Introducing... Always Blooming

It’s Day Two of our delightful December Releases at Flourishes! Today we have another stunner for you that combines beautiful botanicals with very meaningful sentiments.


Send some strength to those you care about with this touching set penned by Sam Pickard and embellished with beautiful sentiments courtesy of Dina Kowal. It's a set that's perfect for those times when a friend needs to know that you care. It features five scripted sentiments with heart warming messages as well as a group of beautifully drawn winter roses. Set measures 4" by 6".

This beautiful stamp set has a variety very powerful and uplifting sentiments.  When I read the sentiment now on my card front, I knew it was perfect for a family friend who was recently diagnosed with cancer.  She lives in Ontario, 3000km away from me and is a very dear friend of my Mom (and myself)... and basically a part of my extended family.  So I made this for her...
I began by cutting 3 panels of Classic Black Cardstock.  I brushed each panel using my Perfect Printing Pouch (to decrease the oils and static on my paper). Then I stamped my large floral image from the "Always Blooming" stamp collection using some Versamark ink on my two largest panels. I sprinkled them with bright green embossing powder, tapped off the excess and heat set them.  I created my greeting panel in the same manner.

Then I took my Versamark ink again and stamped slightly to the bottom right of all my embossed images.  I brushed on some 'Green Patina' Perfect Pearls using a small paint brush.  Sadly, my camera couldn't catch this sparkly effect on my card front! 

To finish off the inside of my card, I stamped another greeting from the "Always Blooming" collection in Memento black ink onto a piece of Flourishes Classic Ivory Cardstock and then I also added another large flower image using Memento "Pear Tart" ink.

(Click to enlarge.)

I sure hope my Mom's friend likes it. She's a teacher and an artist so I think she'll appreciate something made especially for her and by hand.

Ideas are blooming plentifully in our design team creations with this gorgeous set. And, while you’re hopping and looking at their creations, don’t forget to try to figure out…. 

Hidden among the Design Team’s blogs today is our Mystery Blogger of the day. Comment on her blog and you could be chosen to win today’s set! The more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

Do you want to win Flourishes’ December Release?

  • If you would like a chance at winning all three of our soon-to-be released December sets…you can play in our Flip it Challenge – we will have multiple winners there! Deadline for entries is FRIDAY December 13th at 5 PM EST. Check out the link for the official rules!
  • All three of our December sets can be pre-ordered now, even before you see them all! Take advantage our New Release Bundle and get 10% off when you purchase all three sets together in a bundle. This discount will only be available through December 20th, so you have to act fast!
  • Keep in mind, all of these sets will be live first thing Friday morning in the Flourishes store along with the coordinating cut files for this release.
  • And, don’t forget to come back to the Flourishes Blog Saturday, December 14th for the Winner’s Circle where we’ll announce all of our winners of this weeks’ challenges!
Be sure to stop on by tomorrow when we share a cover all the happy thoughts you have for others throughout the year!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored by Flourishes LLC

stamps: Flourishes (Always Blooming)
cardstock: Flourishes Classic Ivory & Black, Bazzill 
ink:  Versamark, Memento
embossing powderRanger
tools:  Tim Holtz Paper Piercer.


Barbara said...

Your Mother will love it. What a gorgeous card with a beautiful color palette and a clever fold design. Your panels are lovely and I love the floral stamp and sentiment.

loulou said...

This is sure to lift your friends spirit. Such a beautiful sentiment.

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Kitty said...

Your card is breath taking. I am sure your friend will love it.


stampqueen said...

Pretty card - I am sure your friend will love it!!!

Unknown said...

So sorry about your friend, our friend Dave has also been diagnosed. This card will surely let her know how much you are thinking about her and she is loved. The technique looks fabulous! (((hugs)))

Connie MacFarlane said...

This card is stunning Allison! Love the effect of that beautiful green against the black. Fabulous sentiments and I love the floral image.

Cindy Lawrence said...

Oh, Ally, this is just lovely! Sorry to hear about your friend. :( I'm sure this will give her some encouragement. Love your fold, and love the fabulous color combo!

TLady said...

ALLY! THIS IS WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!! I LOOOOOOOOVE the green on black!!! :) AND I'm SURE your friend will LOOOOOOOOOOVE & APPRECIATE your thoughtfulness!!! SUCH a DIFFICULT thing to go through! Those Sentiments are PERFECT for this occasion! WHAT A FABULOUS ENCOURAGEMENT CARD!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I can IMAGINE the Perfect Pearls!!!! ) :)

Tosha Leyendekker said...

My how I love where that creative brain of yours always takes you Ally!! That green is just brilliant! And I love the fold! It shows off the sentiment beautifully!!

Stephanie McKnight said...

Love the green on black! Beautifully made. Thank you for your inspiration.

Kathy Krug said...

Love the colors on this striking gate fold card.

Marsha Reed said...

Great card. Love the colors you used

BeckyTE said...

This is beautiful, Allison. Love the black and green combo!

Linda Carson said...

Beautiful colors and design Ally! This will bring encouragement to you friend!

Melanie Ann MacKenzie said...

Great card. I love the colours you have chosen.

Silke Ledlow said... this fold card and the colors you chose! ~S~

Nana Griffin said...

Lovely colors and design.

Greta said...

I love your card, Allison! I know it will be treasured by your friend. The new release is looking so good!

ChristineCreations said...

I think this is the perfect set for that kind of card sending support and encouragement Ally. I just LOVE the green embossing too, really shows off the great lines of this set.

D- said...

Love your card. Very pretty coolrs. TFS.
Crafty hugs,

Anonymous said...

Your colors are amazing!!! I love the strong contrast you got with the embossing.

Heather Rogers said...

What great embossing. I think this is a great set too. :)

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