Sunday 11 September 2022

Four Penny Black 'Masterpiece' cards

It's Sarn's turn to post today and it's the results of Challenge #435 over in the Snippets Playground, HERE.

For my snippets card(s), I had a flick through the numerous sets of Penny Black Christmas 'Masterpieces'  here and pulled out four Winter cottage scenes to play with:

I used: 

- 5.5" x 4.25" card blanks, made using white linen card (same texture as the little images) bought from The Paperbox. Two are long side opening and two are short side opening

- the images needed slightly trimming to fit behind four already die cut frames, also using the white linen card. These were left from when I die cut a whole bunch of frames using a die by MFT called 'Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame' - I love the frames but they really need care when fixing an image behind as they're very narrow with not much room to play 

- glued the images to the inside back of the frames, using a glue pen

- then flicked through the 'impending cr*palanche' on my desk and pulled out a few snippets that were waiting to be filed in my bulging snippets expanding filing folder. Every single one was on my desk. which shows the chaos I'm currently working in!

- trimmed four of the larger snippets to cover almost all of each card front, leaving just a narrow border and glued them in place

- then used my Altenew mini die cutting machine and the sentiment die I've used so much lately (Tonic Studios 'Mini Moments Merry Christmas' ) to cut four sentiments using more varied snippets, and glued them in place using a glue pen

- glued the framed 'Masterpieces' in place, using Collall All Purpose glue, as usual for large pieces

- the only snippets I can easily name are the green ones, they were tucked inside a pack of Altenew 'Forest Glades' card which is such a lovely shade of green. Still on my desk from its last use, sigh

- another four for the box of 2022 Christmas cards!

The two images with the green backing card came from the 'pinecones and peace' set, the image with the black backing card is from the 'home for christmas' set - and the image with the shimmery deep blue backing card is from the 'snowfall serenity' set.

Penny Black really are onto a seller here, certainly where I'm concerned. Buddly Crafts had three new sets of Christmas designs in when I was over there just the other day, looking for something else - and yup, they did sort of fall into my basket!

I'd like to enter the first card into the current Christmas Kickstart Challenge #66 HERE. The theme is 'Home for the Holidays'. I wasn't cheeky enough to write three posts to 'bag' three entries into Jo's fun challenge - which  means I need to have a bit of a think and a hunt through my stamps and dies!

Thursday was a dark day for our whole Nation, countries of the Commonwealth and a lot of the rest of the World when our beloved Queen Elizabeth 2nd died. From knowing she was very unwell, and fearing the worst earlier that day, to the final confirmation of her death so many of us almost held our breath, lest a puff of air would make a difference. She was utterly true to her vows when she became our Queen - right until the end. The rainbows over both Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace just prior to the Queen's death being announced seem to almost have been a sign from her that in the end, all will be well. RIP after a such a long and very varied reign your Majesty. I do believe that King Charles will do his utmost to honour the legacy left by his beloved Mama and will rule wisely and kindly. Long live the King.



  1. Stunning collection of Christmas cards Di. Those PB images are well worth buying.

    Along with so many others, I join in your sadness at losing our beloved Queen. Xxx

  2. Lovely cards, lovely words xxx

  3. Brilliant collection of Christmas cards using these super images. I can imagine that those narrow frames were difficult to use but you've triumphed as always. Have to try and remember where I put some PB images which tempted me last year 🙄🙄, they must be in a 'safe place' I'm sure.

  4. Been considering buying these masterpieces for ages - and now you've convinced me! Lovely cards Di.
    I pledged allegiance to the Sovereign (and heirs and successors) in my Oath in 1975 - such a long time ago now. What a wonderful example with her devotion to duty she has been and the commitment she has shown over all those years.
    I think she climbed the rainbow to be reunited with her beloved Philip.
    A stat left me in awe too - 94% of the global population were born AFTER she became Queen. Incredible. x

  5. Yours cards Di are totally stunning beautiful scenery and backgrounds heart goes out to all of the queen's family and many friends including the public so very very sad xx

  6. Such beautiful cards, Di, they're all lovely! Yes, it's been a sad few days, hasn't it, Jo x

  7. Lovely cards, those PB images look so beautiful inside the scallop frames!
    I could image how you all are shook up by the loss of your Queen. In Italy all the television programs talk and show about your Queen, all the day, by Thursday.

  8. These cards are all so pretty Di, and love the way you have framed them with the stitched scallops and added that lovely sentiment in colours to match the various beautiful scenes. x

  9. Beautiful Christmas cards, Di.

    Such sad news that our Queen has died. She was certainly an inspiration to us all, dedicating her long life to serving the people of the UK and Commonwealth. It’s still hard to take in that she is no longer here. May she rest in peace. xx

  10. Wow, so wonderful cards. Love them all.
    Valerija xx

  11. A gorgeous collection of cards Di.

    Sue xx

  12. These cards are all so beautiful and I love them all! I saw a photo of that majestic rainbow and what a wonderful message for everyone from the skies on such a dark day for your nation!

  13. Four beauties with those rustic cottage images from PB, Di - love them all & so gorgeous with the scalloped frames!

  14. wow, such amazing cards. Thank you so much for joining Christmas Kickstart Challenge where I am an elfin guest.
    we were sad about the Queen too.
    hugs xx

  15. What a wonderful set of cozy Christmas cards and I love the added dies. I've only begun using some of the printed images that have been languishing in my stash for years and love seeing ideas on how to use them. I make a lot of cards to donate to a local nursing home, so the printed images are great for quick and easy.


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