It's not that I was feeling industrious. Nor was it because I needed to make two cards for our Jingle Belles Challenge. But I figured that since I had the embossing powder out, and since it was a nice cool day and I did not need the fan on, and since we had our power back, and since the power was still out at work and I was able to come home early, I might as well take advantage of it and stamp and emboss more than one image. You see our theme this week is "The Midas Touch" and we were to use gold and/or silver on our card along with our choice of neutrals. Our guest Belle is Leslie of The Crooked Stamper. This is a wonderful challenge that also let me ink up a new stamp set - Comfort and Joy.
My choice was further inspired by the fact that I bought the two-pack of Nutella at Costco and had opened each jar and had carefully removed the gold foil seal on the jar to use in some craft project. So I had two of those to use also.
I really did not intend to wait until yesterday to work on this/these cards, but Sunday, as I was preparing my work space (cleaning and purging would be good words too) our power went out - the tail end of Hurricane Irene had nailed us. She flooded our basement, but we had that under control. And she toyed with the power off and on for most of Sunday afternoon. But just as the sun was beginning to go down the wind was too much for the power lines somewhere down the road and our power went out. Lasted about 18 hours which is not bad compared to some people who are still without. But when you are planning to emboss, and I must say that I don't often do that, you need electricity for your heat gun. So I had to put this off until yesterday.
I will tell you though that I put that time before the sun completely went down to good use. There were numerous (I'm embarrassed to say just how many) stamp sets that I had not mounted and that was one of the things that I could relocate to the kitchen counter by the window. So now I have no excuses to ink up some more of my new sets soon.
Here are the details of the cards. The cardstock is metallic gold cardstock that I picked up at One Little Spark. The stamp set is called Comfort and Joy from the new Holiday Mini catalog. I stamped that bird image in VersaMark ink on Very Vanilla cs and embossed with gold EP. The gold Nutella seals were die cut with the Sizzix Pennant die. The top card has a bit of crocheted lace (thank you Sabrina) and some gold cording threaded through. The bottom card is outlined with SU's gold glass glitter. They both have an antique gold SU brad. I used some of those paper doilies that are in my stash and the sentiment is also embossed.
I think I will earmark these cards for the grandmothers. Now I'm off to see the other beauties - join me here.