Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Time For Fun With Flourishes!!

It's the second Wednesday of the month, which means, all new Flourishes stamps ripe for the picking! And, what great picks they are! Perfect for end of summer stamping -- who wouldn't want to immortalize a beautiful coneflower or a welcoming bistro table with lemonade ready to be sipped!

The first set is called Summer Botanicals, and just like the Spring Ephemerals set that you know and love, this set features a set of "solid/silhouette" stamps perfect for creating impact in a jiffy! I had fun with the coneflower stamp and actually tried something a bit different! I colored the flower with Marvy markers in two shades of green, orchid and a rustic brown. I huffed on the back, stamped and then picked up a permaletter fine black pen. Being careful not to push down too hard, I just drew some whimsical lines around my image - adding the petals, some dots for the center of the flower and also some accents to the leaves. After I was done, I sponged and stippled on some antique linen distress ink. The rest is just layering decorative paper, adding some ribbon and some fabulous lavender pearls!

This next set is called Summer on the Patio and wait until you see all the elements in this set! It's so fun! You can create a scene with wine glasses, a chandelier, a bouquet of flowers or... in my case... lemonade ready to be sipped with a chair for a friend!

I colored my scene with watercolor pencils and then blended with a blender pen. I used a post it note to separate the top of the scene from the bottom and then stipped on some brown ink for the "floor" and blue ink for the "sky." I just wanted a subtle look that didn't overpower.

Here's a close up-- do you see the sparkle on the ice cubes? I couldn't resist adding some Shimmerz Paints to make the cubes sparkle a bit!

To kick off this release, we also have a brand new face on the Flourishes team! Barb Schramm will be joining the team as a Guest Designer for the next three months! I am so excited because I know her designs just ooze creativity. So, be sure to click HERE to visit her "place" and see some of her new release creations!

Want to see what the other DT did with these fabulous sets? Check out:

Leslie, Susan, Faith, Linda, Nancy, Jan Marie and Sharon!

As you surf around, you might notice the third set Flourishes is releasing!It's called Summer Blossoms. You can click HERE to see it in the store!

If you are liking the Shimmerz Paints I added, you should know Friday -- three brand new colors will be unveiled just in time for fall! Want a chance to win them? Click HERE for a chance! The deadline is the 14th at 11:59 PM!

Hope you're having a great week.... I'll see you back here tomorrow!

Julie

17 comments:

Barb Schram said...

OMGoodness! Love the line drawing around the stamped image! And the lemonade is perfect! Can't wait to see what you create next! Thanks for the shout out and warm welcome! I am the lucky one to be working with you!

Janine said...

Beautiful Julie!! Love the new releases..Hope all is well with you.. Busy time here. Both boys home this weekend as well as my little niece...Full House..
Have a great day!!

mochamama said...

You've been a busy chickie!!!! Hope all is well with you, hugs, Cheryl

The Rubber Maid said...

Love both cards, they are terrific and that added sparkle to the ice cubes is perfect. Nice stamp release and that's great that Barb
Schram is a guest designer. Awesome.MOM

Leslie Miller said...

Two totally fabulous cards, Julie! I LOVE the way you did the flower! It doesn't look like a silhouette at all! It's so CUTE! Love the sparkle on the ice cubes, too. Looks like they're catching a little bit of the sunshine.

"Jany" said...

Agree with Leslie about the ice cubes. Wonderful creations and let me tell you that now I NEED to have the Lemonade set. I just love it!

The fan card was awesome too! The layers go perfect with it. I could feel the air from the fan just at looking at it.

tyrymom29 said...

oooh I love the new releases and your cards Are AWESOME !!!!

Markie's Mom said...

Julie, these are great! I love your style!

Susan (rainy) said...

Your coneflower is so sweet and perfect... a beautiful card. And I love your patio scene, too. This patio set is so fun!

Scrapping Donna said...

Amazing work as always!!

I love your cards!!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Oh, Julie, your work is just stunning. LOVE how you outlined the coneflower -- very, very cool idea that I will surely want to try -- LOL!!! And your table scene is just wonderfully refreshing!!! Beautiful, as always!!! TFS!!!

LaY hOoN said...

This is so beautiful. Love the 2 harmony combination.

Diane said...

Oh my goodness Julie,those are beautiful! Where in the world do you get your ideas??? Love the coneflower card and that scene with the table is wow gawgeous!!!
Love your work girl!!!

Stac said...

Love it. So cute and quaint. I would just love to be on your mailing list. Sometime try using your stipple brush and Shimmerz as your background. I bet you'll love it. Can't wait to see what you'll do with the new Shimmerz colors!

Sewflake said...

Love the wimsical look, you gave it a completly different look....I will have to add that to my idea book.

Lisa Thibault said...

These are wonderful projects. Your colouring is so delicate and amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh that just evokes an absolutely perfect feeling of a summer afternoon!!!! Wonderful!!! And the glitz......LOVIN' it!!!! LOL