Thursday, 6 October 2022

Autumn sunflowers

Hello, crafting friends!
Welcome to another fun challenge at Tic Tac Toe! Betty has come up with a board that will cover any halloween cards you may be making but that may also inspire you for autumn birthdays, thank you cards and note cards.

I've chosen the middle row for my note card, Orange/Free/Fall Leaves, choosing an older favourite stamp from Clearly Besotted called Sending Sunshine.

Using diluted ink, I painted a pale orange background on watercolour paper. When it was dry, the flowers and leaves were stamped in a neutral ink and coloured with oil based pencils. I smeared the edges of a card base with orange ink before attaching the panel to it. I could've added an orange card mount but this technique gives the same effect without any bulk.

I stamped a sentiment directly on the panel using a stamping platform but, can you believe, it went wonky! I think I may need to book myself in for an eye test as this seems to be a recurring event for me!! Anyway, I rescued it with a strip of black card and a block sentiment from Uniko glued ever the top.

Okay, it's over to you! Which column or row will you choose? Or will you opt for one of the diagonals? Do hop over to the Tic Tac Toe challenge blog and check out all the wonderful inspiration from my teamies. You'll find the Linky Tool at the bottom of the post and you can use it to share your own creation when you're ready. We can't wait to see what you make!

It's always lovely to celebrate a challenge's birthday and this month marks the 6th birthday of The Flower Challenge - congratulations to Viv and her team! The theme this month is Use A Sentiment; I'm also linking up with Allsorts where Lynn has chosen Gardeners' Delight as her theme; I'm also playing along with the Octoberfest challenge at Double D where I think my sunflowers qualify as an October motif; and there's an Any Occasion challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More so I'm joining in there too.

The Golden Girls have been having fun together again! Here they are at a kissing gate - you know, the kind that you hold open halfway so that the dogs can wind their way through.

Well, Lulu was adamant that she was not going through that Bad Gate at first! "No," she said. "If I go in there, the gate will close on me and I will probably DIE!!!" We solved the problem by having Eva model the through-the-gate action to get Lulu wanting to follow, and then I coaxed her through, getting her nose to follow my fingers that were holding a morsel of cheese. "Absolutely NO!" she said. "Not even if you ARE holding cheese... mmmmm, oh all right then!" and she whisked through :)

Sending hugs,


  1. You would never know anything was "wonky" about this, Vicky! It's gorgeous----a work of art for sure!

  2. Absolutely beautiful Vicky,

  3. Beautiful Sunflowers Vicky and the hints of blue really draw the eye in, many thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge.

    B x

  4. Stunning sunflowers card here. Well done for rescuing the sentiment!

    Aww the golden girls look lovely. Cheese treats are clearly the way forward!!!! Xxx

  5. This has cheered me up so much this morning. What a beautiful card - sunshine right there. Love the "golden girls" tag too. Thanks so much for taking part in my Gardeners Delight theme at Allsorts challenge this week. Lynn x

  6. It always looks as if you didn't use a stamp, but drew everything yourself. AMAZING!!

  7. Gorgeous sunflowers, Vicky! The black base of the sentiment makes a lovely contrast! A happy accident!

  8. Love Fall Sunflowers! Pretty, pretty card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Double D, Octoberfest. Donna, DT Member.

  9. Stunning - the pencil work on this is amazing Vicky! I love that bribery works for dogs as well as children too ;-)

  10. Stunning sunflower card … fantastic colouring on your lovely image. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week
    Pauline x

  11. such beautiful colouring of these blooms Vicky, I love the design and flowers used. Thank you so much for joining us at The Flower Challenge and we hope to see you there again soon. Aileen DesignTeam

  12. WOW what a beautiful creation Vic and your coloring is amazing! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often. We appreciate your support!


    P.S. Just a friendly reminder that our new STENCIL FUN CHALLENGE is open and ready to see your stenciled creations. Hope you’ll come join in the fun!

    OH and your goldens are so pretty ... love hearing about their adventures. Do you know crafting friend Leslie Miller? She too has 2 golden and in fact one of her's is also named LuLu.

  13. Your card is a real stand out in the Double D gallery! The glories of the fall garden right here on paper. Wild asters are thriving this time of year and they shine like a neon blue light as we walk down a path in the woods. Your coloring is amazing! I know we've talked about our Goldens before, but I didn't realize we both had a girl named LuLu. I see Darlene has mentioned it in her comment, too. Your girls are beautiful and I'm so glad you shared a picture. Thanks for that and for sharing your card at Double D!

  14. I love your coloring! It's gorgeous!

  15. What a lovely bit of sunshine those beautiful sunflowers bring, even on a cloudy day. Amazing coloring, Vicky, and well done hiding the "wonky" stamped sentiment. Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Flower Challenge!

  16. Your sunflowers are so beautiful definitely frame worthy the colours are amazing and the touch of orange plus black sentiment really set them off. I really enjoy hearing about your doggie adventures it really makes my day.

  17. Well! This is gorgeous, could have been painted by Vincent van Gogh and passed off as yours! hahaha. Really is lovely Vicky.

  18. Your Sunflowers are gorgeous, bright and cherry, it will bring a smile to anyone who receives it.
    And thank you for sharing a picture of your beautiful doggies, what a sweet pair they are.
    Thank you for sharing with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE.
    Stay healthy and safe.

  19. Beautiful sunflower card. Liking the subtle background you created. Love how you were able to go to plan B with your sentiment! Thanks for joining us at Addicted to Stamps and More! Apologies for the late comment.

    sue n.

  20. Beautiful card and coloring.
    Thank you for joining us at The Flower Challenge.

  21. Hi Vicky, I just wanted to touch base with you. You have been chosen to send a small prize to as your card was such an inspiration to us. I would love you to contact me at please and give me your postal address so I can send you something.. Cheers Aileen


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