Thursday, May 2, 2013

Flourishes May Release Challenge!

We're excited to welcome you to May's Release Challenge at Flourishes! May brings most of us to those warmer sunny days anticipating summer, and in some cultures May Day is celebrated by presenting loved ones with flowers or ringing the doorbell at someone's home and leaving behind a basket of flowers and we're bringing you flowers of our own,  asking you to be inspired by the colors in this beautiful illustration...

HOW TO PLAY:  There are so many beautiful combinations you can be inspired by!  Choose all of the colors in the illustration - or pick three that work together for you and create!  If you play along with us, you could win Flourishes entire May Stamp Release!  If you upload to SCS please use the keyword FLLCMAY13.  You can enter as many times as you like, but we want you to know if you use Flourishes stamps, your entry counts twice!  You have until Friday May 10, 2013 at 5 PM EST to enter.  Just make sure you enter your creation below using our InLinkz Widgit.  Have fun getting inky!

With this challenge, we also want to let you in on a little secret! Do you like the image above? Well, next week you will see this very flower in its full glory as our designers sneak peak the work of a brand new artist at Flourishes -- Sam Pickard! Sam hails from England and many folks have seen her work on her blog - Planet Sam. We are so excited to share this artist's work on polymer! We know you will love what we have in store!

Don't you just love the Release Week colors for the challenge? They're my ultimate favorite colors to work with!! I'm keeping the challenge color graphics for my personal inspirational file!
After I looked at the inspiration photo, I was inspired to create a Teabag Purse with the colors.
I used Flourishes Garden Gate stamp set that I stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and fussy cut it out. I chose to color my image in with Poppy, Sweat Pea, Beehive, Evergreen and Olive Green Copic Collections. I used Flourishes Kraft cardstock for my purse and stamped out a background with the Flourishes Vintage Wallpaper in Memento Toffee Crunch ink. After that, I sponged the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and made faux stitching with the Picket Fence Distress Marker. I sponged Tattered Rose Distress Ink on a doily that I folded over the purse and added a few accents with some Spellbinders Fancy Tags dies that I sponged over, with the Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo ink. Then I stamped the sentiment from Tulips for Friends in Rich Cocoa ink. I added some Blush Pearls, and some Baby Pink Ribbon from the Color Made Easy line for the handle, and I hand dyed the ribbon bow on the handle with a Tea Dye Distress Ink re-inker.

Here is the inside of the Teabag Purse.
Here, you can see the teabags tucked in the pockets snugly, and the Vintage Wall Paper stamped design on the inside flaps in Memento Toffee Crunch ink, with Vintage Photo sponged around the edges for accent and emphasis. 

We know you'll also be inspired by our Senior Design Teams Creations so go ahead and visit:

 Amanda Havon
  Christine Okken
  Cindy Lawrence
  Danielle Kennedy
  Heather Jensen
  Julie Koerber 
  Maki Jones
  Silke Ledlow
  Stacy Morgan


Simply create a card using 3 or more of the colors of the inspiration photo above
Entries need to be in by Friday May 10th, 5 PM EST
Those entries using Flourishes Stamps will be counted twice
You must link your creation on our InLinkz Widgit to be counted
You must have a link to our challenge in your blog post or gallery post
Please DO NOT combine challenges.  Only those entries that don't combine will be in the running
If you upload to SCS please use the keyword FLLCMAY13
We'll announce the winners on Saturday in our Winner's Circle Post here on the blog on Saturday May 11th, so check back then to find out if you are a winner!

Thanks for stopping by and we look forward to seeing what you create!


  1. Adorable little gift purse - and I love how you colored the flowers!!

  2. Adorable little gift purse - and I love how you colored the flowers and the ribbon!!!

  3. Super cute Amanda! Love the idea of the pocketed purse! Gorgeous use of the colours!

  4. Amanda this is gorgeous. Your cutting is amazing as always and the sweetness to the tea purse is precious!

  5. AMANDA!!!!!!!! You got my attention IMMEDIATELY when I saw it was a "Tea" Bag Purse!!!!!!!!!!! :) LOVELY WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) AND a PERFECT WAY to use this image!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)GORGEOUS COLORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)(I've made note of HOW you've made this!!!!!:) THANK YOU for showing us!!!!!! ) :)

  6. Just GORGEOUS Amanda! What a creative and beautiful creations with those beautifully colored roses!

  7. What a wonderful idea, Amanda! That would be such a sweet little gift to brighten someone's day!!


  8. Ooh! I love this Amanda! What a beautiful way to give a sweet little gift! You did an amazing job on this!

  9. Soooo sweet and beautiful! What a great gift idea!!! Hugs ~S~

  10. So pretty and such a cute idea. I like the flowers along the front bottom and beautiful coloring Amanda.

  11. Oh girl, this is beautiful! I love coffee and tea so this is right up my alley. You captured a very shabby vintage feel on your project. :)

  12. This is such a pretty creation, Amanda! Love the idea and vintage victorian look.

  13. This is so beautiful. It's vintage, shabby chic-y, subtle, and I ♥ it.

  14. This is so feminine and useful. I love cards that contain a wee gift. Your colour choice is perfect for that stamp set.


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