Knitted character

Hello, crafting friends!
I am so thrilled to be the surprise party guest at Seize the Birthday for January and Februar and now I know we're partying, I'm bringing some salty snacks and some fruit punch! Do come and join us! So, what's the Topping at the challenge this time?
I couldn't decide whether to go for dry embossing or the shiny kind so in the end, I opted for both!

There are only two embossing folders in my stash, but this Knit Pattern one, a bargain from Hobbycraft, was perfect for a winter birthday. For extra embossed detail, I trimmed it to size with a Crimped Frame die from the Greetery and mounted it onto a card base ready for my other elements.

I stamped one of the girls from Concord & 9th's Winter Wear, drew a general body shape and added a cosy hat and scarf from the same set. Everything was coloured with alcohol markers, cut out with paper snips and attached to the knit panel and I added an enamel star to the hat for a bit of detail.

Finally, the birthday sentiment from Pinkfresh Studio's Perfect Sentiments was stamped and heat embossed to glossify it then it too was attached to the panel.

So now it's your turn! Do hop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog and admire all the fabulous samples the design team has created to inspire you. When you're read, you can upload your own creation using the Linky Tool you'll find at the bottom of the post. And remember, if you're not into embossing, you can always go for the Anything Goes option - but do remember it must be a birthday card. Have fun!
I'm linking this card up at Watercooler Wednesday where Dawn is hosting the All Occasionzs challenge; I'm also joining in with the Make Your Mark challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

It's been very icy here in the mornings with beautiful clear blue skies. Yesterday Eva and I met a funny old gent walking down a path in the park. He cautioned us to be extra careful as it was very slippery. "You don't want to end up doing a Torvill and Dean!" he said.

I think he may have been referring to the bit at the end of the dance!

Sending hugs,