Saturday, 29 January 2022

Birdies and blooms


By way of explanation as to my no show anywhere this week, Margo has been in hospital with meningitis, on intravenous antibiotics and anti-viral drugs for almost a week and had numerous tests including a lumbar punch, such a lot for a 20 week old baby. She and Mum Anysia came home Thursday evening and taking it a day at a time. Plus Azaria tested positive so I've spent a lot of time on the phone giving moral support to them both in the absence of Mum, add extra horses to look after as well means craft has taken a back seat.

Fortunately this post and my work was scheduled a while back so I've just updated. It's my turn to host at Allsorts and my theme is 'Anything Goes with the option to add a stencil'. I also have a card for the Butterfly Challenge, which I meant to post during the week but you will understand the delay.

I really do enjoy using stencils, the one at the top a simple stencilled background using DI's and the AALL and Create Wire Bird main image stamped with Versafine Clair Twilight a couple of stars from the same set and the small birdie stamped above the word again from the same set.


Above is my Butterfly Challenge card, I've been fascinated by the Triple Point cards I keep seeing so had to give one a go, I went for a 7x7 card blank and used the same process to create the shape which I was surprised was really simple. I used Oxides to create the background layers following all four colours 'Tan, Tickle Me Pink, Tea Green and Thistle', the latter for the stamping of the Butterflies. The focal birdie is AALL and Create Toucan, yes, it's yet another using their stamps but I have been invited to create some samples with their stamps so very happy to do so as I am loving their style and quality.


A Gelli Plate background, acrylic paints brayered onto the plate, then white paint brayered onto a leaf stencil, spritzed with water and pressed onto the plate and a little gentle pressure all over, stencil removed and the card gently rubbed over the plate......I always use a decent card with the Gelli Plate. I know paper is cheaper and lots use it, but for me, especially if I am going to stamp I find card gives a far more professional finish. I also like to heat emboss my stamping if the background is acrylic paint, ink it will dry given time but I prefer to seal with EP, usually detail clear onto whatever colour ink I've used.

I then stamped the flower from the large AALL and Create image onto a piece of card spritzed with Oxides, using Versamark and details white EP. The sentiment which is part of the stamp has been stamped a second time.

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39 comments:

KarinsArtScrap said...

you have made beautiful cards Brenda
Gr Karin

Gerrina said...

A feast of colour again! Like the yellow flower on green; just logging for warm and sunny days I think... Stay save and enjoy the weekend!

Gerrina said...

I forgot; good that she is back from the hospital! Just take as much time as you and them need... you show us so much every week! Hugs, Gerrina

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful cards as akways Brenda….sorry to Margo has been poorly hope she’s now on the mend…..family have to come first Brenda

Anne

Sandra H said...

Your talent really shines through you have made beautiful cards x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Three gorgeous cards Brenda. So sorry to hear your news regarding your family, but pleased that the baby is now at home. Hope all goes well with everyone.

Sue xx

Pauline C said...

Three more stunning cards Brenda .. fabulous colour fade with the Lavinia stencil on card 1 and love that arty bird stamp, very interesting fancy fold on card 2 (maybe I must try that … ) and beautiful gel plate background and stamping on card 3. AALL & Create certainly do some fabulous stamps… Textured Florals is my new favourite.
So glad Margo is now home, and keeping you in my thoughts for continued improvement. Also see my comment on DT blog about other health support??
Hugs
Pauline xx

Chris said...

Beautiful cards Brenda, lucky you had the post organised ahead, blogging and crafting must be very low on your priorities list at the moment when your family needs your support.So sorry to hear that the baby has been in hospital with meningitis, glad that she is home now and hope that she is soon back to full health.
xx

Lynne said...

Poor little Margo, so tiny to be going through that. Pleased to hear she is back home and hopefully improving day by day. Your cards are wonderful as always Brenda, a lovely stencil on your top card and gorgeous flower and colours on the bottom one x

Craftyfield said...

Margo has had such a hard time! You must be so relieved she's on the mend. The grand mother (and great grand mother) job is more intensive than I thought...
Brilliant card, Brenda and yes I agree the AALL stamps are fab! x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Beautiful selection of cards once again Brenda, our thoughts are with you and your family, take all the time you need.
Lorraine

Sarn said...

Hi Brenda

Fab collection of your beautiful work. Love your inky backgrounds. Super triple point card (like Pauline, I really must try this shape out).

Sending hugs for you and your family, and hoping for a good outcome.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Carole said...

Lovely cards Brenda..So very sorry to hear about little Margo and I hope she makes a good recovery, bless her. Hope the rest of the family are ok too. xx

HilaryJane said...

Lovely cards Brenda, I hope the weekend brings some calm for you and that Margo continues to improve. I think your third card is my favourite, love the gelli plate background and thanks for the instructions on how you did it xx

HilaryJane said...

I forgot to congratulate you on being asked to do sample cards for AALL and Create. How special that is xx

Lee said...

