Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Beautiful Marvelous Nature



It's New Release Time!  Flourishes has four stunning new sets this month, perfect for summer stamping, and today I'm going to sneak peek two of those sets for you; Swan Lake and Life Lines, so I have two pretty cards to show you too!

Below you can see Swan Lake is a gorgeous set filled with images perfect for that lake-side scene.  I chose to use the overhanging vine and the grasses and flowers.  All the images are watercolored and I've given the center some dream watercolor and added a sentiment from Life Lines in the middle.  *In all things of Nature, there is something of the marvelous* Aristotle.


The sky and greenery edges are sponged using the Scalloped Square Nestie as a template.  I love the dreamy look it gives.  The soft subtle patterns of Memory Box Spearmint are perfect for the card. 
I used the Fair Isle Borderabilities for the scalloped and embossed border along the bottom, it goes so well with the scalloped squares.  And as accents, gorgeous silk ribbon paired with sparkly Prima Flower



Alright  - now to something more clean and simple.  I love the sentiments in the Life Lines sets, some beautiful quotes that really can be the focal point of the card. 


I've paired this beautiful quote from Eleanor Roosevelt with two of the cygnets (swan babies :) ) from the Swan Lake set (aren't they adorable?)  I've added very soft simple coloring with copics, highlighting one word but keeping everything really clean and simple.  The shape is Labels 12 Nestabilities.   I've used some beautiful embossing with my Cuttlebug Folder, added some square gems and 2 types of ribbon - Gingham  and some old SU ribbon that I hadn't even cracked open yet, and it's so pretty too with the design woven in. 

Now you'll want to visit the Design Team to see some gorgeous cards today... Cindy Lawrence, Danielle Kennedy, Dawn Burnworth, Julie Koerber, Laura Fredrickson, Leslie Miller, Stacy Morgan.

Great news!   You can enter to win these sets today at the Flourishes Blog....  and these sets are available for pre-order TODAY

And you can win the whole release by entering the pre-release color challenge HERE

And remember our New Release Power Hour Party over at Splitcoaststampers.com is on THURSDAY 8 pm MTN time, hope to see you there!

Recipe:  Marvelous Nature:  Stamps: Flourishes -Swan Lake, Life Lines;  Ink:  Black Stazon, Baja Breeze;  Paper:  Baja Breeze, Sage Shadow, So Saffron, Flourishes European Watercolor Paper, Memory Box Spearmint Designer Paper;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Scalloped Square Nestabilities, Fair Isle Borderabilities, Silk Ribbon, Prima Flowers, Sponge, Reinkers, Stampin' Write Markers, Waterbrush, Dimensionals, Bow Easy. 

Beauty of Their Dreams:  Stamps:  Life Lines, Swan Lake;  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black;  Paper:  Basic Black, So Saffron, Flourishes Classic Ivory Cardstock;  Accessories:  Corner Rounder, Big Shot, Labels 12 Nestabilities, BG Square Gems, Copic Markers, Dimensionals, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Bow Easy, Glue Dots. 

25 comments:

Marisa said...

Beautiful first card, Christine! Such a serene feel to it! Love the CAS feel to the second card too.

GLENDA BROOKS said...

I love both of these! Just beautiful!

Karen W said...

Beautiful cards but the scene is just amazing. I love it and just preordered my bundle.

KarinsArtScrap said...

Hi Christine

Wow I like the card above
it's really a dream card
your coloring is great
very very very beautiful


greetings karin

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Absolutely STUNNING cards, Christine! I love that ribbon/flower treatment on the first one!

Dawn B. said...

Love these cards Christine.. Your coloring on the first one is wonderful.. Great job on the first day of the New Release..

Tracy said...

stunning card! I ove the calm blue and green colors.What a gift you have for coloring!

Donna said...

Gorgeous cards! I love the peaceful images. These will make beautiful cards!

Crystal said...

Oh my word Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!! These are amazing Christine!

Jerri Jimenez said...

Oh my gosh, girl! Absolutely stunning! Love the colors you chose, a gorgeous layout! Soft and soothing, simply stunning!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Christine your card is gorgeous! I really like how on that square you could get a scene created and so beautifully done. The ribbon and flower are fabulous. I think the tiny duckies are so darn cute and you used those with the sentiment... LOVE it... :0)

Makiko Jones said...

Gorgeous cards, Christine! Your coloring is spectacular!!!

Nerina said...

I love the white edge you left around your image in the first card - and your colouring is serenely beautiful! Gorgeous bow and striking composition in the second - great peekies - thank you!

Beate said...

Oh Christine.....your first card is heavenly. The second card is beautiful too!
Hugs and smiles

Leslie Miller said...

So amazingly beautiful, Christine! I love how you've colored the first card, especially. Beautiful the way the water fades into the background. I'd like to be there in that scene. Your post title is so appropriate.

Shari said...

Both cards are beautiful! I am in love with the first one though. Such a serene scene!

Barbara said...

Gorgeous cards, Christine--that first one is a breath-taker and I love the crisp lines of the second.

dpkennedy said...

Absolutely stunning! Gorgeous work!

Traci M said...

Your watercoloring is breathtaking, Christine...it makes me want to get lost in the scene!
And the second is so classy, wonderful examples of both of these sets!!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Wowsers Christine!! I'm in awe!! Your first card is stunning!! LOVE what you've done to make this beautiful scene. The water is exquisite. And the second is equally as charming with that gingham ribbon and sweet sketch!! LOVE these!!

Hilton said...

Pure beauty and bliss. Love the colours..........

Silke Ledlow said...

Two absolute gorgeous cards Christine!!! I really love the new swan set!!! Hugs ~S~

Cheryl O said...

All I can say is.....Oh my gosh...these are exquisite!!!! How absolutely stunning for all of these cards. Thought I might be able to skip buying a release, but.....NO!!!!!

Diane said...

Gorgeous.....what a different and unique set.....thanks for sharing!!

Shannon Erskine aka e3stamper said...

So gorgeous!! Love the how serene your card is! I can just hear the water now!