Happy Friday! The summer is rolling right along.... It was HOT this week here. The only thing is...I can smell August coming... And then FALL! LOL. I'm not really a hot weather person so Summer for me is just a prelude to Autumn. Let's get on with it! Hope you've had a great week. I've been crafting a lot and busy in the studio too. Lucky is growing like a weed (wish he would slow down and stay little!) He had his first doctor appointment check up and he's doing great. He keeps me smiling all day with his crazy kitten antics.
A couple of weeks ago my husband and I went out for a beautiful Sunday drive to see the gorgeous sunflower fields here in Northern California. It really is a sight to behold. Miles and miles of the brightest yellow you've ever seen. They're everywhere. About 30 minutes west of us and a bit north is Yolo County. And it's A+ sunflower viewing. They've peeked now and are starting to wilt and turn brown. I think we caught them at the right time for some photographs. I put some of my favorite photos in this post to share with you!
I was so inspired by the pretty sunflowers that I decided I had to make a sunflower card! I used awesome stamps and dies from Honey Bee Stamps, and my Copic Markers, to create a sunflower scene. I had to put some bees on the card too, because there were tons of bees buzzing around the sunflowers we saw.
Here is one of my favorite sunflower photos from our day out!
I started with a white A2 card base and then layered pretty blue gingham paper. I was totally inspired by the golden yellow of the sunflowers and the bees against the beautiful blue summer sky. That's what I tried to re-create on a card! I stamped and die cut out a bunch of sunflowers, leaves and bees. Then I colored them all in with my Copic Markers. I used a white gel pen to add dots and highlights after I was done coloring. The cute little fence die and all the stamps/dies are from Honey Bee. I used deeper shades of yellow and brown to make the sunflowers golden instead of bright lemon yellow.
The sentiment was heat embossed with white embossing powder onto black paper. I hand cut the banner with my scissors. There are bits of Diamond Stickles on the bee wings and the leaves and flowers. This mimics the sun hitting the flowers!
I loooooove these little tiny bees!!!
The images and the sentiment banner were attached to the card using foam tape. I layered everything until I liked the way the composition looked.
Here are some of my sunflower photos! To see a map of where to find them go to VISITYOLO.COM website!
Have an amazing weekend! Thank you for stopping by my blog today! Lots of hugs! XOXO
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