#976 – Poinsettia cards for Christmas

Hello and welcome! Its time to showcase a few Christmas cards I made for this year! Its only my second year making Christmas cards and I decided to make more this year. And since I wanted to make more, I decided to make sets of cards. And today I am presenting the first set.

I started with painting panels with metallic paints – I used the ones from Prima Marketing. I chose three shades of paint for each panel, swiped them on the card to give some gradation and set them aside to dry.

I then embossed them using We R Memory Keepers Geometric embossing folders. I also splattered some Unicorn sparkle paint..its a beautiful champagne like color and wicked sparkly, and Picket Fence distress paint..to resemble snow. Yes, sparkling champagne-like snow too. 😀 I then adhered these over ivory colored cardstock.

look at that shine!!

Coming to the poinsettia, I die cut them out of white/cream cardstock, adhered them and added a gem, from Lucy’s Little Things, in the center, to match the color of the embossed panel.

For the sentiment, I first die cut banner shapes using Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner. I stacked at least 3 of each, gold heat embossed the sentiment, from Winnie & Walter Happy Owlidays and Sweet Holiday stamp sets, twice on each panel, to give some additional dimension.

This made it look a bit plain, so added polka dotted gold foil washi tape on top and also added a bow using combination of white twine and gold metallic thread. Finally, I adhered the banner and the poinsettia in place. And that completed my first set of cards!

Although this was not actually the first set I made, this was the first ones that I finished photographing and editing, so here it is first! 😉

I’m joining the following challenges:

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #330: Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge #63: Christmas

CrafTangles December challenge: Red/Green/Snow

CrafTangles Monthly Challenge December 2021 1

Hope you enjoyed these cards! Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#956 – Striped Background

Hello and welcome! I had made this card for our Inspiration Station challenge that us sisters have. But I hadn’t followed the theme right, so I thought I would make something else for the challenge, and post this card separately.

I started this card with making the striped background. With my sister’s help, I had collected these stripes from some time now. In fact there are even more left in the stash, to make more cards. Luckily, I was able to quickly find stripes that looked good together. I adhered these on a piece of copy paper, then trimmed the overhanding stripes.

And this became a fine time to get lost on how to continue. The background was so pretty, I didn’t want to add much on top which would cover it up. And some of the die cuts I originally had in mind, I dropped since they weren’t looking good on this. Thankfully, I had these pair of ‘Crocus Flowers’ dies from Simon Says Stamp. I die cut a few pieces from white cardstock and adhered them together, I then adhered vellum below it, and cut it out as cleanly as I could. I think I did a pretty good job! 🙂

I figured I would adhere them on an incline, just so they would match the stripes. Finally, I stamped the sentiment, from Paper Smooches Simply Said stamp set, fussy cut it, and adhered it using foam tape on top of the card. I adhered a few white rhinstones for embellishing.

And that’s my card. I’m joining the following challenges with this card –

The Flower Challenge #58: Add Spots or Stripes

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #320: All About Occasions

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #410: Die Cuts and/or Stencils

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#934 – Sending Big Hugs

Hello and welcome! Its always fun to use new products in the stash, and challenges are sometimes the perfect opportunity to use them. We have a new challenge up at Tic Tac Toe, where we still have the theme of Mom/Feminine/Encouraging going on, but a new board, by myself for you to play with –

I chose the mid row of Embossing – Florals – Encouraging Sentiment and this is what I created –

I have this gorgeous new flower from Altenew in my stash now – Build a Flower: Peruvian Lily. I don’t think I could ever have enough of looking at it!! 😀

Well, for this card, I chose a mint blue to be my choice of color for the flower. Once I stamped it all and die cut it. For the background, I had already decided on a mix of stamping and embossing. I first stamped a panel using Hero Arts Leaf & Floral Background – a very old stamp, but it has the most gorgeous patterns! I stamped it using a light kraft color, then embossed using Elizabeth Crafts Mini mosaic embossing folder. I love the effect that produces – you tilt it to one side and see the stamping, tilt it to the other side and see the embossing. Its just fun!

