A Sketch to Make a Farmhouse Sunflower Card

It’s been a while since I have joined the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, and, since life has been a bit busy, I decided to use this week’s sketch to quickly create a Thank You card.   My daughter is a huge fan of sunflowers and recently moved to a small farmhouse, so I decided to combine the two to create a Farmhouse Sunflower card.  Before I show you my project, let’s take a look at this week’s sketch. 

I always enjoy the simplicity of the Atlantic Hearts sketches. They give plenty of detail with room for interpretation and creative additions.  I chose to create a card similar to the sketch using our new Joyful Sunflower stamp with a few additions from our Timber collection. 

The base of the card was designed with a White Daisy stitched rectangle frame atop some wood-grain paper. If you hadn’t guessed by most of my photo backdrops, I adore the look of wood-grain and I especially love the rich tones on this Timber paper.  

To match the farmhouse theme, I grabbed a checked tab from the Timber sticker sheet and stamped the sentiment in Espresso ink.  Black and White checks are everywhere right now in farmhouse decor and this tab felt like the perfect addition.  

The sunflower was stamped onto some white cardstock using our Espresso Pigment ink so that I could heat-emboss it with Clear Embossing powder. At the time, I had planned on shading the image with watercolors, but, once it was stamped, I decided to leave it as is.  All those details in the sunflower stand out so strongly with the raised embossing and nothing more is needed.

I used the thin cuts dies to cut out the sunflower then placed it onto some white cardstock speckled with Toffee Shimmer.   In the sketch, the sentiment sits below the image, but, since I placed mine on the side with a tab, I decided to add some zig-zag stitching using our Gold Embellishing Thread across the base of the image. 

For such a simple design, I feel like it turned out absolutely beautiful and it helped with the heartache of missing my daughter this week.   


I hope that you enjoyed today’s Farmhouse Sunflower card project and that you were inspired to try something new and join me at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge.  I will be showing a version of this card during my Virtual Crop next weekend and show what it would look like if I had added the watercolors.  If you wish to join the crop, click on the events tab above, then click on the link in the calendar. 

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Sweet Cone Flower Card

These past few weeks, I have been in a bit of a creative rut so I decided to start searching the internet for some paper crafting challenges.  Challenges inspire me and give me a jumping off point when I have no ideas of my own.  I am not one to search Pinterest because I have found it to be the eternal time sucking rabbit hole with my attention deficit brain.  Instead, I chose three challenges which I combined into one simple card. 


The colors for this card are a little outside my comfort zone, but I like how the Color Throwdown challenged me with this combination.  The stamped flower image from A Million Little Things, was shaded using our TriBlend Markers

I used a combination of blue, purple, greens, and tan to create the cone flower, then stamped some splatter using Carolina Ink.  I love the simplicity of these flower images – they call to my gardening soul.

One of the challenges I joined also spoke to the gardener in me. I was inspired by the words in this quote at Time Out Challenges.  I felt like this card speaks to the all the gardeners out there “who make our souls bloom”.

After I was finished shading the image, I roughed up the edges, wrapped some twine around the base, and backed it in some Sapphire cardstock.

I chose to keep the background of the card white, but felt like it needed a little texture, so I pulled out my score board and created a grid pattern on the card base.  This is a very simple technique that creates a striking backdrop on any card. 

When I was finished, I realized that the design for the card matched the Atlantic Heart Sketch challenge perfectly.  I moved the sentiment to a different location, but the design was perfect for this stamped image and I really like how this card turned out.  I can honestly say that these challenges have started to help my creative brain start working again.  


If you have been in a bit of a creative rut lately, I challenge you to do what I did and join a few online challenges.  For me, they provide the inspiration I need and make my creative gears turn.  Maybe they will do the same for you. 

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Enjoy Life & a Few Challenges

I enjoy spending most of my summer days outdoors, but this week’s weather has “forced” me into my workroom and allowed me to join a few paper crafting challenges. As I searched through some of my favorites, I came across two challenges that inspired me to create this Enjoy Life card which uses one of our featured stamp sets from our June special.MissCarriesCreations-RoadTripCard

The first challenge is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge where I was inspired by this sketch. As you can see, I used the Camper image from Happy Trails Stamp set and some of the sentiments to match the sketch for my card.

Don’t forget that this stamp set comes with a free kit this month. 

 

To create the multi-layered Camper, I stamped the image onto some Linen Cardstock and two patterns from the Into the Wild paper packet.  I then cut apart the images and paper-pieced the Camper together. Isn’t it just the cutest?

 

The second challenge I joined was the Heart2Heart Woodwork challenge where we are to incorporate some wood grain or some cute new wooden shapes into our projects. It’s difficult to see, but the patterned paper background has a slight wood grain behind the geometric image.  I also added some of our Wooden Shapes as embellishments.   I like the simplicity of these shapes and how they enhance our projects.

 

I hope that this card inspires you to join one, or both, of these challenges.  Don’t forget to get your FREE KIT when you purchase the Happy Trails Stamp set in the Best Moments are Free Bundle.  This special is only available, while supplies last, during the month of June.

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