Monday, 2 April 2012

BBB21 - The Beauty of Friendship

It's the first Monday of April, and it means that a new Bring Back Beautiful challenge has just started!
The theme for this month is The Beauty of Friendship. We’d like to honor those in our lives that bless us with their friendship. The challenge is just that simple – make a card or creation with a friend in mind!

Link up your Bringing Back Beautiful Challenge creation here! If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword BBB21. You have until April 30th to enter.
As we unveil our challenge for next month, we’ll share our True Beauties – those card makers who wowed us with this challenge! Winners will be featured on the Flourishes Blog and will receive a True Beauty blog button to display proudly on their blog.

For my card, I inked up one of my favourite stamp sets from Flourishes - Butterflies & Blossoms. I'm a big fan of Clematis and the many forms it comes in. Thus it's such a lovely flower to colour, the possibilities are endless! Go on and do a Google search on Clematis and you'll see what I mean :)
I kept the flowers monochromatic, and created a dramatic look by adding deeper shades of pink without blending.
Firstly I covered the flowers uniformly with RV93 Copic marker, then added subtle shading with RV32. Lastly, I added strokes of RV34 and and RV66 (w/ no blending).
The foliage was done with G82 & G85.

The patterned paper comes from one of the loveliest Pink Paislee collections - Nantucket. The label was cut with Spellbinders™ Nestabilities® Labels Four, and sponged with Versa Color Sky Blue.


I used a sketch for my inspiration - SSSC155, along with the colours of CR84FN51:

We had to let go of the two amazing gals, Beate and Heather, who will be now representing the Timeless Tuesday/Friends of Flourishes Teams, but on the brighter note, we have some new faces in, and these girls are going to rock our socks off!!
Make sure you'll visit the rest of the Team's blogs, to see what beauties they cooked up for the challenge!

Betty Wright
Claudia Rosa
Linda Duke
Kathy Jones
Naomi Gong
Yvonne Hagane

Thanks for stopping by, until next time!


  1. This is BEAUTIFUL, Iwona! I LOVE clematises, too, as I had a purple one outside my bedroom window as a child. Lovely colour combo, patterned papers and your colouring is SPECTACULAR!

    I am SO happy to be joining you and the rest of the girls on the BBB DT!


  2. This is beautiful, fabulous colouring on this wonderful image! Lovely papers too!
    Thanks for joining us at CR84FN this week!

  3. I Looooooove this Flourishes set and your colouring is fantastic!!! Your card is stunning as always Iwona!!! :)

  4. Just stunning! Those flowers are colored to perfection, and I love the simple, fun layout too!

  5. This is so beautiful. Any friend would LOVE to receive it.

  6. Gorgeous!! Love your coloring and beautiful papers!

  7. Gorgeous coloring and beautiful card!
    Hugs and smiles

  8. So very striking Iwona!! I love that pop of pink and how vibrantly you colored this one up! Fab job!

  9. Iwona, this is beautiful! Love the coral layered background with the pop of beautifully colored pink flowers! Lovely card!

  10. Beautiful card and coloring Iwona!!

  11. Very cheerful spring creation! Your shading is wonderful.

  12. Oh Iwona, This is purely gorgeous! I love how you are so great at using bold colors, I wish I could do that! Your cards are so full of Life, and I look forward to seeing them each month!! :)

  13. Beautiful card and coloring Iwona.

    I'm so excited to be joining you and the rest of the BBB ladies. :)

  14. So pretty Chupa! Thanks for joining along with CR84FN :)

  15. Iwona, your colouring is A.Maz.Ing!! Wow - really beautiful stamps, papers & colour combo! Great job in the sketch too ;)

  16. I love this!!! Beautiful!!!!!

  17. Soooo purdy! Fabulous coloring--and I just love the Nantucket papers! I have the stamps...I think I need to pick up some of that gorgeous paper! :)

  18. Oh Wow Miss Iwona! This is just So Beautiful! Love your Fabulous coloring and beautiful dp's! Wonderful take on the sketch too! So glad you could join us at CR84FN! 8-)


  19. Your card is gorgeous! Beautifully coloured image! I have that set of stamps but haven't used them yet...must get cracking!

  20. Again one gorgeous beauty! Those flowers are so pretty and you've colored them so beautifully!


  21. Such a beautiful card,those flowers are colored so beautifully . Love the touch of blue ribbon and the way you added it to the card. Love all the framing on your card too Chupa, well done! Gorgeous!


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