Thursday, September 1, 2011

A very sad farewell.....

Today's post is a tough one for me to write. I'll be honest, I've started it, stopped it, hit delete, started again only to say... 'How on earth?' Not too long ago, Leslie Miller told the Flourishes gals that she needed to take a step back to enjoy a quieter pace of life - one that had more gardening, more time for hubby and of course, more time with her fabulous and furry Wally. While I understand her decision wholeheartedly, that doesn't make this post any easier!!

The design team decided to honor our friend and "sister" today by surfing Leslie's blog and picking out a card that inspired them and then... CASE-ing it. Easy enough, right? WRONG! Have you seen her mad skills? Before I get to my card and the card that inspired it, I wanted to share a bit of Leslie that -- TO THIS DAY-- cracks me up.

Two years ago, I had the fabulous pleasure of meeting her at CHA and we hung around for days and for days my side hurt from laughing with her. She has this dry sense of humor that just catches you off guard one second and then has you cracking up the next. So, we were walking the floor when this American Girls display caught her eye. It was one of those old fashioned photo booths. Leslie was CONVINCED we could all fit. Well, here's a snapshot of the folly that really took place with four girls and thirty seconds in an American Girls photo booth.......
I still get the giggles every time I look at this photo strip! All I have to say is.. it's a classic!

So, looking through Leslie's blog for inspiration was actually a destination for me. I grabbed a cup of coffee and sat back savoring the talent that just oozes from her place on the web. Ultimately, I picked THIS card. I knew I couldn't do it justice but I knew one thing was for sure. My fingers were about to get inky.... VERY inky!

While Leslie used Sweet Days of Summer for her creation, I picked up the sister set -- Kids Play. I used some of my old Kaleidacolor ink pads and just started sponging away to get the sunset effect. After I was done, I did add some darker green under the kiddos to give a shadow effect. It's not as good as Leslie's by a long shot -- but heck, I'm a newbie at this! Mat it up with some Life of the Party paper, a Jovial button, some 1/2" brown wrinkled ribbon, some fabulous orange crochet trim and... almost done! I stamped the sentiment and image using Versafine Black Onyx, punched with a circle punch and then layered onto a scalloped circle punch. Voila! Even though I think I could do this technique better next time, it is a happy card! And, just like the message -- I am wishing Leslie MANY days of joy! I'm going to miss you girl!

Be sure to see how the rest of these fabulous Flourishes ladies found some Leslie inspiration!



  • Barbara Anders
  • Christine Okken
  • Cindy Lawrence
  • Dawn Burnworth
  • Julie Koerber -- you are here!
  • Stacy Morgan
  • Sharon Doolittle
  • Tammy Hershberger –Tammy is filling in for Danielle who was hit by Hurricane Irene, please keep her in your thoughts! 


  • Well, before I go, I have to pick the winner from last week's blog candy! Drum roll pllleeeeease!!!! And the winner is.....


    Naomi who said...
    Oh my gosh, SO much blog candy goodness! What a FABULOUS and GENEROUS blog candy you have! And the prize packs that Flourishes is giving away are AMAZING as well! There are going to be some VERY LUCKY ladies this week! Love the card, btw, that honeycomb background stamp looks GORGEOUS stamped....you just sold me on it...going to have to order that! August 26, 2011 12:46 PM


    Naomi, just email me at juliekoerber@bresnan.net with your snail mail addy and I'll get your goodies sent right out! Here's the fine print, if I don't hear from you before next Friday, September 9th,  the winner of next week will win your goodies too! Let's just call this PROGRESSIVE BLOG CANDY!! ;-)

    For the rest of you folks, that's right -- I have another delish grouping of candy that will start going up for grabs TODAY! You have until next Thursday at 5PM CST to enter! Want a peek? Here's what is inside...
    • 3 yards of ivory satin pleat ribbon
    • 1 yard of ivory trim
    • Flourishes Motherly Love stamp set
    • Rock-A-Bye stamp set by Flourishes
    • Honeycomb background by Flourishes
    • Impression Obsession Rose Stationary cling stamp
    • Spellbinders Fancy Tags 
    • Prima Sparkling Spring 6 by 6 Paper Pack
    • Prima Annalee 6 by 6 Paper Pack
    • K & Company Sweet Nectar Paper Pack
    • Prima Gems
    • Karen Foster Pastel Ribbon Brads
    • Annalee Essentials Flowers by Prima
    • Annalee Mini-Essentials Flowers by Prima
    Again, all you need to do is comment by next Thursday at 5PM CST and you are in the running! Good luck  and have a fabulous weekend!!

    ~Julie
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