Wednesday, 25 March 2015

March Rudolph Days

It is the 25th of the month and you know what that means...Time for the February Rudolph Days Challenge. Here is a quick recap of the Rudolph Days Rules.

1. Rudolph Days will start monthly on the 25th and will close on the last day of that month.
2. The theme is always Anything Goes, as long as it is Christmas.
3. One entry per person and you just need to enter one Christmas card. (You can have more than one card on your post, but your post will still only count as one entry)
4. You may combine your entry with other challenges (maximum of 10 in total).
5. The winner will be selected by random draw and announced on the first day of the following month.
6.  Prizes will be shipped anywhere in the world.

Last month's winner, Sally Miller of Krazy Jayne blog is a guest designer this month. Sally has made this gorgeous gold embossed, and very, very pretty bird card. So very shimmering and full of sparkle. I love the way she has echoed that gorgeous gold with the diecut mat!

We have a second guest designer this month. Tanya of Little Art Cottage blog. Tanya was the lucky winner of the January Rudolph Days challenge. I love the soft and pretty colours of her adorable snowman image! That snow is so realistic...feels like Christmas already!

Here is my March Rudolph Days card. It is simple in design but I really enjoyed making it. In keeping with my aim of making some slimmer cards this year, this one will definitely fit through the regular postage slot.

I stamped the Hero Arts Winter Scene image onto a snippet of white card and then chalked the sky around it. I thought it seemed sort of flat so I went over that chalk with some glimmery chalks that are about 10 or more years old. They are made  by Yatsutomo and the intensity of the colour can be changed by how much water you use  There is a lovely shimmer to the sky now.
Placed that matted image onto some glitter card and then mounted that finished topper onto a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 square card.

Suddenly, I remembered that when we were moving,  I missed a Snow Covered Trees theme at my Christmas Card Club. So I pulled out my Zig glue pen and fine white Stampendous Glitter added some snow to the trees and a few snow drifts for good measure! Makes me feel a little better that I caught up a bit with this card. Here is a little close up of that snow...I am happy with this card as it seems more arty than my usual style.

I am entering my scene card in the following challenges:

1. Christmas Card Club - Snow covered trees (a very overdue card, I must say...sorry ladies)
2. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
3. Darnell's NBUS Challenge #4 - my scenic stamp is my NBUS item

The March Rudolph Days Challenge prize is this Dazzling Snowflake die. Good luck in the draw!

Monday, 23 March 2015

Planters and Blooms

On the first Wednesday of each month, I go to a local card making group at my local scrapbook store. We take turns designing a card and bringing the supplies for all of us to make it.

April is my turn to bring the card kits and here is what I have planned.  You all know how I am trying to whittle away at my flower stash, so I guess it is no surprise that cards kits for a group of ladies would contain flowers!

I am using a never before used Sizzix Conservatory Window die. I am not using it as a window though...I am using it as a balcony planter full of blooms! I cut out 9 of these planters out of my snippets of heavy weight Bazzil.

I ran a snippet of grey heavy weight Bazzil through a Darice wood grain EF to create the look of a wooden wall. I glued the die to that and pop dotted the bottom Planter Box forward a bit. I got a little carried away with the Martha Stewart leafy branch punch for the greenery and totally covered up the planter Sorry about that but you can use your imagination!

The branches were punched from a sort of ugly pastel green lighter weight card. It looked too light  so I  inked them randomly with Ingvilde Bolme Prima chalk inks in Moss Lawn Green and also in Olive Vine green. Here is a close up to show the shading...

The wee flowers are from my never ending stash and I doubled them up for extra petal depth and held the layers together with a teensy brad. So 10 flowers in total on this card.  Yay...10 times 8 ladies, plus my 10 flowers on this card, and that is 90 flowers used! I will only add the 10 that I actually used on this card to the flower ticker at the top of my blog header, but it feels good to actually get 90 flowers out of the jars!

I wanted to fit my Elizabeth Bell Hello sentiment onto the back of the planter frame but it seemed to get lost in the background. There was not a place on the planter back large enough to mount it, so I cut a Spellbinders circle die in the same white card and sliced off the bottom third of the circle. I glued that over the too small existing half circle design.  Finally had a half circle large enough to showcase my sentiment.

Hopefully the ladies like this card. None of these ladies blog, so I am safe to post my card here early!!!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Another one bites the dust!

Had another gander in my UFO box and found a card that I had started to make a very long time ago. I was planning to use it for a card to tuck a wee bit of cash into.

I used up a VOS purse sticker as I thought it so suited the cash theme of my card. This purse sticker is about 15 years old. I think it came on a page of 5 or 6 stickers and the rest were used on layouts right away. This last sticker has been looking quite lonely in the was good to get it used at last.

I feel like I am on a first name basis with my VOS supplies. Nothing like packing and unpacking them to remind you just what you have.  I am also quite pleased I managed to get another card out of the UFO jail! This one languished in there for quite some time as I had already glued on the DP, the green scalloped border, the  two silk flowers anchored with a flower brad (my NBUS item), and the sticker. I never got it finished as I lost the snippet of matching green card I had saved for the sentiment.

Today,  I got the bright idea to add a second green colour as a thin strip alongside the scalloped piece. I had just enough of the second colour to stamp the two sentiments. I fussy cut around the Best Wishes stamped image, and diecut the For You sentiment with a Spellbinders Scallop die.

 The background paper has a sparkle and sheen on bits of the pattern...Hopefully this photo catches that sparkle. I don't  know the manufacturer anymore as this snippet was from my bits box

Still not one of my favourites, but a finished card never the less.

Hey, I just realized that I can add two used up flowers to my flower ticker! What a bonus!!! One down, 135 more to

In case you are wondering what NBUS items are, my friend Darnell has coined this word and has a challenge to go along with it. NBUS is Never Before Used I know we all have some! Since my flower brad is my NBUS item, I will pop over to Darnell's blog with my entry.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. djkardkreations NBUS Challenge - mut use a NBUS item
2. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets