Saturday, 25 February 2017

A little mixed media, Rudolph, A Butterfly, Snippets and winners

Good morning to you all, it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and Helene would like to see 'Metal and/or Charms' on our work. Our sponsor this week is Tattered Lace. Apols in advance this is a rather long will see why further down.

But before I move on to today's shares I would like to say a huge thank you for yout continued visits and kind words of encouragement. Since I posted here by way of explanation for my lack of blogland visits things have not seen much of an improvement and I will shortly be going back into hospital, hopefully only for a short time. Meantime I do a little crafting to keep up with DT commitments which keeps my mind focused, as with so many of us crafting is a Godsend.

So onto today's shares, I don't enter challenges as a normality but there are three I do try and make an effort to join in with, Snippets PlaygroundRudolph Day's and the Butterfly Challenge and I have managed to include all three in this post. Having scheduled this post ready I now have to remember to do the links, won't be the first time I have forgotten to do that.

Starting with the top creation which started life as a chipboard heart which I painted with white gesso and then fixed a Timmy clock and some lace edged burlap followed by acrylic paints which I just added randomly. Next I fixed an assortment of odds and sods, buttons, flowers, a key and butterflies, some of which are metal to fit in with Helen's theme.

Next a stencil and paste to add more interest and then more painting and gilding wax to bring out the various elements and finally a TL sentiment. Such fun to make and messy fingers as well, what more could a girl ask !! As I used odds and ends of card for the sentiment and clock I am popping over to the Playground with this one, not seen Parsnip for ages so looking forward to a catch up with him.

It's does seem like ages since I joined in Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge but this time round I was determined to make the effort and came up with the above to fit the theme of Glossy Accents and/or Slate Blue with your Butterfly. Slate blue seems a hard one to define and looks lighter in my photo than it does in real life. I used a favourite Penny Black stamp called light touch inking the stamp with distress markers and spritzing with water before stamping onto Fabriano watercolour card. I did a bit of specking around the image and added glossy accents to the Butterfly although it's hard to see on the photo but promise they are there.

And today sees a new Rudolph Day's challenge over at Mo's and again I am all ready in advance...........can't see it lasting all year mind you. It's a TL sample using one of the Delicate Detail dies which cut the pattern to stay within the cardstock, after cutting I light penciled the design through the aperture and coloured the backing with Distress Crayons and added a TL sentiment to the front. It did occur to me writing this up that there is no stamping, so if that disqualifies my entry will totally understand Mo and won't be in the least offended.

Now for the winner.............well winners and you will see why in a moment.........from my blog of our Allsorts giveaways last week.

"What do you reckon Holly, are you going in or shall I ?"

I decided to do a 'Random Dog' draw just for fun, we have three, Daisy and Holly the Labs and Poppy the Parsons Jack Russel, when I started the process only the labs were interested.

However, Poppy then decided  to dive in, so quickly that I only got a photo once she had the  piece of paper and set about destroying it.


Then the Labs went for it after relocating the bowl half way across the room.................

And this is the end result...................

As they all seemed so pleased with themselves giving me something from the bowl of 78 names that I decided there had to be three winners, the first out was Poppy's offering......the tatty eaten piece.......and had Lesley's name on it so she will receive the Distress Crayons. The Labs presented me with Susie and Marianne so I will be sending something to you as well, I'm not sure what yet so it will be a surprise. Please all three mail me with your full names and postal addresses.

Have a lovely weekend and please do find a moment to pop over to the challenge blog for lots of inspiration from my teamies.


Craftyfield said...

3 styles, 3 beautiful makes! I enjoyed looking at the dogs pics, they look so nice and friendly, great idea to use them to pick out your winners...
So sorry you're hospital bound yet again, let's hope they can make things better for you. All the best, xx.

Linby said...

A wonderful selection. Love how you've used the distress crayons must give that a go. Love the doggy pics. Take care. Lynn x

aussie aNNie said...

Great post B, your doggies are the cutest...a wonder the entries are all still intact... love all the delightful cards too.xx[aNNie]

sally said...

