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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Poinsettia Easel - Back to Basics and Beyond

I'm so happy you are here, and that you have time to share in my little creation.
It's time for a brand new Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge!
For the next two weeks, join us by uploading an "Anything-Goes" project as long as an easel "fold" technique is used. The team has all kinds of inspiration and a variety of styles to view, so take a look! Hope to see yours there.

My card features a Stampendous 6x6 stamp which has been cut down:


I started with this gorgeous Stampendous Poinsettia Collage stamp on textured watercolor paper and VersaFine Clair Tulip Red. What dreamy details this fabulous ink picks up! I have all the colors and am delighted my favorite store now carries them - (get an extra 10% off using my discount code)



Because of the heavily textured paper, I stamped the image 3 times to capture all the details:


Apple Red Detail EP276 was used on the top half of the image, and Clear Detail EP was used on the bottom half:


I stamped two more partial images for layering purposes and heat set with Firecracker Detail EP291 because it contains glitter:



Here is the main image embossed and watercolored:



A 6x6 red panel was cut, and 1/2" Double-sided Tear-ific Tape was applied to each side. Tomato Red Glitter Tinsel was burnished into each side:



Gypsy Red Microfine Glitter was burnished into the tinsel to cover up all the tiny crevices:



The sentiment from Happy Holidays 897 was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat set with White Detail EP298,



A close up of the image:


An old Martha Stewart Trim punch was used for the easel stop. There are 8 layers adhered together.


Dynamites Holly Branch die was decked out with Gecko Green Microfine Glitter and Fire Engine Red Ultrafine Glitter:



I promise the dimensional flower is glittery and not so dark around the edges in real life.

Hoping to see your pretty easel cards in our challenge this time!

On a sad note, this is my final official SNS design team card, but I'm grateful to still be using their products!





    Products Used:

    Challenges I'd like to play in please:
    1. Allsorts Challenges #493 Poppies or RED 11/16 sep post
    2. Christmas at Sweet Stampin' (Nov 14) 12/3 (sep post)
    3. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #40 Anything Christmas Goes 11/17 (sep post) C15
    4. Try Stampin' Or Not on Tuesday Nov Technique Challenge - Glitter - (I have 2 types microfine glitter, glitter tinsel, and 1 ultrafine glitter) 11/25 (sep post - they have multiple challenges each month)
    5. Dream Valley #190 Use Dies AND punches (3 Martha Stewart punches and one Dynamites die) 2nd entry, C10, 11/16 sep post
    6. Make My Monday Challenge #84 Winter Foliage 11/25
    7. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1845 AG 11/19

    Stamping Hugs,

    45 comments:

    brenda said...

    Beautiful, beautiful Poinsettias Donna and look super made into a easel card, I feel the need for another new stamps, oh dear! Your lovely creation would fit in perfectly at our current Allsorts challenge.

    B x

    cotnob said...

    A beautiful card Donna, a gorgeous stamp and I love your decoupaged Poinsettias - a super design.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

    Chris said...

    It's a stunning easel card Donna, fabulous poinsettias, wonderful traditional colours enhanced by your lovely trademark sparkle.
    hugs
    Chris
    x

    Dr Sonia S V said...

    Simply fabulous Donna...love the fold and the vibrancy which exudes
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

    Bunny said...

    Absolutely stunning from start to finish. I love the colors and textures. [Bunny]```

    KraftyKoolKat said...

    This is so gorgeous Donna. Nothing basic about it. Your work is always so gorgeous. I don't get time to make cards very much these days & when I do they are basic.

    Hugs
    Cathy
    xxxx

    Lisa said...

    It's so absolutely stunning, Donna!! The image looks amazing!! I love the colors and the sparkle!! The poinsettias are so beautiful!! Gorgeous, gorgeous card, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

    Shona Erlenborn said...

    Such a beauty, from the gradation of the card front to the tinseled edges. So much dimension and sparkle, Donna. I like the way you made the easel stop too, thanks for the awesome inspiration, my friend.

    Beebeebabs said...

    Wow your card is absolutely beautiful - love everything about it - great job as always and have a great day!!!

    cuilliesocks said...

    Hi Donna, what a WOW of a card, it's stunning, I love that fabulous stamp and your wonderful colours, such amazing inspiration, Kate x

    EmmaT said...

    Wonderful creation, lovely stamped image. Thank you for joining us at Make My Monday. Emma

    Linda Simpson said...

    Stunning! I love the gorgeous design and wonderful sparkle.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

    Sue said...

    Hi Donna, Now that is beautiful. Not into sparkle, but it really set this card off lovely. Sue

    Jackie T said...

    Hi Donna this is a stunning easel card. I just love the stamp you have used, The poinsettias are gorgeous. Take care. Hugs Jackie

    KarinsArtScrap said...

    this is gorgeous Donna

    Gr Karin

    Leslie Miller said...

    That is one gorgeous background stamp, Donna! More so with all the extra work you put into it, and standing so proudly on your easel card. Love how you layered the punched trim for the stop. All so beautifully put together! Last SNS DT card? I know you'll still be out there pulling for them because you love the products.

    pam said...

    Gorgeous easel card Donna, love this image and wonderful sparkle.
    Hugs Pam x

    NanaConnie said...

    WOW, Donna, what stunning poinsettias, especially the dimensional one! Your step by step instructions are perfect and I so appreciate them. Love the die cuts and your choices of glitter. The sparkle becomes you. :-D

    Tammy said...

