Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Flourishes Challenge Card

Oh my giddy aunt - can you imagine my surprise to get a PM from Betty inviting me to be this week's Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge (FTTC22) Hostess....I was in disbelief at first and then went through every motion possible....it took a day or two to settle down....Personally, I just love this Challenge, Flourishes is one of the first challenges I took part in outside of the standard SCS ones and I came to look forward to it each week.....then one week I looked at their newsletter and discovered I was the February Monthly Winner - yahooo, each week a gift voucher for their store is the prize.....then to add to my excitement I won the March New Releases - 3 SETS!!! I nearly screamed the house down, my poor DH.....I read it and screamed out, 'I won!' "What did you win?!' 'I dunno, but I won!' 'How'd you win?' 'I dunno, but I won!' I have come a long way since then!!! LOL!

I am both humbled and honoured to have been asked to host this week's challenge, I admire the DT's cards so much and as I started to look at previous challenges...I thought 'What have I done - what was I thinking!?!' These ladies are professional and I am such a novice. Thank God for a supportive DH...who gave me the little 'pushes' I needed along the way!!

I love this set 'Chairs for you' it was the one I chose with my first win, would it surprise any of you who know me and my style to know that I chose CHALKING for this week's challenge....I chalked the chair using....cotton buds/ QTips, adding layers the way you do when you watercolour, the final touches are made with a blender pen and chalks, this adds definition and depth. The vase of flowers is also chalked in the same manner....the flourish...was embossed in black and very carefully cut out - I would like to take the credit for this...believe me I did attempt one, but it needed bandaids, so I called upon my friend Chriss, who is a 'whizz' with a cutting knife....she did it beautifully first go - so thank you Chriss - I owe you!!! Now don't look too carefully as I did cut around the case of flowers!!!

The patterned Memory Box DP (also from Flourishes) has been run through the Cuttlebug giving more texture and the sentiment has also been embossed. For the finishing touched I sponged around the image and backed it with a rectangular Nestibilities (thank Melinda for making yours available!) and popped the flowers up on 3D foam squares....and there you have it!! If you haven't played along at all with these Challenges, you can check it out here

Be sure to check out the other Friends of Flourishes Blog team see what they created for you this week.

Dee Jackson

Thank you to the girls at Flourishes for giving me this opportunity and believing that I am capable...I am constantly inspired by each one of the ladies and count it a privilege to host this weeks challenge. Thank you to you too for coming and visiting my blog, especially on this card, I do appreciate your support...I read every comment and value them tremendously!! I look forward to seeing everybody's cards...and you can count on me 'haunting' the Flourishes gallery this week!!! God bless you!
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  1. Welcome to the team - Linda!!! So fun to have you play with us!!!

    Your challenge was fun!!! Your card turned out gorgeous!!! I really like your color choice!!!
    Hugs ~S~

  2. Congratulations Linda on such a great achievement. Have fun and enjoy this special moment. Smiles Catherinexx

  3. Congratulations Linda!! So happy for you! I've been meaning to join the Flourishes challenge as well...maybe I'll give it a try now that you're the hostess! LOL!

    God bless!

  4. How absolutely gorgeous! It's so elogant! I see this card in Gracious Manor. Just fits in with all the other beautiful items in the shop. {{{hugs}}}

  5. Whooooo Hooooo! Yeah for LL!!!

    Of course, I'm not really surprised because your talent is definitely there! I've always been impressed with your chalking!

    Now don't expect me to be nice all the time! I do have a rep!

    Smooches Sistah!

  6. Way to go Linda...that is just AWESOME...Congratulations!!!!

  7. Congrats Linda for getting the Timeless Host spot and winning the bonus weekly at MMSC! You're such a great person who deserves to win prizes and the good luck :) xox ~ Jeni

  8. WOOHOO!!! This is awesome Linda.... CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  9. Well done Kwaussi cousin!! :-) Love your card - it's a real stunner.

  10. Hey, Buddy... It's me running around now saying look everyone to my family ..Linda is up as a guest!! YIPPY! You go girl...you so deserve it. The way you chalk and add the highlights is just perfect!! Thanks for the mention with the cutting.Ur Too sweet.

  11. Congratulations! You have been a lucky girl lately! You deserve it. Your work is fabulous!

    MMDT Member
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  12. Hi Linda so glad to have you GD with us.

    Thanks for the awesome challenge, love your gorgeous work!!!

  13. Congratulations Linda!!! What an honor and you have chosen a great challenge... one we don't see often and many of us need a lesson in chalks from you!!! Your card is beautifully done and I will try hard to find time to get one done for this challenge! Hugs!

  14. Congratulations, Linda!!! We are so thrilled to have you host with us this week!!! Gorgeous card and I love the coloring!!! Great challenge, too!!! Thanks so much for joining us!!! Enjoy your week!!! Blessings to you and yours!!!

  15. This is gorgeous Linda!! Congrats on the DT!!! You so deserve it!! I don't think I will have time to join in this challenge this week since I am leaving on vacation this week and I am not near ready. I wish I could in your honor.

  16. Congrats on your guest designer honor! Your card is just beautiful, and it's so peaceful and serene.........I love it!

  17. Congratulations Linda!!! What a fabulous feeling it must be!!! Have fun "haunting" the gallery and seeing all the cards inspired by your challenge! Your card is beautiful!!

  18. Wow, Linda, I was just on the Flourishes blog and saw that you are this week's guest DT. CONGRATULATIONS - it is well deserved. Your card for this week's challenge is FAB.


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