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Flourishes, LLC is OPEN!

Well the time has come to fling open the door of Flourishes, LLC. It’s official at midnight tonight! We are so very proud of our website, and the talented art work of the Flourishes Charter Design Team.

Flourishes is the banner ad on SCS, Splitcoastampers, July 25, and August 1st. Please share this news of ours with all your friends…one can never have to many friends.

So without further adieu…please visit the website, Flourishes, LLC. We would love to hear your comments…come grow with us.

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Well, It’s finally close, tomorrow (Wednesday, 25 July) we are running our first series of banner ads on SCS. What an exhilarating and exhausting time this has been. I’m not sure if I feel more like a new bride with the jitters or an expectant mother getting ready for birth. This has been a long hard labor…but certainly one of love. I owe much to many…my love Mike, my partners Nancy and Sharon, our illustrator and web designer Marcy Hawley, and the star studded Design Team. Thank you…(insert -see me throwing kisses) !!!!

This is the card I made a few weeks ago…Mike stamped it for me. I have a cast on my right arm so I placed the card on a clipboard on my knees and began to watercolor. I have so many concepts to get out of me using this set, Flourishes Cake Decorating 101, I am counting the days until the cast is off.

If you haven’t been to the blogs of the Flourishes Charter Design Team…visit them now. Hold your breath, we open The Gallery on Friday. Several clever and creative cards have been added to SCS gallery by Paula Bloom (prbloom), Sharon Johnson (notimetostamp), Nancy Grant (TACgirl), Leslie Miller (leslierich), Julia Stainton (julia’s).

I hope you also visit the new Flourishes Newsletter, it will be a special feature of Flourishes with updates, happenings, and yes techniques. I hope you will stop by for a visit , or better yet .. subscribe and never miss a beat.

Now, about the card. I used Hybrid White Canvas ink on White, stamping the outline of the cake then adding in the slice to the left. A little hard to see at first….then I used SU! Real Red classic ink and an aqua painter, starting with a light wash, I added color and gradually shaded in leaving a whiter area near the cut slice. The inside of the cake was done in the same manner with Creamy Carmel. I made a mask of both the entire cake and the slice and placed the mask over the stamped image. I stamped in the plate and pedestal with Hybrid Palette Noir. I added a wash of Barely Banana to both plate and pedestal. Then I added some detail with my Sakura Black Glaze pen adding stripes to the pedestal. The bling was colored with markers and added to hang around the plate. When it was dry I added some dots in White with my Signo white pen by Uniball. The I decorated the cake using this time the slice mask to cover the area and stamped with Real Red around the top and bottom of the cake. I stamped the sentiment from Flourished Words, rounded off the end with a circle punch and pinned it on with a touch of ribbon. I layered it all on black cardstock, then onto a Cuttlebugged Pretty In Pink background before placing it onto the black card. Viola…..Love at First Bite with the Cake Decorating Set! Too Sweet!

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That’s right, Friday was pure pandemonium here at the Flourishes Studio. My darling hubby, Mike, “Manual Labor” as he has been dubbed, came in with not one but two packages. The first was from May Arts and contained our NEW selections of ribbons…now that was very expected.

But the second was a sheer surprise…it was from Spellbinders! We opened it with pure exuberance….. We have SIX of the new Nestabilities from Spellbinders. We have been talking with Jeff, VP for Spellbinders, and knew we had gotten the go ahead to get the coveted dies so our designers can begin to work some rubber magic.

This means good things for all of you. Flourishes,LLC will begin to accept orders for the dies on 27 July. These will not be available to us from spellbinders until the last two weeks of August. If you place an order, we can’t ship it until we get our Spellbinders order, but we can guarantee that when the order arrives our shipping department …. “Manual Labor”, will be in high gear.

We are forwarding cuts of each of these dies to our Flourishes Design Team beginning on Monday. I can’t wait to see what the team turn out. The Nestabilites are an absolutely revolutionary tool for card makers and scrapbookers. I will be adding more about these wonderful Nestabilities–and their adapt- abilities with our already existing tools.

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As promised I am posting a peek at the new sets that Flourishes will launch on July 25th. Our design team will all soon have both of the sets and begin to work their magic.

You are seeing a sneak preview of Cake Decorating 101 as well as Flourished Words.
Both sets are clear acrylics. The Cake Decorating 101 will be loads of fun to play with with lots and lots of possibilities. Flourishes Words has a beautiful style….just perfect to flourish your creations!

DESIGN TEAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

As I have said before Flourishes has made it’s selection for our Charter Design Team members. As you can see we are an international lot and spanning the US. We are very proud that these ladies are a part of Flourishes!

