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Poinsettia & Pine for Paper Players #412

Hi Everyone.

Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulous LeAnne's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a Tic-Tac-Toe board for us.

I chose the right vertical column: green, any embossing and sequins.  I'm trying to make some more Christmas cards, so this seemed like the perfect challenge for a Christmas card.

I started by embossing the pine leaves and the petals from the poinsettia.  I found a photo that shows more green leaves and used that as my inspiration, especially as I needed to add more green to meet the challenge :-)

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I colored the plant with Copic markers and love the gold embossing with the richness of the reds and greens

Poinsettia closeup (1 of 1)

Then I used my matching dies to die cut the pine leaves and the poinsettia.  I created a green frame for my card using my stacking rectangle dies and adhered that to my card base.    I stamped the sentiment in the opposite corner to where my arrangement was going to be.  I added the florals with some foam dots and some parts adhered directly to the card base.

Oh.... I then remembered I needed to add sequins!    Perfect solution was to add two layered sequins to the middle - here they are:

Poinsettia closeup2 (1 of 1)

I don't know where the flower one in the middle came from.  I think it was from a very old Simon Says Stamp card kit.  It was perfect though:-)

Here's my full card:

Poinsettia & Pine (1 of 1)

I kept the inside of the card very simple.  

Poinsettia & Pine Inside (1 of 1)

I hope you will join us and play along this week.  We'd love to see what you make using this Tic-Tac-Toe board.   The design team have some incredible inspiration for you:

On a personal note:

OK.... it went from early 90s to the early 40s and I'm cold :-)  I am SO not ready for the winter season.  Mind you, Lou and I did spend some time changing out the curtains and putting out pumpkins and changing the batteries on the candles.  The family room is looking a little warmer and rosier.  Today, we are off to the nursery to get some pumpkins for the front porch and Lou is changing out the wreaths on the door.  I might not be ready for the cold weather, but we are going to embrace it and go put on a jumper :-)

Do you see what is nestled against the wreath?

Wreath (1 of 1)

Generally he hangs around behind the cushion on the chair on the front porch, but this day he chose to hang out on the front door instead.

Here's a closer look at him:

Froggy (1 of 1)
As we had our first frost yesterday, I'm guessing that we won't be seeing much of him how until next year.

I'm off to my craft room to spend some quality time with inks and paper.  I'll be back later in the week with another card.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



  • Card stock:  Neenah Solar White 110#
  • Stamps:  Poinsettia & Pine - Altenew
  • Inks:  Copic Markers