Floral Pretties - Past & Present

Sunday, January 31, 2010

FSS Challenge



Here is my attempt at Deanne's theme for the FSS Challenge.  I used Fred's Flowers v6 Daisies and cut out an included frame and sponged it with distress ink and coloured the flowers with pencils. I tried a ruffled border punch tutorial which can be found HERE using a border punch and a crimper :)  I also inked the border ruffle with distress inks.  I love distress inks LOL!

The monthly challenge is still on and runs until Feb 21st so you still have lots of time to play :)  and get a chance to win $20 gift certificate to the Fred She Said store.

Have a great day!
:)*  Fred

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

DT Spotlight: Carol Lepard

 Happy Wednesday!  I almost dropped the ball!  I forgot what day it was d'oh!  It's SPOTLIGHT DAY :D  And today I am happy to feature DT Carol Lepard :)  Tea Bag Folding is a technique we both love. And clever Carol is a wiz at making new folds!

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For this card, I have used an image by Fred She Said called Emma with Her Frills On - Digi . Emma is colored with both Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils as well as Prismacolor Pencils and Dry Blended. I used the regular pencils on Emma's face, hands and feet as I don't have a "skin tone" pencil I like in my Watercolor set.
Papers used are a purple textured metallic paper that I picked up at Walmart as well as a Purple Mirri Board, both have been cut with the Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Labels die. The whole thing is mounted on Textured White Cardstock.
Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch was used on the metallic purple cardstock and the Martha Stewart Lattice Punch was used on a bit of green cardstock for the "grass" under Emma's feet.




Here is a closer look at Emma. She has Bling flowers with Peel-off waste used to make a Bow and Ribbons for her bouquet. The lace on Emma's dress has also been "blinged" with Aleene's Tack-it Over and Over and Glamour Dust.

For those interested in Tea Bag Folding, the medallion on my card is done using the Variation of Carol's Crazy Zig-Zag Fold and a tile by my good friend Marie B. I have included the fold directions for those who would like to try their hand at folding....more of my Tea Bag directions to follow in future posts, so keep your eyes peeled. ;-) (just click on the directions to bring them up full screen.)

Better Than Chocolate



Just up in the store!!!  Better Than Chocolate  Outline digi, sentiments, 3 coloured versions, sheets, it's all here in this set. :)

Don't forget to try the FSS Monthly Challenge! It's on until Feb 21!   I edited the entry instructions and added a Mr. Linky so it will be easier to enter  AND you can also email me your cards and I will host and enter them in the Linky for you if you don't have a  web gallery or blog.  All previous entries have been added and  recorded, so if you have already entered, no worries!

Have a great day!

:)* Fred

Monday, January 25, 2010

Catch Your Heart and Coloured Kimonos!

There are 2 new things up at the STORE :)



This also has oodles of coordinating blossoms and goes with the Cherry Blossom Papers!

and

Catch Your Heart ( Digi AND pre-coloured vesions and with sentiments)



I am still trying to squeeze out another Valentines design... stay tuned!

:)*  Fred

New Challenge UP!

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Please check out the FSS CHALLENGE BLOG for our first challenge.  Oooooh pretty!  The DT have outdone themselves with the theme.  You have until FEBRUARY 21st to submit your challenge entry and get a chance to win $20 gift certificate for the FSS STORE  :)  I am a bit behind the eight ball and will try and make a challenge card just for fun... but I have been busy! And there will be no MONDAY PICK ME UP :((  but I hope to share something next Monday!

I should have some new things up in the store this afternoon or sooner hoping.  I have a cute little design made for valentine's day or any day you want to tell your sweet thing how much you adore him!  Here is a sneak peek designed by Maria :
















  ... and coloured Kimonos and cherry blossom galore!  And there may be a design or two later in the week.

Later....

:)*  Fred

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Blog Hop Winner!!!!

ooooh Deanne just emailed me and told me we had 131 entries for the Blog HOP, isn't that fantastic?!

And she also told me who the winner is. Do you want to know??! LOL

OK, out of 131 entries and using www.random.org, the winning number was 107 and this is....

Carla van der Mei !!!! WTG Carla! woohoo! ( blows kazoo and throws confetti) Carla, I'll be emailing you ;)

Now back to my drawing board.... and coffee. Have a great day!

