Friday, January 9, 2009

Festive Flourishes Friday!!!!!

How do I Love thee? Let me count the ways.....ALWAYS or ALL WAYS!!!! I love a play on words. I was in the mood to make a Valentine's card. I combined the Flourishes, LLC Lace Heart and I Love Roses (for sentiment) to make my card. I used some new Basic Gray Bittersweet dp. I love the Lace Heart set. I finally ordered it because I knew I needed a good sized heart stamp that was...well.....just gorgeous all by itself. There is nothing like a heart with a flourish. Now is the time to get this set, too, so you will be ready for Valentine's Day. Whether you want it as a stand alone or paired with other sets, it is truly a must have. I used the sentiment portion of the set to create the script font background piece. I stamped the image several times. I sponged the edges with some Purely Pomegranate. I have not used that color in awhile, but the new basic gray dp really called for it. Also, I added a little depth and toned down the PP by sponging on some Ranger vintage photo.

For my heart, I had a few trial and errors to get the look I was after. I embossed it in gold, then sponged on some purely pomegranate. I went deeper in some areas to create a sense of depth. You know I love some sponging. Next, I fingered on some Crystal Effects to make the heart more sturdier as well as offer some shine. However, when I came back to check on my heart once it dried, it appeared a completely different shade. It never occurred to me that CE intensifies or brightens a color. It looked too vibrant a pink. In other words, it was not matching my dp. So, I embossed several hearts in gold and started playing with different shades. Here is a comparison picture of the PP on the bottom .
The heart I went with actually combines Bravo Burgandy with Purely Pomegranate to give me the hue I wanted. The one on the top right. The one on the bottom left is the PP by itself. It really looks too vibrant with this dp once the CE was added. Thought I would share!!!!

Flourishes, LLC Lace Heart and I Love Roses
chocolate chip, gp white, basic gray bittersweet, purely pomegranate
RANGER walnut stain, vintage photo Versamark, Purely Pomegranate, Bravo Burgandy
Chocolate satin ribbon, gold cording, oval punch, CAD(hole punch), sponges, gold ep, CE, gold pearl/domes

Check out what the Friends of Flourishes blogs to see what they created this week.
Becca Feeken, Cindy Haffner , Dee Jackson , Kimberly Crawford , and Silke Ledlow. Also, You can visit Julie’s Friday Friends of Flourishes Blog Team weekly roundup at the Flourishes Newsletter.


  1. this is beautiful I love the heart and what you did with it

  2. I real beauty, love all your layers.

  3. Just gorgeous Betty!!! WOW WOW WOW!! My son lives in NC--he is a pga golf teacher and he also coaches basketball at a middle school in the winter--he loves it!

  4. This is so totally gorgeous!! I had to tell you here too!! :) TFS!

  5. This is GORGEOUS!! I love the paper and the way you deepened the colors.

  6. Oh my word Betty, your card is gorgeous and the hearts just glow - they are brilliant! I gotta have this set girl, you are so very talented!!

  7. This is just gorgeous Betty!! I love it!!!

  8. My word this is stunning! The heart with the gold is absolutely beautiful! I love every inch of this!!!

  9. ACK!!! Totally gorgeous! Oh I love the heart and your coloring is awesome possum!!!!

  10. I love it, the heart is gorgeous and your colors are stunning!!

  11. I just have to say again...this is so beautiful Betty, so rich and elegant and GORGEOUS!


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