Friday, January 29, 2010

Flourishes Favorites!

This week over on the Flourishes Newsletter, the ever-so-talented Leslie Miller offered to show us all some of her Flourishes favorites! So, as a part of this week's Flourishes Focus, that's what some of us gals decided to do... create a card using some of our very favorite things in the Flourishes store!

When I started to thumb through my stamps, there was one that caught my eye and continues to take my breath away.... the Sweet Peas set. It was THE most popular set from Flourishes for 2009, and so I know, when it comes to those who would list this stamp set as their favorite --- I'm in good company!

One of the most relaxing ways to spend an afternoon is to put on some good music, brew a cup or two of coffee and sit and watercolor. For months on end, I used Copics and Copics alone - which I still love, but there is something about painting that I've been really drawn to lately. So, I grabbed another Flourishes Fave... my European Watercolor Paper. This paper is very thick, so it takes your watercolor without any warping and it is flexible -- meaning, if you have a color mishap, you can wet your paper and remove color easily. I love that about it!

My third favorite is anything BasicGrey for paper. I love how the patterns are different enough to pair together but all in the same color palette, taking the guess work out of decorative paper! I have an entire basket of BG papers and love, love, love digging through to see which will make it into my next card. (This card was created using Two Scoops--old paper but still a fave!)

My fourth favorite is... the finishing touches - literally! Flourishes has a line of embellishments called Finishing Touches that are always close at hand. I love these ribbon slides! They come in gold and copper too! My fifth fave is of course, any kind of bling -- be it rhinestones or pearls! You'll notice, I don't create a lot without them!

And, last but not least -- fabulous ribbon! Here I used velvet, but honestly, when it comes to the ribbon Flourishes carries, it truly is the best of the best! I heard through the grapevine that Jan picked up some amazing European ribbon at CHA that everyone is going to flip over -- so more favorites might be in store! ;-) Thanks for stopping by and letting me show you some of the 'must haves' in my stamp room! Don't forget to stop by and see Leslie's fabulous tutorial of favorites! You can visit Christine and Laura too -- they put together their top picks as well!

Well, the coffee's almost done brewing and, well, since I have these goodies out and ready....... :-)

See you back here soon!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Stamp Simply -- Bleeding Hearts!

Hi all and TGIF!! Time for another Stamp Simply Challenge! Today is kind of fun for me because this is my 2 year anniversary with the Stamp Simply team -- where does the time go? I don't have a clue, but I know it's been a fun ride!

With Valentine's Day just around the corner and fun little projects needing to be made, today's theme was selected with Valentines in mind -- the challenge is Bleeding Hearts! Keep in mind, your project doesn't need to be a Valentine! You just need to have a heart and the color red in your project! The keyword is ssnotime124.

Because this is all about stamping simply - I only have one stamp on my card!

For my creation, I did a little stitching around my decorative paper panel, added a punched edge, a fun sentiment (Impression Obsession) and some grosgrain ribbon. The cupcake is actually a sticker I found at Target! It's from Jolee's Boutique and there were 6 dimensional stickers in one pack. Love the glitter on these -- just too cute! I wanted something easy peasy because right now my mom has her Valentine Card Drive underway for the kiddos at the Children's Hospital of Michigan. She collects handmade cards so that the kids recieving treatment/care there have fun cards to share and exchange! You can read up more HERE! Or, you can email me at if you want my mom's address to send some love her way! ;-)

The fun thing about the creation above was -- it was easy to mass produce! Here's a peek at all my Valentines that will soon make the trek to Michigan! Easy peasy! Hope you make time to play! All you need to do is click on Sharon's name below and you can read the official rules for the challenge. When you're done, just link up using Mr. Linky so we can check out your fabulous creations!

Want to see what the other Stamp Simply gals created this week for the Bleeding Heart challenge? Just stop by and give some love to.....


Thanks for stopping by! See you back here soon!

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezie Cards!

Recently, I was roaming the aisles at Michaels and stumbled upon some really fun dimensional stickers. They were.... on sale too! Which makes me say....'me likey!'

