Wednesday 5 May 2021

Winter Flora Poinsettia


It is time for another challenge over at The Paper Funday.

Our challenges are always Anything Goes with an optional twist. 

The twist this time is the theme 'Floral or Flowers'

We are very fortunate to have 2 sponsors for each challenge this year which means we get to choose which artist we would like to work with. This really is great as it gives us double the choice. We are very lucky with the amazing sponsors that are lined up this year, many of which are old favourites and some are new to me. This time we have CAS-Ual Fridays Stamps & The Artsy Stamper and as always we thank them for sponsoring us.

For this challenge I have opted to use the twist of Floral & Flowers

I have combined this challenge with my Creative Team hat at Kate Hadfield Designs as I have used one of the images from Winter Flora Stamps.

Now I used to hate and I do mean hate poinsettias. I just did not understand why they were so popular and would never have had one but over the last few years I have been changing, getting more into gardening and plants and really like how colourful and vibrant they are. I have been using them more and more in Christmas cards and I even bought a real one last year. I was impressed it made it through Christmas without me killing it but didn’t last much longer than that!

This card started out with the Elegant Holly Cut & Emboss embossing folder as the starting point. It cuts the aperture in the middle and embossed the cardstock at the same time. I used cream card and added some green inks to the background and holly leaves with some cosmetic blending brushes which were a bargain from Amazon. I used a darker green on the holly and added a marker to the centre spine. I then used a Pebeo gilding wax and added it to the raised areas being careful not to be too heavy handed. I used a paper tissue to wipe off excess and burnish it. It is really shiny and looks so rich and opulent. The gilding made the background subdued so I used a green metallic pencil to lightly add colour to the debossed background. I used an almost dry mini ink pad to go round the edges and distress it.

The poinsettia has been printed 3 times and fussy cut so I could decoupage the layers. I used markers and pencils to colour and add shading to the petals.These layers were separated with foam squares and I added some gold Stickles glue to the centre.

I have used gold mirror card to mat the embossed panel and the green patterned paper. I used an offcut of red marble paper in the background of the aperture. The darker tone brings out the colours in the flower layers.

I die cut some leaves from the Festive Foliage die from Crafter’s Companion. It has 4 different types of flora suitable for using with Christmas cards so I think it will be quite a useful set. I played about with the placement of these in combination with the decoupage and the Prima fabric flowers in the top corner until I was happy with how they looked. The thin gold ribbon was added to criss cross the card and then all the leaves and flowers added over this.

The sentiment has been rescued/recycled from an old Christmas card. The sheer glitteryness of it means there is no way I was throwing that away. I matted this onto a scrap of the mirror card and trimmed round it. 

Finally I added some red Stickles glitter glue to the berries because you can never have enough glitter at Christmas.

I hope you will join myself and our fabulous team over at The Paper Funday

Card Details -

Size - 8” Square Tent style

Digital Image - Poinsettia 1 from Winter Flora Stamps (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Dies - Festive Foliage (Crafter’s Companion)

Embossing Folder - Elegant Holly Cut & Emboss (Crafter’s Companion)

Paper - At Christmas Time (Docrafts/Papermania)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Arteza Pencils, Spectrum Noir Metallic pencils, Pebeo Gilding Wax Elegant Gold

Embellishments - Stickles Glitter glue, Prima Fabric flowers, Brad, Ribbon

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


  1. You made a great card in beautiful traditional Christmas colors. I like the embossed background!
    Lia DT SoC

  2. A beautiful card . Thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers challenge. Good luck Ginny DT for I ♥promarkers
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  3. Such a pretty cad! Thanks for sharing at PFM

  4. Stunning card.
    Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.

  5. Wonderful Christmas colours.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  6. GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Please stop in for a visit!

  7. Wow, this is absolutely stunning! Love these poinsettias as well - they look great decoupaged with their many layers. I love the embossing folder you've used as well - so many lovely details. Thanks so much for joining in with my challenge this week at Passion for Markers. Hugs, Karen x

  8. Lovely card Mandy - you sound like me with plants!
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  9. A beautiful Christmas card. Lovely colours, great embossing and I love the poinsettias.

    CD Sunday Plus DT

  10. Stunning Christmas card! Your design is gorgeous! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge.  Please join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Owner and Coordinator

  11. Very pretty Mandy! Love especially how you added the color to the embossed background.Thanks for joining in at Make the Cards Challenge!

