Thursday, September 5, 2013

Flourishes Get In Shape Challenge


ImageWe hope you've had a great summer Flourishes Fans! Now as we see the days turn the corner into deep blue skies, colorful leaves and cooler nights we see that Autumn is nearing! Many of us get back into "stamping shape" in the fall and this is the perfect challenge for you, turning your fingers to some paper crafting fun! In just a few short days we'll be unveiling our beautiful September Release of FIVE sets, and playing in this challenge is your chance to win our whole September Release! Want to know how? All you need to do is create a Shaped Card OR a 3D Item. You can either create a card using any non-standard shape (we encourage you to think creatively), or a lovely box, ornament, home decor item, or anything's all up to you! Your keyword for entering into online galleries is FLLCSEP13. THE OFFICIAL RULES:
  • Simply create a shaped card (not a standard rectangle) OR 3D object.
  • Entries need to be in by Friday September at 13th at 5 PM EST
  • Those entries using Flourishes Stamps will be counted twice
  • You must link your creation on our InLinkz Widgit to be counted
  • You must have a link to our challenge in your blog post or gallery post
  • Please DO NOT combine challenges. Only those entries that don’t combine will be in the running
  • If you upload to SCS please use the keyword FLLCSEPT13
  • We’ll announce the winners on Saturday in our Winner’s Circle Post here on the blog on Saturday September 14th , so check back then to find out if you are a winner!

Boy did I have a blast with this week's challenge!  I haven't made a shaped card for quite some time and thought it would be fun to try my hand at a Twisted Circle Easel Card.  I knew if I went to Splitcoaststampers I'd be able to find the tutorial by Beate.  She's provided video for many, many fabulous creative tutorials.  For my main image, I chose to use the milk can scene from the Autumn Blessings set.  This set has jumped to the top of my favorites.  Now, it might be because Fall is my favorite season, or that we're dairy farmers, or that I collect pumpkins...who knows.  All I know is that I LOVE the images, and I LOVE the variety of sentiments.

I made this little basket with a Silhouette cut file and added the sentiment with the smallest Perfectly Pierced Classic Hourglass Template die.  I stamped the little wheat image, with Soft Sand (Hero Arts Shadow Ink), in the background.

 Isn't this a beautiful sentiment?  "Give Thanks for the simple things in life."  I think with life being so hectic and society focusing on "bigger and better", we can forget about the sweet little things that are such blessings!!  I love how this sentiment reminds us about the "simple things"!!

I also want to take a moment to reiterate what I've said before when I first joined the Flourishes DT.  I love coloring with Copics.  And the Copic Marker Collections they've put together makes it oh, so easy!!  Seriously!!  I'm not a pro like so many on this DT.  I totally do not get the whole "light source" thing.  And shadowing can even be a challenge.  But the collections make it a whole lot easier.  Of course, the beautifully designed images with the shading included helps a ton too!!  :)

Okay...enough about my coloring.
Thanks for stopping by today and we look forward to seeing what you create! We’ll see you here on Monday September 9th when our FIVE wonderful September Sneak Peeks start! Enjoy getting back into stamping SHAPE! And now for some wonderful shaped inspiration, our Design Team has pulled out all the stops to get your creativity jump-started:

Here are the links to the Copics I used for today's project:



Stamps:  Autumn Blessings (Flourishes)
Paper:  Follow Your Heart (MME), Classic Ivory and Kraft (Flourishes)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Soft Sand (Hero Arts Shadow Ink), Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Accessories:  Copics, Perfectly Pierced Classic Hourglass Template Die (Flourishes), Circle Frame & Elements Die (Marianne Design), Circle and Oval dies (Spellbinders), Natural Burlap String, Button, Chrome Silver Pearl Pen (Viva Decor), Lace, Silhouette, Brad, Clear Bag


Stacy Morgan said...

Gorgeous gift set. Your twisted easel is fabulous and I adore that little basket.

ChristineCreations said...

Oh Tosh, that card is just amazing! So beautifully colored and embellished! That's the sweetest little basket too - the metal button is perfect!

Tina said...

Love, love this ... both the card and the basket! Great job!

Silke Ledlow said...

Tosh, you never disappoint :) !!! Your circle card and gift bag are gorgeous!!! I sooooooo want those cute & yummy looking pumpkins!!!!

Marisa said...

Great easel card! Love the shape and the multi-looped bow!

Conniecrafter said...

pretty shaped card, like that it is an easel card too, awesome coloring and love that little basket too, just too cute!

Cheryl said...

Soooo pretty! Your coloring rocks, and I love the pale yellow around the image. Beautiful twine bow, and that basket is darling.

Unknown said...

Tosh, this is such a pretty project! Love the shape and design of the card. The little gift basket is so cute!

Marsha Reed said...

Such pretty projects. Love the scalloped card and the cute little gift basket.

Petti said...

OMG this is soooo pretty!

Pet73 said...

This is gorgous!

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