Archive for July, 2011

Our sneek peek week always seems to fly by but today, you’re just in “time” to see our FULL JULY LINE UP! That’s right, all of Flourishes July Release is now LIVE in the Flourishes store! You can CLICK HERE to see, but you’ll want to hop on over to see what our Flourishes Design Team whipped up today — these creations are truly “timeless!” Why? Check out this set……

This masculine, all occassion set is perfect for wishing the guys in your life a little cheer. This set penned by Lauren Pope features too beautiful main images plus a handful of accents and four elegantly scripted sentiments. It’s great for birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, you name it! I have to say, I love all the accents that just make this set so very classy!

Here is the card I created using this wonderful new set.

Today I kept this card easy peasy.  Starting with brown cardstock, designer paper and ribbon from my stash, So Saffron paper and two Spellbinder circle dies as for accents I used the Flourishes Ribbon Slides as well as the BoBunny stickers for an extra touch.  The hour class image was stamped on to Flourishes Classic White paper in Memento brown ink and colored with Copics.  I used glossy Accents over the hour-glass bowls, IRL it looks like a blown hour-glass.  I definitely think that this set is destined to become a classic as there are so many times in our lives that we want to send without being feminine.

Want to win this set? All you need to do is comment on all of these ladies’ blogs below! Why? Because it’s a little game! A game to find out…..

That means, one of these ladies will draw the lucky winner from the comments on their blog for Thursday’s Sweet Nature post! So get hopping on over to see what they whipped up and leave them some love in the form of a comment — you could win a free stamp set!

Want a chance to win the ENTIRE FLOURISHES RELEASE FOR JULY? You have a FEW ways to win! Check out these challenges below. You have until 5PM Eastern tonight to enter….. so get creating!

Farm Fresh Challenge
Get Sketchy Challenge
Copy Cat Challenge

We should point out that ALL winners will be chosen and announced tomorrow (Saturday) in our Winner’s Circle post right here on the Flourishes blog! With so many chances to win between all the challenges and our Mystery Blogger contest — YOUR NAME could easily be on the winner’s list! So, check back tomorrow! Thanks everyone for joining us this week. We had a blast and hope you did too!


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Day 2 July Release Sweet Nature

Today we are releasing one of my most favorite of flowers.  Sweet Nature is another in the beautiful botanicals by Marcells Hawley.  Once you see it you too will love it’s delicate, soft and romantic feel.  Ranunculus have always eluded me.  I wanted them for my wedding  however by August these beautiful posies are gone from our horizon.  Living in Florida makes these gorgeous beauties an impossibility.  I “googled” these wonder flowers and here is part of what I found ”

“Persian buttercup, Ranunculus asiaticus, produces beautiful flowers in a wide range of reds, yellows, oranges, pinks and whites with petals that appear to be made of crepe paper. The flowers rise above the dainty foliage on long slender stems. They make beautiful cut flowers that last a long time if cut while still in a bud.”

Let me unveil Marcella’s take on this beauty:

Here’s my first card with this set:

I am including some other beautiful photos I got from the internet.  You will recognize these flowers and we often see them in wedding magazines,









And this one:









but then look at the color I found:









I have certainly digressed but hope I have inspired you to add this beauty to your stamp collection.  I certainly will be on of my “go to” sets.


Visit the Flourishes Designers and see their love creations.

Check the Flourishes to be a part of the many things happening.  Take part in the challenges and have a chance to win this set or all of this months release.

Thanks for stopping in the Atelier today.


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Today at noon CST Flourishes posted a sketch challenge.  Here is the sketch.

It’s one where — if you play along — you could win Flourishes entire release for July! Pretty exciting, right? So, let’s get to the action!



HOW TO PLAY: See this sketch above? All you need to do is make a card or creation by using this as your inspiration and you’ll be in the running! It’s just that easy! With four stamp sets on the line, what are you waiting for?

Here is my card using the new Honeycomb background.  This is an amazing stamp.

  Marcella actually watercolored this image and we made a stamp from the image.  It stamps beautifully.  On my card I stamped onto So Saffron paper and Memento ink in Daffodil.  For the smaller image I used Flourishes Classic Ivory paper and the same Memento ink and got a was able to infer a both positive and negative image.  The small image was stamped in Memento Black and colored with Copics.  Spellbinder dies Oval and scallop ovals really set this image off.  A bit of May Arts Ruffled edge ribbon and Vintage brad just set it off.

This card is for Mike, “the shipping guy” aka my dh.  He is off in Europe visiting with children and grandchildren and this will be part of the welcome home package.

Now it’s your turn at taking the challenge and here are


  • Entries need to be in by Friday, July 15th by 5 PM EST
  • Those that use Flourishes stamps will be counted twice for their entries
  • You must link your creation on this post using our inlinkz widget in order to qualify
  • You must have a link to our challenge in your blog or gallery post.
  • Please DO NOT combine challenges, while we love challenge chasers, we want to give those that follow the rules a chance at a prize valued at more than $60
  • If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword FLLCJUL01


Need a little inspiration? Check out these fine ladies creations to get those creative juices flowing! All of our sketch designers are showing off our new set Bee My Honey!

Don’t forget to make your challenge entry count by linking up below using our Inklinkz Widget!

Link your creation on the Flourishes Blog.


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July Release- Bee My Honey

Hello Fellow Stampers,

  I can hardly believe that I just typed in July  release  Where has this year gone???  It seems like we were all just fussing about the cold.  We have been at full-blown summer for a while now.

  This month we have a new group of wonderful stamps. We’re all a buzzzzz here at Flourishes! Today marks a brand new release for us and boy, are you going to love what we’ve got in store! Today all the Flourishes designers have peeks of two new sets — one to make sweet creations and a beautiful background that is a perfect companion! Want a peek?


This beautiful and fanciful set offers a sweet look at a honey of a life as a bee. Illustrated by Marcella Hawley, this set features three main images plus little bees which serve as accents along with five fun-filled sentiments. We can’t tell you how “sweet” each of these drawings are!

Here is the card I created with this stamp. 

I used black and pink for my theme and added some texture with scoring for my background.  The image is stamped in black and colored with Copics.  My White Opaque Pen added just the right touch to the daisies.  The black rhinestones add a touch of bling and softened with the checkered ribbon from my stash.  The Spellinder dies showcase the stamped image.

And, here’s a look at the coordinating background!

While this whimsical background is perfect for any one of Flourishes botanicals, it was created with our new set, Bee My Honey, in mind. A gorgeously watercolored honeycomb background artistically drawn by Marcella Hawley has been put on polymer to add a beautiful accent to your stamped creations!

Want to win both of these sets? All you need to do is comment on all of these ladies’ blogs below! One of them is our…..

That means, one of these ladies will draw the lucky winner from the comments on their blog for Wednesday’s Bee My Honey/Honeycomb post! So get hopping on over to see what they whipped up and leave them some love in the form of a comment — you could win some free stamps!


Check back today right here on the Flourishes Blog at Noon CST for one of the daily challenges. This one is a little sketchy! So, click on over and see what’s in store!

FYI: All of this week’s sets will be live in the Flourishes store first thing Friday morning! If you like what you see on the designers’ blogs and want the sets before they are fully released, you can pre-order! Just click HERE! We also have the New Release Bundle, which gives you all four of our stamp sets for 10% off!

Stay tuned,tomorrow will bring us another great image to add to your florals.   Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see what I have in store!


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