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Hello Friends,

  Today draws to a close the three days for our Flourishes January 2012 Release.  The newest set in the Flourishes line is Love Sweet Love.  This set speaks of all things love, chocolate, heart and flowers, and, OK today we added a twis,t a cookie bouquet.  That is Love Sweet Love.  Here is a peek at this sweet, sweet set:

For today I choose the basket of love in the form of tulips and lilac, two of my favorite flowers;  but neither will grow here in the Florida panhandle.  In my virtual garden of coloring they are both found often.

If you expected this to be pink, I have disappointed you as I chose a light aqua as my dominate color.  I had lots of fun coloring the image using these Flourishes own Copic Collections:

I had a lot of Copic markers on my work space.  One of my new luxuries this year is to have a part-time studio assistant.  Oh my does this make a difference in my day.  Well I am here to tell you she almost passed out when she saw all the markers astrew.  “Not to worry”, I told her they are labeled to it’s easy to clean up, she chuckled and let me continue on in my own little corner of the world. 

Once the image was colored I trimmed it and had I looked at this through the camera lenses before I continued I would have gone back and re trimmed.  Lesson learned.  I used a new to me embossing folder from Couture Creations called Hedged Maze.  I simply love it.  It is a full 5″x7″ folder that makes really deep impressions.  We hope to have these in the store real soon.  I also used another embossing folder on a second layer.  It is new to our store and it is called Debonair Edges by Craft Concepts.  After the image was embossed, I sponged with  white craft ink and let it dry, then I cut the images apart using only the square image.  I cut two pieces of Flourishes Classic White paper with Spellpinders Lacey squares, using the two largest dies.  I added a May Arts Twill in Turquoise and then layered it with another piece of woven ribbon from my stash.  A small strip of white lace finished off the bottom.  I made a bow out of May Arts Two Tone Light Blue ribbon.  At the very top a piece of 1/8″ Velvet ribbon was added.  In this picture it looks dark but in real lfe it matches the turquoise nicely.  Some crystal findings from Michael’s finished it off for me.

Well enough gushing for today.  It is time for me to send you on to the designers taking part in today’s release.

Barbara Anders
Julie Koerber
Christine Okken
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Stacy Morgan
Tammy Hershberger
Sharon Doolittle
Heather Jensen
Beate Johns
Cindy Haffner
Mona Pendleton

Of course we want you to have lots of chances to win some or even all of this month’s releases so we have a Mystery Blogger

and a Noon Time Challenge in which you can take part…lots of chances and even more if you leave me a love note from this post.

Thanks for sharing your time with me.

Ciao,

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FLLC Release Day 2–Heart Lines

Hello Friends,

  Today we are releasing a great new sentinments set called Heart Lines.  I think this set by Marcella Hawley is just the right for so many people that we would like to send Valentines and to let some know the are special to us for many other days of the year.  So without further here is a peak at the set.

I really had fun creating my card for this set.  Again today I used this month’s 1,2,3 Create Kit, Sweet Nothings.  Using Peach Blossom cardstock as my base, I then choose papers from the pad of Sweet Nothings paper.  Then using Spellbinders Twisted Metal dies, using the largest image in the set, I cut that image twice;  once on the small aqua white dot paper and once on the Peach Blossom cardstock.  I used the aqua dot paper in the center and then added the large piece as a frame around the insert.   Then I cut two more pieces from and additional die from the same die set in Peach Blossom, which when I assembled the center focus, I added to each side.  The only coloring on this card was to highlight the outlined words and I using the SU Peach Blossom marker to fill in the open space.  I also dyed white ribbon with the same color reinker by placing a few drops in a zip baggie and squashing the ribbon until the color was absorbed through out the piece of ribbon.  I then made a peg bow, following Beeca’s instructions, added a Basic Grey Glazed Brad  (don’t know the name), but several of them worked quite well.  Adding some rhinestones to highlight several areas completedthe look for me.  I hope you like it.

There is also a

And a noon time challenge and lots of ways to have a chance to win some of this month’s release stamps.

Visit the designers listed below and leave a note to each of them for yet even more chances to win.

Barbara Anders

Julie Koerber

Christine Okken

Cindy Lawrence

Danielle Kennedy

Dawn Burnworth

Stacy Morgan

Tammy Hershberger

Sharon Doolittle

Heather Jensen

Beate Johns

Cindy Haffner

Mona Pendleton

Can’t wait to have these babies in you inky fingers???  I understand, so we’ve made them available in the preview bundle and you can even get the bundle 10% off.

I hope I have added an AH moment to your day.  I am glad you came to visit and hope you left me a note in the comment section.

Ciao,

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FLLC Release Day 1- From the Heart

Hello and welcome today one of Flourishes’ fabulous sneak peeks for January!  We have three new sets coming your way designed to deliver a little love to someone else’s life! The calendar might say winter but we’re sure these Valentine sets will WARM your heart! 

Introducing…

 

This classic set —  From the Heart — penned by Becky Fleck, offers an antique flavor for Valentine’s Day!  An ornate heart stands as a focal point and is a perfect companion to Spellbinders Classic Heart Nestabilities die (S4-136)  and Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Heart Nestabilities Die (S4-137).  A curled banner is the perfect accent — allowing a few of the sentiments to be stamped inside!

I just love Acanthus style art.  It is so classic, found in so much  architecture.  It is actually a plant that has thorny leaves and is native to tropical and warm temperate regions, with the highest species diversity in the Mediterranean Basin and Asia.    Acanthus is a genus  of about 30 species of flowering plants in the family Acanthaceae.   Several cities are names for this plant such as Acanthus (Greece), an ancient Greek city,  Acanthus (Egypt), an ancient Egyptian city,  Acanthus, Ontario, a modern Canadian town.  Now that I have shared a little bit of knowledge I found on the internet and the suspense  heightens, I want to share with you my card for today.  So close your eyes tight and then open them now. 

Viola !

I used the newest 1,2,3 Create Kit from Flourishes – Sweet Nothings.  I love the paper and wonderful accessories in this set.  I added two different ribbons from my stash and a jewelry piece I found at Michael’s.  I stamped my image in Memento Rich Cocca ink and colored with the Copic Collection Black Cherry.

Would you like to win this set? All you need to do is leave some love in the form of a comment on the blogs below!  Why?  You need to try to figure out…..

 

One of the ladies on our link list below will be picking a name from the comments on her blog post today. We don’t know which one it is… so the more blogs you leave comments on, the more chances you have to win!

Barbara Anders
Julie Koerber
Cindy Lawrence
Christine Okken
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Stacy Morgan
Tammy Hershberger
Sharon Doolittle
Heather Jensen
Mona Pendleton
Cindy Haffner

Mona Pendleton 

 

DID YOU KNOW YOU COULD WIN OUR ENTIRE JANUARY RELEASE?  Have you checked out our  ” A New Year Challenge”? Just click HERE to find out how to play!  You can also play in our Noon Time Challenges this week!  To do that, all you need to do is check in — right here on the Flourishes blog Wednesday and Thursday at  noon!  These fast-paced challenges are designed to spark creativity and give you another chance to win some wonderful goodies!  All challenges will close this Friday at 5 PM EST and winners will be announced Saturday in our Winner’s Circle blog post!  So get those fingers inky and good luck!

Can’t wait until all of our sets are revealed Friday morning?  Well, you can pre-order them now if you like what you see on our designers’ blogs!  Just click HERE.  You’ll also see that we are offering our special New Release Bundle again – 10% off if you purchase all three stamp sets in one bundle!

Ciao,

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