Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Flourishes























Hallo,




Flourishes is lighting the candles and getting ready to sing to honor their fourth Birthday!!! And, as a way to celebrate, I am happy to say I was hand-picked to help them have a bit of a party as a designer for their customer appreciation hop!!!! The only challenge here was to create a card or project using my favorite Flourishes stamp set (REALLY??? - my FAVORITE set O M G - and how am I sposed to decide that!!!!! - well more on that in a minute...)













Keep reading - I'll tell you how you can win some Flourishes goodies too!!!


If you are following along the hop then you came to me from the very talented Rosemary Dennis - http://www.heythererosigrl.blogspot.com/ (LOVE that blog title BTW - its got me singing...)


If you just popped in here and this is the first you are hearing of the hop then you WILL want to pop in over at Flourishes for the total scoop and start the hop from the top :) - www.flourishes.org/2011/08/birthday-blog-hop-day-1/

You will have until Sept. 1st at 5pm CST to enter.


On to my projects for today - well bet you are wondering how I chose my 'favorite set' - well....my newest favorite is my newest flower set from the last release 'Hollyhocks' is that close enough? :)


One of the reason I LOVE Flourishes is all the wonderful flower sets!!!! I love to color and all their flower sets are just perfect for coloring!!!


This latest set reminds me of going over to my (now) MIL's place because she always had Hollyhocks and Iris growing.



You can check out this set here - www.shop.flourishes.org/Hollyhocks_p/ss163.htm



I did this card up twice using the same colors for the flowers - the first card was done with copics and the second one was done with prismacolor pencils. The copics will give you a little sharper and brighter result and the pencils a softer look. I colored the pencil one fairly bright but it is sometimes easier to get softer lighter colors with the pencils compared to the copics (for me anyhow).





I cut the main image out of both cards with Spellbinders dies, using an out-of-the-box technique and edged them with gold mettalic pen.


Now see that last photo with all those great stamp sets - that is the prize package you could win.



Ok enough chatter from me - your next stop along the hop is Misti Oblander and I am sure she has some awesome stuff to show you too - www.misti-acardaday.blogspot.com


Take Care

Tera
































































48 comments:

Cheryl said...

Both cards are beautiful, Tera, and I love the gold edging. I tried that recently and it didn't turn out nearly as good as yours.

Sue said...

A stunner of a card you have made Tera.
Smiles:)

Ujjwal said...

wonderful card! love all the beautiful colors there!

Karen W said...

These are just fabulous, wonderful coloring and cutting and just gorgeous!

Naomi said...

Two beautiful cards! Such a gorgeous image and your colouring is FAB! Funny how your MIL has hollyhocks and irises growing...my mom has both of those flowers in her garden, too!
Congrats to Flourishes on 4 wonderful years and many more to come!

Theresa said...

What beautiful colors and coloring. Love what you did with the Hollyhocks.

Heather Jensen said...

I love the bright fun cheery colors. You did a fabulous job coloring those Hollyhocks. :)

Lin said...

What a beautiful vibrant card! I remember hollyhocks from my childhood. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

Steph Lee (Arty Carty) said...

what a stunning card!! love your coloring and layout.

KimCreate said...

You sure made a beautiful card with your newest set! Happy Birthday Flourishes.
Kim

Yogi said...

oh you did an absolutely fabulous job of coloring those Hollyhocks. Gorgeous. Beautiful card too. BIG GRIN. And yes it's usually the last set we get that becomes our favorite, except when I go thumbing through my drawer...

Ravengirl said...

Those hollyhocks are beautiful! Love that you made two! I think I like the softer colored pencil look the best!

Julie Koerber said...

What an incredibly beautiful and vivid creation Tera! I could just stare at this one forever with the depth of coloring!! Thank you so much for helping Flourishes celebrate four wonderful years! It's been so fun seeing what some of our "fans" picked up as their favorite sets and man, to see the creativity has been just such a joy!

lizlincoln said...

You used both mediums beautifully. I personally think pencils and gamsol gives a more blended look but your colouring skills are outstanding so they look pretty similar. What a great choice for your favourite stamp.

joy said...

Gorgeous! I love hollyhocks!

alisa logue said...

Happy birthday flourishes! Love the stamps and gorgeous card! -Alisa

Rosemary said...

both cards are just beautiful!! thanks for your sweet comment about my blog title!!

Betty Benton said...

Both of your hollyhock cards are lovely -- I'd hate to have to choose my favorite (about like choosing a favorite stamp set!)

Benzi said...

Beautiful hollyhocks and colored so pretty...both ways.

Brenda said...

Beautiful! Stunning colouring on those flowers!

ecpiercy said...

Beautiful hollyhocks! I love your saturated colors!

Lauren said...

OMG, so gorgeous!

Joanne (jojot) said...

gorgeously colored blooms...vibrant and lush

Dee said...

I love both of your cards. the coloring on both are beautiful!!

Davi said...

I love hollyhocks and both cards are just fabulous!! Love the difference in using the two mediums!

Sue D said...

Great cards--thanks for showing the different coloring.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Vibrant and cheerful! Great job and glad you could choose a favorite. ha ha

Kathy Bradley said...

Beautiful and elegant cards - both of them. The hollyhocks image is so lovely - your coloring on both cards wonderful! The colors are vibrant and lovely as well. Thanks for sharing.

Linda Carson said...

WOW! Both cards are gorgeous! I just got this set & haven't used it yet. You've given me some amazing inspiration!

Erika's Cupboard said...

What vibrant colored cards! Love them!

lisa808 said...

Amazing coloring! Both cards are gorgeous, but the first one really stands out to me.

Donna Phelan said...

Such BEAUTIFUL Hollyhocks!

catdidit said...

Both are just stunning Tera! Gorgeous coloring using both copics and pencils! Have you tried pencils on top of the copic coloring? LOVE that way too!

pam124 said...

Doesn't get any prettier than this. Awesome work!

Carla S. said...

Gorgeous cards, Tera! Your coloring is wonderful with both Copics and pencils! Love the vibrant colors of the flowers!

Tanya said...

Your cards are beautiful Tera! your coloring is awesome, and I love that sweet lace on the side.

DottyA Cards & Things said...

Two Beautiful cards!!! Love how you made each flower a differnt color ... Great Idea!

Wanda Cullen said...

A feast of color in your cards! Love that hollyhock image!

zehra said...

Lovely coloring, I loved the out of box technique.

Grace said...

Absolutely gorgeous and eye poppoing coloring!!! Wowzers!!! I love this one!

Kathy said...

Both are beautiful in their own way...I'm partial to my Prisma's. Blessings!

Kathy

ChristineCreations said...

Beautiful coloring on both! I love the vibrancy of the flower garden feel...and the out of the box too on the purple hollyhocks...awesome!

gg nurse said...

Wow--love your cards!

Allison Cope said...

So beautiful Tera! Gotta get my hands on the new stamp set!

Bernie said...

Absolutely gorgeous and your coloring is Amazing!!!
Blessings Bernie

Theresa said...

Lovely card. Your coloring is just fabulous. Love it!!

Corinna said...

What gorgeous Hollyhocks and gorgeous cards! TFS

Charlotte said...

Both cards are beautiful! And, your coloring is fabulous!