Archive for January, 2008

Ain’t No Sunshine


This is a sad day for our little lady…her love is nowhere ’round and there ain’t no sunshine when he’s gone…..

 Very early this morning in the wee small hours of the day I saw the color challenge on SCS.  The colors are

Yellow Yellow

Going Gray

Basic Gray……hummm, I’m thinking, but nothing is working…so off to bed–where I should have gone hours before.

The minutes turned to hours..so I’m up again…the lyrics from a song are in my mind…”Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone”.

 OK , I pull out the papers…the Open to Love..she sometimes seems to be longing for her love.  I stamped the image…and began to color…but I am just too tired to really accomplish anything.

I have really struggled all day to complete this card..it is 10:33pm and I have just finished it..I am not so pleased, but you are just going to have to suffer with me on this card…

I meet the color challenge..she is sad…but this is just not my style, however the sentiment and feeling is certainly transmitted…

Well, thanks for looking over my shoulder tonight…even if it’s not my typical post….ain’t no sunshine!

Rubber Hugs,

jan marie 

Stamps: Open To Love (Flourishes), sentiment is computer    generated.

Paper: Yo Yo Yellow, Basic Gray, Going Gray

Ribbons: SU, other is unknown 

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Je t’aime


This card has been rolling around in my mind all week, but I just did not have the time to get it together.  The card is soft, delicate, and exudes love!

The card was done for the color challenge 150 on SCS.  The cardstocks are SU Buckaroo Blue, Soft Sky, and Night of Navy.  The color challenge required Real Red and that is found on the chest of the sweetheart birds.  The designer paper is Basic Grey-Two Scoops (Flourishes).

The stamped images are from the Flourishes,llc set Love Nest.  Then the images were colored with Copics.  The images (birds and nest) were stamped a total of four times..once on the cardstock metal rimmed heart, then the others were colored, cut out, and layered with very thin dimensional to add dimension. The vellum was embossed using a Fiskar plate and cut by hand, shaded with blue, and trimmed out with very tiny flat back pearls.

The sentiment was stamped in Hybrid Noir ink and says it all…I Love You.

Thanks for visiting the Atelier.


jan marie

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I am Clearing Out My Stuff

Today I finally got around to putting up my FOR SALE PAGE.  I have posted two acrylic stamp pad holders and will soon begin to post stamp sets as well as other items.  So just click on the FOR SALE tab and see if I have anything that you would like to own.  I accept PayPal, shipping charges are the responsibility of the buyer.  On Your Mark—Go Shopping!

Email me at flourishes@cox.net if you have questions or interested in purchasing any items.


jan marie

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Today is Sharon Johnson’s (notimetostamp) birthday.  Sharon is our beloved  Design Team Coordinator for Flourishes and a gem of a lady.  Please join me in sending her birthday wishes http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/newthread.php?do=newthread&f=185  

Visit her website for loads of inspiration (http://notimetostamp.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/)

Flourishes is beaming over the surprise news that I have so wanted to share with you before, but could not….DRUM ROLL


That’s right, officially announced today, Flourishes has joined SCS as a Member Company.  This is a really big jump for our relatively new but definitely growing company.  Everything just worked out right.  Now you can visit us in our very own forum over at Splitcoastampers.  There you will find news of new releases and general forums in which we can ask questions and share other news.  Please stroll on over and visit our new SCS Member Company Forum.

We are building a gallery at SCS to compliment the one on our website and ask that you submit your creations to both sites using the KEYWORDS:  FLLC

Thank you for all the support each of you has given to us.

Laissez le bon temps rouler!

jan marie

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Mardi Gras and All That Jazz 1

For those that don’t know me except through my blog, let me say that I am a southern girl from South Louisiana with a direct lineage to the Cajuns and France.  This week I  would like to share some  facts about Mardi Gras.  This is a huge celebration for anyone from south Lousiana, as well as Mobile, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  I am also excited that Flourishes has just released its first Mardi Gras set.  It has always been hard to find Mardi Gras images, so this was an excellent opportunity to get them out there.  I have also had the wonderful experience of living in Europe and had  first hand experience of Mardi Gras there…so  I also included the words for Mardi Gras in German (Fasching) and Italian (Carnivale)  It is also celebrated in France and Spain. 12th-night-party1.jpg

Invitation to a Mardi Gras ballare always special .  This is the outside of this years invitation to our annual 12th Night Celebration.  No matter where we have lived this is a part of my culture that I share with enthusiam.

