Hellos crafty friends! I have been busy cranking out crinoline poinsettias for the past 2 weeks ever since the beginning of Frilly and Funkie's latest challenge 'Home For the Holidays'. Kathy wants us to deck our halls with hand crafted holiday decor. So here I am almost at the close of the challenge with my pair of poinsettia Christmas trees.
I was inspired by this photo my sister texted me. She and her husband are growers in Missouri, and this is a shot of one of her many filled green houses. I sent her a photo of my pink poinsettia card, and she gushed over it a little. So I decided to make her a pair of trees she can set out at her annual Open House she holds for her loyal customers. If you ever need plants and are in or near Springfield, Missouri, you might want to look her up--Hilltop Farms. They provide the prettiest and healthiest of plants year round.
I started with styrofoam cones from the craft store and covered them with lace ribbon I got at a yard sale. It really doesn't show, but I wanted it to be pretty underneath in case anyone got real close--sort of like a petticoat under a pretty dress! About a ga-zillion passes with Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die and crinoline, Goosebumps Texture Spray, Picked Raspberry Distress stain, Distress inks in Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn and Picked Raspberry, Perfect Pearl Mist, 2 weeks of pink fingers, several mornings and nights with the glue gun and 10 burnt fingers later, this is what the trees looked like (photo on right). The gold berries are from a Christmas pick I picked apart. Still lacking something.
I think the trees really pop with the black backdrop! What do you think? The green props are part of my fairly large collection of green Depression glass.
I am sharing my trees with the following challenges:
-Scrapy Land Challenge # 55 Anything Goes (with any die that Scrapy Land sells) I used just one Sizzix die a ga-zillion times!
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #179-Christmas With a Twist My Twist is non-traditional colors and non-traditional use of poinsettias.(1/16)
-Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Ice Inspiration The Tinsel Trim and berries are supposed to echo the sparkle of snow and ice.
Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments! I know you are busy this time of year, so it is even more special to me that you've visited!
Hugs and Blessings!