Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year and a Timeless Tuesday!!

Good morning and Happy New Year! Last year really flew by didn't it? With so many fun Timeless Tuesday challenges this past year, we have a fun challenge that combines the old and the new! Today, the Timeless Tuesday team will be showing you our favorite Timeless Tuesday card or project of 2012, and we are challenging you to be inspired and: Choose Your Favorite Card or Project of 2012 as Well and Recreate It! All you need to do is scroll through the FTTC challenges over the past year, pick one, and make that your focus. Be sure to let us know with FTTC challenge you chose! It's kind of  DIY challenge! 

When you are finished, be sure to link up your creation below using our Inlinkz widget. You have until next Monday, January 7th at 6PM to enter. Just click HERE to see all of the 2012 Timeless Tuesday Challenges. We know, looking back, you're sure to be inspired! If you upload to SCS, please feel free to use the keyword FTTC201.

My favorite project of 2012 I made was a simple card that I just love.
I used Flourishes "Father's Day" sentiment and image, stamped in Memento "Tuxedo Black" onto the Tailor-Made Classic Keyhole die. I stitched around the canvas paper then added a square lace applique, crocheted flower and a metal button that I added to the middle of it. To finish off the card I added a ribbon and some black rhinestone bling from Flourishes "Viola" 123 Create Kit.

Play along with us and you could win a prize package valued at $50!! The prize pack will include a set or two and some other goodies as well. What a nice way to start the New Year off! Have fun and good luck! Please visit the Timeless Tuesday team blogs to see their favorite projects of 2012.

Lea Lawson - January's Guest Designer

Happy creating and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Timeless Tuesday: Deck The Tree!!

Good morning Flourishes friends!! Did you know we've reached our 200th challenge mark?! I know, I can't believe it either!! I'm thrilled that it landed on this week, the week before Christmas and when we have a great challenge, too!! This week, Maki, our hostess, has challenged us to: Deck The Tree!! All you need to do is make an ornament or any 3D project that is decorated on a Christmas tree! Sounds like fun, right?

I thought hard on making an ornament that was unique and something that you would notice on a Christmas tree. I created a lit/night light ornament for a tree that you can see both in the day light and lit at night.
I used Flourishes "Vintage Postcard" stamp set, stamped in Memento Black Tuxedo ink and colored in with Copics on vellum paper. I cut the picture down to size and placed it into a frame. I hot glued some Teal Velvet Ribbon to the frame so I could hang it, then I added a tea light flameless candle to illuminate the picture in the frame. 
Here you can see the tea light that I hot glued to the back side of my illuminated and framed ornament.
This is what it looks like illuminated without the Christmas lights on, in the dark. I wish you could see it in person, it really glows beautifully all over and not just in the one area in the photo.

Just a tip or two, if you are going to try to color in on Vellum, don't try to shade with them or the colors will smear all over and create a mess on your image. And if you do try to layer your colors, let each layer dry before adding more color and don't recolor over a color you just laid down, or it will "separate".  So for instance, I layered the B05 Copic twice on each side of the vellum paper, to achieve the deep evening sky color. So I would recommend coloring on both sides of the vellum to get some really saturated colors.

I used the following Copic Sketch Collections to color my ornament in:

Please check out all of the other Flourishes Timeless Tuesday team for more ideas and inspirations!

Allison Cope
Amanda Havon
Broni Holcombe
Cindy Haffner
Denise Marzec
Maki Jones 
Katie Sims – December’s Guest Designer

Thank you for visiting and have a very Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday: Non Traditional Christmas!!

Good morning Flourishes Friends! It's time for another Flourishes weekly challenge. This week Ally is challenging us to create a: Non Traditional Christmas! All you have to do is create a Christmas/holiday themed card using a non-traditional color theme. So NO red or green this time!

