Saturday 19 December 2020

Christmas sparkle, YouTube and Gelli Plate

Morning Peeps, I've been a really bad blogger this week I'm afraid, another very poorly doggie, this time Daisy who is ten and had to have most of her mammary glands removed and very fragile still. Add to that my stamps for the Chocolate Baroque 4th January One Day Special on Hochanda ran into RM problems (putting it politely) and had to be sent again, a week lost meaning I've had my head down getting samples turned round in time. I've got nine made so far so well on my way...........teasing you now, they are all new stamps and yummy!!

This will be my last post before Christmas so I would like to wish everyone a happy festive season, I know for many Christmas just won't be the same this year but let's pray 2021 is a better year all round. For hubby and I it will be a strange Christmas, usually all the children and grandchildren are with us, but that's about 20 of us so just not an option this year. We decided as a family with several secondary teachers, another mingling with Boris and Co and an NHS front line worker that even if allowed it's just not worth the risk, hopefully we will have a belated Christmas in the Spring and see one another once again.

Moving on to Allsorts which is a two week challenge and the last of 2020. Kath is our host and she would like to see 'Sparkle and Shine and the prize a £15 store voucher from Stamp Addicts. It's a bit of a photo heavy post as I also have a post over at the Chocolate Baroque blog today plus yesterday's shares for our mid month reminders at We Love Chocolate Baroque and Stamping Sensations challenges.

So a gold one and a green one for Allsorts, I made 75 of these way back in January after seeing Lucy from Sweet Poppy Stencils use this beautiful wreath and the hot foiling technique. 

And dare I say another YouTube video link here, today's one making the card below with a Gelli Plate, Brusho's and a Chocolate Baroque stamp.

Another card from my Chocolate Baroque post here.

A green version of the Allsorts share at the top of the post, made in exactly the same way.

I'll be honest and say I really don't enjoy making Christmas cards, especially batch ones, I blame starting them for TV in May every year and after that I never want to do my own and those for daughters/DIL's. So as there is usually a lull in TV work around the Christmas period (although this year seems to be an exception and I have soooo much to do) I take advantage of the break and get the bulk out of the way so they are done and dusted and just have fun making the individual ones for family, DT work and the odd order during the year. Yes I already have about 100 made for next year.

A Chocolate Baroque share shaker card using the Tomte Gnomes and below the new Canary Bird Rose stamp.

Finally, the Fairy scene which is of course all Lavina.

If your still with me after all that, have a lovely weekend and Christmas.
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Helen said...

Morning Brenda! I totally get with you about the cards - I think having to start in May would be enough to finish me off!! Hope Daisy feels better soon. Perhaps 3 points would help....... have a good day, take care. Helen xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful and gorgeous cards and designs Brenda

gr karin

Tina Z. said...

such beautiful cards, I always enjoy seeing your card gallery, so inspiring and beautiful. I like this wreath and the technique used.
wishing you a lovely December and all the best in the new year.
crafty hugs xx

Crafting Queen said...

Hope she recovers well Brenda. Love all your cards,they are wonderful. Sending hugs Anesha

Lorraine said...

Lots of gorgeous cards this morning Brenda and all so pretty.
I hope Daisy recovers soon. It sounds like you are going to have a very different Christmas this year but as you say it will be wonderful if we can all get together with our families by Easter/spring.
I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a very happy, healthy and crafty 2021
Stay safe, sending hugs
Lorraine x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

What a fabulous collection of cards Brenda. I love the top two with the sweet poppy stencil and the foiling (must try this technique). The CB cards are wonderful too as is the final fairy themed card. Sorry to hear that you dog has been unwell, I hope she makes a speedy recovery.
Christmas Day this year will see hubby and I celebrating with our 34 year old son who still lives at home (in a granny annex), so very quiet. However we will have our Daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons joining us on Boxing Day, so something to look forward to.

Wishing you and your family a peaceful Christmas and New year, Stay safe and keep well and lets hope that 2021 will see us all being able to get back together again.

Sue xx

HilaryJane said...

What an amazing collection of cards this week. They are all wonderful, but i think the foiled wreath ones are extra special. I shall look forward to watching your video later. I do hope Daisy is stating to feel better and that you enjoy your very different Christmas this year. xx

Leanne Harris said...

A lovely collection of cards Brenda and your WLCB one is gorgeous. I really do hope that Daisy is doing ok - thankfully Lucky is improving well now and his eating is picking up too which is a great relief (he lost 2kg in a week!). Have a lovely Christmas, I know that it will be very different, but do the very best that you can xxxxx

Mummylade said...

Thank you for the video, sooo inspiring! 🎅Have a lovely Christmas 🎄

aussie aNNie said...

