Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Flourishes Flip ~ Happy Thoughts

FLIP NEW LOGO -Happy Thoughts SS257-Web-WMHello all! This is an exciting day for Flourishes -- it's the first day folks can shop and qualify for the next fun-filled, money saving club we call (Flourishes Loyalty Incentive Program!)   How do you become a member? Starting TODAY, the next time you go shopping in the Flourishes online boutique and spend $100 on a single purchase (not including taxes or shipping), you will receive this beautiful stamp set called Happy Thoughts! It was penned by artist Sam Pickard and the fabulous sentiments were the creative genius of Dina Kowal! Keep in mind, you can't purchase this set -- the only way you can get your hands on this lovely floral spray of Hydrangeas and these beautifully scripted sentiments is to become a FLIP member!   AND.... that beautiful stamp set is only just the beginning! When you become a FLIP member, it's your pass to BIG SAVINGS!

For my card, I stamped the flowers, with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, onto Cryogen White cs and colored them with Copics.  I started with BG 11 in the center, then worked my way from the outside of the petals using BG02 and BG01.  Lastly I added some V01 to the outside and V000 over that to give the soft violet tones.  The stems were colored with YG93.  For the flower centers, I used an Ice White Pearl Pen.


On the first of every month, for one day only, we’ll have a sale you will FLIP over! ONLY members are able to cash in on this sale: 15% off nearly everything in the store! (Sale does not apply to gift certificates, Silhouette Cameo Machines or Copic Markers). A day or two before the sale, you’ll receive an email with a special “members only” coupon code to use on the first of the month. Just insert this code in the coupon code box at the time of check out, hit “apply” and 15% will automatically be taken off your entire order! This promotion expires July 31st, 2014. Customers receive benefits only from the time they qualify. So, unfortunately, you can’t make up for lost time. One more reason why you should become a FLIP member soon! Now it wouldn't be fair if we showed you this gorgeous set and didn't show you amazing samples thanks to our team of fabulous designers! Hop on over and see what these ever-so-talented ladies created using this exclusive set!
Here are the Copic sets I used:

Remember, the only way to get your hands on this beautiful new set called  Happy Thoughts is to become a FLIP member. When you qualify, this stamp set is our gift to you! Coming soon, we'll be adding a Silhouette Cut File to the store, just for this set! Fun stuff! Before we go, be sure to tune back in tomorrow! The Senior Design Team will be focusing on one set that's been a Flourishes Favorite for quite some time. You won't want to miss all the creativity coming your way .... just in time for some weekend creativity. See you back here then!


Stamps:  Happy Thoughts (Flourishes)
Paper:  Modern Romance (Webster's Pages), Classic Ivory (Flourishes), Cryogen White
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento) 
Accessories:  Standard Circle die (Spellbinders), Copics, Border Punches (EK Success), Sequins (Ellen Hutson), rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty) Sewing Machine, Twine (Pink Paislee)

Monday, July 29, 2013

A Waltzingmouse Stamps Pajama Party Challenge

Waltzingmouse Stamps is having a Pajama Party, and you're invited.  Each month Waltzingmouse Stamps will host a Pajama Party including challenges and a sketch to get those creative juices flowing.  And there are prizes too.  By participating, you could win store credit.  And one lucky participant will will be invited to be a guest DT member for a future release.  There are 4 challenges this month, including the sketch to the right.  You can find all the challenge details HERE.

I included 3 of the challenges in my card:  the flowers and sentiment are from the sets You're a Doll and You're a Doll Additions. I also created my own background and used the sketch.

I put my sentiment along the bottom instead of the angled panel.  Hopefully I didn't break the rules too badly.  :(

Well that's it for me today.  I hope you've been inspired to join our Pajama Party.
Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Happy Stamping!


Stamps:  You're a Doll and You're a Doll Additions. (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper:  White (PTI), Light Green (Bazzill)
Ink:  Sea Breeze, Mango Madness, Key Lime, Thatched Straw and Red Magic (VersaMagic), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Border Punches (EK Success), Cork Sticker (Studio Calico), Sparklet (Kaisercraft), Button (PTI)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Flourishes SIX for SIX challenge

BirthdayCelebration-5Hi all and welcome to the 5th Challenge in Flourishes 6th Birthdy Celebration!!!  Today the entire Flourishes Design Team is jumping on the birthday band wagon and helping Flourishes light the candles and roll the music to celebrate SIX fun-filled, creative years! Today's challenge is all about the right recipe for your cards. So, all you need to do is check out our recipe card below and make sure you use all six items. We're calling this challenge -- The SIX for SIX -- six items for six years! 

