Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Season that Sparkles.... day 2!

Welcome to day two of Flourishes sneak peeks! Today we take a step back in time to honor one of the worlds' oldest Christmas carols.....

Introducing..... This gorgeous set drawn by the ever-so-talented Marcella Hawley is named after a hymn that has been around for upwards of one thousand years! I didn't know this but, way back when, the druids used holly as a symbol of the winter solstice. Today's offerings feature a classic look complete with two gorgeous turtle doves!

It was funny, I had no idea what a turtle dove even looked like! I had to email Marcella and say... how do I color this bird? I have seen those gorgeous white doves, I often hear pigeon doves outside coo-ing -- but a turtle dove? No clue! Thankfully she sent me a picture.....

And this was my artistic interpretation!

I stamped my doves and holly using Versafine Black Onyx. I heat set it and then added some sky blue chalk around my image making sure to erase the stray chalk that ended up on my image. After that, I colored the birds, holly and berries up using watercolor pencils. After I got the color exactly where I wanted it, I blended the pencils using a Tombow blender pen. Easy peasy!
Here's a close up....

The rest is simply matting! I did stitch some of my dp with some pretty gold thread to add a little extra sparkle! I also added some gold self stick pearls in the upper left corner of my image.
And that, my friends is it!

As you make your way around to see what the designers created, you'll see there are plenty of different artistic interpretations for these beautiful birds! They're grey, brown, blue and even pink! :-) So, fly along and take a peek!

Leslie Miller
Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Stacy Morgan
Cindy Lawrence
Sharon Doolittle

Do you want to win this set? All you need to do is leave a comment over on the Flourishes Newsletter! here on Holly and Ivy post and you'll be in the running! will draw a number and we'll have the winner in tomorrow's post!
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.

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 will have you looking for cookies and saying... "I believe!" :-) You'll see why when you come back tomorrow!

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