Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Garden Note for You

Hi Everyone!
I'm still feeling a little under the weather, but better than yesterday. I got a good night's sleep and that always helps doesn't it?

Today's color challenge at SCS was Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red and Chocolate Chip. So here's what I created....a good departure from all the greens I've been using.

This little set goes on sale tomorrow in the Occasions Mini Catalogue. It has a real sweetness to it. I inked the "bench" just as a shelf in this one on watercolor paper and added the Windmill Birdhouse and bird on the shelf...it could almost be a branch looking at it that way...but a very straight branch! Watercoloring with reinkers, cut out with the coluzzle and sponged with Pink Pirouette.

I paper pieced the little boots (are they not the sweetest!)

Ever cut your ribbon too short for a bow? I did, so I rescued it by just tying a half bow and letting the ends dangle. The Chocolate Chip Corduroy brad is yummy and adds just a little texture.

Thanks for stopping by! And welcome to all the new subscribers ...so nice to see you here! Anyone know how to add the widgit to your blog that says how many subscribers you have? I've looked EVERYWHERE and can't find it. There's about 250 of you joining me here on this creative journey (thank you! I'm was so touched when I went to look at my subscribers list! I'm honored you'd join me! :)
Recipe: Stamps: Scene in a Garden, Sweet Little Sentiments; Ink: Brown Stazon, Pink Pirouette; Paper: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Bella Rose DSP, Watercolor; Accessories: Sponge, Big Shot, Top Note, Coluzzle, Piercer, Aqua Painter, Reinkers, Oval Punch, Scissors, Dimensionals, RHR Taffeta Ribbon, Chocolate Chip Corduroy Brad, Scallop Eyelet Punch

Monday, March 30, 2009

A Re-Make and Take

Last week in our Fabulous Friends Challenge, we re-made a Make and Take from the SU Regionals at home....I had another make and take from that day that I stamped there, but brought home to finish as well.

This was the original design from Stampin' Up! Pretty, but to me...still needing something.
So, at home I created this one:

See the difference a few layers and some accents make? I colored in the confetti piece with my SW Markers, blending a little with my Aqua Painter (because it's confetti white not watercolor paper it doesn't "move" as well). Then I added some sponging for depth and some pretty piercing, and an additional layer. I changed up the main card by adding a Not Quite Navy main card, adding sponging, some piercing, brads, some different designer paper and ribbon and the sponged sentiment with a popped up flower. Still a simple card, but with so much more pizzazz don't you think?

Well, the germy bug has caught up with me now...hopefully it's a short one, I'm pooped! Where's a nurse when you need one! :)

Recipe: Stamps: Soft Summer, Oval All; Ink: Black Stazon, Old Olive; Paper: Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Confetti White, Bella Rose DSP, Chocolate Chip; Accessories: Valet Ribbon Originals, Scalloped Oval Punch, Oval Punch, Library Clip, Eyelet Punch, Sponge, Piercer, EE Brads, Dimensionals, SW Markers.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Ruffled and Inspired Tulips

Well, I've been home-bound all week with sick boys....so the thought of spring is really appealing to me! Last fall I planted a bunch of tulips and can't wait to see them come up this spring.

The Inspiration Challenge at SCS shows the amazing art of Glenda Mosher, oh MY she is so talented..it's no wonder so many of her painting bear the watermark "sold".
I picked this beautiful tulip field painting full of reds, oranges, yellows and greens.

Here are my tulips!

I've watercolored them, trimmed them out and placed them on a stamped nestability rectangle, which I also sponged. I really love this paper too, it's K & Co Que Sera Sera....it has such a great collage feel with fantastic colors.

And look at this amazing ribbon! It's SILK...new from Flourishes. It ties just amazingly

And here's my two sickies at work today on cards. I generally let my kids stamp with me, but just on scrap paper, today we made full cards together. You should have seen the joy in their eyes to use REAL cardstock. I was watching our little one as he was looking at his completed card - and he didn't see me watching him...but he had this look of absolute delight and pride in his work. Oh it just made my heart dance. It reminded me again, that yes when they stamp with me, I really don't get much done, because I'm helping them...but oh how good it makes them feel!

