Abundant Beauty Sunflowers PPP657

by Joanne James10. September 2023 08:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the fabulous Jaydee to host this week and she has an interesting colour challenge for us to work with:


I paired Jaydee's colours with the sketch at Hand Stamped Sentiments and since I had a little more time this week decided I would have a little play with some new product - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Exposed Brick Texture - First up is a new-to-me product, the Exposed Brick 3D embossing folder that I used to emboss not only a piece of Pebble Path-coloured designer paper from the Fresh As A Daisy pack, but also the solid coloured trio of panels that sit on top of the base. I don't use a lot of embossing as a rule, but isn't that texture just something? It is great for adding detail to backgrounds and I really love the effect.

Abundant Beauty Sunflowers - It will be no surprise to my regular readers that the Abundant Beauty masks were one of the first things onto my pre-order shopping list - I do love a good stencil! This is a great pack with a herringbone design, autumn and snowflake panels and a layering stencil that includes a trio of sunflowers. These are the stencils I used today - I used my blending brushes to apply colour to my flower trio - I used Crushed Curry as my additional colour to 'brighten' my sunflowers and allow for more graduated colour - and some additional leaves, then fussy cut them out and pieced them onto my frame/panel background. Check out the texture and detailing on the close up below:

Charming Sentiments - To finish I added a simple sentiment from the 'Charming Sentiments' set and diecut it with the coordinating die. I love that this stamp set has such a great variety of phrases for each and every occasion, and they can be diecut perfectly with no need to fussy cut - bonus!

I'll be honest I did find Jaydee's colour palette a challenge this week and I wasn't sure about this card once finished but having let it sit a while, I've decided it looks just fine, even if those leaves are a slightly unorthodox choice! What do you think? How would you use these colours? What do you have to be grateful for today? Leave me a comment below - I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

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

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!

Enjoy your day; we are still in the grips of the late summer heatwave we've been experiencing here in the UK this week, so as much as I'd love to type more posts and share more things with you, my craft room is a veritable sauna, so I am spending as little time in it as possible - the garden and BBQ beckons! I'll be back later in the week with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (13) -

Heather Heroldt
Heather HeroldtUnited States
9/10/2023 7:31:09 PM #

Lol, leave it to you, Joanne, to beat me to fussy cutting these flowers!  I HAVE to do it now, lol - it's so stunning on your card!!  Love that paper combo for your background, too - so elegant and organic!  Thanks so much for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

Tara Carpenter
Tara CarpenterUnited States
9/11/2023 7:22:33 PM #

Stunning card!  The colors work perfect with for the flowers! TFS

jaydeeUnited States
9/14/2023 1:53:53 PM #

you might have found these colors challenging, but you sure found a way to make them shine!  I think the choice of the Peacock for the leaves makes the sunflowers pop and they are the perfect way to play off the pebbled path.   I love that background, too.   I had to laugh at your "interesting" - only we Brits can take that adjective and use it in so many ways Smile
Hugs to you for your stressful week

Fran Wing
Fran WingUnited States
9/14/2023 5:22:22 PM #

WOW, Joanne! I wouldn't have guessed that these sunflowers were stenciled! They look great against the textured background - very pretty card!

Patti Brunter
Patti BrunterUnited States
9/14/2023 8:01:46 PM #

Amazing job with the sketch! I love all the texture you added to your card and fussy cutting the flowers was a great idea! Thanks for joining the hand stamped sentiments challenge!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
9/14/2023 11:22:54 PM #

Joanne, I just LOVE your card.  It is so beautiful!  Great sketch, too!  All the texture and those sunflowers are stunning!  I am just amazed how beautiful this card is!  Frame worthy, My Friend!
Warm hugs to you!  I know it is so difficult to watch our babies fly!  Love to you!

Suzy Hinton
Suzy HintonUnited States
9/15/2023 4:36:59 AM #

Joanne, those sunflowers are gorgeous. I just got the stencils this week. The rustic background is a perfect base for the flowers.

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
9/15/2023 3:07:06 PM #

Beautiful, Joanne! These sunflowers absolutely "pop" against the richly textured Pebble Path cardstock. What a fabulous layout, too! Your card is a stunner, and you can bet I will be adding these masks to my next order! Have a wonderful weekend!

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
9/15/2023 7:45:43 PM #

Oh wow! What a fantastic way to use this stencil set! The layout is fantastic. I love the way you’ve textured the bars - such a great detail. All round fantastic!

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
9/16/2023 7:27:00 AM #

Joanne, this is lovely! I love how you used the stencils and those sunflowers just make me smile. Wowza!

Jolanda Johnstone
Jolanda JohnstoneUnited States
9/18/2023 4:06:23 PM #

Wow, Joanne, the Sunflowers just pop right out of the frame.  Beautiful card!  Thanks for joining us at HSS this round.  Cheers, Jolanda - DT

Jenny Engelke
Jenny EngelkeUnited States
9/18/2023 6:46:17 PM #

Oh, wow Joanne! This is absolutely beautiful!!! The sunflowers have such depth with the masking and the colors are absolutely perfect! Thanks for playing along with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

VickyUnited Kingdom
9/19/2023 4:37:25 PM #

The sunflowers are such a focal point and I rather like that pebble colour you used in the background. I've been looking at those masks in the catalogue... are they made of plastic stencil material? Oddly they look as if they're made of card! Vicky x

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