Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A set for Rudolf day

This year I decided that I did not want to spend so much time making Christmas cards because last year I didn't seem to have any time left for all the other things that I wanted to do. Instead I thought I would do one challenge a month and make a set of matching cards for it. So when I read on my friend Di's blog about Rudolph day it seemed like just the prompt I needed. She directed me to Sandra's blog; Stamping for Pleasure, where I read all about it. The idea is that the 25th of every month is Rudolph day when you make a Christmas card and post it on her blog. So on 25th of January I did start my set, but unfortunately I am just a couple of hours too late to post them this month. (You have until 9.00 p.m. on the last day of the month). Nonetheless, I have another nice set of six Christmas cards made, and next month I will try harder to get them done on time.

For my cards I used a new, un-inked stamp that I bought from the Special offers page of Joanna Sheen's online shop. I was shopping for something quite different but it just sort of jumped into my basket along with everything else! It is a sweet image from Giordano Studio stamps. I stamped it six times on to coated white card and coloured all the images the same, using copics and promarkers. Then I cut each one out using a different die - Spellbinders nesties, Nellie Snellen and Marianne. I made six 12cm square white cards. When I got my new printer in November, and wanted to try it out, I printed off several Christmas backing papers from a variety of CDs, and then I never got round to using them, so I dug those out, along with several larger card offcuts, and mixing and matching with these, I made the set of six very similar, but still different cards. I used a Marianne die set to cut six large and six small snowflakes, and pairing them up I added one pair to each card. I know one card has two on it. That's because I stuck the main image on upside down so the card opened from the left. (You've all done it at some time!). I managed to take it off and turn it round, but I couldn't risk moving the snowflake, so I left it there and added another pair at the top. Then I added the odd gem and some stickles to each one, and here they are.
I am entering these in;
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 57; Just make it Square.
Dream Valley Challenge 24; Animals
Make it Monday Linky Party 74.


Hazel said...

Delightful cards. I like the sound of Rudolph day (I must investigate further) - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 57 - hope to see you again soon - at least by 25th February! x

Rose said...

Gorgeous cards, I saw them on MIM, glad I had a closer look, the images are lovely :-)

Rose x

Jennifer Scull said...

these are so pretty! and I won't tell you how many times I've done that, too! giggles!
thank you so much for stopping by my blog. your kind comments have made my day! :)

MaxineD said...

Innovation is often the source of very good ideas......... 'cos we hate to waste too.
Love your cards.

mckinkle said...

Hello Kate,

Just called in following your kind comment on my blog. Had a lovely look at your beautiful life in SPain on your other blog and the sight of the sea and the heavy clouds were stunning!

Having done it for over a year now I may have felt slight resentment almost at having to make xmas cards when everyone else was making gorgeous summer cards but then when it came to xmas - it was BRILLIANT! Just a few a month in advance is something I think I will now always be doing - hope you enjoy it too!

What a beautiful set youve started off with here! The image is so beautiful and each one looks great with its slight variation from the others.

Have a super week,
Keryn x

Chrissy said...

Gorgeous image and colouring, fabulous cards, I love them...

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Lisa M said...

Kudos to you for such an organized endeavor. I love the idea of making a set at a time. These cards are spectacular and I love the coloring of the image. Beautifully laid out and still a uniqueness to each of them. Nicely done. :)

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veronica said...

beautiful card Kate - and a good idea to make sets while you are at it! Now I'm sure I bought that stamp too from the offers, off to have a search....

mags said...

Gorgeous cards and love the image you have used. Well done on getting ahead with your christmas cards. Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley Challenges.

CraftyC said...

These are all gorgeous and the images are just beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley!

Davi said...

HI Kate so pleased you stopped by :) I love your most beautiful image and the wonderful job on coloring it!! Really made very lovely cards! I think MIM makes it so fun to meet new fellow crafters.

Ruth said...

These are beautiful cards! I love the image you used, and altering them slightly to make a set is a super idea.
(Thank you for your kind comments on my first card of the year)

Saskia said...

That stamp is just too cute! And you did some lovely colouring on it. Fun idea to have a Rudolph Day, but I'm afraid my christmas cards will have to wait till november as usual.

fatmonica said...

These are gorgeous!I love the idea of a Rudolph day!

Shirley-anne said...

Wonderful selection of Christmas cards each stunning inits own right .Thanks for your visits and kind words

craftimamma said...

What a great idea Kate and these cards are adorable. What a lovely image that is and I love how you've used it in different ways.

Lesley Xx