Sunday 23 August 2020

Sunshine flowers

Hello, crafting friends!

I've been as busy as a bee over the last couple of days and crafting has had to take a back seat. I did find time to do a little colouring though while on a coffee break and today I got the job of figuring out what to do with it!

This is the image, from Sending Sunshine by Clearly Besotted, and I just love it for late summer! I chose semi-coated cardstock and coloured with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. It's trickier on shinier card stocks but I quite like the ability to layer colour and the slight sheen you get. As long as you give plenty of time for the colour to dry, it doesn't smudge. This is what I did with my coloured image:

I spent a little time making a mask by stamping the image on a couple of sticky notes stuck together and cutting it out. With the mask in place, I stamped Stampin' Up's Hardwood background stamp on the bottom third of the card using Cajun Craze ink. Over the top, I blended Pear Pizzazz and Bermuda Bay inks gently upwards and outwards.

Here's a very bad photo to show yyou how sparkly those sunflowers are thanks to the magic of a Wink of Stella pen! To finish the card, I gave the wood part of the background some darker shading with alcohol markers and added a sentiment from Stampin' Up's Painted Petals.

So delighted to see this card chosen as one of the Artist Picks at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

There were lots of challenges to inspire me with this card: wonderful mood boards at The Double D Challenge and Handstamped Sentiments and a gorgeous colour palette at As You See It. The sparkle of the sunflowers was prompted by this month's Flower Challenge.

There are no wonderful fields of sunflowers here but there have been whole swathes of poppies this year and I did manage to snap my gorgeous girl with a glorious background of them.

Hope you've had a great weekend!

Sending hugs,


  1. I love this card, Vicky! I enjoyed seeing how you took it from a bit of colouring in to a finished beauty. Thanks for playing along with us again at As You See It Challenge.

  2. This is lovely! I think you captured the feel of those warm sunflowers perfectly! And I am intrigued by your magnets...I usually put washi tape on mine and they always tear! I am going to raid John's toolbox to see if I can find any of that tape! Thanks for playing with As You See It, too!

  3. This is a stunning card, Vicky! I not only love the focal point sunflowers, but the beautiful backgrounds you've displayed them on!Thanks for sharing with us at As You See It Challenges!

  4. Beautiful card. You've really made those lovely sunflowers pop by adding the foreground and background like that.

    Hug x

  5. Hello Vicky, thank you for your lovely comment and for letting me know about the top pick. In answer to your question the tree stamp is an old Elusive Image plate from 2008 - Aboretum (Woodland, Orchard, Glade, Spinney). Chocolate Baroque was the name of their phoenix business and they continued to use the Elusive Images designs so it might still be available from there. On a side note I'm working on a small sunflower tag at the moment but it will not be a jot on your lovely project, your colouring is fantastic. Happy stamping. x

  6. Your card is stunningly beautiful and wow, what a fabulous job of masking!! Beautiful picture of your fur baby too, what a gorgeous golden girl!! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  7. What a stunning schparkly sunflower design, Vicky! I love how you used the wood to ground the beautifully colored flowers and the way you gently blended a partial background has me in awe! When I try to do that, it just looks like an unfinished background! I'm bookmarking this for further study under the HSDT (How'd She Do That?!) microscope! Thank you for adding schparkle to The Flower Challenge and sharing that pretty picture of Eva with the field of red poppies! I hope you are keeping well! Hugs, Darnell

  8. What beautiful, happy sunflowers, Vicky! I haven't tried alcohol markers on coated cardstock. I'm making a note to give it a try! Your Eva is beautiful with the poppies! This photo needs to be framed!

  9. Gorgeous happy looking card Vicky! loving your beautiful sunflowers too and all the sparkle. Thanks for sharing with us over at 'The Flower Challenge' ;) Viv xx

  10. The sunflowers are beautiful, Vicky, and I love how you turned them into a card. Thanks for sharing them with us at The Flower Challenge.

  11. I love the sunflowers and how you have coloured them, such a beautiful card. Eva in the poppies looks wonderful.
    Faith x

  12. OH WOW this is awesome Vicky! Your coloring is awesome and your overall design is fabulous! Well done! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Sunflowers’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

    P.S. Thanks for sharing your 'puppy in the poppies' photo.

  13. This is just beautiful Vicky - I love how you built up you scene and grounded those sunflowers. We had sunflower fields at Overstone Grange Farm this year which were fabulous - worth a visit next year if you fancy a trip out. Love the photo of Eva amongst the poppies too! Thanks for sharing with us over at As You See It this week!

  14. Awesome coloring your sunflowers are stunning. Eva looks to be having a good time.

    Hugs Diane

  15. your sunflowers are beautifully coloured, a stunning card

  16. Wonderful sunflowers ~ You did a great job of masking, stamping and coloring. Lot's of end of summer challenges to enter with your beautiful card. ~ Eva among the poppies made me think of the wizard of oz ~ No napping for you both among the blooms.

  17. Double gorgeousness on your blog - a lovely card and a super dog - your colouring is wonderful and really brings those flowers to life - thanks for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week.


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