Saturday, 3 December 2016

CAS at Allsorts

This is what the professional photographer who took this rather good photo said in his piece: "A special team vest, a well chosen spot with a view of the Eiffel tower, and a runner towards the front of the 30, 000 pack. If only it was always this easy to spot them!"

Before I go on to this weeks Allsorts challenge I wanted to share the above photo of one of our son's Alex running the Paris Marathon, it was a while ago but I only just received this photo and it's such a good one I wanted to share. He runs a sub three (under three hours) which gives him automatic entry to London and elite position start. We were there with him in Paris and the whole event had a really laid back feel to it and Alex being sponsored by Asics gave us entry to their hospitality enclosure right on the finish line.

OK, now on to our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Annie has chosen the theme of  'CAS'. Our sponsor this week is Digistamp Boutique and Tattered Lace, so twice the reason to join in.

Further down I also have a couple of shares using stamps from a new UK based on line craft store Swedish House Crafts can get a 10% discount off your order using this code: FROMSANTABRENDA. Further down you will also find my entry to this weeks Snippets Playground, I'm mighty late to the party this week but should sneak in before the gates close.

I have used a new image from Stamps by Me, it's called simply Daisy. It's one of Toni's lamination stamps with a silhouette and an outline stamp, I used an Adirondack dye ink for the silhouette element and a slightly darker one for the outline and sentiment which is from Inkylicous. The great thing about the lamination sets is that you can't go wrong as the whole idea is to give a very random finish. Please do pop over to the challenge blog to see all the inspiration on offer from my team mates.

Now for the cards using the stamps from Swedish House Crafts, the background of the above card was created with gesso, distress crayons and lots of water. I then stamped the Butterfly stamp.....a lovely wood mounted one..........centrally and then twice more using just part of the stamp to create a kaleidoscope of Butterflies. I then stamped again onto offcuts of card coloured with the same crayons and decoupaged. Next I randomly stamped Splats with distress inks then some deeper colouring ones using purple gilding polish which I also used around the edges. This one is also my Snippets share, using lots of offcuts for the Butterflies.

For this one I masked a section of the base card and used Pan Pastels and a sun mask to create the background,  then using dye ink stamped Daisy and Little Rudbeckia, removed the mask and added the rather nice flourishy Happy Birthday and some gems. And don't forget you can get a 10% discount off any orders placed using this code: FROMSANTABRENDA

Happy weekend all.


Di said...

What gorgeous cards Brenda! Beautiful stamping and lovely volours too.
Great photo of Alex your son there! You must be very proud of him, nice legs too 😊


Di xx

Jane Willis said...

Congratulations to your son - my daughter has run the Paris Marathon a couple of times but I don't think she did it this year as she would have still been breastfeeding then. I can't imagine her stopping mid race to feed the baby! Your cards are absolutely gorgeous

Craftyfield said...

These floral beauties are competing for the spotlight but I think the picture of your son is the best! The photographer was indeed lucky... You must be so proud, Brenda! Have a great weekend, xx.

Kari said...

Hi Brenda! Gorgeous cards!How fun with your son running in the marathon ;)
Have a great Saturday!
HUgs,Kari :)

Di said...

Me again! I missed that the lovely butterflies card is for the Playground - love it of course B! And I had another peek at those legs whilst here again :)


Di xx

Swedish House Crafts said...

Thank you Brenda! You have done very beautiful work with the stamps :)

Craftnut said...

Great makes b lovely wreath and cards. So sorry for lack of visits Tracy x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Three gorgeous cards Brenda, I love the butterflies and splats on the second card and the wonderful flourished Happy Birthday stamp on the third. A great photo of you Son and how lucky you were to be right up there by the finish line too.

Sue xx

Pamellia said...

A beautiful round up of cards Brenda, all of them so soft and subtle, love!! Oh what a great photo of Alex. You must be just so proud of him, and how wonderful that you were there to support him as he crossed the finish line!! Happy Saturday!

Helen said...

what a fabulous photo of your son, and well done for his time, that's impressive! love the cards, too, they are brilliant as always.

Donna Ellis said...

Fantastic shot of Alex - showing his determination AND love for what he is doing, with such a memorable backdrop. I'd cherish the photo as well, B! Hope today finds you feeling a little better - you've had such a rough year! ((hugs))

Lovely card designs - I especially love the sentiment in your first card, and the beautiful soft "cool" shades in your butterfly dance creation. Wonderful creations using the beauty of watercolors and inks - love them each!


Wendy L said...

Fab pic Brenda, you must be so proud, and gorgeous cards, xxx

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful stamps flower cards Brenda
Gr Karin

ALI said...

Great picture Brenda.
Love the cards.

Robin said...

Gorgeous cards! Wonderful pic of your son! Amazing accomplishment! Hugs, Robin

Pat said...

What a great photo Brenda, beautiful cards too with lovely flower stamps. Have a good weekend.

