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6/26/2014

It's Time for Rudolph Day

Welcome and it's that time again...you know... when Sarn  hosts the Rudolph Day Challenge. Today's cards had been ready for last month's challenge, but I wasn't feeling tiptop then, so these were saved for June's Challenge. This great challenge helps us get cards ready all year long, and have a good stash by the time December arrives. So come along, and submit your creations...Rules are posted but it's quite simple: Just submit 2 festive cards and link up.

Here's the Carolina Cards for today:




- PSX stamp purchased on eBay some years ago, stamped with Memento Tuxedo black on Xpress card stock, colored with copics and Spica pens. Think I may have added some clear WoS on the water can and the blue ribbon, as it sparkles a lot. These 2 images were colored quite a while ago and then the cards were made in small craft sessions as I felt up to such.

- a stitched rectangle die (which I think is MFT brand).

- Turquoise mat smooth card stock (stash) and narrow gold mirror mat also from stash.

Card base was embossed with who knows what EF. Easy card to color, and since I love cardinals, I really enjoyed coloring this one.

Next up:



- SU image, colored with copics & spica pens and white gel highlights. Distressing with DI Tea die while still in the die. Tiny clear rhinestone centered on snowflake.

- Pierced oval (think this was MFT also); used the out-of-the-box technique (search You tube for video) to get the extended holly leaf at the base.

- Tri fold card - covered in really old, old papers from when I first started buying paper. Used a stitched border die for the red trim.

- on the inside (which didn't turn out as nicely as I wished!) the panels are covered with another green Christmas paper, that had a nice white swirly tree in the bottom of the page. Cut the upper portion of this paper to cover the panels. Used the same oval to cut the larger tree pattern - glued it to the portion of the oval that shows on the inside. Used Versamark to stamp a nice Christmas verse in the middle section, embossed that with Ranger Queen's Gold. So far, looking pretty good. However, where it folds at each side on the interior, the paper edges fold too, so the white card base peeks through {which is why I didn't show the inside picture :-) }. I'm trying to think of a way to fix this boo-boo without destroying the card. I just don't have a lot of luck with making fold cards.

So off to link up at Rudolph for June 2014 and have some fun enjoying the beautiful cards already submitted. Hope you will join in as well.

Thanks for visiting this afternoon, and stay cool. Hope there's no nasty storms around in your area. God Bless, and hugs.

39 comments:

Sarah said...

These are lovely Mary. Such a wonderful turquoise and lovely birds on the first and the tri fold suits the oval perfectly on the second. The weather has broken here in the UK today and we are expecting some thunder tonight, so not looking forward to that, I blame Grandma, she used to cover the mirrors when there was a storm and passed her fear down through Mum to my Sister and I!! xx

coldwaters2 said...

Two absolutely gorgeous cards Mary they are both designed beautifully I love the colours and image on the first one, the second one is very pretty, superb work.
hugs
lorraine x

mamapez5 said...

Two lovely cards Mary. I like the holly. I love it when the image just falls off the mat like that. Lots of good colouring on these, and two more cards for your collection! Kate xx

Sharon said...

They are both gorgeous Mary. Love the stamp of the first card and such fabulous designs.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Hugs Sharon. x

LesleyG said...

Fabulous cards, you really know how to colour images! Thanks for visiting mine, I look forward to seeing more lovely projects :) xxx

Kathleen said...

Two fabulous card, love the colours in both of them and fabulous images.

Kath x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Gorgeous cards - both are beautiful! Love that PSX stamp and your lovely colouring!

Jean Straw said...

Both are lovely cards, I love the the stamped image on the first with the pretty brightly coloured birds. I really like the foliage one as well,your colouring is great and I too like how the image overhangs the frame.
Jean x

Beccy said...

love that SU stamp - two really lovely cards.

Beccy x

Beccy said...

love that SU stamp - two really lovely cards.

Beccy x

McCrafty's Cards said...

These are both fabulous Mary, I love the images.
Kevin xx

Irish Cherokee said...

Two excellent cards Mary. Both will make great cards for your Christmas stash.

Blessings
Jim

Carol L said...

These are both lovely Christmas cards, and I especially like the first card! It's a shame they no longer make PSX stamps as they're all so beautiful! Great coloring of those cardinals and other birds! The fancy fold on the 2nd card is so pretty with that red border, and I love the sponged focal panel! Well done!

