Thursday, 26 August 2010

Fairies and flowers

How is everyone ? Have you all got this rain as well ? If they talk about droughts now, I think I'll throw something at the TV, to have such green lush paddocks in August is unheard of and utterly bizarre.

I have two shares today, the first is one of the very special birthday cards I have been making for Anysia's 18th on Sunday..............45 peeps coming for a barbie, well that's the plan anyway. Thankfully my mate Mark Spencer.......for those of you not familiar with him he also goes under the guise of M&S......... is doing most of the catering so it just needs collecting and the boys love cooking barbies, so I figure all that leaves for me is to do is make a bowl or two of my famous punch. Why is it famous you ask......nobody can ever remember drinking it !

So the card, another of the gorgeous Sweet Pea Stamps called Black Rose, stamped with versafine black and embossed with detail clear, coloured with Copis and generously glittered and embellished. The DP is Kaiser and the border punched with my new Martha Stewart floral vine punch.

I added lace and vellum butterflies cut with Martha Stewart small monarch. The flowers are a mixture of Magnolia and from stash, plus liberal helpings of pearls.

This card is for the following challenges:

Sweet Pea Stamps: Lace and Pearls
Stamp with Fun: Card for a Girl
Charisma Cardz: Hot Hot Hot
C.R.A.F.T: Milestone Birthdays

My second card above is a really quick plain and simple one but I quite like the clean lines. I cut squares on my guillotine and stamped a variety of stamps using Tim Holtz olive and stormy sky and embossed with iridescent powder. I distressed the edges slightly and matted onto blue and green co0ordinating cardstock.

This card is for the following challenges:

Cupcake: Blue and Green
Cut Card Thursday: Dieing for a Punch


Anonymous said...

totally gorgeous easel card, I love the paper and colors you chose, really pops!

and love that christmas card, those are great images too! and love the colors!

Hearts Turned said...

What beautiful cards, Brenda! Love the stamped images on your Christmas card! Hope you're doing well...glad you've survived all your rain!



Hi Brenda - the easel card is fabulous - love the colour combo and all the beautiful embellishments.
The Christmas card is a brilliant design and I like the clean lines and the variety of stamped images - it all works so well together.
Love, Sylvia x

Rhonda Miller said...

What a gorgeous card. I just love the colors and the flowers look great.

I love your Christmas card also. TFS.

Anonymous said...

Two gorgeous cards here Brenda.... love the first one soooo much, the colours are gorgeous

Lovely designs!!!

Kari said...

OMG,the first card is so gorgeous,amazing papers and flowers,I have that punch too,so lovely!!
Second card is beautiful,so simple and plain but so beautiful! :o)
We have a lot of rain here in Norway too,but we have a little sun in between :o)
Have a great evening :)
HUgs,Kari :)

Lisa Jane said...

Hi Brenda - your daughter will love that card - such striking colours. I hope you have a wonderful day .. and i know Mr M&S will come up trumps - but hopefully Mr Sunshine will too.
Lisa ;)

Nicola said...

Brenda 2 lovely cards. Really like the red, grey and black tones on the first card. The 2nd card is great because of its simplicity but effectiveness. Nicola xx

Desire Fourie said...

Loving the easel creation. The black and red is very striking and the flower arrangement is beautiful. Love the stamping on the second creation.

Helen said...

Wonderful cards, those flowers are amazing. Fingers crossed for the weather, then!! Have a great weekend.
Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog!

lisa said...

Your "special card" is just gorgeous, Brenda. Your daughter will love it.
The forecast doesn't sound too bad for the weekend so hopefully it'll be nice for your barbie-fingers crossed anyway.
I love your Christmas card too. I've seen something similar demoed on the tele and thought I'd have a go for my cards this year, I'm into mass production, not variety and these look just a little different than the usual and easy to do lots of, well thats the plan!!
Hugs Lisax

sandra said...

They both looks amazing!
First one-great details and I love dramatic colors.
And second one-so simple and elegant!
Hope you will have great time!
p.s.send that punch!!!lol.

Littlebearcrafts said...

Great cards Brenda.
I absolutely love the colour scheme on the first one and the card is amazing.
Happy Birthday to Anysia for Sunday. I hope the weather is kind for the barbie and that you are feeling well enough for a party.
Clare x

Mandy said...

Hi Brenda,
I love the easel card it's beautiful...the papers are scrummy must keep my eye out for them,,The second one is lovely two I like the clean feel...
Mandy xx

coldwaters2 said...

Absolutely beautiful cards Brenda that first one is stunning the colours, image and flowers are delightful and for a quickie card it is gorgeous.
Lorraine x

Fliss said...

Just love the colours of your first one Brenda and that punch will be on my wish list.
The simplicity of the second one is great too.
Hope the barbie goes well and the weather is kind.
It's weather for ducks down here at the moment and my poor younger daughter has just returned from several days wet weather camping in Somerset with a leaky tent!!!

Zoechaos said...

Two gorgeous cards love the top one perfect 18th and a great sounding party have fun :) Love the second one wonderful christmas images xx Zoe

Sally H said...

Stunning cards, Brenda! I am sure Anysia's card will be loved and admired by all 45 of your guests and the family too. I hope the weather cheers up for you and you feel much better soon x

crafty amy said...

Wow these are 2 gorgeous cards! I may have to steal the layout on your second one and wow your colouring on the sweet pea image is incredible :D
Thank you for joining us at sweetpea stampers and good luck.


