Saturday, 2 January 2016

What's New ?

Good morning Peeps, Happy New Year and I hope everyone had a good Christmas.

Ours turned out to be a bit of a mixed bag, we spent a few lovely days with family at one of our son's and partners house, but things were a bit marred by the death of an Aunt just before Christmas then hubby's sister two days ago. And to top of all that I landed on the floor in a heap New Year's Eve when my back and legs gave out on me, so I'm pretty immobile again, high on pills so apologies in advance that I might not make it into blogland as much as I might wish.

Anyhow, it's time for our first Allsorts challenge of 2016 which is being hosted by Mervi who would love to see our new crafty stash in a 'What's New theme.  Our sponsors and DigiStamp Boutique and Sizzix. I have also managed a share for the current Butterfly Challenge which has reached the letter X which is for Xanthine, what clever thinking and I love working with shades of yellow.

It's some inky indulgence from my Allsorts share and I started with the reverse side of a piece of Centura Pearl and masking fluid to mask off a sun.............I find the easiest way to get a good circle is to punch or die cut a circle in a piece of card and use that as a mask to pain in the fluid.

Next I added Violet and Lime Green Brushos and let the colours run with the water, when dry I rubbed away the masking fluid and used a Sheena stencil and DI Dusky Concorde to add some interest to the top. The corner honeycombe pattern was achieved using a a Sizzix corner die, I do love how you can cut the pattern within the cardstock and keep the outer edges intact. I stamped Penny Black Blush twice onto the inked piece of card and again just the flower heards onto a snippet of card and heat embossed with purple powder, cut out and decoupaged. Before matting and layering and placing a piece of violet card behind the honeycomb pattern I stamped a new Visible Image sentiment.

Here is my Xanthine and a Butterfly share, it's one a did for Stampers Sampler which I am now safe to blog as it'e been published. I used a circle mask and inked DI through some of the apertures and stamped a Penny Black background stamp and Chrysanthamum through others. The sentiment is from Darkroom Door and the little Penny Black Butterflies were stamped coloured and cut out and little wire antennas added. As Valerie Anne said "simples".

Happy weekend all.


Crafting Queen said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. We had a funeral to attend on Thursday as well. Love your cards. Hope you are back on your feet soon.

Wendy L said...

Looks gorgeous Brenda, Hope you're feeling abit better, xxx

Dr Sonia S V said...

I love your xanthine card...I love cheerful yellow but do forget to use it enough!!
Sending cheers from across the oceans for a speedy recovery dear Brenda
Dr Sonia

Jane said...

2 beautiful cards Brenda...especially the butterfly one. I am so sorry to hear of the traumas you have endured over Christmas. Take it easy and get back your strength, you always manage to carry on and I do so admire your resilience at everything life throws at you. Huge hugs xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Oh Brenda hope you are better soon. Gorgeous cards today. Happy new year x

gwen70 said...

Beautiful cards Brenda

aussie aNNie said...

Two Beautiful adorable designs, love the stamps/image and papers are gorgeous.xx

Mervi said...

Two fabulous and stylish card!
Sorry for your loss and accident, hope the rest of the year
will be better;-))m

Fikreta said...

Happy new year!
Love tihs first card!
so pretty!

Bad Kitty's Craftroom

PatR said...

Love your gorgeous cards but if I have to choose a favourite it will be the circles one. Love the design & colours.
So sorry to hear all your sad news over the holiday period. Hope you will soon be feeling better after your fall. Sending you get well hugs lovely lady xx

AnyOldCraft said...

Beautiful cards Brenda.
I am so sorry to hear all your sad news.
I hope you feel better soon sweetie and the New Year is kinder to you especially health wise.
Be nice wouldn't it to have 1 day pain free.

Liz said...

Two beautiful cards, Brenda. I love the colours and design on the first one and the lovely sentiment, especially for the start of a new year. I love the technique on the second one. I've used a circle mask for inking, but never thought to use the mask for stamping over. I'll have to give this a try.

Sorry to hear that your Christmas has been a 'mixed bag' and I hope you feel better soon. Wishing you a good 2016. xx

Pat said...

Oh Brenda so sorry to hear of all your troubles over Christmas and I do hope you are soon feeling much better after your fall. Two beautiful cards, I especially like the CAS style of the second. Happy New Year.