You can see they're both not feeling well, they're not quite themselves...but they are sure precious!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Recipe: Stamps: Flourishes - Thank You; Ink: Black Stazon, Certainly Celery, Tangerine Tango; Paper: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, K & Co Que Sera Sera, Watercolor; Accessories: Big Shot, Nestabilities, Sponge, K & Co Gems, Ticket Corner Punch, Flourishes Silk Ribbon, Dimensionals, Piercer, Scallop Edge Punch

Flourishes Friday - Simple Elegance

Well today at the Flourishes Newsletter Latisha has a wonderful VIDEO tutorial on bow tying...one of the many things she does so beautifully, so all of us girls joined in to create cards that carry a simple elegance focusing on bow tying.

I pulled out this pretty set Chairs for You and inked the beautiful plant in an elegant urn and watercolored it, also adding a little bit of shadow with my C1 Copic. I used my Labels Nestabilities to create all the shapes, just cutting the gray piece in half to extend beyond the main image. A little Texturz embossing gives it some old world character.

I've tied a great big organdy bow...and I can't stop myself I had to give it an elegant cream satin Ribbon Rose. (Tutorial here)

Come see what all the wonderful Flourishes girls have in store for you today by checking out the Newsletter, and their individual blogs:

Cindy Lawrence
Faith Hofrichter
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan and Julie Koerber

Recipe: Stamps: Flourishes - Chairs for You; Ink: Black Stazon; Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Watercolor; Accessories: Flourishes Organdy and Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Texturz Plate, Lables Nestability, Silver Brads, Ticket Corner Punch, Dimensionals

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fabulous Friends Challenge & Ribbon Rose Tutorial

Well, it was such a fun time at the SU Regionals with Laura and Dawn last weekend. Laura suggested that we do something that Beate and Sharon Harnist did when they went to a Regional....keep one of the make-and-takes to do at home...each adding their own creativity to it and then uploading their creations the same day.

Well, we decided to do the same! We kept out one of the Make and Takes...I only stamped the image there (we could choose if we wanted to use that image or a different one), and we're all uploading them today. The rules were that you had to use everything that was supplied...but you could add anything. It was a pretty clean and simple make and take, so of COURSE I added :)

That day we saw a great WOW demo by an Alberta Rising Star Demonstrator Dorothy Seatter (it really brought the whole room to gasp WOW!) ...she had seen a Ribbon Rose tutorial on a blog from someone in the US...she thought it was someone called imasillystamper, but despite all of Dawn, Laura and my looking, we can't find her or her blog...so remember this didn't originate with me...and if you know the original source let me know

...ETA I've found her! Or at least she found me! Kirsten Brown was the source for this woman at Regionals. Her blog is imstampsilly.blogspot.com...and her tutorial link is here! Thanks so much Kirsten!
So I thought I'd give you a little Tutorial on it...then after I'll explain more about the card. Ok...keep in mind that I've been painting for 3 days...and my hands look terrible! Even with using nail polish remover - I can't get some of the primer off! Instructions below each picture.

Here's the ribbon, she said about 6 inches minimum, this one is about 12 inches long.

At the center point fold over as shown above.

ETA...some people are telling me they are getting lost from the above picture to the next picture....I'll try and describe it because I don't have another picture. The ribbon in the above picture that is on top, coming toward you now will be folded underneath and away from you over the right pointing ribbon at 90 degrees - leaving the tail end of the (formerly down) ribbon pointing up. Then the right side ribbon will fold underneath (away from you) ending up with the tail pointing left......does this help? This gets you to the next picture...

Then, continue taking each tail, fold backwards behind each tail of ribbon, criss-cross at 90 degree angles.

Fold till you have almost the entire ribbon in a square shape. Then carefully grab the back of the ribbon (the short pieces with the tails hanging) and turn upside down.

Holding onto the tail ends firmly let the folded pieces drop away from you (sorry that one picture was blurry...it's really hard to do the ribbon at the same time as taking pictures! lol!)

Still holding firmly to one of the ends (top ribbon above picture) , begin pulling the other loose end (lower end ribbon in above picture) - gathering up the ribbon in folds (like rose petals).

Isn't it COOOOOL???? (this was when everyone went WOW!). She said it works with any type of ribbon. I've tried Satin (which looks unbelievable), and I've tried grosgrain, taffeta and organdy. All perfection. I don't know if velvet would work - haven't tried yet!

Alright - to adhere...quickly fold the rose upside down and run a tiny bit of Tombow Snail under the loose end attaching it to the rose. Then I added dimensionals on the back to attach to the card. Trim the ends and you have a beautiful rose, with leaves! I think it's stunning!

