What Makes Me Smile

I’m baaaaack!!  HELLO Again, Happy Monday  & Welcome to a new challenge theme for the month of June at Our Creative Corner!!  We are being hosted this month by my lovely OCC Teammie, Jan Hill – Scrapbooking from the Attic.  I just love her theme this month-


Close your eyes for a few minutes, relax and think about something that makes you smile….It could be a special person, a favorite place, an experience, the list is endless.

Your challenge for June is to create something that will make us smile–It could be a scrapbook or art journal page, a canvas, a tag, whatever your imagination dictates.


Jan’s challenge is being sponsored this month by Tando Creative, with a surprise cache of their wonderful goodies, awarded to one randomly drawn participant.  Then Jan will pick her overall challenge winner, who will be featured in a future Guest Designer spot, then she’ll have her Top 3 winners to award blog badges to!


I took Jan’s challenge theme to my simplest, purest thoughts of what makes me happy–


SUNFLOWERS!!  When I closed my eyes, thinking of what makes me happy, a great big, sunshiny, yellow head of a Sunflower is what I saw.  Well, actually, a field of towering Sunflowers is what I really saw in my head!!  And that really makes me Happy & Smile!!


What also makes me smile, is making cards–going back to my earliest beginnings of crafting, and making a nice & simple card…with a few creative tricks I’ve learned since 1997!!  Here, I’ve got one of my biggest Sunflower stamps that I own and panels of stock that I’m going to use to make this card.  The piece of Kraft Resist will be my background panel.


I cut three panels of white card stock that were big enough for the Sunflower image.  I stained each panel with different Distress Stains.


This one is stained with Rusty Hinge Distress Spray Stain.


This panel is Wild Honey & Mustard Seed DSS.


This one is Squeezed Lemonade DS with a spritz of Rusty Hinge DSS.  Behind the scenes, I stamped the Sunflower image onto each panel with Jet Black Archival, and fussy cut each flower.


I stained the piece of Kraft Resist with Rusty Hinge, Mustard Seed & Squeezed Lemonade DSs and heat set.  I roughed up the edges with my paper distresser and inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI.  I cut a piece of Color Core to size, roughed up the edges and mounted the stained kraft resist on top.  I ran through my sewing machine and gave the panels a rough border stich.


I layered the 3 fussy cut Sunflowers together and added an additional center layer, that I roughly stitched into place.


I wanted a bit of fun texture at the center of this flower and I thought stitching would be perfect and tie in nicely with the stitching around the border.


I outlined the layered Sunflower with my Walnut Stain DM and my water brush, to give a soft, dark shadow.  Then I outlined with my white gel pen for a little pop, then I outlined again with the fine tip of my Pumice Stone DM, to turn down the volume on the pop from the white gel pen.


I added a Big Chat sticker and outlined that the same way I did the Sunflower.  Happy!!


I mounted the panel on a kraft card base, that I had previously given a stitched border to, too!  To finish, I masked off the Sunflower and gave a splattering of Black Soot & Antique Linen DPs with a round paint brush.

This is What Makes Me Smile!!  Now, let’s see what makes you smile and bring it over to Our Creative Corner for Jan’s challenge this month!  The challenge closes on Sunday, June 28th at 11:55pm UK time, so you’ve got plenty of time to visit each of my OCC Design Teammates blog’s and see what makes them smile, too!

I will be back at Our Creative Corner on Thursday June 4th to announce the winners of my May Challenge–April Showers Bring May Flowers!! That’s EXCITING!!  There were a total of 102 entrants and the creations were amazing!!

Thanks so much for starting your week with me!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamp:  Sunflower (Stampin’ Up)
  • Surfaces:  Kraft Resist (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Color Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Kraft & White Card Stocks (PTI)
  • Distress Stain, Spray Stains, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Big Chat Sticker (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Water Brush; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Double-Backed Tape (3M); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Ink Blending Tool; Craft Sheet (Ranger)

19 thoughts on “What Makes Me Smile

  1. Oh wow, I totally LOVE this card Shari!!! That sunflower stamp for a start is brilliant, and the way you have used it is genius! The additional stitching in the centre is such a great touch! Completely stunning card!!!

