Friday, 20 September 2013

Sunflowers - golden days at the end of Summer

I love sunflowers, such happy flowers and they always make my heart sing. I was so lucky to be gifted some LOTV vouchers by a little group of friends (you know who you are, mwah!!) a while ago and have been hanging onto them like a little squirrel for ages. Finally I spent a voucher earlier this week and one of the items I bought was LOTV's Wild Flowers Art Pad. They come pre-coloured and imagine my delight when I found a fabulous sunflowers image. So I made this card:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- two shades of plain yellow Core'dinations card

- patterned papers from Echo Park's 'Hello Summer' double sided paper pad, including the chevron snippet

- image from LOTV's Wild Flowers Art Pad (pre-coloured of course!), die cut with a Nesties Labels Eighteen die and an embossing tool run round the edge before removing the image from the die. The backing yellow frame was hand cut as usual

- no sentiment, I wanted the lovely sunflowers to make the statement - plus I had little space left anyhow. I love the simplicity of the flowers just individually in plain jars/bottles too

A lot of years ago I went for dinner and an overnight stay with a friend, when I first moved down to London to work. I took her a huge bunch of pink peonies as a thank you for dinner (plus a bottle of wine of course!) - a stroke of luck as they turned out to be her favourite flowers.

The next morning I saw she had popped the peonies into a very simple vase on a coffee table, against a plain wall, with nothing else on it - apart from a botanical book open at a page showing pink peonies. Such a clever idea and really striking. Some folk are just born artistic!

Edit: My buddy Sarn just alerted me to The Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge, where the inspiration is this photo: 
So I'm entering today's card to play along. It look like a fun challenge having peeked at previous inspirations :) Thanks Sarn, mwah!



jimlynn said...

Just gorgeous and I love that pre colored image! Beautiful card!

Karen Petitt said...

There is just something so completely and utterly beautiful about sunflowers - they just make me smile so you are not alone Di. Beautiful card, glad you have treated yourself a little. I will try to get to PO next week with me parcel but will let you know when I do eventually make it out! xx

Sue said...

I love sunflowers Di and this card is gorgeous and all your others I've caught up on! lots of huggles Sue xx

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Eye catching and gorgeous Di x

Loll Thompson said...

Beautiful card Di. I love sunflowers too ... so bright and cheerful. Loll xx

Annie said...

I love sunflowers Di and your card really does do them justice. Beautiful.
A x

scrappymo! said...

I love sunflowers too (I do not kill those off) lol
They are so bright and favourites are the teddy bear type...short and stubby and sort of muted colours!
I am going to remember the book with the picture open on the coffee table...that is a wonderful idea.

Your card design is so nice...the DP you chose are just perfect with this image.

Sue - said...

Lovely sunny card Di. Love sunflowers too - and peonies.

Irene said...

Absolutely stunning and beautiful Di.

Carol Willis said...

Love this pretty card Di. Fabulous image, papers and a great layout.
Hope you have a fabulous weekend.
Caz x

Hettie said...

Gorgeous Honey. Sunflowers are one of my favourites too!
Love that nestie shape you have used.
Hugs and Happy Friday.

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

I am also a HUGE FAN of sunflowers. You just have to think of them to make you smile. There's just something about them that's HAPPY.

Absolutely lovely card Di. Great buy!

Sarn xxx

Carol L said...

This one definitely has a WOW factor with that gorgeous yellow color and those pretty sunflowers! We're on the same wave length with those labels 18 dies and hand-cut mats eh? *wink*

kay said...

Sunflowers are so cheerful, love this card x

Mrs A. said...

Bootiful card Miss. We have/had sunflowers growing in the garden this year. Not cos I planted any no such luck. No these were from where the seeds (which are supposed to be sterilized ones) fell out of the bird feeder and sprouted all by themselves!!! Hugs Mrs A.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous card
lovely sunflowers
hugs with sun

Gay Peplow said...

Woah! fabulous card, it all balances so well Di, I love sunflowers too they are just so well sunny LOL
I think I may have missed a birthday here :( So sorry :( I hope you had a wonderful day, :D hugs Gay xxx

Benzi said...

Di, what a beauty. Aren't friends the sweetest? I love those sunflowers.

Darla said...

The maiden name of one of my BFFs is Wray. Her middle name is Diane!

Krisha said...

Fantastic card!! I'm a sunflower lover too, and have a half made card on the desk with sunflowers to be finished today. LOL

Debs Willis said...

Gorgeous card, love the simplicity of echoing the colours. Sunflowers are definitely happy flowers, always make me smile!

Planetsusie said...

Hello Di - I have these images and just love the sunflower - a very inspiring flower to be honest. You have chosen great papers to go with it so good luck in the challenge!!!

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Stacey Schafer said...

absolutely lovely! thanks for playing along at the Curtain Call!

Anonymous said...

This is gorgeous Di-and such a beautiful Sunflower image-fancy you working on yours and me on mine at the same time-bit spooky eh!!
I hadn't entered the Curtain Call challenge either-until my new found playground friend and possible mischief buddy eeek-Ms A told be bout it :)
Have a lovely weekend,Nessa xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Di,
love this card, it's so bright and cheerful. Just what one needs if they are feeling a little down.
Have a wonderful crafty weekend.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Kathleen said...

The ideal challenge for this card, these pre-coloured pads are gorgeous as is your card and it has just reminded me that I have one of each flower image, given to me by a member of our craft group that meets once a month, must dig them out and have a play.

Kath x
Finished all my Christmas cards now, yipee.

MagsB said...

Sunflowers are the happiest flowers, so bright and cheerful! So is your gorgeous card!

Have a lovely weekend!

love Mags B x

MaryH said...

Great choice on the gorgeously lovely sunflowers. Yes, they are so cheery, make one smile. You've showcased them so beautifully with the yellow matting. TFS & good luck with your challenges. Hope you win some 'good stuff'. Hugs

Elizabeth said...

Stunning card, Di. As you know, I find yellow a difficult colour, but nature has no such problems and these sunflowers are proof - such happy flowers. Love the story of your friend and the peonies ... the book open at the right page is just genius and not something I'd ever think to do :)) Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Kimbo said...

Gorgeous card Di and such happy colours. We've got some dwarf sunflowers this year and they are just starting to die off so will be feeding the birdies soon x

Tenia Nelson said...

What a gorgeous card!! Thanks for playing along with us over at the Curtain Call!!

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Princess Judy Palmer said...

Lovely yellow! I'm fond of sunflowers so this card really speaks to me.