Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Poinsettias In Red

Hello my crafty friends!  My beloved Poinsettia die again today, but in the more traditional red this time.  I started with a piece of tan card and stamped it with one of the stamps from the Design Element set using a clear Perfect Medium pad.  This gives just a watermark effect to the background, creates some interest but doesn't overwhelm.  Next, I used a little technique from my DVD called "faux quilt" for my background.  Using several one inch strips over left over decorative paper, I taped them next to each other on a piece of copy paper.  Once I had a full sheet, I cut them the other direction at one inch intervals so that I now had strips, but each strip had several one inch blocks of assorted paper.  I reassembled these on another piece of copy paper, but this time, I placed them randomly next to each other and cut random squares away so as not to have an even background.  I wanted it to be like little blocks glued to the background randomly.  However, because they were taped to a piece of copy paper, I was able just to pick the whole piece up and tape it to my background card.  This technique is a great way to use some of those little scraps we squirrel away in our craft stashes.  Next I cut several of the poinsettia dies in red.  I inked all the veins with Fired Brick distress ink.  I layered up two poinsettias, then used  the "leaf" die to add more petals in red to one of them to create a large focal flower.  I cut a few in green as well to add and inked those veins with Forest Moss.  I stamped my sentiment in black and cut it out with one of the fancy tag dies.  I inked it while still in the die with Antique Linen and added it to my card with a bit of foam mounting cushion.  I wanted to give the card a bit of a shabby chic look so I distressed the edges of the card and inked them with Tea Dye to achieve this. Remember, do what it says "be merry!"  All for now, Sue x

154 comments:

guffie said...

what a beautiful card Sue and i love the background brilliant xx gail

Pam said...

A very colourful Christmas card today Sue. The poinsettia die is superb and looks so impressive on the card.

auscrafts said...

lovely card Sue.I like the background

June Nelson said...

Wow this is stunning!! and the flowers are fantastic love it xxx

Granny Ado said...

Christmas......and we haven't een had summer yet! I know........
But another nice card though.

debs said...

Good morning Sue what a lovely christmas card I would never have thought of these colours for christmas but they do work. Love how you have done the patch work affect. Take care

Debs Artliff

Sonia Jones said...

Love this card. The background is gorgeous. Soniax

Heather said...

Good morning Sue
I have your DVD and I love using this technique, I used it on a scrapbook page and it looks amazing. Today's card is fabulous as usual.
Hugs x

Rose in Chester said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I've used the faux quilt technique before but never as a background. You really come up with some great ideas - thank you, Sue

Linda said...

What a gorgeous card
hugs Linda

melanie said...

What a great Idea must try this .Hope you are enjoying CHA show .melanie

baconbits said...

Morning, As always your cards make me "be merry"its a fab way to start the day with your blog.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

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lestim said...

Hi Sue, the Poinsettia is quickly becoming one of my desert island dies. I love what you have done to the background, fabulous card. Best wishes, Lesley x

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Beautiful Christmas card love the poinsettia dies. Looks stunning with the quilt background must try this one.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

sued99 said...

Love the background.

BridgetCG said...

A really lovely card Sue, very traditional colours. Love it. Bx

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue

I was just watching your DVD last night looking for some ideas and saw the patchwork technique! Love this card, the Poinsettias are beautiful. Hope you are enjoying the CHA. love Jean x

Clarissa said...

Terrific card. Love the patchwork effect.
Clarissa. X

Karen R said...

Love the patchwork effect, new one for me. Lovely card xx

Jan said...

The poinsettia works for me it always invokes "Christmas shivers"

jayne denver said...

Hi sue what a lovely card
Thanks Jayne

AdrienneQ said...

Love the whole card and (to me) the new technique of faux quilting. I have your dvd on order and can't wait to view it.

Carole Z said...

Lovely card Sue, this is my very favourite Christmas die and I have already been busy with again for this year's cards! Carole Z X

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
Love it.............
Wow! what a fantastic idea for using up all those "Bits" of paper, going to have a go at that for sure.
Have a great day

Patricia x

Vick said...

