Saturday, 13 October 2018

The soft glow of Christmas

Morning Peeps, time for our new Allsorts challenge and this week Susan would like us to make a start on our 'Christmas' cards. We have a super prize from StickerYou of a $65 store voucher.

This is a sample I made for a recent Stamp Addicts Hochanda TV show using one of their new seasonal sentiments, a pretty simple design really, strips of DP which are all G45, the sentiment stamped in Versafine Toffee and cut out with a TL die. All placed into position and a seam binding bow and button.

This one is my card for the new Butterfly Challenge, I really enjoy the challenge of incorporating the elements of the Butterfly wheel which this time gives us Baby Blue, Burnt Orange, Buff, Birthday's, Bows, Borders and the Butterfly. And I managed all elements, the stamps are all Chocolate Baroque stamped onto a brayered and stencilled background of blue, orange and buff. I first stamped the focal Poppy and Butterfly image and then stamped the bottom border, stamped the Butterflies a second time onto vellum and then coloured all in with Spectrum sparkle pens. Finally a CB sentiment and a small bow.

Another quick Christmas make using Toni's Stamps By Me Poinsettia, it was a playtime make testing out my new Versafine Clair inks, the sentiment is from the same set and the little berries from a CB set. 

Tomorrow I am off to Stamp Magic in Doncaster and more colours of those inks are on my ever growing list. It will be an early start as it's a good two hour journey from here, but it's going to be such fun meeting up with several of the Stamping Sensations girls, some I know already and some it will be a first meeting and also I will see our very own Allsorts Kath and Susan is hoping to find time to pop in as well.

I've been thinking about buying a light box for ages so when our Ellie told us how good her new one was I decided to go for it and went for a 16"x16" so it would accommodate my mixed media pieces and the larger cards for TV. But didn't leave it at that and bought a new camera as well. I've been using a little Canon Ixus for years so thought it was high time I upgraded to a 'grown up' camera and am really pleased with the Canon SX540 HS bridge camera which got the thumbs up from my crafty friend Sal and also my photographer boys. Obviously this one was taken with the Ixus but you can see from the card inside how good the light it.

Then later in the week we are off on holiday, I have a couple of scheduled posts and will see you all when we get home.
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Mervi said...

Gorgeous cards. Congrats for your new candies.
Have a great time over at craft meeting;-))m

Craftyfield said...

I was just going to comment on your gorgeous cards when I got distracted by the lightbox! In the summer I manage OK with natural light but it's already getting difficult now and I'm thinking about solutions.
Enjoy your hols, Brenda! xx

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

It makes me nervous when we start to mention the ‘C’ word this early. I start thinking about all the cards that I need to make lol. Fabulous cards Brenda and your new light box and camera look terrific. I’m looking forward to Doncaster tomorrow too. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous cards Brenda, just like you I'm thinking to for a light box......but everytime I buy some goodies......mayby one day.

gr karin

Linby said...

Fab makes - I love the CAS christmas card - a lovely design.
Enjoy the light box - I've had mine for about a year and in winter it's great to be able to light your work.

Lynne said...

Three gorgeous card Brenda. I like the design and colours of your first card. I usually go to Stamp Magic but we are away this weekend so unable to make it :( . Have a good time x

Sally H said...

Wonderful cards, and I am so pleased you are getting on well with your new camera! I think I too need a light box. Could you send me a link please? xxx See you tomorrow!!!

Joan said...

Lovely cards Brenda, the CB poppies is such a beautiful stamp and your card is beautiful. I have a terrible time getting decent copies of my cards, particularly since I always craft at night! I usually end up scanning them as I get truer colours than with my camera ,hadn't thought about a light box .


Mrs A. said...

Your butterfly card is leaving me speechless. I love it can you tell me the make of your light box and where you fit it please as l'm so fed up with chasing non exiistsnt light round the house.? Thankyou for coming and spining the butterfly wheel with me this week. Hugs Mrs A.

Ellibelle said...

Such beautiful cards Brenda, loving those Christmas makes and the poppies are gorgeous!
Glad your new tent arrived, the bigger ones are definitely a must if your creations are larger. How exciting you got a new camera as well. Will have to check out the one you got, mine is a few years old, I'm happy with it now, but if it ever does break I'd like to know what to replace it with :-)

pinky said...

