Merry Poinsettia for Pals Paper Arts and Dynamic Duos

This early Christmas card is for two challenges this week: Pals Paper Arts 143 and Dynamic Duos #21.

The Pals Paper Arts had a clean and simple challenge this time, with a great sketch by the uber-talented Margaret Moody.  I have a little “trouble” doing clean and simple, though….so I guess I kinda have a glittery and involved result here. But that’s okay! These challenges are wonderful to inspire creativity, wherever that may lead us.  Mine led me into a whole bunch of petals punched with the Blossom Punch, and put together to create a shimmery white poinsettia.  I used the “Petals-a-Plenty” Embossing folder on the uppermost white cardstock panel and the “Perfect Polka Dots” folder on the base cardstock.  Some more “polka dots” plopped around the sentiment echo the pattern from the folder.

Dynamic Duos colors this time around were Always Artichoke and Certainly Celery. Being a completely-crazy-about-Christmas-crafter, I immediately thought of white poinsettias, because the leaves are generally a deep luscious green, and the centers of the “flower” itself can range from some lively pinks and red…to a very soft green–perfect for this Duo challenge!

Always Artichoke is used as a mat for the Petals-a-Plenty panel, makes the leaves on the poinsettia, and is used to ink the “merry” sentiment. (This is one of the many fun and warm-hearted-happy-Christmas words and phrases on the “Jolly Jingles” jumbo wheel. Inking up the individual word or phrase with your marker color of choice–whether on the wheel itself, or after UNmounting the wheel, to use it flat like a ‘regular’ stamp–gives you all kinds of great card-creating options.)

Certainly Celery is used as a mat for the sentiment (punched out with the Scallop Oval), on the ribbon behind the sentiment, and as the center of the flower (I knotted a section of ribbon and then glued it together); and as the backdrop marker color for all the shiny glitter on the poinsettia.

It’s hard to capture the shine from glittery substances and still pick up all the other details of the card here. This card is all brightness and shine…with just enough green to ground it. Even though there was a lot of punching, inking, petal-shaping, and glittery-dazzling to do, this went together really quickly, and I’m looking forward to making a few more. The combo of these embossing folders and the colors on this card makes me think of my grandmother’s Christmas candy for some reason–I have no idea why. But since it’s been a whole bunch of years since I could have Granny’s Divinity and “Sea Foam”, that was a nice little surprise to have when I completed this little crafting adventure. Christmas memories are always the best.

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! — Terri

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5 thoughts on “Merry Poinsettia for Pals Paper Arts and Dynamic Duos

  1. Beautiful. 😉 I love that big, gorgeous, glittery bloom, and all the beautiful white. Glad you could join Dynamic Duos this week. 😉

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