Archive for April, 2012

From The Garden

Hello Blog Friends,

My blog is posting late…duh, I forgot to schedule the time to publish.  Better late than never, I guess.

I been busy creating in the studio, working on my 28 birthdays cards I posted on the Flourishes Blog yesterday.  Today the entire design team is focusing on the set From the Garden.  Spring is in full force here in Pensacola and everything is taking shape.  I am undertaking some large projects to spruce up the gardens this year and will share those as they progress.

Today I am visiting a friend, she loves to garden but is dismayed that her roses don’t seem to be doing as well as they have in the past.  We’re going to put our heads together and look for some of  the causes.  Since the Friday post today was featuring the From The Garden set I will bring her this card.

I love how perky this card is, the colors and paper work well  together, and I  love the combination of the hot pinks and turquoise.  My paper is from the 1,2,3 Create Kit Howdy Doody at Flourishes.  The papers in that kit are wonderful to work with, lots of looks from weathered wood to tiny prints and stripes.  I used the Teal Braid trim layered over a strip of Cotton Linen Turquoise ribbon.  I made the rosette using the same ribbon by cutting a 3/4″ circle of the Turquoise Linen ribbon and using my glue gun, pleating the ribbon in two layers and used a small brad from the Vintage blue-teal collection.  They are a perfect color match and I like the look it created for the card.

I used my new Letraset Aqua Markers after I had stamped the image on watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx black dry pigment ink.  This ink dries quickly and does not smear with the water markers.  Using the Letraset blender made the coloring easy.  I blended several colors together to get more color tones.  The markers I used are the Blender, Teal,Sangria, celery, straw yellow, Frost Blue, and Mocha.

Please visit the other Designers to see their lovely creations.

I also took a few pictures from my garden to share with you.

These pretty urns are in the back yard along a walk way.  They are so pretty to see from the living room.  This next one is on our front walk way.  It is a bir urn and doing beautifully.  I’ll probably have to keep an eye on it as may out grow the container by summer.

Thanks for stopping in today.  Leave a love note if you have the time,  I just love reading your comments.


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Free For All Friday

Hello Blog Friends

I really had fun with the new releases from Flourishes and with three nieces having babies in sixty days of each other. You can bet I will put these to good use.  Oh, I forgot Mother’s Day too.  These will be my go to stash for a while.

Sunday we had a baby shower for Crystal.  She is having a boy and I had a good time with my girly book for Madelyn  Rose, but I needed to shift gears.  David, the soon to be father, wanted nothing frilly for his baby boy so I made this card.

I just love this image from our new  Hello Baby set.  I kept this simple using lots of layers and a neat two tone woven  ribbon from the Boutique cuts, linen ribbons, and braids from France.  I used Flourishes White classic cardstock and stamped the image with Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  I framed it by cutting with Spellbinders Labels Two and did a tight cut outside the same label die.  This gives a nice edge without moving up a size.  I colored using these Flourishes Copic Collections and lightly used my Ranger foam coloring pads with Antique linen.

The designer paper is from My Mind’s Eye Fiddlesticks paper.  The paper paired with light brown cardstock did the trick for me.  I added two embelishments to the top right corner, one from Bead Landing ( Michael’s) and one from my Basic Grey stash.  This was easy-peasy and the dad thought it was cool!

For my second card today, I needed yet another Baby Boy card.  For this one I used the 1,2,3 Create Kit of the Month, Howdy Doody.  I just love the colors in this kit.  The soft blue and peach are just so sweet together.  All of the papers used in this card came from the kit, except the soft blue card stock.

The onsie was stamped on a sheet from the kit then “fussy cut” .  I added color to the image and around the edges of the details using two Flourishes Copic Collections:

The detail cutting was done using a  detail scissors , and we have them in the store now.

These are actually small medical scissors.  Every craft stamper needs this in the tool box.  I give them my very highest approval rating!

I used two Spellbinders die sets, Floral Ovals and Nested Pennants, and more of the wonderful paper on layers from this set. I then made a small bow from a piece of Satin Finish Cotton Peach Ribbon PFA1300-D84 using my Becca Bow Maker and a pearl stick pin from the set.  I added a strip of the tiny ecru lace from the kit on top of the Peach ribbon.  The tiny pearls are also from the kit as well.  The pretty blue rose was a neat detail piece.  I used a Flower from  Color Me Crazy Petaloo, which I colored with my new Aqua Marker Letraset “Aquamarine”.  They are easy to work with and the price of these make them affordable. A  pearl in the center was the “cherry on the top”.

