Monday, May 25, 2009

Timeless Tuesday Challenge

It is time for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC17)!!!! Thanks so much to all of you who participated in last week's square card challenge!!! Keep reading to find out who won!

For those of you who are new, the Friends of Flourishes blog team are bringing you exciting and different challenges each week. Everyone can PLAY and anyone can WIN! Make sure you continue reading to find out how.

Last week I mentioned that we had a big surprise this week. Well, it is time for the big announcement! You may be asked as a Timeless Tuesday Challenge participant to guest host a challenge with the blog design team. As a guest host you will be asked to choose the challenge, make a card, and be showcased along with the other blog design team designers. Just keep playing along in our weekly challenges and you could be ask to guest host with us. Without further ado, it is time for this week's challenge!!!

It is time for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC17)! This week we are introducing our first Flourishes Guest Challenge Host Connie McCotter(cmc2stamp)! Thanks so much Connie for hosting this week!! Connie is challenging us to sponging. Sponge coloring, sponge distressing, sponge shading, and sponge stenciling to name a few are some of the hottest techniques in stamping. So, grab you ink pad and sponges and add a little sponging to your card. We would love to see what you create!

Let's go see what the blog design team and our guest created for you this week!!!
Up first is our challenge host, Connie McCotter! She is using the newly released DIY Topiaries set. Connie has stamped the topiary and colored it using copics. For her background she has layered the focal panel with the background and created a continous beautifully sponged sky effect for the topiary. She used a sentiment from the Flourished Words stamp set. Connie finished her card with some rhinestones and ribbon detailing. Beautifully done, Connie!!! Thanks so much for being our Challenge Host this week!!!

Next, is Kimberly Crawford. Kimberly is using the newly released DIY Topiaries and A Man's View sets. Great colors and coloring, Kim!!!! The topiary is beautifully colored with copics and the sky and grass background elements are beautiful. Kim's embossed background has some sponged distressing around the edges to give the cardstock a deeper, richer color around the border. I love how she finished the card with a little hanging tag, some wrapped twine with a bow, and a button accent. Wonderful card, Kimberly!!!

Silke Ledlow is next on our card tour. She is using the Swing Set stamp set. She used the various images in this set to create her outdoor scene. Silke has sponged colored the tree and the grass. The fluffy cloud background showcasing dark and light sky detailing is a reverse stencil technique. I love how Silke finished her card with some scored cardstock detailing, ribbon, and silver pearls!!! Love the colors and the whole created outdoor scene!!! Lovely card, Silke!!!

Up next is Betty Wright. I am using Thinking Of You and the Vintage Wallpaper stamp sets. I stamped my background and focal image using versamark. I embossed both in black. I sponged colored and shaded the background in verying shades of yellow inks. I stenciled the focal image using oval nestabilities as a stencil and sponging on the inside. I love the dramatic effect of these colors and sponge techniques. I finished my card with some buttons, dry embossed border, and black satin ribbon.

Next up is Cindy Haffner. She is using the newly released Nasturtiums set. Love these colors and the beautifully colored flowers. Cindy is also showcasing some fabulous Spellbinder shapes. I love the layered look of these shapes and designs. Cindy has stenciled the outside edge of the focal image. Love this look and effect. Cindy finished her card with a punched border, some flowery ribbon that she adorned with touches of pearls. Wonderfully done, Cindy!!!

Be sure to check out each designer's blog links for more specific card details.

Because of today's sponge it challenge - here's a fun little incentive to add a little more color to your ink pad stash!
That's right -- all ink pads are on sale for a limited time only! So, now's a great time to run over to the store and stock up! Just click HERE to check them out!

This week's Flourishes Timeless Tuesday(FTTC16) Winner

chosen by Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:6
Timestamp: 2009-05-26 03:01:29 UTC

Ann V. (raindropecho
) you WON!!! Congratulations!!!!

You need to email: for your coupon code!!!!

By the way, if you still do not have theTimeless Tuesday blog button for your blog, check here for the codes.

Now, it is your turn to play! Here is what you need to know!

  • Anyone can play whether you have Flourishes stamps or not. Of course, if you have Flourishes stamps, by all means, use them.
  • Use code word FTTC17 when linking to SCS or public gallery.
  • Leave a comment on this post with a link to your creation. Please give a direct link to your blog post so we can see the Flourishes challenge post and not just the generic page. To get the full link, click to read the comments. Another page will open that will have just the one card and your comments. Copy and paste that link here in the comments section.
  • If you use either your blog link or online gallery, please give an active Flourishes Newsletter link.
  • You can combine this challenge with as many others as you want.
  • The challenge runs from Tuesday, 12:01 am until Monday at 8 pm EST
  • Enjoy yourself!!!

