Sunday, 3 March 2013

Country Cottage for Crafty Individuals

Why is it that my cards and projects never turn out like I envisage they will? Take this for example. I had seen me using the country cottages with beautiful bright colours and portraying a lovely summery card, thinking great this will show the promise of warmer weather to come. But what did I get? A very vintagey (I've checked the spelling in Wiktionary and it's a real word) piece that really depicts night time or twilight when the colours are more muted and there is a stillness in the air.


I have used CI-263 stamp plate which gives these four gorgeous country cottage scenes. I did in fact use some lovely bright colours using my water pencils and wish I'd taken a photo of them at that stage, but by the time I had used vintage photo distress ink round the edges and all over the colours became more subdued.


The background is from the CI trees background papers book and had two thin coats of white acrylic wash over it plus I stamped some bubble wrap in white too and added small strips of dictionary paper.

The birds and flowers are memory box dies, cut in dictionary paper and given a treatment of distress ink and white acrylic paint, dried then given colour with the watercolour pencils  spritzed with water and dried, then finished with brown and white pens.




Love these little birdies together.



I now will be giving workshops using Crafty Individuals stamps and I am soooo looking forward to doing them. Four have already been planned for after Easter.




I would like to say a big welcome to many new followers who have joined me recently, thank you for choosing to share this creative journey of mine. Unfortunately when some people sign up to follower they don't leave a trail of where they 'live' so I am unable to come and look at your blogs, such a shame as I really appreciate the time you take to look at what I do.

I hope you all have a lovely day and find a bit of creative time.

Take care.

hugs {brenda} x0x


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38 comments:

Daniele said...

ohhhh just loving this one Brenda
hugs

Dots Dabbles said...

Me too!!!the colours are just so beautifully created...from the background to the flowers to the birds...I wish I could come to your classes Brenda! It would be soooo much fun
Dot x

Martina2801 said...

Dear Brenda, this is so impressive.
What an stunning work. Love your creation!!!!

Sophie said...

Liebe Brenda, auf meiner heutigen Blog-Rundreise sehe ich dein herrliche Arbeit.
Ich finde sie wunderschön, und die zarten Blüten sehen entzückend aus.
Ich bewundere alles sehr.
Aber ich kann dich gut verstehen, denn auch mir geht das oft so, dass das Resultat ein anderes ist, als ich es wollte.
Und dann bin ich oft sehr unsicher, und auch oft unzufrieden.
Doch meistens findet es dann doch viele Bewunderer, was mich natürlich dann auch freut.

Ich wünsche dir noch einen wunderschönen sonnigen Sonntag.

Sophie xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Brenda,
This is so very beautiful although perhaps not your mind's eye card - certainly makes a lovely one with these images. love it Shaz in Oz.x

Amanda said...

Looks fab to me, I love the effect the vintage photo has given but I am addicted to the stuff, lol
Love
Amanda x

Fliss said...

Long time no see Brenda! Absolutely stunning creation here and in all your recent posts. A real feast of vintageness for the eyes.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Rita said...

Good Morning Brenda, I think what you've done here is stunning and the plate that you used is gorgeous. Its a pleasure to use CI stamps and I have loads. Wish I were nearer to do one of your workshops. Hugs Rita xx

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Brenda this is absolutely stunning, wow, the detail and design is awesome, I love this so much. I know what you mean Brenda, I often start a project which is just perfect pictured in my mind but somehow it never turns out quite the same, lol.
hugs
lorraine x

Lucy Edmondson said...

Absolutely beautiful, Brenda. You have coloured the cottages so beautifully. What did you buy at Farnborough? I actually went on Friday not yesterday as I said, I spent most of yesterday asleep as I was so tired so I skipped a day in my head!

Lucy x

cardsandmorebygigi said...

Stunning !

Karin said...

a beautiful creation, the little birds are cute!

Mrs.B said...

I thin the colours are just gorgeous Brenda.
Avril x

June Macfarlane said...

Winter, summer, night , day, whatever the feel its absolutely magnificent. I so wish i could make cards like you do my friend its fabulous !
Hugs June x

Redanne said...

Your background colouring is wonderful Brenda, so soft and subtle and the cottages look so beautiful. A beautiful stamp plate and a beautiful card. Anne x

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

The colours are so beautiful as are the two birds together.
Wishes
Lynne

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Beautiful!

Juls said...

It might not have turned out as you expected!! But I love the soft vintagey work u have created!! Stunningly gorgeous work of art, hugs Juls

Sue said...

Hello Brenda
This is a stunning work of Art.
Smiles:)
Sue

Fandhmum said...

Hi Brenda
I love love love that background,
Rosie x

craftytrog said...

Beautiful artwork Brenda! I love the colours of the cottages against your wonderful muted background!
Alison xx

craftytrog said...

Beautiful artwork Brenda! I love the colours of the cottages against your wonderful muted background!
Alison xx

Paper Profusion said...

It might not entirely be how you had intended but it most certainly looks fabulous! Love its vintageyness! Have a lovely week. Nicola x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Brenda, my projects never turn out quite how I envisaged them when I started lol. Your piece is gorgeous. Love the muted background and those birds and flowers are gorgeous combined with your focal images. Tracy x

Meggymay said...

Wow, an absolutely stunning project.
Yvonne x

Margie said...

I really like what you've done with the painty background, the flowers and birds Brenda. I wish I was as confident with paint as it really enhances the gorgeous images you have chosen. Thanks for sharing your techniques - I may be a bit braver and give it a go.

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Really beautiful layout, I love those gorgeous scenes
Lindsay xx

butterfly said...

Well, it may not have turned out as you intended, but it's turned out beautifully! I love the little flowers and birds all texty and painty - just gorgeous!
Alison x

Marjie Kemper said...

So lovely... the text peeking out and gorgeous mat colors.... not to mention those two sweet birds. A beautiful piece!

inkypinkycraft said...

A really gorgeous vintage make! Hugstrace x

debby4000 said...

Oh this is gorgeous, beautiful cottage scenes and they look to me on the edge of Summer turning into Autumn.
luv
Debby

Gio said...

For me it's vintagey, beautiful, but still springy! And I think in real life is even better and bright!

Ellie Knol said...

It's perfect!

Von said...

I Love this layout Brenda :)
Von ♥

nefertiti said...

A stunning creation!!!!!bisous

SusanLotus said...

Stunning creations! I love it!

Susan

1CardCreator said...

Gorgeous piece Brenda, love that you followed this where it took you. ~Diane

Lynn Stevens said...

I think its Gorgeous Brenda. Love the soft hues.
Hugs Lynn