Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC74), CC278,and MORE!

It is time for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC74)! Maki Jones is our challenge host this week. Maki is getting us all in gear with a theme challenge. We are celebrating Christmas in July! No explanation necessary for this theme. Just have fun and make something festive! While Flourishes stamps are not required, if you have them, by all means use them! We would love to see what you create. 

For my card I am using Flourishes  All That Glitters for the outside and Christmas Wreath for the sentiments on the inside.  Flourishes also has a monthly Christmas Spirit Challenge(FLLCNOEL3) monthly at our SCS Forum.  This month's is for a song!  Mine is "Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!"      In addition to the Flourishes challenges, this card is also for a few other challenges.  It is for today's SCS Color Combo Challenge(CC278)!  Baja Razzleberry Saffrons!  So rich and decadent these hues!  A little different from your standard Christmas colors, but I think they totally work!  Check out the link to find out how to play and about the dessert option!

I stamped and embossed the ornaments and sponged colored with like inks.  One ornament is embossed in white the other in gold.  I cut out and added dimensionals to create depth.  I used some gold cording, gold pearls, crystal effects, cb ef, and texturz plates.  Along with some satin ribbon, Spellbinders, and Prima flowers.  Flourishes classic ivory cardstock!  I used SU so saffron, rich razzleberry, and baja breezes cardstocks.  SU flower punch, glue dots, dimensionals, and so dimension tape.  

This card is also for the following chalenges
The Shabby Tea Room(TSTR17)!  It is all about embossing, heat or dry!  I did both! 
Crazy 4 Challenges(C4C44) to use two or more ribbons!  
Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge(MMSC61).  The simple version.  I guessed and ended up totally morphing the two options from the sneak peak...hope that is okay.  
 Fussy and Fancy Challenge 14! They are celebrating Christmas in July, too!  

Check out the other blog team designers to see what they created with the Christmas in July Challenge!

As Always, thanks so much for stopping by!

I just have to share a Moment with Colors with you!  While I gravate to all companies who sell cardstock and do not mind using various brands provided they meet my standard for cardstock in general.  I do have issues with some inks.  Not all inks work beautifully with clear stamps.  Saying this, I would like to mention that NOT all clear stamps are created equal, either.  At Flourishes only the highest quality of photopolymer is used.  If you have been disappointed in clear stamps in the past there could be two reasons why.  One, not all companies use photopolymer. And, two, the ink.  Many rubber inks do not work with clear stamps.  For example, while I love Stampin Up cardstocks, their ink does NOT work with clear stamps.  Alternate inks must be used.  I have combined a little chart for myself that I thought I would share with you all to aid in buying alternate inks.  I have listed some of the new and returning favorites of SU cardstock colors that I happen to have coordinating ink pads for.  There are several more that I need to get and I will share when I know which ones work/coordinate.  I would like to mention that there may be other inks that match, but these are the ones that I have.  You can click on the picture to make it larger and easier to read.  Please let me know if this Moments with Colors post has been helpful to you in any way!  Thanks so much!  I am using one of the solid images in  the Flourishes Thinking of You set to stamp the ink color that coordinates closely to the cardstock. 

Starting at the top left----all these inks listed are currently available at Flourishes! 
Marina Mist= Ranger Stormy Sky (perfect match to me)
Pacific Point= Memento Bahama Blue (perfect match to me)
Pear Pizzazz= Memento New Sprout (perfect match to me)
Cherry Cobbler= Memento Rhubarb Stalk  (very close...maybe slightly lighter)
Riding Hood Red= Memento Rhubarb Stalk (very close)
Poppy Parade= Memento Lady Bug (perfect match to me)
Early Expresso= Memento Rich Cocoa (perfect match to me)
Peach Parfait=Ranger Dried Marigold (reinker available) (perfect match to me)
Rich Razzleberry=Memento Lilac Posies (least matching...slightly lighter)

Card information:
Stamps Flourishes All that Glitters and Christmas WreathPaper Flourishes Ivory cardstock, baja breeze, rich razzleberry, so saffronInk so saffron, bordeaux, ocean tide(lightly)Accessories Spellbinders, texturz plates, mini bowdabra, cb ef, bowdabra wire, primas, gold pearls, ranger glossy accents, satin ribbon



  1. Beautiful Betty!! I'm always floored with the color combos you come up with and how fab they look! Rock on girl!!

  2. Gorgeous card Betty..Love the color combo and thank you for sharing the ink lesson :)

  3. Gorgeous Betty!! So elegant!! Great color combo and I love the added gold!!

  4. Your card is gorgeous Betty - you do awesome things with colour and love the double oval!!! I really liked your ink/card chart too since I don't have many of those inks.

