Saturday, 25 July 2015

Woo Hoo - It's RUDOLPH DAY AND Challenge Day - double Whammy!

Morning all,

Well, it's Rudolph Day once more ... what exactly IS Rudolph Day? Hmm, now that's a tough one .. it's all about preparing for Christmas well in advance of December 24th!!! So Christmas Day doesn't just kind of sneak up on you ... which it can (and HAS, at the Purple Palace!) ..... there are all sorts of sites and challenges to help you prepare - even the likes of the home shopping channels do "Christmas in July" to try to get you "in the mood" to start making your purchases and cards .... I set myself a project to use some images that didn't immediately scream CHRISTMAS at me, in order to make some Christmas cards and I came up with the four below - see what you think ....

CARD #1- utilising a non Christmas image or two .... add a Santa hat, some snow
and a sentiment and BINGO!
My Crazy bird and Visible Image flower stem - NOT CHRISTMAS-y!

And the co-ordinating insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • White 12 x 17½cm, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 10½ x 15½cm white card panel (x 2 including insert)
  • 11 x 16cm red card panel, for matting
  • Stampers Anonymous bird crazy image stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink .... stamped on to insert, envelope, image panel and separately on to a scrap of white card (makes cutting out so much easier if you don't have to faff with the quiff!!)
  • Alcohol markers to colour the image on scrap card which was then cut out, brushed with Paper Artsy Gloss Glaze before adhering directly over the image stamped on my front panel
  • Santa hat (All Night Media) stamped on to scrap of white card using Versamark ink, sprinkled with Red embossing tinsel and the excess shaken off before heat embossing and cutting out, gluing in to place on my crazy birds head - at a jaunty angle!
  • Visible Image INKognito flower stem stamped using Versamark ink, sprinkled with WOW! white puff embossing powder, excess shaken off and then heat embossed. For the insert I simply stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • Stamplorations sentiment builder sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

And here's another make:

CARD #2 - using a non Christmas-y downtown skyline but by adding
some glitter (snow) and a sleigh and it makes a Christmas card

A close up of the image panel - you just know Santa won't be stopping here ...
not with all those lights on!

The co-ordinating inside and envelope

Materials used:

  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Scrap of white card coloured with Distress Inks: tumbled glass, salty ocean, stormy sky and black soot
  • Hero Arts cityscape (not Christmas-y) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Distress marker in spiced marmalade used to colour in odd window  ... lights on!!
  • Inkylicious Sleigh image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • I then die cut the image panel in to a circle and die cut a slightly larger circle of navy, to mat
  • Inkylicious sentiment stamped directly on to the card blank using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Crystal stickles dotted randomly, to simulate stars

And another ......

CARD #3 - using a swipe image, a regular tree and it's not too Christmas-y
but add a sparkly snow, some glitter and a Christmas sentiment and suddenly
- it's a Christmas card

A closer view showing the twinkly puff embossing powder!

And the co-ordinating inside and envelope

Materials used:

  • 12 x 17½cm white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 10½ x 15½cm white card panel 
  • 11 x 16cm deep green card panel, for matting
  • Art Impressions tree image (not Christmas-y) stamped using Adirondack bottle green ink
  • Visible Image swipe (SOOOOO not Christmas-y) stamped at the base of my tree using Versamark ink.
  • WOW! White puff twinkle embossing powder sprinkled liberally over the swipe, the excess shaken off before heat embossing - gives a lovely twinkly dimensional feel to the card
  • Penny Black sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • For the insert I used a See D's sentiment instead
And, finally, another of those FABULOUS birdies ...

CARD #4 - using those fabulous crazy birds
Using cool and Christmas-y colours, some twinkle
and a large sentiment and you have another quirky Christmas card!

And a close up of this cutie!!
And  my co-ordinating inside and envelope

Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippets of card:- water colour card, black and red (linen effect DCWV) card
  • Stampers Anonymous "Bella Lugosi" image (you've never seen Bella Lugosi looking QUITE so warm and fuzzy have you?!?!) stamped twice, on to water colour card
  • Brusho's used water colour style to both colour "Bella" and add the background: lemon, orange, scarlet, dark brown, turquoise. I only painted the wings on the second image, and then cut them out.
  • Signo uniball white gel roller to highlight "Bella"
  • Personal Impressions parcel (not Christmas-y) stamped on to white card snippet using Versamark ink before sprinkling Sparkle 'n Sprinkle "Christmas Fire" embossing powder liberally and then heat embossing. I then cut out the image and attached with a glue dot
  • The spare pair of "wings" was attached over the original with the aid of dimensional foam
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Versamark ink and also "swiped" across the bottom of my image panel before sprinkling with WOW! white puffy tinsel embossing powder which was then heat embossed for the "snow" .... so far not a single truly Christmas-y image .....
  • Stamplorations sentiment builder stamped on to the card blank using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink ... finally a Christmas image .... on a Christmas card!!!!

