Wednesday, July 9, 2008

New Stamps!

This month’s new releases have the entire Flourishes team so excited. The three sets, Thank You (Stamp Simply series), Poppy Patch and Butterfly Moments are the culmination of ideas, sketches, and talents of a number of people and we thought we’d share some of what goes into making a stamp set.

Thank You is the second set of the Stamp Simply line at Flourishes. These sets are designed so that they are easy to use, have gorgeous images that maintain the Flourishes signature style of timeless and classic beauty, and are able to stand alone. Sharon Johnson started the process with a rough sketch and description - words of gratitude as a small background panel and images of tulips. Once we had the overall design drafted we enlisted the talents of two of our favorite artists, Joan Machinchick and Marcy Hawley. Joan and Marcy’s work are found exclusively in several other Flourishes sets and we think their designs are beautifully coordinated here. Joan’s elegant calligraphy provides the sentiments – one panel, measuring about 2.5 x 3.5, that can be used as a small background image and two individual sentiments. Marcy’s two tulip images have the same graceful style and work so well with the sentiments. It is amazing how well the works of these two talented artists meld so beautifully together, time after time. These cards by Faith Hofrichter and Julie Koerber showcase the beauty of this set.

Poppy Patch celebrates summertime and the colorful Poppies! In deciding what type of floral images to develop into a stamp set, Jan Marie said – “Poppies – we must have Poppies!!”. This set contains more great work by Marcy Hawley and is pure joy to stamp with. Marcy provides floral images, buds, leaves and sentiments for this set which is as colorful as summer itself! These cards by Leslie Mill and Linda Duke show the poppy in glorious color!

Butterfly Moments was developed with the thought that these images can be used as primary images that can stand on their own, or with other Flourishes sets as accents. We started with a couple of pages of butterfly images put together by Jan Marie and her sister

Diane, but then came the difficult part. Which of these images to select!! There were so many to choose from and they were all wonderful. Narrowing them down was difficult, but you can rest assure these just may show up in other stamp sets some time along the way. Once we chose our favorites we combined them with a heartfelt sentiment that Sharon Doolittle provided. There was no better name than Butterfly Moments and so it was! These cards by Susan Roberts and Julie Koerber are beautiful butterfly moments!

As you can see from these cards, our Design Team is feeling the excitement as well….for they are conjuring up all kinds of thing for you to get those creative juices flowing. Now it’s your turn to show us just what you can do with these great images. Remember to post them to our gallery on SCS using the keywords FLLC. We look forward to seeing what you create!!

Happy Stamping!

1 comment:

Lois (clownmom) said...

Beautiful stamps -- all the way around. It looked like you gals were thinking of me when you released these stamps. The images are just the kind to which I am drawn. Can't wait to get them and ink them up!