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It’s a Beautiful World!

About a month ago, we put out a call — calling all designers far and wide — to join a truly International team! Our Bring Back Beautiful team has always been “Worldly” and we really wanted to emphasize that with a revamp of the team and a new focus on our monthly posts! It seems so appropriate that we are unveiling this now — when the world is united with the Olympics! From now on, we are putting the challenges aside and instead putting forth a “Creation Vacation” where you hit these different desitnations and see the creativity that is alive in all corners of the world. Starting tomorrow, Bring Back Beautiful is being changed to….

 

So many of you answered the call and we were amazed at the level of talent in each and every entry! After all the emails, we added four new designers to this one of a kind team! In addition to making the introductions, we asked them to share a little bit about themselves as well. So, it’s time to meet…

 My name is Dina Kowal, and I blog at Mama Dini’s Stamperia. I have lived in Southeast Asia since 2005. My family is involved in teaching and discipleship at a training center there. I’ve been involved with design team work since 2007. I was honored to be featured In the Flourishes Limelight last July, and thoroughly enjoy working with Flourishes images. The images and stamps themselves are products I have bought for myself and would recommend even as a non-team member, and I feel that’s very important as a designer. I’ve always enjoyed the BBB challenge posts – coloring is one of my passions, especially realistic images, and Flourishes’ floral sets are among my favorites to color. I enjoy giving ‘life’ to images that I love! Visit Dina’s Blog!

My name is Anne-Elise Michel-Käyhkö. I was born in Switzerland and lived there about 20 years before moving to Finland. I am now married and we have four children, three boys and a girl. My mother tongue is french and I speak finnish with my husband and french with the kids! I’m a stay at home mother, but twice a week I teach french to Finnish adults. I have always liked doing some handcrafting but last summer I found the Big Shot in a shop nearby and from this time on I started making cards. I also have to tell you how I found Flourishes stamps! I was just surfing on the net and I found Yvonne’s blog! I was really impressed by her cards and your beautiful stamps! I love Spellbinders dies, pearls, stitching, vellum, tags, buttons, bows… I’m sometimes quite slow finding the right papers and embellishments because I just only want to have the best and most perfect colors! Visit Anne-Elise’s Blog!

 

I am Sasha-Marie Holmes and I live in West Yorkshire, England, not far from the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. I am married to my soul mate, who has always been supportive, and encouraged me to follow my dreams. We have a wonderful son who is twenty-eight. I love Flourishes stamps. They are lovely to work with and give such a clear stamped image. It was through following Beate’s blog, and seeing her beautiful creations using Flourishes stamps, that got me hooked. In one way or another, I have crafted most of my life. My mother and grandmother were dressmakers, and from an early age they both taught me how to embroider, stitch, knit and crochet. I also do folk art painting, although now, paper crafting and card making are my favourite choice of craft! Check out Sasha’s Blog!


I *love* working with Flourishes images, what a fun opportunity! I was the Guest Designer with the Timeless Tuesday challenge in March, and loved my time there! I am a stay-at-home mum to my two little girls. I live in the Vancouver area of British Columbia, and spend my days splitting my time between my girls and crafting. Even my kids are learning to love card making! I am so glad to take this opportunity to share myself and my work with you! Visit Meredith’s Blog!

So let’s give a warm welcome to these new faces and be sure to check back tomorrow when they join the rest of the team in our first ever Beautiful World Hop! It’s sure to be a fun-filled globe trotting time!

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BBB24 The Beauty of Winged Things

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT OUR BBB DESIGN TEAM CALL HERE! We have just 2 spots! Could you be Flourishes next Designer?

Birds, butterflies, even lady bugs — let your creativity flow on this challenge aimed at honoring those creatures with wings on your card or creation! Link up your Bring Back Beautiful Challenge creations below to enter. If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword BBB24. You have until July 31 to enter! As we unveil our challenge for next month, we’ll share our True Beauties – those card makers who wowed us with this challenge! Winners will be featured on the Flourishes Blog and will receive a True Beauty blog button to display proudly on their blog!!!

A big welcome to Geri who won the May BBB Flourishes challenge and joins us this month on the BBB Challenge team as our special guest designer! Geri, your work is beautiful and we are thrilled to have you play along with us this month!

