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Christmas Classics

This is the last day of this month’s Christmas releases.  Today we have another great set of images designed by Marcella Hawley so raise the curtain on Christmas Classics.

I chose to use just the swag image for my card.  Again I have kept my cards straight forward and easy for the multiples that need to be made for the season.  Here is my card :

 I used the Flourishes Classic white card stock for the base and the oval onto which I stamped my swag image.  I colored the image using Holly, Evergreen, and Poppy collections of Copics.  The copper tone to the jingle bells was done using Copics E33, E37, E39 and then a touch of gold Spica glitter pen. Some slight shadowing was done around the image using B00 from the Robin’s Egg collection.  The scalloped oval was done using the Nestabilities  Big Scallop Oval Large and was cut from mirrored gold cardstock.  I also used a layer of this mirrored cardstock behind the green and dark red both from Basic Grey Jovial paper pad.  The four corners were punched with Fiskars large corner punch.  The red velvet ribbon and Finishing Touch ribbon slide completed the card.

Here is the set for you to view.

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I hope this has inspired you to start on your Christmas cards and projects.

Ciao,

Jan Marie

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A gift for You

If you’ve been searching for just the perfect stamp set that could give class and elegance to your Christmas gift packaging, search no more!

Introducing…

A Gift for You Graphic

Today, we’re sneak peaking a brand new set called, A Gift for You, and some of the Spellbinders’ team is joining us in the fun! This set was designed not only to coordinate with some of Flourishes best-selling Christmas stamp sets (Poinsettia & Boxwood, All that Glitters and Dove and Holly), it coordinates with Spellbinders Labels 14, Labels 15, Labels 16, as well as some of the new circular and square shaped designs like Lacey, Eyelet and Beaded Circles and Lacey or Eyelet Squares! The customizable options are endless. Would you like to win this set? Simply leave us a comment here on this post! We’ll draw and announce a winner this coming Saturday in our Winner’s Circle!

If a peek didn’t whet your appetite enough, head on over to see what some of the Spellbinders and Flourishes designers whipped up today. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!!

  • Christine Okken
  • Cindy Lawrence
  • Danielle Kennedy
  • Dawn Burnworth
  • Julie Koerber
  • Laura Fredrickson
  • Leslie Miller
  • Stacy Morgan
  • Ashley Cannon Newell
  • AJ Otto
  • Bethy Pingry
  • Deborah Young
  • Gina Hanson
  • Holly Simoni
  • Margie Higuchi
  • Judy Hayes
  • Julie Overby
  • Kazan Clark
  • Latisha Yoast
  • Mona Pendleton
  • Before we go, we have to give you your invitation!!!

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    Join us for FUN, GAMES & GIVEAWAYS TONIGHT starting at 9 PM Central Standard Time! We’ll show off all the latest releases and chat it up with some of your favorite Flourishes designers! The party kicks off over at the Flourishes Member Company Forum . Did I mention all of this weeks releases will go live in the Flourishes store right after the party?? Now that’s fun stuff! We’ll see you TONIGHT!

    Tomorrow brings the end of our Christmas Week and tomorrow’s stamp set is one designed to make sure you never get bored in your Christmas card making! You’ll have to stop back to see what we mean! 😉

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    Sweets of the Season

    Hi all and welcome to our October release!  As we’ve been mentioning all week, it’s Christmas Week here at Flourishes, a time when we showcase beautiful stamp sets that are perfect for your Christmas cards and creations! Today’s set has a whimsical and downright delicious feel to it!

    Introducing…

    This set – Sweets of the Season – offers up the best images to satisfly your creative sweet tooth! What’s sweeter than a gingerbread couple, a tasty handful of peppermints and gumdrops, a toasty cup of hot chocolate or even a fresh plate of cookies just perfect for Santa?  It’s all here in this brand new set drawn by the ever-so-talented Marcella Hawley! There is also a handful of sweet sentiments which serve as the perfect compliment!  Would you like to win this set? Simply leave us a comment here on this post! We’ll draw a winner and announce this coming Saturday in our Winner’s Circle!

    Here is my card done with this set.

    My intent was to keep the candy feeling going and I think the ribbons do this very nicely, both are available at the Flourishes store.  I used the Lacy Squares Nestabilities to frame the image.  The image was stamped on Flourishes Classic white cardstock and colored with only two copics, one from Poppy and one from Holly collections.  The peppermint candies were treated with some Glassy affects and in person look like they are really wrapped.,,too cute.