Because my mom's drive is underway to gather Valentines for the kiddos at Children's Hospital of Michigan, I thought -- 'Oh, these would make cute cards!' I think the teens would love them! And.... so I bought them and let the fun begin! When I got home, I even realized that I had some fun paper in my decorative paper bin that matched!

Card #1:

This card above was accented with the help of the Spellbinder's Heart and Scalloped Heart Nestabilities. I added some stitching around the edge and the sticker in the center of the heart came just as is! Love that! The sentiment is from the So In Love set from Our Craft Lounge! The button was a part of the sticker set -- gotta love that!

Card #2

The card above is simply decorative paper, a fun bit of ribbon, a scalloped edge and one of the stickers! How easy is that?

Card #3

The last card for today was also created thanks to the Hearts and Scalloped Hearts Nestabilities by Spellbinders. I added some decorative paper and a strip of paper for my sentiment, which is also from the So In Love set. The sticker on this page is just the little floral heart with some bling. Isn't that cute? I should say the brand of stickers is the Michaels Reflections brand. Love the fun colors and dimension on these cuties!
That's it for today my friends! If you'd like to know more about my mom's card drive you can click HERE to travel to her blog! She's got a post at the top of her blog that explains the drive and how you can get involved! She needs at least 1,000 Valentines for the kiddos to share so... she's got her work cut out for her! ;-)
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A very special Timeless Tuesday Challenge Hostess!

Well, this week for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday, the gals have a hostess with the mostess! My mom, a.k.a. the Rubbermaid is leading the challenge this week. So, there's no question --I had to play!

So, what is the challenge? Here's what my mom had to say....

"For this week's challenge be inspired by the letter P. Sounds a bit crazy, but not really if you think about it for a bit. I'm thinking pink, pearls, poppies, purple, punches, and piercing. Do you get the picture? Sure you do so let's get moving and make those perfectly pretty and positively pleasing presentations. Don't think you've been challenged in this way before, so I will be excited to see how you all do." ~Pat

So, for my take on this challenge, I chose two "Ps" -- paper piercing and polka dots! Wanna see?

I started by stamping my cherries from the Cherries and Peaches set a few times on Flourishes Classic Ivory paper. I used Copic markers in the Poppy and Fields collections to color up my cherries (I used E25 for the stems). You might also see that I stamped the cherries on the decorative paper and also the ivory strip so that I could cut and piece overtop. I know it sounds confusing - but it was really just coloring and cutting. ;-) The rest is layering. I picked some polka dots from my decorative paper drawer. They were scraps so, I honestly don't know who made them -- sorry! Add a sentiment from the set, some paper piercing and a scalloped edge and voila.... done!

Be sure to hop on over and say hi to my mom HERE and check out her card. And, while you're hopping, check out the Friends of Flourishes' cards as well! You'll find all the official challenge details HERE!

Betty Wright
Cindy Haffner
Maki Jones
Dee Jackson
Silke Ledlow

Thanks for stopping by! See you back here soon! ;-)

Monday, January 25, 2010

From the front porch....

I don't know about you, but I love the older homes, rich in character and rustic in their own right. So, when I saw this new stamp that is fresh off the press from Impression Obsession, I sighed. It's just such a classic image! And.... it was a blast to color!

I stamped my image using Memento Tuxedo Black and then started to color with colored pencils and blending with odorless mineral spirits. I use Prisma color pencils but I was moving so quickly, I didn't write down which colors I used! I know I used a mix of greens, reds, browns and grays in order to give my steps a pop of color.

Here's a close up of the coloring! From there, the rest is just matting it up! I used a mix of Bazill (green) K and Company (Newsprint and dark scalloped paper) and Kraft (SU!), the ribbon is May Arts and I used my Bow Easy to tie my ribbon into a bow. Add the scalloped edge with the help of an SU border punch and... voila! Not much to the layout - with an image this detailed and large though -- I'm thinking less is more! ;-)

This stamp is being released as we speak at CHA in Cali right now. Once the new stamps are in the Impression Obsession store, I'll be sure to let you know! ;-)

Happy Monday everyone! I'll see you back here soon!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Very Vintage... Stamp Simply Style!

