Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Time For Fun With Flourishes!!

It's the second Wednesday of the month, which means, all new Flourishes stamps ripe for the picking! And, what great picks they are! Perfect for end of summer stamping -- who wouldn't want to immortalize a beautiful coneflower or a welcoming bistro table with lemonade ready to be sipped!

The first set is called Summer Botanicals, and just like the Spring Ephemerals set that you know and love, this set features a set of "solid/silhouette" stamps perfect for creating impact in a jiffy! I had fun with the coneflower stamp and actually tried something a bit different! I colored the flower with Marvy markers in two shades of green, orchid and a rustic brown. I huffed on the back, stamped and then picked up a permaletter fine black pen. Being careful not to push down too hard, I just drew some whimsical lines around my image - adding the petals, some dots for the center of the flower and also some accents to the leaves. After I was done, I sponged and stippled on some antique linen distress ink. The rest is just layering decorative paper, adding some ribbon and some fabulous lavender pearls!

This next set is called Summer on the Patio and wait until you see all the elements in this set! It's so fun! You can create a scene with wine glasses, a chandelier, a bouquet of flowers or... in my case... lemonade ready to be sipped with a chair for a friend!

I colored my scene with watercolor pencils and then blended with a blender pen. I used a post it note to separate the top of the scene from the bottom and then stipped on some brown ink for the "floor" and blue ink for the "sky." I just wanted a subtle look that didn't overpower.

Here's a close up-- do you see the sparkle on the ice cubes? I couldn't resist adding some Shimmerz Paints to make the cubes sparkle a bit!

To kick off this release, we also have a brand new face on the Flourishes team! Barb Schramm will be joining the team as a Guest Designer for the next three months! I am so excited because I know her designs just ooze creativity. So, be sure to click HERE to visit her "place" and see some of her new release creations!

Want to see what the other DT did with these fabulous sets? Check out:

Leslie, Susan, Faith, Linda, Nancy, Jan Marie and Sharon!

As you surf around, you might notice the third set Flourishes is releasing!It's called Summer Blossoms. You can click HERE to see it in the store!

If you are liking the Shimmerz Paints I added, you should know Friday -- three brand new colors will be unveiled just in time for fall! Want a chance to win them? Click HERE for a chance! The deadline is the 14th at 11:59 PM!

Hope you're having a great week.... I'll see you back here tomorrow!

Julie
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