Sunday, August 5, 2012

August Beautiful World Tour

Hello Everyone and welcome to the first Flourishes Beautiful World Tour!!! Those of you who have been following Flourishes for a while will know that the first Monday of the month used to be the Bring Back Beautiful Challenge. As we celebrate Flourishes' 5th Birthday, there have been some changes and one of those is our team! No longer are we a challenge team, instead we FOUR new members to the team - Sasha, Dina, Anne-Elise and Meredith - (WELCOME girls, we are excited to have you join us!!) and each month, travel the world with us and be inspired by talented girls from all parts of the globe!!! We are now represented by Australia, United States, Canada, Finland, England and Germany and each month one of the girls will be hosting the hop on the Flourishes blog, sharing a little about their creation and maybe even a little about their corner of the world!

So.....what does this mean for YOU?? Instead of being challenged to create and play along, all we ask is you do a little globetrotting and stamp our passports (leave us a comment) and you could WIN A FREE FLOURISHES STAMP SET!!!! Yes, you heard right, leave a comment and have the chance to win!! The catch is, you don't know which country is going to be this week's vacation spot (chosen blog) so leave a comment on each one by AUGUST 31st for your chance to win!!

If you've jetted in from Australia from Iwona's blog then you have arrived at the right destination. If you haven't, perhaps you'd like to start your journey back in Florida at the Flourishes Blog so you don't miss any of the inspiration along the way!!

This month, the hostess is Kathy in Australia and she asked that we create something inspired by a song!

Maybe it had something to do with the live reggae music I could hear from the park across the street from my place, but, I was inspired by the Bob Marley song, Three Little Birds (every little thing is gonna be alright).  It definitely isn't a Canadian song but, with the sun shining here in the Vancouver, Canada area, I was reminded of the carefree summers I had as a child.  Summer seemed endless back then, and I don't even know how many days we spent down at the lake, fishing off the wharf.  

Here is what I created:
I used the Sweet Days of Summer stamp set by Flourishes stamping it in dark grey ink.  This set is FULL of beautiful silhouette images and  I just love this peaceful image of a little boy fishing at the lake.  The patterned papers are from the MME Lost & Found Two - Breeze 6x6 Paper Pad.  I stitched the two pieces together using my Janome Sew Mini.  The main image was cut out using Spellbinders Classic Ovals and the mat was cut out using Spellbinders Labels 18.  The die-cuts were sponged with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Tumbled Glass.  It was a bit too bright, so, I sponged over-top of that with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Old Paper which muted the colour a bit.  Finally, I embellished with a couple of vintage buttons and some twine.

Well, I hope you enjoyed your last stop at Beautiful British Columbia,, it's time for you to head on back to the Flourishes Blog.

Happy Travels!


Meredith MacRitchie

I love it Naomi! I love how you shaded the green behind your stamped image, it really gives the perfect 'mood' to your image. And it's PERFECT for summer!


Your card is beautiful, Naomi! I love this image, so beautifully framed! Love your background with the buttons, too!

Kathy Jones

I just *love* the story behind your inspiration and the song you chose!! Your card is gorgeous, fabulous colours and so serene!! Beautiful!!!


beautiful. Love Bob Marley. and I love our carefree summer days up here in Canada. Have a great day


I really love your card. It reminds me of my boys when we would take them fishing. Such good memories. Thanks for sharing.

Marlou McAlees

loving your beautiful card :) TFS and i have just finished my journey around the globe .. LOL .. :) thanks for chance to win x

Tracey Sabella

Gorgeous!! Love the soft color surrounding this silhouette fishing image, perfectly coordinating with the patterned paper!! I'm a new follower. Thanks for the inspirational tour!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Dina Kowal

Sweet and serene - I love these colors together, and I especially love that soft gingham. And that song!


Such a lovely and serene card.

Dangina Martinez

This turned out amazingly beautiful! I really like the image and how you shaded it up. Awesome job.
Hugs, Dangina


Oh how pretty! I love the homey inviting feel of this card, and your buttons and sewing are nice touches. Especially love how you threaded the buttons.


Adorable card! Such soft colors! The sentiment goes perfect with the picture!


I love the way you shaded and framed the stamped image Naomi, and the buttons are a cute touch. That beautiful stamp is perfect for the sentiment!


Love your scene!


A lovely card! I adore your button treatment.

Gretchen Wilson

This make me want to go fishing, or at least dangle my feet in the water. It's been so hot this summer and this card make me feel cool. Your coloring is so beautiful and you the card such a warm touch. WONDERFUL.


Hi there, thought i would pop by and take part in your blog hop love the idea and adore your gorgeous card. Love your song choice and your gorgeous take on the theme. Wishing you every success with this new crafty adventure.



Hi there, thought i would pop by and take part in your blog hop love the idea and adore your gorgeous card. Love your song choice and your gorgeous take on the theme. Wishing you every success with this new crafty adventure.



Lovely card!


Naomi, this is a perfect summer card. It is soothing and relaxing. What a Joy! It is also a joy to have you as as a member of Team Flourishes.
Jan Marie

Kasey ~ in Oz

Such a soft and misty effect you have created here for this silhouette stamp. Gorgeous card, I love the frame and button embellishments.

Thanks for this fabulous blog hop.

Kasey ~ in Oz


Such a sweet scene!!! Love the colors!!


What a sweet card... filled with nostalgic memories. Makes it truly special. Love the button detail. Thanks for sharing.

Stacey Schafer



Love hearing about your song inspiration. Your card depicts such a wonderful summer your design and colors!

Connie MacFarlane

Great inspiration and great card Naomi! Love the silhouette and the colours you have used.

Sarah's Treasures

Beautiful card! And welcome to the design team.


The scene is so peaceful. A great card.


The scene is so peaceful. A great card.

Mary-Anne V

pretty card with such a peaceful image.


Perfect image for the Bob Marley song.
Love your design too!


Simply beautiful. Love the button original.


Beautiful, serene and peaceful card...perfect for the song!!


Simply gorgeous Naomi! Love this image, and the fab papers, a lovely card!


What a fabulously sweet card! Love the button embellies!

Linda R.

What a sweet card...lovely colors and background!

Linda Carson

Beautifully done! It does bring back childhood memories!


Such a sweet little card, Naomi! Love how you've framed in the sweet little scene! It looks so cozy and serene, just as it should!!

Sheila in Cyprus

This is beautiful. I love your choice of song and image. The colours make for such a restful scene, I wonder what the little boy is thinking?
Love Sheila x

Patti P.

Stunning, love the simplicity of your papers and stamped in gray...such a soft muted scene. Love those memories of childhood and summer days, seems like now we are just too busy. Thanks for the hop, enjoyed it so very much.


This card is so soft and sentimental....the more I look at it the more I appreciate your talet and creativity. It is just beautiful.


I LOVE this card! The image and colors are wonderful! Thanks for sharing.


beautiful card