The new Crafty Friends Challenge is super easy. Charmaine is the hostess and she is asking you to incorporate dry embossing into your project. I combined the challenge with yesterday’s Hope You Can Cling to Challenge.

I started out by embossing a 3″ x 5″ piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock with the Simplicity M-Bossabilities folder. The bottom right and top left corners were rounded. The layer was stitched to a 3/16″ bigger piece of black cardstock, before it was adhered with foam adhesive squares to the card base, a 3 1/2″ x 11″ piece of textured Kraft cardstock, folded in half.

Three butterflies were cut out of My Mind’s Eye Honey patterned paper, topped with rhinestones from a Sleek Strips Silver Rhinestones. Another piece of Honey paper was cut and embossed with a Spellbinders Nested Pennants die. The edges were sanded and stamped with a sentiment of MFT’s Thanks a Bunch Stamp set in Jet Black Archival ink.

A flourish was cut out of black cardstock , adhered to the left hand side of the Pennant sentiment strip and topped with a yellow button.

Check out my fellow Crafty Friends for more Halloween inspiration:

 

Thanks so much for looking! I hope you have time to join us in the challenge. It’s easy and fun! Have a wonderful week!
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I created a CAS Fall Thank you card for my blog post on the Spellbinders blog today. I hope you have time to check it out and tell me what you think.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
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Hi all! 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! 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!

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Part 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 Blossom 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!

For my card I used two of the border stamps and paired them with a die cut frame. I stamped the images in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on white cardstock, cut them out and colored them with Copic Markers (Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, G20, G21, G24, G27, YR12, YR16, YR18 R24, R27, R29).

I cut and embossed a frame out of white cardstock with the second largest Decorative Label One die as well as a regular Label One die. More white cardstock was cut and embossed with a Fancy Framed Tags One die. A sentiment from the Autumn Blossom set was stamped in it’s center with Tuxedo Black Ink. The embossed part of the tag was sponged with Antique Linen and the sprig image of that set was stamped in Antique Linen above and underneath the sentiment. The inner oval of the tag was paper pierced.

The tag was adhered over the frame and the corner images were adhered above the frame and the tag. A piece of patterned paper was cut and embossed with the same Label One die that had been used to create the frame. The edges of the paper were sanded.

Two more pieces of patterned paper were cut and embossed with the smallest of the Grand Square Nestabilities die. The edges were sanded and stitched before the layers were adhered to the card base, white cardstock cut and embossed with the smallest Grand Scallop Square Nestabilities die. The patterned paper Label One die cut was adhered in the center of the card and the frame was adhered over it with dimensionals. Rhinestones under the sentiment and part of a Finesse Rhinestone Swirl finish off the card.

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 past 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 were one of the lucky ones to land in our Winner’s Circle!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!
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Did you read that Spellbinders new Majestic Elements one a spot on the CHA Hot 20 list? I have to tell you that I LOVE the Resplendent Rectangles from that line. They make beautiful card bases as well as layers.

The sentiment and frame is from JustRite Stampers new French Frill stamp set, designed by Samantha Walker. The images fit perfectly to Samantha’s die set by the same name. The frame was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored with Copic Markers (Y11, Y13, Y17, YG03, YG17, B0000, B000).

The background is also a JustRite set called Elegant Fronds Background. It was stamped in Cantaloupe Memento ink and sponged with the same color.

I hope you have time to check out the entire card at the Spellbinders Blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day.

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Today’s Timeless Tuesday Challenge hostess is Silke. She and I are posting our last post as Timeless Tuesday challenge members. Starting in July we will both be part of the Flourishes senior design team. Silke’s challenge is to use our favorite stamps, dies and embellishments for our card.

One of my favorite Flourishes image is from Year in Flowers 2 stamp set. The rose was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on white cardstock, colored with Copic Markers ( Flowers: B0000, B91, B95, B99    Leaves: G20, G21, G24, G28) and cut out.  A piece of My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found 2 Breeze patterned paper was cut and embossed with the largest of the Classic Oval SM Nestabilities dies. The edges were sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a sentiment from the current Flip With Gratitude set was stamped in Tuxedo Black Ink.  The sentiment layer was first adhered to a piece of Kraft cardstock, cut and embossed with the largest Classic Oval LG die, then to a piece of white cardstock, cut and embossed with the largest Floral Oval Nestabilities die. The rose was adhered to the right side of the oval layers with foam adhesive.

