Do You Want to be a Designer?

Do you love to create with beautiful images and would you like to be a part of a friendly, energetic and talented team?  
For the first time in Flourishes history, we've decided to span the globe looking for not one, but two talented designers to join our Bring Back Beautiful team! There is a catch, this call is catering to those artists living outside of the United States. That's right, we are going to look far and wide for two talented artists to join this team in August!! 

Show us your design style and you might land one of the two spots. Just click on THIS LINK to find out more! This call will close on July 9th, so get those fingers inky and show us what you've got! 

Happy Stamping & Good Luck!


Timeless Tuesday and an Announcement!!

I have some super EXCITING news today!  I have been asked to join the Flourishes "Friends of Flourishes" Design Team and I couldn't be more thrilled!  Each week, the Friends of Flourishes Design Team share and showcase the Timeless Tuesday challenge on the Flourishes blog.

I'd also like to take a moment to congratulate another fellow talented crafter, Denise Marzec.  Denise has also joined the Friends of Flourishes Design Team as a newbie with me this week.  Congrats Denise!  I look forward to creating with you and the rest of the team!

I'd also like to tell you all I received the most wonderful phone call from the lovely Jan Marie Caruso, owner of Flourishes. I got the great honour of talking with her and thanking her personally for the opportunity to design with the rest of the amazing Flourishes design team.  It was so great to put her beautiful voice to the name.  Thank you Jan Marie for such a warm and thoughtful welcome!

So let's check out my first official challenge for Timeless Tuesday...

Today's Timeless Tuesday challenge comes from the lovely, Silke.  Her challenge this week is called "Favourites!" - FTTC175.  Create a card using your favourite Spellbinders die, grab your favourite Flourishes stamp set and cool embellishments and create away.  It's a simple as that!

Here is my creation....

Season Everything with JOY!

To start, I grabbed my favourite Spellbinders' die, the Taylor-Made Classic Keyhole Die Set and my new favourite Flourishes stamp set, Italian Garden and began to create my focal image.  

I coloured my image using a variety of Copic Sketch markers including colours from the...

I created another frame for the Keyhole die from brown cardstock by tracing the die with a pencil and hand cutting it out.  I also added an addition of the Spellbinders' "Floral Ovals" die cut for that touch of flourish.  Here's a close up detail of the layered Spellbinder die cut pieces...

To add my sentiment, I die cut the tag aspect of the Taylor-Made Classic Keyhole Die Set out of a piece of vellum and stamped my phrase using my favourite black ink, Memento Black Tuxedo ink.  

Take a peek at what the other Timeless Tuesday designers have created for today…
 Thanks for stopping by today!  Join us this week for this great challenge!

stamps: Flourishes (Italian Garden)
cardstock: Flourishes Classic White Cardstock, Bazzill
die cut shapes:   Spellbinders (Classic Keyhole, Floral Ovals, Floral Flourishes)
embossing folder:  Spellbinders (Elegance - Side A)
patterned papers: Crate Paper 6x6 "Story Teller"
inks: Memento, Copic, Ranger "Old Paper"
bradsCreative Charms, Making Memories
accessories: hat pin, flowers - Prima;  edge punch - Fiskars;  other - thread, vellum.

A Saturday Share

Happy Saturday everyone!

It's been a rainy one here in the Rocky Mountains today so I enjoyed the cool, dull day in the comforts of my scraproom this morning.  Here's what I was creating...

 Pink Gerbera Celebration

I've been thinking about this card for a few days.  I knew I want to use pink daisies from the Flourishes "Gerbera Daisies" collection and I knew I wanted it to appear wedding-y so this was the end result.  I found some beautiful cardstock from SEI called "White Elegance" in my stash that I knew was perfect for the feel of this card.  I hope the special people that receive this card like it!

Thanks for stopping by today.

stamps: Flourishes (Fanciful Flourishes, Gerbera Daisies)
cardstock: Flourishes, Bazzill
die cut shapes:  Spellbinders
patterned papers: SEI
inks: Memento, Copic
edge punch: EK Success
accessories: thread.

