Saturday, 15 November 2014

Anything but a card



Saturday morning and a new challenge at Allsorts and this week our lovely Tracy Mouse is challenging us to create 'Anything but a Card'. Our sponsor this week is Yours and Mine Papercrafts.

Before I tell you about my makes I need to extend an apology for being such a bad blogger this week, my body seems to be going through one of it's painful periods and energy levels and appetite almost zero. Fingers crossed things pick up in the coming days, but meantime thank you for your kind visits despite me being so inactive.

When Tracy knew I had been to the NEC last week.......I would hasten to add it was a rather impromptu and quick visit and I was in and out in about three hours..........and knew I had bought some goodies from the MDF man and a marbling starter kit she said she expected to see both MDF and marbling for her theme, so of course I had to oblige.

The hanging above is actually something I made a few weeks ago as a DT piece for Stamp Addicts so I was part way there. I used a mixture of their stamps including grunge flowers, grunge background, script background and swirly tree. The hearts were painted with acrylic paints first then covered with crackle glaze followed by various inks and gilding waxes.


The second piece is a test run using my new marbling starter kit, the first attempt was OK'ish but the box was made of Kraft and looked rather dark with the ink colours I chose which were black, blues and red, so I decided to give lilacs and black a go with a white box and am much happier with the outcome. I've not got as far as trying out flowers and more defined patterns, that will be some inky fun another day.


I am still playing Photoshop and trying to get properly to grips with it and have created a little collage with close up's of the above box and tag.

Happy weekend everyone.

48 comments:

aussie aNNie said...

Brenda these can't get any more stunning than they are....love them both. I used to use crackle a lot and funny how when we see something someone else has made the inspiration comes flowing back....now to get the crackle glaze out.xxxx
Have a lovely weekend.The Journey is the Start

Crafting Queen said...

Two wonderful creations. Hope you feel better soon.

Helene E said...

absolutely gorgeous projects! I have some marbling colours in the basement, not used for ages, I think I need to go and get them now =)

Sarah said...

What beautiful things Brenda. Love the flowers on the wallhanger and all the fabulous textures you have achieved and as for the marbling...brilliant!! Wishing you well xx

Wendy L said...

Both gorgeous creations Brenda, just been watching 'marbling' on C&C and looks very interesting.
Hope you start to feel better this week, xxxx

Bad Kitty said...

gorgeous

Andreja L. said...

WoW Brenda, what a lovelly hearts you made and the box is so pretty! I like all embelishments :-))
Hugs, Andreja

Helen said...

I keep looking at those marbling kits, they look great fun, but a bit pricey. You got some great results though, so it looks worth the money! love those flowers. Hope you feel better soon. xx

Dr Sonia S V said...

Such a beautiful heart hanging...I love the crackle effect and your flowers are super gorgeous .Hope you feel better real soon
Cheers
Dr Sonia
Cards Crafts Kids Projects

Sue said...

These are stunning Brenda. The colours and textures on your hanging hearts are gorgeous and I love the pretty marbled box with the beautiful matching flowers.
Sorry to hear you haven't been too good, I hope you feel better soon.
Sue xx

cebelica said...

Wowers Brenda, that heart decoration is breath taking. I LOVE it. And the box looks awesome too. I like purple and white combination and also the marble effect.
I'm sorry to hear you've been in a lot of pain. I hope you'll feel better soon.
Big hugs to you! xx

Joan said...

I had wondered where you were Brenda, hope you feel better soon. Wow I love the marbling , fabulous colours. Love all the crackling on the heart piece too.

Joan

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wonderful projects, Brenda! Simply beautiful! I hope you are feeling betters very soon! Sending you healing hugs and prayers.

Pamellia Johnson said...

Hi Brenda, sorry to hear you're not feeling well, I sure hope you feel better real soon! Just love both projects, but I am loving the texture on your hearts. I would really love to know what paints and glaze you used to get such a wonderful crackle texture?? I have never had anything turn out that gorgeous! Love your box too! big healing hugs coming at you! :)

Gerrina said...

The hanging is my fav, but that is just because I like the crackle so much, I think... And the marblepaper looks super!
Hope you'll have your enbergy back this week, but I think everybody's body is trying to adjust to shorter days and colder or rainier weather... Sending some warm hugs, Gerrina

susiestacey said...

Hope you are soon feeling better Brenda.
Two beautiful makes today - l love the wall hanging decoration it has so many pretty details. The marbling is fab too - l have never seen this before but expect there will be plenty more beautiful pieces to follow. Enjoy the rest of the weekend - very damp and foggy here today x Susan x

scrAPpamondo said...

