Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Lulu With Daffodil


It is time for another challenge over at The Paper Funday.
Our challenges are always Anything Goes with an optional twist. 
The twist this time is the theme 'Spring Has Sprung'

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 are very lucky with the amazing sponsors that are lined up this year, many of which are old favourites and some are new to me.

I chose to work with this cute image Lulu With Daffodil from Paper Nest Dolls. I have been lucky to work with a number of Christine's images recently and I adore the sweet expressions on their faces.

I used this image to make a centrepiece in a card I was making for my Mother in Law's birthday. I have seen some wreath cards on my blog travels and thought it might make a colourful and different card for my Mother in Law. This year her birthday was the day before Mother's Day so the pressure was on to make not one but 2 spectacular cards for her.... the pressure is real people.

The base of the card is a sheet of green adorable scorable card from Hunkydory. It is a 350gsm good weight of card which was perfect for this as I wasn't sure if the flowers would make it top heavy. I experimented with the size of circle and made them 6.5 circumference in the centre and 8cm on the outside. I knew that compass I had kept in my stash would come in handy one day! I cut this from heavy weight card to provide a good solid base for the flowers. Once I had my circle I could then use this to cut the green card to match the shape and size. I then added some floral patterned paper and a matching white border.

The flowers are a mixture of pre-bought paper ones and then ones cut from flower forming foam using dies. There are some paper daffodils that I bought from Ebay a million years ago along with some fabric ones. I embellished with some gems and flower stamens. I can't lie, this took ages to put them together.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is a really ornate die from Crafter's Companion. I also used a butterfly die from Sizzix. I drew around the outside to create a solid mat in green and cut this with scissors. I added a flower stamen for the antenna and some small gems for the body. The 2 smaller butterflies are 3d stickers that came in a kit from QVC many years ago.

At this point the initial card was done and then I had the idea to use the image and make it into a spinner card. I wasn't completely happy with one of the flowers as it seemed too bright an orange compared to the other so I swapped this out and I am now much happier with the result.

I coloured Lulu with Promarkers and added some metallic highlights with a glitter marker from Spectrum Noir. I added some shading to the hair with Arteza pencils. The image has been coloured the same twice so I could use them back to back. I die cut them using a pretty scallop edge frame. I then added some clear thread in between and then fixed this to the top and bottom of the circle.

This is like nothing I have ever made before and was a real labour of love. My MIL loves my cards though so it is worth the effort for her.

I hope you will join myself and our fabulous team over at The Paper Funday

Card Details -

Size - 8” x 9.5”

Image - Lulu With Daffodil (Paper Nest Dolls)

Dies - Floral Wreath (Sizzix Thinlits), Box Large Die (Crafter’s Companion), Petite Posies (Crafter’s Companion) Clover (Crafter’s Companion) Happy Birthday Sentiment (Crafter’s Companion), Just a Note Butterflies (Sizzix). Crea-Nest-Lies XXL69 Dies (Crea-lies) Colouring Medium - Promarkers & Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers

Embellishments - Autumn Hues & Floral Bouquet Flower Forming Foam, Stamens, Paper Flowers, Paper Daffodils, fabric, self adhesive gems, Butterfly 3D Stickers, Clear thread

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

Allsorts - #617/618 Anything Goes

Alphabet Challenge - Z is for Zoology

Butterfly Challenge - #155 Butterfly/Lace/Laser lemon

Cardz TV - #137 Anything Goes

Catch The Bug - Anything Goes

CD Sunday Plus - #57 - Anything Goes with a Digital

Colour Crazy Challenge - #12 Anything Goes with Colouring

Color Throwdown - #637 Brown(in hair), green, yellow & orange

Crafty Catz - #545 Anything Goes

Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes

Creative Fingers - #205 Anything Goes

Cute Card Thursday - #680 Anything Goes

Digi Choosday - #14 Anything Goes

Gem of A Challenge - #7 Anything Goes

Incy Wincy Designs - Borders and/or bright colours

International Art & Soul - #105 Shaped Card

Krafty Chicks - #553 Stamp Act

Lemon Shortbread - #143 Anything Goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #155 Anything Goes

Make My Monday - #145 Easter or Spring

Paper Shelter - #464 With a Sentiment

Paperminutes - #686 Flowers

Passion For Markers - #585 Animal Antics

Penny’s Challenge - #492 Anything Goes

Polkadoodles - #14 Anything Goes

Scrapping4fun Challenges - #189 Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Happy Birthday

Sisterhood of Crafters - Easter / Spring

Stamps & Fun = Creativity - #386 Spring or Easter

Sweet Stampin’ - For A Special Woman (My Mother in Law)

Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Try It On Tuesday - Hello Spring

Try Stamping on Tuesdays or Not - #501 Optional theme Birthdays

Word Art Wednesday - #485-486 Anything Goes

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - #3 Anything Goes


  1. So bright and cheerful and beautifully made.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  2. Lovely. Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday.