So without further delay……..roll the drums and play the trumpets

THEY ARE:

NANCY GRANT
SCSer: TAC Girl
Blog: inkcicles.blogspot.com
Nancy lives in Barrow Alaska

SHARON JOHNSON
SCSer: notimetostamp
Blog: none at this time
A Dirty Dozen member she is from Baraga, MI

PAULA BLOOM
SCSer: prbloom
Blog: prbloom.typepad.com
Paula and hubby live in Lewisville, Texas

LESLIE MILLER
SCSer: leslierich
Blog: leslierich.splitcoastampers.com
She is from North Bend, Oregon

JULIA STAINTON
SCSer: julia’s
Blog: bellepaper.blog.splitcoastampers.com
Julia is also a Dirty Girl and this talented lady lives in London, Ontanrio

ALEX EATON
SCSer: sillybird
Blog: sillybirds.blogspot.com
This talented stamper is our British representative and lives in Dorset

TRACY DURCAN
SCSer: tracy-stamper
Blog: durcandesigns.typepad.com
She and family live in Chester, New Hampshire

PRETTY IMPRESSIVE DON’T YOU THINK!

Their bios and photos can be seen at our new Flourishes Newsletter today. Please visit there for all the wonderful details of this team. Please check their blogs and get the view from their perspective.

I hope that this is peaking your interest and you will watch for our Splitcoastampers Ads. There’s lots more.

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We Have a Flourishes Team !

All I can say is that today has been an absolutely thrilling day! Nancy Kirk notified our Flourishes Charter Design Team selectees today and they all accepted! I then had the pleasure of placing a personal telephone call to each of them. The joy and excitement can only be likened to a child under a Christmas tree. It was pure joy.

Today their goodies were packaged with care and shipped. Now we can wait for their magic to begin!

SO JUST WHEN AND WHERE CAN YOU FIND OUT

WHO’S ON THE TEAM…
drum roll and trumpets…..well not just yet…….

We will make the Team announcement Wednesday on Splitcoastampers
under the Announcements forum.

We are excited to be working with Splitcoastampers with our upcoming advertisements. Our new monthly Flourishes Newsletter will also be announced in the same message. You will also get a peek at the sets here and at Seaside Creativity

I want to thank all of our fellow stampers that submitted applications. Remember there will always be a next time. Boy, oh boy, have we found of ton of wonderful blogs to surf….you all are so creative!

We will be building a gallery to spotlight the Flourishes Design Team creations We will add your creations as well as looking forward to seeing your work in your galleries at SCS.

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DUM…DA DUM, DUM………

That is the music background for what is happening in the Atelier at Flourishes today. The air is filled with suspense and excitement.

Who will be the next STAMPING IDOLS?
All the ‘wantabe’ stamping idols have applied. The talent in Stamp Land is huge and we are completely overcome with the response and the quality of the art work that has come to us. We are surely glad that they all” Wanta Be Stamp Idols”.

We have narrowed the playing field of applicants, the final deadline for submission has past and now today it is the real hard part of making the final decision of the Flourishes DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS…….
So Nancy, Sharon, and I have it all laid out on the tables with the letters and submissions and we will make the final call tonight!

Design team members will be notified tomorrow and we will ship the packages of goodies and wait for the magic to start thru their hands. This is real important for me especially as my stamping ability is so limited and it is killing me because I really want to stamp with the set.

A peek at the Cake Decorating Set will be ready for you to see here Wednesday…on my blog and at Seaside Creativity….so stay tuned…..The excitement here will only continue to grow!

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Update on my Progress

Well I am 12 days post op……the staples were removed today. I am still in a cast that controls most of the use of my right arm…yes…naturally I am right handed. My DH, Mike, has lowered my keyboard and mouse to a ridiculously low level that allows me to type and use the computer.

I will start physical therapy next week–ouch! Since this is my second time with this surgery since Jan of this year I know what to expect. I am struggling to figure a way to stamp using my left hand….oh boy do I wish I was ambidextrous!

A big thank you for the thoughts, prayers and good wishes I received form all of you.

With Mike’s help I have completed a first real card using Flourishes, LLC’s new stamps that will be revealed on July 27th at our Grand Opening. I think both sets have the potential to make great cards. Watch for the first of our banners on Wednesday, July 25th on Splitcoastampers. We also have banners running on July 27 and August 1. Our Grand Opening Specials on the weekend of the 27 July through Aug 1st. The new Flourishes website is OH SO Pretty! Very different from most sites….but then we are a paper arts boutique! Watch for the preview dates.

We will also be launching the Flourishes Newsletter, through a new blog. Watch for that announcement real soon here and at Seaside Creativity. This is something that you will want to share with your friends.

OK, I have pushed my arms usage enough for today….till next time.

Rubber Hugs,
Jan

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