    The card base is Real Red and green paper from SU, both were run thru a Cuttlebug folder to get some texture.  The sentiment panel was first stamped with the image in Versamark ink and the sentiment with Memento black ink, three small red Kaiser rhinestones add some bling.

    If a peek at this set wasn’t eye candy enough, head on over to see what the DTs whipped up today!

  • Christine Okken
  • Cindy Lawrence
  • Danielle Kennedy
  • Dawn Burnworth
  • Julie Koerber
  • Laura Fredrickson
  • Leslie Miller
  • Stacy Morgan
  • OTHER FLOURISHES FUN THIS WEEK!

    • Join us for FUN, GAMES & GIVEAWAYS this Thursday for our POWER HOUR Release Party! We’ll show off all the latest releases and chat it up with some of your favorite Flourishes designers! The party kicks off over at the Flourishes Member Company Forum over on Splitcoast Stampers at 9PM Central Standard Time!
    • Did you see that you could actually WIN our entire October release? All you need to do is join us for our “The Details are Sketchy” challenge! It’s a fun-filled sketch challenge and you can read all about it HERE!

    Thanks for stopping in today and I hope a little inspiration came your way.

    Ciao,

    Jan Marie

    The Sneak Peeks continue tomorrow so be sure to stop by!  Tomorrow’s set is one that has lots of fun-filled surprises! It not only coordinates with three of our most popular Christmas sets, but it was designed to be paired with some of your favorite Spellbinders dies!  Some of the Spellbinders Design Team will even be joining us to show you just how much fun you can have with this set! See you then!

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    Classic Rejoice Released

    When Flourishes opened its virutal doors in August of ’07, the Rejoice set was among some of the first Christmas images the company released. It offered an elegant angel and scripted words perfect for the holidays!  Just check out this elegant card by Betty Wright and you’ll see….

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    The Rejoice set has been retired, but part of the set – the word Rejoice – is making a comeback! It’s a single stamp and is one that is sure to make clean and classy Christmas cards for years to come!!

    Rejoice Word Web

    It may be Release Week here at Flourishes but this single stamp is available NOW  here!  If you’d like to see how the Design Team used this oldie but goodie to create elegant Christmas creations, head on over and see…..

  • Christine Okken
  • Cindy Lawrence
  • Danielle Kennedy
  • Dawn Burnworth
  • Julie Koerber 
  • Laura Fredrickson
  • Leslie Miller
  • Stacy Morgan
  • This image was illustrated by my friend Joan Machincheck , a master calligrapher.  I have always loved her work and am so glad that we own some of her creations.

    My card today takes this classic and adds some mirrored effects.  With past card I have made them very elegant, but today I opted for a simple card that could be easily be repeated.

    I stamped my image on Flourishes Classic White cardstock with Memento Black ink.  I used Copics to color the image using one from each of these groups: Evergreen, Spruce and Poppy.  The image was cut with Labels Fifteen.  Then the mirrored cardstocks from the store were used in Red Mirrored and Gold Mirrored Cardstock ( both available tomorrow in the Flourishes store).  The gold is cut with the same size Nestie and the red was done using the largest die in the set.  This mirrored cardstock works beautifully with the dies.

    Simple red rhinestones from Kaiserfive the  finish the touch.  The images were all attached to each other using Scor-It tape.  The dark green cardstock was given some texture with a Cuttlebug dotted swiss folder.  Dimensionals attach the focal image to the face of the card to make it pop. 

    This entire card took less than 30 minutes, so I can reproduce it easily for the many Christmas cards that are needed for the Christmas season.

    Thanks for stopping in today, hope you have a bit of inspiration to take with you.

    Ciao,

    Jan Marie

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    October Sketchy Details Challenge

    With Flourishes’ October release right around the corner, it’s time to get those creative juices flowing and have another fun-filled challenge. So, without further ado, welcome to…..

    If you are anything like me, you love a great sketch to spark a little bit of creativity in the ole craft room!  So, look at the sketch above and let’s see what you’ve got! If you play, you’ll be in the running to win all three of Flourishes’ new releases for October. You have until Friday, October 15th at 5 PM EST to enter for your chance to win. Use Flourishes stamps if you have them, but if you don’t, please play along anyway. If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword FLLCOCT10. Keep in mind, in order to be eligible, you need to link your creation to the Flourishes blog  using the inlinkz linky.

