Sunday, June 15, 2008

Flourishes Featured Stamper #4

As more and more of you play, this job continues to become more and more difficult!!! WOW -- what fabulous entries we had this week!!! What I decided to do this week is to feature Spring Ephemerals as so many of you used it this week. I can tell that everyone is really loving this set and it's potential for a great variety of card styles and techniques is limitless. I will showcase four cards entered this week made using the so popular and versatile Spring Ephemerals, which is the first solid image stamp set produced by Flourishes. It was drawn by Marcella Hawley and her beautiful work with florals certainly comes through in this gorgeous set!

Featured Stampers -- Week #4

btexpress (Barb)

Joan Ervin

1busymomof2 (Latisha)

clownmon (Lois)

The first card is this beautifully created black and white beauty by btexpress. Barb used the Bleeding Heart on the left edge of her card to create a very unique and interesting border and embossed it in white on black paper -- how striking! Then she stamped the Forget-me-not in black ink on white paper for her main image panel. The striking contrast created here is wonderful!!! This card just jumps right off the page. Thank you Barb for this lovely creation!!!

And I wanted to show this beautiful card by Joan Ervin following Barb's card so you can see the difference in the Bleeding Heart. Barb's above was embossed in white whereas Joan's Bleeding Heart is stamped in black craft and then clear embossed. The black and white Joan used up against the pink is truly so striking here. It is truly so easy to create such a dramatic effect with these solid image stamps! For the background Joan used Damask, again stamped in black. So striking!!! Joan cut, embossed and framed her Bleeding Heart with the Oval Nestabilities. Thank you, Joan, for this beautiful card.

This card by 1busymomof2 was made for the Inspiration Challenge at SCS. The inspiration pieces were gorgeous, rich tiles. WOW, did Latisha do a fabulous job or what!!! Using Basic Grey papers, Chocolate Sheer Ribbon and the Forget-me -not image and sentiment, Latisha created this rich and elegant card, which she plans to use as a sympathy card. I never would have thought to use the Forget-me-not sentiment on a sympathy card, but I think it is incredibly clever and quite perfect!!! I love the overall feel this card evokes!!! What a wonderful job, Latisha. Thank you!

This beautiful tri-paneled card was made by clownmom. Lois colored direct to the stamp with markers to get the two colors on her image and what a soft and lovely look she achieved by applying her ink in this fashion. Also you will note, when comparing this to the card above by Latisha, it appers that Latisha stamped her image once and then cut it into four squares. Lois merely stamped her image 3 times onto 3 different squares. Both are very lovely looks!!! Thank you so much Lois!!!

And this week I have made an executive decision - LOL!!! I will be throwing the names of all the artists featured each week into the hat. And I will go back for the entire month of June and do the same each week that more than one artist was featured. There is just so much talent out there that I can not possibly just pick one each week. Also, on a week such as this, I feel it is especially fun to show a series of cards using the same set on weeks that we have a lot of entries using the same set. It shows me what you all are liking and doing with a particular set, and I'd like to share that with others!!!

Again, thank you all so much for playing. This challenge is never-ending with 6:00 p.m Eastern Time on Sundays being the dividing line between each week. One winner will be drawn from all names in the hat on the 1st of each month. So that means we have one more week to play and then I'll draw the prize winner on Tuesday, July 1. And as a reminder, the prize is a Flourishes stamp set of your choice plus a ribbon bundle package. So everyone, get busy -- there's still time to get your name in the hat!!! You can find the challenges listed in the Flourishes Forum at SCS. There are several different challenges running.

Thanks so much for stopping in!!! I hope these beautiful cards inspire you to get stamping!!!

Sharon Johnson


retiredheather said...

They are all wonderful cards. So different yet all the same. This is a great stamp set.
Retired Heather

tracy durcan said...

These are sooo pretty!!

Markie's Mom said...

Sharon, these are lovely!