Hi Sue, Lovely card, i missed all the embellishments but what a card hugs Vick xxx
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Elizabeth said...

Good morning Sue, what a beautiful card. It is traditional but also kind of funky the way you have done the patchwork. I have recently bought the poinsetta die so will definitely be having a go with this one. Thank you.
Elizabeth x

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue
A Lovely Christmas Card, Bright, Warm, Interesting Background, Cute Sentiment, Perfect Flowers, Lovely.
Have a great day everyone
Happy2craft

Joesgrandma said...

This is a very detailed card and I love it! Thanks Sue.

Celina Dee said...

Stunning! Absolutely Stunning! Hope you are having fun at the CHA
Ire

Julia Watts said...

Great card. Love the backing paper. Julia xxx

Anonymous said...

GM Sue, Lovn the faux quilt effect - must try it - but not sure it works for me with the poinsettas - sorry!

Tried using my microbeads for the first time yday - OMG! they are wonderful - see what you mean when you said the TV doesn't really show them to best effect - in real life the finish you get with them is amazing! Addicted to these now!

Hope you are having success at CHA tracking down some new items and ideas for us!

Rgs
ClareW

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Today's card is beautiful, but it's not a 'me' card, there isn't enough bling for me, sorry. Love the poinsettia die, and I would have glittered the flowers. Love the paper piecing technique, it's very effective. There are lots of techniques that I can get from this card, even though it is not a 'me' card. Lots of love from Patricia xx

Victoria said...

Great idea for the background. I'll have to give it a go. Lovely colours together too.

Clai01 said...

At least i have this die, so i'm always glad when you say that it is a favourite Sue, because that means i can usually re-create one of your blog card ideas, so thanks for the inspiration.

Janice K said...

Fantastic idea to use up the scraps! One I'll be sure to use as I can't throw ANYTHING away. A lovely card, thank you for the ideas.

Ruthie said...

Nice card Sue, but please no more christmas themes at least until 22nd Dec when I will be thinking "I must get on with making my xmas cards"

lindyloo12 said...

What a lovely card, and so great for using up the scraps, what good ideas you have Sue.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

This s fabulous and I love the quilt background. Must give that a try.

Wendy L said...

Lovely card, this poinsetia die is deffo on my wish list. xx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
What a great way to use up strips of papers, I also love the poinsettia dies, should have my christmas tree die any time now so will be using both sets for this christmas for my 'specials'.
Happy crafting
Tina x

evis said...

Hi Sue.

Love that card.

Evis.

Kathy said...

Hi Sue - I have these poinsettia dies but I must be the only person who finds them a bit heavy-handed, even on your big cards. But I love the background and the patched quilt technique, also red and kraft together. Enjoy CHA, are you finding lots of goodies? Kathy x

Margaret said...

What a lovely use of little pieces we don't want to throw away. The poinsettia dies are just wonderful so pleased I have them.
Have a good day
Margaret

Linda said...

Stunning background and loving the poinsettias. Enjoy your day.

Hugs
Linda xxx

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
What a great way to use of of those scraps that we can't throw away, will be using this technique for sure.
Love the card its very pretty.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

nattyboots said...

I think the background is great ,must give it a try ,i must add i love all your Christmas Cards so please keep them coming ,they look really special for those extra special people in your life.

Thank you Sue

Elaine H X

Sue Lewis - Paynter said...

wats happened no bow no bling lol but love it 4 its simplicity will def use the quilting effect soon

lesley said...

Hi sue this is another lovely card I really like the poinsettias and will definitely be using them a lot when I do start my xmas cards!! Lol love lesley xx

Clare said...

Lovely card, love the way you've done the background.

Clare x

Erica said...

Morning Sue,

Great background. Never tried this technique but will give it a go.

Erica x

Debby Berry said...

Sue,
I am now inspired to start my holiday cards. Cheers

Debby Berry said...

Sue,
I am now inspired to start my holiday cards. Cheers

Marion said...

I really like the poinsettia die ,i have made a few cards with it ,also like the back ground on this card.
Marion

Val in Spain xxx said...

Good morning Sue. Another lovely and unusual card. You are giving me so many wonderful ideas for Christmas.

