Archive for September, 2008

Second Look at JustRite Love Birds

Hi All.  Sorry I am a little late with this Thursday post…yeah, I know it’s Friday….so tomorrow will be Saturday which I will take off and be back on schedule Monday.  Actually if the truth be known, I misplaced this card in the giant reordering in the Atelier! 


When I made Wednesday’s card using the SCS and self imposed challenges I had so much mojo flowing that I made this second card to follow up.  I kept in place all of the original challenges…color: Always Artichoke, Basic Grey, and Riding Hood Red, my challenges…no white and an anniversary card.

So here the base card is Riding Hood Red which I cut and scored using the best bone folder ever!  I have owned many but this Teflon one from Flourishes is my personal fav!  The next layer is from the brand new paper in the store….Memory Box, Winterberry.  Yes, those are the very same birds, stamped in Riding Hood Red ink from the Birds in Vine set that I used in the last card.  The JustRite Wedding Ensemble was used again with the same Basic Grey ink.  This time however I stamped directly onto the DP then slit the paper and ran a luscious and full of color plaid taffeta ribbon.  The little “bows” are actually squished ribbons that are held together with the smallest glue dots.  How clever is that!

This was a truly simply card that almost got up and made itself…LOL.  It was fast and I love the end results.  I am so grateful that you have taken the time to look in here at the Atelier.   Thanks for coming and please come again.

I will have a card on Sunday for the special day on Alzheimer’s supporting “Cammie” Carolyn over at My Blog.  My father died of Alzheimer’s and we here at Flourishes want to completely stand as one with GinaK Designs, Carolyn King, and the Alzheimer’s Association in research and aid for those suffering from this disease and it’s affects on our families.  Join us Sunday for this blog hop and please buy the stamps…Cammie is donating 100% of her proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association from the sale of Whimsical Autumn.  Join us by purchasing this set and do it now….the set is too cute for words!  The name really fits.

See You on Sunday for Cammie’s big day!


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Love Birds that are JustRite!

I love making cards.  I love challenges.  I love to stretch my limits, I also love it when my mojo is really pumping.  Today I have some special motivation and challenges.  They are:

1-color challenges on SCS:

        Riding Hood Red,

        Basic Grey and

       Always Artichoke. 

2-I added a couple of my own challenges-NO white, Not too feminine but elegant!

3-I wanted a special card for an anniversary for a special couple. 

Now how to put all of the thoughts together in a pleasing card? 

   Yes, I had set a challenge for myself, had I worked myself into a self made box.   I could see a romantic, yet elegant but not too fussy, man friendly card.  The colors were OK, well maybe a little drab, but I certainly could spice them up…that new Riding Hood Red is beautiful.  The Grey and Green…OK good men’s colors. 

 Now for my need of romantic image, but not too smaltschy….hum let me look at all the Flourishes images….there must be just the right thing.  Lace Heart is great, but not for this card, no flowers, nothing sketchy today, I need a strong image.  OH, I just had a brain storm, those wonderful new birds for the Birds in Vine may just be the answer.  But these birds will need my focal image and I don’t want to use white paper–another part of my self imposed challenge.  I selected two birds that look like they could be mates.  I position and reposition, stamped color on color and cut them out.  Not quite the look I had in mind.  I finally have positioned the two images in what I think is the perfect position and stamp in on my scrap paper.  Yes, these birds are right what I was looking for….Love Birds.

So now I need just the right paper or image to work with as a background.  I tried the Harlequin set with hearts…nice but not for today.  I pulled out some of my vast stash of background paper (yes, I think I am a paper hoarder).  Low and behold there is a wonderful background paper that I think will be the perfect setting for my birds…the color and texture are grand, elegant but not too much for the hubby. 

 But I still need a way to tie this all together…more looking.  The another light goes on in my head….didn’t we just get the new JustRite items in yesterday here at Flourishes.  Now just imagine me making a mad dash to the shipping room and going thought the boxes.  AH HA, here is just what I had remembered from CHA….the JustRite Wedding Ensemble and it does have a great sentiment for anniversaries!  Sweet!  While I am in the shipping room I pulled out some wonderful ribbons to use.  A great dark red satin and Grey Velvet.  I am set.  Now to put the pieces together. 

