Friday, February 29, 2008
Oh Yeah!….Oh When The Saints…. Go Marching in ….Oh Yeah! and all that jazz ! Now the horn blowing, jazz is all about the SALE that TODAY in the Flourishes webstore. There are some really great deals, some on limited supply items...when it's gone....well it's gone so follow this jazzy group on over and fill your basket. Remember the Queen said this week that ALL shipping is FREE on ALL retail orders of $45.00 and more. Now that something to jive about!
OH AND THE CARD YOU ASK.....
The Challenge WT155 on SCS is close to home…It’s in the notes…being a real southern Louisiana lady…not far from NOLA ….this was something I just HAD TO DO…and so I did, using the Flourishes Mardi Gras Stamp with the image of the silhouette of a brass band so at home in the Crescent City. Of course the sentiment “Let The Good Times Roll” is a city favorite.
I used the Infuse BG paper (which is on sale for the Leap Year tomorrow on the Flourishes webstore–and other things too). I love the combination of SU River Rock, Chocolate Brown, and Hot Pink…and yes it sings! UH hummmm Les le bonne temps roulez!
No special technique…just old simple stamping and down home fun…I made this card in 10 minutes… Oh Yeah! Now let’s see your notes!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Next we tried soft plastic boxes. This solved the size issue, but since the material was soft, it did not hold up well when you stacked them on top of each other.
Then we found these clear hinged boxes. WOW – what a difference!! We love these and think this is great storage solution!! Here is what we love about them:
Material: The boxes are clear rigid plastic that hold up well. They are hinged so they open up and lay flat.
Size: At 4 x 6 these hold our clear stamp sets perfectly. Flourishes stamps (and some of the other clear sets that are popular) come in 4 x 6 and 8 x 6 sizes. Two 4 x 6 sets fit in these – one on each side.
Here is a photo of two 4 x 6 Christmas sets in one box.
Here is a photo of an 8 x 6 set – Harlequin and Accessories - that fit in one box. For the larger 8 x 6 sets, just sort out your pieces and split half on one side and half on the other side. The depth of these boxes total ½” with ¼” on each side – a perfect depth for stamps! We used a label maker to attach labels to the boxes so that they can be found quickly. Because of their size, Flourishes background stamps Damask and Damask Reverse will not fit in these boxes.
Flourishes is offering these boxes at six for $12 – enough to store 12 sets sized 4 x 6 or 6 sets sized 8 x 6. Please visit the Flourishes store and place your order today!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
BUT BEFORE YOU HEAD ON OVER TO SCS….
We want to tell you of a change in our shipping policy – one that we know our customers will appreciate.
Flourishes is now offering free shipping for orders over $45. Yes, free shipping – and not just for our USA customers but for ALL customers! For orders $45 or less there is a flat rate – see below. Depending on the size and weight of your order we will ship via USPS first class mail or UPS.
New Shipping Rates
USA Up to $45 $6.00
USA Over $45 FREE
International Up to $45 $8.00
International Over $45 FREE
Orders outside of the USA and Canada - please see the Flourishes shipping policies for special instructions.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
You may want to share the news on your blogs. She will be giving away:
1 Xyron 900
1 Nestabilities-Standard Classic Circles
1 Nestabilities-Classic Scallop Circles-LG
A pair of Fiskar scissors engraved with Flourishes,LLC
Various Flourishes stamp setsand lot of smaller gifts throughout the 24 hour period.
To win, upload any card or projects made using Flourishes,llc stamp sets to SCS gallery using the keywords: fllcjanmariesbirthday
If you don’t have one (why not? Then get one) or you can post to your blog and post the link here
Uploading can start an midnight Feb 24.
We’ll do a random drawing throughout the day and announce winners….big prize winners on Tuesday. Help her to celebrate another great year of life! Come on join the fun and have a chance a some great prizes.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sharon Johnson's drop dead gorgeous card uses the Damask and Many Sentiments set. That little decorative element at the top is included in Many Sentiments.
