Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Flourishes May Sneaks, Day One


It’s time for Flourishes May Sneak Peeks! Are you ready for some new fun sets? Today we’re previewing Hydrangeas—a gorgeous new set from Marcella Hawley who has captured the beauty of these flowers perfectly.

Hydrangea Graphic

I have several hydrangeas in my garden but my favorite by far is the old fashioned one I brought from my childhood home many, many years ago. Being the old-fashioned kind, it’s blue, so I went with that for my color scheme.

First of all, I stamped the large hydrangea image on Classic White card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored with these Copic Collections:

Evergreen Collection: evergreen

Iced Aqua Collection:icedaqua

Delphinium Collection: delphinium

Daffodil Collection:
Then I cut it out with a Labels Twenty Two Nestabilities die and my Grand Calibur, then sponged the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink, and popped it up on foam dots. The patterned paper I used was from my stash and is old, but I love it with this image. I added some olive green twine and some blue Dew Drops for accents, then stamped the sentiment on a Petite Oval Nestabilities die cut, also popped up on foam. I wanted to keep my card design fairly simple to let that gorgeous flower shine.

Here’s the inside with another sentiment from the set and the hydrangea again, offset and stamped off once, on Classic Ivory card stock.


So, what do you think of this set? Just fabulous, right? Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has for you today...

Barbara Anders  (<--you are here!)
Julie Koerber
Cindy Lawrence
Christine Okken
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Jan Marie Caruso 
Stacy Morgan
Tammy Hershberger
Sharon Doolittle

...because ONE of them is the

Mystery Blogger Graphic_thumb[1]

for today—the winner wins the set previewing today :)

Now, here's a few things you'll want to know about this release:

  • Take advantage of a special limited time only deal and grab all of the new sets for May in the New Release Bundle at 10% off the total price. Get all the details HERE.
  • Don't forget the Home Sweet Home Challenge is in progress AND, don't forget to check the Flourishes Blog for today's Noon Time Challenge--another way to win a prize!!
  • All winners will be announced on Saturday, May 12th, at Noon CST on the Flourishes Blog.

And if that wasn’t enough, Flourishes is having an Inventory Reduction/Spring Cleaning sale—15% off all embellishments, papers, Spellbinders dies, embossing folders, and tools.

 Spring Clean Sale Graphic 2

Now’s the time to get your hands on some of those goodies you’ve been wanting. Use the code SPRINGCLEAN at check out. Sale runs through Sunday, May 13th, 2012.

OK, I think that's all from me! Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll see you back again tomorrow with another sneak!



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Stamps: Hydrangeas (Flourishes)
Paper: Classic White, Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Brocade Blue , Kraft (SU!)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Grand Calibur; Labels Twenty Two & Petite Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders); twine (May Arts); Dew Drops, sewing machine, foam dots, Copic markers



  1. Beautiful stamp and beautiful card. I love it Barbara

  2. Your card is beautiful, Barbara! I love the DP you used.

  3. Hi Barbara! Your card looks Beautiful!! I love hydrangeas and the colours you used. Beautiful colouring too. Love this!

  4. Oh, Barbara, your card is gorgeous! This flower is so well colored, love it!

  5. Awesome - I just LOVE hydrangeas!!!! Beautifullly colored!!!!

  6. wauwww thios fower looks verry real, your colouring is stunning!!!!
    my compliments for this fabulous card!!
    xx petra

  7. Oh Wow I love this set and your card is gorgeous!! Flourishes just makes the BEST flowers!!

  8. Beautiful!!! The bling complements your image fabulously :)

  9. Just fabulous is exactly my thoughts! Love the way you coloured with light and shaded parts of the hydrangea. Beautiful card!
    Beth Greco

  10. Stunning card, Barbara! Adding this set to my must have list.

  11. This is gorgeous Barbara. I love the blue and purples of your hydrangea.. Lovely card.

  12. Oh, Barb, this is gorgeous! I love the image (Marcella is amazing), but your coloring is exquisite...what a showcase for this new set...a gotta have! :)

  13. Ohhhh, I need this stamp. I adore hydrangeas!

  14. This is simply lovely! The coloring is perfect and I love the background paper too. As always, a wonderful card.

  15. This is gorgeous. Beautiful colors.

  16. Beautiful card! Love the colors.

  17. Babara,
    This is just beautiful! I love that you kept the vintage look with the gingham dp.

  18. Ohhhh I love Hydrangea!! Your coloring is beautiful and so is your card!

  19. Absolutely stunning card Barbara! I love the colours you chose for your card. So beautiful!

  20. oh my gosh!!! absolutely gorgeous card! lovin' the hydrangea set!!

  21. Great card. Your coloring makes this look real.
    Jan Marie

  22. My jaw dropped when I saw this one Barbara...the coloring is just stunning. My favourite are the blue too :) Beautiful work!

  23. Ok, Barbara, you have magical Copic skills! I couldn't color like this, even in my dreams! :) But seriously, I am so in love with your card it's like everything you touch turns beautiful! I'd count this card as one of the best of the best, of yours :)

    ~ Amanda :)

  24. Oh my word, this is out of this world stunning! Your coloring really brings this image to life - I love the layout too. Just beautiful!

  25. Ok.. this is going to sound odd but this card feels like a pair of comfy jeans on a lazy country afternoon - just has that easy breezy beautiful feel to it! It's a keeper! :-)

  26. I made the mistake of checking out this blog hop from work. Now all I can think of is going home and stamping. AND BUYING this stamp set! I've learned a lesson -- no more blog hopping from work! But this card is AMAZING! I love it!

  27. Bar this is so pretty! Your coloring is AWESOME and those little bubble dots are so fun.

  28. I made the mistake of checking out this blog hop from work -- now all I can think about is going home to stamp -- and buying this stamp set! I've learned my lesson -- no more blog hopping at work! Your card is amazing!

  29. This is just beautiful. Your coloring is wonderful. Love hydrangeas - color all summer long!

  30. Simply beautiful! Love it and love Hydrandgas.

  31. Great work as always Barbara, I like the way you colored your petals. The inside is just as pretty as the outside of your card. A great reminder to put a little stamping on the inside too.

  32. Wow, what a gorgeous card! Your coloring is just stunning! I love that labels die and beautiful background paper! Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers and I have two beautiful bushes in my front yard. One has all blue blooms and the other has multi-colored blooms!

  33. Stunning card, Barbara! Wonderful coloring and design!

  34. I love hydrangeas! This is a beautiful image -- and you colored it gorgeously!

  35. What a gorgeous stamp and you've certainly made it shine! Love the gingham-like background and the beautiful colors you used!

  36. Barbara your card is stunning! The hydrangeas are beautiful and your colours are perfect.

  37. Gorgeous card, Barbara!!! Love, love it!!!

  38. What a really awesome card, thanks for sharing with us.

  39. Beautiful card! Very elegant! Hydrangeas are my favorite!

  40. The coloring is wonderful and ties in the the blue jewels perfectly. I especially love the inside stamping with the sentiment. Just lovely!

  41. Gorgeous coloring! Love the checked BG!

  42. Love this beautiful flower and card. Great colors and coloring.

  43. Hi Barbara,

    Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers and you managed to capture the subtle nuances of color that this awesome and sometimes not appreciated flowers have! Congratulations!


    María Alba Negrón
    San Juan, Puerto Rico

  44. Your coloring on this is stunning!


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