Archive for October, 2008

Nestabilities Alert–Just Arrived

                        ENABLER ALERT !!!               THIS JUST IN !!!!!
The wait is over Flourishes has the new dies in stock! We have all been eagerly awaiting them since we saw them at CHA.
Here is what has been added to the store so far:
Nestabilities – Labels One $24.95 ………………..6 sizes

Nestabilities-Label Two $24.95…………………. 6 sizes

Nestabilities Small Labels $24.95………………………. 5 sizes
Nestabilities –Large Labels $24.95 ………………5 sizes

Nestabilities-Large Pinking Circles $24.95………6 sizes
Text Color

Aren’t just grand. I think they are the perfect addition to the already great “Nesties” in the store. And that not all of them yet….more will be added to the store tomorrow.

Get Ready, Get Set….Go Shop


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Christmas and the Holiday Season is certainly a glittery time of the year.  Those of us that would not normally have our homes decked out and sparkley certainly take on a new persona.  All That Glitters is a new Marcella Hawley exclusive that features vintage ornaments.  Each of the images in this Christmas-Holiday season stamp set is a stellar example of her abilities to capture these holiday ornaments at their best.

For my focus I took an unconventional look at both of the Christmas ornament images that I used to highlight today.

Here’s a look at my first one:

I love the lady-like look of this card.  It is so very pretty in real life.  I know Marcella used vintage ornaments from her mother’s own collection as the basis for this set, and here I go making it all contemporary and girlie.  I just love the contrast….I love the sentiment– SO SWIRLY– the crispness of the hot pink and black -white check ribbon.  The detail and depth are hidden here but again IRL the depth and tiny green rhinestones(Kaiser flat back from Flourishes too)  make this card perfect for that very striking lady on your Christmas card list.

The card is a simple one layer card.  I stamped the image using my Copic marker direct to the image (I know some say horrors) and I must say I had to work very quickly.  Then using the Copic Colorless blender I gradually added the colors, line, and depth.  I used only three Copics…Colorless Blender, RV17, and YG03.  Star Dust Stickles added the wonderful glitter look.  A Kaiser flat back rhinestone in green was the coup de grâce !  The black “hanger” was done with a small punch to the card and then black embrodiery thread and a knoted tie of black and white gigham ribbon from Flourishes.  Hum, very Girlie-Girl !!

For my second card I chose a more traditional look and used this set again in an other than intended approach when it was first conceptualized.


For this card I used both of the branches from the All That Glitters set as well.  The techniques used to the best advantage for the card were masking and sponging of colors to highlight some branches that were stamped with Versamark and embossed in white EP, others were stamped with Handsome Hunter and simply highlighted with sponging in the same color.   To add more depth in shading I used my Copic Spica Bright green pen.  I did this quite liberally on the dark green branches and around the white.  This is a case where a lighter color adds the required spolight and give the illusion of more depth on a flat image. After a few critically placed branches, I stamped the pinecone ornament on the card then masked it while I worked on the other parts.  It was then colored with my Copics, highlighted and then touched with the Ranger White Essential pen for that frosty look. The sentiment was stamped and embossed, more ink (Creamy Caramel) smudging with a sponge.  The ribbon was done with the SU two hole punch.  The card is white cardstock to start.  The second layer is the Brushed Gold Leaf metallic paper from Flourishes and finally the card itself is SU Handsome Hunter. 

The next time I  work with these sets I am definitely using the LuminArte Twinkling H2Os….After I finished these I was fiddling here in the Atelier on a scrap piece of paper with them and these ornaments and Oh My were they pretty.  You can bet that you will be seeing them all done up soon.  They were so simple and vibrant and already had the sparkle of the mica in them.  My trial piece will be my inspiration  board for an upcoming card at my work space.

Today’s card stamps, ribbons and emblishments are all from Flourishes.

Thanks so much for looking in over my shoulder today as I worked.  I know your time is precious and am so grateful that you spent a few moments with me.  My  “teacher-facilitator” hope is that you found something to take with you.

Don’t forget that Flourishes is still having the 10% off sale…the ENTIRE STORE—but you must rush to place that order as the sale IS OVER MONDAY NIGHT AT 12:00P.M. CST….the Promo code is RSC88.


“A great teacher never strives to explain his vision.  He simply invites you to stand beside him and see for yourself.”    My Chineese fortune cookie today!

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Sleigh Bells Ringing

Today Flourishes officially released 5, yes 5, new holiday and Christmas sets.  Today I am going to focus on Sleigh Ride stamp set. 


 And to make it extra special I have three cards, each at a different level of work. I know that when making Christmas cards we need some that are quick and easy, some with just a touch more, and then that extra special card where we go the extra mile. 

  This is the first one and it is very simple, but still has elegance and a truly grand feeling about it.



For this card I used Blue Metallic Papers in the Gold Leaf Metallic, both from Flourishes.  I used my trusty embossing buddy to swipe the page so I would not have any stray embossing powder .  A tiny piece of gold wired ribbon adds some depth and texture.  One of the tinest Red Kaiser Rhinestones set Rudolph’s nose aglow.  To make up this card  I cut a standard A2 size piece of Gold Leaf Metallic paper and the  card was cut 1/4″ smaller, folded and scored with the Teflon Bone–a stampers essential in my opinion.  The card was adhered together and Viola it was done.  Simple, Easy, Elegant!