Amy xx

Jules said...

Hi Brenda

Two gorgeous creations.

Anysia is going to love her card very much.. .. .. and I would like to try that punch!!! It sounds very nice!!

Hope you are feeling a bit better today.

Love Jules xx

pinky said...

The first one is so lush and perfect for an 18th birthday, she will definitely be treasuring that one. Love the second too, you have such great ideas with the layout of your stamps. Hope you are looking after yourself.

Merry said...

Beautiful glad you gave a close up of the flowers on your first card as they really caught my eye. So love how you bunch them together. Great colours in your xmas card....and a great clean layout. Bit cloudy over this side of the world...a quick shower would be great for the gardens.

PatR said...

Two fabulous cards again Brenda. Hope you have a great time on Sunday and that the weather will have improved, it is August after all. Congratulations to the birthday girl.
Hope you are feeling better.

Faye said...

These are both gorgeous, but really like the easel card and the hot red! ;) Thanks for playing at Charisma this week. x

Fleur said...

Hi B. another 2 gorgeous cards, love the dramatic colour combo of the first - making it a very elegant card & love the simplicity of the second,
Hugz Fleur xXx

cheryl said...

oh wow hun 2 gorgoues card,s love the coulrs you have the first one is just so elegant,and the second one is just super hugs cheryl xxxx

Julie said...

Your cards are both just beautiful!

Thank you for joining us at Cute Card Thursday!


Tracy said...

I hope the weather picks-up for the party, and a Happy Birthday to Anysia, and she will adore her birthday card as it is stunning.
Hope your well enough to enjoy the celebrations.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda, especially love the first one.
I checked this morning you're still a follower.

Sarah said...

Stunning cards Brenda x

Lynne K said...

Wow! Wonderful easel card, Brenda - those colours are gorgeous. And I love the clean lines of the Christmas card, so elegant. Sorry to hear you haven't been well again. Some viruses have a nasty habit of coming back just when you think you've got rid of them. Hope it goes away again quickly. And that it stops raining and you have some nice weather on Sunday for the barbecue! xx

Juls said...

such great cards, love the first one! My Fav colour combo! Hugs Juls

Linapyssel said...

You are so good at making those easelcards beautiful Brenda, love the colors!!! A will be so happy when she recives it...and the barbie sounds yummy as well as the punch!!
The second card is so pretty with all the cute images!!

Have a great evening with all the puppies!!
Hugs Lina

Trimgym said...

Great card, thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge and good luck!

Jo and Tigerlover.

Lou said...

Hi! Very lovely are both of your cards B,the first is perfect for an 18th and love the Christmas card(i haven't started mine yet)-nice colours together.
Hope you are feeling better soon,take care.
see you soon,hugs Lou.xx

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

sorry you've got the rain now, very sunny here, even had my shorts on in the garden.
2 glorious cards, first lots of great detail, 2nd wonderfully simple.
Hope you have a fantastic barbie, M&S appeared here for dinner, nothing wrong with a bit of help.
hope the sun shines. janex
ps how are those pretty pups?

Nannieflash said...

Hi Brenda two fabulous and gorgeous card, love them both, hope you have a wonderful bank holiday weekend, at least I hope the weather improves. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxx

Powerful Search Engine said...

Hi Brenda this is so gorgeous. I love the floral embellishing and all the detail. I also love the colours you have used on your christmas card. Please link to the August Entrant candy post to be in with a chance of winning the $20 shopping spree x

chris said...

Hi B, these are a couple of beauties, love them both, hope you are on the mend, will miss you hugs chris xx

Shelly said...

Gorgeous cards... thanks for joining us at Cupcake this week. Shelly ;)

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Brenda, what a gorgeous card. I love the layout and the images are perfect. Thanks for sharing with us at cupcake craft challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

Babs said...

Hi Brenda, how beautiful are your cards, your easel card is just gorgeous, and i am sure your daughter will just love it.

Babs x

Suzi Mac said...

Two fabulous cards in their own rights. But OMG that first one is delicious, I love the image and your flower spray is amazing, Stunning card. Thank you joining us at C.R.A.F.T. this week, good luck in the draw.
Suzi x

mckinkle said...

2 super cards Brenda especially Anysia's 18th! The colour combo is so striking, I love it!

Hope you have a memorable Sunday and enjoy your celebrations to the full! Even after your magical punch!

Gorgeous puppy photos Brenda, thanks for sharing them, I love seeing them!

Keryn x

Claire Phillips said...

Beutiful cards Brenda! Thanks for playing along at C.R.A.F.T. - I am sure Anysia will love her card - I hope you enjoy your celebrations! Cheers Claire x

crafty amy said...

Hiya just thought I would drop you a quick note to say you might like to check out the Crafts and Me blog


Amy xx

Kay Carley said...

Absolutely LOVE the first card Brenda. The colour scheme is stunning as is the whole card - just fab!! xx

Andrea said...

Very sweet card - loveley details. Thanks for joining stamp with Fun.

Vanessa (aka V'ness, Nessa, oldschool) said...

thanks for joining us at SPS & good luck!!!

Tasha said...

Wow both cards are so beautiful and elegant
Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz
love tasha xx

Annie said...

gorgeous cards! thanks for joining in with us at CCT.
hugs, annie x

cowboydutrem said...

I love your birthday card. That scalloped DP is fantastic!