Monday, August 06, 2012

What a Beautiful World..... Tour!

Last month Flourishes announced that they were looking for international designers to fill some vacancies in their Bring Back Beautiful team. I'm so excited to share with you that I was chosen to fill one of those slots! Instead of monthly challenges, the team will be presenting a monthly themed blog hop, hosted by our group of international designers... we are literally spread out all over the globe! We hope you will enjoy these world tours as we showcase Flourishes images in our monthly Beautiful World Tours!! Still at the heart of our projects is the idea of truly showcasing beauty in card making – whether it just be in a beautifully colored image, a fabulous way to incorporate an embellishment or a new twist on a card layout.

So.....what does this mean for YOU?? Instead of being asked to create and play along, all we ask is you do a little globetrotting!! Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea and take a little tour with us - see how we've interpreted the month's theme, each of us in our own little corner of the world. If you just happened on the blog hop today because you're a regular reader of my blog, and you'd like to view the entire hop, you can start back at the Flourishes Blog - you'll find a full list of participants there, and all the details you need. If you're already hopping and you arrived here from Betty's blog you're doing just fine.

Leave comments for all our designers and you could WIN A FREE FLOURISHES STAMP SET!! Comments will be accepted until August 31st, and a random comment will be chosen by one of our designers - but we're not telling which one! The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning will be.

This month our theme is the Beauty of a Song.  Each member of the team was asked to create a project using inspiration from the lyrics of a favorite song. Here's my card:

I wasn't sure which direction to go with this challenge at first, so I sat down with my Flourishes stash to see if any of the sentiments would trigger an idea. When I got to the Lenten Rose set, a song we heard often when we were in the States started playing in my head - it's a song called "I Lift My Hands" that expresses trust and hope in the faithfulness of God, and the first words of the song are "Be still." We recently returned to our Asian home after 7 transient months in the States, so after that period of upheaval and lack of routine, I've definitely needed some moments of stillness. 

I stamped the vase image using Sahara Sand ink from Memento, then watercolored using dye reinkers. I added shading using watercolor pencils, and painted a sheer coat of pearlescent white Lumiere paint over the vase. I love using a light ink for my outline when I watercolor - the images just have so much more depth. I used my Scor-Buddy to edge the  focal panel. I trimmed around a few petals with a craft knife and embossed those areas from the back of the panel with a large stylus.

From here you'll be traveling on to.........

 Kathy's just a few time zones to my right - she is our team coordinator and this month's challenge hostess. Thanks for hopping with us today! Don't forget to leave a comment!

Thanks for stopping by!

50 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Dina, this is amazing! I love the watercolour effect; it doesn't even look like stamping. What a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL card!

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  2. Gorgeous, Dina!! Your image is so beautifully colored! Amazing work!

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  3. Gorgeous, Dina! I love the effect the lighter outline has with the overall depth and dimension, too! Stunning coloring. I need to try this technique for sure. Love the song inspiration, too! Looking forward to working with you again as well!

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  4. Holy Smokes!!! Dina your watercolouring is out of this world gorgeous girl!!! I absolutely *love* this card...gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!!

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  5. Hi Dina, a beautiful card and the Scripture is one of my favourites, thanks for chance to join in the celebrations :) blessings xx

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  6. Wow, your work with this gorgeous stamp is a work of art!! I'm a new follower. Thanks for the inspirational tour!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

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  7. Oh Dina,
    The image and your coloring are gorgeous. Love how you cut it out. What a beautiful card.
    Lisa

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  8. WOW! Dina, your water colouring is simply beautiful. I can't stop looking at your gorgeous card...STUNNING!

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  9. Francie (Montreal)8/06/2012 8:34 AM

    Oooooh! I love your watercolouring, layout, colour combo. Actually I love the whole card. Nice job.

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  10. Gorgeous watercoloring Dina! Love this image and nothing could be more "still" than this still life watercolor! Beautiful!

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  11. Gorgeous card! Your coloring is beautiful!

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  12. Your colors and layout are beautiful Dina, and I am really impressed by your water coloring. I love the way you raised some of the petals, it's a gorgeous card!

