Welcome to day 2 of Flourishes Sneak Peeks for our March Release! Today we are actually unveiling not only a brand new stamp set but a coordinating die to make sure that your image is cut and embossed perfectly, each and every time. Are you ready for a peek?

Introducing….

And, it’s matching die….

Our new Botanical Bookplates Vol. 1 set might scream spring, but pair it with this matching die and you’re sure to create beautiful cards all year long with Violas and Snowdrops that are as beautiful as those in real life! This new set illustrated by Marcella Hawley features two large focal images plus two smaller bookplate versions that are perfect for tags, or adornments on cards or creations. Add in 5 beautifully scripted sentiments, and you have the makings of beautiful creativity. Botanical Bookplates Vol. 1 was designed to match our Tailor-made Classic Bookplate Die for a perfectly cut and embossed image each time!

I absolutely LOVE that Marcella designed stamps in the Botanical Bookplates Vo. 1 stamp set showcasing Schneegloeckchen. I used to love watching them popping up back home in Germany as a first sign of Spring. They were such a pretty sight after long winters, a promise that spring was just around the corner.

I cut three pieces of white cardstock with Flourishes new Tailor-Made Classic Bookplates dies. The bookplate snow bell image was stamped three times in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored with Copic Markers ( Leaves: YG01, YG03, YG17   Flower heads: Y00, Y04, W1   Background: BG0000, BG000). Smooch Glitz Frost was added over the petals.

A thin strip of white cardstock was taped above a 2 3/4″ x 5 5/16″ piece of My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline patterned paper. The edges of the paper were sanded and another piece of white cardstock, cut and embossed with a Lace Doily Accent die was adhered underneath the paper. The edges were stitched before a piece of May Arts ribbon was tied around the layers.

The strip was adhered to the card base, a 5 5/16″ x 8 1/2″ piece of Kraft cardstock, folded in half.  A sentiment from the same set was stamped on a piece of white cardstock, cut and embossed with a Fancy Tag die. The inner part was colored with Copic Marker BG0000 before the tag was adhered above the lower edge of the two bookplates on the right. Baby Bling Rhinestones on the Lattice edge finish off the card.

Would you like to win our new Botanical Bookplate Vol. 1 and Classic Bookplate Die 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? Hop on over and see…….

 

DID YOU KNOW YOU COULD WIN OUR ENTIRE MARCH RELEASE? Have you checked out our Pinter-inspiration color challenge? Just click HERE to find out how to play! You can also play in our Noon Time Challenges! Yesterday at noon, we unveiled our Round and Round Challenge at noon — click HERE for details! And, today at noon, we’ll share one more fast paced way to win our entire March 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! See you back here soon!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day.
Beate

Hi everyone!

We are very excited to announce that a new artist has joined the Whimsy family – please give a warm Whimsy welcome to the amazing … Elisabeth Bell!

Elisabeth’s debut release for Whimsy Stamps is the Little Cottage Cuties line of rubber stamps and will be available to buy from the Whimsy store on Wednesday (7 March 2012). In the lead up to their release, the Whimsy DT and Special Guests are excited to share with you 2 days packed full of previews of these gorgeous stamps.

Today we are sharing projects made with Apple Blossom and Sun Kissed, and we are holding a 24hr mini blog hop to celebrate!

We have hidden one Apple Blossom rubber stamp and one Sun Kissed rubber stamp somewhere along the way, so be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT’s posts listed below by 12.00PM EST tomorrow to be entered into the prize draws.

For my card I stamped the darling Sun Kissed image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Neenah Solar White cardstock. The image was cut and embossed with a Classic Square Nestabilities die and colored with Copic Markers (Skin: E0000, E00, E11 Lips: R12, R14 Hair: Y11, Y21, E31, E33 Shirt Trim: BG10, BG11, BG13 Flowers on shirt: YR30, YR31, R14 Apron/Shirt: T0, T2, T4 Pants: E33, E35, E37, E39 Ground: G40, G43, G46, E31). The image was masked, cloud masks were added and the background was airbrushed with Copic marker B 41. The image was layered on a piece of white cardstock, cut and embossed with the largest Scallop Square Nestabilities die.

