Archive for November, 2011

Surprise—Happy Birthday Julie

For all of you that visit here please see my post for Julie birthday click here to go to the Flourishes blog.



Jan Marie

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Final Sneak –First Noel

Hi Stampers,

  Today is the final day of the Flourishes Christmas Holiday Releases.  Today we have our signature silhouette artist Lauren Pope taking center stage.  Lauren has created a wonderful and easy to stamp image that is full of meaning and elegance. The First Noel is a standout set for stampers looking for the meaning of Christmas!

  This set has a wonderful detailed manger scene and the included sentiments are perfect for this set.

  In planning for my post today, I put myself in the stamper’s seat, I’m normally there any way.  We always need lots of cards for the holidays, we all want them to be beautiful and to speak to our art and creativity.  My life gets really busy and time is of the essence, so I created my card with all of these points in mind.  So here it is.

Here’s my thinking – dramatic, elegant, one sheet of card stock, ease of mailing.  I used the Center Step Card I found on Splitcoaststampers. I printed out the directions and viewed Frances’ tutorial.  This is really easy.  I followed her directions to the letter and had success on the first try.  Too bad is was on scratch paper–now for the real thing.  I used one piece of Navy card stock cut  5 1/2″ x 11″,  then I cut, scored, and folded as directed.  I dusted a second piece of Navy cardstock with my Perfect Printing Pouch to remove any static.  Working over a piece of scratch paper I “inked” up the image with VersaMark watermark stamp pad and stamped the image, then generously sprinkled Ranger’s Super Fine Detail  gold embossing powder and heat set  it.   I attached the card to the card face using thick glue dots.  On each side of the card I added some ribbon from our Boutique cuts Ruban Fantaisie Lurex-GOLD and then on the top of the gold ribbon I added a string of Kaiser Pearl Strip in white.  I used one larger Kaiser pearl on the star.

Here are some other views of the card, first a straight on shot

and now one from the side

I know this will be a go to layout for upcomping cards for the holidays.  I think it would be just as pretting using the navy on silver, or a light sky blue silver…my wheels are already turning.

PS…I did add a 1″wide x 4″ long strip wich I scored in the middle and added a score line and 1/2″ on each end and then attached to the inside of th card to make it more stable.  Here a side view….look at the strip attaching the front and back of card.


 I hope you have enjoyed looking in the Atelier today.  I certainly am glad you came.

Please visit our designers today

Be sure to look for the Secret Blogger

Visit the Flourishes Blog for all the details and lots of chances and challenges to win some of these great releases.  You may be lucky and win one or all of these beautiful sets.  Good luck!

Oh I almost forgot, tomorrow we are releasing a new 1,2,3 Create Kit December 25, there are limited quantities and some of the designers will highlight this kit as well.


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Day 3 Joy is in the Air

Hi Stampers,

  It is another great day here at Flourishes, and we are ready to release another new stamp to our Christmas and Holiday line up.  Take center stage…Joy is in the Air!

  This set is just full of fun images and ready for all of you that love to color.  The globe is the perfect nesting spot for any of the three images that Marcella Hawley has penned for us.  This set will bring out the child in us regardless of age.  In fact my niece was here this afternoon and her three-year old knows just where to head when she comes over as I have a drawer of colors and art materials for the little ones.  She saw the Santa I was working on and giggled and asked for her own!  Gotta grow them young!

  Here is the card I made to share.

  Isn’t he super?  I had so much fun coloring that I did three different scenes and had to choose.  I made some mistakes along the way……I covered two images with Clear Glaze to have that real feeling…I felt sick as the Copic markers bled terribly, so I just smiled and started over,  I had learned another lesson!  I used the following Flourishes Copic Collections:


You are right if you think my desk was a pile of Copics, but I was in my glory coloring with joy!  I could have doe it all day but then you all would be wondering where your new goodies were sitting..LOL

  For more joy, take a spin around the Flourishes designers to see their creations.

Check the Flourishes blog for all the details.  Join in the challenges and have lots of chances to wins some of these new luscious sets.

  Thanks for making my day special with your visit.  Come back tomorrow for another great reveal.


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It’s a Big Day for Flourishes!!!

Hi Stampers,

  Today I can hardly contain myself.  We are on day two of release with a very special stamp set by Marcella Hawley.  Petals & Peace is a unique look at the winter season.  This beautiful set has two gorgeous images, one with Roses and Greenery and one with Amaryllis and music score.  But to make this even better, we are releasing our very own custom die line, Tailor Made, and made just for us by Spellbinders.  So without further adieu here is the set Petals and Peace


And here is the companion die for the set:


Now here is the card I made using these beauties:

Here is an upclose look at the image

The card is 2 dimensional.  I used an Anna Griffin embossed and glittered paper for the face of the card, layered on Classic Ivory paper.  I cut the keyhole die out thru both pieces of cardstock and stitched the edges.  The look through the key hole has the roses images which I cut with the same die, and colored with these Copic collections:

The beautiful silk ribbon is May Arts Silk Champagne.  Lots of foam tape keep this layer floating above the keyhole.  I really like how this card turned out.  All the pieces came together just as I imagined.

There is a lot going on today, so visit the Flourishes blog for all the details.  Here is a link list to all the designers joining the hop today, they have a lot to share

Thanks for stopping in today.


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Timeless Tuesday Sneak

Hi Stampers,

  It is Release Week for Flourishes.  Today we are highlighting a totally sentimental set, Sentinmental Christmas.

I have joined in the hop today with an ultra easy card for the Christmas season and we have lots of cards to make.  I never have enough time to get all the things done that I need to do and today was no exception.  I was not having a good mojo day so I made a much simpler and realistic card.

I used Spellbinder Die, Ironwork Motifs on Flourishes Classic White paper, stamped the sentiment in Silver pigment ink and embossed with Dazzling Diamonds Embossing Powder.  The blue cardstock was embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot and lightly skimmed with silver ink.  The diecut was detailed with tiny pearls I colored with my Copic Marker to let them stand out.  A few swirls of pearls from Zeva, a dash of ribbon and I was almost done.  I mounted the blue card stock on Silver Metallic card stock and then onto the white card base.

I hope you will take the hop around all of the designers that are taking part in the sneak hop.

Thanks for stopping in today.


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