Saturday, 5 August 2017

Fly your flag



Morning Peeps, it's Saturday which means it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Mervi would like to see the 'Colour of your Flag'. Our sponsor is Digistamp Boutique.

Before telling you about my cards I want to extend a big thank you for all your kind comments and mails about my health, the latest is that I've had another CT scan followed by the dreaded phone call on Tuesday and an appointment the next day when I was told I need another kidney surgery, well in fact it will be two three weeks apart. 

They were keen to do it later this month but I think that is mainly motivated by the fact the consultant is leaving the hospital shortly. So I asked to be referred back to my original Urologist who had said he feels we can take our re-scheduled holiday late September (the July one had to be cancelled because of my last surgery) and the surgeries will take place when we return. Such a long drawn out process and it's seriously messing with my craft and blogging, but at least you can understand my absence of late.

I was totally stumped as to what I could make for this weeks theme as red, white and blue is not a colour palette I am very fond of, then I had a light bulb moment which said stick with what you know and of course flowers is what came to mind. So I inked the lovely Penny Black Lustrous image with Distress Markers and spritzed with water before stamping onto a piece of Fabriano. I lightly inked around the image with a pale blue DI and added some pattern with a stencil. Cut a frame with a TL die, stamped a PB sentiment and raised it over the image with foam pads and matted onto some dark blue paper and there the colours of the Union Jack.


And as red comes into the equation on our British flag there had to be Poppies as well so I have another pretty simple card colouring the Poppies from DigistampBoutique Sketchy Flowers with sparkle pens and decoupaging the flowers. I added some laves using a stencil and DI's, a bow and matted and layered using TL pin dot dies.

My teams mates have some lovely inspiration to share so please do pop over to the challenge blog.

39 comments:

Helen said...

Morning Brenda. Hope the latest surgery gets you back on your feet soon! what a saga... Love the poppies!

Mervi said...

Two fabulous and so beautiful cards!
Hope you are having relaxing weekend;-))m

KandA said...

So sorry to hear you need more surgery Brenda, I do hope things get sorted soon. Love both of your cards, but especially the first with the soft blue. Must admit red white and blue is a colour combo is a tough one for me too. Have a good weekend and take care xx

Glennis said...

I know it is not much fun having health problems, I am in awe that you continue with your beautiful cards.
Sending healing hugs

Di said...

Beautiful card Brenda as always. I love the theme, and you worked poppies in as well 😊

I've been wondering what was going on health wise with you B. Here's to a great holiday beforehand and a super fast recovery from the surgeries. Do keep us posted, we all care about you.

Hugs

Di xx

Wendy L said...

Great work on the cards Brenda, xxx

Stamps and Paper said...

Two beautiful poppy cards Brenda...hope they get you sorted out soon with your surgery....

Anne

Craftyfield said...

What a lovely card Brenda! Especially working with these difficult colours! Sending my best wishes, hoping you will manage to get that well deserved holiday. xx

Valerija said...

These are wonderful and I adore the colours
Valerija xx

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful cards Brenda. Get wel soon. Blessings, Elly

Sarah said...

These are wonderful Brenda, the rose looks glorious and you have done an amazing job of the background. Lovely poppies too!! Sorry to hear you are to have more surgery xx

aussie aNNie said...

B, these are stunning cards, just having a peak at what I have time for tonight. I hope all is ok with you, email me if you feel up to it...
hugs, aNNie xxx

KarinsArtScrap said...

2 beautiful cards Brenda.

I know your have a health issue so don't worry about the comments......

Gr Karin

Leanne Harris said...

Lovely cards and use of the colours. Your holiday will be so nice to look forward to Brenda xxxxx

Donna Ellis said...

Glad you are managing the time line well, B, but sad to hear you must "undergo the knife" yet again, and again. Praying these 2 will definitely fend off the problem. In the meantime, your take on RWB is incredible! I especially like the soft blue leaves in the backgrounds, and the bold splashes of red, and hints of navy - beautifully done! xx

Robin said...

So sorry you have to go through more surgeries. Prayers will be with you throughout.

