Archive for February, 2012

Hello Stamper Friends,

  Yesterday I posted to the Flourishes blog, about the new Ranger Products in the Flourishes store.  In that post I showed you the bookmark below that I made to remember my friend’s mother.  Today I will show you a few steps I did for this creation.  A dear friend visiting me was watching as I worked.  She said, “How are are you going to present that to your friend?”   Oh my, I had not thought of that at all!  I know that in Japan the presentation of a gift is as important as the gift itself.  I had to put my thinking cap on and today I will share this creation as it evolved.  It turned into a real labor of love for two very special ladies in my life.

  Here is the bookmark that I made.

  Here is how I started.  Using the Flourishes Tailor-Made Custom Keyhole die.  I cut one image out of Flourishes Classic White card stock.  Then I stamped the images of flowers on to Eclipse masking tape.  I repeated with multiples of each flower I considered using for this bookmark.    I cut these images with my tiny scissors and then began to play, arranging them into order until I was happy.  I then started with my center image on the bottom, removed the mask, stamped with Stazon Timber wood, then covered the image,  I repeated this process both top and bottom.  Then I removed the mask and began the joy of coloring.  Using the Ranger Distress ink, the Cut n” Dry Nibs, and Inkssential Ink Refresher.  The Ink Refresher makes the ink pad juicy and this allows the nibs to take  the ink from the pad to my paper.  The nibs, which I love, are stiff, small, and wonderful to  reach tiny areas.  The Inkssential Ink Refresher is not available in big box stores, it is available at Flourishes.


  I used an 8 inch square paper doily for the outside of the envelope, cut a piece of light pink cardstock, scoring as I had done with the paper  and adhered the  two layers with Zip Dry Glue.


   When I completed my coloring, I placed a layer again using the Classic White card stock, cut with the Spellbinder Floral Rectangles (due to arrive soon).

    Having completed the outer layer I was ready to move to the inside of the presentation envelope.  I securing this layer with Scor-Tape.  

 I made a belly band out of a light pink ribbon, using an image from the stamp set,” Love Sweet Love” I stamped with Memento Black Ink, then layered it onto a slightly larger square of the light pink card stock. 

Here is the finished belly band:

 which was colored with these Flourishes Copic Collections:

Details on my bookmark.  The metal details are jewelery findings, I added to give the bookmark some weight.  The small detail on the bottom is actually two pieces that are magnets.  I really like the finished look.

Final assembly –  just as my friend will receive this gift of love.

Viola!  Thanks for stopping in today.  Please leave a little note, I love reading  your comments.


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Hello Friends,

   Welcome to the last day of our release.  I just love each of the new releases.  Today’s stamp set is penned by Marcella Hawley.   He Is Risen, is a faith-based Easter theme set.  It is beautiful.  It has a central focus of a gorgeous cross with a glorious spray of lilies and smaller flowers.  A single lily is another image and there are five sentiments.  All this beauty is clustered in a 4″x6″ polymer set.  Here is the sneak:

  I wanted to make a special card for this set.  I wanted it to feel like a breath of sunshine and celebrate the Pascal celebration.  I am happy with the results, I hope you like it as well.

  The base of my card is a  is a lilac card stock, layered with a very soft yellow cardstock then an overlay of vellum that was embossed with a embossing folder, Hedged Maze, by Couture Creations.  The results from these folders are deep embossing that really stand out on a card.  The same two  colors were layered but in the reverse for the next layer.  The cross was stamped onto Flourishes Classic White paper, cut and embossed with Spellbinder die Deckled Edges Rectangle.  I colored it with the following Flourishes Copic Collections

The extra details are a strip of  White Scalloped Lace Trim , topped with a scalloped strip of yellow cardstock  that was cut using Spellbinder Edgeablities, E8 ,Classic Scallop.  I wove a beautiful Lilac May Arts ribbon through the holes.  Kaiser pearls were added and my creations was complete.  That was so simple.  I just love it when my plan work out in real life.  So often my cards evolve and become their own identity, no matter what my intentions were at the start.

As you know we have a hop to each of the Flourishes Designers that I hope you will visit.  Just click on the names below.

Look for the Mystery blogger–you may just win some of our new releases!  Join us on Saturday when we will be in the winners circle announcing all the winners of this month’s release.  I hope to see you there.

Thank you for visiting today.  Leave me some love, I enjoy reading all your comments.


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Hello Friends,

The headline should grab your attention because today we are releasing a darling new set Tiny Flowers and Tags by Marcella Hawley, and, yes, we have a new custom die made for our Tailor-Made line by Spellbinders.  Between the lovely small images and sentiments, Tiny Flowers and Tags is an absolutely must have!

