Saturday 30 May 2015

Rudolph Day - May 2015

Hello there

The best laid plans and all that.......

This past month has gone at such a pace that I completely forgot about getting cards ready for 25th of the month.  So Monday afternoon I sat down and made some cards and ruled that as many of the parts had to come out of my Christmas basket of shame.  Let me tell you this basket is overflowing with Snippets, embellishments, ribbons, and all manner of Christmas things.  It really needs to be cleared and so I have made the decision that if there is anything left in there by September then I will be giving them to my neighbour for the Brownies.  Some of the stuff is so old and it is time to get rid of.

I completed seven on Monday which I thought was good going for me, and on Tuesday evening I completed another three which means that for the first time this year I managed to complete my target of ten per month!!!  Yeay!!!!!!

So here they all are....

Using Dreamweaver stencil, stencil paste and microbeads onto black cardstock (I did this last year but never used it) I then cut around the image and mounted it with a lot of glue onto the glitter cardstock Snippet (having put it under a heavy book overnight to make the glue stick).  I wrapped silver twin, tied a Snippet of recycled ribbon and tied on two bells (from Christmas crackers) and mounted it all onto a card which came from a kit from QVC many years ago.

Chipboard from chit pads used in work using Tim Holtz die borrowed from buddy and inked with Festive Berries DI, brushed with Kiwi Perfect Pearls and then stamped with Tim Holtz flourish stamp.  Snippets of patterned papers and Poinsettia cut from TH die with brad in the centre.  All mounted onto card, some faux stitching and another completed.

The background piece was made as a mock up for a Christmas Album two years ago.  I chopped it up to make this panel.  Susan Wilson (NBUS) die cut with Snippets and layered.  Some ribbon to tie a double bow.  Hero Arts stamp for the sentiment and mounted on a Snippet and pearls added.  No 2 completed.

Background paper Bo Bunny and just enough to paper two cards.  Punched the corner with Martha Stewart punch and added some faux stitching.  The Trees were stamped with Stampin Up stamp (NBUS yet had it for ages) and then punched.  The trunks and pot were from the same set.  Embossed with clear embossing powder.  Sentiment stamp is TH.  XCut die cuts, again from Snippets. All stamping is Pine Needles DI. Added some shimmery die cut stars (SSS) and a teeny bow.
Same details as above, but I chomped the corners with Memory Keepers chomper.
This background piece is soooo old I am not sure it was even this century when I bought it!  I found a piece of kraft card looking lonely so I cut it in half, chomped the corners and punched a hole using my SU 1/2" punch.  I took another Snippet and punched a 3/4" punch and made a hole ring thingie.  Stamped a TH stamp and then ran it through the B/S with an embossing folder.  Die cut some stars with a K&Co Snippet added it on then added schtickles.  The rosette was taken off one of my Tags and I added another punched circle.  I took my TH chit chat stickers, ribbon and another for the tin.
Similar to the last one, only I used a different Snippet. 
And now for the recycling of my Christmas Tags. I used a freebie piece for the background (I think it is Docrafts), chomped the corners and then added the Tag, having first of all added a TH word card underneath.  I took the original paper bow off as it had got bashed in the basket and replaced it with a punchboard bow with a button in the centre. 
I tried putting this tag onto a background piece but nothing worked.  Whatever I used didn't work so I just plonked it onto the kraft card, chomped the corners and added faux stitching.

And last but not least here is my last card for today.  Thanks for sticking with me so far.  Another I made for the Funkie Junkie Tags Challenge.  This is pretty heavy so it will be a hand-delivered to the recipient.  Only thing I have added is a Snowflake die cut from the Snippets basket and a word card from Tim Holtz.
I thought I would share a photo of my lickle Dobby.  Does he look comfy or what?  Bless him.  Some of you may know he has been poorly having had a fall down our stairs, but he is slowly getting better and in the last few days he has been more of his usual self.  Only thing is we now have to carry him down the stairs to save him straining his shoulder joints.
Right then.  That is it from me.  Thank you for sticking with me.  Off to join Mo at the Rudolph Day Challenge, Miss Di at the Snippets Playground (Miss is away at the moment on a school reunion so I am guessing there is some mischief going on behind the bike shed with the usual suspects), Cuttlebug Mania as there is plenty of bling on these, and I am joining Hazel at Hazelnuts.
Have a great weekend.


Kathyk said...

FAB collection of cards you have going on there.

Dobby looks adorable and I hope he'll make a full recovery


CraftygasheadZo said...

Love them all! Fabulous designs and so tactile looking too. Take care Zo xx

Lindsey said...

Gosh you have been busy!! What a lot of work with all the many layers & embellishments! Fabulous x

Sarn said...

WOW -TEN???? You did extremely well . . . surely your Christmas TOS is nearly empty? There's so much work in all these cards Sam . . . they are simply LOVELY.

Give Dobby an extra hug from me. Oh, and a handful of corn for the chooks (best not leave 'em out . . . you know what they're like!)

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sue said...

Oh wow Sam you put me to shame I haven't even started my Christmas cards yet and I keep forgetting about Mo's challenge too:( no clue where the days are going..Dobby looks so comfy...Ollie isn't well at the moment he's back to the vets on Monday ..lots of huggles Sue xxx

Kathleen said...

Very well done indeed Sam and some really lovely creations, I am not going to comment on every single but just saying they are all fabulous and well done on using up a load of old stuff.

Thank you for joining in the May Rudolph Day challenge.

Kath x

Sue - said...

Oh wow what a fab collection. I feel pleased if I make one card in a day!

Carol L said...

What an incredible collection of beautiful Christmas cards, and I applaud you for drawing from your basket of shame! Who knew so many goodies were hiding in that basket? I especially love the first one with all the silver and blue sparkle, and a jingle bell too?! yes please! NJ

Mrs A. said...

Bootiful selection. Cuddles to Dobbie. Hugs Mrs A.

scrappymo! said...

Oh my have made so many gorgeous cards. I think my favourite is the second to last one. I just love that tag so much!
But they are all beautiful! I love that you made them from your bits basket...well done you. You always make them sound so easy when you describe them...but I know they are not as they have such lovely details and designs.

Poor little Dobby. Hope he continues to heal and has a full recovery soon.

Thanks for taking part in the May Rudolph Days Challenge.

laurie said...

What a great collection of cards! They are all so awesome!

Di said...

Wonderful cards Sam!And a big hug to Dobby, bless him.


Di xx

Karen Petitt said...

So many fabulous cards and tags - love all of them - you are quick too Hettie - seven in one day!! Wowser I'm happy if I can make five a week lol. I can't believe you have a dog called Dobby too - so cute! Karen x

Diane said...

Outstanding collection of designs Hettie, wishing Dobby a speedy recovery.

Hugs Diane

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Well, I'm only a week late getting here, but these cards are wonderful. It's always good to use old stuff, and even better when you commit to using it before buying anything new. These are all so well made and you put so much work into each one. I suspect you will have more than enough cards to send at Christmas this year if you keep going at this rate.

LesleyG said...

wonderful collection of cards and tags, well done. Hope Dobby is doing well xxx

Bonnie said...

Wow, what a clean out you had, Sam! Your box of shame (I call mine UFO) must be much lighter! Love, love, love that first card with all the sparkle! And all those tag cards are amazing! So many wonderful details!

Words and Pictures said...

Wow - kudos to you on completing the full ten... and they're all so fresh and different. Great textures and use of scraps - really enjoying the embossed kraft card and the hessian and mesh textures.
Alison xx