Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Friday, September 25, 2015

A Heavenly Host for Rudolph Day

I know I was kind of minus my mojo for a few weeks during our long, hot, summer, but it was still a bit of a shock to count up my pile of Christmas cards and find I have only made 45 so far! So much for my intention of making a dozen each month!  And, as I send around 120 most years, I need to do some batch baking, and Rudolph day is a good incentive to get cracking.

I am very good at collecting stamps, digis, cutting files etc, that I think might be useful for Christmas, but not so good at actually using them, so I browsed my Christmas folder in my Silhouette cameo software and spotted a rather cute, angel. This was a cutting file bought from the silhouette store, so the first thing I did was to resize everything in the file so that the finished card would fit in a standard envelope. I chose white card for the base shape as I have plenty of it, and then raided my snippets boxes for card and papers to cut the various parts. The most difficult was the wings because the swirls tended to tear, and the lower edges of the skirt layers also needed a little help with scissors, but I eventually had the first one made.

I adjusted the settings, to get a cleaner cut, and tried another one which went together better, so encouraged by this, I made two more, mixing and matching card and papers all on a similar theme.
Then, to make it even easier I cut four more base shapes, and four sets of wings without the swirls. Instead I passed them through an embossing folder, and did the same with the top, white layer of the dress. This time I did blonder hair, used shades of blue card and paper, silver foil in place of gold for the halo, and replaced the star with a two layer die-cut snowflake.
I made three more of these, so I really did use up a nice lot of paper snippets.
As with so many of the modern images, the original angels were faceless except for the cut out eyes, but I had to give mine rosy cheeks and a smile!
So the cards in this set are all similar but each one is different, and they make a good addition to my pile. Now for another design....!

But first I will link these up at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo for the Rudolph day Challenge, and in Pixie's Snippets playground.


Kathleen said...

These are all fabulous and so glad that you gave them a proper face.

Kath x

Jean said...

Your host of angels look very festive. A good idea to use embossing folders on the second set.
Jean x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I love your Christmas Angels they are wonderful.

Sue xx

Maxine D said...

Now that was a great addition to your stash - and they are absolutely gorgeous Kate!

Sandy said...

Every single one of these is just adorable. I think I like the embossed swirls on the wings a little more, not that my vote matters.

scrappymo! said...

Oh my goodness kate...these are simply wonderful. So much detail and I love the embossed wings ones! You used dup so many snippets...well done you!

Thanks for taking part in the September Rudolph Days Challenge.

sally said...

What perfect Angels!


KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, you've made so many of these cuties! I wish I had an electronic cutter like that! Awesome job!

Jane Willis said...

What gorgeous cards! I'm glad you gave the angels proper faces. The eyes-only ones look a bit scary to me - great in some circumstances but not for a Christmas angel!


Di said...

These are gorgeous Kate! And I vote that the ones with the embossed swirls are every bit h as lovely as the cut swirly ones. And no doubt easier too. As others have said, am glad you gave them little faces :)


Di xx

ionabunny said...

Oh well done you. What a lovely group of angels. So pretty. Must admit I think the swirls were worth the extra work, but the embossed wings are pretty as well. Hugz

SARN said...

Aww . . .these are just totally adorable Kate.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Kathleen said...

Hi Kate, thanks for your comment, regarding the Stickit, I can't say that I was over impressed either, nearly everything but the image was stuck, a bit of a mess really, and it is not cheap.

Kath x

Sally H said...

Wow, Kate! What a wonderful host of beautiful Angels! The embossed swirls look great, and I too am glad you gave them proper faces, otherwise how would they sing?!

Annie said...

what glorious angels! love the little extras you have added to them to make them individual.
hugs, annie x

Jan Frances said...

lovely cute Angels and I too much prefer to see them with faces xx Have a lovely evening. xxx Jan xxx

MaryH said...

What a batch of lovely colorful angels you have in your Heavenly Band! Perfect for Rudy Day and also the snippets playground! I'm in awe of your cameo skills...I even stopped my monthly membership to the store because I wasn't using the files I had bought for 2 yrs. Good for you on getting a NBUS and making it beautiful. I love all the traditional colors of the first ones (and I can bet those swirls and delicate pieces took a lot of finesse), but I will have to confess, the blue & white blonde angel quite grabbed my eye, with her pretty white dot 'apron' behind that gorgeous snowflake. Well done, and bet that made a dent in your 'to-do' card list. TFS & Hugs

Dr Sonia S V said...

Yor cheerful angels with their cute smiles and rosy cheeks look adorable
So glad I dropped in via the Rudolph Challenge
Would love to have you drop in for a visit
Dr Sonia

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
oh my goodness these are gorgeous.
I love these fab shaped cards.
They are all so wonderfully designed, and beautiful colours too.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Barb said...

Wow Kate you certainly did go for it. Your little angels are adorable. Barbxx

April said...

These are terrific! Love them!

Sue - said...

What a fabulous set of cards, and I'm so glad you gave them proper faces!

LesleyG said...

your angels are just gorgeous xxx

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow wow!! They are just wonderful!! Love so much their embossed wings, the faces, the colours.... You have made a fab work with these angels!!