Monday, 8 November 2010

Queen Hatshepsut

It Monday folks and it's raining and blowing a gale outside.

So how was your weekend ? Who watched the reality programmes.....I'm meaning Strictly and the X Factor of course. So what's it all about then, there was me thinking it was all about the dancing and singing abilities and here we have a 'blue' female who quite frankly is an embarrassment to watch and a so called Brazilian 'vocalist' whose singing abilities defy comment. My hubby reckons it's a mockery and we should all show our disdain by switch off our TV' who does vote for them I wonder........or is it all fixed ?

OK moan over, onto some craft. Not a lot going on there though as things need doing around the house. We have just had new wood floors laid from the utility room, right through the hall and into the dining room, so of course now the decorations all look shabby and as the skirting's are all off, hubby wants to replace them, so some decorating is in order first. Had a quick visit to Laura Ashley surprise with my style of craft that I love their designs and have used them for years.

So advance notice, my blogging activity might be a bit slow this week.........I'm not actually sure if I can even wallpaper anymore with my rotten balance and fumbling fingers, but going to give it my best shot so it does not all fall on hubbys shoulders.

Just a few shares, mostly previously finished work. The card at the top of this post used yet another beautiful Egyptian Sweet Pea fairy from Crafts and Me who looks rather like Queen Hatshepsut on one of the papyrus's we brought back from Egypt on one of our trips there. The background paper is created using the JudiKins cube with hieroglyphics on it which I stamped with Tim Holtz broken china onto some blue DP. The image itself is stamped with versafine black and embossed with detail clear and coloured in with Twinkling H2o's using the traditional Egyptian colours that adorn the tombs. A border punched with Martha Stewart zig zag and some gold emblellies. This card is for the following challenges:

Sweet Pea - Dry or wet embossing (fairy heat embossed)

My second card is using the lovely Penny Black slapstick stamp, which is stamped and embossed with detail clear, the masked so I could stamp in the Magnolia fence and coloured all with Copics. I also stamped some grass with the tiny Art Impression stamp, some bees to complete the little scene and also decoupaged the little boy. The DP is Nitwits, a couple of Tim Hotz adage tickets and tied them with raffia. This card is for the following challenges:

Stamp With Fun
- Sketch
Lets Ink it Up - Create a scene
Cards for Men - Animals (froggy and 'something' peeping out of other bucket !)

For my third card I used Penny Black 3877K An Afternoon stamped with versafine onto a background distressed with Tim Holtz mustard seed. I stamped the image a second time into vellum, then tore it in half and laid over the main image and fixed with brads. The border strip across the middle is stamped randomly with the same stamp and again inked with the TH ink, then ribbon, a button and lace added.This card is for the following challenges:

Cupcake - Sketch
Gingerloft - Button/s

My final card is a really quick and simple one using October Afternoon DP and one of the little houses from Hero Arts CL464 which is simply coloured with Copics and glittered to add snow to the roof. The mats were cut on Cricut Storybook. This card is for the following challenge:

Paper Sundaes - Let it Snow


Fliss said...

Really lovely work here Brenda and I think your topaz one gets the edge.
Know what you mean about Strictly and the X Factor as I was soooo cross that the certain Brazilian was still there when poor Treyc got the boot. Also can't stand those boys of Simon as they may look cute (my daughter says they're like 5 Justin Biebers - ugh!) but they can't sing!

Linapyssel said...

To me is seems a lot going on in your crafting corner despite laying wodden floors and all!! You are just amazing Brenda fixing it all!! Maby I´ll try to hire you when we get our mew home and starting up the BIG renovation!!
Your cards are so pretty and cute! Cleopatra is rocking and the gardener is adorable!!

Have a great day Brenda and give the puppies a kiss from me!!

Hugs Lina

Debbi said...

Gorgeous cards! I just love the velum overlay--very creative!
Have fun fun!

chris said...

Wow wow wow!! and you can wallpaper too, when are you coming round, you talented lady!!
LOVE YOUR CARDS I dont know how you turn out so many amazing ones. all so gorgeous. hugs chris xx

Artyjen said...

Ooh! Love your xmas house...thanks for sharing it at SCD this week :)
Don't watch X factor but do love Stictly! Ann should have gone last week actually she should have gone long ago!!....she does not even look as if she is trying....Jimmie leaving is a farce and a complete mystery!!! No pun intended!! LOL
xoxo Sioux

Lynda said...

Brenda you totally put me to shame - look at all these beautiful cards and that's on top of all the decorating too! Love every one of them and thanks for sharing a special one with Daring Cardmakers this week.

Love Lynda xxx

Mervi said...

Four great cards all very different but stylish in their own way, beautifully done again!

