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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #244 - Mad for Plaid!


Welcome to the TImeless Tuesday Challenge this week! Katie has a fun idea for this week.... She's mad for plaid and wants you to use something plaid on your card! 
Check out what designs the DT came up with!

 I used Spellbinder's Timeless Rectangles and two beautiful FLourishes sets to create my card. The pretty sentiment is from the new set Winter Berries. The required plaid is in the background and is from the G45 Twelve Days of Christmas collection. 

The image is from Poinsettia and Pine, one of my faves! You can see the Copic Markers I used to color the image.  

Here's a little peek in to the inside. 
  • Stamps: Winter Berries by Flourishes, Poinsettia and Pine by FLourishes
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Red, Flourishes Classic Ivory Card Stock, Plaid by G45 - 12 Days of Christmas
  • Other: Spellbinder's Timeless Rectangles, Foam Tape, Jute String, Bow Easy Tool, Copic Markers, Perfect Layer Rulers

Monday, October 28, 2013

Perfect Paper Crafting and My Mind's Eye Blog Hop!



Welcome to a new HOP!  My Mind's Eye will be giving away their Happy Haunting Collection and Perfect Paper Crafting is giving away $50 gift cert. Leave your comments up until November 1st to be eligible to win!

Here are your Hop Stops!
Make sure to leave a little comment love for the designers and a chance to WIN! 
Pam 
Jennyyou are here!
Eva 

Now on to my projects!
I love Halloween and it was easy to whip up some fun cards using the Happy Haunting Collection along with a ton of layering using my Perfect Paper Crafting Tools!

CARD 1
 Loving this glitzy witchy hat! I added a little bow to witch hat to embellish. 

 I used my Perfect Ruler lined up along my grid mat to cut the sides away evenly from the witch hat.

I cut off a border piece with the glitzy orange on it to add inside... I popped a little kitty die in there too!

CARD 2
 
 The papers had awesome glittery pieces. My picture makes it look a little red, but it's a great burnt orange color! I added a few extras in the mix... little spidey and a web in the corner from Impression Obsession Dies. 

On the inside, of course... more layers and a little black cat die cut snuck in there too!

CARD 3
 I really loved this paper, made for such an easy and fun paper with great halloween sentiments and images all over it. I used an orange marker to color in the frightful banner. A little bow and lots of top and bottom layers before mounting on to the black card base. 

 Here's the inside. The strip along the bottom edge is actually part of the package that shows pictures of each of the pages! 

Don't forget the papers can be used for great envelopes too!! The fun little label is from the sticker page in the collection. 

Here are your Blog Hop Stops for some spooky inspiration!
Make sure to leave a little comment love for the designers and a chance to WIN! 
Pam 
Jenny - you are here!
Eva 

Birthday Blog Hop!



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...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTINE!
Wishing you a fun filled birthday and hoping our little surprise to day brightens your day! 
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.

For my card I of course brightened up the image using Copic Markers. I started with The Tulips for Friends set. Copics used are Y38, Y35, Y15, Y11, W7, W5, W1, YG17, YG13, YG11 and the 0 Blender. I used the Out of the Box technique with a square nestie for the tulips, love how the little bits stick out of the side. I used SPellbinder's Beaded Squares to frame the tulips and wove bits of ribbon through the little holes in the die's design. A little foam tape for dimension and of course a little bow on top. The little circle sentiment is from the Mix-N-Mugs set.




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!

THE OFFICIAL RULES:
  • 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 Flourishes 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...

Jenny Gropp - you are here!


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

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Impression Obsession - Hydrangea Birthday Greetings

This Hydrangea Die was perfect for a card for my friend that loves all things Hydrangea! I found some paper that had a some different green and blue tones thought I thought would work well. And then I got to cutting! Actually it went pretty fast! I think I may have put too many flower pieces on in the end... I was in the zone! 

 On the  inside I added a simple Birthday Greeting -- one of my most used! It is from the Clear Set Birthday Greetings #CL39.

I used Ultimate Glue to add all the little flowers to the hydrangea flower base. On the bottom border and in the little flower center I added a small Swarovski Crystal.... I might have gotten a little carried away with the crystals too! I added a little green chalk ink to the enhance the leaves a bit. The leaves are popped up with silicone, to keep the curve intact. The card is an A2 and opens at the bottom, tent style. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

SSBC #22 - Words and Verses Challenge

Welcome to Wednesday and the new challenge from Serendipity Stamps! 
This week, the new challenge is to make the sentiment the main focus of your card. You can always play along with us for a chance to win a gift certificate! You can find all the details on the Serendipity Challenge Blog.

The new challenge brings a new sale as well... all sentiments and verse stamps are on sale at 20% off in the Serendipity Store. The sale is valid thru October 30th, 2013.

Be sure and check out the DT's cards! 
Jenny Gropp - you are here!

Now on to the card.... 
 Serendipity has some wonderful verses and sentiments all scripted in beautiful fonts. I like the Gandhi quote I chose to ink up. I thought I'd share the remainder of the quote with you: 

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.

I used some pretty Marianne Corners along the bottom edge of the card. After that it's simple stamping.... and well... a pretty bow...  I can't resist!

  • Stamps by Serendipity Stamps: #1260E In the Attitude
  • Ink: Teal Zeal by Memento
  • Paper: Misc. DP, Teal, Aqua, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Foam Tape, Bow Easy, Misc White Ribbon, Marianne Creatables Die Set #LR0281, Perfect Layer Rulers, Spellbinder's Circles and Scalloped Circles, Nellie's Circle Dies

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #243 - Fussy Cutting!



