Rudolph Days Challenge March 2020

i’m up on the Rudolph Days Challenge blog this month, hosted by Maureen, to encourage you to create your holiday cards from the 25th to the last day of every month; there’s also a prize waiting for one random winner.

vintage christmas card copyright linda snailzpace.com

this was a very easy card to make because i didn’t paint this time; i cut out one of the sweet images from a 12 x 12 sheet of Bo Bunny Christmas Treasures. the impression obsession swirl was stamped in plum ink and i used burgundy linen cardstock to die cut the hero arts snowflake swirl and border before i popped the image on foam tape. This is a great way to embellish upcycled images or card toppers.

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Sticker Christmas Cards

i made four QAE (quick and easy) Christmas cards using Penny Black stickers; unfortunately, they are being discontinued but they are still for sale at penny black inc: berry delight.

sticker christmas cards

all the sentiments are clearly besotted and were stamped with versafine inks.

as a design team member for Rudolph Days Challenge, it’s my month off but i’m playing along just for fun and to build up my stash of cards. the Jingle Belles inspired me with their ‘Stuck On You‘ sticker theme, otherwise i might not have been able to join the challenges.

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Redesigning Designer Paper For Rudolph Days

it’s time for the first 2020 Rudolph Days Challenge, hosted by maureen, where we encourage you to create christmas cards/creations during the last week of every month until November. you only need to submit one entry to be eligible for a generous prize.holly christmas card copyright linda snailzpace.com

for my DT card, i used a technique i am calling redesigning designer paper. i wanted to use the taylored expressions holly embossing folder but with something other than a plain background. see below for steps. I finished off the card with impression obsession die cut holly embellishment and a creative expressions die cut sentiment with red cardstock.

photo heavy tutorial:

step 1: choose paper

step 2: emboss
(if lightweight paper is used, avoid cutting through by placing copy paper behind DP)

step 3: choose inks, ink up brayer
(before brayering on paper, brayer on teflon sheet to evenly distribute ink)

step 4: brayer embossed paper with light pressure

step 5: brayer another layer, lightly

step 6 continue, lightly, until you’re happy with colour intensity

step 7: use marker to colour details

step 8: use leftover inks to splatter background

step 9: spritz leftover inks on teflon sheet

step 10: press watercolour paper onto spritzed inks

I’d love to see your creations using this technique. thanks for popping by.

Warm Winter Wishes

every year i make a set of cards for my daughter to send out to the vet and other animal lovers so this is the 2019 design.

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i painted the small stampendous image with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper and attached it to a green vellum-like circle mat. the sizzix tim holtz holly die separates pieces so i die cut through the white cardstock, attached a green shimmery vellum-like rectangle behind it and then taped that piece to the card base. i thought it would be faster than inlaid holly because i made 12 cards. to finish it off i stamped a Clearly Besotted sentiment. i added glossy accents to the buttons but resisted adding glitter to the cuffs and pom pom because some bunnies like paper and touch their noses to it.

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Christmas Kisses

i gave these cute Lawn Fawn tiny gift boxes to one of my specialist’s office staff; they hold one chocolate Lindt truffle or in this case, they’re stuffed with four Hershey kisses.

christmas treat boxes copyright linda snailzpace.com

the papers are doodlebug and i white heat embossed a tiny tag sayings sentiment on the circle die that comes with the die set.

i’m playing along with the LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 65 – FUN WITH DIES! and the Scrapy Land Challenges #126 – Always Anything Goes with Die Brand SL sells; Lawn Fawn.

