Monday, January 31, 2011

Oh Baby! It's Animal Crackers

Day Three of Baby Week and I have a fun bold design with a CAS style.  I keep thinking, ok you may be making 50 - 100 of these how complicated do you want them?  But if you know me CAS isn't something I find easy!

I found this cute paper from Imaginisce called Colorfall and thought it might make a good color palette for a bolder boy design.  Then I paired it with Verve's To the Moon set, using the giraffe, monkey and bear with color ink on colored paper, then color ink on white paper - embossed, and finally in black Memento ink on the monkey and colored with Copics as the focal image.  Isn't he cute with his big belly?

Just a little ribbon tabs for accent and two stamped stars (but if I were doing this in multiples I'd have a star punch for sure).  

Yeah, so outside of the fun of making this card, I didn't have the best day today....Here's the equation....Me in our Van + Very Hard Snowbank + Very Cold Temperatures (even at slow speed) = one really broken front fender + an expensive repair.  :(   Gratefully I have a very understanding and loving husband, and no one was hurt.  

Hope you have a much better day today!  Stay warm and out of snowbanks :) 

Stamps:  Verve - To the Moon, SU - Nursery Necessities;  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Bermuda Bay, Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi;  Paper:  Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi, Imaginisce - Colorfall;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Dotted Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Copic Markers, 1 3/8 inch Circle punch, 1 3/4 Circle punch.  

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Baby Week! I {{{Heart}}} U

I have Day Two of Baby Week for you today with a soft and sweet card designed especially for my brother and sister-in-law.  They are cat lovers and have 2 cats  - for me as a very allergic person....this is never easy!  But,  I knew as soon as I saw this set from There She Goes called Cattitude, it would be perfect for them.  Now they also have two kids so these two cats fit perfectly and are so cute with the baby building blocks.  

I picked up this cute mini pack of paper from Michaels called Baby Boy by Martha Stewart, it has some cute patterns in and some sparkly and shiny designs too.  I pulled out this weeks Viva La Verve layout ( 4.25 x 4.25 inch card) and did a little patchwork feel for the card, adding a simple border along the bottom and some cute buttons and ribbon as accent.  

The sentiment does say Thank You and it's a sweet little sentiment that Julee sent along with my last Verve order...sorry my ribbon covered it in this shot.  You can also see a little of the glitter in the starry paper.  Sweet enough for a baby boy?

Stamps:  TSG - Cattitude, Verve - Thank You;  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Sage Shadow;  Paper:  Sage Shadow, Soft Sky, Barely Banana, Flourishes Classic White, Martha Stewart Baby Boy Patterned Paper;  Accessories:  1 3/4 Circle Punch, Big Shot, Lacey Circles Nesties, Banana Grosgrain Ribbon, Buttons, White Gel Pen, Dimensionals, Copic Markers, Quilt Edge Punch - Martha Stewart, Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Baby Week! Oh Boy!

Well, for the next week I've decided to devote my designs to all things BABY :)  With the birth of our nephew I told my sister--in-law that I'd make her Thank You cards again for I'll be trying out some design samples this week on you, and you can tell me what you think.  Now it will be all boy of course, but the designs can always be altered by color and embellishments for a girl.  I'm trying to keep them generally simple so that they can be recreated in greater numbers.

Here's number ONE :)

I got this adorable new set To the Moon from Verve specifically with these cards in mind actually.  How can you resist that adorable frame with the elephant in it!  ACK!  Cuteness!

I took my color palette from the cute turquoise-y elephant on the fabric on the Zoya B site (wow you could get lost in there!) which is the Inspiration Challenge on SCS today.   And the used one of last month's Verve sketches adding a few elements.  Isn't that little heart border punch has the polkadots from the design and I used one of the cut out hearts from inside the punch to add to the little copic colored elephant.   All the papers are old SU ones...Soft Sky and then Prestwick DSP.  

As you can see I added some BG0000 and BG11 to the face and trunk of the does look a little more even than that in real life, I went a little too high on my saturation in this photo....but you get the idea.  

And here's the little self that I'm so enamoured with....

You'd swear I'm his mother the way I want to cuddle with him, but I get to send him home or to his Mommy when he cries :)  He was 2 weeks early so he's just 6 -7 lbs...and his little bum fits right in my hand when I'm holding him.  Ah babies....such a picture of the goodness of God.  Have a great Saturday and weekend friends....I'll be back with more baby goodness this week.  