The hardest part was actually stamping the couple of birds directly onto the beautiful background paper.  What if it wasn’t right?  Then I’m having the conversation with myself…”It is just a piece of paper, please just get on with it”  So I take the plunge. I am glad I did.  I think I will just darken up the image, to make them a little bolder, so using my blender pen I picked the ink form the pad and carefully intensified their color.  Pleasing to me.  On to the next step.  I am keeping the rest of this card simple.  Always Artichoke is the base card, no corner treatments.  A simple straight line of ribbons stacked on each other.  Again, I am pleased with the look.  The sentiment is stamped on the Going Grey with Basic Grey, cut our with a circle Nestabilities (couldn’t live without the basics!)  It still just needs a little humph so I cut a second circle this time a size larger and in the Riding Hood Red paper and stacked.  Layer and attach some larger glue dots on  and set off to the right to balance my asymmetrical placement of the birds.

Viola!  The card is done and I think I have meet my challanges…but mostly I am pleased with the outcome.  Want to see this card?  OK Here it is:


I hope you enjoyed  my ramblings on the card making as this was a journey today.  A different approach to sharing my thoughts and actions.  I am so glad you took the time to visit the Atelier and look over my shoulder. 

Do come back please, and go ahead invite a friend or two to visit as well.  I have saved the best for last today…Blog Candy!  I have a JustRite shirt to give away and will pick a winner on Sunday night Sept 21st.  Leave a comment on the cards journey here at the Atelier.  Some one will be the lucky winner. 

Visit Flourishes webstore and check out the new JustRite items we have received.  We have a good but limited supply so shop early for your choices.


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My First Christmas Card of the Season!

 I am making my first of many Christmas cards for this year.  Today’s challenge on SCS was to try a new technique…called a Glitter Surprise.  This was just right for my card today.  I have actually had this card in my mind for sometime, but finding the time to get it on paper was my challenge.  The SCS challenge just pushed me on to do it NOW!

To create the background I used the Damask background stamp by Flourishes.  I “inked” the image with a freshly soaked Hybrid Palette clear Glue pad and placed it on white cardstock.  Then I liberally covered the image with dazzling diamond glitter and heat set it.  I set this section aside and worked on the focal image.  Using the spruce tree from Forest of Trees I inked it well with Handsome Hunter ink and stamped it  onto more white cardstock.  After the ink was dry, I applied Copic dark green glitter pen for some sparkle on my tree then very sparingly applied thick tacky glue to the base of the tree and on the branches. I then applied Ivory Flower Soft…..it looks just like fresh snow!  The tiny red bird is from the Birds in Vine set–and I used “Shrinky Dink” (I got it from Michael’s)  white film, stamped the bird in Rose Red (the color intensifies as it shrinks–so think lighter when you stamp), heated it to shrink it down and glued it onto the tree.  The sentiment is from Flourishes Rejoice set.  I simply used Real Red and Handsome Hunter markers direct to the image. I then added some of the wonderful sheer dark red May Arts ribbon also from Flourishes.

I cut the layers, just 1/8″ larger that the images, glued them all in place and attached to the card.  This card came together in record time…..I guess my mind had completely worked this out before hand….LOL


I certainly appreciate you looking in on me in the Atelier today and hope you like what you saw.  I love that you took your time to look today.  Thanks for coming by.


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Birds in Vine Tile

The Inspiration Challenge on Saturday at Splitcoaststampers was a Pier 1 Living room that can be seen HERE.  I took the challenge.  On Friday, SharonD, one of the Flourishes, and I were lamenting that we both felt that our galleries border stereotyped our individual work and that we both needed to break out of our molds.  So she challenged me to work in her colors and I challenged her to sweet ( OK some times my work is sappy…LOL) and feminine.  So the Saturday challenge fit the bill.  This would make me get away from anything feminine, just look at the living room on that page –it is orange,white, and brown and bold.

  Here is the card I made and you all can judge if I broke out of my mold or did I just step out of my color comfort zone.  Please don’t be too hard on me as it is tough to change your stripe when you reach my level in life…LOL.


The card features Flourishes new release Birds in Vines by Marcella Hawley  I have used the stamp that is a composite of the large focal image (large enough for a background) and the individual birds in the set.  I used the colors the challenge presented using Hybrid Palette Burnt Umber for the Vines, Tangerine Tango for the flowers, and Chocolate chip to darken up the birds.  I stamped the image completely inked in Hybrid Palette Burnt Umber then added the other colors using a blender pen for the Tangerine Tango and a marker for the Chocolate Chip.  I then inked the entire image with Versamark and used the embossing powder in clear to make a heavy glaze to resemble a tile.

