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5/04/2014

SU Christmas Poinsettias at the Christmas Club Group

Hello and welcome, hope that your day has started off in sunshine & happiness. If not sunshine, then at least in happiness!

There's a very talented group of ladies who 'meet' every 2 wks to share Christmas cards (you can see their names on the right sidebar of this blog. If you have time, pay a visit and see some Christmas happy to get you through the day, plus some intensive inspiration too). This week it was Miss Karen B's turn to choose the theme; she selected Poinsettias.

My recent snippet cleanup uncovered a box of stamped (and precolored) images, so fortunately there were a couple of Stampin Up Poinsettias colored...just waiting for a card. Equally fortunately, I had just received my order from Lil Inker which had the stitched oval die which I have been drooling for, ever since seeing Miss Bonnie use one of these dies.

Here's the card I am sharing today:

 
 
- SU Christmas poinsettia (my stamp, sorry I don't remember the set name, but can provide info if you're interested). One image fussy cut to provide some layered dimension.
 
- DCWV Christmas pack DP, embossed with Darice Oblong Doily EF, after using the Lil Inker stitched oval that was the appropriate size for the window.
 
- Delicata Golden Glitz around the embossing (which I wished undone after seeing results! The idea was to get the embossing to show better. Don't like it and plan to redo this card design using  plain white c/s with this folder). Lesson learned: this particular paper will be much better with no embossing. It's also not sandable, so that another layer would show under the embossing. Fine line gold Pentel Sticci pen (Hobby Lobby art section) outlined the stitching round the oval. I'm always on the hunt for good fine line gold and silver pens. Will see if this one will dries as quickly as some I've used.
 
- Starform stickers
Much later:
OK...Part 2! We're back home from the reunion (and it was most pleasant but more about that in another post).
 
I was so disappointed in #1 card. Since I had some more uncolored Poinsettia images handy, colored 2 more. Airbrushed the background on the base image, fussy cut elements from second image to pop up for dimension. Used the same design, but changed the patterned dp to just plain white. I did use a dauber to put the gold ink onto the EF rather than trying to sponge it around on the cardstock. I wanted to bring out the pretty oval design of the folder and the stitching round the die cut. What you think?
 
 
 
Definitely liked this one much, much better. (After seeing the photo, the tail end of the sticker seems to be floating upward. Will have to try to ease it back down evenly. Obviously it's not as noticeable on the card, but it sure is in the picture).
 
Thanks for joining me this evening. I'm off to see what my fellow Christmas Club members shared for Karen's Poinsettia Challenge. Ya'll have a great evening. Hugs.


35 comments:

Lisa said...

Both cards are so elegant and gorgeous, Mary!! I love the beautiful Poinsettias!! They look fabulous!! The corner decorations are awesome!! You did a wonderful job on both cards!! Love them!! I'm glad you had a great time at the reunion!!

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Mrs A. said...

They are both gorgeous cards and can't decide between them . Hugs Mrs a.

scrappymo! said...

Both cards are great. You are too hard on yourself, girl...cuz i liked them both!

The second is my fave but the first is fine the way it is! Great image and two more for the finished cards box!!!

Benzi said...

They are both beautiful, Mary. I like the richness of the paper with the pretty golds you used and the more CAS one looks just as pretty. Those poinsettias are just beautiful!!!

Gail said...

I really like them both!
I also realize I haven't visited in a few days...bad blog friend!
I made up for it & read back!
Love the house mouse, bunny & class cards! Hope you had a wonderful reunion!

Rita said...

Absolutely beautiful Mary. I always love your cards , but these are outstanding. Always have fun when creating. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

rachel said...

Hi Mary - I love both of your cards - I think we are our own worst critics! Both are stunning - that image is a beauty! Big Hugs! Rachel xx

Redanne said...

I love both cards Mary, they are both beautiful, just in different ways. The poinsettia's are beautiful and you have coloured them so professionally too. The die cut does show up better on the second card, it really is a beautiful die. Hugs, Anne xx

Clevercrafter said...

Two very beautiful cards and the poinsettia stamp makes such a great centre piece. Love them both.
Lorraine

Sarah said...

They are both fab Mary and a poinsettia is not just for Christmas either. I was telling Asha about my poinsettia which I bought on Christmas Eve with a promise that it would last 6 days...it is still in full bloom on my dining room table!! xx

dutchess said...

