Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A "Peace"ful Poinsettia...

Hi there everyone and welcome back to the final day of Power Poppy Sneak Peeks for our first ever Holiday images!  Tomorrow brings the Blog Hop where everyone on the Bloom Brigade is back for one final look at all of the images available for purchase.  Have you been making your list?  Checking it twice?  We have been so excited for you to see all of the holiday goodness Marcella has been creating for your stamping pleasure.  So why don't we get to today's set....which I am sure is going to have all of the flower lovers out there giddy with delight (me included!)  :)  So let's get to it, shall we?

Marcella has done it yet again, this time with a gorgeous Christmas botanical.....Poinsettia!  Is that not one incredible bloom?!  And she has paired it with pomegranates and pine needles....simply elegant and a sheer pleasure to color up.  I can tell I will be pulling this lovely out time and time again!  So let me show you what I created for today's sneak peek...

For this card, I decided to keep the layout simple and embellishments to a minimum...I love this glorious image!  I started by stamping the poinsettia with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto some white card stock.  Next, I colored my image in with Copics (in colors to coordinate with some pretty papers I had picked out) and die cut it out.  While it was still in the die, I sponged on some distress ink and then.....you know what's next, right?  I couldn't let an opportunity like this pass me by, so I pulled out my Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing pen.  I mean, really...this image begs for some gold leafing, don't you think?  :)  So once I had her all gold leafed, I stamped my sentiment, die cut it out, sponged on more distress ink, gold leafed the edges and added some pearls for a little somethin' somethin'.  I layered a couple of patterned papers and a punched border, did some stitching, and adhered it to a white card stock layer.  I added some more gold leafing for good measure and then adhered it to a deep burgundy card base.  I added my image panel and then my sentiment and at the end I pulled out my Wink of Stella clear brush pen to add some sparkle to my poinsettia.  Now, I've never seen blue pomegranates, but the good thing about making your own cards is that you can make them whatever color you want, so blue it is...lol!  

That Marcella really knows her way around a blossom, doesn't she?  I don't call her the Bloom Whisperer for nothin', that's for sure!  ;)  Again, I am amazed at the incredible detail she was able to achieve with is image.  Now I am thinking that this has all of you fellow flower gawkers out there itching to get your hands on this set, am I right?  Well, you won't have to wait long, because this beauty and all of the other gorgeous images from this week will be available for purchase tomorrow! So Merry Christmas a little early!  :)  I am so glad you were able to stop by for a visit today, and you know there are still plenty of gorgeous creations by my fellow Bloom Brigade sisters, so go on and check them out....and don't forget to leave them a little blog love while you are there.  I hope you will be able to join us tomorrow for the Power Poppy Blog hop!  Until then take care and thanks again for stopping by!


Christine Okken  
Danielle Kennedy 
Dawn Burnworth  
Julie Koerber 
Kathy Jones 
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller 
Stacy Morgan 
Tosha Leyendekker
and .....
Marcella Hawley <-------The Bloom Whisperer, herself, with some insight into the creation of Poinsettia!  :)

Supplies:  Paper-Classic White Card Stock from Flourishes, Raspberry Ripple card stock from Stampion' Up! and patterned papers from My Mind's Eye "Lost & Found Christmas" Special Edition 6x6 paper pad; Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress ink in Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap; Dies-Spellbinders die sets in Labels Twenty Eight, Classic Ovals Large, and A2 Matting Basics A; Other-Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch and pearls from Stampin' Up!, Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing pen, Wink of Stella Clear Brush pen and these Copic colors- R59, R81, R83, R85, R89, YG61, YG63, YG67, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG99, YR20, YR23, YR24, BG70, BG72, BG75, BG78, and BV29.


  1. oh, the depth of your coloring on this beautiful pointsettia is gorgeous! Really pretty paper too!
    Last night I pulled up your blog to help me color the Flourishes Zinnia stamp, thanks! LOL.

  2. Katie this is so pretty. I love the way you colored the poinsettia and the color you chose. This has such a vintage feel and those are my favorite types of cards. Love this.

  3. Katie, this is gorgeous! Absolute elegance! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Oh Katie it’s fabulous....the burgundy and blues are so perfect. I love the die you chose, and the gold leafing is ...as always..perfection!

  5. Just GORGEOUS Katie! The colors, the vintage look, the sponging, the stitching. Beautiful!

  6. Wow this is so elegant, love it!!!

  7. Whoa! Woman, you have some serious skills! That poinsettia is sheer delight as is the rest of this magnificent creation. You rock Katie Girl!!! Hugs!

  8. Gorgeous card. I love your colouring on that glorious poinsettia. Your card has such a wonderful vintage look - its just stunning.

  9. I'm just stunned! Your coloring of this is beyond amazing! Love the pomegranates in blue and how it all coordinates with your pretty papers. Mouth agape... again!

  10. ACK!! wow... simply wow your coloring... my mouth is on the ground. The simple design makes your poinsettia all that much more GLAM girl!!! Simply gorgeous.

  11. Beautiful, your coloring just brings this flower arrangement to life, love the vintage feel to the whole card, pretty pearl accenting with the sentiment too!

  12. OH! Katie, this is gorgeous! This image is really beautiful, and you've really done it justice with your wonderful coloring and great DP with the lovely details...it's all in the details! And, yay, for the Krylon pen!! Stunning card, sweet friend! Hugs!

  13. Holy canoly! This is one stunner of a card creation girl! I just love the vintage vibe it gives off. Absolutely incredible Katie... just WOW!