Geri’s beautiful project using Spring is Sprung

Kathy’s card using Hello Baby!

Iwona’s gorgeous card using Humming Along

Betty’s wonderful card also using Spring is Sprung

Naomi’s lovely card using Sweet Days of Summer

HOW TO PLAY: Link up your Bring Back Beautiful Challenge below using the Inlinkz Widget. If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword BBB24. You have until July 31th to enter! As we unveil our challenge for next month, we’ll share our True Beauties – those card makers who wowed us with this challenge! Winners will be featured on the Flourishes Blog and will receive a Bring Back Beautiful Winner button to display proudly on their blog!

CHALLENGE RULES

  • Simply make a card or creation using Winged Things as your theme
  • Please make an original creation for this challenge
  • Please mention the BBB challenge in your post or online gallery!

Here are the true beauties from last month. Thank you ladies! If you have won in months past and you would like a Bring Back Beautiful Winner Blog Button, feel free to email Julie at flourishes@bresnan.net and she will send you one right away! We enjoyed seeing all the wonderful creations last month, but unfortunately we have to narrow it down to 3.  Want a peek at the winners? Here goes!

Anne-Elise with her beautiful, delicate card

Wanda Cullen with her bold and fabulous card

And our FAVORITE this month is…..

Edna Morrisedie with her stunning, detailed creation!!!

Thank you so much to everyone for playing and we can’t wait to see what you all create this month!!!!



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BBB23 The Beauty of the Rainbow

Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet — combine all and you have the colours of the rainbow! For this challenge — show us how you can combine at least three of those hues to celebrate The Beauty of a Rainbow on your card or creation! Link up your Bring Back Beautiful Challenge creations below to enter. If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword BBB23. You have until June 30 to enter! As we unveil our challenge for next month, we’ll share our True Beauties, those card makers who wowed us with this challenge! Winners will be featured on the Flourishes Blog and will receive a True Beauty blog button to display proudly on their blog! Our FAVOURITE entry this month will also be asked if they would like to join the team for the August Challenge!

We do have a sad note this month as we say farewell to Yvonne who is stepping down from the team.  Yvonne has been part of the team from the very beginning and her beauty and artistry in her work has been inspiring for everyone.  We wish Yvonne all the very best with whatever life has in store for her next and hope to see her smiling face playing along with the challenges occasionally.  Good-bye Yvonne, we’ll miss you!!!

Need a little RAINBOW inspiration? Let’s see what colorful creations the team have made to inspire you this month!!

Betty Wright with the subtle hues of blue, red and gold (yellow)

Kathy Jones with the bright, happy hues of yellow, orange and green!

Linda Duke has created beautiful rainbow butterflies!

Iwona has used golden tones for her magnolias

Claudia’s stunning card has all the colours of the rainbow!

HOW TO PLAY: Link up your Bring Back Beautiful Challenge below using the Inlinkz Widget. If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword BBB23. You have until June 3oth to enter! As we unveil our challenge for next month, we’ll share our True Beauties – those card makers who wowed us with this challenge! Winners will be featured on the Flourishes Blog and will receive a Bring Back Beautiful Winner button to display proudly on their blog!  Our FAVORITE entry this month will also be asked if they would like to join the team for the August Challenge!

CHALLENGE RULES

  • Simply make a card or creation using the RAINBOW as your theme
  • Please make an original creation for this challenge
  • Please mention the BBB challenge in your post or online gallery!

Here are the true beauties from last month. Thank you ladies! If you have won in months past and you would like a Bring Back Beautiful Winner Blog Button, feel free to email Julie at flourishes@bresnan.net and she will send you one right away! We enjoyed seeing all the wonderful creations last month, but unfortunately we have to narrow it down to 3.  Want a peek at the winners? Here goes!

We adored the detail in Kary’s beautiful Orchid Card

And we loved Helen’s beautiful colouring of her Zinnia’s

And our FAVORITE this month is GERI with her amazing set of coasters!!!

Geri, if you would like to play along with us for the month of July, please email Kathy at inspiredtostamp @live.com.au for all the details on that challenge!!!



