Sunday 9 September 2012

PanPastel - By the Sea

Hi Everyone

It's been a different week this week, busy but also the end of the week has been filled with worry and then tinged with real sadness.

Some of you know my grandaughter was diagnosed with Crohns earlier in the year. She has been on steroids which got her through our holiday in California, but this week she has been in severe pain and was taken to A&E on Friday. Test showed not only had the Crohns flared again, but she has a perforated bowel as well. This resulted in her being quickly transferred to Southampton General and she underwent emergency surgery and has had part of her bowel and her appendix removed. She is currently in intensive care.

I also got an email tonight from a dear blogging buddy who lives in Canada. After contracting cancer earlier in the year, her husband sadly passed away recently. Ken and I had the great privilege of meeting them both last year when they visited England, so it was with real sorrow I read the news.

I dedicate this tag to my dear friend and her family.


My DT piece this week is a tag that uses PanPastels for the background

Firstly I blended phthalo blue, ultramarine and white for the sky, phthalo green, turquoise and white for the sea and yellow ochre, dairylide yellow and a tiny, tiny amount of raw umber for the sand. I used an eraser to rub out some white clouds and white tops on the water.

To vintage it up a bit I painted white gesso over the three different areas which makes it look more like a painting..

When dry I ran this through the Sizzix 'Rays' embossing folder which made me think of rays of light from the lighthouse and sanded it down, then blended vintage photo around the edges.

The lighthouse I blended with black and white pans, 

then painted over that with permanent red, yellow ochre and white pastels mixed with matte medium and water. The gel medium helps to mix the pastel with the water and gives a very smooth consistency.

To finish I added a stamped sentiment and other embellishments. I thought the lace was a complete contrast for the theme.

Looking forward to seeing your entries this week. Summer will soon be gone so it's almost your last chance to use those beach and sea themed stamps. Don't forget you don't have to use PanPastels to enter the challenge and the lucky winner receives a fabulous trial pack so I hope to see you there.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

hugs {brenda} xox

Challenges to have fun with -
Take a Word - Numbers
Simon Says Stamp - Use a stamp
Frilly and Funkie - The great outdoors
Cards and More - Maritime



Kathyk said...

Brenda - your tag is gorgeous.

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend and that your granddaughter is so poorly - fingers crossed that the operation will result in a significant improvement in her health.

All the very best


Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

First awefull the problems by your granddaughter, I hope that the operation will have good results and she will recover soon.
Also the saddness by your friends.
\I wish you the best Brenda.

YourTag is marvelous.
Lovely greet

Karin said...

I hope your granddaughter will recover quickly and i am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend..

The tag is beautiful!

Cath Wilson said...

Oh Brenda - what a worry for you! I can't begin to imagine what you've been going through with your little granddaughter, but you'll all be in my prayers now. I'm sorry to hear of your friend's loss, too - how very sad.

Almost irreverent to say I love your work but I do - it's stunning this week, absolutely gorgeous and perfect. Those words are wonderful, too - must find out where they're from. Stay positive and try not to worry too much xxx

Jenny Marples said...

Oh Brenda, I'm crossing everything and sending the very best of wishes that your grandaughter recovers soon. So sorry to hear of your loss too. It is clearly a difficult time.
Your tag is gorgeous. Love the way you have blended those colours and a clever use of the embossing folder. Crafty hugs, Buttons x

Bastelmichaela said...

A beautiful tag, a great design and wonderful colors....thanks for joining us this week at Cards und More….
Hugs Michaela

Irene said...

Brenda,thinking of you and your family, hoping your grandaughter soon recovers from her op and her health soon improves.Sorry for the loss of your friend,and what a beautiful tag as a dedication.
Irene xx

Von said...

No sentiment could say more a lovely tribute to your friend, and what a worry for you hope the little one is soon back on her feet
Hugs Von ♥

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to read of such sadness in your life at the moment and also great worry. Will keep your grand-daughter in my thoughts and you know that we will wish her a speedy recovery.
Your tag has the most perfect colours and amazing details.
Sending you a bundle of wishes.

