Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sunflowers by the Water

I have visitors this weekend so needed to make a late night post. I wanted to play this week with a new challenge, For Your Inspiration #1. They have a wonderful photo to be inspired with. I thought of my sunflowers as reaching for the sky as are The Dubai Towers. The towers were on the water so I added that, also.

I'm using a custom large sunflower die that coordinates with the Harvest Blessings set from Our Daily Bread Designs. I colored the flowers with Copics and sponged the sky and a bit of sun. Added the fence, sand (Flower Soft), and the water (designer paper).

I don't do many scenes but I rather like this one with those wonderful flowers rising up....after a long winter.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Simply Create #38-Flowers
Little Claire's Designs #2-Flowers
The Pixie Cottage #59-Sketch and /or Spring-Flowers

I also got inspiration this week from EtsyInspired#129. They are giving us inspiration this week from Desired Things shop. My inspiration came from the seeded flower on this wonderful journal:

It is really beautiful and reminded me of the seeded centers of my sunflowers.

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs-Harvest Blessings set
Paper: Stampin'Up! Chocolate Chip, PTI white cardstock, My Mind's Eye-My Journey, The Paper Studio-Textured Waves
Ink: Memento Dandelion, Cantaloupe, and Danube Blue
Accessories: Martha Stewart fence border punch, sponges, copics, Flower Soft Sand


Basslady said...

fantastic card, sweety!

love the colouring of the water and the background...looks like a photograph!

the whole card is so atmospheric!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Colleen Dietrich said...

Benzi, I found the FYI challenge blog just now and saw your card in their gallery! I like your take on the Dubai towers...I'm not sure what I would do with that, I'd need to give it some thought.

Love your sunflower scene, with the dimension and the fence and the water. So pretty!

dstandard said...

WOW this is beautiful - your coloring is exquisite! Thanks for playing with us at For Your Inspiration.

desiredthings said...

The sky colour is gorgeous, love the three dimensional leaves. Thanks for mentioning my shop.

Carol Hurlock said...

Benzi this is fantastic. Sunflowers are one of my favorite cardmaking flowers. I like your take on the Dubai Towers-I saw that challenge and wondered what people would do with it. Love the little punched fence.

Bear Hugs,

Teresa Kline said...

wow, this is gorgeous....those flowers are amazing...thanks for playing along with us at FYI...have a super day!

enjoy *~*

StephC said...

Beautiful take on this weeks inspiration photo! Love the sunflowers. So glad you joined us for our first challenge at FYI! Hope you'll play along again! :)

Virginia L. said...

What fun challenges you entered, Benzi!! Love your sumnny sun flowers and the inspirations behind it! Thanks so much for playing with us at Etsy Inspired Challenge!

Ruby said...

I just love sunflowers and these look so pretty dancing around! Thanks for playing along with us at EIC this week!

Anne said...

A lovely card! Thanks for playing with us at the Pixie Cottage this week!

Hugs, Anne

Carol L said...

I love how you took inspiration from those towers and created this beautiful spring-like card! Those sunflowers growing behind the fence sure do remind me of warmer weather and I'm so ready for that! Enjoy your weekend!!!

marilynprestonn said...

Beautiful Brenda! I love sunflowers and the way these appear here in your scene makes it bright and so pretty! :)Peggy

I have something for you on my blog...he, he, he.

Bonnie said...

Such a beautiful sunflower garden! The water is a special touch!

Valerie said...

Love your take on the FYI challenge! So clever to use the water with 'towering' sunflowers! So pretty!

Random Acts of Krafting said...

Oh yes, I can feel springtime emanating off your card. Thank you for joining us this week at The Pixie Cottage.
Good Luck,

Emily Keaton said...

What a gorgeous scene, Benzi! I love those cheery sunflowers--and how you have them reaching for the sky just like your inspiration photo. :)

Davi said...

What a fab card Benzi!! I love the sunflowers so happy!! The dimension and fence is too cool! I love how you interpreted the inspiration!

Sadilla said...

Very pretty!!!
thanks for joining us at the pixie cottage

CarlaKH said...

What a sweet card... I love sunflowers! Thanks for joining us at The Pixie Cottage!

de said...

This is sooo pretty! Love those flowers!

Thanks for playing EtsyInspired this week!

Unknown said...

Wow! I love everything about the card and you know I just love sunflowers.

Wanda Cullen said...

Wow, this card is gorgeous! I always love sunflower images...they're such a sunny, warm happy color! So glad you played along with the first FYI challenge...hope to see your creativity again!

Queenie said...

Gorgeous card and lovely COLORING!!! This is exquisite! Thanks for playing EIC with us this week!

Louise said...

Your card is making me long for the spring - it's so colourful!
Thank you so much for joining us this week at Little Claire's x

Sharon Traynor Designs said...

This is such a pretty and happy card! Love the bright colours. That was a brilliant way to take inspiration from that picture too.
Thanks for joining us at the Pixie Cottage Challenge.
Sharon xx

Angi Barrs said...

Beautiful design. Love the splash of blue. So glad to see you playing with us at Etsy Inspired. :)

Joanne (jojot) said...

how lovely and happy this card is....fab use of the die.....wonderful creation and I love the addition of the water