Rudolph Day

Happy Sunday afternoon and a lovely one it is again in our area. It's so pleasant to have cooler temperatures, especially since we're so far behind on tending our yard. Neither of us can handle the heat. (Don't forget we lived in So. Fla for over 42 yrs, but we weren't as bothered by the heat then. Also we worked in the yard early or late when it was summer, and we usually had a very nice breeze as well). DH was outside all day yesterday, edging, weed-eating, spraying some of the weeds. I was out for about 3 hours, working hard - but at the end of the task, didn't seem as though I had accomplished a lot. Had a hugh yard bag full of weeds though. I'm charged with pulling the weeds around the house flower beds, as it's too hard to spray in those areas and not spritz those 'weeds' we want to keep.

Ok, just so you know, today starts Rudolph Day over at Stamping for Pleasure. I realized we are heading into the 9th month of the year, so this is a good motivator to work on some more Christmas cards. So why not join us - submit your Christmas creation,  maybe win a cute stamp, and add one more card to your December stash?

Here's mine:

- stamp is labeled N227, Peter Penguin, JRL Design Co. and I've had it for a while. Had colored up PPenguin some months ago (UFO?) so dragged him out of the pile to finish. Then had to hunt up the stamp from the Christmas stamp drawers :-) so I could provide specs.

Colored with copics on Xpress paper. Masked the image, used a dotted texture stamp to over stamp & emboss with clear EP. Airbrushed different shades of blue copics over the background. IRL the embossed dots look like falling snow (well, they do to me cause that's what I was trying for!). Added spica pen on his scarf & muffs, and some polar white flowersoft on his hat brim and bobble at the top.  Dragged some glossy accents around his flippers to create the illusion of ice. Then set him aside in the UFO box for a few months. Used S/B Label 2 for diecutting, mat cut from red glitter paper.

-Fiskars border punch trim from Echo Park 6x6 Winter Wishes. and background DP is Recollections Blue Christmas 6x6. I find that the smaller papers work better for me; I tend to be wasteful on the larger 12x12, especially if there is a large design. I'm not good at devising ways to show these papers off as well as they deserve.

Lastly added an Impression Obsession Snowflake diecut, from Paper Cuts Holograph paper. Sentiment is Elizabeth Craft die from a snippet of white as I didn't want to try to diecut the thick red glitter paper. I used a red Spica pen to color after diecutting & IRL it has a lot of sparkle.

- cardbase was white, smaller than my usual 4.75x5.5, so this should not take extra postage anyhoo.

So I'm off to link up with Rudolph Day for August, and I do hope you'll come over and join us.

Thanks for visiting, and have a wonderful afternoon. Hugs

Edit: Just visited over at Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra for August. Saw that it was an "Anything Goes" so I am linking this card over at that fun challenge also. I just saw some fabulous cards that I want to go back & take a closer look. C'mon ...let's go have some fun visitin'.

Edit 2: Got some reminders that PPenguin would fit the bill at Craftyhazelnuts CHNC 139, where the challenge for Christmas is 'cute' I'll go link him there. Thanks for clueing me in ladies!


  1. Love this cute little guy, looks really kitted out for the cold weather.
    Fabulous card.

    Kath x

  2. Hi Mary,

    Ugh, the ninth month..... What a cute Christmas card!

    I'm thankful that I have a very small yard. It has two small terrace areas that have only a few holes between the perennials. I have a small patch of fake lawn for the dogs and a small patio for me. Luckily not much maintenance required. Don't forget to stay hydrated while working outside.


  3. This little fellow looks as though he is keeping warm. I likenthe touch of gloss on his flippers. A great card. Kate x

  4. That really does look like he's sitting on ice! So precious and love the snow flake and that Merry Christmas die!

  5. This is gorgeous Mary, I like the sweetpenguin image the snowflake and the colours.
    Kevin xx

  6. We've been doing yard work/power washing too so I get what you're doing! At least our weather's been beautiful this weekend!
    I love that penguin image and your great Christmas card, especially the lettering! well done!

  7. What an adorable penguin and that backing paper is totally super with the little penguins scurrying around. hugs Mrs a.

  8. So so cute! Love your card! Fab job! xx Kathryne

  9. Hello there Mary - I have just giggled at the look on the penguin's face - how sweet!!! This is a great card (especially as it made me smile) it really is a cheerful image. I love your design with the bit of sparkle and the cool blues.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx.

    PS Thank you for becoming my latest follower, I have returned the compliment and shall be popping back to check out your creations.

  10. What a fabulous card Mary! I love that little penguin, he is adorable!! I love how he really looks like he is standing on ice and I love that flower soft on his hat!! I like the 6x6 pads for making cards too Mary, for one the prints are smaller than the 12x12 and like you I don't feel like I'm wasting it. lol I also love the dots, it really does look like it is snowing! How great that I'm going to make a lot of Christmas cards today, I will be able to link on up at Rudolph Day!! Take it easy in that yard and keep hydrated!! Our heat comes back today. Hugs my friend!

  11. Am loving Peter Penguin! Nice warm day here, but your card is making me feel cool.

    Thank you for joining in with Rudolph Day Mary.

    Sarn xxx

  12. Hi Mary. Your penguin is so SWEET!! Adore him! Great layout - love the snowflake. Loll xx

  13. Hi Mary, had to smile, as I get to do the weeding here too, DH gets to do all the nice things, like planting etc.... Love your penguin card, he is fabulous and you have coloured him beautifully. Hugs, Anne x

  14. An adorable penguin and beautifully colored! Love the addition of the snowflake and the die cut Merry Christmas!

  15. He's lovely Mary - such a cute card! Which reminds me that the theme over at Hazel's normal weekly challenge blog is 'Cute' so you could also link into there and not just her 'Extra' one.

    Hugs, Di xx

  16. Ooooh! He's such an adorable little fella! Thanks for sharing.
    xxx Asha
    Sunny Summer Crafts

  17. Beautiful cute card - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge extra for August – hope to see you again soon. Di is right - I'd love to see it also for my 'cute' challenge 139 here x

  18. Glad that you found my CHNC challenges and have entered your adorable card - hope to see you again soon. x

  19. Love this perky little chappy. Great idea about using the glossy accents to create the feeling of ice! Brilliant!

    Also love the brilliant blue shading...this is a wonderful colour!