Thursday, November 28, 2013

Flourishes Black Friday Sale!


 


BlackFridaySale13Hello all! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family or friends! At Flourishes, we feel stuffed — not only our bellies but our warehouse as well! We are ready for the Christmas season and to get YOU ready, we have one heck of a Black Friday Sale that kicks off NOW! What's on sale? EVERYTHING that is on our SALE PAGE-- you can take an ADDITIONAL 30% OFF! We need to move some inventory and our loss is YOUR gain! We should point out there are TONS of items on our sale page -- more than 300 items to be exact!!! All you have to do is put in the coupon code: BF30SALE in the coupon code box at the time of check out. If you have your eye on something that isn't on the sale page -- stay tuned! We'll have a second CYBER MONDAY SALE kicking off Monday and in that sale -- all items store wide will be 15% off. Shop now for big savings or wait and shave some savings off your total!

I have so much to be Thankful for, so I decided to make a "Thank You" card today.   Let me explain how I made this card.  I was inspired by Dina's Mixed Media Tutorial found HERE.  It looked like so much fun that I had to try it.  I used only 2 acrylic colors:  turquoise and metallic Silver.   After adding the acrylics to the background, I stamped the sentiment, from the Thank You set, with Smokey Gray Versafine.  The tulip was stamped with Gray Flannel Memento Ink onto Flourishes Classic White Cardstock and colored with Copic Cool Neutrals and Spruce.  I cut it out and layered if over the main panel.


I used some stencils and the So Distressed set for the background.  I started by inking Smokey Gray Versafine over the Stripes Stencil, then adding Tumbled Glass Ranger Distress Ink using the same Stripes stencil.  I just moved it over a bit.  I then stamped the splotchy distress image over the stripes using Smokey Gray Versafine again.  So easy.

Lastly, I added the sentiment "With Gratitude" to a horizontal strip and embellished it with two cut off pieces from an ornate die from Ironwork Accents (Spellbinders), and two little Ice Green Pearls (Kaisercraft).

That's it for me.
Here are the links to the two Copic Collections I used:

http://shop.flourishes.org/Copic_Cool_Neutrals_Collection_p/co%2018.htm
 http://shop.flourishes.org/Spruce_Collection_p/co%2029.htm


Here's a list of all the gals who have some inspirational projects to share with you today!! 

Thank you so much for dropping by.  I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving, and are enjoying your weekend!!

Happy stamping!!
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Stamps:  Thank You and So Distressed (Flourishes)
Paper:  Classic White (Flourishes), Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Ink:  Gray Flannel (Memento), Smokey Gray (Versafine), Tumbled Glass (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Copics, Stripes Stencil (Tim Holtz), Ironwork Accents (Spellbinders) Acrylic Paint, Pearls (Kaisercraft), Corner Rounder Punch 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Waltzingmouse Pajama Party





It's time for another Waltzingmouse Pajama Party, and there are a wonderful variety of challenges for you to participate in!!  Just head on over to the Waltzingmouse Makes Blog for all the details.

I chose to make a Thank You card in honor of the Thanksgiving season, and couldn't resist working with the Fine Feathers set and its coordinating Fine Feathers dies.  I used two different ink colors:  Pumpkin Spice and Jumbo Java (VersaMagic).  I thought they would give a nice warmth to my thank you card.  The Thank You sentiment is from the lovely set Folk Art Medallion.  I just love the fun font!



That's it from me today.  I've been out of town, so I didn't get a chance to participate in any of the other challenges!!  There's still time though.  So, head on over to the Waltzingmouse Makes Blog to find out how you can participate!

Happy Stamping!!
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Stamps:  Fine Feathers and Folk Art Medallion (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Vintage Cream and Kraft (PTI)
Ink:  Jumbo Java and Pumpkin Spice (VersaMagic)
Accessories:  Fine Feathers dies (Waltzingmouse), Burlap String 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Flourishes Free for All Friday ~ Release Rewind

 

Today we bring you another round of inspiration created with our brand new November Release Stamp sets from the Senior Design Team. We had so much fun with them we just couldn’t stop making cards! It’s our chance to show them off at least one more time while you can still purchase the November Stamp Bundle at a discount! Today is the last day the discount is available and we don’t want you to miss out!

