Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall is in the Air

Hi everyone, and happy Friday! We have a fun treat for you today! Since Autumn was officially ushered in less than a week ago, we decided to pick up one of Flourishes’ sets that honors the season and our design team is all using it today in their creations! We’re talking about the set Falling Leaves
Isn’t it a beauty? Even in black and white you can visualize the bold colors that will soon appear (and in some cases) are already appearing in real life! Below you’ll find a link list to all the fine designers on Flourishes Senior Design Team. But first, Flourishes is having a…..

Need to stock up on decorative paper? Well, now is your time! All decorative paper in the Flourishes store has been marked down a whopping 25%! No codes needed, the price has already been marked down. So, hit the store and stock up! We have some beautiful papers with shades of autumn, Christmas papers, plus some oldies but goodies as well! Click HERE to see! This sale will take place for 48 hours — FRIDAY and SATURDAY ONLY! So, head on over before some of your favorite papers are gone!
And here’s my card for today, using some of that fabulous SALE paper… Song Bird from Prima!
This card is what I call a Scrapling, because it’s made from the scrap that’s left behind when I make a 5” square card… it measures 3 1/2”x5 1/2”.  I used the Prima “Song Bird” papers for the leaves because I just love that Fall is all about colors and textures and patterns.  Each leaf was stamped with Versamark and Memento Tuxedo Black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I also sponged Antique Linen distress ink on a lot of the edges, and stamped the sentiment from the Life Lines stamp set.  I embellished with some Chocolate Kaisercraft pearls on the upper right side.
Be sure to check out all the creativity whipped up by our design team today…
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy weekend, and happy stamping!
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Color Throwdown #211

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Hi everyone, and welcome to Wednesday and another Color Throwdown!  Wanda is our hostess this week, and she’s got a doozy of a challenge for you!  I’ll admit, I got a little carried away with these colors and took a lot of liberty… but I hope you’ll still give it a try!  That’s what a challenge is all about, right?
I pulled out the Apple of My Eye stamp set from Flourishes for my card, stamping the apples on this text-style paper from the Farmhouse Paper Company Sugar Hill 6x6 paper pad with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and coloring with Copics from Flourishes Sweet Pea and Olive Green collections.  I sponged some Antique Linen distress ink inside the die-cut around the image, and embellished with this wide satin ribbon, and some Chocolate Kaisercraft pearls.
For plenty of inspiration with these colors, be sure to visit my Throwdown sisters at their blogs…

Stop by the Color Throwdown blog for all the challenge details, and to join in!
Happy stamping!
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy Fall Pumpkins

If you need some inspiration to get you crafting for Fall, head on over to eclectic Paperie and pick up some of the new Simple Stories “Harvest Lane” paper!  This 6x6 paper pad is FULL of some of the most fun patterns for Fall…. I guarantee it’ll put you in the Autumn-creation mood!  :)
I got these great pumpkins from Outlines Rubber Stamps last year, and I just love ‘em for paper piecing.  I stamped each pumpkin with Brilliance Graphite Black ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder before cutting out all the pieces.  Then I used the “Happy Fall” sentiment from the Sweetest Pumpkin in the Patch ala’ modes set from My Favorite Things and stamped it on a Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics.  I embellished with a button from the Mango Madness collection from eP, and tied it off with some ivory cotton string.  The layout for my card is from sketch #30 at Retro Sketches this week.
Happy stamping, and thanks for stopping by!
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Friday, September 21, 2012

Flourishes Friday Free-for-All

Hi everyone! Just as in release week’s past — the week after release the Flourishes design team hosts a free for all — where they pick up their favorite sets of the release and play with any or all!  So, get ready for a feast for the eyes today!  And, TODAY is the very last day to take advantage of the September New Release Bundle — when you can get all five sets for 10% off the retail price. Just click HERE to see the bundle in the store!
This just in! The paper version of the brand new Flourishes Christmas catalog is… HERE! This offers and vivid and vibrant look at not only the currently released Flourishes Christmas stamps but gives you a sneak peek at stamp sets that will be released in the months to come! There are other secrets packed inside as well! Need some ideas for the gift giving season, well we even put in three tutorials that are perfect for the holidays! This.. and more than 20 samples to inspire… all for just $8.
My card for today combines the Mojo Monday #259 sketch with stamps from the new Poinsettia & Pine set.  I used papers from the Bo Bunny Father Christmas paper pad, and several Nestabilities dies… the Picot Edge Circle, Deckle Edge Rectangles, and a flag from the Nested Pennants set.  I used my Silhouette Cameo and the Poinsettia & Pine digital cut file to cut out the pine and holly branch with Flourishes Classic Ivory cardstock.  I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics from the Pistachio, Leaf Green and Fuchsia collections.  I’m in LOVE with how this card turned out, and I hope you’ll like it, too! 
Visit the other Sr. Designers to see what they have created for today…

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy stamping!
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Color Throwdown #210

