Friday, October 2, 2009

Flourishes Focus; Finishing Touches

Can I share a secret? Ever since Flourishes introduced their Finishing Touches embellishment line, I have been having a love affair with them. I sometimes have to hold myself back to two of them. They are a fabulous elite line of "hardware"; so beautiful, elegant, and versatile. I have two cards to share with you, but since I can hardly share all the potential of these little gems, you'll gain more inspiration when you visit the design teams' blogs, as they will definitely be finishing touches on your blog surfing today!

On my first card I used one of the Beautiful Brads and I set my sentiment in a Mini Message. I can't believe it hadn't occured to me to pair Basic Grey's "Lemonade" series paper with Live Love Lemons before...what a perfect match! I stamped the image on Classic White in Memento Tuxedo Black. The lemons were coloured with Copic Markers, specifically the Buttercup and Evergreen Collections. I added a pink shadow using the Hollyhock Collection and the Pastels kit. The belly border was punched with a Martha Stewart punch and it's wrapped with the gorgeous May Art's "Maize" sheer polka dot ribbon. Through the ribbon I tied some gold cord and suspended the sentiment in the Mini Message frame. I used gold, but they are also available in Silver and Antique Copper. To balance and finish the card, I added a flourished Beautiful Brad in the corner and that was that!

I cut into my new Savannah paper pack by 7 Gypsies for this card! Beautiful paper...it was touch to actually "cut" it! The inner portion is all from one piece cut to 4" x 5 1/4". Then I cut it lengthwise and widthwise, and turned over two of the pieces to reveal a complimentary solid paper! Perfect! Falling Leaves came to my rescue along with an old Kaleidacolour pad, appropriately named "Autumn Leaves". I stamped the leaves randomly on the solid side then pieced the card together. The luxurious May Arts reversable satin ribbon in Brown/gold is wrapped around the seam, and the flowers are layered using a Finishing Floral brad in Antique Copper for the flower centre. The sentiment was stamped on vellum to give it full attention without losing the beautiful designer paper images. Here's a close up of the flower:

Are you ready for more? The design team is all geared up and ready to WOW you with more ideas and inspiration. I'm sure you'll agree they've truly added the perfect Finishing Touches to their creations!

Well, that's it for me! Have a fabulous Flourishes Friday and a wonderful weekend too!

6 comments:

Julie Koerber said...

Fabulous fabulous fabulous Laura!!! I always love your spin on design! That flower with the FT embellie is just striking! :-)

ChristineCreations said...

I totally love your combination of the Lemonade paper and the LL and Lemons! And the little framed sentiment is so great!

And isn't the 7Gypsies paper yummy?

Great showcasing of FT Laura!

seamom said...

The "extras" really do make a difference. Great cards. I especially like the 2nd one. The paper is quite beautiful.

Leslie Miller said...

Two gorgeous cards, Laura. I love them both! The two different styles are fine examples of your design versatility. I'm in total agreement on these embellishments, and now I've fallen in love with the 7 Gypsies paper, too!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Laura these look wonderful, you do know how to use your goodies... Beautiful cards.

Latisha said...

I love your cards Laura, so very pretty!!