Saturday, September 10, 2016

Autumn in Spring


Here in the antipodes we are looking forward to spring, although winter is 'packing a paddy' and trying to stay put at the moment.

I found this sunflower panel on Pinterest as a printable, (and no matter how hard I have searched cannot find the origin of it to give credit to the artist)so printed it off as I wanted to use it on an encouragement card for a lover of sunflowers - her favoured colours are the autumnal tones too.

The sentiment was stamped, ( An ODBD stamp), gold embossed and die cut.

I coloured the image with prismcolor pencils and then blended with a cotton bud (Q Tip) and baby oil - the first time I have done this, and I was very happy with the results.

I was following a sketch and these are the two other elements - the banner was hand cut from a snippet, and all elements were mounted onto a kraft base, and all edges sponged with Delicata Gold ink.

I am linking this to:
(I was inspired by the sunflowers)

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  1. Very pretty card and beautifully colored sunflowers! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D.
    Diane DD DT

  2. Lovely card Maxine, our spring is definitely here in NSW you will get it soon enough.

    Thanks also for linking your card in our challenge at Double D challenges...Down on the Farm with your lovely sunflowers.xx
    Double D Challenges{DT aNNie}

  3. Beautifully done Maxine! Great coloring and design ... I'm sure your friend will be thrilled with your beautiful creation! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Down on the Farm’ challenge! We hope you’ll come back often.

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  4. Very beautiful. Thanks for linking up at PDE Linky Party.
    ~DT Janis

  5. So very pretty and gorgeous blending on your sunflowers x

  6. I did not get enough sunflowers and it's time to start creating for fall... This makes me so happy to see, you did a great job with the layout and coloring. Big hugs, Autumn

  7. Such a very beautiful card. Love the colors and a beautiful sentiment.

  8. A really pretty card, who could not be in love with sunflowers! I was interested in the fact that you coloured them with Prismacolours and then blended with baby oil. Not tried this so am hoping to do so in the near future.
    Have just got out of hospital so I need something nice and quiet to do and this sounds perfect. I don't use my Prisma's enough, thank you so much for the encouragement your lovely card has given me.
    Hugs Neet xxx

  9. So pretty Maxine- love the pretty sunflowers and the fab sentiment : )

  10. Sorry for MIA, it has been hectic here! Your card is beautiful and coloring so well done Maxine! Have a great day! :)

  11. Pretty card & a beautiful quote.

  12. Great colors. Very pretty image. Love the sentiment.

  13. Fab project Thanks for joining us in our Anything Goes challenge at Polkadoodles hugs Aly xxx

  14. The watercoloured sunflowers look so great! Just one of those things that put a smile on my face today! Enjoy the week, hope you will see more flowers bloom soon!

  15. Lovely stamping and colouring and a really pretty card, many thanks for joining us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  16. Beautiful card Maxine. I love the sunflowers and I think it looks so cool the way you placed the inscription over some of the image. Fabulous look!

  17. Beautiful! Such a pretty image and it's colored beautifully. Love the gold embossing too.

  18. Lovely card. Thank you so much for joining in the Paper Shelter Challenge this month. Hope to see you again.

    Hugs, Vannessa
    The Paper Shelter DT

  19. Great card - perfect for that image to and your embossing is so neat!!
    Thanks for playing at the paper shelter, Liz x

  20. Ooooh, this is such a quiet beauty, Maxine and sunflowers are always so charming. I just bought sunflower punches the other day. I too have been thinking of baby oil and your card seems to beckon me to give it a try. Did it make the colours more vibrant as I hear that is what it does, right? Such a meaningful sentiment, too.

    Lots of love,


  21. Great take on the sketch and pretty embossing! TFS it with Brown Sugar Challenge~

  22. Pretty sunflowers! This is a great card. I've long forgotten the q tips and baby oil for blending colored pencils trick!

  23. Very beautiful card Maxine!
    xoxo Olga

  24. Sunflowers always make me smile and it wasn't any different when I saw your card. Lovely result! Love everything about it. Thanks for joining us at Simply Create Too. Janelle :)

  25. Beautiful card! Thanks so much for playing at Double D!

  26. I love this sentiment and these beautiful sunflowers!

  27. Beautiful card and your colouring is lovely. Thanks for joining us in our 'Anything Goes/Beside the Seaside' challenge at Polkadoodles,
    Katrina x


  28. What a wonderful creation! Thanks so much for playing with us this week at PDE Linky Party. Hope to see you again soon :)

    michelle (PDE DT)
    Purple Monkey Moments

  29. Thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  30. Love your pretty little sunflower panel....they're perfect! Beautiful sentiment!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at the DD Challenge Blog!
    Donna P.
    DT Double D

  31. A pretty card, beautiful sunflowers and lovey sentiment.
    Thank you for joining us for our Anything Goes challenge at Polkadoodles

  32. Aaah lovely and thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More this month, Luv Sam x


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