Stamps;  Verve - To the Moon;  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black;  Paper:  Soft Sky, Basic Grey, Soft Sky Prints, Prestwick DSP;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Nesties, Scalloped Oval Nesties, Circle Punch, Martha Stewart Hearts Border Punch, Soft Sky DS Ribbon, Dimensionals, Copic Markers, Piercer

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Flourishes Friday Focus - Calendars!

Well, it's a fun Flourishes Friday this week with Dawn as our hostess with the mostess and she's got a special guest and a Theme of Calendars!

I love our classy Calendars from Flourishes (free download!) and the beautiful A Year in Flowers sets, and if you've been following me for a while, you know that I made a set of calendars and matching card for each month for my Sister-in-Law in the US for her birthday.  So here we are at the month of March!  If you're interested in seeing the other months so far just click on Calendars in the bottom of the post.  Or I think THIS LINK might work too

Pansies are just the prettiest many colors and varieties - and I love the veining in pansies usually with some fun contrasting color in the center.  Creation never ceases to inspire me!  I've chosen some pppppurples for these pansies and then bordered them with the beaded ovals Nesties and this lovely Victorian Borderabilities die from Spellbinders.  The papers are Memory Box Gossamer.  

Then on the card I kept the theme of the calendar and added some pearls and this gorgeous velvet ric rack ribbon.  It's quite a thick card, but boy do I love this month's design...and I'm not even a really purple person!  I think it's all the good green I added in there :)

So the rest of the Flourishes Design Team girls will tantalize you with something gorgeous today all the way give them a visit!

Dawn Burnworth
and Laura Fredrickson is joining us for a last week and she has FAB blog candy!

Stamps:  Flourishes a Year in Flowers I;  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black;  Paper:  Garden Green, Orchid Opulence (I think????), Flourishes Classic White, Memory Box Gossamer;  Accessories;  Big Shot, Beaded Ovals Nestabilities, Victorian Borderabilities, Pearls, Velvet Ric Rack Ribbon, Copic Markers, Dimensionals. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Such Sweet Peas

It rained here today...really very unusual for January in northern was +7 (Celcius) and it sounded and smelled like spring....all with at least 3 feet of snow on the ground!   Of course when it freezes we have a skating rink :)

I thought I'd do something spring-like tonight.  When I was guest designing for There She Goes I picked up this Sweet Peas set  right away and yet hadn't given it life in ink yet!  I love the long lines in the design of the stamp.

I colored up the sweet peas with Copic Markers (R00, R01, R02, R14, using YG91 for the stems and then T1, W00, W2 for the pointillism background shading).  As you'll see on the next picture I popped up some of the petals.

This paper is beautiful....the picture doesn't do it justice, it's SEI Claire and many of the pages are foiled in design so they have a metallic touch...boy does it look gorgeous.  I thought the metallic velvet ribbon really suited the metallic in the paper and matched perfectly.   This is also TSG's challenge for the week - a sketch (TSG91).   

And here's a closeup so you can see the popped up petals. 

I love how a simple thing like that gives life to the design.  

Alright gang ....back tomorrow with a Flourishes Friday design.  I'm also working on baby designs here behind the scenes for some ideas for my new nephew's Thank You cards.  So you can probably expect some of that next week!    

Stamps:  There She Goes - Sweet Peas;  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black;  Paper:  Whisper White, Flourishes Classic White, SEI Claire DP;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Beaded Circles Nestabilities, Quilted Edge Martha Stewart Punch, Metallic Velvet Ribbon, Dimensionals, Copic Markers, Piercer.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Journey in a Jar PTI Hop

Hey there friends!

Today I wanted to jump in on PTI's monthly blog hop because the theme is "challenging yourself to use a Papertrey stamp set that has yet to see ink or even one that might be collecting a little dust!"  Well, that one appealed to me because I haven't had any time to use my PTI stamps....and this one particular stamp In hadn't even inked yet!  

I call it "Journey in a Jar" combining the very sweet Friendship Jar set and Up, Up and Away... it has a sort of fairy tale dream feel don't you think?  I little vacation in a jar idea which in the middle of all this snow sounds wonderful!  :)

Coloring is done with Copic markers, adding the partial clouds template side the lines of the jar....and then at the bottom for a sentiment.  

Now...I'd like to introduce to you someone new and beautiful....

