Sunday, December 28, 2008

Flourishes Featured Stamper 32!

This week, there was so much talent in the pool, I was really close to just saying -- You all won! But, after looking and looking - I narrowed the pot down to just three. These three stampers featured a range of cards that were just off the charts in their own ways!

So without further ado, this week's featured stampers are.....

Christine, Lois and Amber!

Christine blew me away with this set of cards that she made for her Sister-in-law!
I love how Christine showed how versatile the I Love Roses set is by showing that this rose looks just as gorgeous when you just show the outline in colored ink!
Lois also picked up the I Love Roses set and made a bouquet out of it! Do you see the greenery she added? Does anyone want to guess that stamp? HERE is a hint! :-) Creative thinking Lois!
This was the second offering from Lois this week! She used clear cardstock to create this stunning card with the Butterfly Moments set! That little butterfly in the corner is a rub-on that she got for Christmas! I love how they match so well!

And last, but not least is this creation from Amber!

I love the color combination Amber used with the Rock-A-Bye set and how she cut out the detail around the moon - not to mention the way she used her Just Rite set to create her own sentiment! It all adds up to one darling card perfect to welcome in a new baby!

Thanks all for some great entries this week! You've blown me away... again! Amber, Lois and Christine, your name will be thrown into the hat for next week's drawing for a free stamp set of your choice! Thanks for playing and we'll see you all next week!


Friday, December 26, 2008

Festive Flourishes Friday-- the final challenge!

We've hit the end of the road for the Festive Flourishes Friday and this one is New To YOU! Help us usher in the new year with either a card to celebrate 2009 or celebrate something new that you just got your hands on! If you use new goodies, be sure to tell us which product/tool you used for your creation. Link your card with a comment on this post or upload your card to SCS using thekeyword FFFC4. Of course, we'd love it if you added the FLLC keyword too sothat your work will show up in the SCS Flourishes gallery! Remember, you can join our challenge at any time and, if you make up past challenges and complete all four - your name will be thrown into the hat for a free stamp set of your choice! Next week the Friends of Flourishes team will reveal their New To You cards and we'll also pick the winner of our drawing. So get those entries in before Thursday at 11:59 PM! Thanks for playing and...


Before I go, we organized a little something to get the Design Team and Friends of Flourishes Blog Team in the holiday spirit! So, we swapped names and cards and every team member got a 'secret swapper!' Want to see the joy that was spread around the Flourishes family? Just click on the names to see the fun cards created just for the holiday season! We hope you enjoy your time with family and friends and are counting your blessings!

Cindy Lawrence
Jan Marie Caruso
Julie Koerber
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Nancy Kirk
Sharon Doolittle
Becca Feeken
Betty Wright
Christine Okken
Cindy Haffner
Dee Jackson
Kimberly Crawford

Until next time!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Joy To The World

Alleluia, Alleluia, A sanctified day has shone upon us; come, you nations, and adore the Lord for this day a great light has descended upon the earth, Alleluia

May your Christmas be filled with Love, Peace and Joy!

We three flourishes wish you & yours all of this and more this great holiday season.

Merry Christmas,

Buon Natale, Joyeux Noel ,

Fleiz Navidad,
Merii Kurisumasu,

Mele Kalikimaka,

Frohliche Weihnachten,


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

What Color Is Your Rose?

Hello friends,

Today we feature the I Love Roses set. The classic rose is steeped in tradition where not only color but the type of rose and the number of stems can carry just as much significance. Here are the meanings of just a few of the colors:

Red - the traditional symbol of love and romance

Pink - a symbol of grace, elegance and admiration

Yellow - friendship, joy and happiness

White - innocence, purity, honor

Orange - desire, passion, enthusiasm

Lavendar - enchantment, love at first sight

(source: proflowers)

This first card in the traditional color of romance will be the valentine card for my wonderful husband! The rose buds and leaf (from the I Love Roses set) were stamped in Palette Noir and colored with Twinkling H2O's. They were carefully cut out and mounted to a white panel that was stamped with the "How do I love thee" sentiment from the Lace Heart set.