So anyway, I trimmed this panel to the size I wanted, and then foam mounted it on a light blue textured cardstock. For the sentiment, I first die cut the letters from Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas. I stacked the die cuts for dimension and then added Zig Two way glue on top. On this i placed some blue holographic foil, and pressed it using my fingers on to the die cut letters. Either the pressure or the glue wasn’t enough, but the foil didn’t cover the entire surface of the letters. But I kinda liked this look, so I let it be. The rest of the sentiment came from Altenew Adore You stamp set, which I have stamped partially, and trimmed. I adhered the die cuts on the card, whereas I used a few pieces of scrap cardstock adhered behind them to mount the stamped sentiments.

And that’s my card! And I’m joining the following challenges –

The Flower Challenge #55: Pretty Pastels

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #403: Birthdays

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Sending Hugs

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #314: All About Occasions

Checkout what the rest of the design team and our guest designer have prepared for you to get inspired in the Tic Tac Toe challenge blog. And thank you so much for stopping by!

#933 – Spring Flowers

PE: Top Pick at Retro Rubber challenge!!

Retro Rubber Challenge - Top Pick

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge at Seize the Birthday today, and the topping this time, chosen by TaeEun is Spring Flowers. Of course, anytime is ‘Anything Goes’ too, as long as it’s a birthday theme.

And this is what I created –

I started with the flowers and leaves from various Altenew stamps – Beautiful Day, Garden Treasure and Peony Bouquet. After stamping them in VersaFine Onyx black ink, I used die inks to stamp the colors as well. For the smallest flowers, since there wasn’t any stamps to fill them in, I used Zig brush markers to color them. I then fussy cut these pieces out.

For the base, I used Time Holtz-Sizzix Lumber 3D Texture Fades embossing folder. I first pressed a couple of light grey dye inks on the folder and then placed the paper in before cranking it though my embossing machine. For the result, the depth of the grooves on the lumber look deeper, which is what I was aiming for. I adhered this layer on my card base and then foam mounted the flowers and leaves. For the sentiment, I used one from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits stamp. I fussy cut this one also and then foam mounted it on the card too. I thought of adding some sequins or pearls for embellishing, but then decided against it.

And that’s my card! I’m joining the following challenges with it –

Inspired By challenge #170: Wrap Me Up In Spring

Retro Rubber Challenge #156: Pastels (using older stamps from Altenew stamps – released during 2015-16)

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The Flower Challenge #55: Pretty Pastels

Addicted to Stamps and More #403: Birthdays

Hop over to the Seize the Birthday blog to see some fantastic inspiration from Lynda, our Surprise Party Guest and of course, all of our inspiring design team! And don’t forget to join the fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#914 – Embossed Vellum

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up today over at Seize the Birthday. I’ve picked the topping this time to be “Transparency/Vellum‘. Of course, if don’t want to use that, go ahead and create a birthday project using anything you want – the “Anything Goes” option is always there! 😀

And here’s what I made –

I started with stamping a card panel using Altenew Fabulous Floral and shades of red ink. I thought I wanted a few smaller flowers with the larger ones, so I stamped some florals from the Altenew Delicate Clusters, altering the inks just a little bit, but maintaining the same overall red and green shades.

I had this idea of partially covering the image with some textured vellum. I first figured out how I wanted my vellum piece to be placed on the card. I then trimmed it, leaving a bit of extra space to fold and tuck it behind. I then stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings using black pigment ink. Once that dried, I dry embossed the vellum using Spellbinders Flower Fun embossing folder.

Of course, embossing made the vellum curl up, so I sent it again through my embossing machine again, without the folder to flatten it up a bit. It did help a little, but open corner was still curling inside upon itself, so I decided to add some adhesive. Now, I don’t own any adhesive specifically designed for vellum, so I decided to add it. I added a strip of washi tape with foil in it. I added double sided tape behind it and used that to adhere the vellum to the card panel.

An added advantage is that it also provided a defined edge to the otherwise completely transparent vellum.

Finally, got the panel mounted on a card. To match the shine of the washi tape, I also added a few sparkles using a gel sparkle pen over the flowers and leaves. And that finished my card!

I’m joining the following challenges –

The Flower Challenge #52 Embossing Heat or Dry

Inkspirational Challenge #230 – Mask

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Make Your Own Background

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Timeout challenge #179: You (Since I am sending big hugs to ‘you’ 😉 )

Step over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for some more sparkly inspiration from my wonderful team mates, and our Surprise Party Guest Julie Peddicord!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