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Mid Month Reminder for Penny Black and More

i’m sharing another design team card for the november Penny Black and More Challenge theme of Christmas.

penny black snowman stamp with hedgie in teal copyright linda snailzpace.com

i custom mixed some twinkling H2Os so i could match the penny black festive and frosty paper and painted this sweet Penny Black wood stamp image, ‘Snowy & Hedgy’ using hot press watercolour paper. i added glitter snow dots, around the image panel and snowy’s hat.

to play along your focal point has to be hand stamped to be eligible for a prize from our generous sponsors: Penny Black and Crafts U Love.

i’m submitting this to these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge – Favourite Cute or Traditional for Xmas (& why): cute is my favourite just because all those adorable creatures make me smile and they’re fun to colour
Bastel Traum Challenge– Winter/Christmas
Cardz 4 Galz – #109 Let It Snow 
Christmas Crafts All Year Round November – Stockings or other Winter Clothing (hat and scarf)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper November – Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Daisy Chain Challenges – #36 Christmas/Winter
Jingle Belles – must be Christmas – BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE  – MITTENS, SCARFS AND SWEATERS
Little Red Wagon #523 – Use More Than Two Words

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Sweet Dreams For Penny Black and More

november already – how did that happen? since it’s the first sunday of a new month, it’s time for a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge.

penny black mice dreaming of christmas copyright linda snailzpace.com

if you celebrate christmas, we’d like to see your christmas creations.

i painted this sweet image, a Penny Black wood stamp called ‘dreaming of a white christmas,’ with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper; i fussy cut it to pop on foam tape over the Penny Black die cut floor, coloured with distress inks. to finish it off, i added glossy accents to all the bed posts and i fussy cut the stockings for dimension.

remember your focal point has to be hand stamped to be eligible for a prize from our generous sponsors: Penny Black and Crafts U Love. have you started making holiday cards?

i’m submitting this card to these challenges:

Jingle Belles YETI OR NOT (ANIMAL)
Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog #16 Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #606 Christmas/Holidays
Art Impressions Stamp Challenge #269 Holiday Cards
Your Next Stamp Challenge #126 – Holiday Wishes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes

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My Sentiments Exactly

it’s time for the October Rudolph Days Challenge hosted by Maureen and I’ve created something different this time for my design team cards.

As a bereaved parent, I searched for years for sentiments that were sensitive to people dealing with grief during the holidays. Sometimes it can be hard to hear that the holiday season is the merriest, most wonderful time of the year because we’re grieving and missing our loved one(s). It can also be hard to keep up with sentimental family traditions because they make us too sad.

I found a few stamps and one die that I felt were suitable; these Christmas cards are a great way to show extra sensitivity towards people who have experienced a loss.

Memory Box Holiday Greenery stamp set:
thinking of you at christmas greenery card copyright linda snailzpace.com

I painted this image with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper, stamped the sentiment, added a thin Burgundy linen cardstock mat and attached it to a matte gold foil yardstick that covered the white base. I spritzed with gold sheer shimmer spray.

Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Designs – Die Thinking Of You At Christmasthinking of you at christmas die cut sentiment floral paper copyright linda snailzpace.com

I used the same burgundy linen cardstock to cut the sentiment and inlaid it on the green dotted holiday paper so it’s nice and flat for mailing.

Visible Image Sentimental Christmas: did not arrive in time to use on a card for this post but I love that it has a ‘thinking of you’ sentiment for the front of a card in a lovely typeface and a verse for the inside as well.

Hero Arts HOLIDAY MESSAGES AND ICONS: also did not arrive in time but I like the ‘thinking of you this time of year’ sentiment.

if you know of any others, please let me know.

visit maureen’s blog for the simple rules to play along.

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Cup of Christmas Cheer

i’m playing along with the SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge #59 ~ Fresh Inspiration:

sugar pea coffee cup copyright linda snailzpace.com

i opted to use both the colours and the sketch. i fussy cut and painted the cup from the SugarPea Designs Mugs & Kisses stamp set with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper and attached it to a silver shimmer cardstock circle. the blue mats were sponged with chipped sapphire distress ink and the merry was cut from the back of this photo play lost mitten paper. both the image panel and sentiment were popped on foam tape.

it’s my DT month off at the Rudolph Days Challenge but i’m playing along for fun to continue my monthly christmas card creations.

i’m also submitting this card to the Simon Says SugarPea Designs STAMPtember® 2019 Exclusive Collaboration!

