Has Spring arrived where you are?  Swathes of golden daffodils and oceans of crocus and snowdrop coating the green grass?  We’ve had a sleety rainy mix of weather so far this morning, but it’s supposed to turn to all rain in a little while, which will help wash away the last of the snow that’s hanging around, and I spotted some tiny little green shoots about an inch above the ground last night also.  My local city has decided it’s Spring too and activated the tornado sirens last Saturday, they’ll do this all the way through October on the first Saturday of the month at 1pm to test the system is working in readiness for use during the upcoming storm season.  As it was very cold and snowing a bit when they did this it was very strange indeed to be listening to the piercing wail of the siren and watching the snow falling at the same time!

Anyway, enough about the weather, I’ve managed to make another card!  Time has been very precious indeed over the last week or so as I’m in my busiest period out of the whole year at work, usually up to early April, and I’m working longer hours and feeling quite tired when I get home in the evening.  I’ve been going to bed by about 9:30 most nights last week and this week trying to get enough rest, so there hasn’t been much going on on the old crafty front lately, and no WOYWW either, even though it’s Wednesday, it’s the first one this year that I’ve missed but I know I just don’t have time to participate this week.

I combined a few challenges for this card, list at the bottom as usual, but basically it’s an embossed multi fold card using a lovely Penny Black collage type stamp for the main image.

I really like the front panel and the panel with the sentiment, but I think that the middle panel needs something extra!  Not sure what it is yet but I’ll work it out!  Currently is has a dry embossed Christmas Tree cut out of the same card as the base card with a little gold star.  Perhaps I shouldn’t have changed the paper and the size?  The main image is Penny Black Christmas Text and I embossed it in black and coloured it with TH Distress Inks and Fiskars Glitter Pens, resist embossing basically.  I also highlighted the text and some of the scrolls with the gold glitter pen too.  The sentiment panel is a Santa Rosa stamp that has been embossed in gold on the green card, although it looks like a rather fetching shade of duck egg blue in the photo.  The edge was punched with a Martha border punch.  It’s quite a large card at 13″ wide when you open it out but when it’s all folded flat you see the top panel and the punched edge of the card.  The card stock is cut from a large sheet of artists card, the kind you see in art supply stores for charcoal and pastel painting, so it’s very thick and sturdy.

Card Recipe:

  • Card: Strathmore Artists Series card in Kimono Red ~ The Paper Company
  • DP: DCWV 2009 & 2010 Christmas stack
  • Stamps: Penny Black Christmas Text ~ Santa Rosa sentiment stamp
  • Inks: Versamark ~ TH Distress Ink Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage and Aged Mahogany
  • Embellies: Red & Gold pearls from Michaels ~ EP from JoAnn ~ Flowers & Leaves from Prima ~ Making Memories Gold Brad ~ Xmas Red & Holly Stickles ~ Papermania embossing folder
  • Tools: Scorpal ~ Cuttlebug ~ MS Border Punch ~ Nesties Dies



Penny Black Saturday Challenge ~ More Than One Fold

Bah Humbug ~ Embossing (second entry)

ABC Christmas Challenge ~ E for Embossing plus 3 Embellisments (Gems, Flower/Leaves & Brad)

Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Challenge ~ Embossing