Pat xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Hi Brenda, so sad for your losses, and for your health!!I wish you that your legs and the back may recover quickly!!
Bellissime prime card dell'anno, mi piace molto il mixed media viola e verde e la card gialla per il challenge di Mrs A รจ veramente stupenda!!! Non ho mai usato la tecnica del masking con i timbri, mi hai fatto venire voglia di provare! Grazie per l'ispirazione.
Tanti abbracci e Buon Anno Nuovo!!!

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Happy New Year to you Brenda. I'm sorry to hear that you've had your share of sadness over the festive period and that you're having a tough time again, I wish you well. I love both of your cards. I got the same set of Tim Holtz dies for Christmas and I'm absolutely loving them. If I get time over the weekend, I'll add one of them to the allsorts challenge. My Son gets married next Saturday so it's a busy week ahead for me. Take care Brenda x

Sammy said...

These are both utterly stunning Brenda. The first is in my favourite colours, and the second is so warm and makes me feel happy just looking at it!
Wishing health and happiness to you and yours in 2016. x

Tracy said...

I love the sentiments on both cards, two very gorgeous inky cards.
Hugs to you and Eddy, and hope your pain is sorted soon.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

coldwaters2 said...

Happy New Year Brenda these are two beautiful creations I love the colours and images you have used, superb crafting
lorraine x

Dora said...

two beautiful cards. Beautiful in colours and stamping and masking.
Gongratulations that yellow/orange card is published. that is wonderful.
So bad to read that you have been fallen and immobile. I hope that the pain medicine is working for you.
Get well. And sympathy with the loss of your aunt.
I do not know what to say, it is so sad to deal with before christmas and you health with New year.
Good luck, Brenda and I wish also happy and crafty new year and hoping that you not this year to deal with lots of your health problems. That this year going be calmly to you and yours family.
Kind regards, Dora

ALI said...

Beautiful cards Brenda, I've had some Brushos for Xmas looking forward to playing.

Helen said...

oh, Brenda what a difficult time you've had! Glad you've able to be creative though. Hoping 2016 brings you health and happiness. (and us some points!)

Marianne said...

Hello Brenda, I'm sorry to hear your holiday season was not all happy and that the new year did not get off to a good start. I sincerely hope this won't interfere with your trip to CHA. Anyway, I wish you a speedy recovery or, as they say in Greece, Perastika!
Marianne x

Craftyfield said...

Both beautiful makes! Love how you embrace all styles, I'm very eclectic myself...
So sorry to hear about your news, your "mixed bag" is putting a positive spin on things. I wouldn't worry about visiting blogs but it's nice to keep us updated Brenda. With that I wish you a prompt recovery! xx

Unknown said...

Wow stunning!! You are so creative Brenda!
Lucy x

SewPaperPaint said...

Oh dear, Brenda, ever so sorry to hear of your fall. My heart and prayers are with you. Please just take care of you and get well. Although these are two lovely cards, your health is far more important. Hugs, Autumn

Anonymous said...

Lovely cards!!!
Happy New Year, hugsss Gaby

Gail said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Cards are beautiful! I have the bottom sentiment from Stampin' Up!
Don't worry about visiting!
Just try to keep us up to date!

Donna Ellis said...

Brenda, makes me sad to hear about your recent relapse and family deaths. You are in my thoughts and prayers always, and such an amazing inspiration to me, both personally and artfully. Your card scenes are incredible! Here's to better days! Hugs, de

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful designs Brenda, love them both. Oh dear, so sorry to read that you had a fall, I hope you recover quickly. Sorry about the losses as well, not a happy season. Take good care, Shirleyxx

Debbie said...

Gosh what a time you've been having hun.Sorry to hear of your family losses... and your fall.You keep taking the pills and rest that body of yours.Thnking of you and sending a big get well hug. 2 beautiful cards dearie.So different and extremely stylish. That's me getting a chance to bob around the blogs while I'm still recuperating.Take care.hugs xxx

iReneM said...

Two lovely makes Brenda.

So sorry to hear about your bereavements and your fall.
December is the worst and saddest month of the year for me too.

Take care and wishing you a healthier 2016


Glennis F said...

Beautiful cards Brenda, I hope you recover quickly from your fall

Sarah said...

These are super cards Brenda. You really have been through it by the sound of it. Sorry to hear your sad news xx

Fliss said...