Quite off from the blogs me too this week-
awful noise here, pipe renovation going, we are going to the cottage again.

Happy decorations to you;-))m

Sadilla said...

they are all beautiful creations... the exotic one is so original and full of details... but I like all of them! =)

Hearts Turned said...

Oh, my! Such wonderful cards, Brenda! Each so different and unique--love that Egyptian stamp!

Hope your week is wonderful, my friend!


Juls said...

Fabulous cards!!! Love Queen Hatdhepsut....we went to visit her temple when we were in Egypt on holiday, Loved it but at that point I thought I was going to collapse with the heat....think I may need this image to create a scrapbook page!! Love the colours you have captured the egyption feel perfectly!!!!

Also I love your black&yellow creation, there is just so much to see on this card, that I have been sat staring at it for ages!!!! so stylish and just perfect in every way!!

Hugs Juls

Lythan said...

what a lovely array of cads. Thanks for playing along with DCM this week :)

Nannieflash said...

Hi Brenda, fabulous cards, and I love your PB image hes so cute, gorgeous colouring to. Thanks for joining us at CFM, good luck with the challenge. with hugs Shirleyxxxx


OMGoodness Brenda - I don't know where to begin - they are ALL absolutely gorgeous, and to pick a favourite would be impossible!! I do love Sweet Pea images though, and the gold trimmings on this one are perfect for the Egyptian theme.
As for Ann W., and Wagner - what a shambles! I was so annoyed at Jimi's unfair departure that I did something I have never done before - I left a comment on the Strictly website, after the programme. There were already more than 400 complaints about the unfair voting system and Ann W. being saved yet again.
I'll get off my soapbox now!!
Hugs, Sylvia xxx

Doreen said...

Fabulous cards.Thanks for sharing this with us at

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Anonymous said...

Hiya Brenda, what a lovely selection of cards,my fav is the little cowboy one hes so cute! xx jo xx

Powerful Search Engine said...

Hi Brenda gorgeous cards. I love the gems you have added to you Sweet Pea card. Fantastic effect. Thanks for joining us at SPS hugs Pascale

lisa said...

I think you're either in the Strictly camp or the X Factor camp, for me it's the former although I don't get too worked up about who leaves, life's too short!!!
I hope your decorating goes smoothly. If you choose the scheme then you've certainly done your bit I always think. Hubby's are always good at putting the paper etc on the walls and if you feed them and give them lots of coffee they don't complain too much, well mine doesn't anyway!!
Your cards are all stunners as always, Brenda.
Has it been as wet in the Fens as it has in Yorkshire today. Winter has arrived with avenegence I think.
Hugs Lisax

Zoechaos said...

Lovely cards 'specially the last 2. Havn't done the vellum thing for ages was just thinking about it the other day! LOL Love that PB stamp.

Have fun with the decorating, something else for Dasiy to get excited about, perhaps if you tie a paint brush to her tail? LOL xx Zoe

Jacee said...

Fabulous cards Brenda, can't choose a favourite they are all smashing, I particulary love the gold trimmings, fabulous!

Lisa Jane said...

Hi brenda - love the cards today - that yellow and black one is fabulous
Lisa ;)

Julie said...

Hi Brenda,Such great cards,your lady in Blue is stunning,I wish I'd seen this in time to search one out for my nieces card,she's Egyptian mad! As for the dancing blue lady,She makes me so happy,I know she's absolutely rubbish but who can't manage a chuckle when watching her being hoisted around by her o so strong partner. let's face it,it is all for a good cause. AS for the singer,(I say that loosely) he is such an embarrasement and should be sent home!Have a good week,wishing you sunshine:) Julie.x

Kat said...

You have been busy Brenda. Gorgeous cards, all different but all equally lovely. Not sure I could pick a favourite but I do love the simplicity of the last one with the little snow house. I've been busy making DT cards for Simply Create so I might get round to posting them tomorrow. Always so much to do isn't there?

Kat xx

Sarah said...

Wow Brenda, stunning cards! We've just had wood floor laid in our hall and living room, I love it but as you say the rest of the decor looks ropey ;-)

Thank you for sharing your card with us at Cards for Men, good luck with the challenge xxx

Janice said...

Lovely cards, especially the little boy one, very well suited colours. As for Sat TV, I'm an X-Factor gal & no I don't vote for Wagner either, my money is on Matt. Jx

pinky said...

Totally gorgeous creations Brenda, all very striking in their own way. Wish you would put them in separate post though, as I would prefer to comment more on each individual card:) Good luck with the decorating but be careful!!
PS definitely a fix (Xfactor)

Tracy said...

That's funny Brenda, I'm seing little houses in my sleep at the moment, and guess what the size keeps changing Hehe!

