Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Rudolph Day cards for January

Morning Everyone,

Two cards for Rudolph Day this month. Well, that's what Sarn, she who hosts this challenge, at Stamping for Pleasure, and therefore must be obeyed, has demanded, because she can :) Great idea Sarn! Hopefully, with monthly participation, I should have a nice wee stock by December.
You would think it would be easy to make two cards the same ... just create double of everything ... so why do I find it sooooo difficult. Heaven help me if I ever have to make a hundred the same ... just the thought gives me the vapours!!! But I've done my best here using some paper from one of my old, but favourite, collections from Memory Box, Spiceberry, and the fab stamp, an NBUS, from the Stamper Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection, Santa Letter - simply stamped onto smooth white cardstock (Neena Solar) in Memento Tuxedo Black.

I picked out burgundy as the main colour for papers, the Stickle which edges the stamped image, and even the ProMarker used to edge the papers. The satin ribbon is also the exact shade of burgundy,but no matter how the card was angled the colour looked lighter. Evidence, if evidence is needed, that the camera can indeed lie :)

The sequins sprinkled, together with some tiny green gems, in the corners were a bit of fun ... on one of my all too rare shopping trips down the High Street I found a huge bag of mixed sequins in one of our local pound shops - an absolute bargain and a super find!

Materials used:
square black card bases; smooth black card for layering and white card for stamping; patterned papers from Spiceberry 6x6 pack from Memory Box; stamp is Santa Letter from the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection; Memento Tuxedo black ink pad; Burgundy ProMarker, Stickles and ribbon; green gems from Anita's; sequins for embellishment

Once again, I've just raided my stash to make these cards so still on target not to buy any new goodies. I can't honestly say that it looks as though there is any less stash in the craft room, despite my efforts ... will just have to try harder :)

Weather report - after a really miserable day yesterday, today the sun is shining - amazing how a glimpse of sunshine lifts the spirits.

Wishing you all some sunshine today :)

Happy crafting,


Di said...

Two super cards Elizabeth! I do so love that stamp you used and all the papers and ribbon are gorgeous.

You don't have to make both cards the same, so long as they're in the one post. But, I felt that it was easier to make two the same or very similar. And let thinking/designing time as well. Ha, ha - you'll soon get used to 'batch baking' :)

Hugs, Di xx

Rita said...

Beautiful cards Elizabeth. Like you I am trying hard not to buy so much and use what I have. So far ,so good. Hope you are both well and have settled in to your new home. Hugs Rita xxx

Sarn said...

Hi Elizabeth . . . WOW - LOVE these two Santa cards. That image is just wonderful and the ribbon and papers all work so well together.

2 cards the same, or 2 different . . . you'll comply with the new rules either way!

Thanks for joining in with Rudolph Day.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sandra H said...

Hi Elizabeth..........Oh my goodness your cards are gorgeous just love the vintage look of the santa's and the ribbon adds a lovely finish well done xx

Sandra H said...

Hi Elizabeth..........Oh my goodness your cards are gorgeous just love the vintage look of the santa's and the ribbon adds a lovely finish well done xx

scrappymo! said...

Love your batch baking...that stamp is tremendous! He really is an wonderful Santa image.

The papers look great and funny how the camera plays with our colours! I have that same problem.

scrappymo! said...

Me again...forgot to say those sequins are so very on trend at the mo! They look wonderful!

Sally H said...

Gorgeous cards, Elizabeth! Fabulous vintage colours and what a great Santa stamp!

Jules said...

Hi Elizabeth

I hope you are well.

Loving your Christmas cards. That ribbon is a gorgeous colour and Santa looks fab!

Reading between the lines I am assuming you wouldn't be game to be called up for emergency wedding stationery duty!!! LOL!!!

Hope you are having a good week.

Love Jules xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Not buying new goodies?!! That is an impressive goal. I too have a goal to use things up but not at the expense of buying new. Hmm.... so ultimately I will net zero new space! Ah, well. I love the two cards and yes the camera lies. Cameras make me gain 40 points and makes my face ruddy (not like Rudolph). Great cards. We won't call upon you for the great card assembly line Lucky you!

Sandy said...

I love your Santa - both of your cards are so very pretty!

Jackie said...

Superb cards Elizabeth, I love that Santa image :o)
Jackie xx

Jean said...

Fabulous cards Elizabeth,I love the Santa stamp, and the papers go with it so well and add to the lovely vintage feel.
Jean x

Kathleen said...

Love the bit of fun in the corners with the gem, two great cards and love the vintage Santa, great bows.

Kath x

coops said...

so stunning elizabeth.gorgeous rich colours and i love your vintage santa :D

xx coops xx