Monday, 24 February 2014

Monday Prickly Pear and Nicecrane shares


Photo beautifully enhanced by Ignacio

Good morning Peeps, hope you all had a good weekend.

As it's Monday it's my day to share this weeks DT piece for Prickly Pear and Nicecrane Designs and also one using the Cricut Mini which I confess I have rather neglected recently.

Lots of you have asked how things are health wise, well it's limbo land time at the moment, I now have to wait four week to see if the treatment did what they hoped or find out what comes next, so still a waiting game. No fun, but not a lot I can do about it.

So now for my cards, I have been such a lucky girl getting to play with Ignacio's new Spring designs and it's been a real treat as I love this time of year and never fail to be amazed by Nature and how everything bursts into life as if by magic. And in stark contract to last year when everything was very late, this year looks like being ahead of itself. You really do need to check out the new designs here.

For the top one I printed one of the Nicecrane Vintage Flowers images twice, cut out and decoupaged, cut a fancy oval with a die, placed some cord inside the oval and layered over a stamped sentiment, the backing DP is BoBunny..


My Prickly Pear piece uses Graphic 45 DP's,  I stamped three small panels using just the floral section of the Boot Flower stamp and coloured in, the sentiment is also from the Spring releases and some ribbons and lace to finish. All the Spring release stamps are available on the store website and extremely good value for money.


I love this bird and blossom image also one of the new Nicecrane Spring designs, teamed it up with an embossed and gilded background, a Penny Black sentiment and some added blossoms and ribbon to compliment the ones on the image.


My final card has a base created with the clever cut and weld facility on the Cricut Mini which allows you to make custom borders such as this one and your imagination is the only restriction. It's still available at lots of places for £99 so a great deal. I kept the card fairly simple, punching the corners of the image with a butterfly punch and matting onto coordinating cardstock. The border butterflies and dragonflies are shaded with Pan Pastels plus a couple of die cut ones.

Hope you all have a good week, scary to think we will be into March in a few days but hopefully Spring will be close behind.


61 comments:

  1. Gorgeous makes, so varied. My fave is the bird card. Hope for good news for you x

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  2. Wow Brenda, your work with Ignacio's designs is fabulous! Your cards are beautiful and I love how you created that beautiful butterfly border with your Cricut. Your photography is superb too. Anne x

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  3. Stunning cards

    Thank you so much for leaving a lovely comment on my blog

    Happy Monday!

    Hugs

    Bridie@BGPayne Crafts

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  4. Lovely makes Brenda - you have been a busy bee. The images are so pretty - have just taken my daughter/grandaughter to hospital this morning and was surprised to see a beautiful bank of daffs in full bloom - lovely x Susan x

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  5. Hi Brenda! Wonderful cards,all of them!
    Love the one with the butterfly border!
    Hope you are well!
    Hugs,Kari :)

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  6. These are wonderful cards. Hope that the treatment worked, waiting is no fun. Sending hugs.

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  7. Oh what wonderful cards, absolutely love the first one.
    luv
    Debby

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  8. A gorgeous selection of cards Brenda. Thank you for sharing them.
    Yes things do seem to be coming along early this year but I have sworries that plants and frogs etc may get caught out by a late streak of cold weather. It's been very mid this year - if wet - and I can't see us getting away without a really cold spell at some time.
    Hope the treatment you haave had does the trick for you.
    Beryl xx

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  9. All so pretty Brenda, it would be hard to choose which one for fave. xxx

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  10. Sorry I haven't been around to visit your blog lately, but it seems that you have been quite busy creating cards. Thanks for the update on your health. I had figured out your 6 weeks of treatment should have finished by now. Hope you'll have a bit of good news soon. I'm also happy to see that you seem to have more control over your hands right now, or your wouldn't be cutting and decoupaging images. Love your decoupaged flower and how the colours in your first card are such a perfect match. My other favourite of this set is the last one, also because of its colours. The dragon flies and butterfly corners add a nice touch. I think I have a similar butterfly punch hidden away somewhere...
    Hope your week will be a good and sunny one!
    Marianne x

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  11. Beautiful cards Brenda. Health waiting games are no fun seem to go fro. One thing to another don't they. Fingers crossed for you. Take care Carolxx

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  12. Oh wow ! How much thse cards are wonderful ! Spring is near !! i hope !
    Love all of them, fantastic !
    Get well soon my dear Brenda, i think of you !
    xxx

