Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Christmas with Marcia!

Michigan was kind enough to give us a break from snow for a day of play!  Marcia, and I had to take advantage of it!  We shared our supplies, enjoyed lunch [and the most wonderful dessert - Tom is ready for more!] and then crafted a little bit more!  Unless we get another break in our usual Winter, it will be Spring before we are able to gather again.  boo, hoo!

Marcia gifted me with a lovely sprig die from SSS, and I had just ticked off another embossing folder on my very long wish-list!  Those are the things we'll both be using today.  Ready.  Set. Go!

First up - a card made with the gorgeous Tim Holtz 3D Poinsettia... it was destined to stay this gorgeous Winter white!  A pretty satin ribbon, and simple gold-embossed sentiment from PinkFresh.


This extra dimension was attained by embossing two of the panels, 
then fussy-cutting one of the images and popping it up over the embossed panel 
with foam squares.


Next up, that wonderful gift from Marcia!  SSS Etched Berry Branch... and a mini-slimline card...


Two of the branches were die cut from SU Old Olive card stock, then I 'gilded'' them, 
and those sweet little berries.  Another new embossing folder - this time from Spellbinder: Slimline Flora.  Another Winter White card.  OH I nearly forgot to mention that 
pretty oval which is one layer from Spellbinder's Candlewick Ovals.  It was tenderly smooshed into my Versamark embossing ink, then into Altenew Rose Gold and heat embossed.


Only Marcia will know that this sprig was layered, trimmed, and
put back together seamlessly! 

Our guest list would be a mile long if only we could whisk you all here for a crafty Christmas day!  Thank you for stopping by - now let's go see what Marcia made!!

=]  Michele

22 comments:

Marcia Hill said...

You are SO talented my friend...I just knew your cards would blow me away!! What an awesome idea to keep the Poinsettia all white and add dimension by fussy cutting another layer of the flower...it looks absolutely FABULOUS!! And oh my, your gilded berry branch looks absolutely AMAZING cut and woven around that COOL oval die cut!! It truly looks like they were meant to be like that from the beginning!! And the embossed background is one I want to borrow...oh my gosh is that ever pretty!! Two lovely, lovely cards Michele, and thanks again for such a fun, FUN day!! I just love our play dates and our friendship...who knew all those years ago what kindred spirits we'd grow into?!! I sure hope we don't have to wait till Spring to get together again...please, PLEASE Michigan weather be kind to us!!! Hugs. :0)

Cindy H. said...

What awesome cards!! They are both so elegant and I absolutely LOVE them!

LeAnne said...

WOW....that poinsettia in white is AH-MAZING!!! They're both amazing! You have a knack, my friend!

Karen said...

These are both stunning cards! I'm in love with the second one, and that Etched Berry Branch is sitting on my desk waiting for some love! Thanks, as always, for the inspiration!

ElizStewart said...

Popping up the panel was brilliant!

conil said...

Love me some Winter White and both of your cards fill me with joy. The the poinsettia card's texture is beyond beauty...what a great idea to layer the fussy cut image to the embossed one. And that oval wreath is so striking with it's flashes of gold over the the dreamy embossed background. You've outdone yourself, AGAIN. Off to see what Marcia's up to.

Lisa Elton said...

Shazam... those poinsettias are stunning and I love that you added more dimension to them!! I'm also in love with that oval die, might have to go shopping for that one!! Those sprigs Marcia gifted you are the perfect fit for it too!!

HilaryJane said...

Both cards are fantastic. I especially love the double layer embossed one, what a great idea for making it even more special. I have loads of embossing folder but I get really stuck when I try to make my embossed card into cards. I just go blank and end up putting them all away again!

Cat Craig said...

Brilliant and gorgeous.You and the cards. Stunning effect of the layering of the embossed bit. I have no doubt that will be showing up all over bloggy - IG crafty land. I know I certainly intend to CASE the technique. Thanks so much for the inspiration my friend.

Christine Alexander said...

wowzer your two layers (one fussy cut) poinsettia is a show stopper. I have to try that ♥

Jeanne said...

Michele, your cards are elegant and stunning. That first card about took my breath away! In awe of your creativity again. Wow!

blaze said...

Oh, Michele!!! THUD! That's what happened when I first saw a glimpse of your white poinsettia. How I LOVE white on white! It's perfection... THEN I saw your second card...OMG! Stunning in every detail! Thank you for the very gorgeous inspiration!

Bobby said...

I love that poinsettia folder and did one in white myself but not with all that fabulous dimension. I can't imagine fussy cutting it, Michele, but it is so magnificent layered up that way. The gilded leaves look right at home in that gold wreath. Another beauty. I'm hoping the three of us can get together this summer. I'm missing all the fun. ;)

Bonnie said...

I'm envious, Michele, but so thankful you are both sharing your inspired creations with the rest of us! I LOVE your layered poinsettias! What a fantastic idea to make a super elegant card! And your gilded sprigs and oval frame are just as elegant on that lovely embossed background! Both of you have outdone yourselves, my friend!

Linda Callahan said...

You and Marcia play cards so well together! White in white with a touch of gold is the ultimate glam! These are beautiful!

Mac Mable said...

Ohhhh now that's a fabulous idea to use two layers of the stunning 3D embossing folder Michele.....Thank you for the inspiration and idea x.
I think the Thank you card is a standout card and looks amazing!
Then I scroll down and see the marvellous second card, which is another stunner. Loving the addition of the gilding/embossing and what a striking and fabulous design.
Always good to craft with friends and you sure had a fun and productive day with Marcia, Michele x.

TK said...

Stunning and gorgeous - oh my, Michele! So much beauty here, the details are fantastic on both cards.

Tracey McNeely said...

One thing I know for sure is that you have mastered elegant cards my friend! These are so swoon worthy--love love love!

Papercraft Boutique said...

You and Marcia had another fun crafty date? Oh you two are so lucky to be able to craft together in person, Michele!
I love the dimension of the white poinsettias! They're so gorgeous and elegant! The extra dimension you created is worth the time and efforts of fussy-cutting.
The gilded leaves and berries make the wreath so special, and the shine of the rose gold oval must be pretty in real life. Off to Marcia's blog. :-)
Hideko xx

Ros Crawford said...

Oh.... Aren't these just gorgeous!! I adore that pretty wreath, then again I just love everything that you do....

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Two more swoon-worthy creations... (what else is new). I am in awe of your idea to cut out an embossed image and place it atop the embossed panel. Genius. The poinsettia queen strikes again! And the second... how elegant and beautiful. Love the gilded leaves and that wonderful oval set over that wonderful embossed panel. I can't even...

Barb Ghig said...

You have really outdone yourself with these 2 cards, Michele! Your Poinsettias are gorgeous and your wreath is absolutely amazing! I love how you 'gilded' the branches and berries and how you offset the oval panel...so striking!!! xx