Archive for February, 2008

It’s In the Notes-New Orleans Style

Listen…to the strains of the trombone coming down St Charles Avenue and in to the Quarter…

Bah..Bah..Bah…Bahhhh, Bah..Bah..Bah…Bahhhh

Oh Yeah!….Oh When The Saints…. Go Marching in ….Oh Yeah!   and all that jazz ! 


The Challenge WT155 on SCS is close to home…It’s in the notes…being a real southern Louisiana lady…not far from NOLA ….this was something I just HAD TO DO…and so I did, using the Flourishes Mardi Gras Stamp with the image of the silhouette of a brass band so at home in the Crescent City.  Of course the sentiment “Let The Good Times Roll” is a city favorite.

I used the Infuse BG paper (which is on sale for the Leap Year tomorrow on the Flourishes webstore–and other things too).  I love the combination of SU River Rock, Chocolate Brown, and Hot Pink…and yes it sings! UH hummmm  Les le bonne temps roulez!

No special technique…just old simple stamping  and down home fun…I made this card in 10 minutes… Oh Yeah!  Now let’s see your notes!

Thanks for breezing into the Atelier today..the weather here in P’cola is early spring with a high in the upper 60’s and beautiful skies.. and the azelas are just starting to bloom!


jan marie 

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Storage options for clear stamps

Are you constantly on the lookout for storage options for your clear and unmounted rubber stamps? Here at the Flourishes studio we’ve tried a range of products – some better than others. First we tried CD cases. These were easily available but had pitfalls from the start. The cases are flimsy and tend to break after prolonged opening and closing, however they are inexpensive so you can easily replace them. The bigger issue was size. We realized early on that larger stamps and stamp sets just won’t fit, or would be very crowded.
Next we tried soft plastic boxes. This solved the size issue, but since the material was soft, it did not hold up well when you stacked them on top of each other.

Then we found these clear hinged boxes. WOW – what a difference!! We love these and think this is great storage solution!! Here is what we love about them:

Material: The boxes are clear rigid plastic that hold up well. They are hinged so they open up and lay flat.

Size: At 4 x 6 these hold our clear stamp sets perfectly. Flourishes stamps (and some of the other clear sets that are popular) come in 4 x 6 and 8 x 6 sizes. Two 4 x 6 sets fit in these – one on each side.

Here is a photo of two 4 x 6 Christmas sets in one box.

Here is a photo of an 8 x 6 set – Harlequin and Accessories – that fit in one box. For the larger 8 x 6 sets, just sort out your pieces and split half on one side and half on the other side. The depth of these boxes total ½” with ¼” on each side – a perfect depth for stamps! We used a label maker to attach labels to the boxes so that they can be found quickly. Because of their size, Flourishes background stamps Damask and Damask Reverse will not fit in these boxes.

Flourishes is offering these boxes at six for $12 – enough to store 12 sets sized 4 x 6 or 6 sets sized 8 x 6. Please visit the Flourishes store and place your order today!

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Yesterday was a really fun day….I love “getting” all the cards that were posted and giving gifts is a great way to celebrate.   Oh I had such fun.  This is my Thank You card to All that participated.  I just happens to also fill the bill for the TLC on SCS yesterday…..mixing pattern papers.


The papers are all Basic Grey, the base card is SU Charcoal, the layers are SU Bliss Blue, the sentiment is from Flourishes,llc (naturally) and is the OH SO Beautiful….MANY SENTIMENTS unsing Hybrid Palette Burnt Umber.  Simple stamping at its best.

 So the results are here:

 Drum Roll please——The winners are

Marinecorpswife—You won the Xyron 900!!!!!
Clownmon —You won a set of scallop Nestabilities Circles
Wispr0125 —You won a set of Nestabilities Circles-lg
1busymomof2–engraved scissors from FLLC

BUT everyone else is a winner as I said you are ALL getting a Flourishes stamp set!

Thanks for playing you made my day really great….now keep on submitting those Flourishes card to the gallery please.

We are having a Leap Year Sale so check out the Flourishes website and the Flourishes Newsletter for all the details.

