Sunday, October 20, 2013

Swingin' Sunflower

This week at One Stitch at a Time (OSAAT), it's Anything Goes. StitchyBear's Digi Outlet has hundreds of digital products from many wonderful artists, and if you use one of our products you'll be entered to win the super-duper main prize.

I used Sunflower by Barbara Jensen to create this Notch-Swing card:

This is one of my favorite techniques; I have no idea where I learned it. Does anybody recognize this technique and know it's proper name? I know I must have seen it somewhere. Basically, you make small slits or notches in a shape and fit in a slighter larger shape. This is easy to do with dies, but for this project I designed the card in SCAL and cut it with my electronic die-cutting machine, which made it easier to cut the frames as well. All of my Notch Swing Cards are archived here

If you'd like to try it yourself, this card design (excluding the scalloped frames) is now available for purchase as SVG files in my Etsy Shop.
I've been hoarding this
Graphic 45 sunflower/green pattern DP for at least a year, and when I saw this gorgeous Sunflower by Barbara Jensen that Melissa chose for me & my OSAAT teamies this week, I just knew it was time to use it. The paper on the bottom, with the stripes and sunflower border, is also a Graphic 45 DP, but not quite as long-hoarded.

For the opposite side, I printed a sentiment from TLC Creations onto a textured yellow paper.

  1. Cards Galore: Flowers
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  3. Creative Craft Challenges #21: Anything Goes
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  6. MarkerPOP Challenge: Anything Goes with Copic or ShinHan markers (2nd entry)
  7. Sister Act Card Challenge #29: Anything Goes
  8. The Crafting Cafe: Anything Goes
  9. Through The Craft Room Door: Always Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting, and hope you'll join us this week at OSAAT,


  1. Like the style of the notch swing for your Sunflower. Not made one of those before. Will have to give it a try. The finished inside is great.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  2. Your card is beautiful. The papers make it look so vintage, lovely. Hazel x

  3. Oh CG - this is an out of this world, real eye candy card, such strong, striking colours, beautiful sentiment and gorgeous inside. Am in love with the dp you used just perfect (my address is ..... just so you can pop it in the post to me lol) Hugs Jane xxxx

  4. Oh wow Cg, this card has completely blown me away.'s spectacular. I love the swinging sunflower image and the sentiment on the back is so uplifting. The sunflower paper is so rich and opulent ... and, as Hazel has observed, gives such a rich vintage feel to this wonderful card. Love Ingrid xx

  5. Love the swing card. Something to add to my list of things I need to learn how to do.

  6. Great style. I love the DP paper you've used on the inside and the sentiment is lovely.
    Thank you for joining us at CWD.
    Hugs Wynn DT x

  7. Great card. I've never used that technique before. Thanks for joining us at Sister Act Card Challenge this week.

  8. Very pretty CG! Love this type of card.


    Your Sister OSAAT DT

  9. I love your card! Sunflowers are just soo beautiful! Thanks for sharing this with us at The Crafting Cafe!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  10. I love this swing card CG - I haven't seen one like this before. I also love your papers they are so colourful. great card altogether.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx OSAAT teamie

  11. This card is great! I haven't tried a swing card, but you've made sound so straight forward that I might have to give it a go... Perfect sentiment too!

    Victoria x
    OSAAT teamie

  12. Very creative and colourful. Nice to see such a different design for our challenges at CWD Ina

  13. Cg this card is stunning.. The paper matches it perfectly !! Its beautiful, so bright and colourful.. Made me smile.

    Big Hugs
    Choccy xx

  14. Outstanding card, and makes a change from all the halloween and xmas cards that are around, love it hun xx

  15. This is fabulous! Love the papers you've added, especially the red-toned one!

  16. Oooh I can see why you've been hoarding that paper - it's luscious! And just perfect for this card. :)

    Great swing card and I love the colours and the construction of it.

    Ali (your OSAAT DT teamie)

  17. Gorgeous CG! I have never seen this technique done like this before so can't help with a name. Your coloring is amazing and great design.

  18. OH CG, this is just the motion of the card...and the vibrant colours you used both on the image and in the papers you used. Love it.
    Lynn, fellow DT Member, OSAAT

  19. This turned out great, love sunflowers, thanks for playing with us at Crafting with DRagonflies, blessings Hilde

  20. Such a striking card, CG and just love those papers you've used, it's gorgeous. Hugs Jennie xx

  21. Wonderful design and your use of the hoarded papers is spot on! Thanks for sharing with us at CWD in our current challenge - trees/nature/leaves.

  22. Fabulous card CG, great design & coloring!
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    Shell in Alaska

  23. Cg, this is stunning! Love the style of your card and the beautiful paper on the inside. Thanks for sharing this!
    Hugs from your DT sis,
    Tracey xo

  24. Great card. Thanks for joining in our "Anything Goes" challenge at Creative Craft.
    Bev x


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