Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sneak Peek Day 1: Hydrangea!

First things first... some fun news about a BIG sale! 


Flourishes is clearing the shelves to make way for new items -- so they are doing some spring cleaning! Just use the code SPRINGCLEAN at the time of check out to get 15% off all the items listed above!

Are you ready for a spring-time release that has a little something for everyone and every kind of occasion? Flourishes certainly is and today brings a sneak of a classic botanical that made the Flourishes Design Team swoon!

INTRODUCING.....


Isn't this set something??? This new 4" by 6" set illustrated by Marcella Hawley features a beautiful cluster of hydrangea, hand-picked from the garden along with clusters of flowers to serve as accents. It's a gorgeous expression of spring and summer that comes with three all occasion sentiments and one beautiful accent word that would be lovely on any card or creation. If you like what you see, you can pre-order this set now... right HERE!

On to my creation! It's actually a pair of creations made with this set.....

Here's a quick peek at what I whipped up -- a little candy basket and matching card! And now, to the details!

I started with a 6 by 6" piece of paper and used the smaller hydrangea in the set to stamp all over using Memento Lulu Lavender. Doesn't it almost look like background paper? Love that stamp!


From there, I flipped the paper over and scored at the 2" and 4" marks using my Scor-Buddy. You can see too that I created diagonal lines just in the four outer corners of my piece. The black dots are where I punched holes to string ribbon through. 


I added a decorative border, some stitching and then gathered all the corners up -- folding the diagonal lines as valley folds. I am so sorry that I didn't take a picture of this step! But you can see from the photo above. When stringing the ribbon - I threaded THIS ribbon from the left to the right through both holes on that corner and then threaded it through both holes on the opposite corner. Then, I took the other tail and did the same thing from one diagonal corner to the opposite on the diagonal. Basically the ribbon forms an "X" and you gather the tails to tie in a bow. I accented with a stamped tag using both the Classic Ovals, and Floral Ovals dies.

 Now for my matching card!

I used a whole bunch of goodies on this creation! I used the Floral Ovals again and Classic Ovals for my main image. After I cut the small oval out, I left the die on and used the large hydrangea on the set. The die served as a mask. Also, while the die was still on, I took a Copic Multi-liner and traced the inner edge to give it a little extra pop. I colored my flowers up with my Copic markers and used these Copic Collections!

For my card, I created a 4" by 4" card and then let my floral oval bleed off the top. I also sponged some Lulu Lavender on the outer edges of both ovals. I stamped the hydrangea word stamp off the side with Lulu Lavender and accented the main portion of the card with a diamond print embossing folder. Score some lines thanks to the Scor-Buddy and add some seam binding style ribbon. I also used some Iced Candi. This was the first time I used these little numbers and I have to say I love them! They are so light weight --- which means you don't have the weight of a brad but still have the look!  The sentiment at the bottom is also part of the set and was stamped using Versafine Black Onyx ink. 

Here's a close up!

And... here's another peek at the whole she-bang!


Want to win this set? All you need to do is leave some love in the form of a comment on the blogs below! Why? You need to try to figure out…..

   

 One of the ladies on our link list below will be picking a name from the comments on her blog post today. We don’t know which one it is… so the more blogs you leave comments on, the more chances you have to win! With that bit of eye candy, you’ll surely want to see the design team’s cards and creations in full color when you take a trip over to their blogs!


DID YOU KNOW YOU COULD WIN FLOURISHES ENTIRE MAY RELEASE?  Have you checked out the Home Sweet Home  Challenge? Just click HERE to find out how to play! You can also play in their Noon Time Challenges, which start today at noon with another one ushered in tomorrow at noon!  Both are fast-paced and fun challenges that will give you yet one more chance to win our full May release!  Click HERE to check them out!

And... one last note! There's the New Release Bundle! If you buy all three sets in a bundle, you save 10% off the price. But, this offer only lasts through next Friday, May 18! So… you have to act fast! Just click HERE to see!

I'll be back with more fun tomorrow at noon so be sure to tune back in! ;-)


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