Love the blue agapanthus/geranium and a smashing xmas card....I can relate to the doggy destruction too as I have a golden retriever!


KarinsArtScrap said...

very beautiful heart Brenda, beautiful cards and congratulations to the winners,
thanks Brenda

gr karin

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW Brenda and such a beautiful beautiful collection of projects!!
So good to see your furry friends
And Thank you so much for joining us at the Rudolph Days Challenge!
Rudolph Days Challenge DT
Dr Sonia

Stamps and Paper said...

Love your heart artwork Brenda and your cards are lovely and as for those two delicious bundles of deliciousness they are gorgeous, and so clever at selecting the winners....congrats to the winners also.


Jane said...

Lovely work Brenda, the heart is especially pretty. Take care and I agree keeping will take you mind off things. I hope your stay in hospital is no too daunting for you. Sending my very best wishes. Your pups are such fun...a bit of a headache though getting 3 winners...LOL...lucky peeps. You are always so generous. Hugs xxx

Carole Pollard said...

What a lovely post today and well done the winners. Your designs are all fabulous as always but that heart is just special its just so dam pretty. I'm afraid your dogs have taken the top prize today though just such fab photos. I hope your spell in hospital is short take care Love and hugs Carole x

Marianne said...

Happy to see see you are still able to enjoy a little crafting to bring you some relief, Brenda. I'm praying your stay at the hospital will bring some improvement as well.
Love how your mixed media project turned out, and your spritzed flowers are beautiful too.
What a fun way to do a random draw, and I'm happy to see they decided to let you have the snippet with my name on it. I don't know if our dog Bernie would have been so willing.
Will be e-mailing you, just in case you don't have my details anymore.
Marianne x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

So sorry to hear that you will go into hospital, I wish you come out really speedy!
Love this post, for your wonderful makes and also for your fabulous dogs! :) You made me laught with the "random dog" draw!! Smiling shots! Poppy is a very determinate doggie LOL ... and Daisy and Holly (how sweet they are!!) seem thinking "the new food isn't good, no smell in the bowl!" LOL :D
Congrats to the winners!!
I'm just in love with your plaque, it has a fabulous shabby feel, so romantic and delicate!! Love the sweet colours, the lace, the sentiment and all the embellishments!
Fabulous both your cards, too! They are both so striking and love the techniques you used!
Big Hugs, I wish you a lovely weekend

Shylaashree said...

All the three projects are great inspirations. so sweet, you have got beautiful pets and congratulations to the winners

cuilliesocks said...

Oh what fun to include your gorgeous pets, and congratulations to all the winners.
Now I love the heart plaque, it's a gorgeous piece of work, and your card designs are beautiful.
Sorry to hear that you will be going into hospital again, take care of yourself, Kate x

Paper Profusion said...

Well get you with the clever dogs lol!! Congrats to the winners. Beautiful cards Brenda. I really hope that you wont be too long in hospital and that your stay brings improvement. Sending you warmest wishes and hugs. Nicola x

butterfly said...

Your textured heart is simply lovely, Brenda, and the cards are so pretty. Loved watching Holly, Poppy and Daisy trying to sort out the giveaway winners - hilarious! - and congrats to all of them. So sorry to hear your hospital trips are ongoing - I do hope all goes smoothly.
Alison x

Barb said...

What an outstanding post from you today. First of all I wanted to say that I really am sorry to here that you have to go back into hospital again soon and will keep you in my thoughts. Now congratulations to Lesley Sue and Marianne. Now that is one special way to do a draw. What an adorable photo of Daisy and Holly waiting to make their picks and I almost bust a gut at the photo of Poppy diving in. The pictures are priceless. Thank you for sharing. What great fun!

Your makes today as always are beautiful and all wonderful entries for the challenges you like to join in with. Hugs, Barbxx

Whisper said...

Ooooo what a stunning collection of cards and i'm LOL for the dog picking chaos, probably because the same would happen in this house ;-), Luv Sam x

ionabunny said...

Fun cards and congrats to the lucky winners. Love your random Hugz

gwen70 said...

