Archive for November, 2007

Designer Paper and Sentiment

This is another card that was quick and easy.  Of course still fitting the theme of only one sentiment and designer paper.

The directions are really straight forward so here she is:joy-to-the-world-bg-fruitcake.jpg

Stamps:  Flourishes -Rejoice

Papers: Basic Grey-Fruitcake

Ink: Hybrid Palette Noir

Accessories: Green Ribbon, Sakura Iridescent Pen


jan marie

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Well I started out the week with cards that  would follow the challenge of Sharon Johnson.  So today I am adding a second card from that challenge and allowed us to use designer paper and only one sentiment no other images.

 This card is very straight forward.  Designer Paper cut to fit the size of card face.  One ornament was selected and cut from the designer paper and the both were cut from coordinating sizes of Nestabilities ….sure making cutting and layers perfect and add in theholiday-ornaments-with-dp-tags.jpg bright green ribbon and a piece of hodge podge hard ware as all that was add to the Joy to the work sentiment from the Flourishes Rejoice set.

Ciao for now….but come back early tomorrow as I have a special project ready to post.

 jan marie

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Holiday Cards Made Easy

Sharon Johnson had a challenge on her blog ( http://notimetostamp.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/)

Her challenge was to only use designer paper and a word sentiment…no images.  Her cards were OH SO Pretty that I had to give it a whirl, so this week I’ll share them with you.

I took her challenge and added another one of my own…to only use the tags that come with most designer paper.  Many of you know that I just love Basic Grey paper…so this will be most of my focus.


For these first two cards I used the light blue, rose red and black .  The accessories were ribbons….May Arts Olive green satin with a pretty scalloped edge and the soft and luxurious light blue velvet.  I have also used a small accent of white and black.


This card was very simple. The base of this card is metallic red paper from Flourishes.  It gives this card a ver special look that just doesn’t come thru on the photo.    I cut off the top of the trapezoid tag and layered it with black.  Both of the circles, one from the coordinate in the package of designer paper, and the other in black were both cut with the Nestabilities.  A simple addition of the May Arts Olive scalloped ribbon and it was fini.


The next card is a pocket card.  Using the Purely Pomegranate I made the card as usual, then trimmed down to 4 1/2 inches high.  Using the largest Marvy rectangle punch (lavender), I cut out the top then angled it to open a little more and follow the cut off corners of the tag.  The insert is white and black with a circle tag  and another black cut with the Nestabilities.

The focus on the front of the card is from two different tags.  The background one, I cut off the tag section and left the piece exactly 4 1/4″.  I made the small white & black tag using scraps and cut the edges to follow the lines.

The ribbons are the May Arts Olive scalloped layered with the lite blue velvet ribbon as well as the pull out tag.

All the sentiments used on the cards came from the Flourishes Christmas sets.  The calligraphy makes them stand outs on their own.

I’ll feature others during the week.  Maybe you would like to join the challenge and play along.


jan marie 

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Happy Thanksgiving


I want to take a moment and wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all of you that visit the Atelier .

I had a very nice day, Mike (dh) smoked both chickens and turkey…oh, oh good.  We had all the trimmings and we spent time cooking and baking together.  The cooking aromas took me back to my Grandmother’s kitchen and me as a little helper. I’m sure the good smells were similar to those coming from your homes as well.  It was great to host the family dinner, we had 10 folks.  Of course Mom and Mike graced the two heads of the table.  Our holiday china came out and will be used until 12th night (Epiphany).   The table was beautiful.

I did not have time to stamp today but I am using a card I made last year and never posted.  It was cased from someone on SCS though I don’t know her name.  I used hand made paper to stamp and the SU special set from last year.  The image was colored using a mixture of pencils and watercolors.  The sentiment is stamped in Old Olive and the ribbon is also from SU.  It is all mounted on white cardstock.  Simple, but then sometimes less is more.

