Thursday 29 February 2024

Rudolph Days Challenge - February 2024

Helen Nile has stepped up and taken over the Rudolph Days Challenge - hooray, well done Helen! And many thanks to Maureen (Scrappy Mo) and her DT for running it for so long.

I decided to try to get a bit further ahead with my 2024 Christmas card making and did an 'assembly line' run of 10 cards, same basic design, a mixture of various sentiments  - and 10 different Penny Black 'Masterpieces made Easy' ready printed images:

This card, using an image from 'Winter views' is my entry for the current Rudolph Days Challenge - HERE.

I'd also like to add it into Darnell's NBUS Challenge # 58 HERE - the sentiment stamp sets were having a first outing

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white linen card base, folded to be either tall tent style or side opening, on the short side

- used pieces of the white linen card left from cutting the card bases to die cut rectangles using a Lil'Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' die

- used snippets of Tonic Pearlescent card in 'Majestic Gold' and 'Luna Silver' to cut rectangles to just add a narrow 'frame' around the outside of the stitched white layer

- stamped a sentiment onto each of the Penny Black 'Masterpieces made easy' images using VersaFine Clair 'Nocturne' ink and stamps from two small Penny Black sets called 'song of peace' and 'winter vibes'. The sentiments are a little different to usual Christmas ones and there are times when I do need Christmas cards with more thoughtful messages and sentiments 

- assembly time!  Glued the images to the stitched white linen card rectangles, then glued the pearlescent pearlescent layer to the back of each stiched/image layer

- used very narrow double sided foam tape to stick around all four sides of the back of the completed front panels

- used a glue stick to allow some movement room and then adhered the completed panels onto the card blanks 

- 10 Christmas cards, finished!

This is another one of the cards, very typically Penny Black as you can see:

And here are the other eight cards - for my own records as much as anything:

I'm such a greedy little Piglet - I've bought every single set of Penny Black 'Masterpieces made Easy' over the years they've been producing them. They're rather addictive and I still have a bunch of unused ones to play with!

Both the hedgehog images came from the 'adorable amour' set and the rest came from five different sets - I won't list them but Buddly Crafts are a UK stockist and all images can be seen on their website. I do recommend them, for their stock of USA craft items, decent prices and great service! Click the link - I dare you! 😂


  1. Wow! So great! That's how to get it done! Fabulous sentiments!

  2. A lovely collection Di, never heard of this product from PB, they look to be printed on linen card as well.

    B x

    1. Hello B! Well spotted, the Masterpieces certainly are printed on linen card. X

  3. I can see why you use these images, beautiful scenes, and you’ve made them extra special with your added details. You are naughty, you know I can’t resist a dare! Xxx

  4. A beautiful collection of Christmas cards. The PB images are wonderful, and like Lesley said, you’ve made them extra special with your lovely sentiments. Congrats on getting 10 made & ready. Xxx

  5. What wonderful cards Di - those papers certainly make great backgrounds, and easy batch baking of cards!

  6. You made a bunch of fabulous Christmas cards so quick with such fabulous images, you made so well collecting them!! Love especially those with the critters but all the designs are so beautiful! Lovely sentiments added too!

  7. You're certainly getting ahead of the game making this sizeable batch of brilliant cards. The images are beautiful and I do have a few from a previous purchase which you facilitated. Now a dare to visit Buddly Crafts - it would be rude to resist 😁

  8. A fabulous collection of PB cards Die - they're all lovely. I know what you mean about being a greedy piglet - I'm the the same with LOTV papers!
    Kath x

  9. These are gorgeous Di - Penny Black was my first love in crafting, and I still think their gorgeous scenes and hedgies are hard to beat - the sentiments are also beautiful. Well done getting a batch made - I'm barely off the starting blocks yet, but dii manage to make one to support this month's Rudolph Days!!
    Pauline xx

  10. Your cards have all turned out fabulous with those adorable PB images. Each one is just beautiful but that little fox really stands out to me. Nice work getting so many Christmas cards ready so early!

  11. OH! What absolutely beautiful cards. I love the images and I love all the sentiments, such lovely words in them. Love they are printed on linen, giving wonderful texture. x

  12. I love these PB Masterpieces Made Easy images which are all really beautiful Di, and the Tonic gold and silver card is gorgeous, and with the stitched frames make each look very elegant and beautiful, and also the stamped sentiments are a really lovely finishing touch. x

  13. Hi Di,
    oh these are so gorgeous and very beautiful images too.
    Love them all as they are so gorgeous.
    An excellent way to use up snippts too.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  14. These are so gorgeous Di, I've already started looking! Thanks for the inspiration.

  15. Fabulous collection of Christmas cards, Di. You're certainly cracking on with your Christmas cards.
    Liz xx

  16. Ooh wow Di these cards are so adorable and the images are stunning l too am going to check them out thankyou for the link x

  17. What a fabulous collection of cards! A great head start for Christmas!!

    Thanks so much for supporting the Rudolph Days Challenge.

    Helen x

  18. A wonderful collection of cards. The first one reminds me of the cards I used to buy when I was still at school from the post office!

  19. Fabulous selection of cards Di! The Masterpieces are great aren’ t they? Perfect for quick cards and batch making. xx


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