Thursday, 28 February 2019

Rudolph Days Challenge - February 2019

I was determined to join in this months Rudolph Days challenge over at ScrappyMo's. My card is very simple, and I have a sneaking feeling I've made a fairly similar card in the past, but it's the best I could do this time around:
I used:

- 5.25" x 4" 'off-white' card blank, tent style (I chose 'off-white' as the image I was using looks better than it would against bright white) - and the size of the card is quarter of an inch smaller top and side than a USA A2 card, which is usually my preferred size but the top panel just looked a bit lost on the bigger size so I chopped the card blank down

- another piece of the same off-white card, die cut using the second from largest die in the Lil'Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set of dies

- I'd already had a quick look through my box of saved shop bought Christmas cards from family and friends and picked out the sweet robin image I wanted to use

- then die cut an aperture in the stitched panel using a die from the MFT 'Inside Out Stitched Square STAX' set of dies (bought just before I was attacked by the dreaded gout). It's a great set in that each die will cut an aperture with a faux stitched edge to it as well as the centre 'waste' square also being edged with faux stitching - so you can make toppers or apertures, very versatile!

- then added the sentiment using the Misti, Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from Uniko's 'Most Wonderful' set of Christmas sentiment stamps

- used the aperture to very lightly pencil around the portion of the card I wanted to up cycle and then trimmed round leaving an overhang of about 0.25"

- added narrow red line tape right around the reverse of the aperture itself (in the front panel) and then stuck the robin part of the image in place

- finally assembled the card by using Collall All Purpose glue and a sandwich of thin white fun foam between the image panel and the card front

Phew - all done!

AND, thanks to Susan B for the heads up - I'm also adding this card into the current 52CCT Challenge, which is basically to re-use something you've been hoarding! I cannot believe I've missed this challenge for all these years. Slap my wrists, especially as our Alison is heavily involved. I aim to put that right just as soon as I'm running on all cylinders once again.

I do hope to be able to make a snippets card for Sunday's new challenge (#347). This foot is taking its time to allow me to be as mobile as I want and any time spent crafting or sitting without it raised causes it to shout and tell me off. But, each day brings an improvement - and regardless, snippets card from me or not, we'll have a fresh challenge on Sunday!






28 comments:

Pat said...

Ah, this robin is so cute Di, and I think of all the images for Christmas the traditional robin is my favourite. This is very elegant with the stitch frame and rectangular layer, and raising it up works really well. I love that large sentiment too. Sorry your foot is taking such a time to get better, but at least you are noticing an improvement every day. x

Greta said...

I would have saved that one, too--beautiful image & card, Di!

Kath said...

A lovely card Di - I do like robins on Christmas cards. Glad to hear your foot is making a light improvement.
Kath x

Aquarius said...

A great robin card and I must say those dies sound like a good idea - more enabling going on!! Pleased to hear your foot is improving, albeit slowly, small steps and all that. Take care.

Kathyk said...

Your make is super, Di, sorry to read you are still struggling with your mobility and hope it will start to improve for you soon

All the best

Kathyk

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I can see why you saved this one Di, the robin is beautiful and it make a fantastic card too.

Sue xx

Carol L said...

What a sweet robin image, and I love that you recycle store-bought cards to make them your own in a beautiful new way! Please do take care of that foot, I hope the pain is easing up as you rest it as much as possible! Hugs!

Sarn said...

Super little robin card for Rudolph Day.

Rest up and feel better soon mate.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Yknow, Di methinks I’ve a card like this... must hunt it out, this looks really great well done.
Who cares if it’s a CASE, memories yknow ain’t what they wuz!! Or not here anyway!!
Sending prayer hugs for healing your way dear friend and little Dudley’s trim and yours will eventuate.. in sunny sunshine ... mind you not sure there’s another type of sunshine... but redundant per’aps. Shaz Xxx

Sandra H said...

So cute and adorable is your card Di l just adore robins and l don't see any now that l moved l had one perched on the tree everyday at the last house something l miss lots take care enjoy your day x

Em Louise Fairley said...

It's beautiful, Di xoxo

Brenda in IN said...

Love this image and the stitched frames. I send continued wishes for healing for your foot. I'm glad you were able to make a card. Slow, but sure getting better.

Susan said...

Love that beautiful recycled image! Great layout too. I have several store bought robin cards that I intend to remake into cards.

KandA said...

Gorgeous card Di. Super upcycling of that wonderful robin and I do like those stitched frames. Take it easy and keep that foot up xx

KT Fit Kitty said...

The robin is so pretty! I enjoy birds of any kind, and this robin is gorgeous! Fab card for Rudolph Day! I finally got mine made today, better late than never!

scrAPpamondo said...

ADORABLE!!! A very sweet and clean card, love how the robin peek out from the frame! Great recycling!
Hope you feel better soon, as each day brings an improvement!!
Take care!
Hugs

Kathleen said...

A gorgeous classic Christmas card Di.

Kath x

linda said...

The robin is very and sweet and really pops against the background and looks great framed with the stitched dies! Thank you so much for playing along with the Rudolph Days challenge.
Linda
DT Rudolph Days Challenge

Jenny L said...

Hi Di,
such a very wonderful card and such a very super design too.
Love that gorgeous image of the Robin.
Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

Karenladd said...

Even if you've made a similar card before, this is such a beauty and worth making again. I love the simple card design with that sweet little winter robin.
So sorry to hear that darn foot is still giving you problems but it sounds like you're limping toward recovery!

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Very nice card! I love the little stitched window!

Mrs A. said...

He looks just like the fat robin that The Doc has been feeding up all winter. He practically eats out of his hand. Do hope the foot is continuing to improve. Hugs Mrs A.

Fikreta said...

Wonderful card!

Sue - said...

As you can tell I’m a bit behind with my commenting. Nothing new there! Robins always make good Christmas cards and yours is no exception. Hope your foot is still improving.xx

AlisonC said...

A sweet and simple card and so what if you've made a similar one before. Everyone loves robins! The problem is there are so many challenges it's hard to keep track of them. I mean to enter several every week but time gets away from me and sometimes I don't manage any. Hope you are improving in leaps and bounds. Thanks for joining in and I'm glad you found us and hope to see you again at 52CCT x

Lucinda said...

Such a clean, fresh card - the robin looks lovely in his snowy white frame, the stitching detail looks so pretty. Thanks for joining us at the 52CCT.

sweet art designs said...

Simple and sweer. Thank you for taking part in our 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge - Myrna DT

Brenda said...

So happy you were able to make a quick and cas card Di! I love this one, a great way to recycle those old store bought Christmas cards! I love this sweet robin among the holly branches and I love the way you show cased him. Your sentiment is perfect for this image! Hugs, Brenda