Tuesday, 18 January 2011

A touch of Venetian magic

Good Morning everyone, the sun is shining here in the Fens and I had to go take a second look out of the window just to be sure....... I know it's psychological, but what a difference it makes to your day just to see a bright ray coming through the windows.

Before I go any further I want to say a huge thank you and welcome to me new followers, so many of you have linked up lately and I really do approciate your support and friendship.

The shoulder has been suitably manipulated, a few sessions with the physio and I am keeping it all crossed that the pain will start to subside. It's still a nightmare to type.....I am doing this post in short bursts......the desk height and position just does not agree with the shoulder, so blogging and the like are still limited.....thank goodness my craft desk is a little lower and I can lean the bad arm and work the fingers from a static position.

If any of the Stampalot blog hops winners are reading this, the prizes have all gone off the the PO today. Sorry about the delay but I have not been able to drive for the past week due to the sling....thought it unwise to try.

A few shares today, the first one something very new and alien to me as it involved working with peeloffs........grief are they fiddly. I have been wanting to try making one of these masks for ages......it reminds me so much of all our trips top Venice and where we are going again this Summer. I followed a template I had which involves cutting various elements from card and fabric, then decoupaging and decorating with peeloffs, flowers and brads. This is for the following challenges:

One Stitch at a Time - New (velvet material and peeloffs)
The Crafty Pad - As above
Kaboodle Doodles - Black and white plus one (Silver)

My next share used Penny Black 3815J Love Blush over a background stamped with Hero Arts H2365 Old French Writing, then coloured with a mixture of Copics and Aquamarkers. I printed out Robbie Burns Red Red Rose poem and distressed it and used as a backing for the stamped piece, all laid over Wishful Thinking DP. I made a rose from plain red paper, added some gold to the edges and sprayed with iridescent glitter. Some swirls, lace, cord and a couple of pins to embellish. This card is for the following challenges:

Try it on Tuesdays - Robbie Burns
Paper Playtime - Use the word 'Love'
Lexi's Creations - Say it with Love
Bunny Zoe - Love is in the air

My final creation is very similar to a card a few weeks ago but I rather liked the design so tried it in a few different colours. The image is another favourite Crafts and Me stamp Eternity on a card created on the Cricut DS welding the circles together to create an easel card. The doily circles is made using the Magnolia die, the DP is also Magnolia which I used to add some paper piecing to the stamped image. This card is for the following challenges:

Ladybug -Anything but square
Wild Orchid - Lets get sentimental
Stamp Fairy - Paper piecing
Stamps R Us - Shaped cards
Pollycraft - Pastel colours


Helen said...

These are all lovely (especially the red one!) but there is no way I'd have the patience with the peel offs! I bought LOADS when I started crafting but never touch them!

craftymum said...

Absolutely amazing Brenda. That mask Other cards are great too
hugs Sarah x

Anonymous said...

OH WHOA AMAZING gorgeous work!

That venetian mask is amazing! I would love to know how you did it!

The roses card is divine, love the song lyrics and the flourishes!

and theat fairy is so great too!!!

amazing work, hope the arm comes good very soon!!!

Lisa Jane said...

ooh wow Brenda - some fab creations today.. and glad to hear your shoulder is improving.. that's great news!
Love the mask.. i think that's my favourite today... and it just goes to show peel off's can be used now and then to good effect .
Thanks also for entering your circular card into our LCI challenge its so pretty
Lisa ;)

Alina said...

Great mask! Could you maybe share the template u used?

Love crafts forever said...

This is so beautiful. Thanks for playing at OSAAT.

pinky said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda, the black and white one is absolutely stunning:) Hope the pain starts to ease a bit soon:(

Kat said...

These are all stunning Brenda. My favourite is the rose card. It's a wonderful song isn't it, especially sung by the late Kenneth McKellar.

Couldn't believe when I saw your venetian magic. Our competition for a big WRI show is masked ball! One of our members has made a gorgeous mask and I have to make an invitation. I have been thinking about how to interpret a masked ball on a card!

Hope your shoulder is becoming lesss painful now. You're right about the weather. This is our 3rd really nice day here and it does make all the difference.