    I rotated the cketch to make a top fold card.

    Using the Apple of My Eye set , I stamped the small apple three times, colored with Copics Daffodil and Poppy collections, and cut them out.  I cut an Oval using Nesties and Flourishes White Classic paper.  The second oval is done using a Deckled Edge nestie.  The base apple was applied directly to the white card stock and the second and third apples were applied using tiny dimmensionals.  I topped them off with tiny rhinestones from Kaiser.

    The stripped layer is made from Basic Grey Jovial.  The edges were punched with a Martha Stewart punch.

    The next layer is Flourishes White Classic cardstock and is on top of the brand new Basic Grey Manila pad.  Four larger rhinestones set off the corners.  The base card stock is red.  The ribbon is the red with green edge from the Flourishes store.  All layers were attached with Scor-It Tape.

    The Flourishes DT took on this ‘The Details are Sketchy’ challenge too.. so hop on over and see…

    Julie Koerber
    Christine Okken
    Danielle Kennedy
    Dawn Burnworth
    Leslie Miller
    Stacy Morgan

    Thanks for stopping in today and until next time,

    Ciao,

    Jan Marie

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    Fall is in the Air

    Greetings from the Florida panhandle where we are experiencing a wonderful treat of cooler air.  Now when I say cooler I mean it was 48 degrees last night and the high today will only be 77 degrees.  It won’t last long as the warmer weather will return by the end of the week.  It has been beautiful days with blue skies, a slight breeze, and not even a hint of humidity.  That has made my daily walks bearable.

    My card today was made using the Flourishes Sunflower set.  It is a larger card measuring 5 inches by 7 inches.  Sunflowers always remind me of the end of summer for some reason.   I remember my days in Italy and the huge fields of sunflowers.  As the day progressed, it was neat to watch the sunflower heads slowly follow the sun’s position.  The fields were expansive and a feast for the eyes.

    The image was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink onto Flourishes Classic Ivory cardstock.  I colored using Copics  Sunflower and Evergreen collections.  I then used  Nestabilities Label Seventeen on the image and Old Olive cardstock.  The little lady bug was also colored with Copics and then I used crystal glaze to add some different texture.  The designer paper is Basic Grey cappella. The classic ivory, to which I distressed the edges, was adhered to the Old Olive card base.  Those cute nail heads are in copper and fairly new to the store.  The finishing touch was ribbon from my stash and a Flourishes Finishing Touch floral also in copper.

    Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon.

    Ciao,

    Jan Marie

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    WCMD-A Challenge

    On this World Cardmaking Day, Flourishes is joining Splitcoast Stampers by giving folks “Hope they can Cling to”! Whether the stamps you use cling to acrylic or wood, they hold the power to convey hope and lift the spirits of anyone who sees what you create with them. That is the inspiration for SCS’s “Hope You Can Cling To” stamping campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All this month, SCS is partnering with the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center for a month long card drive to benefit those affected by breast cancer. The campaign kicks off  TODAY!  To honor this heartfelt drive, Flourishes is offering up one heck of a challenge!

    Here’s the Challenge: Since women come in all shapes and sizes — tall and skinny, round and shapely, even a little boxy, let us honor that! So, we will ditch the A-2 sized cards (4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″) and get creative. Anything goes! If you do that AND use ribbon, you’ll get two entries! If you use a non-standard shape card, use ribbon, and use the color pink, you’ll have three chances to win! Show us what you can create! When uploading to SCS, please use the keyword: FLLCWCMD10. You have until October 31st to enter and have a shot at winning a goody bag which includes Flourishes “Fight Like a Girl” stamp set supporting breast cancer survivors!

    My card is 6 x 6, a non standard size; I used ribbon and the color pink….so I can fit the challenge…YEAH!

    I had fun using designer paper to set the feeling of the card.  Of course the set is from Flourishes, Think Pink, Fight Like A Girl.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the edge of the card and tiny Kaiser pearls to set off the image.

    The image was stamped in Black Memento ink and Colored with Copics, using the Sweet Pea and Dusty Rose collections. The ribbon is a pretty tiny pink silk also from the store. 

    I hope you will take the challenge and also enjoy the 10% off when you are shopping at Flourishes.  Use the code: WCMD10 today.  Thanks for stopping in today.

    Ciao,

    Jan Marie

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