SURPRISE!! Happy Birthday Christine!

IT'S A SURPRISE PARTY!!! Grab a handful of confetti, a bright balloon and come along for a fun birthday blog hop to celebrate a special birthday for our dear friend, Christine Okken!  One thing about birthdays, is that you always hope to spend time with those you care about and that's why we're here!  At Flourishes, we're just one big family... so we just wanted to celebrate a wonderful day with one of our loved ones.

Even though we're a day early, we'd like to say...


Join along with members of the Flourishes family today and share some fabulous birthday inspirations, many happy celebratory birthday wishes and maybe even a slice of cyber cake.

I'd like to take a moment to say a few words to Christine...

Congrats Christine!  I hope you have a fabulous birthday. 
I can only hope that the next year is even better than the last
& that the love that you share with all the special people 
in your life continues to grow more and more!  
Many happy returns my friend!  Sending you the happiest of birthday wishes!
Hugs, Ally.

Here is the card I created for Christine.  I sent it off to her last week in the hopes that she might get it in time for her actual birthday tomorrow.
There is nothing I love doing more than playing with LOTS of different stamps sets on one project.  For Christine's card, I used Thank You for the script writing on my back ground, From the Heart for the banner shape for my sentiment, Vintage Postcard for the subtle back ground postage marks, Fanciful Flourishes for the delicate butterflies, Botanical Bookplates Vol. 1 for the birthday greeting, and the Antique Map for my teal background.  The inks I used were Memento's "Rich Cocoa", Ranger's "Vintage Photo", "Tumbled Glass", "Antique Linen" and "Peacock Feathers".  I used Flourishes Classic Ivory and Classic Kraft cardstock for my entire card.

Here's a close up of my back ground before I put my die cuts on the top of it...

In honor of Christine's birthday celebration, we're giving away a special birthday present or two of our own!  Hidden among the Design Team’s blogs today is a Mystery Blogger. Comment on her blog and you could be chosen as one of our birthday prize winners! The more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

As well as one lucky commenter, we're having a birthday challenge too!

  • Simply create a NEW birthday themed card or project.
  • Entries need to be in by Friday November 1st at 6 PM EST.
  • Those entries using Flourishes stamps will be counted for 2 prize ballots!
  • You must link your creation in our InLinkz Widgit to be counted.
  • You must have a link to our challenge in your blog post or gallery post.  Please feel free to use our Birthday Graphic too!
  • If you upload to SCS please use the keyword:  FLLCWISH
  • We’ll announce the winners on Saturday on the blog on Saturday November 2nd, so check back then to find out if you are a winner!

Hop along with our Flourishes family today.  Don't forget to leave some love for our fabulous designers today for a chance to win...

Aleksandra Mihelič
Allison Cope
Cheryl Lea
Deborah Anton
Dina Kowal
Heather Jensen
Jenny Gropp
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Maki Jones
Meredith MacRitchie
Naomi Gong
Stacy Morgan
Silke Ledlow
Tosha Leyendekker

Don't forget to stop by Christine's blog, HERE, and send her some birthday wishes too!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored by Flourishes LLC

stamps:  Flourishes (Thank You, From the Heart, Vintage Postcard, Fanciful Flourishes, Botanical Bookplates Vol. 1, Antique Map)
cardstock:   Flourishes Classic Ivory & Kraft
die cut shapes:  Spellbinders
ink: Memento, Ranger Distress
pearls:  Recollections.


Karen W said...

Wow this is very cool. I love it!! She will love it also!

zehra said...

Wow this is gorgeous love the vintage look and the butterflies

Renee Collier said...

Love, love, love this. The colors are amazing! Thanks for sharing this one!

D- said...

What a beautiful birthday message to go along with this wonderful card. TFS them both.
Crafty hugs,

Barbara said...

Beautiful, using all of the combination stamps and love the rich coco and teal together.

Unknown said...

LOVE the colors and I also love to mix and math all my stamps, so FUN to see what goes together! TFS!!!

Connie MacFarlane said...

Allison, this is absolutely stunning! Love the colours and love how you incoporated all of those great stamps sets into one card. I am sure Christine will love this beautiful card and appreciate all of the love and good wishes that went into the making of it.

Cheryl said...

Allison, this is STUNNING! Maybe the prettiest card ever! I adore the combination of stamps and all the warm colors, and what a beautiful way to use the map image. Gorgeous butterflies, too! Christine is going to flip when she sees this one!!!

Liz Williams said...

You've combined some stamps I would not have thought to combine and I love it. A beautiful card for sure.

Lagene said...

GORGEOUS! I love the color combo and your card design is wonderful!

Julie Koerber said...

Ally -- I love the way that you mix and match stamp sets and really get me thinking about the different ways I can use mine! This is so rustic and lovely! I know Christine will love it!

ChristineCreations said...

Ally this is stunning! Can’t wait to see it in person (maybe today? :)) One of my favourite things about you is how you masterfully combine stamps! Completely beautiful. Thanks for such kind words and your friendship!

Angelica Schmidt said...

Very beautiful birthday card! Love the dp and the butterflies!

TLady said...

WOW ALLY!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!:) When I sold Pampered Chef YEARS AGO one of the sales tips was to use AS MANY of the products as we could for what we were making! WOW!!!!!!!!!! I think you've WON a BLUE RIBBON PRIZE HERE!!!!!!!!! LOL AND IT'S FABULOUS TOO!!!!!!!!!!:)

Sue D said...

I like the colors and all the stamps you used.

BeckyTE said...

Spectacular colors and the butterflies are wonderful.

Heather Rogers said...

Stunning, Allison. I love the stamped background. :)

Kathy Jones said...

WOW Ally!!! This is just spectacular!!! Love it - the way you've created all your details and background is amazing!

Barbara said...

Beautiful card and I absolutely love your color palette and design layout. Really pretty.

Anonymous said...

Great butterflies. Bet she loved it. TFS.

Silke Ledlow said...

Oh...this is so gorgeous! I love the vintage feel of this card!

Deborah Anton said...

Very cool design!! It is gorgeous and I love the vintage feel of it!

Stacy Morgan said...

So cool combining these two sets. I love the oval frame and your colors are warm and beautiful. She will love this Ally.

Ravengirl said...

Oh boy! What a gorgeous collage of images. It's delightful!

Diane said...

Beautiful.....those butterflies are so intricate looking..pretty~pretty!!

Heather said...

Wow! This is gorgeous!! I love all the stamps you used and the elegance of that die!

NPurdum56 said...

Such a pretty card! Lovely dies! :) Nancee

Alshandra said...

Beautiful card. Gorgeous background!

Janis said...

What an elegant and beautiful card. Love the colors and images. This is a gift in and of itself, for sure!
<3 J

zub momi said...

Wow! This is gorgeous! Love the background and the butterflies :)

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