Wednesday, February 17, 2021



Tonight's Colour Creations Showcase, hosted by Cathy Proctor, is focussing on Poppy Parade.  This is an orangey-red that I don't tend to use a lot ... but now that I've had a play with it, I am loving it!  That is one of the beauties of taking part in the weekly Colour Creations Showcases, as we work our way through all of Stampin' Up!'s colours; we stretch our creativity!  Cathy has a comprehensive list on her blog of all the participants in this week's share.  Please go to Cathy's blog, to see what she has made with this lovely colour, and to find the links to everyone else's blog posts.

The Floating & Fluttering Bundle is the star of the show on my card.  I have teamed Poppy Parade with gold, Basic Black and Shimmery White.

I stamped, in Versamark ink on Shimmery White card, two of the butterfly and leaf clusters, gold-embossed  and die cut them (it's very handy that there are two identical dies in the set, for this purpose).  After colouring the butterflies with Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends markers, I snipped apart three of the butterflies, and adhered them to the second die cut piece, using Stampin' Dimensionals.

I had a lot of fun creating the background for this card.  I started off by stamping the dotty stamp, from Floating & Fluttering, in Poppy Parade ink around the border of the Poppy Parade panel.  After embossing the piece of card with the Dainty Diamonds 3D embossing folder, I added more detail with a Stitched With Whimsy die.  At this stage, I realised the stamped border was barely visible, so I stamped around the edges again in Versamark ink.  I added Heat & Stick Powder to the stamped images, heated it with my Heat Tool just until it melted, then pressed the card into Gilded Leafing flakes.

Here's some of the detail close up:

The Gold Foil strip across the card has been embossed with a Meadow Moments embossing folder, and the gold butterfly was created with one of the dies from the Floating & Fluttering bundle, that cuts and embosses at the same time (love that!).  

The frame for the sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, on Shimmery White card.  I stamped the sentiment, from the super-versatile Happy Thoughts stamp set, in Poppy Parade ink towards the bottom of the frame, before die-cutting it, and tucking it under the embossed Gold Foil strip.  I used my Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment four times over, as one impression of the ink was very pale, and quite orange.  I'm happy with the intensity achieved with four impressions. :)

Listed below are all the products I used to make this card.  If you live in Australia, and would like to shop with me for your Stampin' Up! supplies, you can get to my online store by clicking on any of the thumbnail images below.

Make sure you head over to Cathy's blog, for lots more inspiration with Poppy Parade.

Product List
Heat Tool


  1. Oh just wow Christine - you are so brave to combine gold embossing leaf with the stitched whimsy dies and you've pulled it off magnificently, what a great effect! Thank you for providing some Poppy Parade Inspiration this week!!

  2. Stunning card Christine, gold looks amazing with Poppy Parade

  3. Well, don't great minds think alike? LOL! Your card is so pretty, and I especially love the spotted gold around the border, and the sentiment panel look wonderful.

  4. Wow! All that detail in the background - lush!! And I love all the touches of gold.

  5. So many elements to your card, Christine. I keep going back to look at them all. I was so intrigued by the gold around the border, I'm glad you explained and showed a close-up of that. Just beautiful!

  6. So much detail on this wonderful card Christine. Very striking and vibrant with the addition of the gold elements, especially the gilded flakes around the edge.

  7. Wow Christine there are so many beautiful details to your card. Funny red and gold always reminds me of Chinese New Year and it was just that this week. I would never have thought to use the Stitched Whimsy die as well as the Dainty Diamonds together but it looks wonderful and the touch of gold around the edges just frames it all beautifully.

  8. I love the touches of gold with the poppy parade. Creates a card that would fit in perfectly with Chinese New Year.