I combined the sets Grab a Cup and So Distressed to make a tag to go with a mug filled with chocolates.  I stamped the different distress images on the background, of Flourishes Classic Ivory, with a variety of colors, and colored the coffee cup with Copics. The back of the tag is Flourishes Classic Kraft with a Punched border.


 Here are the links to the Copics I used:
http://shop.flourishes.org/Copic_Cool_Neutrals_Collection_p/co%2018.htm
 http://shop.flourishes.org/Copic_Sketch_Copper_Collection_p/co%2049.htm
 http://shop.flourishes.org/Copic_Sketch_TRUE_BLUE_Collection_p/co-62.htm


Now, hop on over to see what cozy and warm creations everyone has in store for you today:

Thanks for dropping by my creative friends!!
Have a fantastic weekend!
Happy Stamping!
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Stamps:  Grab a Cup and So Distressed (Flourishes)
Paper:  Classic Ivory and Classic Kraft (Flourishes), Cryogen White
Ink:  Pumpkin Spice, Wheat and Night Sky (VersaMagic), Smokey Gray (Versafine), Tuxedo Black (Memento), Antique Linen and Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress) 
Accessories:  Copics, Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Mini-staples (Tim Holtz), Hole Punches (SU!),

Waltzingmouse November Release Preview ~ Day 4


I can't believe it's Day 4 of the Waltzingmouse previews already!!  Aren't these stamp sets and dies fantastic?  Claire never ceases to amaze me with her creativity!!

Today we were to showcase a Christmas decoration or ornament.  I just created another wall hanging (out of the frame because of the glare on the glass) using the mountain and snow scene.  Love the variety in this Alpine Christmas set!!  The mountains were stamped with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder, and the rest of the scene was stamped with Gray Flannel Memento Ink.  For the snowflake background, I used the Emboss Resist technique.

That's it for me today.

Here are the links to the others with inspirational creations!

Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Edna Morrisedie
Iwona Palamountain
Jeanne Jachna
Jen Cuthbertson
Julia Aston
Karin Åkesdotter
Kelly Schirmer
Kim Duran
Lynn Mercurio
Renee Lynch
Sandie Dunne
Teresa Kline 
Tosha Leyendekker
Claire Brennan

Thank you so much for your kind comments, and for stopping by!!
Happy Stamping!
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Stamps:  Alpine Christmas (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Kraft, Vintage Cream and Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Ink:  Versamark, Gray Flannel (Memento), Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Waltnut Stain (Ranger Distress) 
Accessories:  Standard Circle die (Spellbinders), White Embossing Powder, Scor-Pal, White Sharpie, Dimensional Tape (Scotch)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Waltzingmouse November Release Preview ~ Day 3

Boy, this week is going fast!  It's already day 3 of the Waltzingmouse previews, and we're sharing some Christmas Tag ideas with you today.

I chose to use the new Folk Art Christmas set with the smallest Opera Tag die as the topper to my tag.  I decorate my tree and gifts all in red/white so I thought I'd make some tags to go with my wrapped packages. I stamped 3 of the images, with Versamark, onto red cardstock, embossed them with white, cut them out and added them to the tags with some dimensional tape.  Before adding them, though,  I added some score lines to various places on the tags, and a sentiment stamped with Onyx Black Versafine.  Lastly, I added some twine. 



 


 


 


 

Here's a list of all the designers who made some tags today.  Be sure and stop by!

Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Edna Morrisedie
Iwona Palamountain
Jeanne Jachna
Jen Cuthbertson
Jennifer Holmes
Julia Aston
Karin Åkesdotter
Kelly Schirmer
Kim Duran
Lynn Mercurio
Renee Lynch
Sandie Dunne
Teresa Kline 
Tosha Leyendekker

Thanks so much for stopping and for all the kind comments.  You all are awesome!
Happy Stamping!!
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Stamps:  Folk Art Christmas (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  White and Red (PTI)
Ink:  Versamark and Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Opera Tags dies (Waltzingmouse), White Embossing Powder, Scor-Pal, Twine (Twinery), Hole Punch 


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Happy Birthday Princess Julie!!

For my Waltzingmouse post, click HERE



Today is a special day for the Flourishes Family.  We get to celebrate our Birthday Girl - Julie Koerber!  And Julie is definitely worth celebrating!  She’s the right hand on so many levels of what’s beautiful about Flourishes, and we’re so grateful for her and blessed to also call this lovely lady friend.    

This summer a number of the Flourishes Senior Design Team girls gathered for a weekend in Yellowstone National Park.  It was a fantastic time of fun!  One of the great things some of the girls did was go Whitewater Rafting.  Because there were family members along, Julie graciously said she’d sit in the middle of the raft so the kids could get the most out of the experience.  The raft guide however thought that would be a fun opportunity to tease Julie about her “Princess" status.  She gracefully took it and we love to tease her about it - and so the idea for this Princess Birthday Hop was born!  Julie we love you and your fun, spunky spirit, and also the warmth and grace you live your life with!  Happy Birthday from all of us at Flourishes!  


I chose to put the crown, from the Make a Wish set, center stage.  And of course, a lot of sparkle was used in the making of this card!  ;)  Although we now tease Julie of being a princess, she acts nothing like one.  She's not pretentious, she doesn't demand attention, and she's one of the most warm, thoughtful, and kind ladies I've had the honor of meeting!  We all had the most wonderful time in Yellowstone.  Even though I was very new to the team, they welcomed me with open arms.  I'm truly honored and blessed to call Julie, and the rest of the group (as well as their wonderful families), friends.

Happy, Happy Birthday my dear friend!!  I hope your day is blessed to overflowing!!  You deserve that and so much more!!  {{HUGS}}

Isn't she sitting pretty?  Just like a princess should!!  ;)




We invite you to hop along today with many of our Flourishes Family to see our pretty Princess and Birthday inspiration, and join in on our wishes for Julie!

Comment along the way and you could be entered to win any Birthday set of your choice from the Flourishes Store!  Winners will be chosen and announced on Saturday November 23rd on the Flourishes Blog.

And don’t forgot to drop by Julie’s place to send her your Happy Birthday wishes too!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Heather Jensen
Silke Ledlow
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Cheryl Lea
Deborah Anton
Jenny Gropp
Judy Rozema
Katie Sims
Aleksandra Mihelič
Kathy Jones
Meredith MacRitchie
Naomi Gong



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Stamps:  Make a Wish (Flourishes)
Paper:  Classic White (Flourishes), True Romance (Kasiercraft)
Ink:  Smokey Gray (Versafine), Spun Sugar (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Captivating Squares dies (Spellbinders), Embossing Folder (Sizzix), Frayed Ribbon for flower (Webster's Pages), Glass Button in flower (Melissa Frances), Wrinkled Ribbon (Prairie Bird Boutique), Pearl Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), Prisma Glitter (Hero Arts), Ultra Fine Gold, Silver and Pink Glitter), Lace 

Waltzingmouse November Release Preview ~ Day 2



Welcome to day 2 of Waltzingmouse's November release.  Have you been enjoying the new images and dies?  Well today we're all making Christmas cards using old and new sets.  I chose to use an older set called Opera Tags Christmas, along with the coordinating dies Opera Tags.  I stamped the tag, using Rich Cocoa Memento Luxe, onto It's Christmas Time (Maja Design) dp and die cut it using one of the Opera Tags.  I then stamped the sentiment onto it using Versamark ink, and embossed it with white embossing powder.  The Layered Poinsettia (Spellbinders), was ink distressed with Antique Linen Ranger Distress Ink, and then layered with Shabby White Embossing Enamel and a Glass Button (Melissa Frances).