I used the beautiful Dahlias set that was just recently released.  I thought it would look beautiful with the color inspiration.  The back panel was embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder and the images were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I colored them with Copics, added a Sparklet (Kaisercraft) to the required ribbon, and a bit more bling with some rhinestones and glitter.  You can never have too much bling...Am I right?!?!  :)
We'd love to have you play along,  so, without further ado -- the recipe!  
7-26GraphicHOW TO PLAY: Like we said, simply use the six items as your recipe for your card or creation. Make sure to use the sketch and be inspired by the colors in the inspiration photo and then, use the other four items as well when you create. This Birthday Celebration Challenge is just that simple! When you are done with your card, don't forget to link up your creation HERE using the Inlinkz widget! For Birthday Celebration Challenge #5, enter as many times as you like. If you upload to Splitcoaststampers, use the keyword FLLCBC5. You have until 11:59 PM CST on July 31st to enter! Winners will be announced Saturday, August 3rd and winners will receive a goody bag from Flourishes valued at $30! There’s a whole bunch of fun scheduled for Flourishes 6th Birthday — if you want a peek at all the challenges, just click HERE to see! Now just as I said, all of our fine and fabulous Flourishes designers are playing along in this one, so be sure to hop on over and see what these ladies have in store!

Here are the Copic sets I used:


  Thanks for stopping by! We can't wait to see what fun you whip up for this challenge! Remember, you only have until July 31st to play in any and all of our birthday challenges! Be sure to stop by tomorrow. To win tomorrow's goody bag, all you need to do is stop by and leave a comment sending Flourishes some birthday wishes! One lucky person will walk away with a goody bag valued at $30! See you back here then!

Stamps:  Dahlias (Flourishes)
Paper:  On This Day (Kaisercraft), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Copics, Seam Binding (Prairie Bird Boutique), Border Punch (EK Success), Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Sparklet (Kaiercraft), Glitter (Judikins), Quickie Glue Pen, Sewing Machine, Distrezz-it-All (Zutter) 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Christmas in July with Flourishes

Flourishes is continuing the birthday celebration with a Christmas in July Challenge.  Julie has a beautiful inspirational project to share, so head on over to the Flourishes blog for all the details.  All you have to do is make a Christmas themed project, link it over at the Flourishes Blog, and you could win a $ 30 Flourishes Goody bag.

 If you need a few Christmas stamps to get creating, now is the time to buy! Between now (July 20th) and July 31st, we’re hosting our annual Christmas in July Sale! ALL of Flourishes Christmas sets are now 25% off! Simply use the code MERRYJULY in the coupon code box at the time of check out. Make sure to hit “Apply” for your code to take effect. Keep in mind, this code will only be valid on Christmas stamp sets. Also, because this sale is such a popular sale at Flourishes – we do expect to run out of stamp sets. Unfortunately, we cannot issue any rain checks for any of our Christmas designs. So, shop often and early!

Happy Stamping!!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

3x3 Summer Treat Cards with Box

We know you loved our July Releases and all the fun summer ideas you now have for them...but we thought we'd show you one more round of creative projects today with our favorites, because that's always so fun for us!  Before I share my project with you, I want to take a minute to let you know that the Designer Focus is on Heather this week over on the Flourishes Blog.  CASE one of her cards, link it over at the Flourishes Blog, and you'll be entered to win a Flourishes Goodie Bag filled with stamps and goodies from the store.


For this week's Timeless Tuesday, Jenny challenged everyone to make mini-cards: (3) 3 x 3's.  I LOVE making small cards so I couldn't wait to make mine.  Unfortunately I didn't have time earlier in the week, so I thought I'd share the mini's I made, using Pinwheels and Popsicles, with you here, along with a coordinating box.

I just stamped the images with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, colored them with Copics and added a bit of sparkle with some glitter and my "go to" Quickie Glue Pen.  The background here is just Washi Tape.

More Copic coloring, glitter and Washi Tape.  :)

I framed the cake here a bit differently.  It's a larger image so it took up more of the card.

See how perfectly the cards fit inside?

For the box top, I dicut a circle and then put a square on the inside and embossed it to get the scored edges for the perfect rounded flaps on each side.  I then embossed the circle using an embossing folder, and used some card stock tabs (with Scor-Tape on them) to adhere the sides since it was diecut it didn't have any tabs to adhere the sides together.  The base is just your standard box base.

For the flower top, I just took my Spellbinders Sunflower Set 2 dies and diecut 3 of each of the two sizes, curled the leaves a bit and added a black and yellow button.

That's finally it for today's project.  I hope you were able to stick with this long post.

If you haven't seen the rest of the DT's projects, be sure to pay them a visit.  You won't want to miss their inspiring projects!