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  13. wow...three beautiful cards have you made. and all three of them is so different. fantatstic done.
    I like the first card, what you have done with the yarn. looking so great.
    have a beautiful cay!
    regards

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  14. Beautiful work Brenda...let's hope spring is just around the corner. I love Ignacio s new birds and blossom images just perfect. I hope you get some positive results soon at the hospital. .thinking of you. Hugs Jane xx

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  15. Wowwww Brenda what a stunning selection of creations each and everyone of them is beautiful, awesome work.
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  16. beautiful images and all of your cards are stunning Brenda - it must be very frustrating for you waiting to see if the treatment has worked. Here's hoping it has! Big Hugs to you lovely lady xx

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  17. Gorgeous work, beautifully done
    I really like the colors
    Beautifully presented

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  18. I'm glad you've got something to keep yourself occupied with whilst you're waiting.
    Your deep green die-cuts & matting in the first are a lovely accompaniment to the beautifully decoupaged flowers
    I log the way you've embellished the Prickly Pear flower centres & how they help to accent the polka dots in the patterned paper. The white elements including the lace are eye-catching too.
    The bird & blossom colours are beautifully accented & I like the leafy embossed backdrop together with the brown leaf sprigs.
    The final one is quite magical with the way those flowers are enhanced by the tiny butterfly corners, your dragonflies & ribbon all in the orange-red of the floral image. I think the bugs make that my favourite of all!
    Much love from me
    Paula (PEP)

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  19. You've been busy creating beautiful cards, Brenda! Sorry to hear that things are a bit slow but I am sure there is a reason for it. Weather has been lovely for the last two days and hope it will remain so. Take care!

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  20. Wow, you've been a busy lady Brenda! All your cards are lovely! I especialy love the green and purple one with the flowers and lace, I love the Lay-Out. Hugs, Hanneke

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  21. beautiful vintage cards with such lovely detail , the bird one is my fav, strange I love bird cards so much and yet I'm terrified of birds in everyday life.
    janex

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  22. Wow, Brenda, you've been busy! These cards are gorgeous. I absolutely love how you did the flower in the first card - beautiful!

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  23. Such a smorgasbord of loveliness Brenda. The sentiment on the first is lovely and the birdies and blossom are so pretty. I noticed this morning that the primroses have put in an appearance at last...spring is coming...surely!? Fingers crossed for you xx

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  24. Hi Brenda, delicate beautiful cards, love all of them...top one in particular is so meaningful. Take everything in your stride Brenda, best wishes. Ruby x

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  25. Absolutely stunning cards as always Brenda with some truly amazing sentiments.
    LOVE what you have done with the yellow string.
    Sorry you are in limbo sweets. Sucks but as you say there isn't an awful lot you can do about it.
    Fingers crossed everything works out for the better and try and keep your chin up.
    Ooooooooh I agree about Spring.
    I am really hoping we don't get a late freeze.
    So far we have only had rain but no snow.
    Hoping the sun hangs around as I have almost 100 plug plants turning up in the next couple of weeks lol
    Have a fab evening Brenda *hugs*

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  26. Gosh, you've been busy! All absolutely gorgeous.
    Lorraine x

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  27. Wowwwww Brenda,,,,,,,absolutely a delicious to watch your cards,,,,,The first one is a play of art my friend,,,,,,love everything on it,,,and all over the way you used my flower sheet wit your incredible die cut,,,,,,,,,lot of applausses,,,and the other ones are so adorable,,,,so vintage and colorful,,,,spring is coming,,,,,,and it is faster with your cards,,,,,Take care,,,,Health is first of all Brenda.

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  28. What a lot of flowers! Real ladies cards... Love the strings on the first and the panals on the second! Hope you´re having a fun week, hugs, Gerrina

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  29. All the cards are beautiful Brenda. Fingers crossed during this waiting period. Nicola x

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  30. Gosh hunny you have been busy the cards are all simply stunning love them all, realky hope you get some good news hun really do keep fingers croosed for you. I have been using my cricut mini lately too should use it more really, must get some new blades hugs cheryl xx

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  31. Oooo gorgeous Brenda and am so loving those devine sentiments too, Luv Sam x

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  32. You have been busy making all these gorgeous cards Brenda! They all look so elegant. Beautiful made! hugs, Marlies

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  33. A gorgeous collection of cards Brenda. Sorry to hear things haven't been good for you lately but I really hope the treatment does the trick. Sending you very best wishes xx

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  34. Gorgeous cards Brenda! The first one is just breathtakingly beautiful! In love with the selection of colours in it...Beautiful creations!