Gram's Treasures said...

Thanks so much for the kind thoughts, Brenda. We did so enjoy meeting with you last year. Truly hoping your granddaughter has a speedy recovery, and perhaps this surgery will alleviate some of her ongoing problem too. My son in law has this same problem, also complicated with a surgery procedure, but he manages quite well now with the right medications. All the best.
Joyce xx

marion said...

This is so lovely, thanks for joining us at Cards & More and I hope we will see you back in our next challenge. Hugs, Marion

Joy said...

Gorgeous tag, love all the texture and great technique work... thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Sorry about your friend's passing and the difficulty of your granddaughter's health. It's such a worry, I know. Your tag is gorgeous, love the embossing over the PP background and the lighthouse scene. Thanks for sharing, Shirleyx

Junibears said...

Oh dear Brenda! What a worry you and your family are going through with your granddaughter. I hope the outcome of the op is positive and she will improve greatly. Sorry too about your friend's loss. Life can be so trying.....
Try to keep positive and trust in the Lord.
June xxx

Anonymous said...

Oh Brenda I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your friends husband and my thoughts and prayers are with you for your grand daughters quick recovery big hugs from Greece. As for your tag the embossing folder is a fabulous choice those lovely rays behind the lighthouse what an inspired beauty.


Netty said...

Am so sorry to hear your sad news Brenda and praying your grand daughter makes a speedy recovery.

Loving your wonderful tag. Hugs Annette x

Sue said...

My thoughts go to you and your family Brenda praying she makes a speedy recovery hugsss

Mrs.B said...

Hi Brenda, What a worrying time for you, I hope your grand daughter
has a speedy recovery from her op.
Also, sad news, but a beautiful tag to dedicate to her, with a wonderful sentiment.
Wishing your grand daughter well.
Avril xx

Gillian .... said...

Hi Brenda, I hope your grand-daughter recovers well after her surgery and also saddened to hear about your friend's husband, sending lots of hugs. The whole composition of this tag is truly beautiful and a perfect tribute. Hugs Gillian xx

Inkypinkycraft said...

so sorry to hear of your worry and sadness, sending you kind thoughts and heartfelt wishes for the speedy recovery of your grandaughter, sorry for your friends loss too.
love trace x

Words and Pictures said...

So sorry to hear of your difficult and troubling week, and so sorry also for your friend's loss. I do hope all goes well with your granddaughter's recovery, and the sentiment on your beautiful tag makes this a perfect dedication of this piece.
Alison x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, a fantastic tag, love the seaside theme. The embossed background is perfect for this image.

Sabrina aka Chaosk├╝ken said...

Oh what a sad background.... I am so sorry with you!

Your tag is soooo soooo wonderful - I really love the way of clouding, embossing and decorating. It's gorgeous!

Thank you for joining us at Cards and More :)


Sabrina aka Chaosk├╝ken said...

Oh what a sad background.... I am so sorry with you!

Your tag is soooo soooo wonderful - I really love the way of clouding, embossing and decorating. It's gorgeous!

Thank you for joining us at Cards and More :)


Anonymous said...

Brenda, I'm so sorry about your grand daughter and your friend. I hope things turn a corner for her soon. Your tag is stunning and such a perfect tribute. Sue C x

Claudia said...

Hi Brenda, your tag is amazing. How you created the background, added all these lovely details, fantastic.

Thank you very much for joining us at Cards und More Challenge.

Hugs Claudia

catherine said...

I am so sorry Brenda to hear of your worry this week for your grandaughter. I do wish her a speedy recovery soon and will keep you in my thoughts. Life's never easy is it.
I'm also sorry to hear of your sad loss of a friend. I think this is a perfect tag and the sentiment says it all. Sending you hugs
x catherine

trisha too said...

Oh wow, Brenda, what news. So sorry for your friend's loss, and your dear granddaughter, what a thing for one so young.

Hugs and prayers for you and yours, my bloggy friend!

(Beautiful tag, and a lovely tribute.)

