Thursday, February 3, 2011

Magnolias and Ice


Welcome to the February Pre-Release Challenge at Flourishes!  Next week begins our Sneak Peeks of some gorgeous new sets that I think you will really love.  So we begin with a little challenge that we invite you in on and you have a chance to win the whole New Release!

Julie's given us an Inspiration Picture this month...these gorgeous Crocuses peeking out of the snow....and here's my take on the inspiration...


I've used this beautiful Lilac set with Magnolia's also in it.  Now having never seen a Magnolia in my corner of the world I have to put my imagination to the paper on what kind of colors you'll find...but I did find some beautiful pink and purpley magnolia images online so I think I'm good :)  

From the inspiration picture....I took the color of the purple crocus for the watercolored flowers, the apricot yellow of the inside of the crocuses for the background color-wash/sponging and the sparkle and texture of the snow in the velvet metallic ribbon and the Dazzling Diamonds that I put on Scor Tape running vertically on the card, as well as the rhinestones.    I love the look of the sparkle!  I also love how the snow takes on a light purple look too - so that's the base of my card in the Amethyst color.  


As you can see one of the watercolored magnolias is popped up too.  

So the rest of the Design Team will wow you with some beauties today with the Inspiration picture...
And then once you're completely inspired you can join us in the Challenge and link to the Flourishes Blog, and when uploading using online galleries use the code FLLCFEB11.  

NOW for some fun SALE news:  Starting February 3rd, Flourishes will be hosting a progressive sale called our Gambler's Sale. Each week, we will drop prices until the stamp sets or accessories listed on the Flourishes Site are out of stock. We will start at 10% off and each Thursday, will drop prices by 5% until they reach up to 50% off. Quantities are limited and there will be no backorders on any of the stamp sets facing retirement. So, get these sets before they are history!  Here is the link to check out the sale page.

Stamps:  Flourishes - Lilac Set, Tag Lines;  Ink:  Stazon, Memento Tuxedo Black, Always Apricot;  Paper:  Almost Amethyst, Basic Grey - Kioshi DP, Flourishes European Watercolor paper, Orchid Opulence;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Labels 16 Nesties, Lacey Squares Nesties, Embossing Folder, Scor Tape, Dazzling Diamonds, White Velvet Metallic Ribbon, Dimensionals, Stampin' Write Markers, Waterbrush, Rhinestones.  

22 comments:

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow christine it's another beauty.
beautiful colors and stamp.

greetings karin

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is so pretty!! Great colors!!

Amanda said...

Loving your purple color!! You are so smart and brave to color the Magnolia blossoms in purple - I love that! :)

Karen W said...

Beautiful CASE and gorgeous card!

Dawn B. said...

Such soft and pretty coloring Christine. I really like your variations. Great card..I am more than ready for spring.

Emily Keaton said...

This is SO gorgeous, Christine! Can't wait to play along with this challenge. :)

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

OOOOOOOH! Gorgeous card girlie! LOVE the soft colors and the rockin' layout!!!

NancyK said...

I love the colors of your magnolias - these are beautiful!

Barbara said...

Beautiful, Christine! You NAILED those colors, girl!

dpkennedy said...

Very pretty Christine! I love how one bloom is popped up!

Cindy Lawrence said...

Absolutely STUNNING, Christine! Your watercoloring is divine...

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Fresh.... and springy Christine! I like how you can use purples and make them so vibrant! Beautiful card.

Leslie Miller said...

Christine, wonderful layering in the sketch you created for these pretty magnolia branches. There's a magnolia tree with purplish blooms near my home. Surprising because it's not really warm enough here for them to do well. We have palm trees, too, though. Go figure. Love your spring-fresh design!

Bobbi Miller said...

WOW WOW WOW ! I love the colors in this card and I also am a big fan of flowers! I am a new SU demonstrator but I also LOVE Flourishes products and have ordered a lot from them! This card is to die for.... May I CASE it for a friend's birthday?

Beate said...

Wow! Christine!!! Your coloring is gorgeous! Beautiful card. I don't have that set yet, I think I might NEED it.
Hugs and smiles

Conniecrafter said...

very pretty coloring and love that cute tag with the gems :)

Yogi said...

very pretty. love the purple and aqua

Susan (rainy) said...

Gorgeous colors and coloring. Oh this is such a beautiful card.

Jerri Jimenez said...

I love what you've done with these stamps, I think they're one of my favorite Flourishes stamps! A gorgeous card Christine, the magnolias are absolutely stunning!

Grace said...

Oh Christine this is simply gorgeous!!! I love your layout and how the ribbon even mimics the ice of the inspiration piece! Gorgeous!!! I'm ready for spring!

Renée said...

you always have beautiful colour combinations, Christine! Gorgeous card!

Denise Marzec said...

Beautiful coloring and I LOOOOVE that metallic ribbon. Fun!!