Brightening up those GREY Skies Today!

Howdy all! Happy Wednesday!

Today, the myStamp BOX design team and are sharing a variety of projects featuring the colours...

I created a fabulous, fun card using a variety of grey inks and grey cardstock shades.

Bee Happy

myStamp BOX stamps used:

Here is a few close ups showing all the stamps I used.

Some cute little bees; grey on grey!  Awesome "happy" hexagons; dark grey on dark grey!
Cool starbursts and stitching with some swirling dashes to boot!

Check out what the rest of my myStamp BOX design team members have shared today on the mSB blog.  Thanks for stopping by!

cardstock: Bazzill, Flourishes
inks: Ranger, Memento, Stampin' Up!
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
accessories: edge punches - Fiskars;  washi tape - We R Memories;  other - thread.Photobucket

Layers and Layers of Flowers

Happy first day of SUMMER everyone!

Today I thought I'd share a super layered card I created using the Sweet Stop Sketch #163...

Here is the card I created using lots of texture using the above sketch...

Beautiful Bouquet

Thanks for stopping by!

stamps: Flourishes, Hero Arts
cardstock: Flourishes, Bazzill, water colour paper
die cut shapes:   Spellbinders
inks: Copics, Ranger Distress Markers, Memento, Ranger, Versamark
accessories: brads - My Minds Eye;  pearls - KaiserCraft;  white embossing powder - Stampendous!

Stamps & Scraps: Terrific Tissue

Howdy all!  It's Monday and time to share a layout creation over on the Flourishes blog today.  Come and check out my "Stamps & Scraps" article over at the Flourishes blog.

I have a super TUTORIAL on how to make your own tissue tape (aka Washi tape!)

You & Me Forever

Here are a few close ups of my layout...

I stamped a few simple roses and rose bush leaves from the "I Love Roses" stamp set.  I first brushed a wash of white paint over top of them and then coloured with in with Ranger's new Distress Ink markers.  To add that finishing touch, I added a fine layer of clear embossing powder to my roses and some Ranger crackle accents solution to my leaves.

For my tissue back ground, I stamped a variety of ferns again right over top of the tissue paper.  I also embossed some white ferns to add a pop of more white.

For my title, I stamped all over a simple manila tag, incorporating my title "You & Me Forever" from the "Love Sweet Love" stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Make sure you stop on over at the Flourishes blog to find out how to make your own washi tape.  Super easy and FUN!

stamps, cardstock: Flourishes (Love Sweet Love, I Love Roses!, Ferns and Fiddles, Moments in Time, Humming Along);  patterned paper: Heidi Swapp;  tissue paper: 7Gyspies, Canvas Corp.;  inks: Ranger Distress Inks & markers, Memento;  canvas pieces, gems: Prima;  wood frame: Kaisercraft;  printed tissue tape: We R Memory Keepers;  masks: Crafters Workshop;  hat pin: Petaloo;  white paint: DecoArt;  mists: Tattered Angels;  other: embossing powder, Crackle Accents, thread, twine, blue ribbon.

Sweet Sunday!

Happy Father's Day Sunday everyone!  My poor husband's sadly working today so it's just my son and I.  He's outside enjoying the sunny weather while I'm enjoying my paper and glue today.

I thought I'd apply for a position on the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge blog.  I love sketches and card making so I'd love to play along every week.

This week's SSC sketch is Sketch 161:

Here is my card using sketch SSC:

Here is the inside of my card...

I created a fun overlapping element to my card today.  I used my Klic N'Kut machine and designed overlapping corner rounded squares.

Thanks for checking out my card creation today!  I hope the rest of your day is a great one!

stamps:  Flourishes (Clematis and Butterflies, Lenten Rose)
cardstock: Flourishes, Bazzill
patterned papers: BasicGrey
inks: Memento, Stampin' Up!, Ranger
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
tools:  corner rounder - EK Success; Klic N'Kut machine
accessories:  embossing folder - Cuttlebug;  ribbon - Offray;  other, thread.Photobucket

He Suits Me to a "T"

I'm back again to share my third Flourishes release noon-time challenge with you again.

