Saturday 1 April 2023

Easter in the Spring garden

Morning all, adding to my scheduled post to apologise that I've been a tardy blogger this week, I've an infection in the bone as a result of last weeks cervial procedure which they tell me is rare! Anyhows, a cocktail of meds phasing me out along with ongoing pain and lack of sleep explains my limited crafty activity. At times like this my forward planning is a God send.

It's a two weeks challenge at Allsorts to cover Easter and is hosted by Ellie whose theme is 'A/G with the option In the Spring Garden'. Prizes this month come from OakwoodAALL and CreateStamp AddictsRuth Hamilton DesignAldridge Crafts, there's a photo of all of them on the challenge blog.

So of course I've used AALL and Create Spring flowers, above the Crocus from the A5 stamp by the same name. Craft card again with a light dusting of purple Oxide and the background stamp is one of those on the A4 set called Blooming Poppies stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with detail white EP. That was my very first A&C set gifted by a crafty friend who had the idea I liked Poppies.......where on earth did she get that idea? 

I stamped the Crocus twice onto offcuts inked with Oxide Wilted Violet, cut out and arranged over some twine onto the base card. The word Crocus stamped with the same Oxide and the little Dachshund from A&C Mans Best Friend.

Thought I should also share this Spring creation I made for Highlight Crafts using a whole host of different Two Red Robins dies. As many know, I've been creating for them for some time promoting their brands and as of this week will be taking on a new complexion, I will share more next week after the formal announcement.

The card base was made with two A4 sheets of construction weight acetate so it stands up as a tent fold card, then the flowers, birds and animals fixed around to create a wreath design.

I know Ellie's them is 'Spring Garden' but living in our rural location here in the Fens, all the creatures in my wreath are garden residents and you could add Deer, Foxes and several more to the mix of daily sightings. Some would call our locate remote with the nearest neighbour a few fields away, but I couldn't imagine living anywhere else as I've never known anything different.

A tri fold card showcasing more A&C Spring stamps from Elegant Spring FloralsViolet and Crocus, a brayered background, some of the words and script stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with detail gold EP, others simply stamped in black to give contrast. To finish a little Birdie and Mouse from Friendship Florals and Cute Mouse.

Just about every familiar Spring bloom appears in Clipped Botanicals, a beautiful collage style stamped onto an inky background, some colour added to some of the elements, then three of the hexagons stamped a second time and placed over the base stamping.

I hope you all have a lovely Easter, let's hope the weather gets the idea and it warms up a bit here in the UK.
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Helen said...

Hope you feel better soon! Love the cards today.

Am hoping we don't perform abysmally today......

Aquarius said...

A wonderful selection of Spring garden cards. Hope you feel up to scratch again very soon. Take care.

Di said...

Gorgeous cards B! All shouting for Spring. Hope you feel better soon, another step forward, back and then forwards again. Dudley sends cuddles!

Di xxx

kiwimeskreations said...

Brenda you are amazing and an inspiration how you continue on despite adverse health. Your cards in this beautiful selection are an inspiration, as you are.
Loving that final hexagon one in particular.
May you heal well and quickly
Blessings and prayers

meg said...

Sending best wishes for a speedy recovery,you don't expect to acquire an infection in hospital. Stunning inspirational cards with beautiful Spring flowers especially love the deep purples on the crocus.

Craftyfield said...

I love the first card! The combination of Kraft and purple appeals to me for some reason. And the Highlight Crafts! I can't wait to know what's coming, sound exciting though! Hope you get better Brenda, I had no idea that one could get a bone infection. x

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous cards and designs Brenda

gr karin

Vicky Hayes said...

Always a treat to come and admire your beautiful cards Brenda! So sorry to hear about the infection - can only imagine the pain involved in that. Sending hugs to you and wishing you a happy Easter. Vicky x

Carole said...

Fabulous cards Brenda. I love yellow and purple together for spring and Easter. Wishing you a speedy certainly have more than your fair share of problems x

Gerrina said...

Wow love the fresh yellows that you used! Thet all have something that I like, but the crocus at the first is my favorite... Enjoy your weekend!

Lisa said...

