Friday, June 11, 2010

The Flourishes Grand Finale!

Hope you've enjoyed hanging out with me this week to see the new offerings from Flourishes. If you didn't see my post last night -- the sets are all live in the store as we speak - HERE! Today's set has a bit of sentimental value to it, and that's why I am so excited to share.....

This gorgeous set drawn by Marcella Hawley actually had my mom in tears. Why, you ask? Well, I'll try to make this story brief. When my dad passed away six years ago, my mom (as any widow would) had a really difficult time. Even though he had lung cancer and we knew his time on this beautiful earth was limited, nothing can really prepare you for the loss of the love of your life. She would pray and ask for a sign that my dad was OK. Nearly every time she prayed for that sign, she would be visited by this beautiful little hummingbird. The little guy would flutter in front of her window, almost as if he were on display! There's no question, the visits warmed her heart and brought a smile to her face.

Over the years, I've searched for just the perfect hummingbird stamp set to send to my mom since we both share a love of stamping and... well.... I never really found it - until now. Thanks to Marcella's talented hand, my mom, and crafty stampers worldwide can have this beautiful hummingbird and trumpetvine set.

Want to see what I crafted?

This card.really explains itself. I stamped the trumpet vine on Flourishes Classic White card stock and colored it up with the Dahlia, and Spring Greens Copic Collections grouped by Flourishes and then highlighted it with the marker, B000. I colored the hummingbird with the same collections and then added some YG63 to deepen portions of his wings. I had stamped him on some scrap, cut him out and popped him up as if he were just passing through! ;-) Add a fun sentiment (also from the set), a scalloped edge and... voila!

Here's a close up!

I am completely in love with this little bird! Now, don't forget to flutter on over to see what the rest of the design team crafted with this sweet set. Hop a few blogs, and you could be Humming Along too! :-)

  • Christine Okken
  • Cindy Lawrence
  • Danielle Kennedy
  • Dawn Burnworth
  • Laura Fredrickson
  • Leslie Miller
  • Stacy Morgan

  • Thanks for joining me this week! I had a blast showcasing these fun new sets and hope you enjoyed stopping by! See you back here soon!


    GLENDA BROOKS said...

    How pretty! I just love this stamp set!

    Robin Kirkpatrick said...

    Stunning card, Julie. You've colored that hummingbird beautifully and I love how you popped it up. Perfect colors. Great story about your mom and dad.

    Jerri Jimenez said...

    The new sets are gorgeous Julie, my favs are the ferms and the hummingbird. Marcy did a wonderful job with the illustrations! Your card is gorgeous!

    Lynne said...

    Beautiful! your colour combois perfect.
    Lynne xxx

    Anonymous said...

    Gasp that's a pretty one!

    Kim said...

    Julie, I haven't left you a comment in awhile, but I check out your blog every time you post! Your cards are just beautiful! This card is amazing! The colours just POP and that stamp is gorgeous!!

    Yogi said...

    very pretty. I like the hummingbird on top. Really looks like it's popping in for some nectar.

    ChristineCreations said...

    Aw Julie, that just touched my heart. The beauty of God's kindness to us when we most need His reassurance.

    I know your Mom will be delighted with this set...and the card is just stunning. You captured the colors beautifully! And I love the hummingbird extended from the image.

    Cherie said...

    Oh my! This is just too gorgeous for words! Love it! TFS!

    Pati said...

    Wow, this is so Beautiful! I love your coloring and the papers you used, the matting, how you brought it all together, wow...

    Leslie Miller said...

    Oh, Julie, your story brought the tears right to the surface. Your coloring of the hummingbird is some of the best I've seen, and the sentiment you chose for your card, considering your story, would warm your Mom's heart and bring her sweet memories. Maybe some tears, too, but, gosh, I don't think we ever get over that entirely. Anyway... it sure is a pretty card!

    Lynne Phelps said...

    The coloring and the card are just beautiful. The story about your mom really touched me - I lost my mom to pancreatic cancer and no matter how much pre-grieving you do, knowing that the end is coming, the hole ripped in your life is still enormous. Nothing but time heals. I love this hummingbird set!

    oakleafdesign said...

    Beautiful card...fabulous coloring...thanks for sharing your story about your mom.


    Mary Friederichsen said...

    Julie, Thank you for sharing this story with us. It gave me shivers.
    My Mom does the same after losing my Dad, and I have to admit that I do the same as well since he had to leave us. I know he is with the Lord and is still watching out for my Mom and us.
    Your card is Beautiful, Thank you for the inspriation.
    I will pray that the Hummingbird continues to be there for your Mom, and that she knows the Lords Peace and Comfort.

    Have a Blessed weekend!

    Susan (rainy) said...

    What a sweet story, Julie. Thank you for sharing it with us. Your card is so beautiful and reflects the love and meaning it has to you and your mom.