Saturday, 29 November 2014

November Rudolph Day - Cards 38 and Card 39 Round II - Silver Bells

It is the final Rudolph Day challenge on Sarn's blog at Stamping for Pleasure. Sarn has done a fabulous job of keeping us on our toes all year, and inspiring us to get a head start on our Christmas cards.
She is stepping down from this role and I have volunteered to take over the Rudolph Day challenge starting on January 25, 2015.

So from the 25th and running through till the end of each month, you can submit your Rudolph Day challenge cards on this blog. Like Sarn has done, I will post a reminder a couple of days ahead and add the all important Mr Linky...perhaps I will even give you a peek of that months prize!

Here are my two cards for November's Rudolph Day. I made them to fit the theme of "Silver Bells", which is the theme chosen by Asha at Sunny Summer Crafts for the Christmas Card Challenge.  I seem to be falling a bit behind with my card commitments lately, so I am trying to meet the requirements of both challenges with these cards!

Card 38 - Gold background
I used my NBUS Tattered Lace Bell die and cut it from some DCWV  silver paper. I layered that onto a piece of DCWV Glitzy Glimmer Gold card and added a little  greenery with my Tattered Lace Lavish Winter Foliage fir die.
Added a Crafty Cutts NOEL sentiment and recut the bow, the ornament top,  and the bell clapper from the same aqua Glitzy Glitter paper.

Card 39 - White background
Didn't have any more gold card so I just let the white card base be the background. I do think it lets the bell's intricate cut work shine through a little better. This time I used my Tattered Lace Holly Flourish die for the foliage, and added a little Shabby Blue frantage around the corners. That was a bit of a nightmare as the heat gun bubbled the Noel diecut.
Ran a second NOELthrough the Big Shot and layered it over the first on...problem solved...whew!


These were fun cards to make. The glittery papers put me in the Christmas spirit and I even cut a few "extra" Christmassy dies from the scraps!

I am entering these cards in the following challenges:

1. Rudolph Days @ Stamping For Pleasure - must be 2 Christmas cards
2. Pixies Crafty  Workshop - must use snippets
3. Christmas Card Club - Silver Bells

42 comments:

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Two beautiful Christmas cards Maureen. Love that ornate bell how gorgeous. Also really love the fir branches must get those for next year! Susan xx

brenda said...

These both have a very clean and elegant feel to them Maureen and I like the aqua hues as a nice alternative.

I've never joined in this Christmas card challenge although I know several who do, so I am intent on making an effort next year - and you are very welcome to give me a nudge if I forgot.

B x

Sue - said...

Two great Rudolph cards!

Di said...

Two fabulous cards here Mo! Love all those dies you used so perfectly.

Hugs

Di xx

KT Fit Kitty said...

Just gorgeous! Love your die cuts! I have enjoyed Sarn's Rudolph Day and I am excited about you taking it over! Have a great weekend!

Christine Harrop said...

The bells are gorgeous Maureen and you have made two great cards. I'll watch out for Rudoloph Day next year. I said I would this year but never actually got around to it. Hope all is well with you. Hugs Christine xx

Carol L said...

These are both so so pretty with that beautiful silver bell! I'm just loving that kraft card with the green pines.........the colors just work for me! Looking forward to you hosting the Rudolph challenges in the coming year, but it's been great fun with Sarn all along too!

Doreen said...

Two gorgeous cards.xxx

SARN said...

WOW - loving these beautiful festive cards Mo.

Thanks for not only playing along with RUDOLPH DAY, but taking it over next year! Wishing you well with it.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

SARN said...

WOW - loving these beautiful festive cards Mo.

Thanks for not only playing along with RUDOLPH DAY, but taking it over next year! Wishing you well with it.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Dragon said...

Love these, they have a retro look to them.

Jean said...

Fabulous cards Mo, the bell die is gorgeous, and I love the pretty aqua glitter card.
Jean x

Kathleen said...

Two brilliant makes and gorgeous bells and love the glittered Noel.

Kath x

Sandra H said...

Absolutely fabulous are your cards x

cotnob said...

Two gorgeous cards, I love the gold background but then I love the white background as well - two beautiful Christmas cards.
Pauline
x

MaryH said...

