Saturday, 8 April 2017

Blossoms all around

Good morning to you all, it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Tracy would like is to 'Bring on the Bling'. Marianne Designs are our sponsor this week. 

Further down I have also added a few photos from the gardens............I know I do it every year but I so love Spring and like to share...........things seem well ahead this year and already there are some wonderful aromas wafting in the air. The Lilacs and Ceanothus are all well into bud and I will be sharing some of those soon.

Onto my Allsorts creation, sparkle and Fairies just go together and there are non better than Lavinia ones. I started with three shades of DI's using the red at the top and graduating down to the palest, next I placed the Sheena sunray stencil and used a wet sponge to remove some of the colour. All of the stamps are Lavinia stamped with black archival and then glitter added to the blossoms and Fairy. Finally, using a grey pencil I added some shading under the Fairy and Mouse to ground them.

Viburnum Burkwoodii smells beautiful

Prunus Taihaku and as always when I have the camera out there is a Lab lurking in the background - Holly I think

Sophora Sun King Hislop, it's at least 20' tall despite harsh pruning

Clematis Armandii Snowdrift with a glorious aroma, it's now so high it's outgrown it's trellis and well entwined over the top of an apple tree

Blossoms on one of the Conference Pear trees, they are just so delicate looking

Tinus Jermynes Globe - I think - so many out there and over time I've forgotten which is which, this one is a very slow grower

Spirea Aguta, always looks so spindly until the leaf comes out

Violets, transplanted from my Dad's garden many years ago and constantly multiplying

A simple but beautiful Daffodil

Another Sophora Sun King entwined into a Prunus tree

As always my team mates have lots of inspiration to share so please do pop over to the challenge blog to take a peek and I hope you all have a good weekend, the weather forecast here in the UK looks promising and youngest granddaughter is already talking barbies.


Wendy L said...

gorgeous card Brenda and lovely pics, xxx

Mervi said...

Gorgeous and adorable card.
You totally have the spring! We got some new snow last night, glad the sun is shining so hope it smelts soon. Our swans have come back to the lake, but it's still a little open water for them. Happy weekend;-))m

Crafting Queen said...

Wow, your garden is looking wonderful. Love the card as well. Have a wonderful weekend.

Di said...

Love your amazing card B! It really is a total delight, just like a fairy Dell.

Beautiful garden photos, isn't Spring amazing!

Di xx

Glennis F said...

You have some beautiful flowers in your garden, Brenda. We are heading into Autumn now so not much colour in my garden now.
Your card is lovely, the fairies wings are so shimmery

Valerija said...

What a wonderful card Brenda. Love the stamps and beautiful background.
Great spring photos too, I just love spring flowers especially daffodils.
Valerija xx

Dora said...

Beautiful card with beautiful stamps. Great provide with colour.
Your pictures are wonderful. So nice to see that everything comes to bloom.

Gertrude said...

WOW, das sieht ja toll aus
glg Gertrude

Jeni Mc said...

This is a beautiful card ,the shades and the blackness combine so well . I can almost smell that Viburnum , Aren't the gardens looking beautiful at the moment ? Jx

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Brenda, what a wonderful garden you must have, beautiful plants and flowers, looks like you're green fingered, thanks for letting us see their glory.
Your card is stunning, beautiful colours and design, love the fairy image, Kate x

Craftychris said...

Stunning card! Gorgeous background for the wonderful scene. Fabulous photos too, what a lovely garden! xxx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow! Your garden is a delight Brenda!! Gorgous blooming plants, and surely in the air there is a fabulous scent!! You are so lucky to can enjoy it!!
And surely in your garden there are some fairies, :) as that one you stamped on your fab card! Love the scenery you have created and thanks for sharing the way you made the sunray!
Have a sweet weekend!

Robin said...

These blossoms are so beautiful! What a garden you have...GORGEOUS! Your card is no exception to that...Stunning! I love love love the background and stamps you have used! Fabulous!! Hugs, Robin

Marianne said...

