Sunday, 27 January 2013

Rudolph Day - First of 2013

Hello Friends

Do you remember last year I joined in with my friend Sandra of Stamping for Pleasure  to celebrate Rudolph Day on the 25th of each month?  Well, I am joining in again this year in order to ensure I get ahead and have Christmas cards ready in time for the Big Day!!  So here are the first two cards which I have made and I have four more similar cards cut out ready to rock'n'roll.

You may recognise the stamps as being from the lovely Sheena Douglass set which I was lucky enough to win in the Playground draw! Thank you Di, they are gorgeous.  Lots of potential and I am having great fun playing with them!

I inked up backgrounds using Pine Needles, Seedles Preserves, Gathered Twigs and Festive Berries Distress Inks.  I spritzed and flicked with some water and once dried I inked the border ivy stamp with Archival ink, stamped down the side of each piece and embossed the image with clear embossing powder.  I thank made teeny tiny "berries" with liquid pearls. 

For the main image, again using Archival ink, I stamped the large mistletoe image onto cardstock and embossed the image with clear embossing powder.  I coloured the leaves and stems with a mixture of Copic markers and Distress Markers.  I cut around the mistletoe image but felt the background was too white.  So using distress inks I "washed" the backgrounds using a water pen.  I cut the gold/silver background using my Spellbinders die, punched my new EK Success punch, inked the SU tag and stamped with the sentiment which was in the SD set.  Plenty of Snippets used on these cards!

For those of you who know I go dancing on Wednesday evenings, I thought I would let you see how I celebrated Burns Night last night!  Dancing a Seann Triubhas in front of a packed room (about 100 guests) and an old friend Archie piped for me!  This was the first time I have had the crowd clapping to time and a standing ovation!! 

Sorry it the photo is not quite in perfect focus but I kept moving!!

Tee Hee!


Anonymous said...

Oh your a brave girl getting up to dance in front of all those people!

Lovely cards with beautiful colours!

Night night x

Alison Scott said...

How brave are you. That is a great achievement.
Your cards are lovely. The colours are fab!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

well done great work Sam, and one more off your list eh?? Shaz in Oz.x

Kyla said...

Fantastic, that must take some courage dancing in front of all those people.

Lovely colours on your card too.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous cards and love your photo. Great dancer.

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Well, firstly . . . .I love your two Rudolph Day cards. Great inky backgrounds and pretty mistletoe focal points.

Secondly . . .I agree with Rach on how brave you are to dance with an audience.

Sarn xx

Bubbles said...

Wow... so amazing that you danced in front of so many people - well done you!
I love your card - so many cards at the moment are quite simple and plain (though still very beautiful)... yours is so warming and rich - stunning!
Anyway... I was just popping over from Pixie's Place to say "Hi!"...
Bubbles #19

Di said...

Wow Sam - I love those colours - and of course the stamp set is beautiful :)

Fancy you shakin' a leg in front of all those people - I'd never have thought you were confident enough - snort, joke!! Good on yer girl - you look mahoosively nimble hopping about there!

Hugs, Di xx

butterfly said...

Beautiful colours on those cards - and what a wonderful dancing photo!
Alison x

Victoria said...

What a lovely way to celebrate! I love the wonderful colours of your card and that stamp looks like it's going to be well-loved!

Kate said...

Gorgeous background! I love how the berries are just hanging in mid air. You are one brave lady to dance in front of such a large crowd! And you look fabulous. Congrats on the standing must be good.

scrappymo! said...

Ohhhh, you are so brave...good for you girl! You look great and i am sure that you never were still. I remember when my youngest took Irish dancing for a year...then sadly decided it was not for her:(
So great that you danced on Robbie Burns Day.

Your cards look great, love the way you hung the mistletoe in the cutout sindow...just like it hangs in real life.

I'm glad to be back too...made some changes on a daily and weekly basis that should give me more energy...translation...I am doing next to nothing other than the 2 morning with the grandkids. The rest is me time till I feel stronger. DH is holding down the fort ...well my share of the fort anyway!

Anonymous said...

Ooh look at you go! You'll be turning pro in no time at all! Lovely cards, great inking technique.


Darnell J Knauss said...

Your cards are so amazing and colorful, Sam! And your dancing photo is an absolute treat!! I wish I could get up and dance like that by myself, let alone in front of a huge crowd. You will live forever ~ keep on dancing!!

Mrs A. said...

Me eads gone dizzy following how you made the cards but I love the results. Hugs Mrs A.