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Hello  Friends,

The healing of my left knee moves on at a  slow pace.  I am being very dutiful in the exercise to help the healing on my left leg.  I want to share you some peaks at the release scheduled for next week.  As of Friday, January 6 at 12:00 PM EST  you will not be able to purchase and old sets bt Marcella Hawley and Sam Pritchard.  If you want you must act now.

I came upon some articles that were in the internet and though you would enjoy them so I am sharing them to share with you.  First in our home we celebrate 12th night.  Also known as “little Christmas or Epiphany.  We save the best gift of Christmas that we are giving each other, as the 3 Magi brought  Gold, Frankincense,  and  Myrrh.  All things a true king would deserve. We keep our Christmas decorations until January 6 each year. Most of us know the lyrics of the song “The 12 days of Christmas”  I found this imagery of this song and the meaning behind them.  This is the first of two tidbits about Christmas.  Here is the imagery, the meaning of each verse on the lyricsimage-on-12-days-pf-christmas

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.

It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

* The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

* Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments

* Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

* The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

* The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

* The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

* Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit – Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

* The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

* Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

* The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

* The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

* The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

My second tidbit is about Santa Claus which I found on the history channel.  If your like me and  think about Santa Claus a a jolly old man dressed in red. Here I am sharing with you the history and evolution of Santa Claus.

“The man we know as Santa Claus has a history all his own. Today, he is thought of mainly as the jolly man in red, but his story stretches all the way back to the 3rd century. Find out more about the history of Santa Claus from his earliest origins to the shopping mall favorite of today, and discover how two New Yorkers–Clement Clark Moore and Thomas Nast–were major influences on the Santa Claus millions of children wait for each Christmas

The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas’s popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, December 6. This was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or to get married. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland.”

St. Nicholas made his first inroads into American popular culture towards the end of the 18th century. In December 1773, and again in 1774, a New York newspaper reported that groups of Dutch families had gathered to honor the anniversary of his death.

The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick’s Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas). In 1804, John Pintard, a member of the New York Historical Society, distributed woodcuts of St. Nicholas at the society’s annual meeting. The background of the engraving contains now-familiar Santa images including stockings filled with toys and fruit hung over a fireplace. In 1809, Washington Irving helped to popularize the Sinter Klaas stories when he referred to St. Nicholas as the patron saint of New York in his book, The History of New York. As his prominence grew, Sinter Klaas was described as everything from a “rascal” with a blue three-cornered hat, red waistcoat, and yellow stockings to a man wearing a broad-brimmed hat and a “huge pair of Flemish trunk hose.”

On to the subject of stamping, we have just celebrated the holidays filled with peace, love and hope.  As we move to our January in just a few days, our release is all about the love in the air.  In seems to me that all of those good wishes usher in to Valentines Day.  I love to look into the things we do and the history behind them.  It is pretty sure that I will share with you the history of Valentines Day.

I wish for each of you to have a year of prosperity, love and peace.

auf Deutch,  “Frohes neues Jahr”.Frohes neues JahrGutes.

in French, Bonne Annee,

Spanish Feliz Año Nuevo,

Italian, Buon anno / Felice anno nuovo,


Korean:새해 복 많이 받으세요

Finish, hyvää uutta,

Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar

Vietnamese ‘Chuc Mung Nam Moi

Until Later, Ciao,

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Here is the card I made for the you today.



Supplies Used:

Delicato White Shimmer ink pad

Dew Drop Cottage Ivory

Dew Drop Pixie Dust

Copics: B00,E21,Y17,Y06,R37,R29,

Spica:Baby blue, Lilac

May Art Ribbons Bright Red

Today all stamps in the store are 30% off, and if you purchase any one new stamps since June 16 you will get a free retiring.  You may order as many stamps as you like,

Shipping is $5.00 under 4 0unces and over $50,00 is free shiping.  You don’t want to miss this sale.

Until Later, Ciao,

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Thank you for joining Flourishes LC and Imagine Crafts on this fabulous Cyber Monday for our first blog hop together, we are excited to share with you our designer’s creativity using each company’s products and each designer unique style. Make sure to leave a comment on each designer’s blog as we will be giving prizes away randomly from two of the designer’s blogs.