So, it IS possible to make Christmas cards without using much in the way of a Christmas-y image!!! Woo Hoo. I'll be entering these makes for the following challenges:-
  1. Craftbubble2½ (membership required) Craft Mad and Loving It Group - July Rudolph Day - USE ONE (or more) NON CHRISTMAS IMAGE/S TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS PROJECT ... once I started I just couldn't stop! ...... card # 1
  2. Morgan's Art World - challenge No. 3 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY ..... card #1
  3. Crafting For All Seasons - challenge No. 106 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY .... card #1
  4. Penny's Paper Crafty - challenge No. 237 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY ......... Card #1
  5. CASology - challenge No.156 - LINE ...... card #1
  6. ABC of Christmas - O FOR OFF THE EDGE ........ card #2 (downtown skyline off the edge)
  7. Crafters Cafe - challenge NO. 126 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY ...... card #2
  8. Scraps of Life - July Rudolph Day - A Christmas themed make ..... card # 2
  9. Holly Jolly Christmas challenge - July - INSPIRED BY A CHRISTMAS CAROL/SONG - card #2 (Santa Claus is coming to town)
  10. Christmas Stamping All Year Round - challenge No. 51 - A CLEAN AND SIMPLE CHRISTMAS CARD ..... card #3
  11. Going grey with Scrap Creations - July challenge - CHRISTMAS IN JULY .... card #3
  12. Addicted to Stamps & More - challenge No. 154 - CAS (Clean And Simple) ..... card #3
  13. Eureka Stamps - challenge No. 150 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY ...... card #3
  14. Happy Little Stampers - July CHRISTMAS challenge - TREE - card #3
  15. Ooh La La! - challenge No. 185 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY ..... card #4
  16. Deep Ocean - challenge No. 108 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY ......  card #4
  17. Tuesday Throwdown - challenge No. 254 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY  ........ card #4
  18. Scrapbook Stamp Society - challenge No. 71 - ANYTHING GOES/optional HOLIDAY ...... card #4
  19. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 234 - RECIPE, USE SNIPPETS ...... card #4
Hope you will follow the links to see which ones I've entered for which challenge! None of my cards will be entered for all of them so, if the challenges have max numbers of other challenges then I hope I shan't have broken any rules. AND (of course) it means four more Christmas makes to add to my collection for 2015 - I now have 54! ..... Woo Hoo!! Happy Rudolph Day everyone!


Lauren Hatwell said...

Brilliant! Love them all. Really fab cards Mrs. Lx

scrappymo! said...

All your cards are fab but the Rudolph Days Card is so darn cute! That bird image is adoarbly cute!
Thanks for taking part in the July Rudolph Days Challenge.

Debs M said...

fabby cards Kathy x

Neets B said...

Wow Kathy, you've been super busy. Well done on getting ahead with your Christmas cards! Love your crazy bird as a robin, awesome idea!
Thanks for sharing with us for our snippets challenge.
Anita x
Less is More

Pink Unicorn said...

Your cards are gorgeous, I have to admit as I'm a huge fan of the crazy birds I loooove how you have used them to create Christmas cards. When I finally manage to get my hands on a set of them, I will use your gorgeous Christmas cards to create some of my own. Thank you for playing with us at the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge , “Inspired by a Christmas Carol”. We hope to see you back again soon! Karola, DT, InvisiblePinkCards

Aileen said...

Great collection of cards KathyK. Love the Tim Holtz birds, have actually just got mine. Its time to colour. Your colouring is brilliant.

Lilian said...

Great cards Kathy nd good luck with the challenges


Jan Ltc said...

Fab Lim card Kathy xx Jan

Cardsbymaaike said...

cute bird card I have it too and loved the dt card with the feathers, alomst went with that for my entry but yours with the hat and gift is so cute, bet you can;t wait to get the bird crazy extra bits to dress up these birds

Pauline said...

Love these birds! Fab cards!

Barb said...

You've really been busy Kathy. I especially like the crazy bird with Santa hat.Barbxx

Sarn said...

Morning Kathy . . . I am LOVING all your festive makes made with a mix of festive and non-festive stamps. Way to go!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Di said...