The next part of the challenge was how to get enough interest for the card.  The plain layering was not working for me, so I embossed both a Tangerine Tango and a White panel for the layer.  Because the living room inspiration was sleek, I could not get fussy and hope I did not miss the mark by using the embossed panel.  I think that it has the same interest of the Birds in a Vine as does our new Birds in Vines set.  The Tangerine and Chocolate Chip layers were easy, not too much to over power, but enough to carry the bold statement.  The ribbon is a brand new addition to the Flourishes wonderful line of ribbons and is a stunning reversible ribbon in really great hues for fall.  The S clip is from SU’s Hodgepodge Hardware.  The sentiment is from the Flourished Words set.  It is treated in the same layering as the rest of the card.

I hope you enjoyed my attempt at breaking our of my really feminine mold.  I am so glad that you have taken your precious time to visit with me in the Atelier.  Thanks for coming today.


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Today’s card is totally cased from my sweet friend Latisha.  She sent me this darling card that I used for total inspiration today.  Thanks Latish, for the inspiration and the paper used for this card.  Latisha’s card is a small 4 x 4 card.

Forest of Trees is another Marcella Hawley creation for Flourishes.  This is a wonderful set of the trees in our forests.  It has images of a great variety of trees and can be used for many seasons and many techniques.  Our wonderful design team has a great variety of techniques in their examples.

So here is my card:


 My card is a regular A2 size with a top fold.   As you can see I did not use one of the trees, but rather the small leaves that are a part of the set.  In Latisha’s inspiration card she had used a neat contemporary image that was a outline image.  To create my card I used a small oval Nestabilities and sponged Blush Blossom ink to create the oval image.  I chose not to outline the image feeling that the three leaves made enough of a statement to carry the card on it’s own.   I used some of the wonderful Graphic45 papers that Latish had sent me and they were busy…in this case less was more.

I used a piece of handmade paper, tore the three edges.  I don’t have that nifty punch to make it look like I tore the page out of a tablet, I had to be creative and ended up using my SU 2 slot punch and made a row of holes then tore the edge away.  A girl gotta to do what a girl gotta do!

The papers used are the retired SU Caribbean Blue with an overlay with the Graphic 45 papers.  I “tied” this together with a beautiful May Arts Morie ivory ribbon from Flourishes.  The images were all stamped in the Hybrid Palette Burnt Umber ink.

Please visit our designers blogs today and remember when you buy let us know which designer inspired you and we will pay her a real tip! Check the blogs for the codes by designer name on the Flourishes Newsletter.

Julie     Faith             Leslie         Linda        Susan  our Guest Designer…the ever creative Barb

as well as the other two Flourishes Nancy and SharonD

Don’t forget the New Release Special Bundle is available until the 17th of September….YOU get all three of this month’s releases for 10% off.

Thanks for stopping in the Atelier today.


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Simply/ Sophisticated and Mixed Greeting

Yesterday, Flourishes released the first in our new Simply/Sophisticated series with the introduction of Mixed Greetings.  As with our previous line of Stamp Simply this series will continue to be a vehicle to make elegant cards easily and quickly! 

Leslie Miller, a Flourishes Design Team Charter member, came up with the wonderful concept of this set.  My sister, Diane Roche, took over and finished this classic and timeless set that we are very proud to have as part of the Flourishes stamp offerings.

This is the first card I made with the set and oh was it fun and easy.  The card was made for my hubby Mike’s older sister (she hates me to say that!).  She took quiet a tumble on Sunday at church breaking several bones and is in the hospital.  Gloria is a very feminine lady and I think this card will be just what the doctor ordered and hopefully bring a smile to her face.

I stamped on Vanilla cardstock using Hybrid Palette Burn Umber Ink.  Then I colored in using my blender pen to soften the colors. The focal image is done using one of the bowls from the set and the flower topper.  The sentiment is from Flourishes Many Sentiments and is also stamped in the same ink…..keeping this all very simple.   The coloring of the image was again kept to a minimum, using only three colors.–Orchid Opulence, Certainly Celery, and Old Olive and my blender pen.  The paper is from Memory Box-

Here is an up close look at the image.

I wanted a soft and feminine look so was very careful to use a light hand with the coloring.  The second layer of solid paper is just perfect to show off the pretty pearls in the corner with out over whelming the image.  The ribbon treatment was also kept simple.

Please visit our designers blogs today and remember when you buy let us know which designer inspired you and we willnpay her a real tip!  Check the blogs for the codes by designer name on the Flourishes Newsletter. 

