Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Rudolph Day - March 2014

Yep, it's that time again. Time to make two Christmas Cards and drop by Sarn's blog, Stamping for Pleasure. On the 25th of each month, Sarn sponsors Rudolph Days. You have from the 25th untill the end of the month to link up two Xmas cards.  You can have two photos on your post or showcase both cards on one photo...whatever you chose...but both cards have to be on the same post!

My first card is designed to suit the March Moodboard at Two Peas In a Bucket. The colours this month are soft and sort of dreamy. Checked my stash and found these snippets of EP Tis the Season for the background papers and set them onto a pretty textured and pearlized aqua card stock mat.. They were not quite big enough so I fitted a scallopy  K&Co grey border piece to fill the gap. I quite like the look of it so must remember to mimic this look in the future. Now, I'm not good at remembering, so I might need reminding!!!

The quote is from a Project Life sheet of quote cards,  that I double matted with auqa and teal textured and pearilized cardstock. Two K&Co silver and white snowflakes and two aqua glittered foam snowflakes finished off the design. The bottom snowflake seemed too small, so I tucked a dollar store shimmery fabric snowflake behind it. I have a drawer full of these and use them often. Sprinkled a few teensy diamonds here and there and it was done. Here is a close up of the layered snowflake...

In spite of my resolve to finish the inside of my cards as I make them, I am posting this card without that step. It has been a hellish couple of weeks and I just have not got down to the scrapbook room to finish it yet. I will get it done before shelving this card.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Rudolph Days - must be Christmas
2. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - must be Christmas
3. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
4. MFP Christmas Card Challenge - must be Christmas
5. Holly Jolly Christmas - Bingo, mine is Blue, free  and snowflakes

My second card is from a crafty day with my neighbour, Lisa. I do not have manufacturer names for this one as it was her day to design and make the card kit. I am really happy with it and loved her design and paper/embellishment selections. This was a fun card to make as it is so feminine and girly! I think I will give it to my girlfriend that has lost her husband. She will totally enjoy the girlyness of it!

We created diamond corners with some row of mini diamonds that Lisa had in her stash . I quite like the look of them.  The sticker in the center of the snowflake and also the dove, are from the same manufacturer. The embellishments were a combination of mat and mirri card. The dove was a wee bit marred (as can happen with mirri) so I added three tiny red diamond to hide the wee scratchy mark! The pink ribbon is a velvet one and provides a texture contrast between the  sheen of the mirri and the diamond glitz of the glittered outer piece of card.

I did manage to finish this one...but you will have a chuckle over how I did it...Yes, Yes, I know that the finished pieces usually go on the bottom half of the inner card. Somehow I managed to dent the card itself, so I used the extra paper to cover up that booboo. Luckily Lisa had those pretty sentiment dies for the bottom half. I will use a rub-on for the sentiment on the die.

No recipes tonight, as I have already given you the info already for the first card and have no info for the second!

I am entering these cards in the following challenges

1. Rudolph Day - must be Christmas
2. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - must be Christmas
3. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
4. Marks Finest Papers Christmas Card C|hallenge - must be Christmas


Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Wow Maureen two utterly pretty Christmas cards. Love the colourway of the first and the lovely quote from Sound of Music. The snowflakes and bird on the second are gorgeous. Hugs Susan xx

Asha said...

These are so elegant, Maureen! Love those snowflakes... even in pink! lol!
hugs Asha

SARN said...

Loving your pretty snowflake cards here Mo.

Thank you for joining in with Rudolph Day again.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Jan Frances said...

I love sparkly cards so think these are fab! xxx Jan xx

Mary said...

Two, too cute...I love the blue card and it is very calming. The snowflakes are absolutely beautiful. Great idea for joining the two pieces and the perfect amount of bling. Your pink card made me feel happy. Great snowflake, one of my favorite ones and your little bird, I would never thought to add that, but it's perfect. Happy Rudolph Day.

Carol L said...

I just love snowflakes, so these cards are a hit with me! I'm especially loving the colors and sentiment on the first! Sparkle on!

Sassy Raggedy said...

Both of these are beautiful....The snowflakes are outstanding...Hugs, joann

Darnell J Knauss said...

These are both really stunning, Maureen! You made two delightful snowflake cards! Sorry things have been hellish lately. I hope they have settled down now and things are more heavenish! Hugs, Darnell

Mrs A. said...

Both lovely cards. I love the gorgeous colours on the second card. Hugs Mrs A.

Pia S said...

I love sentiment only cards and the one you used for your first card is so decorative and lovely! Beautifully decorated with snowflakes and I like the softness added to this card by the scalloped edges of the card base. It also suits this week's bingo challenge over at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge where I'm a guest designer this week. You should consider entering it there as well, they've got some fab prizes this week:)
Your pink card is so delicate and feminine, a lovely non traditional Christmas card with plenty of Christmas feel!

