Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sunshine and Laughter...and a Surprise!

Surprise! I'm today's guest designer over at 365 Cards. Today's challenge is Imagine This: Sunflowers.

As soon as I saw Beate's video tutorial on fan fold flowers, I wanted to try one, and figured this challenge was perfect for it. (You can find both the video and step by step written instructions here.) The flower was SO easy to make and really gives a *wow* factor to cards. I mixed my two favorite patterns--dots and gingham--and added this fun sentiment from Hero Arts.

SO, wanna play along? C'mon, I know you do! Sunflowers and summertime go hand in hand! Just link up your creation on the 365 Cards blog.

Stamps: Everyday Sayings (Hero Arts)
Paper: Summer Sun, Basic Black, PTI white, SU dp
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: scalloped edge punch, bone folder, Nestabilities circles, brad (Making Memories), ribbon (PTI)

64 comments:

Holly Jones said...

How fun is this card? Love it!

Marie said...

It does have a WOW factor! So cute, too!

PaperCrafty said...

WOW~I love it Ann!! Great colors & very cool fan flower. I have been wanting to try that fold.

Littlebear said...

This is beautiful Ann, so summery. The flower is gorgeous (thank you for the link) and I love the sentiment.
Have a great day.
Clare x

Sarah-Jane Kale' said...

Ooohh this is GORGEOUS.

Lyn S said...

I love your fan-fold flower Ann! The polka dot centre and gingham ribbon are perfect additions!

xiumaiyuki said...

That flower is fabulous! Love the bright and happy look of this card!

Heather P. said...

Simply fantastic! Awesome job with the challenge and congrats on the guest DT spot! :)

Emma said...

This is so stylish and really stands out with the colours you've used :D

Have a great day,

Emma x

Pat said...

Wow great flower! Stunning.
I made one not so long ago, it's fun to make.
Hugs xx
Pat

Quirky said...

OH this is fun! :)

Beth said...

Very pretty card. The flower really makes the card. I'm going to head on over to see how to make those...thanks for the link.

Lauri said...

Beautiful! I have been making a lot of these for the past month or two and love those fan fold flowers!

chercroppin said...

This is great! Love the color combo, and ya done good with that flower!

StampinCathy said...

Beautiful card and your flower is awesome. Congrats on being the guess designer at 365 Cards.

Ann Kranitz said...

Boy it really does add the WOW factor!! I am going to have to try this one!! Thanks for sharing

Julie Ranae said...

Hi Ann....so glad you stopped by The Open Window! Hope you will join on to follow us...lots of great play dates coming up and hey....we live just around the corner from one another! Well, it's a big corner!

Erin said...

Beautiful card Ann, I love your fan folded flower!
Stunning!
Erin x

Valerie said...

very interesting and pretty paper flower. will check out the video. thanks!

Courtney Baker said...

How fun! This is a great card Ann!

~amy~ said...

Oh gf, you rocked the challenge sista!!!!!! woot woot for the Guest DT spot'ola! You my friend are a super star!

Beate said...

Ann your card is beautiful! I love the colors, the flower and the gorgeous brad in it's center!
Hugs and smiles

Sara said...

Ann- we are kindred spirits. I love dots and gingham too! :) I love how you refer to yourself as a ribbon hoarder- I call myself the ribbon slut. :) LOL!

jengd said...

Congratulations! Adorable card!

HazelQ said...

Wow! What a cool idea :) I will give it a try. Beautiful card as always
Hugs
Hazel

It's Jenn! said...

This is so nice, I have GOT to try this! TFS

Maureen said...

The flower is adorable and the perfect main image for the sentiment!!

Dana Gustafson said...

Oh Ann! What a fabbie fan fold sunflower! Love it! And congrats of the GD spot :)

fabricbutterfly said...

Great card, congrats on being a guest designer at 365 cards, very inspiring card!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

Wow! I have been wanting to try that flower idea for awhile now. Yours turned out awesome! I love the yellow!

Martha said...

ahh its beautiful!

Bree said...

wow you inspire me.. i gave you an award over at my blog.. check it out...

Winter said...

Very cute! Love the flower and congrats on being guest designer! :)

Bernice said...

Such a cute flower! Great dimension idea.

Kelley Eubanks said...

Wow is exactly what I thought when I saw it!! This is great!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

This is AWESOME ... love your choice of color/patterns. I really must give this technique a try! Congrats on the DT spot!!

LeAnne said...

This is wonderful! I watched that tutorial last night---wasn't it neat to be able to "hear" Beate? I want to try this too! Perfect sentiment, too!

Lisa Graves said...

So pretty! Love it.

bsgstamps4fun: Barb Gault said...

Your card really puts sunshine in my day! Love the colors and design!

Leah said...

Very summery, love that folded flower and the 2 patterns together:)

Elise said...

Hi! GUEST DESIGNER {in your spare time! Lol!} You AMAZE me! This card is breathtaking! Bravo, crafty one! This is SUPER-DOOPER!

AUsome mom said...

Oh so cool!! I LOVE this flower!! I gotta know how to do it, so I'm checking out the tut. And woohoo to you for the GDT spot!! You rocked it!

Sparkly Pink Star said...

Congrats on being guest designer....loving this card!

Anonymous said...

Your fan fold flower turned out well, and I love the colors you chose for your card.

Swedie

mommyabbytommy said...

Beautiful! I'll have to check out the tutorial. :)

Elena said...

Beautiful card, Ann! Love the flower you created!

Cindy Lee said...

Congrats on the guest designer spot! Way to go, Ann! This sunflower card is BEAUTIFUL! It captured my heart! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Kathi said...

Gorgeous. The flower is beautiful. You're a quick learner!

I love gingham and dots too!

Camille Young said...

Had a look at your cards, they are fabulous. Found your blog via Bree's! Nice work...gonna bookmark you now!

Heidi Van Laar said...

Oooh, LOVE it! That flower is way cool!
Congrats on the GDT spot!

(-: Heidi

~*Joni said...

PERFECT!! Dots and gingham are just the cutest combo and your fold flower is sooo sweet Ann!! I think I'll try this one out, I have an idea swirling in my head. :D

Sande said...

Beautiful card.

Erika M. said...

Just such a beautiful card - congrats on being the guest designer!

Marie B. said...

Wowee, Ann, this is too cute! I have yet to try one of these flowers, although it's on my list...

Justine said...

Hey Ann, thanks for the link to the fan fold tutorial, I tried this last week and ended up with a fan but no flower.. Yours is beautiful

Pat (mspfd) said...

OMG this is incredible! Congratulations on being the guest design on 365 cards!

cricketeew said...

Such a happy card! I just love sunflowers!

Laura O'Donnell said...

love it! I want to try these flowers, too. maybe today!

Belinda said...

How fun! :) Love the fun flower!

Tonya said...

Beautiful card!! Love the flower. Thanks for the link.

Tracy said...

I love this card Ann!!

Shirley said...

Wow! Ann, I love the colors, the flower and your embellishments are wonderful!

berta said...

Oh, I like this summer card so much!

meemee48 said...

I love sunflowers. I love the flower fanfold technique and I love this card!