Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Friday Two-fer!

Hi all! TGIF! With Fridays comes two very fun stamping "events!" First, we have the Friday Stamp Simply challenge and this one allows you to "bring on the heat" or "make an impression!" It's all about embossing - heat or dry!

Then, we have the Flourishes Pre-release challenge! This one is all about "getting sentimental!" All you need to do is make a sentiment the center of your creation! If you play -- you could win all three of the new Flourishes releases for March!

So... let's see what I cooked up! I actually have two creations for you! First things first, for Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply challenge, I chose to try my hand at using an embossing folder in a different way! I used the Textile Texture Cuttlebug Embossing folder and then, after I finished embossing, I used my finger and some metallic rub-ons by Craf-T-products. I bought mine forever ago and a stamp show, but I know Gina K. Designs sells them HERE. I just used a really light hand (actually a light finger) with the copper rub on over all the embossed areas -- even the embossed areas on my die cut "frame" from using my curved rectangles Spellbinders die! It just created such a rich look!

The rest is simple, cut a smaller mat out of white using the curved rectangles, add a satin ribbon with an elegant ribbon slide, some self stick pearls in copper and BAM! Done!

Want to see what the other Stamp Simply gals cooked up? Check out,


and be sure to stop by our new Stamp Simply guest designer Barb Schram! She's joining us for March! You will be impressed with all the fun she delivers! Welcome Barb!

Ok... moving on to creation number two! This week, the Flourishes DT is ushering a challenge of its own! All you need to do is make a quote or sentiment the focal point of your card! That's it! Upload to SCS using the keyword FLLCMAR and you'll be entered into a drawing to win all three new releases from Flourishes that will be unveiled next week starting on Wednesday!

So, wanna see my card? I simply picked out some dp in red and red polka dot and then stamped my poppies from Poppy Patch all over one of the pieces using Brick Vivid! ink. Mat it up, add a sheer black polka dot ribbon, add some Kaiser black bling and you're almost done! The finishing touch was to stamp one of the poppies behind my sentiment - also in brick ink. The sentiment, also from the poppy set was stamped using Versafine Black Onyx. Done!

Here's a close up of the sentiment!

If you want to make a "sentimental" card for the challenge, check out the Flourishes Newsletter HERE for the official details. You can also visit these talented ladies sites for even MORE inspiration!

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Faith Hofrichter
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan

Thanks for stopping by y'all! One more quick note! Don't forget about the Impression Obsession sale! It's all going on at the Impression Obsession Webstore this weekend! The company's owner, Mitra, is lowering the free shipping threshold from $100 to $30. So, if there are stamps you've been waiting to buy-- there's no time like the present! All the new CHA stamps have been loaded to the store! This special promotion will run from 8:00 am (EST) Friday, March 6 through midnight on Sunday, March 8. So.... it's a quick sale! To see all the NEW images... click HERE for the rubber stamps, and HERE for the clear images!

Whew! That was a lot to throw at you! Hope you had fun looking! See you back here this weekend!


AJ said...

both of your cards are spectacular! love them Julie!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

LOVE both cards, Julie, they are fabulous -- but oh my -- my heart skipped a beat when I saw those metallic rub ons -- what a rich and elegant look -- I am totally smitten and MUST go shopping!!! Still seriously drooling!!!

Barbara Schram said...

HI JULIE! LOVE the metallic look on the cuttlebug folder! The buckle is perfect! Your sentiment card is wonderful too! Hope you are well, my friend...Take good care!

Robin Kirkpatrick said...

Julie, both cards are gorgeous, but the 'copper' one is a real stunner. I go in spurts with my metallic rub ons - thanks for reminding me to pull them out again!! Have a great weekend!

Norine said...

love them both really like the rich look of the first one

Janine said...

You are amazing!!! And so are the cards!!

Darlene said...

Wow Julie ... both cards are AWESOME!! REALLY love how you've worked your magic on the metallic thank you ... gorgeous! So elegant!!

Jennifer Buck said...

These are both GORGEOUS! LOVE them, Julie! :) Hope you are doing well! :)

The Rubber Maid said...

How gorgeous is that embossed card!
So beautiful, and very elegant. I love the phrase card too but have to say my favorite is the embossed one. MOM

Stacy Morgan said...

Julie both crads are wonderful. I love the color you used for the sentiment card for FLLC. The copper look on the first one is awesome.

Anonymous said...

I adore you! I have a bunch of those rub-ons AND that embossing folder and maybe, just maybe, this technique will work better for me than the bleach on kraft. Oh wait. You did say "light hand". hmm. It's always something, but your creations are ALWAYS something gorgeous. Happy Weekend!

Tammy Hershberger said...

That metallic rub-on is gorgeous! What a stunning card! And I love the second card, and the richness of the red cardstock!

Bev J. said...

The metallic card is really outstanding-like the second card too-both very pretty. tfs

ChristineCreations said...

What great texture on the bronze card, that buckle is so great. And I love the poppy overstamped on the sentiment too. Beautiful!

Latisha said...

so beautiful
you have to look at your flourishes card a few times, and then you see the poppies in the red paper...very lovely.

Anonymous said...

Your textile embossed card is beyond beautiful, Julie! Wow!!! I've been hanging onto my metallic rub ons rather than using them for some reason. What you did is fantastic! I love your poppy card, too. I'm so enjoying the bright colors, reminding me of Spring.

Heather said...

Wow, the metallic card is fabulous, what a great effect. The second card is gorgeous too.
You are such a creative girl!

Cheryl said...

They are all beautiful! I especially love the copper one! Such a WOW factor!

Etha said...

oh the copper rub on metallics looks so cool! the whole card looks like it is made of metal :)
I was going to go spend some green at Impression Obsession but their site seems to be down :(

Atty said...

What wonderful cards. I really like the first one, so simple and yet so very elegant.

theneon said...

Yer Two-fer is super! Thanks so much for sharing. Serendipity helped me find you -- via a blogging award and one of the awardees:
Tammy and then to the stamp-simply-77-heat-it-up. So glad I found you. You inspire me. Martha Kay