A couple of weeks ago Rob and I went to Old McDonald’s Farm with my son and his family. Old McDonald’s Farm is a local farm that added a terrific attraction for families to go to. There are goats, cows, a camel, chickens (all the farm animals you can think of), tractor rides, bounce house, pony rides, etc. It is such fun to go there with my grandchildren. One of the things they have is a giant sunflower garden. I think they might do a maze through it later in the season but when we went the sunflowers were gigantic and beautiful. This made me want to get out my stamp set called Celebrate Sunflowers. This stamp set coordinates with the Sunflower Dies.
This was a pretty simple card to make. I first stamped the flower in Daffodil Delight ink and then colored it with my Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede Blends. Then I stamped the leaves in Old Olive ink and colored them with an Old Olive Blends. I cut both of these images out using the coordinating dies. I adhered a Paper Lattice piece using Multipurpose Glue. These are in the 2021 July – December Mini Catalog. I love these because they add so much to a card. You can color them with your blends too (although in this case, I did not do that). Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black Ink.
Here is a photo of my son David, his wife Brittany and sweet Olivia in front of the sunflower garden. David is 6’2″ so those sunflowers are huge!
Flowers For Every Season is a suite in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020/2021 Annual Catalog. This suite includes two different stamp sets, one with a matching punch and one that has dies, as well as Designer Series Paper, ribbon and embellishments. One of the stamp sets is called Celebrate Sunflowers. This stamp set has coordinating dies called Sunflower Dies and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle. The other stamp set in this suite is called Jar Of Flowers and it has a coordinating punch.
I love sunflowers. During the day, the young sunflower will follow the path of the sun to receive the most light for photosynthesis. At night they turn back to the east in anticipation of the sun rising the next day. There was a random Facebook post about how sunflowers face each other if there is no sun to give each other strength, but unfortunately that is not true. It is a nice thought though!
To make this card, I first randomly stamped the smaller sunflowers in Memento Black Ink on Whisper White cardstock. Then I stamped the larger sunflower and the leaves and cut them out too. I colored the sunflower using Daffodil Delight Blends and the leaves in Old Olive. The sentiment is from the stamp set called Here’s A Card. I punched that out using the Label Me Fancy Punch.
Stampin’ Up!® has really upped their game with their stamps and dies the last few years. All companies sell stamps with dies that cut out the images in the stamp set but Stampin’ Up!® also adds some fun dies to their sets that do other things than just cut out the images. A perfect example of this is the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and the coordinating Sunflower dies (and you can save 10% if you buy them in a Bundle). Yes, the dies cut out all the images but they do so much more. The Sunflowers dies also include the parts to make the sunflower and the leaves in my cards. So, you get a die that cuts out the shape of the sunflower and the leaves but then you get another die that add the details to them. .
To make this card I first cut out the large outline of the sunflower. Then I did a little sponging in the center and the edges of it using Cinnamon Cider ink. Then I cut out the details of the sunflower using Cinnamon Cider cardstock and adhered it to the sunflower using Multipurpose Glue. After that I added to two center pieces (dies that also do other things that just cut out an image). I did the same with the leaves using Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz cardstock.
I wanted to add something to the background of the card so I embossed a piece of Whisper White cardstock using one of the Greenery Embossing Folders. Here is a closer look.
The last thing I did was stamp the sentiment in Memento Black Ink.
Sometimes when Stampin’ Up!® introduces a new color it doesn’t quite grab me right away. I always purchase all the new colors because that is just how I am but sometimes one or two of them sit for a long time. I decided to embrace the new InColor called Magenta Madness and there is not better way to do this then to use Designer Series Paper (DSP) that has that color in it. It softens it a bit and show me how well it goes with other colors. To do this I used Flowers For Every Season DSP. It has Magenta Madness in it but also has Bumblebee and Poppy Parade along with a couple of other pinks.
To make this card I first put the DSP along with some Magenta Madness cardstock on a Whisper White card base. Then I stamped the sunflower and cut out the coordinating die in Magenta Madness. I stamped the “Thanks A bunch” sentiment but used my Paper Snips to cut out “A bunch”. It was a super easy card to make and it made me like Magenta Madness which means problem solved (now if I could just learn to love Melon Mambo. I’ll save that for another day!).
Madelyn had a busy week last week. She graduated from Pre-school and learned how to ride a bike without training wheels. She is so grown up and he will be headed to Kindergarten this fall (if schools open, that is). Let’s all hope for the world to open back up soon.
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