.........Alright back to the card - I did run the watercolor piece through the Big Shot with the Top Note Die - but I used the reverse end, only hanging the top portion (about 3/4 inch) of the watercolored piece over the die (the rest of the watercoloring hanging out). This created that pretty shaped effect and I just added the cut piece on top.

I also added the sentiment flower popped up (don't you think it matches well?).

OK...be SURE to check out Dawn and Laura's Fabulous Friend creations! This was fun girls!

Recipe: Stamps: Soft Summer, Bella Toile Background, Oval All; Ink: Black Stazon, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red; Paper: Confetti Cream, Chocolate Chip, Walk in the Park DSP, Watercolor Paper, Ruby Red; Accessories: Aqua Painter, Reinkers, Big Shot, Top Note, Piercer, Grosgrain Ribbon, Scalloped Oval Punch, Oval Punch, Dimensionals, Large Brads, Sponge.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Baby Ensemble - From the Heart

I don't know if I can describe what it's like for us to have this new little niece so close by. I really wasn't sure my brother and sister-in-law were even going to have kids....so to see her finally here, such an evidence of grace - is so wonderful. We just line up to hold her...we're just enjoying every minute of time with her. And you know what's awesome....I can hold her and love her, but don't have to feed her or stay up nights with her! It's the best of both worlds (wink!)

Because this is their first child, I wanted to do something special for them. I had offered to make Birth Announcements, but my sister-in-law wisely said, she'd never get them sent, but "would I make Thank You cards?" You BET. Since they wouldn't tell us what they were happening - despite all my best hinting...I had to start them before Adeline was born. I decided to go off the colors for her baby quilt and room accessories that my Mom was making. My sister-in law found these fabulous fabrics, and my mom expertly put them together (it's gorgeous - my mom is SO talented). Anyway...this was part of the quilt as it was coming together (I still hope to get a photo with it all on the crib).

See the colors of green and grey and cream? And the pretty damask feel. It's really gorgeous. I love that it's such a non-traditional baby style and color. It really has a Kiwi Kiss look in real life.

So I put together 52 of these cards, with matching envelopes....2 varieties one vertical and one horizontal.

There were a lots of steps to these, and 3 different stamp sets. Puns from the Past, the small Thank You set, and Friends 24-7.

I used the damask stamp from Friends 24-7 to create a background on the Kiwi Kiss in Basic Grey and Kiwi.

The main damask is stamped in Kiwi on Very Vanilla and cut out. I added the sentiment overtop on cardstock vellum stamped in Basic Grey...then the little baby buggy as accent in a circle on each. Brads help hold it together. Then on the Top Note piece, I ran the Very Vanilla inside section through the Damask Texturz Plate. It's so very classy.

Here's a closeup of one (I wish the Texture would show up here on the vanilla...)

And this is the other card, you can see a bit more of the texture here. And sheesh look at that ribbon...I did fix the ends before I gave it to them!

Well, that wasn't it, I decided a couple of weeks before she was due that I should knit a baby blanket for them. Now, just so you know....I'm not an expert knitter, more like a novice, but I really wanted to do it. So I found some gorgeous Bamboo yarn, it's amazing, so incredibly soft, with a really nice sheen to it.

Then my niece decided to arrive 2 weeks early! So I knit like crazy for the next 2 weeks, plus trying to get the cards done. Adeline and her parents received it all right around her actual due date. Very basic, just straight knitting in stripes to match her quilt.

I'm also throwing them a baby shower in the end of April....I'l have some more goodies to show you then!

Recipe: Stamps: Friends 24-7, Puns from the Past, Thank You; Ink: Basic Grey, Kiwi Kiss; Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Basic Grey, Very Vanilla, Cardstock Vellum, Kiwi Kiss Patterns DSP ; Accessories: Silver Brads, Oval Punch, Circle Punch, Big Shot, Damask Texturz Plate; Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Top Note, Scissors, Piercer.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Spring Bouquet

A quick post tonight....I have been painting our bathroom, and have been at it yesterday, today and hopefully finishing up tomorrow....the ceiling, the cupboards, the walls...it's a big job. I'm so thankful my mom is helping me.

