Friday, September 25, 2009

Twice As Nice Friday!

Hi all! T.G.I.F.! I can't tell you how much I need a weekend! We've been so busy here at the Koerber house that I just want to sit on my tuchas! ;-)

Well, I've got two little challenges for you this Friday! First things first, the ever-so-talented Leslie Miller is hosting the Flourishes Focus today over on the Flourishes Newsletter. Her showcase? To show just how versatile one stamp set can be if you just look at it with a different set of eyes. She challenged the rest of the DT to do the same!

You'll have to check out what the DT did for this fun challenge! I am sure you'll get tons of inspiration just by seeing their take on one set/two looks! Click on:


and don't forget to check out Leslie's tutorial on the Flourishes Newsletter.

For my card, I picked up the new Seasonal Wreaths set from Flourishes and decided to turn sunflowers -- into daisies!
I wasn't quite sure how my "daisies" would look when I got them all colored up, but I have to say, I like them! It's a soft and sweet look that will be perfect for spring cards.
I stamped my wreath onto Flourishes Classic White cardstock using Memento London Fog. I used Copics to color them and picked up the Buttercup and Spring Greens Copic Collections to color them up. I also used the Copic Pastel Collection to add some shading to my petals with the pale blue. After I was done, I used some soft blue ink (Memento Summer Sky) to sponge around my wreath while my circle Nestie die was still on my paper. After that, I grabbed some fun paper (scraps from my patterned paper drawer) added some gingham ribbon, and my Bow Easy to create my bow, and I was almost done! I did some paper piercing and added a button and.... Voila!

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

My next card is to show another way to use the Seasonal Wreaths set. And, this time, I used this week's Stamp Simply challenge (ssnotime106) as my inspiration! This week, Sharon challenged us all to use the rich colors of autumn for our creation! I realize I didn't have a ton of leaves in this wreath, but the leaves I did have, I made sure to color up with an autumn feel -- as if they were just starting to change for fall. The second part of the challenge was to make the project even more rich in color by adding sponging to create a little extra depth of color.

So.... here's my card!
I used the same layout as my daisy card but swapped the colors for rich fall tones. I used the Evergreen, Daffodill and Skin Tones 2 collections to color up my sunflowers. And, while my Nestie die was still on, I sponged on some Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Inks on my circle. The paper is Scenic Route and Prima and the ribbon is some of the beautiful Silk May Arts ribbon in an olive green. Add some paper piercing and a button and.... done!
Here's a close up.....

Want to see what the rest of the Stamp Simply team cooked up? Just click on their links to see their fine work!

Charlene, September Guest Designer

Tammy - is taking the night off.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you make time for some creative fun this weekend.... see y'all back here soon! :-)


Janine said...

Hi Julie!! Gorgeous cards!! I just received this set.. Can hardly wait to use it!
Have a great weekend.

denise g. said...

Pretty cards and your daisies look REAALLY good to me, as I am dreading winter. Got 2 questions for you. When you sponge, what instrument do you use to sponge with? And what does your stamping space look like today?? Happy Weekend!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

My goodness girl ... how do you keep up??? I'm sure you ask yourself that same question sometimes, LOL!!
These creations are AWESOME ... love how the change in colors make such a change in the creation ... Beautifully done!!
Have a great weekend!!!

The Rubber Maid said...

Beautiful twosome! Very clever turning the sunflowers into daisies....and it worked. Lovely work as always. Mom

Jennifer Buck said...

These are both beautiful, Julie! LOVE them! Hope you are doing well! Have a wonderful weekend!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Julie these are beautiful! I love both of them, and the buttons on the ribbon are a perfect touch.

Latisha said...

So beautiful! I love how you turned them into daisies, so cool!!

NancyK said...

Gorgeous! From "daisy's" to sunflowers with just a litte change of color! Thanks for sharing!

Cherie said...

Awesome! What a brilliant idea to change the flowers! Your cards are wonderful! TFS!

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

GORGEOUS, Julie! I love how you turned the daisies into sunflowers with the rich fall colors! Beautiful bow/button treatment, too!

Jenny Gropp said...

The daisies are super sweet! I LOVE the sunflowers - very rich and warm -- FAB cards Julie -- as usual!!!!

Connie M. said...

Oh so beautiful, Julie!! Love your fall and spring creations!! Love how versatile this set is...I must get it! LOL!

ChristineCreations said...

These are beauties Julie! The sunflowers as daisies is so smart...beautiful color palettes and I love your paper pairings in each one. It shows off this wreath so well!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Beautiful design, Julie! You nailed the "rich" ness of the challenge!

Makiko Jones said...

Wow! Both are absolutely gorgeous, Julie!! It's so fun to see the same image, but the different looks!

Leslie Miller said...

Julie, I love both cards SO much! I'm still between seasons in my mind, so either appeals tons. They're both just gorgeous!

acreativeneed said...

Julie these are so stunning!! Great idea to change them into daisies! Love the colors and patterns you chose too! Enjoy a stress free weekend!!

Joan Fricker said...

Julie, great cards. I love your colors and each card is just so unique.

Ida P. Krause said...

So very lovely. Both cards are just wonderful. I really like the soft feel of the Spring Daisies and the bold look of the Fall Sunflowers.

Barbara said...

Both cards are super gorgeous, Julie!! I'm so glad I got that set-I love it!