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Hey, hey, hey!  How are you today?  It’s time for another Color Throwdown, and this week I’m the hostess!  One of my co-workers often wears this adorable uniform scrub top and I just love the combination of colors so much.  I asked her to let me know next she was going to wear it, and I brought my camera to work and snapped a picture so we can create today with these colors!  Stop over at the Color Throwdown blog for all the challenge details!
I recently added this sweet Pure Innocence Giraffe Girl stamp set to my collection, and decided to get it inky for this card.  I know you usually see more of a yellow/gold color for giraffes but I improvised a little for the challenge.  The papers I used are some old My Mind’s Eye from my stash, and I used the Wednesday Sketch Challenge #89 from My Favorite Things for the layout.  Die-Namics used include the Fishtail Flags STAX and the Double Dot Border.
And here’s my simple addition to the inside of the card…
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Again, please be sure to stop over at the Color Throwdown blog for all the challenge details, and visit my Throwdown sisters for inspiration…

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Kelsey had a Little Lamb…

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My daughter Kelsey spent the Spring and Summer this year raising a market lamb.  It was sold last week at the livestock auction at our county fair (a sad day… the reality of it hit her pretty hard), and she needs some thank you notes to send to the buyer and a few other people.  Since I didn’t have any specific lambie stamps, I went in search of some digital images, and found this perfect little cutie in the Nature Babies set at Angels Landing.  I colored the lamb with Copics, cut it out and added some Simple Stories paper, and a Die-Namics Woodgrain Fence from My Favorite Things.  Then I used a stamp from the Thanks a Bunch stamp set on the red tag, and tied it to the fence with some Peapod Green Baker’s Twine from MFT.

That’s all for today!  Happy stamping!
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Thanks for All that You Do

I needed a quick thank you card to send to my sister-in-law, so I pulled out some stamps and supplies from eclectic Paperie to create this baby…


Using my 6 1/2” x 3 5/8” envelopes again as a guide, I created this long card using papers from the Authentique Lively collection.  I cut out the lined paper and the pink sentiment flag using my Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics from My Favorite Things.  The “Thanks…” sentiment is also from MFT, the Thanks a Bunch stamp set.  On the larger flag I stamped a script “thanks” definition from the Wplus9 Design Defining Words stamp set, then embellished the whole shebang with this fabulous Vintage Gauze Blossom from Maya Road, and some Kaisercraft clear rhinestones.

Super quick and easy…. happy stamping!
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Flourishes New Release Day Five

Hi all! We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s peeks with a Christmas flair and we are excited to say that all of the stamp sets that we’ve been showing off this week are in the Flourishes Store HERE! On to today’s last stamp set to  be unveiled! It is truly an elegant way to send holiday wishes!
Wonderful words surrounded by flourishy swirls create an elegant and contemporary look to send Christmas wishes. This Peace & Joy stamp set, measuring 4x6, and illustrated by Becky Fleck offers two main images plus two accent stamps to create the most unique holiday creations. And, what’s more fun? You can find the coordinating cut file HERE for perfectly cut swirls! Can you say stunning?
Speaking of cut files, we have some EXCITING news to share! Four out of the five sets released this week have a Silhouette Cameo cut file available as well. AND, for those folks who asked for SVG files so that they could also use our cut files in other digital cutting machines, we say — you asked, we answered! We now have all of our cut files available in an SVG format as well! Just click HERE to visit these files in the Flourishes store! These digital downloads are purchased from the store and upon completion of your order, you’ll receive a link to download your cut files. We think these will add so much fun when creating!
Here’s my card for today…
I have had these envelopes for years that measure 6 1/2” x 3 5/8” and I love to create long cards that fit them, so a stamp that’s long like this one is perfectly suited to those envelopes.  I used some old Kaisercraft Christmas paper I had on hand for my design, and stamped the “peace” in Versamark on the designer paper, then embossed with silver superfine embossing powder.  I accented with some Snow White Kaisercraft pearls, and die-cut this poinsettia with more of the designer paper, accented with some glitter
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Would you like to win our new Peace and Joy stamp set? All you need to do is guess….
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One of the ladies on our link list below will be picking a name from the comments on her blog post today. We don’t know which one it is… so the more blogs you leave comments on, the more chances you have to win! So what are you waiting for? Head on over and see…..

NOW.. onto some more fun news and a few reminders!

Don’t forget, you have a chance to win our entire September Release! Click HERE to play in our Any Which Way Challenge. Click HERE to play in our Dear Santa Noon Time Challenge or HERE to play in our Wild and Wonderful Noon Time Challenge! All three ways could land you all five of our new stamp sets! Entries have to  be in by 5PM EST today!
If you don’t win, you can still be a winner in savings with our special, limited time offer called our New Release Bundle! It’s a bundle of our five new stamp sets and for the next week — it’s 10% off the retail price!
And last, but certainly not least — Starting now, you can download our BRAND NEW 2012 Christmas Catalog! We will have printed copies that you can order starting next week, but if you prefer a digital copy, you’re in luck! For just $5 you can purchase a downloadable PDF with 20 full color pages packed with not only all of our Christmas stamp sets but samples and a handful of tutorials that are perfect for gift giving!
Just click HERE to visit our catalog in the Flourishes store! We hope you have had a blast with us this week, getting into the Christmas spirit a wee bit early. But just think, with all this inspiration floating around, don’t you want to get a jump start on your Christmas cards for this year?
Thanks for visiting me all week, and happy stamping!
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