Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Flourishes' Merry Christmas - Color Throwdown #69

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Mornin', peeps! It's hump day so that means it's Color Throwdown day!! Today's colors were chosen by our sweet and talented Cathy: chocolate brown, dark red, cream, and optional olive.
Today we're happy to have Flourishes Stamps as our sponsor. See more about this wonderful stamp company on the Color Throwdown blog.

I'm using one of Flourishes' newer sets today, called Christmas Wreath. The main image is quite large so I started with a 5.25" square card base, added Old Olive, Real Red, and Merry Moments DSP, all from SU!

Then I added the Labels Four layer, after dry embossing it with the French Script folder. I know you can't see it, but I promise it's there. I thought that layer needed just a little something and that worked out perfectly--or it would have if *you* could see it, LOL! I stamped the image on Pure Luxury 80 lb paper by Gina K with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored it with Copic markers. Then I cut it out and popped it up on 3M foam squares. I liked it but what about a sentiment? I really wanted a sentiment on this card. I tried putting that thing all over that card, LOL, but finally settled on right across the center. I'm thinking it works there, how about you? The plain cream sentiment banner was just a little too plain, so I added a Real Red mat and I like it a lot better.

Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play. If you don't, just use the closest you have. And don't forget--there's also a chance to be chosen as Featured Stamper. So, c'mon over to the Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please use Mr. Linky to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily and so you'll be eligible to win (only directly linked entries will be considered for Featured Stamper--see the sidebar on the blog for all the details). And please include a link in your post to the Color Throwdown--failure to do this will also disqualify you from winning. If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD69 so we can see your beauty all in one place. Hope to see you there!

Be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week!

Broni Holcombe--Splashes of Watercolor
Cathy Indelicato--Crafty Thoughts
Danielle Kennedy--Wild Dragonfly Designs
LeAnne Pugliese--Wee Inklings
Tammy Hershberger--Stamp Happy
Elise/November Guest Designer--Mamacow Creations

Thanks for dropping by today--you know I love it when you do!

Stamps: Christmas Wreath (Flourishes)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Real Red, Merry Moments DSP (SU!); Pure Luxury 80lb paper (Gina K.)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Cuttlebug/French Script embossing folder (Provo Craft); Labels Four Nestabilities (Spellbinder); 3M foam squares (craft store); Copic markers


  1. It's gorgeous and the sentiment is perfect across the wreath. Beautiful.

  2. Wow, incredibly beautiful design, Bar! I can't believe you CUT OUT that wreath! And the banner across the middle is perfect! LOVE the Nesties behind the wreath and that subtle dry embossing! ;)

  3. SUCH an awesome card, Barb!! Love the sentiment tag with the punched ends, especially over top of the wreath! Totally GORGEOUS!

  4. Gorgeous, Barbara! I DO like how you put the sentiment across the wreath! It is such a gorgeous image, too, and you've colored it so richly!

  5. I just love how you placed the sentiment, Barbara! Your coloring is spectacular and I love how you cut out and popped up the wreath! A girl after my own heart! Gorgeous card!

  6. Love this gorgeous holiday wreath! What beautiful work, Barbara!

  7. This is gorgeous Bar! It is so elegant and sophisticated with that beautiful striped paper! Love it!!

  8. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS - Barbara!!! Love how you colored this Set!!! Perfect take on the CTC!!! Hugs ~S~


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