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Hello! Welcome to my blog and thank you for stopping by. I design and create handcrafted greeting cards. I like to call this passion of mine "visual poetry" ....imagery on paper. Please feel free to browse the photos of my cards and leave a comment.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Christmas Poinsettia

It's 94 degrees in my neighborhood and I'm making a Christmas card. Right now it's a most refreshing and cooling thought. It's a pleasant distraction from this tremendous heat.

Actually, this card was made for a challenge at Joan's Gardens in which traditional Christmas colors were to be used along with the addition of something from nature.

I made my base card from white card stock. I added a layer of dark green (GKD All Spruced Up). I embossed a white layer with a Sizzix Peace Poinsettia EF set and adhered it to the green layer.

I cut a red and green oval from Marianne Small Ovals by Petra die. I adhered the two together, the green a bit higher than the red to create a shadow of sorts. Next I cut another oval in white from the same die set and adhered that to the red oval.

I created the poinsettia petals with Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia dies. I  layered them and added gold glitter. The pine branches were cut in green using Impressions Obsessions die. I created the effect of snow with Liquid Applique. The sentiment is from GKD Wishing You Joy STV Kit and was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on a panel cut from Spellbinders Distressed Edges die.

And that was my very first Christmas card of the year. Although, I do start working on my personal Christmas cards in August since I send a different one to each recipient. Lots of work but I love it!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed your visit!

This card was entered in the following challenge(s):
Joan's Gardens  -  JG0718 
The Outlawz  -  GCC0715 Challenge
Tuesday Throwdown  - Challenge #156 - Anything Goes
Sister Act  -  Challenge #16 - Anything Goes
TTCRD  -  Anything Goes - Jul 16-Jul 22
Oozak  -   Challenge #18 - Anything Goes with Texture
Marianne Design Divas  -   Layer It Up
ABC Challenge  -  R for Roses are Red (red flowers)


Trisha Stanley said...

Such a beautiful card!!! I love how you did the pine branches! I thought you used garland!!! I agree with you about needing a distraction from the heat! I've been sitting at a baseball field for 7 days, BAKING in the sun! A trip to Hobby Lobby to see their Fall inventory always makes me feel cooler!Happy to see you at Sister Act this week!
Trisha-DT Member

Donna Przybylowski said...

Olga, Beautiful card, love the embossing folder you used, and also how you did the pine branches, it really gives the feel of winter!
Thanks for sharing,

CraftyGirl said...

Olga, your card is fabulous. I am very glad you entered this week at Tuesday Throwdown. I hope you had fun!!! See you back very soon to play in another fun challenge.


Tuesday Throwdown DT

Elaine said...

Lovely Christmas card Olga well done .
Thank you for joining us at our THROUGH THE CRAFTROOM CHALLENGE this week and GOOD LUCK hugs Elaine

Louise said...

Beautiful Christmas card,
Thanks for joining us at ABC for our challenge
hugs Louise

Nancy Hill said...

Love your embossing folder. Also, I love my Spellbinder poinsettia die as well. Love the card.

Patty Sue 2 said...
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Patty Sue 2 said...

I will try this again. Your card is beutiful and the embossing and layers are the perfect touch. Thank you for joining us at ABC Challenge! Good luck! I hope we see more of your lovely work in our next challenge!

Darcy Schroeder said...

Olga, this is so beautiful, I can't even put it into words! Love it!


Samantha Casey said...

Wow! Look at all the texture! Amazing job! Thank you for joining us for the Oozak Challenge!