Wednesday 27 November 2019

Rudolph Days - November - 2019

I suddenly remembered it was coming up to the last Rudolph Days Challenge of 2019 over at Scrappy Mo's. I haven't missed a single one this year and didn't aim to start slipping now, so I did a little batch of six of these:
I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, side opening

- Stampin' Up's 'Real Red' card stock, cut an eighth of an inch smaller on all sides and set aside for now

- a 'pre-loved' but brand new/unused matching set of stamps and dies (from a Facebook De-cluttering group), made by Sizzix and called 'Fairisle Stocking'

- first used SU's 'Real Red' ink pad to stamp the stocking onto white card and then used a Dewdrop Brilliance ink pad in 'Pearlescent Ivy' to stamp the holly sprig

- die cut the stocking and holly sprig using the dies that came with the set

- then die cut the aperture into the 'Real Red' layer, using the MFT 'Peek-a-boo' Window rectangle die, having checked using the little die cuts for what I thought was the best position on the piece of red card

- glued the red layer of card complete with aperture onto the card front, using Collall All Purpose glue

- then stuck the holly sprig onto the top of the stocking using a teeny piece of narrow red line tape, before adding the whole stocking into the aperture using thin sticky pads

- the sentiment is from a Clarity Stamp Word Sticker Collection called 'Clarity Christmas & Celebrations'. A great idea and a huge time saver as well

- finally, added some tickles of red sparkly Stickles to the holly berries. I generally add my Stickles using a very fine pointed brush, which is better as I'm a bit clumsy and also it allows me to mix two colours of Stickles together on a scrap of paper then pick it up with the brush (deep and a bright red in this case)

Once again, I forgot that the double stitching on this lovely aperture die doesn't show up so well on dark coloured card, sigh. And, although it doesn't show up in real life, I think that in future, when I'm using the black background Clarity stickers it would be worth gently running a black marker round the cut edge just to hide any smidgen of the white backing before adding them to cards etc. Little Miss Picky strikes again :) But I do so love the stickers anyhow!

I keep telling myself to just stop making new Christmas cards and concentrate on actually doing the inserts for a bundle of Christmas cards still not totally finished and then get cracking to get them in the post. It's a bit hard though, all the more as I plan to run our Grand Christmas Draw again this year and need to make all bar a couple of the samples for when it runs! Having said that, I guess finishing and posting what I have should take priority - certainly for Overseas.

I'd also like to join in with Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #465 - so sorry I haven't been along to play for a while Hazel! It's always anything goes, with an optional theme, which this time is 'something beginning with the letter R' - so my red qualifies there, wahoo!

Of course, tomorrow is the start of Dudley's 'Little Adventure', as explained on Sunday's Snippets post  - wish us luck. 


  1. Oh, this is such a sweet card Di, and I love that little stocking. What a clever idea to adhere the stocking top and bottom to the aperture so that you make full use of the cut out window! The glittery berries and that double stitched frame around the aperture all add to the cozy look of this lovely design.

    Will be thinking the best of thoughts for Dudley tomorrow, and for you and Len. These things are always tougher on the doggie parents than the pup I think!

  2. A lovely card Di - I love the aperture die you've used on your card (one for the wish list) and the die cut stocking is so cute!

    Hope all goes well for Dudley tomorrow.

    Kath x

  3. Love this Di, clean and simple but nicely detailed too, and I really like white on black sentiments at the moment. I'm hoping to play at the weekend, meantime keeping everything crossed for you and Dudley. Will be thinking of you xxx

  4. Very striking card. I know what you mean about adding inserts - a job which seems to take forever if you have a pile to do

  5. Ooh Di this is so cute love the red background and the stocking with the holly and ivy such a lovely touch enjoy your day and hugs for Dudley xx

  6. Hi Di,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    What a very gorgeous card and that red card is os lovely.
    Love your super Fairisle stocking just hanging over the aperture.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  7. Happy Belated Rudolph Day!

    What a lovely card. Really nice in the red with the fab stocking as a focal point.

    Keeping EVERYTHING crossed for Little Dudley for tomorrow.

    Big big hugs,
    Sarn xxx

  8. I love all of the red. The stocking is cute and I love Stickles. [Bunny]

  9. Hi Di,
    fingers crossed for Dudley's little op, hope that he will be quiet and all the results will be good.
    Lovely clean look for this card, that stocking is so cute with the little holly branch and you are very patient mixing the stickles and applying them with a brush!
    Big hugs and big cuddles to Dudley! Waiting tomorrow for notice

  10. This is a really pretty look Di with the red background and I do love the Peek-a-Boo Window with th stocking over the top, and the white on black sentiment sticker looks great too. Hope all goes well with little Dudley's op tomorrow. x

  11. Gorgeous card Di, love the red and that's a fabulous christmas stocking. Fingers crossed for Dudley's 'little adventure' although I'm certain he'll be fine - not so sure about his Mum though! xx

  12. Pressure, pressure, pressure Di...why do we put ourselves through it? It will all get done...and it's not December yet...I'm hoping the days will seem twice as long in December I think! I like your card...great in it's classy simplicity. Hugs xx

  13. Isn’t that the sweetest stocking! Wonderful card!

  14. Best wishes to you and Dudley. Hugs to you both from me and Willie. Oh, and I like your stocking card.

  15. Such a very pretty card card Di. Lovely colours and design.
    Hope you are well, Kate x x

  16. What a stunner of a clean and simple design Di. I love how subtle that aperture die is and the holly is just the right amount of extra detail on the stocking for me. I'm sending all positive thoughts and best wishes for little Dudley tomorrow. I know you will be anxious until he's safely back home with you again. Hugs, Vicky xx

  17. A really super card Di, great CAS and love the dies and design, definaely a LIM card too.

    Kath x

  18. LOL well I'm happy you remembered! Your blog post is what always reminds ME! heehee Bravo to you for participating every month! Your card is very cute and nice. It reminds me that I have a NBUS Altenew Stamps and Die set of little stockings that could make up 6 same but different cards, so thank you for triggering me! Oh, if I only had more time. Don't you worry about what you didn't do on your card, your mind's preoccupied with little Dudley's well being. I do hope by the time you read this, you are feeling more relieved. xoxo

  19. Beautiful creation. Love the cut-out with the double stitching around it, and you can never go wrong adding a little sparkle (on those berries) for Christmas.


  20. Praying Di. God be with you and Dudley.
    Lovely card well done! Yes inserts and mailinv is hardest!! Xxxx 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  21. Such a sweet card, Di!
    Marianne x

  22. Great CAS card, Di. The stamped image is lovely and I love the layout of your design. xx

  23. Fabulous card, Di. That stocking image is so pretty.
    I had a chuckle about the card inserts. I am the same every year!

    One of my New Years resolutions is to finish the inside of my cards and stamp or emboss my envelopes at the same time frame that I finish the card.
    Saves so much work in the long run. But I have made this resolution before so time will tell...

    I am using KAthy K as my inspiration!!!


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