Friday, April 13, 2007

Sunflowers, sales, and showers of blessing!

Biblical Impressions has a monthly challenge called "What would you create?". They choose a few of their designs and the challenge is to feature those images on your cards, which they collect in a gallery. There is a little incentive for submitting, too! This month's challenge is to use the sunflower stamps. I only have one of I pulled it out to play this week.

I've done the first card design before, but I used a TAC woodgrain stamp on the fence, so I redid it again with only BI stamps. I used a cloud stencil on the sky before assembling the scene... The flowers were stamped on scrap paper and cut out. The shading is done with Prismacolor pencils. Center flower is 'popped' a little with mounting tape. I used 6 tag punchies for the fence, and how could we have a garden scene without the brad ladybugs? Hmmm?

Card #2 went a completely different direction! Hello! The background paper is a single sheet (2 patterns on it) from the Fruity Fusion paper set from TAC. Woo, bright! I'm not sure where this card came from...though sometimes I do make bright cards to cheer myself up. :) I cut the sunflower image around the front petals this time, and watercolored the bright pink with my Derwents and a waterbrush. I stamped the center on another piece with Citrus Yellow chalk ink, shaded it a little with pencils, cut it out and mounted it on the flower. The stem is one of BI's plaid lines (which - did you know - I designed!). I stamped Celebrate on a scrap piece, and trimmed the ends using my scalloped square punch. Couple eyelets, little ribbon, done!

Speaking of BI, their monthly special is none other than my alphabet set! Yep, I designed that too (aww, warm fuzzies that it is their favorite!!). It's regularly $17.50 but is on sale this month for only $9.50. Such a deal. :)

Hey, while I am rambling...I got an email from my mom about the supplies that have been sent for her to bring over for my ladies' craft project in June - she has 35 spools of ribbon and a 2-1/2" stack of patterned paper - and there are still 4 or 5 packages en route that I know of! Wow! God is good, and you all are sooooooooooooo generous! Thank you so much - I know the ladies that have signed up for the craft (which is about 40 right now) will be so blessed, and we are gonna have some fun together! Can't wait!


  1. Beautiful cards. Very clever to use tag punch to make the fence.

  2. I've never liked those stamps until now.... Beautiful job!