Friday, April 22, 2016

Meet The New Blog!

Hello my crafty friends, happy TGIF to everyone. I hope your day is going well and that you are looking forward to some fun this weekend. 

Notice anything different? Yep, I have a new look on the blog! Isn't it beautiful?!! My sweet and generous friend, Loll of Stamping with Loll gave me a complete over haul and make my blog beautiful.  She even made me a beautiful watermark as well! Thanks so much for all your hard work Loll! I love my new look, how about you all? I'm so in awe at Loll's talents and generosity. I always say how blessed I am, and I mean it. I am a very blessed person, even with the loss of my husband, I know I'm still blessed in so many ways and this is just one of them.

I do have a card by the way. But just had to show off my blog first. lol I wanted to try out this technique for a while now, although I don't think I did it quite right. I'm still satisfied pretty much with the outcome. But I do need to find out how to do it correctly. I kinda' just did it on my own without a tutorial. Yeah, I know, I need to watch a tutorial. lol Also, there is a boo boo with making this card. I had planned on watercoloring with my Zigs, but got confused on what ink to stamp in that wouldn't smear. Yea, you guess it, I used the wrong ink! I used Tuxedo Black by Momento, the ink for alcohol markers. I have since labeled my black inks so I know which ones to use for what! So as I started adding some water with my water brush, my ink started to smear and I realized my mistake. Ok, so I thought lets see if I can just color in with the Zigs. So I was careful not to touch the black outline to much and colored my flower. I think I managed to save it as you have to look really close to see the smudges. Or as least I'm hoping that a lessor critical person will not notice! I am in need of thank you cards so I made this one into a thank you, but I really got to make some masculine ones for my son's who come and help me out.  Anyway here is the card, as always the recipe is at the end of the post.

As always, thanks for stopping by and visiting a spell with me. I so love when you do as your comments bring me sunshine and smiles! Crafty hugs,

Edited to add that one of my commentators, Karen, suggested that I linked up with Happy Little Stampers so I did. 

Card Recipe:
SU Heavy weight Whisper White card base
SU Water Color Paper
SU Regarding Dahlias Stamp Set-NBUS!!
Generic Sequins
Zigs Brush Pens


Jules said...

Hi Brenda

Wow!!!! You must be so proud!

A fabulous new look to your blog .. .. loving it very, very much!!

Great card too, brilliant way to use that gorgeous stamp.

Hope you are having fun with your Grand-daughter.

Love Jules xx

Anonymous said...

Hi, Brenda, your card is really beautiful. I love your coloring. Your blog - gorgeous! It's just filled with happiness, looks like sunshine.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Marilyn said...

Beautiful card and I love the new blog look!! Have a great day

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Stunning Brenda . . . all of it, and your card!! The blog is so bright and cheery - a happy place to be - and I LOVE the technique you have done on your card, and the card is in closer proximity to us now . . . everything is outstanding!! Both you and Loll have done a tremendous job! Have a very lovely day my dear friend! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

I Card Everyone said...

I LOVE your new look!!! Brenda Loll did a fantastic job - lucky YOU! If I hadn't read your words, I NEVER would have noticed any blurred lines - come to think of it, I still don't!! I adore this technique, Brenda - you've done it beautifully, without a tutorial!

Kristie Goulet said...

Oh WOW, Brenda! I LOVE your new blog look! So bright and cheery! Made me smile. Love your card too. This is a fun technique that I haven't done in a long time. xoxo

Bonnie said...

Your blog looks beautiful, Brenda! So bright and happy! Loll is a whiz with all this and so generous. We are all blessed to have her as a friend! And your card is beautiful. I don't see any smudges. Maybe it just added to the shading! Hope you have a bright and sunny day!

Unknown said...

What smudge! You're blog is so bright and cheerful, really like it. As always, the card is lovely. Good job on the coloring.

Karen said...

Brenda your blog is beautiful. I had no idea that Loll could do this?! I wonder if she'll teach me how to do it, I love it, it's so fresh and spring like.
Your card is just as beautiful too huni, I can't see the smudges I see a beautiful card. I am pretty sure you did the technique right too. One thing I will say is that you should enter this into the Happy Little Stampers CASE challenge as it is perfect for the challenge Karen xx

Karen said...

Great spring/summer pics for your blog, Brenda. Your card looks good, too -- can't see any smudges. :-)

Brenda in IN said...

Wow, this is a fantastic card. I'm so glad you are back to crafting. I can't see any boo boo so it must have faded away. Your new blog is so happy and cheerful. I love the bokeh background and colorful flowers. Loll did a wonderful job for you. She has so much talent and I love her cards.

Happy Dance said...

Love your new blog look!! Bright, happy, and sweet -- matches your personality to a tee!! That Loll is pretty darn amazing! I did look close, and saw absolutely zero smudges. This is gorgeous, and what a cool card. I've seen this technique, and am dying to try it. You've rocked it. The bloom is stunning, and I love the red with those black sequins. Wonderful card, my friend. Have a good weekend. Bev

Loll said...

Hi Brenda. What a great way to start my day. Your blog is a happy place to be. :)

LOVE your card. The colouring is fantastic. Gorgeous image and design. No boo-boos anywhere. :) xx

Lisa said...

