Archive for November, 2008

Give Thanks & A Chance to Win Blog Candy


From the three flourishes, and Mike too, Happy Thanksgiving! You all have given us so much to be thankful for each day. Flourishes has grown so much, thank you for your wonderful support of Flourishes.

I read this recently and wanted to share these thoughts with you. They were written By Brooke Hewes and too good to paraphrase.

“Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. A full day dedicated to gratitude — someone had their thinking cap on when they declared this emotion worthy of its own day! Twenty-four sweet hours to celebrate family, friends, and food. Twenty-four hours to feel grateful for the blessings as well as the hardships that shape our lives and build our spirits. Twenty-four hours to notice how gratitude affects our bodies, minds, and relationships. fig-pom-give-thanks-brown-1a

Defining Gratitude

Gratitude is about feeling grateful. It is about thankfulness and appreciation.

Ask yourself “what have I received today?” Take note of all gifts, small or big, and pay particular attention to those things that you did not acknowledge as they occurred.

Second, ask “what have I given today?” Reflect on your day. Reflect on your actions. Reflect on the benefits of your generosity and courteousness to others.”

Each night I spend some time and recount my day and what I have to be thankful for today. You would be surprised that I find the littlest things that happen in my day often end up on my list. It wasn’t that way when I first started this practice, I assure you. I read today that Leslie Miller kept a written journal for a while. She too found it was the little things that ended up on her list. It is a practice I invite you to try.

I am so happy that you have taken time to visit my blog today. As I say so often I hope that you have gone away with something to add to your life. I know that all of our lives are busy. That you took time to visit here is so special to me.

For my cards today I used the very beautiful Figs & Pomegranates, but this time I used the small images. After stamping them with Palette Inks I watercolored them. I am so happy that Flourishes is now carrying a selection of 14 colors in Palette inks. They work wonderfully with polymer stamps and they are waterproof. These Inks are great for Copics and other mediums. The papers are from Basic Grey and Memory box. All the ribbons are from Flourishes. Viola!

I ask that you keep my Mom in your thoughts and prayers. She was very unexpectedly rushed to the hospital with shortness of breath and chest pains. It was determined that she will need a triple heart by-pass surgery. She is 87 years young and for the most part very healthy and active lady. We affection ally call her the “Energizer Bunny” But the surgery is complicated with the positions of the largest blockage and the fact that she is a very tiny lady. She is very optimistic and looks good. I have spent most of my time with her so my blogging and stamping has been limited but it has been well spent. I am very grateful that I am close and have this time to spend with her.

Now read on….Sharon has a very nice article to share and ALL the details on how to have a chance to win a very nice bundle ofJustRite. Good Luck!

Happy Thanksgiving to all.





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Poinsettia & Boxwood–News Flash

Many of you are looking for our newly released Poinsettia & Boxwood  on the Flourishes webstore without finding it.  The demand for this set has been wonderful causing it to be currently out of stock.   Have no fear this beautiful set by Marcella Hawley will be back in the store by this weekend.

We thank you for your support of Flourishes. 

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Flourishes Fridays

Whew,  this week went flew bye for me.  The great thing about that is that it is time to take the Flurry of Flourishes express to see some sensational cards.  Are you ready to see what these very creative ladies have put together for us this weekend?  Let’s Go!!

The first card is by Becca Frecken and it is a real stunner!

Becca’s attention to detail makes this card the exceptional beauty that it is.  Visit her site Amazing Grace and get all the details.  She used Autumn Flourishes for this card.


Our Next stop is to visit Betty Wright’s’ Blog Stampin to the Wright.  She has a real crowd pleaser  today in this card.

This really talented lady is sharing the details and her insight into creating Christmas card that quick and easy.  You will really want to visit her blog.

Christine at Christine’s Creations has the most beautiful mouth watering card to share.

Don’t you just want have some of that Cocoalucious Cocoa?  Again, I have to say that again it is the details in this card that set it apart as well.  She used Coffee with Friends, creatively placing elements of the set coloring-especially shading- make it star quality.  Her choice of layout, and papers is so wonderful.  Cocolacious wouldn’t you say?

This next card I have for you is the sunshine to carry us through the week,  Cindy Haffner

Her artistic placement of the Autumn Flourishes around the frame of the Nestabilities cut designer paper is just genius.  Visit her at Cindy Haffner’s Corner.

Thank you stopping in the Atelier at Flourish today.  I am sure glad you came.


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Non Traditional Tradition

 Today I am sharing with you a card using non traditional colors but Flourishes traditonal stamp set Flourished Christmas.
This was a very simple card to make and really could be mass produced.  If you choose to you could just vary the cards and colors.  The layout is simple and straightforward.  I did do a faux bow on this card and several have asked how to do this.  It is really easy and tonight I will put together a tutorial to show you how.

