Archive for January, 2008

Cake Decorating Contest at Flourishes

cake-new.jpgFlourishes is having a month long contest using the Cake Decorating Stamp Set!!  Head on over the the Flourishes Newsletter for more info. 

January 31, 2008 at 2:11 pm 2 comments

Stamp Set Giveaway!

Pat H. is giving away a set of Flourishes Stamps!  Check out the details here.

January 30, 2008 at 1:45 pm 4 comments

I’ve been busy!

Well, I looked at the date of my last post and realized it has been awhile since my last post!  I’ve been busy creating some things to submit for publication.  As soon as I finish those I will be back in business.

January 24, 2008 at 4:15 pm 6 comments

Happy Birthday Sharon J (no time to stamp)

Sending out birthday wishes today to Sharon Johnson (aka notimetostamp)!  Sharon is busy today doing classes – Sharon make sure you take a break for some birthday cake!

 Check out her blog here.

January 16, 2008 at 10:48 am 3 comments

Flourishes is now an SCS Member Company

We’re thrilled and excited!  Flourishes is now part of the SCS member company community!  Head on over the Splitcoast and join in our Flourishes Forum!

Click here to jump to the forum.

January 15, 2008 at 8:46 pm 5 comments

How many drafts do you go through?

mardi-gras-mask-400.jpgI had the image and look of the card in my head.  Lots of layers, color and glitter, after all this was to be a Mardi Gras Card!  My usual process is to roughly draft out the cards. stamp samples of the images and place them where I want them to be.   I worked through so many versions of this card – layer after layer, stamp and cut out the mask or not?  Angle or straight on?  I’d get something I’d like and end up with a big smudge on the front.  SO…after all that I decided a no layer card!! Stamp and emboss the image on the card front and add the bling.  OK, so I did end up with a small smudge on the front – but I was not going to re-do this card!!

I stamped and embossed the outer portion of the mask, the feathers and stem in gold, then went back and stamped the eyes and nose in black.  With clear stamps this was soooo easy to do – I placed it perfectly on the first try.  I colored the mask in radiant pearls – evergreen and amethyst – in real life you can see the glitter of these paints.  The streamers were done in the same colors, then I went over them in glitter glue to add more sparkle and dimension.   A glitter gel pen was used to add the little dots of glitter around the feathers and the top of the mask.    “Carnavale” was stamped with a Marvy marker – violet. 

And yes, those are real Mardi Gras beads thrown from a Mardi Gras float – but it was a family friendly parade so there was no “flashing” on my part!

After all the “issues” with that card, I decided to go easy on myself and start simple with this next card.

Jan Marie gave Sharon D. and I a beautiful crystal in the shape of a diamond.  This stamping-queen.jpgbaby is huge – it must be a million carats and is heavy!!  Well, I saw this and the various crowns in the Mardi Gras set and decided I would crown myself Stamping Queen of my house!!  OK, I’m the only stamper in the house but I can still call myself the queen!  The crown was embossed in gold and mounted on eggplant.  Purple rhinestones were placed on the corners.  “Stamping Queen” was computer generated.

January 13, 2008 at 5:25 pm 11 comments

Of King Cake, Moon Pies and Beads…….

mardi_gras_-250.jpgand of course STAMPS!!  If you know these items, then you know its time to party MARDI GRAS style!!  The celebrations are in full swing here along the gulf coast and we are ready to party!  Flourishes just released two new sets in time for the festivities.  The first is Mardi Gras – check out these masks, crowns and that beautiful Fleur-de-lis!  And how about that cool jazz group!  I’ll be using this set not just for Mardi Gras, but for many other party activities as well!

harlequin-200.jpgNext is this great Harlequin and Accessories set.  This is a nice contemporary twist on a classic design.  I love the little elements that you can stamp where the diamonds intersect.  This set is a great alternative to my other harlequin stamps (of which I have three!!)

I’ve got a couple of cards in the works using these sets and will post just after I finish that King Cake! 

January 12, 2008 at 12:56 pm 3 comments

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