HOW TO PLAY: To play in the “Arts and Letters” challenge, all you need to do is just do what the title suggests — create Art… with Letters!  Use a letter as a focal point in your card or creation and you will be in the running! If you upload to a Splitcoaststampers gallery, please use the keyword FLLCJUNRW2. Entries must be in before Friday, June 15th at 5PM EST. To enter, make sure you link up your creation HERE using the Inlinkz widget!

Here is my card creation using a letter...

"T" aka "Todd" 

This is a card I created for my husband for Father's Day.  I created my own back ground paper by stamping all kinds of "father" type images from the Mix n'Mugs stamp set.  You can see more details below.

stamps: Flourishes (Mix n'Mugs, A Guiding Light); myStamp BOX (Tall Outlines Alphas)
cardstock:  Flourishes, Bazzill
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
inks:  Versamark, Ranger
edge punch: EK Success
heart button:  Jesse James
accessories: embossing powder - Walmart; embossing plates - Cuttlebug, Sizzix;  other - thread, silver cord.

Pop It! ~ Sweet Berries

Flourishes is having their June release party this week and they have a wide variety of new stamps being released, some amazing examples and some cool prizes to give away!

Make sure you check out their blog for the 3 challenges.   Deadlines are TODAY at 5pm EST.
  1. Gimmie Ten! Challenge
  2. Art & Letters Challenge

And the third challenge is the Pop It! Challenge...
HOW TO PLAY: To play in the “Pop It” challenge, all you need to do is just do what the title suggests — pop up a portion of your creation with dimensionals or foam tape. Just that simple — use dimension to make a part of your card POP! If you upload to a Splitcoaststampers gallery, please use the keyword FLLCJUNRW1. Entries must be in before Friday, June 15th at 5PM EST. To enter, make sure you link up your creation HERE using the Inlinkz widget!

Here is my Pop It! challenge card...

For You Berries

Here's a quick close up of the popped up portion of my card...
Thanks for stoppin' by today!  Stay tuned for another challenge creation later on today...

stamps: Flourishes (Strawberries)
cardstock: Flourishes, Bazzill
inks: Copic, Memento
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
accessories: embossing folder - Cuttlebug; ribbon - Offray;  edge punch - Martha Stewart;  corner rounder - EK Success

Gimme Ten!

Yesterday I did a little experimenting with my new Tim Holtz Distress markers and came up with this card for the Flourishes sneak peek week challenge.  The challenge was to create a card in 10 minutes... and let me tell ya, this was a hard one for me!  But in the end I had a game plan in my head and I think I made my card literally in 10 minutes.

Blooms & Butterflies

Steps to making this card...
  1. Stamp images with Memento ink on watercolour paper.
  2. Colour images with water based inks.
  3. Spray with water and let inks blend and bleed.
  4. Emboss card edge with Scorbug.
  5. Wrap ribbon around card front and secure with a brad.
  6. Adhere front panel.
Thanks for checking out my blog today.  Come on out and check out the Flourishes blog all this week.  Lots of great challenges and lots of cool PRIZES they will be giving away!

stamps: Flourishes
cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Fabriano watercolour paper
inks: Memento, Tim Holtz Distress Markers
tools: Scorbug
accessories: brad - My Mind's Eye; ribbon.

I've Gone Squirrely!

I finally got a chance to sit down at my scrappy desk this morning after what seems like weeks.  It's been a little squirrely around here!

Today I used the Mojo Monday sketch for inspiration.   Click the sketch to take to the Mojo Monday blog...
Here's the card I created using Julee's sketch...

Nuts About You
 Thanks for stopping by!  Come on out and join in the sketch over at Mojo Monday.

stamps: Inky Antics "Forest Friends 2"
cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Flourishes
patterned papers: Echo Park "A Boy's Life"
inks: Memento, Ranger, Copic
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
accessories: baker's twine - The Twinery;  Glossy Accents, thread.

Oh Boy! Birthday Time!

Come and join me on the myStamp BOX blog on Wednesday for some cool masculine birthday cards!

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