A 2″ x 4 7/8″ strip of My Mind’s Eye Follow Your Heart Be Happy paper was adhered over a 4 7/8″ square of the same paper pack. The edges were sanded before the paper was stitched to a 1/4″ bigger piece of Kraft cardstock square. The edges of a  2″ x 4 5/8″ strip of Be Amazing patterned paper were e was cut out of Solar White cardstock with the largest Label 21 Nestabilities die. Several pieces of My Mind’s Eye Be Amazing patterned paper were cut and embossed with the same die. The edges were sanded before that strip was adhered over the layers. A paper doily was adhered to the upper left side. Lace was adhered to the bottom of the horizontal strip and May Arts Ribbon was tied around it. The layers were adhered to the card base, Solar White cardstock, cut and embossed with a Grand Scallop Square Nestabilities die.

A sentiment from Whimsy’s new Fanciful Birthday Notables 1 was stamped in Tuxedo Black ink on Kraft cardstock, cut out and adhered to the upper left hand side of the image. the image was then adhered to the center of the card.  Flowers were added to the lower right corner and parts of a Finesse Rhinestone Swirl and Rhinestones finish off the card.

To take a peek at today’s fabulous new release creations, please click on the links below…

Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to check the Whimsy Inspirations blog tomorrow for our second day of previews!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I created this card for yesterday’s Free 4 All Challenge. Jeanne asked us to created something with a blue flower. I love this rose image from JustRite Stampers new With Sympathy stamp set and thought they would look good in blue.

The image was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on a piece of My Mind’s Eye Be Amazing patterned paper. The image was cut out with a  Classic Square Nestabilities die and the Out of the Box technique and colored with  Copic Markers (B0000, B91, B95, G20, G21, G24, G28. YR30).  One more rose bud and a leave branch were stamped on a scrap piece of the same paper, colored and cut out.

The square was sponged with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress ink and the edges were stitched. The square was adhered to a piece of white cardstock, cut and embossed with the largest of the  Fleur De Lis Square Nestabilities dies.

A piece of Be Amazing paper was cut and embossed with a  Grand Square Nestabilities. The edges were sanded and stitched and a piece of Light Blue Organdy Ribbon was tied around the paper vertically. The image layer was adhered over the paper and ribbon and a button was tied over the bow. The paper was adhered to the card base, Neenah Solar White cardstock, cut and embossed with a Grand Scallop Square Nestabilities die.

A sentiment from Fleur De Lis Label 20 stamp set was stamped on a piece of white cardstock, cut and embossed with a Standard Circle Nestabilities die. The edges were sponged an a leave from the image was stamped in the center with Antique Linen ink. Fancy That! Border Bling on the top right of the image corner and three small Rhinestones under the sentiment finish off the card.

I made it into a birthday card so I can enter it into the current JustRite Stampers challenge Birthday Bash.

Have a great weekend and stop by tomorrow for a bit more candy! 🙂
Hugs and smiles

Today a new product review was posted on Splitcoaststampers. It is for Spellbinders new M-Bossabilities embossing folders. Needless to say I love them (what Spellbinders product do I not love?). To show off the folders, I created a quick and easy tutorial on how to create a Faux Letterpress look.

The background was created with the new Elegance M-Bossibilities folder. It was inked with Cantaloupe Memento Ink andNeenah Solar White cardstock was embossed with the folder. It was cut down to a 2 15/16″ square, which was then stitched to a piece of Solar White cardstock, cut and embossed with the largest of the Fleur De Lis Square Nestabilities dies. The card base was cut out of the same cardstock with the same die and the card front was adhered on top.

An image from JustRite Stampers Botanical Butterflies was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on a piece of white cardstock, cut and embossed with a Parisian Accent die. The image was colored with Copic Markers (Butterfly: Y17, YR15, YR18    Leaves: G40, G43, G46) and sponged with Old Paper Distress ink. The image layer was adhered to the lower right of the card base with dimensionals.