Beautiful cards, congrats to the winners, love the doggy antics

Robin said...

I am sorry to hear of a return to the hospital :( I hope that they are able to do something for you this time that will bring your health back up. Crafting is a Godsend to me as well. I hope also that you will always be able to do this.

Your creations are again so very beautiful! I love your mixed media work! That heart is absolutely gorgeous!! You know I just love your butterflies and the robins are so perfect!

Congrats to the winners! Your dogs are just fabulous!

Hugs, Robin

Wendy L said...

Wonderful cards Brenda, xxx

Crafting Queen said...

Love the creations but the starts in this post are the doggies!! lol Looks like they had fun helping. :)

Hazel (Didos) said...

Fabby creations and I love how you picked the winners!!! Love Hazelxx

Margreet said...

3 different styles but all so your mixed media heart most.
Hope you haven't to stay long in the hospital...good luck.
Congrats to the winners!
xxx Margreet

KT Fit Kitty said...

OMGoodness, Brenda, your dogs picking the winners cracked me up! So much fun! I used to have my cats choose my candy winners but it only worked once or twice. After that, they showed no interest at all! Congrats to the winners! Your mixed media piece is absolutely gorgeous! I love hearts so it caught my eye right away! Love the Blessed word as well! Your butterfly and Rudolph Day cards are lovely! I am glad you are able to still do some crafting, even if on a limited basis. So sorry to read you will be heading back to the hospital. I hope it will be a short stay. Sending hugs, my friend, you've been through so much.

Pat said...

Love the gorgeous heart, and two beautiful cards Brenda. The photo's of the dogs are fabulous, great way to pick your winners. Have a good weekend.

Pat xx

Mrs.B said...

Love the heart Brenda, gorgeous colours. Lovely cards, love the blue butterfly one.
Congratulations to the winners, your dogs did a great job.
Avril xx

Sarah said...

Gorgeous makes Brenda, love them all!! Lovely shots of your "helpers", only fair to let them share the responsibility!! I do hope that your stay in hospital will bring some improvement. I will be thinking of you xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

3 gorgeous cards Brenda, I love all of the different styles going on. I think I shall have to borrow your dogs to help me draw my blog candy at the end of the month, they would certainly add some fun to it. Hope the hospital visit goes well and you're not there to long.

Sue xx

ALI said...

Gorgeous work Brenda and well done those

Ellibelle said...

Such gorgeous creations Brenda, and how fun to get the dogs involved in the prize draws!

scrappymo! said...

A beuaitul collection of cards, Brenda.
So pleased to see you at Rudolph Days, I know you are struggling with your health and consider it a great homour that you made it over
Sorry to hear you have to go back into hospital. I wish you improv3d health for the rest of 2017.

You do not have to stamp at all for my challenge...just anything Xmas themed. As you can see from 'dr. Sonia's trees, Cmas themed projects are fine too. Getting any Xmas projects done early, is the main purpose of our challenge...just to release a bit of the burden in the Christmas season

Thanks for taking part in the Feb. Rudolph Days Challenge.

Petra L said...

Beautiful creations and congrats winners.

hellerlittle said...

what a fun storywith the dogs *lol
and the canvas is amazing (and that for true - cause normaly I don´t like pink{s}
CU hellerlittle

Stamping Bubbles said...

Oooo Brenda I am a winner. Thank you so much, I'll email you shortly.
Love your cards today especially the hydrangea one.
I hope you hospital stay is a short one.
Take care

Fikreta said...

Beautiful cards!
oh your dogs are adorable!
and how fun that they pick winners!
congrats to winners
Brenda ,thank you for chance!
have a nice day

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful cards but the heart is absolutely gorgeous love all the texture and added elements-congrats to the winners
Carol x

Kathleen said...

As long as it is a Christmas card Brenda it doesn't matter what you use for RD day.
Three wonderful creations, great images, colours and design.
Love the doggies doing the draw.

Kath x

cheryl said...

Oh love love cards sweetie fab stamps you have used,but oh your dogs hun love them hugs cheryl xxx

Unknown said...

