Sunday 29 November 2020

Poinsettia Wreath


For Day 26 at Beccy's Place Month Long Holiday Cards Challenge the prompt is the letter W. 
I have chosen Wreath

The image on this card is an old digi from Anne Fenton which I coloured way back in 2011. I had made it into a card at that time and my husband hd forgotten to give out the cards at work to his colleagues. I found them in his workbag about 3 weeks after Christmas and was blooming gutted as they were all handmade ones. They didn't have inserts so I threw them in a box to re-work them at some stage and they never saw the light of day until this year when I came across said box. (I've had both parents die, mental heath issues, moved house, major building work, new craft room and a really good sort out in between so they haven't just been gathering dust)

I have re-used this image as I am now in my 'love poinsettias phase' as I used to absolutely hate them (and I do mean hate.... I know strong word!). When we went into lockdown in March I started growing plants and vegetables from some little pots that M & S gave away when you bought £20 of shopping and it gave me a new love of gardening. I always said I could appreciate a nice garden but wasn't old enough to do it myself. I put my new love affair with Poinsettias to learning to slow down and appreciate what is around us more as I am sure many others have during this time.

The paper and sentiment are both from the Poinsettia Perfection range from Crafter's Companion. This was a freebie with a craft magazine and has really come in handy with Christmas cards this year. It has a lovely patterned frame on both sides so doesn't really need a lot adding to it. I used some of the lovely printed poinsettia ribbon and a simple sentiment.

We have an elderly asian couple who live over the road. They don't celebrate Christmas so I always make them a card without a specifically Christmas sentiment.

Where we live it has been really foggy for the last 2 days (sorry for rubbish 'daylight' on my photo). Last night t was the start of a Christmas tree trail in the neighbourhood and Santa Claus came round in a horsedrawn carriage so it has been very atmospheric, just like something out of an old Christmas movie. Loads of people have put their trees and decorations up but I always wait until 17th December as hubby has his birthday in the 10th and then his cards are up for a week. From December 1st I will start watching Christmas movies though 🎄🎅

Card Details -

Size - A5
Image - Wreath (Anne Fenton)
Colouring Medium - Promarkers
Papers - Poinsettia Perfection (Crafter's Companion)
Embellishments - Ribbon, gems, glitter glue

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. A really lovely wreath along with some great papers and ribbon. Thank you for joining our 'Christmas' challenge at Allsorts.

    Kath x

  2. What a beautiful card Mandy. I love the traditional colours and images you used on this one, but it was nice of you to keep the sentiment appropriate for your neighbours who don't celebrate Christmas.
    I was sorry to read about how the card came about, I can't imagine how you must have felt to find all your hard work still in the workbag... the question is, do you still make cards for hubby's colleagues or are they store bought? I know what I'd do!
    Thank you for sharing the journey of the cards from 2011 to now, it was certainly an eventful time for you.

  3. Aren't men just impossible at times! Glad you were able to reuse the card fronts that you had made. I'm sure that your neighbours will appreciate it.
    Your weather sounds much like mine at the moment (and tomorrow is meant to "officially" be the start of summer). We have had heavy rain for most of the past week.
    I like that you have found a love of gardening. There is nothing like the satisfaction of eating food that you have grown yourself and having flowers that you have grown in a vase.
    Enjoy the Christmas movies - I've already started watching some of them.

  4. A super Christmas card in lovely warm shades of red Mandy, lovely to see you at Allsorts challenge this week, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  5. Hi again Mandy, missed your link to Stamping Sensations so popped back to say thanks for joining us there as well.

    B x

    B x

  6. Very Christmassy but as you say perfect for those not celebrating as such - looks great. Thanks for joining us at Allsorts and Stamping Sensations too.
    L x

  7. Love the traditional colours and beautiful layout! Gorgeous card. Thanks so much for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

  8. i love the holiday flowers and foliage, what a pretty digi! so pleased you could join our JINGLE BELLES fun again!

  9. what a lovely wreath ... so glad you joined us again at Jingle Belles.

  10. Great rescue of the cards that never made it! I can quite imagine the trouble the hubby would have been in!
    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge. Sorry I am a little late visiting... but better late than never!
    Happy crafting!
    Catherine x DT


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