Flourishes L.C Blog Hop!

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We are celebrating Cyber Monday with a blog hop with Flourishes L.C! (Don’t forget you can still get free shipping on all orders from our Shop today.) This is a large hop- so I hope you enjoy all the projects put together by our teams. Don’t forget to comment on all the blogs for a chance to win prizes from both companies! (Please only one comment per blog.)

Imagine Blog
Barbara Thompson
Toni Storie
Alison Heikkila

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Beverly Cole
Kren Kurts
Neva Cole

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Roni Johnson

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Linda Lucas
Davi Long
Jennifer Vanderbeek

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Naomi Gong
Vickie Yeakley
Nadine Carlier

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Rebecca Ednie
Gloria Hayoung Lee
Mark Melnick
Shirley Qu
Martha Lucia Gomez
Terre Fry
Mary Prasad
Trisha Traxler
Monica Edwards
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We will announce the winners on Wednesday morning!

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Matching Embellishments

Altered Birdcage

by Monica Edwards

Altered birdcage featuring flowers and bird colored with Fireworks! Sprays by Monica Edwards.

I refurbished an old birdcage and wanted to have some matching embellishments for it. By using the same Fireworks! Sprays on all of them, it was very easy!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

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Step 1

Take your floral elements and spritz in all the Fireworks! colors.

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Step 2

Spray the Fireworks! colors on a sheet of Watercolor paper. When dry stamp the image with StazOn ink in Jet Black. Fussy cut the bird.

Step 3

Arrange and adhere flowers along the front of the cage. Place tweety on a perch inside!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Birdcage
  • Mulberry flowers
  • Heather
  • Tim Holtz – Bird Crazy stamp
  • Detail scissors
  • Mixed media glue

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Homemade Centerpieces for your Feast

Handmade is Bestmade

For this last day of our Table Decor Week posts, we have a couple of centerpiece or sideboard piece ideas that really speak to making the preparation part of the celebration. Both projects are perfect to put together with the kids. We’ll let Monica Edwards speak to this, as she does it so well!

Easy Gilded Table Decor

by Monica Edwards

Table centerpiece featuring the word "Home" and 4 votive candles, handmade by Monica Edwards

It’s that time of the year to reflect upon our lives and to give thanks. Instead of going out and spending a bunch of money on your home décor this year take a step back and make something. Sit down with the kids or your nieces and nephews and create something that will be a keepsake for life.

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I used an actual wall plaque to create a table centerpiece for Thanksgiving. Simply cover the base of the plaque with patterned paper. Once done I then used Stazon in Orange Zest, St. Valentines and VersaFine in Vintage Sepia to color the chipboard letters that spell Home.

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As you can see the richly colored pigments in the inks take well to chipboard. The StazOn inks soak deep into the chipboard as if it came colored the way it is. I then used some Tear It! Tape to make decorative strips with gilding flakes.

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Lastly, instead of purchasing votive candle holders, I just covered the edge of the votive candles with patterned paper using more Tear It! Tape. I can’t wait to use it this Thanksgiving!

Neva Cole also has a great idea that would be perfect to put together with kids. It also uses flower dies for another purpose – you gotta love expanding the uses of your dies!

Tom Turkey

by Neva Cole

A handmade Thankgiving Turkey decor piece made with irRESISTible coated cardstock and a pinecone.

We have enjoyed raising a few turkeys on our mini-farm, and my favorites were the bronze-breasted turkeys. They had beautiful iridescent colored feathers, and the Tom turkey would strut around showing off his beautiful tail plumage. This was the inspiration for my version of a pine cone turkey to add to our table decorations. A little irRESISTibles Texture Spray, Kraft card stock, and almost any large flower die can be used to create a cute turkey.

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Die cut two each of three different sizes or styles of flower die cut, and one oval from Kraft cardstock. Any large flower dies will work.

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Place die cuts and pine cone on a plastic coated surface, I used the reverse side of freezer paper. Using Electric Yellow, Morocco and Copper irRESISTible Texture Sprays, do a combination of spraying directly on the pieces, and picking up the extra spray using tweezers to move around and pick it up. This method will create a mottled look.