Haha aww! I love that the doggies got involved!!
All beautiful creatures too! Especially love the gorgeous girly heart!
Lucy x

kiwimeskreations said...

What wonderful pieces of art you have created Brenda - love them both. You doggy draw is certainly original and totally unbiased - congratulations to the winners!!
Praying for you

Juls said...

Gorgeous!!! Just love your mixed media piece xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Fabulous makes especially love the heart. The pics of the dogs did make me smile. Take care x

Gerrina said...

Must be funny to see the dogs pick the pieces of paper! A super way to dp that! Congrats ladies!
Love the flower card; the watercolour-look makes it such a soft card! And no stamping? How did that happen? Enjoy the weekend! Hugs, Gerrina

KandA said...

Three fabulous creations Brenda, especially love that heart and of course the PB stamping. Great photos of Daisy, Holly and Poppy picking the winners - congrats to all.
I do hope things go smoothly for you in hospital and you're all mended and back home again soon. Take care and sending lots of get well wishes xx

Tracy said...

Fun way to do your winners Brenda, I used to love doing random Bobby LOL, oh the dogs took my attention then, love your heart really creative, gorgeous makes.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Mervi said...

Fabulous creations Brenda.
And your dogs are wonderful;-))m

Greta said...

So, so sorry you have to go back to the hospital, Brenda--you're in my thoughts. I so love how you did the drawing--gave me a happy start to my day! The heart stopped me in my tracks--gorgeous & artistic! Then I got to the floral card which takes my breath away! Wonderful Christmas card, too! Hugs, Greta

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

Wonderful work! I hope all gets better and stay strong.

Kath said...

Fabulous cards, love your Christmas card and thank you for sharing with us at the Rudolph Day challenge.
Kath x

Di said...

Dearest B - wonderful to see you in the Playground! LOVE your heart, both your real one and the one you made. So pretty! Take care my lovely, I've noticed you've been doing a fair bit of commenting around blogland - remember to limit yourself!

And do please keep us updated when your hospital trip is over with as well.

Hugs from The Leetle White Peril and me,

Di xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Three gorgeous projects, three sweet dogs and three lucky winners! Have a great day, I hope you are doing well xx

Mrs A. said...

Been away visiting family and got back late last night so catching up in blogland now. I love all your three entries and am honoured that I'm one of the challenges that you visit and enter. I especially love the one for my butterfly challenge. I bought a book whilst away (mainly cos it was reduced from £15 to £3) on the art of Chinese Brush Painted flowers which is a very similar style.
Thankyou for fluttering by my butterfly world. Hugs Mrs A.

Joan said...

Love the idea of getting your canine family to choose the winners ! Beautiful pieces of art from you as ever Brenda, I love them all but I'm really taken with the stencilled one, so pretty.

Joan x

Elizabeth said...

Lovely post, Brenda, but sorry to hear your still not very well. Hope the hospital stay will help and you'll be back home and crafting soon. Love the heart, it's so pretty, and what a great use of snippets. Your cards are lovely too. I like the PB stamp on the butterfly one and the colours are just right. And what a wonderful effect you've achieved by colouring through the die in the Rudolph Day card. Altogether lovely. Take care. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Beautiful inspiration here as always Brenda, hope things are ok with you.
What a fun way to do a drawing, congrats to the winners.

Karen said...

Love all of your projects Brenda. I am in love with your gorgeous pups too! My Eddy was a devil for pinching and eating pieces of paper and your post has made me remember a lovely thing about him without tearing up as well! Beautiful projects, hope you are doing okay and not pushing it too much xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Aw your dogs esp labs are sooooo cute.
I'll be praying earnestly that the hospital visit will bring good results in a timely way for you dear B. Congrats to the wisley chosen winners 😊 Generous goodies to be won!
And big hug for each of the dear DT heir owner. Lovley creations, agree with you on slate blue, ive made a mixture of blues on mine from light to dark, but much lighter than yours will be sharing it as a DT post pun Sunday 5th.
Do ovoe both your cards and well done on joining for,Rudolph day, I scrapped in by skin of my teeth.
Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
Shaz in Oz.x

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