Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I've used Copper slides in the elegant style on this card:
I colored these gorgeous sculpted Topiary trees with Copic markers and trimmed them out. I love the play of the Baja Blue against the deep Artichoke Green. Yesterday's sketch challenge was a really complex one, but I thought it might work for this card, so I used papers from Basic Grey (Marrakech), Always Artichoke Prints and Manchester DSP with the sketch. I thought that the coppery paper looked like a window from this Tuscan window to the sunset.
Aren't the ribbon slides gorgeous? I love how they mirror the rounded copper detailing on the planter. Here's a better look:
I've threaded the slides through some gorgeous Silk Ribbon from Flourishes, and did some piercing. You really don't need too many details when your accents are so beautiful! I have not seen anything like these gorgeous pieces in the crafting world yet...I'm so excited to use more!
Stop by and see Latisha and Julie for more!
Recipe: Stamps: Flourishes Topiary; Ink: Palette Noir, Always Artichoke; Paper: Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Copic Paper, Basic Grey Marrakech DSP, Always Artichoke DSP, Manchester DSP; Accessories: Copic Markers, Silk Ribbon, Finishing Touches - Stunning Slides (Copper), Dimensionals, Piercer.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I've always loved this stamp in the Summer by the Sea set. I think the little girl looks so sweet looking over the bluff. It makes me think of what my niece will look like in a few years, her little tufts of brown hair peeking under her sun hat. My sister in law is funny, before Adi was born, she thought in her head that her daughter wouldn't be one of those little girls to always wear pink....but as soon as she was born she said pink won her over, she can't get enough of it! So I created an all pink, all-girl card.
The girl is colored with copics, I sponged the sky to give it the feeling of a sunset. I loved this Basic Grey Perhaps paper pattern and how it went with the pinks and the sand in the main image. I gave it a little decorative piercing with my Pierceabilities template, and some Kaiser pearl accents.
Don't accents make a card? I mean, they just add that finishing touch of beauty, sort of like Jewelery don't you think? Well....today is the first sneak peek of something beautiful coming to Flourishes this Friday, it's called Finishing Touches.
Today you'll want to visit Leslie, Laura, Stacy and Julie to see the sneak peek of their Finishing Touches for today.
Tomorrow come back and see me! I'll have some beautiful Finishing Touches to show you!
Recipe: Stamps: Summer by the Sea, So Many Sayings; Ink: Palette Noir, Pink Pirouette; Paper: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Copic Paper, Basic Grey Perhaps DSP, Bella Birds DSP; Accessories: Big Shot, Labels 3 Nestabilities, Victorian Pierceabilities, Ornare Piercer, Pink Pirouette Striped Ribbon, Kaiser Pearls, Sponge, Copic Markers, Texturz Plate, Dimensionals
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Here's what I finally came up with after much dis-assembling and rearranging and staring and frustration!
I had no designer paper to throw in here, so I had to create my own using the Whisper White. I used the Rock and Roll technique on the butterflies.
Whew, that's done, I'm not sure how I feel about it! It's definitely vibrant...which is a far cry from the snow we have today, can you believe it? And our daughter has a school track meet today....all day, out in the snow!
Oh my poor flowers!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
So for Joan....a happy day to you my friend! May you see beauty today and God's handwriting in your life!
Recipe: Stamps: God's Beauty; Ink: Palette, Kiwi Kiss, Cameo Coral, Basic Gray, VersaMark; Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Walk in the Park DSP, PTI White; Accessories: Copic Markers, Irridescent Ice EP, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Valet Ribbon Originals, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Sponge, Aqua Painter
Friday, May 15, 2009
I colored these gorgeous Nasturtiums with Copics and used my Nestie Labels Four shape to frame the pretty flowers. I popped two blooms up and the sentiment too (with a few pretty beads).
Alright...want to see these great releases? I really have a hard time picking which one is my favourite!
A Man's View
Recipe: Stamps: Flourishes - Nasturtiums; Ink: Palette Noir, Gable Green; Paper: Whisper White, Bravo Burgundy, Copic Paper; Accessories: Copic Markers, Big Shot, Texturz Plate, Labels Four, Ribbons (Flourishes), beads, Mono Multi glue, Ticket Corner Punch
So...you'll want to see more of the Design Teams Creations:
To win this set today see the Flourishes Newsletter
Remember the release party is TONIGHT, and the sets will be available after the party! And also remember that the Flourishes store is having a Spring Sale this week...10% off anything in the store!
Persian Rug for Papa: Stamps: A Man's View; Ink; Black Stazon; Paper: Night of Navy, Tangerine Tango, Basic Grey Marrakesh DSP, Whisper White; Accessories: Copic Markers, Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon, Ruby Red Marker, Piercer, Dimensionals.
