Saturday 9 December 2023

I spy B, Butterflies and Boots

Morning everyone, I'm starting by apologising I've not visited many of you this week, we had no internet other than a few brief interludes from Sunday till Thursday. Add a poorly dog and trips to Newmarket to the specialist Vet, so not conducive to crafting and blogging.

A new challenge at Allsorts and this week I'm your host and my theme is one I've not used for quite a while "I spy with my little eye something beginning with B' and as usual there's the A/G option. Prizes from Aldridge CraftsStampendous and AALL and Create.

Above my 'B's' come in the form of Butterfly, Brown and 'B'. I do like the size of AALL and Create's border stamps, however, this particular one is part of an A4 stamp set called Thorough the Meadow and currently on offer well below half price at £11.60 (normal price £28.99) as are most of their A4 sets, a lot of stamping for your money! But you'll need to be quick as normal prices are creeping back in.

A stencilled background using A&C Evergreen, the word Butterfly from the same stamp set as the focal element and letters from Garden She Wrote and Grunge Alphabet. The pen nib used for the Butterfly's antenna  were sourced online, a bag of 20 assorted used vintage ones for £8.00.

A second share where it's B for Boots, Bird and Blooms, using more favourites from  AALL and Create, A5 set The Great Outdoors (370) on offer at £7.60,  A4 set Friendship Florals (648) also on offer at £11.60 and Folim stencil (155) along with Ranger Opaque crackle paste.......I  use both the translucent and opaque ones but the latter has to be my favourite. Here I applied the paste to a piece of white 640gsm Fabriano, I know it sound heavy but it takes everything you throw at it without warping. When dry I sprayed with Peeled Pain Oxide spray and did a bit of background stamping before adding the various elements which were all stamped, coloured and cut out. The little heart came from a pack of A&C ephemera.

The new challenge at Path of Positivity has the optional twist of music, no music on either of these so I'll go with Anything Goes and a few positive words and link up my wellie boots, items that are in daily use at the moment with so much rain and the paddocks are like ponds.

Thanks as always for you kind visits and hope you will join us at Allsorts this week.


meg said...

So sorry to read that you have a poorly let Brenda,hope it makes a speedy recovery.A bright cheerful butterfly card and beautiful second card which reminded me of Spring,the sunny colours brightened up a very dull morning here,

Mrs.B said...

Lovely cards Brenda, the butterfly looks stunning against the yellows of the background. The textured background looks fabulous on the second card and the colour of the blooms makes them really pop.
Hope your poorly dog is feeling better now.
Avril xx

Aquarius said...

Sorry to hear you've had a bad week all round - here's hoping things are on the up and up. Two great cards incorporating the B's - will need to get my brain in gear for this one

KarinsArtScrap said...

you have made a gorgeous and beautiful card karin

Sandra H said...

Beautiful cards Brenda l hope your feeling much better sending lots of hugs x

Carol L said...

I'm so sorry your dog isn't doing well, I hope by now he feels better. What a fun theme for this week's challenge with all the butterflies, bird, boots and blooms! Great stenciling work on both cards and I love the tiny bird within the flower bloom on the 2nd card. They're both festive and fun, and I hope your internet doesn't bail on you again any time soon. It happens to all of us. Take care and have a good weekend!

Lisa said...

These are really beautiful cards. I am particularly drawn to the butterfly card but both cards are quite lovely and bright and cheery.

Ellibelle said...

Both are so beautiful Brenda, wonderful choice of "B"s on both cards! I missed out on "through the meadows" stamp and now it's out of stock but was able to get many of their other sets at a great price! Two of the sets on your second card were my first 2 A&C sets, of course I had paid full price for them when I purchased from a US retailer, that was before their wonderful discounts! But they were well worth it anyway!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

WOW! To both cards Brenda, the butterfly looks almost real, a gorgeous card. Then your second card which stands out with the colour mix, love the beautiful background, the flowers, and boots being 3D, add that little/big something. Stunning cards. As for your dog, I hope he's making progress? Such a worry, when our pets are ill.
Faith x

Gail said...

So pretty!
Sad to hear you have a ill dog.
And that your internet is spotty!
Our rain finally quit.
Now we have a Heavy Snowfall warning!
Tis the Season!

Sarn said...

Fab inking, stenciling and stamping on these lovely cards. Great theme for Allsorts too.

Hope the vet can help your dog. xxx

crafty-stamper said...

