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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Candle and Sunflowers Easel Card

Fall has definitely been in the air lately her in PA. Even though the days have been warm, the nights have been in the 30’s and 40’s. But, that’s what we need to change the leaves the magnificent colors of autumn. They are a little late changing this year but it won’t be too long now.

So, this is the inspiration for making my card for today. I love Candles and Sunflowers so I combined two Digi sets from Fred She Said for this card. I used the Sunflowers and Thankfulness pre-colored set to start off. I selected just the three sunflowers and printed up a whole sheet of them. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them yet but just knew I LOVED them. Then I thought about a candle. So, I went scouring through all of my FSS Digis and came across the Rose spray and candle, which was just what I was looking for. I actually made the candle wider so it looked like one of those "Fat" candles. So, I printed that digi out several times and colored just the candle with Copic Markers. I actually used two candles here. One was cut out and layered with foam tape on top for more dimension. Then I Fussy cut out a bunch of the sunflower images and layered them also.

Since I love to play along with sketch challenges and I save many of them each week. I looked for one that would fit the images I was using. I usually start with the sketch but this time I did that last. I found this great one from Monday’s Sketch and Stash Challenge Blog with optional 3 dp’s and 3 embellishments. Just perfect!!!

After coming home from a business meeting at which some friends mentioned that they love my easel cards, I decided to make this into one so who ever receives this card could set it out as a fall decoration. I’m so grateful for their encouragement because I love it now even though there was a lot more Hand Stitching on this card. This was done with matching Embroidery floss in my own unique design. I think I need to add some yellow and orange stitckes glitter to the candle flame yet.

Other Challenges with this card:
Gingerloft - Orange
One Stitch at a Time - Use a Digi
Paper Sundaes - Lots of Layers
Sentimental Sundays - Stitching
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - Fall inspiration photo
Cupcake Inspirations - Fall colors
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge - Use a digi, fall colors, give thanks
Sweet Stampin - Stitching


Sharli said...

This card is just delicious! I love sunflowers and autumn colors. You've included so much detail that it's a feast for the eyes! Excellent work, Nancy!

MarcyK924 said...

Such a pretty layout! Those beautiful Fall colors are a perfect interpretation of our inspiration photo! Thanks for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday! Hugs, Marcy K.

Jill said...

gorgeous card love the colours and your take on the sketch thanks for joining us at SNS hugs Jill xx

Heleen said...

This card is so lovely! Thanks for joining us at Stamptacular sunday and I wish you luck on the challenge.


Rene said...

Wow! I am just speechless! This card is so elegant and beautiful!
Thank you so much for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations!
Rene :D

Tameko said...

Stunning card. Love your focal image and detailed stitching. Thanks for joining the Sentimental Sundays Challenge.

Stampalicious said...

this is stunning, love the candle in the middle, thank you for joining our challenge at Stamptacular Sunday, hugs, martina

Crystal said...

Great card, fabulous colours & I love the stitching! Thanks for joining us over at Paper Sundaes this week :)

Jenny said...

Thanks so much for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week. We hope to see you again soon.

Paige said...

OMG! What a stunning card! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Gingerloft!

Cheryl said...

Is this piece of gorgeousness still for sale? I love it!

Pamela said...

Fantastic card, your stitching is stunning. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

Pam x

Tracey T said...

This is so beautiful! The love and effort you have put into your design really shines through - fabulous! Thank you for playing at Sweet Stampin' this week. Tracey x

Conniecrafter said...

very pretty combo of the images, wonderful fall touch!

Vicky said...

Just so gorgeous hun…..

thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin & SnS……and good luck…!

big hugs Vicky xx

xxxtglxxx said...

Wow! This is utterly fantastic Nancy :) Breathtaking card and gorgeous colours.

Thanks so much for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week,