It's our new nephew.  Born just 1 day ago and we met him Monday afternoon.  He is absolutely gorgeous, perfect round little head, beautiful soft inquisitive eyes, a button nose, chubby cheeks, soft fuzzy hair....oh I could go on and on.  He's beautiful.  And I can't wait to hold him again tomorrow!  I am so overcome with that sense of wonder in his little life!  Grateful to God for his safe arrival and his presence in our family, so happy for my brother and sister-in-law and niece (now a big sister!).  Sigh!  

Thanks for dropping by!

Stamps:  PaperTrey Ink - Friendship Jar, Up, Up and Away;  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black;  Paper:  Baja Blue, Marigold Morning, Flourishes Classic White, Webster's Pages - Waiting for Santa and Sweet Season;  Accessories:  Grand Circles Nestabilities, Copic Markers, Clouds 1 & 2 Template, Large Scallop Punch, Baja Breeze Striped Ribbon, Vanilla Seam Binding, Cording, Copic Markers, Dimensionals. 


Hi Again!  Today's Technique Lover's Challenge on SCS is to use the Faux Tile technique that was showcased a few weeks ago on Splitcoaststampers....I thought it was a gorgeous technique and thought I'd give it a try today.  I'm not typically a very "technique-y" person but it's nice to play a little sometimes right?

I pulled out one of my all time favourite stamp sets from Flourishes - Cherry Blossoms and colored it up with Prismacolor pencils, then cut it into 1 x 1 inch squares.  After you cut it then I added UTEE embossing powder over VersaMark ink and heat embossed (this is where all the fussiness comes in).  I actually like the bumpy look it gives each tile...sort of an old world feel.  And the embossing seems to deepen the coloring as well.  After they cooled I sponged each square with some Marina Mist ink and then attached it to the Basic Grey cardstock with Scor Tape.  I also spritzed the squares with some Pearl Glimmer Mist to give them a touch of shine.   Which you can catch a little of below.  

I'll be giving this to my sister--in-law today to congratulate her on a good job delivering that baby....still not telling you if it's a boy or a girl!

Stamps:  Flourishes - Cherry Blossoms;  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Marina Mist, VersaMark;  Paper:  Blushing Bride, Bashful Blue, Basic Grey, Flourishes Classic White, Blushing Bride Prints DSP;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Victorian Embossing Folder, Large Scallop Punch, Corner Rounder, Oval Punch, Square Rhinestone Gems, Pink Loop Trim, White SU Ribbon (ages ago!), Sponge, Prismacolor pencils, OMS, Blending Stumps, UTEE, Heat Tool, Glimmer Mist

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Joy and Sorrow all Rolled Together

It seems like that happens doesn't it?  Joy and sorrow in sometimes equal measure.  I have so much to be joyful fact tonight I have become an Auntie all over again!  My brother and sister-in-law have become proud parents of their second child just a few hours ago!  Praise God Mama and baby are safe and sound....but to honor their chance to tell people personally - I won't spill the beans on who it is just yet.  I hope to meet this new little one tomorrow morning :)  We are beyond joyful!

But tonight I also needed to make a sympathy card for a family I love a lot.  When I was in the US, first when I was single, and then later as a newlywed I worked at a wonderful church and the Senior Pastor's family was like my family, and are still precious friends to us.  And this weekend they had to say goodbye to his father, I know it was not unexpected, yet it is still hard this side of heaven to say goodbye.

This card is a bit unusual for me in that there is no coloring!  Straight stamping, a shock I know!  I took the pretty Verve set Dream Big and paired it with the Plain Jane set - Isaiah 61:3 (overstamped on the designer paper behind the image).  I stamped the blossom in the different sizes and popped each layer up, it makes it look like a zinnia doesn't it?   This is the Viva La Verve Sketch Week 4 at Splitcoaststampers.  

I also added a gorgeous Webster's Vintage Sparklers inside of the flower, and some gorgeous velvet and crochet ribbon, and satin ribbon together. 

And here is the verse on the inside of the card...."Give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness" Isaiah 61:3.  I find this verse to be such an encouragement, yes there will be times for ashes, mourning and heaviness, but God will also  - in His beautiful timing  - bring healing and hope.  

