Friday, September 04, 2009

Hello Sunshine!

It's our lovely Rein's turn to set the dare for the Daring Cardmakers this week:


We love their happy, sunny appearance, somehow seeing them never fails to cheer, does it? So we'd like to see lots and lots of glorious, cheerful sunflowers on your cards.

Poor Rein has had a nasty fall and is very sore and bruised, so hopefully a great big bouquet of sunflowers will cheer her up and bring a smile back to her face.

You'll find some wonderful cards on the blog this week and we'd love to see the cards you make too - so please join in and then leave a message on the blog so that we can see what you've been making.

I love sunflowers. This year I've got quite a lot in my garden - lots of little ones that have several flowers on each stem and also some bigger ones too. There's one near the bottom of the garden which has lots of flower heads, but is very tall and stands well above the other shrubs - it catches the morning sun and catches my eye as soon as I open the curtains. I took a photo from there this morning
Not a great pic - I didn't have a very big lens on the camera and it's really windy so all the flowers are getting blown about a lot!

The photo on my "sunflowers" card is one of hubby's from a year or two back.
I made the sunflowers using Mr Robo and a lovely template from CRAFTY, le Craft Robo
Each sunflower has two layers of petals and they took absolutely AGES to cut, the template must be very intricate - much more so than the ones I make, anyway!
The petals were inked a little bit and tweaked to get some shape.
For the flower centres I punched a circle from a darker yellow card, added a layer of Glossy Accents then sprinkled a few amber coloured beads onto the GA
I really love the way these sunflowers came out - I need to come up with another excuse to make some more!
I hope you like the idea of our sunflowers dare and will join in and make some cards to share with us.
We've a new Guest Designer too this week - you'll find out who it is by popping over to our blog. lol
Thanks for looking


Anne Kristine said...

Beautiful sunflowers card!
Hugs Anne

Lisa Hemmings said...

The sunflower card is so beautiful! you were very patient making those flowers!
As usual, a pleasure to read your blog.
Lisa xx

Paula said...

this card is just so beautiful - those sunflowers are amazing.wonderful work as always Kathy x

Karen said...

WOW WOW WOW I love those flowers!!!!! XXX

Wipso said...

Really love your sunflower card. I haven't had a lot of time to make a card this morning so have poppet a photo of one of my machine embroidered piccies of sunflowers. Hope you like it. A x

Kaz said...

That's a gorgeous card Kathy, so bright and sunny.
Love the ones in the garden too.

Kate said...

Lovely sunflowers you've made!

CLARE said...

Very pretty Kathy

Enfys said...

Those sunflowers are just amazing, I love what you did with the beads. Must join in with this challenge - I love sunflowers too
En x

queen-of-nostalgia said...

Gorgeous flowers! The layers are amazing :)

Lynda said...

Your sunflowers are amazing Kathy - and your card is absolutely gorgeous. Worth all the effort.

Love Lynda xxx

tracy said...

very nice kathy :) i ove the picture of the flower with the bee :)

Hazel said...

Lovely bright card, Kathy - and such a cheery dare this week - I'll try to do something for it. x

brenda said...

Beautiful sunny card and wonderful clarity on your picture.

B x

Janice said...

Oh my Kathy, I thought those were dried flowers on your card, they are just amazing, well worth the tricky cutting out.

Traceyr said...

Kathy those sunflowers are wonderful and if need an excuse to cut some more then send them to me I can pretend I figured out how to do it and show them to my boss. hahaha


Rosie (Freycob) said...

The sunflowers a la Mr Robo are truly fabtastic! xx

Carolands said...

Hi, love your sunflower card, sunflowers make me smile, maybe it is from childhood Bill and Ben programme - there I have given away my age now, lol. It is always nice to use your own photos in a card and this photo is spectacular with the bee. xx