Floral Pretties - Past & Present

Monday, March 29, 2010

Blog Hop and Challenge Winners!

Thanks so much to all who participated in the Blog Hop and February Challenge!  I hope you enjoyed both :)

We had 72 entries for the Blog Hop.  And the winner of a $20 GC to the FSS Store is:



Janet Kay Bailey!!!!  Congrats Janet!


And the winner of the February Challenge  (randomly drawn from my mixing bowl) and who wins a $20 GC as well is:

Nancy Brown!!!!  Congrats Nancy! 

:)*  Fred and the Team

March CHALLENGE is up

Deanne has "sprung" a brand new challenge for March :D
 Please check it out at the FSS CHALLENGE BLOG and get all the details on how to participate and get a chance to win another $20 GC!  Oh the girls' card are soooo pretty!  Go see! ;)

We will be picking winners today for the February Challenge AND for our BLOG HOP!  Thanks so much to all who participated! We will be posting the  winners here and at the Challenge Blog.

Here is a card I made to celebrate SPRING and the challenge!


  I used the FSS Digi Freebie being offered at the Operation Write Home's Star and Stamps Blog. "Tulips Trio"  The die cut frame was made using alcohol inks and the outer frame had distress inks sponged on (both die cuts are Spellbinders).  The tulips were coloured with coloured pencils/OMS and glittered with Diamond Stickles.  My new favourite thing ATM is pearl string!  I went and bought over 80 yards in ivory, white and irridescent pearl string. Am I nuts?  Yes LOL.  In case you are wondering how I get my pearls to stay good and stuck on my card.... Zip Dry Glue... that stuff is awesome!  Just a tiny thin line of the glue keeps the string in place and grabs and holds (and sets up) really quick!

Have a great day!
:)*  Fred

Monday, March 22, 2010

Third BLOG HOP Woohoo!

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to announce our third Blog Hop!  I have lots of new Spring goodies being showcased by our lovely DT members.

As you hop along, please collect the secret code words from each DT member, at the end, enter the PHRASE using the provided instructions for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to the Fred She Said Store : )

REMINDER!!!  February Challenge is still active, please check HERE .  Another chance to win a $20 GC!  If you do please use an FSS image somewhere on your card; Deanne has a link on the challenge blog to all the FSS Freebies if you don't have any.

 If you want to see what is new in the store, please go HERE

Here is a taste ;)



Now ... ON WITH THE BLOG HOP!!!

I get a secret word this time woohoo! And my word is:  WE

Now please go see:
In case you lose your way here is the list of Blog Hop Participants:
MICHELLE   
JUDY 
Have fun hopping!

:)*  Fred





Sunday, March 21, 2010

New Stuff in Store

Woohoo!

OH YES!  Blog Hop MONDAY MARCH 22!!!  Today or tomorrow depending on when you read this!  Come have some fun , see some pretty eye candy, and get a chance to win a $20 GC!





( made to fit Sizzix Top Note Die and another to fit
Spellbinders Labels Eight Die)


woohoo!



( great for wedding cards)

Wow, that's alot! Boy am I tired! LOL  
Have a great day!
Fred




Wednesday, March 17, 2010

SPOTLIGHT: Sonya Appel

I am so happy to have Sonya in the spotlight today!  Sonya makes such gorgeous cards and she is the master of the quilling and flower-anything... sooo pretty!  Anyhoo, Sonya had a special request for me ( I'll let her tell the story ;)  )  Sonya made this gorgeous box!  Also please go congratulate Sonya, she just posted on her blog that she is a new Grandma to a sweet little girl!  Woohoo!

Here's Sonya!

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Your A Blessing Magic Box.





  This Emma image was a special request and Tracey outdid herself.  I asked her for an Emma made especially for these magic boxes.  One where Emma would be holding a sign with a sentiment and that had a back view since the magic boxes are a 360 view.  You can see from the pictures that it works beautifully and, in my opinon, makes the box extra special!!  The floating flowers are also in this digi set and come in three sizes for layering or for smaller boxes.




 Emma and the flowers were colored in Prismacolors and OMS. The flowers were lined with metallic gel pens, shaped, layered and glittered then adhered with glue dots to their acetate floating "stems".  I decided not to add leaves so not to add another color, but you could if you so desire.  Emma is attached to the bottom of the box just as the flowers are but does not move.  When you take the lid off of the box the sides fall to reveal the surprise of falling flowers that "float" with very little air movement.  You can adapt this box to a smaller size and the variations are endless!  I have more details on my blog, www.appelquilling.blogspot.com.  Thanks sooo much Tracey for such a cute Emma to play with!

Digi Set used:  Emma with a Sign
Sonya's Tutorial:  LINK

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Sooo cute, Sonya!  Enjoy that new grandbaby!


:)*  Fred

Friday, March 12, 2010

Passion for ProMarkers Weekend Workshop

Today I am sponsoring the Weekend Workshop at Passion for Promarkers :)



Debbie has a fabulous colouring tutorial using Smelling the Cherry Blossoms!  Go to this post to read Debbie's tutorial and leave a comment for a chance to win a $15 GC to the Fred She Said Store!

SPOTLIGHT: Julie Stewart

I am happy to have Julie Stewart in the Spotlight this week!    I love Julie's style, she just KNOWS how to take a simple design to maximum 'oomph'. :)



Julie's project this week is a card set!

Here's Julie!:

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I thought this group of images would make a cute little set of cards to give away as a gift.  The box is just made from 2 pieces of 8 1/2 x 10 and scored on each side to fit the A2 size cards.  I thought I would keep each layout the same to make it look like a set.  I used one extra image and a little ribbon to match the box to the cards.  The images are from the Pre-Coloured Fall Flowers and PP Set.



 

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Thanks so much, Julie!  I'd love a gift like this! So pretty!

Just in case you forgot PEEPs!:

FSS Challenge still going on :)  Chance to win $20 GC!
Free Tulip Image at  OWH Stars and Stamps! 

And other news!
BLOG HOP!  Monday March 22!
New releases SOON! :)

Monday, March 08, 2010

Free FSS Image at Stars and Stamps!

 Hi y'all! 
I am sure most of you have heard of Operation Write Home (formerly Cards for Heroes).Operation Write Home is a network of cardmakers who create blank handmade greeting cards  in support of our nation's heroes for them to write home on.  Operation Write Home recently started a new blog, Stars and Stamps, to inspire the many cardmakers.  The Stars and Stamps blog features inspiration, challenge, tutorials, creativity and more!  Operation Write Home is currently hosting a Half and Half challenge to inspire us cardmakers to create Mother's and Father's Day cards.  Fred She Said Designs is offering a free Tulips digital stamp for Mother's Day and FSS DT Darsie Bruno has a wonderful tutorial planned using this freebie Tuesday March 9th on the Stars and Stamps Blog.   ( Today or Tomorrow depending on when you read this LOL)  Please check it out and, also, the latest Half & Half Operation Write Home Campaign :)

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The FREEBIE will be only available at the Stars and Stamps Blog at this LINK.
Have a Great Day!
:)*  Fred