Friday, December 19, 2008

Cool News, Blog Candy and Creativity!

It's another Flourishes Friday with 3 great things for you!

1. First the Cool News!




I am very excited and honored to let all of you know that Flourishes has asked me to move up to the Senior Design Team beginning in January! I am the kind of person that needs to love what I stamp, and being a part of the Friends of Flourishes blog team has been so much fun. I truly love Flourishes stamps, its been a real joy this fall for me. And that Marcella Hawley...she's got such a talent for illustrating for stamps, and that Julie Koerber...she's a gem, and persuasive too! So I'm so excited to be a part of this new team, and I hope to bring you lots of inspiration with regular Flourishes creations.

AND in other news (I feel like a newscaster).....moving onto the Friends of Flourishes Blog Team is none other than the ultra-talented Silke Ledlow! She will be a fabulous addition to the team, she does white space mixed with gorgeous like no one else! So be sure to congratulate her!

2. Now the Creative...as it leads into the Blog Candy!

Today's Flourishes Friday is all about blue. Here's what Julie is challenging us ...and you to!

  • Don't be so "blue" this holiday season! Join us for week three of the Festive Flourishes Friday Challenge! The theme is just as it sounds ~ "You'll be doing alright with your Christmas of white but I'll have a blue, blue Christmas!" Grab your favorite Flourishes stamp set and dress it up with a dose of blue! It doesn't have to be a Christmas card! Any style will do! Remember, you can join into our challenge at any time and, if you make up past challenges and complete all four - your name will be thrown into the hat for a free stamp set of your choice! Link your card HERE (Flourishes Blog)to a blogpost or your SCS gallery. Don't forget the keyword FFFC3 on Splitcoast! Please remember to use the code FLLC when you upload to ensure it gets into our company gallery!

I have two blue samples for you!

Blue Wreath

Here I have this wonderful new Autumn Flourishes set and haven't had a minute to use it! So, even though it's an Autumn feeling set....you can make it look beautifully Christmasy too! All I did was created a layered wreath stamping first on cardstock vellum with silver embossing powder, then on Blue Bayou with Blue Bayou ink, and then on white cardstock with Blue Bayou ink....then I cut out each section and layered them over patterned paper that has that same flourished feel to it. I've added some pretty ribbon curling the grey taffeta ribbon around the design to give it an even more swirly feel. I also like the look of silver embossing on the silver metallic paper.

The Merry Christmas sentiment *ribbon tab* is from the Rejoice set, and I've added pretty piercing as accent.

My Poppies...and Blog Candy


This second sample has something special in it just for you!...keep reading!



When I was in the mountains a few weeks ago, I also worked on another design that could be a frameable piece. I love the Flourishes Poppy Patch set, and it reminds me so much of our poppies in our backyard, they are such pretty flowers, though they multiply like crazy...and the blooms only last a day...but there is a fragile and beautiful persistence to them. I like that in a flower...it teaches me something :)

So I created this 5.5 x 5.5 card, that I could frame if I wanted to...and I might! The poppies were masked and stamped in Brown Stazon and watercolored with Stampin' Write Markers and Reinkers. I wanted to give it a very contrasting background so I added a deep wash of Not Quite Navy, and I also stamped the Poppy word in NQN on the card base and sponged it deeply. I've added accent in rich Chocolate Satin Ribbon.

I really love the sentiment. Especially now in the deep freeze of winter, gratitude brings a real warmth inside of you, one that is not dependent on the weather outside.

3. So....the Blog Candy for YOU is......



A brand new and beautiful Poppy Patch stamp set courtesy of Flourishes, and a smaller version I created of the larger card! This card measure 3.25 x 5.5 and includes the matching envelope. All you need to do to be entered to win is to leave a comment on this post below telling me something you're especially grateful for as this year draws to a close. I'll draw for a winner on Saturday December 27th after all the festivities are over. Check back for the winner!

Pfewww....after all that you don't want to miss the other fabulous Friends of Flourishes girls' BLUE creations:

Dee, Kimberly, Cindy H, Betty, Julie, and Becca

COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED....I'll be drawing before 10 AM MTN time today Saturday Dec 27!