AND FREE SHIPPING by proclamation of the Queen on ALL orders over $45.00..this is the new shipping policy.

Thanks for coming to the Atelier…and I am off to a great year.


jan marie

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There is more really BIG news, but you will have to scroll to the bottom to read it.

Today is a REALLY BIG day.  As I said yesterday this is my 39th Birthday AGAIN (hehe) however I have 2 birthday twins over at SCS so this is for them.


Happy Birthday Shannan and Jeannen2….I hope your day is as great as mine is turning out to be…lovely!   This one’s for YOU!

 The card uses all Flourishes,llc stamps….Cake Decorating 101 (what a fun set) and the new Many Sentiments ( I LUV it).

Card base is Certainly Celery, DP is Basic Grey Two Scoops.  I stamped the cake outline in Hybrid Palette Noir then made a mask, cut it our and placed it over the cake.  Then I choose the cake plate and stand, placed them together on the acrylic block, inked them up and stamped them where I wanted them.  I removed the mask and colored the entire image with my Copics (gotta love them).  Then I decorated the cake with the smaller stamps from the set, using the direct to image method and huffing it…it did take a little practice as the Copic ink dries quick, but lots of inking and a close huff worked just fine.  Detail coloring was done with my white pen.  Two sizes of the same green ribbon was perfect…added a prima flower and some bling….sure hope that you like it.

NOW Breaking News from the Office of the Queen!!!!!

 The proclamation reads….

Be it known that from this day forward to all Flourishes’s customers in Stampingdom SHIPPING  is  FREE for ALL orders over $45.00 USD.  That includes international as well!  She Said that, She Did!

The Queen said let them eat cake and have free shipping (just follow the rules of the $45.00 min)

 Whew…now out for a celebratory lunch with the King of My Heart (Manual Labour)


jan marie


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Jan Marie’s Birthday Celebration

That’s right it’s Jan Marie Birthday on Monday

and she’s throwing a party and giving away presents!


You may want to share the news on your blogs. She will be giving away:

1 Xyron 900
1 Nestabilities-Standard Classic Circles
1 Nestabilities-Classic Scallop Circles-LG
A pair of Fiskar scissors engraved with Flourishes,LLC
Various Flourishes stamp sets
and lot of smaller gifts throughout the 24 hour period.

To win, upload any card or projects made using Flourishes,llc stamp sets to SCS gallery using the keywords: fllcjanmariesbirthday

If you don’t have one (why not? Then get one) or you can post to your blog and post the link here

Uploading can start an midnight Feb 24.

We’ll do a random drawing throughout the day and announce winners….big prize winners on Tuesday. Help her to celebrate another great year of life!  Come on join the fun and have a chance a some great prizes.

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The “Who” at CHA


Well I promised  to talk about CHA, so if you want to know some of the in and outs, get a cup of tea while I chat away.

Before we get into that, I want to share a card I made for my group tonight.  We made two cards, this one that is CASED inspiration of Dee Jackson. damask-fantasy-floral-garden-clear-dee-jmc.jpg

All of the stamps are from Flourishes.  The flower is from Fantasy Floral Garden. Dee took one of the flowers in the set and stamped it four times, She colored, trimmed, and adhered them to a punched circle, then placed a nice large brad in the center….it  says WOW in a big way.  The top fold card is made of a clear vinyl (heavier than a transparency).     White cardstock was stamped with the new Damask stamp in Lavender Lace and is bordered with black cardstock.  I ran the lavender and white cardstock thru the Xyron with the glue side on the front of the card.  This adheres it to the vinyl.  The sentiment was stamped with Hybrid Palette Noir ink, allowed to dry, then the three brads were placed thru the vinyl and white layer cardstock.  I then attached the black border to the back of the white  cardstock….so no mechanics are visible. 

Now how’s that for a timeless image, yet so today?

 Now for some of the scoop on WHO was at CHA….

 OK I am going to drop some names here (LOL)


Yes….The First Lady of Crafts herself…Carol Duval.  We went past her just chatting with some ladies..naturally I had to have a photo.


Yes, you are absolutely right…none other that Jane Seymour.  She was signing her new book there one day.  She is so very Beautiful!

