Sunday, 3 May 2015

Flowers, dies and punches



Time for our monthly challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are  Flower Power and Dies and Punches.

My card at the top is my Stamping Sensations make using an Indigo Blue stamps which was well overdue for it's first inking. I started by creating a background with Dylusions and Glimmer Mist, then stenciling with pearl paste medium for the honeycomb pattern and distress ink for the Gothic arch. I then stamped the image into the arch with black archival ink and stamped a second time, cut out the flowers, colured with Dylusions and decoupaged. I am not sure about the origins of the sentiment but I have a feeling it's a Sheena one.


My Penny Black and More piece is one of my recent Tattered Lace makes for Create and Craft. I had a vague idea in my head of what I wanted to achieve and from there on it turned into a bit of a labour of love and took the best part of a day. I also posted it over at the Tattered Lace blog today.

I started by cutting the five squares which are 140cm each and fixing them together with little scored spines cut from offcuts of the same card. I then created the little box again using the score board and made it slightly larger than the size of the squares and deep enough to hold them when folded up.

I distressed all of the edges before adding G45 DP and a coordinating ribbon and bazzil punched with TL delicate flower border to decorate the box and concertina of cards, using the scrip design on the reverse of the cards so the spines were all neatly covered. I then cut six TL essential ovals and decorated with a mixture of Penny Black stamps, TL dies and ribbons.


And I have one more for Stamping Sensations using a Crafty Individual image which I stamped and embossed with details clear powder and coloured with Spectrum pencils and matted onto some Trimcraft DP plus a floucy bow of seam binding, lace and string.

Hope you all have a good Bank Holiday weekend.

57 comments:

Zuzanna Magdalena said...

Very,very nice:)

debby4000 said...

What a treat you have posted today, full of gorgeous projects.
luv
Debby

Jane said...

3 real beauties here Brenda. I especially love the last card, it has such a vintage feel...it reminds me of summer's past. Have a great bank holiday and I hope you are feeling much better now. Hugs xx

Gertrude said...

Wunderschöne Arbeiten
glg Gertrude

Helen said...

Really beautiful cards,Brenda! Better result yesterday luckily!

Marianne said...

This was right up your alley; flowers!! Your cards are stunning!!
Hugs, Marianne

Sarah said...

Wow, what a tremendous trio Brenda. Collectively these must have taken days to create!! Love the pearly texture and gothic arch on the first. Your concertina card is incredible, beautiful die cuts and gorgeous colours and the third is so pretty and I love the binding, lace and twine bow held together with a wot not!! Enjoy the rest of the weekend xx

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous makes!
xx

jackiescrafts said...

Three gorgeous makes, I love that postcard stamp though and the pretty delicate colour palette.
Jackie x

aussie aNNie said...

FABULOUS. Awesome creations and wonderful colours. Your use of the texture on the top one is just lovely, and my fav of the three but all are lovely.xxxx{aNNie My Personal Blog}

ALI said...

Beautiful selection of cards Brenda. Please could I ask where you get your ribbon sliders from.

scrAPpamondo said...

Three very beautiful works, Brenda!! Love so much expecially the first one with this sentiment, that is just wonderful, as the nature is.... Love your mixed media, as always you made an adorable background with paste and stencils and used lovely vibrant colours!! The decoupage flowers popup so well out the temple of the garden. Very beautiful composition!!
Love also the others two project, so beautiful!!

susiestacey said...

Lovely cards Brenda, looks like you have been very busy again. Rain - lots of it here too x Susan x

Joan said...

Three fabulous cards Brenda, I have to say the top one is my favourite, love the colours ,the inky background, embossing paste, it's just beautiful.

Joanx

Shirley Chillman said...

Another of my fave stamps brenda (Crafty Individual) I really have to stop myself from reaching for it. Beautiful ribbon bow as well. Awww just love them all.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
ShirlsCards.

Lynne K said...

Beautiful cards, all of them, but my favourite is the PB one with the box, so pretty. The sentiment on your first one is IndigoBlu, I think, at least it looks identical to one I have of theirs.

Enjoy the rest of the bank hol, hope your weather's better than ours - cold and extremely wet here! x

Bad Kitty said...

very beautiful cards

Viv's Visuals said...

Fab makes as always Brenda. Hope things OK (scraped it yesterday didn't we?)
Hugz. xx

Sue said...

Another stunning selection Brenda. I love your designs, with beautiful detailing and gorgeous colours.
Sue xx

Fliss said...

Wow Brenda! What an amazing array of the most stunning card and especially love the Tattered Lace one.
Have a lovely Sunday.
Fliss xx

Emma Galloway said...

A stunning card as usual! Have a lovely weekend x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Another beautiful set of cards Brenda! Love the accordion style book card, oh what a lot of work that must of been! hugs :)

Whisper said...

Your PB card may have been a labour of love, but gee it was so worth it - it's absolutely stunning, and so is the box too.

Your other cards are simply stunning, luv Sam x

Gail said...

All wonderfully done~
I really like the Postcard stamp used!
Hope you're well!