Now I am sure you will want to visit the Senior Design Team and see what they have created for today.

I hope you have enjoyed my two cards for today. Thanks for stopping in.  Leave a love note as I love hearing your thoughts on my creations.


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Day 3 April Release–Hey Baby!

Hello Blog Friends,

Today is the last day of the sneak peeks at Flourishes April Release, and the timing of this release could not have been more perfect for me.  We are releasing the most darling set called Hey Baby! penned by Marcella Hawley.   If you have been following my blog you know that I have been making a baby book for one of  our home base Flourishes employees.  I had to work under cover on this project as I wanted it to be a surprise.  So here is a view of Hey Baby!,  SS193, our darling set for today.

Doesn’t this just want to make a baby card?  I absolutely adore this set. The next page in the baby book was made using this set.  Here is todays  page but certainly not the last page for the book.  Later on I will share the covers front and back as well as other pages, so stay with me until I have had my fill of this baby making fun.  Our darling Madeline was born this afternoon at 1:37PM, and weighed in at 7 lbs, 9.2 oz. She is 20 inches long and has lots of solid black long curls.  She is just precious.

I called this page Welcome Baby Dear.  The background for this page is a sheet of Graphic 45 from my stash. I then printed Flourishes Classic White Cardstock using my Laser printer which is perfectly compatible with Copics Alcohol markers.  I stamped the onesie image from the stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored with Mementos Angel Pink ink and one marker from the Flourishes Lenten Rose Copic Collection to darken some of the areas of the onesie.

I used Spellbinders Label 18 (S4-310) to cut the white smaller labels, then did a “tight cut” on the outside edge of the label on the light pink.  For the top labels I used two sizes of the the same set.  Down the horizontal center of the page the frugal part of me came out.  I used the strip from the Ironwork Accents (Spellbinders). I lightened the  edges with more Memento Angel Pink ink on a Ranger ink foam.  Then I added May Arts Pink Stain Pleated ribbon, MA 37958-09, and then a string of Kaiser pearls in white PL 501.  For the outside edge of the page I used a strip of the pink cardstock and added a strip white enterudeux (so often used in fine baby clothes), then another string of the Kaiser pearls. and a strip of white French White Venise Laurel Lace (3825).  Three small pink roses from my stash and three larger Kaiser pearls were the finishing touch.

Now I am going to send you on your way to visit the other Flourishes blogging Designers.

O course we have a Mystery Blogger, giving you another chance to win some or all of our April release.

Visit the Flourishes Blog for all the details and challenges.

Thank you visiting today.  Leave me a love note as I love to hear your thoughts, remember I could be the Mystery Blogger.


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Hello Blog Friends,

Last month Flourishes released a new Tailor Made die called Book Plate and stamp set Botanical Book Plate Vol 1.  Today we have the pleasure of releasing a second set for the Tailor Made die.  This set, Botanical Book Plate Vol 2, is just as sweet and beautiful as the first set in this series.  Marcella Hawley penned this set using delicate pansies and lilies of the valley.  The set has four images and and six sentiments.  Here is a peek at this stunning set.

Yesterday I told you that I was working on a special baby book.  Many of you thought that it was the cover of the book.  It not the cover, just page one, I simply left off the mommy’s personal information to be added later.  So you will have to wait to see more of the book later.

Today I am using the beautiful set Botanical Book Plate 2 in an unusual manner.  Here’s the page.

I have used 2 small glassine envelopes  to hold a lock of the baby’s hair and her identification bracelet.

Look closely and you will see that they have a pale tint of pink.  I achieved this look by cutting a small piece of light pink card stock for both envelopes, thinking that this will serve to as place to attach the lock of hair and bracelet.  I typed the information via my word program on to Flourishes White card stock, then cut them out using Spell binder die, Grommet tags S5-058, and stamped the Flourishes companion set for the tags, Country Charm Labels SS153, using Memento Angel Pink.  On the remaining white cardstock I stamped the lilly of the valley stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

I used three of Flourishes Copic Collections, listed below,  to color the images.

