Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sunshine and Good News


I am soooooooooo excited today. I guess only you that go over to Splitcoaststampers will understand.
I was chosen to be on the Dirty Dozen team. Whew! What an honor. It is something I could only dream about. And, now it has come true. It has been an exciting day now that the reveal has been made. It was hard keeping it a secret for a while.

O.K., now to my card.

Holy Smokes! Look at this bright card. I made it for the Mix-Ability challenge on Splitcoaststampers.
I'm working on Mixed Media and finding it so much fun. Really, my card is not this bright in real life. I tweaked and worked with my photo software but it just wanted me to post a bright card.

The challenge was: BAG IT:

Use a plastic bag as your "printing plate" and make a background for your project.

I used a Wal-Mart bag torn open and placed my acrylic paints on it. I brushed and smeared them around with my fingers. Then, I placed my cardstock on top of it, pressed on it, and got the colors. I used two different colors and did each one separately. The stamping of the sunflower, grapes, key, and sentiment was done next.  My sunflower was stamped and over-stamped in different colors. The center of the flower was done with Liquitex Modeling Paste.

I'll enter my card here: Inspired by Stamping March Customer Gallery

You can take your sunglasses off now as you move on. LOL  No, wait...here is the recipe.

Recipe:
Stamps-Inspired by Stamping/French Country and Graceful Hydrangeas
Paper-PTI white cardstock
Ink-Memento Toffee Crunch and Rich Memento, VersaMagic chalk ink/purple hydrangea
Accessories-Americana acrylic paint/Baby Blue and Camel, Liquitex Modeling Paste





  • 36 comments:

    JD/ Jill said...

    Wow! What great news! You are so deserving of this honor. You make the most beautiful and creative cards...Congratulations to you.

    Lynne in NI said...

    Yippeeeeeee! Congratulations Brenda, I'm absolutely thrilled for you!
    And what a fab bright happy card, sounds like you had fun getting inky!

    Mynn xx said...

    Woohoo! Congrats! That is SO awesome! LOVE this gorgeous card--the colors are AMAZING and I LOVE the collage stamping! Thanks for joining us at Inspired By Stamping! :) HUGS and happy weekend! Mynn xx

    Irish Cherokee said...

    Your card is beautiful Benzi. I must say it pales in comparison to your news. I can't think of anyone who would be more deserving of that honor than you. Congratulations.

    Joni nina Andaya said...

    Congratulations Benzi!!!I am so excited for you and I just want to say your card is Gorgeous :) Have Fabulous weekend.

    Marianne said...

    Congratulations Brenda! I've posted my first few cards on SCS (posted as cretancrafter) and am still exploring the site, but I think it may be worthwile to join the Fan Club. I just noticed the Cas Favourite banner on your site. Not sure if and how I can download that banner to display on my blog, since my last to cards were named CAS favourites by other members.

    Marianne said...

    Totally forgot to say how much I love your card. It's quite different from other work I've seen so far, but it's oh so striking. I'm wondering if I could create a similar effect using a watercolour background... So many ideas and somlittle time...

    Marisa said...

    Fabulously done! Love the colours.

    Sue said...

    Congratulations Brenda! and this is fab what gorgeous colours and a great technique huggles Sue xx

    Cathy said...

    I knew you would get picked! I told you! You are a natural!
    This card is bright and beautiful!
    Just like the weather that is in our near future! I love it Benzi!

    Beebeebabs said...

    Congrats my friend - your card is absolutely beautiful!!!

    Lee-Anne said...

    Brenda, I'm so thrilled for you! This card is just delightful! Enjoy your stay in the dirt pile!

    Davi said...

    Wohoo Brenda Congrats on your position as part of the Dirty Dozen, You will be a great asset to the team!! I Love that gorgeous card, the background and wonderful flower image look like a beautiful spring garden :)

    Basslady said...

    I loved looking at this card with its bright colours. ..and i didn't need sunglasses, hun! *lol*

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi

    Carol L said...

    Huge congratulations Ms DD!! That really is great news and I can feel your excitement :)
    This is a great mixed media creation, and I admire those who are able to do it. I love all the vibrant colors on this cheery card! Well done!

    Maria said...

