Sunday, 13 May 2012


One of the first stamp companies I came across was Papertrey Ink, but being in Europe it's difficult to get hold of these lovely stamps. A friend kindly gave these to me & I love them. It's my first time using solid stamps, so I didn't have any specialist ink to hand. The distress inks don't give the sharp edges & even coverage I usually like, but I hope I've achieved a more natural weather beaten sunflower, like the one I grew & photographed in October.

A Passion for Papertrey's Challenge this fortnight  is 'Whatever the Weather!'. We've been having a mix of hail, sleet & bright sunshine, but I wanted happy weather so that means sun, sun, sun! What's more sunny than sunflowers? Thankfully I was able to photograph this outside in between showers.

DYSU has challenged you to 'Use a Flower' & I've taken up their gauntlet. I've fussy cut the sunflowers & leaves, then layered them to create this Mother's Day Bouquet. I stamped the flower centres directly onto the sunflowers, but you could fussy cut these as well for extra dimension.

TheYoung Crafters Unite Challenge is 'No Colouring'. This makes quite a change not having to colour- just stamp, cut & stick! I really enjoyed trying this & must get some rainbow inks to do more no colour stamping. (I still love my distress inks though!)


Stamps: PTI Simple Sunflower, Lawn Fawn Sally's ABCs, Chevron Backdrops
Paper:  Bazzill Kraft cardstock, white card from stash
Highlights: White Gel Pen
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Walnut, Peeled Paint

A Passion for Papertrey Challenge: Whatever the Weather using PTI Simple Sunflower
DYSU Challenge #71: Use a Flower
Young Crafters Unite Challenge #9: No Colouring

Hope you enjoyed your visit & see you again soon!


  1. your sunflowers look lovely - definitely bright enough. The chevron pattern is a great touch!

  2. Will you may not have colored these but the stamping you did is Lovely!!! I'm going to have to look into this Challenge group. I think the ink you used is just find, if anything it makes it look more real. After all Mother Nature is not always Perfect.
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving such kind words too!!

  3. I love the dimension of those gorgeous sunflowers! So happy you had some PTI goodies to ink along with us!
    Thanks for joining us on A Passion for Papertrey!

  4. Beautiful CAS design, fab layering, and lovely design.
    Thanks for joining us at DYSU!

  5. What a beautiful card. I love the many layers. Thanks for joining us at DYSU.


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