Sunday, February 2, 2014

Birthday Groundhog!

My husband is a Groundhog baby!   I've been thinking about making him a birthday card since I started making cards five years ago that depicted a groundhog on his card, but did not have an image to use.  I have a subscription to Elizabeth Dulema's Coloring Pages, which is free.  I get a free image once a month in her newsletter along with information about her children's books as well.  Finally, this year she sent a groundhog image, and he was too cute!  I decided then and there it would definitely have to be the theme of John's card this year!  

I dove in ready to make John's card a few days ago.  I cleaned up Mr. Groundhog a bit in PaintShop Pro and dropped him into Microsoft Word to resize him to fit the oval Spellbinder dies that I decided to use for his frame.  I found some papers I wanted to use, and colored Mr. Groundhog with my Copics to coordinate with these papers.  I decided on the navy glitter paper for his frame, but it was there my mojo came to a standstill.  I mulled it over for several hours, trying this and that, and finally went to bed.  

Sometime, in the middle of the night, I woke up thinking about a video I had seen a few weeks ago of Ashley Newell's "Angled Background" technique that she recently published through Papertrey Ink.  I turned on my light and fiddled with the papers on my craft table to see what I thought.  I was indecisive and too groggy to make much sense of it, and I thought I'd better wait for the morning.  In the light of the day, it seemed like just the right thing, and viola, here he is:

And, following is the finished inside to coordinate with the outside, and the little Groundhog Day poem for John.  I hope he like his card.

Recipe:  Stampin' Up papers:  Night of Navy cs, Gumball Green cs, Print Poetry dsp, Subtles dsp stack, In-Color 2012-14 dsp stack; Jillibean: Macho Macho Soup/ 2 Parts Boy (chevron); Core'dinations Glitter cs: Ball Gown.  Elizabeth Dulemba digi.  Copic Markers.  Spellbinders Ovals SM, Deckled Ovals LG.  EK Scalloped Photo Corner punch.  Stash:  Ribbons, Button, Scrapper's Floss.


  1. Carlene, I love it! I'm going to share your creation in my February 11th e's news and Coloring Page Tuesday! If you or your followers would like to see it, you can subscribe at . Cheers and happy coloring! :) e

  2. I'm afraid we don't know about the significance of Groundhog day here in the UK, but that doesn't matter with this card, it is lovely and the colours beautiful, lovely colouring too.

  3. Thank you for you wonderful comments on my card. FYI: Groundhog Day is a part of centuries old folk lore. In Germany, Scotland, etc.and is called Candlemas Day. It was first noted in the USA in 1841 in the German town of Morgantown, Pennsylvania, but took off as an annual celebration in Puxtentany, Pennsylvnia in 1886, and it is now a huge celebration and proclamation of the groundhog's prediction based on its weather on Feb. 2 with up to 40,000 in attendance. See website link:


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