Here is my card I made for today’s blog hop:




Imagine Blog – https://imaginecraftsblog.com/

Barbara Thompson – http://cardsandpaperfun.blogspot.com/

Toni Storie – http://sweetpeasstory.blogspot.com/

Alison Heikkila – http://alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/

Beverly Cole – http://bevsbliss.blogspot.com/

Kren Kurts – http://afourthlife.blogspot.com/

Neva Cole – http://snippetscrafter.blogspot.com/

Roni Johnson – http://inkstainswithroni.blogspot.com/

Linda Lucas – https://lovelylindascraftcentral.blogspot.com.au/

Davi Long – http://alstromeriaartistry.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Vanderbeek – http://www.scrapsoflife.com/

Naomi Gong – http://www.naomigong.com/

Vickie Yeakley – https://stuffbyvickie.blogspot.com/

Nadine Carlier – http://myscrapnstuff.blogspot.com/

Rebecca Ednie – http://eclecticendeavours.blogspot.com/

Gloria Hayoung Lee – http://iiroom1004.blogspot.ca/

Mark Melnick – http://latidart.blogspot.com/

Shirley Qu – http://mypinkieisinkie.blogspot.com/

Martha Lucia Gomez – http://stampartpapel.com/

Terre Fry – http://terresscraptherapy.blogspot.com/

Mary Prasad – http://artbymdp.blogspot.com/

Trisha Traxler – http://simplystamping.blogspot.com/

Monica Edwards – http://scraps2treasure.blogspot.com/

Flourishes L.C – http://flourisheslc.com/blog/

Jan Marie Caruso https://thecarusomanner2.wordpress.com <- You are here.

Thank you for joining Flourishes LC and Imagine Crafts on this fabulous Cyber Monday for our first blog hop together, we are excited to share with you our designer’s creativity using each company’s products and each designer unique style. Make sure to leave a comment on each designer’s blog as we will be giving prizes away randomly from two of the designer’s blogs.

Until later, Ciao,






Halloween Treat


Hello Stampers,

Yes it’s time for Candy Corn and Halloween.  To celebrate we  decided no tricks only treats.

 All October releases are on sale for a whooping 15% off.    That means they are on sale, 4×6 set for $15.29.  There is more, purchase $55.00 or more and US address get FREE SHIPPING.

Order only one stamp, we’ll ship in a plain brown envelope for $3.00 -There are restrictions, no insurance, no trackingnumber, and no guarantee from Flourishes if you have problems with you shipment.  We will ll do what we can, but it’s not a guarantee.

October sets are –

Year in Flowers 1, 2,  and 3


Diamond Background

Go Tell it on the Mountain,   both large and small


Must Be Santa

This Treat comes to an end on Monday,  Oct 31 at midnight EST

International mail rates apply for all non US addresses-Sorry 🙁



Flourishes Release Week


Hello Friends,

My cast has been off for two weeks and I am bouncing back.  I think I may eve try some coloring.  I want to focus of the set and cards that the Senior Design Team has done in case you are not receiving our blogs are current customers.  We’d love to have you back!

On Monday we release all 3 set for Year in flowers so here are the stamps  sets, then I show you the cards.



These sets were all drawn by our Artist in Residence, She has captured the raw natural of each flower in the sets.  The are all in our store, ,flourisheslc.com.  and cost is 17.99 each.










Year in Flowers has the following images: Amaryllis, Camelia , Crocus and Tulip.








Year in Flowers 2 has Lily of Valley, California Poppy, Petunia and Sunflower.










Year in Flowers 3 has Asters, Begonia Mum and Poinsettia.

Each set has the name of the flower and the month.  Quite a deal for the flowers lovers.








Now let’s take a look at some of the cards made with these sets:



year-in-flowers-2-rebecca-ednie                                                                                            year-in-flowers-3-trica-10-16










Year in Flowers by Linda Lucas




Year in Flowers 2 by Rebecca Endie











Year in Flowers 2 by Tricia Traxler









Year in Flowers 3 by Linda Lucas


I will be back tomorrow with another set or two.

