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Timeless Tuesday #256 ~ 2014 Pantone Color

Timeless-Tuesday-New-LogoHello fellow Flourishes fans!  It’s Tuesday and we’re here with another fantastic Timeless Tuesday Challenge for you!  Have you checked out the latest and greatest Gambler’s Sale this week?  You don’t want to miss this… it’s 20% off everything in the store.  Things go fast, so shop now to ensure you get all those stamps on your “must have” list!  Click here for more details and your shopping code.

This week Allison is our hostess and she is challenging you to create using the newest Pantone Color of the year… Radiant Orchid… but any shade of purple will do!

FTTC256 Purple

According to the Pantone View, “Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute™ has been designating a Color of the Year to express in color what is taking place in the global zeitgeist. A color that will resonate around the world, the PANTONE Color of the Year is a reflection of what people are looking for, what they feel they need that color can help to answer. Not necessarily the hot fashion color of the moment, but a color crossing all areas of design which is an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the consumers.“  Have fun using purple in your creations this week!

Howdy all… Ally here!  For this week’s challenge I decided to create a tag instead of card.  And since my challenge for you this week incorporates my favourite colour purple, I wanted to get super creative and inky.

I started with some gesso and the super cool Tim HoltzDot FadeLayering Stencil and made some raised dots on my manilla tag.

07 Chrysanthemum Tag Allison CopeFor my tag today I used the following Copic Markers to airbrush and colour my back ground and images:CO 10-2 CO 26-2

I used the following stamp sets for my tag: Chrysanthemum, for the flowers and the sentiment; So Distressed, for the chevrons and the Vintage Wallpaper (my new favourite stamp!! – a mixed media must-have!), for the background resist.

To finish off my tag, I strung some gorgeous “Peach“, “Mango Orange” and “Lavender” Seam Binding Ribbon through the tag’s hole and tied it off with a brad.

Make sure to check out my blog today, as I have done a step-by-step tutorial on how I created my tag.  I used a Copic Blender Solution resist technique that is a must-see!  Thanks for joining us today.  I can’t wait to see your purple creations this week!

~ Ally ~

This week, we have asked the Design Team to join us in celebrating the colour purple.  Take a moment and leave some lavender love on each one of our designers’ blogs this week!


We had 37 entries last week including 12 entries that qualified for 2 ballots because that stamper used some Flourishes stamps for Cheryl’s “In With the New” challenge. Our randomly chosen winner is #20! Congrats Barbara Washington! Please email Allison at: with “FTTC255 Winner” in your subject line to claim your prize!


HOW TO PLAY: Everyone can PLAY and anyone can WIN! Here’s how you can win…

  • Create a new card or paper-crafted project fitting the challenge. Flourishes’ stamps are not required, but if you’ve got them, why not use them right?
  • Link up your creation below in the InLinkz with a direct link to your creation.
  • You will receive two ballots towards our weekly prize if you use Flourishes‘ stamps!
  • Include a link back to this challenge in your blog post or gallery upload.
  • If you upload to Splitcoaststampers, please use the keyword FTTC256.
  • One random winner will be picked from all of the entries.
  • Deadline to enter is due next Monday at 6:00 p.m. EST.

Good luck everyone!

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Ice cream Celebrations!


Hello Everyone!!  Welcome to another Create With Me Monday!  Today’s Copic tutorial is using Flourishes’ Pinwheels and Popsicles stamp set to colour the ice cream and make a fun cupcake topper perfect to decorate your next party table!

I’ve started with E50 Copic

icecream 1 kaj

Next add some shading with E51 Copic

icecream 2 kaj

Deepen again with E53 Copic

icecream 3 kaj

I like a lot of contrast, so I’ve deepened the shadow area even more with E57

icecream 4 kaj

Keep working and blending on the ice cream cone until you are happy with the result!  Then start on your ice cream – I’ve made mine strawberry and started with a base of RV00

icecream 5 kaj

Add some shading with RV02

icecream 6 kaj

Add more contrast with RV04

icecream 7 kaj

I’ve coloured the cherry on top with RV32, RV35, RV37, RV39 and added some E47 for the chocolate chips.  From here you can either cut out the cone as I have done, or die cut around it – make your toppers as simple or as detailed as you’d like, most of all have some fun!

icecream 8 kaj

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s tutorial and happy colouring!

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Christmas is Coming!


Hello Everyone and welcome to another Create With Me Monday!! This week I’ve gotten into the Christmas spirit and coloured the beautiful Christmas Tree image from Flourishes’ Trimmed With Love stamp set.  (I just went to link the set up and found it missing in the store – they must be restocking because it’s so popular!)

I’ve started by stamping the tree in Memento Tuxedo Black onto blending card.  I’ve added a light glow around the star and tree and then laid down a base colour in G20.

Xmas Tree 3 kaj

Now add some G21 from each side of the tree, leaving a highlight in the middle – this gives the illusion that there is a curve to the tree.

Xmas Tree 4 kaj

Then deepen that shading on the sides of the tree with G24.

