Wednesday 30 March 2022

Rudolph Days Challenge - March 2022

I've been playing again with the brilliant Penny Black Masterpiece card 'toppers' - plus a new set of dies to frame them - made two at the same time.

I'd like to enter Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Days Challenge for March (it runs to the end of the month so I'm cutting it a bit fine this time) - other challenges I plan to enter are listed, with links, at the end of this post:

I used:

- 5" x 5" white linen card blanks, side opening (the images are printed on linen card, so this works well well them)

- images from two different Penny Black Masterpieces sets - 'icy winds' (the bird house) and 'pine cones & peace ' (the solitary bird)'. They are all sold at 3.25" x 4.5" and I trimmed them down to a square shape, very slightly under 3.25" square so they sit just under the frames I later added

- used snippets of the same white linen card to die cut the frame border part and then Tonic Gold Mirri card for the mitred inserts. The set of dies I used is also by Penny Black, called 'framed'  - it's different and much more delicate looking than many frame dies, especially with the mitred inserts

- at that point I could more accurately size up the image and frame, which is why I trimmed just a little bit more off the 3.25" square images I'd created

- glued the images in the centre (ish!) of the card blanks

- then added the frames with the gold inserts using a glue pen

- stamped the sentiments using the Misti, Memento Tuxedo Black in pad and a stamp from  Kirsty Wiseman's 'Many Greetings' set. Not sure if it's still available as I've had mine for many years, it was made by Personal Impressions

- finished!

The sentiment stamp is a sort of higgledy piggledy font and near impossible to get straight - even using the Misti plus acetate grids etc. But hey, a blind man on a galloping horse wouldn't notice - wise words from Len, learned at his Mum's knee!

I'd also like to enter the following challenges:

Darnell's NBUS #36. The Penny Black frame dies were having their first outing

Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge #12. This challenge is pretty new to me (a few of our lovely Playmates are on the Design Teams!) and it runs Bi-monthly with Anything Goes (for Christmas!) allowed and some beautiful inspiration boards to whet your appetite - this is the current one:


My cards are really 'Anything Goes' - although I could say that inspiration came from so much snow! Do hop over to see the DT cards - they're such a clever bunch and deserve our support! 

Speaking of supporting others - I recently placed an order for some crafting 'basic supplies' with the UK based Loobi Crafts HERE. It was triggered when I was looking for the new 'Saltwater Taffy' Distress ink pad and so many places were out of stock. The pot of gold wax in a photo on my blog earlier in the week came from there - and of course 'Saltwater Taffy' TH DI pad (fabulous colour) - plus some other lovely bits and bobs (as you do!). The order came in double quick time and was packaged with so much care with items wrapped in bubble wrap. I think the girls who run the family owned shop/website are well worth a positive shout out - they obviously enjoy and take pride in their work. I for one will be more than happy to buy from them whenever possible. Well done to Lynne and Lisa!  

When you hop over to Loobi Crafts, as I hope you do, be sure to check out their Spring Sale page. I only found it as I was typing this post and it's like an Aladdin's Cave! What choice, plenty of well known brands and products, many at as much as a third off. It certainly beats one or two 'sales pages' I peek at online where you're lucky if there's a reduction of 50 pence at times. Just some of the brands I spotted on my scamper through are Woodware, Tim Holtz, Pink and Main, Paper Artsy and the products are too wide ranging to list here. And yes, of course I placed an order - it just had to be done! Go and see, what are you waiting for - whooooosh!!  


  1. Two beautiful Christmas cards for Rudolph Day here Di - and I am LOVING those frames dies.

    Runs off to check out the challenge and Loobi Crafts!!!! Whoosh . . .

  2. Two spectacular cards and you are right those images are really good - the frame with mitred inserts is rather special too. Thanks (I think) for the link to a supplier I've not come across before, might visit but JUST LOOKING you understand 🤣🤣

  3. Beautiful cards Di - and you really are an 'enabler' aren't you... :)

  4. Hi Di your cards are gorgeous. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  5. Di, your chrismascards are really gorgeous!!
    Lia xx (also with my DT hat on from POE)

  6. Both cards Di are so beautiful love the images and the frames beautifully put together xx

  7. Wow, they are both so delicate and lovely! The gold frame is adorable, another must have for my looooong wishlist :D LOL

  8. Both cards are fabulous, I love the gold frame it's perfect to set off the focal point. Love them.

  9. What beautiful cards Di, I am so loving these images that PB has. I so love how you have framed them out with the frame die. Looks amazing! Hugs, Brenda

  10. Hi Di,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    Beautiful cards and those images are gorgeous.
    Love the fraames used they are very unusual not seen those before.
    Len's saying reminded me off Tony as when I used to say I have made a mistake Tony would say a blind man would love to see it.
    Can't believe it's been 3 years, last Monday since I lost him.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  11. OH WOW Di ... these are both just beautiful! LOVE your frame design on these sweet images! Thanks so much for your kind shout-out and Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Peace On Earth Christmas challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often. We appreciate your support!!


  12. Your cards are so pretty, Di! Beautiful makes for Rudolph Day!

  13. TOTALLY Fabulous Miss DI, and a great way to showcase your NBUS - thanks so much for sharing it with us this month

    NBUS Guest DT in March

  14. Beautiful Christmas cards Di, love the frames.
    Faith x

  15. Beautiful cards - such lovely images! And you've got me lusting after that frame die so I might just have to put it on my wish list!

    1. Forgot to say, thank you so much for joining us at Peace on Earth!

  16. Such pretty cards Di and I really like those frames! I am enjoying Peace on Earth's inspiration photos too :) Len's wise words had me laughing out loud - excellent therapy, so thank him from me!! Hugs, Vicky xx

  17. These cards are so pretty and I just love those frames you created that showcases the images beautifully! Wonderful dies and some great Christmas cards too!

  18. These are fabulous PB images with that watercolour look, and the frame infilled with that pretty mirri really finishes both of them so beautifully..two really elegant Christmas cards. I will definitely keep Loobi Crafts in mind. x

  19. Beautiful cards Di - the frames are perfect for these lovely images.
    Kath x

  20. So pretty!! Love those gorgeous PB images. The gold mirri card frame is just perfect. I need to get that mitred frame ... more shopping. :) xx

    1. It looks absolutely gorgeous Loll, used with two of the gold largest 'double' frames offset, without any mitred inner pieces. The PB website, I think, had some nice examples. I bought mine from 123 Stitch in the USA. Di xxx

  21. Your Rudolph cards are so pretty! I love Penny Black images and these really are pretty.
    That frame die is a keeper. IT has such a modern "with it" look.

    You were on a card making roll. You got so many done. I feel guilty in return. I am hardly crafting at all these days. I got bak into spending time in my craft room as Al improved. I got a lot of rearranging and organizing done. Not everything of course, but a good bit done. Now I just have to find my mojo again!!!

    Thanks for taking part in the Rudolph Days Challenge.

  22. Oooh these are fabby Di! Love those PB images and your golden frame sets them off perfectly! Off now for a wee nosey at that shop ;)

  23. Fabulous cards Di and the frames show off the lovely images perfectly xx


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