Hi all! TGIF! This week for the Stamp Simply Challenge, it's all about going back in time -- on your cards that is -- to create a very vintage look in your creation. Ruffle the edges, use some classic embellishments, a vintage stamp or image... just that simple! You can click HERE to hop over to Sharon's place for all the official details!

When I heard that vintage was the theme this week, I knew exactly which stamp I wanted to use. I just got my hands on this beautiful tea cup . It's from Impression Obsession. It's funny, I never noticed that the name of the stamp was Lemon Tea cup. So, when I was coloring this image up, I colored the fruit as oranges because my mother-in-law drinks herbal orange tea and that was what came to my mind first. But, in thinking about it - I've never seen anyone put an orange slice in their tea! Guess I need to become a tea drinker!

So, to create my card, I stamped the tea cup onto European Watercolor Paper and then colored it up with a Niji water brush and my distress inks. I am loving the way distress inks flow on watercolor paper. They have an oily base, so they are very forgiving! I used Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold, Antique Linen and Peeled Paint. After coloring up my image, I cut it out and popped it up on my card. The rest is just layering, sewing, adding a punched edge (EK Success), some satin ribbon and a fun hat pin. That sparkle is actually the light shining off the Swarovski crystal on the pin. After my card was assembled, I took a sponge and dabbed on some more distress ink around the edges. The paper is a mix of Crate Paper and K & Company. So, there you have it - my take on 'very vintage!'

Want to see what the other Stamp Simply gals created this week for ssnotime123, just hop on over and see.....


Well my friends, if you haven't gotten enough 'vintage', Cindy Lawrence, one of my fellow DT members on the Flourishes team is heading up a vintage inspired tutorial over on the Flourishes Newsletter. Just click HERE to check it out!!!

Have a great weekend everyone! See you back here soon!

IO Shaped Card Challenge!

Hi all! Hope your week is going smashingly! I can't believe it's already Thursday... woah! With Thursday comes another fun-filled Impression Obsession challenge. This one bent my brain a bit -- don't worry, I didn't sacrifice too many brain cells! ;-)

It's an "Anything but a Rectangle" challenge! Just head on over to the IO blog -- HERE -- for all the official details! There's a $25 gift certificate on the line for the week's winner!

For my card, I used my Labels 8 Spellbinders Nestabilities die for my main card shape. Then, add an oval shape and let it bleed off the card and.. bam... not a rectangle at all! ;-)

I used one of the brand new Leigh Hannan stamps that will be released this week at Winter CHA. Isn't it fun? After stamping it in black on my main white oval, I colored the base with grey Copic Markers. I thought it would be best to paper piece the dresses and add some pizazz with some Liquid Pearls. The paper is some of my favorite - BasicGrey Porcelain. I stamped the image three times on three different decorative papers. After that, I cut each dress out and then adhered it to my base image. Add a scalloped oval border, some beautiful silk ribbon, and buttons and... you're almost there! The sentiment is also a new release from Impression Obsession but instead of using the whole sentiment, I used just a piece. I used an oval punch to punch it out and then a scalloped oval punch for my mat. Voila!!

Here's a close up to show the pearls. I just love the sparkle and dimension... And that, my friends, is it! Be sure to check out the rest of the IO DT's fabulous "Anything but a Rectangle" creations!


Thanks for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with another Stamp Simply challenge. See you then!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Cards 4 Kids Needs YOUR Help!

Every year around this time, my mom A.K.A. the Rubber Maid, puts out a call for Valentine's Day Cards for the children at the Children's Hospital of Michigan. Cards 4 Kids is my mom's volunteer work. She provides handmade cards so that the kiddos have Valentines to exchange. But, this call is much too big for her alone! The hospital would like a couple thousand Valentines!!!