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  35. A fantastic set of cards here Brenda, all very stunning in their own way, some brilliant work.

    Kath x

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  36. A gorgeous selection of cards Brenda. Hope the treatment works for you.
    Mags
    x

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  37. Such lovely work as always, Brenda - despite everything you have going on to hinder you. Love that first one - such elegance!
    Alison xx

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  38. All so pretty, Brenda! I do like the new Nicecrane designs, especially the bird one, but the flowers are lovely too. Yes, I wish spring would hurry up and come, it's just been rain, rain and more rain up here for weeks now. I guess I should just be thankful it isn't snow! x

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  39. These are wonderful cards. Love the quote of the first one.

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  40. Such beautiful creations Brenda, love them all, fabulous idea how you used the twine on the first one!

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  41. Wow, what an amazing set of cards again Brenda! Wonderful, each one of them! Specially love that decoupaged flower on the top one, stunning!

    Sending good wishes for the success of the new treatment. Four weeks sadly is a long time to have to wait...

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  42. Wow so many beautiful cards. Absolutely love the one with the birds and blossoms.

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  43. Wow Brenda what a beautiful collection of cards.

    Hugs diane

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  44. Thinking of you with everything crossed and hoping for the best for you!!!

    Lots of lovely cards, the diecuts are great, and the flowers, I really love the birds one, especially! Great idea for the great border card with the Cricut, I haven't used my old Criccy in ages!! I must get it out!

    Take it easy! xoxo

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  45. I really like them all!
    The added flowers are always so amazing looking!
    Hope you're doing ok while you're waiting!

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  46. What a wonderful selection of cards. I love the first one in particular :o)
    I hope your treatment has worked for you and a "what happens next" is not needed {{{{{hugs}}}}}
    Jackie xx

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  47. Beautiful card designs!!!! All so different but equally gorgeous!

    I hope the treatment works and you are on a complete mend soon!

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  48. gorgeous cards Brenda... hope u feel better soon... best wishes..
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  49. gorgeous cards!! hope u feel better... best wishes!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  50. Fabulous cards that are so sweet and charming, beautiful design and fab coloring. Thanks for visiting and leaving the sweet luv.
    Hugs
    Berni
    berni46blogspot.

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  51. Wow Brenda what an array of beautiful cards. I love what you have done with the twine in the first, very inventive!

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  52. Oh, you are so versatile. All the cards look fabulous and I really like the different ways of
    using flowers/images of flowers. Fabulous color schemes also.

    Have a great day!

    Hugs from Finland,
    Eemeli

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  53. The first card is simply stunning Brenda .Loved the way you framed the sentiment and the beautiful flowers look so gorgeous
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  54. Gorgeous Cards Brenda!

    All the cards are beautiful, but I love the Floral Card because the colours really draw me in.

    Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

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  55. Such beautiful cards Brenda. I love the wonderful images of the flowers and birds and I hope you don't mind if I take inspiration from the first with the sentiment as it would be the perfect design for my aunts birthday card from my dad xx

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  56. Your cards are always so beautiful and I always see new things. I would never have thought to put twine in my frame. Nice touch. I love the sentiments that you used also. May I ask what company makes the first one about friends? Thanks so much!

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  57. Your cards are always so beautiful! I always see something new. I would never have thought to put twine inside my frame. Nice touch. May I ask where the Friend sentiment came from?

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  58. How appropriate that I am #60 as that is how I will be this weekend! lol
    So many beautiful cards Brenda. I am always drawn to the bird cards so you can guess which is my fave! But they are all beautiful. I don't know how you do it. You consistantly turn out gorgeous cards...over and over! The Nicecrane designs are wonderful and you have made those birds soar!

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  59. Hi, Brenda! You have such a special way of creating something unique with each card! I love the variety of styles used here. Always I am inspired when visiting your blog, and think of all the stamps in my stash I want to use. These are all amazing. Thank you for bringing happiness to my heart with your multiple shares of different styles. hugs, de

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