Friday, September 2, 2016

The Warmth of Friendship

Welcome to Flourishes' Friday Design Team Challenge!

You can find links to all the Design Team Cards at the bottom of this post.

Be sure to stay newly designed Beverly Cole stamp sets, created exclusively for Flourishes, will be here in a few weeks!

a tiny hint...

Oh, how I enjoyed making this card!

As I have said before, with all the art I have been doing over the past few years,
my card making skills are rusty, to say the least. I decided to just relax and go back to my proverbial, "roots"
of card design.

I used so many fun tools and products from my stash, along with some classic techniques.

First, I took out a stamp set created by Sam Pickard for Flourishes entitled,
"Happy Thoughts"
Happy Thoughts

How fitting for this warm toned card.  I made a mask for the flower stamp in the set,
after cutting the stem off the stamp...I know, I know but it's all good! I can simply reconnect the cut
pieces on an acrylic block when I want to stamp the flower with a stem.

Then, using the "cut" flower stamp and the mask, I created a border.
I colored using my Caran D'Ache Museum Aquarelle pencils, and blended them with
a clear Wink of Stella pen, instead of my water brush. They are subtly sparkly,
which is difficult to see here.

After fussy cutting the image, I flipped it over and used some deep orange ink on a sponge and rubbed the edges of the image, so they were no longer stark white.

Then I started on my background.
I used Flourishes New Leaves and  Tiger Lily card stock from the


I also used some of the adorable patterned papers in the,
"Nestled" 6x6 collection by Authentique. The are available in the Flourishes store.

Perfectly Pierced Classic Hourglass Die Set

to create an inlaid design. I then "quilted" the two pieces together
with an embossing folder by Anna Griffin.
It's a bit difficult to see in this picture, but if you look carefully, you can see it.

Then, I got out my Singer and zig zag stitched the edges around
the inlay and the edge of the card.

I then added a sentiment from the same stamp set
and cut it with another die from the same set.

I added some gems and gold Stickles to the card and the flower centers.
The border is on dimensionals to make it pop.

I truly loved making this. I was in my happy comfort zone.

Visit my friends on the Flourishes Design Team and check out the Flourishes Blog
for Vicki Dutcher's challenge to the Design Team.

Beverly Cole (me!)



  1. A very pretty Card.
    Crafty Hugs, Diane Louise x

  2. The links to the other stampers blogs do not work on the list of names. I enjoyed reading all the different steps you took in making this card.

  3. Oh my stars, Bev!! I love, love how you added so much detail work to your card, and it doesn't feel like it's too much. It's completely perfect!! I love your fussy cutting skills, and the way you colored the flowers in too! I also love you laid it out and zig-zag stitched around everything - so lovely!

  4. Bev, I'm so excited about your rubber stamps with Flourishes! Can hardly wait. Love, love, LOVE this card with the beautiful fall colors. Great paper choices and your stitching is marvelous, my friend. :-D

  5. PS, kramomma's comment about the links -- don't know if it's because you already fixed them but they are working for me.

  6. This is wonderful Bev - I do love your stamps for Flourishes and seeing the way you use them. The autumnal tones are gorgeous - love the stitching too!! {{{hugs]}} Lind

  7. A wonderful card. Thank you for sharing with us at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge. Marlene DT

  8. the combo of patterns and the stitching look so fall. Thanks for playing with us at Die Cuttin' Divas.

  9. Your colors and details look great! I love the dimension that you have created. Thanks for joining us this week at CRAFT for our embossing challenge.

  10. Beautiful sentiment. I love all of the stitching you did. The flowers add a pop of color and frame the sentiment perfectly Thank you for joining the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes September Linky Challenge

  11. Gorgeous, beautiful card
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  12. Lovely make thanks for sharing at craft and good luck in the draw