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Small Christmas Cards For Rudolph Days Challenge

it’s my turn to create a project for the August Rudolph Days Challenge, hosted by Maureen.

i was going to post each little card individually, but i think they show up well enough in the group photo.

i love using small images on tags but this time i made a set of six 3 inch cards and a box following this tutorial. these cute little images are from the Clearly Besotted ‘shake it up’ clear stamp set that i painted with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper and fussy cut. the pretty papers are from the Penny Black Christmas 6 x 6 Paper Pad Festive and Frosty and the sentiment was heat embossed with white embossing powder. i used a white gel pen for the snow and added glitter to each snow mound. the dots were made with a mama elephant border die.

remember you have until the end of the month to play along for a generous prize and, as always, it’s an anything goes christmas theme. i know, it’s summer and maybe it’s too early to think about holiday cards, but there are only 3 Rudolph Days Challenges before Christmas – will you be ready?

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Christmas Tree Trio

it’s my month off so i’m playing along with Maureen’s Rudolph Days Challenge just for fun.

christmas tree trio card

i painted the sky with twinkling H2Os on cold press watercolour paper and painted the yvonne creations trees with twinks too. i added glitter to the branches and stamped the sentiment from a tri-colour ink pad.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenges  #117- Always Anything Goes with Die Brand SL sells: tree die 

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Traditional And Non Traditional Christmas Colours

it’s my turn to post my design team card for the Rudolph Days Challenge hosted by maureen at scrappymo’s blog.

snowman and bird in traditional colours

snowman and bird in non traditional colours

i used this adorable Neat and Tangled snowman stamp set and coordinating die set to create traditional and non traditional cards. all images were painted with daniel smith watercolour paints on hot press watercolour paper but both skies were sponged with distress inks. everything is popped on foam tape and i finished them off with a touch of glitter on the hats.

anything christmas themed is all that you need to play along with a limit of one entry that you can submit up until june 30 for a chance to win a generous prize.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

Jingle Belles must be Christmas – SNOW
My Time to Craft #399 Watercolor;
daniel smith paints
As You Like It Challenge Favourite Summer or Winter Colors (& why): the cool colour palette of winter is my favourite as i find it more calming.

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Tis The Season

i’m playing along with the Rudolph Days Challenge just for fun this month, to build up my christmas card stash.

tis the season copyright linda snailzpace.com

this was a very quick and easy card so i made a set of four. i cut a 12 x 12 paper to A2 size to cover the card bases and attached the holly jolly music border die (Yvonne Creations) cut from shimmery white gold card stock.

i’m also playing along with the anything goes theme at Simon Says Wednesday.

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Pair of Penguins For Rudolph Days

it’s time for the monthly rudolph days challenge at maureen’s (scrappymo) blog, where we encourage you to create christmas projects.

penguin christmas card in blue

i used two different colour schemes to create two similar cards but made a feminine and masculine version.

i painted the elizabeth craft designs penguins with twinkling H2Os, used the coordinating die, and finished the card with these lawn fawn products: merry die, mini snowflakes die and christmas sentiment stamped in white.

the deadline to enter your christmas project is the end of the month, plus you’d be entered in a draw for a fabulous prize so why not play along?

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Pop Up Prezzies

it’s time for the february rudolph days challenge, hosted by maureen (scrappymo), where we create holiday cards every month instead of waiting until the last minute mail date.

penny black christmas teddy front copyright linda snailzpace.com

i painted this cute bear from a new penny black set with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper and added glitter to the snow on the top of the letters. i sponged the tree and used permanent markers to colour the clear gems, stamped the dots in white ink on red cardstock, cut it into a circle and attached it to a doily die cut circle. to finish off the card i added pop up prezzies using designer paper, card stock and my scor-pal. (see end of post).

as always it’s an anything goes theme and the challenge ends the last day of the month.

i’d like to submit this card to the Scor-Pal More than One Score Challenge #56 February ANYTHING GOES.

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card stock pop up mechanism:

there are pop up dies to avoid measuring and cutting into paper but the cut layer needs to attach to the inside of a card to somewhat cover the cut areas. i wanted an easier method and these mechanisms that have been around for a while can be used directly on the inside of a card.

