Archive for December, 2011

Snow Beautiful in Pink

Today Flourishes is having a Free for All for our theme.  We have a very special family that we have watched the children grow through the years.  Their third child has finish her high school and is off to be an Au Pair for a French family for six months before starting college.  I wanted a very special card for her as a Bon Vonage and here it is. Along with the card will be a journal for her to record this  wonderful experience.  It reminds me of my very first trip to  Europe and how much my world expanded.  I kept a journal and reread it once a year.

It is a variation of another card I did using the same Snow Beautiful set.  I love these little Purple Finches.  Here in Florida we don’t have snow or Purple Finches, I know of these great little birds from a calendar page–a most amazing place to learn about so many things in the world–calendar pages.

The Snow Beautiful set and our custom Tailor-Made Keyhole dies are a perfect pairing.  I promise I will have another take on this set for winter cards…It is destined to be a go to winter card.  The pink cardstock has been hugged in a Couture Creation 5″x7″ folder,Tied Together.  I just love the Coutre Creation having this larger size of embossing folders.  The detail is just great.  We will soon be adding them to the Flourishes store. The images were all colored with Copics –and I had just a touch of bleed through on the pinks…I hurried the process just a tad.  It is topped with  Flower Soft white and of course, a little glitter.  Tiny brown velvet ribbon and white lace are both from Flourishes.  The sheer wide white ribbon is layered with satin pink pleated ribbon then festooned  with ivory iridescent faceted crystals–they just pick up the colors so beautifully.

Here we are just busy baking and decorating.  We don’t actually decorate until the last week of Advent as we are still in a waiting time and getting ready for the coming of Christ.  Our Advent wreath is lite each night for supper.  At Thanksgiving I bring out my Spode fine Christmas china. The pattern is Christmas rose.  I purchased them at the Spode factory outlet in England.  Sitting on the floor in the shop,I ran my fingers around each plate then set it down to make sure is was level as these are all the seconds in the factory.  I loved the process and treasure the dishes.  I plan to share our holiday celebration with you over the next few days.

I know everyone is very busy so I let you scoot to the Flourishes Senior Design Team to see their lovely creations.  We are all highlighting the sets from the December bundle and the Tailor-Made Keyhole dies.   So off you go to visit.  Also, this is the last day to take advantage of Flourishes New Release Bundle — 10% off all new release sets if you buy them in a bundle. You can check out that fabulous deal HERE! 

Barbara Anders
Christine Okken
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Sharon Doolittle
Stacy Morgan
Tammy Hershberger

Thanks for stopping in the Atelier….I treasure your visits


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Little Black Dress

For style, and classic elegance one cannot beat the little black dress.  I was so excited when I saw this collection of papers that I knew it was a must have for Flourishes.  So we’ve put together a Kit of the Month featuring, Basic Grey Little Black Dress Paper.

The best thing I can say to you is, “if you like it, buy it now”, the quanity is limited.  I have used this paper so much  on a variety of cards.  There is such a range of papers, ribbons, buttons, and trims in this kit that you won’t be disappointed.

Here is my card for today featuring the kit.

I used a layout that Becca at Amazing Paper Grace had used.  This layout was so elegant and classic that I knew I would have to find a way to include a graphic on the card.  I used the set With Gratitude, our Flip gift for this year, setting on the Blush Blossom paper cut from our very own Tailor-Made Keyhole die.  I did a very tiny touch of toning using Copic Cool Neutrals.

I used the Spellbinder Fleur de Lis Squares, just as Becca did.  To add a touch of color I used Blush Blossom paper, Little Black dress Paper Pad, and Classic white cardstock,  buttons from the kit, then I added some blush colored pearls.  I am in love with the way this card turned out.

DID YOU KNOW YOU COULD WIN OUR ENTIRE DECEMBER RELEASE?  Have you checked out Flourishes’ Feminine Flair Challenge? Just click HERE to find out how to play! You can also play in their Noon Time Challenges!  The Night and Day Challenge  or… the Perfect Pear Challenge! All challenges will close this Friday at 5 PM EST and winners will be announced Saturday!!

Can’t play? Well, you could take advantage of a fabulous deal! Just click HERE  for a peek at Flourishes’ New Release Bundle — order both sets for 10% off when you buy it in a bundle!

Today completes our December release and I hope you will hop to all of the designers to see their creations today.  So here’s the list:

Thanks for coming back today.  I will have a post on the Flourishes blog on Saturday, so hope you will come back for that one as well.  As Always I love your visits and read each comment….they spur me on.

Be sure to check out the Flourishes Blog for all the details for challenges and ways to win this month’s great releases.

Ciao for today,

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Release Day Two- Pears

Flourishes is releasing two new stamps this month,  both stamps, Snow Wonderful andPears are over the top wonderful. Today we are releasing Pears, to add to our fruit botanical line.  Marcella has put her great talents in motion with this set.   While this is a slight departure from all of the holiday card making it is a little rest from the total infusion of Christmas in our daily lives.

Pears are in their high point this time of year and Mike & I received a box of them from Harry & David.  I used the fresh pears as my guide for this card.  I love the combination of the bright green and black and think they work well with this small image from the set.  So here is my card for today.

The card uses the Spellbinder Fleur de Lis rectangles.  Designer paper from my stash of Basic Grey, Basic White paper, Kaiser black rhinestones,and apple green ribbon from my stash.

You will want to visit the Flourishes blog to get all of the details of the challenges and ways to win this month’s releases.  Also remember the

as well as our designer to see the great creations they have made with this wonderful set:

Want both of these set at a discount, then get thm in our December Release bundle and our Tailor-Made Keyhole die as well.

I am grateful for all the get well wishes from all of you.  My physical therapy is continuing, still using a walker, but each day is a little better.  Thank you for your visit today, I am so glad you came.


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