Kat xx

Juls said...

wow wow wow!!!!!!!!!!! such amazing creations!!!

Love your venetian mask....I am decorating my bedroom with a venetian theme...and I have a mask ready to decorate but I know it will not be a patch on this one!!!

Love your red rose card too, so pretty and romantic!!

Hugs Juls

**Farrah** said...

OMG what STUNNING creations!! That mask is outstanding!!
Thanks for playing at Kaboodle Doodles and good luck!

Mervi said...

Wow Brenda, fabulous works!
All so beautiful and lovely.

Don't worry I'm typing with my foot on the table,
hope my back don't break;-))m

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

WOW..I love your Mask..it is totally gorgeous. Good Luck on a win with it.
I love the other 2 cards also. Such soft subdue colors. I love the layers and string effect on the Rose card. A fun stop Thanks

Dora said...

Awww these are fantastic, I love your mask... and you're reminding me that I still haven't thought of what to do for my carnival costume for this year !!!

Lau W said...

Wow ! so beautiful creations ! Love the mask, the colour combo is fantastic !

Janette said...

Brilliant creations, love both cards and that mask is...wow...xxxx

Frea said...

Wow Brenda, you are on a roll girl!! Love these cards!! Hugs, Frea

Isa said...

Hello Brenda,
I´m Isa of spain. I have a present for you in my blog ;)

Anesha said...

Hope your arm gets better soon. Love these card they are super. Hugs Anesha

PatR said...

Hi Brenda hope the manipulation helps your shoulder and you are soon getting some relief. Love all your fabulous projects. The mask is beautiful and very eye catching. Love your take on the poem inspired challenge and love your choice and the gorgeous card. Thanks for playing along with the TioT challenge again this week.Your circular card is a stunner too.
Hugs, Pat xx

Jacee said...

Amazing cards Brenda, stunning work, you never cease to amaze me.
Hope that shoulder gets easier for you soon, take good care of yourself.

hugs Jacee

maxine said...

Stunning work thanks for joining us at the crafty pad x

Teresa said...

How original mask! and as I am always admiring your cards!
Have a beautiful day!

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Brenda

What a fantastic creation - you've done a great job with peel offs. Sorry to read about your injury hope you feel better soon. Thanks for joining us over at Kaboodle Doodles and hope to see you again.


Hazeyj said...

Three fabulous cards; I'm not picking a fav cos they are all lovely and you just keep bringing them despite your painful shoulder! Thanks for sharing them! Hazel x

Jill said...

What a beautiful creation, its absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along this week at Kaboodle Doodles and hope to see you next week. Jill

Mummylade said...

wow, that mask is amazing!! And to have done it with a bad shoulder...

pinky said...

Opps, forgot to say thanks for playing along at LCI and StampFairy this week. Hugs

Debbie said...

Stunning creations - love your mask, very effective. :) Thanks for sharing with us at The Crafty Pad this week. :)

Debbie The Crafty Pad

Pami said...

Wow, these are amazing, the mask especially. Thanks so much for sharing with us at LCI this week. Pami x

Hannapanna said...

Oh wow, Brenda, these are gorgeous! That black and white Venetian mask is amazing! Hope your feeling better soon. Hugs, Hanna

Violets Corner said...

Amazing work Brenda! Can't choose between them, they are all fantastic.

Hope the physio isn't too painful, I'm always very sleepy after a session with mine.

Take care

Sussie said...

Very beautiful creations!
Especially the white and black Venetian mask!
Have a great week!

Rainmac said...

Such gorgeous cards Brenda, the black & white mask is stunning. So sorry to hear your shoulder is so painful, must be so tiring to be in pain all the time and so awkward too, big hugs xxx

Teresa said...

Hi Brenda,
Your Creations are wonderful, even with your poor shoulder. I especially love the Venetian Magic, it is so dramatic and must have taken ages. I do hope you feel better soon,

Merry said...

Hi Brenda....I so hope the physio is working on your shoulder. It must be very frustrating to you.....although it doesn't stop your amazing creations. That mask is stunning and would be right at home in any shop in Venice. So envy your trip in Summer. I loved all the shops in Venice...could easily spend a week roaming. Love your other two wonderful cards too. Get better soon.