The designer paper is from the Scarlett's Letter series from Basic Grey. Riding Hood Red and black cardstock compliment the color scheme.

A luscious dark red satin ribbon and black rhinestones were the final touches!

This yellow rose card will be perfect to send to any friend! Once again I used the Scarlett's Letter series and matched it with Marigold paper.

I started by using a 3 inch square of white and stamped an image from the Flourishes Elements set in versamark - look closely and you can see the faint flourishy images. The edges are sponged with Pallete ink - Cognac.

The rose (from the I Love Roses set) was stamped in Palette inks - Landscape and Cognac with the main bloom stamped twice and popped up. I have to say I just love using the Palette ink line. Once the image was stamped I colored using Twinkling H2O's, which was a breeze because the Palette inks are fast drying and waterproof!

Reversable yellow/orange satin ribbon and yellow rhinestones (which actually look more greenish-yellos) finish it off.

I Love Roses set is sure to be one of those sets you will reach for again and again. What color will your rose be today?

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I Found Treasure!

Every now and then you click on some of your favorite blogs only to end up in some foriegn land "oooo-ing" and "ahhh-ing" over someone's art that you never expected to find. Just recently, that happened to me when I stumbled upon a treasure in Norway. The blogger's name is Yvonne and her place in the blogosphere is simply Yvonne's! If you pay her a visit, you'll see, she is a true artist! After I witnessed what she did with Flourishes stamps, I had to ask if we could profile her here! Thankfully, she said "yes!"

This first card Yvonne made with the Lilac set honestly should be framed. Look at all the detail she added in the background as well as the layers of color she added to the lilac itself! Stunning!

Next, I want to show you her take on the poinsettia from our Poinsettia and Boxwood set. Never before has this stamp looked so artsy! I've seen it painted up beautifully. I've seen it in soft shades and even done up in white, but I've never seen it done up quite like this. I love the glittery accents on the petals and the rhinestone swirls Yvonne added to the background behind the poinsettia.

And, here's a second card she did using the same stamp... but in a pretty shade of blue. Just gorgeous! Don't you think? Look at all the dimension that she created with the layers! Oh my! Just beautiful! I hope you've enjoyed Yvonne's creations as much as I did! She is one talented lady!

I hope you're enjoying the season and all it has to offer! Blessings to you!~Julie

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Flourishes Featured Stamper #31!!

This week's Featured Stamper is all about thinking out of the box! Or, making a box... kind of! When I saw these creations while looking through all the entries, I actually said -- WHOAH!!!! Way to think creatively!

So, this week, my hat goes off to....

Nancy and Liz!

They earned the title of Featured Stampers!

Let's start with Nancy who must have put hours upon hours into this beautiful table creation! She used the deer from the Flourished Christmas set. I love how she then added "reins" and little bells to the reindeer. Create a sleigh for the reindeer to pull and deck it out with sweet treats.... what could be better? Just fantastic!!!
Liz actually made me say, "no way!" when I saw her card! She used the trims from the Lace and Trims set to make a Christmas tree! How ingenious is that? I love the pop of red and all that bling! Fabulous idea Liz!
So, Nancy and Liz, your names will be thrown into the hat for December for a drawing for a free stamp set of your choice! Congratulations! The drawing will be the first Monday of January-- so stay tuned! Keep those fabulous submissions coming!

Before I go, I have to show you some darling card sets that were a part of this week's submissions! I might have to CASE these for gifts! The first one is from the talented Laurel Seabrook and is made with the Coffee With Friends set! I love the shades of brown with that pop of red. And... she used real coffee beans on one of the cards! Too cute!
Stacy Morgan cooked up a stunning set of cards using the Summer Botanicals set dressed in blue with wonderful scalloped accents, gems and satin! They all look so elegant! Who wouldn't love this as a gift!
That's it for now my friends! I hope you are enjoying this time of year and are able to kick back, relax and enjoy a bit!
Until next week!