We also took some great classes…and one of them was with Dee Grunig…her she is with me (she made me do it)!  LOLcha-dee-grunig.jpg

We also saw Tim Holtz in the Ranger booth, but his classes were full and I have not come across his picture yet….

OK, enough anyway on the BIG WHOs at CHA….tomorrow I will chat some more and share a little about others from our SCS world that we saw there as well.

Thanks for coming by today.


jan marie 

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Thinking Of You

Oh, I have just really missed all of you and I hope you have missed my blogging or at least the cards I post (he-he).  Today I wanted to share a card that lets you know I was thinking of all of you even though I was away at CHA.  So here is today’s card:


I just love the new Basic Grey Two Scoops 6 x 6 pad.  The colors are soft and feminine.  The range is from wonderful pinks with yellows and blues and greens.  It is hard to choose one over the other.  The size of these pads with the scaled down size of the images makes them perfect for card makers.  It also makes for a very cool look on scrapbook pages in which the 12 x 12 size and 6 x 6 are used together. Cool–way cool!

For the card that I am sharing today, I wanted to showcase two of Flourishes Design Team Coordinator, Sharon Johnson’s favorite things to focus on in her cards…

1-Stamping Simply and

2-Using your favorite things.

I also used the Rule of 3s for design composition several times in the card for balance and repetition.  All working harmoniously together for a Simply Stamped card that pleased me.

I just love the colors in the designer paper…the greens, blues, chocolate and white–together a soft, feminine look–without being pink and frilly.  By carefully cutting my paper, I was able to get these strips which work so well together.  The base of the card is SU Sage Shadow with the new  stamp release by Flourishes, llc.–Damask.  Oh, how I LOVE this image as well and the Damask Reverse.   I used Brilliance Whiteink for the image and “simply stamped” it on Sage Green paper.   The Fleur de Lis is also from the Flourishes  Mardi Gras set and it, too, is “simply stamped” using Palette Hybrid Ink Burnt Umberdirectly on the designer paper .  I think it gives a nice balance of the brown from the designer  paper and also for the back layer of the dp that I used for the card.

The sentiment- which is not perfect- was stamped using a sentiment image from the Open to Love set and repeats the brown a third time–always a good thing in design composition.  Placing the sentiment on the Light Blue Satin ribbon give a slightly unexpected “aah!” to the card.  I just love the overall look of this card.  Again using the rule of 3s I added 3 small pearls to each of the pieces of designer paper just above the Fleur de Lis and highlighted the small dot line of the paper.

I have to tell you that the colors at CHA were beautiful and this cards portrays that as well.  More about CHA tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by the Atelier today…hope you enjoyed your visit…come back tomorrow…I’ll sit down with a cup a tea and we’ll talk about my CHA adventures.


jan marie 

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

As all of you know I am off in California at the CHA along with another flourish SharonD.  We are having a great time, so much to see,so little time..But rest assure we are doing our very best.

 I am reprinting this post from the Flourishes Newsletter.  We are releasing new stamps this week and they are are all wonderful.  Thanks to Nancy for doing this release for us on the new stamps.  Remember we are still hosting the cake decorating contest, using Flourishes Cake Decorating 101.  There are prizes each week.  Big prizes the week of my birthday.  Please join the fun. 

 Help up for build the SCS Flourishes Gallery.  use the keywords: FLLC and your cards will be easy to find by all stampers in SCS Stampingdom!

 New Releases!

It sounds like Jan Marie and Sharon are having a fabulous time at CHA! They’re checking out all sorts of products and I am sure they will have some wonderful things for us to carry in the store. But until they return I want to announce tomorrows new releases.

We have two background stamps Damask and Damask-REVERSE, which is just a “negative” view of the Damask. These stamps measure 5.5 x 4.25. In addition to these is a set called “Many Sentiments” which contains some of the most often used sentiments for card makers – all in beautiful fonts. This set also has two decorative elements to coordinate with the phrases. This trio contains elements of all these sets.
First, the card uses the Damask – REVERSE in rose red for the background. The ovals were cut using Nestabilities and “Many Thanks”, in rose red, is from the Many Sentiments set. The white satin ribbon is also available at Flourishes and is just perfect for this card.