I hope each of you had a great day!  I have so much to be thankful for and I am truly grateful to God for all the blessing that have been bestowed on me.


jan marie

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Rejoice is Oh So Pretty


This card is so feminine!  The color combination is from the SCS 141 using SU Pretty in Pink, White, and Wild Wasabi. At first it threw me back,  I just have trouble using Wild Wasabi and I am not sure why.  This image is from the Rejoice set by Flourishes,llc.  All the images in the set ar Oh, So Pretty as well…..in Flourishes’ style of creating timeless images for today’s papercrafter.

  The base of this card is Wild Wasabi layered with pretty in Pink.  I used my Cuttlebug folders for the back-ground.  The image is lightly colored in using colored markers and a blender pen.  For glitz and bling I added  Star Dust Stickles to glisten  the leaves and pretty pink rhinestone on the corners.  Of course a feminine card needs a pretty ribbon and what could be prettier that this scalloped edge one? 

Oh, I know to whom I am going to send this card,  she will surely love such a pretty take on Christmas.

Thanks, for stopping in the Atelier.


jan marie

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Happy Birthday Mom


 Today is my mother’s birthday.  It is hard to realize that she is 86 years old.  We, in the family, call her the “energizer bunny”, she is so active and full of life.  She surely was the “energizer” tonight as we gathered for supper at her home. 

 Her table was set with  her best china and crystal.  All of the perfect touches were there on the table.  Mike, my dh, made her a cake–made from scratch I might add.  It was a triple coconut cake –ummm, ummm good and she loved it. 

Today I was getting ready to make her a card when I saw the challenge on Sharon Johnson’s blog (http://notimetostamp.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/)– this was so much better than a card.  Mom reads daily and I knew that this would be something that she would add to her books.  Something to touch, smile and remember her day.

The day I started my blog I wrote about my mom and her “Wonder Closet”.  It is a very large (big enough for a bedroom by some standards) and filled with fabrics, ribbons, buttons, well, any kind of embellishment that one could look for….it goes without saying that she loves the details in things.  Her home is very feminine.  Her china has small pink flowers, so when I was looking for just the right paper in my stash and found this, I knew it fit the bill perfectly.

I followed (and very much cased) Sharon’s bog instructions…..it was so easy.  I used two sizes of the Nestabilities to cut and frame the roses from a page of dp in the Radiant collection from Crafty Secrets (a new member company of SCS–so please check it out).  I used Stampin’ Up! Whisper White,Old Olive, and Rose Regal for the bookmark.  The ribbons are all from the May Arts collection found at Flourishes.

The bookmark and sleeve were passed around the table by all my nieces and the OHs! and AHs! had Mom smiling and me pleased to have made her happy.  Thanks Sharon for enabling me.  It also helped that we brought her a vase of her favorite roses, LeAnn Rimes.  The coloration of that rose was a perfect compliment of the bookmark and sleeve.

Yes, Mom you always said it was the little things, the details that add to makes things so special  Are you sure you and Grandma didn’t teach Martha about the “Good Things”?

 Til next time……..


jan marie

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Congratulations Julia !

Flourishes, llc is nearing a milestone.  Our very first Charter Design Team is within weeks of finishing their time with us.  They have made such an impact on our company.  We will soon be announcing our new changes, but that is not what this post is about.  We Flourishes, Jan Marie, Nancy, and Sharon, want to give our thanks and congratulations to Julia Stainton, she has been selected to be the Design Team Coordinator for Cornish Heritage Farms.  Julia is extremely talented and will serve them well, as she did for Flourishes.  We are extremely happy that she has this new opportunity to move forward in her career.

A note to  Cornish Heritage Farms, you have made a wonderful decision with the choice of Julia and we wish you all continued success in the future.

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Flourished Elements get Glittered


I am really having a good time designing with the new Flourished Elements set and the brand new glitters I got thru Scor Pal.  It is great fun to play with the new tools. 

