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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Poinsettia and Pine - Timeless Tuesday Challenge


Well, this is the second year in a row that Halloween was ruined for my grandkids. We live in Eastern PA, right in the heart of Hurricane Sandy and thousands of people still are without power and there's major flooding. Last year we had a freak snow storm on Halloween. Luckily, they were camping twice this month and got to go Trick or Treating at the camp grounds.

I've been doing some card making with new stamps from Flourishes to help my stress, which has been really bad lately. Why is it that the smell of New Acrylic Stamps can have such a calming affect. 

This card was inspired by the week 5 sketch challenge from Viva La Verve and the Timeless Tuesday Challenge this week, both of which go together perfectly. The Flourishes challenge is to have the focal image fall off the page.

I used my new Flourishes stamp set called Poinsettia and Pine. I stamped it with memento Black ink then used clear detail embossing powder to give it a little more dimension. This also helps when coloring to keep the colors where they belong. I also used the Merry Christmas from the Flourishes Naturally Merry Stamp Set. 
Another thing that calms my stress is coloring. I LOVE my Copic Markers but haven't been using them lately. It's amazing what a calming affect coloring has. 

The Hand Stitching was done in my own unique design with matching Embroidery Floss.
I love how this stitching just frames the whole project. It is time consuming, but also a calming affect and well worth the extra time.

Other Challenges with this card:
Ooh, La La - Christmas
Simon Says - Just add Pearl
Totally Stampalicious - Anything Goes
Stampin' for the weekend - Anything Goes
Fussy & Fancy - Anything Goes
Crafty Ann's - Christmas
The Crafty Pad - Christmas
One Stitch at a Time - Christmas
Anything Goes - Anything Goes
Jacksons Digital Expressions - Anything Goes


Colleen said...

Yep, there is nothing like new stamps,coloring, stitching and fussy cutting to calm the stress. Love your card.

Kelly Schelske said...

Gorgeous Nancy!

Sorry to hear of the mess Hurricane Sandy left behind

Conniecrafter said...

sorry to hear you all were hit so hard with the storm, prayers going up for you all.
Lovely card, such pretty coloring and your stitching is amazing!

Berni Cuttino said...

Fabulous card the image is simply gorgeous. Thanks for joining in on the fun at Jackson‘s Digital Expression. We look forward to seeing you again.

Dawn Lancaster said...

Beautiful traditional Christmas card!
Thanks for joining the fun at The Crafty Pad this time in our Christmas Is Coming Challenge!
Good Luck
Dawn xx

Wendi said...

Oh Wow this is a beauty
Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week

Candy C said... sorry that your grandkids missed out on the big trick or treating for two years in a row..but at least it sounds like you guys were not affected too severely by Sandy. So, that is a good thing! :) Your Merry Christmas card is so pretty. I really like your design...the papers you've chosen and the beautiful poinsettia and sentiment stamp. You did a wonderful job of coloring them with your Copic Markers. I love your hand stitching around the edges as well. Just a beautifully done card! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Anonymous said...

A wonderfull card.


Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

So sorry that the Storm came and ruined Halloween but really glad you are all ok!

This card is totally stunning. Just love all about it, your coloring is wonderful and the handstiching WOW fabulous!

Thanks for joining us as OSAAT this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

Diane said...

Nancy your lovwly card is what christmas is all about !! Fab !! Thanks for sharing it with us at The Crafty Pad !!

hugs Diane xx

Denise Marzec said...

This is so beautiful. Love your coloring on that poinsettia! Thanks for joining us at the Timeless Tuesday challenge!

Kathi Silvia said...


This is gorgeous and the stitching is awesome!! I know how crafting can relieve stress...the name of my blog is My Creative Therapy LOL! I was fortunate in my area of Rhode Island wasn't hit too badly. Good the kids got some trick or treating in before hand! Thanks for joining us this week at Jackson's Digital Expressions! Please join us again!

DT Coordinator

Jo Ann said...

What a great combination of DP, image, and hand stitching. From afar, I thought you used a sewing machine to stitch. I can only imagine how much time you spent but like you said, it brought a wonderful touch to your project. Love it! Thanks for joining us at Jackson's Digital Expressions and hope you would continue to join us every week. God bless!


Joyce Owens said...

What an amazing card, thank you for sharing with us at JDE; good luck in the challenge.

Joyce Owens said...

Absolutely beautiful...good luck in the JDE challenge.

Debbie D (Padster) said...

Beautiful traditional card - thanks for sharing with us at Fussy and Fancy Friday
Debbie xx

Allison Cope Israels said...

Wowsers! What a stunning card creation Nancy! I am in awe of your fussy cutting! Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us for last week's Timeless Tuesday challenge! I hope you'll join us again this week!

Jen said...

Beautiful card. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Ann's.
Jen x

Ann Whitfield said...

Beautiful card, thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

Lisbeths kort og scrap said...

Thanks for sharing this perfectly elegant christmascard with us at Ooh La La this week. I really love both image and colours. Hope to see you back soon. Hugs from Lisbeth