Saturday 25 September 2021

Rudolph Days Challenge - September 2021

Hooray, Mo and family are hopefully all well once more and this month's Rudolph Days Challenge has gone ahead. You have from today, 25th, to the end of the month to enter.

Here's my offering:

I used:

- 5.75" x 5.75" square white card blank

- a sheet of paper from the Crafters Companion 'Watercolour Christmas' paper pad, trimmed by one eighth of an inch on all sides then glued onto the card front

- a 'topper' from the back of the same paper pad, die cut using a square stitched die from 'The Works'

- backed the 'topper' with a piece of Tonic Studios 'Red Velvet' pearlescent card - just a smidgeon bigger than the topper itself

- then backed that with a square of thin craft foam and glued it onto the card front

As the pack has two of each prettily patterned papers I made two card the same of course. Still sticking to my resolution not to break my back making scores of Christmas cards this year though.

The card is, needless to say, more richly coloured in real life.

Harrumph, although this paper pad is great for making super fast Christmas cards, it's NOT the paper pad I actually ordered from Amazon. Looks like Crafters Companion have stuck the wrong label onto the back of the pad - the label IS for the one I wanted, just on the wrong pad. I opted to keep it as some of the papers are lovely plus didn't want the hassle of returning it - but the jury is out as to whether I'll use many of the shaped animal and snowmen 'toppers' in the back of the pad. Basically they're not sized properly to go onto some of the scenic papers, very poor design work IMHO. Who designs a hat to add to a snowman, which would cover half his face for instance - weird. Having hunted all over the internet, I think the original 6 x 6 pad I was after (Glittering Snowflakes) is now discontinued anyhow. 

Ah well, another lesson learned. ☺


  1. That is so frustrating Di. I think some companies are getting careless because they know we won't bother to return small items. But I actually rather like this paper, and of course it works well with the topper. I bet you will find an inventive way to use some of the others too.
    I am also culling my card list by quite a bit because postage is getting very expensive here, and I have no visitors again to take them back to UK to post for me, but I shall still manage to send quite a few I expect. I love getting them and consider them to be part of my decorations, so it is only fair to send some too! Kate xx

  2. This is a beautiful card you have made.

  3. A lovely card Di. I definately need to work harder on using up some of my paper pads. Goodness only knows what I'm saving them for! :) x

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

  5. How strange to get the wrong paper pad even though its lovely and and that image is just perfect xx

  6. Super Christmas card, Di. The topper and background paper is so pretty. How frustrating that you didn't get the paper pad you were expecting. Hope you get to use most of the pad that did arrive. xx

  7. A very pretty card Di, shame that paper pack was a disappointment, there seems to be lots of errors of late xxx

  8. Although this isn't the pad you ordered Di this is very pretty and I love the washy look with softer colours and backing it with the red looks great.
    I think as you say if accompanying pieces are not of the right scale that is definitely an issue. Perhaps you could send an e-mail to CC explaining the problems with it and you never know they may compensate you in some way. I'm quite surprised as that is something quite basic when designing. x

  9. That's a bit of an Oops for CC to have mislabeled their papers, but you made a beautiful card with the one you did get! (Contact them anyway so they can check the rest of their pads are labelled correctly)
    I've culled my card list too, it's just too expensive to post them! ☹️

  10. What a pretty card Di - but I hear you about the poor design elements and also the fact that the pad was improperly labelled - how frustrating
    Stay safe

  11. It's a lovely card. I did a similar thing but it was my own fault lol - slowly working my way through a pad I didn't really want but getting there. I have found the pad 6x6 on C&craft but at 14.99 and 2.99 p&p I doubt you want it that much!

  12. Gorgeous Christmas card, The image an the paper are lovely, I would also keep it's such a hassle to do returns expecially for a smaller item, maybe put the hat in a puddle and say frosty melted.

  13. A beautiful card Di. Thank you for joining in the fun at Rudolph Days this month.

    Sue xx

  14. Soft, subtle and beautiful! Wonderful card, Di. Wish you could've gotten the correct pad, but you made great use of this one

  15. Hi Di,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    This is such a gorgeous card and a very super design too.
    Love the paper and the image used it looks very stunning.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  16. Fabulously festive and a great layout. Shame about the paper pad, but at least you'll be able to get some use out of it.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  17. A beautiful card, even if not the paper pad you ordered! I love the colours - so soft and peaceful.

  18. What a shame they sent the wrong pad! I would definitely contact Amazon as they would most likely compensate you without you having to return the wrong pad - after all, it's their mistake! I must say the card you made with this paper is really stunning so at least you got some use out of it! Vicky x

  19. Yikes, too bad about the paper pad. It's annoying when something like this happens. But you still managed to create a beautiful card, even though the papers were not what you expected them to be. xx

  20. What a bummer not to get the pad you ordered! What you used for this card is really beautiful!


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