Friday, August 23, 2013

One of my water color favorites

Hello Friends,

It's been such a long time since I have posted on my new site.  I've been ill and had a take a step back from things for a while.  Bear  with me as I begin to get my toe's wet again!

Today, the Flourishes Senior Design Team is focusing on water coloring. So I thought I would share a favorite of mine.  I made this card last summer, just after the Aqua Markers that Flourishes carries arrived. To say the least, I was smitten. Since watercolor is HOT, HOT, HOT, we thought it would be great to feature a product that we already know and love. And, as a benefit to you, these markers are on sale right now at Flourishes. A word of caution, if you purchase these great markers -- shake them vigorously, very vigorously. This will help your maker to activate the ink flow and prevents the markers from drying out.

Here is the card I made as soon as these babies arrived here at Flourishes.
I used Garden Picks, stamping my image in Memento Summer Sky to make sure the lines were barely visible on water color paper. I used the markers that jumped out at me, and since it was so long ago I can't remember which ones I ended up using.   

I find water coloring a very forgiving art form.  Give it a try! I think you will enjoy it as well.  Thanks for visiting with me today!  Leave some love, it's always so nice to hear your thoughts.



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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Day 3 Flourishes August Release AUTUMN BLOSSOMS

Friday, 10 August 2012
Hello Blog Friends,

  It is Friday and the last day of Flourishes Release for August.  It has been a really busy month for all of us and we're not done with the Flourishes Birthday Bash. So far we announced our Color Made Easy Paper and Ribbons that match our Copic Marker Collections, that Flourishes now carries the Silhouette Cameo electronic cutter, and we released two of this months sets.    
We hope you've enjoyed this week's peeks and we are excited to say that all of the stamp sets that we've been showing off this week are in the Flourishes Store HERE!

OK, this is where I get really excited!  Flourishes is now carrying the Silhouette Cameo!   We also have some exciting news to share as well -- for three out of the four sets, there is a Silhouette Cut File available as well!  These files made exclusively for the Silhouette Cameo offer the ability to custom cut images from the Garden Picks, Autumn Blossoms, and With Gratitude stamp sets. Keep reading to learn more!  Or, click HERE to visit these files in the Flourishes store! On to today's last stamp set to be unveiled! It's one that pays homage to the beautiful blossoms of fall!

This is set two of  The Blossoms Collection.  This beautiful array of autumn blossoms illustrated by Marcella Hawley features a bouquet, corner stamps, and pieces to create your own borders or frames. Add in a trio of all occasion sentiments and you have the perfect set to create cards for every day correspondence. Set measures 4" by 6" and is the perfect companion to sister sets Happily Ever After, SS199, and Letters in Bloom, SS198.  If you like this set, you might also like our Summer Blossoms set as well featuring summer florals! The Flourishes design team has really gone all out showing off this beautiful set!

Here is the card I made using the Autumn Blossoms set.  I recently received a card from Leslie Miller and I love the layout so today I cased it.

 I used Authentique "Carefree" 6" by 6" pad along with Flourishes Classic Ivory paper.  The ribbon is from the new 1-2-3 Create Kit Delightful.  I cut my cuts using the new Cut Files for the Autumn Blossoms set on to the Ivory Classic, then copied the file onto a new file on my Cameo and enlarged it, then cut from another sheet of designer paper from the Carefree pad.  I stamped the image and sentiment with Memento Grey Flannel ink, then colored the image on the ivory with the following Copics:

I colored a few tiny Kaiser pearls with the same Copic to give them a silver look, to finish off the bow I added the top of a stick pin--I cut off the stick pin and glued it in place.  I like the look of the Silhouette cut file and will continue to work on mastering the re-sizing of the file image, this was my first attempt.  Brave of me to make it for the first time and use it besides.  You are going to love this new dimension that you can give your cards. Check out the store for the details on purchasing your own Silhouette Cameo from Flourishes.

As we mentioned earlier, this set does have a companion cut file that you can use with your Silhouette Electronic Cutter. This digital download is purchased from the store and upon completion of your order, you'll recieve a link to download your Silhouette Cameo file. This file will only work using the Silhouette Cameo and the Silhouette Studio Software. This file offers cut files for all stamp images excluding sentiments. We think these will add so much fun when creating. While we plan to release cut files with our new stamp set releases, we also plan in the coming months to add files for some of our tried and true favorite Flourishes stamp sets! This feels like a Birthday Bash Gift to me!!
Would you like to win our new Autumn Blossoms stamp set? All you need to do is guess....

One of the ladies on our link list below will be picking a name from the comments on her blog post today.
We don’t know which one it is… so the more blogs you leave comments on, the more chances you have to win! So what are you waiting for? Head on over and see…..