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  13. Dina this is gorgeous. I've never have tried using the watercolor paper, but now I know I must try sometime soon. This such a stunning card and I love the way you popped up that little edge. Well done.

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  14. Fab watercoloring! And, I love all the embossing. A beauty!

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  15. Fantastic coloring Dina! Gorgeous roses.

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  16. This is great!! Congratulations Dina!! So happy for you and all the wonderful things happening for you Sister!!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

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  17. Congratulations on your new DT post looks thoroughly deserved to me. First time on your blog and am joining the hop. Was blown away by this beauty such perfection, your colouring skills are exceptional and the card is beautifully designed. I just adore this.

    Marie

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  18. this is incredibly beautiful Dina-love your coloring skills

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  19. Wow, This is beautiful. Your coloring is amazing, I love it.

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  20. Love the water coloring of this! Such a beautiful effect! Just gorgeous!!

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  21. Dina, words do not adequately express the beauty of this card, along with the words and thoughts! As soon as I saw it, I thought about attempting something like this for a family whose daughter was killed on the way to college. Their pastor, his wife, and entire church family will be ministering to them...but only God can minister to them in the days and weeks to come. Please pray for them. The services are tonight and tomorrow.. And thanks for sharing this gorgeous card...I'm so delighted you are now in Flourishes' design team!

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  22. Beautiful card - love the colors and the depth you achieved with the watercolors (aka dye reinkers :).

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  23. Wow - that's some stunning colouring you've got there, Dina. Haven't been able to stop staring! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Holly Saveur8/07/2012 4:19 AM

    STUNNING!!So beautiful.....

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  25. Beautiful peace of art...Looks like you painted on canvas :). God Bless you!

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  26. Your work is always so beautiful and I enjoy seeing every new post. This card rocks my world. You watercoloured it so beautifully.

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  27. Hi Dina, what a fabulous card. Have you saved as a favourite as your cards just give me so much inspiration. Colouring is to die for.

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  28. Dina, I love the watercolor technique that you used and the texture that you have given your card. This is a real work of art. Truly Beautiful!!! I will coming back to see more of your designs.

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  29. Dina, first of all congratulations on being selected as part of the Flourishes design team! Not hard to tell why after seeing your card. Absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love how you made this image come alive with your colouring, shading and texture.

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  30. Beautiful card, Dina! (Yours always are!) Welcome
    to the design team.

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  31. This is so beautiful! The depth of the shading is amazing.

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  32. Wow your colouring/painting skills are awesome...such an inspirational card.

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  33. Dina,
    Oh my this is just breathtaking! I was stunned when I pulled up your blog. Your water coloring is amazing.

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  34. Gorgeous shading with this fantastic color palette. Great LO.

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  35. Melanie Ann MacKenzie8/07/2012 8:45 PM

    Your watercolouring is just lovely. Beautiful job.

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  36. Beautifully done card...they look so real...a stunning effect!!

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  37. This is a gorgeous technique! Love the watercolour effect, and the stamping without lines technique, so pretty.

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  38. So lovely! The depth you have achieved here is amazing!

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  39. Gorgeously amazing! Beautiful, peaceful!
    Just found you from Jill's blog, CANNOT wait to see what the 2 of you create! I'm sure it will be mouth-wateringly{--how's that for a word} beautiful!

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  40. Beautiful song and beautiful card. You did a wonderful job!

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  41. Christy Bennington8/09/2012 10:28 AM

    Beautiful! I agree with so many other comments about the watercolor effect - it truly pops! Thank you!

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  42. Love this exquisite beauty!! It's jaw-dropping!

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  43. WOW! This is amazing.
    I love the watercolouring and your subtle choice of colours.
    The scalloped layers are a perfect finishing touch.
    Love Sheila x

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  44. What a gorgeous piece of art...would be beautiful framed, I love card making but it is a pleasure to visit your blog and see a true artist. So glad you are on the team!!

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  45. wow, your coloring is amazing, love it

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  46. WOW! Your coloring is spectacular. I just love your card. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

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