Oh Brenda! So sorry to hear your sad news and of your fall too. Hoping you recover very soon and thinking of you at a dificult time.
Gorgeous cards too and both so different - I especially love the first one as the colours are so lovely.
Take care of yourself, Fliss xx

Tracey said...

Get well soon Brenda & hope you have a happy, healthy new year.
Your cards are beautiful as always :o)

Mrs A. said...

Might be simples (!) but gosh how stunning your card looks. Brilliant use of some masks being colour and others stamped. So sorry to hear your sad news in the family and that you are suffering from your fall. not a great start to the year but hope it will improve for you. Thankyou for fluttering by my #45 challenge. Hugs Mrs A.

Mrs.B said...

Two beautiful cards Brenda, both gorgeous colours.
Sorry to hear your sad news, and about your fall, wishing you a speedy recovery.
Take care of yourself and my Best Wishes for 2016.
Hugs, Avril xx

Sharon said...

Sorry to hear about your misfortune over Christmas. Hope you feel better soon.
Sharon x

Lorraine said...

Two gorgeous cards Brenda, really love the top one....gorgeous.
Lorraine x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Sorry to hear about you bad news Brenda, always made worse by the time of year too.
Lovely cards as always, with beautiful stamping and inking.
I hope you are on the mend soon and that 2016 brings you an improvement in your health.
Lorraine x

Lau W said...

Oh my poor friend, hope all will be better soon ! I think of you ♥
I want to wish you a year with healthy and joy.
Your cards are fabulous, love them, alwaus !

Kathleen said...

Two really fabulous creations, both using great colours and some gorgeous inkiness.

Kath x

Berina RGA said...

Very sorry to hear about all the unfortunate incidents. Hope you feel better soon!! Your cards are gorgeous!!
Moxie Craftie

Merry said...

So sorry to here about all your sadness over Christmas. I hope that you are feeling better soon.
Love your cards, all that you have combined on that first card….so beautiful. The wonderful circles on the second card.

rachel said...

Beautiful makes brenda - so sorry to hear about your family troubles over the festive period and also your fall - sounds awful. Take care lovely lady! Big hugs rachel x

McCrafty's Cards said...

beautiful cards Brenda, I am sending healing thoughts and best wishes
Kevin xx

Robin said...

So sorry to here of your losses and injury...and still manage to create so much beauty. Your cards are so pretty. I do hope you will be well soon. I will keep you in my prayers for a healthier year. Hugs, Robin

Di said...

Beautiful cards Brenda. Lots of lovely techniques and super results.

But so sorry to hear of so much going on for you. Sending hugs and healing thoughts.

Di xx

jackiescrafts said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your losses and your fall. I hope you recover from your injuries quickly.
Love your cards
Take care
Jackie x

Marlies said...

Sorry that you had a hard time over the festive holidays. I hope you soon recover and that 2016 will bring you happiness.
Your cards look fantastic especially the first ome, so beautiful made! hugs, Marlies

Amanda said...

Beautiful card(s) the butterflies look very ethereal, over the yellow and stamps.
sorry to hear about your losses and then your fall, may 2016 be kinder.
Thanks for joining in over at Butterfly challenge x Amanda

Sarn said...

TWO STUNNING cards here Brenda. I particularly love the butterfly challenge one.
Hope you feel better soon. I looked at the post above first, and am sooooo sorry to hear your sad news, and in addition, the fact that you have been unable to go to CHA.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Ellibelle said...

Two amazing creations Brenda, both so beautifully done. Love your inking and wonderful stamps! Wanted to say again how sorry I am to hear about your losses...Also wishing you a quick recovery, hope you get some time to relax. Feel better soon!!

mags said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda. So sorry to hear about your loss. Really hope that you recover quickly from your fall too.

Linby said...

Two fantastic inky makes - love them.
Lynn x

Jacee said...

Both so adorably pretty Brenda!
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

KandA said...

Both beautiful cards. Wonderful colours and fabulous stamping xx

Gerrina said...

Wow two beautiful inkliscious cards! Both so many techniques and each subtile in its own way... The circkles are my favo...
Sorry to read that you hurt yourself and so sorry to hear about your losses. That were last days of a year full of hills...
Hope 2016 brings you and your family smooth and quiet days... Hugs, Gerrina

Karen said...

Gorgeous gorgeousness! Love both of them, they're glorious Karen x

Greta said...

Wow, Brenda! You work magic with PB! I really love the first card & you've inspired me to get out that daisy stamp!