Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Sunflower Thanks

Hello all my crafty friends, I hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday! Heavy rain in the forecast for us again today-but nothing new there, an impact day for us is what they are calling it now. I think by the end of the week we are supposed to get 2 or 3 days of dry weather with sunshine. Won't that be nice?!!!

I wanted to play along with the sunflower challenge over at CAS Watercolour Card Challenge. I was sent this beautiful NBUS sunflower die by a very special, sweet and generous lady for my birthday a while back so I wanted to use it finally. I had fun with this die. I water colored it after cutting it on watercolor paper. Created a background using Distress Oxides and the splash technique that Loll has a video on. I'm not very good with it, I think I needed more water to dilute my color. Oh well, I am still pleased with how it turned out. I need two thank you cards for some special people. So I made this one and one on a kraft colored mat which I didn't take a photo of.

I need new tires on my car, so my neighbor works part time for a friend of his, who owns our local tire place. He told me there was a sale on tires, but that it ends on Saturday, this past Saturday. So on Saturday he gets my tire size and gets me prices on the tires. Then arranged for his friend to pick up my car on Monday (everything was put through on Saturday to get the sale price) and put the tires on and I wanted an oil change and all my fluids checked. Not used to this since Dwayne always did all this stuff. But with the help of these two men, it is getting done. Now the other guy, well he is the son of my late husband's boss, so Dwayne and this guy grew up together and worked together. He left me his own vehicle so I wouldn't be without a vehicle since they would have my car until sometime today! So not only did he come and get my car right at my home, he also left me a nice vehicle in case I had to go somewhere. So I wanted to send thank you notes to both families. It takes a village to raise me! lol That's what it feels like-but in all seriousness I am so blessed to have such wonderful people in my life that help me navigate life after Dwayne. Sometimes it is hard to see your blessings when you lose someone so important to you, but I have been blessed and know I'm very blessed! So thank you to all of you out there as you are a huge blessing in my life as well!!!!

As always I will list the items I used down in the recipe section at the end of this post. I thank you for stopping by and sticking with me this far and I thank you for your sweet comments. They always bring rays of sunshine to my life! I will be by to visit you all soon as well. Keeping busy with these dogs, but Kahlua is doing well and getting taller. Pictures of the girls next time around. We are slowly getting the hang of potty training. lol The girls are getting along so well and I am thankful for that. Have a lovely week my friends!

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:
unbranded sunflower die
Oxides Distress inks: Broken China, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers
watercolor paper: Canson XL
Maymay Made It stamps: Positive Vibes
My Creative Time: More Stitched Rectangular Dies (I extended the length)
Zigs/Arteza watercolor pens


Mac Mable said...

Your card is stunning and love that amazing sunflower die cut. The background looks great and the colours are so pretty. What wonderful support you have and how friendly and helpful X.

Karen Dunbrook said...

beautiful...what a unique and interesting die cut, I like that.
Thanks so much for playing along with the CAS Watercolour Challenge.
:) Karen

Loll said...

Your card is AMAZING, Brenda!! LOVE the splashed background ... it is gorgeous. You have the hang of that technique. You've created this very artsy and beautiful backdrop for your pretty watercoloured sunflower. They look perfect together. Great design, my friend! You have very wonderful people in your life that are taking care of you. I'm sure both men will appreciate your thoughtful thank you cards. Thanks for sharing your card with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

Marilyn said...

Pretty card!! Love the sunflower!
Have a great day!

MaryH said...

I don't see that you need practice with ANY of these techniques. Your card turned out beautifully, both the pretty soft background, and the die coloring too. I'm glad you have a village there to help raise you! Being thankful you have folks who are able, and willing to help you out with this kind of thing. It really is sort of a 'man thing' to take care of this stuff. Happy tires! TFS & Hugs

jimlynn said...

Thank heaven for wonderful friends! That's just great about your friend Brenda.
Love your card and think your watercoloring on it is fabulous! Very striking and beautiful.

Carol L said...

What a wonderful group of friends you have to give you so much help with your card! We too are blessed with wonderful neighbors who go above and beyond to help us out whenever we need a hand. I love this sunflower card with that beautifully colored panel! It's a gorgeous card, and they'll smile when they receive it, knowing how much you appreciated their help :) Rock on my friend :) well done!

Lisa said...

What wonderful friends you have, Brenda!! Your card is stunning!! The watercolor strip looks so gorgeous and the flower is beautiful!! I love it!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

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kiwimeskreations said...

I hear you Brenda - thankfully I have a 'tame' mechanic too... who not only gives me great service but a good price too, as he knew DH, and got on well with him. When it comes to house maintenance I am on a steep learning curve!! Praise God for a handy SIL and DH's brother who are replacing my roof this coming summer.

Love your card - that sunflower die cut is stunning


Bonnie said...

Love your sunflower, Brenda! And it's gorgeous against the splash background! It looks to me like you've got the hang of that technique! How wonderful that you have these people around you to give you and helping hand. God is good!

Bonnie said...

Oops! Forgot to say thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

What a gloriously happy card to send as a Thank you, it will be a joy to receive for the recipients. Love the texture of the card. So good to have support around you as you do. I'm so happy to hear your puppy is settling and "getting there" with her training, it will make it so much easier to enjoy her LOL.
Take care

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful Splash watercolored background panel for your gorgeous die cut sunflower, Brenda. TFS Hugs..

Susan said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love that die cut - it looks perfect against the blue panel. A very CAS card that has lots of interesting texture and colour. Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Watercolour!

Liz said...

Fabulous card, Brenda, I love the watercoloured die cut and the background is beautiful. Lovely to hear that you have good support of friends when you need it. xx

Brenda in IN said...

I love this sunflower and your card came out so beautiful, Brenda. I am so happy to see you playing in some challenges. You have some wonderful friends to help you out and I think that's the best thing ever. It is hard to have to learn about all the things husbands did. I'm so glad you have people to help you out.

mycardattic said...

So bright and beautiful! I LOVE that panel . . . cool! Guaranteed to brighten anyone's day! Have a great weekend my friend! Love, Hazel xx

Inkyfingers said...

What a pretty card Brenda and I love the soft watercolour background for the lovely sunflower. Gorgeous design too!
It is so heartwarming to hear about your family friends who are so willing to help with the practicalities of life. I hope your car is now back home and behaving itself.
Take care, my friend.
Carol x

Anita in France said...

That lovely die cut sunflower is gorgeous dressed up in your soft watercolours, Brenda ... and delicious against the splattery blue background! What super cards to send to these two kind hearted, thoughtful and helpful friends ... and what a blessing to have them around! Hugs, Anita :)

Jenny L said...

Hi Brenda,
What a very beautiful card my friend.
I love your inking technique it has turned out brilliantly, and that design is so levely.
I'm sure it was well appreciated.
Your friends and neighbours sound wonderful for helping you so.
They sound wonderful and caring people.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Marcia Hill said...

WOW...your card is GORGEOUS Bev!! Your splashed background is just lovely and a perfect compliment color wise for your beautiful sunflower die cut. Love your layout too and what a perfect way to say thank you to the gentlemen who helped you out with your car!! Thanks so much for sharing this beauty with us at CAS Watercolour!! :0)

Darnell said...

Goodness, Brenda, this is so stunning! I love everything about it! I've never seen that sunflower before and think it is so cool! Thank you for sharing about how your friends are taking care of you in honor of Dwayne! You are very blessed! Hey, guess what? I just noticed you WON at the CAS Watercolor Challenge!!!! Whoot!! Congratulations!! Hugs, Auntie