Monday, 26 January 2015

Rudolph Day - January 2015

Afternoon Folks

After a weekend of doing nothing much at all I think it's time I did some more catching up. Yesterday was the 25th, and that means Rudolph Day over at Scraps of Life by ScrappyMo. You may recall that our lovely Sarn stepped down from presenting Rudolph Day at the end of last year and we now have the equally lovely Mo to encourage us to create Christmas cards right through the year. Do check out her blog for details of how you can play along each month together with inspiration from Mo and her Design Team.
Once again I have a card, actually a batch of cards, made in the run up to last Christmas that until now I haven't managed to post. The design is based on one designed by Heather Telford at Bits & Pieces. I've long been a great admirer of Heather's work so when I saw this card just thought it was a perfect design to CASE. Needless to say, I didn't have the same supplies as Heather so I substituted with what I had in my stash.

The topper which was very simply made has a tree and star embossed in white on to a blue watercoloured sky -  the original had a die-cut tree and star. The tent shaped base card had a half circle punch out of each side of the front (I used Stamping Up's word label punch) before narrow blue ribbon was wrapped round it - it's fastened at the front under the topper. Heather used embroidery thread instead of ribbon.
To get the half circles in exactly the right place I used a piece of card as a template - you can see the card, with my various attempts to get it just right, in the photo above.
Here's a shot of the entire batch set out on the EM's pool table - the largest surface I could find :) I don't really like making the same card over and over again, easily bored, but as the watercoloured skies are all a little different I quite enjoyed making these.

As well as Rudolph Day, I'm submitting this card to the following:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 161- all the toppers were made from snippets of white card trimmed down to size. Not one to miss an opportunity to see his big brother, Parsnip, Snippety Bailey is skipping over to the playground too :)
Hazel's CHNC Challenge 213 - Joy to the world
CHNC Extra Challenge for January 2015 - where anything goes as long as it's Christmas themed

Many thanks to you all and to all the lovely comments received. I say it often, but it's worth reiterating, your support is very much appreciated. Without hearing from you I'd think I was just be chatting to myself :)

Finally, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that Monday hasn't been so bad thus far. The EM took me for a trip out yesterday to cheer me up some. I hadn't been out anywhere for so long, in fact, since I came out of hospital, I was beginning to feel a bit fed up so he took me to the book shop at Culzean. I had a lovely browse round and came away a few pounds lighter, several books heavier and feeling a lot perkier :)

Take care all.

Happy Crafting,


Sandra H said...

Hi Elizabeth, So lovely are your cards and what a great shape and gorgeous colour and image used and great challenges to enter into xx

MaryH said...

Hi Elizabeth, So lovely to see that you're feeling so much better & wow, did you do some wonderful cards. I love Heather T, also. You've done a marvelous CAS on her technique. Love the depth of that blue washed background, and your beautiful tree sets off the w/color so gorgeously. The snip outs to keep the pretty ribbon placed just so, was a brilliant idea (and I hope I remember it!). I liked your ribbon very much. The gleam of the silky texture is so complimentary to the color washing. So glad you played along in 2015's first Rudy Day. Hope you'll be able to join in each month. Big Hugs & TFS. Glad you had a chance to get out for a little fresh air.

Veerle said...

Very beautiful and elegant Elizabeth. I love that dark blue colour. Greetings from veerle

Sue - said...

What a lovely set of cards! Glad you're beginning to feel perkier now - sounds like a good trip out!

coldwaters2 said...

What a wonderful batch of cards loving the fab design also the lovely image and colours you did so well with these thank you for sharing them with us at CHNC Extra Challenge
lorraine x

Di said...

Squeal! You made 12 of these fabulous cards - so impressed! Gorgeous design and such a clever idea to make the template to place that beautiful ribbon. Glad to see that bit by bit you're feeling better!


Di xx

Sarn said...

Hi Elizabeth . . . WOW that set of Rudolph Day cards are just fab. How clever of you to use a template to get even punching . . . why on earth have I never considered this! My eyeballing technique isn't nearly so successful. Thanks for sharing that brilliant TIP.

Glad the EM took you out and about and it perked you up.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Hettie said...

Gorgeous set of cards there. Love that vivid blue. Reminds me of a crisp winter day. Not that I have seen many of those lately!
Great tip on the template.

Sally H said...

wow, wow, wow, Elizabeth! What a gorgeous set of cards! Wonderful colour and a beautiful tree - simply stunning design!

scrappymo! said...

Wow! 12 cards. I am amazed at your patience. They are all lovely and as you say, the watercolours gives each it's own look.
Thanks for taking part in my first Rudolph Days challenge of 2015.

KandA said...

A really fabulous batch of christmas cards Elizabeth. The blue and white design looks so elegant and that was a great idea to make a template xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabeth,
Your gorgeous blue and white cards turned out beautifully. Like you, I don't enjoy creating the same card over and over; the way your varied the intensity of the sky is perfect.
Thanks for the shout out.
Heather T

sally said...

I love this stamp & it looks lovely against all those blues!


jimlynn said...

I think making this card over and over again wouldn't be boring because it's absolutely sensational and so beautiful!!! I LOVE THIS!

Twinks Stamping said...

WOW Elizabeth 12 cards! Great going. Love the colours and the unique way of siting the ribbon. xx

Darnell said...

Okay, well now I feel like a total slacker with my one card done, lol! Your cards are magnificent, Elizabeth!! You have done Heather proud with your CASE of her brilliant work!! And to make so many is a lot of work, but well done, and great job on all the challenges, too.

It's just lovely to see you here and on Facebook after your poomonia scare! We're all glad you are in the pink of health again and out and about!! Stay out of trouble now!! Hugs, Darnell

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x