Tuesday 30 November 2021

Poinsettias and papers

Hello, crafting friends!
Welcome to another fun challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches! Joanne is hosting this month and since there is a fifth Tuesday in this month, she has come up with the infamous 'Double' where she provides both a sketch AND a colour palette! (That's all the planning done for you lol!) 

I am still deep in Christmas card mode so I thought about this for a while until I realised that the colours would work well for a poinsettia and I could incorporate that into the sketch! 

I have one poinsettia in my stamp collection - a retired one from Uniko. I bring it out every year and have never stopped coming up with new ways to use it! Here I stamped it on a card panel and coloured it with alcohol markers in the raspberry shade of our challenge colours. The panel was trimmed to size with a stitched rectangle die from Heffy Doodle.

Deep in the bottom of my paper drawer, I found a sheet of designer paper featuring patterned strips of the challenge colours and made a layered label out of it. I stamped it with a sentiment from Clearly Besotted which pleased me by fitting perfectly! A strip of the plain midnight colour stretched across the card panel and grounded the label nicely. The card was finished with mustard dots with a random raspberry coloured gem to shake things up a bit!

Okay, are you ready to create? I encourage you to hop over to the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge blog to see all the amazing samples the team has put together to inspire you. You'll find the Linky Tool at the bottom of the post as usual and can use it to share your own card with us. Please remember to keep your creation nice and clean and simple with plenty of that all important clear space!

I'm linking this card up with Addicted to Stamps and More where Anything Goes for Any Occasion. I'm also playing along at Allsorts where the challenge is to Use a Hand Stamped or Digital Image; this theme was one of Kath's choices before she passed away and I have used snippets of designer paper which she would have approved of I know! I'm also joining in with the last Rudolph Day of the year (this is the challenge where we make a Christmas card each month in the year and link up from 25th to the end of the month.)

I have been up to my ears in puppies just lately and what a joy they are!

This pair have learned to play tug together - and that gives my arm a much-needed break I can tell you!

Sending hugs,


  1. Your poinsettia stamp is a beautiful size and shape Vicky,love the vibrant red shades you used. Great pic of the pups playing tug

  2. Gorgeous poinsettias card design using the challenge colors and sketch, Vicki. TFS the puppies playing tug of war too:-) Happy Holidays..Love and Hugs..Nancy

  3. Absolutely beautiful, I love how you have used the colours Vicky, the striped paper is inspirational with the design and colours.
    Faith x

  4. I do love that poinsettia Vicky - it's so realistic. The touches of blue with just a hint of pattern and that yellow label coordinate perfectly too. As for those playful puppies- adorable! And tiring in equal measure I'm sure!!

  5. Wow . . . thats a stunner Vicky. Absolutely brilliant layout to meet the sketch criteria and super mix of colours.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  6. Hi Vicky,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    Oh these are gorgeous and what a very wonderful stamp and you have coloured it perfectly too.
    Love the design also.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  7. This is a gorgeous poinsettia, Vicky! Definitely a keeper!

  8. A beautifully designed Poinsettia card, thanks so much for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  9. This is gorgeous, love the CAS feel too, thank you for joining us at the Allsorts challenge xx

  10. Beautiful card, such rich colour.

  11. This is a beautiful festive card loving the stamp and the design thank you for joining our challenge this week at ALLSORTS
    lolo x

  12. Beautiful poinsettia and I'm very thrilled how you used the color challenge.

  13. What a fabulous poinsettia. I love the way it is offset towards the bottom right corner. Thanks for joining us at Addicted to Stamps and More!

    sue n.


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