DID YOU KNOW YOU COULD WIN OUR ENTIRE AUGUST RELEASE?  Have you checked out our Birthday Wishes Challenge? Just click HERE to find out how to play! You can also play in our Noon Time Challenges! Try Wednesay’s challenge by clicking HERE to find out about the A Bit of Texture Challenge or click HERE for more on the Country Road Challenge! They are both fast paced ways to win our full August release! All challenges will close TODAY at 5 PM EST and winners will be announced Saturday in our Winner’s Circle blog post! So get those fingers inky and good luck!
One more note! Don't forget about our special, limited time offer called our New Release Bundle! It's a bundle of all four new stamp sets and for the next week -- it's 10% off the retail price! Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to stop back tomorrow to see if you are one of the lucky ones to land in our Winner's Circle!

Thanks for stopping in the Atelier today, leave me a comment--I love reading each and every one of them.
Jan Marie

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August Release Day 2 Country Road

Thursday, 9 August  2012

Hello Blog Friends,

  Today we are moving to a slower pace of life with the release of Country Road.  This is another show stopper set done in silhouette by our own Lauren Pope. This talented artist has again and again produced silhouette stamps that have feeling and depth to them..heart touching depth.  This set will also touch many hearts, she taking us to the country roads.  Whether we grew up in a country location, vacationed there or visited someone in the country, this has a way for the majority of folks to voice a quiet ...hummmmm....

Let me introduce Country Road

 I must admit that I am not a cowgirl, but I did grow up in the deep south and we had family that own large tracks of land.  Summers meant trips there, picking and canning vegetables and some wonderful time on the porch swing or a rocking chair. My "son" James loves the country and everything about horses and farm life.  He coached me more than a little on this card.  How'd we do?

I used a sketch layout from my books of samples.  Authenique 6" x 6" Paper Pad "Genuine" was perfect for this card.  The card is 5" by 7".  This format allows for the patchwork and barn weather wood paper (MME-Howdy Doody 6" by 6" pad).  The navy paper is True Blue from Flourishes new Color Made Easy paper line.  James picked the nailheads --he said they look like the ones on jeans.  That made me think of the buckles I had from my Flourishes slides.  A piece of brown ribbon and I had a belt.  I love the little tag with the sentiment.  It also came from the Authenique Genuine pad.  Wanting to make a card with this look of feel?  Go for the front page, look just under the slides of card at Coo Tools--everything there to make similar cards!  Easy shopping.

Now it is time for me to send you on to the Flourishes Senior Team to see their creations.

Remember one of us is the Mystery Blogger today,

To win you must leave a comment.  Be safe and leave a comment at each DT's blog.  I know they all love reading your notes.

We also will have a Noon Challenge, so be sure to check the Flourishes blog for all the details.  We will announce all the winners at the Winner's Circle blog on Saturday.

DID YOU KNOW YOU COULD WIN OUR ENTIRE AUGUST RELEASE? Have you checked out our Birthday Wishes ChallengeJust click HERE to find out how to play! You can also play in our Noon Time Challenges! Try Wednesay’s challenge by clicking HERE to find out about the A Bit of Texture Challenge. Or…. come back today at noon for another fast paced way to win our full August release!  All challenges will close this Friday at 5 PM EST and winners will be announced Saturday in our Winner’s Circle blog post! So get those fingers inky and good luck!

Thanks for stopping by the Atelier today.  I would love for you to leave me a note, I really enjoy reading each and every one of them.

Supplies Used
Stamps: Country Road
Paper: Flourishes Classic White,Color Made Easy, True Blues;  Authenique-"Genuine"; MME Howdy Doody
Inks: Memento: Nautical Blue
Emblishments: buckle (slide) nail heads from stash

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wednesday 8 Aug, 2012
Hello Blog Friends,

  Here on the Gulf Coast of Florida we have had terrible storms of rain, lightening, and thunder.  We lost power and you know that resulted in no internet service until late tonight.  So I am a little late in getting my post out.

If you were here yesterday you saw that Flourishes released to the public a Marcella Hawley set that she penned for our FLIP customers as a gift for joining our FLIP program.  Now that we are officially into a new FLIP year, it is time for a new gift for customers that make that qualifying order of just $100.00 (excludes shipping or taxes). It's time to qualify, if you have not already done so, and get that discount code for the first of each month until Aug 2014. 

 We decided to make the With Gratitude set available to the general public this year.  Yesterday's blog hop was wonderful !!  If you missed go back and take the tour--lots of inspiration, beautiful cards from very talented ladies from the Friends of Flourishes. The Timeless Tuesday post kicked off the start of the Flourishes August release! (And a chance to win it!) So check that out! .

Today, our fabulous designers are showing off a set that is fresh picked. It’s a bouquet of goodness fresh from the flower garden!