Oh wow, what a gorgeous card!! I love the technique you used!! It's so elegant and beautiful!! And I love, love your beautiful new blog!! Happy colors, flowers, it's fabulous my friend!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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Annette said...

looks great!

Glenda said...

Pretty card..nice technique! Your blog looks great!

Have a great weekend!

Anita in France said...

What a wonderful new look, Brenda ... bright, summery and so happy looking ... it just has me smiling! Gorgeous, vibrant bloom ... and such lovely colouring ... bold and beautiful! Hugs, Anita :)

cm said...

Ooh la la, Brenda! Your new blog is stunning! How wonderfully sweet of Loll to create this stunning place for you to play and share; and you, in turn, are a fabulous friend for giving her incentive to do so! The flowers/colours are gorgeous and very much capture the sunny essence of *you*! Blessings all around in friends helping friends; makes my heart smile! As for your card: no tutorial required because your flower is incredibly pretty. Red, vibrant, fresh! Blurred lines? What blurred lines? I see only amazing...
Hugs and love~c

Carol L said...

I love the blog and I've seen Loll's work on other blogs, and she has quite an eye for design! It's fresh and so very pretty - much like this gorgeous card you shared today! I LOVE how you stamped a portion of the corner flower and colored it that vivid red, while leaving the remainder black & white. It's a great look and makes for one fantastic card!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Wow, how utterly wonderful, Brenda!!!
Love your new bloggie look by Loll how utterly cheery and Spring like, clever lady plus+++

Love the card too, can't see any so called smudges and from my limited knowledge I think you did this style of card perfectly
It's irrelevant really whether it's like tutorial style after all.. God made us all unique and very special in our own way, and so your card is you and very beautiful.
Thanks so much dear friend for the inspiration,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Tina Campbell said...

LOVE the new look so fresh and springy too :) Such a cute card and looks like a fun technique too :)Couldn't tell you made a mistake if you hadn't said anything :)

Joyce said...

Your blog looks lovely. Lol and you did a wonderful job designing it. I just love your take on the HLS challenge this month. Your flower is lovely, and the two toned look is wonderful. I cannot see any mistakes or boo boos. I love the extra layer of matting. Thanks so much for playing along at HLS Case the Designer and for CASEing my card.

Irish Cherokee said...

If you hadn't said there was a boo boo I would not have known about the smear. Impressive! Excellent card Brenda. Well done indeed.

Love, Hugs and Blessings

Sue said...

Wow! wow Brenda what a fabulous new blog!!!! it's gorgeous I love it..and your card is really lovely lots of huggles Sue xxxxxxx

Veerle said...

Your blog looks SUPER Brenda, bright, happy colours full of life.
Love it. And your card is gorgeous too. Love this. If i may give a golden tip my dear ? Get yourself a My Favorite Things HYBRID ink pad licorice black.
If you stamp with this ink you can use ANY and I litterally mean ANY means of coloring medium; copics - derwent pensils - faber castell pencils - zig markers - memento markers - distress markers - distress ink - Lindy's magicals ANYTHING you can think off. ONE single ink pad for all coloring mediums.
I love this ink I couldn't do without it anymore.
Big hugs Veerle xxxx

MaryH said...

I'm not seeing any smudges! Love this design layout, and you did a splendid job on coloring with the Zigs. This is one pretty card, which made an awesome Thank you card. Am loving the blog makeover (so sunny & cheery), the cute signature and the nifty watermark. Aren't we all lucky to have such a talented & generous friend as Loll? TFS & HUgs - PS glad you took this one over to HLS

Melissa L. said...

OOO! Lovely CASE of Joyce's card, Brenda. Your blog looks beautiful too. Loll did a lovely job. Thanks for playing along at HLS CASE! I hope you'll come back and CASE my card for May. :)

Darnell said...

Your new look is stunning, Brenda! I see Loll all over Blogland redesigning blogs; what a sweetheart she is!! I LOVE your card! I didn't notice any smudging - it's just gorgeous and perfect for Joyce's spotlight CASE at HLS!! Hugs, Darnell

Caroline said...

Oh wow, gorgeous card. I love, love this look. I also love the new look of your blog. The sunny colors make me smile.

D- said...

I loVe how your beautiful card turned out. Thanks for sharing.
Your new blog look is terrific. Such a bright and cherry way to greet your visitors. LOVE IT!
Crafty hugs,

Jo Williams Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator said...

Love your new blog design!!! It is so pretty, love the soft watercolor look of it. You can never go wrong with florals! So pretty! And I do love your card and the technique you tried is one that I have always wanted to try but never did out of fear lol. It looks beautiful Brenda. .... I don't see any smudges honestly... and I really love how this card looks. Great job!!
I hope all is well with you my friend!

cm said...

Checking in to see how you're doing, darling Brenda! I've seen your comments here and there (at Miss Emma's just recently), so I'm thrilled that you're up and about! I've been pathetic with sending notes (DT responsibilities, bike racing season on the horizon, work..blah, blah, blah!), but know that I think of you every. single. day! Those 'extra' hugs you're feeling...all from me *grin*
LOVE you!!

linda resendez said...

Wow!!! Tfs!!!

Krystal Klear Creations said...

Stunning card!!! And love the new look of your blog! T.F.I