Sunday, December 12, 2010

Year of Flowers: Poinsettia

Hello everybody and Happy Papertrey Ink Release Week. I know it's Christmas and most people consider it the most wonderful time of the year. I've always thought of the 10th-15th of every month to be just like Christmas, only with the added advantage of coming around every thirty days. So release week in the middle of the actual Christmas season? Almost too much excitement for this little mama to handle.

I've been entrusted with sharing the next addition to the Year of Flowers series with you. There was no doubt in my mind it was going to be the lovely poinsettia. It's as synonymous with the month of December as Christmas trees and Santa Claus. Nichole did a beautiful job illustrating it for your stamping and coloring pleasure. Has definitely made me very merry as I've spent the last few days working with it.

I've got three cards for you today. First up is a flat stationary offering. I wanted to take the idea of a traditional card and mix it up a little bit. In this case, all the art work is on the envelope liner. A nice surprise for when the recipient opens up their message. For my note, I stamped a sentiment and Polka Dot Basics II in Summer Sunrise for a little interest. Perfect for a quick little note to somebody.

For my second project, I discovered that the Mat Stack 3 die can be transformed into the perfect pocket for a gift card. The poinsettia is colored in delicate shades of peachy blush. I love this color effect (R000, R01, R02) against Smokey Shadow cardstock. I added some adhesive silver accents to the flower center. Just something I feel constantly compelled to do when it comes to poinsettia images.

Lastly, I went out on a limb with the color combo. Red ink is stamped on the Shimmer Gold cardstock. It's really quite striking and modern in person. The new Fillable Frame #11 (can you believe we are almost at the end of these?) is filled with a sentiment from Inside/Out: Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this holiday post. Be sure to check out Heather, Nichole, Dawn, and Melissa's projects tonight as well.


Flat Card:

Kraft A2 Envelopes
Polka Dot Basics II, For the Graduate, YOF: Poinsettia
Scarlett Jewel Copics
Scarlett Jewel and Summer Sunrise Ink
Envelope Liner die

Gift Card Pocket Card

Smokey Shadow and Stamper's Select Cardstock
2010 Holiday Days and YOF: Poinsettias
Linen Textured Vellum
Melon Berry Grosgrain Ribbon
Limitless Layers and Mat Stack 3 Dies

Tis The Season

Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow, and Shimmer Gold Cardstock
True Black and Pure Poppy Inks
YOF: Poinsettia, Big&Bold Wishes, Fillable Frame #11, Inside/Out Christmas
True Black Vintage Buttons
Fillable Frame #11 die
Pure Poppy Grosgrain Ribbon


  1. How very clever that notecard is...beautiful!!!

  2. Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing, and how cool that the mat stack die cut can be used to present a gift card! Clever girl!!!!

  3. Yay! I know you are super busy, Erin, but I check your blog every single day for that much-needed inspirational boost that your creations give me. Day after day I leave without it(no offense intended-I know what it's like to have two small kiddos!) but this morning you're full-on Girl! Love the idea of decorating just the inside of the envelope. I've always been a fan of that extra special touch-reminds me of my Christmas coffee mugs...they are decorated on the outside but inside they have a little reindeer painted right in line of sight- when you take a drink you see the reindeer. Cute!
    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  4. Love the new poinsettia stamp set, you did it proud!

  5. Oh great projects, Erin! The way you made that gift card holder is awsome! And that poinsettia envelope will be TOO pretty for somebody to throw away (GASP)!

  6. the stamp inside the envelope is such a beautiful surprise!!

  7. Fabulous projects, Erin! Oh how I would keep that envie forever!
    I love your discovery with Mat Stack 3 too - TFS!

  8. All three projects are wonderful! My fav is Tis the Season ... I'll be the red on gold shimmer looks fab in person! :)

  9. Erin I love the peachy poinsettia. Never EVER thought to use those colors but they so totally work!! Simply beautiful.
    You haven't posted any pics of your chubby little baby girl lately....what an adorable little face she has. Can we see some updates??

  10. Erin I really love how you used the poinsetta on the inside of the envelope! I've been resisting flower stamps but you my friend have pushed over the edge for poinsettas!

  11. Love your new use for the Mat Stack 3 die - simply inspirational! Thanks! Nicole

  12. Glad to see action on your blog. I know that life gets going, but you are so creative and inspiration that I go into Erin with drawl. It was worth the wait the 1st card is my fav.

  13. 3 great cards. Love the first one best. Have missed you this past month.

    Kathy R