    Woohoo...big congrats to you on joining the team! Your card is just lovely with all the blended colors and sunflower! Sounds like a fun technique!

    Bonnie said...

    Oh, wow, Brenda, I'm so excited for you!!!! And I love this bright card! No sunglasses necessary. Bright is good!

    Carla S. said...

    Huge congrats on this well-deserved honor, Brenda! How exciting! Your card is fab! Love the technique and bright colors!

    Donna Ellis said...

    wowow WOW! A huge congratulations on becoming an official dirty dozen AND on your beautifully sun-shiny card! The appointment could not happen to a nicer person, and the card obviously came from the happiness in your dear heart, Benzi. LOVE that amazing background - beautiful! hugs, de

    Vicki Dutcher said...

    YAY for You! Congratulations -- enjoy your 6 months!!

    Angel 007 said...

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch Benzi. :))) Ich freue mich mit Dir.
    Eine wunderschöne Karte. Ich liebe den tollen Hintergrund und wie Du die Sonnenblume gestempelt hast. Es ist ein Fest für die Augen. Wunderbar.

    ♥Ganz liebe Grüße und einen schönen Sonntag wünscht Dir, Carmen

    Holly AKA KopyKat said...

    Congrats!!!! This is so beautiful, I love it.

    Sassy Raggedy said...

    What an awesome card...I love how you described making it and the colors and design are just lovely. Congrats on your wonderful news. I can just feel the excitement in your words. Hugs, joann

    Colleen Dietrich said...

    Whoo hoo! Heard the good news via the Punchiez vine from SCS. That's awesome! Congratulations!

    Way to flash that IBS goodness here, Benzi. :)

    Pam~ said...

    First off, a huge congratulations to you! Very well deserved! Now on to that bright and beautiful card...it's gorgeous! You are so good about trying new techniques.

    Have a great day!

    Ajascha said...

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur neuen Aufgabe, Brenda. Ich freue mich für dich.
    Eine effektvolle Technik hast du angewandt. Die Farben leuchten so herrlich.
    Liebe Grüße, Anja

    NanaConnie said...

    Congrats, Benzi! So wonderful and also well deserved, in my opinion. :-D Loving the glorious background on this card! Marvelous color combo and the overstamping is wonderful. Thanks for sharing the technique. I'm going to try some of that.

    jimlynn said...

    WooHoo!!!!!!!!! Big congrats and very well deserved! So excited for you.

    Love this bright and bold card too. Great technique and just gorgeous.

    Lynn

    nwilliams6 said...

    Wow! This is soooo fun! You really did a great job on this one! Fun, fun, fun! Hugz!

    Ellen Taylor said...

    Holy smokes Benz!! Congrats~ That is big time exciting news and I am super happy for you!! Your card is amazing! Mixed media still intimidates me so thanks for sharing how you did it!
    Hugs
    Ellen

    nupurcreatives said...

    Congratulation Benzi... & beautiful card...Thank you for joining us at IBS :)

    MaryH said...

    WhooEE, Girl! This is a BIG, BIG honor, and you surely deserve it. Your cards are ALWAYS fab. This one is no exception. Loved reading how you did this beautiful sunflower. Another technique to try. Thanks for providing this link, as I had missed this post. (Dunno how. but I did!). You are up in high cotton now, my girl. TFS & Hugs (and I didn't think it was too bright either. Cheery - not bright!) Hugs

    Shirley said...

    Congrats, on the DD team! You deserve it and I am not surprised!! Have a wonderful time. Your card is a beautiful collage! Love the colors you used and how you used your images too!

    Emily Keaton said...

    HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you, Benzi!! Wow, that is just awesome news--and so well deserved! Enjoy your time in the spotlight--yay, you!!!!!!

    Joanne (jojot) said...

    Gorgeous....and yet another reason for your dirtiness

    Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

    What a fabulous background. I just love how colorful this is. I adore sunflowers and always stop for a second look at them no matter where I see them. They make me smile. As a matter of fact, I went to a yard sale last weekend and picked up a whole set of sunflower dishes to replace my badly worn everyday set I was using for $10. I was just thrilled...lol I love my junkin'.
    Bear Hugs,
    Carol