Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Saturday, April 25, 2015

More new stash for Rudolph Day

Yes I have yet more new stash to play with today. I do not normally have such a run  on new goods, but this year I managed to make good use of some of the sale offers. So this time I am using a stamp by Creative Expressions,  Christmas Night bauble, and the co-ordinating die, Vintage Baubles, both Sue Wilson designs. I wanted these last year but thought they were too expensive for the amount of use they would get, so when I saw them in the sale at Joanna Sheens website, I went for it, and she does free International shipping too!
I was a bit disappointed to find that the main image did not fit exactly between the top and bottom fancy cut outs of one of the dies, so I stamped it on a separate piece of paper, cut the inner lace for the bauble from dull gold card, trimmed away the centre section and then moved the stamped image around until it more of less fitted into the space, and cut it by hand. I cut the outline bauble from cream pearlescent card, and mounted the gold part over it. To give the image a bit of a lift, I added glossy accents to the moon and the roof tops and sprinkled them with ultra fine iridescent glitter. 
There was nothing in my Christmas papers box that looked right with this, so I rooted through my digifiles and came up with this one from a pack by Bearly Mine called Christmas dreams. I have several of these paper packs and they are lovely, but sadly her web page is no longer operational so maybe she has stopped designing, which is a shame.
I used Publisher to position the paper and resize it for a 15cm square card, added the sentiment - another digi file from a Karen Murray set of Christmas setiments, and printed it out. I folded and cut it, and added the bauble. Then I used some snippets of green and brown card to cut various pieces using the Tim Holtz Winter foliage die set, and a Marrianne Fir branch die. I cut them up and mixed and matched them, to go along the top and left hand side of the card and added a green bow in the corner.
And that is my card for the Rudolph day Challenge this month. 
As I also used snippets for the foliage, I will link this to Pixie´s Snippets Playground as well, as soon as the gates reopen later tonight.


Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
oh what a very super creation for the Rudolf challenge.
Love the fab scene in the bauble, and the design is ace.
Now there's a funny thing as I too was going to make a card with that bauble, and changed my mind.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

SARN said...

LOVE the die cutting and stamping on this festive card Kate. Very nice indeed.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

veronica said...

super card Kate, lovely bauble too, can quite see why you snapped it up!

Lynne K said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Kate! The baubles were definitely a good sale buy! Love the scene inside, and the foliage finishes it all off beautifully.

Lynne x

scrappymo! said...

What a beauty! Love the colours...they have such a lovely muted feel letting the metallic bauble take center stage!

What a drag that the frame of the bauble did not fit perfectly. You were thinking on your feet to find a solution though!

The background paper is perfect for this the colours are just right.

I always read your technical descriptions carefully...you might know I have a slight brain injury from an accident that leaves me struggling to understand new things. I have a series of digital things saved on my computer, but have never learned how to unload them...resizing them and all that stuff...
You will have a giggle at the fact that I only have used a digi today as my friend printed it off my computer for me! lol.

Thanks for taking part in the April Rudolph Days Challenge and good luck in the draw!

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MaryH said...

Kate, as always you come up with such clever ways to make your ideas work beautifully. This is a wonderful scene, and even better that you were able to do it as an inlay. Love the colors chosen, the pretty background dp. Let the ornament stand out so dramatically. I especially loved the way you added the branches in the corner. Great card, and enjoyed reading the how-to-s also. TFS & Hugs

Di said...

Wow Kate, what a stunningly beautiful Christmas card! I love to read how you make things, and also overcome obstacles along the way. The end result here is so lovely, a beautifully stamped and die cut bauble - hanging perfectly from the foliage.

Well done on being first into the Playground too:)


Di xx

Jan Frances said...

Love the scene on the bauble, so different. Lovely card xx Enjoy your weekend. Jan xxx

Jean said...

A fabulous card Kate, I love that bauble, and the stamped insert is lovely.The muted background paper looks great as well and I like the foliage dies you used.
Jean x

Kathleen said...

Brilliant card, love the dies and the backing pears.

Kath x

Sally H said...

A stunning creation, Kate! The little scene on your bauble is just perfect and what a bargain buy! Wonderful Rudolf day card

Dragon said...

Gorgeous festive bauble.

Elizabeth said...

beautiful card, Kate. I love the scene in the bauble and the fir branches are lovely too. Elizabeth xx