Pat said...

What a set of stunning cards Brenda, I love the image and beautiful colours on the first. The second one is gorgeous, great design. The third has a fabulous image, I just love old postcard images. Enjoy the holiday weekend.

Pat xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Wow, three fabulous makes Brenda, all different and all gorgeous in their own right. I love the colours of the first one using your Dylusions inks.
Lorraine

Lau W said...

So fab details, so gorgeous creations again Brenda !
xxx

KT Fit Kitty said...

These are all beautiful, Brenda! I am especially taken by your beautiful background in the first card - such wonderful texture and I love the sentiment and how you have it displayed. Your second card is a real showstopper - wow - I can see why it took so long to make but well worth your time. The third card is lovely too, with pretty colour combo.

Desire Fourie said...

Once again you have created a feast for the senses Brenda. Especially love the wording on the first.
Hugs
Desíre
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Berina RGA said...

beautiful cards Brenda... the 2nd one is simply stunning!!

Ellibelle said...

These are all amazing Brenda. Loving the dylusions background on your first card and great use of stencils, stunning fold on the second card and the postcard stamp on the last one is so pretty!
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Such a varied selection, the bottom one is my fave, love the flouncy bow but the second is a work of art x

coldwaters2 said...

Another two awesome makes Brenda both very pretty and wonderful creations.
hugs
Lorraine x

Lynn B said...

Fabulous and intricate work - loving all of it in different ways.
Lynn x

pinky said...

Stunning cards Mrs B! I love the sentiment and colours in the first one, the second you know I love!! And the third is so beautifully vintage! Gorgeous work as always. Might go and enter your lovely candy!!

Gerrina said...

All cards for ladies and so different! Love the inkiniss on the first, but the colours on the last one are so perfectly vintage. Hugs, Gerrina

rachel said...

three stunning makes Brenda - I adore all of them - flowers are just so beautiful - they always lift my spirit and make my heart sing - definitely a good thing! Beautiful stamping and die cutting - love it all. Enjoy the weekend xx

brenda said...

Apologies Linda and Robin, deleted your comments in error - knew there was a good reason I don't blog on my tablet, just too small.

B x

Kathleen said...

The wonderful creations but I have to say that your PB and More creation is absolutely superb, love all the stamps, the colours and the papers. Just wonderful.

Kath x

Sally H said...

Three gorgeous Makes Brenda! I love them all. What beautiful stamping and great colours too. The forecast here looks much better for tomorrow, so I am hoping to take my new camera to see some bluebells. Hope you need sunglasses rather than a brolly tomorrow xxx

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Brenda - I love your card creations - always inspired by human beauty, or by nature - even though the accordion card draws my attention, it is the first card which is my fave - it's the sentiment - that's how I feel. Every where I look, I see beauty - even in some "ickier" moments, I can see the possibilities or a person's soul - or potential - SOMETHING beautiful everywhere. Thanks for the inspiration this evening. I hope your week is a good one! xo

Becky said...

3 gorgeous cards you have created. Beautiful colors and designs.

Shylaa Shree said...

your background colours always impresses me brenda

Jackie said...

What a beautiful trtio Brenda, the first one is so pretty :o)
Jackie xx

Mrs.B said...

Gorgeous cards, love the accordian card - can see how that took time but worth it.
Avril xx

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Three stunning cards Brenda. I love the muted colours on the last on, so pretty:)

Stamping Bubbles said...

Great cards and a great challenge at Penny Black and more.
Enjoy your weekend
Lesley

ionabunny said...

Lovely makes. The lacey bow is gorgeous. Hugz

Craftnut said...

Love them all but particularly the boxed card xx

mags said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda. Really loving the boxed card but the colours in the first one are lovely.
Mags
x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah dear B.,.how are you, trust all is well...
Love these cards, the dylusions caught my eye first, must get mine out but love this card the bottom too. BTW gphave changed link on blog candy too as ha d wrong one :)
Shaz in Oz.x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Dear B, thanks for popping over, I trust things are okay health wise.
Love the dylusions card, they caught my eye first, then saw last one lovely too...
Have corrected the candy link too as noticed it was wrong, God bless dear B.
Shaz in Oz.x

Jacee said...

Wonderful work Brenda! where do I start, all are so fab! the first one is so pretty, love the little flowers, Number 2, gorgeous, love the colours, and number 3, Love this, so very pretty, fabulous soft colours and I love the bow! great work Brenda.
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Tracy said...

I Love how you decoupaged the flowers on the very pretty first card. Fabulous concertina card and a really fab matching box. Your crafty individuals card is really pretty too.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Karen Petitt said...

Am swooning at the beauty of these. Love all of them, especially the first one as it is so beautiful and the shimmer and shine is amazing! I have got to get myself some Dylusions because I love what you do with them Brenda, the stamps you've used are gorgeous Karen x

Judith said...

Such beautiful cards Brenda -particularly love the bottom one with those pale pale colours and lush bow hugs Judith x

Lindsey said...

Love yr first card - right up my street! Such vibrant colours too x