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The Beauty of the Garden

As Spring begins to sprout in many parts of the world – let’s honor Mother Nature by showing off the beauty of what we find in the garden. Pick your favorite flower (or fruit or vegetable!) and make it the centerpiece of your card or creation! Link up your Bringing Back Beautiful Challenge creations below to enter. If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword BBB22. You have until May 31st to enter! As we unveil our challenge for next month, we’ll share our True Beauties – those card makers who wowed us with this challenge! Winners will be featured on the Flourishes Blog and will receive a True Beauty blog button to display proudly on their blog!

How would you like to be part of the team in June??  Our favorite Beauty from this month’s challenge will also be asked to join the team for the next challenge, so play along and let’s see all those Beautiful Garden creations!!

Need some garden inspiration, let’s have a peek at what the BBB Team have made for you!

Claudia’s amazing card using Botanical Bookplates Vol 2

(Claudia has been flooded, so her post will be up a later, please leave her a little love.)

Yvonne’s elegant shaped card using Magnolias

Linda’s gorgeous card is using Spring Bouquet

Kathy’s happy card is using Sunflowers

Betty’s stunning card using Magnolias

Iwona’s beautiful card also using Spring Bouquet

Naomi adds a touch of vintage using From the Garden

HOW TO PLAY: Link up your Bring Back Beautiful Challenge below using the Inlinkz Widget. If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword BBB22. You have until May 31st to enter! As we unveil our challenge for next month, we’ll share our True Beauties – those card makers who wowed us with this challenge! Winners will be featured on the Flourishes Blog and will receive a Bring Back Beautiful Winner button to display proudly on their blog!  Our FAVORITE entry this month will also be asked if they would like to join the team for the June Challenge!

CHALLENGE RULES

  • Simply make a card or creation using the Garden as your theme
  • Please make an original creation for this challenge
  • Please mention the BBB challenge in your post or online gallery!

Here are the true beauties from last month. Thank you ladies! If you have won in months past and you would like a Bring Back Beautiful Winner Blog Button, feel free to email Julie at flourishes@bresnan.net and she will send you one right away! We enjoyed seeing all the wonderful creations last month, but unfortunately we have to narrow it down to 3.  Want a peek at the winners? Here goes!

Karen Wallace with her amazing Tri-shutter Card

Lesley Croghan with this blue beauty!!

Miriam’s fabulously bold shaped card

Thanks for visiting and we can’t wait to see what you create this month!!!



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The Beauty of Friendship

Hello again! Welcome to another Bring Back Beautiful Challenge! First things first, we need to usher in a warm welcome to some of our new Bring Back Beautiful team members! If you missed the news, check out THIS POST for all of the new faces joining different Flourishes’ teams! We are so excited and know these new team members will bring all sorts of fabulous inspiration for Flourishes fans!

For this month’s Bring Back Beautiful challenge, we’d like to honor those in our lives that bless us with their friendship with THE BEAUTY OF FRIENDSHIP. The challenge is just that simple – make a card or creation with a friend in mind! The Bring Back Beautiful Team did an amazing job showcasing all the ways you can send off some caring thoughts to those special people in our lives.  For the card details, just click on their names to travel to their blogs for more!

 

Yvonne

 

Linda

Betty

Kathy

 Claudia

Iwona

Naomi

HOW TO PLAY: Link up your Bring Back Beautiful Challenge below using the Inlinkz Widget. If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword BBB21. You have until April 30th to enter! As we unveil our challenge for next month, we’ll share our True Beauties – those card makers who wowed us with this challenge! Winners will be featured on the Flourishes Blog and will receive a Bring Back Beautiful Winner button to display proudly on their blog!

CHALLENGE RULES

  • Simply make a card or creation using friendship as your theme
  • Please make an original creation for this challenge
  • Please mention the BBB challenge in your post or online gallery!

Here are the true beauties from last month. Thank you ladies! If you have won in month’s past and you would like a Bring Back Beautiful Winner Blog Button, feel free to email Julie at flourishes@bresnan.net and she will send you one right away! We enjoyed seeing all the wonderful creations last month, but unfortunately we have to narrow it down to 3.  Want a peek at the winners? Here goes!

 Linda

Pattie

Wanda

Thanks so much for stopping by! We can’t wait to see what you cook up with this month’s Bring Back Beautiful Challenge!



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