The Paper: Stamps: A Man's View; Ink: Palette Noir, Basic Brown, Chocolate Chip; Close to Cocoa; Paper: Sage Shadow, Close to Cocoa, Confetti Cream, To the Nines Specialty DSP; Accessories: Big Shot, Octagonal Nestabilties, 1/2 inch circle Punch, Pewter Brads, Sponge, Copic Markers, Twill Ribbon, Brayer.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I wanted to mention to you that there is a Virtual Convention going on over at The Rubberstamp Chat forum (http://www.rubberstampchat.net/) and Flourishes is participating in it. What does this mean for you? Well, instead of offering a new release bundle at a discount this month on Friday after the release, we'll offer 10% off the entire store from Thursday May 14, through Thursday May 21. All you have to do is enter the code: rsc99 in the promotion code box to receive the discount! Who doesn't love a sale!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Today we're going to introduce to you a beautiful set called Nasturtiums drawn by our ever wonderful Marcella Hawley. Nasturtiums are a really lovely and unique flower, did you know they are edible? You can put them in salads and they have a taste like watercress. I love the unique look of their leaves. Like little umbrellas!
I have two creations to show you today... but not in the traditional Nasturtium colors...we're using a bit of our imagination today!
Friends are Flowers Seed Packet
I had my husband and son pick up some Nasturtium seeds at the store because I wanted to create a little seed packet for gifting a few seeds. Wouldn't that be a cute hostess gift at a dinner party? A little Something to grow some pretty blooms, and it's useful too! Next dinner party you can throw it in the salad! I also thought about giving some of these to some of my friends to tell them I love them.
I watercolored the Octogonal shape (nesties) and added a few flowers popped up. I used the nestie shape to sponge color on as well. The actual box measures 4.25 x 5 x just over 1 inch deep. I took a 4.25 x 11 piece of Bravo Burgundy scoring at about 1.5 inches 6.5 inches and 7.5 inches. This forms the front fold and top fold for the packet. Any excess that is too long for the front I cut off, leaving just about an inch and a half fold up border.
Then I took a piece of cardstock vellum (5 x 7.25) stamped it with the leaves in white Stazon, then gently scored at .5 inches, 1.5 inches, 5.75 inches, 6.75 inches and 7 inches. This gives you the front section of the box which you can adhere to the back of the Bravo Burgundy side. Here my top fold tucks under the main image to keep it closed. Because I used vellum for the box front, you can see the color of the seeds when they are inside.
Then I added the extra pieces of cardstock as accent and added some embellishments. It holds two packets of seeds inside.
Next up a very different creation...I saw a beautiful piece of art at this site called Artist Rising, I was inspired to make a very different color palette for this one...
I stamped and embossed the image with white on Black cardstock and used Prismacolor pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, and a blending stump to create a deep but cool color palette. Then I also added SU's old Metallic pencils to highlight. It's beautifully shimmery in person.
Aren't these beautiful Nestability shapes? This is Labels Four from the Flourishes Store.
I used Prism papers to get the perfect match, as well as the green Glittering Christmas paper from Flourishes.
So now you'll want to head over to the other Design Teams' Blogs to see their creations....but don't forget to stop by the Flourishes Newsletter for your chance to win this very set today! Don't forget about the His and Hers Challenge too... you could win all three sets! See the Flourishes Newsletter for more info!
Seed Packet: Stamps: Nasturtiums, Ink: Black Stazon, Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, White Stazon; Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, Blush Blossom, Cardstock Vellum, Watercolor Paper (Flourishes); Accessories: Big Shot, Nestabilities (Octogonal), Kaiser Pearls (Latte), Burgundy Organdy Ribbon, Sponge, Eyelet Border Punch, Sticky Tape, Dimensionals, Scor It.
Midnight Nasturtiums: Stamps: Nasturtiums, Figs and Pomegranates (sentiment); Ink: White Craft, Black Stazon; Paper: Prism Papers, Basic Black, Christmas Glitter Paper (Flourishes); Accessories: Big Shot, Nestabilities, Rhinestones, Black Organdy Ribbon (Flourishes), Prismacolor Pencils, SU Metallic Pencils, OMS, Blending Stump, Dimensionals
Monday, May 11, 2009
I know for my sister-in-law seeing this day come to reality is special, and I wanted to commemerate that for her. I'm not much of a scrapbooker anymore, but I've been collecting pictures I've taken of my niece over the past 10 weeks to use for this very thing. Wow has she grown!
So I photo-edited all the pictures into black and white, softened all the edges in my editing software, and just made a sweet simple accordian mini album on paper coasters. This way she can put it on her dresser or desk and be reminded of the sweetness of her girl.
Here is the album cover...Bella Toile background and Lots of Tags Sizzlit frame, I just handwrote on the cover. The ribbon looks wonky here, but it really was straight! I think I must have pulled it when I set it down for the photo. This next shot is a bit dark, but you get the feel for the spread of the album...
Here is the inside....simple accents like eyelet borders, felt flowers, a little ribbon and Lovely Letters to spell out Mommy. I hinged each section with a scored section of Basic Gray cardstock and ribbon. I kept it very simple to highlight the pictures not the book.
