Friends Make Life Sweeter...and a Birthday Challenge!

Monday, October 28, 2013


IT'S A SURPRISE PARTY!!! Grab a handful of confetti, a bright balloon and come along for a fun birthday blog hop to celebrate a special birthday for our dear friend, Christine Okken!  One thing about birthdays, is that you always hope to spend time with those you care about and that's why we're here!  At Flourishes, we're just one big family... so we just wanted to celebrate a wonderful day with one of our loved ones.


Even though we're a day early, we'd like to say...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTINE!

Join along with members of the Flourishes family today and share some fabulous birthday inspirations, many happy celebratory birthday wishes and maybe even a slice of cyber cake.


For Christine's birthday, I inked up sweet raspberries, from the Berry Sweet Frames stamp set, with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, stamped them onto Flourishes Classic White Cardstock, and colored them with Copic markers (the Copic Sketch Collections I used are shown at the end of the post). Then, I masked the image and stamped the gingham background with Pear Tart Memento Ink. After cutting it out with a Flourishes' Perfectly Pierced Classic Frames Die, I kept it in the die and sponged Tea Dye Distress Ink just inside the edge for a slight aged look. The highlights on the berries were made with Copic Opaque White Pigment. The die cut matting behind the image is a Spellbinders Decorative Label 22 die. I didn't have quite the right shade of cs, so I found a dp that was close and sponged Picked Raspberry Distress Ink over the edges to get it just right. Finally, I layered a piece of stitched green dp, burlap ribbon, a seam binding bow, metal embellie, and a few pearls. The card front is on a base of Bouquet cardstock from the Color Made Easy Crocus Paper Collection.
On the inside, the "Happy Birthday" sentiment came from the Inside & Out Happy stamp set. The "Friend" text is from the same sentiment that I used on the front. I just masked off the rest of the sentiment before inking the stamp.

Happy Birthday, Christine!
May your special day be spectacularly sweet!

In honor of Christine's birthday celebration, we're giving away a special birthday present or two of our own!  Hidden among the Design Team's blogs today is a Mystery Blogger. Comment on her blog and you could be chosen as one of our birthday prize winners! The more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

As well as one lucky commenter, we're having a birthday challenge too!

THE OFFICIAL RULES:
  • Simply create a NEW birthday themed card or project.
  • Entries need to be in by Friday November 1st at 6 PM EST.
  • Those entries using Flourishes stamps will be counted for 2 prize ballots!
  • You must link your creation in our InLinkz Widgit to be counted.
  • You must have a link to our challenge in your blog post or gallery post.  Please feel free to use our Birthday Graphic too!
  • If you upload to SCS please use the keyword FLLCWISH
  • We'll announce the winners on the Flourishes blog on Saturday November 2nd, so check back then to find out if you are a winner!

Hop along with our Flourishes family today, and leave some love for our fabulous designers for a chance to win...

Aleksandra Mihelič
Allison Cope
Cheryl Lea
Deborah Anton
Dina Kowal
Heather Jensen
Jenny Gropp
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Maki Jones
Meredith MacRitchie
Naomi Gong
Stacy Morgan
Silke Ledlow
Tosha Leyendekker

Don't forget to stop by Christine's blog, HERE, and send her some birthday wishes too!

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31 comments :

Karen W said...

Oh this is so pretty! Christine will love it!!

Renee Collier said...

So pretty. I know she'll love it!

D- said...

LOVE your beautiful card. TFS.
Crafty hugs,
D~
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

Barbara said...

Perfect card for a friend. Such rich colors too, love this.

Donna Phelan said...

Beautiful colors, love the rustic burlap and the paper piercing, I think that adds so much! Just lovely!

Connie MacFarlane said...

Cheryl, this is stunning! Love the deep rich colours and all of that beautiful texture, oh my! Christine is sure to appreciate all of this birthday goodness.

Liz Williams said...

Love the diecuts and piercing, and the blackberries are gorgeous. The burlap is a great addition as well.

Julie Koerber said...

OH MY GOSH! This is drop dead gorgeous -- I am in awe of your coloring!!! I know Christine will love, love, love this!

Donna Whitten said...

Wow!!! I love, love, love your card!

ChristineCreations said...

Cheryl - this is completely beautiful! Raspberries are one of my all time favourite fruits, and the richness you’ve given them is gorgeous. Beautiful texture and colour in this design! Thanks so much for a lovely birthday surprise!

Lagene said...

GORGEOUS vintage look and the inside is so lovely!

Angelica Schmidt said...

Such a gorgeous card Cheryl!

TLady said...

HOW LOVELY CHERYL!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOOOOOOOOVE the sets you've used here!!!!!!:) LOVE the COLORS & THE VINTAGE FEEL of it too!!!!!!!!!! I believe Christine will LOVE IT TOO!!!!!!!!!!!:)

Sue D said...

Sweet and lovely birthday card!

Becky said...

Such rich and elegant colors. Love all the great textures too.

Heather Jensen said...

What a beautiful card with such rich color. The burlap adds lots of great texture. :)

Kathy Jones said...

WOW!!! Gorgeous card!! Love those rich colours, fabulous texture and beautiful colouring!!

Barbara said...

Your raspberries are so beautifully colored they look absolutely real. Lovely card.

frommycraftroom said...

Gorgeous card. Fab colour choice. TFS.

Silke Ledlow said...

Gorgeous!!! I love the deep burgundy colors!!!

Deborah Anton said...

Oh Cheryl! Beautiful! I love the deep purples and that burlap peeking out!! Just gorgeous!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Wonderful birthday card, she will LOVE it.

Ravengirl said...

Mmmmm,those raspberries look delicious!

Diane said...

Very pretty! Love the colors and the perfect match of the "ribbon"!!

loulou said...

Gorgeous card. Your berries are so beautiful.

Heather said...

Gorgeous!!! Your berries are stunning and that big purple bow is gorgeous!

Nancee Purdum said...

Beautiful card! Lovely colors! :) Nancee

Alshandra said...

Love this card - it is so gorgeous!

Janis said...

Just lovely!!! That burlap adds so much wonderful texture and contrasts so nicely with your blackberry purple!
<3 J

zub momi said...

Beautiful card! Love the colors and the bow :)

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, I love these raspberries! Your masking is so perfect it looks like you stamped and colored directly onto designer paper. Love how you highlighted with the white pen. It looks so natural.