Monday 25 July 2016

Rudolph Days Challenge for July

Hi there everybody.  Another month has flown by and the Rudolph Days Challenge is here again.  I am lucky to have been chosen to be part of the Design Team by Mo of Scraps of Life by Scrappymo.  The challenge runs from 25th to the end of the month and there is always a lovely prize up for grabs.  How strange to be making a Christmas card on the hottest day of the year.  I think since we have lived down here this is the hottest it has ever been and I was feeling so hot and sticky that I decided a fairly simple card was the way to go.

I started by choosing the colours and at the moment I am quite fond of kraft with red so decided to go with that and thought a wreath design might be quite nice.  I think my most favourite thing is snowflakes so a snowflake wreath it is.

I found a snippet of kraft card and cut it to just a little more than 4" square.  I decided to finish the edge using my MFT Dienamics Basic Stitch Lines.  There are six different ones and I went for the cross stitch edge.  I then matted this on to a snippet of gold mirror card which I had cut with a new/NBUS set of Tonic Scalloped Square Layering Dies.  It is a lovely large set with fourteen different sized dies.

I found a gold coloured lightly patterned paper from a freebie pad by Bo Bunny which I have had for several years.  I have a set of two snowflake dies by Craft Emotions and I used the smaller of the twos dies and cut out some snowflakes.  I thought I would add a bit of sparkle with some WOW Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder so I pressed the snowflakes into my Versamark Ink quite lightly as I wanted a random gold finish not complete coverage, and then heat embossed with the powder.  I then glued these on to the topper.  I used my Collall photo glue so that I would be able to move them if not quite right.  The first time I found that I had them too wide apart so fiddled a bit until I had a tighter circle. 

I found a snippet of red card and cut it to fit the white square base card leaving just a small white edge.  I again used the Tonic Scalloped Edge Dies.  I then dry embossed it using a Crafters Companion Snow Flurry Embossing Folder, which I used twice to cover the square snippet of card, and I glued this to the base card.

I mounted the topper on to the card and then finished with a die cut sentiment which I backed with Stick It adhesive, and then using a narrow red ribbon I made a triple bow and attached this to the bottom of the wreath.

Thank you again to Mo for choosing me for the Design Team and please do go and check the challenge out and see what the other DT members have done.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and see you again soon.

Pat  x

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 239 where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.
Happy Little Stampers July Christmas Challenge - Gold.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Add Some Texture.  There is texture to the wreath and added ribbon.
Happy Little Stampers July Anything Goes wih Dies Challenge.


Kath said...

A lovely card Pat - I like red and kraft too. Congratulations on being chosen for the DT team.
Kath x

Liz said...

Congratulations on joining the Rudolph Days DT. What a super card you've created for your first project. I love the red and kraft together, I must remember to get out my kraft card more. xx

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Congratulations Pat on being chosen as a member of a DT! What a fantastic card for your first challenge with them! Very clever how you made a wreath with snowflake die cuts (I must give that a go myself). Thanks for the explantation and inspiration! have a great week! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

MaryH said...

YAY! I went out to Rudolph Challenge, and saw your lovely Guest Designer card!Love your idea to use the gold embossed snowflakes to make this wonderful wreath. It is so pretty against the kraft & red color combo. Great patterns with the dry embossing, and Big Congratulations on your Guest Designer spot (no big surprise, that, however!) Really so very beautiful, TFS & Hugs

Petra Swart said...

Congrats on the DT spot, Pat!!!!! Enjoy and have fun!!!!
How clever you have been to make the wreath using snowflakes - it looks wonderful!!!! Love the shiny gold and the fun little bow!!!! Such a beautiful card!!!
Have a great day!!!

scrappymo! said...

This is such a lovely card, PAt. I love the way the second photo lets you see the glimmer of the mirri card wreath and the mat sunder the kraft. Your snowflake wreath was a brilliant idea!

Jenny L said...

Hi Pat,
I did try to follow you but blogger is not letting me.
This wonderful Rudolf design is so rich looking and lovely.
I love the fab design, and the red,gold and fraft card together.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Unknown said...

Beautiful card, love kraft and red together.

BożenA said...

Yes, a very beautiful card. A beautiful Christmas wreath and so artfully done. I love the extra dimensions on the card.

Carol L said...

It's so nice to see your creation among the DT entries on the Rudolph blog! I love all those pinked edges and the colors are wonderful together! Congrats and enjoy!

Brenda said...

Beautiful card Pam! I love the red and kraft too, just is so pretty together. I love your wreath made from snowflakes and have been wanting to make a wreath from them myself. Just haven't gotten there yet. Your pinking edges look so pretty too, love it! I also love that you and Darnell got to meet up with each other-I know you both had a fabulous time!!! Hugs, Brenda

Bonnie said...

What a pretty wreath Pat! Thanks for inspiring us!

Loll said...

So pretty Pat. Love the dimension from your snowflake wreath. And such a beautiful colour combination. I gold mirri paper would add lots of shine. xx

KandA said...

Wonderful card Pat. Love the snowflake wreath and super colours xx

Susan said...

What a wonderful way to incorporate the gold into your card - love the gold snowflakes to make a wreath. Beautiful with the vibrant red. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

Greta said...

I love wreaths & you've made a beautiful one! Great combination of red, kraft & gold! So glad to be on the team with you!

Di said...

This is so lovely Pat - a perfect snowflake wreath! I always enjoy how you make your cards and pick up hints and tips. Cooler here today - it's been scorching hasn't it! I think Darnell might well be glad of less humidity too. Even the rain, albeit wet, is better than the stickiness she was battling.


Di xx

Inkyfingers said...

What a gorgeous wreath card Pat and I love the very elegant bow that finishes it off so beautifully. Congrats on your new DT spot too!
Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers and I hope you will join us again soon.
Carol x

Meihsia Liu said...

This is such a gorgeous card! Love those beautiful embellishments. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

Barb said...

A beautiful Christmas card and I like the idea of a snowflake wreath. I'm going to have to try this. Thank you for sharing. Barbxx

AlisonC said...

Really great card, you have a lovely effect with the snowflakes.

laurie said...

I love your beautiful wreath! So fun and festive. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

Julie B said...

Super matting and a fab wreath and sentiment.
Thanks for sharing at HLS dies this month. :)