:)* Fred

Friday, January 22, 2010

Blog Hop - Last Day!

Have you hopped yet? Today is the last day of the Blog Hop! I am assuming the deadline will be midnight whereever the last place midmight is... anybody know? LOL We will announce the winner tomorrow January 23rd :)

Have a great day!
:)* Fred

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

DT Spotlight: Lora McIntyre

* If you are looking for the blog hop please go HERE :) *

Happy Wednesday! Today I am happy to feature LORA! This project is sooo cute! and I am a sucker for puppies... and pearls! ;)




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From Lora:

I decided to alter a little heart shaped box since Valentines Day is fast approaching. I got one of those chipboard boxes from the craft shop and covered it with some K&Co paper which is one of my favourite brands (isn't it everyone's?)
I have tried several ways of covering these shaped boxes and have found that the easiest way to do it is in three pieces.
First measure the width of your base and cut a strip of patterned paper (I used a 12x12 paper and it was just a bit longer than I needed), put a strip of double sided tape around the bottom and top of the base (or glue if you prefer) and starting at the top of the heart stick the paper all the way round.
Do the same with the edge of the lid, then trace round the top of the lid onto your patterened paper, cut out and stick with glue.
I then sanded all the edges to make them neat and it also stops the paper from ripping at the edges :) I inked the edges with brushed corduroy distress ink just to hide any imperfections where I had sanded especially where the paper joins on the lid.
Then decorate how you please :) I used a string of tiny pearls around the lid stuck on with clear drying glue and of course FSS Rosie which I coloured with Polychromos Pencils and OMS (my very first time colouring with them by the way!! lol)

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Thanks, Lora... love it! And your first time colouring with pencil/OMS .. you did a great job!

:)* Fred

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

CARD Smelling the Cherry Blossoms



Hi! I decided to try and make an easel card. I found the instructions on Splitcoast Stampers. The Cherry Blossoms Paper was printed on matte photo paper and I glue pen embossed an outline around some of the flowers with a gold embossing powder with glitter in it. It just makes the paper look so rich almost like real washi paper. I coloured the girl and blossoms with alcohol markers ( copic and neopiko) and did some highlighting on hair, etc with white pencil and added a shadow with a cream pencil. I used Waterfall Stickles on the sash and flowers. The butterfly is from MS butterfly stamp combo punch. There are 3 green gems ( that didn't photograph well so you can't see them) keeping the card propped up.

I've attached the sentiments in case you would like to use them :)




Have a great day! ... and don't forget to hop around the Blog Hop and get the chance to win some new designs!

:)* Fred

Monday, January 18, 2010

MONDAY PICK ME UP #5 JAN 18



It's Monday again! New Monday Pick Me Up is posted on the FSS Group.

5 "Tie Dyed" Cherry Blossom Papers. ( actually 10 LOL)

I still have some peeps with webpage loading problems, so I will play 'nice' and share the links here LOL!

5 - 6"x6" papers can be downloaded HERE

5 - dreamy full letter sized sheets can be downloaded HERE

CARD DEETS:

I printed a Tie Dyed Cherry Blossom paper on satin photo paper. I used the Fred's Flowers v6 Daisies set for the flower and leaves and coloured with Pencils/OMS. The frame is from the Stained Glass Floral Doodledallion 3 set.. but I just used the paper pricking pattern and cut out. I used some Stampendous Orchid Greeting clear stamps for the swirlies and the Happy Birthday, stickles here and there, a stamen punch, and a MS butterfly/stamp combo punch.

Happy Monday!
:)* Fred

Friday, January 15, 2010

Let's Start the Blog Hop! :D

The Blog Hop is now closed and a winner has been chosen :) Thanks to all who played; we hope you had fun and were inspired! 131 entries, that's awesome!

Welcome to our first "FRED SHE SAID" blog hop!!! The BLOG HOP starts HERE!!!

The blogs you will visit are:

Also, along the way, you will see a special CODE WORD. Collect them all up! Once you reach the end of the blog (which will be the "Fred She Said" Challenge blog), email DEANNE with the special code sentence and your name will go in for a draw for the 4 newest releases - Fred's Flowers v6 Daisies and Bracket Borders, Stained Glass Floral Doodledallion 3, Empty Pockets Shrugger Digi Set, and Smelling the Cherry Blossoms Digi Set ( Or store equivalent if you are just too impatient to wait to see if you won ;) ). There will be complete instructions on the FSS Challenge Blog on how to enter.