Another piece of Breeze patterned paper was cut and embossed with the second smallest Grand Rectangle Nestabilities die. The edges were sanded and stitched before Sheer ribbon was tied around the layer and through one of the Floral Oval openings of the frame.  The bow was topped with a button, tied on with embroidery thread.

The layers were adhered to a card base, cut out of white cardstock with the second smallest Grand Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities die. Part of a Silver Finesse Rhinestone swirl over the roses and Fancy That! Border bling on the top right finish off my card.

-Favorite die: Floral Oval die
-Favorite layout: Floral Oval die on top of Scallop Rectangle
-One of my favorite images: Rose stamp
-Favorite Embellishment: Ivory sheer ribbon, Finesse Rhinestones swirl and Fancy That! Border Bling

Take a peek at what the other Timeless Tuesday designer have created for today…

I hope you have time to play. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
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Today’s challenge hostess is Mona! She asks us to create a thank you card or tag.  I knew right away I wanted to use the new Hydrangea stamp set again. This time I chose to use the larger of the two flower clusters instead of the big bouquet. The image was stamped three times in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on white cardstock, colored with Copic Markers (YR30, YR31, R000, R00, R01, Ro2).  I know those are not colors that Hydrangeas come in, but they worked best for the patterned paper I chose.

A frame was cut out of white cardstock, a  Standard Circle Nestabilities die as well the largest  Tear Drop Circle die. The same Standard circle was used to cut a piece of patterned paper from the  Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden collection. The circle was sanded and stitched and a sentiment from the Hydrangea set was stamped in it’s center. The flowers were adhered to the lower  left of the of the frame.

Another piece of Butterfly Garden paper was cut and embossed with the smallest of the Grand Square Nestabilities die. The edges were sanded and stitched. May Arts Ribbon was threaded through a hole in the Tear Drop circle frame and the layers were adhered to the patterned paper square. The ribbon was tied into a bow and topped with a button. The layers were adhered to the card base, white cardstock cut and embossed with a Grand Scallop Square Nestabilities die. Rhinestones on the top left finish off the card.

Take a peek at what the other Timeless Tuesday designer have created for today…

I hope you have time to play. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
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May Flowers is the topic of this weeks topic at the Spellbinders blog. I created a flower out of Crepe paper for my post. Please check out the entire post and step by step instructions HERE.

Have a great day!
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Today’s Timeless Tuesday challenge hostess is Silke Ledlow. Her challenge is called Pink-a-licious. Adding pink to a card…now that’s an easy challenge right? Since it’s Release week at Flourishes, I get to give you a little sneak peek of one of the new sets. This one is called Hydrangea. Let me tell you….it’s GORGEOUS, just like the rest of the new sets. Make sure you check the Flourishes blog starting tomorrow to get links to the design team samples.

I stamped the big image in  Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on white cardstock. The image was cut and embossed with a Standard Circle Nestabilities die and the Out of the Box technique and the image was colored with Copic Markers (RV52, RV55, YG61, YG63, YG67, E23, E27, BG0000, BG000). The image was adhered to a white scallop circle.

White cardstock was cut and embossed with the smallest of the Grand Label 1 Nestabilities dies and embossed with Mystic M-Bossabilities folder. The layer was adhered to a slightly bigger piece of cardstock that was cut to a slightly bigger shape and colored with Copic Marker RV52. The edges were stitched before pink May Arts ribbon was tied around it. The bow was topped with a button, tied on with embroidery thread.

Part of a sentiment from the new set was stamped in Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock, cut and embossed with the smallest of the Petite Oval Nestabilities dies. A smaller image set was stamped in Angel Pink Memento Ink to the left side of the oval and the embossed parts were colored with Copic Marker BG0000. The sentiment was adhered to the lower right of the image. The layers were adhered to a card base, cut and embossed with the second smallest Grand Label 1 Nestabilities die. Rhinestones on the upper left hand corner finish off the card.