Wow Mary that stamp is just georgeous....and both cards are fabulous!...loving the gold corners...really beautiful......hope you hadagood fewdaysaway! xxxx

Christine Harrop said...

No problem with either card Mary but I have to admit I favour # 2. The white really shows off that fabulous oval die cut which seemed to get a bit lost in the other card. The stamp is great. Hugs Christine xx

Marilyn said...

Mary I like both of your cards. Awesome cards

Carol said...

Both cards are gorgeous Mary, you've made a fab job of colouring your poinsettias. I think we're our own worst critics sometimes and we all have days when we don't like the results! Carol x

Asha said...

They are both very beautiful, Mary...each in their own way. I honestly couldn't pick a favourite. Tell you what, I AM looking forward to the stories from the reunion. I just LOVE these tales. Have a happy day, my friend!
hugs, Asha

Planetsusie said...

Just love them both Mary - brilliant poinsettia images and so beautifully coloured. Can't choose a favourite, 'cos I would be pleased with either!!!

Oh and I love those Lil'inker dies - I have the square, rectangle and circle and am waiting for the oval and star stitched dies, they should be arriving any day now.

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Brenda said...

Well Momma Mary, I was loving the first card but couldn't see the oval you were talking about. But loved the lighter green going around was pretty with the darker green. Then as I read down farther, I see your second card-Wow!!! Yes, I love the second one better! lol That oval, oh my I can see why you were drooling over it!!! It is gorgeous! Love how you colored your poinsettias and the greenery. Yes, this is a stunning Christmas card!! Glad you enjoyed the reunion! Hugs

Gibmiss said...

Hi Mary
Two stunning cards.... Love the lili inkers stitched mats ... Do no have the ovals... I want them now....
Hugs Sylvie xx

Cornelia W said...

Oh, wow - both card are pretty, but the first one is a real eye-candy - I don't understand why you don't like it - I LOVE it! But I had the same experience with some of my cards I did not like - its a matter of personal preference. Have a great week, Mary!

Stamps and Paper said...

Two stunning cards Mary both equally gorgeous

Anne

Pat said...

Two really lovely cards Mary, and yes the oval die does show up better in the second one, but the first one is a great card. I love those those pretty corners too. Glad you had a good time. x

Bonnie said...

Beautifully colored poinsettias! I like the second card much better too! The white background lets the poinsettia take center stage. I haven't bought the oval stitched mats. I always talk myself out of them. I might have to rethink that!

Mayra Duran-Hernandez said...

These are sure stunning cards !!! I do have to agree that the second one is just a touch lovelier , but both are beautiful Christmas cards !!!
Hugs,
Mayra
Mayrasdesigns.blogspot.com

McCrafty's Cards said...

My favourite is the second one too Mary but the first one is nice as well!!
Kevin xx

jimlynn said...

Both are so beautiful Mary and love those poinsettias! My favorite is the second one and all that white space and the delicate corners! Gorgeous!
lynn

Irish Cherokee said...

Love this card Mary. Christmas all over again.

Karen Petitt said...

Both are stunning Mary - the poinsettias are gorgeous! Wonderful colouring Karen xx

coldwaters2 said...

WOW Mary these are both so beautiful that image is probably one of the best I have seen with Poinsettia's they look so different in the white colour compared to the green I would have to choose them both they are stunning.
hugs
lorraine x

Hazel said...

Sorry I'm late in commenting. Your cards are super for Karen's poinsettia challenge for CCC (love both of them). (Don't forget you could also enter this for my CHNC challenge extra for May - would love to see it there too) x

Sheila H said...

These are both beautiful, Mary. I absolutely love poinsettias :)

Lizzie said...

Gorgeous !!! Sorry I'm late commenting, hugs xx

Shirley said...

Beautiful! Isn't it amazing how just different BG's really make a different card and both are beautiful!

Petra Swart said...

What beautiful poinsettias and two great cards, Mary!!!!

Zoe Tant said...

Stunners both of them Mary. I love the background of the first and the vintage feel of the second. Gorgeous colouring too! Zx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

These are both gorgeous cards. The one on the green paper speaks to me more but then I'm quite partial to green!