This blog hop will run from today, January 15th until January 22nd. On the 23rd, the winner will be announced here on the "Fred She Said" blog.

Thank-you for taking the time to play along. Now, to continue the blog hop, please visit Carol H.'s blog at http://chocolatecraftsandbearsohmy.blogspot.com/




:)* Fred

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

DT Spotlight: Darsie Bruno

I am pleased to introduce a new feature on the Fred She Said Blog :) Every Wednesday we are giving the FSS DT the spotlight to show a beautiful creation they have made or a tutorial, you'll never know what you will find here in the spotlight but it will certainly be delightful eye candy and inspiration for the Mid-week 'hump' !

In the spotlight today is ... Darsie Bruno! Gorgeous creation, Darsie :)

Paper Embroidery meets Fred, She Said!


Fred, She Said’s Pricking Patterns are perfect for Paper Embroidery. Combine the patterns with one of Tracey’s delightful images and you just can’t go wrong! A needle, thread, and a basic stitch is all you need to transform the patterns into beautiful cards. To learn more about this technique, travel to Darsie’s blog! Darsie has been embroidering on paper for almost two years, and loves the look it gives to her cards.

Darsie used the Fall Flowers & Paper Pricking Patterned Set. A Precoloured version can be found HERE.

Happy Wednesday!

:)* Fred

Monday, January 11, 2010

MONDAY PICK ME UP #4 JAN 11

Happy Monday! You can "pick up" some balloons at the FSS Group HERE!

I know some of you are having issues accessing the FSS Group. ... and some my blog. We are still not sure what the problem is, but if you have troubles, please email me and I'll send you the file.

:)* Fred

Friday, January 08, 2010

Daisies, Bracket Borders & Doodledallions

There are TWO new products up at the STORE!

Fred's Flowers v6 Daisies with Bracket Borders



This one has two types of flowers and borders that will fit a Spellbinders Labels ONE die :D. There are also 3 versions that are ready to cut if you don't have that die.

CARD deets: I coloured the flowers with pencils/oms ( used ONE prismacolor pencil Black Cherry! and a green for outlines) and blended antique linen distress ink on the digi-stamp still in the Labels one die. The background is cream CB embossed CS with Peeled Paint distress ink sponge blended on top then I brayered versamark ink over embossed area and brushed on a Lilac moonglow mica powder with a soft brush.... you can only see this powder at a certain angle... so cool!

Next up is Stained Glass Floral Doodledallion 3 Digi Set.

Here is a wonderful sample by DT Darsie :)



This set has a fancy and a plainer version. Darsie's uses the fancier version and is coloured with copics... more details on her blog. There are also sentiments included plus the ready-to-print sheets have a paper pricking border!

Have a great day!
:)* Fred

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

We're Getting Ready...

Hi all! We are getting geared up for some fun! Next week, Friday Jan 15th we will be having a Blog Hop.

And we are building the nest for our Fred She Said Challenge Blog! Woohoo! Please go check it out. The first challenge will be on Jan 25th and we will be hosting challenges the last Monday of each month. And there will also be a random draw on Feb 1st for a Free image picked from the followers who have joined the Challenge Blog. How cool is that?

I will have a couple of new floral pretties ready for January 8th. I know some of you have been biting at the bit for new stuff AND I know some of you have emailed me asking me to slow down as their pockets books need recharging after Christmas LOL! nanana. too bad LOL!

Back to "work"... the pretties are calling me.

:)* Fred

Monday, January 04, 2010

Happy New Year! and a Freebie

I hope you all are enjoying a wonderful New Year! I am enjoying a cold I picked up New Year's Day! LOL

Speaking of Picking Up, have you picked up your MONDAY PICK ME UP today? :D


Preview here , the FSS Group link above has a zip with full size JPG and PNG's attached. If you have troubles nabbing, please send me an email!

More news:
The DT are getting geared up for some fun later next week!
And We raised $229 CAD for Samaritan's Purse woohoo! Thanks to all who purchased the Poinsettia and Pine Boughs Sets. Mwah! The donation has gone through now and this Fund Raiser is now closed.

Well it's back to "work" for me... actually it's fun! ... making "pretties" is always fun!

Have a great day!
:)* Fred