Year End Sale coming soon!

Many of us will be very busy this week getting ready for the holiday - the three Flourishes included! We hope the holiday's are joyful for all of you and wish everyone the very best for the new year!

Speaking of a new year, you may know that retailers do a year-end inventory - one of those tasks that have to be done, but we don't like doing!

So - we're having a year end sale so that we won't have to count as much! The sale will begin the day after Christmas, December 26 and continue through New Year's Eve - December 31. What's on sale? EVERYTHING!

Take 10% off everything - you must use code: yearend in the promotion code box at check out to get this discount.

So have a very Merry Christmas and stop in the store on December 26 and save!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Festive Flourishes Friday--I'll be so blue!

Are you ready for another Festive Flourishes Friday Challenge? Well, don't be so "blue" this holiday season! Join us for week three of the Festive Flourishes Friday Challenge! The theme is just as it sounds ~ "You'll be doing alright with your Christmas of white but I'll have a blue, blue Christmas!"Grab your favorite Flourishes stamp set and dress it up with a dose of blue! It doesn't have to be a Christmas card! Any style will do!

Remember, you can join our challenge at any time and, if you make up past challenges and complete all four - your name will be thrown into the hat for a free stamp set of your choice! Simply share a link to your card with a comment here on this post or upload your card to SCS using the keyword FFFC3. Of course, we'd love it if you added the FLLC keyword too so that your work shows up in the SCS company gallery!

Well, as we get to the fabulous "blue" creations, we have a new some exciting news! We have a new face that's joining our Friends of Flourishes team! She's lovely inside and out and to say she is a talented cardmaker would be an understatement! Say hello to Silke Ledlow!

"Hello everyone!!! My name Silke Ledlow, better known as *Sparklegirl*. I'm a mom to 3 beautiful girls, Sarah, Rebecca and Miriam. My husband Jerry and I have been married for almost 15 years. I was born and raised in Germany - to be exact - in beautiful Bavaria!!! We are living in beautiful Georgia and enjoying most of our time outdoors with our Boxer puppy *Luke*.

I was introduced to stamping about 4 years ago and have been hooked ever since!!! It has become my *outlet* from a busy day!!! As you can imagine I'm excited and humbled to be on the *Friends of Flourishes* Team!!!"

And, Silke.... we are excited to have you!!

Now.... to the "blue" creations! Silke starts off this week's Festive Flourishes Friday parade with a gorgeous creation using the Stamp Simply Thank You Set! I love the crisp, elegant simplicity of this card. It's almost as if the flower is saying, "Am I not the prettiest thing you've seen?" :-)

Kimberly Crawford brings us the next creation using the All That Glitters set in a fine shade of blue.... I love the antique gold she added for a pop of glitz! So elegant! And, the way the pine cone ornaments are just hanging there? Stunning!
Becca Feeken's creation just looks like something you'd find hanging on the wall at Grandma's house. It's got class, an antique sophisticated flair with ribbon and a darling crocheted flower. I love the subtle look of the roses from the I Love Roses set and the way she centered up the sentiment from the Thinking of You set. Beautiful!

Cindy Haffner dressed up the Poinsettia from the Poinsettia and Boxwood with a lovely shade of blue that just sparkles like diamonds! I love how she framed up the sentiment from the Holiday Greetings set for a little extra pop of interest!

Dee used a gorgeous midnight blue for her card featuring the All That Glitters set! I love the way the branches of the evergreen tree looks like it is shining in the moon's light! Just looks so serene and pretty - don't you think?

Betty Wright is up next! Her card has a "blue bird come fly away with me theme that is just so stunning in shades of turquoise and teal! She used the I Love Roses set and the Bird And Vine set! I love how that little bird is off in flight!

