Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ready, Set, Spring!

As Flourishes kicks off day two of its sneak peeks for March, I've got a set to show you that is bound to deliver cheer wherever its stamped and sent!


Spring is Sprung Graphic

A nest of robin's eggs set in leafy branches, a song bird tweeting in delight from the stem of a blue bell and a bevy or bunnies nibbling on fresh green grass. Marcella Hawley's new Spring Is Sprung set celebrates the arrival of spring. Use this unique 4 by 6" set to usher in cheery spring well wishes with three focal images, one accent flower and six beautifully scripted sentiments! Would you like to win this set? Simply leave a comment on this post and you'll be in the running!

On to my creation!

Because I knew I wanted to use some of the elements from the new 1,2,3 Create Kit that Flourishes just unveiled, I decided to take liberties with my blue bird when I colored him up and add a splash of orange-toned red. I knew that there were varieties that had a little bit of red on the belly and so.... I opted for a Western Blue Bird. See?

 So, I colored him up with Copic Markers using the Delphinium collection of markers grouped by Flourishes as well as R14, R24 and blended with R00. The Blue Bells were also colored with the Delphinium Collection and blending with a little BG000. The leaves were colored using the Spring Greens Collection. Sponge on a little Sky Blue Memento Ink and... almost done! 

I cut out my images with my Spellbinder's Grand Callibur, using the Classic Circles and Blossom dies. As you can see below, I sponged my ink on while the die was still in place to create that white edge. The Blossom die cut shape was embossed and then, using a sanding block, I went around the edges to reveal the paper's white core.  I also added a little bit of stitching too on one of my layers!

Here's a close up!
Add some crochet lace, some glazed brads, and a sentiment from the set on a punched oval and... Voila! Done! I just love this set and can see using it year round!

Now be sure to hop on over and see all the beautiful creations our design team and design guests whipped up using this set that's ripe for spring!!

Barbara Anders
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Jan Marie Caruso

Oh, before we forget -- THERE'S A PARTY TONIGHT AND....
release party invite

Join our DT with some chatter, fun, games and prizes! Our Power Hour Release Party starts tonight, March 17th at 9 PM Central Time! You’ll find the party at the Flourishes’ Member Company Forum on SCS! And… after the party, you can check out the new sets live in the Flourishes store! How much fun is that?

  • Flourishes’ A Cut Above the Rest Challenge is in full swing! You could win Flourishes’ ENTIRE March release! Check it out HERE.
  • Save a BUNDLE with Flourishes new release bundle! Purchase the entire release for 10% off! You can check it out HERE!
  • Would you like to get your hands on our new sets NOW? Pre-order them HERE!
  • Did you check out our SALE page? It's a Gambler's sale and each week prices drop another 5% until everything is gone! It's now at 40%!!!! Click HERE to see what's on sale!!

Thanks for stopping by! We'll be back tomorrow with not one, but TWO more sets for March and to unveil them -- we'll be joined by some very special guests! So.... stay tuned!


Amanda said...

Oh, Julie, I just love your beautiful spring card!! Your coloring is so Fabulous and the card design and colors make me so excited for Spring!! :)

~ By the way, I take coloring liberties all the time - LOL ;) You did a great job, I love it!

Tanya said...

This is beautiful! Love the crochet lace and your coloring is gorgeous.

Robbie said...

Don't know if this was intended or not...but I love the way the white space in the little bird's chest looks like a heart! Beautiful card!

ChristineCreations said...

So awesome Julie! That's exactly how I want to color this bird next, I saw pictures of blue birds and wanted to do the same thing :) Great use of these papers, love the layout and lace too!

Emily Keaton said...

How absolutely lovely!! I am so impressed with this release so far and am very intrigued about tomorrow's sets. Beautiful work. :)

Angel said...

Such a totally sweet card!!! Love that Bluebird! See ya at the party!

Allison Cope said...

Just gorgeous Julie! I love the inspiration you drew from! Great card!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Okay lets try this a second time to comment. ggrr... :0) Fresh... and so clean feeling. Julie I love the red and blue its wonderful. Your ribbon lace trim is awesome and where might you have gotten this from??? Beautiful spring card.

Yogi said...

very pretty. nice variety of blue bird BIG GRIN

Cindy Haffner said...

Ohhh just BEAUTIFUL!!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, Julie, this is -- WOW! The image with the papers is perfect. Just love how you colored the bird, and the whole country/nature/springtime look of it makes me feel happy!

Charlotte said...

Love your spring card. Love the bird image, and the way you colored it. Love the touch of lace.

Dawn B. said...

I LOVE that you did this. I colored one matching the NC bluebirds here but did not get time to make a card.. This is gorgeous.. Great job.

MaryH said...

Love bluebirds! Especially love how you colored this cherry, checky little fella, and combined the lovely papers to make a gorgeous card. Would love to win the stamp set.

Heather Jensen said...

Oh Julie, this is the sweetest little bird. I want Bluebirds in my backyard so bad I can't stand it. They are one of my favorite birds. You did a wonderful job coloring him. :)

dpkennedy said...

Oh Julie! I love your bluebird! You colored him perfectly! Love your layout too! Gorgeous card!

denise g. said...

The bluebird of happiness just flew up my nose! Wait, I think that was the bird of paradise and waaay before your time. Anyhow, your card is so pretty! Love how you colored the bird (looks like it's got a heart or is that my monitor, as it couldn't possibly be my vision). I see you're using the circle and blossom nesties to layer again. I am definitely going to have to try that - it looks so classy. Wonderful paper choices, too. Thanks for sneaking us a peak of the good stuff!