Fantastic post, great images, colours and designs. xxxx 🎅

Vicky Hayes said...

So sorry to hear about poor Daisy Brenda. Sending best wishes for her recovery. You've posted a lovely gallery of cards here and thank you for all your inspiration through the year. Christmas will be a little different for many of us this year but we will all make the best of it and hope for a brighter 2021. Merry Christmas to you! Vicky x

gwen70 said...

Fabulous cards Brenda, hope you and yours have a very Happy Christmas xx

gwen70 said...

Fabulous cards Brenda, hope you and yours have a very Happy Christmas xx

Fikreta said...

so very beautiful cards!
off to see your video!
thank you so much for Christmas card that arrived yesterday!
Happy holidays! ⛄

Ellibelle said...

I'm sorry to hear Daisy hasn't been well, hope she's recovering quickly!
Your cards are so beautiful, each one but my favorite this time around is the butterfly and roses card, just loving that gorgeous blue and pretty stenciling.
Looking forward to watching your video, I've not touched my gelli plated for a long time maybe this will inspire me to get it out!

cuilliesocks said...

Oh I'm so sorry to hear that Daisy has been so poorly, I hope she gets better soon.
What an array of wonderful cards Brenda, so many different styles and designs. I absolutely love the Gnome shaker card, super colours.
Best to be safe and not sorry Brenda, we are doing the same, having Christmas by ourselves, but will meet up with my son and dil and their dogs for a permitting of course, and a bottle of bubbly.
Have a lovely Christmas and here's to a covid free 2021, hugs Kate x x

Glennis F said...

Sorry to hear your dog is poorly.
Sending best wishes for Christmas to you and yours from a warm and sunny New Zealand. Ham and salads are on the menu for Christmas Day, as it is far too hot to be cooking
A lovely variety of cards today

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous cards Brenda and the Allsorts one is a stunner (thank You).
I love that CB Grunge flower, each time you've used it, it looks so different and versatile and the little shaker card is so sweet. Love the colours you used on the fairy card, looks very magical.
I think Christmas will be very different for lots of folks, but best to stay safe, and I hope it's still enjoyable for you.
Hugs, Avril xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Hope Daisy is better soon. It may be your last post but what a treat, so many lovely cards. Merry Christmas

Kathleen said...

A fabulous collections of cards with some really super background and great images, love the mirri card wreath it certainly shines.
Hope all is going well with both your dogs.

Kath x

Mia said...

Fantastic cards, Brenda. Thank you for another great tutorial. As I have not attended any card making classes and I am self-taught, your tutorials really help me a lot. Thank you, my dear friend. Please keep making such lovely tutorials. Kisses!!!

Mrs A. said...

I always start making my christmas cards in January and try to make sure i have ten under my belt each month so come November I have enough. Has worked for me so far and I never bulk make a card. Thatreeally would drive me nuts.
All your cards are super as per the norm. I am off to watch your video. I have watched and enjoyed your others on Yo Tube so far. hope Daisy is now on the mend. Sickly pets are always a worry as you have to gain say their problems.
Wishing you a Happy if smaller christmas cheer. Hugs Mrs A.

Gerrina said...

Wow you made 75 of the first card? What a lot!! And it is a beautiful one...just as the others! This time I do have a favorite one; the gelliplate-flower card; love the colours and the backdrop! This year all is too. <ost important is to stay save and healthy and make the best of it! Hugs, Gerrina

Carole said...

A plethora of great designs are a human card factory I think. All of these are lovely in their own individual way. I wish you a Peaceful Christmas and the promise of a better year to full of celebrations of every kind. Stay safe. xx

Wendy L said...

They all look wonderful, great video too, I watched it last night.
Merry Christmas to you, xxx

Tracy said...

I really hope that Daisy is recovering, and is comfortable, such a worry when they aren't themselves.
Everything on this post is amazing and really gorgeous. So many gorgeous creations, I definitely wouldn't be able to pick a favourite.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Craftyfield said...

You are so productive, Brenda! 100 Christmas cards... and the rest!!! A great collection today with so many techniques and styles. I enjoyed seeing you work too!
Hope Daisy will be back to her old self by Christmas so you can have a great, albeit quiet, Christmas.
At this stage I agree with you it's more about your own risks and those of the people you meet rather than ever changing diktats from our leaders... Yesterday I was in Tier 2, today Tier 3 and tomorrow... Tier 4. I have no idea what I'm supposed to do anymore!!!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Ciao Brenda, spero tanto che Daisy si stia rimettendo in salute!!! Hai avuto una brutta settimana, sicuramente da non ripetere.
Sei stata davero molto occupata con tutte quelle cards!!Le ghirlande con il foil metallico sono splendide, prima o poi devo provare questa tecnica. Ho visto il tuo video e devo provare anche i Brushos con gli Oxides, grazie per l'ispirazione, è sempre un piacere vederti lavorare!
Una carrellata di ispirazioni bellissime e la mia preferita è quella con le fate :) Che delicatezza, che magia!!! Una scena davvero splendida e che sfondo meraviglioso!!! Adoro Zamira e devo comprarmela, forse mi farò un regalo a Natale ;)
Quest'anno Natale sarà davvero diverso, purtroppo. Cerca di passarlo serenamente e in salute.
Un grande abbraccio, Buon Natale!!!