Pat xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow, fabulous pic of your son Alex at the Marathon!! Congrats to him, such a goal!! You must be very proud!! Very well done!
Adorable all your three cards, stunning makes! Love expecially the last one, it's a very sweet and dreamy CAS with amazing colours and a fabulous natural scene!

Chantal said...

Great cards, love the butterfly card.
Fabulous picture at the marathon.
Hugs, Chantal S

Glennis F said...

Lovely cards today Brenda, and well done to your son on his achievements

MaryH said...

Always such diverse styles & techniques to enjoy on your lovely cards! It's so interesting reading about the products used to create your masterpieces. Thanks for that link too, will check it out. TFS the wonderful marathon picture too (what a handsome lad!) and how fantastic you got to be there when he crossed the finish line. Congratulations to his athletic prowess, and you're right to be so proud of him! Happy wkend, and TFS. Hugs

Unknown said...

Hallo liebe Brenda,
da ziehe ich mal den Hut vor deinem Sohn und du bist sicher sanz Stolz auf ihn,
aber auch deine Karten sehen wunderschön aus,hab einen schönen 2. Advent,
glg ulrike

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda, they are all so pretty.
Congratulations to Alex, a brilliant photo. You must be so proud of him.
Lorraine x

Sue said...

A wonderful photo and gorgeous cards using such lovely images and colours.
Sue xx

Sue - said...

Great photo of your son! Three beautiful cards as well, I particularly like the first one.

Kathleen said...

Fabulous photo, and how proud you must be. I must admit he is a bit like me as I can run to three pubs in under an hour.
Three stunning cards all gorgeous colours and design, some really gorgeous images.
Hope you keep warm, heard it is going to be minus the next couple of days.

Kath x

Marjeta said...

Fantastic background on your card with butterfly. Super technique. Love this card.


Fikreta said...

love your cards!
they are stunning.
have a nice day

Unknown said...

Oh wow your inking and stamping is just amazing! Stunning work! And well done to your son! What a wonderful photo!
Lucy x

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful colours and it. What a fab photo..xx{aNNie}

KT Fit Kitty said...

Well that's a whole lot of awesome, Brenda! Congratulations to Alex! You should be very proud of him! (which I am sure you are!) Your cards are gorgeous! They are all beautiful but I think my fave is the final card - your colour choices are so pretty!

McCrafty's Cards said...

These are all gorgeous Brenda,I like the designs, and the colours,andwell done to Alex.
Kevin xx

Mummylade said...

Wonderful projects and that picture of Alex really is a keepsake!

Mervi said...

Perfect pic of Alex!
Fabulous set of cards!
Greetings from white scene;-))m

KandA said...

All three cards are so beautiful Brenda and your new stamps are fabulous.
Such a great photo of Alex and definitely a son to be proud of xx

Marianne said...

More lovely makes, Brenda, and a great picture of your son. I can only imagine how proud you must be of him and how wonderful it must have been to be with him at the event in Paris.
Will check out the new store, but I'm afraid I spent all my pocket money (and then some) during the Black Friday sales in the US. Hopefully, the first parcel(s) will arrive by the end of this week.
Marianne x

Greta said...

What an accomplished son you have--wonderful picture! And speaking of accomplished--I'm always awed by your creations, Brenda--beautifully crafted no matter what style you're making! Love all of these!

Tinka's paper wonderlland said...

Amazing picture of your son, I can imagine how proud you are, thank you so much for sharing it!!
And your cards amazinbg as allways!! They are so simple, so clean but so beautiful!!
♥Hugs Valentina♥

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Gorgeous B. A lovely collection of cards those Swedish stamps are fab... but love the pickie of Alex how grand is that photo, a real memory that's for sure!! I'm guessing he's the surfer too.
Mad athlete like my Brother, he's talking of Le Tour again next year and he just broke a nine year old Qld sprint record on the velodrome last weekend. I missed all those genes, he took the lot. 😊
Thanks for sharing,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

crafty-stamper said...

congratulations to your son and absolutely stunning card love all the beautiful stamps,fabulous backgrounds and your water colour effect on the flowers
Carol x

Anonymous said...

a fabulous photo of your son; you must be so proud of him. as always, gorgeous creations brenda!

Shirley said...

Fabulous makes and what a talented son you have. You must be so proud and belated congrats to him.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Linby said...

Great photo of your son and the tower.
Wonderful cards - just love those clouds - so pretty. Lynn x

Gerrina said...

The photo is a beautiful one; tells so much with 1 image!
And I enjoyed your cards! Subtile, elegant and beautiful CAS! No favorite; just enjoyed them all! Hugs, Gerrina

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

A wonderful selection of floral cards Brenda and very well done to your Son. My Son-in-Law is a marathon runner and I know the great feeling of pride that you have watching them do something which is so incredibly amazing! It tires me out just watching them though! :) Crafty hugs, Sandra x