December 4, 2016


I have never taken part in a 30-day Instagram Challenge before. It seems like I find out about these cool creative challenges, oh, maybe three or four days into the challenge. This time, however, I was pleased to find a challenge BEFORE it began. 

I questioned my sanity to take on a challenge during DECEMBER. But, then I discovered that my daughter, Emily Balsley, is doing a challenge this month, so, I figured that if she can manage it, why can't I? So, I decided to give it a whirl.

This 30 Days of Creativity is hosted by Pretty Paper Studio. They go under @ppsuae on Instagram if you'd like to check them out.

Anyway, the prompt for day one was "Flowers". So, I thought, we're coming up on the Christmas season, so what would be more appropriate than a beautiful poinsettia?

I had stamped this poinsettia from a retired Stampin' Up! set onto a pink cardstock and its leaves <obviously> on green cardstock. While they were pretty enough, they appeared sort of "flat". So I got out my Prismacolor pencils and added some life to the petals and the leaves. I am much happier with them now.

Do you remember that wonderful background stamp of a few years ago called Hello Doily? Well, I will definitely never forget it or stop using it, for two reasons: it is just so lovely and real-looking, and since my mom makes beautiful crocheted doilies, it reminds me of her every time I see/use it.

Stamped in Whisper White Craft Ink onto black cardstock, it looks like a real doily on which I set my lively poinsettia blossom.

I liked the way it looked lying on the doily and the black against the gold sparkle. But it just needed a little something more.So, I decided to add the 'tis the Season sentiment gold embossed on Vellum Cardstock. I carefully cut out the arched shape and added it to my card with some glue in two very important spots. Yup. You could see the glue through the vellum (what else is new??!?), so I hid my glue areas with two 1/4" dots I'd punched from the gold glitter paper. 

A close-up of the liveliness I added to the petals and leaves:

Since I popped the flower up on the doily with Stampin' Dimensionals, it lifts a bit away from the doily, giving it the illusion of being more three-dimensional:

Today I get to do Day 4 of the challenge, in which the prompt is "Mini". I know exactly what I am going to create, but I have to get a few more things finished before I can get creative.

Eventually I will post all 30 of the creations I made for the challenge. But, for now, I will just stick with seasonal-looking days. Stay tuned!



  1. Pretty. Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

  2. Your card is amazingly beautiful, I love the lace effect behind the poiensetta!! Thank you for sharing on #OMHGWW. I would love for you to to share on #OMHGFF as well.

    Have a wonderful day!

    1. I wanted to let you know that your card is being featured on Oh my Heartsie Girls Friday Features this week. Your post has also been pinned.
      Hope you have a great day! Merry Christmas!

  3. So pretty and hats off to you for accepting the challenge. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

  4. I love this! 3_d cards are my fave!! And poinsettias are all the rage right now!
    Friday Frivolity

  5. I love this, it's so festive and pretty! #FridayFrivolity

  6. I always look forward to seeing your creations! This turned out lovely! Thank you for sharing with us at the To grandma's house we go link party! Hope to see you there tomorrow when the new party starts!