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Hello  Friends,

The healing of my left knee moves on at a  slow pace.  I am being very dutiful in the exercise to help the healing on my left leg.  I want to share you some peaks at the release scheduled for next week.  As of Friday, January 6 at 12:00 PM EST  you will not be able to purchase and old sets bt Marcella Hawley and Sam Pritchard.  If you want you must act now.

I came upon some articles that were in the internet and though you would enjoy them so I am sharing them to share with you.  First in our home we celebrate 12th night.  Also known as “little Christmas or Epiphany.  We save the best gift of Christmas that we are giving each other, as the 3 Magi brought  Gold, Frankincense,  and  Myrrh.  All things a true king would deserve. We keep our Christmas decorations until January 6 each year. Most of us know the lyrics of the song “The 12 days of Christmas”  I found this imagery of this song and the meaning behind them.  This is the first of two tidbits about Christmas.  Here is the imagery, the meaning of each verse on the lyricsimage-on-12-days-pf-christmas

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.

It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

* The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

* Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments

* Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

* The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

* The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

* The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

* Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit – Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

* The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

* Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

* The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

* The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

* The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

My second tidbit is about Santa Claus which I found on the history channel.  If your like me and  think about Santa Claus a a jolly old man dressed in red. Here I am sharing with you the history and evolution of Santa Claus.

“The man we know as Santa Claus has a history all his own. Today, he is thought of mainly as the jolly man in red, but his story stretches all the way back to the 3rd century. Find out more about the history of Santa Claus from his earliest origins to the shopping mall favorite of today, and discover how two New Yorkers–Clement Clark Moore and Thomas Nast–were major influences on the Santa Claus millions of children wait for each Christmas

The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas’s popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, December 6. This was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or to get married. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland.”

 

 

St. Nicholas made his first inroads into American popular culture towards the end of the 18th century. In December 1773, and again in 1774, a New York newspaper reported that groups of Dutch families had gathered to honor the anniversary of his death.

The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick’s Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas). In 1804, John Pintard, a member of the New York Historical Society, distributed woodcuts of St. Nicholas at the society’s annual meeting. The background of the engraving contains now-familiar Santa images including stockings filled with toys and fruit hung over a fireplace. In 1809, Washington Irving helped to popularize the Sinter Klaas stories when he referred to St. Nicholas as the patron saint of New York in his book, The History of New York. As his prominence grew, Sinter Klaas was described as everything from a “rascal” with a blue three-cornered hat, red waistcoat, and yellow stockings to a man wearing a broad-brimmed hat and a “huge pair of Flemish trunk hose.”

On to the subject of stamping, we have just celebrated the holidays filled with peace, love and hope.  As we move to our January in just a few days, our release is all about the love in the air.  In seems to me that all of those good wishes usher in to Valentines Day.  I love to look into the things we do and the history behind them.  It is pretty sure that I will share with you the history of Valentines Day.

I wish for each of you to have a year of prosperity, love and peace.

auf Deutch,:  “Frohes neues Jahr”.Frohes neues JahrGutes.

in French: Bonne Annee,

Spanish: Feliz Año Nuevo,

Italian: Buon anno / Felice anno nuovo,

Japanese:,あけましておめでとうございます,

Korean:새해 복 많이 받으세요

Finish: hyvää uutta,

Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar

Vietnamese: ‘Chuc Mung Nam Moi

Until Later, Ciao,

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My Cup Overflows With Your Blessings

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Happy New Year’s to all of our Flourishes, LC fans, Linda Lucas here with a creative card using My Cup Overflows. If you are new to our blog, welcome, if you are a returning friend, we are glad you came back. We have some exciting new releases happening next week, so make sure you visit us, you are going to love the new stamp sets.

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My Cup Overflows is a perfect stamp set to send out to friends for either a girls coffee get together or an afternoon tea, what ever you choose.

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Product List

Flourishes LC

My Cup Overflows illustrated by Lauren Pope

Flourishes Classic White card stock

Other:

Spellbinders: S4-474 Oval Bliss Nestabilities

Imagine Crafts: Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: 3D Foam Squares; E-Z Dodz Permanent Runner

Chameleon Pens

Cream and yellow card stock

Corner Rounder

Have a wonderful week and remember to stop by next week for the new leases.

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Hello Friends

I hope you have had a great holiday.  I am sending you prayers and thoughts for the new year 2017.

My holiday has not been so great.  I fell on Dec 13th and broke my left femur- decimated it would be a better description.  I slipped and fell leaving our local seafood market.  It took 2 men to get me into our car and we went straight to the hospital.  It was determined that I had to have major surgery.  A steel rod was inserted into my thigh bone-femur- from knee cap to hip bone.  I spent the next 7 days recovering in the hospital.  I am now home with skilled nurse care.  I have a nurse once a week and four days of very tough physical therapy.  I have been told it will take 8 months for  a complete heal. The brace  I wear hurts more than it should. I will a bone density test soon.

