Friday, December 12, 2008

Flourishes Friday - Winter White

There's something so pure and magical about crisp winter snow. That pure white...well, there's just really nothing like it! So for today's Flourishes Friday, the blog team has brought together some fabulous winter white creations....with a twist...you're invited to join in.


Here's what our wonderful Julie had to say: "This Festive Flourishes Friday is all about the crisp and clean winter white - dress it down with a monochromatic theme or dress it up with a sparkly flair. It's up to you! The only requirement is dressing your favorite Flourishes set in winter white! If you want to play along, simply leave a comment on the Flourishes Newsletter or upload your card to Splitcoast using the keyword FFFC2. Keep in mind, we’ll be doing this fun Friday challenge all month long and there will be a special drawing for those that play all four weeks! Details on what is up for grabs -- to come!! If you are just joinging us - track back to the first Flourishes Friday challenge on the first Friday of this month. You can make up past challenges to qualify for the giveaway!"

So here are my FFFC2 cards...


Dreaming of a White Christmas








I wanted to create the feeling and sparkle of snow. So I embossed these branches from the All That Glitters Set in White Embossing Powder and also layered in embossing with Irridescent Ice on Shimmer White paper. This gives is a really pretty shimmery amethyst glow....and an overall sparkle, I then cut out the branches and sponged the edges.


I also stamped the ornament on an acetate (clear transparency) sheet with White Stazon and then colored the back of it with a silver Zig Painty. Then backed this clear piece with a piece of Almost Amethyst paper.



I've added white taffeta ribbon and pretty purple gems. Here you can see a better view of the glitter.





White Roses



When I saw Wednesday's sketch challenge, the first thing that actually came to my mind was to use these Rosebuds from the new I Love Roses set ...I didn't have time to pull it together on Wednesday...but here we are on Flourishes Friday...and white roses seem to be just right!

I embossed the roses on watercolor paper with gold EP, then watercolored the stem lightly with Sage Shadow. I also added Lumiere to the blossoms to give them a beautiful shimmer. I've had a number of questions as to what Lumiere is....it is a metallic acrylic medium, in this case it is pearl white, that you can use to paint or add sparkle to just about anything. Stampin' Up used to sell it. The maker is Jacquard...but I'm sure any type of metallic acrylic paint would give you the same effect. Because it's waterbased you can water it down and paint it. Which I did on the roses.

I actually chose my color palette based on this old piece of Wintergreen DSP from last winter. It has a diagonal dotted pattern in it...so I decided to dress up the white sections of the card with diagonal scoring with my Scor It. I think it really gives great texture to the white.

I'll be the first to admit...all white cards are not my forte, everything about them scares me...but in the end, it's all about the challenge right?! So jump in and join us! Be sure to check out the Flourishes Newsletter, and Betty, Cindy H, Becca, Dee and Kimberly's creations too! And the new releases today by Cindy L, Laura, Latisha, Julie , Jan Marie and Faith...whew that's a lot of great stuff to look for!


Recipe: Dreaming of a White Christmas: Flourishes All That Glitters, Just Rite Curlz Font (sentiment), Ink: Craft White, Almost Amethyst, White Stazon Paper: Shimmer White, Silver Metallic Paper, Acetate Accessories: Winter White EP, Irridescent Ice EP, Stylized Silver HPH, K & Co Gems, Sponge, White Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Key Tab Punch, Just Rite Rectangle Stamper


Recipe: White Roses: Flourishes I Love Roses Ink: VersaMark, Sage Shadow Paper: Sage Shadow, Whisper White, Wintergreen DSP, Watercolor Accessories: Circle Punch, Oval Punch, Gold Brads, Scor It, Dimensionals, Sponge, White Taffeta Ribbon, Gold Cording, Gold EP, Lumiere.

21 comments:

Lablady2007 said...

So pretty i love the white roses, very elegant. Ty for sharing.
lablady2007@juno.com

Dee Jackson said...

Both cards are beautiful!! I love the branches on the first card.

Betty Wright aka gbedwright said...

WOW!!!! Both are so gorgeous, Christine!!!! Love the created textures and dimension. Great touches of amethyst, too!!!! Love the painted lumiere rosebuds. Lovely work!!!!

Julie Koerber said...

Holy Moley girl-- not one -- but two beautiful, beautiful cards! I love the winter wonderland you created and the rose card - WOW! Just incredible! I LOVE both of them!!

Cindy Lawrence said...

Just beautiful, Christine! Love the sparkly branches on the first one, and the embossed grid on the second one...so clean and crisp and GORGEOUS!

Zhenya and Nika Aksutin said...

Hello! My name is Nika! I so like your blog! We are from Russia. My husband and I to work with students. We organize many clubs to construct attitudes friendship and to speak them about the Christ. I have ladys club, we to do hand made cards, scrapbook, quilt and crosstitch. It is good opportunity to testify about our God and His love! Every Saturday I have craft club for ladyes. We do cards, quilt, crochet, cross stitch too. It very not usual and new to Russian culture. I to study from different blogs how to make cards, made quilt and to use different technics. We are missionary to the Far East Russia. We are russian. We live in city Birobidzhan, it is the Jewish region in Russia. A lot of Jews live here. They have synagogues and to celebrate religious holidays. But many of them do not know the Christ. We have 2 daughters. Polina is 8 years and Liliya is 2 years.And if you are interesting about us I shall be glad give answer to you. I will glad if you can write me.Sorry my English.
Nika
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You can vizit to my blog http://christforchristglory.blogspot.com
and our family ministry blog
http://fareastrussiaforgodsglory.blogspot.com

Renée said...

Gorgeous cards, Christine! I adore snow and we got a bunch last night so I totally get what you said about magical and crisp winter snow.

TFS!

Silke said...

Fabulous cards - Christine!!! Love the embossed branches on the first card with the beautiful blue BG!!!

The Sketch card is out of this world gorgeous!!! Love how you used the little rose for the centerpieces!!! I love, love white Roses IRL!!!!

Silke said...

Christine - I just realized it's a purple BG on the first card not blue - OOPPPSSS!!! The gemstones look awesome with it too!!!

Latisha said...

WOW
the first card just made my jaw drop, just GORGEOUS!!

amazingpapergrace.com said...

Christine, both of these knocked my socks off!!! They are so serene and elegant!!
--Becca

Kimberly said...

Both your cards are stunning! What beautiful details and colors!!! Lots of applause coming from me!!!!

Joan Ervin said...

Both cards are jaw dropping gorgeous, Christine!!! Ya can't get any prettier than Flourishes stamps embossed and colored by you!!! Sooo elegant and just stunning!!!

Pam SCS - "craftea19" said...

Hi Christine! I just signed up to get postings to your amazing blog. I love your designs!

Cindy Haffner said...

Beautiful, both are outstanding.

shel9999 said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous, but I actually gasped when I saw the White Roses one!!! WOW!!!

Elaine said...

What a gorgeous card. So elegant

Rose Ann said...

Both of these are just gorgeous, Christine!! I especially LOVE the white roses...but both are stunning!!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Both beautiful cards Christine! Love all the embossing!

Jerri Kay said...

So gorgeous Christine, I love these stamps, your design is so elegant!

Jerri Kay said...

Oops, sorry Christine, I didn't realized the ornament card was part of this post, the amethyst card if fabulous! Flourishes' ornament set is gorgeous and you've made it shine!