Card Elements

Papers: Old Olive, Basic Grey Blitzen (Velvet Stocking)

Inks: Encore Gold

Accessories: Ribbon from Michaels

Techniques: Faux Bow

Now for a little Christmas card making trivia.
Did you know …
The tradition of sending Christmas cards started in 1843 – about the same time as the first Christmas seal was published. British businessman Sir Henry Cole asked artist John Calcott Horsley to print some Christmas cards. One thousand cards were printed in black and white and then colored by hand.  The idea was well-received, because the following year, more than 25,000 Christmas cards were sold. However, the first Christmas card provoked controversy in certain circles in England, because the Christmas card pictured a company of people touching glasses and saying “Merry Christmas”. Putting alcohol and holy Christmas in one picture did not please the English citizens then.

1st Cmas Card

For more than thirty years, Americans had to import greeting cards from England. In 1875, German immigrant to the U.S. Louis Prang, opened a lithographic shop with $250, and published the first line of U.S. Christmas cards. His initial creations featured birds and flowers, unrelated to the Xmas scene. By 1881, Prang was producing more than 5 million Christmas cards per year.

  A reminder:

Save 10% on all BASIC GREY PAPER AND BRADS! Check out the selection HERE.
Save 10% on the JUSTRITE BAKING ENSEMBLE and CHRISTMAS ENSEMBLE as well as the 2 5/16″ and 3 1/4” WOODEN STAMPERS HERE.

New Release Bundle Sale! Save 10% when you purchase all three new releases for November – select the NEW RELEASE BUNDLE product

Thanks for stopping in at the Atelier at Flourishes  today.  I am really glad you came.









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Inspired Happy Thanksgiving

This card today was created for the Inspiration Challenge (IS154) on SCS.  We were to use a scarf from The Felted Garden as our inspiration.  And I choose this one



For this card I used the aqua, brown, and creamy colors for a truly “Inspired Thanksgiving”.  Using the newly released Autumn Flourishes I put a nontraditional Thanksgiving look on this card.  autumn-flourishes-happy-thanksgivinga

My card base is Cappuccino Metallic paper with layers of Chocolate Chip and Aqua.  I used a Cuttlebug folder-Dotted Swiss for the Aqua paper, then scored in 1/4″ from the top , bottom, and right side with my Scor-Pal.  On a separate piece of aqua I stamped the Autumn Flourishes large image with Brilliance Pearle scent Beige.  In real life the beige is wonderfully pearl scent, calling to mind the soft glimmer of Pearl Ex, but without the work.  Next, for my focal image I stamped the sentiment in Chocolate Chip and tips of the Autumn Flourishes large image on the top and bottom. Then using my new Nestabilities Labels One I cut it and embossed in and then repeated the process with the one size larger die and cut it from Chocolate  Chip.  The SU two slot punch was used and then I did a faux bow with May Arts Reversible ribbon in Gold and Brown.  The same ribbon was used to join the two pieces of Aqua card stock.  I assembled all the layers and then added the finished focal image to the card face with large pop dots and Viola! I was finished with my Inspired Thanksgiving card.

 A reminder:  



New Release Bundle Sale!  Save 10% when you purchase all three new releases for November – select the NEW RELEASE BUNDLE product HERE. 


Save 10% on all BASIC GREY PAPER AND BRADS!  Check out the selection HERE. 


Save 10% on the JUSTRITE BAKING ENSEMBLE and CHRISTMAS ENSEMBLE as well as the 2 5/16″ and 3 1/4” WOODEN STAMPERS


Thanks for stopping in at the Atelier today.  I am really glad you came.



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Flourishes Friday



     Flurry of Flourishes Virtual Express

This week our blog team has put together a delightful “Flurry of Flourishes” trip worth waiting the entire week for.  We are ready to depart, so climb on board  the Flurry of Flourishes, our virtual express vehicle of creativity.  You’ll be glad you did.  The stops at each of the Friends of Flourishes blogs will be ones you will be glad you made. As usual are they beautiful, each totally unique.  Each shows style that will get your creative juices flowing for sure. 

Becca Frecken

 The first stop is at Becca’s blog and her AH moment card is a beautiful example of creativity!  Don’t you agree.  AMAZING and FULL OF GRACE.




She is using Flourishes newly released Figs & Pomegranates.  She says that Marcella Hawley’s newest set for Flourishes  “it’s a sultry, sultry image and it colors up beautifully.” 

Are you ready to travel to our next stop.  OK let GO!

 Our virtual express of creativity takes us to Cindy Haffner’s blog. This stop brings us to a lady that has wonderful ideas to share.

 She also is using our Figs & Pomegranates set.  The set has images in two sizes allowing you greater flexibility in using them.  In this card she has used the smaller version of the image.

 Cindy’s use of rich bold colors and texture embodied in this WOW truly make this stop on our virtual trip a great destination for adaptable techniques that are easy to CASE and I am sure that Cindy would be honored.


Betty Wright decided to do a Winter Wonderland card using Flourishes  Sleigh Ride stamp set. She said she is in  love with this very regal and elegant deer. A great choice of papers and layout make this card a show stopper.  What a elegant winter wonderland!


