Saturday 17 October 2020



In honour of the spectacular Autumn weather we are having I have made a card using the Sunflower image from Pinksy Doodles

I call sunflowers 'happy flowers' as they have the most wonderful smiley face. There are so many varieties and I have seen some amazing pictures recently of big fluffy headed ones that look stunning. I have even seen a photo of one on Facebook growing out of someones's chimney. 

This digital stamp set from the Pinksy Doodles store has the leaves and flower head as separate image, also a page which is suitable to decoupage as shown below. It really is a very versatile set  and amazing value for money.

I printed the image of the full sunflower 3 times as I wanted to decoupage the head and leaves. The bottom layer was left whole, the 2nd layer is the middle petals on the flower head and I cut the set of leaves from this. The final layer is the seed centre and I used the leaves to create an extra embellishment.

I have coloured the image with my beloved Promarkers. I then fussy cut the layers as required and they are mounted onto thin foam squares.

In the close up below you can see the bead detail I added to the centre. I put a thin layer of Glossy Accents down to act as an adhesive. I then carefully placed seed beads on the markings on the stamp. The rest of the circle was then filled with tiny Accent Beads. I then added a thicker layer of Glossy Accents on the top to encase it all. This makes it so shiny and the dimension on both the petals and centre makes this a very tactile card.

I used one of the sketches from the latest challenge at Cut It Up for the layout and rotated it to fit my image.

I used a sheet of A4 card for the base and covered it with the coloured flower paper from an old pad Woodland Folk from Papermania. This has been one of my most used autumn themed pads over the years. The colours on the flowers are a perfect compliment to this Autumn themed card.

The second paper is from an old Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine freebie Home Grown by Hot Off The Press. It dates back to 2014! All my patterned paper pads have been split up and organised by colour and the type of pattern. I simply went into my section of 'orange/small flowers' and experimented with patterns and colours until I found the combination I was happy with. I have never been afraid to mix and match suppliers and collections of paper that are intended to go together. I use Evernote to organise my supplies and have a photo of the contact sheet on the front of the paper pad which is useful for matching up which pad the paper has come from.

I cut the image and the mat layer using dies from the Rococo Frames set from Crafter's Companion. I love how ornate it is and that you can see a lot of the papers through it. It is quite large as well which is perfect for me as I tend to make more larger cards. Digital images are especially perfect for this is you have the flexibility to make the image as big as you need.

With the spare leaves I made a corner embellishment using some 3d flower stickers I bought from the poundshop a million years ago. I am sure many UK crafters bought the same ones. The sticky pads gave up the ghost a long time ago but that is easily replaced. I added a sentiment banner that was mounted on a scrap of the brown card and finally I added some tiny glittery butterfly stickers because what sunflower would be complete without a little butterfly or 2?

Head on over to the Pinksy Doodles store to check out the digital images, papers and cut files. The collection is ever expanding and you can be inspired and see the examples from our amazing Design Team. 

Card Details -

Size – A5
Digital Image - Sunflower from Pinksy Doodles
Papers – Woodland Folk by Papermania & Home Grown by HOTP
Colouring Medium - Promarkers
Embellishments – seed beads, accent beads, glossy accents, 3 paper stickers, glitter butterfly stickers

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. Gorgeous coloring and design! I just love your card! Thank you for joining our challenge at Digi Choosday . I hope you come back for the next one!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Polkadoodles DT

  2. Hi Amanda:
    WOW, you really colored this beautifully. THanks SO much for sharing your wonderful art and creativity with us. It always makes me smile.
    Word Art Wednesday

  3. Oh wow! I love this so much! Fantastic decoupage effect and the seed centre is mind-blowing! I just love how your achieved it! Thanks for sharing this beauty with us at Penny's!

  4. Very pretty card! Thank you for sharing with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters

  5. I call them the very same Mandy as they always bring a smile to your face, a lovely creation using Clare's Sunflower.

    It's really lovely to see you at Stamping Sensations Autumn challenge, thanks so much for joining in.

