Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Now for more great news! Ta Daa! - our Design Team member Sharon Johnson's card (notimetostamp) was selected as one of the favorites of the week on Splitcoastampers (SCS). Here it is for you to see. You can leave a comment on her gallery at SCS........I hope I am going to be invited to her house...the cake looks good enough to eat!
Nancy Kirk, one of the 3 Flourishes, is posting to give away some blog candy so you will want to visit her blog and get your name in the hat....check her out at Seaside Creativity.
Our gallery now has a customer gallery for your own creations using Flourishes Sets. If you would like to place your favorite in our general customer gallery, please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You each and all.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
We think our website is beautiful, and hope that you will think so as well. We are certainly thrilled with the work of Marcy Hawley and the support of her hubby, Patrick. They made our dream come alive with the heart and soul of Flourishes, in each and every detail.
Our Charter Design Team has been outstanding in their support and creative interpertations. To each of them we offer huge "Rubber Hugs of Gratitude". Be sure to check out our Gallery pages and get ready to feast your eyes on creativity and beauty. Thanks to each of you, Sharon Johnson, Nancy Grant, Tracy Durcan, Leslie Miller, Alex Eaton, Paula Bloom, & Julia Stainton.
Please, without further adieu, visit our website, and pass it on, please! We're Open! Come grow with us!
Jan Marie, Nancy & Sharon
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
What is Flourishes?
Who is Flourishes?
Flourishes is the combined effort of 3 experienced papercrafters with a wide variety of training and skills. Each of us brings to flourishes a wide variety of talent and skill. Get to know each of us our thru our Splittcoastampers galleries and blogs.
Jan Marie Caruso--The Caruso Manner
Flourishes SCS Gallery
Nancy Kirk-- Seaside Creativity
NKirk SCS Gallery
Sharon Doolittle The mysterious Ms. Doolittle is an multi-accomplished crafter who is in the process of putting together a gallery! Sharon is a terrific stamper, quilter and photographer and soon you will be seeing her work.
-Original stamp sets,
- A card kit,
- An update on the most current paper crafting tools.
The Flourishes Design Team:
Nancy Grant from Alaska
Stamping found me a short two and a half years ago. One of my friends from church became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and invited all us ladies over for a workshop. I hesitantly bought some stamping supplies and gave it a try. I can still remember feeling so lost with my first cards but I felt like I had already made the investment and needed to keep trying. A couple of cute cards later I discovered that I was hooked on stamping. Six months after that I signed up with The Angel Company to support my creative outlet. I recently became a stay at home mom, which has allowed me more time and less stress to continue to develop my stamping skills. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to teach basic stamping and techniques to my friends in my small arctic village and to share my paper crafts on-line through several stamping galleries and through my blog. It’s really hard to say what the highlight of my stamping career is to this point. The people that I meet, the opportunity to be on this design team, or the card contests that I’ve won. All in all I am going to keep stamping and I am thankful for having this God given talent and for the support of my husband.
Sharon Johnson from Michigan
When my children were young all of my creative energy was spent at the sewing machine, making clothing and doing craft type projects – dressed up long-eared bunnies, personalized sampler-type baby bibs, Victorian looking Christmas stockings, to name a few. In about 2000 I was invited to a Stampin’ Up! party by a neighbor. I made that first purchase with some skepticism, but it didn’t take too long for me to realize that this new-found hobby could be quite enjoyable. I stamped at a moderate level, pretty much on an as-needed basis, until April of 2006 when I stumbled upon a website called Splitcoaststampers. From that day forward life has never been the same – truly!!! I became totally enamored with the craft of rubber stamping, and have never looked back. Stamping became a very big part of my daily routine, and it remains so today.
I became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in July, 2006 and continue to do so. I also teach classes out of my home, both rubber stamping and scrapbooking. The scrapping is rather new to me, and I am really enjoying it! I find teaching others to create beautiful stamped projects to be highly rewarding, and we have so much fun while we’re at it!!!