Beautiful cards Brenda. I love your new light box. I have a very large one which is pretty useless as I can't sit it in my craft room and it's just too big to leave set up so it doesn't get used. Happy Holidays xx

Daniela said...

Such beautiful cards, Brenda!
Happy Weekend!
x Daniela

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Lovely selection, that top one is my fave, I love banners and the colours are fab. Enjoy tomorrow and have a lovely hol

cuilliesocks said...

As ever a wonderful selection of cards, your designs are gorgeous, colours too. I could do with a light box, could you say what type it is and where to buy, I'd appreciate it.
Have a fabulous day at the craft fair, Kate x

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous card Brenda - as always.
I'm going to Doncaster too tomorrow..I'll keep an eye open for you!
Lorraine x

Kathleen said...

Another set of wonderful cards and so jealous of you new purchases.
Great mix and match of papers on the first card.
Just love the image on your second one.
Such a lovely bright card and great image on the third one. Glad you like the new ink pads.
I really need a new camera and I would love a light box but after buying the Cut'n'boss not sure if I dare splash out for those.

Kath x

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful cards Brenda love the butterfly and of course you new light box and camera
Carol x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

How sweet is your first card!!! Love the warm feel and the G45 papers for the banners make it so precious! That cute button with the heart is just adorable! Love the other two cards too, and good luck with the Butterfly challenge!
I'm curious about the lightbox, it seems really a perfect solution to take photos of craft works!! And such fabulous new camera too!! Great buying!
(If I think at my wonky photos with a casual background I laugh about myself :D :D How different perspective we have... But I think that crafting for you is also a work, not only a pleasure. Instead I craft only for myself and when I can :)
Have a lovely meeting!!
Here the weather is again very good,sunny and nice. :D Hope that it is the same in Spain :) Have a fabulous holiday!
Big hugs

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Beautiful cards Brenda and shown of perfectly thanks to your light box too. I hope you have a great holiday and are going somewhere warm, you can take some great pics with the new camera.

Sue xx

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful cards and love the gorgeous colours.x

Marlies said...

Beautiful card Brenda. Like the design with the DP on the first one. An idea I must try and remember. Your lightbox looks good. Hope you have a lovely day at the Stamp Magic. Marlies

Wendy L said...

Gorgeous card Brenda.
Jealous, wish I could get over and meet you all at Doncaster!!1

Enjoy you hols, xxx

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely cards Brenda will look forward to some pictures from your holiday with your new camera


Jeni Mc said...

A beautiful c and s card Brenda but so effective , The lightbox seems a great idea Jx

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous cards Brenda, love the butterfly image you used and the poinsettia looks stunning.
The lightbox looks good, along with the new camera.
Have a great day at Stamp Magic
Avril xx

Sarah said...

Great cards Brenda, particularly the lovely sentiment and the paper strips on the first xx

ALI said...

Another fantastic selection Brenda.
Enjoy your day at stamp magic x

Gerrina said...

The soft christmascard is so different, but also warm and a bit classic; what a great way to mix all of that in a soft-coloured card! Love that CB stamp and the extra butterfly looks so good! But my favorite is the CAS-cristmascard; love the bold colours and design!
Your camera and lightbox look both so usefull! Hope you have fun using the camera on your holiday! Wishing you sunshine and lots of energy to enjoy it! Hugs, Gerrina

kiwimeskreations said...

Beautiful cards Brenda - love your butterfly challenge one in particular. I am battling the little green monster with your light box and new camera!! Well done on a great purchase! Enjoy your holiday, and safe travelling then and to the show

susiestacey said...

Gorgeous cards as always, love the poinsettia stamp. Great new buys Brenda, will come in very handy during the dark winter months. x Susan x

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards, as always Brenda! I love that poinsettia! That light box looks cool! I'm planning to buy one now that Winter is fast approaching!

Greta said...

Enjoy your vacation, Brenda! Beautiful cards--especially the poinsettia! Can't stop looking at it!