Sunday, February 23, 2014

Garden Gate

Here we are at my last official post for Flourishes.  It’s been quite a ride these last 5 years.  I have grown as an artist and designer and have been honoured to have worked with some of the very best illustration available in the market.  What a blessing to have my first Design Team enable me to work with this calibur of Designers and images!  I have been truly touched by the opportunities and relationships these last five years have afforded me!  I am grateful beyond belief to count these wonderful DT girls as my friends.

I thought I’d pull out one of my all time favourite images from Flourishes, this is no small thing, since a majority of the sets are so fabulous.  This is Garden Gate, illustrated by Marcella Hawley.  It captures everything I love about her designs, wonderfully drawn botanicals, with a bit of whimsy in each.  

I began by using the Silhouette Cut File for this set to cut out the roses shape.  I stamped the spray with Memento Gray Flannel ink to soften the color a bit and then coloured up with Copics in some deep greens and deep rose colours.  For the background I stamped the gate image in Memento Olive Grove and using the Flourishes Perfectly Pierced Classic Window Die as a mask, I sponged the inside of the die to create a shadowed effect.  Maki Jones did something similiar with this set a long time ago and I just loved how it looked.  I think the images look wonderful placed together like this.  The designer paper is Echo Park Style Essentials.  
A smattering of sequins, some pretty lace behind the flowers and some rhinestones finish off the design.  

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The gamble is over and now the rush is on to pick up anything left in the store that you've had your eye on. Simply use the code GAMBLERS60 in the coupon box at the time of check out to get this fabulous discount!

The Flourishes Design Team has been at it again -- creating beautiful cards to show off and inspire! So, head on over and see.....

Thank you friends and fans of Flourishes!  It’s been a wonderful journey of beauty and creativity with each of you!  I’ve appreciated all of your support.   I can’t wait for what’s ahead for me in the Design World...I’m excited to say there’s lots in store and I can’t wait to share it all with you! March and April are going to be fantastic months! :)

15 comments:

Allison Cope said...

Oh wow Christine! What a final tribute creation!!! It's so beautifully designed and layers and your colouring is so life like! Stunning... simply stunning! Best wishes in your future endeavors! Mwah!

Kathy Jones said...

Christine, this is such a beautiful card and what a wonderful tribute to your time at Flourishes! You have been such an inspiration to me, thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us! Hugs!!

Patti Willey said...

{gasp!} Well I just discovered Flourishes, which is why I'm a new follower here, sigh, I will miss these posts but quite sure I won't be disappointed with any product you design! It's a pleasure to meet you, Best Wishes!

Pauline said...

Christine, this is beautiful. Your colouring and layering make this come to life. I will certainly miss your Flourish creations - I follow your blog on every post. I hope you will continue to use the Flourish stamps to showcase in the future. Best wishes in your future. hugs,

Becky said...

This is just stunning Christine.

TLady said...

WHAT AN ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS CARD CHRISTINE!!!!!!!!!!! THIS is my ALL TIME FAVORITE set from Flourishes!!!:) It IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) & your Artistic Hand has just ENHANCED IT'S BEAUTY!!!!!!!!!!!!:) JUST GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

Bobbi Miller said...

Christine, I imagine you are both sad and happy...but I have to take the time to tell you... that we thank YOU for beautiful designs, creative inspiration but most of all, I adore your friendship, even though we haven't met in person. I feel like we've been friends for years! I wish you the best of everything! I have no doubt that God is walking this journey with you, and that He has special plans for you...a special person that you are. God Bless you and your family, and I look forward to your next adventure, and I'm honored to be continuing it with you. Oh yes, and your card? Just gorgeous as always! :-)

Conniecrafter said...

beautiful, coloring of the flowers, like the fence in the background and the sweet lace and gems to top it all off!

Marisa said...

Oh no, you too. Saw Stacy's post and now yours. Your flowers are stunning and love the colour combo. Gorgeous tribute card.

KarinsArtScrap said...

another gorgeous card and design Christine.

gr karin

Traci M said...

Your card creation is so lovely, just like you!! I am happy to hear you will be staying in the design world; and look forward with anticipation what is next!

Pattie J. said...

Christine, your cards have been super, I love them and they have inspired me. I do hope we can keep in touch with you where ever you go. It has been a pleasure and pray for you to have blessed success in the future.Thank you, thank you.

PS:AH! this is a magnificent creation.

Leslie Miller said...

I'm sure my sigh could be heard all the way up there in Canada the moment I laid eyes on this card! What a beauty! Your flowers look like watercolor. I am SO looking forward to March and April!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Gorgeous! I love this....

Katie Sims said...

So beautiful, Christine! As always, your amazing coloring skills make everything you create frame worthy! You have been such a blessing to so many...both with your artistic talents and with your beautiful words. I know what ever you do next will be amazing! Can't wait to see! :)