I am excited that Terre Fry will go to CHA and be our representative. She will display our stamps we have designed through June of the year.  We will have a new artist to replace Lauren Pope and we are looking for a 2nd artist as Bev Cole is no longer on out team.

Keep your eye out for our January release.  Love is definitely in the air!  The future looks very bright and we will move back to Volusion with a beautiful store.  you have seen some of the changes on our store front and in our blog.  The final details should be complete before our January release. It will by far more responsive than our temporary site.

So have a great day and have a year filled with blessings.

Until later, Ciao

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From Our House to Your’s A Merry Christmas

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From our house to your’s the entire Flourishes, LC family wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a bright New Year!

Hello everyone!  Happy Saturday!  It’s Gloria here to share a Christmas card  with you using the Winter Blooms stamp set from Flourishes LC.  This week the Friends of Flourishes Design Team theme is Christmas so I made this Christmas card.

To create this card, I:

1) Colored the stamped card stock using Copic markers and then fussy cut them.

2) Mounted all elements as shown to a top-fold card base using double-sided tape, added sequins, twine and decorative tapes.

Flourishes,LC product list :  Winter blooms

Other:  sequins, baker’s twine, Copic markers

Check out the other members of the Friends DT and see what they have to share with you:

Davi 

Gloria (That’s me.)

Kren

Shirley

Toni

Vickie

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

It’s All In the Deatils

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Merry Christmas from our family here at Flourishes,LC to all of you, we wish you many happy memories with your friends and families and a bright New Year! Today, Senior Designer, Linda Lucas is sharing a scrapbook layout featuring All In The Details, Winter blooms and Christmas Sentiments.

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Thank you for stopping by my post today, and remember stamps are not just for cards, you can use them to create many wonderful projects.

Product List

Flourishes LC

All in the Details 1

Winter Blooms

Christmas Sentiments

Other:

Corrugated Cardboard

DecoArt Crackle Medium

Handmade Stencil

Authentique Paper and Stickers

Lace

Want2Scrap Red Rhinestones

 

 

 

 

Pearls and Lace Flourishes Style

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Good morning all.  Welcome to the Friends of Flourishes first team challenge.  Davi here and today I’m choosing the theme, pearls and lace.  My super talented teammates and I are very excited about our new team.  We hope to inspire you to pull out your pearls and lace and join us this week! Please stop by and check out all my teammates’ awesome creations.  Each one of us has used one of the beautiful Flourishes images and/or sentiments. You will also want to check out the store for all the wonderful stamp sets and supplies for all your needs.  Here’s my card.

Be sure to visit the Friends DT blogs for more inspiration.

The Friends of Flourishes team:

Davi (That’s me.)

Gloria

Kren

Shirley

Toni

Vickie

 

It’s A Coastal Christmas

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It’s a Coastal Christmas here at Flourishes,LC, I’m Senior Designer Linda Lucas and I have absolutely enjoyed creating this season with the stamp set, Coastal Christmas. This stamp set has so many possibilities when choosing your color pallet.

 

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Product List

Flourishes LC:

Coastal Christmas

Classic White cardstock

Other Products:

Spellbinders: Die cuts

Imagine Crafts: Memento Ink in Rhubarb Stalk and Tuxedo Black, irRESISTIBLES Pico Embellisher in Shimmer

Chameleon Markers

White Gel Pen

Twine

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: 3D Foam Squares, E-Z Adhesive Runner

Beacon Adhesives: 3-in-1 Adhesive

Seashell Metal Embellishment

Patchwork paper

Corner Rounder

Thank you for stopping by the blog today, if you love Coastal Christmas as much as I do, please leave a comment. Merry Christmas!

A Year In Review Day 5

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Happy Friday everyone, and welcome to day 5 of the year in review. I am Senior Designer Naomi Gong and today I am sharing one of my favorite stamp sets released this year, Winter Blooms. I had fun creating my own background using this stamp set, it is the perfect stamp set to stamp your images and the fussy cut around them to layer and add dimension to your project. I hope you enjoyed my creative project, we love to hear what inspired you so leave is a comment. Happy Holidays!

Flourishes LC Product List:

Winter Blooms

 

A Year In Review Day 4

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Hello Everyone, and welcome to Day 4 of the Year in Review, I am Senior Designer Rebecca Ednie, and today I am sharing one of my favorite stamp sets, Year of Flowers 3. I do believe that you can never have too many flower stamp sets, and this beautifully detailed stamp set would make a great addition to your floral collection. Thank you for stopping by my blog post today, if you love my creativity, please leave a comment.

Supplies:
Year of Flowers 3
Nuvo Glitter Drops
Scalloped Edge Die Simon Says Stamp

Spellbinders Fancy Die Cut
Versamark Ink

Seam Binding Ribbon

Paper My Mind’s Eye