Friday, 28 January 2011

Childhood Memories

Last week I went to LB Crafts with my sister, we had never been there before and we decided to go and see what they had in stock. We picked up a few bits and pieces and I spied this stamp called Ives River, but what attracted to me it is that it is the bridge going over the River Ouse at St. Ives in Cambridgeshire. Now as a child I used to live there and at that time it was in Huntingdonshire (which now no longer exists). Of course I couldn't resist it because it brought back so many childhood memories (and apart from that it was a bargain, half the normal price). So it seemed quite spooky when the theme at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week is precisely that - CHILDHOOD MEMORIES. If you live in, near or know of St. Ives please leave me a message and tell me what your contact with it is. The nearest blogging friend to there I know is Dawn, who is at St. Neots, which is where I was born. Do you recognise this Dawn?


Other challenges that have given me inspiration are - Paper Sundaes - Distressing, Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Vintage, Papertake Weekly - the sketch and Gingersnap Creations - Coffee and Cream.


I made my own collage backing paper with vintage images that I have downloaded. I stamped the image onto 300 gms watercolour paper and used DIs to paint the scene. I clear embossed the tickets from the TH Admit One set of stamps and then inked over it. I splashed water over that and heat dried it. The flowers are made from the tattered flowers die - grunge paper, inked with acrylic dabbers and over-stamped with an Invoke honeycomb stamp. The buttons are from my collection bought at Sandown last weekend.

Other challenges to have fun with
Sweet Stampin - Brown + one
Ink on my fingers - Buttons
Tuesday Throwdown -  Distressing
Crafts and Me - Monochrome
Frosted Designs - Monochrome

Another post from me this week and the second today - I have lost count. But I have work to do next week, so it will all quieten down here. Thanks for stopping by and a huge thankyou to those of you who have popped in to see me nearly everyday.


I have a great steampunk ATC coming up at the begining of next week for the new ATC swap over at the Stamp Man.

Take care, happy Friday. Luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox


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39 comments:

Hels Sheridan said...

Aw you were at LB!! I live about 20 mins away... we could have met up for coffee!!! Anyways... LOVE your card, that stamp is beautiful.. and such lovely memories too... thanks for joining in with the Sunday STamper again hun ... have a great weekend xx

Vicky said...

Hi I love this card its totally fabulous I adore the colours & what a fab job with the backing papers.
Thankyou for joining us girlies at Crafts & Me & Sweet Stampin Challenges, good luck.

Hugs Vicky xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Stunning! as always hunnie!
hugs shell xx

Cheryl said...

oh this is amazing hun just adore it so beautiful hugs cheryl xx

Juls said...

beautiful, fab mix of images. Love the sepia colour tones...such a beautiful soft vintage look! Hugs Juls

Dezinaworld said...

Hi Brenda, i dont know St Ives i am afraid as i live up North. I do love this beautiful vintage piece though and the gorgeous distressing work
have a lovely weekend
Hugs June

Diana said...

Beautiful. That image is gorgeous. Beautiful colors. Thanks for playing with us at Frosted Designs.

Lisa Jane said...

Oh wow Brenda - i love this .. one of my very favourites of yours i think. beautiful monochrome colours
Lisa;)

Margreet said...

this is really beautiful Brenda....so nice to see your childhood back on a stamp....love the flowers with the buttons on it...it gives a wonderful effect....enjoy your weekend!
xxx Margreet

li-bee-ti said...

Beautiful card, Brenda! I love the corners and the flowers are stunning.
Great take on the monochromatick theme.
Thank you for playing with us at Frosted Designs, and I hope you'll join us again.

Becky said...

This is stunning with the monochromatic theme. Love the image and flowers. Thank you for sharing this with us at Stampin Sisters in Christ.

Kathy said...

I know the bridge at St Ives - there's a little chapel in the middle, often used now as a gallery. Actually, I think I heard recently that the chapel was going to be closed for renovation work for quite a while.
Anyway, your card is lovely - and it reminded me of some lovely days out we've had there. Usually involved buying ice cream then sitting just there on the right of the picture to eat them!

Susan Allan said...

I love that stamp too...not seen it before!!
Love your coffee colours...it has a lovely soft and sophisticated effect.

(OK may be 6 mins. I knew I was going to use a spider, he would not appreciate flowers and all the rest was close to hand.)

Sue xxxxx

Gemma said...

Brends this is so gorgeous. I love the image! :) X

Pami said...

oooh Brenda, I love this. I agree with Lisa I think its one of my favourites of yours. Pami x

Netty said...

A very beautiful and special card Brenda. Hope you enjoyed your visit to LB Crafts, like Hels I only live 20 mins away. Annette x

Jill said...

beautiful card love the image and the soft browns thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

Lori said...

Gorgeous card! I love those colors! Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

Kathyk said...

As always, another fab piece from you, loving your embellies too

All the best

Kathyk

Dawn said...

Brenda, what a fab stamp, yes I do recognise it, the bridge has the former prison half way across. Beautiful town is St Ives & has a great market on a Monday where I get most of my card....lol.
You have shown the stamp off beautifully, as you always do. x

Sarah said...

Brenda the work on this card is amazing and so loved reading your post! you were meant to buy this stamp chum, so love your collage background it's a beautiful make throughout, hope you are ok Hugs
Sarah x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous creation and I love the image you have used, beautifully put together. Tracy Evans x

LynneForsythe said...

OH MY Brenda.....what a BEAUTIFUL stamp on a BEAUTIFUL CARD!!! what timing on you finding the stamp!

Thank you for joining along with Simon Says Stamp and Show and the teamies!!!

Suzanne Brookfield said...

Beautiful card - love everything about it. Thanks for playing along at Gingersnaps Creations.

Lindsey said...

Gorgeous card! What a great image and i love the flower centres. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week x

Gingersnap Stampers said...

Stunning card! Thanks for playing the Gingersnap Creations Coffee & Cream Challenge!

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Gorgeous. I love the color choices and the sentimental value this has for you Thanks for playing at Frosted Designs.

Fiona said...

beautiful card...love that vintage look. Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week.

Fi

wearestampers said...

This is just lovely, with a lovely story too!
Pam

Meggymay said...

Beautiful card, love the bridge stamp.

Davi said...

The image is lovely and I love the dps you have used and the monochromatic theme. Thanks for sharing it with us at TT this week.

Gloria Stengel said...

Wow. Just wow! The image is stunning! Your card is lovely! Thanks for playing along with us at Paper Sundaes this week!

Vanessa said...

Beautiful colors here!!!! Nice job!

Rush'd Lady said...

Beautiful card! I have a similiar bridge stamp. I'll have to go dig it out now that you've reminded me of it! :)

My name is Toni said...

Brenda this is such a pretty card. I love all the different techniques you used ... Beautiful job

Chris said...

This is a beautiful card. That image is stunning and looks wonderful in the brown tones.Fab background and embellies too.

Sandi said...

Brenda - Beautiful Creation! Congrats on being selected as a Ginger Gem!
☺ Sandi's Creations!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a fabulous card. Congrats to your Ginger Gem.

Terry said...

This is beautiful, Brenda! Love it! Congratulations Ginger Gem!