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Since I was modeling my tom off of the bronze-breasted turkeys, I covered my oval, which will become the front piece, exclusively in the copper spray. The juniper pine cones that I collected on a recent walk were a bit larger than what fit with the die cuts I had available. Using a pair of work gloves I held the prickly pine cone and trimmed it with a pair of garden snips. The color on the outside of scales is apparent in this photo. Save a scale to use as a beak later in the project.

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I used a shaping tool to make my die cuts look a bit more feathery. I also shaped the oval, and cut off the sides of the oval into a body shape. I trimmed off the bottom edges of my larget die-cut for the right fit. I used those scraps to make a waddle!

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After I adhered all my turkey pieces together, my last step was to take that scrap piece and color it red with a Lady Bug irRESISTible Pico Embellisher. Don’t forget to add the googly eyes!

We wish you well-decorated feasts this season!

 

 

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One Love

Monochromatic Love

by Monica Edwards

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There is nothing more beautiful than all the colors in a rainbow, but you will be amazed at the beauty you can find in just one color. Here’s an idea for a lovely monochromatic card…with just a hint of sparkle to set it off.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

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Step 1

Stamp your image using StazOn ink.

Step 2

With the Delicata ink color in your images it as if you were using watercolor. The texture of this paper is almost slippery which creates a wash like look. Much like with watercolors, to get darker shading, just use more of the ink.

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Step 3

Adhere your stamped piece to a silver cardstock, and both of those to a black card base with Tear It! Tape. Adhere the die cut sentiment in silver.

 

Supplies

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Other
  • Tattered Angels – Pure Mistable Papers
  • Cardstock – silver, black
  • Floral stamp of choice
  • Waterbrush, or brush and water
  • Die cut sentiment
  • Adhesive

I also created another quick card using Memento Luxe, Memento, and Radiant Neon ink as shown below just to show how gorgeous a family of colors can be.

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Are You Ready for Some Football?

Easy Football Canisters

by Monica Edwards

Super easy decor for your next football game party using recycled cans, burlap and All-Purpose Ink by Monica Edwards

Tonight is the first NFL game of the season with the teams that played in last Superbowl facing off again. It’s time to pull out the jerseys, dust of your favorite recipes, and decorate for the game! These canisters made out of tin cans are a super easy way to get your table festive for the game. Add flags or decorations in your team colors, or just put silverware in them for easy feasting!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes

Directions

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Cut burlap pieces to fit around your tin cans. Apply several lines of Tear It! Tape to one side of the burlap. Remove the backing and adhere to the side of the can.

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Dip a Fantastix into White All-Purpose Ink and let some ink soak into the applicator. Apply one vertical line down the burlap, and three small horizontal lines to look like football laces.

Supplies

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  • Clean aluminum cans
  • Burlap

Have a great season! We wish your team all the luck in the world… unless they’re playing our team!

 

 

 

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Inking on Burlap Canvas

Furry Family

by Monica Edwards

A handmade custom home decor art piece made by inking a stretched burlap canvas with StazOn and Encore Ulitmate Metallic inks with photo of the family dog and the world Family in Silver chipboard.

For those of us who own pets generally they are just as much as part of our family as our own kids. My daughter would often pick up every stray humanly possible off the street and bring them home. I remember coming home to a dog with one tooth, shaggy fur that looked like it had not had a bath in years, just laying and relaxing on my expensive couch! But they can worm their way into your heart, and become another member of the Family!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 2 hours

Directions

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Step 1

Take some washi tape and create a pattern across the stretched burlap canvas. Dab some StazOn Opaque ink in Cotton White onto a Jumbo Dauber and blot across the areas your masked off with the washi tape. Then apply some Encore Ultimate Metallic in Pink to add some extra color and shine.

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Leaving the tape on the canvas, lay the stencil on top of the canvas. Using StazOn ink in Jet Black and a dauber, ink over the stencil design pieces you want to show. Once done remove the washi tape to reveal perfect stripes!

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Step 3

Fussy cut your furry friend photo and adhere to canvas. Add a sentiment with any embellishments you would like for a complete finished look. A perfect wall hanging for my daughter who loves dogs any size, any color!

Supplies

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Other
  • Burlap stretched canvas
  • StencilGirl – Decorative Curly Ornament
  • Chipboard Sentiment – Family
  • Adhesive
  • Other Embellishments (optional)

 

 

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