Monday, July 4, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show a Flourish!

Hello to everyone and a Happy 4th of July to all our American Freinds! Thank you for playing along with last week's challenge ... the winners will be announced this Wednesday .... so don't forget to check back ... this could be your winning week! This week Simon Says Stamp and Show ... a Flourish! If you want to join in the fun ... all you need to do is ... create something that ties in with our theme ... pop it on your blog ... and come back here and link up so everyone can see what you made! Before you start take a look at what the Design Team came up with...
Nancy fell in love with the Ladies & Gents paper line from Webster's Pages & immediately thought of making a wedding card. She thought the pink cardstock she put behind the image needed something more, so she embossed it with the Sizzix Regal Flourishes Texture Fades folder, then aged the image & the cardstock with Antique Linen Distress Ink.
Today (July 4) is Independence Day in the States so Nancy is thinking in shades of red, white & blue. For this challenge, Nancy used Tim Holtz Grungeboard Elements and chose a flourish from that package. Adding to the card front, Nancy combined red, white & blue Graphic 45's Playtimes Past with several other papers from Graphic 45's collections and then added bling to the Grungeboard flourish with Metallic Rub-Ons.

Linda decided on a simple tag for the flourish challenge.  She used the Tim Holtz Flourish mask on a manilla tag and misted it with a mixture of Vintage Photo distress inkHeirloom Gold Perfect Pearls and water.  The tag and sentiment frame were cut with the Tim Holtz tag die.  The shabby flower was made with tea dyed crinoline cut with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die
Candy created a wall hanging featuring flourishes as arms on her very flamboyant steampunk Diva.  The flourish "arms" are Tim Holtz Mini Flourishes.  The body of the Diva, from Tim Holtz' Haberdashery Stamp Set is stamped on kraft paper.  All of the metallic embossing was done with a sprinkling of gold and copper embossing powders.  The Diva's tiara is Tim Holtz' Weathered Clock cut out of Shrink Plastic and then colored with a Gold Paint Dabber.  Hanging from her arms is a conglomeration of handmade charms.  The background uses flourishes from Tim Holtz' Fancy Flourish Stamp Set in their more traditional style. 
Lori chose to make a card with a French feel for this weeks challenge.  She used the Elegant Flourish die to make a flourish for the background, and the Tattered Florals die to create the  flowers from muslin and crinoline.  The flowers were colored using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Stains.  A butterfly stamped on plastic using a stamp from Antique Engravings adds another detail!
Behind closed doors... Sarah combined a vintage mood and metal accents in her wooden chunky ATC. Sarah coloured the wood with Distress Stains, and used the flourish from Urban Chic together with the Papillon set. The shabby flower was cut with Tattered Florals and behind the door is a distressed frame, another flourish and a heartfelt sentiment.
And a Flourish it is.....Lynne created her flourish using Paper Stash, Glassine paper, Peeled Paint Distress Stain and Distress Stickles. She nestled them behind her removable fabric corsage created using a Flower Die, various fabrics, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, and Barn Door Reinker Mixtures and accented with a Vintage Trinket. What a wonderful card/gift for a special friend!!
Terry flourished all over the entire card with The Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungeboard. She worked on the top with Distress inks such as, Bundled Sage, Spiced Marmelade, Pine Needles, Vintage Photo, and Dried Marigold.The flower was made with a punch finished with a spacer and pearl brad.The borders were worked on with the EK succes Fleur de Lis Punch
Kim used flourishes in a few ways, She cut some from chipboard using the elegant flourishes die, applied paint dabber. Stamped the swirl from Wendy Vecchi set on the flowers stamped on Glassine papers. The frame on the card has been painted with crackle effect. The sentiment is stamped on patterned paper. Butterflies from this set have been heat embossed onto clearly for art film. The maya road cameo has been inked, stamped with this cute set and glossy accents to finish.
After inking his manilla tag with blended Distress Inks, Dan embossed it with the flourish from the Texture Fade French Connection set, demonstrating that these mini embossing folders aren't only for small projects!  Other products used included Promarkers and the Around the Edge, Oddities and Dance Card stamp sets, bordered with the 7 Gypsies Rectangle stamp set.
I LOVE Tim's Shabby French Flourish ... so after colouring my card with Adirondack Cranberry Ink ... I embossed the flourish with Gold. I went for a simple design as I liked the richness of the embossing ... I used Wendy Vecchi's Flower stamp for the Grunge Paper Rose and the leaves are finished in Ten Seconds Studio Metal.
Please stop by The Design Team's individual blogs for more detailed pictures and further information on their work...Just click on their names! We are looking forward to seeing your interpretation of this theme! Our wonderful site sponsor Simon Says Stamp is once again giving away a $50 gift voucher!
The prize will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator. The challenge will close at Midnight Eastern time on Sunday 10th July 2011 and the winner will be announced during the following week. To qualify all you need to do is create a new piece of work ... post it on your blog ... with a link to this site and then pop a link below so everyone can come see what you made!
Have Fun!


  1. Oh these are all just gorgeous pieces to get our juices flowing for some wonderful flourish art this week!

  2. This week all the DT members created such exquisite art - what inspiration!

  3. Thanks for the lovely inspiration DT!

  4. Great Dt work and a fab challenge thank you. Teresa xx

  5. Love all those vintage flourished creations! This is a style I have trouble with.

    I have linked my card :)


  6. Can you enter more than once? Love the beautiful examples from the DT!

  7. It's my very first entry for Simon Says. Great theme and inspiring pieces from the DT.

  8. Love flourishes especially the Tim Holtz ones.Thanks for the challenge.

  9. beautiful DT work - thanks for the "flourish" challenge!

  10. Great challenge, & wonderful inspiration from the Team! Congrats on your 100th post!!
    Alison xx

  11. Whew......struggled this week! Thanks for the excellent challenge, always nice to play along with you all.

  12. yes I agree with Carrie, great challenge it pushed my out side the box!!! Love it thanks for sharing awesome challenges with me.
    Peggy Lee

  13. Thanks for always providing us with a great challenge and for the beautiful inspiration by the DT!

  14. Wow! There are some amazing tags this week!

  15. Hiya there,

    Great challenge theme,fab Detailed and inspirational DT projects!

    Have a great weekend!

    Take care
    Big hugs


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