My second card is using only the sleigh from the set.  For this card I colored it with my Prisma pencils and blender pen.  I wanted a deckle edge at the bottom so a torn piece of Red cardstock was readied for the occasion.  The cardstock that I am using for this card is core colored so I did not have to be careful which direction I pulled it.  Lots of very expensive cards have deckle edges.

The image was stamped with Hybrid Palette Ink-Noir from Flourishes.  These inks have turned into my personal favorite.  They are permanent  so I can watercolor, use my Copics and gamsol with not worries or fears of bleeding or smudging. 

I also love this little checkered panel that you can add to the bottom of the sleigh.  Living in the Alps of Germany made me aware of the beautiful scenes that are put on their sleighs.  This one uses one of the 3 scenes that are in the set so you can create your own personalized sleigh.  I LOVE those reins in bright red….it also carried the red deckle edge at the bottom.  I choose a greeting from the set as well and embossed in itn gold…Another Viola!

For my third card today, I went all out.  as you will see.  I have used the Spruce Tree from Forest of Trees Stamp Set.
The tree  was stamped in Hunter Green ink on White cardstock.  I carefully cut it out and smudged the edges with navy ink.  Next I used a long tooth pick to add Flower Soft Glue to the edges and center of the tree.  I applied Ivory Flower Soft to create my snow and set it aside to dry.  For the card itself I used white cardstock as the base and a mirrored red metallic cardstock (I found at Michaels and bought the only 2 packs I could find).  The next layer is again the Blue Metallic Cardstock from Flourishes.  T cut the white, folded it, and scored it with my Teflon Bone folder for the crisp edge I love.  I stamped the sleigh with Versamark then embossed with black detail embossing powder.  I cut it out and set it aside as I worked on the rest.  I used a small piece of the same Blue Metallic cardstock, and the house image  which I inked with Versamark and white detail embossing powder.  Next I used my Prisma colored pencils and added some lights in the house.  It is hard to see in this picture but I added some glitter with my Saukara Glitter pen (another must have for stampers and scrapbookers) on the smoke coming from the chimney.  The next step was to stamp the sleigh image again this time on the new Glittering Red card stock that we had made just for Flourishes.  This photo does not do it justice at all.  I stamped it in black, then smudged it with some black on the edges to give it some depth.  I carefully cut it apart and layered in on to the blue sleigh.  Next I adhered the small house scene.  The packages were made using the present stamps from O Christmas tree.  They were just the right size.  I added snow using the Flower Soft and I was just about finished, but not quiet the Viola! yet.  I stamped the sentiment from the newly released Holiday Sentiments stamp set with Versamark and used some sparkle red embossing powder.  The beautiful white satin May Arts ribbon from Flourishes was the crowning touch.  Viola!

Don’t forget that the 10%off special is on the entire Flourishes webstore thru Monday, Oct 13th.  The code that is necessary to get the discount is RSC88 , place this in the promotion code box at checkout.  Then send us an email at www.flourishesllccustomerservice@cox.net with the name of the designer that inspires you and we’ll reward her with a tip….on our dime.

That makes it a wrap here in the Altier at Flourishes for today.  I am so glad that you joined me.  I truly appreciate your precious time to visit with us.


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It’s RELEASE DAY for Flourishes and we are releasing FIVE, yes 5 new sets for the Christmas Season.  Here is a run down of the sets:

All That Glitters: A wonderful set created by Marcella Hawley…it is vintage ornaments begging to be stars on your cards.


Poinsettia & Boxwood: Another Marcella original and this one that can go cotempoary to classic….waiting for ink, embossing powder and Lumin Art H2Os…OHHHH!

Holiday Greetings:  Yes Marcella has 3 great new sets…these holiday greeting are the perfect toppers for cards.


Sleigh Ride:  Created by Diane Roche has followed up last year’s hits of Flourished Christmas has taken us for the perfect Sleigh Ride.  And she added a smaller reindeer with a different directional.  The words make this set a must have.


City of David: Another Diane Roche creation.  She has taken a contemporary image and filled it with the classic flourishes we love.  City of David is also great for all Jewish card makers this holiday season.  Let us see your spin on this new classic of Christmas stamps.

Thinking of everything Flourishes has add it’s very own collection of Glittering Christmas Collection Papers.  This great 6″ x 6″  group of papers is found in the Paperie section.  It is a coordinated just for Flourishes!  Each pack contains 4 sheets of each of 7 designs of card stock.  The are solids in red, green and brown with a subtle touch glitter throughout.  Red cards stock with a red glitter damask pattern.  Red card stock with a green damask pattern-Brown card stock with a glitter bronze damask pattern and a Tan with a glitter pine cone pattern.



Tomorrow I will have a focus on Sleigh Ride and I have 3 cards that I will share with you.  So please come to the Atelier at Flourishes.  Each of the cards is very different, but today visit the webstore and place your order early….