I have to say, it's amazing to see the reaction from the kids -- knowing that someone cared enough to brighten their days. Some of the children are there for cancer treatment. Some are in the burn unit. Some are there for surgery. But bottom line -- ALL are kids going through a tough time. If you'd like to help -- the cards need to arrive at my mom's place in Michigan by February 8th so that they can be distributed by the hospital. They can be with or without envelopes, they can be ATC size, they can be like a post card! It all works!

The card above is one that I'll soon be sending along for the drive! You might say - well that doesn't look like a "kid card!" Well, here's the scoop - the kids range in age up to 21! So, I like to make a few that are more like "adult" cards too!

This card is fun because it is really just some fun decorative paper, a stitched edge and then scraps of decorative paper that I used to punch circles from. The daisy is actually brand new stamp called Heartfelt Daisy that was just released Impression Obsession illustrated by Alesa Baker. I used Copic markers to add some color to it. After that, add a sentiment, some buttons and ribbon and boom... done! It was a fun one to create because it's not my normal "style!" We've all got to break out of our comfort zone every now and then... right?

I have to tell a fun story that my mom shared about this program. She said the doctors and nurses just went crazy running from room to room delivering these valentines to the boxes on the kids doors. Isn't that just a fun mental picture? I think so! If you'd like to donate, just email me at and I can pass along my mom's address! Thank you so much in advance! The stamping community is one of the most kind hearted and generous communities out there!

I'll see you back here soon!

Friday, January 15, 2010

The stamps have been unveiled!

Thanks everyone for joining me this week as Flourishes sneak peeked their January release! I'm happy to report, the lace has been pulled back to reveal this fabulous set of stamps! And, you can find them all HERE!

Classic Lace

Clouds Background
Angelic Love

Tag Lines - a perfect match to Spellbinder's Fancy Tags!
Before I go, I wanted to show one more card with the Angelic Love set. I just think this set is far too sweet and I can't wait to use it over and over again! The angel card you saw earlier this week but the locket card... all new!
I just love the locket image in this set -- I wanted it to look like a silver locket so - I used the Cool Neutrals set grouped by Flourishes and stamped the BFF sentiment that is also in the set. Match it up with some Jenni Bowlin and Making Memories paper, a Fiskar's corner punch, some bling and some Martha Stewart ribbon and ... bam.. done! A sweet and simple card to give to one of your gal pals!!!

Well that, my friends, is it for now! Happy shopping! ;-)

More Sneaks... and a Stamp Simply Challenge!

It's the final day of the Flourishes January Release sneak peeks! And, this set brings back such memories --- it reminds me of the beautiful lace tablecloths that my grandma always seemed to have on hand when we'd visit for supper. This gorgeous set drawn by the ever so talented Becky Fleck offers 8 different designs of beautifully orchestrated lace. It may come in a 4 by 6 stamp set but, each design was made to repeat from here to eternity! Create a border, a background, an accent, a frame... the sky is the limit with this one-of-a-kind set!

And, I thought I'd use it to dish out some spring for this week's Stamp Simply challenge! Why? Ssnotime122 is all about flowers in fresh springtime colors --for a mid-winter -perk-me-up! You can click HERE to head on over to Sharon's blog for all the details!

Now, to my card! I can't tell you how good it felt to pick up the colors of spring to create!

I embossed one of the lace edges using Versamark Ink and Ultra Fine Detail Embossing powder to make sure I didn't lose any of the fine definition of this set. I also embossed my Sweet Peas onto some European Watercolor paper and then picked up some Distress Inks to watercolor my flowers. I used a paint palette and the distress ink reinker (using just one drop of each color in my palette) and then picked up the color with a Niji waterbrush. I used Worn Lipstick and Peeled Paint for my flowers and Broken China as a watercolor wash behind my flower. The rest is just layering up, adding some zig zag stitches, some pearls, some velvet ribbon and an oval and oval scallop punch (SU). The sentiment is from the Tag Lines set that will also be released tonight with the Lace Edges set! YIPPEEE!

