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4/02/2017

Christmas Card Club - Challenge 7 - Christmas Flowers

Hi and welcome to another Christmas Card Club post. Our theme this week was chosen by Carol who wanted to see Christmas Flowers. I happen to love Poinsettias (apparently more than I realized by the number of poinsettia stamps I'm finding during my sort-through of stamps).

 
 
 - Poinsettia inked with WOW clear embossing ink, then heat embossed with Ranger's Queens Gold. Tried using the Misti for this, as the red c/s has a texture and did not stamp well. I had difficulty using the Misti, so finally just started over, using a clear & see through block and the process worked better. The sentiment came from the same set, was heat embossed with Queen's Gold. It looks straight IRL, but looks a bit wonky in the photo. The camera always sees what the eye missed**.

Edit: since this card has some boo-boo surprise on it, and since I just remembered Darnell's 2nd Annual April Fool's Boo-Boo Hop, I'm going to link it into that challenge!

- plaid background is from a 6x6 Christmas pack in the stash. This is a side fold card. Was not terribly happy with how this one turned out, so searched out a MB Poinsettia die, and then another MBox set which has the petals in layers of different sizes.


- Die cut the base die from Canson #98 Mixed Media C/stock, as I'd decided to try to water color with Zigs. Once the bottom flower which is a single die, was finished, colored each petal layer (there are 3 in graduating sizes, and the stamen)...colored those. Adhered the single flower with dimensional foam squares, then layered the remaining layers with liquid glue. Added some Nuvo Crystal over the stamen.

- White background embossed with a Candy Cane stripes EF.

- Sentiment is from an old Inkadinkadoo clear set and the Misti was used for this - the white paper has a texture, and it required repeated inkings to get a sharp & even image.

Please do check out what my fellow team members have created to inspire us on the Christmas Flowers theme. Each member is listed in the right sidebar, and clicking on the name should take you to their blog.

Thanks for joining me & hope your weekend has been wonderful. Hugs & God bless.


51 comments:

Zoe Tant said...

Stunning cards Mary. Particularly like the elegance and richness of the first. Both perfect for the challenge. Zx

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards!!

Bonnie said...

I love poinsettias too, Mary, so you know I love these cards! The gold embossing on the red is so elegant! And your watercolor is gorgeous! I love how you've achieved movement from the water and the dimension! Awesome, my friend!

Gail said...

Lovely cards!
Really like the flowering pictures too!
We still have snow, but it's slowly going!

Rita said...

What beautiful cards Mary. I too love Poinsettias, really makes my Christmas decor. Both cards look stunning. Hugs Rita xxxxx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Well two gorgeous cards Mary, such beautiful poinsettias in both stamped and die cut versions.
Lorraine

Brenda in IN said...

You are doing a great job making Christmas cards this early. Both of these are really stunning cards and I love the poinsettas too. The gold is so beautiful and the layered one is so pretty.

Stampsnob. said...

Lovely but I am not even trying to focus on Christmas LOL........Lis

scrAPpamondo said...

Lovely both your Christmas card with these poinsettias! Love the brightness af the first one, so vibrant and the stunning 3D effect of the second one! Greta colouring on it!
Hugs, have a lovely new week!

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, both of your cards are beautiful, poinsettias are just perfect for Christmas and I think we have nearly all made cards with them. Your designs are lovely, Kate x

Donna Ellis said...

Well, I love BOTH of them, Mary! Your elegant gold-embossed poinsettias are breathtaking! The image is lovely.

Your Memory Box die cut is AMAZING! The colors and attention to detail with the shading AND shaping are just amazing. I especially like the front leaf, it looks like it is growing outward, reaching for the recipient to wish them a Happy Christmas. Love it!

huggers,
de

Sue said...

Hi Mary, Lovely cards.

Hope you are having a nice day. Sue

Shona Erlenborn said...

These are both wonderful. Love the gold embossing on red - always looks to regal and great combo for Christmas. The die cut poinsettia is so cute too. ////love the embossed background.

Liz said...

Two beautiful cards, Mary. The first one is so elegant with the lovely embossing and I love all the dimension on the second card. xx

jimlynn said...

They're both so beautiful! I love the first one and know it just shines away. The second is equally as pretty! Two wonderful cards for the holidays now.
I never liked poinsettia's when I was younger, but guess they finally "grew" on me. Love them now!
Lynn

Valerija said...

Very pretty cards. Love the poinsettas.
Valerija xx

Christine Harrop said...

Two beautiful cards Mary I find it difficult to choose between them - I think I like them equally. Most of us seem to like the poinsettia. Hope you are both well. Hugs Christine xx

crafty-stamper said...

Well I think they are both beautiful -love the gold embossed poinsettias on the first and the beautiful layered one on the the second one
Carol x
oh by the way the black on my door hanger is actually DI through a stencil x

Donna said...

Two more very elegant cards Mary. Funny that you have your cardinal in the picture today, it is the home opener of our St. Louis Cardinals (baseball) today, you must be cheering us on!

Glennis said...

The gold embossing really stands out, both are lovely

Birgit said...

I love red and gold together so this card is so pretty to me. Your second card is also so very pretty. I love the 3D effect and the style...just showcases the poinsettia beautifully.

Lisa said...

Both cards are gorgeous, Mary!! I love the gold embossing on the first!! So elegant!! The dimensional poinsettia looks stunning on the second!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Kathleen said...