Oh gosh Kathy, these really are fabulous cards - what a great selection! I do so love those Crazy Birds too :)


Di xx Less is More GD (and still pinching myself!)

Jean said...

You have been a busy bee, a great set of cards, and I like the way you have mixed some Christmas and non Christmas stamps to make them.
Jean x

Loll said...

Wow ... you've been busy! Four fantastic cards, Kathy! Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers. xx

scrappyjacky said...

Love what you've done with the Tim Holtz birds.

MaryH said...

WOW! You've been super busy with this wealth of cards! Your quota should be met! Just got these TH Crazy Birds, and was fascinated at seeing how you turned these goofy images into Christmas motifs. Loved the glitter hat on #1. Also liked the way you've used the cityscape to create a festive holiday scene as well. Each card is perfectly suited to the holiday in ways I would never have thought to try, and I love all the glitters that you've put on them. The folds and different card shapes are just awesome! Well done, Miss K. TFS & Happy wkend.

KarinsArtScrap said...


Fabulous and wonderful christmas cards.

Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

Lynne said...

Wow! so much craftiness. Loving all your christmas cards and so many challenges too.
Lynne xxx

sally said...

I do love those crazy birds!


Kathleen said...

Wow Kathy these are all stunning, 4 fabulous creations.

Kath x

Joyce said...

Lots of wonderful cards here. Love how you also did all the insides. Thanks so much for including CASology in your crafting this week.

Crafting Suzie's Creations said...

Lovely card thank you for joining us at ooh la la creations hugs Sue xx

Jane Willis said...

What a great collection of cards - I love the ones you've used the crazy birds on as I'd never have thought of them as being even slightly festive, yet they work brilliantly!

Kaija said...

Gorgeous Christmas card!Thanks for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.Welcome again and Good Luck!
Gr.Kaija DT-member

Sue - said...

Wow you've been super busy with this great collection of cards. Large the robin!

Moni said...

Beautiful cards!!!! Cone and join us in our "Quirky White" challenge.


Barb said...

Beautiful cards with a wonderful design and choice of colors. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting for all Seasons. Barb

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Beautiful cards, thanks for joining us at CSAYL. Sue x

Sazzle Dazzle said...

You are certainly getting organised and in full Christmas spirit here Kathy.
Fantastic cards and love all your takes with those birdie images. I'm glad you found one to link up at Less is More too and well done on being first in this week! Thanks as always for playing along.
Sarah x

AO Creations said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at The Crafters Cafe, good luck!!! Amy DT

Kylie said...

You have outdone yourself, Kathy! What a great lot of cards you have going on here. I have to say I do love the tree one. The glittery snow is beautiful! Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

Anne said...

What a gorgeous collection Kathy! I like the way that you used not necessarily Christmas stamps, though heaven knows I have plenty lol!
Thank you for playing along with Snippets for Chrissie and being first!
"Less is More"

cass said...

Wonderful Cards. Thanks for joining us at The Crafter's Cafe this week for our "Christmas in July" challenge.

Peanut said...

What a fabulous projects, Kathy. Love the colours and embellishment details on your Christmas cards. Thanks for joining the Christmas In July challenge at Tuesday Throwdown.
x Asha

Carol said...

What a super selection of cards Kathy, love them all but gotta love those crazy birds! Thanks for joining us at the first Happy Stampers Christmas challenge too with your super tree. Carol x

Dana said...

Wow!! Lots of fabulous cards!! Thanks for playing with us at Addicted to Stamps and More!!

Craftychris said...

Wow, your cards are inspirational! So many ideas of using different stamps for Christmas. Just brilliant! xxx

Michelle said...

Wonderful job! Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge this week! Hope to see you back again soon :)

Helen said...

A great card - thanks for joining us at Penny's

Helen x

Gerrina said...

So late in leaving you a comment; sorry! It really is vacationtime here; no normal schedules :)
What a great serie cards! Love the tree and of course the fun bird in X-mas theme; soo great!
I start after the summer with those; just want to enjoy the season... Have a colourfull week!

LesleyG said...

woohoo what a fabulous collection of festive makes! Love the skyline die cut from paper, and the craaaaazy birds xxx

Viv said...

Fab cards Kathy, I just bought those cute birds too. Not sure what to do with them yet though ;) Viv xx

Meighan Wheller said...

Wonderful Christmas cards Kathy. Thanks for sharing with us at Holly Jolly. Meighan DT

Helen said...

These are fabulous! Love that you made co-ordinating envelopes!

Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Helen x