Freshly snipped from the garden, these herbs and florals are ready to be enjoyed. This set illustrated by Marcella Hawley features three different bouquets all designed to be set in an old fashioned mason jar for a down home feel. This 4″ by 6″ set also features two perfect all occasion sentiments as well. Wait until you see just how gorgesous this set is! If you like what you see on today’s designers’ posts, this set is available for pre-order now HERE!

Here's a look at the card I made for today.  I made a long, lean, simple card.

Here is a close up of the center frame.

See the supplies I Used for this card below.
Have I told you that I just LOVE the
New Color Made Easy Paper,
Ribbons and sit 19 of our Copin Markers
Her's a close up of just the flowers
Copic Marker:

Our design team has some hand-picked inspiration — just for YOU!

Want to win this set? All you need to do is leave some love in the form of a comment on the blogs below! Why? You need to try to figure out…..

One of the ladies on our link list below will be picking a name from the comments on her blog post today. We don’t know which one it is… so the more blogs you leave comments on, the more chances you have to win! So what are you waiting for? Head on over and see…..

DID YOU KNOW YOU COULD WIN OUR ENTIRE AUGUST RELEASE?  Have you checked out our Birthday Wishes Challenge? Just click HERE to find out how to play! You can also play in our Noon Time Challenges, which kick off today and continue until noon tomorrow! Our noon time challenges are fast-paced chances to win our full July release! All challenges will close this Friday at 5 PM EST and winners will be announced Saturday in our Winner’s Circle blog post! So get those fingers inky and good luck!
 Tomorrow there is a Noon Challenge as well, so check the Flourishes Blog for the details.

Thanks for stopping in the Atelier today.  I love your visits.  Leave a note--I may be the Mystery Blogger--you never know!


Supplies Used Today
Stamps: Garden Picks
Inks: Memento Grey Flannel, Toffee Crunch
Copic Markers:

I used The Color Marde Easy selection Papler Emeraly Coast Paper.
Ribbons Used:

Marthat Stweart PUNCH
French Ribbons: 
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Monday, August 6, 2012

Tuesday August 6, 2012

Hello Blog Friends,

  It's Tuesday and that means a blog hop with the Friends of Flourishes.  I am joining the hop with them.
It is a special hop in a lot of ways.  First, the With  Gratitude stamp set will be available for everyone without becoming a FLIP.
It's a sketch challenge that is easy to focus upon, secondly I used this month's 1,2,3 Create Kit of the month which makes things even easier. I used Flourishes new Color Made Easy paper kits.  Everything that was used is from the Flourishes store, so check my Supplies Used section to make shopping easy. Here we go...

This is the wonderful 1,2,3 Create Kit for August - here's a peak until it's release-and the name of the kit is Delightful!  Orange is color that I shy away from many times, but this kit was just easy (ok--peachy-pink) for me to be pleased with.
 As a special treat today, the FTTC designers are being joined by some of the senior design team to show off a set that has been a favorite of some this past year but hasn’t been available to the public until now! It’s called…. With
Gratitude This set was released as an exclusive set for FLIP members and is now availble to the public. Before you had to be a FLIP member to get your hands on it, but now, you can buy it! Illustrated beautifully by Marcella Hawley, this set measures 4 by 6″ and offers not only 2 beautiful focal flowers but 6 sentiments and a script border. The stamp set is available right now as a pre-order HERE. It’s a beauty!.  A glance of this card--until full release is here.

  Here's my card. With Gratitude certainly has been my  go to card for me all year long. 

The truth is the that getting a good photograph of the card was the hardest thing for me.  I simply could not get a good balance of colors.  This is the very best of all of the photos I took.  

Join us in the Challenge.


HOW TO PLAY: Everyone can PLAY and anyone can WIN! As a special for our August Release Week, if you play along, you will be in the running to win our entire August Release! Here’s how you can win…
  • Create a new card or paper-crafted project fitting the challenge. Flourishes stamps are not required, but if you’ve got them, why not use them? Creations that use Flourishes stamps will be counted twice!
  • Include a link back to this challenge in your blog post or gallery upload.
  • If you upload to Splitcoaststampers, please use keyword FTTC181.
  • Deadline to enter is next Monday at 6:00 p.m. EST.
The August sneaks continue tomorrow — so you’ll have to come back to see what other fun Flourishes has up its sleeve! See you back here soon!
Thanks for stopping in the Atelier today for a visit.  I love reading your comments, so I hope you will leave me one.
Jan Marie

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: With Gratitude
Cardstock, Flourishes Classic white as card base, Color Made Easy True Blues, Terra Cotta
Copic Markers:

Paper, Ribbons and emblishments- Delightful Kit (Authenique)

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