Ok, so this sounded easy when I first saw the challenge, but while I was playing around with my stamps and colors, I really had the hardest time with it! Who knew? I love mixing things up, but Christmas is one of those holidays that I can only think of reds, greens silvers or golds -LOL :)
So this is what I came up with. I kinda "cheated" because bronze is a slight variation of gold! he he he :)

I used the sentiment from Flourishes "Poinsettia and Pine" that I stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink on to Flourishes Classic Ivory cardstock. I matted it with a metallic bronze cardstock and added a Prima flower, both of which I just found out that Flourishes is out of. The layered dies are a Parisian Accent, Labels # 23, Oval and Matting Basics A and B. I sponged the edges with Antique Linen and Old Paper Distress Inks, and I used a punch inside the window for some interesting details, then added a Want To Scrap Fancy Brackets in black next to the flower.

Here is the rest of the Timeless Tuesday team with their best "Non Traditional Christmas" projects and ideas!

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Timeless Tuesday: Altered Christmas

Good morning Flourishes Friends! It's inching closer and closer to Christmas, are you ready? This week we are challenging you to : An Altered Christmas!  Create Anything That Isn't a Card for Christmas (Decoration, A Treat Item, A Banner, A Gift, ect.)!

In my family we are either coffee or tea drinkers and I wanted to create a simple gift for everyone with a little variety. I made two kinds of cups, and in each of them there are two different kinds of teas, a hot cocoa packet, a Starbucks Via, a Nonni's Chocolate Turtle Biscotti and 2 or 3 Ferrero Rocher Chocolates.

For my first cup I used Flourishes "Apple of My Eye" for the cider cup image, and a sentiment from Flourishes "Vintage Postcard" set onto Classic White cardstock. I colored my image in with Copic markers, then I created a small tag and tied that on to my cup.
I used the following Copic Collections:

For my second cup, I used Flourishes "Peace and Joy" image that I cut out with my Silhouette Cameo using the Peace and Joy cut file. Then I colored it in with Letraset's "Raspberry" and "Sangria" watercolor markers. I created a tag with some dies and tied it on with some ribbon.

I really had fun creating these cups for my friends and family and I hope they like their Christmas gifts :)

Here is the rest of the Timeless Tuesday team with their best "Altered Christmas" projects and ideas!

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Saturday, December 1, 2012


Do you ever crave inspiration and look to sketches for help?  Some of the ladies from the Flourishes Design Teams and Becky Fleck of PageMaps are teaming up to give you some inspiration! Becky always has the best sketches! Every time I am in a rut with my cards, I pull out one of her sketches and it always gets my creative juices going!

For more info on the cards and sketches you can visit the PageMaps website here: PageMaps

Here is the sketch that Becky sent to use for my inspiration.

I love this sketch and I had many ideas, but I decided to create a card with a large stamped area, like a picture window. I made my card into a 5x7 size so I could fit my multiple stamped images in to create my scene.

I chose to use Flourishes "Field of Poppies" that I masked off and stamped multiple images of it onto Flourishes Classic White cardstock. I colored the flowers in with Copic markers then dry embossed a line around the whole image. I sponged in some clouds with "Tumbled Glass" Distress Ink, then I framed the whole card with Color Made Easy "Poppy" cardstock. Flourishes "Basque Red" ribbon from Color Made Easy was added with a sentiment from "Tiny Flowers and Tags" on the Tailor-Made Classic Tags die. Under the Basque Red ribbon is one of the Flourishes new "Perfectly Pierced Window Die" that I placed "Ivory Scalloped Guipure" lace under with a Zva "Corner Rhinestones" on top of it.
Here are the Copic Collections that I used to color the poppies:

Just one more thing before you go, the Gamblers sale at Flourishes is now up to 35% off on the Sale Page! This means all the items on our Sale Page are marked down to 35% off retail! I've seen the Sale Page and there are some Crazy Good deals! Items do sell quickly, so don't miss out!

Please visit the rest of these Flourishes designers to see their sketches and creations, for some extra inspiration!

Julie Koerber
Cindy Lawrence
Stacy Morgan
Tammy Hershberger
Ally Cope
Broni Holcombe
Heather Jensen
Christine Okken
Cindy Haffner

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!