But, after painting today I needed a break, so I used the Color Challenge colors of Pretty in Pink, Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss and some beautiful Gina K flowers to create this bouquet. All the flowers are masked and watercolored...after I had the main image done, I realized that one of my tulips was floating without a stem, it looked wrong, so I added another one with a stem over top. I've outlined all the flowers with a copic marker to give it sort of that blue glow.

Do you notice this gorgeous flower ribbon? I made it! We saw it in a WOW presentation at the SU Regional we went to on Saturday....I'll show you the step by step another day, but it's definitely a WOW effect!
I'll be back tomorrow to show you some of the projects I made for my sweet new niece!

Recipe: Stamps: Gina K - A Year of Flowers, Ink: Black Stazon, Paper: Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink, Watercolor Paper, Walk in the Park DSP; Accessories: Aqua Painter, Reinkers, Copics, Baja Satin Ribbon, Pink Brads, Dimensionals

Sunday, March 22, 2009

SU Regionals

Well, I was able to spend a great day yesterday with Dawn and Laura at the SU Regionals. We had so much fun together! This was the first time we met in person and yet it was like we had known each other a long time. It just goes to show that those cyber-connections over stamping are really precious! It was a lot of laughter and conversation, and a little stamping too!

We found out about - and laughed about each other's stamp quirks....like that Dawn can't spend more than 30 minutes on a card...and that Laura might not have chosen her colors in 30 minutes :) ...and me? ha ha...well they laughed that I had to trim my already die cut stamps (hey I don't like edges!). It was really fun and I feel really blessed to know these girls they are warm and fun and generous. And I feel blessed to have stamped along side of them!
Here's a picture of the three of us at our table (thanks Bev for taking it!), Laura, Dawn and I.

Dawn and I ...

Laura and Dawn....
And Laura and I who also work together on the Flourishes Design Team.

A fun day...and now I'm home today with a feverish boy....I am also super behind on commenting on blogs and challenges...so please bear with me! I appreciate all of you who come over here and say hi....and I'll catch up soon! I've been working behind the scenes on finishing up my niece's baby blanket and 52 baby Thank You's for them (I'll show you the fruits of my labour this week), and I'm getting ready to paint my bathroom this week too!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Easter Projects

Well, it's my turn on the Flourishes Blog today to show you a tutorial on some pretty Easter projects. I'll give you a sneak peek here:

I did a little tutorial on how to use the new Jenni Bowlin papers to create these cute Easter baskets that can be used as place settings for your Easter table, or as a sweet little gift for everyone. Filled with Jelly Bellies - and Mini Easter eggs....my FAV!

And, as a special Easter creation for our family I used Kelly Lunceford's tutorial for accordian flowers to create this special HOPE Banner for us. The message of Easter to me is HOPE, it is what gives my life purpose and direction. My Saviour payed the price for me and conquered sin and death in the Resurrection and I have reason to Hope in Him!

I've cut the banner out with my SU Big Shot, and used chipboard letters, Craft Ink and Irridescent Ice to make them shine, or added Jenni Bowlin papers to accent them. Each piece of the banner has a watercolored daffodil on it as a symbol of hope.

The Flourishes blog has closeups of the banner as well if you'd like to check it out! Have a great day...I'm enjoying the day with my Dirty Dozen friends at the SU regionals! Yippee!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring Fever!

Welcome to Spring!

I have two great things to show you today...a Dirty Dozen Challenge and a Flourishes Friday Focus, as well as some FUN news at the end...

Dirty Dozen Flashback....have you ever gone back to look at some of your original cards? Well this month the Dirty Girls have! We're doing a fantastic challenge....CASE-ing ourselves! I'm my own Featured Stamper! Our challenge is to go back to one of our oldest cards in our gallery and CASE it...changing three elements. And no restrictions this month. What I love about this challenge is that it shows - everyone starts somewhere! We all grow as stampers!

Here's my original card from June of 2007...

It was a sketch challenge card, the 3rd card I ever made on SCS! ...now keep in mind I had stamped about 3 years before I was brave enough to post on SCS...so I actually still really like this card. I like the monochromatic feel and the pop of burgundy...I will always love Baroque Motifs as a set too. And here's my case:

I kept the basic layout and monochromatic theme, but I did change the set and colors, added a couple of layers, including DP that had been overstamped on, changed how I did the ribbon and added a Sizzlits Tag sentiment.