The other great addition to the Flourishes line is a custom die to our Tailor-Made Die line called Classic Die Tag set.  Although tiny in stature these will be real go to items for small embellishments for your creations.

I choose to cluster my tiny flowers and shape a focus point on the bottom and another accent on the top.  Here’s my card.

I had so much fun doing this card. 

 I used a Spellbinder die and drew a very light circle with a pencil.  Next I stamped two of each flower and leaves I intended to use for my wreath onto Eclipse masking tape and cut them out with tiny scissors.   I stamped the rose at the bottom center of the circle, covered it with a mask,  then added a slightly smaller flower to the right and left and masked them off.  I continued to do this with smaller flowers, masking again.  Leaving the mask all in place I added in leaves, then removed the mask.  Viola!  There was the bottom done ready to color.  I followed the same procedure for the top as well.  Then I colored the images with Copics using the following Flourishes Copic collections:

I used three Spellbinder die sets for the card, S4-293 Lacey Circles for the white layer with the wreath I formed, then S4-124 Classic Scallops large on blush pink  card stock, and finally I cut two white pieces of cardstock using S5-035, Parisian Motifs.  Carefully I cut the centers away and made a cut into each of the outside strips to enlarge it enough to fit around the pink scalloped layer.  This just took a little extra attention.  The cardstock used are Flourishes Classic Ivory, Classic White, blush pink, and a sheet of designer paper from the Sweet Nothings pad of 6″x6″ Kaiser paper.  Ribbons, May Arts Silk Champagne, (looks more peach that champagne to me) and Webster Pages sheer polka dot and White scalloped  lace .  Kaiser pearls both strip and graduated sizes were added to yet another Spellbinder edgeablities.  The sentiment is from FLLC Pears Set stamped onto another sheet of the Sweet Nothing paper pad using Spellbinders Lacey Scallops.  Finally I added the “cherry on the top” by using the brand new Tailor-Made Die Classic Die Tags.

There is more inspiration in our blog hop today, so visit each of the designers below

 and look for the Mystery Blogger.

Check out the Flourishes blog for all the other details and chances to win some of these wonderful new items we have added to the store lineup.

Thanks for taking the time to visit.  Leave me a  note as I love reading your comments.


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Hello Friends,

It is the second Wednesday in the month and that means Flourishes has new stamps to release.  Today we are kicking off February’s release with a beautiful set by Marcella Hawley called Calla Lillies  (beautiful and Marcella  in the same sentence seems redundant to me)These majestic flowers are a favorite of mine.  They grew with abundance in my Grandmother’s yard.  In Italy, near Verona, Calla Lillies just grew prolifically in the ditches along the roads.  One day we saw a little old lady carrying a huge bundle of fresh picked Calla Lillies back to her bicycle.  I have no idea how she intended to get them all home.  LOL  OK, OK,  I will just show you the set so you can have a gasp of delight.

This 4″ x 6″ set is bursting forth with greatness.  It is just perfect for so many occasions.  We have chosen to offer some sentiments for the harder times in life.   It was perfect for a card I made for a gentleman at our church when his mother passed away.  I choose to keep the colors somber, but this dignified set took on the perfect sentiment I wanted for this occasion.

A close up shot will give you some details.

The papers in this card are Flourishes Classic Ivory, black, and Little Black Dress ( Basic Grey) came together for the jaw-dropping style as stated on the Basic Grey cover sheet of the designer paper. I used  Spellbinder dies, S5-062, Lace Doily Motifs,  and S5- 062, Lace Doily Accents.  The image was stamped on Flourishes Classic Ivory then colored with FLLC Copic Collections Evergreen,Daffodil and Cool Neutrals the flowers were  then detailed with Inkssentials  Opaque White  pen.  Using the Cool Neutrals and the Opaque White Pen made the Callas really pop off the page.

Two ribbons grace the card, a beautiful May Arts ribbon Statin Pleats and Bouqutie Cuts Satin Plisse   topped with three rows of Kaiser string pearls in champagne.  A flat black  bow made with my Becca Peg Bow maker (soon to be here and available to you) is adorned with a Webster Pages cameo that I colored with my Memento Black ink pad and gently brushed with gold ink.

All the Flourishes designers  have super inspiration, as well.  So please visit their sites.

We also have a Mystery Blogger that will give you a chance to win some of this months releases

Also a release of the 1,2,3 Create Kit, Bonjour.

Challanges happening all during the day giving you even more chances to win.  You will want to participate in all of these if you have the time.  For the schedule of today’s events please visit the Flourishes Blog.

Thank you so much for visiting today.  Leave me a love note if you would like as I love hearing from you.


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