Your cards are just lovely! The flowers are beautiful and the backgrounds are so very perfect! Hugs, Robin

scrAPpamondo said...

So sorry that you need again a surgery, and hope that you can go on vacation, you well deserve them!!
Great interpretation of the theme, this light blue on the back looks fabulous with the red of the poppies and such lovely stenciled leaves!
Big hugs, enjoy little things and the weekend!
Hugs

Linda Simpson said...

Hi Brenda, I am sorry to hear that you have been poorly and that you need surgery. These are gorgeous and I am sending you gentle hugs.
Hugs
Linda xxx

crafty-stamper said...

Sorry to hear you have to have more surgery but hope you enjoy your holiday first--both gorgeous cards-love the beautiful stamps and delicate coloured background
Carol x

Pat said...

Two gorgeous cards Brenda, love the way you have interpreted the red, white and blue of our flag, great makes. Hope the surgery is soon sorted for you and that you have a quick recovery, but have a good holiday first. Enjoy the weekend.

Pat xx

Crafting Queen said...

Sorry you are going through a very tough time with your health at the moment. Hope they can sort out the surgeries and things will be well. Take care.Anesha

cuilliesocks said...

So beautiful Brenda, the poppy image is gorgeous and your colouring brilliant. Beautifully designed card.
Sorry that you once again need surgery, you will certainly be needing your holiday, take care of yourself, Kate x

Berina RGA said...

So sorry to hear that you need a surgery! Hope you feel better and you enjoy the vacation!! Beautiful cards Brenda!! You've done it so beautiful with the color combo.

Sally H said...

Two totally stunning cards, Brenda! I love them both! How beautifully you coloured the rose stasmp and the effect is breathtakingly beautiful Big hugs xxxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Gorgeous cards, love them both. Sorry to hear you need more surgery, hugs x

Kathleen said...

Another gorgeous creation Brenda, fabulous image and love the subtle background.

Kath x

Fiki said...

sorry you have to go through more surgeries.
Prayers will be with you.
your cards are so pretty hugs

Astrid Maclean said...

Sorry to hear about all your lates issues Brenda, I so hope it will all be sorted soon, and please do not worry about visiting blog!!

Your cards like always are amazing, I think the top one is an absolute favourite, such a beautiful stamp that and you really did the British flag colours proud with these beautiful makes!

Greta said...

Oh what a bummer, but glad you can take your holiday first! Can't believe you've had such health problems & still made 2 more beauties! Great choice of images for red, white & blue cards--a combo I actually really like & is, of course, our flag colors, too. Take card, Brenda--hugs, Greta

Ellibelle said...

Both turned out absolutely beautiful!
Hope you have a good weekend and I am so glad you get to go on holiday, which you so deserve!

Helene E said...

I'm glad you got a second opinion and was able to go on your holiday, you're worth it!

Gerrina said...

You have so many beautiful poppiestamps...I don't get tired of seeing what you make with them! These are two beautiful cards again!;love the sketchy feel'of the first most... Enjoy the sunday!

Linby said...

Two fab cards - love them - of course they are poppies!

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

Beautiful.cards and hope all goes well with your surgery. Always stay positive and stay strong.

Tracy Welham said...

These are truly beautiful! So sorry you need to have more surgery, very frustrating. Lots of love. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Beautiful indeed B.
Love the end result, I just had yesterday a new PB Floral arrive chez moi, so looking forward to it, quite different from any other I have but can see it being water coloured with DI.

Sorry I've been so AWOL, I do pray for you though...
.... and will re coming two ops, good you still take hols. Mine aren't booked ones, but they've been deferred so many times I've lost count. Maybe September for me, too. Maybe being operative word.
My health is usual suspect but also family commitments mean blogging time is very curtailed.
Hugs and prayers dear B. Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}


susiestacey said...

Both cards are so pretty and l can't believe you struggled with these colours as it looks like you cracked it to me x Susan x

Jane said...

So sorry to read you need further surgery Brenda but I'm glad you can get to go on your holiday..so important.Your card is a very different take on red white and blue and is gorgeous.Take care xx

Tracy said...

Two very gorgeous creations. The leaf background is very effective and pretty.
Happy crafting
Tracy x