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3/01/2015

Christmas Card Club - Challenge #5 - Poinsettias

Afternoon, and welcome. It's time again for our Christmas Card Club challenge, and our theme of Poinsettias was chosen by our sweet Hostess, Margaret. I'm running a little behind in my post but here I am...I hope when you leave Carolina Cards, you'll have time to check out all the Club members who are listed in the sidebar, & take a look at what each member has shared today. Let's get going:


- PSX image (K1519) bought some years ago from eBay. Stamped first in Black Tuxedo, didn't like it, flipped over the c/s - restamped in Rich Cocoa, liked it better. Of course it's colored with copics, but you knew that, right??? Used the Slicca gold Pentel pen to add some highlights on the greenery, which shows up quite nicely IRL. White gel pen on the pine cones, Orange WoS on the stamens.

- Die cut with S/B Label 25. Edged with DI Pine Needles - barely. Just wanted a smidgen of color.

- Authentique 6x6 Festive papers...I think this is one of my fav Authentique packs.

- old braid from the stash - VOS.

- Sizzix TH 660058 die set for the sentiment...2 white layers, then a gold snippet layer.  After seeing the photo, realized the focal piece needed to be moved up just a little. It's mounted over the braid - which is a bit thick, with double pieces of foam tape, so wasn't difficult to 'unstick' and move up.

This braid _is_ thick, so rather than have a 'hump' where the top & bottom pieces are glued to the cardbase, I added a thin piece of fun foam under the dp, cut just a bit smaller. Then mounted the fun foam to the card base. I've seen Jennifer McGuire doing this in some Youtubes, and think it worked well for a smoother look.

Thanks for joining me on this Sunday afternoon, where March 1 came in like a Lamb. Always heard that if March came in like a Lamb (quietly) it would be roaring out like a Lion (windy/stormy). We have had rain, but don't think we got the ice that was predicted. I'm happy with that! So please come again when you have time, and do take time to visit my fellow Christmas Card Club Members for some wonderful inspiration. Big Hugs

49 comments:

Anita in France said...

Your colouring is awesome, Mary ... there's so much depth and dimension in this gorgeous basket of poinsettia ... fabulous detailing! Anita :)

dutchess said...

Hi Mary that is a lovely stamp...I was always going to buy that one if I saw it one bay...I have all the PXS catalogues from over the years! your card is lush,so vibrant and colourful...fabulous xxx

Christine Harrop said...

Fabulous card Mary. Love those poinsettias, and coloured so beautifully. The backing paper and braid look lovely. I too sometimes feel that black is too harsh when I'm stamping and I often use Rich Cocoa or London Fog which give a softer appearance. Hope you are well. Hugs Christine xx

Pippa said...

Beautiful card Mary. It looks like a large image to do. Love your colouring.x

Donna Ellis said...

wooooo! how GORGEOUS your coloring is, Mary, and I agree that the rich cocoa color is sublime with this image! Very warm and enchanting. I'm so thrilled with your coloring in this image - absolutely amazing and gorgeous and so incredible - maybe someday I will be able to come close to that! LOL Very pretty card, and creative use of the braid! hugs, de

Carol said...

This is beautiful Mary, wonderful colouring on the image too. Your understated background really gives the image centre stage where it belongs. Carol x

rachel said...

such a beautiful card Mary! your colouring is awesome! big hugs Rachel xx

Kathleen said...

Mary, this is fabulous and don't know what it looked like in the black but it sure looks great in the RC, the image is fabulous and so is the colouring.
Brilliant card.

Kath x

Liz said...

Oh Mary, your colouring of this lovely image is wonderful! A beautiful card. xx

Patricia said...

Wow! Oh! Wow! what about those Ponsettias ..... they are AMAZING. Your colouring is awesome, absolutely beautiful. Love everything about this stunning card.
Hope it is not too cold with you, Spring will come ... I also keep telling myself that in hope.
Hugs

Patricia x

Sharon said...

I love poinsettias and you have coloured these beautifully Mary. Love the die you have stamped onto and such gorgeous papers.
Have a lovely week.
Hugs Sharon. x

Shona Erlenborn said...

Love what you did with this beautiful Poinsettia image Mary. Gorgeous coloring indeed. It totally pops off the card base! Love the braided ribbon too. Awesome card.

Zoe Tant said...

Wow fab colouring on a super card. Just perfect for our challenge this week. Zx

Jean said...

Oh wow mary this is a beautiful card.I love the poinsettia image and your colouring is fabulous. I also use brown ink or sometimes green for a softer look, especially when stamping flowers.
Jean x

Patti J said...

Mary, this is gorgeous! Your coloring is perfect...reds are so difficult to get right! Amazing creation, my friend! Hugs...

Rainey's Craft Room said...

This is a gorgeous stamp Mary and you have coloured it so beautifully too. A great card for Margaret's theme this time.
Lorraine

Rita said...

Mary, this bowl of Poinsettias looks so beautiful. Perfectly coloured and makes a gorgeous card. Hugs Rita xxx

Lisa said...

