Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday #237 AND a Sneak!

Hi everybody and welcome back for another Timeless Tuesday Challenge AND a sneak peek at one of the new stamp sets for September!  Trust me...you will NOT be disappointed!  To get us started, lets take a look at this new set...

Holiday Topiaries

Welcome to Day 2 of our fabulous September release week! Today both of our Friends of Flourishes Team and our Design Team will be showcasing a wonderful new stamp set created by our beloved artist Marcella Hawley. Marcella has packed this beautiful 4x6 stamp set called "Holiday Topiaries" with an array of beautiful holiday decorated greenery and 3 seasonal sentiments to match their holiday vibe. This sweet holiday stamp set will surely make an appearance on your homemade cards, handmade gifts, tags and more this season! Don't forget...


Hidden among the Design Team’s blogs today is our Mystery Blogger of the day. Comment on her blog and you could be chosen to win today’s set! The more you comment, the better your chances, so comment away!


If you would like a chance at winning all five of our soon-to-be released September sets…
  • You can play in our Get in Shape Challenge – we will have multiple winners there! Deadline for entries is FRIDAY September 13th at 5 PM EST. Check out the link for the official rules!
  • All five of our September sets can be pre-ordered now, even before you see them all! Take advantage our New Release Bundle and get 10% off when you purchase all five sets together in a bundle. This discount will be available for only 1 week following the release.
  • All sets will be live first thing Friday morning along with the coordinating cut files for this release.
  • Come back to the Flourishes Blog Saturday for the Winner’s Circle where we’ll announce all of our winners of this weeks’ challenges!
Our Timeless Tuesday Challenge this week is...
"Make a Good Impression" - Incorporate dry embossing somewhere on your card or project. It could be an embossing folder, stencils, or even a household item for your embossing....just make sure you "Make a Good Impression"! (FTTC237)

Ok, now that we have all of the details down, let's get to the challenge today...I am the hostess this week, and as stated above, I am challenging you to "Make a Good Impression"!  Here is my card for this challenge using the awesome new Holiday Topiaries set...

My image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on to Flourishes Classic White card stock.  I colored my image with Copics then fussy cut it out.  My sentiment panel is more white card stock die cut with Spellbinder's Classic Square die and embossed on the lower half with a large polka dot pattern using a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder.  I stamped my sentiment from the same Holiday Topiaries set in red ink,  added some gingham ribbon and matted it using some red card stock.  More layers were added using some green card stock and green polka dot patterned paper.  The polka dot paper is embossed with another Spellbinders square die and I sanded it a bit for a little detail.  The card base is die cut from a Spellbinders Square Swatches die.  Here is a closer look at this adorable new topiary stamp...

Coloring this little image couldn't have been easier.  I'll even give you a little tip....you can color the entire tree with your lightest color green then go back with your darker greens and add random dots in between the leaves....it really gives you some dimension and makes those detailed leaves really pop.  Then add your red dots for berries and call it a day!  I did add some Ranger Glossy Accents on the berries to give them a little extra shine.  Seriously....just few minutes and you can have this tree all colored in....simple as that!  Here are the Copic Color Combinations I used....


And YG67, G28.

I hope you found some inspiration here to create your own dry embossed project, but make sure you check out all of the designers' blogs....and prepare to be "Impressed"!  Don't forget to link up your project for a chance to win an awesome prize!  I can't wait to see what you create!  Until next week...have a great one!


Paper:  Flourishes Classic White card stock, Red card stock, Green polka dot paper from My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland 6x6 pad
Stamps:  Holiday Topiaries set
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Red ink, White ink
Dies:  Spellbinders Classic Squares and Square Swatches sets
Embossing folder:  Polka dot folder from Lifestyle Crafts
Ribbon:  Red Gingham-Michael's

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday #236

Hi there everybody....I know... long time, no post for me.  Things have been pretty hectic around here lately and unfortunately, there has not been a lot of crafting time to be had.  I finally got in my craft room over the Labor Day holiday for a little card making time...it was so good to just color for a little while.  Anyways, I put together a card for the challenge this week.  The incredibly talented Jenny is our hostess and the theme is "Double Wrap"(FTTC236)...sounds intriguing, doesn't it?  You can read all of the details about this awesome challenge here.

 For my card, I decided to make it a sympathy card because unfortunately, I needed one, and also because I have not had a chance to get this beautiful stamp set inky yet.

I stamped my image from the Calla Lilies set with Memento Tuxedo Black on to a Spellbinders Rectangle die cut from Flourishes Classic Ivory card stock.  I also stamped an extra image to cut out two of the blooms and one of the leaves.  I colored everything with copics, sponged on a little Ranger Iced Spruce Distress ink and edged it with a Krylon Silver Leafing Pen.  Yes, Silver!  I have strayed out of my Gold Leaf box into silver territory.  I know I will love this one as much as the gold one!  I kept the card really simple so the image would really stand out.  And if you can believe it....there are the two ribbons for the challenge and not a single bow anywhere.  I really wanted to put a bow on it, and I tried, but I never could get it to look right, so in the end I just left it the way I have it here.  Things were not going my way today....I tried to sew a zig zag around my patterned paper's edge, but it ended up in a tangled mess so I had to start over.  I did not want to risk it again since that was the last piece of that dp I had, so I left it alone.  I am not sure what is going on with my sewing machine...I guess lack of use lately...lol.  I used a few glue dots to adhere my fussy cut blooms and leaf to give the image a little dimension and added a couple of black layers on my panels.  I had to use glue dots instead of my Collal because my Collal was pretty dried up.  I discovered there is a crack in the cap which I guess allowed part of the tube to dry up.  I wrestled with it for a little while, then decided it was taking too long, so I just went with the glue dots.  Grrrr.  For my card base, I used an embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts to give it a little texure.  It is a basket weave pattern.  Here is a close up so you can see the detail is these gorgeous blooms....

Not sure if you can see the texture from the embossing folder in there, but I promise...it is there.  Oh, I did add a little sparkle to the stamens of the lilies with my Atyou Spica clear glitter pen.  I love the subtle shimmer it gives.  So, despite all of my craft room obstacles, I finally managed to make a card!  Yay!  I hope you will be able to play along with us this week!  As always, you can win a prize and your chances go up if you use Flourishes stamps!  So come on!  Also, we have a new Guest Designer with us for September.....Kathy Roney!  I have seen some of Kathy's beautiful work before, so I know we are all in for a real treat this month!  So glad to have you with us, Kathy!  


Stamps: Calla Lilies
Paper:  Flourishes Classic Ivory card stock, Black card stock, Patterned paper from My Mind's Eye-Lost & Found Portobello Road 6x6 paper pad
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black,  Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink, Ranger Iced Spruce Distress Ink, Krylon Silver Leafing pen
Dies:  Spellbinders' Classic Rectangle Small set
Embossing Folder;  Lifestyle Crafts "Chain"
Ribbons:  Wide gray ribbon, narrow ivory ribbon
Adhesives:  Scor tape, glue dots

And these Copic Color Combinations:
And YG0000, YG00, YG91, Y02, C0, E40, E41, & G28