1/2″ x 2 1/2″ card stock, scored every half inch with tape on the end section to attach to the first section for a basic square that would extend a pop up 1/2″ away from the card fold.

for pop ups that would extend further out, like 3/4″, adjust measurements: 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ scored at 3/4″, 1 1/4″, 2″, 2 1/2″.

the difference between the 1/2″ and 3/4″ extensions; attached with tape to the back and bottom sections.

for my card sample, i wanted a row of prezzies so instead of creating three mechanisms, i created one: 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″, scored 4 times at 1/2″.

the one piece pop up mechanism:

any questions, contact me.

supplies:

stamp: penny black bear, hero arts snow dots, clearly besotted sentiment and paw
dies: impression obsession tree, impression obsession stitched presents, taylored expressions bow, marianne design doily

Very Quick Christmas Cards

happy 2019! i don’t make new year resolutions; do you? i keep an ongoing list of attainable goals so i can feel a sense of accomplishment, like creating, staying focused, and eating more healthy foods.

since i’m one who enjoys making christmas cards year round, i’m playing along with the new Impression Obsession Challenge theme of Holiday Greetings!

IO trees copyright linda snailzpace.com

this is a clean and simple design and very quick to make so i created a set of eight cards. the IO tree image (E7724) and the IO sentiment (winter trees CL98) were stamped on the front with VersaFine Clair Shady Lane, which i love, and i used another sentiment from the winter trees CL98 set on the inside.

i’m also playing along with the Alphabet Challenge where T IS FOR TREES

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Holly Prezzie

i used my scor-pal to create this different style of box for a christmas prezzie.

flap lid box copyright linda snailzpace.com

i followed this tutorial; this lid tucks in behind the poinsettia that was die cut from red cardstock and i added some glitter glue.

i’m playing along with the Scor-Pal More than One Score Challenge #55 December Anything Goes Christmas.

wishing everyone a peaceful holiday season and the best of everything for 2019!

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Christmas Bunny

i made this card for a friend who has a bunny that is a little diva so i had to give her a pink jacket and a purple sled.christmas bunny copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i sponged the sky and poppystamps sentiment with distress inks and painted the memory box bunny and sled with twinkling H2Os, die cut with coordinating dies; i added glitter to the sled and the sky.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

as you like it challenge – Favourite Christmas Animal (and why?) it was difficult to choose a favourite christmas animal because i love so many, but bunnies are my favourite, this year anyway. bunnies are so adorable and i love stamps that illustrate how entertaining they can be.

addicted to stamps – #169 Christmas Non Traditional Colours

memory box – #44- Holiday Sparkle and Shine

poppystamps – #51 Merry & Bright

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Traditional Christmas At Penny Black And More

this is my mid month creation for the penny black and more challenge where the theme is Traditional Christmas (reds, golds, greens).

penny black snow man ornament copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i painted this cute tiny snowman from the Penny Black christmas every day set with twinkling H2Os, added some glitter and snow.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped (any company) to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Heartfelt Creations stamps, and a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

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12 Tags Of Christmas With A Feminine Twist 2018 Day 9

i did it; i have 12 tags and your inbox can take a break.

the day 9 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is my favourite:

Day 9 Twelve Tags Ellen Hutson 2018 copyright linda snailzpace.com-1-1

Kelly’s tag inspired me with the whimsical foxes and bright pretty colours. i painted a wash on hot pressed watercolour paper with my own custom colour of twinkling H2Os and then painted the penny black mice with the twinks as well.

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12 Tags Of Christmas With A Feminine Twist 2018 Day 5

the day 5 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is:

Day 5 Twelve Tags Ellen Hutson 2018 copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

Therese’s tag inspired me; i love the trees, especially the pink one with the raised dots. i die cut impression obsession trees from green glitter paper, attached them to white glitter paper and added some holographic peel off dots, some coloured with permanent markers.

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12 Tags Of Christmas With A Feminine Twist 2018 Day 8

the day 8 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is:

Day 8 Twelve Tags Ellen Hutson 2018 copyright linda snailzpace.com-1-1-1

Sharon’s tag inspired me; i love the bird image with the greenery and her fussy cutting is amazing. of course with my hands, that would pose a problem so i used a coordinating die for my stampendous bird image; the holly are die cut too. i painted with twinkling H2Os, sponged a background with distress inks and added some pink and gold frantage.