Until Later,, Ciao


Faux Mercury Glass Part II


Hello Friends,

Today I’m back to show off the finished projects.  We decided to do both the inside and outside of the containers , using the method described in the previous blog post.  Here are 2 shot of the urns



I am very please with how they turned out.  I can see myself tring them on other things in a bronze metallic spray paint.  How about you? Have I tempted  you to try your hand at this?

Remember new Release week starts on Monday and boy oh boy are you in for a treat.  Go to flourisheslc.com?  Previous customer, please sign in as a new customer.

Until later, Ciao


Faux Mercury Glass


Hello Friends,

I hope you followed me from the the Flourishes blog.  Any way you got here I am glad you are here.  Tuesday my sister, Louise, visiting and helping to care for Mom and I tackled a project of faux mercury glass.  She had done it before but had done wine bottles in various color and used a slightly different process.  Mom watched the entire process and was really engaged with us.

First we set a long narrow table and covered it with old newspapers.  Next we gathered ur supplies”

Two large urns- one I purchased last year for 50% off and one I purchased a few weeks ago at 50%off.

Windex and paper towels, cleaning thoroughly both the inside and outside of the urns and lids.

White vinegar to which I attached a spray mister top,

Krylon Looking Glass Paint and more paper towels for blotting

Gloves to keep our hands from being covered with silver paint;

Then we started by lightly misting the insides of the urns and twirling it around as we went.  Here is a picture as she is painting on of the urns.


We did the insidedes and turned them upside down , twirling them and let them drain.  We did the same process inside the tops.  Then added another light misting of vinegar and paint stray, twirling and draining them again.



Jan at beach5

September 2016 marks a big day for the new Flourisheslc.  We have a new artist on board and her name is Bev Cole.  You will grow to love her, and embrace her art just as I have.  She is our staring artist with the 5 new sets she has drawn exclusively for Flourishes this month!   Lauren Pope will be featured on our last day, Saturday with another great set.  Hold on to your seat while I show you all the sets just in time to get in the mood for Fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas.


FUJI MUMS        BEV COLE               sku  SSBCA002   4″ X 6″
















BUSHEL OF THANKS    BEV COLE                     sku SSBCA003        4 X6 INCHES












WINTER BLOOMS   BEV COLE                            sku SSBCA0013     4 X 6 INCHES


coastal-christmas-watermarked-2 COASTAL  GREETING    BEV COLE                   skuSSSBCA13      4X6 INCHES



















FALL TREE        LAUREN POPE                   sku SSLPA       4X6   INCHES



So that’s my preview of 5 sets by New artist and 1 by our own Lauren Pope.  For the next 6 days I will give you highlights of each set and a separate and have a few more surprises up my sleeve so come back and see what’s in store each day through Saturday.

Thanks for coming to our BIG DAY!  Sett you tomorrow for our first hop of this month of all new sets.  So from The Flourishes Blog and The Caruso Manner





Hello friends,

  I am glad you are stopping in today to visit me at the Caruso Manner.  It’s nice to be back home on my old blog, this is home!  Unfortunately we are still in the process the site so ignore the DT Senior Designer Widget I will have a reno shortly.

 For the next few days until August 31 I will be posting some beautiful cards that have been made by a variety of people and over a period of time. I will only be sharing stamps sets that are still available Flourishes.  The store will close tempoarily beginning 9:00AM EST 1 Sept and reopen as soon as all sets made prior to June 1 of this year have been removed.

So on to our viewing.

Inspired to Stamp: Rustic Ship: Out To Impress: Flourishes:

    Cards by:          Kathy Jones                                                                         Julie Koerber

Inky Peach Designs: Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday Challenge #223: My Life: FLOURISHES DECEMBER SNEAK PEEK DAY 2:

       Katie Sims                                                                                                              Silke Bedlow

Antique Map: Stamp Talk with Tosh: Flourishes June Release Preview ~ Day 4:

            Stacy Morgan                                                                                        

Well that all for tonight.  Thanks for stoppin in.



