Tuesday 26 July 2011

Yesterday was Rudolph Day - Forever Friends

Sandra (Stamping With Pleasure) dared me to join in Rudolph Day. Basically, as I understand it, you make a Christmas card (or maybe something Christmassy?) on the 25th of each month throughout the year. I'm always up for a dare - got me into a lot of trouble at school for sure - and I liked the sound of this one. Firstly as I have only one, made for a challenge a month or two ago, lonely looking Christmas card in my special box and secondly 'cos I need a swift kick in the rear end so as not to be in a total panic in December. Mind you - we send a lot of cards for Christmas so I also have a LOT to make....maybe 10 on the 25th of each month might help :)

So, yesterday I rootled round in my Christmas stash from years gone by for the makings of a quick card. This used no stamping, no colouring, no die cutting, no ribbons, no flowers.............it did make me realise how much we do change our ways over the course of a year. But, it was quick, easy and kinda cute:

It's a Forever Friends Bear of course - but I confess it's from an embossed transfers set:( It's my favourite of of the three transfers that came in the set - bought goodness knows when but it was a bargain I seem to remember so I got a couple of sets and will rustle up a second one the same I think. The Santa Bear was transferred onto brown card then layered onto deep red card - both from my snippets :) I resisted the urge to add some white Flower Soft to the fur trimmings as I wasn't sure it would look right with the brown papers.

The background paper is - you guessed - wrapping paper. I bought it ages ago and of course it's a cheap way to make a background. As often happens, the two browns in the card and the backing paper haven't come out the same in the photo but they're a perfect match in real life. Bernie explained the reason to me a while back, all to do with dyes and inks, so I don't fret if I know it looks fine to the naked eye.

Whilst rummaging round I did come across four House Mouse stamps plus some LOTV ones from last year, so some colouring is on the cards next (colouring, on the cards, geddit?). Ho, ho, ho - am gonna be getting festive for at least one day a month.

That reminds me, the new LOTV Christmas stamps are out  - not all are tugging at my heart strings, or should that be purse strings, but one or three are calling to me so I just might hop over to their website in a moment or two! Always dangerous though.



  1. You're right. It is cute, and the perfect way to make a start on your Christmas cards. We all need to do a few straightforward ones in between the more complicated ones. Your browns look a pretty good match to me. I have two computer screens because I now use a laptop and the screen is too small for my poor eyesight, so I also have my old monitor and I can slide things back and forth between them. But the colour of my cards is quite different on one than on the other so I never know what other people can see anyway, if that makes sense!? Hugs. Kate x

  2. It's lovely Di! Adorable image! Can't see much of a difference in the colors. Love that you used gift wrap. One of my favorite cheap tricks. So many pretty options.

  3. So glad you took Sandra up on her dare - that card is super-cute *lol*

  4. Well I gotta say....you're pretty good at Christmas cards too Di! Go figure! That is the cutest darn bear and I know what you mean about photographing cards and the colours not looking right. I'm glad there's an answer....inks and dyes so I'm running with that. I'm going to have to check out this challenge on the 25th of each month. You know me and Christmas.

  5. Hi Di

    Well just think .. .. you have double your Christmas card makes!! How wonderful LOL!!!

    I forgot Rudolph Day :-( .. .. I need to put it on my calendar for next month. Though that only leaves 4 until the real Rudolph day .. eeeekkkk!!!

    Loving your cute bear and that gorgeous holly background.

    Love Jules xx

  6. Morning Di . . . tee hee . . . somehow I just KNEW you wouldn't be able to resist my dare!!! LOL!

    And what a RESULT! Gorgeous Christmas card and you've doubled your numbers of them! Love FF bears!

    Now off to look at LOTV website . . . if I buy anything it's YOUR FAULT!
    Hugs, Sandra xxx

  7. FF Bears are gorgeous! He's so cute and it needs nothing else - love the backing paper! I had some lovely wrapping paper, but silly me, I used it to wrap presents! Oops!!! I love LOTV too and will go and drool at the new stamps and dream....!

  8. Di this is gorgeous, cant beat a FF bear, should really get mine out too, love the paper. Joey x

  9. Hi Di, love this your cards are amazing love the background too! and thank you so very much for your lovely comments you place on my blog they are much appreciated and the win too!!:) Sandra H

  10. does a rudolph day exist? °__°
    you're card is really cute! But think to Christmas in this month... it makes me feel hot xD

  11. Thank you for dropping by my post - and for the giveaway too! Yay, I never win anything so this has made my day!! Glad you liked the beaches - you may want to consider Pembrokeshire too sometime, it's like Cornwall without the crowds :D xx

  12. Paperchase do great, modern designed, thick wrapping paper which I've used on cards and covered boxes with. They have a nice one at the moment with cute bambies and glitter!

    Little Clare has a sale on at the mo, by the way!


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