Friday, 25 July 2014

It's Rudolph Day once more ... only four more left till Christmas!! YIKES

Morning all,
Of course, being Friday there is also the Friday Funny but we'll get to that in a minute! In the meantime, it's a craft heavy/photo heavy post so .... pull up a chair!
It's Rudolph Day (the 25th of each month) and I know of two challenges intended to help us crazy crafters keep up with the making of our Christmas cards - thus ensuring a less stressful Christmas - because we're not up till midnight making cards!! Can I just point out that there are only FOUR RUDOLPH DAYS left before Christmas so, if you've not started making your Christmas cards .... you're gonna be playing catch up so why not get started with one of the challenges below ....
Over at Craftbubble2½'s group, Craft Mad and Loving It, it's my turn to prepare and present the challenge and I've gone with:-
"Trees AND non traditional colours"
Being the Purple Princess I find myself wondering if any of my astute readers would care to make a guess as to which colour I've gone with? A toughie, I know but .....
Just HAD to be purple now .... didn't it?!?!?!
Materials used:
  • C5 white, 300gsm, plain card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Purple sparkly card
  • Purple plaid card and sentiment strip (both by Kanban, part of a QVC kit I've had, like, FOREVER!)
  • Purple hand made glitter paper - for matting my sentiment layer
  • Inkylicious Christmas tree stamped on to white card using a Versamark embossing ink and WOW Purple sparkle embossing powder
  • Heat gun - for embossing
  • Inkylicious sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Glitter and vellum paper snowflakes
  • Iridescent snowflakes (from Michaels)
  • Faux crystal gemstones
  • Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue - my current fave adhesive!
I'm also going to be entering the above card over JingleBelles where the challenge is to be inspired by their header; and also at Addicted to Stamps and More where they've a photo inspiration which almost looks like it was designed for ME!!!!.

I see everything in terms of PURPLENESS!!!!

Sarn over at Stamping for Pleasure has set a challenge for the entire year, which is to submit TWO entries in one post - thus ensuring that all those participating will have at least 22 made come November - thanks for keeping us all going there matey! In order to make this post eligible ... here comes the second card ..... using new stash acquired from my recent trip to Hobbycraft, with Jan. Strangely enough, Jan and I even talked about this almost EXACT design of card, so I'm hoping she will agree that it was a great used of this new sentiment!
Wouldn't this make a great "batch" card?
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scalloped card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card panel
  • Blue card matted using the 1/16" perfect layering ruler and a craft knife
  • DoCrafts sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Inkadinkado large snowflake stamped using Memento Bahama blue ink .... I lined the giant snowflake up with the bottom of the sentiment star
  • Stardust stickles to highlight and just plain add some twinkle!

I'm also going to be entering the above card over at Crafting for all seasons where their current challenge is: CHRISTMAS IN JULY and also for the CHRISTMAS IN JULY challenge at Creative Knockouts. It also rocks the photo inspiration challenge over at Festive Friday, where the photo makes me think of the cold weather - snowflakes - being indoors warm and cosy in front of that fire!

Now isn't this cosy and festive?

I've also been working on week two of Clare's FREE on-line workshop entitled "ME TIME MESSAGES", and here's how it shaped up this week, starting on Tuesday ......

Pick another word from your six and journal about it before sealing it inside a coloured envelope
I went with Kraft - well, it IS a colour!

Start to decorate the envelope with paint
Then add card and doodles - FRONT

With card and doodles added - BACK, yes, bet you've spotted my deliberate error!
Finished FRONT - deliberately soft focus!

Finished BACK - deliberately soft focus!
Voila! Just in time for the release of week three's project - Yee Haa!
Materials used:
  • Kraft envelope
  • Offcut of white card almost envelope size - for journaling using a felt pen
  • Kaisercraft gold and "Pound store" acrylic red, mixed with a credit card before using said card to apply "lines" of paint to both front and back of my envelope
  • Costco papers cut in to strips and attached pretty randomly
  • More paint - this time Kaisercraft gold mixed with pound shop violet (had to be done!)
  • Doodles drawn using a Pentel white paint pen and a Faber Castell pitt pen ("F" thickness)
  • Photos and journaling printed from my laser printer and cut out, adhered with Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue

See all of Clare's ME TIME MESSAGE projects here

It's my nephew's birthday today so, Happy Birthday, Jason - have a good day mate - card's in the post!

Hubby took me out to lunch yesterday, we nipped across the severn crossing, almost as far as Pontypridd and found Dandiecrafts where I shopped (just a little) before heading here for our lunch where we enjoyed their specials menu - we really OUGHT to do that more often. Want to see what I bought?

And now for the Friday Funny, this week it's winging its way to you courtesy of my friends Mary and Barry. It's entitled Holy Humour and is a little irreverent - if this is likely to offend you then please don't read on - otherwise ... ENJOY


There was a very gracious Lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country.
"Is there anything breakable in here?" asked the Postal Clerk.
"Only the Ten Commandments." answered the Lady.


"Somebody has said there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good morning, Lord," and there are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good Lord, it's morning."


A Minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn't find a space with a meter.
Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: "I have circled the block 10 times. If I don't park here, I'll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses."
When he returned, he found a citation from a Police Officer along with this note "I've circled this block for 10 years. If I don't give you a ticket I'll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation."


There is the story of a Pastor who got up one Sunday and announced to his Congregation: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program. The bad news is, it's still out there in your pockets."


While driving in Pennsylvania , a family caught up to an Amish carriage. The owner of the carriage obviously had a sense of humor, because attached to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign... "Energy efficient vehicle: Runs on oats and grass. Caution: Do not step in exhaust."