Carolyn B said...

Love it. I've just bought the poinsettia die but not had a chance to play with it yet.
Carolyn B

Sandra F said...

Lovely card Sue.

cheekypaw said...

Hi sue
love the card. I just love your cards because you always give such good ideas

cheekypaw said...

Hi sue
love the card. I just love your cards because you always give such good ideas

cheekypaw said...

Hi sue
love the card. I just love your cards because you always give such good ideas

marg said...

Hello Sue
I love the Quilting it adds another interest to try ..I've only tried the Die in parchment, so I must look out some Pink or Red for the Poinsettias. Hope the CHA is exciting Sue
LoveMarg

gwen70 said...

Another great card Sue, Poinsettias are lovely

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Sue

I love the faux quilting technique I have never seen this before. Can always rely on you to show me something different

I love the poinsetta flower its beautiful
Sue xxx

Jane in Spain said...

these really are must-have dies! Such beautiful cards.

Maryann said...

Sooooo beautiful work here again Sue, and just how poinsettia should be. I love it.

Lacelady said...

Wow Sue, this card really appeals to me, since I am a quilter too.

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue Love the background technique and the card is beautiful.Merry in this weather?-oh well maybe some craft time will help!

Marleine said...

Morning Sue

Cor! What a shock, didn't expect this style from you LOVELY. Poinsettias my all time favourite. X

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, You always remind us of techniques we haven't done for a while, like the stamping backgrounds with Versamark. Thanks. Great card. have done the patchwork effect with material but not paper, so must have a go. Hugs, Carol S.xx

nannapat said...

What a clever way to use up scraps of paper - it looks really fab. The poinsettias are lovely - I must get that die. Pat x

Phil D said...

Such a wonderful background idea and of course it all comes together beautifully with the poinsettias
never ending possibilities with you Sue - you are so creative
Phil D

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, yet another very clever card. I love the faux quilt technique and have used it quite a lot but usually in brighter colours. I really like this more subdued style.
Hope CHA is living up to your expectations but will miss you on the POW on Friday.
Frances

martine said...

hi sue i love this card so elegant for christmas i love the poinsettia die are beautiful i love the faux patch work i looks brilliant xxx
martine xxx

HiggiSue said...

Now this is beautiful. My type of Xmas card. Not tried the background technique but must try it. Have a happy day
Sue H x

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue from a lovely sunny day here in Burgundy - what a lovely idea using the small scraps to make a fau quilt - one I shall certainly be using - thank you for the inspiration. Have a really day at the CHA.
Janet x

sue said...

Morning Sue, this is a very different look and I love it. The poinsettia dies are lovely.
Love Sue M x

hazel said...

lovely card Sue, love the patchwork backing xx hazel

Victoria said...

Hope you are being merry too! Thanks for another great card!

Cdteach said...

I really like the faux quilt idea - great for scrapbooking as well as cards. I know I've got lots of scraps of lovely papers and it seems such a waste not to make good use of them.

Jan

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, I love these 'flowers' in red, and the quilting is brilliant, a very good way to use up those bits of paper we never throw away. Hope CHA went well.

Love Rosemarie xx

Lizzie said...

Hi Sue
Wow super card and I have tons of small scraps of b/ground papers so shall try my way lol!
Short but sweet as my new silhouette cameo turned up this morning so setting it up ready to play whoop whoop
Thank you
Lizzie (serial copycat)xox

AnneRD said...

Love the patchwork background, such a good use of paper scraps. Enjoy your visit to the show, don't forget to post some pics! Anne x

kimberley said...

Another winner Sue-have tried the faux quilting before but I had forgotten about it so thanks for the reminder, take care,x

Mac Mable said...

Another great technique with the background and using a clear ink just as a watermark. Love the die. Thanks for sharing. Beverley x

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue
A stunning card, just love the poinsettia die, love the background idea.
Emma

Tres said...

Hi Sue. I love this wonderful card!! I fell in love with these poinsettia dies when you were playing with them on cc a while back. I still as yet need to buy them. Love the stamped background and your faux quilting. I much prefer the traditional christmas colours as you have done here. Love Tres x x x

cazlan said...

love this card - have used the poinsettia dies so much - but this is yet another look. nice to see christmas colours being used. off to make some 'quilted bits' now with all my scraps - brilliant idea.
xxx carole

Ladock girl said...

