Thursday, November 8, 2012

Poinsettia



I bought a poinsettia die last year and never used it so I'm trying to get some cards made using it this year. I love red poinsettias and just seeing them really puts me in a Christmas mood.

When I uploaded my card, I thought it looked dark and I was very unhappy because I didn't think I had uploaded a card that way. I knew it had a bit of shadowing from photographing but that was o.k. It hit me that I needed to brighten my computer screen. What a difference something so simple makes.  If you don't know how or have forgotten and need to brighten your screen, here is how it works on my computer: Press the Fn key on the keyboard and simultaneously press the F11 key. Press the F11 key as many times as needed for the amount of brightness you need. If you need to darken the screen, press the Fn key and F10 at the same time. O.K., that's my computer lesson for today. LOL

This week, Vicky, at CCEE Stampers  gave us a challenge (#1245) to use only a portion of an embossing folder on our cards. I guess I used two portions but they are separated by a blank space. I just turned my embossing folder sideways at the top and ran it through the Cuttlebug and then did the same at the bottom, just a smaller section. This left a nice, clean space for my sentiment.

I colored the poinsettia with Copics after die cutting them using white cardstock. The poinsettia was layered and I punched out other leaves. A gemstone and sentiment finished it. We hope you'll come play with us this week. Add your card to our inlinkz tool so we can see what you did.

Recipe:
Stamps-Hot off the Press/Christmas Words
Paper-PTI white cardstock, Stampin'Up! Old Olive cardstock, green scraps
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories-Cuttlebug embossing folder/snowflakes, clear rhinestone, Martha Stewart fir punch, Spellbinders Shapeabilities layered poinsettia, Punch Bunch/lily mega punch, Copics



29 comments:

Sonia said...

Hi dearest Brenda, Your new card is fabulous:))
I love the embossed paper and the big beautiful poinsettia:)
Have a sweet day,
Sonia

Vicky Gould said...

Oh my gosh! This is breathtaking. Absolutely beautiful!!!

Angel 007 said...

Deine Weihnachtskarte ist ganz bezaubernt. Der Weihnachtsstern setzt sich von dem geprägten Papier sehr schön ab.
Gefällt mir sehr gut.
Liebe Grüße Carmen

Julie Hoffman said...

Beautiful card Brenda! Love the embossed background and gorgeous poinsettia! I think your picture is beautiful as well. The white card photographs beautifully against the black background. Well done!

Lois said...

Beautiful poinsettia, Brenda -- so glad you finally got to use it! And that was a good way to leave an unembossed section for your sentiment.

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

How beautiful! I love all the white and the partial ef!! Lovely RED poinsettia!

Marisa said...

Wonderful poinsettia! Love the embossing in the BG too.

Basslady said...

hun, i love poinsettias as image so much!
wonderful card!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

Wow! Your poinsettia is so lovely and gorgeous, Brenda!!! I love how you layered all the greenery beneath it. A gorgeous Christmas card! (I see we were on the same wavelength with our challenge cards...again!) Smiles and hugs.

NanaConnie said...

Magnificently done, Benzi! It looks almost real. You've done such a perfect job of balancing the amount of red and green. Love the clear space in the embossing. That's a fab idea!

Ellen said...

A gorgeous poinsettia Benz! The partial embossing is marvelous! Love it! By the way I have had the 1977 DR. Pepper jingle stuck in my head for the last few days~Thanks!Have a fabby day!
Hugs!

Ajascha said...

Wow, i like your card.
Der geprägte Hintergrund passt sehr schön zu dem schönen Weihnachtsstern.
Vielen Dank, das dir mein Blog Hintergrund gefällt.
Liebe Grüße von der Nordseeküste aus Germay, Anja

Joanne (jojot) said...

wow...this is truly a gorgeous holiday card....grabs the attention with the poinsettia and its bright colors and then draws you in to the embossing...beautiful

Sabrina said...

It looks gorgeous. I've often admired the folders that have a plain strip for a sentiment but I never thought of DIYing it. I know what you mean about computer screens - and then you never know what it's going to look like on somebody else's screen either! I need to make a couple more cards with this die myself - I've made some tags, but I think I've only done one or two cards this year.

Cindy Haffner said...

OUTSTANDING!!~

Ellen said...

You make me belly laugh!!! Thanks for the giggle!

Bonnie said...

Your picture, and card, are just beautiful! OK, I've just had to order this die. I've tried to resist, but this put me over the edge. BTW, thanks for the computer information. I didn't know about that.

Kathy Bradley said...

Brenda,
Gorgeous card - your poinsettia is so lovely and looks quite real!!

Carol L said...

Oh my gosh, this is so amazing and beautiful!! What you've done with this poinsettia is simply fabulous! Those vivid red & green colors look beautiful against that crisp white background! Awesome card!!

wannabcre8tive said...

Brenda, the poinsettia is gorgeous, what a stunning card!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Oh Benzi I saw this in my blog roll this morning and I just had to check it out. Your poinsettia looks amazing. I wanted to know what die that was....I have that set too. I love the big flower. I don't think I have made on that big but you have inspired me. This is so beautiful and amazing.
Bear Hugs,
Carol

~Tammy~ said...

This is beautiful! I love that die! I must find one now!!!! The embossing is gorgeous and sets a nice backdrop!

Davi said...

Oh my goodness is this GORgeous!! I love the layer and dimension on your fabulous flower :)

Lynne in NI said...

Beautiful! I love poinsettias ... I buy one every Christmas and without fail they're ready for the bin in about a week! You have to be hardy (or plastic) to be a plant of mine LOL!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

this is so beautiful, love this flower

Maria said...

My oh my! The gorgeous poinsettia really makes a statement! It is stunning...love it!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Way to rock this CCCE challenge! I was just going to comment on how you left part of your card unembossed for the sentiment, and now I realize why you did it. :) That poinsettia is gorgeous!

Pam~ said...

Wow, I thought this was a store bought poinsettia that you had attached to your card! Gorgeous, Brenda!

Just in case I don't get back on google reader, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

nwilliams6 said...

So pretty! You have become quite the flower girl! Your punch tally on this is pretty high - gold stars for you. This is definitely a card befitting a Punchkateer President! Great card. Hugz!