Friday, 22 February 2013

A Berry Sweet Birthday Blog Hop!

Hello there! I'm chiming in today, with a special Birthday card :)

Light the candles, cue the music and get ready for a little bit of birthday fun! It will SOON be a very special lady's birthday and so we rallied the troops to send some birthday wishes her way a little early!
On Monday, February 25th, Jan Marie Caruso, the fearless and creative force behind Flourishes will be another year older -- what a wonderful thing to celebrate! So, we've asked Flourishes' designers from all of our teams to join us to help make this day super special with a......

Here's the scoop, there's a way YOU can help Jan celebrate and win some Flourishes stamps as well! HOW? We just love creative challenges here at Flourishes and so, why not usher in another one! One randomly drawn winner will get a $25 gift certificate to the Flourishes store, just for playing along!
You can find the challenge  on the Flourishes blog, all you need to do is create a birthday project inspired by the graphics above, just like we all did!

Here's my offering for Jan Marie...

Since it's a "berry sweet" occasion, I chose the Cherries and Peaches set for my card. I used R02/R05/R46 Copics for the peaches, with a hint of Y11/Y15 in the light areas to add some warm yellow tint. The leaves were coloured with YG61/YG63/YG67, and a we bit of YG97 for the stalks and shadows.

You can also find on this card, paper from MME and  a scrap of older American Crafts PP, French Pastry Doily die cut from PTI Aqua Mist cardstock, some decorative trim & brads that I haven't used for longer than I remember... lol
I wanted this card to have an orderly, layered look that I used to reach for a lot, two or so years ago. It's not so much of my favourite any more - I prefer a messy, bit more 'artsy' layers now, but I thought Jan Marie would enjoy this style more :)

Jan Marie, I hope your day is filled with much love!! You deserve every bit of it, in return for the kindness that you're spreading around, and the strength and courage that shines through you and inspires us. I'm grateful to know you, even if not in person, hopefully one day! :)


One extra note? Jan may be the head of this company but one thing she doesn't get a ton of is happy mail from customers using her stamps? Let's change that for her birthday and flood her with some creative "love" by sending her your Berry Sweet Birthday Blog Hop creations! Here's her address so you can pop them in the mail!

Jan Marie Caruso
4140 Lyric Lane
Pensacola, FL 32514

I know she would love to see "in real life" what beautiful work you all do and I know it would bring a huge smile to her face! So, join us in singing her a special little birthday song! Be sure to check out all the fun and festive wishes and grab some great ideas for birthday cards along the way.

  • Christine Okken
  • Cindy Lawrence
  • Danielle Kennedy
  • Heather Jensen
  • Julie Koerber
  • Silke Ledlow
  • Stacy Morgan
  • Allison Cope
  • Broni Holcombe
  • Cindy Haffner
  • Maki Jones
  • Aleksandra Mihelič
  • Dina Kowal
  • Iwona Palamountain   You are here!
  • Kathy Jones
  • Meredith MacRitchie
  • Sasha-Marie Holmes
  • Deborah Anton
  • Amanda Havon

  • Thanks for stopping by and helping us with Jan Marie a wonderful and fabulous BIRTHDAY on Monday!


    1. What a lovely idea for a Blog Hop - great idea to actually send cards in to her! This one of yours is a delight, and how thoughtful to create in a style that she will love. :-) Mwah!

    2. GORGEOUS Iwona!!! You have such a wonderful way with colour combinations and your peaches look good enough to eat!!! A divine card my friend!!!

    3. Breathteaking as allways Iwona! Your coloring is gorgeous, I loooove that doily and the flower ribbon and buttons add a perfect touch! Beautiful!

    4. Gorgeous Card

    5. oh I totally love your colouring and the bright colours are fantastic. hugs! Mojca

    6. Stunning card and stunning coloring.

    7. Amazing card. I love the way you colored the peaches. Great job.

    8. Good golly that's a gorgeous card Iwona! Love the hues of orange on your beautifully coloured peaches. Jan's going to love your card!

    9. SO beautiful Iwona -- those peaches are just such a pop of sunshine and I know Jan will love this!!

    10. Yummy! Wonderful peaches and great cheerful card, Jan will love it.

    11. Delicious! Love the peaches and pretty aqua colored papers. :)

    12. WOW! Your peaches look amazing, Iwona. So beautifully coloured! Your card is gorgeous! x

    13. This is STUNNING. You colored those peaches beautifully, as always!

    14. Iwona, This card is so wonderful! I love the colors you choose. Unique and beautiful! Thank you for making my B'day great. Thanks for all you do for Flourishes.
      Jan Maie

    15. Iwona..this is yummy and so beautiful! Love it!!!

    16. Iwona, I love your bright and cheery colors! The peaches look so real and the blue paper doily really pops it! I love it!

      ~ Amanda


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