Monday, August 30, 2010

August Sunflowers for MMSC68

Oh I had so much fun with the sketch this week at Midnight Madness.  The MM team is so creative - in both sketches and the cards they showcase.  This week tops them all I think - thought I might say that each and every week - LOL!!

For the card this week I chose Priscilla's own Sunflowers digital stamp.  I love sunflowers - particularly at the end of summer when the sun and sky late in the day are warm golden yellows.  They just sort of fit this time of year perfectly don't you think? 

I used the single sunflower offered in the set (which is to die for I might add) and resized it three times.  I layered each size as a grouping in my photoshop software to get this image on my card.  The flowers were colored with Copic markers and then lots of glitter was applied in a couple different shades of yellow.  For the sunflower centers, I added Stickles in Cinnamon and Copper colors.  You can see all the sparkles this card has better in the detail photo below.

To frame the sunflowers image, I used Nestibilities Labels 5 die by placing it and tracing the inside line of the die around the image carefully making sure that each one of the flower overlaps the outer edges of the die. It was cut out by hand and layered on one cut with the die in SU Handsome Hunter cardstock.  The background was colored using Pebbles metallic cream chalks and then distressed on the edges with Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink.

The background papers were stamped using Papertrey Ink's Damask background stamp on Wild Wasabi paper with Hunter green ink.  The script is also PTI's Background Basics-Text Style and was stamped in Hunter on Kraft cardstock which was also distressed with Tea Dye ink.  The "Lattice" border trim piece was a die from Spellbinders Borderabilities.  I laced shimmery copper twine around it for some extra sparkle.  Matching copper twine was used for the embellishment in the top right corner of the image.  Don't you just love the richness of the Hunter green with the warm golden yellow of the flowers in this card?  It speaks late summer to me and is the perfect August card. 

Thanks so much for stopping by...come back again soon!

Stamps - PriscillaStyles Digital Stamps "Sunflowers"; Papertrey Ink "Damask Design" and Background Basics Text Style
Paper - Stampin Up Handsome Hunter (retired), Wild Wasabi, Whisper White; PTI Kraft
Ink - SU Handsome Hunter (retired)
Accessories - SU Copper twine; Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 5 dies and Borderabilities Lattice die; SU Scallop lace edge punch


Priscilla said...

Sharon, I am speechless...really I am, your work is just over the top and I am really loving what you have done with the sunflower image. WOWZER.. Thank you for wanting to work and use my images. I get such a thrill when I see my images come to live by others hands. Love your card and would LOVE to have it in the CDAC gallery too. Great take on the sketch. Thank you so much for joining in the fun this week at the Midnight Madness sketch challenge.
MMSC Hostess

Lovely Linda said...

Way to go Sharon - this is gorgous! I love what you have done with Priscilla's sunflower - it is divine!! What a great take on the sketch and what gorgeous lacey border, especially with that touch of gold!! Thanks for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week - we love having you here! {{{hugs}}}
Linda MMSC Design Team

Holly Moore said...

Sharon your blog is so cute! I love what you did with the sketch this week. Look at this beautiful card you have created. Those sunflowers are stunning and I love the shading behind them. The intricate way you did the laceup is stunning! Thank you for playing the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge with us this week. I can't wait to see more of what you do!

Holly R. Moore
Midnight Madness Design Team

Heide said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous,gorgeous!!!

Connie M. said...

Sharon, this is just so pretty! I love your use of the sunflowers!! Your side panel is so perfect too!! Thanks so much for playing this week in the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge! Hugs!


pam124 said...

Sharon, oooh, I couldn't wait for your upload and I was very, very pleased as always. Your use of Priscilla'sunflower image is FANTASTIC!! Your choice of dps and you side panel are phenomenal. What a great job!!


Gunn (MsPlum) said...

Hi Sharon! Love these sunflowers! You have made them glow so warm and inviting! Very, very beautiful!

Thanks for joining Midnight Madess Challenge. Your support is highly valued, and we hope to see you playing with us again real soon ;o)


KarinsArtScrap said...

this is beautiful sharon
lovely sunflowers and great coloring

greetings karin

Christy Brewer said...

What a great detail on the margin! I love the copper cord!

Carol said...

Sharon you sunflowers are just amazing. I really love what you did with the border die. You did an excellent job on the "priscillastyles" images. This is pure eye candy at it's best!!! Great job with the sketch. Thank you so much for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

Bear Hugs,
Midnight Madness Design Team