Monday, June 9, 2008

Pretty Peonies

Hi all! I'm kind of bouncing off the walls today because I finally get to spill the beans--- literally -- and share the new sets from Flourishes! Two stamp sets are being released today and they are both gorgeous!

The first was the dream child of the fabulous Sharon Johnson. Gosh, you'd think I was the president of her fan club! Hey wait -- maybe I should be! If you've been with me in blog land, you know that I'm part of the Stamp Simply team and there's a group of us that like to give you inspiration for her Friday challenges. Well, now there's a Stamp Simply stamp line! And, let's just say a whole bunch of creativity is brewing with this one!!! It's called Coffee With Friends
and it's just a fabulous set! I'll post a card tomorrow that I did with it! In the meantime, click on the link and check out all the images!

But first, I couldn't resist the romantic peony. You know how I am a sucker for flowers and this one is to die for! Click this ---Peony --to see the full set. There are bugs, words, lillies and accents. Too fun!


This card was made by inking up the stamp with ink pads. I used Vivid! Brick for the petals and Olive and Vintage Green Vivid! for the stems and leaves. After I stamped the image, I went over the entire image with a damp water brush to meld the colors together and make it look like a watercolored image. I lined up my scalloped rectangle Nestability die and used it to cut my scalloped "frame." I stamped the leaves a second time and then cut out pieces of it and layered it so that my leaves would hang out over my scalloped edge. The rest is simple! I added a lacy ribbon to a floral decorative paper mat, added some adhesive back pearls and then matted my floral image on green and then red.

Here's a close up of the flower....

Be sure to check out what some of the other design team members did. It's worth the trip!
Sharon Leslie Linda Faith Jan Marie and Susan

Back with more tomorrow! Happy Tuesday!

21 comments:

Laurie in MN said...

Wow, the stamp is one of the best drawn peony stamps I have seen. There is enough detail to help a stamper to color the flower but enough space to allow shading.

You made a lovely card.

I checked the 2 new sets on the site and the coffee set has a great saying about time well spent with friends.

Two great stamp sets.

Diane said...

Oh Julie!
Now this is supa gowgeous!
Love,love,love it!!!
I'm off to check out those 2 sets.
Oh and that wacky elephant,lol,
comes from High Hopes.

mochamama said...

beautiful card Julie, love the elegance! I knew it was a peony! hehehe, (I used to be a florist in my earlier days!)

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Julie - I LOVE this card -- and what a fabulously easy technique you have used with such super results!!! Thank you so much for sharing this card and your technique with us!!!

Markie's Mom said...

Julie, this is beautiful! I love your colors, the layout and how the leaves and stem escape the frame! Awesome card!

Janine said...

Beautiful Julie... Love the coffee set!! That would be so much fun to work with!!
Hope all is well!! Got all the ATC's in finally and will be getting them out this week.
Have a good one!!

Curt in Carmel said...

Julie! I love the 3-D effect of the leaves coming over the frame! Excellent colors too! Love your work! Curt

Viv (VivLyn) said...

Beautiful card! I just ordered that set and Sharon's coffee set! I'm going to love coloring the peony!!

jacki jones said...

Now that's better. I love it. I love what you did with the leaves. I can't wait to see what you did with the coffee set. From your sneak peek yesterday, I can tell that it's gorgeous. So, tomorrow is it??

Phyl said...

Beautiful. Jules. Lovin' the trims and colors. And the new sets.

Cathy I. said...

All I can say is...beautiful!!!!!!

Susan (rainy) said...

Julie this is incredible!! I LOVE the rich color you used for the floral image. Very cool how it is cut to come our of the box, too. Fabulous card, Julie!

Dee Jackson aka stampincuzIluv2 said...

Gorgeous!! Julie what beautiful colors you have here. I'll be back to see what you have tomorrow:) I so enjoy your work.
Dee Jackson

LaY hOoN said...

This card is beautiful, love you cut out the leave in details.
HAve a nice day :)

Michelle said...

wow! What a pretty card! This set looks amazing! I love peonies~!

Leslie Miller said...

Just beautiful, Julie! I love the colors you chose and how perfectly your ink matches the pretty designer paper. So feminine with an old fashioned charm!

Bellawhoop said...

So gorgeous and elegant. Love the pearls with your pretty peony!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous card, Julie! love your colors, layout.. well everything. Beautiful work.

Linda Duke

Belas Creating Place said...

Gorgeous card Julie....it is just wonderful.
Bela

Jennifer Buck said...

Wow! There are no words! How amazing is this! STUNNING! :)

Laura Davis said...

Breathtaking! One of my favorite flowers:)
Laura