Archive for September, 2007

Sneak Peek

nkirkflourished-tree006.jpgI love nestabilities…and pomegranate paper…and black ruffled ribbon….and white shimmery paper….AND the new Flourishes stamps!!   Can you tell I am in love this week???  This card is just something I did quickly because I had to create something!!  I have a few other things I am working on to highlight the three new sets to be released by Flourishes (hopefully this week!!).  You are going to love them all.  The Flourishes designers have been busy, so check out the Design team gallery on the Flourishes store for a look and some great inspiration!

Now the card:

  • Paper:  black cardstock, white shimmery card stock (in stock at the Flourishes store)  and SU designer paper

  • Ink:  Palette Noir

  • Stamps – All from Flourishes  – The tree is part of the “Flourished Christmas” set and “Joy” is part of the “Rejoice” set

  • Other:  Black ruffled ribbon and Nestabilities die cuts – both available at Flourishes

Assemble card as shown.


September 30, 2007 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

Going Gray

Well, I’ve already gone gray, but my hairdresser fixes that every 6 weeks!  No, this going gray is the “Ways to Use It” challenge this past week on SCS.  I’m so glad SU came out with this darker shade of gray – sometimes you just don’t want to use black. 

Here are the details:


  • Paper:  Blush, gray
  • Ink:  Versamark, Palette Noir, Mauve Mist
  • Other:  Pearl Ex, Swiffer


  • Make a card in Blush Blossom
  • Stamp “Dream” im Palette Noir on a piece of blush and sponge with Mauve Mist.  Stamp Dragonfly with versamark, brush pearl-ex (flamingo pink) on the image and swiffer the excess pearl-ex off.
  • Cut several 1  1/2 inch strips of gray paper and miter cut the corners.  Stamp floral images with versamark randomly on the strips, brush with white pearl-ex and a very little bit of flamingo pink pearl ex.  Swiffer off the excess.
  • Attach card as shown.

September 23, 2007 at 4:01 pm Leave a comment

Color Challenge #132

It’s been awhile since I participated in a color challenge and I was determined to do so this week!!  The color combination of rust, chocolate and river rock has a wonderful fall feel to it but I still used a floral image!!  My idea was to have the main image look like a tile – I used two coats of clear embossing powder for the effect – the photo does not really show it very well.colorchallenge0918floral.jpg


  • Paper: Rust, river rock, chocolate, vanilla
  • Ink: Rust, chocolate, moss, versamark
  • Stamps: Fantasy  Floral Garden from Flourishes
  • Other:  white chipboard, clear embossing powder, ribbon, rounded tab punch

How to:

  • Stamp floral images with rust and chocolate on white chipboard. Sponge with rust.
  • Cover chipboard entirely with versamark ink and emboss with clear embossing powder.  Two coats were used.
  • Mount on chocolate and river rock, and attached punched tab to the side.
  • Stamp leaf images with rust on vanilla, attach to chocolate and tie with chocolate ribbon.   Attach this to river rock and assemble card

September 20, 2007 at 2:30 pm 1 comment


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September 19, 2007 at 2:12 pm 1 comment

Sketch Challenge

Are you a member of the SCS fan club?? The fan club gallery is a source of great inspiration and now fan club members can participate in monthly sketch challenges!! This is my entry and I love how the colors came out.

Supplies used:

Paper: Teal, green galore and white

Ink: Palette Noir, green galore, Zia Colorwash

Other: Acetate, die cuts, clear drying glue (elmers), tissue paper

Stamps: Fantasy Floral Garden by Flourishes


-Stamp images on acetate with Palette Noir, let dry and turn acetate over
-On the reverse side of the acetate, apply glue covering the acetate completely. Spray on Zia colorwash (I used citron and blue topaz) and gently mix the ink into the glue. You can also use a couple of drop of reinkers for this technique.
-Crumble up a piece of tissue paper, then uncrumble and place over the glued and inked acetate. Let dry – this may take several hours!
-Mount on green galore and white.
-Stamp other images with green galore an a piece of green galore paper. Stamp small floral image in Palette Noir in lower right corner
-Punch or die cut two ovals, one in white and one in teal. Stamp “Bloom” in Palette Noir on the white and sponge with green galore.
-Attach all pieces as shown.

September 17, 2007 at 4:50 pm Leave a comment

Watercolor Dreams

Has it been ten days since I posted?? We’ve been so busy at the Flourishes Studio and yesterday Jan and I finally took the chance to actually stamp for pleasure!! We both worked with the Fantasy Floral Garden set available at Flourishes. I brought along my Zia Watercolor
Wash sprays – I love these and don’t create with them nearly as often as I should.

When you think watercolor, usually you think soft, muted colors but it does not have to be that way. As you can see from this card the colors are very vibrant. Using a black card as the base really makes the colors pop. Here is how I made the card:

Supplies used:

Strathmore Watercolor Paper, cold press, 140 lb

Zia Watercolor Wash Sprays

Palette Noir Hybrid Ink

Rose Red and Black Cardstock

Fantasy Floral Garden Stamp Set

Pop dot and general adhesive

-On a piece of watercolor paper, scribble silver metallic ink in a random pattern and heat until dry.

-Spray three colors of Zia Watercolor washes. For this card I used Citron, Fire Opal and Garnet. Heat set each color before applying the next color. Cut off a section of the paper to use to stamp the “Dream” phrase.

-Stamp images from the Fantasy Floral Garden set using Palette Noir Hybrid Ink (I have come to love this ink more than Staz-On.)

-Mount on rose red and black. The “Dream” phrase is mounted on black and attached to the card with a pop dot.

September 15, 2007 at 2:54 pm 2 comments

Fantasy Floral Garden

Here is my latest creation using the new Fantasy Floral Garden set just released by Flourishes and my entry for this weeks sketch challenge at SCS. This set has so many wonderful floral images – you’ll be able to create many different looks.

The base card is olive, but the rest of paper is from the Basic Grey Infuse series. The main floral image was stamped in dark brown marvy markers and colored with three different pink marvy markers. The sentiment, from the Flourished Words set was also stamped in dark brown. At the bottom you may be able to see some more fantasy floral images – stamped lightly with olive.

September 5, 2007 at 6:33 pm 1 comment

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