Kathleen said...

Two gorgeous cards, love the colourways that you have used, fantastic snowflakes too.

Kath x

Sue said...

Two fab cards Maureen! I'm still recovering from the NEC and laughing so much!!! it was great to see Sue again and meet Christine and Ang:) we had so much fun, wish you had been there :) huggles Sue xxx

Tracy said...

As different as these two cards are, they are both stunning.
I love the soft colours of the first card and the feminine colours of the second card.

Di said...

Two fabby Christmas cards there Mo! LOVE them both but of course the pink one ticked one extra box for me :) Great how honest you are about covering up boo-boos :)


Di xx

mamapez5 said...

i love the whole feel of the top card. It is beautiful. I wouldn't have chosen the pink for the second one, but I love the way it has come together, and the steps you took to disguise the little problems. The delicate large snowflake is beautiful. Like you, I am determined not to file away my cards until they have their inserts made this year. Two more for the collection. Sarn is keeping us on track isn't she? Kate x

Anonymous said...

Wow, totally beautiful! I love the colours of the first one, it's a very elegant card, and the second one is really sweet with a beautifully decorated inside too. Gotta get a wiggle on, my cards have been mostly made since Sunday!


Hettie said...

Wow Mo! These are gorgeous. Whilst I like the second one, the first is just fabulous and right up my street.
Love it.

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering your beautiful cards for my CHNC challenge extra for March - hope to see you again soon x

cotnob said...

Two gorgeous Christmas cards Maureen, I love the colour combination on the first one and the gorgeous snowflake on the second one.

Jules said...

Two fabulous Christmas cards Mo .. .. love the colours and sentiment on the first one very much.

Love Jules xx

Irene said...

Two stunning Christmas cards, I love the sentiment on the first one and your colour combo on the second.

Linda Anderson said...

Two beautiful cards! It's fun finding stuff in your stash AND putting it to use. Thanks for joining our bingo challenge at Holly Jolly Christmas.


MaryH said...

Maureen, these are 2 lovely cards, and each in such a different colorway. That was a smooth save on your snowflake in the corner. Clever girl to think of your snippet & create a stunning snowflake. It's just lovely. I'm liking the design of this soft card and all the pretty colors. Loved the combo of the 2 blues as mats. Now #2 is equally gorgeous. Loved the diamond corners (gotta remember that), and your pretty dove with his dress of diamonds. On the interior sentiment, as designer, YOU get to decide where elements are placed, and I think yours looked perfectly wonderful as is! Love reading about your 'bargain' uses and your recoveries! Also hope you begin to feel better very soon. See ya Sunday. Almost ready for that one, but still scrambling with Blogger & trying to get something over for Rudolph. Hugs, TFS & Happy wkend.

Bonnie said...

I love both of these cards! Love the peaceful classic look of the first card and all the pink and dazzle of the second!

Sarah said...

You've got some gorgeous snowflakes on these cards. What a great way to deal with your snippets not quite being big enough. I usually use ribbon, but I really like how that border piece looks. I really like the silver and blue combo on the first card and how girly and pink the second card is. A great pair of Christmas cards.

Cindy van Oorschot said...

Both cards are really nice. I especially like the first one where the focus is on the sentiment. The snowflakes that surround it are so pretty. Thanks for sharing with us at Holly Jolly this week.
Cindy DT

Planetsusie said...

Hi there Maureen - I've just popped over after you left such a lovely comment on my House Mouse card. So glad I did 'cos these two are superb! Not too happy about the first one .... only 'cos I am now trilling along with the sentiment and don't know all the words so just keep repeating the same ones!!!!! LOL. Driving Graham potty!

Seriously though, I do love them both and I think the pink one is such a different shade as well - would love either of them to drop on my mat!

Big hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Very pretty cards! You are going to have so many great cards come holiday time :)

Pat said...

Two lovely Christmas cards Mo, and lots of lovely snowflakes. The colours are lovely on both, but I do love blue for Christmas and the grey tone goes beautifully. x

Jenny L said...

Hi Maureen,
love these fab Rudolf Day cards.
Both so very different, but both fab.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Lesli Giertuga said...

The Blue and silver one is so elegant.... with a weather watch here tonight ... I hope the only snowflakes I see are on your Card!!

I am so ready for spring

Great work

Buttons said...

Loving these snowflake Christmas cards Maureen. Jenny x

Gay Peplow said...

Hello there, Two fabulous Christmas cards, I love the layered snowflakes and then more snowflakes and in a pretty pink, simply wonderful :D Sorry I'm so late with my reply and thank you for visiting me :D x