Monday, August 6, 2012


Hello Everyone and welcome to the first Flourishes Beautiful World Tour!   Those of you who have been following Flourishes will know that the first Monday of the month used to be the Bring Back Beautiful Challenge. As we celebrate Flourishes' 5th Birthday, there have been some changes and one of those is our team! No longer are we a challenge team, instead with are the Flourishes Beautiful World Team!  You get to travel the world with us and be inspired by talented designers from all parts of the globe!  We are now represented by Australia, United States, Canada, Finland, England, and Germany.   Each month the team will create cards based on a theme.  All you have to do is take a tour to each blog, leave a comment for a chance to WIN!  One of the teams blogs will be a chosen vacation spot and one lucky person will win a Flourishes stamp set of their choice!  So, get your passports ready, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy the Flourishes Beautiful World Tour!

 

If you've jetted here from Finland (Anne-Elise's blog)  your in the right country. If not, you may want to start your Beautiful World Tour at the Flourishes blog so you don't miss any of the inspiration along the way!

 

This month Kathy is hosting our Beautiful World Tour theme.   This month we are to be inspired by a  SONG! 






Hello!  I am Betty Wright!  Welcome to the United States of America!   I live in the state of North Carolina!  Just a couple hours drive to the Atlantic Ocean!  I live in what they call the "south."

For my card I am using Flourishes Hydrangea and Tiny Flowers and Tags stamp sets.  I am using Flourishes Classic White card stock.  I stamped the hydrangea with Memento tuxedo black ink.  I colored with Flourishes Copic Color Collections.  




I chose to keep my hydrangea flowers in soft hues of blues and lavender just like the ones in my garden.   Hydrangeas are my FAVORITE flowers!  I am sharing some pictures from my garden that I took earlier in the summer before the heatwave zapped them all.  They were hanging full this year.  Even with the heatwave these bushes have already grown a lot since these pics.   We were fortunate to still get rain even when it was sweltering. There are only a couple of blooms right now, though.  I hope to have more soon.  I love cutting a few and adding to vases throughout my living space.  Makes me happy happy, I tell ya!  


I love hydrangeas because they are so huge and fluffy!  Plus, you never know what color they are going to be each year since their flower color is determined by the soil.  It is like Surprise!  Surprise!  Each little flower blooms to make the whole.  Sort of like the people of the world.  We all have a purpose.  We need to get along and come together to make things beautiful!   Combining how I feel about the flower with the kick off to this Beautiful World Tour, it made me think of the song... "It's a Small World After All!"

 

 

 

I hope you've enjoyed visiting my home in America!   The next stop on your Beautiful World Tour is.... 

http://mamadinis.blogspot.com/

As always thanks so much for stopping by!  Enjoy your Beautiful World Tour! 

Betty 

 

Stamps Flourishes Hydrangea and Tiny Flowers and Tags sets  Paper Flourishes Classic White, The Paper Company kraft, Authentique, SU midnight muse Ink Memento tuxedo black, PTI enchanted evening Accessories sewing machine, Spellbinder's, MFT border die, seam binding, silver memory thread, CAD, clear stick pins, quickie glue pen, clear stampendous glitter

 

 

51 comments:

  1. Betty, this is beautiful! Hydrangeas are one of my favourite flowers - like you said, they are just so beautiful when you cut them and put them in a vase. What a gorgeous card, and I love how you linked the inspiration to it!

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  2. Small world, right? So nice to be on the same team together again. :) Love your layered diecuts and stitching!

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  3. What a beautiful card, Betty! I love hydrangeas too! Here in Finland winters are so long and cold that these flowers don't grow as big as yours! Yours are really gorgeous!

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  4. Hydrangeas Betty??? I'm shocked!! LOL!!! The pictures of your garden are gorgeous and I just love your card!!!

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  5. beautiful card and pretty flowers and coloring. Didn't know that about the colors of hydrangea. Learn something new every day.
    Have a great day

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  6. Your card is beautiful. I love the hydrangeas. I wish I could grow those beauties in my flower garden.

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  7. What a gorgeous card. Your stamp and Copic work is stunning!! It is a small world - I used to live in NC - near Charlotte. Thanks for the inspirational tour!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

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  8. hi Betty, Im loving your card as hydrangeas are one of my fave flowers alongside lavender :) thanks for the chance to join in the birthday celebrations :) x

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  9. Gorgeous card, Betty! You have coloured your hydrangeas so beautifully soft. I love your layout and fabulous bow. Super photo's, too!

