for joining the TT challenge with the sunshine. Hope you get a good night rest tonight.

Sarah A said...

Forgot to say thank for joining us over on Sweet Pea Stampers this week ;-)

Sarah x

Lou said...

Hi!B what a sweet photo,great idea with hubby's trousers :)
Hope you had a nice holiday?and are all ok?
Very lovely cards and congrats-top 3 how nice.
see you soon,hugs Lou.xx

Michelle said...

Beautiful cards! Love the purple and green color combo for the FBW card! Thanks for joining us this week - keep fluttering :)

Sarah said...

Sounds like it's all fun and games in your house with the puppies, linen trousers is a very expensive comforter but I guess if it works it's worth it! Beautiful cards as always, I absolutely love the first one xxx

Donna said...

Beautiful card and such pretty lace you have used! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Craft Challenge :) Donna x

crafty amy said...

Wow two stuning cards both so diffrent but both gorgeous. Good luck on the DT call and the top 3 was well deserved for the last crafts and me challenge :D
Thank you for joining us a sweet pea stampers and crafts and me. Good luck.


Amy xx

Unknown said...

Aww two gorgeous pups and two stunning cards Brenda. I love the card you have made for our carnival theme at Sweet Pea Stampers it is so vibrant and so beautifully coloured. ( My fave image from Sweet Peas too) Could you just link it to this weeks challenge as well as the entrants candy so you can be entered into this weeks prize draw. Good Luck and thanks for joining us this week Hugs Pascale