Monday, 25 August 2014

Rudolph Day August 2014 ...NBUS...Special Thank you...

Hello There!

Happy Rudolph Day and Happy Wet Bank Holiday for all you UK Peeps!  Great day for crafting don't you think?

First in today's post I would like to thank a Special Person who has been the provider of part of today's post.  You may or may not recall that I was lucky enough to be a Winner in Darnell's NBUS prize giveaway a little while ago.  Well I ponder and procraftinated as to what goodies I would buy with my vulture from Countryview Crafts for a little while.  I knew I wanted to buy something that I would be able to remember where and how they were bought so inks and paper were out as they once they were used they would be gone.  After some pondering I decided on these...

 I had seen and fancied them for some time but I hadn't bought them as I thought they were a bit spensive.  However I decided that as I didn't expect to see this money I would buy something that I rather liked.  And here is the first card I made using them.  This is Hubby's favourite...
For the background I used plain cream card and stamped a TH script die.  I cut a Snippet of green card to make the TH doily and the MB music and coloured over with Forest Moss DI.  The music was given to me by a friend.  The Sentiment is an old K&Co chipboard.  Then for the ornaments.  Inked with Versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder.  Cut out using the new SB die and then dangled with gold cord.

 And now for no. 2...
For the background I used some VOS DCWV paper.  I used the MB edge die and embossed with WOW Sparkling Snow embossing powder.  I cut out the ornaments with bright pink metallic card and then again with vellum.  I embossed two with TH embossing folder and the third I stamped with versamark and Hero Arts stamp before embossing with WOW Brilliant White powder.  The bows are VOS from Papermania and the dots are also VOS from QVC.  The ornaments are hung using some snippets of star trim - don't even ask where I got that from.  I added some VOS stars to the top right corner.
No. 3 (I love this one)...
The background is a piece of DCWV paper which I doodled around the edge.  I stamped all four of the stamps with Versamark and inked with WOW powder.  I cut the shapes and strip and then took some VOS white ink and smudged the edges, and doodled around the sentiment.  I attached the sentiment with brads and the ornaments with foam pads after using some silver cord to hang them.

 No. 4...
 The background is another piece of the above paper.  I inked the purple Snippet and then embossed with silver powder.  The ornaments are held up with silver cord and MB bows.  A little Snippet of red cardstock was cut into heart strip using EK Success punch and then embossed with clear powder.  Another strip of brown card was punched, again with EK Success punch to create the row of reindeers along the bottom.

 No. 5 (another favourite one of mine)...

I stamped the larger stamp with white SU embossing powder (it smells of vanilla) and cut it.  I layerd up some striped paper onto the card and embossed a piece of white with SU embossing folder.  I took a Snippet of ribbon to hang the ornament with some foilage cut from TH die and snippets.  The bow is left over from those used in Christmas Album a few years back.  The sentiment across the bottom is a Snippet of red card which I stamped with Penny Black stamp, stitching the edge and adhering.

And finally No. 6 - my outright favourite...


The paper used on the front was in a pack on the Help Yourself table at the last WOYWW Crop.  I adhered it to the front of a gatefold card and I used two Snippets to cover behind the gatefold.  (If you look close you will realise one is horizontal and the other vertical.  I didn't have enough to cut them both the same!) I then carefully cut the front of the card to make the peephole.  The rosette was in my Tin of Shame.

Open it up and here is what is inside...

The Santa stamp is a NBUS!!!  I used some other TH stamps inside.  All inking is done with Gathered Twigs DI.  There is another piece of the paperpack used on the front but I haven't taken a photo - doh!

Right then.  That is enough waffle from me.  I am off over to my Mate Sandra's blog to share this in the Rudolph Day Challenge as well as the Snippets Playground as there are snippets a-plenty used in these.  I am also going to share with Crafty Hazelnut who is looking for Mery and Bright and Extra as always Anything Goes over there.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.  I have another project to share using these dies but later this week probably. 

Thanks for looking.

Hettie

22 comments:

Bonnie said...

I like your way of thinking and isn't it nice that Darnell allowed you to splurge on something you'd been wanting for a while! You've made a bevy of beautiful ornaments! Glad I don't have to pick a favorite!

Jean Straw said...

A great set of cards you made here. What a lovely set of stamps and dies you got. A fabulous prize. I love that shape of bauble.
Jean x

Irene said...

Hello Sam

A beaautiful and stunning set of Christmas cards, it's hard to choose a favourite but I love number 5.