Recipes:

Blue Wreath: Stamps: Autumn Flourishes, Rejoice Ink: VersaMark, Blue Bayou Paper: Blue Bayou, Blue Bayou Prints DSP, Whisper White, Silver Metallic, Cardstock Vellum Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Scallop Edge Punch, Piercer, Dimensionals, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Silver Cording,

My Poppies: Stamps: Poppy Patch Ink: Brown Stazon, Not Quite Navy Paper: Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Watercolor Accessories: Reinkers, Stampin Write Markers, Piercer, Scallop Square Punch, Circle Punch, Oval Punch, Gold Brads, Chocolate Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Sponge

88 comments:

sandyh50 said...

Oh my , I love your poppy card and would love to win this stamp set. I am so grateful that all 3 of my adult children and grandkids will be together for the first time in four years this Christmas! It's quite a feat when everyone is so spread out over the nation! Thanks for the chance to win and have a wonderful holiday.

Kerry H said...

I love the poppy set too, and don't yet have it...hint, hint, hint! I am greatful for the wonderfully talented stampers whose blogs I read every day. I have learned so much from them.

Betty Wright aka gbedwright said...

GASP!!!! I am so delighted that you are moving on to the senior design team!!!!! You have a true God-given talent with your amazing water coloring skills!!!!! Love all of you cards today. Beautifully done, Christine!!!!! Congratulations!!!!

Jerri Kay said...

Oh my word, Christine, I'm so excited for you! You are going to do Flourishes proud girl! These cards are so incredibly gorgeous, you have a unique style all your own. All of these designs are so over-the-top beautiful, stunning, fabulous. A big, big CONGRATULATIONS to you!!!

amazingpapergrace.com said...

Christine, congratulations!! I know you'll do well with this wonderful opportunity!! Your cards today are beautiful as always!
--Becca

Janet Swofford said...

Congratulations! I love your cards. They are so beautiful! Thank you for the chance to win the gorgeous set. Merry Christmas!
janet@swofford.com

Cindy Haffner said...

Beautiful, my dear and Congrats on move on up!!!!!

Pastor Terry said...

I can't wait to see the framed pieces up on the wall...they are amazing! But I suppose there in the small print is something about family members are not eligible to win :-)

I am so grateful for your patience with this "linear" stamper, and for sharing your artistic abilities with me.

XO

Denise (peanutbee) said...

All the cards are outstanding, Christine! I seriously lose track of time looking at your work. It's amazing.

I'm thankful that I have such a wonderfully supportive family and that we're all able to spend the holidays together.

Ravengirl said...

I absolutely love your Blue Wreath card and your Poppy card is amazing too! I am very grateful that my grandmother is now making a recovery from a mystery illness (doctor's have not been able to determine the problem) and will soon be moved from the ICU!

Tracy said...

Oh Christine, this set is so gorgeous!!! The colors just pop off the screen.
I am grateful for a warm house today, we are getting buried in snow and the kids have a snow day. I am also grateful that my kitchen is getting done, DH and my FIL are putting up trim at them moment, yippee!
Blessings to you and your family this Christmas

Lisa Graves said...

Your card is beautiful!!! Congratulations on moving up to the senior design team. I am grateful for my family and friends. Thanks for a chance to win. :-)

Monica said...

Your card is absolutely beautiful! I am thankful most for my family and good health we've been blessed with this year. Last year, I lost my brother and my dad had a stroke and quadruple bypass surgery. This year we've had a good year healthwise. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful blog candy! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Kimberly said...

STUNNING cards! AMAZING!!! Congrats on being promoted! :) It is so deserved!!!:)

Lori Craig said...

Christine...congrats and oh. my. that poppy ensemble! Girl - you are oozing with talent. So gorgeous!

Dean Dykes said...

Beautiful card. Flowers so close to God. Time to gather flowers and family together.

Blessings to you and yours

Dee jackson said...

