Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Celebrating Flourishes 4th Birthday!!!! Blog Hop/Challenges

Flourishes is lighting the candles and getting ready to sing to honor their fourth birthday! And, as a way to celebrate, I’m happy to say I was hand-picked to help them have a bit of a party as a designer for their customer appreciation hop! The only challenge here was to create a card or project using my favorite Flourishes stamp set. Read on – I’ll tell you how you can win some Flourishes goodies too!


I love this Flourishes morning glory from the set called A Year in Flowers 2 .  When I was a young girl growing up at my parent's home, the morning glories grew wild and were so gorgeous. I think the wild kind are called bindweed (same family) but look the same to me. It is always good to find stamps that brings back memories of your childhood. You can think about those days as you create your card.
And, for a cute reason I love morning glories--sometimes when I get up in the morning and hubby is already up, I enter the room and he will say, "Morning, Glory". No, Glory is not my name, but I think it is very sweet and always reminds me of the morning glory flower. :-)

My Flourishes sentiment is from the Friendly Reminders set. It was just perfect for the Sizzix die cut I used. I'm always finding great sentiments with my Flourishes sets.

The rest of my recipe is below.

What can you win? Take a peek at this fun and festive blog candy!


If you’d like to learn more about how you can win all of these stamp sets, just click HERE to read up on today’s hop and challenge! 

If you arrived here by way of Theresa Winslow, then you are on the right path! If I was your first stop, you'll want to go back to the Flourishes Blog and start this hop from the very beginning! You have until Sept. 1st at 5 PM CST to enter!

Next on the hop: Rosemary Dennis

There are three ways to win. Check it out. Have fun!!!!!!!!!

Recipe:
Stamps: Flourishes-A Year in Flowers 2 set, Flourishes Friendly Reminders
Paper: PTI white cardstock, Stampin'Up! Old Olive cardstock, PTI black cardstock, Moxie double-sided dp (Houndstooth and Sr. Year)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Spellbinders peony die, Sizzix flower, holiday (Sentiment), RibbonFX-grey blue, Cuttlebug textile embossing folder, button from Jo Ann Stores, Sizzix vine die cut 





55 comments:

Crafterkhush said...

This is super Benzi.. I love Morning glory too.. it's a beautiful flower.. :-).. Great card...!!

Cheryl said...

Great card, Benzi. I love the houndstooth background and the doily.

stampqueen said...

Adorable card!!!

Hussena said...

love those morning glory they look so beautiful ,the doily and the black and white pp look just great.love your card.

Bernie said...

This is fabulous! Love the way you've done the sentiment. Papers are beautiful. Your coloring is amazing. We have bindweed here and I do my best to be rid of it. Blue Morning Glories grow wind on Maui. When I was a child, my father tried to get rid of it but I was always happy he couldn't, they are so pretty. There a many different colored MG but I always grow the blue ones. I'm sure Dad would think I am crazy but I love them so.
Gosh I would LOVE to win these stamps, thanks for the chance.
Blessings Bernie

Sue said...

Beautiful card you have made Benzi.
Smiles:)

Ujjwal said...

What an absolutely beautiful flower! love the pop of color!

Karen W said...

Beautiful!! the colors are just perfect for this set and the layers really show it off!

Naomi said...

Gorgeous card! Love the houndstooth background as well as the teal and olive....of course, the image is also beautiful! I really like the clematis set because growing up, there was a light purple clematis on a trellis outside my bedroom window.
Congrats to Flourishes on 4 fabulous years and more to come!

Theresa said...

Love your card...great coloring and layering. Enjoyed your personal connection and story about morning glories. TFS

Heather Jensen said...

Truly amazing. Love the hounds tooth and pretty Morning Glory. :)

Davi said...

WOW Brenda this is So beautiful!! I love the morning glories and the way you layered with the doily and aqua on the cool hounds tooth sure made them pop! I think thats very romantic of your husband:)

Lin said...

I adore your card, Benzi! Blue is my favorite color, so of course I love morning glories! We have a pole built especially for them; they climb it all year and burst open in September, very soon. At least I hope so, as this year something has been eating the tender tips. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

Stephanie Lee said...

what a genius to put your sentiment on a flower too!! beautiful card and I love your personal story.

Lauren said...

Beautiful card Benzi! Thanks for letting us know about this hop!

Lauren

The Rubber Maid said...