Next stop is at Christine Okken’s blog.   Hold on tight as the virtual express vehicle pulls in for another look at creativity and usability at it best.  

Are you ready to make Christimas cards, because she will make you drool.  She’s been making Christmas cards like crazy and says it’s a great opportunity to look at your stamps in a new way, how can you use a non-Christmas stamp in a new way to give it a Christmas feel?

A lot of it comes down to paper and color choice, and rich embellishments for me, if it isn’t an obvious Christmas stamp.   Christine’s stamp set for this wonderful card came from the Siberian Iris set.  It sure looks right at home on this Christmas card.

Well our trip is over and I hope you have enjoyed this trip on the Flurry of Flourishes virtual creative express.  Come back next week for another worthwhile trip.

Here is a little bit of what our FABULOUS DESIGN TEAM has put together.  I am putting out a carrot for you to go to each of their sites.  This is surely one you will want to visit!

Cindy Lawerence is creative and generous.  She is sharing with us another OH MY statement at this Flurry of Flourishes stop.  At this site you will be pleased in many ways.  Just look at the richness she has achieved in this card.  She is using You Are Invited another of the Flourishes releases for this month.

Cindy  says “This set is gonna come in SO handy for all of those occasions when I need an invitation that isn’t ‘cutesy’, like so many of them are.  This one is elegant and truly beautiful!  And so is this beautiful card full of rich paper and emblishments. 

You’ll want to be sure you visit her blog and get the details because she is giving away BLOG CANDY today.

Want to continue on the Flurry of Flourishes virtual creative express?……a simple click will get to each of the stops at the DT’s blogs:






And stop at our Flourishes Webstore, you will see the special on Basic Grey products, Lumin Arte products and selected JustRite items.

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Figs & Pomegranates


Today I am showcasing the Figs & Pomegranates Set that Flourishes released yesterday.  Artist Marcella Hawley has created an absolutely stunning new botanical for us.  To create this set Marcella worked from a piece of fabric that was very special to me.  Her own classical yet today’s interpretation is perfect.  Pomegranates are often used in holiday decorations and a today approach to grace the front of a holiday greeting card.

In order to showcase the pomegranates from the set, I wanted to keep the rest of the card understated, yet with a touch of elegance.  I colored the image with my markers then stamped on vanilla cardstock.  I used my  Prisma pencils to color the image.  Then I cut the image out using my brand new Nestabilities Large Labels.  The placement of the Nestabilities die around the image gave me the look I was going for and then the sentiment was stamped.  The focal image was then placed on the card base with large glue dots and Viola! my card was done.

Stamp sets: Figs & Pomegranates and Flourished Christmas all by Flourishes

Inks: Baroque Burgundy, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun; Prisma pencils, Brilliance Pearlescent Beige

Cardstock: Vanilla, Nestabilities Large Labels


That you dropping by the Atelier today.  I am glad you came and do hope you will come again.



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Flourishes Releases Three New Sets!

I love this time of month, when I get to announce the three releases for Flourishes.  This month is not different. 

We have a wonderful new release created by Marcella Hawley for Flourishes.  We worked with her and some very special fabric, the results are grand.  Figs & Pomegranates is the first time Flourishes has created a fruit set and I am sure that it won’t be the last.  I can hardly wait to see the wonderful creations that will result from this set.

The second set is Autumn Flourishes is elegant.  This will be a very versatile set, not one that will be kept for Autumn Sets.  I foresee this great set showing for all occasions and throughout the year. 

Our third set is You Are Invited and it is perfect for the upcoming holiday season.  The future will hold elegant invitations for engagements, weddings, and fun for inviting friends over for drinks.  The signature flourish that we have used so often hidden in our sets are very prominent in this fun set.

Here is a look at these sets:

I think these are enough to drool over down the page…………………….. and at the bottom of all this I have my cards created with these set.  Have any idea which of these wonderful sets I have used????????????










This is my first card a fun card created with a wonderful red card base, layers of Grey and white topped with Basic Grey Urban Prairie  and the brads that co ordinate.  The images were stamped in Basic Grey on white cardstock with a piece of black satin ribbon to tie it all together. 

As I worked I got excited and created a second card with a completely different looking card.  I created this fun Let’s Get Together card for drinks.  This card was created using glossy card stock which I used daubers with these bright colors, Cool Caribbean, Apricot Appeal and Rose Regal.  Then I stamped the martini glasses five time with Versamark then embossed in black detail embossing powder, then I trimmed it down and placed in on a DP from the same Urbane Prairie Basic Grey pad of paper.  Little extra touches of a black & white check ribbon and three brads were added and then based on the black card stock.


Now for another tidbit of news from Flourishes……All Basic Grey papers and brads are 10% off for an entire week.  There are more specials as well, LuminArte and Aqua painters are 10% off as well.  Some of the JustRite items are also on sale so visit the Flourishes site by clicking HERE.

That’s it today.  I am glad you came over to spend some time with me in the Atelier at Flourishes.  I will return with some more cards to feature these sets.  I hope you will come back.


Jan Marie

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