 Julie    Faith     Leslie     Linda        Susan  our Guest Designer…the ever creative Barb 

as well as the other two Flourishes  Nancy and SharonD


Also the special bundle purchase of this month’s three releases is 10% off until the 17th of September.  You’ll have some extra $ for other nice goodies!


Stamps:  Mixed Greetings and Many Sentiments-Fllc

Paper: Very Vanilla, Orchid Opulence, Memory Box-Sprout collection

Pearls: FLLC-Latte

Inks: Hybrid Palette Burnt Umber and Chartreuse, SU Orchid Opulence, Certainly Celery, Old Olive and Dove Blender

Ribbon-source unknown.

Thanks for looking in on the Atelier today and I hope that you liked what you saw.



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Flourishes September Releases!

Oh I just love the second week of the month.  The excitement mounts as we prepare for the release of our monthly sets.  So it’s the second week of September and Wednesday is the big release.  I hope many of you got over to the Chat with the Designer of the Flourishes Member company forum last night.  If you did you have already seen these sets…….so you won’t have a BIG surprise, but if you missed the party read on because I have more that stamps sets to show you.

First, a name change: Stamp Simply series has a new name!!!    Simply/ Sophisticated  I just love the name!  And the stamp that we kick off this new name was created by one of our own Design Team Members, Leslie Miller.  Thank you Leslie for sharing your talents with us and I am sure that I speak for lots of stampers  My sister, Diane Roche, completed the digitizing for us.  And we just love it and think you will too……so drum roll…Let me introduce you to Mixed Greetings I think this set is destined for a great future.


This very versatile set has three bowl or containers, three toppers and three sentiments.  All interchangable…..just as the name says the set is Mixed Greetings and truly Simply/ Sophisticated ! 

Our second set being released this month is really another wonderful creation by Marcella Hawley for Flourishes.  We have taken the creative venue on a new path with the creation of this set. 

Birds In Vine

Now isn’t this wonderful and creative!  It is a large 8 x 6 inch set.  It contains the vine image which is a nice focal point and will serve nicely as a background, as the vine is 6″ tall and 4.25″ wide.  The five silhouette birds are solid images that can be placed as you like….all or any number you choose.  Then as a bonus we added a smaller version of the total images as Marcy first drew it…..nice don’t you think?  Wow, a background and eight other images for one great price!  Those sentiments are grand!

The third set this month is a “Go Green”  statement for Flourishes….The set name you ask……

Forest of Trees  Hold on this set is really great for all seasons and is fresh and a new spin of trees in the forest.  So without further ado….here it is:

Another Marcy creation and what a tribute to the forest.  I can see this set done in so many ways.  The new Flower Soft is going to be great for making these trees come alive and quite literally jump off the cards!

This is a 4 x 6 set and is a real bargain considering that it retails for $15.00 USD and others similar are selling for $24.95.

And the fun doesn’t stop here this month.  We have two more great deals up our sleeves. 

Special Bundle Sale   That’s right, if you’re like me and you want it all….for a limited one week special we are offering these three sets at 10% off when you buy the bundle of three……This must be the bundle group and NOT individual items…so when you shop on the Flourishes look for the bundle and save some cash for something else.

Design Team Bonus Codes

We feel we have a top notch design team. Every week these talented ladies showcase Flourishes stamps with their beautiful creations, as well as providing valuable tutorials and helpful ideas. We want to reward them and we need your help.

You know those tip jars that some bloggers have on their blogs? We are going to give our designers tips/bonus based on YOUR feedback.

Here is what we ask of you! When you make a purchase at Flourishes, all you need to do is type in the designers name as shown below (first name and last initial) in the promotion code at checkout. That’s it!! We’ll provide the bonus at no cost to you, but you’ll know that you will be supporting someone whose work has inspired you!

So, help us out and remember to type in your inspiring designers name:

juliek for Julie Koerber
faithh for Faith Hofrichter
lesliem for Leslie Miller
lindad for Linda Duke
susanr for Susan Roberts
 OK that’s all I have…well almost, want an easy link to each of the designers’ blogs?  Just click on their name and you are on your way to a journey of creative talent that will certainly inspire you…I know, I have seen the preview of their cards……Gotta love those girls!  Remember to reward them by typing in your inspiring designers name as listed above.

Julie            Faith                  Leslie                      Linda                        Susan

and of course our Guest Designer…the ever creative Barb

Now that I got all the office work done.  I will be sharing some of my attempts…so come on back…who knows what we have up our sleeves next at the Atelier,


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