Stamps:  Verve - Dream Big, Plain Jane Isaiah 61:3;  Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Tangelo and Pear Tart;  Paper:  Pumpin Pie, Early Espresso, SU Designer paper, Whisper White;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Lacey Circles Nestabilities, Square Nestabilities, Slit Punch, Velvet Crochet Ribbon, Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Websters's Sparkler, Glue Dots, Bow Easy, Pearls. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cinnamon Hearts and Roses

It's another Flourishes Friday and we Design Team girls are delighted to show you some pretties today.  I'm going very much in a Valentine's theme with something I haven't shown you yet from the New Release last week, and thinking of my beloved.  He loves those little cinnamon hearts or red hots as they're sometimes called, so I made this project for him.  If you want to be surprised sweetie - avert your eyes!  Oh...and you can click on any pictures to make them larger if you like!

I made a gift set centered around the gorgeous rose hearts from the new set Hearts and Flowers.  It's just such a lovely dreamy set.  

Below is actually where I began....a pair of copic colored rose hearts and an empty tin of Tazo Tea.  I'll go next to the cards and come back to the tin....

I took that theme of two hearts together (me and my hubbie :))  into the card setting them together in this inset frame created by the Lacey Circles cut out that I also embossed with the SU! Manhattan Roses embossing folder.  The card measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches.  Lots of space to write some tender lovey-stuff inside :)

Lovely heart pearls to accent it as well as some chenille dotted ribbon and white silk.  

Funny story......the sentiment reads "Je taime" which in French is I love you....but he'll laugh about it because he's an American by birth and French is as foreign to him as any language.  But for me, growing  up here in Canada though English is primarily all you hear, you're exposed to enough French (I call my French - Sesame Street French - what I heard on Sesame Street growing up! LOL) you pick up some here and there.  Our middle son is taking French now and we always tease that my husband can't help him with his homework, he can't pronounce a THING.  It's quite funny when he tries too.  

Ok, back to the tin and cinnamon hearts that will go inside....

I covered the tin with some old SU paper that I had also overstamped with the Rose Hearts in White Craft ink.  It's such a pretty detailed stamp it can stand on it's own in just ink.   I adhered it to the tin with Scor Tape.  It is my favourite sticky adhesive.  It is far superior to Red Line Sticky tape, it just holds so much better and attaches better PLUS you can just rip it off the roll rather than cutting it if you want too.  Flourishes sells it in 3 widths.    Then as you can see I added some of that luxurious chenille dot ribbon to hide the seams (with Scor Tape too).  And then decorated the top of the tin.  Super simple, but with those hearts...gorgeous impact.

And finally, I packaged up a whole bunch of cinnamon hearts into a cello bag and tied it up and added this pretty tag to it.  Just stamped with the hearts in red and then a little embellishing on top.

The detailing on the bottom of the tag is from the Spellbinders Labels 14 Nestie, and the glittery white ribbon is Metallic Velvet here in the store.  

So, that's a pretty Valentine project checked off my list.  I'm so excited to give it to him, he might get it early :) 

Now remember TODAY is the LAST DAY you can purchase the Flourishes New Release Bundle at a discount!  It really is fabulous!

Head on over to rest of the Design Team to see their fabulous Flourishes Friday projects!
on that note......All of us girls want to say a fond farewell to Laura Fredrickson who's moving to the Bring Back Beautiful Team at Flourishes.  I've worked with Laura on different teams for 3 years and she'll be greatly missed for her beautiful designs, and being a great team-mate.  Blessings Laura!

And we have a big hearty welcome to a great lady taking Laura's place, Barbara Anders moving over to the Senior Design Team from the Friends of Flourishes Team.  I know you'll continue to love her designs!  

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Drama of Black

So, I seem to be in a bit of a black kick right now.  It doesn't happen often, but there are times I'm drawn to the drama that black provides in it's contrast to other colors.  It really anchors a design and sharpens it too.  As I was looking in my designer papers for this card I was drawn to my Capella pack from Basic Grey with all it's pretty and elegant patterns ...and all this black.

The There She Goes Challenge this week is about using embossing with ink and embossing powders.  So, I pulled out some black on black to emboss and the lovely Garden of Friends set from TSG.  I really love this stamp company and had the best time designing for them the last few months.

After embossing the Hydrangea blooms onto the black cardstock, I then embossed the hydrangea and leaves again on watercolor paper and then watercolored with my Stampin' Write Markers, cutting them out and then popping them up on a Lacey Circle Nestie, where I had curved the sentiment to round the circle.  This is also the Mojo Sketch for the week.

Here's a little closeup....can you see the black on black embossing?

A little taffeta bow in this pretty Mossy green and some beautiful Prima Say it in Pearls because they matched so nicely and it's complete!