Woohoo!! Congrats Christine!! I hope we canb still get to know each other. Your coloring is gorgeous!

Renée said...

Congrats, Christine!! You've consistently made beautiful creations with Flourish images, so keep up the good work!!

Both cards are beautiful, love love love the colours of the poppy card, beautiful!

What am I grateful/thankful for? I'm so thankful for my family. Friends through thick and thin ... We'll be together for Christmas and I am so looking forward to it!!!

Have a merry Christmas!!

Stampinmommyof2gr8girls said...

Congratulations!! What a wonderful opportunity to be on the Senior Design team. I am grateful for a wonderful husband and two wonderful healthy children. Without my family - I would have nothing!!Thanks for all the inspirations Christine! Merry Christmas!- Edna;)

Linda Bandow said...

A beautiful card and I would love to have the set. I am most grateful for my husbands' continuing health and for my children and grandchildren.

JenMarie said...

Congrats to YOU! Woo Hoo!
I'm especially grateful for my amazing DH!

Holly said...

Congratulations, an honour truly deserved as your cards are gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win. Have a Merry Christmas.


Holly
rainbow_butterflies@hotmail.com

Laura said...

Wow, what a beautiful card. I am grateful for my family and my new family that I get to spend Christmas with this year. Thanks.

Tracey said...

Your card is gorgeous! Congrats on the Senior position!

This has been a tough year for us with my husband out of work so I am particularly for what we do have and that we are all happy & healthy.

Tankgrl said...

Christine, Congrats on Movin' on up! Your work is AMAZING! Truly inspiring. I am forever grateful for all the talent shared and friends that have been made doing what I love. Best Wishes!

Linda M said...

I guess it's time to make a "grateful" journal....I seem unable to put into words all the many people, things, and love that sometimes overwhelms me. I absolutely adore your Poppy creations. I would never have seen those colors in my minds eye. I would love to win this stamp set. I love the Flourishes line.
Thanks. Oh...and Congrats!

WandaG_CT said...

Your cards are all great! My favorite is the poppy card. When I was a child (long, long time ago) my grandmother grew poppies, lots and lots of poppies, in her yard. They bring back so many good memories. Thanks for the chance to win.

leenda said...

This is my first time to your blog. Congrats on moving up to the Senior DT! I can see why from your artwork! I love & actually covet those poppy stamps!! I'm grateful for my husband.

Kitty Rodahl said...

What a beautiful poppy card! Love the brilliant orange colors. I am grateful to have two full weeks off for a break this Christmas to rest and relax!

beth b said...

this is a pretty set. I am grateful for my family. I will be having my first grandaughter in Feb. I have four grandsons!

Olivia M. said...

Congratulations on your new assignment! Love the wreath card!

evafromca said...

Congratulations first of all, and oh my, your work is soooooo amazing!!!! Ever single creation is a piece of art! And the Poppy set is one of my favorite sets, too, so I would love to win it, that's for sure. As far as what I am grateful, is to have my son with me for Christmas. I haven't seen him for a while and he is only 19 and I am just so grateful to have him with me for the Holidays. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Rose Ann said...

A HUGE congratulations to you, Christine!! You certainly deserve to be there, girl!! Gorgeous, gorgeous cards, and stunning coloring!!

I am especially grateful for my family, and their health.

Secret said...

Beautiful poppy set and beautiful creations you made with them. Thanks for a chance to win.

I am grateful that my family is all healthy and my sister came through her surgury for cancer very well!

Thanks again.

Gloria

Angel said...

these cards are gorgeous!! oh my! and congrats to you!!!!! i'm grateful to have my family and my mom all together for Christmas.

Robbin said...

Congratulations!! Your cards are soooo beautiful! And I love the poppy set........

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Awesome news, I am so excited for you. The card you know is beautiful! I am very grateful for our health and that the boys are growing so much in the lord this year. Its wonderful.

MakiJo said...

Congratulations on moving up to Senior DT! I'm very excited for you!
All of the cards are breath-taken and thank you for a chance to win it :)

I'm grateful for the healthy family.

retiredheather said...