A Sunday School Teacher began her lesson with a question, "Boys and girls, what do we know about God?"
A hand shot up in the air. "He is an Artist!" said the kindergarten boy.
"Really? How do you know?" the teacher asked.
"You know - Our Father, who does Art in Heaven... "


A Minister waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend. The Attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars ahead of him. Finally, the Attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump.
"Reverend," said the young man, "I'm so sorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip."
The Minister chuckled, "I know what you mean. It's the same in my business."


People want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the centre of attention.


Sunday after church, a Mum asked her very young daughter what the lesson was about.
The daughter answered, "Don't be scared, you'll get your quilt."
Needless to say, the Mum was perplexed. Later in the day, the Pastor stopped by for tea and the Mum asked him what that morning's lesson was about.
He said "Be not afraid, thy comforter is coming."


The Minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular Organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute..The substitute wanted to know what to play.
"Here's a copy of the service," he said impatiently. "But, you'll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances."
During the service, the Minister paused and said, "Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected and we need £4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge £100 or more, please stand up."
At that moment, the substitute Organist played "God save the Queen"
And that is how the substitute became the regular organist!
Tee Hee!

Have a fabulous Friday and a great weekend, see you tomorrow for some challenge makes


sandie said...

I think I must be the second kind of person!!! Well, you know I am a purple lover so the Xmas tress is perfect to me! And they is a stunning design for the second card. Great to se you at ATSM x

Neets B said...

Oh you have been busy. I love your snowflake card with the sentiment stamped over the top, looks great. And thanks so much for playing along at ATSM this week, the perfect photo challenge for you, I would never think to make a purple Christmas card but you've pulled it off, Anita x

Rahmat said...

You have made a purple Christmas card so effortlessly! I also like the second card! Thank you for joining us at ATSM!

Lauren Hatwell said...

Well you HAVE been busy haven't you. Two smashing cards there to add to your Christmas stash. The second one would, indeed, make an excellent batch card. It's FAB!

Desperately hoping the weather will break today. Up early again to walk the dogs before it gets too hot. Have a great weekend, whatever you're doing.


Debs Willis said...

Can't believe you opened with 'there's only 4 left...' Aaaargh!
Love the purple tree, that stamp is gorgeous, must go hunting for it :-0


Geri said...

That is one pretty sentiment on your Festive Friday card! I really love it, and it looks great with that gorgeous snowflake behind it! Lovely card!!! Thanks so much for joining us at Festive Friday!

SARN said...

Hi Kathy . . . thank you for entering these two lovely festive makes into Rudolph Day. Really taken with the gorgeous black sentiment over the paler snowflake.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

KayM said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous! You are well on you way to the big day! Love the pretty snowflake on the blue and white one! Thanks so much for joining us at Festive Friday! :)

KayM said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous! You are well on you way to the big day! Love the pretty snowflake on the blue and white one! Thanks so much for joining us at Festive Friday! :)

Cornelia W said...

Such a lovely Christmas card - the sparkle is just wonderful! I also had a lot of fun reading your post - especially the funnies in the end - that gold colored Kraft paper is delicious, to! Great to see you playing with us at ATSM. Come back next time, too! Hugs, Cornelia DT

Debs M said...

2 great makes and fab ff x

serendipity said...

Fab cards, especially love the second Christmas one. So pleased I bought that stamp too.

cheryl said...

Oh hun these are beautiful hun love the styles and designs hun always such a great post to read hugs cheryl xx

cheryl said...

Oh hun these are beautiful hun love the styles and designs hun always such a great post to read hugs cheryl xx

scrappymo! said...

Two beautiful cards. The purple one is delightful!

The second one is so that script on the aqua snowflake.

Barb Ghig said...

Both cards are so beautiful, and I love your take on the inspiration photo! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at ATSM! And...thanks for this wonderful post! I really enjoyed it!

Mary said...

Kathy, really nice two cards and I like the tutorial on the craft envelope. I like your second card best, but then I'm more of a white space gal, though you'd never know looking at my cards....hmmmmm! Off for now...Happy Rudolph day.

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

That blue snowflake is gorgeous and just the perfect shade so that the sentiment over top is still perfectly legible (I struggle with that part of overstamping!!) so glad you joined us at Festive Friday!

Marie B. said...

After reading your funnies, I had to comment...I have lived in Pennsylvania all my life, and I have never heard that one before! Too funny, and so true! But about your cards, I love them both! The Festive Friday card is stunning! Your purple card would fit in nicely over at Jingle Belles for their current challenge...I would love to see it over there too! :)

Deborah Frings said...

You've been busy!!! I really like your lovely purple Christmas tree - so festive. And you're right - the graphic is perfect for you! Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week!

SmilynStef said...

What pretty cards ... so very glad you *took a header* with us at Jingle Belles.

Rebecca Luminarias said...

That Christmas star card is just beautiful! I love how sparkly all the details are against the white space and the blue star is really striking. Thanks for playing along with Festive Friday this week!

Denise Goeldner said...

Lovely creations. Thanks so much for joining us over at Creative Knockouts, good luck and hope to see you again.
~ Denise DT ~
Creative Knockouts
{Denise's Patch of Creativity}

lauren bergold said...

lovely cards! thanks for "taking a header" with us at JINGLE BELLES!

MaryH said...

Sorry to be late, but finally got a chance to zip over when I could enjoy your cards. Love the way you've superimposed the wonderful stamp sentiment over that snowflake. And really liking the design of #1 with the non-traditional colors. Both are just wonderful. Enjoyed the jokes too! Nice to have some good clean smiles! TFS & Hugs

Jani said...

Beautiful creations!
Thanks for joining us at CFAS!
Jani x

Bianca said...

You can never start to prepare for Christmas ealry enough. I love your creation it´s so wonderfull! Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons! xx Bianca

Anonymous said...

Your creation is so wonderful like the Paper you have used.
Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all seasons.
Hugs Elfie