Hello Friends,

Today I have some exciting new to share with you.  My blog is moving!  Yes, after years of writing under a pseudonym of  ” The Caruso Manner”  I will close this door and move to a new site that Identifies with Flourishes directly– the company I have been growing for the last five years.  On Tuesday July 10th I will open the door to Jan Marie’s Flourishes.  I hope you will move to the new blog with me and just to entice you to do so, I will tell you that the theme of my new blog has a sentiment stamp, ” The Sweetness of Friendship”,  that I will give away to lots of subscribers and followers.  So mark your calendars and join me next Tuesday for my journey as a blogger and a company owner as Flourishes and I move into the future and more growth.  I will share more of the story over the next weeks and months.  Please come along with me.  It will be a new journey!

Today Flourishes has a sketch challenge.  I think you will find it a fun one.  Check the Flourishes blog for all the details and play along, won’t you?

Here’s my take on the sketch.  I was making a  thank you card for a lady that went out of her way to be nice to me during my trip in Australia.  You see, I got a burn, that was more that unpleasant.  Edna ran out and purchased for me the most amazing ointment….PawPaw Treatment Ointment, within minutes the burning was under control.  Thank you Edna.  This PawPaw ointment is made from fermented fruit and appears to only be available in Australia.  Believe me, I brought some home.

For some time now I have been intrigued with using dramatic black backgrounds.  Today is another one of my experiences.  I cannot fib, I actually colored the image on white and cut it out an pasted it onto the black cardstock.  I did try several attempts at doing the image on black, but all were too flat.  I’ll keep you posted as my trials continue.  The set I am using is With Gratitude which will go on sale next week during release.  It was our FLIP gift this year and now goes on sale to the general public.  I have used this set  many times during this past year…definitely a “Go To” set in my book.

For my card I used Flourishes Classic white cardstock,  as well as Black and coral.  I used the Spellbinder dies, Romantic Rectangles, cutting two and then backing with white cardstock.  I scored my coral cardstock using my ScorPal.  Emblishments of black Zva  Creative black crystals  and 2 laces, one white Stephanoise Dentelle Cotton,  and one black ,Laural Venise Lace  finished off with color coordinated Hug Snug Seam binding and topped off with a button.  The sentiment was stamped in White craft ink.

HOW TO PLAY: Getting a chance to win Flourishes July Release is as simple as sketching it all out — that’s right — it’s a sketch challenge! Follow the layout in the graphic above and you’ll be in the running to win all four of our new releases for the month! Please remember, entries must be in by July 13th at 5PM EST to be eligible. If you upload to Splitcoaststampers, please use the key word FLLCJUL12. And, don’t forget to link up your creation right here on this post using the Inlinkz link widget below. Use Flourishes stamps if you have them — Flourishes entries will be counted twice! But, if you don’t have Flourishes, play along anyway, you could WIN some!

Need some inspiration? The design team used this sketch and each put their own spin on this with vivid and beautiful creations! So, hop on over and see….

Flourishes is retiring some of our great images.  What is on the shelves is all we have.  Look HERE for a listing of the retiring ones that you really don’t want to be without.   When they are gone–they’be gone forever!

That’s it for me today and for””The Caruso Manner”  blog.  I hope to see you at my new blog , Jan Marie’s Flourishes.  Don’t forget to subscribe or follow and get one of many of the Sweetness of Friendship sentiments stamps I will be giving away.


Hello Blog Friends,

It is that time of year when retirements must be made.  We try to produce one in a million stamps sets, but that never means we have a million of them.  This year a hard look had to be taken at just would retire and the tough decisions have been made.  So HERE is the list of this year’s retiring sets.  What is on the shelves is all there is, no further reductions will be taken in price.  When they are gone, they will be gone forever!

Retirement of these sets mean that we will have room on our shelves for lots of new set planned for the year.  I am sure glad that I will have these in my collections for when I will want to use them again.  As we say at Flourishes, our stamps are “timeless and for today” but they will be just a good tomorrow.  I am sure you are like me, so if you have put off the purchase of a set being retired, this is  definitely the time to do and and quickly, these babies will not last long.

If you are a FLIP customer the1st of the month is your discount day and your year is drawing to a close, so you may want to take a look at the list of retiring stamps and apply you discount to these sets.