Hello,Love all your creations,as always they are full of wonderful techniques and imagination.So very sorry to read about that poor lil baby,that's so tough for her and mum.They are lucky to have you.Hoping she is doing well now.Take care and look after yourself too.Hugs xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Carissima Brenda, sono davvero triste per quello che ti sta capitando. Spero che la salute di Margo stia continuando a migliorare e che nei prossimi giorni si arrivi ad una cura veloce ed efficace! Il tuo ruolo adesso è stare vicino alla tua famiglia che ha tanto bisogno di te e anche avere cura della tua stessa salute. Il resto può aspettare. Se posso fare qualcosa per te, oltre a pregare, dimmelo!
Congratulazioni per l'incarico di preparare alcune ispirazioni per AALL and Create, so quanto ami questi timbri e davvero sembrano fatti apposta per te! La prima card è molto bella e l'ultima è la mia preferita con quelle tonalità di verde così vibranti e il favoloso fiore arancione!!
Bellissima la tri-point card con il tucano per il Butterfly Challenge, davvero d'effetto!
Per favore abbi cura di te!
Alice xx

Mervi said...

Gorgeous cards.
Hope everything is ok, you had a terrible week.

Ellibelle said...

All are such beautiful creations, Brenda. Great job on the triple point card, such a unique design and loving those colors! But my favorites are the first and last, I just love the pretty stenciling on the first one with those gorgeous Aall and Create stamps stamped in black. And your Gelli Print card is amazing! I must retry again with my acrylic paints. I really love how the stencil design was added with white paint. And of course the large flower is gorgeous!

Good to hear Margo got to come home. It really is a lot to deal with for such a little baby! Hoping her health improves quickly and that there will be good news from the test results!

Linby said...

I hope things continue to improve on all fronts.

Fabulous selection of cards as always. I love the graduation of the colours in the stencilling on the first one and that beautiful bright flower against the lush greens on the last one. The point card is wonderful too and on my "to do list" as like you I have seen so many and want to try it too.
L x

crafty-stamper said...

Poor little Margo she has been through such a lot at such a young age glad to hear she is back home and hope Azarie is feeling better too.Congrats on being asked to make samples for AALL your cards are fabulous and love your triple point card they are so easy aren't they?
Carol x

Glennis F said...

So sorry to read your news this morning Brenda, I hope you will soon see improvements. Your cards are delightful, as always

cuilliesocks said...

Oh my goodness Brenda, what a lot you've had to contend with, and so pleased to hear that the little one is now home and doing well, you must have all been so worried, and another family member catching covid, you must be wondering if there is no end to it.
Your collection of cards are as always wonderful, such fabulous designs and colours. take care, keep safe, Kate x

Gail said...

Hope everyone is on the mend!
Your cards are wonderful.

Mrs A. said...

So sorry to hear about Margo. I do hope she is on the mend now. What a worrying time for you all plus throwing covid into the mix as well. Thankyou for coming and playing in the butterfly garden with me. I love your toucan. He did make me smile. I have bought a number of their stamps so must try to remember to use them. Hugs Mrs A.

Pat said...

Beautiful cards as always, Brenda. What a week you have had so pleased that Margo and Mum are safely home and hope everyone is soon feeling better.

Pat xx

Aimeslee Winans said...

I pray Margo continues to heal and improve, how traumatic for whole family! Beutiful cards, I'm drawn to the gorgeous colors of the last card, amazingly pretty colors! Stay warm and safe, xoxo

Liz said...

Sorry to hear that Margo has been so unwell. It must have been a worrying time for all the family. I hope she continues to make a good recovery.

Your cards are beautiful. I've just been scrolling through all the posts I've missed on your blog and seeing all your wonderful creations. I seems to be so behind with my blog visiting and I'm trying to catch up. xx

Wendy L said...

Your cards are gorgeous Brenda.
I hope all is well with family and Margo recovers well,xx

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful cards as always. Take care B..xx

KraftyKoolKat said...

Another gorgeous array of cards Brenda. I am still praying for your little family and so is my local Salvation Army.
Hugs
Cathy
xxxx

Vicky Hayes said...

You are so organised to make everything in advance Brenda and what gorgeous cards as always and excellent tips too. Sending hugs, Vicky x

Conny said...

Wonderful cards Brenda. So sorry to hear your news regarding your family. Hope all goes well with everyone.

Hugs
Conny

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh what a week you have had Brenda - I pray all is well now!!
Lovely cards once again - your work is inspiring
Stay safe
Blessings
Maxine

Sarah said...

Oh Brenda, so sorry to hear that baby Margo has been poorly and hope that she is recovering well. What a dreadful worry for you all. I hope that you are okay and taking care of yourself too and that Azaria isn't suffering too badly. We have a particularly high number locally with 20+ patients recording positive results daily and we are a relatively small practice of 5000 patients. Your cards, as always, are wonderful and I do have a praticular fondness for that cheeky toucan. Keep well and if I were closer I would help with the horses in a heartbeat xx

Fikreta said...

Im so sorry Margo is in hospital.
Hope all will be fine.

gorgeous cards as always.
sending hugs

NatureFootstep said...

beautiful artwork ;)

Greta said...

Oh how frightening to have a baby so sick! I'm glad she's home & hope she's continuing to improve. Your cards are beautiful, Brenda! I'm especially drawn to the first one!

Vee Cassidy said...

You have had so much to deal with and still creating such stunning cards. Vee xx