I'm the hostess for this week's Timeless Tuesday Challenge! It's all about fussy cutting today. If you are not familiar with the term, it simply means picking up those scissors and cutting closely around and image. If you have a Silhouette or electric die cutting machine, then fussy cutting is made even easier by using the cut files from Flourishes that match up to the beautiful Flourishes stamp images. I hope you can play along this week! Find all the details of how to play along on the Flourishes Blog!

Be sure and check out the fussy cut creations from the Design Team! 


I used the WIth Gratitude Set today for my card. And I used the  coordinating Silhouette File to cut out my image.  After cutting it out using Flourishes Ivory Classic Card Stock, I stamped the flowers using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. 

 I used the Perfectly Pierced Hourglass Die Set to frame the flowers. I hand cut a few extra layers to match up with the die frame. My flowers are of course colored with Copic Markers! I added fom tape to pop up a few of the layers for dimension.

On the inside I added the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Serendipity Stamps - Totally Wicked!





A brand new die was just released from Serendipity Stamps. And I think the entire team had a little input about his features.  It was nice to be able to watch the design evolve as everyone put in ideas! He's been given a few nicknames... Hooty, Dr. Who, Hoot Hoot! We've had fun with this one! He's being unveiled today with a blog hop! 


So be sure and hop around and check out the ideas the team came up with! I know Miriam has a tutorial up on her blog too about how she has used it! Here are your links! Of course there is a gift certificate up for grabs too for a random commenter. Last day to comment is October 20th. The winner will be announced on the Serendipity Blog on October 21st. 

Blog Hop Order :
Jenny Gropp - you are here!

On to the card.... 
 When I started to make my card, I kept thinking about the owl page in the Graphic 45 Steampunk Spell's Collection. So that was my inspiration point and I just kind of went with it! My owl paper is from the 8x8 pad. I tried to make my owl with the same colors in the paper. I die cut it out of black card stock first. Then I adhered it to the yellow paper and fit the die back over the black cut out, running the 2 papers through my machine embossing it only. This caused the yellow areas to puff out through the black cuts. I hand cut around the edge. I used a chestnut roan cat's eye to ink up the edges of the owl and all my papers. I cut out the the totally wicked sentiment from a 12x12 sheet of Steampunk Spells. AND check out his eyes.... I had these very cool adhesive eyeballs (go figure!) in my stash.... matched up perfect!

Since the paper had the "totally wicked" sentiment in it that led to me pulling out this wicked stamp from my stash! I thought it was a great pairing of paper, die and stamp! The base of the card is 4 1/4" square, so this will still fit in to an A2 envelope with no problem.  


  • Stamps and Dies by Serendipity Stamps: Owl Die #1290ED, Have a Wicked Good Day #1228D
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Chestnut Roan Cats Eye
  • Paper: Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Collection 8x8, 12x12 and 6x6 paper pads, Black
  • Other: Black Seam Binding Ribbon, Bow Easy Tool, Perfect Layer Rulers, Foam Tape, Misc Adhesive Eyeballs - lol!, Button

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Impression Obsession - Favorite Technique Challenge

The new IO Challenge begins today! 
And all you have to do is grab an image or two and make something with your favorite technique. So come on and join us for this fun and easy challenge and a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to shop for some new rubber from IO. Find all the details on how to play along on the Impression Obsession Blog

Here's the links to check out the DT's favorite technique designs for today!

Daniela @ For the First TIme
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat - you are here!
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft 
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal

 Favorite technique... of course it's gonna be Copics! And I also went went with a favorite image which is anything with a kitty cat! This cute little kitty stamp was released this summer and I had to add it to my collection! 
 Here are the Copics I used for the image. I stamped the cat with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then cut it out using Spellbinder's Nobel Rectangles. I airbrushed with B12 and W4 while the image was still in the die. I also forgot to color in the butterfly in this picture... so I grabbed an orange marker and filled in. 
Here's the up close... under the main image I used foam tape to pop it up. I curved the sentiment and popped it up too. Fun little image for sure! 

  • Stamps by Impression Obsession: D7725 Cat with Butterfly, CL310 Clear Set Life
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: DP is Authentique 6x6 Splendid Collection, Brown, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • OtherSpellbinder's Nobel Rectangles, Bow Easy Tool, Copics/ABS, Misc. Ribbon, Dimensional SIlicone- under sentiment, Foam Tape, Corner Chomper 1/4" on the sentiment corners

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #242 - Canvas or Burlap


Deborah issued our challenge this week.... she asked us for something simple - just to incorporate some burlap or canvas on to our card. What wasn't too simple was trying to hunt either one down in my craft room, knowing I have both! So I finally had to make do with just adding some canvas ribbon to my card. 

Check out what the other Timeless Tuesday ladies have created for your inspiration here:



I wanted to ink up this pretty image from the new Star of Bethlehem set that was just released. It would be a great choice for making multiple Christmas cards too, while you get to show off a little coloring, it's certainly not a difficult or lengthy color job. I finally broke open this beautiful Spellbinder's Die Set, Gold Majesty Circles. Sooo pretty! I'm in love with this die!!

 I wanted to have a small layer around the die. I cut the same die out of green paper and cut it in half. 

 I glued the green layers to the back of the ivory die and just let them layer slightly at the edge. I wanted a little more of a layer under the circle, so I just cut a larger circle to use behind the die. 

 On to the coloring... I added a little glow around the image. I stamped on Flourishes Ivory Card Stock using Memento Espresso Truffle Ink.... not quite as dark as using black. 

 I mixed the greens up a little using BG and YG, then removing some of the darker green areas with the BG0000. 

 Here are the final colors that I used for the flowers. 

A simple finished inside using the Merry Christmas from the same stamp set. The square base is 4 1/2" and opens tent style at the bottom edge.