Hi Maureen, I've been woefully behind again, and trying to do some catchup visiting this afternoon. I guess you're IT, now that the last RD of the year is drawing to a close. Looking forward to your hostess skills, and I know you'll do a fine job. Love that you combined the RD with the CCC (now why didn't I think of that!). Also am loving these 2 silver bells with the lovely frontage - which I just tried & made an utter mess of it! Yours is so dimensional & pretty with the glittering blue Noel. It looks very patina...and I simply love those TL silver bells. (I'm putting myself on a die moratorium...but I want this one!). Hope the Big Move is going as it should. Can't image the stress of a move, the holidays and taking on a new challenge. Let's keep in touch...TFS & Big, Hugs! (PS...I've hunted for the especial PSX bell stamp I wanted to use. It's hiding, so I had to regroup with a different bell. If I had the TL I'd have been home free :-)

McCrafty's Cards said...

These are both gorgeous Mo, I love the bells and the noel
Kevin xx

Bonnie said...

Love this bell, Maureen! I'll be sure to visit you next year for Rudolph Days and for inspiration! So glad you're going to keep it going!

Sue said...

Fab cards Mo! really simple and elegant huggles Sue xx

linda said...

these are both beautiful and i love the intricate bell design! i look forward to joining in with rudolph day here when i can maureen. since i'm obsessed with colouring images, i usually make one of a kind cards and it's daunting to make more. so, i'll make a note to self to make CAS cards for rudolph day though. :)
hope you're keeping warm in this weather!
linda

Greta said...

Love the intricate bells, glitter, layout--great cards!

Lindsey said...

Lovely cards - great die! Well done on taking up the gauntlet of RudolphDay

Asha said...

Super card, Maureen! Thank you so much for playing along... in spite o the creative way I threw a spanner in the works! You got it spot on with this card! Well done, my friend!
xxx Asha

LesleyG said...

two lovely cards, and I think you are right about the bell showing more detail on white. naughty heat gun! glad you saved noel! see you next year xxx

Sally H said...

Gorgeous gorgeous cards, Maureen! I love them both - Elegant and classy with the right amount of sparkle - great colours too! Don't you worry, I will be here on the 25th of each month next year, so I can be this organised again! Thank you for your lovely comments and for taking over the Rudolf reins (lol!) Happy crafting x

Planetsusie said...

These are both really pretty Maureen, I love the bell die as well! Brilliant smidge of frantage on the white one too.

Hope you and Al are both taking care.

Hugs Sue Pxxx

Rita said...

Beautiful card Maureen. I nearly used this bell on my ,then opted for the smaller ones. Hugs Rita xxx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Wow, two fabulous cards and the die cut bells are gorgeous.
Lorraine

Carol said...

Two beautiful cards Maureen, lovely design and perfect for the theme. Carol x

Hazel said...

Beautiful cards for Asha' CCC challenge, Maureen x

Debs Willis said...

Yup, I've had the die cuts bubble & peel when I've added hear after the event, not good! Really like that fir branch die, going on the wish list!
Will be dropping by in 2015 for Rudolph Day :-)
Debs x

Jenny L said...

Hi Maureen,
2 wonderfully created Rudolf cards.
love those fab bells, and your Noel die.
Interesting gold background on the one.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Hettie said...

These are beautiful Mo. Love the blue/green and the touch of frantage is wonderful.
Hugs
xx

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful cards and lovely image and gorgeous die used along with gorgeous colour combo.
aNNie xx
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Borqna said...

Beautiful cards - congratulations!
I am glad that you took the baton from Sarn!
With pleasure I will follow your blog and challenge!
Good luck!

Mrs A. said...

I like that bell die with all the filigree work on it. So pretty. I will be following Rudolph Day in January never fear. (Or maybe you should Lol. )
I did one with all I want for christmss as my CCC this time. I was one that got caught out. Hugs Mrs A.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Gorgeous cards! I've gone into denial mode that Christmas is happening. Not just the cards, but everything to do with it. Not happening!

Pia S said...

It's amazing how different two cards can look even though the materials used are quite similar!
Congrats on taking over the challenge as from next year, I'll try and join!

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards Maureen, lovely designs and gorgeous sparkle, hugs Kate x

Zoe Tant said...

oh what a pretty bell. Love your cards perfect for all your challenges. Zx

Karen Petitt said...

Two stunning cards Mo! Love the bell die and the Noel and greenery dies! I wish that the dies weren't quite as expensive in this country! The Noel die is now my wish list which is huge lol! Well done on catching up and yes I do hope to play along for your Rudolph Day challenges next year too Karen x

Buttons said...

These are both beautiful and elegant. Jenny x