Take a peek at what the other Timeless Tuesday designer have created for today…

I hope you have time to play. This week you could win the entire new release of the gorgeous new stamp sets. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
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Day two of the Flourishes Sneak Peeks. Today the featured set is the Botanical Bookplates Vo. 2. I loved the first one and I have to say that they second set in this series is just as gorgeous as the first.

For my sample I stamped the big Lily of the Valley image in Tuxedo Black Ink on White cardstock. It was cut and embossed with a Classic Oval Nestabilities die and the Out of the Box technique. The image was cut down even more on the embossed edge and colored with Copic Markers (T0, T1, T3, YG01, YG03, YG17, B0000, B000). The image was adhered to a piece of cardstock, cut and embossed with the second largest Floral Oval Nestabilities die.

A piece of vellum cardstock was cut and embossed with a Lattice Motif die. The image ovals were adhered over it with dimensionals. A piece of patterned paper was cut and embossed with the smallest of the Grand Square Nestabilities die. The edges were sanded and a strip of white cardstock was taped over the paper square. The edges were stitched and ribbon was threaded through the Vellum layer and tied around the paper square. The layers were adhered to the card base, white cardstock cut and embossed with the smallest Grand Scallop Square Nestabilities die.

A sentiment from the set was stamped on a piece of cardstock, cut and embossed with one of the Tailor-Made Classic Tags Template die. The tag was tied on to the bow with a button and embroidery thread.

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!

Senior Design Team

Friends of Flourishes Team

DID YOU KNOW YOU COULD WIN OUR ENTIRE APRIL RELEASE? Have you checked out our Motherly Love Challenge? Just click HERE to find out how to play! You can also play in our Noon Time Challenges, which start today at noon with another one ushered in tomorrow at noon!  Both are fast-paced and fun challenges that will give you yet one more chance to win our full April 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!

And, don’t forget our New Release Bundle! If you buy all three sets in a bundle, you save 10% off the price. But, this offer only lasts through next Friday, April 20. So… you have to act fast! Just click HERE to see!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
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The current JustRite Stampers challenge is to create a card using spring colors and butterflies. I just got new Spellbinders dies in and couldn’t wait to try out the smaller of the two butterfly dies from Wings of Hope. I cut and embossed a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock and sponged the butterfly with the die still on with Cantaloupe Memento Ink.

A frame from JustRite Stampers Kindness was stamped in Rich Cocoa Memento Ink on  Solar White cardstock. It was cut and embossed with the largest Label 20 Nestabilities die. Another piece of white cardstock was cut and embossed with the smallest of the Large Petite Oval Nestabilities die and sponged with New Sprout Memento Ink. A sentiment from Kindness was stamped in Rich Cocoa ink on the oval before that was adhered to the stamped frame with dimensionals. The butterfly was adhered to the lower right of the frame.

An image from Classic Scallop Border I was stamped in Rich Cocoa ink on white cardstock and cut out. It was stitched to a piece of Pink Paislee London Market Patterned paper that had been cut and embossed with the second smallest  Grand Rectangle Nestabilities die and the edges had been sanded. Fancy Waves! Border bling was adhered to the bottom of the scallop before the sentiment and butterfly were adhered to the center of the paper.

A piece of vellum was cut and embossed with the largest of the Floral Oval Nestabilities dies and adhered under the sentiment layers with dimensionals.  May Arts ribbon was threaded between the Vellum and the label, the label was adhered to the patterned paper with dimensionals and the ribbon was tied into a bow. Everything was adhered to the card base, which was cut and embossed out of Solar White cardstock with a Grand Scallop Rectangle die. Rhinestones from the new Sleek Strips Silver Rhinestones on the butterfly and label finish off the card.

I hope you have time to participate in the challenge. You could win JustRite stamps! Have a wonderful weekend!
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P.S.: Yes, I am hooked on Grand Scalloped Rectangle cards right now and that Floral Oval hasn’t left my desk since I unpacked it. Hi…I am Beate and I am a Spellbindersaholic…..no, I don’t want a 7 step program. I am loving with it!

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