It’s Christmas time at Flourishes, and I was so excited when I saw all of their releases for this month.  They are all unique and wonderful.  My card today uses the new set “City of David”.


The images and sentiment were stamped on watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black and VersaMark then heat embossed with black embossing powder.  Markers and a blender pen were used for coloring.  Sparkle was added to the roofs with a Stardust Clear Glitter Pen.


The back wise man and the sentiment were popped up on dimensionals.  Some May Arts Sheer Ribbon, gold cording and a star brad finished off the card.


Last month Flourishes offered a discount on the new releases – this month they’re offering you an even better deal! From now through Monday, October 13, get 10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE ORDER!!! So, now is the time to load up on that great Basic Grey paper and matching brads, or perhaps some luscious ribbon.  To get the discount you must put this code in the promotion code box at checkout: RSC88  Now, because you have to put that code in the promotion code box, you will not be able to enter the code for which design team member inspires you.  So…just send Flourishes an e-mail at [email protected] and they will reward your favorite designer!

Here is a picture of the new “City of David” stamp set.  It has 7 images.


To see more cards or projects made with this week’s new releases, check out the other Flourishes Design Team and Friends of Flourishes blogs:

Barb Schram

Faith Hofrichter

Julie Koerber

Linda Duke

Leslie Miller

Cindy Lawrence


Stamps: Flourishes “City of David”

Papers: SU! Watercolor, Whisper White, Not Quite Navy

Inks: SU! Classic Not Quite Navy, Sahara Sand and Markers Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Gable Green, Green Galore, Barely Banana, Summer Sun, Ruby Red, Ballet Blue, Bashful Blue, Lavender Lace, Basic Black, Versamarker, Blender Pen; Versafine Onyx Black; VersaMark; Stardust Clear Glitter Pen

Accessories: May Arts Sheer Ribbon; Gold Cording; Star Brad, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

What a cool piece Beate has for her inspiration challenge today.


For me this one was all about the windows, the stripes and the polka dots.  My card is made with all Stampin’ Up products.  It was the first that I have played with my new stamp set “Window Dressing” and Designer Series Paper “Maine Blueberry”.   Yeah!  Here is my card.


I first stamped the window image on Whisper White card stock.  Next I stamped the vases.  I then masked the window and vases and sponged in the blue and green to suggest sky and grass.  While masked I also stamped in part of the tree image from the “Nature Silhouettes” set.  I unmasked the image, colored it with SU! markers, cut it out, mounted it on Night of Navy card stock and then cut it out again leaving a Night of Navy border.  The sentiment was stamped on Whisper White card stock.  It was then die cut into a circle.  A slightly larger circle was cut with the Night of Navy card stock and adhered to the back of the sentiment circle.  The window image was then adhered to the front of the sentiment circle.  Then the entire main image was popped up on dimensionals on the designer paper covered card base.

You can visit Beate’s other Inspiration Design Team members’ blogs to see where this piece took them on their creative journey.  Hope you can play along, too!

Jennifer Buck
Charmaine Ikach
Silke Ledlow
Danielle Lounds
Dawn McVey


All products are made by Stampin’ Up!.
Stamps: Window Dressing, Nature Silhouettes
Papers: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Real Red, DSP Maine Blueberry
Inks: Classic Chocolate Chip, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Olive Green; Markers Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Olive Green, Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Real Red, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Real Red Brads, Photo Corner Punch

I couldn’t make up my mind what to title this post so I just went with a little of everything!  LOL

This week Flourishes has asked their designers to feature the Peony set.  Chances are they wanted us to do a card or project with… well… the Peony image.  But I just couldn’t take my mind off of the bugs in this set.  I’ve mentioned before that I love the bee.  So I decided to combine the bee image with some of my JustRite Stamper’s Toys to make a gift card and wrapping paper.  Oh yes, I also used a small flower image from Flourishes Fantasy Floral Garden set to stamp the tissue paper.  Here is the finished project.



Using SU!’s Whisper White wrapping paper I stamped and masked and stamped some more with one of JustRite’s new borders in their 2-5/16″ Harmony Classic Circle II Stamp Ensemble.  And aren’t those bees cute!  I added Twinkling H2O’s in Lemondrop to give each bee a pretty shimmer.


For the gift card I also used the flower border from JustRite’s 1-5/8″ Curlz Monogram Stamper Kit.  It is embossed with black embossing powder.  The letters are Times Roman Font.

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As much fun as I have had with the bee, the cute little beetle in the Peony set had not been inked.  That needed to change.  See him peeking out from behind the panel of the new Sparkle DP from Memory Box.  The sentiment is from JustRite’s Curlz Monogram Stamper Kit.  It is one of their new centers.


I know exactly who I’m going to give this card to.  My oldest son’s girlfriend LOVES bugs.  She has been on expeditions/grants to Costa Rico to study butterflies and the Amazon to study ants.  Well I have a deathly fear of spiders.  The good news is that whenever she is around, if a spider decides to appear, I can call on her and she will just go over to the thing, pick it up and put it outside!!!  So ya… she LOVES bugs and her birthday is next week.  This one’s for her.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that my 17 year old son wanted only one thing for his birthday and that was tickets to see Shawn Johnson in the “Gymnastics Superstars” at the Tacoma Dome.  I had managed to get him 5th row tickets in the center section.  I was very pleased with myself.  WELL…..  It was this past Saturday.  He came home floating on air.  It turns out that rows 1-4 are bleachers which they couldn’t set up because they had the gym floor elevated for the gymnasts.  So… HE WAS IN ROW 1!!!!  He told me that if he could have picked his seats out of the entire dome, he would have picked the ones he had.  How cool is that.  The balance beam was set up not even 10 feet from him!  When Shawn finished her routine she came over and high-fived him!!  So did Nastia.  The funniest thing was his comment about Shawn’s floor routine.  I guess after she finished with it, she once again came and high-fived him.  Well he said that she was “a little sweaty” after her routine.  So when she touched him he got some of her sweat on him.  I thought he was going to say it was kinda gross.  But no… his response?  “It was great!!!!”  Life is good.

Shawn Johnson (above) and Nastia Liukin (below)
Tacoma Dome – September 27, 2008


Wrapped Box Project
Stamps: Flourishes “Peony”, “Fantasy Floral Garden”; JustRite “Curlz Monogram Stamper Kit 1-5/8″”, “Harmony Classic Circle II Stamp Ensemble 2-5/16″”, Times Roman Font
Papers: SU! Wrapping Paper, Really Rust, Whisper White; Tissue Paper
Inks: VersaFine Onyx Black; Memento Rich Cocoa; SU! Really Rust Classic and Yoyo Yellow, Summer Sun, More Mustard Markers, VersaMark
Accessories: LuminArte Twinkling H2O’s Lemondrop, May Arts Sheer Ribbon, Gingham Ribbon, Raffia, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Circle Die Cut, Jumbo Eyelet, 1″ and 1/4″ Circle Punches, Ticket Corner Punch, Black Embossing Powder, Eclipse Masking Tape, Gift Box

Stamps: Flourishes “Peony”; JustRite “Curlz Monogram Stamper Kit 1-5/8″”
Papers: SU! Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Very Vanilla; Memory Box “Sparkle”
Inks: VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories: May Arts Ribbons Polka Dot and Satin, Kaiser Rhinestones, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Circle Die Cuts, McGill Super Giant Flower Punch, Photo Corner Punch

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