It's so exciting for me to help celebrate The Flower Challenge's 5th Birthday with my teammates this month! I have had such fun this year making cards that must include flowers - like THAT could be a hardship??
Congratulations to Aileen and Vivien who started it all, and have kept all of us on our toes, and enjoying it! Congratulations to all of the past team member, those of you who have guested, or won one of our challenges over the years!
So, are you ready to party with us?? There are lot of prizes, a very special guest designer, too: Emily Midgett who illustrates some of the most wonderful flowers!
Okay, here's your birthday prompt - use a shape, but don't forget the flowers!
I HAD to make a birthday card, right?
This is my latest Paint-a-Flower purchase from Altenew,
called White Swan Echinacea ... today I made them brown-eyed Susan's!
They were stamped onto cardstock in black, then clear heat embossed. I had no problem fussy cutting them, as there is no coordinating die set.
My 'shape' comes from a Postage Layers die from Wplus9, cut
from SSS Kona card stock... it has the loveliest texture - wish you could still buy it!
It was easy to create a shaped card base from 80# card using the same die, but keeping the cutting edge away from the fold.
A fun sentiment, and jewels from Pinkfresh Studio, and I was done!
Now is the time I must send you over to The Flower Challenge team blog, not only to see all the wonderful inspiration from the team, but also to find out all about the prizes that up for grabs [I will be giving a prize!!] by playing along!! We can't wait to see our Challenge #61 gallery fill up this month!
Thanks for stopping by - and for supporting The Flower Challenge!
Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL card Michele!! Your coloring of your black eyed Susan's (that's what I call 'em too!) is so pretty and I just love how they pop against your lovely deep brown postage stamp die cut card base. The finishing touch of the PFS jewels totally makes the card...love it!! Hugs. :0)
SO pretty, and so striking against that dark background! How cool that it's in a postage stamp shape! Very clever, my friend!
I'm so glad you used this echinacea for your card, I've been eyeing it for a while as it's one of my favorite blooms. It makes for a lovely brown-eyed Susan and your coloring is awesome. Would never thought to use the aged mahogany for shading. It looks amazing with the other colors. That deep brown postage stamp card is ideal for these flowers, too. Just a gorgeous Fall card.
Michele what a gorgeous bloom and your colouring is fantastic! There are so many names for these. I have always known then as black eyes Susans, but as you know they have brown eyes! Lovely!
What a fabulous card Michele. The colors are warm and lovely.
I do love a dark background, this looks fabulous, it really shows off the flowers which you have coloured beautifully xx
The card front color looks terrific with the florals! Beautiful design!
Wow beautiful card indeed!!
What a fun postage stamp shape, I haven't seen that one before....?? and your flowers are soooo pretty Michele along with some fabulous fussy cutting!
Looks fabulous Michele, those flowers so pretty watercoloured and the postage stamp die, never thought to use as a cardbase. Love it xx hugs Aileen
Oh, I like the chocolatey brown postage shape you've used! It makes the perfect background for those lovely blooms. I tried to grow them in our backyard a few years ago. After the second year ~ kaput!
Beautiful coloured flowers, Michele! Such a lovely bouquet that looks absolutely amazing on the dark brown card base. xx
Perfect "susans" (it's what I call them too), and your postage stamp base shape is perfect to draw attention to the base
The postage die cut shape, on the dark card stock shows off those beautiful Black Eyed Susan's to perfection. Such a beautiful card, wonderfully coloured and Happy 5th to you and the fabulous challenge Michele x.
You certainly are the fussy cutting queen of the universe... Love your cone flowers. Wonderful birthday card!
Beautiful work, Michele! Yep, I'd call them Black Eyed Susans myself. Your watercoloring is terrific. I love how it pops off the black background. Thanks so much for sharing!
Brown Eyed Susans are one of my favorite flowers and these are so beautiful, Michele! They really pop against the dark shaped background! I may be coloring some of these again myself!
What a unique shaped card in Fall colors! The dark brown base looks so yummy! Fabulous coloring on those "brown-eyed Susan's"! Love the highlighting in the center of the flowers!
I love Susan's although I thought they were black eyed. lol Your coloriing of them is beautiful, Michele. I wasn't sure if the prompt was add shape or make a shaped card. I love the shape of yours and it's so striking in the dark brown.
I love your brown eye Susan card Michele They really pop off that nice dark postage background card base. This looks like a fun flower to stamp and color! Hugs, Brenda
The flowers are colored so beautifully and they look even more beautiful on the dark brown shaped card base, Michele! This is so unexpected and special!
Oh, I just love how you colored your 'Susie's', Michele! Such a beautiful color palette and your postage stamp border is perfect!
Oh my I do love those Brown Eyed Susans! And they look fabulous against the brown backdrop!
Only you could make a brown base card looking stunning... What can I say --- Girl you rock!
Beautiful card Michelle
Beautiful card and I love the colors and well as the postage stamp shape. So pretty!
Congrats to 5 years of The Flower Challenge! Your flowers look wonderful - I feel like I can reach out and feel the texture of those flower centres through the screen!
Michelle, your beautifully colored flowers look amazing on the dark postage stamp background, whatever their name, they are beautiful.
Stay healthy and safe.
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