Xmas Tree 5 kaj

Deepen the shading again with G28, also add some shading underneath the ribbon where the light would be blocked.

Xmas Tree 6 kaj

Decorate your tree in whatever colours you like!  I’ve decorated my tree with pinks, purples and yellows!

Xmas Tree 7 kaj

I’ve added the sentiment from Flourishes’ Dear Santa stamp set and created my card!

Xmas Tree 8 kaj

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s tutorial, thanks for visiting and hope you are creating this Monday!

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Delightful Dahlias


Hello Everyone and welcome back to another Create With Me Monday!  Today’s Copic Tutorial is showing how to colour the beautiful image in Flourishes’ Dahlias stamp set.  The fabulous thing about Dahlias is that they come in a huge range of colours and so you could use many of the Flourishes’ Copic Collections to colour these gorgeous flowers.  I’ve chosen the orange tones in The Burnt Orange Collection for today’s tutorial!

Stamp your image in Memento Tuxedo Black onto blending card and lay down a base colour of YR00.  I usually only do a few petals at a time so that it doesn’t dry out too much before you lay down the next colour and therefore makes it easy to blend.

Dahlias 1 kaj

Next, add some shading with YR12.  You can lightly blend with YR00, I’m not blending as I go so you can see the steps more clearly.

Dahlias 2 kaj

Deepen your shading again with YR16.

Dahlias 3 kaj

Make you images really pop by adding lots of contrast and deepen with YR18!

Dahlias 4 kaj

Blend with the next lightest colours – if YR18 is the last colour laid down, blend with YR16, then YR12 and YR00.  Blending does not mean you have to add a lot of colour!  Sometimes it is only lightly touching where the colours meet and a light hand can make a huge difference!  Remember it’s OK to leave strong shadows – this shows the light is brighter!

Dahlias 5 kaj

Finish colouring your flower and then lay down a base colour of G20 from The Leaf Green Collection for the leaves.

Dahlias 6 kaj

Then add some G21 and G24 – concentrate on the base of the leaf that’s closest to the flower which will cast a shadow and along the veins of the leaves.

Dahlias 7 kaj

Really deepen those shadows with G28.

Dahlias 8 kaj

Once again, blend with your next lightest colours, first with G24, then G21 and finally G20 along the edges of the leaves.

Dahlias 9 kaj

Finish colouring the rest of the image using the above colours for the flowers, leaves and stems and use The Sunflower Collection for the centers.

Dahlias 10 kaj

Make your card!

Dahlias 11 kaj

Colours used in today’s tutorial are….

Burnt OrangeLeaf GreenSunflower

That’s all from me today, I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s tutorial and happy colouring!!

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Colouring Stars of Bethlehem


Hello Everyone and welcome to another Create With Me Monday!!  Did you enjoy seeing all the gorgeous new Flourishes October Releases last week?  Well, I thought the new Star of Bethlehem stamp set would be perfect for today’s tutorial!  Fresh greens and whites are beautiful and crisp and this image is gorgeous for not only Christmas but for all occasions.

I’ve begun by stamping the image and sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black onto blending card.  I’ve decided to use The Green Grass Collection and laid down a base of YG11.

Star 1 kaj

Next take YG13 and use it where your shadows would be, then lightly blend with YG11.

Star 2 kaj

Deepen those shadows with YG17, then lightly blend with YG13 and YG11.

Star 3 kaj

I like a lot of contrast, so I’ve deepened those shadows even more with G28 from The Leaf Green Collection.  Once again, lightly blend with the previous colours.

Star 4 kaj

Colour the rest of the leaves in the same way.  Next I worked on the tops of the flowers.  In pictures this are quite light, so I didn’t make the contrast so strong.  Once again I’ve used The Green Grass Collection starting with YG11.

Star 5 kaj

Add small amounts of YG13 (use a very light hand on those small areas!) to the base of each section.

Star 6 kaj

Next I’ve taken C1 from The Cool Neutrals Collection and added touches of colour in between the sections of the far top flower bud, this makes the green parts pop more.  I’ve also used C1 to add touches of shadows to the white flowers.  I often like to use a very pale yellow green to add shadows/dimension to white, but these flowers have yellow centers so I’ve used a pale grey instead.

Star 7 kaj

I’ve then added Y13 from The Daffodil Collection for the centers and stamens.

Star 8 kaj

To really make your whites truly shine, add a ‘glow’ around them!  I like very pale colours such as B0000 from The Ice Blue Collection for this purpose because you can always darken it half a shade by going over it again or adding a little B000 for more depth.  Place your marker close to the image and flick out so that the edges or soft and fades.

Star 9 kaj

Finish colouring your image.

Star 10 kaj

This is quite a large image and perfect for CAS style cards that like to stamp an image straight to the front of the card.  I, however have stepped mine up just a little more than that!  What style most represents you??

Star 11 kaj

Colours used today are…..

Green GrassLeaf GreenCool NeutralsDaffoldilCO-54-2

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s tutorial!  :)

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