Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Garden Dreams

Hi all and welcome to day one of Flourishes' sneak peeks for December! This release is full of floral fancy and today is no exception. When this set was just in the concept form, illustrator Marcella Hawley came to us with images from her own home. She not only loves to draw botanical images and dream about botanicals but she loves bringing them to life in her own garden. It's really quite incredible. She pitched this concept based on what she loves to do in the winter months, dream about spring! And so, we bring you.....

When winter hits, dreams of being in the garden begin with open sketch books, seed catalogs and garden journals - planning, plotting and envisioning sprouts and buds emerging from the soil. This set, illustrated by Marcella Hawley features three vivid vignettes honoring these garden dreams. Also features three beautifully scripted sentiments.


I love this little scene Marcy made!  And I can also understanding dreaming of spring in the dead of winter, especially when I'm deep in the snow here in Canada.  For the card I began by cutting the shape on Flourishes Classic Ivory with the Silhouette Cut file that will be available for this design, then stamping with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I coloured the image with my prismacolor markers because I was looking for a different feel to the design...more smudgy like prismas can give you.  Then I framed out the design with our new Flourishes Custom Dies, this one is called Perfectly Pierced Victorian Ovals, using our Color Made Easy Sunflower Pack of paper.  Then to make it even more fun, I cut another Victorian Oval with the same die in our Pistachio Collection of paper, and placed it behind the first oval at 90 degrees.    The sentiment is also cut out with one of the dies from this set and stamped in Bamboo Leaves Memento Ink.   The bottom of the design has a little Classic Scallops Edgeabilities finishing cuts for some curves.  The designer paper is Bo Bunny Serenade, perfect tones for my garden scene.  


A little closer pic of the design, though my OTT lamp washed it out a bit sorry!  Did you notice the cute little Sunflower buttons???? NEW at Flourishes, in Collection Colors!  So awesome, you can pick only the colors you want, and they're SO economical!  

Would you like to try to win this set? All you need to do is leave some love in the form of a comment on the blogs below! Why? You need to try to figure out who is the…  

 One of the ladies on our link list below will be picking a name from the comments on her blog post today. We don’t know which one it is… so the more blogs you leave comments on, the more chances you have to win! So what are you waiting for? Head on over to see all the fun-filled way our designers have put their garden dreams on paper!
DID YOU KNOW YOU COULD WIN OUR ENTIRE DECEMBER RELEASE? Have you checked out our Let's Hop Challenge? Just click HERE to find out how to play! You have until Friday, December 14th at 5 PM EST and winners will be announced Saturday in our Winner’s Circle blog post! Word on the street is, there might be more than one winner chosen for the Let's Hop Challenge! So get those fingers inky and good luck!

The good news? If you like what you see on our designers’ blogs today, you can pre-order this set (along with the other two sets as well) and if you purchase all three sets, you can take advantage our New Release Bundle and get 10% off all our new sets when you purchase it in the bundle. What fun! All sets will be live first thing Friday morning along with the coordinating cut files for this release. So, be sure to stick with us this week as we unveil a whole new host of paper crafting goodies!

We’ll see you back here tomorrow for another new release sneak peek! This one is part of a continuing collection that honors the first blooms of the season! Yes, that was your hint! See you then!

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

The colors make me long for summer!

KarinsArtScrap said...

such a beautiful card Christine.

greetings karin

Tammy Hershberger said...

Fantastic coloring, Christine!

Joan V said...

Christine, oooh, I am so ready to go gardening. I love your bright, cheery card. Garden Dreams looks like a great set to have. Thanks for sharing.

Connie MacFarlane said...

Beautiful Christine! Love the seed catalogues and packets in this new image and the gorgeous bright colours you have used to showcase them on your card!

Sue D said...

Great garden colors and I like the paper piercing.

JoanneO said...

What a bright , cheerful card! Just what I need on such a dark, dreary day. Thanks, I love it!

Allison Cope Israels said...

Super cute Christine! Love all the fun and bright colours you used. Fabulous colouring!

Marisa said...

Are you pining for Spring already wink, wink :) Love the bright colours and the reminder of the glories of new growth in spring :)

Julie Koerber said...

Bright and peppy doesn't even begin to cover this beauty! This card just makes me smile!

Anonymous said...

Christine, Sunshine color buttons sweetly polish your bright and shiny Garden Dreams card. Economical buttons always make a crafter's day! Thanks for the lovliness. Snowing here and wet enough to make Garden Dreams a full day affair on paper and in the sketch books of gardening history. Keep Looking UP!

Cindi Flass said...

This is so pretty! I love your coloring.

Pattie J. said...

WOW! these colors really pop summer, and if you live where there is snow, it will pop the color of spring.

Karen W said...

Wow you are ready for summer. I love the new die cuts also. Perfect for this set as well. Beautiful colors and card!

Ravengirl said...

How cute is this! I love the charm this set has. Such amazing detail in your coloring.

Melanie Ann MacKenzie said...

Such a fun card. Love the bright colours. Cheers.

Florence Turnour said...

I hate to tell you this, but your gloves don't match! I love the chaos of productivity shown in that stamp, especially with the non-matching gloves. Thanks for the inspiration!

TLady said...

WONDERFUL CARD CHRISTINE!!!!!! AND SO LOVELY WITH THOSE DIES!!!!!!!!!! :) Makes me WONDER WHAT ELSE IS IN THAT SET!!!!!!! :)

Cindi said...

Love the colors. Thinking I might have to buy another Flourishes set.

Linda Carson said...

Wish you could hear me whistle!! Love this colorful card!

Amanda said...

One just have to love this card! The color combination are just so cool. Another beauty!

Silke Ledlow said...

So happy and fresh...I think I'm ready for Spring again!

Rosemary said...

what a fun, bright card... love the colors!

Nancy said...

What a fun card Christine, Love the bright summer colors and what fabulous coloring.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Now that is spring in a card right here! Wow... Christine this makes me warm compared to the cold outside we have, wonderful card.

Diane said...

so bright and cheerful, and after the night I had, I need cheerful...very pretty!!

Shanna Shands said...

Fun and bright. I love how colorful you made this.

zehra said...

Lovely color combination