Archive for February, 2009

Sneak peek and release party tonight!


It’s day three of Flourishes sneak peeks and this third set comes to us from the talented Marcella Hawley.  Marcella always gives us gorgeous images and her Signs of Spring set is no exception. My sneak peek shows off the spring basket – just one of the eleven images included in the set.

Watercoloring seemed the perfect choice for this image, and it was so very easy.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper using Palette ink Burnt Umber and used water based markers in green, purple, yellow, blue and pink, along with a waterbrush, to add color.  Basic Grey’s Euphoria Paper, blue sheer ribbon and blue brads were also used. The base card is from a box of textured cards from JoAnn’s.

Now – take a closer look at the basket – doesn’t it look like real wood grain?  No, that’s not my fabulous coloring and yes the image itself does  have some grain lines it in, but the trick I used was to stamp the image on real wood veneer paper!  It’s not designer paper made to look like wood – it is actually wood veneer.  Pat Dowden (aka the “wood veneer man”) from Dowden Wood & Paper Crafts,  was kind enough to send me some samples of this paper and it was the perfect paper to use!  It was easy to stamp on and can be embossed as well.  It comes in a wide range of wood tones, with the grain very visible.  It was the perfect medium for this image!


Please check the Flourishes Newsletter for your chance to win this set, and find links to the great Flourishes Design team for their take on this set.

And don’t forget – tonight is our release party over at the Flourishes Forum on Splitcoast.  Join us for some fun, a chance to win some prizes and the full reveal of all three new sets for February.



February 13, 2009 at 1:00 am 12 comments

All Wrapped Up!


I love this second set that will be officially released on Friday evening!  These gift boxes are perfect for so many occasions!

The first time I saw this particular image I immediately thought of the pink, black and white color scheme!  I used watercolor paper for the main and background panel.  The images were stamped in Palette Noir and colored with pink pencils and markers.  The black scallop was created using nestabilites, the white panel was diamond scored using a score pal.  Black polka dot ribbon and silver/clear rhinestones were added to gift it even more of a feminine touch!

Check out the Flourishes Newsletter to find out how to win this set and to see what the Flourishes designers have created!

Thanks for stopping by!


February 12, 2009 at 1:23 pm 2 comments

Live Life In COLOR!

peacock-on-glossyIt’s the start of sneek peaks for the February releases at Flourishes and this month it is all about COLOR!  What better way to start off talking about color with a peacock set.  This is my card featuring the beautiful peacock from the Strut Your Stuff set, designed by Lauren Pope.   Keep reading to see how you can win this set!

It’s a simple design – I dropped a few drops of  Posh reinkers in Awning Green, Sailboat Blue and Bikini Pink on a piece of transparency and lightly sprayed water over it. Then I pressed a piece of glossy cardstock on it to pick up the color.

Once the glossy piece was dry, I stamped the images with Palette Noir, added some black rhinestones and attached that to a panel which was edged with a Martha Stewart Punch.  This is a quick and easy technique to do and you really can’t go wrong with the background!

Want to see how our Senior Design Team strutted their stuff with this set? Just check out their blogs!

Julie Koerber
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Faith Hofrichter
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Now – go to the Flourishes Newsletter for details on how to win this set and don’t forget about the new release party this Friday 7:00pm at the SCS Flourishes Forum!

Thanks for stopping by!


February 11, 2009 at 1:00 am 13 comments

Timeless Tuesday

nkirtatc-with-flourishThis ATC does double duty – it was created for the recent Flourishes ATC swap , and also serves as my creation for the first (of many) Friends of Flourishes Challenges called Timeless Tuesday.   The Friends of Flourishes will be bringing you exciting and different challenges each week. This week Cindy Haffner is hosting  our first ever Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge. To kick off this challenge in a Flourishes way she wants us all to use flourishes and swirls of any kind. So if it has a
flourish or a swirl it will work. Upload your stamped items to the SCS gallery using the keyword FTTC1.   Check the Flourishes Newsletter
for all the  challenge information.

Here’s how I made the ATC .  I stamped and embossed the rose, from the I Love Roses set, on white cardstock.  Then I made a mask using Eclipse Masking tape (and this stuff is a must have for any stamper!) and stamped the flourishy image, from Flourished Elements, using a mix of clear embossing powder and gold Pearl-ex.  When you look at the image head on it almost looks like a watermark, but if you look at an angle you can see the gold.  I love this look as it is not as heavy as an embossed image.  The rose was colored using Twinkling H2O’s.

atc-close-upSee the gold edging around the white panel?  Those are Foil Stickers and they are the newest item in the Flourishes Store!  They come in silver and gold in two different sheets of designs.  You can find them in the Flower Soft section of the store (or click the link above for the sheet I used).   I love these stickers and think they really frame out the white panel!

Check out the Flourishes Newsletter for more samples and details on the Friends of Flourishes Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!


February 3, 2009 at 1:01 am 2 comments

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