Fabulous crocus image and that fold is amazing with all the wonderful images and pages.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Ciao Brenda, come ti ho scritto mi dispiace tanto per la tua infezione alle ossa e spero che passi presto! Le medicine sanno essere terribili ma mi stupisco sempre della tua forza e anche del fatto che tu riesca lo stesso a creare opere d'arte splendide nonostante tutto!
Una splendida aria di Primavera oggi sul tuo blog, adoro i crochi viola così vibranti sul kraft, e il twine aggiunge leggerezza alla composizione! Il piccolo bassotto è una deliziosa aggiunta!
La seconda card è la mia preferita, adoro tutti i piccoli animali e i fiori di Two Red Robins e la ghirlanda che hai creato canta davvero Primavera!!! Che meraviglia!!!! E meraviglioso è l'angolo di paradiso dove abiti tu con tutti gli animali selvatici e i fiori!!
La concertina è elegante e luminosa e che bel design hai creato per l'ultima card con il motivo geometrico sullo sfondo dei fiori primaverili!!! Giallo e viola sono davvero una bella palette!
Abbi cura di te e cerca di trascorrere un weekend rilassante!
Abbracci XXX

Ellibelle said...

Each one so beautifully done Brenda, pretty florals and animals. Small town living here, we have lots of squirrels, rabbits and of course birds in the garden, saw a racoon in the neighbor's garden a few weeks ago too as my cat was about to charge at him.
Hope you feel better very soon!

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely collection of Spring cards Brenda..hope you soon feel better


Pauline C said...

Beautiful collection of spring cards, gorgeous stamping and backgrounds. Sorry you are feeling so unwell and hope you feel better soon
Pauline x

Chris said...

This lovely selection of cards just shout 'spring'! Beautiful designs and fabulous stamps- the first one really caught my eye with the vibrant purple against the kraft and I had to smile that you included the little Dachshund.
I do hope you feel better son.

Tina Z. said...

such beautiful creations, I like them all. we too live in rural area and we see all kind of animals, I love this to be close to nature.
I hope you are feeling better soon.
crafty hugs xx

Linby said...

So many bright and beautiful cards. I like the way the little dog made it onto the first card!

Gail said...

Wonderful selection of Spring cards!
We have crocus blooming that look just like your first card.
Feel better soon!
Your setback is not stopping you!

cuilliesocks said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you are having pain Brenda, I hope it eases soon and that you feel better soon.
Your cards are absolutely stunning, the designs are gorgeous, I especially love your Spring wreath, it's so beautiful, take care, Kate x

Sarah said...

What a lovely array of cards, the crocus is a real eyecatcher but your Spring wreath is my absolute favourite with all the flora and fauna. Hope you feel better soon xx

Lorraine said...

Oh gosh Brenda, I hope you feel better soon.
Love all your pretty spring cards.
Lorraine x

Mervi said...

Stunning tri fold card and the other cards are so beautiful also.
Hope you feel better soon too;-))m

Sarn said...

Sorry to learn you've got an infection following your recent procedure. Hope you feel better soon.

The cards you've managed to make ahead of time are all absolutely lovely. Particularly like the concertina one full of Spring flowers. xxx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Sorry to hear that you are suffering from a complication of your procedure Brenda, I hope the meds and rest will soon have the desired effect and that you are feeling much better soon.
A beautiful post full of gorgeous Spring themed cards and projects, the colours are wonderful and certainly lifts the spirits.

Cynthia said...

Beautiful group of cards! The crocus card is beautiful.

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda and love all the flower stamps,So sorry to hear about your bone infection sounds pretty painfull-best wishes for a speedy recovery-you certainly go through it!
Carol x

Wendy L said...

Beautiful cards Brenda, I do miss the Spring flowers in the UK. Xx

HilaryJane said...

It's Monday now and I do hope you are starting to feel better. Your cards are all fabulous, especially the first one which I am very proud to have displayed on my mantlepiece. Thank you so much, I love it xx

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous array of Spring cards, the first one with the crocus and white stamping on Kraft is stunning, and I do lie the hexagon one.
That bone infections sounds nasty. Hope you're feeling better.
Avril xx

Greta said...

Oh so sorry you got an infection, Brenda. Hope you're much better by now. Absolutely wonderful cards! I really love the wreath!