Celebrate Sunflowers Birthday Card Times Two

by Joanne James2. June 2020 11:19

Today I'm sharing a couple of cards that started with the current challenge over at Just Add Ink but are also perfect for the current challenge over at Just Us Girls and Global Design Project too:


I decided to go with the same base papers - some retired wood patterned DSP and retiring brights DSP in Daffodil Delight - and make a feature of one of the sunflowers in the new Celebrate Sunflowers bundle that launches tomorrow in the new 2020 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. The trouble, is I couldn't decide which one to choose! Instinctively, I reached for the smaller flower first: 


I coloured it with my Blends and then added a heat-embossed sentiment, some ruched ribbon and a scattering of pearls. But I couldn't help thinking what would it look like with one of those huge layered sunflowers instead - so I made another one!


What do you think? Isn't that amazing detailed sunflower die just something?! Both images were stamped in Early Espresso before colouring instead of black, which I think works better for the sunflower and also compliments the diecut in the same colour. I also decorated the inside of each card:


Normally I would never choose a flower so large with a sketch like that, but some of the JAI DT had gone with larger flowers and I loved the effect, so thought I would experiment - and I love it! The only dilemma now, is which one should I link up for each challenge?! I think I'll go with the smaller flower for Just Add Ink and Just Us Girls, since it's the one most faithful to the sketch and has most of the designer paper visible. I'll add my larger sunflower to the gallery over at Global Design Project #GDP243 - I feel it has to be shared somewhere! Here's photo of both cards together:


So which one is your favourite? I'd love to know!

Here is the visual summaries of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:



You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. Equally, if you would like to buy this fabulous sunflower bundle I'd be delighted - it will be available from 9am tomorrow morning in my online store and I will update this post in the morning with the direct clickable links.

Enjoy your day; mine is being spent in a flurry of online activity as my retired 'BOGOF' sale gathers pace in my online catalogue launch party group and I am busy collating new catalogue orders, paper share requests, in-color club bookings and having a lot of fun too! I am sharing most of this info via my Facebook page so either hop on over there, search my blog or drop me a line if you would like more info on any of the above. All of this whilst currently invigilating the third of Master James' exams today - Biology. The silence in what is usually such a noisy household is deafening! I'll be back tomorrow with another post to celebrate everything exciting that is happening in June and hopefully I will have another creative project for you too. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

To be updated.


Comments (9) -

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
6/2/2020 2:26:04 PM #

BOTH are fabulous!  I believe I will be CASEing them both, too!  Great samples of how different yet versatile one stamp set can be!


Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
6/2/2020 11:11:33 PM #

I love both of these! We almost had another twin event as I'd been thinking of using this set for those challenges but yours look so much better than the ones in my head!


Stef Perry
Stef PerryUnited States
6/3/2020 1:30:41 AM #

Both cards are gorgeous Joanne; the use of the two patterned papers is perfect for the sketch!  While I think I like the smaller flower more, the larger one works better size wise for the sketch, at least to my eye.  Sounds like a busy end to the catalogue year...hang in there, my friend!


Lou Kitzelman
Lou KitzelmanAustralia
6/3/2020 10:06:50 AM #

Oh Joanne. These are both glorious! You've used our sketch beautifully. Thanks for joining us this week at Just Add Ink.


Jan M
Jan MAustralia
6/3/2020 11:42:37 AM #

Two gorgeous cards Joanne! I love the cheerful yellow background and how your lovely sunflowers just pop of the page! Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week.


Chantell Randall
Chantell RandallAustralia
6/3/2020 2:09:18 PM #

These are both really lovely cards Joanne.  Great to see this Stamp set showcased.  Chantell x x


Donna Wakefield
Donna WakefieldUnited States
6/3/2020 2:32:11 PM #

Love! Love! Love! Sunflowers are my favorite. 2 gorgeous cards.


Karen Finkle
Karen FinkleUnited States
6/4/2020 11:30:51 AM #

Joanne, as everyone has said, and it bears repeating, they are both wonderful. However, I think I like the effect of the ribbon on the first one.


Kayla McCreadie
Kayla McCreadieAustralia
6/7/2020 12:36:53 PM #

I love this sunflower bundle and you have made it shine!
Thanks for joining in the GDP challenge!
Love Kayla. xx


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