Sunday, 1 January 2023

Favourite colours

Morning Peeps, it's the first Sunday of the month and the first challenges of the New Year at We Love Stamping and Stamping Sensations where our themes are 'Favourite Colours' and 'Add some Sparkle'. And a little reminder that there is a small giveaway on the post below which contains my shares for Ellies Year in Review, I will announce the winner on my Allsorts post Saturday..

Thanks to our supportive Patron's we feel privileged to be able to continue offering wonderful prizes at both challenges, this month they come from AALL and Create and Highlight Crafts, both are UK based companies whose products are so popular.

I am lucky to be able to use stamps and products from sponsors and above I have incorporated a real favourite of so many A&C fans, Textured Florals along with words from Power of Word and Long Eared Mammal. I find the Power of Word set so useful, I stamp the whole sheet in various colours/card, cut up and have a bag of sentiments all ready to go.

Choosing a favourite colour is always a toughie so I went with colours I love to combine and orange and aqua are one of those combos. I brayered Cadence (available in the UK exclusively from Highlight and Create and Craft) acrylic paint onto 350gsm cardstock, I like this heavier card for inky backgrounds as you can throw water and sprays at it to shift the colour without any warping, then some texture paste stencil work. The bloom was stamped, then paper pieced laying some white cord beneath, the little Hare stamped and cut out, sentiments added and some white pen flicked onto the finished piece.

My SS piece uses Highlight Crafts Vintage Inc Paeonia which featured on Crate and Craft TV recently and along with others in the collection sold out rather quickly. Stamped, coloured with sparkle pens and then rectangles cut out with dies, I used alternate sizes to achieve a wider border to each layer and each raised slightly higher than the previous using foam pads matching the design as I went. Some sequins and an envie to match.

I really hope you creative juices have got off to a good start in the New Year and that you will join us and look forward to visiting all your entries.
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Craftyfield said...

2 very different styles and as always perfectly made cards1. Slight preference for the AALL mixed media one, and yes I love these stamps sets too! x

meg said...

Happy New Year to you and your family Brenda,two beautiful cards to start the year off

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

I love your orange and aqua colour mix Brenda, it really is very beautiful and bright, just as I like it. A lovely composition too. Your second is beautiful with the layering, something I must get back to. I love the stamp and beautiful colours and design, love the envelope.
Faith x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two fabulous cards Brenda, I love the colour combo that you've used in the first card and the beautiful floral ofthe second.

Sue xx

Sarn said...

WOW - two beautiful cards Brenda (as always!). LOVE your fave colour combo - and it's one I love too.

Happy New Year to you - I hope it's a better one health-wise for you.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Gerrina said...

Wow what a great and colourful first one! That is my favorite! The 3nd is more traditional, but also beautiful with those colours! Enjoy the sunday!

HilaryJane said...

You are starting the year well with these 2. I think they will always be favourites of mine. The colours on the first one are amazing and the frames with the white contrast on the second work really well. Thanks for the inspiration and a happy new year to you xx

Chris said...

A great theme and fabulous inspiration to start the year- both cards are beautiful- particularly drawn to the first- such a stunning colour combo and wonderful stamps.
Happy New Year Brenda, hope 2023 is a good one for you.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Arancione e color aqua stanno così bene assieme Brenda, si rinforzano uno con l'altro e rendono tutto così luminoso e vibrante! Adoro questa card, il timbro della margherita è così bello con la texture di vecchio libro e il dolce leprotto seduto sul pezzo di sentiment attira davvero l'attenzione. I tuoi background sono sempre perfetti, io tendo ad usare quelli già pronti e non sempre si adattano bene ai timbri... Lo stencil bianco in particolare aggiunge così tanta dimensione!
La seconda card è davvero elegante e le peonie stupendamente colorate! La busta coordinata aggiunge raffinatezza, è una cosa che non faccio mai ma mi piace moltissimo!
Spero tu abbia passato un buon inizio 2023, qui tutto molto tranquillo, mia mamma alle 8 dormiva già LOL :)

KraftyKoolKat said...

Two really gorgeous creations Brenda. I adore the colour palette of orange and aqua together, they work well. I love the second one, it is so stylish.

Fiona said...

two beautiful cards, the pink one is so crisp and fresh, I love it.

I hope 2023 brings you health and happiness, happy new year!


Gail said...

Both great cards!
Happy New Year!
Hope you're well!!

KarinsArtScrap said...

these are 2 gorgeous cards Brenda
Happy New Year

gr karin

Mrs.B said...

Two fabulous cards Brenda, love your colour combo on the first making the flower really stand out.
Great layered stamping of the Paeonia, such a crisp image and lovely colouring.
Happy New Year, Avril xx

Wendy L said...

The orange and aqua do look good together, both cards are lovely, xxx

Stamps and Paper said...

Happy New Year to you lovely cards to start off the new year


coldwaters2 said...

Two beautiful cards Brenda the images are wonderful the colours look amazing I hope you had a lovely Christmas and wish you all the best for the New Year I would also like to thank you for your card I received it on New Years Eve and I love it
lolo x

Donna Ellis said...

Brenda, Happy New Year! Your artwork always amazes me. In a single post, you display several techniques and styles, and to start the year off, you've done that magnificently! The image in your first card is one I'd love to add to my stash. Seeing it with your creative background and dazzling colors makes it even more desirable! Congratulations on Create and Craft TV! It's little wonder that image sold out with such a pretty example! Thanks for sharing about the spinal shots. I'm astounded at the magic they have performed!
Smiles and Crafty Hugs,
Donna Ellis
{Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

crafty-stamper said...

Both fabulous cards Brenda love the texture,colours and stamps on the 1st card-love the beautifully coloured stamped layers on the 2nd card too
Carol x

cebelica said...

Such amazing cards. Both of them! But the I have to admit I like the first one a tiny bit more - just because of the colour combo. It's perfect!
Happy New Year! xx

kiwimeskreations said...

Two beautiful creations Brenda - these are both stunning - love your colour combination, and the raised flower is absolutely gorgeous

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Happy New Year Brenda, fabulous cards and a lovely colour combo of aqua and orange, so bright and cheerful for these dull days.

Lee said...

WOW,I just love everything you create.The card with the Hare (love Hares) is so beautiful.I love the colours in the second one too.You are so talented.Happy New Year do hope you are ok.xx

Conny said...

Happy New Year to you and your family Brenda!
Your cards are so beautiful, as always!


Linby said...

I've made it here at last! Love the intensity and choice of colours on your first card. But the second card is just so very pretty and beautifully layered too.

Vicky Hayes said...

Hi Brenda. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and wishing you all the best for 2023. What beautiful cards you are showing again - love the artiness of the first but my favourite is that wonderful peony card. I've forgotten the name of this technique but I love that your finished result is so 'clean'. Vicky x

PS I was much amused by your comment about keeping present opening low key with your four canine girls - thanks for the chuckle! x

Greta said...

One of my favorite posts, Brenda! The first card is so beautifully artistic! Orange is not a color I reach for, except for pumpkins--haha! I love that you make cards in different styles--not all looking the same. Great example here & I totally adore the second card! Not sure I've ever done the rectangles this way with larger borders & now I want to try it!

Pauline C said...

I think I have missed a few posts while I have been away ! 2 fabulous cards Brenda - definitely one of my favourite florals on the first, with fantastic background inking and stencilling. My favourite though is the second one .. beautiful colouring and I love that layered due effect. I have just got some stitched square dies and of course my new Gemini (which I haven’t even opened yet due to being away) .. so I must try something similar😀
Pauline xx

Lisa said...

I love the color combination you used on the card. They really pop together. Super texture and layout too.