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Pennywise Arts Blog Hop 2011: Beadie Sunflower

So here we are at our first featured project of this year's Pennywise Arts Blog Hop.  If you have just arrived here and don't know about the Hop, please visit the Pennywise Arts Blog to learn all about it.  If you haven't seen our featured article to begin hopping here on the Trail, click here to read it.  We don't want you miss out on your chance to win fantastic prizes and blog candy!

Nancy is sharing with us today her beaded sunflower card. It's so bright and springy, perfect for the gray stormy days we've had lately to brighten spirits with a hint and promise of spring!  Join her as she guides you through how to create this beauty.  And don't forget, leave her some love in the comment section at the end of the project for your chance to win this beautiful card, AND your chance to win a $25 shopping spree at the Pennywise Arts store!

By: Nancy Thaut, Artistic Guide

Pennywise Beadie Sunflower

Finished Card Size: 5.5” x 4.25”

Sunflowers (Heartfelt Creations)
Leaves (Stampendous)
Verse (TPS Studio)
Spring Glitter Matstack (DCWV)
Scrap Paper
Vintage Sepia (Versafine)
Yellow Cadmium, Amber Clay, Burnt Sienna (Colorbox)
Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens (Tsukineko)
Multicolor Micro Beads (Pennywise Arts)
Blossom Two Die Cut (Spellbinders)
Heartfelt Creations Butterfly (Spellbinders)
Aqua Liquid Glue (Tombow)


  1. Last month I went to Portland  to attend the stamp show and got these fabulous sunflower stamps and the die cuts shown.  What fun.
  2. Stamp several medium and small sunflowers on a yellow scrap of paper with Sepia Ink and let dry.   Using blossom 2 die cut, cut out flowers with your Cuttlebug or whatever machine you use. 
  3. For a single blossom use 2 medium and 1 small flower.  Using the lightest of the ColorBox inks, rub across paper, working from the edge of the center to the tip of the flower.  With the next ink, color closer to the point of the flower.  With the darkest ink, color just the tip of the flower. With sharp scissors, clip between flower petals to the center edge on one medium and one small flower.   Curl edges either a brush handle or small round stick.   Add glue to the center of the smallest flower, spread glue with a toothpick or small stick and sprinkle multicolor PennyWise  Micro Beads. Press beads into flower and let dry.
  4. On a scrap of green paper stamp leaves, cut out leaves and curl with round stick.  Die cut the butterfly and rub the butterfly with variegated green ink.  Bend and curve the butterfly until it reaches the shape you wish.   Add glue down the center, use stick to spread, press Pennywise Micro Beads into the center.  [Note:  The multicolored beads are a combination of micro beads used for several projects and then all leftover beads were added to the same container.]
  5. Stamp verse on same color of paper as flower and leaves.  On card base attach printed paper, then green text paper.  Attach leaves with pop dots.  The bottom layer of flower is flat but attached with pop dots.  The middle flower has curled pedals and offset from the first flower.  It also has pop dots and as does the small flowers.  Attach the butterfly with pop dots also.

Hop on over to our next featured project using microbeads!  And don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win!

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18 Responses »

  1. Nancy,
    I really love your card. I don't usually like sunflowers but this is really pretty. I love butterflies though and the dimension is great. Beautiful card.

  2. Nancy, I just bought a couple of heartfelt stamps and can't wait to use them now. Your butterfly and the sunflowers are gorgeous. Lovely, lovely!

  3. The coordinating dies and stamps are so cool! The beaded flower center really adds a lot of texture to your design. Thanks for being a part of the "Hop"

  4. lovely card. i like to make 3D cards when i can deliver them in person or am mailing a package. thanks for the tut. i like the butterfly. think i even have that die.

  5. What a bright sunny card I love the sunflower and with the butterfly it makes a very elegant card,
    Thank You

  6. What a gorgeous effect--the 3-D and beaded center make that an extra pretty sunflower!


  7. Gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Vicki C.

  8. I just love th3-D effect w/ the sunflowers. They are so sunny like. Hugs TheresaD-W

  9. what a great way to use beads, love the idea!

  10. Love sunflowers and these are extra special!

  11. All the 3-D pieces are just wonderful on this card! Beautiful card with such a great use of the microbeads.

  12. Love the card! The sunflowers are so pretty! 🙂 Love, Melissa (email: lovelyred203@yahoo.com)

  13. Beautiful! I love the sunflower but the butterfly is my favorite.

    iamvictorias at gmail dot com

  14. Nancy! I love all the texture and dimension in your card! Thanks for taking the time to participate in our blog hop - this is so much fun!!

    Hugs, Suzanne

  15. Nancy,
    Love the way you used your new Heartfelt set!!! Very nice. Ü

  16. Thanks for letting us know, Cindy. It is now fixed.

  17. your link to the next featured project is not working for me.