Want to see how the rest of the Stamp Simply Team ushered in spring? Check out:Sharon,Michelle Woerner -- our guest designer!, Janine , Jennifer , AJ , Tammy, Deb, Barbara , Jenny , and Barb

And, while you're hopping, you have to check out the rest of the Flourishes design team's fabulous Lace Edges creations!

Christine Okken
Latisha Yoast
Stacy Morgan
Cindy Lawrence
Leslie Miller

Want to win this set? Be sure to head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter and leave comment to be in the running! Thanks for stopping by... it's been a fun week! TGIF and I'll see you back here soon!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Love & Lace... day 2!!

Do you ever find yourself looking for that small, power-packed sentiment that will fit perfectly on a tag? Well, look no more... Flourishes has got you covered! ;-)


This set FULL of sentiments showcases those pint-sized wonders that deliver just the right words on your cards and projects! And, because you can mix and match them -- there are more than 20 potential sentiments!

For my project, I wanted to do a quick and easy set that I could give as a gift. I love it when a fun tag, a great sentiment, beautiful paper and bling can create a quick and easy creation that still has a dash of elegance. So, that's what I aimed for!

I grabbed my BasicGrey Lemonade paper pack, a decorative edge punch, some ribbon, some bling, black ink and my Spellbinders Fancy Tags die and that's all it took! On some of the cards, I stitched a bit around the edge, others I added some paper piercing! Oh, and you can't forget some prima flowers!

Card #1

Card #2

Card #3
There, my friends, is all she wrote! Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy! Be sure to hop on over and see how the rest of the DT used these small sentiments to make a BIG impact!

Christine Okken
Latisha Yoast
Stacy Morgan
Cindy Lawrence
Leslie Miller

Want to win this set? Just leave a comment over on today's post on the Flourishes Newsletter! Have you entered the Feel the Love challenge? Click HERE for the details. And, while we're at it, mark your calendar for our POWER HOUR Release Party in the Flourishes Forum HERE! It's always so much fun to chat it up with you and reveal even more about our releases!

The sneaks wrap up tomorrow with a classic edge for all your cards and creations. We know you will absolutely LOVE the latest offering from the talented Becky Fleck! So stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Love & Lace... let the sneaks begin!

It's been a busy start to the week in my 'lil ole stamp room! That's because today marks the start of the sneaks for Flourishes January release!


Today's set is a beautifully drawn set from the artistic Lauren Pope that you can use not just for Valentine's Day, but for cards to friends and family the whole year through! I can't tell you how much I love the sentiments in this set! There are a few fit for the loves of our life, our BFFs, our sweet friends and those people who come to us as our angels here on earth! There's no question, creating a card with this set, you'll warm the hearts of whoever you send it to! And, the fun part? This set offers not one but two focal images and 11.. yes 11 sentiments you can use. What's better? It's a half set meaning - you get all of this for just $8!

For my creation, I had a friend in mind who I needed to send a thank you to. "You're an angel" works!

The decorative paper is a mix from my dp bin - I know the polka dot and the light blue pattern is BasicGrey (June Bug and Eskimo Kisses), the lined blue -- sorry, no clue! The sentiment was stamped and punched with an oval and blinged up with some red rhinestones.

I stamped my angel onto Flourishes Classic White, colored him up with Copics using the Flesh Tones 1 and Flesh Tones 2 Collections. The cloud was colored using the Pastel Collection B0000.

Afterward, I cut him out, added some Shimmerz Angel Wingz paint on his wings and popped him up on a heart that was cut with a heart shaped Spellbinders Nestabilities die. Can you see what's stamped on my heart?
It's a beautiful new background stamp that is also being released this month from the ever-so-talented Becky Fleck! I am so excited about this stamp because gosh, how many times have you stamped something and wanted some "clouds" to help ground your image. Well, my friends, this is the stamp for you!