Two really great cards Mary, love the lovely bright red with the gold in the first one and the fabulous die cut on the second card, very classy.

Kath x

Carol L said...

What a pretty pair of cards, both beautifully done with florals! Love the gold embossed on red with that great plaid paper and you're so right on the camera seeing what your eyes miss!! LOL The flower in card #2 looks painfully tedious to put together, but it looks just fabulous in the finished results! Two real beauties!

Donna Hanley said...

Two wonderful, festive cards. Love both of them. Hope you are ding well and wish you a good evening.

pam said...

Two wonderful Christmas cards Mary, love poinsettias on festive cards, love the beautiful layers on the MB poinsettia.
Pam x

Pat said...

Two beautiful cards Mary, and I love poinsettias too. The first looks so pretty with the gold embossing on the red, and the second is wonderfully coloured and layered up, and I adore the background embossing. x

Verna Angerhofer said...

Well, I think both of the cards you made are so very lovely. The sentiment being a little crooked isn't that noticeable. And, like you, I am always turning to poinsettias for Christmas greetings too. I really love them.

Darnell said...

Beautiful poinsettia Christmas cards, Mary! I'm forever stamping my sediments crooked and then cutting the panel to make it straight and then the sides will be crooked so I'll cut it again to straighten out the sides and pretty soon all I have left of the whole panel is a tiny little rectangle of sediment, lol!! When that happens, you just have to laugh! There isn't even a boo-boo left to take a photo of, lol! Why do I feel like this is only going to get worse for those of us who are getting more, ahem, mature?!! But anyway, back to your card, the oops isn't noticeable because the red and gold and shimmer and plaid demand all of our delighted attention!! Thanks so much for playing with me! Love ya, Darnell

Nancy Stislow said...

Love the plaid matting on this festive Christmas card. The gold looks fabulous on the red too! I sure will miss that Queen's gold EP! That one was the best and shows up beautifully on your red.

rachel said...

Two beauties mary. That second one has such dimension! Hugs rachel xx

scrappymo! said...

Two beautiful cards, Mary. The gold embossed one is so pretty. Delicate and pretty!
The second is bolder and is lovely too. A great combination of dies.

Redanne said...

Both cards are beautiful Mary, I didn't even notice that the sentiment was not perfect on the first one until you said, the embossing is so lovely! I do love the second one though, the die cut poinsettia is gorgeous! Hugs, Anne xx

Maxine D said...

Well done on sharing your boo boo Mary, and both your cards are so pretty - especially the second one.
Blessings
Maxine

Veerle said...

Gorgeous card Mary, love the poinsettia's.
Hugs Veerle xx

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Mary, love both of your cards. Love how you used the plaid paper as a mat, works beautifully. Hugs, Shaz Xx

KandA said...

These are both beautiful Poinsettia cards Mary. I'm always stamping crooked sentiments but then Hubby says that's what makes them handmade and unique xx

dutchess said...

Oh Mary two beautiful cards ....Rich and vibrant and totally Christmas flowers....stunning xxxx

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
what brilliant a nd very super cards.
Love the way you have stamped off the edges of the first, and the colours are so very luxurious.
Your second is also very beauitful and gorgeous.
Love that wonderful poinsettia, and the fab colour.
It's so perfect for the card, and your CC club.
Love and big hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

Marlena M. said...

I have contemplated a Misti and maybe I can wait a little longer and buy more stamps! I always struggle with stamping on textured cardstock! Such beautiful cards!

Barb said...

Two lovely card Mary. I love poinsettias. Kept one alive and happy for nearly 3 years. Barbxx

Loose Stitches said...

They are both gorgeous cards Mary! Love the colors on the first one and the second one looks like a real poinsettia!
Hugs, Sherry xx
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads

Daffodil Cards said...

Well! if I had boohoos like you, I would be VERY satisfied, I love your first one, so vibrant in it's red and gold and love the second for the gentler effect, BOTH wonderful cards my Friend :)
Hugs
Faith

Brenda said...

I love poinsettia's too Momma Mary, they are just a beautiful flower. I love both of your cards! Your first one is so elegant and clean looking. That poinsettia you used is amazing! Love the green plaid background you used for it. Your second card is equally beautiful! I love the dimension you got with this poinsettia!! It looks like a real one laying on the card base. Like I could reach down and pick it right off the card base! The leaves and the flower petals are colored so pretty, love the striped embossing folder used for the background too! Hugs, Brenda

Mrs A. said...

I really, really like that poinsettia on your second card it pops straight off the card . Love your colouring of it. I keep taking photos that make the card look wonky. I think its the angle to the lens as the cards are perfectly straight. hugs Mrs A.

Chantal said...

Great cards. Love the flowers.
Hugs, Chantal S

Linby said...

Two beautiful cards. If it looks straight IRL then it's straight LOL! Funny how we find we have a lot of a certain type of stamp isn't it!

cotnob said...

They are both fabulous cards Mary, lovely poinsettias.
Sorry I haven't been around for a few days - hubby took me away for a surprise break, an early birthday present.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
x

Loll said...

Two pretty poinsettia cards Mary. Love the gold embossed outlines on the red card --- so pretty. And great job watercolouring your die-cut poinsettia. Zigs are fun to work with, aren't they??!! xx

Pippa said...

Great couple of cards Mary.

Carol said...

Two lovely cards Mary...we all seem to love our poinsettias...loving yours stamped in gold, they look so opulent. Sorry to be so late commenting this time. Carol x