I have so much to be thankful. For one thing, I love my sons and they are all well. I also have met some great friends in blogland.
Happy Holidays
Heather

Latisha said...

Welcome to the team (I knew in advance "wink") You are such a wonderful addition!! I love your work and style, your cards today are GORGEOUS!! A big CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Anonymous said...

I love your poppy card. It is beautiful. I am most grateful for my family and that we can be together to celebrate Christmas. Wishing you a blessed Christmas.
JoAnn B. scrappingnana4@yahoo.com

Janet Z said...

Congrats on the senior design team position! I would love to win the poppy set. I would have to say that I am grateful that my coworker and friend has finished her chemo for breast cancer and is doing extremely well!

Julie Koerber said...

YIPPPPPPPEEEE! This day is finally here! I am so jazzed to have you on the Senior DT. Your work is over the top amazing and I know you will inspire and bring a creativity all your own to the table! I feel really blessed to be on the team with you! ;-)

Cindy Lawrence said...

YEAH CHRISTINE!!!!!! Welcome, welcome, welcome! You are such a ROCKSTAR, girl! I'm soooo excited to have you on our team! These cards are AMAZING as always! CONGRATS!!!!

Joan Ervin said...

Congrats, Christine...you are sooo talented and really do fabulous things with the Flourishes stamps!!! I just love you gorgeous blue card and the poppies are spectacular!!! I am thankful for all the new friends I have made this year...the DD Team group especially!!!

MarikaGabez said...

Congratulations! I love your cards. They are so beautiful!
This year I feel even more how I am strongly committed to their children. Now, when two students and already has one in high school, two are less ... are increasingly aware of how fast growing and will soon be a time when someone left our home. But I hope that is not yet in the coming year.
Thanks for the chance to win. Have a Merry Christmas.

Lastel said...

Your cards are gorgeous !
I am especially greatful for my loving and very supportive sweetheart , without him I would fall apart , he is the most helpful man I know ! Congrats on the the deisign team gig , your an awesome choice !

Mom said...

Your coloring is beautiful on these poppies. They look so real I just want to pick them. Congratulations on your new assigment. The Flourishes stamps are elegant and make everything they are used on special.

Book Bling said...

So many things to be grateful for....family, grandchildren, a job, a home that is safe, and on and on.
Congratulations on your new position.

Jill Haddad said...

Your designs today - as always - are GORGEOUS! The poppies are so bright and cheery! What am I grateful for? That God is in control of the details in my life. With the economy the way it is - and Caterpillar, Inc (the largest employer and contractor in Peoria) closing plants and laying off hundreds of people - I know I have a God that will care for the details.

LeAnne said...

First of all, congrats on being asked to participate on the Sr Design team--Silke, too! You deserve it!!! I am very grateful for our Lord and the gift He gave us....the most important gift of all--His Son! I am also grateful for the other gifts and talents he gave each of us, and how we use them to encourage others!
Blessings!
LeAnne

P Myers said...

Congratulations! Your work is so beautiful. I am grateful that my family is healthy and that my brother came through his surgery yesterday.

Rhonda Kelly said...

Congratulation on the Senior Design team news, well deserved! I love you blog, your cards are awesome, I love the blue one and the poppies are amazing!! WOW..stunning.
I am grateful for my family and all the times that we get to share and that for the first time in a while all of my family, including my brother and his wife will be joining us for the holidays this year. Thanks for the chance to win.

Char in So Cal said...

Congratulations on the Senior Design team! WTG!

I love all of your creations... they are all so beautiful!

I am grateful for being a stamper! Stamping has brought so much joy to my life, both as an outlet for my creativity and as a way to meet new, talented people.

Thanks for the op to win your yummy blog candy. Keep up the ggod work!

Char in So Cal

Amy Sheffer said...

Oh my heavens!! First, a big congrats on joining the Flourishes senior DT. You and Flourishes were totally made for each other!! You will be such a great addition to the team! Second, those have got to be the most gorgeous poppy cards EVAH - I love them! Your watercoloring is exceptional, girl!

