Tuesday, December 23, 2014

My Christmas Cactus

Hi everyone!  I created another layout for my garden scrapbook using a photo I took in early December of my Christmas Cactus.  This plant blooms only during the Christmas season.  I am very proud of this beautiful flowering plant that belonged to my Dad.  It is because of him that I have a love for flowers & other plants.

Although this unique plant is native to Brazil, the flowers of the Christmas Cactus look Hawaiian. It grows very well here in Louisiana!
I always keep my garden flower scrap pages simple because I want the photo of nature’s beauty to be the full focal point.  Since it doesn’t (well, rarely) snow in southwest Louisiana where I live, snowflake embellishments just would not ‘fit’, so I chose the Prima doily die that would look the most ‘festive’ for this time of year.   Where I live, we do have ‘Fall’ (Autumn), so that is why I chose to portray the falling leaves. I also decided not to decorate this LO with other flowers, like I normally do, because the uniqueness of this Christmas Cactus flower cannot be matched.

I have entered this LO in the Lindy’s Stamp Gang December 2014 challenge because the colors I chose match perfectly with their color selections this month.  Yay!  : )

Using TCW’s mini 6x6 stencil ‘Art is’ I applied Liquitex white texture paste that I colored with LSG Magical “Queen of Hearts Red”. This deep red is part of the Mad Hatter magical set.  Isn’t it stunning against the green background?!   WOW!  You can read the stenciled words so perfectly clear : )
All of the die cuts were inked with Distress Ink 'Vintage Photo’. I heat embossed a few of the Prima doilies, the larger die leaves and three of the printed leaves on the Bo Bunny paper with LSG embossing powder Starbright Gold Green.  The smaller Prima die cut leaves were embossed in clear.  I really love the way the distress ink nicely shows through the embossing!
The stamens I used on some of the doily centers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. 
White ones were recolored into green with alcohol ink color ‘Pesto’.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful, Merry Christmas and a very healthy & prosperous New Year!
Lisa : )
Products used:
Bo Bunny – Autumn Song collection “Melody”
DCWV – Old World Stack
Recollections – Floral Foliage
Prima metal dies – Doilies Two & Leaves
TCW mini 6x6 stencil – Art is
Liquitex – modeling paste
Lindys Stamp Gang ~ Magical “Queen of Hearts Red”
                             ~ Embossing Powder “Starbright Gold Green”
VersaMagic chalk ink – Red Magic
Tim Holtz distress ink – Vintage Photo
Wild Orchid Crafts – Red Stamens, Red Double Head Pearl Stamens, White Bead Berry Spray Cluster (pulled apart & separated)
Tim Holtz – alcohol ink “Pesto”
Hobby Lobby - bead strand



  1. Beautiful! I love the design and the beaded trim around the photo! Really like the inking and embossing you did on the die cuts too!

  2. Love your layout and thank for playing with LSG

  3. beautiful work here with a lot of details ! thank you for playing with LSG !

  4. Beautiful festive colors, love the red script stenciling, and the non- traditional shades of green. I have the Prima leaves die, but I haven't used it yet, love that you embossed them! Love the stamen embellishing in the center of the doilies. Elegant!


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