November 15, 2022


If you are a follower of my blog, you probably realize that I am a real lover of sunflowers. Aren't they simply glorious?

So, when a new Stampin' Up! or Paper Pumpkin sunflower stamp comes out, I am totally on board. 

The precious sunflower I used in this card was one of the stamps that came in the August 2022 Paper Pumpkin kit, called Sweet Sunflowers.

I found some adhesive-backed cork at Dollar Tree. Thinking it looked quite fallish, I incorporated a circle of it in my card. I cut this circle of the cork with a die, so easy and quick.

Added to a fall-themed piece of retired Designer Series Paper -- isn't it a great combination? -- the look was complete.

Here you go, a tutorial on how to recreate this card. Oh, FYI, the cork comes in a sheet in a plastic wrapper and can be found in the crafting section at Dollar Tree.

White cardstock
Daffodil Delight cardstock
A fallish-looking piece of Designer Series Paper

Sweet Sunflowers stamp (Sweet Sunflowers, August 2022 Paper Pumpkin kit)
Quiet Meadow stamp set (page 68, Annual Catalog)

Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Stampin' Blends in: Dark Daffodil Delight, Light and Dark Old Olive, Light Soft Suede and Light Pumpkin Pie

Die Cutting/Embossing Machine
A sheet of adhesive-backed cork
Layering Circles dies (page 172, Annual Catalog)
Old Olive/White Bakers Twine
Stampin' Dimensionals

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of white cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

Choose a fallish-looking Designer Series Paper, cut it to 3 3/4" x 5", and adhere this to a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock that measures 4" x 5 1/4". 

Around the lower portion of this piece, wrap green and white bakers twine three times, taping the ends to the back. Arrange the twine so it is not just straight across to give it a little personality.

Add this piece to the card base.

On white cardstock, stamp the sunflower from the Sweet Sunflowes Paper Pumpkin kit in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, as well as the center of the flower and two of the leaves. Color these images as you wish.

Fussy cut all the components and put them together. NOTE:The center doesn't fit snugly. Before adhering this in place, use a fine line black marker to extend a few of the flower lines to the center, then color in a little further than the stamped center of the flower.

From an adhesive-backed cork sheet, use a circle die that measures 3" in diameter to cut a circle on which your sunflower can rest. Add the sunflower. Adhere this to the DSP, with equal margins at the top and sides.

On a 1/2" x 2 1/4" piece of white cardstock, stamp a sentiment in black ink. Use Stampin' Dimensionals to add this over the bakers twine strands.


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  1. That is a lovely card! The addition of the cork is just genius and makes it feel so rustic. Pinned.

    1. Thanks, Joanne! Rustic is another good word for it. I was looking for autumn-like. That cork is just so much fun to work with!

  2. What a talent you have! At the age of 70 I've started experimenting with zentangle, botanical drawing, and watercolor. You've tempted me to try this as well. I do love your work.
    Thanks for sharing at

    1. First of all, is your name Sue? I'm assuming it is, so, thank you so much,, Sue! I also am 70. (It is still hard to admit to that number!) Isn't it fun to try new things, no matter what your age is? Do you mean that you are going to try cardmaking? If that's what you want to attempt next, I would love to help you with any questions you might have! Just hit me up! We gotta keep growing and learning, right?

  3. They really are glorious! And this card is glorious too :-)