Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Rudolf for Rudolf Day

It's the 25th of May today so time to drop in on Sandra's blog to post a Christmas card for Rudolf day. I only returned from a very busy week in UK last night, but fortunately I had my card 'done and dusted' before I went.

For this card I cut a pair of fancy reindeer using a bought file for my silhouette cameo cutter, from their online store. I cut one in red printed paper and one in green. I also cut their matching mats reversing the colours. I was having a bit of trouble cutting their patterns perfectly, but I hid any minor faults with a little stickles glitter glue. I then cut a fancy oval label also with my cameo and mounted them on it. For the background I used a red and green striped paper from a magazine, and edged it with a gold star peel-off border. I added the oval topper and used a gold peel-off greeting under it. For the finishing touch I tied a bow with some red, green and gold Christmas ribbon and added a tiny gold reindeer charm. Will I  get the rest of my usual set of six done? I'm not sure. My son arrives tomorrow for a week's stay, but I have a couple more reindeer cut and ready to use, so I may give it a go. Incidently I chose red and green for this card because I had intended to enter it in Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge before I left for UK, when she wanted traditional colours, but I didn't have time to post it. This week her challenge is to use blue, so I will have to try harder next time!!

And now for something completely different. This is for my blog-land friend Shoshi who also has a fondness for duck-billed platypus. We bought this little sweetie for our youngest son Ben, the Christmas just before his second birthday, and because he couldn't manage the word 'platypus' at the time, he called it Duckie, and Duckie it has been ever since (Ben is 25 now!). When Ben left home he kind of put Duckie into my care, so of course I brought him to Spain with me. Today he has been through the washing machine, had a long sun bathing session, and then been subjected to a rigorous hair brushing. Doesn't he scrub up well? Now he is back where he belongs, on the spare bed, ready for Ben's visit tomorrow. It's a good thing Ben doesn't follow this blog or he might kill me!!

Happy Rudolf day everyone. Pop over to Stamping for Pleasure and get inspired to start your Christmas card collection too.


Jean Straw said...

Lovely festive looking card, I like the little reindeer charm. Duckie has certainly scrubbed up well, he looks ready for a nice cuddle. Jean x

Di said...

Super card Kate - love the reversing idea.

Aw, how cute is Duckie then - he sure looks smart :)

Hope your UK trip went well. Di xx

MaxineD said...

Love your use of the contrasts :-) Lovely card.
Duckie is fabulous - it is so nice when toys survive the rigors of childhood intact :-)

veronica said...

like your matching reindeer - well done on keeping up with the challenge, i am sadly very behind this year.
Ducky looks very good for his age, and he does scrub up well!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Morning Kate . . . how very organised of you to have made this card before your trip and have it ready for your return! Brilliant forward planning!

Lovely result too! A true Rudolph card with the deer on it!

Thanks for joining in my challange. Good luck in the draw.
Hugs, Sarn x

Saskia said...

Wonderful card, Kate! Love the design. Have a great time with you son visiting!

Chris Powell said...

Lovely card but is it not too early

Shoshi said...

Aww Kate, Duckie is gorgeous!! Like Humphrey, he has survived his adventure in the washing machine very well, and looks lovely and fluffy and clean! Hope Ben is impressed!

Thanks for the mention!


Shoshi said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comment about my Zentangle art, Kate! I'm very pleased with how this latest one turned out. You never know when you start exactly what they will be like! As for the "step-outs" I couldn't do it without them, either! Some patterns are obvious, but others would be really hard to get started. Using them in a picture, I decide which fills will work best in a given situation - whether they are dark and dense (for shadowed parts) or lighter, and make contrast between adjoining ones, and have fun with the edges, using all the borders! Important also to leave some white space for impact, too.


Shoshi said...

Thanks for your latest comment on my blog, Kate - glad you liked my little box and card. We were able to visit my friend yesterday on "our" birthday and I gave them to her, and she was thrilled! I'm working on 2 more boxes, with the same tissue paper base but with different embellishments.