Friday 27 May 2011

Grungy Monday - Brushless Watercolour and meeting up with blogging friends.

Hi All

I have had an amazing week meeting up with fellow bloggers. Last Wednesday Ken and I drove to Maidstone to meet up with Joyce at Gram's Treasures. We all went for a meal and had a fabulous evening getting to know each other better and the men chattered away and got on really well too.  I met Joyce on-line over a year ago when she won my first blog candy and we have stayed in touch ever since. Joyce lives in Canada but has been visiting  England as this is where she lived as a child. Joyce, if you read this, thankyou for your great company, it was lovely to meet you in the flesh. Then I had a great time this morning - I went and had coffee with Shirley at Shirl's Cards, who is on the LIIU with me. Shirl lives in Ireland but originates from my neck of the woods here and is off on holiday today with her family who still live in this area. My goodness, again it was fantastic to meet up and the time just passed far too quickly, hopefully we will get together again sometime when she is back.

Well I have been very busy with projects that you will see coming up during the month of June, but I had to have a go at the challenge that Linda has posed us at Studio L3 this week. Thanks for keeping this going Linda. You need to go take a look at Tim's great tutorial where he shows us how to use stamps and inks to produce a brushless watercolour effect on watercolour paper. It's a fab technique and produces great results - but you will need to have a practice at it - well I did!!!

 I haven't made my piece into a card, I'm not sure it should be, just leaving it as a piece of art - I really quite like it just as it is.

 As you can see this gives a great blurred, watercolour effect and I love the mix of colours you can achieve.

Great saying eh?

Linda has told us on her blog this week of two recent cases where people have been using Tim's work and claiming it as their own. One person has lifted Tim's tutorials and not given him any credit for the them at all and someone else has scanned or photographed his ideaology keys and is selling them as a pdf file for use in blog work. How can anyone do this? As Linda says we are a sharing community and will give anyone help, ideas and inspiration, we look, we learn and we create our own which could be similar in style - but actually taking and using others work for our own personal gain is completely different. I really hope these people can be stopped.

You may have seen that I have stepped down from the MAWTT design team. I am moving so much more into the artsy, vintage and shabby styles that I am unable to work with alot of digi images and do not get pleasure from using many of them. But I will miss my DT team mates hugely. They are a great bunch of girls and have become such good blogging friends. Thanks girls for all your love and support over the past year and please stay in touch.

I hope you have had a good week, even with all the Blogger problems again. What have you got planned for the weekend? We are going to a wedding reception that Richard and Sal are holding for all their family and friends who didn't go to Cyprus. I haven't seen them since we returned and I want to find out all about their honeymoon.

Take care, enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend if you are in the UK.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox


Zoechaos said...

What a wonderful week you have had its always a treat to meet up with blog land friends and two in one week lucky you.

Have not found the time to follow Linda's challenge recently so had not seen her posting it is shocking what people will do. Claiming someone else's work as your own seems pointless to me after all you have to know that what ever credit/praise you get its not really for you.

Taking images and selling them is quite simply illegal we can only hope that the culprit has been reported to the powers that be.

I'm with you on Digi's but also know those girls will miss you. Enjoy your week-end happy crafting. XOXO Zoe

Fliss said...

Really gorgeous card Brenda and was hoping to have a go at this but am also short on time.
I was totally shocked when I saw what had happened with Tim's lovely techniques and there are some awful people out there.
Glad to hear you had a good time with your blog friends too as I know how lovely it is to meet them face to face.
Have a lovely weekend.
Hugs, Fliss xxx

Margreet said...

Hi special to meet your blogging friend in flesh....when do you come to Holland? card is gorgeous and I go and have a look at the TH site....I'm sure the MAWTT girls will miss you....enjoy your weekend!
xxx Margreet

Kathyk said...

DREADFUL to think that some people will use Tim Holtz' work and proclaim it to be their own.

Isn't it fab to meet crafters with whom you've built up an on-line relationship? I've been quite lucky that way myself and met people from the U.S. and Holland as well as the U.K. - not met a crafter yet that I couldn't get on with!

Blogger seems to be behaving itself today - long may that continue

Ooops (apologies) nearly forgot to say how great your project is, Brenda.

Happy Bank Holiday weekend


Vicky said...

Just dreadful what some people can do...grrrrrr...!

gorgeous work as always....and fabulous that you have met up with your crafty buds too!

have a lovely weekend...hugs Vicky xx

DesignerDiva said...

What a beautiful card Brenda! its adorable and so very you! The Holtzter better watch out Brenda's biting at his heels!!
Have a brilliant weekend
Hugs Laurie x

Netty said...

How lovely to meet up with some of your blogging friends. This is such a pretty technique and yours is beautiful. Have a great weekend, Annette x

trisha too said...

Beautiful effect--it looks just like watercolor to me!

Have a lovely weekend!


Unknown said...

Hi Brenda, wow so fun to meet your blogging friends, I met one in Australia. .. maybe who knows you might hop over to Malta... and your card is gorgeous, I just love your stamping, so elegant ...enjoy your weekend! Hugs Dora xxx

Belinda said...

Is very very beautiful.I have been precious!!


cheryl said...

oh how great to meet you with your,blogging buddies,hun i know i loved it when i met some at the shows last year as for the people takeing work and classing that as there own is just,terrible just do not know how people have the nerve to do it its,just awful,as for your creation hun its just stuning love al the detail you always add just amazing,hugs cheryl xxxxx

Wendy said...

This is beautiful Brenda. You're right it's great as a piece of art instead of a card. Great job. Love the buttons.

Val said...

Really gorgeous card Brenda. I must get round to take part in this rather than some of my other stuff.


Unknown said...

Oh how lovely to meet some of your blogging friends Brenda. I am sure you will be missed over at MAWTT but I can understand why. Your style is amazing & would be better shown off doing what you want, rather than the team challenge each week. x

Jane said...

Your card is beautiful. You have inspired me to get those stamps out the package and get them all inked up. Love the bold colors.

Marion said...

Hi Brenda,
This is just awesome. Love how the colours have mixed. Glad you had a nice visit with some blogging friends.
Enjoy the BH weekend.

The Craft Cupboard Under the Stairs said...

Your butterflies are delicious and I do love that saying. Love the trim around the edge

Suzi B said...

I love everything about this...lovely!

Angela Weimer said...

Brenda, This is such a beautiful project and great take on the challenge. I always want to join in but always run out of time.
It is very sad that some individuals would tend to try and gain from peoples creativity. I have had it happen and it is very discouraging and sad. It is stealing but some people just do not care. But crafters are a tight community and word does get around.
Wishing you a lovely weekend with your plans. Angela

Cate said...

WOw I love this card! It's fabulous and I love the colours you've used in your work.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, that's such a fantastic piece, love these butterflies and the quote is great.

Terry said...

How absolute fun to meet up with blogger friends in the real world! Glad you had a great time! Wow and and another Wow on your beautiful use of the butterflies. I love the colors you choice and the design is beautiful! Love this!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Absolutely beautiful, Brenda! I agree-- this piece is a work of art to be displayed, and doesn't need to be made into a card. The watercolor stamping is fabulous, and I love the pretty border you created. That is SUCH a great sentiment!!!

I'm so glad you had such a wonderful visit with your blog friends!

Juls said...

fabulous! Love all the bright colours you have stamped the butterflies in, and the button detail is just gorgeous!! Hugs Juls