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1/31/2017

Rudolph Day - Challenge 1 for 2017

Good morning, and I'm skating in at the last moment to join in with the first Rudolph Day of 2017. Our hostess with the mostess is Maureen of Scraps of Life and this challenge is open each month from the 25th to the ending day of each month. It's a great way to have fun, build your stash of Christmas cards throughout the year, and perhaps win a nifty prize. AND to see some fabulous inspiration by all the folks who do join in with Rudy Day.

Here goes with my card, and it was hard to photo - the mirror paper creates a glare:


- Impression Obsession Fancy Ornament Die Set (DIE026-O) cut from watercolor weight paper. This had been given a watered glaze with Silk Glaze paint (NBUS) in a yellow green & sort of purple color. Because the paints had never been used, and were rather old, had to have some water added to the pot to make them easy to spread with a brush over the wet paper. After this dried, spritzed some water, then some Brusho crystals just to see what would happen. The gold specks showing in the filigree is actually the yellowish green Silk and the darker blue is from the purple Silk. Interesting effect, but rather lost when it was die cut.

- the underlay behind the ornament was cut with a classic S/B circle that fit the shape of the ornament.

- gold top of the ornament a tiny snippet left on some glitter paper and the bow was from a snippet of textured red. Sometimes it seems a bit is just too tiny to bother tossing in the snippet box, but it can come in handy for just the right use!!

- Rectangular gold mirror paper was a cut out snippet also from another project, and the embossed outlines are still visible.

- border strip cut from a purchased card received this past Christmas, and thought the traditional colors of the plaid would look ok as a border, plus the gold trim.

- White background embossed with a wood grain folder, and this too, was recycled from material that held a die. Embossed quite well, too!

- Avery Elle die set for the sentiment, cut from the same piece as the ornament.
That's all!! Off to link up at Rudolph Day before the linky expires. Hope to see you there!

Thanks for joining me, and have a wonderful day. Hugs.

44 comments:

jimlynn said...

Beautiful! Love the ornament die and the way you added all the extra to the watercolor paper. Know it shines.
Lynn

Sue said...

Hi Mary, Lovely card. Like the ornament and the plaid border.

Hope you are having a nice day. Sue

Valerija said...

What a gorgeous card, love the ornament.
Valerija xx

*Vicki* said...

Your layout is really stunning Mary! I love the shinny papers behind your ornament and the coloring on your ornament is very cool too! Beautifully done! HUGS :)

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
what a very super and luxurious looking card.
I love that bauble and all the work involved with the gorgeous and stunnig colour it is.
Such a very great design too and the mirri sets it all off nicely.
Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

scrappymo! said...

Wonderful card, Mary. Your dainty filigree bauble is gorgeous and enhanced by the brusho treatment b4 you cut it!
Great use of the plaid from the recycled card. I always look at the scene and the verses...now I see I must start looking at the whole card as plaid is so in style at the mo.

I learned a tip for the alcohol ink on Yupo. I should have dusted the surface with an embossing powder pad before stamping. It is a tip on a Lavinia stamps video on using and stamping on YUPO. She then shows how to use a fine paint brush to add the ink back on that lifted away with the stamp. Luckily I do have two of these powder pads...one for the lake and one here. I will now commandeer the lake one and keep it strictly for stamping on Yupo...as the inks do sort of wipe off on your pad...leaving it best reserved for Yupo tasks.

dutchess said...

Lovely card Mary...loving the bauble so stylish....and a bit of up cycling too....I hate taking photos of Miri it's so difficult not to get flare...but it's worth it for the pop on your card...lovely xxxxxx

Barb said...

Hi Mary, your Rudy card is lovely. I love the colours you've created for that lovely ornament. Before I read your write-up I thought it was cut from some oil on water card. Barbxx

scrAPpamondo said...

Hi Mary, lovely effect with the mirror paper! That bauble looks so pretty, and you made a great use of your tiny scraps and the wrap of a die! The embossed background looks so pretty!
Hugs

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous card, Mary!! I love the pretty ornament and the mirror paper!! It's so beautiful!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

cotnob said...

A fabulous Christmas card Mary, a beautiful ornament and lovely gold panel- not the easiest of things to photograph!
Pauline
x

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Aaaw, now, there's another die set I need to get! Love everything about this Mary! Have a lovely evening! Hazel xx

Sarah said...

This is gorgeous Mary, love the intricate bauble and the tartan slither of Christmas card looks fantastic. Hope you are well xx

pam said...

Wonderful card Mary, love this beautiful ornament die and background.
Pam x

Whisper said...

