Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hot Summer Sets From Flourishes!

What I love about summer is that peaceful easy feeling that it truly ushers in. Kicking back and watching sunsets, cook outs with friends and neighbors and just taking in the beauty around you!

Well, as Flourishes gets ready to reveal their newest hot summer sets, the Design Team is teasing you with a few sneak peeks!

Today we introduce you to......

If you don't have a watergarden, I bet you know someone who does! This set, drawn by the talented artist Marcella Hawley, truly captures the beauty and serenity of a water pond full of gorgeous waterlillies and Koi. And, when I first laid eyes on this set, I knew that I wanted to pull out my European Watercolor Paper and my brush... and get to painting!


I stamped the lilly pads one by one masking each new pad I added. Almost all of the inks I used were Adirondack (Lettuce and Meadow for the lily pads, Terra Cotta for the fish and Stream for the water. The lily was colored with Tea Rose Vivid) After I stamped, I went to town with my water brush, blending the existing ink and adding more color when I had to. I really made my "water" background wet so that I could pick up some of the color with a paper towel. I wanted a real splotchy look to make it appear more like peaceful waves of water. I stamped the flower, cut it out and then popped it up with foam tape. The rest, is just layering and matting! The edge punch is from Fiskars, the dark turquoise paper is Kaleidascope and the green mat is just from Hobby Lobby.

While we can't show you the set until it's Friday night release, you can hop on over to the "pads" of our talented designers and see what they crafted using this beautiful set!

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

Do you want to win this set? Leave a comment over on the Flourishes Newsletter under today's post and a winner will be announced first thing on Thursday!

And, mark your calendar for the Flourishes Power Hour! It's our fast paced summer release party over at the Flourishes Forum on Splitcoast! We know you all love to be outside and have more family committments - but we don't want you to miss out on the fun! So join us for an hour of reveals, games, chat and fun! The party starts at 9 PM Central on Friday, June 12th!

See you back here tomorrow to savor some of summer's best! This one will have you puckering up it's so yummy! :-)


18 comments:

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Beautiful Julie! I love the softness of your scene and that border punch is on my list of things I NEED now!!

Cindy Lawrence said...

So lovely, Julie! I love the simplicity of the layout, and beautifully watercolored background and images! Fabulous card!

NancyK said...

This has such a soft and serene feel to it! Love it!

Our Little Inspirations said...

I love the peaceful feeling I have when viewing this beautiful card! The colors are so soft and these images are so original and creative! Love it!!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Oh I just love how you used the fish and you have one hiding behind a lilly pad. Just beautiful in your design and coloring Julie.

Janine said...

Julie!!!!!!!!!! Fabulous card!!!
Things are well here!! Hope they are with you too... I need to write to your sooon!!!!

Kimberly Crawford said...

Oh, Julie!!! It is SO gorgeous! SO gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!

ChristineCreations said...

Julie - it is gorgeous and peaceful and beautifully colored! Fantastic water - watercoloring...your wash is just beautiful!

dpkennedy said...

Really beautiful Julie!

Latisha said...

Julie, this is one beauty of a card!! I agree with Laura I need that border punch lol

Ida P. Krause said...

So serene and beautiful.

Connie said...

This is just stunning Julie!! Wow! Love your beautiful watercoloring!

Betty Wright aka gbedwright said...

Another phenomenal set, Julie!!! Gorgeous layout and design with the images. Beautiful coloring!!!

Leslie Miller said...

Ahhhhhh, I get a peaceful, easy feeling looking at your beautiful card. I love how you put your scene together. Just wonderful, Julie!

Michelle (Lady2cu) said...

Beautifully done, Julie! Your scene is so peaceful and serene, and your watercoloring is AWESOME!!!

Alex said...

So very pretty Julie, I just love that peaceful scene you have created! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Silke Ledlow said...

Gorgeous card and I love your watercoloring!!!

Yogi said...

love your waterlily card. Looks like a really nice bunch of stamps too.