  3. Beautiful design and a sweet image, the spring flower wreath is spectacular! Thanks for playing along at Crafty Catz this week.

  4. Lovely and colourful. Thanks for joining Passion for Markers. Elaine

  5. I love this Mandy. The little girl with her daffodil is cute and I like the spinner in the middle of the wreath.
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  6. Very pretty! That wreath is amazing! Thanks for playing along with Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge!!

  7. This is so cute! Thanks so much for joining us at Krafty Chicks Challenge this week xoxoxo

  8. Awesome design and beautifully colored! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. Love to see you join in each month.
    ~ Joy CT

  9. Mandy, you did a super job on this wreath card. My MIL feels the same way about my cards. I agree, it does make it a great labor of love! XOX

  10. Indeed the pressure is real! This is a masterpiece, so you clearly nailed it! What a wonderful design! Gorgeous flower wreath and a wonderful sentiment panel. Great job with this adorable image! Thanks for sharing this with us at Penny's!

  11. A pretty feminine creation for our AG/Mono theme at Stamping Sensations challenge, thanks for sharing.

    B x

  12. I meant Allsorts challenge, wrong hat on!

    B x

  13. Lovely colourful card, I love your wreath of daffodils
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  14. Absolutely beautiful and so different! Thanks for sharing at PFM

  15. Thank you for playing along this week at International Art & Soul. I sure hope to see you back again very soon!!!


    International Art & Soul DT

  16. Pretty spring birthday design! Thanks for joining us for this week's Color Throwdown!

  17. What a fun card idea with the spinner element and so very cute!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this week at Allsorts challenge!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  18. Lovely to see a different style of card and this looks really good. Thank you for sharing your lovely design with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  19. Just perfect for the Challenge!
    Great project!
    We are so happy that you have shared this with us here at Colour Crazy.
    Stay safe and well.
    Good luck and we hope you will come back again! Jackie DT Member xxx

  20. What a fun project. Thanks for sharing with us at Incy Wincy Designs. DT Stacey

  21. Lovely card, Mandy. Your colors are so bright and cheery! The arch is cool, too! You did use our optional theme, but not our Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch. Thanks for sharing. -Donna

  22. Hi Mandy, as always I love your creations. It's beautiful. I love the bright colours. Thanks for sharing with us at Scrapping4funChallenges.
    Hope to see you again next challenge.
    Owner ~ MS Kraft Store
    DT ~ Scrapping4funChallenges
    DT ~ Through The Craft Room Door
    DT ~ Make the Cards Challenge

  23. This is such a lovely cheerful card and so nice to see a different style of card. I bet your mum-in-law loved in.

    Thanks for joining us again.

    CD Sunday Plus DT

  24. OMG what a fun design Mandy and LOVE your choice of colors! Well done! 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!

  25. Love this! Thanks for joining us at Bugaboo ~ Catch the bug challengeblog. Hope to see you again next time.
    DT Ine

  26. Love this bright and cheery shaped card, Mandy. Thank you for playing along at Sweet Stampin'! Tracey

  27. Wonderful card. Great bright colors and liking the shape/layout. So glad you shared over at Crafty Sentiments, Catch the bug, Colour Crazy, Crafty Catz, Make My Monday

  28. What an exquisite card! Thanks for playing along with us at Color Throwdown this week!

  29. Very cute and lovely! Thanks for playing along with us over at the Paper Shelter this week.
    Love n hugs

  30. Just one word: gorgeous!
    I love those flowers and the way you've put your image in the center. You did a great job.
    Thanks for playing with us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Craft Challenge. I hope to see you next time!

  31. A very pretty card, with lots of flowers and wonderful colours. Thanks for playing along with us at Make My Monday Challenges. Caz DT.

  32. Your card is just so pretty Mandy, love the flower frame. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at The Paper Shelter. We would love to see you again ... Anet DT


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