So when is 12th Night, you ask……well, it is the 12th day of Christmas or January 6th.  That’s right, the 12 days of Christmas start on Christmas day not before Christmas.  January 6th is also known as Epiphany Day..the day the 3 Kings or Magi  brought gifts to the Christ Child. In our house we save our finest gift until January 6th to exchange with each other.

What does this have to do with Mardi Gras?   The beginning of the Carnival Season is  fixed…being January 6th, which is the Feast of the Epiphany, otherwise known as Little Christmas or Twelfth Night. Since the date of actual Mardi Gras  varies from year to year, the length of the Carnival Season also varies accordingly from year-to-year. .

In French, “Mardi Gras” literally means “Fat Tuesday,” so named because it falls on the day before Ash Wednesday, the last day prior to Lent…a 40-day season of prayer and fasting observed by the Roman Catholic Church (and many other Christian denominations) which ends on Easter Sunday. The origin of “Fat Tuesday” is believed to have come from the ancient Pagan custom of parading a fat ox through the town streets. Such Pagan holidays were filled with excessive eating, drinking, and general bawdiness prior to a period of fasting. Since the modern day Carvinal Season is sandwiched between Christmas and Lent, with Christmas Day being December 25 on the Gregorian Calendar as set by the Roman Catholic Church, this means that other Holy Days are “floating” in nature. Easter always falls on a Sunday, but it can be any Sunday from March 23 through April 25, its actual date being the Sunday which follows the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox. Mardi Gras is always 47 days prior to this alloted Sunday (the 40 days of Lent plus seven Sundays). 

In the areas of Lousiana where Mardi Gras is celebrated, 12th Night is a wonderful night.  Many of the Carnival krewes (clubs) host the first party of the season.  While most people see Mardi Gras as a gaudy occasion of Fat Tuesday, let me say that these balls are truly high fashion black tie events for those persons that are invited to any of the parties held during the season.  The 12th Night Revelers Krewe in New Orleans (since 1870) is the first carnival krewe to host a private invitation only ball.
So it is with this tradition that Mike and I have for years hosted a grand black tie party.  Mike is not from Lousiana, but it did not take much convincing to get him to share this great time with me.  We have hosted this party in every location we have lived…and it is nice to know that people actually call to make sure the party is ON for each year.  Several friends have also adopted this 12 Night Celebration.  This is the inside of this years invitation.
To Make this years invitation I used the Flourishes Mardi Gras Set as well as the Harlequin & Accessories.  The invitation is a gate fold card made from  Shimmery White paper (Flourishes ). On the front of the invitation I used a strip of water color paper and embossed the 3 crowns from the Mardi Gras set.  Each crown was embellished with a “jewel” in the colors of Mardi Gras, green, gold, and purple.  Feathers are a big part of the celebrations and also used on the face of the card.  In keeping this a “royal” invitation I used a strip of gold, purple, and green ribbon.  The invitation inside is a piece of vellum paper printed with the invitation.  The back side of the vellum was stamped with the Harlequin stamp and makes a beautiful, soft and subtle background.
Tomorrow and throughout the week I will share some more of Mardi Gras traditions, krewes, and music.  I do hope you will come back to visit and “pass a good time”.
Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler!
jan marie

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Wedding Bells


Greetings from warm & sunny Pensacola.  It is so not like winter here today, but the rain is coming and bringing a chill to the air.

The card I am sharing today is one I made for a young couple (Chris & Ashley) that will be married on 16 Feb with a Valentine’s theme. 

