Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Rudolph Days Challenge - May 2020

It's Rudolph Days again over at Scrappy Mo's! You have until the 31st of the month to enter, if you haven't done so already.

I made a run of six identical Christmas cards, and the bright sunlight here has certainly washed out the dark blue a bit, as well as almost obliterating the embossing on the background, sigh:
I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" (A2) white card blank, side opening

- a layer of darkish blue card, from a pack of several toning sheets of blue card, picked up in Hobbycraft before lock down, trimmed to 5.25" x 4" and glued in place with Collall All Purpose glue

- then a panel of white card measuring 5" x 3.75" which had been embossed using a Darice ''Snowflake Background' embossing folder, again glued on the card front

- made up the sweater using the same colour blue card plus a lighter shade of blue for the neckline, welt and cuffs. The die set I used is another NBUS item, made by MFT and called 'Comfy Sweater' - it comes with two sizes of sweater and has been around for about three years or so. I was lucky enough to buy mine from a Facebook Decluttering Group, unopened and never been used - another bargain!

- topped the sweater with a white snowflake, cut using a die from The Works 'Snowflakes' set of dies

- then the hunt for a sentiment began - I finally found one saying 'Enjoy the warmth of the season' and another one saying 'Warm holiday wishes'.  But I wanted mention of Christmas itself, sigh. Having then totally coincidentally received an email from Jane W, in which she mentioned that she frequently generates sentiments on her computer, I followed suit and printed off the words I wanted onto white card in dark blue. Something I'd totally forgotten about, yet years ago did it quite frequently. Thanks Jane for the memory nudge!

- die cut the sentiment using a die from Spellbinders 'Nested Pennant' set

- then added quite a lot of thin sticky pad pieces to the backs of the sweater and the sentiment before adhering them to the front of the card

- final touch, a teeny very flat little diamante gem in the centre of the snowflake, so it will still go at standard letter rate

It took a couple of afternoons to make six cards on a 'production line' - but very therapeutic at the same time.

I'd also like to enter this into Darnell's NBUS Challenge #14 for May as the sweater dies were new and unused.

Hope everyone is staying safe.



27 comments:

KathyA. said...

Di... I love your sweet card that I saw at Darnell's NBUS challenge. And it reminds me that it's time to get a card entered into the Rudolph challenge. Thanks for sharing! Kathy A at myasperations.blogspot.com (a regular participant at your wonderful Snippets challenge!)

Jane Willis said...

Lovely card, a Christmas jumper that's actually tasteful! Glad I nudged your memory over the sentiment, it's perfect for the card.

scrappymo! said...

This card looks great, Di. Loving that warm sweater with that white embossed background. I can see it really clearly on my monitor.

You got a good number done as well. You go, girl!

scrappymo! said...

I think I may have wiped out my comment. In case there is one already will keep this brief. Great card, Di. Love the sweater against that lovely embossed white background.

Thanks for taking part in the May Rudolph Days Challenge.

Kath said...

A great design Di.
Kath x

LesleyG said...

Made me feel all warm and cozy Di. Lovely card, I can see the embossing, I find photography difficult. Have not managed Rudolph days this year and I am so going to regret it it as I have none made so far eek. Have a good day xxx

Aquarius said...

Great Christmas card and good that you made several as well - just hope 'things' have improved by Christmas time and we don't have to cancel or postpone.

Eemeli said...

Wonderful make.

This kind of creation would fit perfectly also to a Finnish Christmas since that is definitely the coldest (and darkest) time of the year.

Hugs,
Eemeli

Valerija said...

I love this cute card. Great design.
Valerija xx

Sarn said...

What a great idea for a Christmas Jumper card. Superb. Great RD card too.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Lia said...

This is great! I like the sweater with snowflake (but I am glad it still takes a few month till we have to wear warm sweaters, LOL).
I hope you are fine.
Stay safe,
Lia xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I had to have a little giggle when I saw your fabulous card with the Christmas jumper Di. My daughters MIL insists that the whole family wears the same design Christmas jumper on Christmas Day. As we have spent a couple of Christmas days with them hubby and I also have Christmas jumpers for that year too.

Sue xx

Sandra H said...

This is fab l love the Christmas sweater what a great snowflake used too! - l have just batched made with a stamp recently purchased and l didn’t know there was a challenge blog by Darnell with NBUB so seeing it on your post clicked on the link and well needless to say l will be following and possibly enter the challenge so thanks for putting the link on your post enjoy your day x

kiwimeskreations said...

What a fun card Di - love the texture on it, and the sweater is lovely with the snowflake on it.
Stay safe
Blessings
Maxine

cuilliesocks said...

Super Christmas card Di, love that warm sweater, Kate x

Jackie T said...

Hi Di this is a stunning Christmas card. I love the design. I wouldn't mind a jumper like that. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Pat said...

I love your pretty snowflake embellished sweater in that beautiful blue against the white embossed snowflake background Di, and six more cards for your stash...result! x

Em Louise Fairley said...

So cute! xoxo

Jenny L said...

Hi Di,
Happy Rudolf Days.
Oh I love this card and that blue sweater is gorgeous.
Fab idea to cut the snowflake out as well.
Love the colour used.
I think I would love a sweater like that.
Hope all is good at your house.
Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT
PS I don't know what's going on but every card I look at I love this month.LOL.

Donna said...

What a darling warm Christmas card, like the colors and the sentiment is perfect for this card!

Fikreta said...

very sweet card!

Darnell said...

I want a sweater like this for Christmas! Stunning blues! Love the embossed background and perfect sediment! Take care and keep safe and thanks for sharing again at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

Mrs A. said...

Brilliant. I love this to bits. I can see the embossed background ok. Hugs Mrs A.

KandA said...

Super card Di, your jumper is fabulous and looks great against the embossed background xx

Vicky Hayes said...

Really love this design Di - from the subtle snowflake embossed background to the fun winter woolly and the highly appropriate sentiment. Appropriate for Christmas that is, not the tropical temperatures of the last few days!! Hugs, Vicky xx

Craftychris said...

Love your Christmas sweater card! Fab die and a bargain too! The embossed background is just perfect! Hugs and stay safe! xxxxxx

linda said...

A beautiful blue themed card and your printed sentiment matches perfectly! A great design to mass produce. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely christmas cards with the Rudolph Days Challenge.
Linda DT