Michelle W. said...

Congratulations Christine! My Grandmother had one of those German glass bird ornaments.I love your poppies card. It makes me dream of spring...it's snowing for the third time this week. Thanks for the chance to win!

Sue D said...

I love poppies too and your card is beautiful. I'm most grateful for my very supportive husband who has been with me through thick and thin and helps me with all my dumb computer questions!

Anonymous said...

The color of your poppys are so brilliant and cheerful. It feels like you could almost touch them. Really nice card. I'm grateful to my parents for all they did for my siblings and me. Their sacrifices and daily lessons on how to be good American citizens, respectful, work ethics, sharing and caring for family, friends and neighbors, and to be good Christians. All this and more that brings peace to heart and soul. Have a happy holiday. MarilynY

Rarinstamp said...

I love your card & love all your cards. I just went through your blog for the first time and WOW!!!! I would love to win this stamp set! Have lots of Flourishes stamps but not this one.
I am grateful for my family first and all my friends who support me. Thanks for the chance to win

mochamama said...

Big congrats Christine, you are soooooooooodeserving!
I am so thankful that I am finally getting my health back as it has been a difficult year for me. My outlook for 2009 is a very positive one!

SueB said...

Oooh, I love your poppy card and Silke had asked what our favorite stamp set was ... I'd replied it was a close tie with lilac and poppy so count me in for blog candy and TFS!

Congrats on your new role within the team!

Anonymous said...

Your poppy card is really awesome, love the colors. I am grateful for my supportive family and that we will be spending the Christmas Holiday together. Thank you for a chance to win your blog candy.

Cathy D

Lynne said...

I am especially thankful for family - my sister is my stamping buddy (she got me into it) and my neices also stamp! Love the poppies - your watercoloring is gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win a set!

Pegg S said...

Congratulations on your new position - what an honor! Oh I love love your poppy cards! This set is on the top of my wishlist!

Norine said...

Congrats you deserve it
love all your work and thanks for doing this love those stamps

I am grateful for my family good health and all the wonderful crafters I have met over the last year
Hugs
Norine

ribenaruby said...

Congratulations! Your work is very talented and have only found your blog today. I have many things to be grateful for but the main one is that my family remain united and healthy.Thanks for this great chance to win and have a bright 2009!

Nancy said...

Congratulations! Just gotta love that poppy set. Me, I am grateful ful for life and celebrate each moment as if it were my last.

for2nately said...

Your Poppy card is stunning! I hope to someday be as talented as so many of you! I am most thankful for my family and close friends and for my hard working husband who does whatever it takes to pay the bills in this tough economy.
congrats to yu and happy holidays!
Elizabeth

Judy said...

I love your card and the flowers are lovely.

I am thankful for the family and friends that make our lives worth living.

j.dugganj@sympatico.ca

Dot said...

Congratulations! Your work is beautiful!

Rita R said...

Congratulations on your well deserved promotion at Flourishes!

I am so grateful to live in America which has been so richly blessed. Especially at this time of year, the freedom to worship our Creator and Savior is foremost on my mind.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win the beautiful poppy stamp set.

Sandie Luck said...

Even though life has it's challenges I am so glad to have my faith in Jesus Christ to carry me through both ups and downs! WONDERFUL!!
Your stamps and card designs are such an inspiration! Keep up the good work(FUN!!)Christine!!
Blessings.....~Sandie

Jean from jlfstudio said...

Your Poppy pieces are beautiful. Having moved from the poppy state of California to Southern Oregon that has few poppies (at least in my area) it was wonderful to see my favorite flower so wonderfully represented.

My Mom's garden was alwas filled with a wide variety of poppies and I always thought the oriental ones would have been right at home on Star Trek since they had a certain alien feel to them both before and after blooming! Given my Mom's unusual garden it never surprised me that her favorite Christmas tree was a Yucca Branch!

Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing your wonderful talent.

Sandy said...

congrats!!!

and this year i'm grateful that everyone in my family is healthy and we have stable jobs and friends that we've kept in touch with all year.