To sweeten the deal this month and face the economy head on Flourishes is treating our customers to a special discount in 

October we will doing something a little different for the new release.  In September, the “new release bundle” where customers who purchased all the new sets (ie the bundle) got them at 10% off – was a hit with many customers.  In October, we will be participating in the “virtual convention” on the RubberStampChat forum, of which we are a member.  We usually offer a discount for the virtual convention, and since it starts the Friday of release week, we thought we would start our discount early to coincide with our release, then continue it through the convention weekend.
So, in October, instead of a “new release bundle”, we will be offering 10% off the entire store starting on Tuesday evening and running through the following Monday, which is the last day of the convention.  Just entire this discount code when you check out RSC88 now this doesn’t give you a place to tip the designer that inspires you so send us an email and we will make sure that this is done.


Thank you for your visit, I do really appreciate your visit.


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That’s what I will be doing today—making cards!  I have a special project that I have really wanted to work on for a couple of weeks.  Since today is World Card Making Day I think it is the perfect day for my project.  I will share this project with you upon it’s completion. 


I would like to get you involved in todays celebration of this great craft that we share, so Flourishes and I personally will be giving a number of prizes of blog candy to encourage you to participate.

This is just SOME of the great items (yes there is more, I could not get in in the photo) that will be given away, there will also be some stamp sets from Flourishes.  This will be a share prize, but there will be plenty for everyone that wins.

So what do you have to do to be one of the winners??? 

 Simply make at least one card TODAY with any Flourishes image.  Then you must either post it to SCS then link it to the SCS Flourish Forum under World Card Making Day or you may send us the link directly at www.flourishes,llc.cox.net . YOU MUST make the card today(no previously made card will be considered) to enter, but you may make as many cards today and enter as many times as you like

I will give everyone until 12:00 noon CST to post their cards, then I will begin to divvy up the goodies and give it all away.  There are are going to be some lucky card makers out there, and one of them can be you.  You may only win one prize.

Please feel free to share this opportunity to make so cards and possibly win some of the Blog Candy with your friends.

Now I hope you are glad you stopped in the Atelier (studio) at Flourishes today……you just never when I have some up my sleeve.  I do very much appreciated you taking your precious time to visit.

Happy Card Making Day


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Inspiring and Grateful

Today I want to focus on the great designers that comprise the Flourishes Design Team.  I think that these ladies each have an extraordinary talent that they so unselfishly share with us.  I know you feel both inspired and grateful to these wonderful ladies.  But what does it mean literally to be inspired.  Well, here is the dictionary definition:
inspirational in·spi·ra·tional (-s̸hə nəl)  adjective
      1. of or giving inspiration; inspiring
      2. produced, influenced, or stimulated by inspiration; inspired [noun] arousing to a particular emotion
           or action
Well I think that says it all.  I am sharing one of my cards which was totally inspired–in fact maybe even CASED from Linda Duke from her post of Sept 21.
I was making a card for a friend for mine that is very ill.  I wanted to incorporate the SCS challenge using the colors of Baja Blue, Really Rust, and Chocolate Chip.  I also wanted a card that was feminine.
I think that Linda is the “Queen of Feminine”.  Her 21 Sept card had just stuck in my mind, she HAD inspired me.
I could insert many cards from our wonderful designers that inspire me.  Their talents and styles are so varied, there are endless opportunities to spin off in our own directions.
That takes me to my next point of the day…..how do we reward the great ladies for all they do….how do we take it to the next level.  How do we show our gratitude?  Well again I returned to the dictionary to get a clear understanding of this word and here is the dictionary definition:
grate-ful grate·ful Pronunciation: \ˈgrāt-fəl\
Function: adjective
obsolete grate pleasing, thankful, from Latin gratus — more at grace

1 a: appreciative of benefits received b: expressing gratitude <grateful thanks>onyms: stirring

Yes, appreciative of the benefits received!  That is what we at Flourishes want to do in your behalf for the designers that inspire you to use our images and the wonderful array of papers, ribbons, and other supplies, stampers toys, necessities, and embellishments from Flourishes.

We therefore created a benefit code for each designer….so that you can tell us which designer moved you to purchase.  By telling us this we will gladly take on the wonderful responsibility to reward the designers and show them that we appreciate their inspiration.

So the next time you make a purchase( remember next month release begins on the 8th-Wed) you will have a wonderful opportunity to show your appreciation.  It costs you nothing…Flourishes is “picking up the bill” and doing so gratefully.  This is an ongoing Flourishes program so remember to put in the codes each time you purchase!

Here is a list of the codes…please copy them and keep them handy:


juliek (for Julie Koerber)
lesliem (for Leslie Miller)

susanr (for Susan Roberts)
faithh (for Faith Hofrichter)
lindad (for Linda Duke)


We will give them a bonus to help support their blogs and tutorials.


Thanks to Linda for today’s inspiration….I am truly grateful she shared  Thanks to you too for taking your precious time to stop in the Atelier today.  Come back soon.


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