Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sweet Violets

Flourishes is celebrating its 4th Birthday, with a blog hop and a challenge to use your favorite Flourishes stamp!


When I think of Flourishes, beautifully drawn flowers come to mind, and if I could afford it, I'd have their whole line!  The challenge is to use your favorite stamp and make a card.  This Violet set was my first, I think, and I have used it over the years so many times, but I think my favorite way to see it is simply framed in an oval, and that's what I did today.  This seems so old-fashioned to me, like one of those hand-painted flower pins that our grandmothers used to wear.  I love how it turned out!


supplies: white and periwinkle card stock, Susan Branch pinstripe design paper, white doily, Flourishes set #51 Sweet Violets, VersaFine onyx black ink and clear embossing powder, blue, lavender and green Memento markers, Nesties oval and scalloped oval dies, seam binding dyed with chipped sapphire distress ink, Creative Charms Vintage Brads from Stacy

In all the times I used this set, I never remember using the lovely flourished brackets before, so I'm so glad to have made this today and "discovered" them, as I think I'll be using them lots more on other cards, too!

Happy Birthday, Flourishes!!

25 comments:

Pam W Merwin said...

This is truly beautiful! Love the oval shape and the doily is perfect. Such beautiful colors. Makes me feel peacful when I look at it :-)

Isha said...

Wow Lin!!! this is such a pretty card. Love it. TFS

Julie Koerber said...

Oh Lin, this has such a rich feel! What a beautifully colored image with a rich design!! So glad you played! :-)

Elizabeth Allan said...

Lin this is beautiful. The white doily is a great accent.

Barb said...

I love it when you create using periwinkle! This is beautiful, Lin! Love the doily and the striped background. Pretty additions with ribbon and brad, and I love that Flourish bracket too. A wonderful way to wish Flourishes a Happy Birthday!

Wanda G (stampcat) said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love that shade of purple/blue and your layout is divine! Have a happy day!

Karen B. said...

Lin, this is breathtaking in its beauty, composition and color!

Brenda said...

Very beautiful Lin! I love how you added the ribbon and brad! It is simply gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Love it. Voilets are my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

joy said...

So, so beautiful! I don't own any Flourishes yet - maybe someday! These violets are just the sweetest. You have made them come to life gorgeously. Love everything about this card.

MarcyK924 said...

Ah, this is beautiful Lin! The lighting is perfect to show off this gorgeous stamp! I love how you framed it and I love the simple little bow with the perfect center!

Tiffany said...

WOW! That is so striking! That blue just pops right out at you, perfect!!

Alice Wertz said...

awww... this is so beautiful, Lin! love love the colors you used and the design is fab! love it!

Nancy said...

This should be framed and hung up for all to see, Lin! Such a beautiful stamp and what a gorgeous card you've assembled to show it off! The sentiment is so special, I love the font and the beautiful flourished frame. (I believe I still have bits of that striped paper from years ago...Susan Branch, possibly?)

Cheryl said...

This card is so pretty, Lin. I love that shade of blue, and you've matched the flowers to the paper and ribbon really well. You're right about the brackets framing the sentiment--they are nice, and add a lot of elegance to the card.

Dawn said...

Fantastic card Lin. I love the way you used the doily underneath the violets

Theresa said...

Your cards are always just beautiful...this is no exception. All the elemnets are so perfect together...the colors, stripe paper, ribbon, brad, doily, and flourish was meant to be together.

Maureen Morton said...

Simply amazing, Lin. This card reminds me of my Grandma.....I can even smell the powder she wore! Perfect coloring and I love the way you matted with a doily. Very sweet.

Clare said...

Oh my gosh, LOVE this Lin! That image is SO pretty, and I love the gorgeous sentiment!
Oh, and I need to check out that charm - so lovely!

Crafty Cre8tions said...

Just sooooo beautiful!!!!!!!
Wow! Love everything about this card!
Maria

sheila said...

gorgeous coloring and your layout is perfect! love the doily under everything!

Rosemary said...

beautiful card, lin... the sweet violets are one of my favorites, too!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Lin this is beautiful. Your violets look wonderful as does your layout, colors and the doilie. Beautiful card.

Suzanne C said...

LOVE this and it is such a Lin card! Beautiful use of the paper, doily and flowers.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! What a gorgeous card--love that bow and that gem in the center! Your paper and doily are the perfect match:) LOVE:)