A sentiment from Fleur De Lis Label 20 stamp set was stamped in black on white cardstock that had been cut and embossed with a Nested Lacey Pennants die. Parts of a Finesse Rhinestone Swirl finish off the card. I made this card into a birthday card I can enter it into JustRite Stampers current Birthday Bash Challenge.  You still have an entire week to enter the challenge for a chance to win JustRite stampers stamp sets.

Here is a video for the visual learner:

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Let’s light the candles and strike up the music!! The owner of Flourishes – Jan Marie Caruso – is celebrating a birthday and we’re helping her by getting the party started with just about the entire Flourishes Crew!  Why not leave some love on her blog HERE and while you are hopping around, pay a visit to the Flourishes team members who are honoring her special day!

I hadn’t used the gorgeous new Calla Lilies set from the latest release and was itching to color those flowers. They are so pretty. I stamped the main image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Neenah Classic White cardstock. It was colored with Copic Markers (Y11, Y13, Y15, YR18, YG01, YG03, YG17) and cut out.

A piece of My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Howdy Dowdy paper was cut with a  Standard Circle Nestabilities die. It was embossed with the new So Trendy M-Bossabilities Folder. The embossed paper was sanded, then stitched to a piece of Solar White cardstock, cut and embossed with the largest Tear Drop Circle Nestabilities die.The lilies were adhered to circle layers with dimensionals.

A 2 1/2″ wide strip of MME Lime Twist Life is a Party paper strip was adhered to a bigger piece. Both layers were cut and embossed with a Grand Circle Nestabilities die. The edges were sanded and stitched before a White Organdy ribbon was threaded through one of the Tear drops and tied around the round paper layers. The image was adhered over the circle with dimensionals.

The layers were adhered to a piece of white cardstock, that had been cut and embossed with a Grand Scalloped Circle die.  The card base was cut and embossed with the same die out of white cardstock and the card front was adhered to the base.

A sentiment from Tag Lines was stamped in Tuxedo Black ink on Solar White cardstock that had been cut and embossed with a Fancy Tag Die. The embossed center was airbrushed with Copic Marker Y11. The sentiment layer was adhered to the lower left of the Lilies. Three Baby Bling Rhinestones were added under the sentiment. Part of a Finesse Rhinestone swirl finish off the card.

In honor of Jan’s special day, the worker bees behind the scenes decided to have a COLORFUL sale to help celebrate! TODAY and TOMORROW only – all Copic Markers will be on sale 15% off. Just use the code COPIC15 in the coupon code box at the time of check out to get this fun discount! So, join us in singing her a special little birthday song! Be sure to check out all the fun and festive wishes and grab some great ideas for birthday cards along the way!

Happy Birthday Jan! We hope your day is the absolute BEST and cheers to an even better year ahead!

Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs and smiles

Today’ is Julie Koerber’s birthday. Some of the Flourishes Design team members and friends have decided to create a blog hop to celebrate her! She is such a wonderful woman and an amazing designer. I love everything she creates.

For my birthday card I thought I use the hat image from Feminine Charms. I stamped it twice in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Neenah Solar White cardstock. One image was cut and embossed with a Classic Circle Nestabilities die, from the other I cut out the hat. The main image and the hat were colored with Copic Markers (Hat Stand: E21, E23, E25   Hat: R00, R20, R21, R22   Ribbon: E41, E42   Flower: Y11, Y15, Y17). The circle was sponged with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The circle was stitched to a slightly bigger Kraft cardstock circle, that had been sponged with Vintage Distress ink. The cut out hat was adhered to the main image with dimensionals and Stardust Stickles was added over the white strip under the ribbon. The layers were adhered over a paper doily.

I used the layout from last weeks CPS sketch.  A 3 5/8″ x 4 3/4″ piece of MME Lost & Found Market Street paper was adhered to a 1/4″ bigger piece of Kraft cardstock.

A 3 7/8″ piece of white cardstock was cut with MFT’s Faux Crochet Border Die-namic die and adhered under a 7/8″ wide strip of Market street paper. That strip along with another 7/8″ wide strip of the same paper were adhered to the layers before the edges were stitched.

