Sunflowers – An Easy Easel

Happy Friday! Hubby has just come home and whisked the children with the-energy-that-knows-no-bounds out the front door for a bike ride. They amaze me, as they should be exhausted now! I know I am, out all day in this lovely summer sun, in the garden, running around the park, climbing, sliding, swinging from the trees, plus the children played a bit too…

Today I am sharing some pure Card Therapy from last weekend, a card for no-one in particular, just because I felt like it! My eldest son and I have taken great pleasure the last 3 years in growing sunflowers from seed. They are just so easy and what fun it is to watch them grow from tiny beings into giants over the course of summer. Unfortunately because of my bout of illness this March & April, planting time completely bypassed me and we are really missing them brightening up our garden this year. So in lieu of the real thing, this was my alternative:

Sunflowers card

The image is a ‘ready made’ one from a LOTV art pad – Set 3 Wild Flowers. Isn’t it lovely? Their art pads are just great for quick(er) cards, as I can spend between sixty and ninety minutes colouring a stamped image, not to mention the umming and ahhing over the shading…

Sunflower cardThe yellow embossed sentiment is also LOTV – Set 10 A5 Verses.

Sunflower card

Sunflower card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t made an easel card in ages so really enjoyed this one. The stunning green wood effect paper is from the Heartfelt LOTV & Raspberry Road Designs paper pad whilst the yellow floral is from Crate Paper Little Bo Peep. I’m not sure about the dotty, but it’s punched with a Martha Stewart deep edge floral punch. The first layer on the card is some lovely kraft card I picked up at a fair and every edge in sight has been inked with tea dye distress ink. I added the cream rectangle at the back as a space for writing. I had a country cottage parlour room in mind with these papers and thought of the rounded rectangle as a mirror on one wall!

Lastly I coloured and gloss embossed a wooden butterfly and added some gorgeous pearl brads picked up at The Great British Craft Festival in Bolton a while back.

SunflowersWhat do you think? Do sunflowers make you think of summer?

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Lili of the Valley Monthly Challenge – Take Two!

Crafty Ribbons Challenge #99 – Anything Goes

During the course of writing this blog post we have progressed through tea-time chaos (I made spaghetti bolognese, perfect Friday night fare), a bit of scrapping, showering off the day’s muck, and now a message has just been relayed downstairs, over the sound of the little one screaming, via my eldest, from my husband, “Mummy! We urgently need you!”.

Better hit publish.

Emma x

5 thoughts on “Sunflowers – An Easy Easel

  1. Emma, you exhaust me just reading this! On to your card, this is lovely and so cheery and isn’t it nice to make for no reason. Hope the summons wasn’t anything too bad!

  2. Hi Emma

    Sunflowers definitely make me think of summer! I love them!

    I love your easel card too.

    Beautiful colour choices and embellishments.

    I hope you have had a good week.

    Love Jules xx

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