Sunburst Sayings and Thinlits Shine It's Your Day

by Joanne James6. March 2016 09:00

Firstly, happy Mothering Sunday to all UK mothers reading this - today is most certainly our day! It's also Sunday and time for a new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the talented Sandy to host our challenge this week and she has a great theme for you to play along with:


I was all set to make a rainy day card for today's challenge but I couldn't get the idea in my head to work on paper - so some other time for that card! Instead I decided to use my Sunburst Thinlits and create a bright sunshine card which came together much more like my vision:


I used this week's sketch over at Pals Paper Arts for my layout and created a fun fold card, where the second part of my sentiment acted as a clasp to hold the left-hand panel closed. I used a panel of Daffodil Delight spotted Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper on the right-hand panel and on the left I stamped some sunshines in Versamark and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. This sunshine is from one of the early limited edition Sale-A-Bration sets, 'Hello' and the good news is that availability of this stamp set has been extended while stocks last. You've still time to snap it up, but you'd better be quick!

For my main square, I used a background of Tempting Turquoise to which I added a Daffodil Delight sunburst, edged with Tangelo Twist. For my sunshine centre, I stamped 'Shine' from the 'Sunburst Sayings' stamp set onto some Daffodil Delight cardstock and fussy cut the outer elements of the sentiment before cutting the remainder with a circle framelit, which allowed my sentiment to overhang. I backed this circle with a mat cut from a 1 3/4" scalloped circle punch, that I punched once then rotated and punched again to create the starburst effect - this is a neat little trick and perfect for this kind of design. It's also a great way to get a second shape from one punch. I then framed the whole square with a Tangelo Twist frame cut using my square framelits. The second part of my sentiment was cut with the washi tape thinlit from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set and I adhered this with a dimensional to the right so that it could serve to hold the fold shut. I just love the bright sunshine colours of today's card and the layering of all the elements within the focal square - this will certainly brighten someone's day. The 'Sunburst Sayings' stamp set and Sunburst Thinlit die are another of the great 'bundle and save' offers in the current seasonal catalogue, giving you a saving of 15% when you purchase them together - bonus!

Here's today's visual summary for easy reference:


Thank you to everyone who has left me a sweet comment or feedback on these new graphics, which have been very well received; they make great Pins too!

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Laurie Schmidt
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 
Linda Callahan
Hannelie Bester
Colleen Begley
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN! 

I look forward to seeing what you create with our theme this week. We are off to basketball this morning with time for a special Mother's Day lunch before venturing out to a birthday party this afternoon. Not quite the restful Mother's Day I had in mind, but life goes on today as always and as my family frequently tell me "Every day is Mother's Day in the James Household!". I have been treated to cards, flowers and gifts today so I am feeling perhaps a little more loved than usual :-) 

I hope you all have an enjoyable Mothering Sunday, whether you are celebrating or are focused on other things today. Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (14) -

Linda Callahan
Linda CallahanUnited States
3/6/2016 1:07:48 PM #

This is so bright and fun!  I love how you made your sentiment hang off the circle......I am never quite sure how to do that!  And you gave that sunburst die a whole new look by cropping it down!  Cute card!

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
3/6/2016 8:21:03 PM #

What a wonderful sunshiney card, Joanne!  I have that Hello stamp set but haven't used those cute little sunshines yet!  I think I should definitely put it to use after seeing this happy creation!

jaydeeUnited States
3/6/2016 11:50:50 PM #

Joanne, such a great way to use the die.  I love the blue popping out between the sun rays.  Great take on the challenge and such a bright and cheerful card.

Dawn Tidd
Dawn TiddUnited States
3/7/2016 1:18:55 AM #

I love your bright and cheery card, Joanne!  Great idea to trim up the sunburst. Thanks for joining us at the Pals Paper Arts this week!

Patti Macleith
Patti MacleithUnited States
3/7/2016 6:23:51 PM #

Love your starburst! And this is just such a happy and bright card! Thanks for joining us this week!

LaurieUnited States
3/8/2016 1:04:18 AM #

Your starburst card is so bright and sunny! I love how you trimmed it into a square..great idea!!!

Amy Lazzell
Amy LazzellUnited States
3/8/2016 1:13:11 AM #

What a FUN card!!  Love it!!  Thank you for playing with us over at the Pals Paper Arts!!!

Beth Beard
Beth BeardUnited States
3/8/2016 2:03:08 AM #

This really shines! Love the bright and cheerful colors. Thanks for playing along with us this week at Pals Paper Arts.

Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
3/8/2016 2:31:37 AM #

Oh Joanne, this is fabulous!  Love the clear embossed suns, the burst of turquoise and the clever cut out for your sentiment.  Brilliant card all around!

Anne Hunt
Anne HuntCanada
3/8/2016 3:59:31 AM #

This is such a lovely cheerful card, Joanne....I love the way you stamped and embossed the sun and used the DSP on the other side.  So nice.

sandymUnited States
3/8/2016 11:24:02 PM #

Oh I just love this, Joanne! Great color combo and I love the the rays on sunshine, and also the font of the sentiment. Your starburst is so clever, too!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
3/9/2016 5:03:39 PM #

Joanne, this is just amazing!  I love the way you used this die!  Such a very happy card!  Sure to make anyone smile!  Love the pop of turquoise!  A very favorite color of mine!  Congrats on your win at PPA, too!  Thrilled for you, My Friend!  XX

Colleen Begley
Colleen BegleyUnited States
3/11/2016 5:07:29 AM #

Joanne, this is really, REALLY gorgeous! Lots going on and it all flows together to make an awesome card! I really love the backgrounds.

Hannelie Bester
Hannelie BesterU.A.E.
3/11/2016 11:27:20 AM #

I love your color choices Joanne! This take me right to the beach on a Summer's day!

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