Sunday, October 30, 2016

Poinsettias


Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a different-for-me Christmas card.  I used a pretty poinsettia stencil to create the background for my card.  First, I dry embossed my card front with the stencil.  I left it taped together while sponging all over with Festive Berries Distress ink and then sponging Fired Brick ink in the centers of each poinsettia to give the flowers some depth.  I used a metallic silver pen to colour over the center stamens.  To finish the card, I added a simple black Joy die-cut layered with foam for added dimension.


On a personal note ...

Just wanted to give a quick update on the health front.  In my post from Sept. 16, I told my story about fighting breast cancer this year.  Since then I met with an Oncologist and was sent for tests, and so was the tumour they removed.

I got the good news that I do not need chemotherapy. :)  I'm so happy!!  I will be having radiation treatments starting the later part of January 2017.  I have the next three months free of tests and treatments so I'm going to enjoy the quiet time.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Distress Ink:  Festive Berries, Fired Brick (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Poinsettias stencil (Kite), Big Shot, sponges, metallic silver pen, Joy die (Hero Arts)

41 comments:

  1. Oh Loll, that is fantastic news! I have been thinking about you and was about to send you an email asking for news! I'm so happy for you! So wonderful that you don't need any treatments during the holiday season! Enjoy! And your card is stunning!

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  2. Loll, I'm thinking the sentiment you chose for this card is expressing what you are feeling in your heart and what so many of us who read your update and good news are feeling in our hearts for you.
    Smashing looking card, as always.

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  3. Good news! God bless for a speedy recovery. Edna

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  4. So I am very happy and thank you very much for another good news. So now we often enjoyed your beautiful new cards. And today, this card is very beautiful. I love her deep red.
    Thanks again for the great news,
    hugs,
    BozenA

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  5. What a clean, crisp image with a stencil and love the shading you achieved on this! I never embossed with a stencil but love the effect. You are so versatile in using your supplies in nontraditional ways so it's fun to see what you do. This is beautiful, Loll and I'm thrilled for you not having to have chemo!

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  6. Hi Loll. Just wanted to say beautiful card and great news on no chemotherapy.
    Trina

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  7. That is good news, congratulations and hope you will enjoy a wonderful Christmas. with your family, Jasann

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  8. Amazing clarity with your sponged stencil! Looks so fabulous. Awesome news re your health too! No chemo is a GOOD THING~

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  9. Such wonderful, wonderful news, Loll! Very happy for you and pleased you'll have the holiday season free of treatments.

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  10. I am so glad to hear your wonderful news regarding your health, Loll! Your poinsettia card is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your technique. Again, I am so happy for you :)

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  11. Oh Loll, I am so happy that you have good news and need only radiation. I love this card - and the technique. Poinsettias are a favorite of mine for Christmas cards. Take care and keep us inspired! XO

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  12. Ooh, this is bright and festive! Love those poinsettias, Loll!

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  13. Delighted to hear you don't have to suffer chemo Loll and that you have a respite from treatment over the holiday period! Lovely card!
    Val xx

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  14. Just popped by to catch up Loll...so sorry to hear you've been through the mill in my absence but mightily relieved to hear today's better news. I hope you can relax and enjoy your respite before the radiation starts.
    Love your card too, what a pretty stencil and you've inked it beautifully. Carol x

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  15. Lovely card Loll the black Joy sentiment really stands out against your beautiful poinsettia background
    It's good news that you only need radiation treatment and not chemo

    Anne

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  16. What a relief for you Loll. I must have missed that post because I had no idea exactly what the problem was until now! I know you still have to have radiotherapy but much preferable to chemo, and the fact that you have a breathing space before that starts is a chance for you to feel totally recovered from the actual op and to build up you strength in preparation for that last hurdle to recovery. Now for your beautiful card. I love that bright red stencilled poinsettia pattern and the sentiment fits the card and the good news. x

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  17. An answer to prayers, Loll. You've made an amazing background with that stencil.

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  18. Beautiful use of the poinsettia stencil! Love the black "joy" on top of it.

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  19. What a beautiful card, Loll and I am thrilled for you not having chemo. Yay!

