Wednesday 27 October 2021

Rudolph Days Challenge - October 2021

Mo, over at the Rudolph Days Challenge, is (in addition to her usual lovely prize) giving away an extra prize this month, as a tribute to our lovely friend Kath, who we lost in August of this year. To qualify for a chance to win a great Woodware 'tall and slim' stamp set, you have to use paper piecing on your RD entry. That was one of Kath's favourite techniques and she also loved Woodware stamps. So very fitting Mo - a lovely idea!

I pondered about using my own 'identical to the prize' stamp set but, in the end, the lure of a NBUS and totally unopened stamp set won! Even though I'm not playing for the Woodware stamp, it seemed right to use paper piecing.

And this is the card I made:

I used:

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

- piece of white card stock, onto which I stamped the really huge holly outline and also one of the many sentiments in the same set which is Colarado Craft Company's Big and Bold 'Holly and Berries', using a Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad plus the Misti

- next, used a few snippets of paper from LOTV's 'Woodland Wishes' Christmas paper pad, onto which I stamped the holly leaves and berries

- inked in the tiny pieces of branch, using a dark brown Whispers pen, no way were they being paper pieced ☺, then fussy cut the three holly leaves and the berries before running a black Whispers pen around the outer edges

- actually adding the fussy cut magenta berries and two plain and one patterned leaves using a glue pen was easy in itself but they did have to go on in a particular order due to some overlapping teensy details as well as a couple of little slivers of white background at the edge of one of the berries

- trimmed, trimmed and trimmed the image panel down until I thought there'd be nothing left of it - it ended up at 5" x 3.75" in the end, just the right proportions for a USA A2 sized card

- then cut into a fresh sheet (shock, horror), of 'almost plain' magenta paper from the same LOTV pad and trimmed down a backing 'frame' just an eighth of an inch bigger than the image, on all sides

- glued the 'frame' layer to the card front and then added the image panel - using Collall All Purpose glue

You can probably tell that with some cards I begin with the image, before deciding on the final card size. Just as well, as I had one problem after another making this card. I even lost the first set of 'stamped berries' to be paper pieced and no end of searching would reveal where they'd hidden. Edit: Needless to say I found the missing set of stamped berries the following day, on the floor behind my chair! I also accidentally tore up a holly leaf whilst searching! Needless to say I'd already packed away the stamps set ink pad, Misti etc - I know - too confident right? In  my defence, I was only being good and tidying up as I went along - but yet another lesson learned.

The card was originally to be a totally different shape (square), and much larger size, but the 'forces' were against me - sigh. However, I will have another bash, possibly for a batch of them - next time using Pro Markers! It has to be one of the trickiest paper pieced cards I've ever made. 

I'm quietly pleased with the fact that it's not 'quite' traditional Christmas green and red and think you could only really get away with that by doing paper piecing.

Kath - I promise you - I battled on down here and, at times, only the love kept me going.

I'd also like to enter this onto Darnell's NBUS #31 Challenge HERE - the stamp set was new and unopened.


  1. Great card and you'd think with such a large image the paper piecing would be easy but obviously this isn't necessarily so. Love reading your explanations of how the end results are achieved.

  2. Beautiful card, Di. Well worth the effort xoxo

  3. Sorry to hear of the struggles involved in making this card, but I must say it is FANTASTIC and totally worth it. I really LOVE IT!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  4. Beautifully paper pieced image, yes not sure how many times I've lost a die cut and had to go cut more, only to find it stuck under something, once found one in the cuff of my jeans (i'm short all jeans are too long) Beautiful card even with all your cutting I think the design is perfect.

  5. I love your super paper piecing of this pretty holly and berry branch Di, and a great sentiment to finish and these large size stamps from CCC give a different perspective to the design..a beautiful card. x

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

  7. It may have been difficult Di, but it's very beautiful, I love the colours.
    Faith x

  8. A gorgeous card Di. Love the Holly and branch. Hugs, Carol

  9. Gorgeous card Di, love the papers you used to piece this beautiful with. Such a wonderful tribute to Kath for sure. Mo is so thoughtful. Hugs, Brenda

  10. It looks wonderful with the paper piecing. Sorry you had trouble with it. Loosing things is just the norm for me these days lol!

  11. A gorgeous card Di. Thanks for joining in at Rudolph Days this month.

    Sue xx

  12. It's a WONDERFUL card in honor of your friend! I really like the non-traditional colors, and I think it works really well. Truly a honor to Kath.
    P.S. The lost bits are almost always under the desk, behind my chair or in the trash bin beside me

  13. A real labour of love Di, and well worth the effort! Love the result xxx

  14. Hi Di,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    What a super paper pieced little design.
    Love the colours and paper used.
    Isn't that always the way you loose something you wanted to use and then find it the next day on the floor.
    great sentiment used also.
    Must try and do more paper piecing myself as I enjoyed it this time around.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  15. So pretty.

  16. Great tribute to Kath, I'm sure she would love your paperpieced card! It's so striking and sweet!

  17. Great card Di, worth all the effort of paper piecing, even though it turned out to be a labour of love. xx

  18. It was worth all the effort Di. Kath would have been proud of you!

  19. What a wonderful paper pieced design, and I actually really like the way you placed the holly so that parts are off the card. Assymetrical cards always have an artsy look that I find so appealing.
    Oh, and I have misplaced bits of stamped and trimmed card designs so many times myself, and it's frustrating when you know you "just" had it there on your craft table. I've actually had entire large images gone missing after spending half an hour coloring and fussy cutting.
    This is a beautiful card, with a warm and cozy look.

  20. Ooh this is gorgeous! I love those paper pieces colours - yummy! All your hard work and trauma will be appreciated by Kath from her craft room in the heavens! Take care. Hugs my friend. xxxxxx


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