PPA220 A Pretty Fall Picture

Do you ever wonder where my inspiration comes from for making a home décor project?  Generally, it’s an element that I created that’s too big or bulky for a card!  Case in point… This week’s sketch by our Pal, Margaret Moody, for the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge calls for a fairly large circle.  Between the inspiration of her sketch, and the inspiration that came from a gorgeous sunflower that I have in my foyer, I decided to make a sunflower for my card.  That sunflower turned out VERY large.  I contemplated making a larger card than the standard card size, but somehow ended up pulling out a frame that I had bought quite some time ago, and this is what I ended up with…

PPA220-For-All-Things-Home-Here’s the inspiration for this…   Margaret’s sketch:


And my sunflower:


To create the sunflower, I used a petal from the Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die (perfect for cutting multiple petals at once!) and the smallest petal from Flower Fair Framelits Dies to cut my sunflower petals with Crushed Curry cardstock.  Each petal was stamped with the fine lines stamp from Gorgeous Grunge with Soft Suede ink.

The flower center was cut with the 2-1/2″ Circle Punch and Early Espresso cardstock, crumpled, and the cardstock was separated into two layers.  With the “fuzzy” side up, I embossed it with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and accented it with Crystal Effects.  Jumbo Sticky Rounds were perfect for adhering the layers together.

PPA220-Fall-DecorThe ‘splatters’ were stamped with yet another stamp from Gorgeous Grunge with both Soft Suede and Gold Metallic ink.  The sentiment, from For All Things, was stamped with Early Espresso ink.

The Burlap Ribbon and Gold Buttons were a last-minute detail, as was the Brushed Gold cardstock border.  It’s not really part of Margaret’s sketch, but this picture needed the burlap strip for more balance and dimension.  The background piece is Elegant Eggplant, a perfect contrast to the Crushed Curry for fall.  I also randomly sponged the frame with Gold Metallic ink.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and are inspired to play along with us this week at Pals Paper Arts.  Come see what else the Resident Artists have created to inspire you!


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  1. Kerry Willard Bray

    This is spectacular, Cindy! I adore your sunflower and I absolutely love that you created a home decor piece!

  2. Jen Timko

    Oh Cindy….I love this!!!!

  3. Sandra Conner

    Gorgeous, as usual! Perfect for fall decorating!

  4. Michelle Quinno

    Such a pretty print! I love your sunflower.

  5. Patti MacLeith

    Way to make it work, Cindy! Your sunflower is gorgeous!

  6. Dawn Tidd

    Absolutely lovely, Cindy! How fun that you will have this to use din years to come too! It sure is an awesome Fall project.

  7. linda callahan

    Love the sunflower! A beautiful piece of art for fall!

  8. Bobbi Miller

    WOW! Where’s my heart meds?? It’s pattering so fast I need to catch my breath! This is lovely! Just so awesome Cindy. Love it!

  9. Debbie Pierce

    Perfection!! And I loved that you showed that participation in PPA doesn’t have to be just cards. Way to think “outside the card!!” 🙂

  10. Susan Lankford

    Wow, Cindy…that’s an impressive flower and a wonderful home decor picture!

  11. Tonya Denton

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love sunflowers but my daughter’s mom-in-law loves them even more than I do! This gives me a gift idea for her next birthday! 🙂

  12. Terry

    Oh my word Cindy!!
    I love this framed card….perfect for the Fall and Thanksgiving.
    Canadian Thanksgiving is October 13th. I will make a couple for my Kids here. And for American Thanksgiving I will make one for my Daughter’s Family in New York State.
    This is better than pumpkin pie – almost – ;O)
    Thank you.

  13. Katy McGloin

    Oh, Cindy! This is absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE that you made it into home decor! Let’s see how many repins you end up with!

  14. Michelle Gleeson

    Love, Love, Love!

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