Thursday 9 December 2010

Summer flowers and a bit of seasonal

Hello everyone, few shares, but keeping it brief.....the eye issues of course which seem to be dragging on forever.......but thought I would share some summer flowers to help stave of the -11 we had last night, along with a bit of Christmas as well.

I used the beautiful Penny Black 4112K To Follow the Star for the one above, stamped very simply with black versafine and embossed with detail clear onto a piece distressed with Tim Holtz inks. The diamond pattern is Hero G3316 stamped with the same TH inks, some cord tied round and the writing section of the main image stamped into a disk made with UTEE. This card is for the following challenges:

Inktegrity - Untraditional Christmas
Simon Says - Christmas with no red or green
Daring Cardmakers - Turquoise

The above creation uses some of the Sheena stamps I purchased at the NEC, I adore the poppies which are probably my favourite of the sets. The background was masked and brayered with Adirondack inks, then the poppies stamped over, coloured with Copics and painted with Pinflair glaze. I then made a sort of spotlight shadowing the lines of the brayering and added a sentiment from the same stamp set. the birds are an Art Impression stamp. This card is for the following challenge:

Midnight Madness - Sketch (thanks so much for my 'Remarkables' award)
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes

My third card uses Hero Arts K5358 Scallop Floral stamped onto a piece gloss cardstock brayered with Big and Juicy soothing sunset, the some of the flowers stamped onto Kaiser DP, decoupaged and tiny pearls added to the centres. The swirl is a Marianne die and the edging border Martha Stewart embossed scallop. This card is for the following challenge:

Ladybug - pearls
ABC - J for jewels and gems (hope pearls count)

My final share is one I made for Stamp Addicts last TV show using a Judkins block stamp, which I stamped, then cut into sections and coloured with Aquamarkers. The flower is made from Tim Holtz tattered floral die and spritzed with Glimmer Mist pearl to make it soggy so I could scrunch and shape it. I 'think' the DP is K & Co

Tuesday Taggers - Deck the Halls
Totally Papercrafts - Christmas punches (MS embossed snowflake)
Paper Pretties - Punches


Always with a Sentiment said...

Hello Brenda. Absolutely brilliant creations, and isnt it lovely to see something other than Christmas, which seems to have been going on forever.
I hope you are taking care and keeping safe and warm. I do hope that your eye improves soon. Happy crafting.
With love, Sandra xx

craftymum said...

Oh Brenda so many gorgeous cards. I don't know where to begin. They are all so different. Super!
hugs sarah x

Unknown said...

Great cards Brenda, love all the techniques and the 'real' flowers on that one card. Greetz, Frea

Marianne said...

Lovely cards and it's nice to see some "summer"cards between al these christmas cards. I'm getting tired of the snow allready and it's only been here for a fortnight.

Lynda said...

OMG Brenda how totally beautiful are all these cards. Such a wonderful and varied selection. Thanks for making your Three Wise Men card for the Daring Cardmakers challenge this week - it's fabulous!

Love Lynda xxx

Hazeyj said...

Hi Brenda and I hope that your eye sitch is improving! If your cards are anything to go by then you are feeling better. They are all so beautiful that it's hard to single only one out so good luck in all the challenges. Hugs, Hazel x

Anonymous said...

OH WOW Brenda, so many awesome creations! You have amazing talent!

Sorry to hear the eye problems are still on-going. and MY GOSH MINUS 11, BRRR I would die lol.

Stay WARM, have Fun and Take Care.

Mervi said...

Hi B.
They all are so fabulous!

Here's "only" -5C ;-))m

Lovely Linda said...

WOW Brenda _ with such cold temperatures I am pleased you could stay warm long enough to create so many gorgeous cards! They are all lovely - your MMSC one looks fabulous!! Love the image and the gorgeous colours!! Thank you for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge for this sketch - we appreciate your support and love to see what you have been creating! {{{hugs}}}
Linda MMSC Design Team

Lisa Jane said...

Hi Brenda - sorry to hear the eye problems are still persisting .. love to you xx
Love all the cards ,,,the first one is one of my favourite xmas images this year and i do love the colours
The poppies are stunning and one of my fave flowers
And the 3rd .. well its beautiful. I love the flowers and the flourishes as well as the gorgeous pearls.
best not leave out the the which is gorgeous too- that flower is wowzer!
Thanks for joining us at LCI again this week
Good luck
Take care
Lisa ;)

Nikbee said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda. I love the colours and image on the first one, but the third has really caught my eye.