I am currently a member of the Dirty Dozen Design Team at Splitcoaststampers. My term with them will expire on August 15, 2007. I have only submitted work for publication on one occasion, and was fortunate enough to have it published. My card entitled “Happy Everything” is in the current issue (June/July 2007) of Stampers’ Sampler. I would like to pursue further publication work, as time permits.
Paula Bloom from Texas
Since childhood I’ve loved to play with paper, scissors, and ink. Paper dolls, paper chains, and even paper dresses! Who can forget those wild and crazy 1960’s? When my own children were little, I did lots crafts with them and my own crafts included sewing, needlework, and latch hooking. When I discovered rubber stamps, I found the creative skills I was seeking. My painting talent is very limited and I found that with rubber stamps, a little ink, and some pretty paper, I can create anything! Just think, it all started with one handmade birthday card a co-worker gave me a few years back.
I have been a member of the “Dirty Dozen Design Team” for SplitcoastStampers and a designer for “Simply Sentiments” magazine where my work was published I have also worked for “Creative Cuts and More”, an online die cut company.
I’ve been asked what “my” style of stamping is. Some might say it’s busy, but I love combing different prints and patterns and have them come together to make a perfect card. My work reflects the upbeat person that I am. My goal to always bring a smile to the person who opens it. My first choice is always making floral cards, but I also have fun with turning rubber stamped animals into bright charming creations. Nothing like a good blue frog or a pink cow!
I’ve been married to Barry for almost 37 years. Barry is my rock and my strength and always stands by me. We both enjoy traveling and seeing new places. Our goal each year is to try and get away as often as we can, even if its craft shows. We have two grown sons. Our eldest son Lawrence is married to Tina. They have given us two bright and beautiful grand children, Justin who is a senior in High School this year and Madelyn who is 4. Our other son is Evan is our world traveler. While he’s still single he enjoys travel all over the world.
Leslie Miller from Oregon
Hello! I've been stamping and papercrafting for about ten years and now I'm very happy to be a charter member of the Flourishes Design Team. I'm an alumni of the Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen Design Team and maintain a gallery at SCS under the username, leslierich. I've been published in Stampers Sampler and someday I'd like to submit work elsewhere. In February 2007 I started my blog, Running With Scissors... and I've been concentrating primarily on that. I'm also a Stampin' Up! hobby demonstrator. Aside from stamping, I work full time in a medical laboratory and enjoy tending my large ornamental garden and spending time with family and friends. I lean toward quiet pursuits such as reading and good movies in addition to my stamping and gardening. I've surely enjoyed the adventures my stamping passion has brought about for me and now I'm about to embark on a new one. Life has a surprise around every corner!
Julia Stainton from Canada
Alex Eaton from the United Kingdom
I am Alex, 35 (just!!!) married for 14 years on 14 Aug this year, have three beeeeautiful little girls, Bethany, Caitlin and Madison. Live in
I have been crafting for about 1 year and 7 months, started when my daughter came home with some Iris Folding from her grandmother (who is a huge cardmaker and makes a really good living from it). I started out by helping her to cut and place the papers etc, then started myself and basically got hooked. About two weeks later I was like a woman possessed, couldn't get enough of ebay for all my crafting goodies. Bought my first stamp (cannot for the life of me remember what it was though) and I have not looked back since. I have most definitely improved and got better as the year and half have gone on, lol. I have had a few of my cards in a magazine called Beautiful Cards as well as Cardmaking and Papercrafts (both
Tracy Durcan from New Hampshire
Hi, my name is Tracy Durcan. I am a stay-at-home mother living in
I first started scrapbooking when I was 28 because of the desire to document my life creatively. Not long after that, I was introduced to stamping and card-making by my local Moms Club chapter. I fell in love instantly. The idea that you could make little works of art in a matter of minutes was very exciting. I love trying new techniques, and finding creative ways to use my supplies. In terms of style, I like to keep my designs simple.
I have been very fortunate to have some of my work accepted for publication by Paper Crafts, Scrapbook and Cards Today and CardMaker.
I am very excited and honored to be part of the Flourishes Design Team!