Below is a close-up of the poinsettia and tag.


If you haven't already had an opportunity to check out the rest of the team's Christmas inspiration, here are the links.  You won't want to miss a stop.

Claire Brennan

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to visit tomorrow for some Christmas Tag inspiration.
Happy Stamping!
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Stamps:  Opera Tags Christmas (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  It's Christmas Time (Maja Design), Vintage Cream and Kraft (PTI)
Ink:  Rich Cocoa (Memento Luxe), Versamark, Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Opera Tags die (Waltzingmsouse), Layered Poinsettia and A2 Curved Borders One (Spellbinders), Shabby White Embossing Enamel (Stampendous), Wrinkled Ribbon (Prairie Bird Boutique), Glass Button (Melissa Frances), Lace (Wild Orchid Crafts), Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Pearls (Kaisercraft), Sewing Machine, Scor-Pal

Monday, November 18, 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps November Release Preview ~ Day 1

There are some exciting new things going on over at Waltzingmouse Stamps. Not only is Claire releasing super charming stamps sets, but she's developed dies for some of your most favorite images!



I have two wall hangings to share with you today.  Both are framed in 8x8 shadow boxes.

For my first project, I used the  Fine Feather set.

The feathers, in the Waltzingmouse Fine Feather set, are exquisitely detailed.  And now she has dies that coordinate with them.

This project was super simple, and only a bit time consuming.  I stamped three of the feathers, 8 times each, onto Vellum with Versamark.  I then heat embossed them with white embossing powder and die cut them with the new Fine Feather dies.  After that, I snipped each feather in various places to give them a softer feel, and mounted them to a textured piece of Core Impressions Modern Prints Collection by Pink Paislee.  I love flowers and birds, so I thought this was a fun combination.


Here's a closer look at the feather detail.  





For my next project, I used the new Alpine Christmas stamp set to make a wall hanging.
Above is my project framed.  Sorry for the glare on the top.  No matter where I took the picture, I couldn't get rid of some of it.  You can see the background pretty well though, and I'm really happy with it.  I just took Kraft cardstock, scored it every 1/4 inch, turned it over and scored it between each previously scored lines.  I then added a hint of Vintage Photo Distress Ink over it.



Here it is unframed.  For the main panel, I diecut a snowflake from the center, and while the die was still in the paper, I stamped the snowflakes, from the Alpine Christmas set, with Versamark, onto Vintage Cream Cardstock, and embossed them with White embossing powder.  I then ink distressed, from the outside in, with Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain.

See the little scene on the inside?  Claire has designed the sweetest little snow village with buildings and trees that fit together.  However, you can create your own little village like I did.  I wanted the church by the "w", and the little trio of buildings tucked up right under the word "snow".  I then took my white Sharpie pen and colored the roofs and splattered some "snow" with it over the background.


Here's a close up, so you can see the sweet little buildings, and the depth of the diecut.  I popped it up with dimensional tape.  The back panel is ink distressed with Pumice Stone Ranger Distress Ink.

Well, my friends, that's it for my projects today.

Here's a list of all those participating in today's Waltzingmouse Release Preview:


Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Edna Morrisedie
Jeanne Jachna
Jennifer Holmes
Julia Aston
Kelly Schirmer
Kim Duran
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Renee Lynch
Sandie Dunne
Teresa Kline 
Tosha Leyendekker


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Feather Flower
Stamps:  Fine Feathers (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Vellum and Core Impressions Modern Prints (Pink Paislee)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Fine Feathers dies (Waltzingmouse), White Embossing Powder, Shadow Box Frame (Michaels), Button 

Framed Snowflake Scene
Stamps:  Alpine Christmas (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Smokey Shadow, and Kraft (PTI) 
Ink:  Smokey Gray (Versafine), Versamark, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories:  2013 Snowflake Pendant (Spellbinders, Scor-Pal, White Embossing Powder, White Sharpie, Black Shadow Box (Michaels)


 
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