Friday 30 July 2021

Rudolph Days Challenge - July 2021

Wow, what a scramble to make a card for this month's Rudolph Days Challenge over at Scrappy Mo's!

With so little time spare I did a quick rummage through what few saved shop bought card fronts to upcycle were left after my massive 'cull' - and came up with this:

I used:

- 5.75" x 5.75" square white card blank

- slightly smaller snippet of gold mirri card, glued onto card front

- slightly smaller again piece of patterned paper from LOTV's 'Woodland Wishes' Christmas papers pad - glued in place

- the front of an oblong card, trimmed down to a square and then mounted onto a backing of gold mirri card - another snippet bites the dust!

- then glued the image panel onto the card front and called it done

In real life the colours are a bit stronger - camera and sunshine!

Used the gold mirri card to 'frame' the layers' as the image and sentiment are
foiled in gold, to 'pull' the whole card together.

It seems like a bit of a cheat, but I'm just not up to stamping and die cutting right now - my in-house critic really likes the end result and I rather like it as well, even if I say so myself!

Still keeping a tally of how many Christmas cards I've made but have accepted that I can no longer thrash myself half to death trying like crazy to produce absolutely loads. And you know what, having made that decision I do feel much happier for it.


  1. Love your card Di, such pretty colours

  2. A great bit of recycling here with the image which you've toned beautifully with the background and gold card certainly does the trick of pulling it all together.

  3. Very pretty piece of recycling.
    I’ve been supplementing my Christmas card requirements with Charity cards & occasional E-cards for a few years now & don’t feel the least bit guilty. Out hobby is meant to be fun, not a chore!!!!

  4. Hi Di this is a gorgeous card. I love it. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  5. Beautiful card Di that background paper is stunning as is the recycled image enjoy your day xx

  6. Beautiful card Di, great upcycling. xx

  7. Great recycling Di, such a beautiful card.

    Sue xx

  8. A beautiful card Di - no matter what you made it of, or how you made it :) Just sometimes we need to take a few shortcuts to 'get 'er done'!
    Stay safe

  9. Great upcycling Di and love the gold mirri and pretty paper to frame the lovely leaves and berries. x

  10. A lovely card Di - the backing paper matches the beautiful image perfectly.
    Kath x

  11. Hi Di,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    Sounds like you are suffering again I can empathize with you.
    My left hip giving me such jib.
    I do so hope you are feeling A1 again soon.

    Love your up-cycled design it looks so pretty and who could waste that lovely winter bouquet.
    Great paper used also and the mirri just finishes it all off perfectly.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love and hugs. Jenny L. DT

  12. A Beautiful card Di, love the recycling and your decision to cut back, quite a few people I know are cutting back on Cards this year due to postage?
    Faith x

  13. A really clever piece of upcycling Di! You've made it look as if all your elements came from a coordinating bundle of goodies! I agree with you - if making so many Christmas cards becomes stressful then it's not being the fun activity it's meant to be! Vicky xx

  14. Great idea for upcycling those card fronts. I love how your card turned out. xx

  15. Beautiful card, so elegant! Great upcycling!
    Hugs and cuddles to Dudley

  16. Di, I haven't made any Christmas cards yet but I have quite a lot left over from last year. So I am not worried yet. Love your card and a great use of the cards that were sent to you. At the moment I am busy making cards to take to a Care Home I supply with cards, every couple months. So have to get them finished by Monday. Have a great weekend, hugs, Carol

  17. This is so pretty and elegant, and I love the fact that you upcycled a store bought card. I know how you feel about not making something from scratch because I used to feel like I was cheating somehow as well. However, what is the difference between designing a card with pre-printed card fronts, or designing one with patterned papers and purchased embellishments? Nothing!! Isn't it silly how we tend to bash ourselves over the head to meet some preconceived notion of what it "should be"? Glad you've also decided to give up the idea of meeting quotas for card making as well. As I always tell my husband when he starts to let his perfectionist ways get the better of him, "No one doesn't even matter to anyone except for you!"

  18. A really lovely card Di - upcycling is one of the nicest things for our planet - and as always its the thought that counts when you send a beautiful card out in the post - Cheers Maurs xxx

  19. What a beautiful card Di! I love how you upcycle cards fronts, this one is a beauty for sure. It made such a beautiful card with that beautiful background and image. The gold just complete the look of this Christmas card! Hugs, Brenda

  20. For a bunch of snippets, they sure to match brilliantly and make a beautiful card! It is astonishing that you could match everything and make it so perfect - kudos to you

  21. Beautiful use of the lovely image from the shop-bought card! Gorgeous soft colours!

  22. I love the muted colours of this holiday card, Di! it's very elegant with the gold and the background paper is so pretty. thank you so much for sharing with the Rudolph Days Challenge.
    Linda, DT

  23. Beautiful card Di, great recycling there :D
    Katrina x

  24. A good bit of recycling and I love the card, especially that bunch of foliage.
    I'm still trying to make it through some of the Rudolph day posts, but better late than never! Love Kate x

  25. Now that paper could have been purpose made for the used card front. Genius but then
    I knows that already. Just having a quick spin round blogland before onto the next job. Life is so full of interruptions at the moment. Hugs Me. .

  26. Hi Di:
    thank you for your comment and being a follower of my blog,
    you are amazing how you save those pups,
    God Bless you, We are having rain here in Florida USA, all week and we will love to have it.

    have a Blessed week
    Dottie S

  27. Good save & glorious card, Di!

  28. Your card is stunning, Di! Glad you made out okay in the knick of time with the cottage. Sounds like it will be a lovely time.

  29. What a clever piece of upcycling! Well done, looks lovely!


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