Pat said...

All such gorgeous creations Brenda, love the ones with the wreath stencil. Christmas is going to be so quiet ths year with our usual 14 down to just the two of us but hope that keeps us all safe. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year despite the restrictions.

Pat xx

Lynne said...

A fabulous selection of cards Brenda and a great video too. I had a Gelli plate on my wish list so it came in very handy to watch, assuming I get one of course :).So sorry to hear your Daisy has been poorly. I hope she recovers soon and that you have a lovely Christmas, despite the latest restrictions. We just need to get to next year and hopefully it will be a lot better for us all x

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful cards as always sorry to hear about your poorly doggie...wishing you and your family a Very Happy Christmas and hopefully a Healthier New Year...


cebelica said...

I'm sorry to hear Daisy hasn't been feeling well. I hope she will soon!
I love making Christmas cards, but not batch ones either. I like each of my cards to be different.
As usually, I like all the cards you posted, but this time the one with the fairy scene is my favourite. I wish i could be in that magical garden right now...
Lastly, I wish you a very merry Christmas and all the best in New Year. Fingers crossed it will be corona-free! Hugs! xx

Linby said...

A real treasure trove of inspiration in this post. I can certainly testify that the green one shines beautifully when the light catches it!
Hope Daisy is continuing to improve.
L x

Greta said...

Beautiful cards--especially love the wreath cards, Brenda! So sorry Daisy isn't doing well--hard to have furbabies not feeling good. If only people cared enough not to congregate so we might all still be here for next Christmas! So many deaths & so many could have been prevented. Very sad year, but we have hope for 2021!

Marlies said...

A beautiful collection of cards Brenda. All so different but equaly beautiful made. You are so talented. Sorry to hear about your poorly dog. I do hope she will soon recover. This Christmas will indeed be a very strange one but like you I do hope things will be nealry back to normal in the spring. Merry Christmas

Conny said...

Wow.. what gorgeous cards! Love them all!


Mervi said...

Gorgeous and wonderful cards, I'll be back for the video with better time. Thank you for the card and the surprise. Hope you have a safe and lovely Christmas;-))m

KandA said...

Wow, this is a stunning collection of cards Brenda. Love them all but especially the Lavinia stamps one Just treated myself to some more of those! I do hope Daisy is on the mend. Hope you have a happy christmas xx

Sarah said...

Another fabulous selection Brenda, the wreaths are my particular favourites. I hope Daisy is recovering well, poor girlie. As you can tell from the late commenting here it has been manic at work. Looks like we will be vaccinating early in the New Year, joining forces with two other surgeries locally. Christmas is going to be very strange indeed but it's only one year and we can catch up with our loved ones next year!! Wishing you a healthy and peaceful Christmas Brenda xx

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Oh dear B., praying for your dear one, will add to your name on my list till know all is well. Sending giant prayer hugs.
Lovely creative work... just might have time, to watch that video up at sisters in her beach house. We are blessed here in the country but not Sydney. Praying for all..
Thanks for sharing, and may God bless and keep you and all whom you love safe and well.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz. X

{Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Anke said...

Dear Brenda,

your cards are so beautiful.

I wish you a very Happy Christmas and all the best.


aussie aNNie said...

I hope you had a lovely Christmas. Peace and Health in the new year...💝

Craftychris said...

Ooh wow! What an awesome selection of wonderful cards! I hope Daisy is recovering well, bless her. I hope your Christmas was lovely. Take care and stay safe xxx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

I hope you enjoyed your quiet Christmas this year Brenda, we can all live in hopes of a better 2021 and by the Spring that things will be a little less restrictive. Gorgeous cards here again, sorry I missed this post at the time - the lead up to Christmas for me is hectic with craft fairs and farmers markets where I sell my cards. This year November's markets were cancelled so all efforts were aimed at the late December ones after we came out of lockdown.
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year, take care,

Diane said...

What a fabulous selection of cards designs.

Hugs diane

pinky said...

Oh poor Daisy, I feel for her. Hope she recovers quickly. We had a quiet Christmas here too Brenda, better safe than sorry. I am loving your gorgeous inspiration today! Happy New Year to you and your family and here's a great big family get together when we get out of this tunnel!