Tuesday, September 30, 2014

a sign of the apocalypse??!

no, i haven't got a yard full of locusts or seen any more than the usual amount of evidence that my fellow citizens have started to become zombies; it's actually more impressive than that: i've made a card with a plain white background!!! yeah, i know... you're wondering if i'm really still lauren, or if i've been replaced by a fast-talking crafty cyborg. to tell the truth i'm a little curious about that myself. all i can say is, if it's the latter, then crafty cyborgs eat more chocolate than is probably good for them and think daniel craig is the bee's knees. so there's that. but what prompted all this? well, the new challenge at shopping our stash is called "sunshine on a cloudy day" for which we'd like to see an image of the sun, or some clouds, or both. as i was pondering what to make and trying to find some diecut photo-realistic sunflowers i don't remember using up, it suddenly occurred to me that i might be able to draw/paint my own sunflower AND a sky background on which to place it. so i did!

watercolor paper: strathmore; watercolor paints: koi and artist's loft; pens: superfine and extra superfine by faber castell pitt plus a fat bullet-point sharpie for the big dots around the sunflower center; large and small cloud punches by fiskars; very old set of lowercase alphabet stamps by making memories; glossy white cardstock and blue archival ink: ranger

the thing that made me lean towards a sunflower rather than the sun itself was this week's fusion card challenge, which is pretty flippin' awesome. and i'm not just saying that because i got a shout-out there last week for my "nifty" card; although i did, and i thank them for it!

meanwhile, after painting, outlining and fussy-cutting the sunflower and fashioning a blue painted-n-stamped sky background by masking bits of my watercolor paper with cloud punch-outs, i went to mount the whole thing on a background of patterned paper only to find that i didn't really like ANY of the (many, mannnnnnnnnnny) combinations i tried. finally, jeff looked at it sitting on my table next to the glossy cardstock base i'd already made and said, "you know, i really like it on just the plain white card." needless to say, being as he is both my true love and husband of twenty-nine years, i immediately ignored him and tried many many MORE patterned paper backgrounds, before giving up and using the white afterall. i like it, though. i think.

something i'm absolutely positive i like very much indeed is the gallery of beautiful and inspiring sunshine projects my fellow DT-mates have made, which are on display for your viewing pleasure at SOS! ♥


  1. Your talent knows no bounds...not for one second ever would I ever contemplate drawing my own image...maybe if it turned out as fab as yours did...LOVE this card, the background...sunflowers are my fave! Just perfect!

  2. *picks self up off floor*

    1. A WHITE BACKGROUND! (But LHJ is right - it's perfect.)

    2. YOU DREW THAT SUNFLOWER!? See? You CAN draw!!!!!!

  3. Congratulations, Lauren! You accomplished a lot on this card. Love your sky and that sunflower is rockin' White was definitely the way to go ( like I know). Awesome card.


  4. LHJ is right - this is perfect! And yep, I would have done exactly as you did, kept trying patterned papers first ;) Your drawing is AMAZEBALLS - I love the doodled edges of the clouds, and the beautiful petal details. Seriously, this is absolutely stunning & incredible!!

  5. Holy amazeballz, Batman! You hand drew that sunflower?!!! This is absolutely stunning, and like everyone is saying, LHJ was right on with the white card base!

  6. SMOP!!
    Love all your handiwork on this awesomely fun and super happy card. What a magnificent sunflower and the background...LOVE.
    Yay for playing at Fusion!!

  7. Trust Jeff ... the Dude abides ... love this

  8. fabulous card and who would say it was so much work (with the white background and all) :)
    But anyway - that's the true artistic spirit - if you don't have the right image or background - make it yourself....sometimes I wonder why do we collect all those patterned papers ;)

  9. Oh yes, yes, YES!!!! STUNNING!!! Love the white background and that big bold flower. Gorgeous!!!!!

  10. FABULOUS colours Lauren - LOVE how it POPS against the white! So glad you joined in the fun @ FUSION, hope to see you again soon :)

  11. This is so much FUN, I LOVE it!! Eye catching !!

    Thanks for joining us at FUSION, so HAPPY you did Yahoo!

  12. Everything about this card just makes me happy! The patterns in the center of the sunflower, the bright blue of the cloudy sky - yep! It's a keeper!


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