Bonnie said...

I sure wish I could color half as good as you do, Mary! Your colored images are amazing and both of these Christmas cards are beautiful!

aussie aNNie said...

Two sensational Christmas Cards, full of vibrancy....love the images/stamps and papers used...♥aNNie
The Journey is the Start

Susan (rainy) said...

Two truly beautiful creations, Mary. The vibrant coloring is absolutely STUNNING!! So wonderful to be getting some cards ready to go.

Maxine D said...

What pretty cards Mary - I love your colouring!
Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog.
Blessings
Maxine

scrappymo! said...

Two more wonderful cards, Mary!
The first is so pretty with those gorgeous cardinals and your lovely colouring.
The second is stunning...what a great fold.
I do not know how to fix what you are describing but I am sure it can be done!!!

Vicky Hayes said...

These are gorgeous Mary and I love how you can always leave a card and go back to it when you're feeling better. I love all the birds on the first beautifully coloured card! Vicky x

Redanne said...

Two more stunning cards Mary, your colouring is superb and I love your colour choices on the first one, the vibrant blue edging is fabulous! Hugs, Anne xx

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards!!

Pat said...

Both these cards are beautiful Mary. I love the Cardinals against that lovely blue and the gatefold with that holly over the edge and that pretty green paper. You have some lovely stamps and you have coloured the images wonderfully. Not sure if I will make Rudolph Day this month as time is running out. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts but am quite well, but just busy with things other than card making. Have managed to enter Darnell's challenge though at the very last minute! x

Brenda in IN said...

Both are great. My favorite is the cardinal card. The birds are so cheerful. Glad you saved them for us.

Brenda said...

Oh my Momma Mary, these cards are stunning!!! I love, love the birds on the Christmas watering can-you have them all colored so beautifully. Love the colors you used on this card as well as the embossing folder. The gate fold card is so lovely too! Love the side boarders, the holly is gorgeous as your paper choices. Love the snowflake in the script too. Not sure if that is part of the stamp or not, but I love the look. Hugs, Brenda

Benzi said...

Ooh, Mary..these are gorgeous images with birds. I love holly, too. You've done a fab job with the coloring. You're getting a Christmas stash made. Guess who isn't? :-) ME!!! I'll get started about August.

Donna Ellis said...

two beautiful Christmas cards, Mary! The SU floral is amazing (beautiful card design and gorgeous colors), and your cardinals look amazing! Love the little female's coloring. Perfect card from you! hugs, de

Sue said...

Two absolutely gorgeous cards Mary:) we have had great weather for the passed week but its a bit miserable and raining today..but thats the UK lol have a great weekend huggles Sue xxx

linda said...

i love how the layout really showcases the cardinals, which i always enjoy; they seem to suit christmas cards perfectly with their vivid red. the soft sponging on the second one looks very pretty behind the beautiful green and the red borders really pop.

Patricia said...

Two fantastic cards, I love them both.
The designs for both are brilliant
Have a great weekend
Hugs

Patricia x

Faith A said...

Both GORGEOUS cards, you are well on your way to Xmas with these.

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
just playing catch up with your beautiful creations.
These 2 cards are fab. I love your superb colouring in of the wonderful stamped images.
Super stamps for one to have in their collection.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

crafty-stamper said...

Both beautiful cards love the images and the rich colouring on the first
carol x

Lisa said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards, Mary!! I love the colors of the first one!! The bids look just like the ones I see on my feeders!! The design and details of the second are fabulous!! Love them both!!

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

SARN said...

Hi Mary . . . playing catch-up on my commenting as I've been out gallivanting!

These 2 cards are just lovely. Your colouring is amazing. I always kinda hope to see a Red Cardinal on your blog at this time of the month . . . and I was not disappointed today! The holly card is super too.

Thanks for playing along with Rudolph Day.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah love these both of them Mary well do indeed! Shaz in Oz.x

Sheila H said...

Beautiful!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

WONDERFUL Rudolph cards. I must say it passed me by without me even noticing this month. I love the cards with the cardinals. You colored them so well they could take flight at any moment! The trifold card is nifty as well. I love the papers you used, so holiday festive.

Pam Sparks said...

Hi Mary! Love your Christmas cards! I am partial to holly and red and green at Christmas! Gorgeous cards!

Pippa said...

Great cards Mary x