Monday, July 8, 2013

A Challenge and... Day 1 of Flourishes Sneaks!

Welcome to Day 1 of the Flourishes July Release Week!  Are you as excited as I am about seeing what Flourishes has to offer this month?!  We are simply giddy about introducing the first of FOUR new stamp sets this month.  Don't forget, you'll have MANY instances to WIN some of our new stamp sets for your very own! And this, our first new stamp set....
  DahliasGraphic .

These beautiful buds, illustrated by Marcella Hawley are as though they are fresh clipped from the garden.  These breathtaking Dahlias would be a prize on any card or creation! This 4 by 6" set features two gorgeous main images plus five all-occasion sentiments, perfect for all kinds of creations.

On to my creation! As you'll see as you make the rounds, the Flourishes Design Team is being joined by the Friends of Flourishes Team and together we are ushering in one fun-filled challenge! It's one that, if you play along, you can win Flourishes ENTIRE JULY RELEASE! So, how do you play? Simply use acetate anywhere on your card or creation! Easy peasy! And, if you haven't tried Flourishes Clear Card Stock-- now's the time! It's amazing stuff!

For my creation, I chose to create a little sentiment window, which I thought was fun!

How did I do it? Really, it is as simple as piecing together strips of decorative paper to create that front panel. I used Flourishes Classic White as my base, trimmed so that there was a 2-1/2" inch topper on my card, took a strip of Flourishes Clear Card Stock and ran it through my Grand Calibur using a Swiss Dots embossing folder. I attached that to the white card stock and then covered up the seam with the decorative green paper. I did the same for the bottom. I attached the decorative green strip and then covered up the glue line with the pink decorative paper. This also beefed up my card so that I wasn't using near text weight paper for  my card base. Add some sheer ribbon, a little gold cording and that's pretty much the base of your card. 

I love how when you close the card, you can see the sentiment from the set in the window! 


Here's a close up of those GORGEOUS Dahlias! I stamped on Flourishes Classic White and then colored with Copic markers. You can check my supply list below for a look at the collections that I used to color this up!


And one of the touches I added that I LOVE is the glitter border. It really adds some sparkle in real life! It's a part of the Far and Away Borders pack. I love reaching for these borders when you don't feel like using your die cut machine -- it's detail in a jiffy! See?


And that, my friends, is it! Would you like ANOTHER way to win this set? It is as simple as leaving some love in the form of a comment on our designers' blogs. Why? Well, one of them will be picking names from comments and you won't know......


So comment away -- you could win this gorgeous new set called Dahlias! Just hop on over and see.....

So, if you would like to play along, just know that you have until next Monday at 6PM to enter. And, if you want to read up on the official rules (there are a few to follow) just click HERE. Thanks for stopping by everyone. Be sure to swing back by tomorrow when I share another new Flourishes set! This next set is a whimsical peek at those darling little friends that hang out in gardens far and wide in the imaginations of folks young and old. Does that have you guessing? Come back tomorrow to see!

~Julie

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37 comments:

Rosy Newlun said...

There's so many good elements to take in - see, feel, examine! I am having a great time looking at all the different components to your beautiful and stunning card! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

frommycraftroom said...

Clever use of acetate with sentiment stamp inside/outside. Thank you.

Karen W said...

Wow this is gorgeous, I love everything in this card. Beautifully done and colored. This stamp set is a MUST have.

Shelrie said...

Beautiful card. I love all the different textures.

Theresa said...

Beautiful card! Love how you used the aceatate! Great colors!

Kathi said...

Wow, this is just gorgeous! Love what you did with the acetate! Your coloring of the flowers is really beautiful!

Connie MacFarlane said...

Beautiful Julie! Love the way you strip pieced the front of your card. The embossed sentiment window is perfect as is your colouring of this beautiful new image.

Lynne said...

This is a great card, beautiful coloring, fabulous flowers and the sentiment is one I really need in my collection. Another great release and terrific blog hop.

Marsha Reed said...

Beautiful card! Love all the detail.

Heather Jensen said...

This looks amazing, Julie! i love the swiss dot clear CS and pretty gold scalloped border. :)

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

I like that you embossed the clear cardstock that is cool and with my favorite folder! Beautiful Julie.

Jean Bullock said...

Brilliant idea! Embossing the acetate and placing it as you did was a great effect.

Cheryl said...

Julie, this is so pretty! I LOVE the embossed acetate--what a cool look, and the ribbon tied up with gold cord is beautiful, yet doesn't distract from the dahlia image. Fantastic card design--might just have to CASE this one soon! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Petti said...

this card is stunning!

Nana Griffin said...

Lovely use of acetate.

Pati said...

Very cool sentiment window. Love all your details and your coloring of the flowers! Very pretty card!

Katie Sims said...

WHOA Julie....that is one gorgeous card! For starters, your Dahlias are colored to perfection! Secondly, that acetate strip across your card is genius....love how that looks! I may have to CASE this one...lol! :)

Tamara D said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful card with all of us!

Kris B said...

Embossing the clear card stock was a lovely idea! It looks so pretty! Love all the layers and colors! Fantastic card! TFS

jonim52 said...

Magnificent card, love the image.

Mary Ann said...

AWESOME CARD!!!Love the design!!!

Diane said...

Wow...this card just glows with "gorgeousness"!!

alicaz said...

oh wow! Love these colors, papers and stamps too! And I forgot to mention your awesome coloring!

Belinda said...

Beautiful live all your layers and embossing!

Sandy (Cheesy) said...

I love love love everything about this card, Julie. The paper colors are amazing as is your coloring of the dahlia. I would love some more pix of how that front panel came together. I get most of it, except for the bottom part. Really love this idea.

Linda Carson said...

WOW! What a gorgeous and creative card! Love the touches of textures! Most excellent!

Peachy Wessels said...

What a pretty set - I love these flowers! Your coloring on your card is breathtaking - great job!

TLady said...

OH MY!!!!!!! THIS card has SOOOO MANY INTERESTING PIECES TO IT!!!!!! I could gaze at it ALL DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) IT'S FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!;)

Heather said...

Beautiful!! Gorgeous coloring and papers. And I love your acetate strip. I've never thought of embossing on it; it looks fabulous.

loulou said...

Absolutely stunning. Everything about this card is gorgeous.

Dianne said...

Well Miss Julie,this card is OUTSTANDING..
Not much else I could say that hasn't already been said with all the lovely comments. If this card doesn't sell this stamp I don't know what would.Your coloring is TOP NOTCH. You are the BOMB girly..Thanks for sharing..

stampqueen said...

Beautiful!!! Love the window for the sentiment!!

Sue D said...

Gorgeous card--I like the sentiment window.

Silke Ledlow said...

Julie, this is an awesome idea to incorporate the Clear CS...such a beautiful card!

Mary-Anne V said...

Very pretty...love how you decide to emboss the acetate...I never thought of doing that.

Ravengirl said...

Nice! I love the embossed acetate!

Allison Cope Israels said...

Totally in love with this card... love the glitter paper... the embossed acetate (SO clever!) and the beautiful colouring of your dahlias! Stunning Julie!