Archive for September, 2008

Stamps for a good cause

During Gina K’s last release, Carolyn King illustrated a stamp set as a touching way to remember her grandma who just passed away from Alzheimer’s disease. Hearing the story of how much her grandma meant to her tugged on our heart strings here at Flourishes – so many of our design team members have a personal tie to this hideous disease. And, we know we are not unique. Right now, more than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s. Every 71 seconds, someone will develop it. It’s the sixth leading cause of death. As a team here at Flourishes, we got to thinking. We should buy Carolyn’s set knowing that 100% of Carolyn’s proceeds will go toward the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of her grandmother. We decided to put our arms around Carolyn in a way we know best – to stamp our hearts out in honor of her cause. We hope you travel from blog to blog and if you can, buy Carolyn’s set knowing you will be helping other families who are working through this as well. If this is your first stop on the blog more links are provided below to everyone from Flourishes who is participating! 
 This card was made using Carolyn’s  Whimisical Autumn set.

To continue the tour, check out more cards made with this set from these great Flourishes designers!

Cindy L. 
Laura Fredrickson 
Cindy H. 

Jan Marie 



September 20, 2008 at 11:42 pm 22 comments

Birds and Vine with JustRite stamper

This card took about ten minutes to put together – I love it when that happens! 

I used the background from BIrds and VIne for all the panels and the JustRite Special Occasions Monogram Stamper kit for the sentiment.  The stamper kit comes with fonts and three interchangeable borders and centers with “Best Wishes” shown here.   Both are available at Flourishes.  Nestabilities classic circle dies were the right size to cut out the sentiments.

  • Stamps:  Birds and Vine from Flourishes, Sentiment and Border from JustRite
  • Paper:  White, Kiwi, and Baja
  • Ink:  Kiwi and Versamark
  • Other:  Nestabilities circle dies

Thanks for stopping by!


September 16, 2008 at 7:59 am 9 comments

One page down, so many to go..

I’m not much of a scrapbooker – it takes me forever to do the simplest page, but this one photo of my grandparents, The Columbani’s,  kept popping up in my mind and I finally decided this weekend was the time I would do something with it.

The theme needed to be vintage and my papers are miscellaneous sheets from my stash, chosen for their colors.  Once the basic layout was set up I embellished using photo corners rubbed with gold metallic added a chocolate satin ribbon and used the Special Occasion Monogram Stamper Kit  for all the stamping and lettering.    The photo was taken in northern Italy around the 1910’s.

The Special Occasions kit comes with three interchangeable borders and centers, one 95 pt font and two 50 pt fonts with numbers, symbols and flourishes.  Here’s a close up of one of the border and centers, along with a look at the font with one of the flourish elements.

Thanks for stopping by!


September 15, 2008 at 9:45 am 7 comments

Color Challenge Tag Swap

Here is a tag I made for a monthly tag swap over at RubberStampChat.  It’s a monthly challenge designed to stretch your horizons in terms of color choices.  There are just a few swap rules – everyone uses the same size tag, don’t put anything through the hole at the top of the tag, and use the colors given for that month. There is no official color chart, so it’s up to you to interpret the colors.  I like the fact that it is a monthly swap challenge – it gives me time to think about what I want to do, play with some colors, and gives me a reason to shop!!

The colors for September were beach glass blue, water green, lime and white!  The blue, green and white were right up my alley, but lime?  That was going to  be the challenge for me until I found a Key Lime Twinkling H2O!

I started with a base tag made of ice white cardstock and carried the shimmery feel throughout the piece using Twinkling H2O’s.

Three colors of Twink’s  were brushed across a sheet of paper:  Sea Glass, Summer Breeze and Key Lime.  The sheet was then cut into tag shapes and stamped and embossed with the background image from Birds and VIne.  I used Brilliance White ink and Ranger seafoam embossing powder.  I love how the white looks against the shimmery colors.

Oval Nestabilities were used to cut the shapes.  The sentiment is from Sweet Treats and stamped in teal ink.

Thanks for stopping by!

September 14, 2008 at 12:55 pm 7 comments

Release day at Flourishes!

Here is a look at one of the three sets issued by Flourishes today!  This card is made with stamps from the Mixed Greetings set, which contains 9 stamps that can be mixed and matched.  This is the latest in a series of sets Flourishes calls Simply/Sophisticated. I love how you can use these images to make quick and easy cards, or go all out with the designer paper and embellishments and create something elegant and sophisticated!  I’ve chose the more simpler route here  – a square card with just white and kiwi paper.   The fruit and bowl (which are two separate images) are stamped and embossed in white and the only embellishment is a white satin ribbon from JoAnn’s.  I resisted the urge to add more bling the card because I wanted to show how quick an easy a card can come together.  I’m giving a basketof fruit as a gift to a friend and wanted a quick and easy card to go with it and this one fits the bill!

Please visit the Flourishes store and take a look at all the new sets being issued today!
















September 10, 2008 at 12:24 pm 8 comments

Sneak Peek!

I’ve already given you a little sneak peek at one of the sets that will be issued tomorrow by Flourishes with my metal entry for the Y.ou Y.ou R.ock challenge.  Here is another peak at that set – this is from the larger stamp of the same set and I know I will be using it many times over!   Check the Flourishes newsletter tomorrow for all three releases!

September 9, 2008 at 10:31 am 5 comments

I need your vote!!

This is my shameless plea for your vote!!  In a previous post I showed you my entry for the Y.ou Y.ou R.ock challenge, and this month the challenge was to work with metal.  The voting has begun!!

Please go to this link and on the right hand side vote for me, Nancy – I appreciate all your support!   Thank you!!

September 6, 2008 at 7:45 am 5 comments

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