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


  1. Loved your challenge this week, Katie! And, your card is beautiful! I love the sweet, homespun look you got by using the bright lime and red together with all the fun polka dots and square swatches nestie, and it goes without saying that your coloring ROCKS! ~Hugs!

  2. Love your card shape and how you added the embossed spots on the bottom.

  3. Very pretty card. I love the sweet topiary image.

  4. Very pretty card Katie! Love the way you coloured this great new image. Pretty bow and embossing.

  5. Very cute card. I love that gingham ribbon!

  6. Fun card, love the zig zag shape.

  7. Love this card! So glad I already have the square swatches dies to work with :)

  8. Beautiful card. Such a festive design. Grea challenge this week.

  9. Lovely coloring!!!!!
    The gingham ribbon and shaped card are perfect with this image!!!
    Beautiful Card

  10. Your card is lovely, Katie. You used the stamp so creatively, and it turned out just SO sweet. Thanks for taking part in this fun Blog Hop. I've really had fun and I'm being inspired at every stop along the way.
    God bless you!
    Karen Letchworth

  11. Very pretty!! This set is fantastic!

  12. Very cute--I like the gingham ribbon and the embossed dots.

  13. Very cute card...love the size, the shape and the very nice image.

  14. Lovely card! Thanks for the coloring tip! Love the popped up image! TFS

  15. What a sweet touch the gingham ribbon and the polka dots are Katie!

  16. I love that this card is so different! Love the papers you used! Very pretty card! :) Nancee

  17. I'd give this beauty a 10...picture perfect!

  18. How super cute is that? I love the colouring of your mini tree and look at the SUPER cute gingham ribbon detail?!?! I love it! Thanks for a fabulous challenge this week! I know everyone is going to love participating with us.

  19. Love the way you colored this image!

  20. Gorgeous coloring, Katie, and I love your mini gingham bow! The glossy accents are perfect for the berries too! Blessings! Kathy

  21. This is so cute and lovely!! Fantastic coloring and detail! I just love the style of the card!

  22. This is so cute! Love how you used the embossing folder only on the bottom of that white panel.

  23. Such a sweet, sweet little card, makes me happy just to look at it! :)

  24. It just makes me smile Katie girl. That cute little gingham bow dresses that sweet little topiary up perfectly. Another wonderfully crisp and clean creation from you, but hmmmm....no gold leafing pen? hee hee Hugs!

  25. This is beautiful, Katie. I hope all is well with you. :)