Yours truly (Julie) decided to join in on the fun this week! And, the Bird and Vine set is also one I reached for! I tried to keep it simple with some decorative paper, pretty ribbon and pearls! The sentiment is from the Holiday Greetings set!

Next on our stop is Christine at Christine's Creations I can't believe how Christine strung the elements of the Autumn Flourishes together to create this stunning wreath decked out in blue! Truly Brilliant!
And, we should point out - this is Christine's last week on the Friends of Flourishes team! Next time you see her fabulous creations it will be here for our January release! We welcomed her aboard to the Senior DT and she graciously accepted! We couldn't be more thrilled! I am a huge fan of Christine's watercolor talents. Her talent just makes Flourishes images look so stunning!

BLOG CANDY ALERT: To honor the two new additions to our fabulous teams, we are offering up some blog candy to usher them in! Silke is giving away two sets ~ the Stamp Simply Thank You and the Spring Ephemerals! And, Christine is giving away the fabulous Poppy Patch Set! So, click on their names, head on over, give them a congrats.... and sign up for some candy!

Thanks for joining us on the blue Christmas tour! I've been told that the SCS Limited Supply Challenge this week is also a Blue Christimas! So, check it out and enter your cards there too!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A simple Christmas Ornament

I’d like to extend my warm wishes to all of you this holiday season. It’s been a wonderful year for Flourishes and we are grateful for all of you who have been a part of our lives. Our Design Team Coordinator, the insightful Julie Koerber, recently shared with us the thought that we, the three owners of Flourishes – Jan Marie Caruso, Sharon Doolittle and I, should share more of our designs and personal experiences on this newsletter. You’ve heard from Jan Marie and Sharon, and today it is my turn. We plan on continuing these chats and we welcome your thoughts and ideas of what you may want to hear from us.

This time of year is filled with holiday traditions and I’d like to share one of mine with you. In our home I’m the one that decorates the tree and it is something I love doing. My tree will not win any decorating awards – no color coordinated ribbons and ornaments here! While I have a few of those expensive Radko ornaments, the majority of ornaments on our tree are from places we’ve lived or traveled. One of the first ornaments I purchased (decades ago!) was a Santa on skis – it was made of wood and had the look of a wooden toy of the 1950’s and cost only a few dollars at a local store. I had recently graduated college, moved into my first place and felt so grown up in buying a tree and ornaments. This Santa ornament has aged over the years – the wood is a bit brittle, the paint faded and the little bit of fuzz that was glued on his chin for a beard is long gone. Each year he is bubble wrapped and stored away only to wonder if he will make it intact for the next year, or will I find him broken beyond repair.

This year as I decorated our tree, it took longer than ever. Most of the ornaments are inexpensive but have special meaning of our life together and brought back so many memories – a tree scrapbook! There’s the cable car ornament from San Francisco – we watched the Giants play at Candlestick park that July - wearing winter coats; the chili ornament made of glass from Santa Fe – from one of our many trips to the beautiful southwest; the bear on a toboggan ornament from Yellowstone – one of our favorite places to visit; the ornament of Santa on a motorcycle – a nod to our travels on the Harley; and to celebrate our move to Florida – the pink flamingo ornament! So even though my tree will never grace the pages of a decorating magazine, it gives me so much more – the priceless memories of lifetime spent with someone I love.
This card is to honor those special ornaments – not the most expensive or even the prettiest, but the ones that hold the most meaning. Please share with me the story of your favorite ornament - is there a special one on your tree?

Thanks for stopping by!


P.S. One more thing - the Santa on ski’s ornament? He came through intact once again this year – another year older and more faded, but still going strong!

Look What I've Missed!

When I click on Splitcoast in search of some great Flourishes inspiration, it's a click here, click there kind of thing. I log on, click gallery, company galleries and BAM, I'm there.

