Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Poinsettia Festive Fairy Lights

The story of these started the day I showed the girls the new Autumn Winter (Occasions) catalogue back in August...

We were discussing the products we liked and the special projects we wanted to make for Christmas this year...

I suggested Fairy Lights... for which there was some excitement...
And then ...just seconds afterwards... the Reason For the Season/Festive Flower Builder poinsettias were spotted in the catalogue!! Oh boy was there increased excitement in the room...

And then there was no going back...it had to be poinsettia fairy lights... for everyone but me (who had had other plans!)
I even tried to talk them out of them (having decided I wasn't buying this stamp set...and that there would be a lot of work involved!)

But then I saw the Poinsettia fairy lights my fellow friend & team demonstrator, Sally Jo Houghton had made and shared (1 September post)... and I was hooked too....
But hey... these prove that you do have to go with the flow...and do things that don't take your fancy initially...as they are SO stunning!!

They may have been a labour of love... but they are SO worth it... So thanks girls (and Sally-Jo) for forcing my hands!! I will truly treasure these as they come out in my home every year...
Things to point out...

I used Cherry Cobbler card... I should have used Real Red as definitely more poinsettia coloured and brighter in effect... but I went with the colour theme in my dining room...which is definitely more Cherry Cobbler than Real Red!

But all but one of my girls went Real Red... which is why I have some lovely bright poinsettia fairy lights to show you too!! Thank you for the in-situ photos Heidi... they look fabulous!

But I used Real Red ink, Cherry Cobbler ink was too harsh for my taste...

Took me a few attempts to line up with the punch layout...but I mounted the 3 petals stamps up on a clear block, stamped the trio loads of times... and then punched...

Whereas the extra large singles... I punched and then stamped...

I sponged around the edge of every petal! Yes seriously - took a couple of hours or so!

I stretched every petal with my bone folder and shaped it down the centre with the bone folder down the centre whilst on a thick Stampin Pierce mat... again an hour or so!

I actually used retired gold shimmer card for the centres... trying to stick gold glimmer or gold foil to itself (with everything else going on) just proving too hard!
Just need to add the leaves I created too!! I think they will just be packed away safely for next year....


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6 comments:

  1. Oh my Amanda you've done it again another stunning project. Happy Christmas x

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    1. Thanks Anne...and Merry Christmas to you and yours too.... Enjoy!

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  2. This looks stunning, as is your fireplace. Happy Christmas Amanda. x

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    1. Thanks Karen... Though it is Heidi's fireplace that looks so stunning... Merry Christmas to you too... And a very HappyNew Year...

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  3. Thank Goodness you didn't show us this a few weeks ago!!....You would have caused me to make this for this year!.....LOL Great job! Looks gorgeous! I will be giving this a try for next year! One question - Fairy Lights, are you talking about the ones that are real tiny and are usually found in the floral supplies section? Battery powered?

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    1. Definitely worth making Lisa.. Yes they are battery powered LED lights (I reckoned safer that way) that hit the shops all over for Christmas.... Have a great Christmas and a very happy new year!

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