Make sure you hop on over to see my fellow friends and designers. I got some sneak peeks of their creations over the last few days and... WOW! You won't be disappointed! ;-)

Christine Okken
Latisha Yoast
Stacy Morgan
Cindy Lawrence
Leslie Miller

If you'd like to win this set, hop on over to the Flourishes Newsletter and leave a comment on today's post! There's also details there about our Feel the Love challenge and our fun-filled Power Hour Release Party set for Friday!

I'll have more peeks tomorrow to be sure to swing on back!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Calendar Finale!

Hi all! Hope your week is going splendidly! Time is whipping by. I blinked and Monday was gone! Why is it when you need time, it flies but when you want it to.... well, that's another story altogether! ;-) Such is life.... eh?

Today, as promised, the grand finale to my 2010 calendar! You might wonder why I am ending with the month August.. well, I actually started backwards with THIS POST here!

These last months follow the same layout as the other 8 months - an oval, stamped and colored with Copic markers, some gold paper as a base, a fancy tag and a dash of bling! Oh, you can't forget the calendar download that is on the Flourishes Website HERE!

Isn't this iris image above just beautifully drawn? Marcella Hawley... gotta love her artistic flair! I colored the iris up with the Violets and Spring Green Copic Collections arranged by Flourishes. The paper is Memory Box...

This month offers some Basic Grey Paper (Wassail) with the rose being colored up with the Dahlia and Fields Copic Collections!

For the tiger lily above, I used the Tiger lily and Fields Copic Collections and added a dash of Basic Grey Ambrosia paper.

And lastly...the delicate morning glory was colored up with Spring Greens, Crocus and Delphinium Copic Collections. And... here's a look at the entire set!

For a peek at any or all of these Copic Collections, just click HERE to take a look see! The colors are to die for and I love, love, love that Flourishes took the guess work out of matching up colors to get the right blend!

Well, tomorrow is the beginning of the sneak peeks for Flourishes January release! We kick it off with a beautiful set and a fabulous background! Want a peek???? Here goes!

Hhhhhhmmmm..... can you guess what it is???? hehehe!

See you back here soon! Also, I announced the winner of my blog candy on Sunday's post HERE. If I don't hear from the winner by Wednesday, I'll draw a new name. So, stay tuned, your chance at the winnings might not be over!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Unveiling my 2010 Calendar!

Hi all! Hope you're week is off to a good start! I have a fun finale for you to wrap up a project I first brought you HERE on this post.

When Flourishes unveiled it's A Year of Flowers Calendar Sets, it knew that stampers far and wide would want to use these gorgeous florals to create floral inspired desk calendars. Well, my friends, that's what I did!

I thought I'd show you the first four months (using the A Year of Flowers Calendar Set 1) and how they turned out first... and tomorrow - I'll bring you the rest!

This set started with the fun downloadable calendar created by Marcella Hawley to match these floral sets perfectly! You can find the calendar HERE. From there, I grabbed Spellbinder's Fancy Tags, a classic oval die, some Copic Sets and some fun patterned paper!

For my Crocus creation, I used some Basic Grey paper from the June Bug collection and the Spring Green and Delphinium Copic Collections grouped by Flourishes. For my Primrose calendar, I used some striped dp that I had in my stash along with some green chalk around my flower. Then, I colored it up with Copics with the Daffodill Collection, Dahlia Collection and the Meadow Collection for my greenery.

My pansy was colored up with Spring Greens and Delphinium collections. The decorative paper is Basic Grey.

And last, but not least... my daffodils! I love, love, love this image and know I'll use it time and time again on its own. I used Basic Grey decorative paper and the Daffodill and Fields Copic Collections.

So, there my friends is the first few months ready for 2010! I think these images are just too classy and timeles -- who knows -- this might be my yearly trend -- just cut, color and enjoy! I should mention, this one made it into the hands of a great friend!

Tomorrow, I'll be back to show you my next set to wrap up the year! I have to tell you... excitement is brewing in my stamp room! Flourishes is getting ready for its sneaks starting Wednesday... so this blog will be a hoppin'!
See you back here soon!