Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rudolph Day is here again

My word, the 25th of each month comes round fast, but it was a bit of a shock to open my blog to write this, and see that I haven't posted since Rudolph Day last month! Hopefully I will do better after this one as I have just made some birthday cards to post while I am in UK, but I can't show them on here yet. 

So instead I turned my attention to making a couple of Christmas cards and here they are.

Both are made using a set of Hobby Art stamps that I bought last Christmas, but they have never been inked up before.
I tend not to go for 'Cute', and these are bordering on it, but I rather liked the simplicity of the figures, and they were not too challenging to colour. So as time was in short supply, I thought I'd give them a whirl.
I used masks to stamp the figures in two groups, and them masked them all while I dusted distress ink on the backgrounds. Then I used copic markers to colour the images.
I should have learned by now to chose my frame/mats before I stamp, but I haven't, so once again I spent ages going through my dies to find something that would fit my arrangements. In the end I chose the outer layer of Spellbinders labels 46, Decorative Elements for the top one, hand-cutting around the second size for the image, and Nestabilities Decorative labels 8 and the matching plain one, for the lower card.
I cut the frames from mirri-card and also used some for a border on the blue card. The lines from a carol are from a set of stamps by Our Daily Bread.
I couldn't fit a word stamp on the second card so I added a banner from a set I was given many years ago.
Both backing papers came from my Christmas snippets box so I will take these cards over to Pixies snippets playground
I am flying to UK early tomorrow morning to attend my brother's funeral, which is a sad occasion, but it does mean I will get to spend the weekend with my sister Jean, and also meet up with distant relatives whom I have not seen for many years. So I will  publish this a little early, and do my best to link it up to the Rudolph day Challenge on Scraps of life by Scrappy Mo, when I arrive.


Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

OOOOOH Kate these are gorgeous!!
I have made mine too and will be linking them over when Mo has the link up in Canada! think m fav is the first one but love that they reflect that Jesus is the reason for the season!!!
Thanks so much for sharing.
Shaz in Oz.x

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Maxine D said...

What lovely Christmas cards Kate - love the 'frame' on the top one. Do enjoy the reunion part of your trip, even if the reason for the trip is sad - please accept my condolences.

Di said...

What lovely cards Kate! Gorgeous images and such good colouring too.

I hope the funeral goes well and that it's more of a celebration of life than sadness.

Thanks for coming to play in the Snippets Playground :)


Di xx

Kathyk said...

I'm so sorry for your loss

Fab Christmas cards and thank you for linking up to this months Rudolph Day challenge

GDTM-Rudolph Day

Barb said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother Kate. I hope the funeral goes well.

Two lovely Christmas cards and the frames look great. Barbxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Gorgeous cards and such cute images too, just what Christmas was made for.

Sue xx

scrappymo! said...

Two beautiful cards here, Kate. I like them both and they both have a lovely feel. I think they are safe as far as cutegoes, due to your wonderful designing.

Thanks for taking part in the May Rudolph Days Challenge.

Sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. I hope you and Jean have a good catch up and visit while you are in the UK

Virginia said...

Beautiful cards Kate!

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards!! Love that you have added the sentiment banner in the second one! So sorry for your loss!
Thank you for sharing with us at the Rudolph days challenge.
Moxie Craftie
Rudolph Days Challenge GDT

Kathleen said...

Two fabulous cards, both having really lovely images and wonderful colours.

Kath x

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Loss.

Gorgeous set of cards, the images are great.

Love and hugs

MaryH said...

Hi Kate, just saw your comment at another blog, so easy to zip over to see your Rudy Day cards. HOpe you're having a grand time in the UK, with good weather too. I'm with you on the cute, but these images really don't truly fit 'cute' IMO. They are darling, and look quite easy with the coloring. The shapes you've used to mat each one, boost up the classy factor, and I think both are just really pretty. These are more in the 'fun category' in my eyes, and you did great with the images. TFS - Hugs