Saturday, 2 May 2020


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts, our host this week is Helene with the theme of 'Butterflies'. This weeks winner will receive a £15 store voucher from WOWVOW.

I'm doing my proud Mum bit here, many of you know that one of our son's Alex is a semi professional athlete and travels Europe competing in races, mostly marathons. Well this week the British Athletics website lists him as being the No 1 UK marathon athlete for his category. As he said, it might not be a long term placement as competition is always high, but given there are currently no races taking place he is likely to hang on to that ranking for a while.

Both of my cards using the same stamp were samples for a Chocolate Baroque a Hochanda show earlier in the year.....yep, more oldies as still nothing new on the craft front. And both follow pretty much the same process, Oxide backgrounds, stencilling the top one using texture paste and the Butterfly Film Strip stamped in Versafine Clair. I also stamped the Butterflies a second time  to decoupage, on vellum for the top card and onto inked offcuts for the second.

I actually added this one as a second card yesterday as I wanted to support the Butterfly Challenge which I've not joined in for some time and looking through my folders thought this one would fit using some of the requisite colours which all begin with the letter 'X', Xanadu Grey/green, Xiketic Black, Xanthic Yellow, 'X'tra colours and of course the Butterflies.

And a few photos from the gardens, in my monthly challenges post tomorrow we will venture into the paddocks!!

Hope you are all keeping well and safe.
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Helen said...

congrats to Alex, and loving the garden pics. Fab cards as always! take care, stay safe.

Lisa Lynn said...

Both of your cards are awesome and your flowers are gorgeous. Congrats to your son. Stay safe.

Lorraine said...

Congratulations to Alex - that's fantastic...definitely a proud mum moment.
Emma and her team had a 'zoom' meeting with Lauren Winfield and Courtney Hill last week - she was chuffed to bits!
Your cards are gorgeous as always and I love the flowers in your garden. I have a few bedding plants in my greenhouse that are coming on nicely!
Lorraine x

Mervi said...

Gorgeous cards and beautiful spring flowers, there's just few bulbs up;-))m

Crafting Queen said...

Congratulations to your son. Love your cards they are beautiful. Hope you will be back crafting soon. Sending lots of hugs. Anesha x

Craftyfield said...

Woohoo Alex! Confinement has a silver lining too… this made me laugh I have to say! When my mojo vanishes it usually stays out sight for over a month so I wouldn't fret too much yet, plus these are extra-ordinary times. Still, if you want to hurry its return try to ink a stamp, any stamp and just play, see what happens.. xx

Tracy said...

Congratulations to Alex. love your pics of your flowers. Gorgeous Chocolate Baroque cards, I love how you've used the same stamp with two great looks.
I bought myself Butterfly Perfumery and Butterfly Minds on my Birthday as it was lockdown and thought it would inspire me.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Carole Pollard said...

Wonderful news you must be so proud of Alex such an achievement . Your cards are just wonderful always a lovely blog to visit hope you are well stay safe love and hugs Carole x

kiwimeskreations said...

You are allowed a Proud Mum moment Brenda - I am a grateful MIL at the moment as my SIL is doing a major maintenance job for me for the cost of the materials only!!
Loving these cards Brenda - the yellow one is a STUNNER!
Your blossoms are exquisite - mine are nearly all gone now.
Stay safe

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Congratulations to your son Brenda. Two gorgeous butterfly cards and beautiful photos of your garden too.

Sue xx

Gerrina said...

Great the texture on the first and on both cards I love the colourcombinations you chose! Seems like your garden is a little bit ahead of ours; I have to wait a bit to see such beautiful flowers! Enjoy the little beautiful things and the weekend!

Cath Wilson said...

Your butterflies are gorgeous, Brenda. I love them both, for different reasons and really love the colours you used.
Gorgeous flowers, too :-) Looking forward to seeing tomorrow and what's in the paddock ;-)
Elbow hugs
Cath x

cuilliesocks said...

Congratulations to Alex, and quite right to be a proud mum.
Your butterflies are sooo beautiful, and your colouring is gorgeous.
Lovely blooms Brenda, thanks for sharing them, keep safe, Kate x

Stamps and Paper said...

Congratulations to your son Brenda...your card samples are gorgeous and thank you for sharing the beautiful flowers in your garden they are lovely


Wendy L said...

You must be so proud of Alex, all your kids really.
Blossoms are beautiful as are your cards, xxxx

HilaryJane said...

Love these cards, sorry to hear there is still no card making going on. Your gardens look fabulous and you are perfectly entitled to be the proud Mum, what an achievement. \you certainly have a very talented family xx

Sarah said...

Well done Alex, and Brenda your proud Mum moment is definitely allowed!! Love the zingy colours on your card and thank you for those lovely photographs...looking forward to seeing the paddocks!! Surprise is living out for the first time in 20 years...eeeek...she stopped eating her haylage, so we tried to tempt her with hay and she turned her nose up at that too so she is staying out and loving it!! She is on medication for her cushings and is on very tight grazing so hopefully won't get an attack of laminitis. She is 33 in June and every day is a bonus after her injury last year so it's nice to see her being "free"!! Hope you are keeping well xx

Caty said...

OOhh Congratulations to Alex !! You can be a very very proud Mum Brenda, sure.
I love your cards with those so beautiful butterflies, the colours are simply great, I adore the purple.
Thanks so much for sharing those wonderful photographs of your flowers, they are lovely.
I wish you a very nic evening and Sunday, stay safe and well,
Big hugs,

Kathleen said...

Oh WOW, you certainy deserve to play the proud Mum bit, well done to Alex and long may he reign, as the saying goes.
Love the first card, the background is fabulous and so is the design. A really super different design and another great choice of colours for your second card.

Kath x

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful designs and lovely creations.. Congrats to Alex .x

Babs said...

Morning Brenda , how proud must you be feeling, congratulations to Alex he must be feeling so pleased with himself all his hard work and Dedication has payed off well done.
Love your butterfly cards brenda the colours on the first one are so soft with a beautiful background, and love the zesty colours on the other 2 gorgeous creations just love the inspiration..your garden is a wonderful place.
Hope all is good, thank you so much for your congratulations on our golden wedding yesterday...
Babs x

Ellibelle said...

That's an amazing accomplishment Brenda, huge congratulations!!
Your cards are so nicely done, beautiful designs and colors! And such pretty flowers!

KandA said...

Congratulations to Alex and very well deserved after all the hard work he puts into his marathons. Beautiful photos of from your garden and two stunning butterfly cards xx

Fikreta said...

very nice cards and lovely photos

Greta said...

Big congrats to Alex! Beautiful butterfly cards & love seeing your flowers, Brenda!

Linby said...

Congrats to Alex!
Your cards using the same stamps but such different results look amazing.

Vicky Hayes said...

Such beautiful cards Brenda - your backgrounds are always amazing! I love that you're in Mumland over Alex's No 1 ranking, and why not?! Your flowers are gorgeous and I only have to look at a photo of lilac to smell the ghost of its heady scent! Vicky x

Mrs A. said...

I love the second yellow card that you have made for my butterfly challenge. I like that tape measure/ ruler for the frame work too. Thankyou so much for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel with Me. Fingers crossed as I have a food delivery coming tomorrow . Hugs Mrs A.

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful cards Brenda and fabulous photo's also the photo's above
Gr Karin