Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Card making should

be fun....and I can honestly say that I am having fun, in fact, SOOOOO much fun lately making cards.  Perhaps it is because I had to take an unplanned "break" due to life and the demands it makes.  Perhaps it is because I have time to really fiddle around with my supplies now and therefore not feel pressed to make "every crafting moment count"!  Whatever the reason is, I am just enjoying the process more these days and find that each time I leave my crafting space I leave content, restored and happy.  I can't ask for more than that from paper, ink and glitter right?
So, I am still on my poinsettia kick.  This Spellbinder die is seriously SUCH a fun die and one that I am glad that I went ahead and picked up.  I debated about it as it is a seasonal die and therefore I thought that it wasn't worth the cost but I'm so pleased with how it works and would recommend it to anyone!  I found mine on sale, actually, at a fairly deep discount on Amazon. I used Hero Arts sentiments on both cards and so am going to enter both into the monthly contest Bring on the Bling.


Again I used all Spellbinder dies for the different cuts on both cards and also pulled out my trusty Martha Stewart thistle/pine punch.....I can't believe how much I use that little punch for accents!  I wish it came in a larger branch too.  The first card I used untraditional Christmas colors but I like to go "different" from time to time....I think that this works!  The poinsettia is cut from pink paper, distressed with two different colors of pink ink and then stickled.


The second card I tried to go for a more vintage look. I used red card stock on the poinsettia, stickled it and then also heavily outlined it in silver leaf pen.  I then used  big leaves from the die and tried to arrange them in a very "stylized" fashion.  I wanted this card to look like something I would find in my grandmothers attic.....a card where the paper is old, the colors faded and the edges browning but the embellishments bright and shiny as though they are painted tin.  I also am popping my "frames" up on foam....I don't know if that is apparent from my photography....it looks good in real life though!


I hope you all aren't tiring of poinsettias....I feel like I have a few more in me!   Whatever will I do when January comes??????

Be well,
Sheila





10 comments:

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Glad you are having fun! It shows in your cards. They are gorgeous!

Sasha said...

Both cards are fabulous, Sheila. Love all these poinsettias you're creating. All of them different, and beautiful! x

Barb said...

Oh, how I love that pink and green card! Both are so pretty, but those colors are just so beautiful together! Amazing poinsettias, Shelia!

Virginia L. said...

Gorgeous work, Sheila! I can tell that you enjoy your craft time as these cards truly show your love! Every time I see a beautiful Spellbinder, I always think of you! Isn't that funny? I often think...:"hmmm, wonder if Sheila has this one..and how would she uses it?"! Sorry if I am being creepy :)

Nancy K said...

I love the beautiful, intricate details on these cards, Sheila! They remind me of delicate Victorian Christmas decorations. The dusting of glitter on the poinsettias is so perfect. Really gorgeous design!

Dawn said...

I used my Poinsettia tonight too... I liked the way you distressed and stickled yours and it inspired me to emboss and paint with iridescence medium. Both your cards are so pretty today Sheila.

Elizabeth Allan said...

Your love and happiness for card making shows in each of your designs Sheila. I think purchasing this die was a great investment. You have used it in so many ways and I suspect you have even more ideas just waiting to be created!

Maureen Morton said...

Okay - so you really are the poinsettia master now, for sure! These are spectacular! Love them both. The pink one is so elegant and stunning and you captured the vintage look perfectly with the second one. I love that you are having fun - you had me worried the other day. Craft on and keep those beauties coming!

stamplover2011 said...

Beautiful cards Sheila! Just love your poinsettia! Glad you are enjoying making them too!!

Greta said...

LOVE these, Sheila! I'll never tire of your gorgeous poinsettias!