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Sunday, 19 October 2014

The glory of sunflowers

Sunflowers make me smile.  They're a happy flower with those brilliant yellow petals.  I especially love that the centre of the flower matures into seeds for the birds---and I'm sure the birds are happy about that, too.   What luck that I found a sunflower stamp that I absolutely loved a few weeks ago and there is a challenge right now to make a card featuring sunflowers.


And another challenge that shows sunflowers in its inspirational photo.

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/141581982011016413/
{PIN}spirational Challenge #126

Of course I needed a sketch and found a great one at Pals Paper Arts Challenges.

PPA224 Oct 16

And so I was all set.  I began with a base of Naturals White.  Then I took a piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock and attached four pieces of Designer Paper, two from the Park Lane Designer Series Papers and two from the Colour Me Autumn Designer Series Papers.  Once they were attached, I used my Big Shot and Woodgrain embossing folder to emboss the piece before attaching it to my base.

I stamped the sunflowers onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using my Memento ink and then coloured it using my Blendabilities.  Once that was dry, I mounted the Whisper White onto a piece of Soft Suede using Dimensionals.  Then I covered the little ladybug with a thick layer of Crystal Effects.  My sentiment is from the Holiday Home stamp set and is stamped on Whisper White using Soft Suede ink.  I cut that into a banner and then mounted it on a piece of Mossy Meadow and cut around the whole, leaving a narrow border.  I mounted the sentiment using Dimensionals as well.


For more cards featuring this sketch, check out Pals Paper Arts.

For more cards featuring sunflowers, check out The Card Concept.  I chose to follow the layered designs.

For more beautiful fall flowers, check out {PIN}spirational Challenges.

For more cards featuring markers, chalks and others such tools, check out Addicted to Stamps and More.



20 comments:

  1. Love the texture you got into the background of your card. The sunflowers are gorgeous and the little ladybird is so sweet.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM this week. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie. It didn't look right until I added that texture and then it just flowed together. What a difference an embossing folder can make!

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  2. Very pretty card!! Thanks for playing a long at ATSM!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comments, Tenia.

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  3. Such a great idea to adhere your patterned papers and then emboss the whole layer, really effective. And I love that beautiful big bloom in the foreground highlighted by the glossy bug, great detail. Thanks for linking up at ATSM again, Anita x

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    1. Thanks so much, Anita. It didn't look right until I ran it through the embossing folder. But once I embossed the piece, everything flowed, which I was aiming for. Isn't the sunflower wonderful? I'm glad I found it.

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  4. Well, your ladybug looks like she will jump off the page! Lovely! Come back and play at PPA very soon!

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    1. Thank you so much, Patti. I love the ladybug on the sunflower. The only thing that would have improved it would have been for it to have been an SU! stamp. But I love it anyway.

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  5. This is absolutely stunning!!! So delightful! Thanks for playing with us at the Card Concept!

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    1. Thank you very much, Yoonsun. I really enjoyed the challenge---sunflowers are so bright and happy looking.

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  6. Your coloring of the flowers is beautiful. The flower pulls all the various DSP's together very well. Thanks for playing with the Pals this week.

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    1. Thank you so much, Michelle. I really enjoyed the challenge.

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  7. Simply lovely! You mixed the patterns wonderfully, and your sunflower is fabulous! Thanks for having fun with the Pals the week!

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    1. Thank you very much, Sandie. It was a great sketch.

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  8. This is such a beautiful cards. I love the different patterns in your paper. Thanks for joining us at The Card Concept.

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    1. Thanks you so much, Deanna. I love sunflowers and this was a fun chance to use my stamp.

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  9. You captured the inspiration photo with this sweet card-thanks for playing along with the Card Concept sunflowers challenge

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I loved the inspiration of the sunflowers.

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  10. What a gorgeous card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    ~DEANNE~
    A Little Bit O' Paper

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