Thursday, March 05, 2015

Christmas Poinsettia


Hi everyone.  I looked at my box of Christmas cards this year and was surprised to see that I already have ten made :)  Looks like I'm keeping up with my plan to make at least one a week - yay!  So, continuing on, I used the challenge at Merry Monday (#148 - Red and Green) as my jumping off point for today's card.



And, I used Vicki's card from the current Muse Challenge (#107) for my layout and design.  I liked how Vicki has a vertical strip, with her blocks of patterned paper split to include a stamped sentiment within the strip.

Vicki's Muse card


I started by masking off the front of my card.  Then I placed a small piece of removable tape across where I wanted the sentiment to go.  I placed a leafy stencil over top and sponged Shabby Shutters distress ink.  I removed the masks and stamped my sentiment in red ink.

The poinsettia is die-cut with three layers from red cardstock.  I sponged around the edges of all the petals with red ink to give it some dimension.  Then I used my stylus and mat to shape the petals and assembled the flower with just little dabs of glue at the center.

This was a quick and easy card for me to make as I had the poinsettia already done and sitting in my unfinished project box.  Actually, it's boxes ... and no matter how many times I pull something out to put on a card, there seems to be three more going back in.  It's a loosing battle :)

Also wanted to remind everyone about the Happy Little Stampers March CAS Challenge - Sponging.  I use sponging on the majority of my cards.  Such an easy way to add colour, depth and dimension. :)

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You may have noticed my blog has a few look! :)  After four years of the same design, I thought it was time to try something new.  Thanks to Kylie for helping me with all the technical parts of getting this set up.  So appreciated, my friend!!








Stamps:  Season of Joy (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Real Red, Old Olive (SU!)
Ink:  Shabby Shutters (Tim Holtz); Real Red (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  masking tape, leafy stencil cut with my Silhouette Cameo, sponges, Blooming Poinsettia die (Poppy Stamps)

Challenges:
Merry Monday #148 - Red and Green
Muse #107 - Vicki Dutcher
HLS March CAS Challenge - Sponging


34 comments:

  1. Beautiful colour and texture, Loll! So great to see you at Muse this week!

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  2. I love the split design for the sentiment and that gorgeous poinsettia! The strip of soft stenciling is perfect to show it all off! Love the new look!

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  3. Beautiful! Love this and your great take on the Muse

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  4. I love this card. The poinsettia looks so real due to your great coloring and shaping the petals. You have inspired me to make some Christmas cards throughout the year instead of starting in November as I usually do.

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  5. LOVE how your blog looks, Loll. The blue and green looks FANTASTIC!!! Great choice for your blog header too. Great masking and stencilling on your card. Very festive!! xx

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  6. This is gorgeous Loll! Just gorgeous! I love your stenciling and I love that you left room for your sentiment in the middle. I am so loving that poinsettia too. You are doing good at keeping up with you Christmas cards. I am doing good too, and have been making at least two a month. So that is a huge deal for me because I never make them at this time of year. lol I hear you on the box thing, it is the same way for me too. lol Hugs, Brenda

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  7. Such a fantastic design for a Christmas card. I just love your beautiful poinsettia.

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  8. Gorgeous Loll and I love your new header.

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  9. I love your poinsettia card Loll and noticed right away your new header that is exploding with color :-) Love the new font and new colors of your text too. How awesome to have Kylie as such a close friend. Happy Stamping my friend.
    Hugs, Nancy

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  10. Gorgeous! Love the poinsettia and the center strip with the leaves- great job!!

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  11. I always love your stunning poinsettia cards, Lolly, and your sponging designs for HLS in the prior posts are sensational! Your CASE of Kylie's card would have been a winner for sure; it certainly is in my book!

    I love the look of the new blog! I still have trouble being on it for long because the black background with bright colors are triggers for migraines, but it sure is pretty! I am ready to finish my year-old online watercolor class and THEN after next week's class on dies, I'll be set for Brushos. You mustn't give up on me!! I hope this finds you healing well!! Hugs, Dolly

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  12. LOVELY inspired card! Love that red flower! Thanks so much for joining in at Muse!

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  13. I just noticed your Bokeh header on your blog -- BE STILL MY HEART! I LOVE IT!!

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  14. Love the new look of your blog - the header is fabulous! As is your poinsettia card - love the way you masked off the stencil!

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  15. Morning Loll,

    Love this, such a beautiful poinsettia. I did tell myself that I would make a Christmas card each week but that is yet to happen lol!

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. Gorgeous Loll! Love the vertical strip of vines, it really draws the eye to that fabulous poinsettia!! Another stunner! hugs :)

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  17. Love the new header colors! I may have to 'CASE' them for a card. Love the poinsettia, the whole thing actually. TFS Loll.

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  18. Love the new blog look Loll and the card is awesome! That flower look so real.

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  19. A fabulous card and a great design.
    Kath x

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  20. Loll, My dear friend, I've fallen 10(yes, TEN) posts behind with commenting, but not with gazing and admiring in delight and awe at your wonderful creations. You know that everything you do sets my heart pitter-pattering and the ideas sparking...love them all immensely! I"m going to try my best to play at HLS in both the sketch and sponging (depending how the inks and I work together) challenges...so much fun! Your card here: gorgeous! And your new blog: lovely and stylish!
    Hugs~c

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  21. Stunning card Loll, your poinsettia is beautiful. So glad you joined us this week for Merry Monday.

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  22. A fabulous MUSE Loll, love the delicacy of the stencilled background against the boldness of your poinsettia. Carol x

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  23. Super elegant and gorgeous Loll. Ultra classy too ... you've inspired me to combine this challenge with Merry Monday! Sarah x

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  24. Another fabulously realistic flower, Loll. It looks wonderful with the stenciled background. Love the new blog page, too.

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  25. Love this very dimensional & blazing red poinsettia. I like the way you've designed the 'center border' - very intriguing look with this wonderful poinsettia. #2 is quite interesting & unique too, with the bold graphic patterns and the way you've done another center focal point. This is the first I've seen this kind of layout & really like it so much. TFS & Happy wkend. (Hoping I can finish up another mixed media entry. Been busy, but got it underway. Had fun experimenting too!) Hugs

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  26. Love how you used Vicki's design...really like that layout! And that poinsettia is fab! Love the new look to your blog, Loll!

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  27. Your beautiful poinsettia is just so bright and vibrant and rich against the soft sponged leaf background, Loll ... simply gorgeous! Fabulous new blog header ... love that bokeh! Anita :)

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  28. Fabulous Christmas card, I like the design and the beautiful Poinsettia.

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  29. Another beautiful card, Loll! You always make your flowers look velvety with the additional shading. Love the new bokeh blog banner :)

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  30. Stunning! I thought I had the wrong link for a moment - Christmas in March - very impressive.

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  31. Beautiful card Loll, love the design. Your new header looks fantastic too! Cathy x

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  32. Gorgeous take on Vicki's card, Loll! Your poinsettia is so elegant, and I love your stenciled background! Really beautiful card!!!
    LOVE your new blog banner, too :)

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  33. Gorgeous design and masking :)

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