A small piece of the same paper used for the strips was cut and embossed with a Blossom Tags & Accent die. The embossed edges were sanded before it was adhered to the upper left edge of the layers. A button was tied over it with Linen Thread. The image layers were adhered to the layers with dimensionals before those were adhered to the card base, Solar White cardstock that had been  cut and embossed  with a Grand Label 23 Nestabilities die.

Another piece of Solar White cardstock were cut and embossed with a Petite Scallop Oval Nestabilities die. A sentiment from Feminine Charm Was stamped in it’s center with Tuxedo Black Ink and the inner part was sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The oval was adhered to the lower right of the hat image.

A piece of seam binding was colored with Copic Marker E23 before it was tied into a bow and topped with one yellow flower. The bow was adhered under the sentiment panel. Part of a Finesse Pearl Swirl on the top right finish off the card.

Please check out all the other birthday posts!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please hop on over to Julie to wish her a happy birthday with us!
Have a wonderful day!
Hugs and smiles

A little while ago Libby Hickson asked me if I was interested in being a guest designer for Hambo Stamps. I had met Tim and Monica at a Copic Certification last year and of course was excited and honored to say yes!

For my sample I picked the digital image Silly birds of Hats. I printed it out on and cut it with a Neenah Solar White cardstock Classic Circle Nestabilities die. The image was colored with Copic Markers (sorry, I colored it during vacation and I can’t find the piece of scrap paper I wrote down the color codes).  The circle was then adhered to a piece of black cardstock, cut and embossed with the largest Eyelet Circle Nestabilities.

A 2″ x 5″ strip of Echo Park Summer Days paper was adhered to a 4 1/2″ x 5″ piece of a different paper pattern of the same line. The layers were stitched to a 1/4″ bigger piece of black cardstock. Turquoise ribbon was tied around the horizontal strip before the layers were adhered to the card base, a 5″ x 11″ piece of More Mustard cardstock, folded in half.

A another pattern from the same pack was cut and embossed with a smaller circle Nestabilities die and adhere to the upper right corner of the card base. A swirl was created out of Silver Kaisercraft Rhinestones on the upper left side before the image layers were adhered to the center with dimensionals.

The sentiment is also from Hambo Stamps. It was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Solar White cardstock before it was cut and embossed with Petite oval Nestabilities and adhered to the lower left hand side.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
Hugs and smiles

I made this card for a while back for a challenge during VSN. I didn’t even know there was a fruit called Dragon fruit. It looks like Stracciatella Icecream (I think that’s a German flavor…not sure).

These colors are so bright together….so I thought while I am already out of my comfort zone, while not go a bit more outside and use messy stuff. Glitter and beads. So here is what came out of that ….

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The card base is a 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ piece of Old Olive cardstock, followed by a 4″ square in Basic Black.

Next is a 3 3/4″ square of Whisper White that was dry embossed with the Swiss Dot Cuttlebug Folder.

I added a 1 3/4″ wide strip of Melon Mambo Pattern Designer Paper to the white layer and tied Old Olive 5/8″ wide ribbon around the top edge of it.

I inked the cupcake from Party Hearty with Old Olive, Pretty in Pink and Melon Mambo markers, stamped it twice on Whisper White cardstock and cut them out. Both were adhered to a white square with dimensionals. Glitter and Microbeads were added to the cupcake top.

Both the Melon Mambo and the Black scallop squares were cut with Square Nestabilities. I added more glitter over the Mambo frame. The sentiment was stamped in Black Stazon, punched out with the Window word punch and first layered on a small oval punchout, then on a black large oval.

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The card inside is layered with a 4″ Basic Black square followed by a 1/4″ smaller piece of Whisper White.

That was layered by a 1 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ piece of Melon Mambo Pattern Designer paper. A small strip of Basic Black was punched with the Eyelet Border punch and adhered under the designer paper layer.

The present stamp is also from Party Hearty. It was stamped in Old Olive on Whisper White and punched out with the 3/4″ circle punch. It was adhered over a 1″ black circle on the bottom left.

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