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  10. Francie (Montreal)August 6, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    What a pretty card! The hydrangeas are beautifully coloured. Very nice garden too!

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  11. Oh what a beautiful card Betty! I love hydrangeas too! Your garden is gorgeous!!! Gorgeous details as always!

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  12. Your card is beautiful and so is your garden!

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  13. I love your card and your hydrangeas Betty. NC is my very favorite state. I always wanted to go there when I was growing up, and two years ago, I finally got there. We loved it so much we went again last winter, and hope to get there again next winter!

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  14. What a beautiful card. I envy your gorgeous hydrangeas out side. I have wanted to plant them for so long. Maybe this year.
    Getting back to your card, your coloring is beautiful and background and dies just make them pop. Wonderful creation.

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  15. Love your photos and the card mirrors it!

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  16. Beautiful flowers you have in your garden and your card is also beautiful.

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  17. Your card is so pretty with the navy matting and accents. I didn't know hydrangeas changed color! My mother has them and was just pointing out a few weeks ago that they were different this year, but we didn't know why. :)

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  18. Beautiful Betty! I love your hydrangeas...real and colored. :)

    Hugs~

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  19. What a amazing card and the flowers are so beautifully coloured, the design is amazing and the ribbon is just fabulous. Am off for the rest of the tour and wish you the best of luck with your new project.

    Marie

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  20. beautiful card Betty-and thank you for sharing photos of the gorgeous hydrangeas-I love the blue ones-

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  21. Very pretty Betty. Your hydrangeas are beautiful. Did you know that the color of the blooms depend on the alkalinity of acidity of the soil. Amendments to the soils will change the colors. Thanks you for sharing.
    Jan Marie
    Flourishes

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  22. Love the soft watery colors in your hydrangeas!! Such a pretty card!!

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  23. HI Betty, lovely soft colours you've used here for your hydrangeas. Beautiful flowers, I love how the acidity of the soil will determine their colour.

    Thanks for the blog hop.

    Cheers,
    Kasey ~ in Oz

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  24. The pictures of your garden are gorgeous and I just love your card!!!

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  25. Beautiful card - I love the hydrageas too!!! I have 2 big bushes in the back yard here in Florida!!!

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  26. I'm in awe - a gorgeous garden and an awesome card? How do you do it?! LOL. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Hi Betty, what amazing hydrangeas you have in your garden. Thank you for sharing your photo's, so beautiful I can understand where your inspiration came from for this card, love the soft colours.

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  28. Betty, your card and flowers are beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us. Your colors and coloring are beautiful. Love visiting your part of the world.

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  29. Your card is absolutely beautiful Betty. Love this hydrangea image and love the way you coloured it!

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  30. Betty, this is absolutely gorgeous! I just got this set...LOVE hydrangeas, and you have inspired me even more! Perfection! I really love the die shape that beautifully highlights this flower!

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  31. Beautiful hydrangeas! Look like the ones in your garden.

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  32. So beautiful! The colors are perfect.

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  33. Beautiful card...so nice you have some inspiration right outside your door.

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  34. Betty,
    Beautiful coloring and I love the flower you "picked" LOL.

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  35. Beautifully colored hydrangeas on a fantastic LO.

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  36. Melanie Ann MacKenzieAugust 7, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    How lovely. What a great job you did.

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  37. Beautiful card (and hydrangeas, too...very pretty...both the card and the plant :>)

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  38. Simply beautiful! Love this hydrangea image, and your colouring is fab!

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  39. This is a beautiful card Betty! I love the variation in the colors you used on your hydrangeas. Hydrangeas always remind me of my grandmother's house. She had huge bushes that bloomed the most gorgeous blue-green!

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  40. Your hydrangeas are beautiful and so is your card...just lovely!

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  41. Gorgeous card Betty! You did an amazing job coloring the beautiful blossoms! Love the black trim ;)

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  42. Christy BenningtonAugust 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Lovely! I think the stitching is a great idea! Thank you!

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  43. Most EXCELLENT artwork Betty!! Awesome eye for details and design!

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  44. Your card is beautiful and your colouring makes the hydrangeas look almost real.
    Your garden looks stunning.
    Love Sheila x

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  45. Stunning card, I love the dies you used to frame your beautiful coloring. Your garden is lovely, they are about the same size as my three which have also grown. I am just over the VA/NC line in the mountains and have been blessed to have some rain. Hydrangeas are my favorite and you have certainly honored them in your beautiful card.

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  46. awesome card, love your coloring adn the card

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  47. Just gorgeous! I love Hydrangeas. I have several white ones in my yard. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

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