Stamps:  TSG - Garden of Friends;  Ink:  VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black;  Paper:  Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Basic Grey Capella DP, Watercolor paper;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Lacey Circles Nestabilities, Stampin' Write Markers, waterbrush, Dimensionals, Say it With Pearls Swirls, Black Detail Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon.

Snow Bound

Whew...I heard on the news the other day that this January has already been 2nd in the books for most amount of snowfall in our area ever.   We've had something like 64 or 69 centimetres of snow so that's somewhere around 27 inches of snow.  My husband hasn't needed a gym membership with the shoveling...the piles in front of our yard are between 6 - 8 feet high.  There's just no where else to put it!

Just look.... this is from my husband's iPhone.  And that's our daughter bundled up coming home from school in our driveway.  She's 5 foot 4 just like me...and you can see it's way above her head.

So, I've been trying to stay warm :)

But to fit right in with the snow all around me I made this little card for The Cat's Pajamas Tuesday challenge.  It's a color challenge of Black, Kraft, White and Yellow.  Since I had this cutie already colored in reds it was a perfect fit, she's from You Suit Me.  

She's adorable isn't she?  I colored her up with Prismacolor pencils and loosely followed the VLV Verve Week 3 sketch.  

I added 2 of the sentiments on the bottom corners...thought they suited the design too.  And you can probably peek and see I've swiped my white craft pad over the embossed snowflakes to make them stand out a little better too.  

Here's what the kids and I have been up to since Sunday afternoon....

I love making puzzles.  This one is quite large...1500 pieces, so it will take us a few more days to get done....though my Dad will work on ones that are 5000 +  pieces all winter.  But I've taken over the table :)  and once I start a puzzle it's really hard to put it down!  

Alright.  I'm off for a date with my hubbie :)  Blessings everyone!

Stamps:  The Cat's Pajamas - You Suit Me;  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, White Craft ink;  Paper:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Flourishes Classic White, Real Red, Red DSP, Kraft;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Deckled Rectangles Die, SU Ribbon, Twine, Sewing Machine, Black Rhinestones, Prismacolor Pencils, OMS, Blending Stumps, Dimensionals, Snowflake Embossing Folder.  

Friday, January 14, 2011

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday 100th Challenge Blog Hop!

Second post today....if you'd like to see more with this Tokens of Affection set please scroll down or HERE is the direct link.  

How exciting to be a part of the FTTC 100th Challenge Blog Hop!  Today it's all about our favourites...and I have some favourites to show you!  

How about this very fun card with the brand new set Tokens of Affection set from Flourishes?  

Favourites here:  Favourite Stamp COMPANY!  :)  
Favourite Technique - Coloring! (Copic Markers here)  
Favourite Embellishments - Ribbon (this very fun glittery Silver Metallic Velvet )
Favourite Tool - Nestabilities  (Beaded Ovals)

I had such a great time with this fun set...and the sentiment just cracks me UP!  I've colored up this Fun LOVE Robot with copics and popped up the design twice.  And isn't that glittery metallic ribbon great?

I sponged the beads of the beaded ovals nestie and also added some glitter pen onto parts of the robot's hearts and to the sentiment, can you see it?  

Look forward to catching up with you on the Blog Hop!  

Stamps:  Flourishes - Tokens of Affection;  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black;  Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Basic Grey, Flourishes Classic White, SU! Sending Love Specialty DSP;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Beaded Ovals Nesties, Scalloped Ovals Nesties, Metallic Ribbon, Pink Trim Ribbon, Sponge, Copic Markers, Glitter Pen, Dimensionals, Copic Markers (C1,C3, C5, C7, RV00, RV02, R11), Pinked Hearts Border Punch

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tokens of Affection

Haven't you loved the Sneak Peeks of the new sets at Flourishes????  They are all in the store and available now!  And today's set will just delight you.  I think Marcy did such a great creative job with this one.  It's sweet and fun and I love all the images and sentiments!  

Like seriously isn't this image adorable?  Kids, adults's just fun!  

I colored up my little Love Tank with copics and cut it out with a Labels 14 Nestie.  I added the sentiment on an SU Heart Embosslit (fun heart texture on this) and then layered it all up with some pretty  but retired SU papers.  Then I added the scalloped border up top and the velvet and dotted sheer ribbon.  