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Brenda,

I hope your granddaughter improves real soon. Bless her little heart. Also, the tag honoring your friend's husband is just beautiful. What a wonderful job you did on it. I love the painted look using the gesso.

Have a great week.


Eileen said...

Love this Tag Brenda....
Thinking of you and your family. Sending warm wishes to you both and hope your Granddaughter makes a swift recovery .... a difficult week for you indeed Eileen xxxxxx

debby4000 said...

Sorry to hear your news Brenda and do hope you hear some good news about your Granddaughter soon.
Your tag is absolutely beautiful.

Laura said...

Sorry to hear the sad news in your life at present. May your light shine through it all! Great tag!

Shelly said...

I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. Your gorgeous tag is a lovely dedication.

I'm keeping your grand daughter in my prayers and the rest of you too as you are anxious about her condition. Please keep us posted about her if you can. It sure has been a rough time for you. Sending you big hugs across the pond!!!

Kim Dellow said...

Gorgeous Tag, just beautiful.

I'm so sorry to hear your news Brenda sending lots of e-wishes to get well soon for your Grand-daughter and sympathy for the loss of your friend.

Thanks so much for taking time out to leave the lovely congrats comment on my blog.


Marjie Kemper said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your granddaughter, Brenda, and will keep her in my thoughts and prayers. Your tag is lovely... truly beautiful, and with such a meaningful sentiment for your dear friend. Lovely use of the fade.

GinaA said...

Such a tough year for you, I do hope that there is good news about your Granddaughter soon.
Your tag is a lovely tribute, beautifully crafted and obviously made with love.

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Am sorry to hear your sad news and praying your grand daughter makes a speedy recovery of the OP.
The maritime tag is very amazing.

The Stamp Man said...

So sorry to hear about your grand daughter Brenda, I hope she makes a good and speedy recovery. Sad too to hear of your friend's loss. Quite a week for you.

Your tag is gorgeous and the sentiment beautiful.

Take care

Jill xx

Gerri Herbst said...

Oh Brenda I am so sorry to here about your granddaughter and your friend. I just want you to know I will say a prayer for them both. Your tag was so beautiful for your friend going thru this difficult time. do take care, gerri

Lynn Stevens said...

Brenda I'm so sorry to hear about your Grand daughter. Prayer's sent your way. Also for your friend's loss. Life can be so hard sometimes.

on another note your tag is just wonderful and such a beautiful tribute.
hugs Lynn

Jingle said...

Oh, WOW! This is just stunning! Absolutely gorgeous in every way! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

Terry said...

Sad news about your blogging friend's husband, but what a lovely tribute! This embossing folder could not be more perfect with the lighthous, so meant to be together! Beautiful coloring! I hope Becca is doing better and recovering well from her surgery. Big hugs!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

What a lovely lovely tribute tag! My heart sings when I see painted by hand items...this scene is gorgeous by itself! I can feel the warmth of the sun. Then the added elements are so perfect, especially for this challenge! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Frilly & Funkie this fortnight!

Fliss said...

I'm so sorry to hear your granddaughter is so poorly Brenda and hope she recovers very soon as it must be such a worry for you and your family.
Sorry too about your friend's husband.
Your tag is stunning and the seaside theme so beautiful.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

I am so sorry you are having such a sad time, Brenda. I do hope Becca is now recovering well from the surgery and that this will result in a real improvement with her Crohns. I'm so glad she coped with the holiday and it must have been some nice memories for her whilst she was in hospital. Sending you lots of love,

Lucy x

SandeeNC said...

That tag is a beautiful dedication to your friend, and I hope your grand daughter is doing better now and out of intensive care. waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Margreet said...

Hope your granddaughter is recovering well from the surgery...this is so tough for her (and her family)...good luck for all of good she coped with California (we hope to go there next year).
Your tag is a wonderful dedication to your Canadian friend.
Next week we leave for a few days for I will not be able to visit you...
xxx Margreet

Tamika said...

I was just saying on another bloggers WOYWW post that I needed to put my Tims to use and you've done an amazing job with it and have really inspired me!