  12. It's always fun to see a CHristmas card - any time of the year. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us, Mandy. I really enjoy having you play along with us.
    God bless,
    Word Art Wednesday

  13. Wonderful Christmas card. So glad you shared over at Crafty Sentiments, Always Fun challenge, Catch the bug, Colour Crazy, Crafty Catz

  14. Love the detail!
    Thank you for joining Catch the Bug.
    Hugs from Africa!

  15. Beautiful traditional card.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx CRAFT DT

  16. Beautiful! Smart too, you can never have enough Christmas cards.

  17. Lovely Christmas card with a classic look. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  18. Great embossing and poinsettia!
    Thank you for sharing with Crafty Hazelnut's Weekly Christmas Challenge!
    DT for CHNC
    Calling All Crafters! – My Blog!

  19. Glad you have come around about poinsettias! Your card is stunning! Thanks for getting your sparkle on at Christmas 24!

  20. Beautiful card, love it. Thanks for joining 613 Avenue Create and TTCRD challenge. Anesha

  21. Thank you for joining Christmas 24 challenge with your lovely card. Anesha

  22. Wonderful traditional card ! Thanks for sharing at 613 Avenue Create xx Please join us again.

  23. Thanks, Mandy, for linking to MTTC for our theme focus on the sentiment!!! Your Christmas card has the sentiment beautifully framed! Gorgeous!!! --Becca/DT

  24. Hey, now, I'm here to represent CHD and to thank you for including CHD in your links! Elegant Christmas card! --Becca/DT for CHD

  25. What a wonderful Christmas card! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Make the Cards Challenge.

  26. Very nice. Love this card.
    Thank you for joing us at Penny's.
    We hope to see you next time again.
    Greetings Geesje DT

  27. Beautiful Christmas card. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. Love to see you join in each month.
    ~ Danka CT -

  28. This is super, what a great floral make, thanks for sharing over on Fezziwigs, Hazel xx

  29. Such a gorgeous card, I am in love with the all the details! Thanks for playing with us at Make the Cards Challenge!

  30. Really great and beautiful card! :)
    Thanks a lot for joining us at Creatalicious :)

  31. Beautiful Christmas card. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for our Tic Tac Toe challenge.

  32. Such a lovely traditional Christmas card. Love the poinsettia and embossed background. Thanks for playing along at The Paper Shelter challenge. Good luck with your entry! Patsy DT

  33. Wonderful card, love the colours
    Thank you for joining our challenge at I ♥ Promarkers
    Clare DT

  34. Beautiful card that radiates warm old Christmas feeling.

    Thank you for joining The Paper Shelter challenge. Good luck and hope to see you again!

    Merja DT

  35. What a pretty card. Thanks for sharing with us at Incy Wincy Designs. DT Stacey

  36. Beautiful Xmas Card. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

  37. Gorgeous card, Mandy, and the poinsettia is incredible! Thank you so much for joining our "Anything Goes" challenge at QKR Stampede. Please feel free to play again soon. Good luck in the draw.
    NanaConnie DT

  38. I do like this lovely poinsettia card (although I kind of know what you mean about them). I do like the details in your card and the shimmer of the red glitter. Thanks so much for playing along with Christmas 24 Challenge. Deborah, DT.

  39. I love poinsettias, for me there are 3 things that represent Christmas more than anything else for cards and decorations: Santa, reindeer and poinsettias. Your card is gorgeous, very traditional. Thanks for joining our challenge at Catch the Bug.

  40. Very Beautiful. Thanks for joining the fun at Crafting Happiness Challenges.
    :) Janis, Owner & Design Team

  41. Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the Creative Crafters Challenge this time and good luck :)

  42. How beautiful - what a gorgeous festive card! Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday - Good Luck!
    Maz DT

  43. Awesome card! Thanks for getting sparkly on at Christmas 24!

  44. Gorgeous card. Don't you just love stickles. Thanks for joining our "Bring on the Glitz" challenge at the Digi Doodle Studios challenge blog. Good luck with your entry.
    Kitty DT

  45. So beautiful!!! I love Christmas cards and yours is so elegant. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafter's Castle this month....good luck :)
    Hugs... Janie
    Crafter's Castle

  46. You made a beautiful card with beautiful embellishments!

    Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.

  47. So pretty! I love every inch of this gorgeous card. Great eye for details. Thank you for sharing your talent with us at DIGI DOODLE STUDIOS challenge. Best of luck! Nick

  48. Fabulous creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Judy CT

  49. This is such a beautiful Christmas card! Thanks for sharing your card at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog! Hope to see you again soon!! HUGS!
    Ann DT

  50. So elegant, a real keepsake! Thank you for playing with us at Love to Craft Challenge and we hope to see you again next time!
    XOXO, Aimeslee LTCCB DT

  51. Beautiful card Mandy. Love the poinsettias.
    Thanks so much for joining us for our Merry Little Christmas Challenge for May 2021.
    We hope to see you again soon,
    Lou DT xo
    JemLou Productions


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