    B x

  6. A gorgeous autumn card with a beautiful sunflower!
    Lia DT S4F

  7. Such a pretty image and I love how you interpreted our sketch!

    Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up for our Sketch challenge!


  8. Beautiful sun flower card, I like the way you did the middle of the flower with glossy accents
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  9. Lovely design and the glossy accents really add dimension. Thank you for sharing it with us at CDSunday Plus Wynn DT Wynn DT

  10. I love all the autumnal colours of your backing papers and the beaded middle is brilliant! Thanks for joining in with the challenge again.
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  11. This is so nice. It goes perfectly with our theme “Autumn/Fall” at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge.
    Artist & Owner

  12. Beautifully colored Autumn floral card, lovin' the 3-D effect of the layers and those beads are perfect fit!!
    Thanks for sharing your art creations with us at 613 Ave Create …..Good Luck and Look forward to seeing you again!!
    ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))*((¸¸.•´ ..•´
    Shell ~ DT 💕

  13. This is a really lovely autumnal design,

    Thanks for playing along at Aud Sentiments and I Love Promarkers,

    Hugz Tinz

  14. Fabulous coloring and design Mandy! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Please stop in for a visit!

  15. So bright and beautiful, made me smile. Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.
    Lynn x

  16. Beautiful colouring and combo of patterned papers. Fabulous card. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

  17. I love how you used autumn colours and still managed to make your card look super friendly and happy! thank you for playing along on the Papercraft-Challenges blog. Lisa xx

  18. Beautiful card! Great design and mix of colours and patterns. I love the clever way you used to make the sunflower. The middle of it looks stunning. Thank you for sharing your talent with us at CRAFTY CATZ. Best of luck! Nick

  19. Stunning card Mandy! I love how you have brought this sunflower to life and designed this card. Clare xx

  20. I too love sunflowers and you have made yours look amazing. A beautiful card.

    Thanks for continuing to support our challenge.

    CD Sunday Plus DT

  21. What a gorgeous card!! Great take on the sketch!! Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up challenge!
    Have a great day.

  22. What a beautiful sunflower card! Thanks for joining our sketch challenge at Cut it Up.


  23. I love the autumn colours and layout. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  24. Lovely to see your Happy card. Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday. Love Dawn x

  25. Very pretty card. Love the addition of the beads and die cut frame. Thanks for joining the Stinkin' Inkers challenge.

  26. Lovely project Mandy. Thank you for sharing with us over here at The Creative Crafters Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Wendy DT Member for

  27. Wow!
    Love the bead detail.
    Thank you for your entry at stinkin inkers!

  28. Lovely mix of image and pattern. Thanks for joining The Library.

  29. Beautiful card, I love the colours. Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog
    Best Wishes Lisa xx

  30. I love the added beads to the flower. So glad you could join us at Die Cut Divas for our Autumn (also Halloween) challenge at

  31. Fantastic card.Love your design and color combo.Thank you for joining us at DIGI CHOOSDAY CHALLENGE this week ,hope to see you again
    Željka DT xx

  32. Your card is super sweet! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

  33. Such a gorgeous card. I love how you added the beads in the middle of the flower!
    Thanks for joining our AAA Birthday challenge!

  34. What a beautiful sunflower! Thanks so much for joining us this month at SheepSki Designs Challenges. Julie, DT member

  35. This looks beautiful!! Thanks for joining us at Penny's Challenges. Hope to see you again next time.

  36. Wonderful card
    Thank you for joining us at I Love Promarkers this week
    Clare DT

  37. Such a beautiful card.
    Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.

  38. This is a lovely autumn card! I love the image paired with the background paper ;o) Thank you for playing along with our "Autumn Colours" challenge at Papercraft Challenges! Have a wonderful day and happy crafting, Maike

  39. Beautiful - love the seed beads in the middle of the sunflower.

    Thanks for joining us at the Sparkles Challenge Blog.

    Helen x

  40. A stunning sunflower, gorgeous result with the seed beads. Love it. Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Monthly Challenge Blog. Caz DT x


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