Monday, 27 January 2014

Rudolf Day - January 2014

On the 25th of each month, Sarn at Stamping for Pleasure, hosts a wonderful challenge called Rudolph Day. You link up one post only each month...a post that must contain two Christmas cards. Yep, you heard me right...two!!!

Just think two cards every month for eleven months and you will have 22 cards finished before it is December! Links ups start on the 25th and close on the last day of that month. Easy Peasy.

Her are my two cards for January. The first is a fairly easy card that is made from stash. My goal for this new two card rule is to make one of the cards from bits and bobs in my room. Little or no stamping...just a card created from scraps and embellishments. It is so easy to have snippets of this and that cluttering up your craftroom. Hopefully, I will reduce the paper clutter by sticking to this goal.

To this end my simple card is made with some papers I had pulled out for another project. Since everything was sitting out, waiting to be filed away, I decided to put it to use on this card. A couple of banners, a couple of diamonds and an embellishment and that was that!  I'm happy with the way it turned out...I think it looks a bit will go to a friend of Mr Scrappymo.

Here is the inside view.
Recipe Card 1
Card base and envelope - from my stash
DP -   background DP; unknown, from my stash...maybe Simple Stories or ?
DP - script banner is Paper Reflections Collage Backgrounds DMD Inc and one unknown burgundy snippet from my stash
Border - K and Co glittered poinsettia border strip, from my stash
Embellishment -  unknown,  from my stash...came with the unknown background paper
Bling - diamonds from my stash

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. Marks Finest Papers Speedy TV Christmas Card Club - must be Christmas
3. CHNCC Extra - Anything goes but must be Christmas
4. Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - must have patterned paper or card cover the whole card
5. CHNCC - #161 must be a tree
6. Stamping For Pleasure Rudolph Day - must be Christmas
My second card is a Penny Black image. It always makes me smile to see these happy looking little chaps. I coloured up a few of these images last year and had them stashed away in my Christmas Card coloured images photo album.

I made this card up on Tuesday when my next door neighbour came over to craft for the day. It was my turn to design a card and put together 2 card kits. I decided to make it a Christmas one, so that i would have this on hand for Sarn's challenge

I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday week 296. That challenge is now closed.  I liked the sketch so much that I did not mind to use it and forgo the challenge. Just as well too, as I had to deviate a small amount from the sketch. I had to add the red snowflake on the top right corner as the paper started to pull back in layers from that corner. Nothing that a generous amount of carefully applied glue and  a big honking snowflake couldn't hide. lol

 I managed to finish the inside of this one too, so I have two more done and dusted for a grand total of four so far this year. Hopefully I can manage to keep up this pace all year!

Recipe Card 2
Card base and envelope - from my stash
DP - EP Tis the Season and MME Christmas Noel
Card stock - snippets of red card from my stash
Punch - Martha Stewart Red Glittered Snowflake
Border - K& Co Black Scalloped Glitter Border Strip
Stamp - Penny Black Caroling Penguins
Bling - red diamond from my stash
Sentiment - unknown, from my stash

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. Marks Finest Papers Speedy TV Christmas Card Club - must be Christmas
3. CHNCC Extra - Anything goes but must be Christmas
4. Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - must haveatterned paper or card cover the whole card
5. CHNCC - #161 Must be a tree
6. Stamping For Pleasure Rudolph Day - must be Christmas


debby4000 said...

Love your fabulous cards but the first one is my fave.

Redanne said...

You are certainly on a roll with your Christmas card making - very impressive indeed! The first one may have been made with scraps but it is gorgeous and I just love those penguin carolers - such a fun card. I hope you have received my little parcel by now............ Hugs, Anne x

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Hi Maureen love your Christmas cards both so different but fab. What a great idea to do two a month. Real life has gotten in the way for me at the moment and all I have time for is DT cards. Hugs Susan x

Di said...

Great snippets cards Mo - I love the first one, and as you say it's perfect for a man (or a lady for that matter).

Such sweet little penguins, I have that same stamp tucked away here too - and a great save with the snowflake! Who would have guessed if you didn't say, not me.

Hugs, Di xx

Sarn said...

Morning Mo . . . love the style and design of both these cards. I agree the first could be a masculine one (so could the second I reckon). I have that penguin stamp and love how you used it.

Thanks for joining in with Rudolph Day.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Two great Christmas cards there. Love the penguins.

Christine Harrop said...

Hi Maureen, two great cards. I was looking at the Stamping for Pleasure site yesterday and decided that I am going to join in with this challenge and try to participate each month! That should be a great head start, together with out CCC cards! Love and hugs Christine xx

KT Fit Kitty said...

Both cards are lovely - I am particularly smitten by the penguin one - so cute! I like how you showed the inside of the cards too!

brenda said...

