Archive for January 13th, 2009

Sneak Peak and a New Artist

It’s a new year and it ushers in a new way Flourishes plans to host its releases! On the second Wednesday of each month – we’ll begin our Sneak Peak Countdown to our Friday night release. It will give you a chance so see all the creations from our fabulous designers, and you’ll have a shot at winning the set featured each day.

Today’s set is…..
And, we have a lot to celebrate with this brand new set! It is fresh from the hands of our newest artist, Lauren Pope.

Lauren is a professional illustrator whose work can be found in everything from children’s books and school text books to the world of fashion. As a child, she could be found sitting before open comic books, sketchpad in lap, pencil in hand, diligently honing the skills that would mature into the tools of a true artist. She earned her B.S. and M.A. degrees in Commercial Art at Pensacola Christian College. Her award-winning work has been featured in venues such as the Pensacola Museum of Art in Florida, the Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, Texas, and the Roundhouse Gallery in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Lauren’s artistic flame can be ignited by a walk through a garden, a trip to the farmer’s market, or a chance encounter with a captivating human face. To look at her original work visit her etsy site HERE.


Now it is my turn to share my SNEAK PEAK at the new set Birthday Celebrations

  This card is for the chocolate lover on my birthday calendar.  It is a simple card to show that all the inspiration doesn’t have to be real difficult.



But I could stop there if I were to take the easy way out.  I made another simple one for you.


This is made on Fabraino cardstock, stamped in Palette Prussian Blue as the ribbon is Navy Sheer from Flourishes.  I paired it with bright pink.  The photo shows this much darker than it really is in real life.


Looking above at the collage, can you get a glimpse of Lauren’s creative style? Here it’s just a sneak peek, but travel to the blogs of our designers and you’ll see Lauren’s work in living color…

Julie Koerber
Sharon Doolittle
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Faith Hofrichter
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Dee Jackson
Nancy Kirk   


Before you go blog hopping, here’s your chance to win this set! Just post a comment to this entry and we’ll randomly select one person to win. The candy will move quickly – we’ll announce the winner for the Birthday Celebrations set tomorrow. But, don’t worry, more chances to win are on the way. We’ll be giving away the sets revealed in our Thursday and Friday sneak peeks as well! So, be sure to stop by each day to comment.

Have you checked out our Celebrating Home challenge? (Details on that challenge can be found HERE) Take part in this challenge and you can win all three of our new sets this month. The winner will be announced at our release party Friday night from 7pm – 9 pm Eastern time over at the Flourishes Forum on Splitcoast. That’s where we’ll reveal all the new sets and give you an opportunity for more prizes!

For those of you who love the work of our artist Marcella Hawley, check back tomorrow for her set that celebrates life in a whole new way!

Yes, you will have to come back tomorrow and see what Marcella has in store for us.

Viola! That makes for another great day of sharing with you. I am so glad you stopped by the Atelier at Flourishes.
I’m hoping that your day will be filled with blessings and that your mojo will be overflowing.

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Celebrating Home 2

The upcoming release Celebrating Home gave us reason to have a challenge between all of us Flourishes. This challenge was to create using something that inspired us from our home. The has been fun and created some very special cards as well as anything but a card.
Lathisa is in the midst of a move, but still found time and creative juices to put together this fun frame that inspired her while she was shopping.

Very nice indeed, Latisha!

Betty Wright gave us this wonderful card and her inspiration here.

Christine Okken has a great invitation to dinner at her home. This is lovely tied to the beautiful silver that inspired this wonderful card.

Look at the beautiful scrolls in her flatware….what beautiful inspiration. Oh Christine, just what time and day are we invited ?

Cindy Lawerence choose to use these as here inspiration:
She says “This is one of two topiaries that sit on the fireplace mantle in my bedroom. I love ’em! 🙂
Here’s the card I created:

Here is the inspiration I used….it is my kitchen. I really like the colors and patterns that make up this room. It always makes me smile.

So here is my card. I tried to capture the whiteness against the starkness of my kitchen. Coffee with Friends is something that happens a lot here so the set was so apropro for the card. The Cuttlebug folder give the texture to the back layer. The Markie’s Mom (yeah Faith) inspired dots on the edge of the black keep texture going. Most of all I love the cups with the embossed images. The dash of red and tinge of green give my card vibrance and life.
Viola! Another great day of sharing with you. I am so glad you stopped by the Atelier at Flourishes.
I’m hoping that your day will be filled with blessings and that your mojo will be overflowing.

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