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Monday, 10 October 2011

A bouquet of Poinsettias for Polka Doodles and Crafty Emma

Hi peeps!   I finally made a start on some Christmas cards having been inspired by two fabulous play days - one with best matey Julie on Friday and then Julie and I went to the lovely Alex's for more fun crafting on Saturday.  What a fabulous time we had!
Previously I had made only one card and with so many to make, I really needed to come up with a simple design with which I could make multiple cards.  I think I finally cracked it after hours of trying all sorts of different things.
I used a new Marianne Design punch and embossing folder for the cream background.  It's fabulous!  It embosses and die cuts at the same time.  I added a Marianne Design poinsettia flower (the centre of which is actually a separate punch because I always struggle to get the Marianne stamens out of the die) and an SU sentiment "Merry" cut with an SU tiny tag punch. I'm not sure of the make of the "Christmas" sentiment but I made one with an SU lable punch and one with a Nestie lable punch and used the SU word window punch for both.  On one card I used a piece of pre-printed ribbon. 
These cards are not exactly quick to make because they each take several runs through my Big Shot - one for the cream background which also needs to be cut down to size afterwards, one to cut the flowers, one to cut the leaves and another two for the embossing and then the sentiment framing needed cutting and the flowers needed curving and the Merry needed punching but they are simple in design and I can make them and watch TV at the same time!  Something I can't do if I'm colouring.   I'm planning on doing snowflakes and mistletoe too so watch this space...
I am entering my cards into the challenge at Polka Doodles - who want "handmade flowers" and at CES where the theme is "seeing red".

9 comments:

Linda said...

Love crafting days with my friends. This is a good project to work on while there too. I agree that it is a lot of work, but everything you do seems to be quite involved so I guess you would call it simple. Ha Ha. The outcome is worth every bit of effort though.

Faye said...

Oh don't these poinsettias look fab. This is a scrummy, elegant card. Well done for making a start on the little blighters. xxx

Mrs A. said...

Really elegant. One small problem though can't find the button to push to put my order in!!!!!
Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog. Hugs Mrs A.

julieprice3 said...

Beautiful cards! love the elegant flower, just lovely!
Hugs Julie P

louise said...

Beautiful elegant card, thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles this week
Hugs louise xx

Julie said...

These are wonderful Lesley - the poinsettas are divine!! Love the embossed element too!! Juliexx

Julie said...

Hello matey! Yep, still gorgeous and perfect for our red challenge at CES this week! Thanks for playing along with us! Juliexx

Carrie said...

wow. These are fabby hun. Hope you are well. Thanks for playing at CES xx

FauxPainter - Dee Paramour said...

A lovely card, thanks for joining in the Polka Doodles challenge.