Love the black silhouettes against the soft background, Brenda. Lovely pictures, too. I can almost smell the fabulous scent of your garden.
Have a good weekend!
Marianne x

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Your card has a perfect blend of both stamps and colours, it's beautiful. Your photos are amazing too and the Blossom looks exquisite. I love it when Mother Nature finally wakes up and treats us all to this glorious display. Enjoy the sunshine Brenda. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

Fikreta said...

your card is gorgeous!
love your photos!
pretty garden!
have a nice day

Sarn said...

What a beautiful Lavinia card Brenda.

Your garden plants look stunning. Good to feel the sun on your face isn't it?

Hugs, Sarn xxx

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous garden Brenda and love all the flowering shrubs,the pear blossoms are beautiful-almost forgot beautiful card and silhouette flowers,thank you for explaining how you did the sunburst background looks brilliant
Carol x

Fliss said...

A really beautiful card Brenda and your garden must be amazing with all those pretty flowers in it. Colour is slowly coming to mine too and might take some pics as well.
Hope you're having a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous card Brenda, love the background for the fairy. Such a beautiful array of blossom, your garden is a real pleasure.
Have a lovely weekend.
avril xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A stunning card Brenda (I've just got back from Ally Pally where I bought the new Lavinia stamps). Gorgeous photo of the blossom and flowers in your garden, it certainly makes it feel as though summer is on the way.

Sue xx

ALI said...

Gorgeous inking Brenda and the garden is looking stunning. I've been busy tidying the garden up and helped paint the shed, beautiful day now hubby got the BBQ on!

Mrs A. said...

Beautiful photos of your garden and I do love your fairy card particularly the sun's rays. Hugs Mrs A.

Kathleen said...

Totally stunning background Brenda and some lovely images, great placement of the glitter.
Didn't know you were a poet too.
I know I do it every year
But I do love Spring and like to share.... and so glad that you do, some fabulous photo's and it must be heaven walking round your garden.

Kath x

Oops I did it again, don't know what has got into me, sorry. xxx

Ellibelle said...

You sure have lots already growing in your garden, it must be a joy being surrounded by such gorgeous trees and shrubs and looks like your dog is enjoying it too!
Your card is just beautiful too, still didn't buy any Lavinia stamps and that's mostly because I can't make up my mind of which stamps to get first...they are all so beautiful and unique!

kiwimeskreations said...

Love your background Brenda - it's perfect for the wee creatures and plants

Juls said...

Stunning card, & gorgeous blooms xx

Craftyfield said...

Beautiful card, it has a watercolour look to it. Your garden is equally beautiful, spring has definitely arrived where you live! Bet you will enjoy it this sunny weekend... xx

Gerrina said...

A great Lavinia card! Love that you kept the bling subtile; fits perfect!
And wow great pics! Looks like your garden is a bit further than ours here (backgarden is on the nortside) But our "snowball" looks just as great and on a sunny day like this one it smells so delicious! Enjoy the sun!

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeoussssssssss Brenda
Gr Karin

Sally H said...

Beautiful card, Brenda, and your garden is looking stunning again this year. So beautiful, and I never tire of looking at photos of it! Our viburnum burkwoodii smells wonderful at the moment too

Sarah said...

I always enjoy a wander around your garden in the spring Brenda!! xx

Greta said...

Magical card, Brenda & love seeing your beautiful Spring flowers! My lilac is about to bloom for the first time--can't wait!

Shylaashree said...

beautiful card brenda, you have a heaven in your garden, the photos are so welcoming

Mummylade said...

Gorgeous photos, my garden is still in deep sleep :)

Barb said...

Your card is magical! What a beautiful garden you have. It's lovely to see the photos of the blossom. I can almost smell the viburnum! Barbxx

KandA said...

Such a wonderful magical card with the gorgeous background colours and stamping. Lovely photos and your garden must be a haven to sit out in on warm days xx

Donna Ellis said...

Your blog title has magically come alive today, Brenda, with your sparkling fairies and gorgeous garden photos. Thanks for sharing them. Your flowers do not grow here, so seeing them in your garden makes them more precious. Blowing Florida kisses your way! XX