Love these poinsettia dies Sue, they are going on all my christmas cards this year. I'm waiting to see the one you showed on C&C with the bauble and red poinsettias going across it. Love Linda xxx

Maggie said...

Just received these dies and love them so much. Am still trying out various cards to get the best one, now must give this one a go. Thanks again Sue xx

JoanB said...

Hi Sue,
I love the detail on this card. The stamp on the background and the faux quilting.
Great job.
Joan B.

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
I am really into the quilting idea. Fab way to add colour and use up those bits of card you love and cant bear to throw away. I have the Poinsettia die and really make the card sing.
Another fab card
Hope your enjoying the CHA was on the webair with spellbinders the other day. One day i will make it there.
Born again spellbinder
Nadine xxx hug
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card, great poinsettias
Margaret L

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card, great poinsettias
Margaret L

Christine said...

Love this idea, lovely card.
Thank you, Sue
Christine
x

Meg said...

Hi Sue,
Not my kind of card but appreciate the work that's gone into making it.
Margaret O

Maid of Kent said...

Hi Sue,
Love the Poinsettias l must have a go at the patchwork background a wonderful way of using up scraps. Hugs Ann

3362Jan said...

Hi Sue. Stunning.Jan

Christine Hussey said...

Hi Sue, just love poinsettias and the patchwork background it brilliant! A great way to use up those left overs we just can't bear to throw away. TFS. Hope CHA is going well! Hugs Christine H xx

nancyd said...

Hi Sue,
Love the Poinsettia dies will be doing my cards with these this year
I think I prefer them in white but will try different colours
to see which I like best.
Nancyd xx

"Talk to the Tail" said...

Oh I love this Poinsettia flower and I love how you've done the patchwork background but I'm not keen on them both together on this card Sorry! ;0)

CraftyJo said...

I love the backgrounds - both the stamping and the quilting.

yorkie said...

Hi Sue
I love this card and I am now the proud owner of this die so will be having a go
I liked the white one you did the other day
Take Care
Theresa x

Sandybee said...

I really love the layout and the patchwork effect but for me the colours don't work with the poinsettia, sorry

xx

Vie Carter said...

Very clever the quilting effect and love the ponsettia die

Vie

x

CathyinMN said...

Very nice Christmas card! I really like the faux quilt technique you used on it.

vanessa said...

Hi Sue, This is a lovely card, love the faux quilting very clever, take care vanessa.

Jan.moogie said...

Hi Sue just got my poinsettia die today and will have a go at making this stunning card.x

Barbara said...

Very pretty card but really cant get into xmas yet way too early for me!! Hope you are having fun!

SUZYD said...

BEAUTIFUL CARD,LOVE THE BACKGROUND.SUZYD X

Helen O said...

I love the faux quilting, what a nifty idea for all the left over bits and bobs. The poinsettia is growing on me, although I like the plant at Christmas, I wasn't quite loving the die, but I'm getting there lol, thank you as always Helen O xxx

scottish crafter said...

Hi Sue, very late today, am on holiday and getting acces is a bit of a joke. But yes I love this card and will be replicating this one as far as my capabilities allow. Hope you are enjoying CHA.

Wilma

nikkib said...

This is the die I'm using this year for my Christmas card, it makes such a statement and a classic design for the season... hope you are enjoying CHA.....

Roma said...

classic, love the patchwork twist

lilygee said...

A beautifully composed and originally created background Sue - really admire it! All round a stunning card as usual perfectly put together.
love lilygee xxx

Jane said...

I would never had said I would change my mind about the poinsettia die, I always thought it was a little old fashioned but the card ideas you give us made me change my opinion.

Jane xx

Planetsusie said...

Hi Sue - love this card - especially the faux quilting. I am definitely going to try this technique. The poinsettias look really great on the brown card.

Think I may try this one for Christmas myself!!

Hugs Sue Pass xxx

jane said...