The card is large, 5 1/2 ” x 7 3/4″.  It is a mixture of cream, shimmery white, and an Anna Griffin paper that has a slight taupe design in it.  I really wanted an elegant and special card and I think this one fills the bill.  Two corners, top and bottom on the right side, are punched with an Anna Griffin punch from Michael’s.  I used the SU slot punch and did it twice to make the opening larger for the ribbon to go thru.  Once I had this part done I attached the shimmery white paper (Flourishes) and tied the ribbon so that no mechanics would show.  The Flourishes Lace Heart was stamped on the shimmery white with Versamark and then dusted with Pearl Ex-Micropearl.  I then cut it with the new heart shaped Nestabilities. The Lace Heart was designed to be Nestabilities compatible. I cut a second scalloped heart from the Nestabilities and attached the two hearts together.  Finally, I attached them to the card face with glue dots.  The pearls on the left side give the card a nice touch and balances all the elements of the card.

  Ashley had asked if I could create a holder for the special chocolates that the guests will receive and also be used as a place card.  The next photo is a prototype of the holder I made for her approval.  Since the theme of the wedding is Valentine’s and she is using a lot of pink…I was a little concerned with getting carried away with pink, so I went with  white.

Here is the sample I created for her:



My plan is that the guest’s name can be printed on the cardstock before it is cut with the Heart shaped Nestabilities…This holder was really simple to make. I used two cuts of the heart shape (front and back) and a strip of cardstock that I scored using my great Scor Pal . I assembed the box with the 2 sided tape that Diana sells in her store.  I think Ashley will like the concept. It is simple yet elegant.

Thanks for looking over my shoulder as I worked today in the Atelier.  Rubber Hugs….


jan marie

  All images are from Flourishes,llc

Paper: SU and Flourishes


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Birds on a Wire

This time of year most of the birds from the north have headed  to the sunny and much warmer south….both the real birds and the snow birds.  Many choose our lovely city as ” THE”  place to spend their time.   I love to see all the birds lined up on the utility wires.  It seems like entire villages take up residence there.  So I made a card for all the Love Birds -and snow birds – and here it is. love-birds1.jpg

The inspiration came from Sharon Johnson (notimetostamp) and her weekly challenge to Stamp Simply…this time a long and low card.

This card took less that 10 minutes. It fits a business size envelope.  I simply drew a line in black across the face of the card and stamped the birds, using a mask to delete their little royal headdress and colored them using my Copics.  I added a bow and a sentiment.  All the images are from the Love Nest Images from Flourishes

Now that’s Stamping Simply!

 SharonD, one of the 3 Flourishes, is giving away blog candy so stop by her site  Sewflake and share your goals in a comment and have a chance to win the blog candy!

Thanks for visiting the Atelier today! Hope you will come again.

 Rubber Hugs,

Jan Marie 

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It’s a Love Nest!


Happy New Year to All! 

 What better way to start the new year than with a little love.  Flourishes,llc released several great sets in December…the illustrator for two of our sets was a fellow SCSer, Sophie La Fontaine.  It is great to see our concept drawing come to like in the hands of a talented illustrator.  I think she has done a great job.

For my card today I used the arch stamp from the Open To Love set.  The birds, nest, branches, and some of the leaves are also from the second set, Love Nest.  Lastly I used some flowers and leaves from Fantasy Floral Garden.  I have strived so that many of the images can be interchanged easily.  That idea certainly worked for me in this card.

The central focus of this card is on watercolor paper.  The arch was to be the first image stamped and was done in Hybrid Palette Noir.  To create the depth of the arch I cleaned the arch image and re-inked only a portion and moved it over to the right and up from the window opening, then I connected the two arches with a small line in the bottom corner and added some shading to give the extra depth.  The nest is done in SU Chocolate Chip and then softened with Close to Cocoa and a blender pen.  the love birds were stamped again in the Hybrid Palette Noir and then watercolored with SU Sahara Sand and Real Red…they surely need to be regal so I used a Jelly Roll gel pen in gold to dress up their fancy head pieces.  The leaves were stamped in Certainly Celery and Old Olive.  The flowers came from the Fantasy Floral Garden in Regal Rose then colored in with Pretty in Pink.  The pretty blue bow was the finishing touch and is from the Love Nest set.  I used Taken in Teal for the bow. The background on the central image was given more detail by coloring inside the arch with my Prisma Pencil in a light blue for a sky look. The sentiment is also from the Love Nest set.

The main image was layered on Basic Black, then Certainly Celery layers was embossed in swirls…to match our love birds head pieces.  Another layer of black then all finished on an Old Olive base card.

Thanks for stopping by the Atelier!


jan marie

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