Saturday, 25 August 2012

Believe in the Magic of Christmas - A Rudolph Day Card

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying the weekend wherever you are. I've been happily pottering away in the craft space and put together this card for Sarn's fun and fabulous Rudolph Day challenge.

It's a bigger card than I usually make - I have a pile of ready-made cards that I ordered in a misguided moment thinking I would enjoy making cards with shaped edges ... not so. I find them an awkward shape to work with and, frankly, too big :(

I covered this one with patterned paper and then had to trim round the shape - fiddly and I'm not good at it. To cover up this I've inked all the edges with green ink - thank goodness ink covers a multitude of sins :)

The embossed folder is one that was rescued from the 'try-out folders' box - wasn't too sure I like the colour of the card - and lightly sponged with a mix of inks in greens, browns and reds.

Materials used:
Ready-made white shaped card base. A5 in size
Docraft's Papermania Noel 12x12 paper pack
Stampin' Up smooth cardstock, Sahara Sand
Universal Embossing Folder, Silver Fern
BoBunny Combo Stickers, Father Christmas
Inks: Ink It Up, Kelly Green; Tim Holtz DI, Shabby Shutters, Vintage Photo; Adirondack, Noel, Cranberry
Embellishments: red organza ribbon, metal clip, bell, red pearl - all from stash

The end result is a very traditional style card that should be fine to post - the teeny wee bell will have to be protected but otherwise the card is fairly flat. I have to take in to account the Royal Mail's astronomical charges these days - sadly, the pension doesn't stretch to paying the directors' salaries!!!

Okay, off to start on a layout - I've a deadline to keep - but before I go I need to thank everyone who visits my blog and all of you who leave a comment. I don't say it often enough I know, but you are all much appreciated. If it wasn't for you I'd be sitting here chatting to the ether, these words would be whirling around in the cyber hinterlands, and I would not be enjoying the friendly interaction that I do now ... you crafters are really friendly people :)

Crafty hugs,


  1. Your certainly on a roll dear Elizabeth. Beautiful christmas card. Totally agree with you regarding Royal Mail. I really think a lot of people will not even bother sending cards this year,especially ones with young families etc. However, I'm off to play and see where my mojo takes me. Enjoy your evening. Hugs Rita xx

  2. We have terrible wet weather so thought l would tidy my snippets folder and it took ages didn't think l had that much stuff and still have after emptying 2 bin loads amazing what we accumulate but who throws any craft stuff away when you know the tinest piece of card can be used for something else, oh well nearly done......Gorgeous Card Elizabeth and the layout is gorgeous l like your sentiment too and ribbon and tiny bells so cute enjoy the rest of your weekend, xx

  3. Lovely card Elizabeth. I got caught out this week posting a birthday card to a friend in the next town. I of course put flowers on the card and then had to make an envelobox which was one inch deep - when I went to post it it cost me almost £3. - never again.

  4. Hi Elizabeth, love your fab
    chirstmas card, fab layout and love the sentiment too

  5. Lovely card Elizabeth - know what you mean about fancy edged cards but you sure cracked it here. Beautiful result and the teeny bell is perfect :) Hugs, Di xx

  6. A beautiful card and colours Elizabeth, I love the diecuts :o)
    Jackie xx

  7. I love this shaped card and the pretty papers you used. Great colour combo too.

    The little bell just finishes it off and is a sweet embellishment.

    Thanks for joining in, and thanks for donating the prize.

    Sarn xxx

  8. Oh I know what you mean, I bought some patterned card blanks (not tried shaped ones)a few years back thinking they would save me on paper, stamping etc and I could just add a quick embellishment and voila....card! Nope, didn't use them so gave them to a charity shop!

    Thanks for visiting my desk on WOYWW.

  9. Hi Elizabeth, worth the fiddling hun, it's fab. Love the shape and the papers are super.
    Hugs Sue W.

  10. Hi Elizabeth
    I'm glad I popped over to thank you for your comment - I should have been in bed myself! I don't know what I was thinking, doing a blog post at that time of the morning, lol.
    This is a beautiful card, a lovely shape and so worth the effort you took cutting the pretty paper to fit.

  11. Elizabeth...this shaped card was so worth the effort to hand cut all that paper. It is so are well prepared for Xmas.

  12. Totally agree about Royal Mail's charges. It's going to be an expensive Christmas and I'm seriously considering not sending many cards out as it's just too much money. I agree about shaped cards too - they can be very tricky to work with. You've used lovely colours in this one though, and it has a great traditional feel to it.

  13. I love those papers you've been using Elizabeth. I suppose it's getting round to that time to start thinking about Christmas. Where has this year gone!!!
    I know what you mean about fancy edged cards. I get round it by just cutting the paper straight and leaving the fancy edges white now, it saves all that fiddly cutting out.
    Hope you and the EM are keeping well and I was sorry to hear your Sister has been in the wars.
    Hugs Lisax


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