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12 Tags Of Christmas With A Feminine Twist 2018 Day 10

the day 10 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is:

Day 10 Twelve Tags Ellen Hutson 2018 copyright linda snailzpace.com-1-1

Julie’s tag inspired me; i love her mittens, the turquoise and the snowflakes added to the wrapping paper. i die cut these tiny poppystamps mittens from leftover alcohol ink backgrounds i made for my day 1 tag. i added snowflake stickers and stamped the sentiment. i might add white twine to the blue ribbon later when i have more time.

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12 Tags Of Christmas With A Feminine Twist 2018 Day 4

the day 4 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is:

Day 4 Twelve Tags Ellen Hutson 2018 copyright linda snailzpace.com

Justine’s tag inspired me with the cute critters in a circle. i rarely heat emboss and never with images so i heat embossed the snowflake background and the sentiment. everything was painted with tombow markers on hot pressed watercolour paper and popped on foam tape.

i’m also playing along with the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 42 – Winter Holiday.

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12 Tags Of Christmas With A Feminine Twist 2018 Day 3

the day 3 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is:

kelly marie’s tag inspired me with all the glitter so i used plenty on my tag. i started by creating my northern lights, then die cut the lawn fawn stitched circle tag and with double sided adhesive i covered it in glitter. i added more glitter to the rooftops and trees and painted everything with tombow markers on hot pressed watercolour paper and used coordinating lawn fawn dies. all the windows, doors and clock were coated with a clear glaze pen and all the images were popped on foam tape.

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12 Tags Of Christmas With A Feminine Twist 2018 Day 2

i wasn’t able to start creating tags on day 1 because i wasn’t feeling well so i may have to double up on my posts if i’m to get them all done; i apologize in advance if you’re inundated with emails.

the day 2 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is:

be inspired by this Pinterest piece:

Day 2 Twelve Tags Ellen Hutson 2018 copyright linda snailzpace.com

Carissa’s tag inspired me; i loved her white ink sentiment stamping on black, the sparkle gems and the greenery. i stamped the penny black text background, heat embossed with white embossing powder, added a poinsettia sponged with green distress ink and some green gems. i used a penny black stencil on the kraft edge which i accidentally sponged over when i tried to move the stencil but i liked it so it was a happy accident.

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12 Tags Of Christmas With A Feminine Twist 2018 Day 1

this is the fifth year i’ve created tags for the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge and it’s an event that i love playing along with.

the day 1 theme is:

Day 1 Twelve Tags Ellen Hutson 2018 copyright linda snailzpace.com

Carolyn’s tag inspired me; i love how she divided up her tag into sections and i really liked the pink so i started with pink alcohol ink on glossy white paper but then i added purple and gold so more of those show. the watercolour paper poinsettia was smooshed into gold twinkling H2Os on a craft mat and the sentiment finished it off.  i had to photograph this off to the side because of the purple mirri paper reflections.

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Christmas Shadow Box Card

i made my first shadow box card with my scor-pal and it was fun to create! i’m playing along with the LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 41 – SHAPED CARDS which ends in 7 hours.

i followed jennifer mcguire’s video tutorial and i kept the front of the card clean and simple, masking words from the say what? christmas critters to fit with the merry from the happy happy happy add on die cut from a piece of tree paper in the lawn fawn really rainbow christmas 6 x 6 paper; the thin dotted strip is from the same paper pad and it was attached to a lime green base.

i painted this cute teddy with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper and die cut using the coordinating die; the stitched circle tag die was used to create an ornament window and i added a small bow. i used blue distress inks and oxide inks to create the sky, splattered with water.

i’m also playing along with the Scor-Pal More than One Score Challenge #55 December Anything Goes Christmas.

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lawn fawn products used:
oh what fun stamp set & coordinating die
stitched circle tags
say what? christmas critters (sentiments)
happy happy happy add on die (merry)