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  20. Oh Loll this is a beautiful card - love the bold, colourful format!! Such great news for you. I will continue to pray for you.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  21. Joy was the perfect sentiment to add to this card, since that's what all of us feel for you! So happy that you can have the Holiday's without medical stuff. Thank you for sharing the fantastic news!

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  22. Wonderful news Loll, so pleased for you, answered prayer indeed. Love this card Loll, so bright and cheery, joy suits it to T but must be how you feel too..
    .... but must confess my total fav are the QACAS cards. Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

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  23. Stunning card, Loll! I love poinsettia cards and yours is beautiful. Great to hear your good news, God bless xx

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  24. GORGEOUS card Loll...think I need to check that stencil out!! And so happy to hear no chemo, and that you have a nice 3 month break just in time to relax and enjoy the holidays! :0)

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  25. Lovely card, Loll! And even better news! You're in my thoughts and prayers.

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  26. Such fantastic news, Loll! My neighbor and good friend was just diagnosed with breast cancer last week and is going in today for a procedure. I'm so happy for you that you don't need chemo and get a well deserved break from appointments and such. SO, so happy for you! And your card is gorgeous! I love the color and the pop of silver and black. So very striking! Continued good thoughts as you move through your recovery journey. Hugs!

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  27. That is wonderful news! I'm so happy for you.

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  28. Hi Loll . . . what marvellous news about your health.

    Loving this striking poinsettia card xxx

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  29. Great news about not having to have chemo, Loll - joy indeed! Love the richness of colour on this card, and the contrasting sentiment.

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  30. I'm so glad you shared your wonderful news. I think this will be so encouraging to everyone who reads it, and know they will be as happy to hear this as I am. Love this stencil (one I've not seen around!) What you've done with it, created such a lovely design, and the fired brick looks gorgeous with the white 'mosaic'. Isn't that the neatest embossing trick? The black joy was the perfect embellie to set off your pretty poinsettias. TFS & Hugs

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  31. What a wonderful card -- great card to celebrate your good news! I'm SOOOOOOO happy for you! Keep us posted! Meanwhile, DO enjoy your quiet time!

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  32. Oh that background of beautiful poinsettias is sure to make anyone smile. Made me smile Loll.

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  33. I've only just recently stumbled across your blog and it has quickly become one of my favourites, I'm so inspired by your work. Your use of water colour and inks I just love and I especially love the elegance of your designs.
    I'm sorry to hear that you have been unwell and happy that your treatment will not include chemo and I can appreciate what it means not to have to worry about appointments for awhile, they are draining but on the positive you can enjoy the holidays and before you know it you'll have finished your treatments and be well again. May God keep you and give you the strength and serenity to finish this chapter so that you can begin a new and wonderful next chapter of your story.
    Thank you for your sharing ❤️

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  34. Such fantastic health news, Loll ... I'm so pleased for you ... enjoy the next few months of quiet time! Your card is lovely ... bold and so striking ... with one of my favourite sentiments! Hugs, Anita :)

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  35. What a gorgeous card, and such a pretty stencil. That's great news about the chemo too ..... big hugs! xx

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  36. Really interesting background - love the shading on your poinsettias.

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  37. This is a perfect card to share your news with. The stenciling is perfect but the word Joy relays what we all feel for you. I'm so happy for you and the three months you will have before starting your treatments. My prayers continue to be with you as you enjoy the holidays.

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  38. This card is fab...so celebratory!!! and joyful! just like I feel to know that you are returning to good health. You are such a dear and special friend!
    hugs,
    K

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  39. I am so sorry for my late visit...Such WONDERFUL news! I've kept you in my thoughts and prayers, and it has certainly paid off...Thank heaven! Enjoy your time off from testing, etc...you sure deserve it!
    Beautiful 'crisp' stenciling on this card, Loll! I love the bold red and how you added the metallic silver centers to the blooms. Perfect sentiment, too (especially with the news you shared with us)! Thanks so much for always inspiring us...I enjoy visiting your blog so much!

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  40. My best to you on your continued treatment-such good news!

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  41. OMGosh Loll, this is such great news that you won't have to do any chemo treatments!!! I hope the radiation will be easy for you. Dwayne didn't have any problems with radiation, but I know it effects everyone differently. Big hugs my friend and thanks for making my day with this news. Sorry I was late to hearing it!!!

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