Sunday, 22 November 2015

Make the Day Special November Challenge

Hello there! Well it's gone from wet and windy to bright, sunny and absolutely freezing in a matter of a day here. We even had a flurry of snow the other day. Must be getting near to Christmas - am I panicking about Christmas cards.....well.... just a little BUT I have the Make The Day Special Challenge to thank for getting me into the zone.

It finishes today (Sunday 22nd) at 10pm, so it's cutting it fine, but I was inspired to use my latest purchases of SugarPea Designs stamps to make something for it. I made two cards in the end, one Christmassy (yay!) and another a birthday card for a friend, which is my entry for the challenge.

Birthday card first:

I pretty well went with the sketch cutting a circle from the centre of my A2 card blank. I cut my CB rounded tag die from Neenah 110lb card stock and stamped the French Hen using Memento Tuxedo Black and then coloured in with Copics - not sure you can see it so well, but I tried out some of my texture with the colourless blender for feathers. I cut another tag to adhere to the back as the copics bleed and it was going to be exposed when you open the card.

On the inside of the card I adhered a piece of bright pink card so it would show behind the tag which was adhered over the circle on the card front. I attached a piece of grey baker's twine through the tag.

The sentiment is from the non Christmas additions to the 12 Days of Christmas set - it cracks me up! I stamped it in VersaFine Onyx Black and cut it out with the CB long flag die - I am not very good at cutting these straight so this is easier. I then attached it with foam pads.

The sequins were a kind gift from Kate, whose blog you need to check out, and just added a little bit of bling.

The Christmas card was made in pretty much the same way, but using the LF Let's Bokeh in the Snow paper pad on the inside, and the Merry Christmas sentiment from CB Sweet Little Sentiments.

[Supplies: SugarPea Designs Every Day is Christmas, 12 Days of Christmas, Feeling Sentimental Stamp sets; Neenah 110lb card stock; Hobbycraft Premium White Card stock 300gsm; Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaFine Onyx Black; Papermania Capsule Collection 6x6 paper pack; Foam Pads; Sticky Red Tape; Ranger Multi Medium Matte; Avery Elle sequins; Grey Baker's twine; Spellbinders Grand Calibur die cutting machine; Spellbinders standard circles large; Clearly Besotted rounded tag die; Lawn Fawn Let's Bokeh in the Snow 6x6 paper pad; Copic markers]

I absolutely adore these stamps, so I'll be making as many Christmas cards as I can over the next few weeks - and possibly beyond, because I always think Christmas cards should be allowed between 25th December and 6th January - those are the 12 days after all!

Hope you're having a great weekend. Thank you all for your lovely comments recently. It means a lot to hear from you and that you like what I'm doing. I love visiting your blogs as well, so do please leave a comment so I can come and say hello!


Liz McGuire, said...

Hi Ruth, hope you are keeping well. The weather has turned really cold here too. But I do prefer cold to the wind and rain! Had a snow flurry too, brrrr.

These are really cool cards. Must get my mits on the other set of sentiments.

Liz x

Michelle Short said...

What great stamps and sentiments! Love them! Gorgeous cards, I love the design with the tag inside the apature. Hope you are having a lovely weekend. It really is getting cold now isn't it! xx

Aileen (mum) said...

Great minds think alike hey, Im busy finishing off my 12 Days of Christmas set. So cool. Love the images can be used for non christmas stamping too. Both your cards look brilliant. Wuv em

The Crafty Pink Girl said...

Wow Ruth, what a classy designs and I just love the colours. Very pretty and beautiful. Well done Ruth !!

Missy Pink xx

Inkyfingers said...

What a great pair of cards and the first one really cracks me up Ruth! Such a good design and love that you showed the same set can be so versatile. Xxx

Leigh Penner said...

These are so cute!

Jenny said...

I totally agree Ruth... Christmas cards aren't just for before Christmas ;)
These stamps are sooo funny and love how you've used the sketch for your card too :)
Thank you for playing along with our challenge this month at Make the Day Special Stamp Store :)
Jenny x

Jill Neary said...

Oh Ruth, they are all so awesome! Really funny & uber cute! love them. thanks so much for playing along with us at Make The Day Special xxx

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

LOVE these fun designs Ruth! Great cards! Have a lovely evening! Hazel xx
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