And for the Friday Focus Card for Flourishes...the wonderful Leslie Miller wants to show you how to showcase your Designer Papers! Combining the designs of decorative paper is a challenge that many stampers often have. How do you do it successfully? This week on the Flourishes Newsletter, Leslie will help us to see the patterns in decorative paper in a whole new and artistic way!

Here is my sample for today

I've combined four different Basic Grey - Urban Prairie papers on this card to give it a very spring feel. The largest pattern on the main card base, moving down in pattern sizes in smaller sections. I think this gives it more balance. I added a cute awning over my daffodils and chicks. My husband said it looks like a little window. The daffodils and chicks were watercolored and some popped up, and I used various sizes of Nestabilities for shape interest.

Here's the other Fabulous Flourishes DT Girls playing today!

Cindy Lawrence
Faith Hofrichter
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Julie Koerber

Guess what my fun news is???? Tomorrow I get to meet my first Dirty Dozen friends in REAL LIFE! Laura Fredrickson, Dawn Easton and I are headed to the SU Regionals tomorrow! I'm SO excited! These are great girls, and I believe we are the only Alberta girls chosen to be on the Dirty Dozen so far...and we all served together! I feel very blessed! So if you're headed to the Edmonton Regionals, please pop over to our table and say HI! I'd love to meet more of you in real life!

No recipes today, I'm pooped, if you have any questions let me know!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Choo Choo Celebrate

Do any of your kids have Thomas the Tank Engine trains? Our boys were just crazy about them. They would set up tracks all over our living room. They don't play with them as much anymore, but last night our daughter set up a whole room full of track downstairs. They'll be playing with it for a while again!

Well, I thought I'd get ahead of the game and make a card for a boys birthday, since my boys seem to have a party to go to every weekend lately! And the train theme was in my head.

This is another new SU set about to be released in the Spring Mini on April 1st. Since as you know, I have so few boy sets...and yet need them so often, I thought this set would make a cute boy cards, and could be used for scrapbook pages too.

The sketch challenge over at SCS has these narrow panels in the background that I thought would make for great *track* background. I rolled the Right On Track wheel over the panels and then ran it through the track-like Texturz plate. Here's a closer picture of the texture.

The trains are popped up as is the steam. The only non-SU thing on here is that fun ribbon, I picked it up at Michaels a long time ago, and it works perfectly here. Fun fun fun!

Recipe: Stamps: Choo Choo, Right on Track Wheel, Sweet Little Sentiments; Ink: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point; Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point; Accessories: Big Shot, Texturz Plate, Black Brads, Dimensionals, Michael's Ribbon, Slit Punch, Word Window Punch

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Yum doesn't some warm sunshine sound good? We're getting there...but not there yet, spring will arrive here with lots of snow still on the ground.

But today's color challenge at SCS gave me that longing for the warmth of sunshine and the beach. (Riding Hood Red, Summer Sun, Kraft and Black). I adore this cute new set coming out April 1st in the Spring Mini...it's called Just Beachy.

I created the feeling of three pairs of little feet playing on the beach by tearing and sponging the Kraft paper to create *sand*, stamping and coloring the flip flops and popping them, the sun and the pail up. The sentiment is rolled from the Lazy Days Wheel and it's also rolled on the Designer Paper.

Here's a closer picture of the dimension:

Thanks for popping over today!

Recipe: Stamps: Just Beachy, Lazy Days Wheel; Ink: Black Stazon, Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Summer Sun; Paper: Riding Hood Red, Summer Sun, Basic Black, Kraft, RHR Patterns DSP; Accessories: SW Markers, 1/4 circle punch, Black Brads, Dimensionals, RHR Striped Ribbon, Sponge

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Twins Faith

Well, I wasn't going to stamp today, but low and behold, my friend Stacy (twinshappy) was chosen as the Featured Stamper today on SCS! She and I serve together on the Flourishes Design Team and she is SUCH a sweetheart, talented designer and energetic woman! So I just had to stamp!

Here is the link to the card of Stacy's that I cased: Fall Harvest 2. I loved the colors and the layout and the elegant papers.

Here is mine:

I kept the basic design, but changed the stamp sets to new Flourishe sets, changed the designer papers but kept the basic colors, changed the ribbon and brad placement and used Vanilla Hodgepodge hardware, and changed the main panel size to better fit this set. It really does have the same feel though.

Thanks sweet Stacy for letting me case you today!