Nikki x

sandra said...

I wonder how you managed to create so many beautiful cards with your eye problems???
Wish your eye will be better soon.
Like I said cards are beautiful but this time third is my favourite!

cowboydutrem said...

So many beautiful cards! Thanks for playing with our pearl challenge over at Ladybug Crafts Ink!

Nannieflash said...

Hi Brenda, wow your cards are gorgeous I adore them all and especially the last one so much work has been put into it. Sorry to hear that your eyes are still causing you so much grief, I do so hope they soon settle down again.
Hope your newlyweds got away on their Honeymoon by the way. With love and hugs Shirleyx

Crafting Queen said...

Wonderful cards!!! Hope your eyes improve soon. Hugs Anesha

Sarah A said...

Wonderful cards Brenda, I am in love with the colour combination on the Christmas card, reminds me of being in the desert. I am so glad to see your eye problem isn't affecing your creativity!

I really appreciate you taking the time to comment on my blog regulalrly even though you are suffering so much.

Healing thoughts and prayers coming your way...

Sarah x

Always with a Sentiment said...

Hello again Brenda. When you have time, would you visit my blog please, as I have left something there for you.
Love Sandra xxx

pinky said...

Wow Brenda I am so loving your gorgeous creations. Wish those eyes of yours would get better though. Love the card for Ladybugs, you certainly used lots of your lovely pearls:) Thanks for playing along at LCI this week.

Jen Shults said...

Wow, your projects are beautiful. You have a wonderful eye for color and pattern. Thanks for participating at Flutterby! Hugs!

Sue said...

Hi Brenda
gorgeous selection of cards, thank you for joining us at Totally Papercrafts this week, hope to see you next time, sue,x

nnalorac said...

Gorgeous set of cards Brenda, favourite has to be the last one, gorgeous colours. Hope the eye problem clears up soon. Carolxx

Kathy said...

Beautiful cards, Brenda - you've still got time to add the links required for entry to The Daring Cardmakers prize draw this week too, if you're quick!

Cherry said...

Sorry to hear your eyes are still causing you pain and difficulties - much love.

Your cards are as beautiful as ever. Just love poppies too. I love how you are using the inks with the die cuts to create such intricate beauties.

Stay warm and rested
Hugs Cherry XXX

Jacee said...

Oh wow Brenda you have been busy! fabulous cards, love them all equaly.

Juls said...

nning stunning collection!!! Love your poppy card!! all the brayering techniques you have used are just perfect! so stylish!!! Hugs Juls

PatR said...

Gorgeous selection of cards Brenda and some great techniques. Hope things improve with your eyes before to long. xx

Sadilla said...

WOW!!!! You have been so busy dear! Lovely cards!!!

Tracy said...

They are all gorgeous Brenda, love the designs of them all and the images are wonderful.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

debby4000 said...

Love your gorgeous cards Brenda.

Esther said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda, I especialy love the poppies and the way you've created the spotlight with the sentiment...Hope your eyes improve soon...take care Esther xx

Heidi said...

Hello Brenda, finally got around to visiting your blog, which is deplorable (my late visiting not your blog obviously!) Your blog is fantastic, and I love your style and colourways, sorry to read about your eye probs, hope they sort themselves out soonest, I have something for you at my blog, hope you like it, you may already have it of course, Mainland Magic hugs heidix

Saskia said...


Wow... you're so creative! Beautiful work!!!!

Sweet greetings, Saskia :)


Another amazing collection of cards Brenda, and so many different techniques and styles. They are all beautiful - you are one talented lady! Hope the eye problem improves very soon - Hugs, Sylvia xxx

LINDA said...

WOWZER!! These are all just gorgeous.. very lovely work.. Hugs, Linda

Hayley @ said...

I hope you feel much better soon. Your cards are beautiful!!! They're all gorgeous!!! Thank you for joining us this week at LCI's TLT pearl challenge xx

Jo Nevill said...

Fantastic cards !

Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Challenge this week.


Jo xxx