Saturday 4 December 2010

All aglow

Good morning everyone, time for a new challenge at Allsorts where Helene would like us to 'Light up the Night'.

Afraid my blogging is still restricted to short five minute bursts so I've not got very far in visiting you all. They tell me resting my eyes especially from the computer screen, is the only cure as far as the muscle imbalance goes, so I have been testing their theory all week and doing what I am told. Although nothing was stopping me from my demo day at Stampalot today, even if it's more talk than demo and we are off shortly........hubby is driving me as I dare not test my eyes that far. The Ultimate Rubber Stamping event is becoming a regular in the crafty calendar and always great fun.

I confess to a huge blast of inspiration from Barbara Gray on this card. I always find her inspirational and her use of the Clarity Stamps lamp post and lady really cast a spell over me and this is my take on what she did.

I started by inking the lamppost and lady, with the lady stamped a second time onto some scrap DP. I used a very large makeup brush to swirl Adirondack archival black in circles round the lamp to give the impression of fog, then sponged some Tim Holtz mustard seed to create a glow from the oil lamp. I added some JudiKins snow glitter and a couple or corners.

I added a fence using Art Impression F3047 and leaves using Art Impression F2055, Lavinia fantasy houses, but I just inked the tops of these stamping off first so I ended up with a mist rooftop look in the background.

My vision if this card is a lady on Christmas eve, just leaving Church after midnight mass looking into the village in the distance.......I've never made any secret that I like in a fantasy world have I ? This card is also for the following challenges:

Cupcake - Light it up
ABC - Ice is for ice and snow

One more share using Sweet Pea Poinsettia Fairy. Another easel card stamped and embossed image, coloured with Copics, decoupaged and glittered wings, a Spellbinder frame, Magnolia DP, flowers and lace. This card is for the following challenges:

Sweet Pea - Silver, purple and white
Moving Along with the Times - Someone special (For a Granddaughters Christmas birthday)
CRAFT - Christmas Birthday (see above)


Mervi said...

Hi Brenda! The first card is so stunning and just could imagine the lady walking there...
I like lilacs so the second card is too so beautiful, both so stylish cards.
Have a good weekend, hope your eyes are better;-))m

Lorraine A said...

Fabulous cards Brenda ,, the first one is just breathtaking !! I love the way you did that ,, so arty and brilliant !! The 2nd one is beautiful too, lovely image and the papers, colours and embellies are all perfect :-)

Lols x x x

Claire said...

What gorgeous cards Brenda! I've been meaning to have a go at that amazing street light effect - you've really inspired me to have a go :-)
Hope your eyes are soon better but in the meantime, have a wonderful time at the demo day
Claire xx

Lisa said...

Hi Brenda, Wow beautiful cards! The poinsettia fairy image is truly stunning and the colours are gorgeous.

Sorry to hear you have problems with your eyes again. Hope it improves soon.

Lisa x

Anonymous said...

beautiful cards Brenda, WOW your still doing a lot!

Totally love the sweet pea and all the fantasy stuff too!

Have a great weekend!

Helen said...

Love the cards, Barbara is a great inspiration. Hope your eyes recover soon, have a great time demo'ing today.

Lynda said...

Love your Wintery scene card and another beautiful easel one. Glad to hear you're resting your eyes - hope they get better soon.

Love Lynda xxx

carol said... your card, so pretty, thanks for sharing your creation with us at C.R.A.F.T.
x carol

Lisa Jane said...

Hi brenda - i saw Barbara do that card - and you have done a fabulous job.. i love the glow around the lampost
The fairy card is so pretty too - your grandaughter will love it
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week
Lisa ;)

Always with a Sentiment said...

Hello Brenda. Your cards as always, are so pretty and serene. So much work and detail and beautifully co-ordinated. Happy crafting and take care of yourself.
Love Sandra xx

PinksyDoodles said...

Fabulous cards Brenda. I love the beautiful scene on the first card with the lamplight.
Have a wonderful day at Sir Stampalot today and I hope your eyes get better very soon.
Hugs, Clare x

Pami said...

These cards are fabulous. Thank you for joining us at MAWTT this week. Pami x

Shazza said...

love the card and am a huge Barbara Grey fan too.The way you have the glow from the lamp is brilliant The easel card is stunning as well, beautiful colours x

Tracy said...

