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10/04/2015

HLS October Christmas Challenge - Poinsettia

Hello and welcome to the HLS Christmas Challenge for October...this month our theme is Poinsettias.

 
Our challenge sponsor is Happy Little Stampers
 
 
 
The winner of this month's challenge will receive a free stamp set from HLS, so we hope you'll find time to join in with your poinsettia cards, have some fun, perhaps be a winner.
 
 
- Whispers stamp inked with Memento Rich Cocoa, colored with copics, some WoS, a white gel pen for highlights. Added some Viva décor  gold paste in several areas (not one of my best ideas as it did not burnish around on the leaves as planned.  Was able to scrape off most of it with my fingernail.)
Die cut with a S/B, edged with DI Peeled Paint around the edges, then with Tea Dye.
 
- Green textured Bazzill for the basecard, die cut the bottom edge with a S/B curved border. Viva Décor Gold paste over cut out areas.
 
- HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments stamped with Versamark, heat embossed with Ranger's Queen's Gold. Because the cardstock is textured, the sentiment did not stamp out quite as crisply as it should have (memo to self: remember this when stamping on texture). However I had used the Misti to place the transparent stamp, so reinked with versamark, stamped it again perfectly placed. Just sayin' that a smooth cardstock yields a sharper, crisp image. Still looks quite nice.
 
- Used 2 different Martha Steward Poinsettia punches and some design papers to make the dimensional poinsettia in the corner. Still practicing my flower making LOL! Added a purchased Recollections holiday bow from the stash. Pretty easy card. On the inside there is a piece of Poinsettia design paper so that it would show in the cutout area. A cream colored S/B shape will be adhered later, to stamp the Christmas verse.
 
Do be sure to check out what my fellow HLS Christmas DT members have shared on the month's Poinsettia theme. Thanks for popping in, Big Hugs.
 
 


47 comments:

Loll said...

Your colouring is ALWAYS amazing Mary. This is beautiful. Love that poinsettia image ... and love the green card base with the intricate cut at the bottom --- so pretty!! xx

Barb said...

What a lovely poinsettia card Mary. I love the diecut at the bottom and how it's been gilded. It makes it look very elegant. Barbxx

Donna Ellis said...

OH! GORGEOUS STAMP, MARY! Love what you have done with the coloring and shading - and adding the touches of gold. It's beautiful! hugs, de

Pat said...

This card is so elegant Mary and I love that cut out in the base card which you have highlighted with the gold paste. The beautifully coloured and die cut image is a lovely size too and the punched poinsettia and the red bow together with the gold embossed sentiment complement it so prettily. Gorgeous! x

Sharon said...

Your Poinsettias are beautiful Mary. Love the design of this delightful card.
Have a lovely week.
Hugs Sharon. x

rachel said...

stunning christmas card Mary - those poinsettias are glorious! Hugs rachel x

scrAPpamondo said...

Oooh, I think that this is a wonderful card!! Love your colouring on the stamp and the gold paste looks great in the edges! With the green base it gives a light vintage look to your card! Beautiful handmade poinsettia, too!
Have a great day!

Donna Hanley said...

Very nice card and I love that bow. Hope you are enjoying yourself.

Sue said...

Beautiful card Mary it's really pretty ..huggles Sue xx

Linda said...

Beautifully festive ..... those poinsettias are gorgeous! xx

Carol L said...

What a beautiful bouquet of poinsettias and pinecones! You've colored it beautifully and I love the pretty die cut background too! There's nothing better than a tidy little bow to finish a card off with style, and there it is!! Nice job!

LesLee said...

I love the vintage look of your card... the 2 different punches makes great dimension... and it pairs perfectly with the sentiment. Awesome job

Susan said...

Wonderful rich traditional colours and a fabulous layout! It reminds me of the lovely cards I remember from my childhood in England.

brenda said...

Morning Mary,

I always love to see a Poinsettia so a whole spray of them is a sheer delight and the cones and pine branches offer a perfect setting for them. The die cut pattern across the bottom draws the eye so well.

B x

Maxine D said...

What a beautiful classical styled Christmas card Mary - love your colouring of the image, and the die cut at the base of the card is a beautiful addition.
Blessings
Maxine

Sue said...

Fab card. I love the Poinsettia embellishment.

