Wednesday 18 February 2015

February mid month

Good morning Peeps, I am here with our mid month inspirational post for this months Anything Goes theme which you can find here.

The last few months the DT have been sharing their favourite five stamps and it seems now it's my turn ! I have no problem introducing my fellow DT's, but somehow it's a little strange when it comes to myself, so I think I will be keeping it fairly simply and rather than bore you with lots of blurb just list my favourite stamps and show a few cards I have made using each of them in recent months. All I will add is that I agree with my fellow DT's that this is a very hard task and it took me some time selecting, Poppies and Trees would have been an easy choice or so I thought until I realised I had so many of both. 

My first choice will come as no surprise at all to anyone who knows me or who has attended my classes and demos, in fact any one of them would have predicted this one would be at the top of my list. It's Stampendous P107 Agapanthus Cluster which I seem to have been repeatedly using for many, many years, I love it so much that I actually bought a second one just in case it was ever discontinued or my original one wore sad is that !

Used along with masking and Pan Pastels 

With Pan Pastels and grunge paste

Just a generally inky indulgence

It was also inevitable that there would be a good number of Penny Black stamps in my shortlist, from the day I started stamping they were my favourites and the love affair has never faded. I love the fact that they still make many wood mounteds which are my stamp of choice and their design and quality remain as good today as fifteen years ago.

I have a bit of a fetish for inspirational quotes and Penny Black have a good number of them which I find lend themselves to many styles of crafting. And of those Dance, Sing, Love 2695J is definitely my number one choice, again a pretty old stamp that comes out time and again.

With Dylusions, bleach and grunge paste and Penny Black Poppy

Dylusions and grunge paste again with other PB stamps and die

Again with Dylusions and grunge paste, masks and a PB die and just part of the sentiment

Floral's rate very highly on my list and I love this beautiful Hollyhock Penny Black 4376K which is a relatively new wood mounted stamp.

With dylusions and grunge paste

The Hollyhocks combined with parts of another Penny Black sentiment

Clean and simple - for me that is

Tim Holtz Papillon unmounted stamp set is one I have had a few years which comes out regularly.

Along with yet more dylusions

Same again with lots of background stamping

With Dimensional paste and used in the background

Penny Black Birds on a Wire 3937H is another old favourite, it's also now available as I die.

Masking, Pan Pastels and a PB quote

More masking, Penny Black Asprire grasses and Pan Pastels and using a fine black pen and ruler you can easily extend the wire as I have done here

Exactly the same again and another Penny Black sentiment

Thank you for taking the time to browse my favourite stamps.


Marianne said...

Such a lovely selection of cards and stamps, Brenda. These are well-loved stamps indeed, and they never seem to go out if fashion.
Marianne x

Sally H said...

All so beautiful, Brenda! A stunning collection of inky and pastelly lovliness. I would definitely have guessed two of those stamps!

Viv said...

Am speechless at these Brenda - all absolutely stunning. x

Juliz Design Post said...

Wow Brenda, couldn't possibly pick a favourite one here. Such stunning stamping, techniques and results.
Julie x

Lynne K said...

An amazing set of cards, Brenda! They're all gorgeous and as usual I'm in awe of your versatility and productivity. I knew the agapanthus would be there, also plenty of Penny Black, many of which have now had to go on my "need" list! Had a little smile at your definition of CAS! x

Joan said...

Wow Brenda, fabulous cards, so many techniques and quite a few of my favourite stamps in there too


Craftyfield said...

What a fabulous selection of cards! The Agapanthus is a beautiful stamp, I have something similar and love it too.

Helen J said...

Superb set of cards, Brenda. I haven't got that agapanthus stamp but as that's my favourite flower it will have to go on my wish list!

Linby said...

wonderful showcase of your amazing talent.
Lynn x

Josie said...

I love the mix of delicate and grunge, all so stunning x

pinky said...

So so beautiful and just screams Brenda!!