Friday, November 14, 2014

Merry Christmas Poinsettia

 Hello Crafters!

How are you? I'm fabulous. 
I  had a night off. It was wonderful! I got to make dinner for my boys. After I laid on the couch with my husband and snuggled with my little bucket. I miss them so much when I have a long stretch of work! The clear highlight of the night was Nathan (aka bucket) using his toy wrench to try and "tighten" or "loosen" Molly's (the dog) paws. Whenever, she would pull away he would grab her paw, look at her like "hey, you're paw is going fall off if you don't let me tighten it back up. Really, I'm helping you." and continue turning his play wrench around her paw. Fortunately, Molly has the best temperament ever and humors him quite often.    
The only wrinkle in my night. It snowed. I can no longer deny the winter. I know I live in Northeast Ohio. I know it snows every single winter. I don't have to like it. Thankfully, I also had my snow tires put on yesterday so at least that's done. 

Since I had snow on my mind when I saw the current Fusion Card Challenge I couldn't help but channel the inspiration photo into winter. I'm also entering it into Hero Art's Monthly Challenge: Anything Goes Holiday Today is the last day!!


Plus it gave me another excuse to use my Hero Art's Peace Poinsettias. I really do love that stamp set. 


Things got out of hand with this card. I wanted to cut a window with the poinsettia over hanging the window. Didn't happen. Then I wanted to make it a one layer card. The stenciling went bad and that didn't happen. Ultimately, I was left with a huge flat square and not a single clue as to what to do with it. Awesome. 
I was too invested at this point to let it go. I told myself I would make it work. I WOULD MAKE IT WORK!! 

So let's briefly discuss the making of said enormous square. I stamped the flower and leaves in light inks and then masked them. I rubbed on distress inks. I colored the flower white. I jumped up and down that I managed to color a white flower. After the celebration I realized the distress ink background wasn't bold enough. I went in with copics. Much better. I masked the flowers and leaves again. I laid down Basic Grey/Hero Art's Leaf and Flourish to mimic the design on the cake and added Ranger's Texture paste. I didn't feather the paste enough an it was too thick so there was no gradation to the rest of the card. Boo. I decided to trim it into a square. I cursed myself for trimming it into a square. I finally decided to try cutting the flower out with my exacto knife and popping it up with dimensional adhesive. It was still  a ginormous square but at least now it didn't look so flat. I added some stardust stickles in dots to the background and the flower center. The sentiment is from Hero Art's Christmas Tree Stamp & Cut die. 

All and all it was a rough ride but I got there :) 
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Thanks for visiting!!

XoXo

34 comments:

  1. Kelly this is so absolutely stunning! All your hard work paid off!

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  2. When I saw this card, I thought, oh wow this is gorgeous! Then I read about your difficulties in making it. I'm sorry you had those frustrations, but I sure am glad you stuck with it because the end result sure is worth the effort. I really enjoyed the story about your son and the dog. So funny and sweet! Have a great weekend and stay warm.

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  3. That is one gorgeous poinsettia.

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  4. Wow !! another stunner from you Kelly Absolutely love the way you have recreated that inspiration into your card ..your flower looks gorgeous against that stencilled background !!

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  5. I am lovin that flower ... gorgeous design ... so glad you joined us at Fusion Card challenge.

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  6. I'm swooning over that flower! This might have taken you awhile to create but it sure was worth it! It is absolutely gorgeous, Kelly! Your white poinsettia is colored soooo beautifully! Way to go, girl! ♥

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  7. Beautiful coloring :) the poinsettia looks so pretty on that BG!!

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  8. This is awesome! I was going out of the house with my girls when I looked at your card for the first time and my older daughter asked me what happened to me when I just steared at your card with awe!! I just think that flower-what-ever-its called looks so fabulous in white! And your background really brings it to life! Just wonderful!

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  9. WOW...this is incredible! Loved reading your blog entry ...so cute! Thanks for inspiring me!

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  10. Holy Cats Kelly! ....SPEACHLESS!!

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  11. Gorgeous creation - your coloring skills are superb, Kelly!

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  12. Gorgeous card girl! This looks like a winner to me!

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  13. And you did make it work!!! Wow!!! This is absolutely awesome!!! Another proof that there is a rainbow after a rough ride!!

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  14. This is stunning, and your coloring is spot-on! YAY for a white flower!

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  15. Wooooohoooooo that coloring soooo fabulous sweety....I am speechless..luke I look a real flower...soooo Adorable..you and flower aee a best friend forever...me I am not so good at coloring flower also I have soo less flower stamps maybe 4-5 pcs thats all :)..happy weekend sweety

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  16. Coming over from Fusion Challenge as I was really taken by the flower and your coloring. After reading your "adventures" with this card, I'm surprised because this looks very intentional. I do find that sometimes my biggest problems, come out to be the best cards. Kathy http://craftynurse4u.wordpress.com/

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  17. Damn girl....and I so want to use another word! This is freaking FANTABULOUS!!!! I am in just in awe of your talent. You are going to have to give me some serious Copic lessons next time we are in a hotel room coloring. ;) <3 Love you.

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  18. Seriously? My chin is getting sore from hitting the floor every time I look at your blog. This. Is. Just. Stunning.

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  19. This is beeee-utiful, Kelly - love the white flower against the blue! You have stick-ti-it-iveness, my friend, bravo!

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  20. AMAAAAAAZING.... I heard how you had troubles.... but NOT seeing it. LOVE IT! Thanks so much for joining us at FUSION! Love it when you do!

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  21. WOW!!!! This is absolutely beautiful!!! The shading on the white flower is incredible! and love the embossed background!

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  22. WOW - I am MAJORLY in love with this BEAUTIFUL work of art!! I am not sure, but I think this is what was meant to be because it is awe-inspiring and absolutely breathtaking!!! Your determination to make this work turned out something so beautiful it could be hung in the ritziest, classiest Art Gallery and just WOW!!! You have impressed me so much through your blog and I just amazed and in awe of your command of color and styling in your work!! Way to go - YOU WIN!!!!!

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  23. OH, my! This is GORGEOUS, Kelly!!! Absolutely, amazing!

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  24. holy wow! Beyond goregous! Thanks for playing at Fusion!

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  25. OMG, this is just stunning, even if it took awhile to get the process down pat!!

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  26. Super FABULOUS colouring Kelly - LOVE it! So glad you joined in the fun @ FUSION!

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  27. WOW, Kelly, this is just amazing!! I was so entertained by your post too. Fun to read about the journey you took with this cars ... way to stick with it! SO glad you joined the Fusion Challenge!!

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  28. I'm hitting myself on the head, b/c I don't know how I missed this post...I apologize!

    I'm so glad you gave us the back story on this card...it is absolutely, positively GORGEOUS! Your white Poinsettia is amazing, Kelly...the depth of the shadows is so realistic and your leaves are blended perfectly! I also love your stenciled background...It really is stunning! This is truly an outstanding work of art...WTG for sticking with it!!!

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  29. Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition from Fusion, Kelly!! This is another eye-popping work of art!! Hugs, Darnell

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  30. Woohoo! You did it again and this is amazing -- Love everything about this card -- it's stunning and the colors...wow wow wow! Congratulations Kelly !

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