Hi Sue
I really like this card and will have a go.
Also have your DVD.so will be watching this again to try and get it just right I hope believe me it will be a mirical.
Take care

Jane Llewellyn

utilitygirl said...

Patchwork effect is very different and I do love that poinsettia die Sue xx

Anonymous said...

Great card Sue and will definitely have a go at this one as I also love patchwork.
God bless
JanNxx

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, I'm late today, had a day away and don't faint the sun shone all day.
Now to the card. I love the poinsettia die and this card has made me feel merry, the background is sooo effective, will have to give this a try as I have your DVD and the dies.
Enjoy CHA and find some lovely goodies for us.
Have a merry day.
Hugs June xx

Dawn Louise said...

I love it and the quilt background is awesome x

salem said...

fab card lovethese flowers

brenda said...

Love the poinsettia die, think I should be starting my Christmas cards soon xx

hotpotato said...

I've got this die and yesterday I used it for the first time.

Craftychris said...

I really love this card and the way of using the background paper is brilliant xx

Heather said...

Hi Sue
I love this I always associate the Poinsettia with Christmas and I am making all my Christmas cards at the moment so just love it! As I do Christmas! :)

Crafty Hugs
Heather Rogers xx

Lucy said...

The subtle background and the quilting technique are stunning. We can always use new ideas for using up scraps. I have lots of 'em! Beautiful poinsettia, but that almost goes without saying.

mags said...

Beautiful traditional christmas card Sue. Love the background effect.
Mags
x

zerena said...

hello sue, love the card Zerena

Debbie Tinks said...

nice card sue

hazel said...

Good evening Sue
Beautiful Christmas card..I adore this poinsettia die.So many options on what to use it with..Take care Hazelx

Lindsay said...

love the backing - the faux quilt is lovely and could be adapted easily in other colours and styles x

Sue Parish said...

Hi Sue,
Love the background and the patchwork and the poinsettias of course! It's Christmassy but different - a great one to try. Thanks for the recipe,
Sue x

Cassieajh said...

Sue

This is a wonderful Christmas card but you know I like the white ones covered in mini beads better. Hugs Allison xx

Vivi Morais said...

Congrats!!! It's amazing!!!

franzesjoi said...

ohhh feel the spirit of Christmas!!! beautiful card, sue!!!

craftyvonnie said...

brill card again sue i luv this die also

Rufus said...

Poinsettias just say Christmas! Love the quilt background.
R/

Moni said...

Fab card, great flowers. Hugs,Moni

Ayelet said...

Beautiful card!
stunning background - the stamp and the quilt.
and the poinsettias are lovely :)

Evas Pyssel said...

Wonderful card !! I love making Christmascards in summer so this is a superb inspiration.
Love from rainy Sweden. Eva

Claveh said...

Beautiful Sue, I just love the way the poinsettia stands out from the card. Lovely.xxx

jordiegirl said...

Love the poinsettia die - think I may need it!

Snuffy Snoo said...

Very Christmassy!! Also, very stunning! Love Sam xxx

Cumbrianlass said...

I love these Dies Sue have just got them. Your card is beautiful.
Janet

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, loving the faux quilting technique. With love & light Theresa. H

Buttons said...

The poinsettias are lovely and I really love the woven background. Hope you're enjoying CHA. Hugs, Buttons x

magpie said...

Gorgeous card Sue! Love the way you've done those papers...soooo effective & the pointsettia die brill! Hope you had a great time at CHA, xx Love Karen xx

Ardilla said...

Love that flower! Very beautiful card, Sue :)

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...another great card...and yes it is a bit shabby chic...very cheerful looking...nice mix of color and texture.
Take care. Deborah :)

Lara B said...

Sorry it's so late ... but I love this card, love the colours etc!!!

Su said...

There's nothing quite like red poinsettias for Christmas and love the 'folksy' look with the 'quilt'. Might try this style for myself as I really like it!

Su (Soop) x

michele said...

like the use of inchees

lynda said...

SUCH A STUNNING CARD LOVED IT SO MUCH I WENT A BOUGHT THE POINSETTIA DIE :O)) X LYNDA