Hope you have a good start to the week. Sue

Shona Erlenborn said...

Absolutely gorgeous Mary. Your coloring of the image is super. Love the addition of the WOS. It is so intricate and looks like it must have taken ages. Love the die cuts you used and the guilding is awesome on the bottom of the card, with the poinsettias showing through - also a very nice touch! Beautiful!

Jenny L said...

Ho Mary,
oooooooooooothis is so gorgeous, and your colouring of that super image is ace as usual.
Love this wonderful Christmas card, and your designing is lovely.
Nothing wrong with your gold burnishing it looks wonderful to me.
Great cutout pattern at the bottom too.
Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
ooooooo! nearly spelt bug not hug, and you don't want bugs.LOL.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Sandy said...

Beautifully done Mary - are you home yet?
Sandy xx

Stampsnob. said...

This design is lovely what a pretty stamp the touches of gold are perfect.......Lis

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, beautiful card, your bloom is gorgeous,lovely setting too, Kate x

Inkyfingers said...

What a gorgeous festive card Mary! I love the soft muted tones in the background that let the colourful flowers pop off the card! xxx

Charlene said...

This is soooo amazing Mary!!! The coloring is perfect, I love it!!!!!

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful poinsettia image, Mary! And as always, beautifully colored! Love that square die cut! So classy! Altogether a very pretty Christmas card!

Sarah said...

This is gorgeous Mary, such wonderful colouring and I really love the shaped mat xx

Jean said...

This is a really beautiful card Mary,the stamped image is gorgeous and so is your lovely colouring, and you used my favourite square die to cut it out. I like the green base card too with the pretty gilded cut out.
Jean x

cotnob said...

This is gorgeous Mary, such a beautiful image and fabulous details - a wonderful Christmas card.
Pauline
x

pam said...

Gorgeous stamp Mary, poinsettias coloured beautifully, love your layout and details.
Hugs Pam

Kathleen said...

Those poinsettia's are gorgeous and a fabulous card.

Kath x

Bożena Adamusińska said...

It's really a beautiful card in the traditional form. Very warm and very festive. I love the way in which it was painted.
Regards,
BozenA

Carol said...

What a plethora of beautiful poinsettias Mary....this is gorgeous. Carol x

Hettie said...

I am liking this stamp Mary, and your card is beautiful. Well done you.
I must knuckle down and make some more C cards and very soon!!
Hugs
xx

Shelly Schmidt said...

How beautiful Mary! That stamp and your coloring are just gorgeous- I really love the image stamped in brown- great call! I love the embossed sentiment and your dies.

Gail Townsend said...

stunning card, love the image and your colouring is beautiful. xx

Pia S said...

So beautiful, love the traditional colors and image and it's perfectly colored. It looks great with the touches of gold.

crafty-stamper said...

Love the poinsettia image and fabulous colouring
Carol x

Mrs A. said...

Such awesome colouring Mary. I o like to see poinsettia 's on a Christmas card. Unfortunately I generally manage to kill them off iIRL! Hugs Mrs A.

Faith A said...

Such a gorgeous card, beautifully coloured, lovely image, love your die cut flower on the bottom and the gold paste result.

Hope you enjoyed your trip.

Anita in France said...

Simply splendid, Mary ... such amazing colouring ... a beautiful basket of gorgeous poinsettia! Hugs, Anita :)

Camille Short said...

Gorgeous creation, all round tip top card.

Donna said...

Gorgeous card Mary.

Lisa said...

This is stunning, Mary!! The poinsettias look amazing!! You colored them beautifully!! All of the details are fabulous!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Team Clark said...

Hi Mary! I just popped over from HLS and saw that your blog name was Carolina and just had to go to your about page and see which Carolina you were from and low and behold it was upstate SC! ME TOO!!! Such a small world, isn't it?! This is one stunning card, so well done! Thanks so much for the eye candy. Hugs, Autumn Clark

Kylie said...

Mary, Wow...... Just wow. What a sensational card!! xx

Birgit said...

This is a great card! I love the different green for the background and the gold around the edges near the bottom. I have also stamped on textured background-boo-boo #368 for me:)

Ingrid said...

Mary - I LOVE those flowers - the colors are so eye catching. Really fabulous job coloring!! That's a great image, and card. :) :)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! The colors on this just pop!