Archive for July, 2012

Exciting News and a Challenge

Hello Friends,

Today I have some exciting new to share with you.  My blog is moving!  Yes, after years of writing under a pseudonym of  ” The Caruso Manner”  I will close this door and move to a new site that Identifies with Flourishes directly– the company I have been growing for the last five years.  On Tuesday July 10th I will open the door to Jan Marie’s Flourishes.  I hope you will move to the new blog with me and just to entice you to do so, I will tell you that the theme of my new blog has a sentiment stamp, ” The Sweetness of Friendship”,  that I will give away to lots of subscribers and followers.  So mark your calendars and join me next Tuesday for my journey as a blogger and a company owner as Flourishes and I move into the future and more growth.  I will share more of the story over the next weeks and months.  Please come along with me.  It will be a new journey!

Today Flourishes has a sketch challenge.  I think you will find it a fun one.  Check the Flourishes blog for all the details and play along, won’t you?

Here’s my take on the sketch.  I was making a  thank you card for a lady that went out of her way to be nice to me during my trip in Australia.  You see, I got a burn, that was more that unpleasant.  Edna ran out and purchased for me the most amazing ointment….PawPaw Treatment Ointment, within minutes the burning was under control.  Thank you Edna.  This PawPaw ointment is made from fermented fruit and appears to only be available in Australia.  Believe me, I brought some home.

For some time now I have been intrigued with using dramatic black backgrounds.  Today is another one of my experiences.  I cannot fib, I actually colored the image on white and cut it out an pasted it onto the black cardstock.  I did try several attempts at doing the image on black, but all were too flat.  I’ll keep you posted as my trials continue.  The set I am using is With Gratitude which will go on sale next week during release.  It was our FLIP gift this year and now goes on sale to the general public.  I have used this set  many times during this past year…definitely a “Go To” set in my book.

For my card I used Flourishes Classic white cardstock,  as well as Black and coral.  I used the Spellbinder dies, Romantic Rectangles, cutting two and then backing with white cardstock.  I scored my coral cardstock using my ScorPal.  Emblishments of black Zva  Creative black crystals  and 2 laces, one white Stephanoise Dentelle Cotton,  and one black ,Laural Venise Lace  finished off with color coordinated Hug Snug Seam binding and topped off with a button.  The sentiment was stamped in White craft ink.

HOW TO PLAY: Getting a chance to win Flourishes July Release is as simple as sketching it all out — that’s right — it’s a sketch challenge! Follow the layout in the graphic above and you’ll be in the running to win all four of our new releases for the month! Please remember, entries must be in by July 13th at 5PM EST to be eligible. If you upload to Splitcoaststampers, please use the key word FLLCJUL12. And, don’t forget to link up your creation right here on this post using the Inlinkz link widget below. Use Flourishes stamps if you have them — Flourishes entries will be counted twice! But, if you don’t have Flourishes, play along anyway, you could WIN some!

Need some inspiration? The design team used this sketch and each put their own spin on this with vivid and beautiful creations! So, hop on over and see….

Flourishes is retiring some of our great images.  What is on the shelves is all we have.  Look HERE for a listing of the retiring ones that you really don’t want to be without.   When they are gone–they’be gone forever!

That’s it for me today and for””The Caruso Manner”  blog.  I hope to see you at my new blog , Jan Marie’s Flourishes.  Don’t forget to subscribe or follow and get one of many of the Sweetness of Friendship sentiments stamps I will be giving away.


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Hello Blog Friends,

It is that time of year when retirements must be made.  We try to produce one in a million stamps sets, but that never means we have a million of them.  This year a hard look had to be taken at just would retire and the tough decisions have been made.  So HERE is the list of this year’s retiring sets.  What is on the shelves is all there is, no further reductions will be taken in price.  When they are gone, they will be gone forever!

Retirement of these sets mean that we will have room on our shelves for lots of new set planned for the year.  I am sure glad that I will have these in my collections for when I will want to use them again.  As we say at Flourishes, our stamps are “timeless and for today” but they will be just a good tomorrow.  I am sure you are like me, so if you have put off the purchase of a set being retired, this is  definitely the time to do and and quickly, these babies will not last long.

If you are a FLIP customer the1st of the month is your discount day and your year is drawing to a close, so you may want to take a look at the list of retiring stamps and apply you discount to these sets.



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