Monday, May 4, 2015

Poinsettia and Holly for Merry Monday

It's my turn to choose the challenge at Merry Monday this week.


This is what I chose.



Need I say it?  I LOVE embossing.  Especially the dry embossing.

And this is one of my favorite embossing folders.

I did some partial embossing to leave a space in the middle for a sentiment.
(There are lots of tutorials on the web about how to do this.)
And I added a scored line on the edge of each embossed section.

I die cut the smaller flowers from my Spellbinders Poinsettia die
and used Loll's technique to shade and shape it.
What a difference this makes!

Then I added a few gold beads to the center of the flower and
added punched pine sprigs and a bit of ribbon underneath.

This is one of the few cards that started with a firm idea and
actually turned out the way I envisioned it.

That doesn't happen very often!



Since I used die cuts and punched pieces, 
I'm linking up to

Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge.



Where I am this month's Guest Designer.

My snippets for the poinsettia will let me in to 
Pixies Snippet Playground.


I hope you'll pull out your embossing folders or powders and join us at
Merry Monday.


I'm so glad you stopped by.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Wishes (Verve)
Ink:  Soft Suede, Real Red, Garden Green
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Real Red, Garden Green, Bronze snippets
Other:  Powdered Sugar EF (Sizzix), Poinsettia Die (Spellbinders), Gold Beads (stash), Vanilla Velvet Ribbon (SU retired), Simply Scored

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted





42 comments:

Betty Keefe said...

your card is my favorite of all the inspiration cards this week - beautiful!! i love embossing too - maybe i'll get another christmas card done this week :-)

Marybeth said...

Gorgeous Bonnie! Love the split embossing and your beautifuly shaded poinsettia !

alexandra s.m. said...

Gorgeous card Bonnie!
Thank You~

laurie said...

VERY pretty Bonnie! I love embossing,too.

I'm going to try to play along this week..we just moved recently and I don't have my craft room up and running, but if I dig around I should be able to come up with something I am hoping!Have a great day!

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is simply glorious, Bonnie! Your ROCKED Lolly's magic dimension technique! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

JoAnn said...

Great challenge Bonnie. I love your beautiful card with the split embossing and pretty poinsettia. Love using that die too.

jimlynn said...

I love dry embossing too and this is such a lovely folder! Gorgeous card Bonnie!
Lynn

Ksenija Rizova said...

Bonnie, so beautiful and classy Christmas card! Poinsettia is so realistic! Thank you for inspiration

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Stunning as ever Bonnie! Just fabulous. Good luck with the DT call . . . though I wouldn't think you'd need luck with your talent! Have a great week! Hazel xx

Loll said...

Wow! Just gorgeous Bonnie. LOVE your embossed background with the split panels for your sentiment. I have tried this a few times, but need LOTS of practice! :) You did it perfectly. And love your layered and shaped poinsettia --- so pretty. Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers this month ... and being our talented Guest Designer! Good luck with the DT call. xx

Sally H said...

A simply stunning card, Bonnie! I love it very much. Thanks for your lovely comments x

Joni Andaya said...

What a Gorgeous card Bonnie :)

Hettie said...

This is beautiful Bonnie.
Hugs
xx

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Hello Bonnie,
you did such a beautiful Christmas card! From it emanates peace, joy and festive mood. Shading petals are a fantastic idea to add dimension to flower. Sensational, incredible card.
Regards,
BozenA

Mrs A. said...

Classic Klass! Love the embossing folder. hugs Mrs A.

designbydonna said...

I found your blog from Darnell's blog. Your card is simply stunning. I looked around your blog and love all your cards. I am now a follower.

Wendy said...

Gorgeous card, Bonnie!! Love all the embossing and your awesome design! You chose a wonderful challenge this week! :)

Faith A said...

A Gorgeous card Bonnie, your poinsettia looks almost real, love your emobossing folder.

Susan said...

Great idea for the Merry Monday challenge, Bonnie - I'll play along as I love both kinds of embossing!! And I love your card - wonderful little poinsettia that stands out beautifully against the embossed background!

Dana & Glen said...

Gorgeous card Bonnie, so elegant!

Sandy said...

Beautiful!!!
Sandy xx

JD/ Jill said...

This is a lovely Christmas card and a great challenge for this week! Hope I find time to play!

nancy littrell said...

Stunning Bonnie! I plan to play soon. TFS and hosting:-)

MaryH said...

This brilliant blaze of poinsettia against the holly embossing on the creamy card is just stunning! I saw your inspiration card over at Darnell's and finally got a chance to pop over for a closer look. You picked the perfect EF for the poinsettia to take center stage and love the partial embossing with the plain space left. I never can get this to work properly. Great card, Miz B. TFS & Big hugs

Lisa Lara said...

Wow Bonnie, this is so beautiful. I love love that embossing folder you used.

Greta said...

Oh what a beauty! I love the look of this card, Bonnie!

Karren said...

S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G card, Bonnie! The poinsettia is so gorgeous and I love how you've framed it.

Kylie said...

wow, wow, wow. An absolute beauty, Bonnie. I'm lost for words except the embossing backing for that amazing poinsettia is just divine! Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers and good luck with the DT call xx

Susan Joyce said...

Your card is totally delightful Bonnie, a really beautiful CAS design. Love it!

Bobby said...

You always do amazing things with embossing folders, Bonnie, and this is no exception. Plus that poinsettia is stunning.

Claire said...

CAS perfection Bonnie - the flower is so pretty. Might just have to CASE this one for my Christmas cards (which I will no doubt start in December!)

Karen D. said...

gorgeous card Bonnie!

Diana K said...

Dry embossing is my favourite also, and your card is so fabulous and inspiring. Gorgeous!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Bonnie, the holly embossed background is just perfect with the beautiful poinsettia!!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love this embossed beauty, Bonnie!! Thanks for the challenge and inspiration at Merry Monday!!

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

GORGEOUS!!

Deanne :)

Deepti said...

This is sweet and I like the embossed BG :)

fabiola jaques said...

magnifique Bonnie, j'adore l'élégance de cette création, biz

Katie Melhus said...

What a beautiful background and that poinsettia looks so rich and really pops out against it, great card Bonnie!

Anita Liedtke said...

Stunning ! You did an awesome job with the flower, wow ! I love Loll`s work too, she is amazing. But your`s is amazing as well , so so wow.

Ingrid said...

What a stunning card! I love the break in the dry embossing, and your poinsettia is breathtaking! So rich in color and dimension. Fabulous card! :)

Pat said...

This pretty red poinsettia looks just perfect against the white holly embossing Bonnie. A beautiful Christmas card. x