March 20, 2021

A slimline poinsettia Christmas card

Hi and welcome to my blog, I hope you’re having a good day.

The new theme challenge this week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is slimline cards. I have some slimline card bases in my crafts stash, from many moons ago, but have only limited colours left, but I rather liked this shade of pink …

For the focal image of my card, I stamped and watercoloured a poinsettia, fussy cutting it when it was dry.  I love stamping and all the different possibilities it offers – from inks, to techniques, to patterns and designs – and I love how you can achieve so many different looks with the same stamp.

I love poinsettias at Christmas, and always buy a fresh plant each year, but I have to admit that last year my plant didn’t even make it to Christmas day! Instead, its leaves curled up and drooped within days of me bringing it home, and ended up in the compost before Christmas Eve.  Now, before you start to think I’m not green fingered, the plant I bought 3 Christmases ago is still alive and well and is positively thriving!

A quick search of my paper stack and I found this blue paper with all those delicious mini snowflakes – I love the blue next to the pink – perfect! More scraps from my scraps box for the glittered snowflake and winter sprig – all that was left was a stamped sentiment, done.

I’m linking my card to the Happy Little Stampers watercolour challenge where anything goes, Inspire Create where anything goes, and also We Love Chocolate Baroque where the theme is “I love” as I do so love poinsettias!

I hope you like my card for this week and it’s given you some inspiration. Do come and join us at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown – we’d love to see your work.

Enjoy your weekend

March 13, 2021

Winter Wonderland in rose gold

The colour challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week is grey, rose gold and white …

This was the perfect excuse for me to shop for some new craft supplies …

I chose pretty rose gold cardstock.

But I am still on a mission to use more of my paper scraps. Flicking through my collection of paper pieces, I found this grey and white polka dot dsp by Stampin’ Up, which was actually from a 12″x12″ Halloween pack – Howlstooth and Scaringbone – from many moons ago! It was just perfect for the background. My dad always used to say, keep anything long enough and you’ll find a use for it!

Next came the die cuts – stitched square in smoky slate, stitched star in glitter rose gold, vellum snowflake, and the reindeer in rose gold mirror card.

I popped up the die cuts on foam adhesive, added some punched circles and a hand-cut sentiment. A jingle bell I found in a pot of bits and bobs, was tied to one of the antlers with baker’s twine. 

I’m joining the Happy Little Stampers March challenge with their Anything Goes with Dies challenge, and changed things up a bit with added pearls to join the Tic Tac Toe challenge at Christmas 24  – I think it adds a certain something.

 

 

 

I hope you like my card for this week and feel inspired to join us at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.

Enjoy your weekend.

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