Well recently, I decided to surf differently. I clicked on and searched the word Flourishes. OH MY! I have been missing out on great Flourishes art left and right! Most people don't know - in order to get into the Flourishes gallery, you have to use the FLLC keyword. Want to see some of the work that made my jaw drop? Well, here it is!

This first one is from the talented Bonnie. When I saw this rustic, distressed card, I gasped. It is so simple, yet so elegant. I love the touch of gold she added. It makes the tree from the Flourished Christmas set look even more regal! Don't you think?

Jessie had two cards that made me stop in my tracks! The first is a lovely duo using the Coffee with Friends set! I love that pink and black combo! Too cute!
And the second card is just lovely with a soft wash of color for the Poppies in a really elegant card layout.
I had to laugh when I saw Ginny's card because she says she gave the sleigh from the Sleigh Ride set a dash of Liberace with all the sparkly gems! :-) Ginny, maybe I love this card because in my book - there is no such thing as too much bling! I would LOVE to ride in that sleigh! And, I left Judy for the grand finale because there were several of her cards that caught my eye!
I love the soft look of this treat box below that she made using the large poinsettia from the Poinsettia and Boxwood set. All that layering! The pearls! The silver thread! It's just luscious!
This poppy card is too elegant for words with all the punched borders and accented corners! She has a lot of extras on this card but it still looks perfectly balenced and beautiful!
And, lastly this creation with the bird ornament from the All That Glitters set! I love the way Judy layered her creation with multiple layers from the Curved Rectangles die by Spellbinders! It just makes this creation look so rich with all the gold leafed edges and the way she added gold cording and embossed the bird!
So, see? I have missed quite a bit over the last couple months! That's why I am making a pitch! If you would like to have your art included in the Flourishes Company Gallery on Splitcoast, please use the keyword FLLC. We would LOVE to see YOUR gorgeous creations and "ooooOOOooo" and "AAAhhhhhh" over them as well!
Have a great rest of the week!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tips with Clear Stamps

Hi Sharon here, the middle Flourish. I have a few tips that I have found helpful in using polymer stamps and I would like to share them. I have switched to using clear stamps for a little over a year now and I must confess it did take me a little while to become accustom to the fact that clear stamps do darken when used with dye inks. The fact that I can SEE where I am stamping has more than made up for a inky looking stamp. No matter what it looks like "It still stamps" and the image will come out clear and sharp with a few changes to the way I stamp.
As you can see in the first picture I have placed a cushion under my paper, that cushion is a small piece of foam. The foam gives your surface a little "give" while stamping and allows full coverage for detailed images.

Another tip is to apply "full even" pressure in the middle of your acrylic block.
I have moved my hands back and forth, carefully, with heavy pressure, I have not had any problem with my stamp block slipping or moving on the paper while moving my hands. That is a different matter if you are stamping on clear card stock or acetate, you don't want to move your hands, just apply even pressure.

Another tip is to have a well inked pad and apply the pad to the stamp rather than the stamp to the ink pad. That way I am assured of full coverage on my image.
It you look at the picture on the right you will see that the image
on the right is lighter in shade. I used my reinker on the Palette Hybrid ink pad, then reapplied the color. As you can see the image came out much more clear and sharp with out any "holidays". That is what it is called when I paint my walls and do not get full coverage, but unlike a stamped image you can put a second coat on a wall. When making a card you want to get it right the first time.

Here is the finished card using a stamp that was exchanged when a customer could not get a clear, even image with it.

Stamp set; Flourished Christmas, Holiday Greetings
Ink; Landscape by Palette
Paper; white card stock from Office Depot & Red Metallic
Misc; red rhinestones

Monday, December 15, 2008

Flourishes Featured Stamper -- #30 Winner!

I honestly can't believe that we've had 30 weekly challenges! Where does the time go! One thing that does stay the same, however, is the wonderful, wonderful art that is done using Flourishes stamps! Week by week, I am amazed!

