Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sunflowers


Welcome to another Thursday inspiration from Inspired Stamps!  This week our assignment is to use Floral stamps and Scripture for Lots of Flowers theme.

I've chosen to use one of my favourite floral sets, "Flowers", and sentiment from the set "Sing for Joy".  I thought it would be nice to create a background with lots of Sunflowers.

I stamped the sunflowers using Memento Rich Cocoa on a piece of white cardstock, and coloured the flowers with Copic Markers Y11, Y21, Y17, Y38, YG00 and outline it with G000.  The sentiment piece was die cut with Spellbinders Floral Oval die and I stamped the sunflowers again, this time with Memento Desert Sand and coloured them with Y00, Y11, YR00, YG00.  I also cut out a piece patterned paper (Lily Bee - Head over Heels) using the same Floral Oval die, and cut out the centre oval using the pierced holes as a guide and adhered it on the sentiment piece.

I hope this card cheers your day, and for more inspiration, please visit the Inspired Stamps blog.

Today is also my dad's birthday.  He doesn't remember his own birthdays anymore, and his age.  But, we sang a song for him and wished him, and I baked him his favourite chocolate cake.  It is customary for us to give a packet filled with some money for birthdays, and my dad almost had tears in his eyes when I gave him  a little something and this card.


It's a simple card and I had the butterfly diecut as a symbol that oneday God will set him free from Alzheimers.  But, we are so thankful to God, for today that we can still enjoy my dad's presence with us. (The card follows the sketch at Simon Says Stamp).

Have a wonderful day!
Kary

15 comments:

~Antoinette (inspired stamps) said...

Kary, Wishing your dad a wonderful birthday!! The colors on your flowered card just POP!! Gorgeous card...one of my favorites you've made!!

Kim C said...

Love both the cards. I love the way you coloured the sunflowers in the first card to make it look like it's in the background. So clever. And I love the card you made for your dad and the meaning attached to it. Happy Birthday to your dad! And you are right, we must cherish everyday that we have with loved ones.

Jenn said...

I love both your cards. The sunflower are colored beautifully they give that wonderful summery feeling. You Dad's birthday card is wonderful, the story behind it makes it even more special. Sending birthday wishes to your dad

Chere M. said...

Kary,
I love the faded look to the flowers on the sentiment oval and how they really make the other flowers pop. I also love your card for your dad. Alzheimers is such a tough disease and I love the symbol of the buterfly. Many hugs to you and your dad.

Beate said...

Both cards looks great!
Hugs and smiles

glowegal said...

Kary, I will pray for your dad. You made him a gorgeous card and I'm happy he loved it! Both are simply beautiful! You're a great daughter and a wonderful crafter! You always have the most beautiful work! {{{hugs}}}

Queen Bee said...

It is so hard to see our strong Daddy's ravaged by age. Mine is 87 and quite feeble. We know our time is short with him and I treasure the moments we have. Happy birthday to your father.

Gorgeous card as usual Kary-your talent astounds me:)

Karen B. said...

What wonderful words you've written about your father, and an equally great masculine card for him! Your first card is so pretty with its bright colors! Thank you so much, Kary, for your kind words about my first TCM set, it really means a lot to me!

Jamie M. said...

Love the sunflowers and wonderful card for your dad. Jamie at CraftyGirl21

Christine Ang said...

Your dad is so blessed to have you as a daughter. I am sure he appreciates all the sacrifices you have made for him even though his memory may be fading. Both the cards are wonderfully made.

MaxineD said...

Lovely cards Kary, and so sweet that your Dad appreciated your gift - the greatest gift you are giving him though is your love, and life with the family still.
Blessings
Maxine

walchowDesign said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your dad, Kary! Hope you had a wonderful time with everyone. Your father is so blessed to have you as a daughter.

Anita said...

Wishing your dad a bleated Happy Birthday! What a stunning card! I love the orange flowers.

Lisa Arana said...

Gorgeous. The sunflowers call to me though, they remind me of my grandfather (he was a farmer and we used to have to pick sunflowers from the fields).

Happy belated birthday to your dad.

Dawny P said...

What gorgeous cards. I love the colours and papers and it's a great take on the sketch :) Bet your Dad loved it and hope all is well xx Thank you for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week. Hugs, Dawny x