Archive for September, 2009

A masculine touch

You know it’s true – most stampers are women and we tend to be drawn to more feminine images.  But what to do when you need a masculine card?   You may choose to go with a sports themed card, however sometimes that just does not fit the bill.

Falling leaves masculine

I set out to make something more masculine and saw photo of a man in a grey suit, white shirt and red tie – perfect inspiration!

This is a large square card and I started with grey paper, cuttlebug embossed with the diamond pattern.  The leaves and sentiment (from the Falling Leaves set) were stamped on Flourishes Classic white cardstock with palette ink – charcoal.  The pop of red was just some scrap red paper and thought it, along with a ribbon slide was just enough to color to add interest to the card, while keeping the masculine feel.

Please stop back here on Saturday for my World Cardmaking day post!

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September 30, 2009 at 11:57 am 5 comments

Sneak Peek day three – release day!

It’s release day at Flourishes!  Please be sure to visit the Flourishes Forum at Splitcoast tonight at 9:00 central time for the release party!

think pink cardThe final set for this month is Think Pink – Fight Like A Girl, our breast cancer awareness set, designed by Marcella Hawley.  Want a chance to win this set?  Read on to the end of this post for all the details!

One of the great things about this set is how Marcella incorporated the ribbon in all the elements.  In this image it shows up in the skirt of the dress and my mind is overflowing with all the coloring possiblities!

The image was stamped on Flourishes Classic White Cardstock using Palette Ink – Noir and colored using the Flourishes Copic Collection – Hollyhock.  Other materials used include Basic Grey designer paper in the Phoebe collection, reversable pink/gold ribbon and pink rhinestones.

hollyhock

Please visit the Flourishes Design Team blogs where they share what they have created with this set!

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Faith Hofrichter
Julie Koerber
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Sharon Doolittle

To win this set, check out the Flourishes Newsletter for all the details!

We hope to see you tonight on the Flourishes Forum at SCS for the release party!

Thanks for stopping by!

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September 10, 2009 at 10:30 pm 6 comments

Sneak Peek Day 2 – and a video!

The road to a friend’s house is never long.”

cottage home flower soft cardI’ve always loved that quote and am so happy we were able to include it in this new set Cottage Home, designed by Lauren Pope.  The set includes two main images (the smaller shown here) and several sentiments and you will want to break out your Flower Soft because this is the perfect  stamp set for it!

Want a chance to win this set?  Read on to the end of this post for all the details!

I normally don’t use orange colors, but the Autum Flower Soft color just seemed to be calling out to be used and when everything was said and done I am happy with how it turned out.

I stamped the image on Flourishes Classic White Cardstock (which was also used for the cuttlebugged embossed background)  in Palette Ink – Noir.  The copic collections in Spring Green, Sky, and Flesh Tones 2  were used to color.  Flower Soft Autumn was applied last.

cottage card copic

The sky color was  my first attempt at airbrushing using the copic airbrush system and a small air compressor.    If you are on the fence about getting an air compressor, or just want some basic information, watch the video below.  On it I describe the basic working parts of the compressor, the copic airbrush system and show how I colored the sky.  I hope you find it helpful!

Please visit the Flourishes Design Team and see their fabulous creations – you will not be disapointed!!

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Faith Hofrichter
Julie Koerber
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Sharon Doolittle

For your chance to win this set, check out the Flourishes Newsletter HERE for all the details!

Thanks for stopping by!

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September 9, 2009 at 10:37 pm 11 comments

Sneak Peek Day 1!

Today Flourishes is showing sneak peeks of two of the four sets to be released on Friday night – Falling Leaves and Seasonal Wreaths, both created by Marcella Hawley.   Do you want a chance to win either of these sets?  Read on all the way to the bottom of this post for all the details!

First up is Falling Leaves – a beautiful set of leaves perfect for these autumn days.   With this set I created a gratitude journal.  I’ve been meaning to start one for so long  and I’m happy I finally was able to put this together.

grat journal rev with watermark copy

 What is a gratitude journal?  Just a simple journal where you can express your appreciation for all the good things in your life – both big and small!  It also helps in thinking about things in a positive way and to celebrate the things you have, instead of dwelling on what you don’t have.  All it takes is a little notebook (of course we papercrafters must decorate the outside!) and a few minutes each day to write down what you are grateful for.    You’ll be amazed at how this helps you focus on the wonderful things in your everyday life.  I hope you will start one of your own today!

The journal was created by starting with a plain Zutter coverall and covering  it with the new Basic Grey Indian Summer papers (soon to be available at Flourishes!).  The leaf panel was stamped on Flourishes Classic Ivory Cardstock using Palette – Noir Ink with images from the Falling Leaves stamp set, masking as needed using Eclipse Masking tape.    The images were colored using  the Copic Collections of Poppy, Tiger Lily and Daffodil (see all the copic collections HERE). 

copic leaves selection

Once the images were stamped and colored,  I masked everything and airbrushed the background with the same copic colors. 

Take a closer look at the leather closure – I started with a  leather strap that was not dyed and simply used the darkest marker from the Flesh Tones 2 collection to bring out a richer color to coordinate with colors of the journal.  I did the same with the square brad in the corner – which started out as copper and ended up with a dark brown color! 

leather strap

For those of you using the Flourishes Copic Collection – look at the leaves below.  The image on the left was colored using the Poppy Collection.  The one on the right was colored with the same Poppy collection plus a yellow from the Daffodil collection.  Just lightly coloring  with a yellow marker creates a wonderful blend of red/orange/yellow – perfect fall colors!

 leaf comparison

Next up is Seasonal Wreaths – I think this is my new favorite set!  Shown on this card is just one of the 4 wreaths available in the set – and they are all gorgeous!  I’ve always loved these vine and berry wreaths so it was the image I went to first.

wreath cardThis particular image was so easy to stamp!  I used Palette Ink – Burnt Umber then just took the darkest copic marker from the Poppy Collection and applied dots of color following the design.  It took less than 2 minutes for this to come together and this will definately be a help once the holiday season gets underway and I’m pressed for time!

The designer paper is the newest from Memory Box – Spiceberry and it contains some of the prettiest designs!  A Martha Stewart punch created the border and the brad is from the Finishing Touches – Beautiful Brads collection.  It was an antique copper brad and I just colored it with the darkest marker in the Flesh Tones 2 collection to tone it down and coordinate it with the look of the card.

Please be sure to visit the rest of the Flourishes Design team and see what they have created today!

 

 

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Faith Hofrichter
Julie Koerber
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Sharon Doolittle

For your chance to win these sets visit the Flourishes Newsletter HERE for all the details!

Thanks for stopping by!

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September 8, 2009 at 10:00 pm 6 comments


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