Don't you love the Low, Medium and Full?  Hee hee...and I popped up that little heart on the tank too.  And I cut it "out of the box" style so the gas pump and hearts are accented out of the Labels 14 Shape, hmmm I seem to be obsessed with this Nestie shape this release!  LOL! listen everyone....if you want to see more of this set from me....come back at 6 AM MTN time Friday (today) because I'm jumping in on the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday 100th Blog Hop with another sample from this set!  

You can also see this wonderful DT ladies for their Tokens of Affection creations will just drool over all their wonderful creativity with this fun set.  

Other fun Deets....the New Release Bundle with all 3 new sets is available for a discount for 1 week only starting today.  Don't miss out!  Check out the Flourishes Store 

Recipe:  Stamps - Flourishes Tokens of Affection;  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black;  Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Flourishes Classic White, Early Espresso, SU - Chocolate Chip DSP, Other SU DSP;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Labels 14 Nestabilities, Heart Embosslit, Velvet Ribbon, Sheer Dotted Ribbon, Dimensionals, Copic Markers, Piercer.  

Full of Love and Shopping!

After a fun few days of sneak peeks and a super duper fun release party, let's tie this release up with a bow and share a bit of what you can now find in the Flourishes store! Introducing....

Hearts & Flowers

Hearts & Flowers- Web- WM

Love Notes

Love Notes - Web-WM

Tokens of Affection

Tokens of Affection - WM- Web

To go shopping, just click HERE! Thanks for joining us this week! We had a blast and we hope you did too!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Love Notes

Oh you're going to love this little set!  It combines all that's sweet about love and music, musical instruments, sweet sentiments and puns.

I call this one Electric Love.  :)  I had a dream about a really really green card with a pop of pink, so here it is!

Couldn't get much brighter could it!?  I thought it suited the very fun electric guitar to have some electric green for the card.  Besides,  I just love green and it makes me happy.  The guitar is stamped on European Watercolor paper and then colored with my Derwent watercolor pencils, cut out and popped up.

The paper is some fun old Basic Grey which right now I can't find to name for you!  But I've sewed on the pleated ribbon, and the sections of squares - but my bottom thread on my sewing machine thread was a bit it's not as pretty as I'd like.   Then I added some fancy piercing, with some rhinestones colored the deep pink with a Copic Marker.

I got the perfect match for the paper when I sponged the sentiment with Memento Bamboo Leaves and Pear Tart ink.  

Now for something completely different....I was going for a more vintage, Musical Renaissance sort of look with this one with lots of layers, textures and pattern. 

Such a pretty violin don't you think?  I know a number of violinists and so appreciate their gift !

The paper is Capella from Basic Grey with some deep Early Espresso and Vanilla.  I've used the Spellbinders Lattice Pendant Die for the Vanilla accents behind the violin and the top row, as well as some pretty pleated satin ribbon and a Webster's Pages Vintage Sparkler and some pearls as accent.  I colored up the violin with my Prismacolor pencils and sponged the back with Blush Blossom ink with a little Espresso.

Isn't the bow across the strings pretty?  It's like the music is coming right out of the page...

Well, you'll see MUCH MORE wonderful with this great set if you head over to the rest of the Design Team's blogs...

And don't forget to enter to win this set over at the Flourishes Blog today

And come to our New Release Party tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm Mountain Time in the Splitcoaststampers forum.  ...we'd love to see you there.  We'll show you all the new sets and the great creations by the girls, have fun chatter, play some games for's a great time!

We'll be back tomorrow with our last day of Previews...and the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday 100th Challenge Hop!

Electric Love:  Stamps - Flourishes Love Notes;  Ink:  Black Stazon, Memento Cottage Ivy and Pear Tart;  Paper:  Very Vanilla, Basic Grey, Flourishes European Watercolor paper;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Lattice Pendant Spellbinders, Sewing Machine, Fancy Piercing Template, Piercer, Rhinestones, Copic Markers, Derwent Watercolor pencils, waterbrush, Labels 14, Dimensionals, Satin Ribbon, Scor Tape

Music of the Heart:  Stamps - Flourishes Love Notes;  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Blush Blossom, Early Espresso;  Paper:  Very Vanilla, Capella Basic Grey, Early Espresso, Flourishes Classic Ivory;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Labels 14 Nestability, Lattice Pendant Die, Satin Pleated Ribbon, Embossing Folder, Oval Punch, Pearls, Piercer, Prismacolor Pencils, OMS, Blending Stump, Webster's Sparklers, Dimensionals.