Saturday, 8 February 2014

Blue and brown right down to the finger tips




Our lovely Jo is our host this week and is challenging us to use colours beginning with the letter 'B' on our artwork. Our sponsors are Yours and Mine Papercrafts and A Passion for Stamps.

Also a little reminder about my 5th Blogaversary celebrations, if you don't know about it check out the post here, lots of Spellbinders to be won.


Naturally brown and blue came immediately to mind for my first card for Jo's theme, I love the colour combo that much that I had my nails that colour this time....................my fortnightly manicure is my little treat and I have indulged in quite a few colour combos recently, I rather liked the graduated pink and purple with a bit of sparkle of course, then there were the Christmas snowflakes.......hmmmmmm choices.

Anyhow, on to my card which is a mixture of Sheena, Stampscape and Lavinia stamps all stamped with archival ink and then of course Pan Pastels for the colouring.


And the nails...........pretend you didn't see those short stumpy fingers, like me they are vertically challenged but the nails are all my own !


And a second card using Ruth's Clarkia image coloured with watercolours pencils and matted onto some Spellbinder.................and this is B for Burgundy.

Whatever you are up to this weekend I hope it's a good one.

54 comments:

  1. Fabulous nails daaahling...the card's aren't bad either!! Have a good weekend xx

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  2. Love the cards Brenda and I wish I had nails like yours, gorgeous. Mine are always splitting, just cant get them long now. xxx

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  3. What a fabulous scene you have created Brenda. The stamping and colouring done to perfection.
    Beryl xx

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  4. Both beautiful cards Brenda, clearly B dominates the comments too! Jx

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  5. Gorgeous cards and love the nails. The blue and brown one uses one of my fave combos and I love burgundy, those flowers are so pretty. Just tried to link to Vintage Stamping challenge after reading it on your blog last week but it isn't up yet? Hope you are ok, have fun tomorrow x

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  6. Piff.......Didn't think of using my favourite colour, Burgandy, don't know where my brain is lately. Gorgeous boat scene, love every detail, so serene. Wonderful die work on the burgandy card, and your nails look brilliant too.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  7. two fabulous cards Brenda and the nails are looking fab! Have a great weekend - hugs Rachel x

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  8. Beautiful cards B and I love your nails, perfect for the B theme ;-) xxx

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  9. Gorgeous cards Brenda...love the burgundy one most....lovely die too!
    Enjoy your weekend.
    xxx Margreet

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  10. Gorgeous cards Brenda. I love the scene with the soft shades of blue and brown and the pretty flowers are so beautifully framed.
    Your nails look fabulous!
    Sue xx

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  11. Lovely cards Brenda! The burgundy one is too pretty! I think I am soon going to try this colour..:) gorgeous nails!!

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  12. Lovely cards Brenda, great boating scene and beautiful flower. Love the nails, wish I could grow mine but they just break all the time. Have a good weekend.

    Pat xx

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  13. Lovely scenery and flowercard!!
    Have a nice weekend!
    xxx Marianne

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  14. Totally gorgeous card Brenda and love the blue and brown scene as the colours are a favourite of mine.
    Great painted nails too lol
    Hope you're feeling OK.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  15. My fingers are somewhat vertically challenged too - never mind the rest of me!! Anyone know what 5 feet looks like? I digress……….your Bs are delightful, funnily the first is just very 'you' for Blue & Brown spring to mind if I were to pick your particular colours. The burgundy looks brilliant against the white & I love your scattering of gems.
    Take care
    Paula (PEP)

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  16. Love both the cards, but due to the colours I prefere the first... Your nails look glittery beautiful! This weekend is bussy, DT/work, Birthday and so on... I´ll be enjoying myself! Hope you do the same!

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  17. love your sparkly fingernails, Brenda! I envy that you can have such long nails and still be able to craft the way you do. It would be like running in spiked heels to me! Your watercolor pencils look wonderful! I like how you have reversed the colors in your die cuts! Great way of using the positives parts like a puzzle! hugs, de

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  18. Beautiful cards Brenda and love the nails

    Anne

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  19. Love the landscape scene Brenda and the pretty flower card too, l remember planting some Clarkia seeds many years ago and the did not do too well - shame as they are a very pretty flower. Love the nail combo too x x Susan x

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  20. Beautiful cards Brenda I love that peaceful scene but that beautifully coloured Clarkia image is my favourite. I just love the colours you've used.

    Love your nails too. I love nail varnish and have (too) many colours. Unfortunately since I work in the post office it wears off almost immediately.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Take care,

    Kat xx

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  21. Gorgeous cards, and nails!
    Hope you're well!