A brilliant choice of craft goodies for your win.

lu

mamapez5 said...

How nice, to have some unexpected money to spend. Well done for really treating yourself. And well done too for putting them straight to good use. I love all the cards, but no 5 is the top one for me. Kate x

Kathleen said...

No 5 is my favorite but they are all gorgeous, a fab image and die.

Kath x

Darnell J Knauss said...

Oh, my goodness, Sam, you have been busy!! Each one of these is so intricate and detailed compared to my minimalist cards, my mouth was quite dislocated by the time I got down to no. 6!! Which, BTW, is my favorite, too! How could you not have used that Santa before? He must have been a brand new NBUS. He is smashing to look at as the gates are opened!!

I'm so happy you were able to get goodies that you've been wanting so you could soil yourself! I mean, spoil, please, spoil yourself! Gracious, the difference a letter makes!! Big hugs, Darnell

Terry said...

Happy Birthday, Sam! I sure hope you had a great one. Loving these Christmas projects and the ornaments are gorgeous and especially the Santa one, so clever! Well you are getting a head start on Christmas! Hugs!

Stamps and Paper said...

Such a lovely collection if Christmas cards amazing to see so many ways of using your stamps and die

Anne

scrappymo! said...

How nice this prize allowed you to get something you have been eying up for a spell. And, even better loved when you have waited a bit for something!

You have made so many wonderful cards here,,,my head is spinning. AT first I thought that my fave was the same as your DH's...but then I saw the one with the purple ornaments and thought it was so you!!!

Great cards Sam!

Shaz Brooks said...

Oh Sam- you've just successfully enabled! That is great, love the bauble stamps to match the dies. I have the Heirloom Ornaments die, the longer one. Now I have to go see if they have stamps for that too.! Hugs, Shaz xxx

Sue said...

Wow beautiful cards Sam! lots of huggles Sue xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Sam,
well not 2 great cards but 6.
Great minds and all that as I made 6 too, but mine were all the same.
Congrats on your win, and I am so pleased you managed to buy something you had been after for a while.
Those 6 cards are all really lovely, and all so different too.
I think my fav is the last one.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Suze said...

You have been busy with your new "toys". These are all great cards but must say my fav is the same one as your husband. Thank you for joining in the challenge at CHNC Extra for August.

Di said...

Wow Sam, these are just fabulous! And you did so well with your gift certificate from Darnell. I finally spent mine too - on dies (as you say, they last forever), but not baubles, although I do so love the ones you got :)

I think the last card is the bestest out of this amazing collection - mostly 'cos of the surprise! :)

Hugs, Di xx

SARN said...

Loving these Rudolph Day cards Sam. You made a wonderful prize choice - good investment. And you've put them hard to work already!

I really love all six of them - but if I had to choose . . . I think I'd pick the gatefold as I love shaped cards and that's a great shape with die cut front.

Thanks for playing along.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

My gosh! Aren't you the over achiever! All your cards are great though. Love what you decided to purchase with your gift. It was definitely a great choice!

Karen Petitt said...

Beautiful Christmas cards Hettie and it's nice to hear that you treated yourself to some tools you have wanted for a long time! I love, love, love your gorgeous vintage Santa and the die cut 'bauble window' is inspired! I hope you have a lot of fun with them for many years Karen x

MaryH said...

Oh my! Such richness of cards. Each one is just fab using those S/B holiday ornaments, and did you ever get creative with the decorations. I think #1 is my fav (maybe cuz I saw it first? No I think it is the doily with the ornament - maybe!) Each is a work of art, but a brilliant idea to stamp Santa face into the ornament - 'nother great creative touch. Well done to have so many cards for your stash, use NBUS & snippets and then have entrée into several challenges! Well DONE Miss Hettie. TFS & Hugs

Debs Willis said...

What gorgeous cards! Great die & stamps ( now on my wish list too!) and the black, white & pink one is my fave
Hugs
Debs x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Hettie.... thanks so much for popping over to my place cos then I hopped up and came to see your beauties. .. what a great idea there on your prize spend.... certainly very creative spend... and your card list is on a roll wish could say the same for yours truly.
Off to peep at other posts. Hugs Shaz in Oz x

Hazel said...

Thank you for sharing your super creation for my CHNC challenge extra for August - hope to see you again soon x

butterfly said...

Fantastic display of the versatility of those stamps - all gorgeous, but I think you're right about the last one. It's brilliant!
Alison xx