Friday, 31 July 2020

Rudolph Days Challenge - July 2020 and NBUS #16 Challenge

At long last, I managed to finish off the batch of 10 very Christmas similar cards I've been working on intermittently for a few weeks. I knew from the outset what I was aiming for - but soon learned that there were umpteen steps (times 10 of course) to get there!

Here are three of the resulting cards:
For each card I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank

- a piece of white card approximately the same size as the card front, which I covered with double sided adhesive sheet and then covered that with paper from Crafters Delight pads called 'Starry Night' and also 'Watercolour Galaxy', by Leska Hamaty. Bought from Amazon UK HERE - and there's a huge selection to choose from including plaid and many, many other designs.

- I needed to back the papers with card as they are fairly thin and I also wanted to die cut them using a 'Stitched Rectangle' die by Lil' Inkers

- then cut some strips of white card, approximately 2" x 5.5" - which were then die cut along one long edge using a Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside Borders' die

- die cut the sides and bottom using the same stitched rectangle die I'd used for the main panel. Two reasons, to get a perfect match in width and also to continue the stitched edge right around the finished panel

- next stamped the sentiment plus a little heart, using stamps from Lawn Fawn's 'Winter Skies' set of stamps, Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a mini Misti

- glued the 'hillside' onto the bottom of the main panel, then glued it to the card front and put it one side for now

- stamped the flying Santa and his reindeer plus an assortment of trees and 'critters' onto white card

- coloured the trees and 'critters' using Pro markers (carefully selected to pick out elements of the sky background where possible) before then die cutting them, and the flying Santa(s), using dies to match the 'Winter Skies' set of stamps

- however, the fun part was coming - I sat and played for ages arranging the little scenes onto the card fronts - then glued them all into place - and went to lie down in a darkened room to recover

What a marathon and I did almost lost the will to live along the way - it seemed endless! But, I'm quietly pleased with the results and didn't drop any major 'boo boo's' along the way. Finding those backing papers was a dream, they're gorgeous!

And entering into Darnell's NBUS challenge #16 as the papers, stamps & dies plus the hillside dies were having a first outing.

Phew, just squeaked into both challenges at the last minute!


Bunny said...

Beautiful cards and what a nice outing for them. [Bunny]

Kath said...

Lovely cards Di and such a cute image.
Kath x

Aquarius said...

I can imagine the fun you had arranging those critters, trees et al into pleasing arrangements (x 10 WOW).

Jackie T said...

Hi June these cards are stunning. I love them all they are so cute. Have a great weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Sandra H said...

Ooh wow Di they are fab so adorable and cute images love the backgrounds and layouts enjoy your day xx

Sarn said...

Very cute. Lots of work, but great results.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Three fabulous little scenes that you've made here Di, I love them.

Sue xx

Craftychris said...

Aw Di these are sooooo gorgeous! It was worth all the effort it took you. I tnink I may be off to crafty shop! Take care and stay safe my friend. Hugs xxxxx

Jenny L said...

Hi Di,
Happy Rudolf Days.
These cards are very lovely and the scene you have created is so fab.
Love all the different backgrounds and the slightly different versoins of each one.
Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

Pat said...

Very cute characters and a ten beauties to add to your cards for Christmas Di, and lots of steps so no wonder you needed to lie down in a darkened room at the I love the different looks you've achieved too so they are more individual. x

scrAPpamondo said...

They are both super cute!!! Love so much the scenes you created!

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

These are wonderful and I love the scene! I actually just finished up 4 Christmas cards with a similar frustration of getting the scenes made. Have a good day!

Craftychris said...

Ordered one of the paper pads! Looking forward it to come! Thank you for showing it to us! There are some lovely paper designs to get in the future! Hugs xxxxx

Craftychris said...

Thank you so much for your paper advice! You are such a sweetie! Hugs xxxxxxx

Kathleen said...

A really lovely set of cards, sweet images and super backgrounds. Can't choose a favourite but it is either the 1st one or the second one or the third one!

Kath x

linda said...

All the umpteen steps you had to take were worth the effort to end up with some very sweet cards! They’re all similar but different and just so sweet. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely Christmas creations with the Rudolph Days Challenge!
Linda, DT

scrappymo! said...

These cards are so darned cute!!!
Love the scenes you created and I also love that you tried out different pets for your scenes.

Thanks for taking part in the July Rudolph Days Challenge.

Carol L said...

These are the cutest, sweetest cards and each version is equally as cute as the others! I just love those adorable scenes, especially the first where both critters are bundled up together in that red scarf! Adorable!

Liz said...

Your cards are so cute, Di. What lovely little scenes. xx

Tina Z. said...

wow, such a cute winter scene, I love them all and you made 10 of them, wow!
hugs xx

Vicky Hayes said...

Such cute little animals gazing up at the skies and fab papers too Di! Delightful cards! Vicky x