I love your sweet pea creation, i'm a sucker for them, they are so gorgeous. Loving the blue on it very true to itself.

I love how you've worked all the various stamps in with the Penny black slapstick boy.

Lots of gorgeousness to see today Brenda, thanks for sharing them.
Happy crafting
Tracy x
And your

Sally H said...

Wonderful, gorgeous, beautiful cards, Brenda! I love them all!

Linda W said...

Hi Brenda, well you have been busy - really lovely cards, I especially like the Egyptian one. I agree with you on the reality shows - what a farce they are becoming! Good luck with the decorating, I know it can be a bit of a pain but just think how lovely it will be when it's all finished! Take care, Linda x

cheryl said...

oh brenda hun these realy are all stunning so love visiting your blog its always such an inspiration,totally brilliant detail on all of them I also went onto the x factor website and complained about the unfair dismisal of tracy so angry that idiot is still in as for anne well enough said,hugs cheryl xxxx

Anonymous said...

OH WOW that Egyptian girl is GORGEOUS!!! So royal and beautiful, you did amazing on that card!!!!

Your other ones are divine too of course, but that first has me mesmerised!


Невероятна красота!!!! Всичко, което видях ми донесе едно приятно чувство и удовлетворение.....Името на моя блог също е "Цветни фантазии" И с голям интерес ще следя какво се случва тук! Желая многа здраве, творчески ентусиазъм и нестихващо вдъхновение..!
Данка Матеева

Mandy said...

i Brenda,
So many gorgeous cards again love them all,but must admit the yellow with the vellum overlay is just in front....Totally agree with you over strictly and X factor...
Mandy xx

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Brenda, what a gorgeous card. The image is beautiful and the vellum overlay looks fab. Thanks for joining us at cupcake craft challenge. Hugs, Denise x

Jackie said...

Fantastic set of cards, everyone great for different reasons :o)
I don't watch any of the 'reality' shows, or indeed any of the soaps :o)
Jackie xx

Elizabeth said...

Lovely cards - particularly like the Egyption one but they are great. Elizabeth x

Laura said...

Sweet house image. This would make a lovely Christmas card.Thanks for joining us at SCD this week.

Saskia said...

Hello Brenda!

Wow! You're soooo creative!!!

Lovely to see your work at Daring Cardmakers! Thanks for joining us!

Sweet greetings, Saskia
(guest designer)

Beryl said...

Hi Brenda,
I know what you mean about the floor shoeing the rest of the place up. After revesling those gorgeous quarry tiles it now looks as if we may replace the kitchen units now. Hopefully if we get any viewers it will go down well - if not I'll be able to enjoy the new kitchen myself. Man coming on Friday so we'll see what happens then.
I love it when I get a chance to visit your blog - loads of inspiration - just wish I could find the time to try everything I see at least once. 4 fab cards today - all brilliant as per usual - but that black an yellow one is my absolute fave of the day. Very striking and beautiful too.
Beryl xx

Merry said...

I love all your cards Brenda....they are always so different from each other but all so special.

Hope all is going well with the redecorating...sounds like a big job.

Lynne K said...

How you manage to produce so many fabulous cards, and work, and decorate and blog, Brenda, I don't know! I haven't managed to make even one card yet this week, and I rarely watch TV, so can't use that as an excuse. Can you please write a how-to book as soon as possible! xx

Sandy Ang said...

Such variety and creativity !
Love to see you at my Christmas Card Challenge

Crafting Queen said...

Great cards, love the first one, very striking. Thank you for your support, really appreciate it. Hugs Anesha

Silli said...

wonderful cards the image and your choice of colors...HUGS

craftimamma said...

Phew, I wish my 'not a lot going on' was as little as yours Brenda. This lovely package would have been a heck of a lot for me at the speed I work, Lol!

All the cards are really gorgeous but I have a soft spot for the last one with the cute little house.

Lesley Xx

Tracy Valure said...

This is adorable. Very cool how much the paper and stamp match!! Love the die cuts too.
Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes.
Tracy V said...

Fab cards, thanks for sharing with us at SPS. x

Catherine said...

Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Craft this week Brenda ! Love your card, the colours are striking and the image is really lovely... Good luck ! Smiles from Catherine

Gez Butterworth said...

Fab-u-lous crafting Brenda. Sorry I'm so late calling to see your SCD house.. vertigo is keeping me away from the computer. :(
Hope you are well. Love Gez.

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Brenda, what a gorgeous card. I love the image and colour scheme. Thanks for joining us at stamp with fun challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

Whisper said...

Wow fabby cards, i'm especially loving the PB little boy with the bucket of frogs and the fence you have used with it as well, Luv Sam x

Shana said...

Cards are gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at Paper Sundaes - we hope to see you again next week!