This really glittery card was a breeze to make using the Hybrid Palette clear Glue Pad to adhere the glitter.  This is so easy and allows every bit of the detail to show thru.  I have had the Glue Pads (they  work just like an ink pad!) for a while now but have not tried them like this. Glitter is something I have to pull out and work with.  I have never liked the heat and stick powders–so for me this is a dream.

The Jewel Glitter Ritz is sold by Diana at her Score Pal site (an SCS Member company) and it is the very best I have ever used.  It is SO VERY DAZZLING!!!  The color I used for this card is Sahara.  I purchased the glitters from her opening special –going on till Nov 17th–as a member company, it was a great deal.  I would definitely recommend this product, especially when used with the Hybrid Glue Pads.  The Glue pads are available from Flourishes in both clear and black.  I have done some testing with the black Glue Pad and have a card in mind. I will share it with all of you very soon.

Of course I am love with the Flourished Elements set that Flourishes released yesterday.  Believe me I was not the only one that was smitten with this set as the shipping room was a very busy place today.  I think this set will be a classic that can be used for anniversary, wedding ,or any other romantic looking cards.


 jan marie

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Flourished Elements Released!


Since the day Flourishes, llc opened we have been asked when we would do a large set with the look of our logo.  Well, the wait is over!  We released our November set, Flourished Elements, today.  This set will be useful in so many ways for anyone that desires the classic, traditional look. Yet it is perfect for today and the future.

I was planning this card and saw the SCS color challenge and thought it would be perfect for the card.  I did however deviate from the challenge using River Rock instead of Wild Wasabi–I felt the color was just too bright for the feeling I wanted for the card.

There is no special treatment for this card…some straight forward stamping and a little embossing.  I used images from many of the Flourishes other sets to complete the card.  The main image is from the Flourished Elements stamped in SU River Rock on Soft Sky cardstock.  The “holly berries” are actually from the Cake Decorating 101 set using Regal Rose and the snowflake like images are part of our Rejoice set.  The Christmas greeting is from our O Christmas Tree set.  I stamped it in Craft White ink and used Winter White embossing powder with a dash of Dazzling Diamonds added to it.  Of course such a feminine card needs a touch of ribbon and after several tries I decided on the small white satin SU ribbon. 

I think this debutante is ready for her presentation.

My computer had a major glitch this morning and I was unable to post as I had planned….but Flourished Elements is worth the wait.   If you want to see the other images in this beautiful set, visit the Flourishes storefront.


 jan marie

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Joy To The World


Greetings from the Atelier.

There is so much to talk about I have to do things over a period of days.  

Mike & I have been out of town over the weekend and NancyK has been minding the Flourishes store.  We came home tonight (Monday) and I am going to hit the ground running.

 Flourishes is now approaching a new milestone.  Four months ago we set out to share our stamps with all in stampingdom.  We have had a wonderful welcome.  With that came a call for a design team.  We had a wonderful response and it was difficult to choose.  The time frame was for four months…and I must say it has flown bye.  We are so grateful for the wonderful input from our Charter Design Team….that gallery and this time has been so very special. There will never be another quite like it. 

 But since their time is ending, Nancy announced another call for design team members.  The response has been staggering.  All three of the “flourishes” are pleased at the talented stampers that have responded….from the known and the unknown.  The next few days will be intense as we narrow this very gifted field.  The talent in stampingdom is awesome.  From the bottom of my heart I want to thank ALL the applicants…ah, now I’m blushing. 

Talking about design team members being inspirations, my card today was inspired by Sharon Johnson , (notimetostamp),  but I was very wary in posting it…she is just so good.   I used the new Basic Grey, Periphery paper that Flourishes has available.  It is “Oh So Feminine! ” I used my Cuttlebug  to emboss the designer paper and then covered it with Versamark and Glossy Glaze.  Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky, Basic Black and Whisper White made up the body of the card.  The ribbon is brand new and soon will be added to the Flourishes’ growing selection of May Arts ribbons.  I added a single rhinestone and called it done.  Thanks Sharon for the inspiration.

It’s late and so I say, CIAO.

 Rubber Hugs,

jan marie

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