    This is gorgeous Donna! I love the beautiful poinsettias and how you layered one of them, stunning design and sparkle too!
    Hugs, Tammy

    *Vicki* said...

    Wowzer Donna, this easel card is completely amazing my friend!! LOVE the red sparkled edges to go with your stunning poinsettia stamped images and I love how you've popped out the singular on your background design too! That sentiment is really gorgeous and everything is very nicely put together my friend!! I know for sure that you will be missed very greatly my dear!! BIGGEST HUGS

    Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

    Beautiful colors, Donna. Love the splash of pink with the red and green.

    Mia said...

    Absolutely STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!! Oh Donna, you are such a talented lady!!!! Hugs, my friend.

    Verna Angerhofer said...

    Oh, Donna! This is the most gorgeous card I have seen in ages. It not only is an Easel design but the coloring and all those layers are just fantastic together. I love poinsettias anyway and this stamp you used is awesome. All the die cuts used really compliment it perfectly. I am sad to see you leave as a designer for Sparkle N Sprinkle but I know I will still be seeing your wonderful creations here and there still in blog land. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful designs which are so inspiring.

    Conniecrafter said...

    Oh Donna you have done a wonderful job on your final post as a design team member, the colors are just gorgeous, always love the sparkle you bring to your creations, I like how you added the extra flower and your holly corners on the inside are so pretty, wow 8 layers that is a great touch, lovely inside too!

    Dawn Phillips said...

    Such a beautiful card hun. Love Dawn x

    meg said...

    Fantastic easel card, the image is beautiful and your attention to detail means a stunning finished product

    sarascloset said...

    Donna, it always delights me to visit your blog, and I'm so happy I was able to sneak in and see your final post for SNS. You have done an amazing job for them throughout your time with them, and this is an fabulous note to end on! Gorgeous, gorgeous poinsettia easel card! I love that stamp and how you've given it dimension. Love all that gorgeous shimmer and glitter on this stunning design! Wow! Sending hugs! And now for the cut and paste message...

    PS Apologies for my absence. We are so busy with our business right now. I work from sun up to sundown (and later sometime, now the time has changed) and I see no end in sight. I have been trying to get up earlier, so I can catch up on my favorite blogs. Sadly, this is all the time I have for your lovely inspiration today, but I hope to be back soon!

    Donna Phelan said...

    Great easel fold, they are so wonderful to create, lots of landscape to decorate! Your layers are what I adore (oh and of course all of that glittery goodness) the poinsettia layers pop and oh my 8 on that border cut! Yowza! This is a beautiful Holiday creation! Merry Merry!

    KT Fit Kitty said...

    Hi, Donna! I'm finally stopping in to see what you've been making! So sorry I have taken so long! Brian is home from the rehab hospital now and we are starting to get a routine in place (I hope!). It hasn't been easy, but I'm happy he's here with me now and can continue to heal at home. Your easel card is absolutely stunning! The poinsettias look amazing and I love all the sparkle! So many beautiful details! Sad to read that you are stepping down from the SNS team. Hope you're doing okay, my friend. So sorry I have lost touch with you these past few months. Sending lots of hugs your way...

    Margarets designer cards said...

    Prefect Christmas card, I love your design and the poinsettia,

    Becky said...

    This is a beautiful card. I love poinsettias anyway, and this one is gorgeous.

    Heather said...

    Another gorgeous card - so elegant! Thanks so much for playing at TSOT!

    Chris said...

    Always a treat to visit your blog Donna, so I'm just popping back to thank you for playing along at CASS this month, lovely to have you join us :)
    Chris
    x

    Mummylade said...

    Wonderful technique! Thank you for sharing with us at Allsorts this week.

    Mervi said...

    Gorgeous and pretty card!
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts Challenge;-))m

    crafty-stamper said...

    Stunning card Donna and love the fabulous stamp and all the red embossing
    Carol x

    Sue said...

    This is such an awesome stamp, and I have seen it done so many ways already. I love that you stamped it with that gorgeous red ink. I am also using the black and I love it, and I am jealous that you have all the colors!!!! I buy one each time I go to my LSS! Gorgeous die border around it, and the pretty poinsettia popped up looks fabulous! Stunning card!

    Hugs,Sue

    Donna said...

    What a stunning easel card, the poinsettias are gorgeous and the glitter is perfect! Very beautiful and festive!

    aussie aNNie said...

    So pretty De and your poinsettia is just so beautifully embossed and coloured..xx

    Karen Dunbrook said...

    this is gorgeous Donna, I just ordered this stamp the other day!! Can't wait to get it although we have an ongoing postal strike here on Canada..ugh.
    xx Karen

    Valerija said...

    This is gorgeous!
    Valerija xx

    Cazro said...

    So many wonderful comments, you must be thrilled. A stunning, beautiful card. An amazing stamp which you have decorated and coloured so well. So pleased you joined our challenge at Make My Monday. Caz. DT.

    Donna Scholz said...

    Glitter, glitter, everywhere! What a gorgeous card, Donna!!! A perfect entry for our Try Stampin' on Tuesday November glitter challenge!!! The love and detail you have put into this card makes it a real standout!!! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us at TSOT!!! -Donna (from Idaho)

    Monica said...

    Another super stunner. So pretty. I love poinsettias and your card is so so so beautiful.

    Pia S said...

    A stunning traditional design with lots of detailing and glitter. Wow!