Both fabulous cards and backgrounds, love all the stamps and must admt the first one is my favourite.Hope your poorly dog is feeling better.
Carol x

Chris said...

First an most important, I do hope your dog is doing ok, I REALLY hate it when they're ill, so stressful.
The cards are both beautiful, wonderful stamps and colours. I'm not a huge fan of butterfly stamps but the one you have used is stunning.

Pauline C said...

2 gorgeous cards Brenda - fantastic use of these gorgeous A&C sets - I bought the Friendship Florals (amongst other things!!) in the current sale, and while I was there (for round 2!!) I bought the fab new Snow Crystals stencil for no other reason that I loved it on a card you posted recently!
Sorry to hear your dog hasn't been well, and hope he is recovering with treatment from the vet. I'm not surprised your paddocks are like ponds - it's absolutely lashing down like a monsoon here and the wind is howling. A friend had to abort a special birthday meal this week as they had to drive through country roads to get there and there was fog, floods and road closure due to accident! What a year we are having climate wise!
Pauline x

Glennis F said...

Hope your dog is improving Brenda, and that your internet gets sorted - so frustrating for you. Love your cards, you always come up with the most beautiful designs

HilaryJane said...

Such lovely colours and shading on your first card and wonderful dimension on your second. i can almost feel the effect from the paste xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Ciao Brenda, hai avuto una brutta settimana! Mi dispiace tanto per il cane, spero che non sia nulla di grave e che lo specialista abbia risolto il problema!! Sembra davvero un brutto periodo per i tuoi animali!
Una slimline spettacolare, la adoro! Dà belle sensazioni di rinascita e libertà!
Mi sono sempre chiesta dove prendevi i pennini vintage per il corpo delle farfalle. :)
Bellissima anche la seconda card e sono impressionata, 640 grammi è davvero cartone pesante, come uno di quelli da pittura. Il risultato con la pasta traslucida e opaca e il crackling è stupendo e quell'uccellino nel centro del fiore davvero delizioso.
Anche io sto usando molto gli stivali di gomma, la pioggia e il fango non mancano nemmeno qui ultimamente!
Abbracci!! Ti auguro un weekend finalmente positivo!

Linby said...

Love the butterfly and the colours you used. The second card is so bright and cheery and using the set that I really want to get to use! Can you believe I ordered more A&C today!

Liz said...

Hope your poorly dog recovers soon, Brenda.
Your two cards are wonderful. My favourite is the first one, absolutely stunning. xx

Wendy L said...

Two wonderful cards Brenda. I still envy your stamping and inking, love it. Xx

Pat said...

Two beautiful cards Brenda, love the wellies. Hope the "poorly dog" is feeling better.

Pat xx

ScrappyHorses said...

What an adorable card with the wellies...and I understand well as I put mine on everyday lately to go out and feed/work around the barn! Beautiful texture and adoring the added threads! So happy you shared with us at Path of Positivity! ~Katrina

cuilliesocks said...

Beautiful cards Brenda, I love the design and the gorgeous colours on your first card, and your second card is amazing with those richly coloured flowers.
I hope your poorly dog is feeling much better, Kate x

Lorraine said...

Two gorgeous cards Brenda, the butterfly one is so pretty. Sorry to hear you have had computer trouble and a poorly dog too.
Hope things get better this week.
Lorraine x

Greta said...

Oh no--I hope the puppy dog is doing much better. Always such a worry when they aren't well. Lovely cards with the first one being my favorite!

Craftyfield said...

Both fantastic cards, Brenda. The delicate stencilling in the background is wonderful. I hope your dog is better now. x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Lovely cards Brenda, the colours are certainly cheery, something we need on these dark and dreary days. I hope all went well for Poppy xx

KraftyKoolKat said...

So sorry Brenda to hear of all your troubles this past week. I hope your poorly dog is on the mend now and your internet connection behaves it's self going forward.

Two such awesome creations, your work is always bright and cheerful and a pleasure to view.


Sarah said...

Beautiful Bs B, love the boots!! I hope everything went well at the Vets last week xx

Conny said...

Really wonderful cards, Brenda! The first one is my favorite!
Wish you a wonderful weekend!


pinky said...

I hope your doggy is on the mend now Brenda and what a bummer to be with no internet though sometimes I think I might get a rest if it happened here. Loving your two gorgeous creations today.

Suze said...

Two lovely cards Brenda.
I hope your doggy is feeling better now and that your internet is behaving itself.
Thank you for entering the Inspired by Music Challenge at Path of Positivity.