Oooo what a stunner, your ornament co-ordinates perfectly with the mirror card and plaid, thanks for joining us at January's Rudolph Days Challenge, Luv Sam x

Pat said...

Your painted piece for the bauble and sentiment is very pretty Mary and the mirror paper shows it off to perfection. The green and red plaid and the woodgrain look great in the backgroud too, and those small snippets have come in very handy for the bauble hook and the bow, it shows it is definitely worth keeping our little bits. A beautiful card! x

Margaret said...

Hi Mary You are making a good start on your Christmas cards. Love the effect of the paints but agree mirror card is hard to get a good photo.
You can keep your snow even with the pretty Red Cardinal.
Hugs
Margaret M

Kathleen said...

Really lovely card Mary, fabulous ornament die and love the plaid strip, the ornament looks great agains the gold mirri card.

Kath x

Carol L said...

Yay! You got your first Christmas card done for the year! Congrats! The mirror card is always problematic when trying to get a good photo, but I know how rich and elegant it looks on a card! This looks so pretty with that great ornament too and I love the touch of plaid on the side! Very pretty card!!

Loll said...

Beautiful card Mary. LOVE that gorgeous intricate cut ornament. Such a pretty mix of soft colours. xx

Shona Erlenborn said...

The Queen of Snippets!! You rock with this! My catch-all box just keeps getting bigger and bigger! You always inspire me to get in there, but then ....... I love what you did with the metallic cardstock! This is one awesome Christmas card.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hello, Mary! Your Rudolph Day card is gorgeous! Love the intricate bauble die, and the foil cardstock is beautiful! Nice touch with the plaid as well!

Birgit said...

This is so pretty...like be the layout and the pretty ornament

LesleyG said...

Fabulously elegant and traditional card, and I know how hard it is to photograph, so well done xxx

Marilyn said...

Beautiful card!!

Olga Fink said...

Hello Mary! such a gorgeous Christmas card!
xoxo olga

Brenda in IN said...

The ornament is so pretty and I do see the varied colors in it. I agree some pieces are too small to keep but I do it anyway. You never know. I like the fun strip of Christmas plaid paper.

cuilliesocks said...

Beautifully designed card Mary, lovely bauble ornament, Kate x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

This is cool with the different textures and the metallic. Isn't it the worst to try to photograph that shiny stuff though?! Great card.

Petra Swart said...

Such a stylish and elegant Christmas card, Mary!!!!! The ornament is simply gorgeous and that mirror card must be so beautiful IRL!!! A lovely card, my friend!!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hugz

Pia S said...

The golden details add elegance. The plaid paper and embossed background add warmth and Christmas coziness. I think it's a beautiful design.

Brenda said...

Wow, this is one beautiful card Momma Mary! I love the that ornament die and I love how you have watercolored it with the Silk Glaze paints-don't know what they are but they sure are pretty. The mirror paper is so pretty to display this ornament on too and I love the plaid looking paper strips. Great "merry" die too and the bow just completes the ornament! Hugs, Brenda

Daffodil Cards said...

Such a lovely card, inspirational to use an old card off cut for the tartan border, love the bauble and sentiment cut from the same card, love the embossing too, lots of texture and shine with this card, perfect for Christmas.
Faith
x

Redanne said...

The filigree bauble is just gorgeous and I do love the plaid border, it really adds a touch of class! Hugs, Anne xx

Nancy Stislow said...

What a wonderful card, Mary! Love the color combination on this. Terrific design too. How great to get an early start on Christmas cards too!

Sheila H said...

I love the combination of papers, colors and textures, Mary. The bauble is luxurious looking.

Bonnie said...

This is a lovely ornament, Mary! I love the gold foil and know how impossible it is to get a true photo! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

Maxine D said...

What a stunning card Mary- love the mirror card behind the ornament.
Blessings
Maxine

Greta said...

Love the plaid strip & gorgeous ornament--great card, Mary!

MagsB said...

This is so elegant and lovely, Mary! Mirror card is such a pain to photograph, but always looks so glamorous it's worth the hassle!

love Mags B x

Anita in France said...

Such a lovely delicate ornament, Mary ... fabulous against the rich, shimmery gold background! Hugs, Anita :)

crafty-stamper said...

Love the bauble and sparkle-great embossed background-I keep using my oddments box but it never seems to go down!!!
Carol x

Pippa said...

Lovely bauble Mary and a good idea for using up old cards with interesting images/patterns on.

Shelly Schmidt said...

The ornament and sentiment are gorgeous! Love the background you added as well- cool techinque!