Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Season That Sparkles.... day 1!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas over at Flourishes! In the debut sneak peek for Flourishes' October release, you'll see they combined the beautiful imagery of the Nutcracker Suite with the age old story of the Little Drummer Boy. This combination of two Christmas Classics is sure to bring that touch of whimsy to your Christmas cards and creations!


This set is drawn by Lauren Pope and will add a rich and regal touch to your Christmas cards! And.. as a bonus, a background stamp will be unveiled with this set on Friday called Musical Score. It's a timeless classic featuring the words of "Angels We Have Heard On High." Now, don't forget to march on over to visit these fine designers!

Leslie Miller
Christine Okken
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Stacy Morgan
Cindy Lawrence
Jan Marie Caruso

Now, to my creation! I had so much fun whipping this up. My son actually collects nutcrackers so I raided his stash to serve as my inspiration!

I stamped my nutcracker using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Flourishes Classic White cardstock. I then masked my image and sponged a mix of Antique Linen and Tea Dye distress inks all over. I took off the mask and then used Copic markers to color up my nutcracker! I used these collections: Warm Neutrals for the boots, the lightest peach marker from the pastels set,
the Poppy collection for the red tones, Spring Green for the lighter green shades along with Y28, G17, and G28 to finish off the detail! I also used the Copic Spica gold pen to add some razzle dazzle to the crown and drum. I added some red rhinestones to give some sparkle to my drummer. Add some fun ribbon and a little pizazz with the help of a silver Finishing Touches Stunning Slide. Then, it's time to mat it all up! I used June Bug Basic Grey for the polka dot and the other paper was one I had in my decorative paper drawer. It was a distressed ivory that I then stamped the new Musical Score background on using Vivid Red ink! I love, love, love this background -- so classic! The sentiment is also from the Muscial Score set! Yes -- there are sentiments included with this background!

Do you want to win this set and the Musical Score background? All you need to do is leave a comment HERE over at the Flourishes Newsletter on the Christmas Drummer post and you'll be in the running!


  • It is Tuesday afterall, and that means another Timeless Tuesday challenge! Today our Friends of Flourishes team used this set and background for a super duper fun sketch that you can try and play along with! There is even a $10 Gift Certificate on the line! Click HERE to check out the challenge!

  • Since we are talking about challenges, did you see our A Season That Sparkles Challenge? If you play, you will have a chance at winning all SIX of our new releases for October. That's one valuable prize - you could even call it an early Christmas present! Click HERE for the details.

  • One last fun fact to throw your way.... Mark your calendars for our RELEASE PARTY coming up this Friday! It's our power hour of fun with games, goodies, and prizes up for grabs! We'll host it in the Flourishes Forum over on Splitcoast HERE from 9 to 10 PM Central Standard Time. As the party wraps, all of our sets that we peek this week will be put in store for your shopping pleasure!

It's going to be a fun week at Flourishes! Tomorrow's release is one that might have you singing a little bit of the 12 days of Christmas! You'll see why when you come back tomorrow!

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