Wow, Mary, this is stunning!! The flowers are absolutely gorgeous and colored perfectly!! What a fabulous card!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sue said...

Fabulous card Mary! huggles Sue xxx

Karen Petitt said...

Mary I envy your colouring skills! I must get back to practicing with my pens and pencils. Your card is stunning huni Karen xx

Pat said...

This poinsettia stamp is a beauty Mary and I adore the way you have coloured it with that red which is gorgeous! The backing paper which is lovely but quite subdued lets those flowers shine out, and the braid is very pretty. x

Granmargaret said...

Lovely carc.

Gail said...

So beautiful!
I love the tigers in the previous post too!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, what a gorgeous card, Mary! You've coloured the poinsettias so beautifully! This is really eye-catching! I love the die-cut word too!

AJ Bodine said...

Wow, gorgeous!! Saw these vibrant colors in my feed and had to stop on over and leave you a little blog love. Your coloring is amazing and I love how you've stamped the image over the die cut. I always forget to do that, in my perfectly centered world. It gives the card a great natural look! (I like it outlined better in brown too)

Maxine D said...

Stunning card Mary - love your colouring! I also happen to prefer stamping in rich cocoa rather than black on occasions!
Blessings
Maxine

Hazel said...

Mary. You have done an amazing job of colouring your poinsettia and I love how you have made the flowers stand out. Hazel x

Sarah said...

What a stunner Mary, beautifully coloured poinsettias and the paper is a perfect enhancement. I had to chuckle with the lion/lamb saying, it's a favourite of my Husband so we have been hearing it " a LOT" lately. However, yesterday was glorious in the morning but then we had a deluge yesterday afternoon (while I was outside doing some fencing I might add!!) so we shall have to wait and see what happens come April!! xx

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Mary what a beautiful card that basket of Poinsettia's are stunning, superb make.
hugs
lorraine x

Sue said...

Beautiful card.

Glad you didn't get the ice.

You stay safe and warm. Sue

aussie aNNie said...

"All things bright and beautiful" ♪♥ is what your delightful card is Mary.xxxx

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Mrs A. said...

My goodness Mary your colouring is wonderful. I thought it was a pre coloured digi! Was running late with my entry too. February just went woosh straight past my house. March is following in hot pusuit too!! hugs Mrs A.

cuilliesocks said...

Oh Mary your card is gorgeous, I love everything about it. The image is beautiful and your colouring is wonderful.
March is a bit lionish for us here, it's trying hard to snow. Hugs Kate x

Brenda said...

Oh my Momma Mary, this is a stunning card! I love that basket of poinsettia's and you have it colored so realistic looking. Love your mat and papers too. I have been seeing Jennifer McGuire doing this with foam as well and it does work nicely. We got snow as well as the freezing rain. Have been out chipping away at it here and there. To hard and back breaking to do it all at once, at least for me it is. I decided to let the sun help me out! lol Hugs, Brenda

Jacee said...

What wonderful Poinsettias Mary, beautiful colouring, a really fabulous card.
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Charlene said...

WOW Mary!! Stunning. looks like I can reach out and touch it~! Happy Monday!

Petra Swart said...

Oh, Mary what a lovely basket of poinsettias you've got there!!!! And your colouring is just the best, Mary!!!! Love the green and gold ribbon and the small strip of music paper at the bottom!!!! Lovely, as always, Mary!!!
Have a lovely week!!!
Hugz

Benzi said...

How perfectly you colored that beautiful image, Mary. I love it. The braid is really pretty, too. Awesome card!
We are to have storms this week, then some snow and ice. I am ready for hot weather, yes HOT!

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
oh what a very lovely card.
I love that fab stamped image of the basket of Poinsettias, and they are coloured in so perfectly too.
A wonderfully designed card as usual.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Rosie Guiher said...

All I can say is wow what a beautifully colored image. You are so talented!!

pam said...

Gorgeous colored image Mary, beautiful card design, love your braid..
Hugs pam

Gibmiss said...

Hi Mary
Fabulous Poinsettias... Stunning card....
Gorgeous....
Hugs Sylvie xx

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful poinsettia bouquet, Mary! And as always, you've colored it beautifully! A beautiful die shape to show it off too! We had freezing rain and then lots of rain. We were wondering if it was considered that March came in like a lion or not. Guess we'll have to wait until the 31st to find out! We had beautiful sunshine today!

Pia S said...

This is such a beautiful poinsettia image, you're right, it looks great stamped with brown ink. Your coloring is fantastic and good job fitting in a sentiment as well. Always the trickiest part, in my opinion:)

Hettie said...

This is gorgeous Mary. Love that image. Such a shame that the company are no longer around.
Hugs
xx

Donna said...

Gorgeous image and coloring!

Loll said...

Beautiful basket of poinsettia's, Mary. You have really brought them to life with your amazing colouring skills and highlights of gold and white. Loll xx

crafty-stamper said...

Love the beautiful image and vibrant colour
Carol x

scrappymo! said...

Your poinsettia image is amazing! Love this pretty card.