Thursday, April 11, 2013

Garden Gate



It's no secret that you hear very positive and gushing things from me on a weekly basis about Flourishes.  But today's set...oh my.  There's just something so perfect about it that steals my heart.  I think you will love this last set Garden Gate from our April New Releases.  Marcella illustrated a perfect and welcoming garden scene, gorgeous climbing wild roses, and some beautiful sentiments that are so touching (and in such a great font too).  Ready???


Just look at these wild roses!  Sigh.  Wild roses are Alberta's Provincial flower, and you'll seem them growing wild all over in pretty pink shades, but because I was working with this gorgeous new 123 Create Kit called Stationary Noted, I went with much more bold red shades paired with blues and grays.  I love the artsy effect I was able to get - even with the gray tones in the leaves, not realistic - but perfect for the papers.  I stamped this spray of wild roses onto Flourishes Classic White with Memento Tuxedo Black, cutting out with Spellbinders Floral Ovals die.  After coloring with Copics, I used the die as template and sponged in Summer Sky Memento Ink with my Ink Blending Tool, then adding Flourishes Color Made Easy True Blue and Poppy Collections of card stock. 

The rest is honestly this gorgeous kit.  That's what's so great about our kits, everything is coodinated for you with great ribbons, designer papers and embellishments.  


So you can see the ribbon that I ruffled along the bottom and tied in a bow, the hat pin, the adhesive dots...all from the kit.  Here's a peek at it:


Alright  - last chance today....
Find today's Mystery Blogger somewhere amoung the Design Team and you can win!  Comment on her blog and you have a chance to win today's set! 




  • Amanda Havon
  • Christine Okken (you are here)
  • Cindy Lawrence
  • Danielle Kennedy
  • Heather Jensen
  • Julie Koerber
  • Maki Jones
  • Silke Ledlow
  • Stacy Morgan


  • Want another chance to win the whole April Release?  Be sure to join in on our Flourishes Summer Lovin' Challenge and create something with a summer theme - 5 pm today is your deadline to link to the Flourishes Blog.  Be sure to stop by the Flourishes Blog tomorrow to see all the winners.  

    Love what you see?  All the new sets are now available in the Flourishes Store HERE.  For one week only, our new releases can be purchased in a bundle for a discount.  

    51 comments:

    Linda Carson said...

    Stunning artwork Christine! Love it, love it!

    guilinger2 said...

    the flowers really pop with the blue behind them!

    Diane said...

    Stunning...love how you have sponged the blue behind the roses...and the new color kit is gorgeous as well!!

    Rosy Newlun said...

    Your coloring is AMAZING!

    KarinsArtScrap said...

    wow stunning flower card Christine, beautiful made.

    greetings karin

    Karen W said...

    Wow I can see I really will have to have this set. Gorgeous card and coloring and I love this stamp!

    jonim52 said...

    What a stunning card. Gorgeous coloring!

    Mary-Anne V said...

    Very pretty...love how you stammped the sentiment on the patterned paper.

    TLady said...

    GASP!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Roses POP right OFF THE PAGE!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GORGEOUS COLORING CHRISTINE!!!!!!!!!!!! GORGEOUS IMAGE!!!!!!!!! :) I'm AGREEING with you, this is SOME SET!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) WOW!!!!!!!!! (And I haven't seen the whole set!) :)

    ~ Jo ~ said...

    This card is just stunning! I love the colors and this card is so vibrant and full of color.

    Hugs,
    Jo

    Becky said...

    What gorgeous colors you used for this beautiful card!

    Theresa said...

    Beautiful!!! Great card and love the ribbon and DP used. Must have this set.

    lisa808 said...

    Gorgeous card! Love the colors.

    Marisa said...

    That red and blue is stunning together! Gorgeous card!!

    Iris said...

    Stunning card. You do such lovely work. Iris

    Lynne said...

    Amazingly beautiful. Love your work and Flourishes flowers. Lovely colors.

    JoanneO said...

    Beautiful card! I love the way you colored the roses and all the layering on the card is really great.

    Cheryl W said...

    Such beautiful images. The wild prairie rose is also the state flower of North Dakota where I spent 10 formative years as a child. I love the red and the "artsy" gray leaves. Another work of art!

    Belinda said...

    Just so pretty!! Love the bright reds.

    DFW said...

    I love your beautiful card.

    Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

    Oh so Beautiful.....Love those colors.....

    Anonymous said...

    Wow! beautiful, gorgeous. Love the color combination. Mary L Schreiber

    Kris B said...

    Lovely! Your coloring is amazing! Love the light blue and red together! Love the hat pin accent! TFS God bless!!

    KimCreate said...

    Gorgeous card! Love to see what you create, even tho I have to prove I'm not a robot to comment.
    :)

    Sue said...

    A beautiful card. Love the stamp set.

    Ravengirl said...

    I love the artsy effect of the gray leaves as well! Beautiful work. I always find so many ideas here that I want to try for myself!

    Emily Keaton said...

    How frilly and fancy! This color combination really shows off this beautiful new stamp set.

    Sue said...

    A gorgeous card.

    TLady said...

    THANK YOU CHRISTINE!!!!!!! :) You've made me SMILE TODAY!!!!!!! :)

    Sabrina said...

    WOW! Your card is so elegant and stunning and I love your hat pin!!!

    Cards By Betty said...

    very nicely colored Christine

    redwasher1 said...

    Beautifully done!! Your coloring really shows off the beauty of flowers.

    Cards By Betty said...

    Very nice coloring Christine

    Connie MacFarlane said...

    Oh Christine, I absolutely love this card! The red roses are gorgeous against the backdrop of the 123 kit. A definite must have set!

    Sue D said...

    Wonderful colors on your gorgeous card!

    stampqueen said...

    Beautiful roses - I really like the gray tones on the leaves against the red, very cool!!

    Bobbi Miller said...

    another "stunner" (if there is such a word) but you get my drift. Amazing coloring; amazing talent you are. TFS

    Helen said...

    Gorgeous! Love the dramatic red with the soft blues.....truly inspired!

    Silke Ledlow said...

    So so beautiful Christine! Love the red roses and the new kit!

    Denise Bryant said...

    Gorgeous card... love the pretty color combo!

    Katie Sims said...

    What a beautiful color combination and as always, your copic coloring is gorgeous!! :)

    Jan Castle said...

    Oh so Pretty!!!

    Tanja said...

    Lovely card - great colouring!

    Cheryl O said...

    Wow, how striking! Love the color choices.

    Makiko Jones said...

    This is stunning, Christine! Love the bold red flowers and blue combo!

    Rebecca Ednie said...

    Unusual but beautiful card!

    Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

    Gorgeous! Very dramatic with the red and blue. Simply gorgeous.

    Heather Jensen said...

    Oh my Christine! I love the red and blue color combo. Your roses are colored to perfection. :)

    Allison Cope Israels said...

    Just gorgeous! Love the kit with your beautifully coloured blooms!

    Amanda said...

    Amazing! Simply stunning colors and coloring, Christine! You always make some fantastic eye catching cards! I love the way you showed off the 123 Kit so perfectly this month!

    Conniecrafter said...

    Gorgeous rich colors in the flowers, the blue is such a pretty compliment to it!!