Wednesday 1 September 2021

Pretty Possum's Sunflowers


It is time for another challenge at The Paper Funday.
Our challenges are always Anything Goes with an optional Twist.
The twist this time is "Autumn / Fall"

We are very fortunate to have 2 sponsors for each challenge this year which means we get to choose which artist we would like to work with. This really is great as it gives us double the choice. We have some amazing sponsors lined up this year, many of which are old favourites and some that are new to me.

This months we are Sponsored by Jan's Digi Stamps and Colour of Love. They both have a huge range of digital images to use for many different occasions.

Autumn in the UK brings a crispness to the air, a distinct lowering of the temperature and the trees change colours. If you are lucky you will see tall sunflowers peeking over fences in gardens and they never fail to being a smile to my face.

Sunflowers are my fave so I chose to work with an image from Colour of Love for this challenge called Pretty Possums Sunflowers

The image has been coloured using Promarkers and shading added with Arteza pencils. This also provided the sky and soil. I like the contrast of the really vibrant markers with the more subtle shading of the pencils as it creates more dimension. 

I used gold card for the base and added my favourite daisy paper from K & Co. I have a few sunflower ones but they were too bold so opted for this paper instead. It's funny how you can have a big collection of papers and still not have the 'one' that is perfect......

The sparkly gold ribbon has a length of sisal garden string and a bow on top. I used kraft card recycled from Weetabix cereal packaging to mat the image and the sentiment on as I am always looking to re-use and recycle as much as possible.

I hope you will join myself and our fabulous Team over at the Paper Funday Challenge.

Card Details -

Size - 6” Square

Digital Image - Pretty Possum’s Sunflower (Colour of Love)

Paper - Daisy 6x6” (Tim Coffey / K & Company)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers & Arteza pencils

Embellishments - glitter ribbon, sisal string

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


  1. Thank you for this lovely team project for The Paper Funday Challenges. Your design layout is gorgeous! Donna

  2. What a beautiful card, Mandy! I love the design and the background! Thank you for joining IKE's challenge this month. Kisses, Mia

  3. Oh I know all about having loads of paper and not having the right one for the job! There hasn't been a paper pack made yet, that wasn't an absolute MUST in my craft room! This is lovely! The image is too cute and the background paper you chose, has allowed the image to pop. Thanks for sharing this cutie with us at Passion for Markers!

  4. Such a beautiful card, the sunflower looks so lovely

    Thank you so much for joining us at Passion for Markers

  5. Beautiful and cute card, love how he is hanging by his tail! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D (it fits our theme at our new challenge Four Seasons too)!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  6. What a fabulous card Mandy! Love your design & your coloring is off the chart! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Anything with a Tail’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  7. A lovely card Mandy - I like browns and creams so this is very much a 'me' card. I love your recycling a Weetabix box too!
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  8. Really pretty. I love the great fall colors. Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff and hope to see you again soon.
    Tammy DT. Co-ordinator.

  9. Cute layout and nice choice of colors. Thank you for joining us on Polkadoodles crafting! ~ Pam, DT

  10. Such a lovely, autumnal card!
    Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday! Jane S (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

  11. A beautifully made fun card Mandy. I hadn't read about your recycling the Weetabix box until I read fellow teamie Pamela's comment. Absolutely up her street - and mine.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  12. Beautiful image, colouring and you did such an amazing job with this design. Looks fabulous. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette CT -

  13. I so agree about the patterned paper!! I have TONS, and, yet . . . I never seem to have the "Right" one! I am trying to work on using what I have and not just buying more, but it's a struggle! Anyway, your card is so pretty! Perfect colors for fall and for the cute image. I love that gold sparkly ribbon; it adds so much! Thanks for playing with LTSCB.

  14. Gorgeous card. Love how it turned out.
    Kitty - Colour of Love DT coordinator

  15. I love your card! Such pretty sunflowers and what a cute possum! Thanks for joining us at The Four Seasons Challenge!

  16. Thank you for coming over to enter your cute cute card in our new Four Seasons Challenge, we appreciate it so much!
    Diane FS DT {Nellies Nest}

  17. How cute! Love that he's hanging upside down by that wonderful tail lol Beautiful sunflowers, a perfect Fall card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Double D, Anything With A Tail Challenge. Donna, DT Member.

  18. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  19. Me again ... Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon. It's always fun to see what you've been up to!! Great card!

    Please stop in for a visit!

  20. Belle conception et belle colorisation pour cette carte, Mandy.
    Merci de votre participation dans notre Challenge Colour Crazy.
    Bonne chance et n'hésitez pas à revenir pour participer de nouveau.
    Maryann Scrapbooking G.D.
    Nice design and nice colorization for this card, Mandy.
    Thank you for participating in our Colour Crazy Challenge.
    Good luck and don't hesitate to come back to participate again.
    Maryann Scrapbooking G.D.

  21. This card is just lovely! One of my favorite flowers!
    Thank you so much for joining us at International Art & Soul

    Chriss - DT- INAS

  22. Hi Mandy!
    I always enjoy your art SO much and I want to say a BIG thank you for sharing with us at both Word Art Wednesday and The Four Seasons Challenge Blogs. Your art is always a treat for the eyes.
    karen L

  23. Lovely card, I love sunflowers and your image is beautiful, teamed with the your recycling idea.
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  24. Lovely card, I love your sunflowers. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. Love to see you join in each month.
    ~ Danka CT -

  25. Beautiful and joyfyl card.
    Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious Challenge, we hope to see you again.
    Take care! Maria

  26. Gorgeous sunflowers and such a cute fall scene. Thanks so very much for joining us this time at the Crafty Creations Challenge, elizabeth


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