Two great card Mo, but the first one really appeals with those rich colours.

B x

Jenny L said...

Hi Maureen,
what fab cards, Love your very different creation, and good use of snippets too.
I wanted to enter Rudolf Day too, but silly me I forgot.
Well that's old age the mind gets very muddled, when you have to think of too many things.
Well that's my excuse in any rate.
I do hope you are keeping well.
Thank you for all your lovely comments om y work.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Mrs A. said...

Two super cards and go you for embellishing the inside of the cards too. Hugs Mrs A.

Hettie said...

Oh Mo! Two honking cards there! Great that you are using up your litters! We may both have clear rooms by Christmas at this rate! Hah! No chance ey!

Bonnie said...

Two very different cards and both delightful! I love the elegance of the first and those cute little penguins on the second!

Sandy said...

Wonderful Christmas cards - I love Sarn's challenge and I also love Sarn!!
sandy xx

Carol said...

Two fab cards Maureen and finished inside too! That penguin stamp is one of my favourites. Carol x

Carol L said...

Both cards are adorable! I really like that dsp on the first with the little green trees randomly placed in the circles, and those penguins wearing santa hats are too much fun! NJ on both!

scrapn_momof2 said...

Awesome cards!!! What a great idea, by December everyone that takes part will be way ahead of the game on their Christmas cards. :)

butterfly said...

Love the muted vintage twist on the traditional Christmas colours on that first card - it's so pretty. And the penguins are very cute!
Alison x

Sue said...

Fab cards Mo!! how cute is that penguin LOL hope you and your family are all keeping well lots of huggles Sue, Paul and Ollie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

cotnob said...

Two gorgeous cards Maureen, I love the vintage feel of the first one and the adorable penguin image on the second one.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Loving the vintage feel of the top card, great colors and neat design. The second card with the gray dotted background the red really makes my heart happy. Great cards!

Darnell said...

Incredible work, Maureen! You show us how it's done and done right! These are sensational Rudolph and Pixie cards, as well as for all the other challenges!!

Enjoy the day! Hugs, Darnell

MaryH said...

Maureen, You are really adhering to your goal of using up snippets & decorating the inside of your cards! Would that I had such dedication. I love both of these, and wonderful use of snippety bits on #1. But #2 just made me smile large at these cheerful little penguins, and I'm tickled to hear about your 'save' too. I get a lot of ideas about salvage from so many blogs! TFS & keep up with the good work! Hugs

Sally H said...

Two fabby cards, Mo! love the vintage colours on the first and the cute penguins too. They would definitely appeal to the blokes in my family too. That Sarn is determined to get us organised for Christmas 2014 isn't she? ;)

Linby said...

Great cards and well done on doing the insides too, I always leave that!
Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog.
Linby x

Jenny Marples said...

Well done you! Four more than me - lol - and both look so good, particularly as you've taken the trouble to match the insides too. Jenny x

Brenda Brown said...

Both fabulous cards and perfect to put away for later in the year (shhh daren't mention the C word yet lol) xx

jimlynn said...

Both are sensational! Love that second one and those cute little guys! Precious.

MaryH said...

Way to go on your sort out. I have that same Xyron - still in the box. I am finding that I use the little X one for adhering the die sentiments. (After Di gave me a tip on cleaning off the sticky strings). Can't wait to see the pictures of your clean room. Can I tempt you into a visit to SC to assist in doing mine? LOL! Glad if you enjoyed the cards. I need to stop blogging for a bit, catch up on commenting, and take my online class! I'm seeing such wonderful homework from lots of the students and all I've done is save the emails with each day's lessons. Then the microwave clean up got in there. I think one-two more coats in the cupboard and the new oven will go live there. Trying to learn how to use it, it's different -of course!- from the old one. TFS & Hugs.

Cathy said...

Great cards, I love the little penguins :) Cathy x

Gail said...

Thank you for entering the cute penguin card CHNC January challenge - come back in February when a new challenge begins as well - have a happy week! Gail GDT

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering all my Craftyhazelnut's challenges with this lovely card xx

Karen said...

Both are stunning Mo, but I do love those penguins! I am really trying hard to make sure I enter Sarn's challenge and keep up with Christmas CC this year xx

Mary Jo said...

Great cards!
And it's a great idea for a challenge!!

Kathleen said...

Love the colours on the first card and the use of your scraps.
The PB card is really great with those happy little penguines and great use of the banner on both cards.

Kath x

Di said...

Hi Mo! Thanks for all the lovely comments I just found. On the triple layer card I just glue them all flat, no popping up at all.

Hugs, Di xx

Debs Willis said...

Hi Mo, love the penguins AND the honking great snowflake lol :-)
Debs x