Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Wish I *Were* There

[In case you missed it, there's blog candy here!]

Didja see? No? Well, I've got more exciting news. Yep, I do. The news is that today marks my debut as the newest member of the Friends of Flourishes Blog Team! This has been one awesome couple of weeks, I'm tellin' you! When Julie emailed me and asked if I'd join the team, I had to think about it for, oh, at least half a second, LOL! I'm so looking forward to working with this super-talented team!

So, as today is my first week I'm bringing you this week's Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge and I'm challenging everyone to easel cards. Never tried an easel card before, no problem. Here is an SCS video easel card tutorial which includes ingredients lists, measurements, and individual pictures as well, by Beate Johns. We would love to see what you create! You can get all the Challenge deets over at the Flourishes Blog.

And here's my card. With all the snow and ice we're having in the mid-Atlantic states right now, I suspect lots of folks would like to be on a nice warm beach, lying in a hammock in the sun. So, since we can't all *do* that, I decided I'd bring it to you on a card. Doesn't this look inviting?

I stamped the focal image from the Beach Life set on Flourishes' Classic White card stock with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored it with Copic markers, then cut it out with a Deckled Rectangle Nestabilities die. I love the paper in this K & Co. mat stack called Roam. It has a decidedly nautical theme so it works so well with this set. I stitched the card "front", tied a blue ribbon around, and attached a charm made with a Flourishes Finishing Touches Mini Messages in antique copper. For the inside of the Mini Message charm, I cut a piece of DP with the very smallest Classic Oval Nestabilities die and it was just about a perfect fit :) Both sentiment elements were cut out with Classic Oval dies, as well.

Here's the "inside" of the card. I used a a sailor's knot that I made out of cotton yarn as an embellishment and as the stop for the easel. I love it!

Thanks so much for stopping by for my first Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge! I hope you'll play along this week! Be sure to check out all the fabulous cards by the rest of the Friends of Flourishes team:

Betty Wright - Team Coordinator
Cindy Haffner
Dee Jackson
Maki Jones
Silke Ledlow

Stamps: Beach Life (Flourishes)
Paper: River Rock, Blue Bayou, Really Rust (SU!); Classic White (Flourishes); Roam Mat Stack (K & Co.)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Classic Oval and Deckled Edge Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); 3M foam squares, cotton yarn, mini copper brads (craft store); Copic markers; sewing machine; ribbon (SU!); Rustic Twine (PTI); Finishing Touches Mini Messages (Flourishes); starfish charm (K & Co.)


  1. Gorgeous, Barbara! Wonderful colors, patterns, design, and detailing! I love this challenge! It was fun! Blessings!

  2. Congrats Bar!! You're not kidding you had some announcements to make. Awesome!!!

  3. Barbara, love the design! I especially like the little charm....ahh...I should could go for warmer weather right now too! Thanks for sharing! Annette

  4. Hi Barbara, congratulations on all the exciting things happening for you.
    I love the easel card and can't wait to try to make one. The knots are a brilliant idea too, I'll have to look out my Dad's scouting book for knots to try.
    Thanks for the chance to win some goodies. xxx

  5. Oh I wish I was there too. We are getting 9 inch of snow today:( and I have to drive 45 min to work. I teach and every school around me is closed but not us.
    Your card is giving me a pleasant thought for the day. I love the fold, and stamp. Beautiful

  6. LOVE this beachy card! Congrats again, Barbara! You rock, girlfriend!!

  7. Welcome to the team of FOF, Barbara!!
    This is beyond fantastic!! I love the DP and the knots. Beautiful detail and coloring, too!

  8. Congrats on Flourishes Barbara. I love your style and you will be a great addition to their team.
    Kerry H

  9. Congratulations on joining the team at Flourishes! What a perfect compliment you'll be to that fantastic team! Your easel card is just amazing! I LOVE that sailors knot that holds the card open! We're about to get 2 more feet of the white stuff today, so this card is just what I needed! Beautiful!

  10. WOWWWWW, Barb, what an awesome week! CONGRATS on the FOF spot. What a cool team to be a part of. I LOOOOOOVE your card. That's one of my favorite summertime sets and your sailor's knot ROCKS!! What a cool idea for the inside!

  11. Fun, fun card Barb!!! I wish I'd be there right now - LOL!!! Love how you used this Set with the awesome DP and charm!!!

    We are all so thrilled to have you on the team GF!!! Have fun and enjoy!!! Big hugs ~S~

  12. Congrats on the new gig, Bar! You are SO deserving and will do wonderful work for Flourishes! This card looks fantastic! I have been wanting to try an easel card for SO long so it looks like I'll have to whip out my ONLY Flourishes stamp set and give it a try!

  13. Oh I wish I was there also. Great easel card, I like the papers and your scene is perfect.

  14. WAHOO Barb!!! Congratulations on your DT announcement! Obviously Flourishes has great taste!!! LOLOL!!!

    Your card is wonderful and YES, I want warm weather!!! I am SO over this winter!!!! LOLOL!!!

  15. Congrats Bar! They are so lucky to have you!

  16. I love your beautiful summer by the sea scene here Barbara. Your easel card looks so pretty. TFS I love your work.

    Kindly, Peggy

    I want to thank you for commenting on all the cards you inspired for the FS this week. I truly had a fine time working from your cards.

  17. Hey Barbara welcome to FOF!!! I love this card and what a fun challenge. The details you've added are fab. I love the knotted rope!!

  18. Ooh, yes that does look inviting! Love the warm rustic feel!

  19. A HUGE warm welcome to you Barbara! You are such a ownderful addition to the team! And what an wonderful dreamy warm scene you've created. Your paper choices are fantastic!

  20. Congratulations!
    I love the image of the hammock...and love the accent you made with the cotton thread! Wonderful card...You're everywhere this week!

  21. Any chance you could do a tutorial for that sailors knot? I just love it and this card is awesome! I adore beach themed stamps.

  22. Wow Barbara this is fabulous. The great tropical dp and image are great and that knot is really cool!!


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