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  22. Beautiful cards and WOW those nails are awesome. I can relate to the short fingers. I have very short stubby ones. Hugs, Robin

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  23. Two wonderful cards. Love your nails. Hope you are keeping warm and dry. :)

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  24. Nothing wrong with your fingers, Brenda, if they can make fabulous cards like these! Love the colours (cards and nails!).
    Lynne x

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  25. beautiful cards Brenda!!! lovely colors...
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  26. Gorgeous cards Brenda. I particularly like the blue and brown, my favourite colour combo. I haven't been around much lately so apologies for not visiting, I hope you have been keeping well while I've been absent. xx

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  27. Brenda your nails are beautiful hun.
    I have no idea how you manage to craft and still keep them so long.
    When mine grow I use them for glue scrapers ROFL

    Fabulous cards as well sweets as always.

    Julie (AnyOldCraft)

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  28. Just love your nails especially the blue one! My fingers are quite large so I find keeping my nails long and polished makes them look slimmer! Great scenic card Brenda, love the subtle colours and lovely colours on the second one too. Michelle x

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  29. These are both great cards. I love to see the scenes you create on them and the second one is just lovely. Love the nails.

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  30. The first card is really beautiful, mo-one does scenes like you and the nails are just fabulous, can't see any short stumpy fingers, unless I look at my own.
    Just adore the second card, the colour is fabulous and so is the image.

    Kath x

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  31. These are two different, but tow wonderful cards. I especially love the scene. Fabulous nails :)

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  32. Both cards are beautiful Brenda, I hope you are keeping well.
    Kevin xx

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  33. Two lovely cards Brenda!

    The second one is my favourite, but they are both fab.

    Loving your nails by the way.

    Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

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  34. Did make me smile - blue and brown is my favourite colour combination, as you probably know - but even I don't have them on my fingernails!!

    Love the cards, super work as always!
    Alison x

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  35. Wonderful cards Brenda, I particularly love the beautiful scene you have created on the first one. Not a nails person myself :o)
    Jackie xx

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  36. Love the nails Brenda... the blue is fantastic.... you go girl......Your cards are amazing as always... you are the queen of beautiful scenes... Love it... The second the colours & design are divine Love the flowers... Have a happy Sunday... Hugs May x x x

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  37. Oh nice nails ! yes, it's a fab colour combo !
    So wonderful cards, superb scenes again, andi lovely colors !
    xxx

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  38. That is a fabulous scene, Brenda! NancyD

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  39. Two wonderful cards Brenda love that scene on the first one then that amazing flower in the frame, awesome, and what a trendy person you are with those painted nails,lol.
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  40. Wow what a stunning scene and am loving the design and colours of the other one too.

    Oooo am loving your fabby nails and good on you for having a bit of fun too, Luv Sam x

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  41. Beautiful cards - and B is for Brenda too! The scenic card is lovely and so is the gorgeous floral. It was nice to see your manicured nails too - very pretty! I've never had one (not sure if I should admit it LOL). Wishing you a wonderful day!

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  42. Such an interesting challenge, Brenda! Beautiful scene with the B's colour challenge. Fab nails!

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  43. Fabulous cards!
    Beautiful nails too, mine are all broken;-))m

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  44. Not sure which I'm most jealous of lol - your PP skills or those stunning nails lol! Mine are awful - the meds really screw my nails up for some reason, not the hair or the skin (very grateful) but my nails lol!
    I love what you have created in the first one so much that I'm off to play with me stamps. Love that poppy too. Hope you have a good week xx

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  45. Gorgeous matting and layering with the spellbinders dies Brenda -and a lovely floral image.
    Love the nails - great idea when you want to get inky!
    Avril xx

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  46. Two gorgeous cards Brenda. Love the scene you have created in the first one and the image and design are lovely in the second one.
    Mags
    x

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  47. Beautiful coloring love the softness.

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  48. Two wonderful cards, Brenda. The colours of the firs tcard (and of your nails), are my fave colour combo ever. Just love that scene you created. Those boasts are fabulous.
    The second is so pretty and the shading is beautiful as is that gorgeous die.

    Off to catch up on missed posts. I got a little behind with visiting as I was on a campaign to sort out and organize the house and garage...just working on a few finishing things in my scrapbook room and then will be done. Last month was the sorting and purging...this month is the organizing the newly found space...what fun!

    My hands finally settled down and are now their regular level of sore...for awhile I could not colour...what a dray...but greatly improved now. Hope all is going well with your health...I know you have had some setbacks lately..

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  49. Hi Brenda
    Thank you for 2 gorgeous designs for my challenge this week. I love he way that you have mixed artists stamps up in the first one. The picture you have created is so peaceful. The second one is so classy love the burgundy colouring too. And not leaving he nails out! They look very posh ! Hope all is well xxx

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  50. Beautiful lake scene, love the blues and browns! Your nails are rocking! Love them, great colours!!!

    Gorgeous poppy card as well, love all the neat diecut frames!!

    I hope you are doing well. Take Care xoxo

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  51. Beautiful cards and nails too!
    Rosie x

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