Archive for September 2nd, 2008

Flourishes Swap-Part 1

Latisha Yoast hosted the first Flourishes swap and the cards were all just grand.  Today I will feature three cards from that swap…..but all the cards are great and I will feature the rest later. 


I am sorry that I do not have all the names, please identify your card and I will give you credit.

Card #1 Creator not known. 

  This card is just wonderful.  The creator placed a lot of attention to detail into this lovely card.  The card is made of a beautiful designer paper.  She used the DP to run front to back…very pretty detailing.  She used a co-ordinating DP on the front and stamped the sentiment that is a part of Coffee with Friends, the stamp set she focused.  The larger layer is white with a sponged edge of turquoise.

The coffee cup was stamped, using paper piecing.  She did painstaking detail in cutting the cup and saucer and popped it with dimensional.  The cup really stands out as she embossed it with a metallic detail.



The photo detail below shows the very last touch of her detailing.  She used the same color ink and added a rhinestone to grab your attention.  I must say “Job Well Done” !

The second card highlighted was created by Suzann J.  And again a lot of attention to detail.  The card is made of moss green card stock and tied together with a small red, moss green, and vanilla designer paper.  The second layer is OH SO interesting.  She cuttlebug ed the card stock with the diamond pattern, then cut into four strips, spacing them about 1/8″ apart.  The poppy, stem, and leaves are all paper pieced.  Set used is Poppy Patch.

I want to focus on her wonderful attention to detail.  The poppy is a real standout.  Suzann J popped it up with a dimensional, but a closer look and you notice that she stamped this image on a wonderful piece of dp which gives the illusion that she spent a great deal of time coloring……good use of the AHHH moment.  She topped it off with a correctly scaled black and white gingham ribbon.  Great card Suzann J.



The third card that I am focusing on today was done by Barb Schram, our current Guest Designer for Flourishes.  Let me tell you Barb is one talented lady.  She has a fun, fresh and always different approach to stamping.   Her card is a simple card but again a lot of attention to detail. 



Her card base is Cuttlebugged.  She has used this technique to give a large space of the card base a lot of texture and interest.  Her very simple layering is very effective.    She used two sets, Fantasy Floral, and the bumble bee from Peony.  A strip of Olive green paper is punched with a scallop and dot fashion.


Her focus on detail is seen in the bumble bee, which is colored with some yellow and then she used the Glitter pens from Flourishes.  The scallop red dot makes a strong focus  as she stamped the smallest white dot with a single small flower with red and green posies.  The center dot is a nice punch of detail, using just a slightly larger black circle.  The sentiment is over stamped on the same type pf stamping as on the center of of the flower.  The sentiment is stamped in black and highlighted with a shinny black brad.  She used  a small long rounded edge punch and then cut it short using an unexpected inverted V.  Cool, Very Cool, Barb!

Tomorrow I will focus on more of the cards.  Thanks to Latisha for hosting our very first swap!

Thanks for visiting the Atelier today.



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Yesterday, we alluded to a brand new partnership that was bound to give you more ideas and more inspiration for Flourishes stamps! Well, we are happy to share our fabulous news! We have hand-picked a very talented team of stampers called our Friends of Flourishes Blog team. Each month, they’ll create a handful of projects to inspire! You’ll find them here on the Flourishes blog and on their own personal blogs. Wait ’til you see who we’ve got in our corner!
Becca Feeken


The first fresh Flourishes face is Becca Feeken – a talented lady who has been stamping for a decade! You might know her personal blog – Amazing Paper Grace. We saw her beautiful designs and thought she was just a perfect fit for our stamps! She has such an elegant design and style. You can also check out her fabulous designs on Splitcoaststampers under the name Becca Stamps.When she decided to be a part of this one-of-a-kind team, Becca said, “I look forward to working with everyone at Flourishes and appreciate the opportunity to work with some of the finest crafters in the crafting community. I’ve met so many kind, giving, creative and talented people along the way and I’m amazed how the world has opened up to bring my crafting friends into my craft room every day.”
If this card is any indication of what Becca has in store, we can’t wait to see more! This is what she created with the Damask backgrounder and Flourished Words!


Cindy Haffner

Cindy Haffner is a former SCS “Dirty Girl” who is still stamping up each and every creation to perfection! If you check out her blog, Cindy Haffner’s Corner, one thing you’ll notice right away is the way she can use embellishments to add pizazz! There’s always a lucious ribbon, a cool button or a fun brad — something that adds a little extra pop to make you say – “WOW!” Cindy is a wife, mom, and grandmother who lives in Saskatchewan, Canada. When she’s not stamping the night away, she loves spending time with her hubby and grandchildren.

Take a look at her creation with the Fantasy Floral set!

Cindy Lawrence
Cindy Lawrence has been inking with abandon for nearly 11 years! It wasn’t long after she started that she signed up to be a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. In her own words, “It’s been a great ride! I My love for stamping has grown so much over the years. I honestly cannot imagine my life without it!” She’s currently a member of the SCS Dirty Dozen. Visit her blog, The Creative Closet, and you’ll probably notice her use of color right away. She has an amazing eye! Her color combos are unpredictable, yet so delicious!When she’s not stamping or spending time with her family, she enjoys baking, interior design, reading, and church activities. She calls beautiful NH home with her husband, Jim, three sons, and a daughter.

Cindy designed this delightful creation with the Summer On The Patio set…

Joan Bardee

This next blogger who agreed to creatively “Flourish” is the one and only “Paperlicious” A.K.A. Joan Bardee. If you’ve blog surfed at all, you probably giggled a time or two at her light-hearted stamping column, “Dear Paperlicious…” It’s a place where she talks everything stamping in a way that is hysterical. If you haven’t been – you need to read up on the whole political debate over clear vs. wood mount and where the Presidential candidates stand on the issue! Below this humor sits a very talented stamper. She has such a simply elegant style. While she loves “white space” in her card layouts, you’ll notice that she really punches up the color with her focal image. The result is a vibrant, well-designed card with a little bit of drama! Joan admits, “Nothing relaxes me more than playing with paper, ink and all the other fun stuff that goes along with stamping.”

Take a look at the watercolor magic she created using the Poppies set!
Laura Fredrickson
And last but not least is the uber-talented Laura Fredrickson. Laura’s paper craft journey began shortly after the birth of her first daughter, when she saw a scrapbooking segment on the Home and Garden network. What started as a way to document her daughter’s first year soon became an all consuming passion that expanded into all paper crafts when she was introduced to stamping 5 years later. Visit her blog, Scrapnextras, and you’re sure to be stunned by her vibrant, almost graphic design. She uses bold colors and loves to give her cards pop with embellishments. Her card layouts are all extremely unique! Laura is a member of the SCS “Dirty Dozen” and lives in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada with her husband Al, and daughters Amy and Carly.

Look at this gorgeous card Laura created with the Fantasy Floral set! This is the closed view….

And, this is what the card looks like open….

We hope you “get to know” these bloggers a bit better! We know you’ll like what you see and be inspired by what they create! We can’t wait to see more of what they have in store for Flourishes!

This is a repost of the Flourishes Newsletter today…I just don’t want anyone to miss this great news.  Thanks Julie for sharing this post with me.

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