Wow Brenda - love this black and white mask. What an amazing project, and thank you so much for sharing with us at OSAAT this week.
Of course, I love all your other beautiful cards too, as always!! We are going to Venice in the Summer (for my birthday) - wouldn't it be a coincidence if we were there at the same time!!
Love and hugs, Sylvia xxx
PS: Hope your shoulder is much less painful now.

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Beautiful "Paper Piecing" card

Thanks for joining us on Stamp Fairy Challenge :)

Hugs Jane x

Teresa said...

Wow! fabulous cards Brenda and that mask fantastic, you have been busy.
Teresa x

Cheryl said...

oh wow hun your post today is amazing,gosh love that mask how stunning is that,such,a pleasure to always see what you do take care of that shoulder hun,hugs cheyrl xxxxx

Von said...

I am in ore of your mask Brenda it's just stunning
Von x

Tracy said...

Hope the manipulation gives you some relief Brenda. Cannot be an easy thing to cope with. Wow, what can I say, three very different creations but each one is so gorgeous. The mask is so creative and unique, the red rose one is stunning and romantic. And your fairy is really magical.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Lynda said...

Your work is stunning here Brenda - that mask is amazing. Keep going easy on the shoulder!!!

Love Lynda xxx

Fleur said...

Stunning creations B. Looks very time consuming.
Hope you're feeling better soon
Hugz Fleur xXx

Maria (inkymits) said...

Hiya, i just popped over to catch up on your blog as i have not been this week yet,some lovely new work!

Happy crafting!
Maria x

coldwaters2 said...

OMG Brenda that mask is absolutely breathtaking, wow, what impact it has, I love it, I also love your other two creations, they are both stunning.
Lorraine x

Mandy said...

Hi Brenda,
A big sorry for my lack of visits but as you know not much time for blogging and crafting,finally getting back to normal...I'm sorry to hear you are in pain with your shoulder hope it improves quickly for you...I love your mask so striking,and the card is beautiful...Take care...
Mandy x

Nicola said...

Great cards they are all so lovely. The venetian magic card must have taken you ages to make. So very detailed. Hugs Nicola xx

Anonymous said...

Hi ya, super selection of cards, Thanks for joining us on the Stamp Fairy Challenge,
love your paper piecing card, lovely image you chose to use. hope to see you next time.....
Hugs Samantha :0)

Polla said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda, the black and white one is fantastic

mudmaven said...

Very impressive - all of them! Thanks for playing our challenge this week on Kaboodle Doodles - hope to see you back again soon. ~chris

Jo Davies said...

Hiya Brenda, What a lovely projects, just fabby.....Thanks for sharing with us at Stamp Fairy Challenges! Jo xxx

Paddington fan said...

Beautiful rose card Brenda, adore the rose and the swirls!! Thanks for joining us at Lexis for our 'say it with love challenge' this time.Good luck love Jacky x

A.J. said...

Lovely projects!
Thanks for playing along with our challenge this time over at OSAAT.

Crafty Creations by AJ

Michelle said...

A beautiful Beautiful card. Thanks so much for joining in the challenge at TioT this week
x Michelle

Glenda said...

Gorgeous cards! Thanks for playing along at Paper Playtime!

Jayne said...

The mask is beautiful Brenda, love the details....you did a great job. Thanks for joining us this week at OSAAT.

Sharon Basel said...

Pretty paper-pieced card. Works well on your fairy and I love her glittered wings. Thanks for playing in the StampFairy challenge this week. Hope you'll join us again in the next challenge too.
Sharon - Stamp Fairy DT

Anne (cornucopia) said...

These are all wonderful! Great artwork.

elsi67 said...

Sweet card! Thanks for playing with us at WOC ♥

Carissa said...

Thanks for joining us at StampFairy. Your card and the fairy are gorgeous.
Hugs, Carissa

Christy Dillman said...

Love all your projects, how talented you are! Thanks for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles this week!


Clarky J said...

Wow how classy is that card and poem! Love that rose. Thanks for playing along with TioT x Janet

Lagene said...

Oh my goodness! This mask is AMAZING!!!!