Monday, June 30, 2008

FLLC Featured Stamper #6

Flourishes Featured Stamper #6

Barb Schram

Congratulations, Barb!!!

When I run through the challenge entries each Sunday evening, as I told all the players from the onset, I really have no preconceived idea as to what I'm looking for. I'm just looking for really great cards, and beyond that I go with whatever strikes me at the moment. And I always like pretty. Well, this week's Featured Stamper excels in the *pretty* department, and what also caught my eye about her entries was that they were all made with some of the older Flourishes sets. Barb just did an outstanding job on all of these cards.

This card is made using Love Nest, a fun set of 21 stamps filled with a variety of sentiments surrounding love and home. Barb did an amazing job with just one stamped image of the pair of love birds as her focal point. The pretty designer paper is from the Sultry pad by Basic Grey and her ribbon is the Pink Sheer. I also find it interesting the way she used her Martha Stewart scalloped punch on this card. A great job using these darling little love birds!!! A whole lot of pretty comes through here!!!

Barb did another beautiful job on this card using the largest floral image in Fantasy Floral Garden. Just love her color choices on this card and the way she colored in her flower using her reinkers and a water brush. The background stamping on the lower portion is also a stamp in Fantasy Floral Garden. Her Celebrate sentiment is from Flourished Words, a set containing 27 small and beautifully scripted words. As Barb explained in her post, using clear stamps gives you the option to somewhat alter the shape of your image, and she curved her sentiment on the block to make it take on the shape she wanted. Barb finished this card off nicely with the Black Sheer Ribbon and some pretty little gems.

Although Barb didn't enter this card in the challenge, she uploaded it this week and I found it in her gallery as I was preparing this article. I just love this card and wanted to include it in this post as it, too, uses one of the older sets by Flourishes, O Christmas Tree. This very realistic looking Christmas tree comes with just a ton of ornaments to decorate it with, but Barb, cleverly, chose to decorate it with buttons -- how fun!!! She actually inserted brads into the holes in the gingerbread men buttons, and how cute is that!!! She ran linen thread through the holes on the more standard buttons decorating the tree. The style of this card is rather rustic/country, and that just suits this tree so perfectly!!! Just LOVE what Barb did with this fun Christmas tree!!

Thanks to all who played this week!!! We all at Flourishes just love to see what you do with our images, and your creativity and talent never ceases to amaze us!!! Barb's name will now be thrown into the hat for the prize drawing on July 1, which is tomorrow. The prize is one Flourishes stamp set of your choice, plus a ribbon bundle that will be selected and put together by the Flourishes team. Please check back in tomorrow for the announcment of the winner over in the Flourishes Forum at SCS, and please also continue to play. This is a challenge with no end!!! All entries from now through July will have a chance at being the prize winner for the month of July, which will be drawn on August 1.

You may visit Barb's Blog here.

Thanks so much for stopping in and hope to see you all soon over in the challenges in the Flourishes Forum at SCS!!!

Sharon Johnson


Julie Koerber said...

Congrats to Barb!! Her cards are off the charts in the lovely department!! So nice to see what creative people can do with some of the sets that have been around awhile to give us all new ideas!! :-)

Susan (rainy) said...

WOW!!! These are fantastic cards!! Congrats Barb!!