Friday 25 July 2014

Rudolph Day - July 2014

Whoosh, it's here again - from now until the end of this month you can link two Christmas cards (in one post remember) into Sarn's Rudolph Day challenge. Which is two less to think about later in the year :) I inked up a NBUS Penny Black Christmas stamp for the first time, what a cute name it has ........ 'The Light Brigade'! Tee, hee:

As Sarn asks us for two cards, I made two almost exactly the same - only the sentiment wording is slightly different:

For each card I used:

- A6 white card blank

- Penny Black 'The Light Brigade' stamp, stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and Sansodor blending solution. I tried Inkssentials 'Cut-n-dry' pen nibs instead of Derwent blending stumps with the Sansodor and much prefer the precision it allows - also the end of the nib didn't go 'raggedy' on me! Thank you Irene for sending me the nibs, mwah :)

- the image was then die cut using a die from the Spellbinders set called 'Resplendent Rectangles' and layered onto an oblong of 'Real Red' card. I'd tried lots of different dies over the image for 'best fit' before suddenly spotting this long narrow one sitting quietly in the Spellbinders set and can see it being very useful!

- the plain green and red card came from the snippets folder, but I know it's SU's 'Certainly Celery' and 'Real Red'

- patterned papers are from the Back to Basics Christmas 'Modern' pack

- sentiment is Craftwork cards, layered onto an oval of 'Certainly Celery' which was punched with SU's 'Large Oval' punch

I'd also like to enter today's card(s) into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge where this week the theme is 'Layer it up'. I just counted eight layers on top of the base card :) And I'd also like to enter Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for July, where it's always 'anything goes'.

So that's two more for the box - and still on target with 12 Christmas cards per month.



  1. These hedgies are celebrating early, and having fun with all those lights! By the time Christmas arrives, they'll all be in tangles :) Cute cards Di!

  2. I have given up trying to match you Christmas card for Christmas card! These are two cuteies and I recognise the paper pack too. hugs Mrs A.

  3. Fun cute cards, what a lovely stamp. Really like your layering too, and that raggedy rectangle is very

  4. These are so cute! I have that die and it sure is handy for longish images!
    Plus it has the added bonus of being a pretty die!

    Your colouring is wonderful on these cards...will have to check out these to write the name down on my wishlist...that seems to be the only place that I don't lose the info!

  5. Fabulous colours here and the gorgeous image and classy style is ♥aNNie The Journey is the Start

  6. "Orlready" the 25th Di????
    ..... where did this month go sigh must try and make it tomorrow or next day, before end of month!!

    MUST y'see... love adore your hedgies they are sooooo cute!!
    Shaz in Oz.x

  7. Oh my, Di, this image is so cute.
    Nice colouring too.
    Love, Veerle xx

  8. Adorable card Di and I just love thoe little hedgies...


  9. Love these hedgies Di! great cards love them..have a great weekend huggles Sue xx

  10. These hedgies are so cute they just make me smile, and the colours you;ve used are just perfect. Great cards!

  11. Love that image (and its name!). Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely card - hope to see you again soon. x

  12. Can't go wrong with festive PB hedgies and your lovely layout.

    Thanks for joining in with Rudolph Day Di.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  13. Hi Di this is just adorable love that image its so sweet :) Have a lovely weekend


    vic x

  14. What fun cards. You can't go wrong with Penny Black hedgehogs! I see you got all fancy schmancy with that piercing the edges of the die again! ;-)

  15. Awww. Bootiful Miss. Loving your hedges. Can they come and help me later please?

  16. This is such a fun card Di, those hedgies are gorgeous, beautifully coloured, Cathy x

  17. l really love these penny black stamps they make fantastic cards and you Di have again created two fabulous creations xx

  18. I am in love with those hoggies! Two perfect Crimbo cards Missy P!
    Thank you for the tip with the Cut N Dry nibs - will have to try that one soon.
    I've not tried Polychromo pencils and looking up close at your images they look good and the fine nib work is fabulous Karen xx

  19. Isn't it nice having 2 more done. Great makes. I really like those two little hedge hogs. And you brought them to life very well. I guess I should shake my tail feathers and get 2 more cards done. Been trying to catch up on things that needed done...I'd rather have been playing! Happy Rudolph Day young lady. I'll be around to post to you challenge soon.

  20. Hi Di

    Two fabby Rudolph Day cards.

    I hope that it is new NBUS (as in not been sitting around for ages waiting to be tickled .. .. it is too lovely for that).

    Love how the bulbs match your backing paper.

    Have a good weekend.

    See you in the playground tomorrow.

    Love Jules xx

  21. Two super cads Di, I love the backing papers as well as the lovely hedgie image.
    Jean x

  22. Oh, I'm impressed Di, 12 Christmas cards a month! You're well ahead!

    The cards are so sweet, love the cute PB hedgies.

    Warm hugs

  23. Hi Di,
    2 superb creations for the fab Rudolf Day challenge.
    Always love you fab creations.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  24. Such a cute stamp Di. And great colouring too. I am lazy about using my cooloursoft pencils because I like the copics so much, but pencils give a softer finish that looks good. You were lucky to have a die that is big enough for this image. Kate x

  25. Too too cute for words, Di!! Those hedgies never fail to bring smiles and you have done them justice!! Love the DP too!

  26. These little PB hedgies make me smile! Love all the layers and I really like how you die-cut the image - the red really pops! Adorable cards!

  27. Oh I am so late, but finally got a chance to suss out these little cuties. You know I love the of my most fav of the PB images. Really like how you've dressed up these little critters with the pretty papers, and the design elements the way you've arranged them. Great cards! TFS & Hugs


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