This week, one stamper picked up her Flourishes stamps time and time and time and time again! And, each one of her creations was just stellar! So, without further ado..... This week's featured stamper is.....

Stacy Morgan!

I love Stacy's clean and elegant style. And, as you are about to see, it really shows through this week with each and every one of her creations!

I love the pop of red Stacy used in this beautiful card done with the Bird And Vine set....

And, in this one with the beautiful tulips from the Stamp Simply Thank You set....
These cards in a set are pure gold --- don't you think?? :-)
And, lastly, this creation warms the heart with a dash of red and green!
Stacy, your creations are fabulous!! Congrats!
Now, for my pick from the Flourishes SCS Gallery! Well, this one - Lace Heart - really caught my eye! Oh my, the detail on this card is incredible!!! It's by the talented "Aussie Parcher" on Splitcoast!
So, ladies, your name will be thrown into the hat for a free stamp set of your choice for December! The drawing will be the first Monday in January...... so stay tuned! And, keep those fabulous creations coming!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Thinking of You--A collection of cards!

Hi All,, it's Jan Marie back with you today. I am sharing a collection of cards that I recently created for our release.

I am posting this a little early as Mike and I are traveling tomorrow to pick up James (Jocko). It will be a quick trip there and back tomorrow. The Tuesday we are heading down to Orlando to spend some time with Mike's middle daughter, Jennifer is a LtCol in the Army and is stationed in Germany. She has been in Orlando for a few days now and we will travel to spend next Tuesday-Friday with her before she returns to Germany. So the other two flourishes, Nancy Sharon or Juile will do the posting until I return. I make even take a picture or two to share with you. I hope you enjoy these cards for the new Thinking og You set. I just love it!


Today I am focusing on the second set in our release days. This set is called Thinking of You and is the newest addition to our Simply Sophisticated Series . We all need that special card that we can make, that is appropriate for the situation, easy, and just Simply Sophisticated !! I love to make collections of cards that have a unified look as a set, but individually beautiful on their own. This set is an absolute must have in a stampers collection; it is so easily adaptable, allowing for easy one color application as I have done here. This set has endless applications and can easily be incorporated with other set images.

*the ink color,

*scoring to add the effect of another layer,

* the use of pearls (liquid and flat back) and

*chocolate brown ribbon.
I kept the card colors soft.

Here is the card done in green, You are in Our Thoughts & Prayers, the graceful elegance of the card and sentiment says it all. I scored with my Scor Pal making two vertical lines down the front of the card. The images are the right and left images of a floral spray that I staggered. Then I added a row of tiny white liquid pearls to accentuate the scoring, and more liquid pearls to the flowers. This card is probably my favorite of the collection!


This Pink Happy Birthday card uses the largest floral image from the set. For this card I used a sentiment from our Flourished Words set. A rectangle Nestabilities frames the image. For this card the sentiment the delicate script of Flourishes Words was the perfect choice. Three flat backKaiser pearls add the final touch.


The blue card, With Our Love is easily done with the floral frame and small basket of flowers. The sentiment again is from our Flourished Words set. Here the “Nestie” of choice to frame the image was the new large labels. This time I placed four small liquid pearls.


The last card in the series is a Lavender, Thinking of you Card. An Oval “Nestie” outlined with tiny liquid pearls make the delicate and vintage look to this card. The Oval floral frame and the sentiment inside give this card an especially feminine look. The small brown bow embellished with a flat backed Kaiser pearl are the exclamation points on this card.

And as I always say…Viola!


Card Elements:

Papers: SU cardstock- Blush Blossom ,Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery,

Almost Amethyst

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Brown Velvet May Arts from Flourishes,

Liquid Pearls-White Opal, Nestabilities, Scor- Pal

Techniques: Dry Embossing-Simple Stamping

Here is a look at this wonderful and versatile set…..Thinking Of You

Thinking Of You

Thanks for peeking today in my little corner of the Atelier…my very own “Creative License” spot!