What a lovely job on this! Soft and sweet. Pat

KimCreate said...

Wooooow! Such a striking card, really pretty! Happy Birthday Flourishes
Kim

Yogi said...

very pretty card. nice coloring.

Ravengirl said...

This is really darling! We have morning glories everywhere around here. I have never heard them called bindweed, but that sure makes sense!

lizlincoln said...

Maybe if I had morning glory this colour I could let it be in my garden. This is so beautiful. I, unfortunately, have the plain white wild variety and when I say wild it is everywhere and occupies 3/4 of my weeding.

Julie Koerber said...

What a beautiful bright and cheery creation! It's a perfect backdrop to a fun-filled celebration. Thank you so much for helping Flourishes celebrate Benzi! It's been so fun hopping around and seeing why certain sets top folks' lists! What fun!

joy said...

Benzi, this card touches my heart. I love blue and white; morning glories are one of my very favorite flowers (my blog is named for them); and doilies always make a card look special. Thanks for the inspiration.

Rosemary said...

simply beautiful!! love the colors you used... so vibrant!

Marisa said...

Love your colour combo and the story behind the morning glory :) Fabulous showcase of this set!

Betty Benton said...

Love your flowers and your childhood memories -- the card that I made for this challenge has to do with childhood memories too!

Bonnie said...

I love Morning Glories too and you painted these beautifully! That black background really makes them pop!

Brenda said...

That is so beautiful Benzi! I love that shade of blue against the black, such a beautiful contrast! And I really like the way you added the sentiment, quite unique!

Dr Sonia S V said...

Benzi such a lovely play of colors on your card!

ecpiercy said...

What a striking card! I love your color combination here.

Cindy Haffner said...

Benzi how BEAUTIFUL!!~

Joanne (jojot) said...

Brenda.....what a beauty...love the colors and layout....so feminine and fine

Dee said...

Your card is stunning!! I love this stamp set,and your colors are wonderful!!

Sue D said...

Very pretty--I like morning glories!

Kathy Bradley said...

Wow, Brenda, your card is beautiful and elegant - and the coloring is awesome, as always. I love the colors on your card - the black/white background makes the beautiful blue stand out so well. Thanks for sharing.

Linda Carson said...

Such a bright & cheerful card! Beautiful eye-candy w/an eye for details!

lisa808 said...

Striking card!

Donna Phelan said...

GORGEOUS!! Love all the bright bold colors, really fantastic!

catdidit said...

Beautiful creation! Love the doily and the green flourishes with this too!

pam124 said...

Brenda, I see I did the blog hop wrong. Still don't know if I've done it right. But, you know how I feel about this winner of a card. It's a stunner and your use of the blues and that b/w houndstooth dp seals the deal. AWESOME!

Carla S. said...

Gorgeous card, Brenda! I love the houndstooth background! It really makes your beautifully colored image pop!

Tanya said...

This is awesome! I love that houndstooth background, and the blue really pops, gorgeous!

Lynne in NI said...

Sooo pretty! I don't think we get those flowers over here (probably too cold and wet LOL!)

Wanda Cullen said...

What a beautiful card highlighting these awesome flowers! Love the touch of green vine or flourish that you added!

zehra said...

Such anise soft card, gorgeous

Kathy said...

Pretty card, love your story about your hubby...so sweet! Blessings!

Kathy

Grace said...

Oh wow Brenda this is soooo pretty! I love the black and white and how it pops the aqua! Love the doily and flourishes and all your details!

ChristineCreations said...

So pretty! I love how the sentiment circle mimics the design of the doily! Beautiful card!

gg nurse said...

what a striking card!

Ellie said...

Beautiful stamp! Love the colors you've used! Going to get out my favourite Flourishes stamp just now!

Allison Cope said...

Stunning card Brenda! Love your colouring!

Theresa said...

This is lovely. I don't think I would have ever put blue and black together - it's gorgeous!!

Corinna said...

I love the black and white with blue! So stunning!! What a gorgeous card!

Marie said...

Great color combination and the morning glories look fantastic.

Julie Hoffman said...

This is another beauty! Love the houndstooth DP - I couldn't find any of that at the craft store this weekend and of course I'm down to scraps on my pretty brown houndstooth. It makes such an elegant background!

Shirley said...

How very feminine and beautiful! Gorgeous use of the colors too!