Friday, September 1, 2017

Cozy Krafty Sunflowers




Welcome to September friends! It’s a most beautiful month ahead with the hint of autumn coming.  This month I am your hostess for the Power and Spark Challenge at Power Poppy!  Its a fab fun challenge that runs all month long,  and if you enter to win, you could be chose for a $50 Shopping Spree at Power Poppy!  I love it because it gets your creativity moving in new directions each month.  

This month I chose the theme, Cozy Krafty Colouring.  With summer winding down in the Northern Hemisphere, let's get warm and cozy by creating with Kraft cardstock as our stamping and colouring layer.  




For my design today I couldn’t resist pulling out Power Poppy’s set In Praise of Sunflowers for a perfect summer to fall theme.  Sunflowers are some of my favourite blooms.  This spring my niece and my mom planted two rows of sunflowers in mom’s garden.  Mom thought they were more dwarf size.....nope, they are mammoth!  They tower over her garden right now at about 12 feet.  

For this design I stamped the pretty sunflowers randomly over the Kraft Cardstock and then gave them some warm colour with Copics.  I find that when you’re colouring on Kraft, you have to use more vibrant colours to get the saturation you’re looking for.  



After it was all coloured up, I used a woodgrain embossing folder and added to the rustic appeal with some texture.  A few finishing details include some twine, a wood veneer heart that I distressed with a little ink, and then a few enamel dots.  The card finishes the sentiment inside.  



Funny story, when I was aligning my stamps up to stamp the two part sentiment, I didn’t notice that I had the word “awesome” upside-down.  Oh my goodness, it looked terrible.  So, to the rescue a little strip of kraft to fix it up.  I like it better this way anyway!  Haven’t you always heard that in stamping, mistakes are “opportunities for embellishment”?  :)  



Here’s the Copics I used to make these sunflowers cozy.  

Be sure to join us this month in the Cozy Krafty Challenge.  I’ll look forward to seeing your designs!


Here are the rest of my Bloom Brigade Sisterhood playing along today....


Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber

10 comments:

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous card Christine
Gr Karin

CherylQuilts said...

What a fabulous challenge, Christine, and I LOVE your card! Sunflowers are one of my favorites, and I love seeing the colors you've used. They are definitely more vibrant but fabulous, and I especially was intrigued to see how you used blue for the shading...very cool. I love how you've finished it, and what a fun story about the inside sentiment. Yes, I always think our mistakes are often opportunities for embellishment and even a different look/plan than we had...just like God does in outlives. How fun to read about your mammoth sunflowers. We have a dear friend whose sunflowers grow tall like that too. Hugs, sweet friend! Have a beautiful weekend! xoxo

Jane Crisci said...

I just had to leave you a comment! The coloring on this card is A number 1!! It is so pretty and I love the idea of this challenge. Thank you for sharing.

Leslie Miller said...

What a great challenge! This looks amazing, Christine. Fantastic coloring and I love the wood grain embossing. Good tip about using more intense colors. The inside is super cute, too, and the mistake made it better, for sure!

Marsha said...

So beautiful. So glad your oops was fixable. It looks great this way.

JoAnn said...

Such pretty sunflowers. Your coloring looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card.

Nancy Thomas said...

I literally gasped when I saw this card Christine. Beautiful rich colors against the kraft background.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh wow the wood grain looks fantastic with these flowers, great coloring you achieved on the kraft~

Robyn Oliver said...

Love sunflowers too Christine, your card is gorgeous, love colours on the kraft card and yes embossing sets it off beautifully

Stacy Morgan said...

Love this... the woodgrain texture is great with these sunflowers. Not to mention your beautiful coloring on them. Fabo card.