Remember that today is the last day you can purchase the July New Release Bundle at a discount...

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you've been inspired to make some mini-cards.  They're certainly loads of fun.


Stamps:  Pinwheels and Popsicles (Flourishes)
Paper:  White (Flourishes)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories:  Copics, Washi Tape (Bella Blvd and miscellaneous), Grand Circle, Standard Square, Classic Oval, Sunflower Set 2, Frame One and Picot Edge Circles dies (Spellbinders), Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Corner Rounder Punch, Quickie Glue Pen, Glitter, Dimensional Tape (Scotch)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Flourishes Challenges!!


Flourishes is turning 6!!  And starting today, there's going to be a series of challenges for the next 2 weeks in celebration.  The official anniversary is July 27th and up until that day -- we are going to have a blast honoring each and every one of those years!  

Today's challenge is being hosted by Allison, on the Flourishes blog, and she wants drama in "Black and White".  I thought it would be fun to use the newly released Anemones images with the beautiful sentiment "With tender prayers for your hurting hearts".  It was all stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento).  I embossed the base panel with a Swirly Sizzix Embossing Folder, and I made the flower using the two smallest Grand Peony Creations dies by Spellbinders.  I used Black Seam Binding for the trim along with a Martha Stewart Border punch, and finished it off with a little sparkle with some Star Dust Stickles and an itty bitty rhinestone.

For some more B/W inspiration, check out a few of the other DT members' blogs:  Cindy, Heather, and Maki

Now, we'd love for you to join us in celebrating and here's how: Check out the
Flourishes blog for all the details.

Happy Stamping!!


Stamps:  Anemones (Flourishes)
Paper:  Cryogen White and Classic Black (Flourishes)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories:  Grand Peony Creations die (Spellbinders), Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Stickles, Rhinestone (Pizzazz Aplenty), Decorative Brad (MME), Black Seam Binding Ribbon (Flourishes), Embossing Folder (Sizzix)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Flourishes July Release Preview ~ Day 4

Hasn't this been a fun July Release? I know you've enjoyed it as much as we have in bringing it to you, but it's not over quite yet! We're so excited to bring you one more stamp set, and it's a fantastic new Birthday and Celebration set today! We think it's the cutest thing ever, and we know when you see it you'll agree! Introducing.... Pinwheels and Popsicles.

Light it up and help those in your life to wish big! This set is perfect to send a little note of celebration in an envelope. From "cool" images to "sweet" sentiments, Pinwheels and Popsicles illustrated by Marcella Hawley is the perfect birthday stamp set! Set measures 4" by 6" and offers five main images and seven fun-filled coordinating sentiments. Let us show this set off to you with the Senior Design Team.

It was so hard for me to choose what image to work with in this set because each one is so charming and so beautifully illustrated.  I finally decided on the lanterns and thought it would be fun to include some silver glass glitter behind an acetate window to go with this week's Timeless Tuesday Challenge.  You still have time to participate and have a chance to win Flourishes entire July release too.  Be sure to check out the Flourishes Blog for all the details.

Mystery Blogger GraphicRemember, today is your last chance to find out who the Mystery Blogger is in the Design Team.

Comment on that Design Team Member's Blog and you could win today's set!


If you would like a chance at winning all four of our now released July sets…
  • You can play in our It's Sketchy Challenge– there will be multiple winners there! Deadline for entries is TODAY at 5 PM EST. OR, play along with the gals for this week's Timeless Tuesday Challenge! Check out the links for the official rules!
  • All four of our July sets are NOW AVAILABLE and you can check them out HERE. Take advantage our New Release Bundle and get 10% off when you purchase all four together in a bundle. And, for even more creative options here's the coordinating cut files for this release. Thank you for joining us for this month's New Releases and all the great fun! We can't wait to see what you create with this month's sets!
  • Join us back here on the Flourishes Blog tomorrow for the Winner's Circle where we'll announce all of our winners of this weeks' challenges!
Here are the Copic sets I used:

I hope you've enjoyed this week's previews as much as I have sharing them with you.  These sets are all beautiful and a delight to work with.

Thank you so much for your encouraging words and for visiting my blog.  You are very much appreciated!!

Have a fabulous weekend!!


Stamps:  Pinwheels and Popsicles (Flourishes)
Paper:  Almanac (Prima), Vintage Cream and Black (PTI), Acetate
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black Stazon
Accessories:  Copics, Quickie Glue Pen, Glitter, Silver German Glass Glitter (Wild Orchid Crafts), Pearl (Kaisercraft), Fancy Framed Tags One die (Spellbinders), Scor-Tape
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