Join us later in the week for more samples of these new sets!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
We have already found new products, from classes we attended on Saturday, that interest us. We are checking them out today and will be on the look out for many more items.
The raseberry dots are our Flourishes logo luggage tags and oh they look so nice. The black tags are from our class with Dee Guenig. We also attended a Hero Arts class. It was a fun filled day.
We close out the day attending SCS cupcake reception. It was so much fun for meet all the people that we know so well. It is totally amazing how many of us recongized each other!!!! Daven the owner of SCS was there as well as all the behind the scenes folks that keep SCS up and running and the home we love.
We have laid out the maps of the floor, in hopes that we can do all we want to today. We have made list of MUST SEE's and WANTA SEE's...and I am sure we will get distracted by some much great stuff that we will wonder why we made the plan at all.
So we are off....we are out of the door with comfy shoes and our bags ready.
Jan Marie & Sharon
Friday, February 8, 2008
I will be there to take it all in and certainly be on the lookout for the latest news and best of everything for papercrafters. Keep an eye out as I will post to the Flourishes,llc member company forum on Splitcoastampers. I am looking forward to meeting many of the folks I deal with via the phone and email.
I will definately meet with the Spellbinders folks and see the NEW electronic cutter that they will release in May.
I will share with you some of our neat finds that you will be able to purchase from our Flourishes . Keep your eyes looking here over the next few days.
There will certainly be BIG and EXCITING news to share when I get back.
Sharon Johnson (notimetostamp) is having a BAKE OFF contest as part of our ongoing Cake Decorating Contest. So show us your entries by adding it to the thread on the SCS Flourishes Forum...and you will definitely be in the running for some great gifts...winners every week!
The Flourishes Design Team is very busy starting the sneak peaks for the new Flourishes release next week. Dee Jackson (http://www.stampincuziluv2.blogspot.com/) has a wonderful tutorial and magnificent projects for her sneak peeks.
Thanks for stopping by the Atelier today.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
I stamped the slice in two different colors, blue and saffron.
( A personal note. I’ve taken the cake slice stamp and cut it apart. Yes, that’s right – cut it apart. I just found it easier to use, since I usually use two different colors on the slice, one for the frosting and one for the cake. VERY CAREFULLY, I took my xacto knife, a good light and a magnifier and cut it apart. A word of caution – you only get one shot at this so make sure this is really what you want to do!! Once you cut it there is no turning back. )
Now, here is a way to use more of those little bits and pieces to decorate a cake slice.
To make a little flower, I stamped the 3-dot stamp in a darker blue, then used the flame from the candle stamp for a leaf (stamped in green) and finally used a signo pen to add the white center.
I did the same using the small flower stamp.
For a different look, I took the “wispy” stamp in rose, then turned the stamp around and stamped it again to make a flower, and added the leaves. No signo pen was needed for the center.
Once the flowers were stamped on the slice, I added a little detail – a signo pen was used just below the top flowers for a decorative accent, then a blue marker was used to make little “dots” below that.
Now take a look at a great card Jan Marie made using the cake slice. (click on the photo for a larger view of the details)
Friday, February 1, 2008
Add a little decorative detail – don’t you just love the little “bling” hanging from the cake plate?
Or try this – stamp the outline cake image and make a reverse mask. Then use a decorative stamp to create a design within the cake outline - the reverse mask protects the area around the cake. For this I used SU’s filigree background stamp. Here is a card I did using the reverse mask technique and Basic Grey paper.
Stamp out outline cake image.
Then, take the “slice out” stamp (I don’t know what else to call this stamp, so I just call it the ‘slice out”) and place it towards the left hand side of the cake. Because these are clear stamps, you can line it up where you want it very easily.
There it is. A cake with a slice cut out!
Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of the Cake Decorating Spotlight. We will show you how to decorate a cake slice, and show some fabulous examples of “when a cake set is not a cake set” .
In the meantime, be sure to get in on the month long Cake Decorating contest by providing us a link to your cards make with the Cake Decorating Set - see the details from our January 31th post!