Oh brenda more amazing creations, I really love the lady and the lampost, I love the feeling of times gone by. You've made a beautiful scene, love your stamping, your so talented. I do wish I could get to one of your classes or demo's, I would love to be able to make this creation.

Gorgeous sweet pea poinsettia fairy, she is beautiful, you work so well with them.

Hope you have a good day at Sir Stampalot, take care with those eyes, rest.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Nikbee said...

Gorgeous cards. I love the scene on the first and the colours and image are wonderful on the second.
Nikki x

Ger said...

Gorgeous cards. The way you have set the scene on the first card is beautifully done, the lamplight is amazing. Ger x.

kim edmonds said...

gorgous christmas birthday project, thanks for joining us this week over on c.r.a.f.t challenges x

Nannieflash said...

Hi Brenda youve created a really lovely effect with your first card she really does look as though shes standing under a lamp, and your second card is beautiful to. With love and hugs Shirleyxxx

Good Kardma by Jules said...

Very pretty! Love the lace you used and the glitter on the wings. Thanks for joining us at StampInsanity!

Sarah A said...

Wow Brenda, both are stunning. Love the misty effect on the top one, it looked like that here yesterday morning, quite magical!

Of course while I am here I will thank you for joining in over at Sweet Pea Stampers with your beautiful card!

Sarah x

Sadilla said...

a big WOW dear!! The cards are both great but the first is definitely my favourite!!!!

cheryl said...

oh wow hun,2 stunning cards,that first one is just pure,beauty gosh really love the style of that card,and the second one is so beautifully designed too gorgoues colurs,hugs cheryl xxx

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Amazing work Brenda!

Take care

Powerful Search Engine said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda as always. I love the top one with that blizzard feel to it. Your sweet pea card is AMAZing hunny thanks for joining us again. Hugs Pascale

Hearts Turned said...

So beautiful, Brenda! I'm so sorry you're having such trouble with your eyes--rest up, my friend!

Hope you're feeling back to normal soon...


Jacee said...

Lovely Brenda, I love the touch of lilac in the flowers goes so well with the blue.

Linby said...

wow again! Love these cards. That wintry scene is so beautiful I love it. I like the way you used the corners to frame it all - very inspirational yourself! Sorry to hear about your eyes - last thing a crafter wants.

Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW they are both brilliant, Thanks for joining in with us on MAWTT this week Hazelxoxo

sandra said...

They both are amazing!
But my favorite this time would be first one!
I love how you created this scene,and thanks for tip of how to make fog effect!

pinky said...

Two beautiful cards Brenda, I especially like the scene you have created in the first one. Hope the day went well for you all:)

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Both just gorgeous creations hun, love the fairy, your grandaughter is gonna love it!
Thank you for sharing with us at MAWTT this week, good luck! Hugs Shell xx

Juls said...

gorgeous cards!!! Love the first one, so stylish ans the lady in red is just stunning!! HUgs Juls

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous cards Brenda, love them both.
I hope your eyes improve soon.
Thanks for sharing it with us at MAWTT.
luv {brenda} xox

Beryl said...

A lovely misty/foggy scene. stamping just the tops of the roofs was a brilliant idea and adds to the foggy effect. Very elegant card.
The sweet pea one is lovely too. Super image and lovely colours.
Beryl xx

Faye said...

Oh, these are gorgeous, thank you for sharing at Cupcake. x

Gem said...

both wonderul cards Brenda! Thanks for joining in our Christmas Birthday challenge this week at C.R.A.F.T! Gemma :)
P.s. Check out my yummy blog candy here, closes 12/12!!

Doreen said...

Gorgeous cards.Thanks for sharing with us at

Beth said...

beautiful! So talented - your coloring is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing with us at StampInsanity! :)

Unknown said...

A lovely card with a lovely image thanks for playing at StampinSanity
Luv Jane xxx

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

awesome cards!!!
esp love the sps one & thanks for joining us!

Javablustamper said...

WOW!! This is GORGEOUS!! Thanks SO much for playing along with us at StampInsanity!!

Jacquie/Javablustamper! said...

Gorgeous card hun. Thanks for joining us over at Sweet Pea Stampers. x