Next is this cute little tin I purchased at Wal-Mart in their wedding section. It’s filled with m & m’s in the valentine colors (the hardest part was not eating the m&m’s before I finished this project!) The circles are cut using the Petite Circle Nestabilities, and “Best Wishes” is from the Many Sentiments set. Both the rose scalloped circle and the band around the tin are stamped with the Damask background.

Finally, this little vellum box is filled with more m&m’s!! I made the box with a template downloaded from Mirkwood designs. I took a strip of rose red and white and stamped the Damask on both and wrapped it around the box. Then I tied a rose colored sheer ribbon (JoAnn’s) around that. I topped it with a tag made from Petite Circle Nestabilities and stamped “So Very Thoughtful” in rose. This sentiment is also from the Many Sentiments set.

Here is what the tags and little band look like before I adhered them.
Please stop by the store tomorrow and take a closer look at these sets.
Also – don’t forget that the Flourishes Cake Decorating contest continues all this month – submit your card using the Cake Decorating Stamp set and have a chance to win prizes!!

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CHA here I come !

CHA buttonWell if I were a blonde this would be me!  Yes -sir- ree, today I am off to the largest craft and hobby trade show in the world in Anaheim, California.

I will be there to take it all in and  certainly be on the lookout for the latest news and best of everything for papercrafters.  Keep an eye out as I will post to the Flourishes,llc member company forum on Splitcoastampers. I am looking forward to meeting many of the folks I deal with via the phone and email.

I will definately meet with the Spellbinders folks and see the NEW electronic cutter that they will release in May.

I will share with you some of our neat finds that you will be able to purchase from our Flourishes . Keep your eyes looking here over the next few days.

There will certainly be BIG and EXCITING news to share when I get back.

Sharon Johnson (notimetostamp) is having a BAKE OFF contest as part of our ongoing Cake Decorating Contest. So show us your entries by adding it to the thread on the SCS Flourishes Forum…and you will definitely be in the running for some great gifts…winners every week!

The Flourishes Design Team is very busy starting the sneak peaks for the new Flourishes release next week.  Dee Jackson (http://www.stampincuziluv2.blogspot.com/) has a wonderful tutorial and magnificent projects for her sneak peeks.

Thanks for stopping by the Atelier today.

Rubber Hugs,

jan marie

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Cake Decorating –Part 2

Cake Decorating Spotlight – Part 2

In yesterdays post we showed you several different ways to decorate a cake. Today, we’ll concentrate on the cake slice.I stamped the slice in two different colors, blue and saffron.
( A personal note. I’ve taken the cake slice stamp and cut it apart. Yes, that’s right – cut it apart. I just found it easier to use, since I usually use two different colors on the slice, one for the frosting and one for the cake. VERY CAREFULLY, I took my xacto knife, a good light and a magnifier and cut it apart. A word of caution – you only get one shot at this so make sure this is really what you want to do!! Once you cut it there is no turning back. )

ow, here is a way to use more of those little bits and pieces to decorate a cake slice.To make a little flower, I stamped the 3-dot stamp in a darker blue, then used the flame from the candle stamp for a leaf (stamped in green) and finally used a signo pen to add the white center.
I did the same using the small flower stamp.

For a different look, I took the “wispy” stamp in rose, then turned the stamp around and stamped it again to make a flower, and added the leaves. No signo pen was needed for the center.

Once the flowers were stamped on the slice, I added a little detail – a signo pen was used just below the top flowers for a decorative accent, then a blue marker was used to make little “dots” below that.

Now take a look at a great card Jan Marie  (hey that’s me again)made using the cake slice. (click on the photo for a larger view of the details)
NOW – When is a Cake Stamp NOT a Cake stamp? Here are some fabulous creations by the Flourishes Design team to show you what you can do with this set. These creative ladies really were thinking outside the box with these cards!!
Cards shown are from Sharon Johnson, Alex Eaton, Paula Bloom and Julia Stainton.

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