Adorable both the projects! I love especially the first, it's really a lovely hanging !!

Stamps and Paper said...

Two fabulous projects Brenda....sorry to hear you've not been too good.....

Anne

Ellie said...

Stunning creations Brenda, absolutely love the hearts wall hanging, such beautiful effects you created on it!
And the marbling looks fantastic to me too, love the purple!
Hope you're feeling better very soon!!

walchowDesign said...

Glad to see you are making some projects again, Brenda! Two beautiful projects and love the look of the marble effect. Take care!

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous projects Brenda, so pretty
Lorraine x

ALI said...

Both gorgeous projects, really love the wall hanging.

Kathleen said...

The hanging hearts are gorgeous, fabulous colours and the flowers are stunning, cute little bird.

Kath x

Berina RGA said...

both are beautiful... hope you feel better soon,,,
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

McCrafty's Cards said...

These are beautiful Brenda, I love those hearts!!
Kevin xx

Becca Cruger said...

I hope you start feeling better soon! I just adore that marbled box! Awesome job.

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, these are both wonderful. I love your wall hanging and the marble effect looks amazing.

Jackie said...

Wonderful projects Brenda, I love the marbelling effects :o)
Please don't worry about not being able to blog at times, I am sure we all understand that you have health problems...hugs
Jackie xx

Julie said...

Oh wow, I LOVE the heart hanging, you've made me feel the need for some crackle varnish now, not something I've ever tried. Hope you have a better week health wise, Julie x

Craftyfield said...

Love the texture on the heart hanging and the gorgeous colours on your marbled box. I saw the kits too but resisted the impulse, might try the technique with bits and pieces I already have around the house...

vinita jain said...

Both are stunning creation, love the crackle glaze effect' so beautiful and crisp and the marbling box is too beautiful!
Hope you will feel better soon!

Whisper said...

Both are absolutely stunning hun and hoping you feel a little brighter soon, thinking of you, luv Sam x

Grá O'Neill said...

Beautiful projects, love the wall hanging & the marbling is fab :)

Mrs.B said...

Two fabulous projects Brenda, the marbling looks gorgeous.
LOVE those hearts and all the crackle and beautiful colours.
Sorry you haven't been too well - hope you have a better week.
Avril xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Sorry to hear you have had a bad week. I have just been super busy and away again plus a craft fair today. Gorgeous amkes, love the hanging hearts, fab effects. The marbling is beautiful, look forward to more x

Jacee said...

Wow, fantastic projects Brenda, sorry you are having a painful time at the min, I do hope you will soon be feeling better,
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Brenda do hope that your health improves soon, Brenda your two projects above are so beautiful, the hanging looks lovely and Shabby Chic the marbling on the second one looks amazing, awesome work.
hugs
lorraine x

Janice said...

Amazing projects, these are gorgeous Brenda, love them both, but the colours and design of the first one are particularly appealing! Hope your health improves soon, Jx

kanda said...

These are amazing Brenda. I really love your wall hanging and the lilacs you used for the marbling look so pretty.
Hope you're feeling better again very soon. Take care xx

pinky said...

Sorry to hear you are going through a rough time at the minute mrs B. Hopefully it will pass soon. I love what you have made here, the hearts are very pretty and feminine. The marbling takes me back to my school days, we even did some with the kids in Nursery but they did not come out like your creations lol. Love the soft tones you have achieved.

Zajawka said...

Beautiful :)

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning projects, specially love the hearts, amazing crackle and I love the marbling on the box!!

Lau W said...

Hope you're better my dear friend !
Your creations are gorgeous, love them all, of course !!!
xxx

Juls said...

Gorgeous, love the wall hanging :-) xx

Tracy said...

Hi Brenda,
Wow those hearts are so beautiful, truly inspirational. I love all the crackle and the colours. Amazing flowers too.
Your marbling is fabulous and has worked a treat on your gorgeous box. Thank you so much for your creative makes for my challenge theme.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Craftnut said...

Beautiful makes Tracy x

Judy Corner said...

Beautiful makes as always Brenda! Love the heart creation inparticular! Iam so sorry you have not been feeling yourself. Judy x

Sally H said...

Stunning hanging Brenda, and the box is simply stunning! Wonderful makes! Good to hear you made it to the NEC but sorry you haven't been feeling well. Hope you are improving and have a bit more appetite x

 
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