Friday, August 26, 2011

Inspiration Avenue: Sunflowers


I could have posted this challenge any day this week, but since Friday is the day I post my IA challenges, I stuck with the plan. When Shel offered this Sunflower challenge for Inspiration Avenue this week, I was thrilled since the theme resonates so prominently in my life. I decided to bring back a few round robin altered book pages I made last November for my friend Marlynn. Her theme was sunflowers and as Shel pointed out, they are the state flower of Kansas. If you want to revisit the entire post and all the pages I made for Marlynn, they are here. So enjoy this return to days gone by, as well as a couple of new photos, and hopefully most of these will be new to many of you.




I don't normally stamp, but dug out a rubber stamp for the pocket.


Here are the two postcards I included.


I "stole" "borrowed" the idea for this page from Lisa at Wright Stuff.


This is a technique I learned from Lynn at Her Creative Spirit.


If you think sunflowers are only for my art, here is a really dark photo of a couple of friends/neighbors at a restaurant where sunflowers take center stage.



And finally, a photo of a bouquet of flowers from the local flower shop that I used in two of my pages in Marlynn's round robin pages. I cut out the sunflowers and used them as image transfers. Now you can see sunflowers are definitely a part of my life. So hop on over to Inspiration Avenue to see what others are posting for this challenge.


19 thoughtful remarks:

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Loved your postcards and I am looking forward to having some time to explore your blog. It is 9pm Friday night here in Australia so I get to go to sleep with your lovely comments in mind! Hope you have agreat day xx

Gayle said...

Hello Elizabeth, I love your sun-flower inspirations. My young niece used sun-flowers as the theme for her wedding......invitations, bouquets, button-holes, table decorations, wedding cake, thank you notes, everything ! They are such happy flowers tho. You must be exhausted after all the work you have been doing in your basement. It is definitely starting to look very comfortable and functional. Have a 'restful' and lovely weekend. xx

Marilyn Rock said...

I love sunflowers and your sunflower inspiration art is beautiful! xxoo

see you there! said...

The pages you made featuring sunflowers area great. I like the idea of a postcard pocket.

Darla

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Wow, I love all these different pages- each one is beautiful in it's own right! I haven't had any time to paint this week, but your post has really inspired me, so maybe I'll cobble something together for the challenge today :) Thanks for the inspiration!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Sunflowers are among my favorite flower! Your pages are all so pretty and sunny! Have a nice weekend!

Dianne said...

sunflowers always make me smile...and these pages are definitely smile-worthy! lovely work!

Dianne said...

Lovely... all of it...

peggy gatto said...

Brilliant!!!
Gorgeous!!!
Beautiful!

abby j said...

I see you love sunflowers as I do...I love the HUGE ones best! Beautiful use of these gorgeous blooms throughout your posting...
Thanks for sharing...

xox,
abbyj
www.thevivere.blogspot.com

Marit said...

Aaahhhh... good old Vincent would have smiled seeing your sunflowers! I know I do!

~*~Patty S said...

what a bright and cheery thing to have in your life M...I {heart} your sunflower pages for Marlynn so much!

Stay cool and have a great weekend!
oxo

kimmie said...

I love sunflowers! I wonder what my state flower is? I don't even know :)

Really cool old postcards

Terrie said...

I love your sunflowers and particularly your book pages. Thanks for sharing the technique links so I can try them too. And the tips for working with sharpies/alcohol are great with such a pretty smooshy finished product. Love your blog!

Felicia Kramer said...

I love these pages! Great job!

New End Studio said...

These are all so beautiful!

IM GIRL said...

I am an altered book lover and the sunflower pages are awesome! Thanks for sharing them and they have inspired me to get busy where I left off on my altered books in the works!

XO
Kim

artangel said...

You have a whole garden full of sunflowers here, each one different and lovely in it's own right! Gorgeous submission - you've excelled yourself!

priti.lisa said...

Lots of good ideas and pretty art here Elizabeth! You can't go wrong with sunflowers.
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