Archive for December, 2008

A Christmas Swap











“Just one card” she said.  That will be easy, right?  Some of the Flourishes designers got into the holiday spirit and did a “secret swap”.  Julie Koerber coordinated it all (thanks Julie!)  – she took the names of all the participants  – we each received one name to whom we would send a card.  

I thought – no problem – it’s just one card!  Well, making a card for a friend is one thing, but when I set out to make a card for one of our designers – yikes!! Oh the pressure!  It had to be so good – even though I knew I could never compete with what they create.  I received the  card above  from my secret swapper – Sharon Doolittle.  I tried so hard to get a photo that does this card justice.  The beautiful poinsettia was stamped and embossed in white and colored with Twinkling H2O’s and it is gorgeous IRL!   
















This was the card I sent out to my secret swapper – I based it on some paperclay ornaments that were showcased  in the holiday Martha Stewart magazine.  Everything is gold embossed on shimmery white paper. 

So… see the joy that was spread around the Flourishes family.  Just click on the names to see the fun cards created just for the holiday season!

Cindy Lawrence
Jan Marie Caruso
Julie Koerber
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Sharon Doolittle
Becca Feeken
Betty Wright
Christine Okken
Cindy Haffner
Dee Jackson

 We hope you enjoy your time with family and friends and are counting your blessings!



December 26, 2008 at 1:03 am 7 comments

Christmas Cookies – a holiday tradition









We all have our own holiday traditions and mine is baking cookies for our friends and neighbors.  I can’t cook very well, but for some reason I can bake cookies and it is one of my favorite things to do around the holiday.  I usually just buy some holiday paper plates and wrap the cookies with cellophane and ribbon but this year Flourishes is carrying these wonderful bags – perfect for decorating!

I started with the plain white bag – these are food safe so you don’t have to worry!  It has a clear window if you want your recipient to se the goodies – when you decorate the bag you can decide if you want to window to show, or cover it up.  They are available HERE at Flourishes.








Here is your chance to use some of that holiday scrapbook paper that you have been hoarding for years! 

I took a piece of red scrapbook paper and used a Martha Stewart punch along the edge – I made two strips and glued them on the edge of each bag.  A piece of holiday paper was cut to the size of the bag and adhered on top. 

The Christmas Cookie stamp is from the Baking Ensemble, stamped in red and cut out with circle nestabilities, it was mounted on black  and then red scalloped circles – also cut with nestabilities.  A sheer red ribbon bow was attached to the stamped image.

For the bag on the left I wanted the window to show through, so I cut out a section of the holiday paper.  The frames were cut using a Slice machine (my latest favorite tool!).  The bag on the right takes the pieces that were left over from the Slice cuts and I used those pieces to pop up the stamped image.  So – no pieces wasted!












I used a little more elegant touch for this bag.  Again, holiday scrapbook paper from my stash was used – I love the design!  The same Martha Stewart punch was used for the edges.  My Slice machine was used to cut out the shapes and the sentiment  – from Flourishes Holiday Greetings – was stamped in green.  The small star is not available – it was in a draft stamp set and in the final version of the set it was replaced with another image.

Red grosgrain ribbon provides the pop of color.  You can’t tell from the photo but I used a stardust gel pen over the sentiment and the star to give a little sparkle.










Thanks for stopping by!

December 15, 2008 at 12:02 pm 5 comments

Easy one-layer Christmas cards

It’s getting down to the wire with Christmas less than 3 weeks away.  My shopping is done and the house is decorated, but I am embarrassed to say that I only have a few cards made!  Here are two I put together quickly.  They are one layer cards, so no problem with mailing, and I used glitter to punch things up so they both have a nice holiday feel to them!


The card on the left was created using just two stamps – an image  from the Flourished Elements set and a sentiment from the Holiday Greetings set.  I used a glue pad to stamp the flourish on white cardstock and used Martha Stewart glitter – garnet for the color.  You can’t see how the glitter really shimmers but in looks great IRL!  The sentiment was stamped in Palette L’Amore Red because it went so well with the glitter.  Flourishes now carries a greater assortment of colors in the Palette Ink line  so you may want to check them out HERE.  I wrote over “Peace & Joy” with a stardust gel pen.

The card on the right was done in a similar manner.  The ornament is from the All That Glitters set and I used Martha Stewart glitter  – lapis lazuli color.  Again, I wish the glitter showed up better in the photo!    For this card I wanted the sentiment to be more glittery so I stamped with a glue pad and used MS glitter – yellow color.  Smaller letters don’t do very well with glitter and I think in the future I would just emboss the sentiment in gold. 

Both cards are perfect if you need to do alot of cards quickly!

On Wednesday, Flourishes will be releasing three new sets – stay tuned and thanks for checking in!

December 7, 2008 at 12:16 pm 4 comments

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