Archive for February 13th, 2009

February Release are in the Flourishes


The Sneaks are done and the newest sets have been revealed.  The shopping has begun….so it is your turn to head to the Flourishes webstore and do some shopping….Here are the new sets:

Strut Your Stuff

All Wrapped Up!

Signs of Spring!

Remember….We have a Release Bundle  for all three and it’s 10% off just like every month!

It has been a fun filled week.  The Release Party was great, lots of new folks came out.  the games were fun and everyone that got to take a stroll to our Winner’s Circle came away with prizes.  Now I know they were happy!  Marcella stopped in for a few minutes and even dropped a hint that next month’s set is something sweet…..do you think she is giving too many hints?

Sophie will be back on Sunday to introduce her new Sophie Special!  She is so excited.  She’s been eyeing everything in the store, so I am sure she will have some thing great for all of you.  She is like a kid in a candy store …tehe.

Viola! I am calling this week a wrap.  I will see you some time next week.  I will be very busy trying to get things all tied up and neatly together for the Flourishes first Stampers Dream Weekend and Copic certification class here.  We’ll be polishing and sprucing up the Atelier and Shipping Department  for everyone to see.  I will share pictures of the fun the week following.  I checked the weather tonight and Mother Nature has agreed to grace us with a warm and wonderful week for all of the events.



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Living in Color-Day Three

We are at day three of Flourishes Sneak Peeks at the February Sets.  This final day is a very special day on the Flourishes Newsletter.  This is our Friday Focus and you will not want to miss the wonderful tutorial that Christine Okken has done for us.  She shows us all the of steps that take the gear out of water coloring.

The last of our release for this month is Signs of Spring by Marcella Hawley.  Each and every one of her drawings is better that the last and she is soaring to new heights with this set.

So let me introduce a snapshot of the cards in a collage that Julie Koerber has put together for this wonderful set.  Is that a gasp of delight I hear?signs-of-spring-_collage_copy2

I think you will have to agree that this set is a breath of fresh air!  Fun flowers and elements in this set make it  perfect to deliver up a dose of spring in your cards and creations!  It is aptly names and we are all ready for Spring to arrive. 

It is here in the panhandle of Florida, trees are blooming, narcissus are up why even my grape hyacinth are blooming, even some azaleas are beginning to show the beginning of color,  but trust me there is still lots of brown around.  I cannot wait for that wonderful bright green of new growth arrives in the trees.  It is such a lovely sight against our every blue skies! 

So here is my first take on Signs of Spring…….signs-of-springrelease4

Since the focus was to water color I followed suit.  The image was stamped on the water color paper with Hybrid Palette Charcoal and heat set.  To make the flower present as white I carefully shaded it with Sky Blue and Ballet Blue.  One technique that I use on my images is that I every so lightly re-line the image with th he appropriate color so that the actual image actual recedes a bit.  I did that on all the line on this image.  the pink part of the blossom was first colored with Baby Pink….all the time using my Aquapainter…..detail with darker shades of pink and then adding in highlights of white.  The same process was used for the stems and leaves….each time beginning with the lightest and working to the darkest.  I rushed the background and in person it looks fine but as we all know the camera doesn’t lie…I should have taken more time with this area.

The layers of aqua mist and Basic Grey Urban Prairie paper with pop dots complete the focus of the card. Of course ribbon and an embellishment  top it off…..and


Now your off to visit with Flourishes Finest!

  • Christine Okken
  • Cindy Lawrence
  • Faith Hofrichter
  • Julie Koerber – D.T. Coordinator
  • Latisha Yoast
  • Laura Fredrickson
  • Leslie Miller
  • Stacy Morgan
  • Want to win today’s release? Just leave a comment on the Flourishes Newletter post and you just might win a Signs of Spring set of your very own! Also…don’t forget to mark your social calendar too for our RELEASE PARTY TONIGHT!!!! We’ll host it on our Flourishes Forum on Splitcoast from 7 to 9 PM Eastern! Watch for more sneaks, games and goodies to giveaway! It will also be the prelude to the launch of our sets in the store! We can’t wait! We’ll also announce the winner of our In Living Color Challenge. If you haven’t entered – click HERE to find out how you can win all three of our February stamp sets! That contest closes at 5 PM Eastern tonight!




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