I cut them using the Tailor Made die Book Plate and attached them to the top portion of  the envelope.  I used chocolate brown cardstock, then made a tight cut along the outside edge of the die around the labels and the picture in the center.

To give the page more depth yet keep it soft I embossed it with Couture Creation embossing folder “Tied Together”.  I just love this brand of embossing folders.  They come in a 5″  by 7″ size and have such great depth.  The center piece of paper is from Graphic 45 Little Darlings. I used sprig of Prima Flowers, Aire Collection.  I can tell you I will get to use it all this spring as two of my nieces are having baby boys in the next few months.  Tiny butterflies ( a favorite of the mom) were added.  I punched them using the Martha Stewart Butterfly punch then embellished them with Kaiser pearls.  I used Spellbinder Ironwork Accents strips on the top and bottom of the page.

I hope you like this page as much as I do, it was really fun to make something for a baby.

Now I want you to visit the following blogs and see what our designers have created for today as well.

As we do each day of release week there will be a Mystery Blogger giving you another chance to win some or all of this month’s release, so check the Flourishes Blog for all the details.

Of course there will be a Noon Challenge, so check the Flourishes Blog for all the details.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Leave me a love note if you will, I love reading yoru thoughts on my creations.


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Flourishes April Release Day 1

Hello Blog Friends,

Welcome to our April Release week! One thing you’ll notice, right off the bat, is that this release will have a very feminine feel! It’s that time of year when we start to think about honoring the moms in our lives and watching parts of the world turn to spring! So, without further ado, let’s sneak peek our first set!

This beautiful set is another of Lauren Pope’s wonderful silhouettes.  This time she has taken the expected cameo look and made it look the unexpected, quite beautifully, I might add.  She has a special talent to create silhouettes and make them so today, yet timeless.  I just love this set.  It has a wonderful antique lace doily to surround it.  The set contains six wonderful sentiments.  I am going to blow the lunch time surprise and tell you that this set has and 4 “by 6″Antique Lace background….it is just beautiful.

Today, I step out of my card making comfort zone and started making a baby book.  Here at homebase, one of our ladies is having a baby girl on Thursday at noon.  Rachel is having a C Section so, some of the surprise has been taken out of the birth, which I have to been invited to be there for this wonderful occasion.  I’m excited.  Rachael hasn’t seen the book yet, and she is not coming tomorrow so I think I am safe in sharing page one of the book.

The book is a 9″ by 9″ accordion style.  I am working much larger than normal for me, but I have to say I really enjoyed the pages.  The background is the new Antique Lace background, stamped four times and then cut to size.  Spellbinder scalloped circles in two sized were used, one onto a designer paper I have had for ever.  For the smaller scalloped circled, I also embossed it with one the the new Couture Creation embossing plates, that I inked with Memento Angel Pink ink before embossing. I like the effect.  Of course to gussied it up by using Spellbinder Ironwork accents, using the strip and cutting each little scroll apart and attaching it to the scalloped circle.  Then a petite scalloped circle in pink trimmed in Kaiser Pearls, and the Lace doily from the new Love & Lace set, stamped in Angle pink and the Cameo stamped in Memento Black.  Lots of layers of ribbons and lace as well as hand made flowers from the stripe ribbon I used on the side, and a few Prima flowers to finish it off.  Here is a closeup of the center of the page.

Viola! and Whew! it was done!

 Now I want you to hop to the designers taking part in today’s hop:



DID YOU KNOW YOU COULD WIN OUR ENTIRE APRIL  RELEASE?   Have you checked out our   Motherly Love Challenge?  Just click HEREto find out how to play! You can also play in our Noon Time Challenges, which start today at noon with another one ushered in tomorrow at noon!  Both are fast-paced and fun challenges that will give you yet one more chance to win our full April release!   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!
And, don’t forget our  New Release Bundle!  If you buy all three sets in a bundle, you save 10% off the price. But, this offer only lasts through next Friday, April 20. So… you have to act fast! Just click HEREto see!
 I want to thank my new assistant, Jacqueline, for her hard work in assisting me for all of “my” creations for this release.  You’ll get to meet her very soon.  She’s a great asset for me.
 Thanks for stopping in today. Leave me a love note please, I love to hear what you think.

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