Thursday, 8 February 2018

Friendship and a Butterfly or two



Good morning, today I am posting over at the Chocolate Baroque blog, all are samples from Lesley's Hochanda shows which celebrated Chocolate Baroque's first Birthday with the channel when viewers were treated to some wonderful new floral stamps and colouring pages.

Further down I have also added an extra card as my entry into the current Butterfly Challenge, of course it's a CB image!

This release was right up my street and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed making these samples and it was only time that prevented me making more. Details of all the stamps used have direct links to the product on the CB website if I have tempted you.

So to my first card at the top uses the beautiful Medici Flower. On this occasion I only wanted to use the focal flower so I used sticky notes to cover the areas around the flower, inked it with Versafine Black, removed the masks and followed the same process three times. I then masked the  individual stamped flowers and stamped the Poppy heads from Poppy Meadow along with a inspirational quote from Pretty Poppies. Next I flicked some watery distress ink onto the white space and finally coloured the blooms with sparkle pens.


I really love this image, it's called Mosaic Flower but to me it yells out Chinese Lanterns. I stamped the image with Versamark and heat embossed with detail gold powder, coloured the flower hears with pencils and rubbed some gilding wax around the edges. Some twine and a button tied around before matting onto a pieced of corrugated and then the base card.


I painted this little box with acrylic and shimmer paints, then used a stencil and texture paste to add some flourishes. When dry I used a slightly darker pain to highlight the stenciled patterns and added gilding flakes here are there and along the opening edges. The flowers on the top were cut from one of the colouring pages, coloured in with pencils and fixed to the top along with some die cut leaves.


My final share today used the new Floral Delight stamp which I stamped once, masked and then stamped part of the stamp a second time and coloured in with pencils.  Using a mask I added some sun rays and stamped three of the words from Wish Flower, cut out and added individually to the finished piece.  


And I found this lurking in my CB folder and I think it should fit in OK over at the current Butterfly Challenge selecting the colour cream from the spinning wheel. I know, I don't enter for weeks and then twice in the same fortnight, but it's one of only a couple of challenges I ever enter and I would hate for it to fold due to lack of support and people shifting over to the 'quick fix' social media options. I know from personal experience that it takes a great deal of time and effort to keep a challenge running so I hope more of you will pop over and join in the fun. Valery Anne even offers prizes and that's something that doesn't happen at all challenges these days.

For this card I stamped the beautiful Summer Fayre stamp onto Fabriano using Distress Ink and simply dragged out some of the colour. I then stamped the Butterflies a second time, this time dragging out a little more colour and decoupaged them

Thank you so much for popping in today.

35 comments:

Glennis said...

These are all so beautiful Brenda, your colouring is just amazing!

Kath said...

Fabulous cards Brenda - my favourite is the first one, the Medici flower is beautiful.
Kath x

aussie aNNie said...

Thanks dear B for another wonderful and inspiring show page, I just adore your creations and your colouring is gorgeous.xx [aNNie]
 ❤️

KarinsArtScrap said...

these are all beautiful cards / projects with great flowers Brenda
Gr Karin

Valerija said...

You've created beautiful cards. Love them all!
Valerija xx

Wendy L said...

I can understand why you loved these Brenda, all so gorgeous, xxx

gwen70 said...

Beautiful cards Brenda, you are such a talented lady, love them all

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A stunning collection of cards Brenda, I love Chocolate Baroque stamps they never fail to make gorgeous cards.

Sue xx

Gerrina said...

Great cards again! My favorite is the first; one wich I can dream away by and instantly smelt a summerday (grass, warmth, bit sweet...) Hugs, Gerrina

Babs Watson said...

Brenda what a Beautiful box love the stencilling and the beautiful flower. I love the big flower heads on your first card they really are amazing, gorgeous showcase as always
Hugs Babs x

Gerrie's kaarten said...

Prachtige kaarten.Je bovenste kaart vind het mooist.
Groetjes Gerrie

SusanLotus said...

Magnificient cards! Especially the last one in just brown shades. I´m astonished how beautiful it is in just a few brown shades. <3

Have a really nice day!
Hugs
Sussie.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Brenda, gorgeous designs using lovely CB stamps. Sorry I've not been around in blogland this year but I've enjoyed scrolling down to see what I've missed. I hope you are doing well, Shirleyx

Liz said...

Beautiful cards, Brenda, and I love the little decorated box. xx

Fikreta said...

wonderful cards!
hugs

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh Brenda, you never cease to amaze me, another wonderful collection of cards!!!

cuilliesocks said...

Oh my so beautiful Brenda, what a wonderful selection of cards.
I do love floral images and these are gorgeous, beautifully coloured and designed, I especially love the the first two creations, love those warm colours, Kate x x

scrAPpamondo said...

Hi Brenda, hope you are going well!
Reading all the techniques you used I realize that I have already to try a lot of them...! :D You are a true artist and thanks fore sharing your amazing works with us!! All your projects are delightful, some cards especially bring my eyes and inspiring me very much, as the first and the last one!! The last one is just stunning and wow- you made it only with DI! Pinned
https://it.pinterest.com/pin/534802524495460455/ :)
Your colouring is always wonderful!!
Love your box, too!
Hugs

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous creations Brenda love all the stamps and great masking-love the sepia colouring on the last one
Carol x

Kathleen said...

Another brilliant set of cards and some really lovely images.

Kath x

Linby said...

These are such beautiful and delicate makes. The box is just exquisite.

Maxine D said...

I am in awe of your card making Brenda - these are stunning cards. I particularly like the mosaic flower cards
Blessings
Maxine

Mrs A. said...

Blogger just would not let me leave a message last night but it's in a better mood this morning. I love stopping by your blog and seeing all your beautiful cards but oh my goodness your butterfly card has surpassed itself. It is gorgeous and that is one stamp I now need ASAP. Love the one colour inking . Perfection. Thank you for spinning the Butterfly wheel this week. Hugs Mrs A.

Crafting Queen said...

Love the box and those wonderful cards. You have been busy. Have a great weekend.

Pollard Carole said...

Another stunning collection these are all so pretty Love and hugs Carole x

Sarah said...

Thank you for treating us to more pretties Brenda, I particularly like the pretty treasure chest,such a lovely colour and texture. Hope you are continuing to improve xx

Pat said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda, some lovely flower images beautifully coloured.

Pat xx

rachel said...

Stunning cards Brenda ... and I love that little treasure chest too - beautiful samples indeed! Hugs rachel xx

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Brenda. It’s always a pleasure visiting your blog to see several cards and projects. I marvel at your use of inks and images. There’s always a softness and peacefulness in your designs. I especially like the richness in your 2nd card. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs, de

Greta said...

You've showcased these beautiful images perfectly, Brenda! Your box is stunning!

KandA said...

Wonderful selection of cards Brenda and some fabulous stamps xx

Berina RGA said...

Such lovely creations, Brenda! I love the first card. Beautiful flowers.

Autumn Clark - SewPaperPaint said...

So much stunning inspiration! Love these images so much! Hugs, Autumn

susiestacey said...

More beautiful pieces Brenda and some lovely stamps from CB too x Susan x

Merry said...

Beautiful Brenda, love all the descriptions of how you put all the flowers on your cards….they are all so lovely.