Recipe: Stamps: Flourishes - Oranamental Elements, Home Tweet Home, Timeless Quotes; Ink: Old Olive, River Rock, Chocolate Chip; Paper: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, River Rock, Brocade Basics DSP; Accessories: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Sponge, Dimensionals, Piercer.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Time for Our Creative Corner!

What an honor it is today to be creating alongside the Our Creative Corner girls!

Kim Teasdale, the OCC hostess this month asked me to be a Guest Designer today, and I was so glad to join in! These are some fabulous women! But THEN she told me the rules...it's a Limited Supply Challenge...

You may use a maximum of three layers of paper including the layer that your stamped image is on (you can add textures, masking or anything that floats your boat to make your card interesting as long as there are no more that 3 layers of paper including your card base).

Sentiments are optional

Only 1 kind of embellishment (buttons OR brads OR Ribbon)

I told her she might just kill me...only 3 layers! ACK!

So, our youngest had (another) boy birthday party to go to and I had these brand new SU stamps (released in the Spring Mini next month!) that were calling to me.

These little fish just CRACK ME UP! I mean every time I look at them I smile. Especially that crazed toothy one in the bottom right. I cut this focal layer out with my Nestie shape, embossed it and then sponged it to give it the *feeling* of another layer, and also the feeling of water. The fish are colored with copics.

On the patterned paper layer I cut out scalloped circles with my Big Shot and Scalloped Circles die and layed it underneath (ok....this technically might LOOK like two layers, but it is cut out of one piece....so I'm going with it :) ) I dry embossed these and pierced circles and added gel pen highlights...to feel like bubbles.

And then on the background or main card layer I embossed large dots with my Texturz plate and then ran my sanding block over top of the dots to lighten them up a bit, but it also gave each dot a really cool almost sueded texture to them. My one embellie is the new Corduroy brads - fantastic texture! So fun. :)

Thanks girls for allowing me to join in! Be sure to check out all the other OCC girls designs too!

Recipe: Stamps: SU - Cute Converse, Just Beachy; Ink: Pacific Point, Palette Noir; Paper: Pacific Point, Muirsfield DSP, Gina K Pure Luxury; Accessories: Big Shot, Nestabilities, Texturz Plate, Scalloped Circle Bigz Die, Piercer, Dotted Embossing/Piercing Template, Piercer, Baja Breeze Corduroy Brads, Copics, White Gel Pen, Sponge.

Friday, March 13, 2009

A Sweet Release

Well it was a fun week with all the new releases at Flourishes...I just made it into the Release Party at the tail end, because I was so busy holding my 10 day old niece...oooh she's just sweetness bundled. I totally hogged her tonight, my boys just kept looking at me and saying, "MOMmmm when can I hold her???" hee hee :)

Well, I have a few more beauties to show you of the Sweet Pea set as well as the sets themselves. The store is open now! Be sure to check out the new Jenni Bowlin papers too...I think I might need every one of them! Because the are 4 x 4 inch sizes Flourishes will also be selling 4.25 x 4.25 envelopes in cream and white for these style of cards which is fabulous because these envelopes are SO hard to find!


Here is a set I made for the Sweet Pea using Basic Grey Euphoria papers....all have similar elements and shapes, just laid out in different ways.

I wanted to show off some sweet peas of different colors, so I used the smaller bloom from the set and colored with copics. I used the little *tendril* stamp on my backgrounds, the pretty Basic Grey brads to match the papers and gorgeous Flourishes satin ribbon, with a little piercing on each.

Makes for a pretty set!

This next card was used by my Mom with a present for her new Grandaughter (yes that sweet niece again! )...the pinks are so suiting for a new baby girl don't you think?

This card actually began as a disaster. I had the whole image cut out so beautifully with my Nestie...colored it in painstakingly with my copics and then I must have had ink on my hand and I smudged part of it!!!! UGH. So, I decided to punch that colored piece into a large oval, recolor a larger piece and then put them together as a spotlight/highlight...then I added a layer of cardstock vellum overtop and the sentiment and it gave it a pretty effect.

I used a lot of scalloped edges along the bottom and lots of ribbon to make it very frilly and girly.

And here are the pictures of all three newly released stamp sets:

LOVELY! And, if you make a purchase at Flourishes, and I've inspired you, if you remember to add my name and initial christine0 at checkout in the promo code box I'd appreciate it!
Have a lovely end to your Friday.
Come back tomorrow...I have a special surprise!