Saturday, 26 October 2013

Rudolph Day - October 2013

Morning Folks

And a smashing Saturday to you all. Weatherwise, it's not too bad here - it's been raining so it's damp underfoot, there's a slight breeze but it's warm-ish, for the time of the year, and really quite pleasant.

It's a day late but I have a couple of cards to submit to Sarn's Rudolph Day October Challenge over at Stamping For Pleasure ... hopefully she will forgive my tardiness this month, it's due to circumstances outwith my control :)

Both cards feature papers from a very old Docrafts A5 paper pack, Penelope & Percy - possibly two years old! I'll start by apologising for the quality of the photos. Again! I'm still struggling without a decent lamp.
The first features Percy Penguin ... ... dressed up as a Christmas pudding. Well, I think it's Percy but I suppose it could be his girlfriend, Penelope - hard to tell in that costume :)

To make the card, all that's needed is a white card base, two sheets of the patterned paper from the pack, one featuring Percy, the other a coordinating check. I've cut the image of Percy and matted it on to a piece of smooth black card to create the topper then trimmed the rest to make the base layer.

The greeting (from a Molly Blooms Christmas stamp set) was stamped with VersaMark onto a scrap of black card and then heat embossed with Papermania's Seafoam White fine powder.

The decorations are Anita's bright red gems for the holly berries and light green gems in each corner.

Inside and back are decorated with strips of the check and a holly stamp from the Molly Blooms set, coloured with Memento Dual Markers - Bamboo Leaves & Lady Bug.

The second card has Percy & Penelope's chum, Pom Pom Puffin on it. Again, I've used two sheets of paper from the pad, the one with the image of the puffin on his sledge and the other has glittery snowballs that coordinate with the background of the first. As for the first card, the image of Pom Pom was trimmed from the paper and matted on to a piece of black card to form the topper.

What was left of the first sheet of paper was trimmed to a square shape, then paper lace (Siesta Lace Border), snowflake pattern, was attached down the left side, before adhering it to a square black card base.

The greeting is an old stamp (Docrafts) that has been chopped up to form two separate words so that when stamping (with Archival Jet Black ink) I could fit the two words between the two puffin images on the paper.

For the finishing touch I've added glitter to the topper and also to the tops of the letters of the greeting ... this looks much more sparkly in real life ... and added tiny blue Anita's gems, mainly to the centre of each snowflake in the lace border, but also to the top left of topper and bottom right of card front.

The inside is decorated with strips of the second sheet of glittered paper and leftover scraps of the first sheet were trimmed down and added inside and back.

That's my Rudolph Day cards this month ... quick and simple cards that will be suitable for two of the mini people in the family.

The clocks go back tomorrow, so officially we are into winter and the clock on my mobile phone will, at last, be at the correct time until the clocks go forward in spring ... I forgot to change it when I should have and, by the time I realised this, we were well through summer!

I was up with the lark this morning ... an early morning wake-up call from Bonnie left me bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ... so I'm off for an early lunch now.

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend wherever you are in the world :)

Take care and happy crafting,


  1. Hi Elizabeth - am LOVING the image of a penguin dressed up as a Christmas Pud! Don't get me wrong, Pom Pom Penguin is sweet too, but the first one just makes me chuckle at the thought of it!

    They are both lovely cards, beautifully decorated inside and out as is your wonderful style.

    Thanks for joining in with Rudolph Day when you are soooo busy at the mo.

    Sarn xxx

  2. Great cards Elizabeth. I love the way you always decorate the inside and back of the cards.

  3. Two fabulous cards, the first made me really giggle and the second is so cute, love the insides too.

  4. Really lovely cards Elizabeth, I love the two P...P...P ...Penguins. (remember the adverts?)
    Hugs, Neet xx

  5. Two delightful cards Elizabeth :o)
    Jackie xx

  6. Great cards Elizabeth! Love the Puddy Penguin :) Am sure I have that paper pad somewhere too - as you say, from a couple of years ago,

    Hugs, Di xx

  7. I do so love the way you decorate the inside of your cards. I have started doing it too and think it makes all the difference to the total look of the card. I adore that cute little penquin sitting on his sledge. Hugs Mrs A.

  8. Beautiful cards Elizabeth, very sweet! And talking of sweet, that baby owl is adorable!


  9. Hope all is going well with the move!
    Two great cards. Cute images perfect for these sweet Christmas cards.

  10. Super cute cards Elizabeth! Love the penguin!

  11. Loved both these cuties, and gosh, even without a lamp, your photo's looked great to me (but you must remember I'm photo challenged anyway!). Great job on these and your grands will adore them. Hope the packing/moving is going smoothly and not too tiresome for ya'll. TFS & Hugs


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