    • Hi Astrid! Thank you sooo much!! I love sunflowers, and this is a stamp that I’ve had for several years and never use!! Go figure! I think it’s going to be making regular appearances!! Thank you for stopping by!! XOXO-Shari

  2. Fabulous project Shari !! Love the stamps you used. This has a Happy feel all over it! Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers too!! Have a Happy day my friend. xoxox Laurie

  3. Hi Shari, you made me smile! I love sunflowers, it reminds me of travelling through France and Spain. I love how the flowers turn towards the sun. The stitching really enhances the flowers and the fussy cutting adds depth and interest. Thank you for making such an interesting card for the challenge. Hugs Jan x

    • Hi Jan!! Well, your challenge theme took me straight to Sunflowers–Really!! I love them and they do make me smile 🙂 Have fun with hosting the challenge!! XOXO-Shari

  4. This is really really really really LOVELY Shari. The colors are just amazing – love that you did fussy cutting too!! Thanks for sharing happiness! j.

  5. My gosh you’ve been a busy girl! Your gorgeous sunflower card definitely made me smile Shari, beautiful layers of sunflower loveliness and all those stitches adding just the right amount of texture. Love the stitched center, perfect! Thanks for sharing this wonderful card.

    • This is why I’ve been a bit quiet lately–the beginning of the month design team commitments, but those are coming to a close, and soon I can come out and play again!! I’m so glad that you like my Sunflower card and it made you smile!! That makes me smile!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  6. OMG Shari, what a fabulous ‘happy’ make!!!! 😀 It really makes me happy too, your fabulous attention to detail gives always so wonderful results!!
    I love your layering of sunflowers, the stitching at the heart of it is just the icing of the cake wow… 🙂
    And the way you have cut some little triangles near the center to discover another distressed background is fantastic, even brilliant!! 😀 Hugs and bises, Coco xxx

    • Hi Coco!! You saw the little pieces I cut out!! Thank You!! I actually did that on all three flowers, not knowing which one was going to be layered on top 🙂 🙂 I love to fussy cut, so these flowers were like therapy for me! I can’t be distracted or else…OUCH!! 😉 🙂 LOL!! Thank you so much for coming by and spending some time here!! That’s so meaningful!! Bises!! XOXO-Shari

  7. Majestueux tournesol!!! This sunflower is amazing, Shari, so shining! And I’m happy you came back to your sewing machine: perfect!

    • Thank You, Lys!! I was so hoping the smiles and happiness that Sunflowers give to me, would translate through this card 🙂 Thank you so much for coming over!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  8. Shari your sunflower card is as beautiful and warm as your amazing sunny personality. I love how you say that this is a simple card but upon looking closer and reading all the steps that went into it – this is anything but simple. Fussy-cutting those flowers 3 times!!!!! Kudo’s to you, I have a natural aversion to fussy-cutting – I applaud your tenacity to stick with it through 3 pieces. And OMG on the stitching around the centre of the flower – PERFECT! I absolutely loved, loved, loved this card! You really were such a great and inspiring force for me this month. – hugs- Candice

    • Hi Candice!! YOU make me smile!! And cry 😉 But that’s a good thing!! 🙂 Oh, I LOVE to fussy cut! It’s like therapy for me, and when I’m done, I’m always so amazed at what I’ve got in detail in front of me! I won’t talk about how I almost hurt my finger with the machine stitching in the center, though! 🙂 🙂 Don’t look away from a running sewing machine!! Lesson learned 🙂 🙂 Candice, your kind words saying that I helped your inspiration this month, is the biggest compliment ever! I don’t know what I could have said, but YOU are the one with the light of inspiration in you and I thank YOU for inspiring me!! XOXO-Shari

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