Ciao Bella Thankful Sunflowers Card

Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Card Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ciao Bella Thankful Sunflowers Card

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  Today’s post features this Ciao Bella Thankful Sunflowers card that I made for my blogging buddy, Anita Houston. (The Artful Maven Haven)  Anita’s lovely blog was one of the very first that I followed.  She is one of the most talented, generous and lovely people in the mixed media world.  As a Ranger Educator, she shared dozens of techniques via her blog.  Although we have very different styles, I was able to translate many of them into my paper driven crafting.  And, she was one of the people who gently kicked me in the seat of my pants and said, “Start a blog!”  She still visits and supports my blog, which means the world to me.  My nickname for  her is “Beautiful Soul”.

In a recent email, she was praising me for the sunflowers I used on THIS card. When I mentioned to her that I had used Ranger Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Spray on the petals to amp up the color, I also mentioned that I was sad because my supply was nearly gone.  Since these mists are now retired, I was sad to see it go.  Anita immediately mailed me a package of all the colors, no charge, and she wouldn’t even let me pay postage.  See why I call her Beautiful Soul?  So this card is on its way to my dear friend, Anita.

Ciao Bella Thankful Sunflowers Card with The Sound of Autumn


This was my first play with Ciao Bella papers…but it will NOT be my last!  Ooh la la!  What fun I had making this fancy fold card.  This is a Z-Fold Box card, and I have a YouTube tutorial that will show you how to make the base HERE.   There is additional information for this style card on my blog HERE.  So that ought to keep you busy this weekend!

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflowers Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Heartfelt Creations Sunflowers take center stage along with beautiful layered papers, metal embellishments and gingham ribbon. Yes, I love gingham ribbon!  I’ll share a supply list at the end of this post.

For more Heartfelt Creations Sunflowers on my blog, click HERE.

Ciao Bella Thankful Sunflowers Card: A Peek Inside

So, the hedgehog….all together now…oooooooooh!  Don’t you just love it?  And of course, there’s a little tea pocket.

The z-fold area is just big enough to hold a pocket for one of my precious demitasse spoons and a little tag.  These are the z folds inside the card.

And these are the folds behind the front cover.  I would love to sit on this park bench and soak up the autumn sunshine.  How about you?

No tutorial today…just a lovely little autumn card and a shout out to a dear friend who helped me get my feet under me in the crafting world.  Love you, Anita!

Thanks for stopping by!



Supply List

15 thoughts on “Ciao Bella Thankful Sunflowers Card

  1. Anita Houston

    So I’m finally coming round to see this, and now I’m in tears! Your words touched me deeply, and I am so happy to have you in my blogging world (and hopefully in the flesh), and YOU are the beautiful soul! I love you friend, and thank you so much for my beautiful beautiful card!!!! I shall treasure it always!!!

  2. lynn legge

    another beautiful card….those sunflowers are soooo gorgeous. as ive said before I just love your details with colors and textures…and the pockets for tea…sigh
    love the fall feel

  3. Isabel Borrero-Gonzalez

    This is another beautiful card and Kathy you are a beautiful soul as well! You take the time to make and share all your beautiful creations, inspiring us with each and every projects. Thank you!!

  4. Helen

    Kathy, I always love seeing your sunflower creations. The bows are just the right touch for these lovelies. So glad you have such a beautiful and generous friend. You deserve it! tfs

  5. Martie Rollin

    This is one of those projects that makes me happy that I have eyes that work! Beautiful! Ditto to all the comments about those sunflowers…love the centers!

  6. Sue

    This is an amazing card Kathy, so much detail (of course) and all the yumminess that you put into your cards. Really amazing project!! Anita is a pretty special lady.

  7. Susan Steele

    Oh my goodness Kathy!!! How sweet! I totally agree with everything Gena said! And I am so in luv with those Sunflowers ….so so gorgeous! Luv the centers!!! Wow! Thanks for sharing your story and your amazing card! Beautiful inside too! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Suzy Q

  8. Cheryl Wells

    Gorgeous card for your great friend, Kathy!! I love Ciao Bella paper – their designs are so pretty and you just made them outstanding!! Thank you for sharing your feelings to a friend. Love it!!

  9. Gena L Krannig

    What a lovely story about your friend, Kathy. And what a beautiful card for a beautiful soul! The ribbons and flowers are gorgeous and that darling little hedgehog is so cute! He looks like he’s coming out of his little basket to get a spot of tea. LOL I LOVE that park bench. There is something about benches that brings comfort , especially in the Fall. And what a fabulous paper collection. I had not heard of that company before. I’m sure if I check it out it will fall into my cart. Thank you for sharing this lovely card. Hugs!

  10. Priscilla Hughs

    Always fun to see different paper collections…and this one is so “feel good”! I will have to check it out and as usual you pulled everything together… it’s beautiful!

  11. Sara Emily Barker

    What a fabulous fall card to thank a very generous and supportive friend! Anita is a sweetheart, and has been supportive of my blog, as well. (where does she find the time to visit?!) Love these colorful papers, and how you’ve layered them. Those sunflowers, the metallic touches and gingham bows make for a stunning cover, and then inside–so many surprises! Lovely, Kathy!

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