  5. What a beautiful and truly elegant card this is, Betty! I love the whole Christmas in July idea, and you knocked this one out of the ballpark. Those nested ovals add so much detail, and I LOVE the embossed ornaments. Thanks so much for sharing this with us in the Tea Room.

  6. Betty ~ Wonderful card. And a delightful Christmas card as well. The offset on the ovals is neat. You made these colors look like Christmas.

    Thanks for sharing the color breakdown and the personal insight on inks and stamps. Always helpful to read others experiences.


  7. Simply lovely, Betty! I {heart} how you tied the ornaments up on top with the gold cording! Thanks for sharing this with us this week in the Tea Room :)

  8. Beautiful card Betty! Love all that embossing, it really makes the ornaments stand out! Thanks for playing along with us this week in the Tea Room!

  9. Beautiful!!! Love your Christmas card with the new colors!!! Lovin' all the fab pearls you've added :)!!! Thanks for the comparison list....it helps alot!!! Hugs ~S~

  10. Wow!! This is soooooo beautiful, Betty! The ornamanets look gorgeous! I love the gold code and ribbon with flowers!
    I would never thought using those colors for the Holiday cards...but it really works fabulously!
    Thank you for sharing your alternate colors for the SU new colors.

  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE this color combo Betty!!! Gorgeous work!

  12. Betty I love the color combination--so elegant and festive. Beautifully done. This one will go on display on the recipient's mantle for sure! Thank you for joining us at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge, and I hope to see you again next time! Lisa :-)

  13. I love today's color challenge combo!! A lovely way to go with some "new" color additions :) Your sample is beautiful, Betty.

  14. The colors on here are just gorgeous!! Love the ornaments, too. :)

  15. So pretty! Great use of embossing! thanks for playing along with us at TSTR! :)

  16. Hi Betty-I love Christmas in July!!! lol Your card is just a knock-out. I sure do love this color combination too! It is just so pleasing to the eye and filled with great contrast. What a show stopping card. Just beautiful. Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. It was fun to come to see what you created for us and what a great job you did with the sketch.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :O}
    Midnight Madness Design Team

  17. Absolutely beautiful Betty! I always loved this stamp set but sadly never bought it...
    Funny that you posted the ink/cardstock color chart. I have been looking for a Memento Ink comparison for SU and now have the beginnings!! TFS!

  18. Oh my giddy aunt Betty - I can see what colours will be popular for Christmas this year - because you have used them to perfection!! This is fabulous, there is so much there to attract the eye - love it! Thanks for playing along with us at Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge, we hope to see you next week! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  19. Gorgeous, Betty! I love that you used those ornaments--I love them and I love your card! Those colors, rock, too!

  20. Very pretty color combination....I'm so glad they are sticking around! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Wow, this is gorgeous, love all the layers and details. The inside of the card is just as stunning as the front. Thanks for playing along with us at Fussy and Fancy.

  22. Gorgeous Betty!!! Such beautiful detail inside and out. Thanks for playing along with us at Fussy & Fancy!

  23. this is a great color combo Betty-and though not traditional christmas colors-I love the card you created using these colors-thanks for the tip on the other inks and using them with clear stamps

  24. Gorgeous,I love the colour combo!

  25. Beautiful, Betty, I love the embossed ornaments!! And the color combination is stunning also!!
    I am curious about the inks, I used SU's ink today for an acrylic sentiment stamp, and it worked well.
    But most of the time, I use versafine or mementos...and am happy to see the variety of colors Flourishes carries! Thanks for sharing your chart!

  26. Very cool color combo. Awesome! Thanks for joining the Fussy and Fancy girls on this challenge!

  27. Great card! Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy this time!!!
    Love Susan

  28. What a beautiful Christmas in July card Betty. I LOVE your colors and your ornaments look fantastic, along with your flower/ribbon treatment and embossing! This sketch really highlighted your image this week. You picked the perfect image and details for this sketch.

    Thanks SO MUCH for joining us in The Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge and I really hope you will share your talent with us again next week!


  29. Check out all of the challenges you squeezed in here Betty, you go girl! I love the way you dresed up your baubles!

  30. Over the top gorgeous.. What a wonderful entry, love all the combos of challenges and Great take on the sketch too. Thank you so much for playing the Midnight Madness sketch challenges.
    MMSC Hostess


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