Sunday, October 27, 2013

Happy Birthday Christine!

IT'S A SURPRISE PARTY!!! Grab a handful of confetti, a bright balloon and come along for a fun birthday blog hop to celebrate a special birthday for our dear friend, Christine Okken!  One thing about birthdays, is that you always hope to spend time with those you care about and that's why we're here!  At Flourishes, we're just one big family... so we just wanted to celebrate a wonderful day with one of our loved ones.

Even though we're a day early, we'd like to say...


Join me,along with members of the Flourishes family, today and share some fabulous birthday inspirations, many happy celebratory birthday wishes, and maybe even a slice of cyber cake.

My card may not look like your typical birthday card, but I wanted to use the set Bees and Blooms for two reasons.  One, it felt rustic, and two it had the perfect sentiment to fit Christine:  "be-you-tiful"

Let me explain:  This past summer, I had the distinct honor of meeting Christine, and her lovely family, in Montana.  Our backdrop was quite rustic, and spending a few days with them, I soon found out what a treasure they all are.  They're all warm, caring, and super fun.  And Christine, is just as lovely on the inside as she is on the out.  True Blue!!  This card isn't a super detailed card, but it was made with love!  Happy Birthday my friend!!

Here are the links to the products I used today:

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Classic Kraft Cardstock

Now, In honor of Christine's birthday celebration, we're giving away a special birthday present or two of our own!  Hidden among the Design Team's blogs today is a Mystery Blogger. Comment on her blog and you could be chosen as one of our birthday prize winners! The more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

As well as one lucky commenter, we're having a birthday challenge too!

  • Simply create a NEW birthday themed card or project.
  • Entries need to be in by Friday November 1st at 6 PM EST.
  • Those entries using Flourishes stamps will be counted for 2 prize ballots!
  • You must link your creation in our InLinkz Widgit to be counted.
  • You must have a link to our challenge in your blog post or gallery post.  Please feel free to use our Birthday Graphic too!
  • If you upload to SCS please use the keyword FLLCWISH
  • We'll announce the winners on Saturday on the Flourishes blog on Saturday November 2nd, so check back then to find out if you are a winner!

Hop along with our Flourishes family today.  Don't forget to leave some love for our fabulous designers today for a chance to win...

Aleksandra Mihelič
Allison Cope
Cheryl Lea
Deborah Anton
Dina Kowal
Heather Jensen
Jenny Gropp
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Maki Jones
Meredith MacRitchie
Naomi Gong
Stacy Morgan
Silke Ledlow
Tosha Leyendekker

Don't forget to stop by Christine's blog, HERE, and send her some birthday wishes too!


Stamps:  Bees and Blooms (Flourishes)
Paper:  Classic Kraft (Flourishes)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Vintage Photo and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories:   Copics, Embossing Folder (Sizzix), Seam Binding Ribbon (Prairie Bird Boutique), Library Clip (SU!)


Karen W said...

I think she will love this, it's very unique and beautiful!!

Renee Collier said...

Oh what a vintage beauty. Thanks for sharing; I'm inspired!

D- said...

WOW your card is AMAZING. Love the image, love the embossing, love it all. TFS.
Crafty hugs,

Donna Phelan said...

Love the fabulous flavor of this card. It sounds like the perfect match to wish Chrstine a very Happy Birthday! Well done!

Marisa said...

Love the EF you used in the BG and gorgeous floral image! HOpe all is well with you ((hugs))

Connie MacFarlane said...

Tosha, your card is stunning! You certainly achieved the rustic feel you were aiming for. Love all of the texture and this great image. You can just feel the warmth for your friend exuding from this card.

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous, Tosh! I love the vintage look. Your coloring is beautiful, and that embossed bg is fantastic!

Liz Williams said...

Your coloring is fabulous on this and I love the textured background.

Lagene said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the vintage look of your card!

Julie Koerber said...

Eee-gads! This is a true stunner -- you took my breath away with this one girl! (By the way, I don't think I have EVER said Eee-gads-- see what you do???) LOVE your layout, your antiquey coloring and man, well, everything! Christine will love this too!

Donna Whitten said...

I love your soft and soothing card.

ChristineCreations said...

Oh Tosh - you are a treasure :) Thank you so much for such lovely words, right back at you girl! The card is stunning whether it’s a set in stock or not (LOL girl!) And I know it was made with lots of beauty and love :) Thank you for such a wonderful birthday surprise!

Hugs my friend!

Barbara said...

Your card look like you just tore a picture out of a magazine. So soft and real looking. Amazing design.

TLady said...

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this set TOSHA!!!!!!!!! :) Christine will LOVE your card FOR SURE!!!!!!!!! I THINK you all know, she LOOOOOOOOOOOOVES FLOWERS!!!:) LOOOOOOOOVE the AGED feeling you've given this!!!!!:) AND A PERFECT SENTIMENT for Christine too!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) I'm thinking about NOW, she is REALIZING JUST HOW PEOPLE LOVE HER!!!!!!!! :)

Angelica Schmidt said...

Just beautiful! Love the rustic look! Well done!

Heather Jensen said...

Such sweet words for Christine. The stamp and sentiment you chose have a special meaning and she is sure to love it. I especially like the embossed kraft CS. :)

Sue D said...

This is be-you-tiful. I like the rustic look.

Barbara said...

Love the pretty vintage feel of your card, the color palette is so soft looking. Love it.

Anonymous said...

I like the natural feel of your card. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Jones said...

GASP!!! Absolutely Stunning Tosha!!! Love the soft, vintage feel of this card!!

Silke Ledlow said...


Davi said...

Your card is beautiful, I love the rustic vintage look! That is a very pretty image too :)

Conniecrafter said...

Gorgeous, just love the antique look of it!

Deborah Anton said...

Love the vintage look of this Tosh! And that little binder clip is perfect!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Very pretty Tosh! I like the warm feeling with coloring on kraft. Awesome card.

Ravengirl said...

Love this beautiful card! The rustic look is fabulous!

Diane said...

Beautiful card...such a pretty vintage feel to it!!

loulou said...

This card is absolutely gorgeous. It has such a wonderful vintage look.

Heather said...

So soft and pretty! And that sentiment really is beautiful!

Nancee Purdum said...

What a beautiful card! :) Nancee

Alshandra said...

Gorgeous card :-)

Janis said...

Wonderful card. You have captured autumn and nostalgia beautifully in this lovely piece.
<3 J

zub momi said...

Fabulous card! Love the vintage look. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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