Vivian Swain said...

I am grateful for my dear husband who has been taking care of me during my extended illness and 3 hospital admission in a month. He has been doing it all and I am so grateful to have him.

Vivian Swain
florida_scrapper

Anna Havanka said...

Honestly, what I feel grateful for is my Lord and Saviour, and how he guides my steps. I'm nothing without Him.

Thank you for the opportunity with these stamps, I haven't tried flourishes stamps so it would be wonderful to have the chance to!

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

Yahooo Christine! Congrats on being on the Flourishes senior DT! How wonderful for you -and such a good fit for BOTH of you!! I can't believe all the cards you are posting lately -all gorgeous and so elaborate -DO YOU SLEEP GIRL?!? LOL!

What am I grateful for? Well, this year in particluar, I am grateful for SCS and all the opportunities it has given me -like meeting and designing with YOU! Hugs, michelle

Sheila D said...

Congratulations Christine! Your work is incredible so it's only natural for you to move up. I'm so happy for you. 2009 will be good year, I can feel it. I'm thankful for the end of 2008 to be near as I always look forward to a fresh start.

Stacy said...

Beautiful work and beautiful blog candy! I am grateful this year to have one more Christmas with my Mother-In-Law. I haven't always treasured her as I should, but over the past year of taking her to dr. appts I have renewed my love for her. She continues to go down hill and we are anticipating that this may be her last Christmas on this earth with us; although, she will always remain in our memories and our hearts. I'm grateful for this time I've had (even though I get frustrated and exhausted from all the appointments) to bond more with. I'll be able to share more memories of her with my children as they grow up. Bless you all this holiday season!

Vera Matson said...

Congrats on the design team! I am grateful for my family's good health and for my husband's continued employment. You can't help but worry these days!

Happi said...

Congratulations! I love your cards, they are so incredibly gorgeous. I am grateful that my family is all going to be together this year. I love having my kids around me.Thank you for the chance to win this stamp set, I really would like to have this set.Have a wonderful holiday and by the way I love your blog.

Sheri D said...

Congratulations! You create such beautiful things, no wonder they chose you. Thank you for sharing your good news. I am most thankful for my family, our health and happiness. Have a wonderful holiday and thanks for sharing the candy!

marlene said...

I am greatful that i found this hobby - card making - and be able to use all the cards i made to bless people surrounding me. Wow, today is the 1st day i visited your blog - it is really beautiful....

Char Magnifico said...

I am so grateful that the Lord blessed me and my daughter with a new family that loves us. Her father made poor choices and we ended up divorced because of them. Even though we had times of struggles trying to understand it all we persevered. God blessed our faithfulness and brought a Godly man into our lives who also went through difficult trials. Now I have 3 beautiful children and one very loving husband.....and all of his family! Having no family of my own........well, you can only imagine how truly grateful I am!!

BTW, LOVE your creations!! Beautiful and inspiring!! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

Anita said...

Congrats! Looking forward to seeing your beautiful work. I am especially grateful for my family and their support they give me.
anitamocha@sbcglobal.net

Michelle said...

Love Love your poppy card and those gorgeous stamps!
I'm grateful for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

I think I am especially grateful for all my friends that I have met through stamping, SCS, DSS and SU! Everytime I attend or teach a class I make another friend! After all, you can never have too many friends even if they are far away. Thanks for all the inspiration you provide! -Mary R.

Donna Meeks said...

This year I am grateful for so many things; even in the face of this turbulent and volatile world! My Grandma, who is 86 YO and with whom I've not spent a Christmas in years due to her failing health and the distance in our homes; opted to come to Indiana for Christmas this year! This side of our family is so thrilled to get to spend time with her this holiday! My brother and his family are also home from Kansas for the holidays! I'm grateful that I still have a job in these bleak times and hope that by being creative with 4 day work weeks everyone on my team will get to keep their job over 2009! I'm grateful too for the awesome, caring people I've met - locally and through SCS'er - involved in SU and stamping in general. What a wonderful hobby! Merry Christmas to all and peace be with each of you!