Sunday, 1 September 2013


We have some poppy inspiration for our September Challenge at Stamping Sensations! A field of beautiful poppies (Brenda's favourite, of course!).

We'd like you to take inspiration from the photo for your projects, so for instance you could go for the colours, the general scene, or the poppies themselves. I've gone for all of those!

First of all I made the background scene. I hand drew the field and distant hills with watercolour pencils, overstamped the trees and drew the fence. Next I drew in the distant poppies, making them slightly more defined towards the foreground.

The main poppy image was then stamped over the background picture, coloured with Promarkers to make it stand out, and the flower centres dotted in with a black gel pen.

I hand cut a frame with an arch-shaped aperture from white card, drew a black border around it and mounted it over the picture. The whole thing was mounted on to the red patterned background paper, and finally on to an 8" x 8" base card. The frame was decorated with various diecuts, a stamped bee and some little butterflies, and a sentiment. Glitter glue was added to the insects' wings.

The gorgeous poppy stamp is by our lovely sponsor for September, Chloe Endean of Chloe's Creative Cards. Her "Stamps By Chloe" range has something for everyone, including Christmas stamps and a great selection of sentiments. Chloe has very generously donated a super selection of her products worth around £50 for our lucky winner this month!

The Design Team have produced some really lovely samples for you, so do go and have a look at them on the Challenge Blog. We are looking forward to seeing all your poppy-inspired projects!

Here's what I made my card with:

Main poppy image: Poppy Border from Stamps By Chloe. Tree stamps: Crafty Individuals. Bee stamp: Tonic Studios (by Ruth Hamilton). Tiny butterfly stamp and sentiment:  Hobby Art.
Diecuts - Prim Poppy, Chloe Stem, Fuchsia Sprig, all by Memory Box. Leaves (Flourish Leaf Strip) by Cheery Lynn. Sentiment cut out with Spellbinders label die. Background paper from my stash (very old!).


brenda said...

A lovely take on the photo inspiration Lynne and the addition of the foliage outside the frame really draws the eye.

Hope you have a good Sunday.

B x

Sally H said...

Just gorgeous! I love how you framed it so beautifully. I love the subtle watercolour background - stunning x

lisa said...

Hi Lynne
It seems ages since I've been by but slowly catching up after my hols.
This is stunning. I love the mix of stamps and dies, it created a fantastic depth. Aren't poppies just beautiful.
Hope all is good with you and yours.
Hugs Lisax

MaxineD said...

Wow Lynne you are quite the artist - love the scene you have created!

Tracy said...

Hi Lynne
I love the arrangement/design on this really beautiful creation. I love it!!!!
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Eret said...

Amazing, Lynne! Your drawing is so beautiful. Love the scene you made. It's a really gorgeous card with all its stunning flowers, pretty die cuts and lovely sparkling bee and butterflies. Love it!
Eret x

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Your poppies are beautiful. Thanks for visiting my blog(s). You make beautiful work.
lovely greet

Stella said...

You created the background with your watercolor pencils?? You did a fantastic job!!!And the poppies are almost popping of the card:) Wow!