How about a clean and simple design for today? I played with last months’ Flourishes set - Friendship and Flowers and my Silhouette machine and had some fun. For the release last month I did a similar technique with this set in THIS POST so for instructions you can click there. Essentially I used the Silhouette cut file for this lovely set and enlarged it in my Silhouette program, then cut it on the Classic Kraft card stock creating a negative space window to stamp my pretty flower in.
I inked the flower in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamped in on this lovely Memorabilia designer paper , colouring it in lightly with copics and highlighting the sentiment with a light copic marker.
Very simple clean accents including some lines with my Copic Multi-liner, buttons and some simple grey seambinding in a bow.
Short and sweet for today! Catch you later this week for our Flourishes Pre-Release Challenge for December…can you believe it!?
I enjoy making designs work in multiple ways, so today I thought I’d show you another couple of ways I played with the fabulous So Distressed Set from Flourishes, creating a more feminine and then masculine design with the set and chalboard style technique.
I began by picking some interesting colour palettes that both included grey, one that has more feminine direction with the pink, and the masculine one with the blue and rust.
On the feminine design I stamped the honeycomb hexagons in the multiple inks running on the horizontal plane, linking up the corners of the shapes along the way in a random pattern (Memento inks - Olive Grove, Gray Flannel and a hot pink) all stamped on Flourishes Classic Ivory cardstock. Then after I had a pattern I liked I overstamped the design with the smaller damask image in the set and stamped off grey ink. Then I sewed this panel onto some Color Made Easy - Cool Neutrals cardstock and Candy Pink card stock.
For the main sentiment I used some designer paper that had these gray chalboard style sheets and cut out a larger honeycomb shape with the Spellbinders Hexagon die. I overstamped this shape with Gray Flannel ink with the damask stamp. Then, I embossed the sentiment from Country Time Christmas set in white, and then did a little chalkboard enhancing, white primacolor pencil accents around the words, then with a baby wipe I dipped a bit in white craft ink and swiped it over the hexagon. I like the softness that the damp baby wipe adds to the ink so it doesn’t blotch too much. To me it looks more realistic chalkboard effect.
Then I stamped a few extra hexagons, trimmed them out and popped them up as accents with some enamel dots and pink seambinding and gray braided trim.
Now for the masculine design I have a few subtle changes, do you notice them? I’ve oriented the hexagons to a more vertical plane with the points up and down, changed the colors to Teal Zeal, Gray Flannel and Morocco ink. The sentiment is from our new Grab A Cup set, and is done chalkboard style the same way as the feminine card.
More masculine accents are buttons and silver metallic cording.
This So Distressed set is SO fun to play with! I think it’s helped give me a real renewed joy in just stamping!
How about a little look into what it’s like at my house when I try to take family pictures of my clan. It was my husband’s birthday and this is how it went...
Kids settle down, let’s take a nice picture…my husband reaches over to touch our older son on the shoulder to get him to sit back. He takes it as someone attacking him :) Plus the little one is just a goof ball.
Next middle son trys to hug his sister. She obviously doesn’t want to be hugged by him.
Next, of course they can’t all work together and have nice smiles, someone in there (who loves drama, can you tell who?) has to make some goofy face. There is never a dull moment with him around.
And this was as close to a nice shot as we could get. Sigh. I love my family. They make me laugh.
Concert season is starting! This is our daughter’s fingers in action playing flute in her Symphonic Concert. What a beautiful night of music it was.
And the last game of the playoffs for the VB team. Our son was #8 the setter. He played every single game except one I think. Really proud of him.
A little tip over the net...
And the team picture, some nice kids on the team. I enjoyed watching them play this season.
Thanks for dropping by today! Only 4 more weeks of this photography project!
Hello all! We hope you had a wonderful American Thanksgiving with family or friends if you’re in the US! At Flourishes, we feel stuffed — not only our bellies but our warehouse as well! We are ready for the Christmas season and to get YOU ready, we have one heck of a Black Friday Sale that kicks off NOW!
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Now to inspire you with some fantastic creations with our retiring sets and some fun Christmas items…cue the Design Team!
I wanted to pull out the very beautiful Petals and Peace set from the retiring list because I couldn’t bear to see it go without more cards from me. I just love the elegance of this set and how it is custom made for our Tailor Made Classic Keyhole Die. I stamped the image onto Flourishes Classic White cardstock and trimmed it out with my scissors, so that the die could cut out a Color Made Easy Poppy Cardstock border. I coloured up the design with Copics to match the pretty Santa’s List Designer paper.
Now for that gorgeous sparkle I spritzed some Mr. Huey’s Color Mist in Shine over the image and it sparkled everything except just some of the darkest of the red colouring….don’t ask me why it did that, but it looks really cool! It adds drama and softness at the same time.
Other accents include some pretty sequins that match the dp, red cording and red lace.
Here’s the rest of the team playing along today:
Monday was my beloved’s Birthday! We had a nice supper with our family of 5, cake and presents at home together. Lots of laughter and fun.
We’ve been married or dating for 21 + years now. Almost half of my life has been with him and they’ve been the best years of my life.
I made this card for him with Flourishes set Naturally Merry because I love how the pinecones in the set can have that earthy masculine feel, it’s perfect for this time of year too. The pinecones were first cut out with the Silhouette cut file for Naturally Merry on Flourishes Classic Ivory card stock and then stamped with Espresso Truffle Ink. I wanted it to have some definition but not as black as Tuxedo Black ink. Colouring is with Copics. I’ve added some lovely ivory jute twine and a button to accent the pinecones but still keep it quite masculine. The sentiment is from Flourishes Inside and Out Just Because set.
The designer paper is Carta Bella So this is Christmas, and I’ve framed the pinecones with Spellbinders Branching Out die, and the edging is Scalloped Borders Two.
Happy Birthday again my love!
The other day when I pulled out a stamp set to play in TSG’s challenge, I saw this stamp set again from TSG called - Season’s Greetings. The whimsical drawings on this set are really sweet and I knew I wanted to do something with it again. In the past I’ve always just played with the Santa or trees, but this time I pulled out the pair of snowmen. (Aren’t they adorable?) I thought about how I could also use the trees in the set and create a snow scene, almost like in a snow globe. So, each part of this little diorama is popped up on a different layer, giving it lots of dimension. Coloring is with Copics, and the papers are Echo Park - Reflections Christmas.
Enjoy your Monday everyone! I’ll be back tomorrow with a design I created for my husband’s birthday (that’s today!).
(Copics: BG10, BG11, BG34, G21, YG61, YG64, YG67, Y21, Y23, Y26, YR14, YR27, E23, E25, E27, R24, R27, R29, C2)
Our own personal Narnia lampost :)
The snow was flying this week. On the day I took the photo here it was like cotton candy all day. I wish I could capture just how beautiful the big flakes and stillness was.
As much as it means it’s colder, and it means shovelling and driving in snow…there is a beauty to it that is wonderful. And when the Bible talks about Jesus making us whiter than snow, I know exactly what tham means in real life.
And because of all that snow, I took inside pictures the rest of the week! This week it was of our hosueplants. Our new little Christmas Cactus is beginning to bloom and is it ever pretty!
That single blossom is the first one to open fully - isn’t it gorgeous?
This one captures the delicate sparkly-silvery veins on the petals. Lots more about to bloom soon!
And here is the lovely lipstick plant blossom too.
I’m not terribly great with indoor plants, but these two seem to be surviving me :) It’s nice to have some touches of green and colour blossoming during the winter!