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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Quilted Thank You Card ~ Color Dare Tic-Tac-Toe

Growing up, I vaguely remember my grandmother’s sewing closet filled with random patterns of fabric she had cut from worn clothing or bedding with the intention to create quilts for her family.  Rarely did she throw anything out – if a torn curtain still had a usable piece, it could be added to a quilt.  While creating this card, I was reminded of those random bits fabrics who patterns played well together in her handmade cozy quilts.

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This week, I am returning to to the Color Dare Design Team to create a project using colors from our retired Oh! What Fun Collection.  Using this Tic-Tac-Toe Board as inspiration, I chose to use up a few paper scraps to create a whimsical quilt pattern using Pomegranate, Clover, and Lagoon with a few hints of Raspberry and Clover. I hope you are also inspired to create something for this Color My Heart Dare challenge.

My”quilt” was created using our New Stitched Quilt Shape Thin Cuts dies and some papers from the retired Oh! What Fun collection. Paper quilts are a great way to use up those paper scraps you have laying around, especially those PML card sheets. There are some great patterns to be found in each of those.

As you can tell, I am not the seamstress my grandmother was. This is the first time I have attempted to use my sewing machine, and after an hour of frustrating grumbles, I decided that this stitching was as good as it was going to get. If you have any tips for sewing paper with the WeR Sew Happy machine, please let me know. 😜

I hope that you are inspired to create something for this Color My Heart Dare challenge.  I always love seeing what each of you create and enjoy visiting your blogs for more ideas. In fact, there are a few of your blogs that I have added to my list below so that others can also enjoy your creations.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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12 x 12 Clover Cardstock

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12 x 12 Willow Cardstock

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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Black & White Dots

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Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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2 x 2 My Acrylix Block

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Thin Cuts – Stitched Quilt Shapes

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Thin Cuts – Fancy Borders

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Pomegranate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Waterbrush—Small Round

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3D Foam Dots

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Marvy®  Journaling Pen

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Tombow® Permanent Adhesive

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Aluminum Cut Rail Paper Trimmer

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Seasonal Trees Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Trees Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the November Seasonal Trees stamp41842558_10155931687592686_1154225456677912576_n set.   If you have come here from Haley Dyer’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Seasonal Trees stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

In my state, the weather changes constantly.  We can have a foot of snow at 7am, sunshine by noon, and a thunderstorm by dinnertime. We don’t have true seasons here, like most of the nation, just a ever guessing meteorologist who hopes she got it right today.  I am happy to report, that even in a state of ever changing seasons, our Seasonal Tree stamp set will be put to good use. Each tree trunk, leaf, pine needle, palm frond, and icon can be used for any season in your neck of the woods.

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This week, I am starting to use up some of our Grateful Heart products and decided to create some Thank You cards for a few wonderful customers.  That simple “Thank You” tag comes from the PML cut-apart page and it works perfectly for creating cards like this one.

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I decided to keep the card pretty simple. I wanted that delightful fall tree to be noticed on the card. If you look closely, it looks like there are three shades of leaves of the tree. I achieved this look by first adding the leaves with a second-generation stamping of Goldrush, then a stamping of Saffron, followed by a second-generation stamping of Saffron again; rotating the leaf stamp each time.

I embellished the card with a a few borders created from our Decorative Borders Thin Cuts, added some Gold Sequins, and a single Complement Sticker to complete the card.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crating tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Seasonal Trees stamp set is only available until November 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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