We cannot wait to see what you create!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Your Flourishes Friends!


Neva said...

Here is my SPONGED SEASIDE HINGED FATHER'S DAY card. Such a fun challenge.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Aw man... these are all so awesome and so different. Love each one. Connie congrats on the guest spot!

Julie Koerber said...

Woo- hoo! Fabulous cards ladies! I am dying to get my fingers inky now!

Liz Williams said...

It's fun seeingConnie get to host this challenge, and all the samples are incredible. I did some lilacs:

Michelle Redman said...

Awesome challenge!! I sponged my edges.

Here it is...

Have a great day!!

Lovely Linda said...

The Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenges always bring somethin gorgeous...and these cards by the DT are!!! Thank you for the opportunity to these challenges! Here is my card:

Congratulations Connie on the Guest Spot!!! Thanks for looking!

Lovely Linda said...

Hello again - I am back with another card...sponging is BIG TIME on my cards, so this challenge is a PLEASURE!!!

Thank you for the opportunity to play!!!

Anonymous said...

Here's mine: I used some of my jenni bowlan papers that came in my last order. -Mary R

HamiltonGal said...

These are some gorgeous cards design team - and guest designer Connie! Fabulous! Here's my card

ScrappyKy said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
ScrappyKy said...

here is my card for the challenge. The edge of the oval is sponged in Tim Holtz Weathered Wood distress ink. Thanks for the challenge and such great example cards!

Lovely Linda said...

I have really enjoyed doing the sponging and thought I would try it on something different and have used a page to do it on - hope that is okay!!!!

Thanks for looking...and keep it in mind that this is only my third page...I am finding my way!!!

Angel said...

here's a card i did some sponging on:

awesome samples!!!

Lovely Linda said...

Surprise - it is me again - I'm not as addicted as I seem - remember I work while you sleep - due to the time zones...

Thank you for the opportunity to play!!

Sandy said...

It always amazes me how much difference a little sponging can make in a card -- as the DT proves so beautifully.
Here's my card.


raindropecho said...

I used to love sponging, but for some reason I don't do it as much anymore. Thanks for making me use the technique once again!

Here's my entry for this week

Anonymous said...

Thanks Connie for a fun challenge! The dt cards are all gorgeous as usual!! Here's Mine: A Sunny Day

Reeca L. said...

This was truly a challenge for me. I have not sponged in a long time. It took several tries to get something I liked.
Here is my card:

Jeanne Forsyth said...

The cards are so beautiful. My favorite technique is sponging - just adds so much to a card. Here is my project.

Lovely Linda said...

Don't scream - it is me again!! The thing is - I love sponging!!! LOL!! Thank you for the opportunity to play!!! My card is:

Thanks for looking - God bless you!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

These cards are all so beautiful!! Here is my sponged Deer Hinge Card.
Thanks for a fun challenge. Congrats Connie on the guest spot!!

Cook22 said...

Only the sentiment is from Flourishes on this, but plenty of sponging - by my standards!!

Janice M said...

Fun challenge!! Here is my card

Lovely Linda said...

Another card from me - blame Connie...she is the one who wanted sponging LOL!!! I love is my card:
Thanks for looking - and thanks Connie!!

marilynprestonn said...

Here is my entry for this week's FTTC17, I just love the sponging, quite easy and gives fun results. Thanks for looking and enjoy.

Vickilyn said...

I really enjoyed this one and it gave my card some great detail!

Thanks for the inspiration!

Rosemary D said...

Fabulous cards! Here is my pretty simple one for FTTC17.

Angel said...

made another one! love my Sweet Violets!!!

just sponged around the saffron layer!

Jeanne` said...

Sponge - Sponge - Sponge... Here is another one. Love this challenge!

SMK said...

Here's a fun one I created for "Make a Child Smile," a site where you can send cards to chronically ill children.
Card Here

Theresa said...

Did someone say sponging? I'm in! Love, love, love the samples from the DT.

Here is mine.

Emily Keaton said...

I had lots of fun making this sponged card. Thanks for a great challenge and for letting me play along! My card is here:

Fishy Wishy BirthdayThanks!

Carla said...

I know this is probably too late. I forgot to post it here!!