Archive for September, 2008

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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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.

Thanks for stopping in the Atelier today


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