I loved it and thought it was a sweet gift, but to see my sister in law when she opened it, she burst into tears. I know it meant a lot to her. Sometimes it's just the simple gifts from the heart that mean so much. Isn't this little sweetheart beautiful? Oh we adore her.
This is Adeline yawning :) and their happy little family at Easter (my brother is the happy Daddy).
Come on back tomorrow (Wednesday) ...it begins new release week peeks from Flourishes! I'm so excited!
Recipe: Stamps: Bella Toile, Lovely Letters; Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Bella Rose DSP; Ink: Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink; Accessories: Big Shot, Sizzlits (Lots of Tags), Eyelet Scallop Border, Felt Flowers, Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Striped Pink Pirouette Ribbon, Mono Multi Glue, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Wide Oval Punch.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
There is something that happens to you when you become a Mother. I believe you see and experience God's love in a whole new way. As you look at your child you see God's handwriting in their beauty, in their preciousness, in the miracle of their life!
This is such a pretty Hostess set don't you think? I embossed the butterfly on watercolor paper and added reinkers to color. I stamped the pretty flowers on Confetti Cream (a new favourite color of mine) and lightly watercolored them and cut out, then used the same technique on the leaves.
The bottom half of the card is embossed with a Texturz plate and the black of the sentiment is from the Lots of Tags Sizzlits.
I made a special gift for my sister-in-law that I'll be showing you next week too! Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there!
Recipe: Stamps: God's Handwriting; Ink: Black Stazon, VersaMark, Baja Breeze, Purely Pomegranate DSP & Cardstock, Confetti Cream; Accessories: Big Shot, Texturz Plate, Lots of Tags Sizzlits, Corduroy Brads, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Reinkers, Aqua Painter, Baja Satin Ribbon & Black Velvet Ribbon (Valet Ribbon Originals).
Thursday, May 7, 2009
On the left you'll see my masculine version and then on the right (obviously hey?) is the feminine.
What makes a card masculine or feminine do you think? These cards use the same layout and stamp sets, they are both colored with copics, both use the same Deckled Rectangle Nestabilities...yet they look decidedly different.
For me having it be masculine or feminine is all in the color choices, the treatments used on the papers, and the accents added.
Here on the masculine version I used neutral colors in my Copics, adding neutral sponging in the main image layer. I used Jenni Bowlin papers in the chocolate color (making the dots a caramel color with my Copics). I added texture to the bottom half of the card with my Texturz plate and sponged the edges to give it a deeper warmer feel.
Accents are simple, not frou-frou at all :), simple ribbon with no bows, and hardware. Every man loves hardware right? (lol)
Now for the feminine version...a totally different feel, a little more layering, definite feminine colors, very feminine ribbon, and eyelet border, the addition of swirly piercing and rhinestone accents. Totally gives it a feminine feel don't you think?
So now it's your turn! Make a feminine card and then, using the same layout, give it a masculine spin. Upload this to SCS or your blog (or both) with the keyword fllcmay and then link it at the Flourishes Newsletter. This contest will close at 5 PM Eastern on Friday the 15th. The winner of the drawing will take home all three of the new releases! Fantastic ones I might add.... :) We'll be showing you sneak peeks starting next week! Thanks for dropping by today!
Here's the DT Girls' creative His and Hers Challenge cards to give you a creative jumpstart....
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
We've had a really busy few days, a wedding, youth stuff, we had a BBQ for our Youth Ministry Team at our home (kabobs and steak - yum!), and a couple of ball hockey games for the boys.
So, I have a more clean and simple card for you today for the Color Challenge, today's colors were: Cameo Coral, Garden Green and Ballet Blue...
I stamped the squares in Stazon and then the Cameo Coral and Ballet Blue, but also popped up some watercolored blue flowers too. The white space on the card is embossed and I overstamped the patterned paper with leaves. The blue border is done with the reverse side of the scalloped square punch, to mimic the blue blossoms. A little piercing, pearls and some satin ribbon.
This morning our youngest son had an assembly at school to which we were invited. Each month the school studies a positive character trait and this months' is Tolerance. One little boy moved to our school recently from Cuba and when he came he spoke no English, I was so touched to see that our teacher had taught them all a Spanish song to sing. Then they sang "What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong) illustrated with pictures on the screen that they had drawn...it was so touching...even the teacher was moved to tears describing the song, she had said that our son had described tolerance as "being kind to each other and all getting along". (I was a proud mama to hear that :) ) If we could all see one another with compassion, tolerance, kindness...if we can live that out...it is wonderful.
So, this will be for his teacher!
Recipes: Stamps: Botanical Blooms; Ink: Black Stazon, Garden Green, Cameo Coral, Ballet Blue; Paper: Whisper White, Garden Green Patterns, Ballet Blue Patterns DSP, Ballet Blue, Garden Green; Accessories: Big Shot, Texturz Plate, Scalloped Square Punch, Dimensionals, Satin Ribbon, Half Pearls, Mono Multi Glue, Piercer.