Rudolph Day

Hello and SHI-F-  we have another of our glorious South Carolina fall mornings outside. Sunny, but on the coolish side - was barely 70 when I got out of bed a few minutes ago. DH is painting the railing on our deck, and I expected him to be outside by the time I arose. Not so. He said the rails were too wet as yet. He doesn't like to be outside in the heat, and it still gets pretty warm mid-day, so he's been trying to get an early start on this chore. Three coats will take a long time to do, but the wood is very dry and rails are awkward to paint. Can't do it very well with a sprayer either. When he does the flooring, he will be able to use a roller (or perhaps spray it) and that will go faster. He's used a sealer product in the past, but it gets icky-sticky and he decided to try a deck paint.

I have an evening class at one of the few remaining stamp stores in our area. I suppose this would be called a kit card as the teacher has the supplies ready, papers all cut to size, and students construct the cards in class. I love taking her classes, and buy the products to make several cards later. I've been doing this for a few years, have yet to make one card at home. Occasionally, when I'm hunting for 'stuff', I'll come across the kit...feel a bit guilty for a few minutes. One day though....

As I was surfing blogs the last few days I've been seeing some fine cards submitted for the Rudolph Day Challenge over at Stamping for Pleasure.  Now you may ask yourself, what is that? Please do go take a look. Sarn starts this challenge at the beginning of the year - it opens each month on the 25th - and is an excellent way to get a head start on making your Christmas card. There will be lots of inspiration to enjoy, and if you enter now, you can at least get 3 cards made. I've been in the throes of Halloween, Fall and some birthday cards that hadda get done, so I was behind. Got busy last night and finished this one.

- Cheery Lynn angel die (from the recent stamp show) using Orgami paper sheet, because it has a shimmer & sheen that I thought would be pretty. It is! (I'm a poor photographer though. Took a closeup that may give you an idea of how it shimmers). You will remember that I've mentioned struggling with some CL dies that I have, and hesitated to buy this one. I really liked the angel though (love angels!) so I succumbed to temptation. The thin paper worked pretty well with this intricate die, but I did a lot of rolls back n forth through the Big Shot. Still  had to poke out some places, and had to use tiny scissors to coax out several. On the whole though, it was not too frustrating. I will avoid using this die on thicker papers because of the intricate cutting required..

- Added some blue rhinestones to her halo and bottom of the robe, on the corners.

- Elizabeth Craft sentiment from the same Origami paper,

- backed the angel with some dark blue glitter paper (a snippet from another card you saw earlier- this was the cut-out piece where I remove the central portion of a mat - so as to save layers). Actually black glitter paper looked the best with showing off this angel, but I didn't like black for a Christmas card.

- white textured pearlized paper to cover the white card base.

- EK Success small corner punch, added rhinestones on each corner.

Closeup - hope you can see the shimmer

 So I'm off to submit this card to September's Rudolph Day Challenge (look at a top tab for the rules to play by). Since this also has a snippet on the card, I'm also submitting at Pixie's Crafty Workshop Week #91. (otherwise affectionately known as Pixie's Playground, where we get up to all kinds of mischief. But we have fun! And love to have new playmates). Just found out I could enter this at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for the month of September.

So please do join us if you can, in all of these fun Challenges. And have a grand day. As always, leave here with a big Hug and come again.


  1. Very pretty angel and a very nice shimmer on the paper. I've found that my Grand Calibur cuts those intricate dies better than my Cuttlebug. But, I love my CB and the small size of it. Guess it can't hurt to have more than one machine. :-) Hope your hubby gets that railing painted soon....and without heat.

  2. This is a shimmery classic, Mary! A beautiful snippets card!! Hugs, Darnell

  3. Lovely sparkly card Mary-That angel is very detailed-you have such patience all that snipping and poking out of tiny pieces!
    Have a lovely evening ;)
    Nessa xxx

  4. Yes I can certainly see the lovely shimmer. Beautiful card Mary and love the angel.

    Kath x

  5. Hi Mary, So nice to meet you and thanks for coming by my blog. I am meeting so many nice stampers. I have found stampers are the nicest people. They post and share their work and give encouragement to all. It's a wonderful group of ladies and some men. Love your angel here plus all of the Halloween cards you have made. That's my next project.

  6. Hi Mary, So nice to meet you and thanks for coming by my blog. I am meeting so many nice stampers. I have found stampers are the nicest people. They post and share their work and give encouragement to all. It's a wonderful group of ladies and some men. Love your angel here plus all of the Halloween cards you have made. That's my next project.

  7. Beautiful card Mary! That angel is lovely against the shimmery background.

    Two things that might help you with the die. If it's actually getting the cut paper or card out of the die that's the issue then you could try using some waxed paper between the die and the paper or card you're cutting. If it's that the die isn't cutting too well - and that may be what you mean when you say you have to run it back and forth a few times - you can always add a 'shim' of paper on top of the top plate when you run it through your machine to 'pack' it a bit tighter. You may need even two or three layers but just try adding one at a time and of course don't force it lest you damage your machine :) I do have a couple of dies I need to sometimes do this with, especially if I'm using thinner paper or card for the actual die cut.

    Thanks for playing along again! Hugs, Di xx

  8. I can see the shimmer Mary ... it's so pretty and can imagine how much more shimmery is it in real life. Lovely die ... good on you for being so patient to poke out all those little bits!! Loll xx

  9. Oh MMary this angel is gorgeous!!! I love how "lacy" she is and the heart in her!! I can see the shimmer and bet she is even more gorgeous in person! I love her on the glittery dark blue paper. This is one gorgeous card!! Hugs!

  10. Oh Mary this is beautiful. Love that Angel. Well done for getting some C cards done ready. As you know I just love the fact that Sandra runs this or else I wouldn't be started yet!

  11. I can see the shimmer and shine all the way down here in Texas! So beautiful and a sensation die too. Great purchase!! Loving all that blue!
    Have fun at your class!

  12. I think our high got up to 66 today, it's been wonderful with the nice cool breeze! Love the card, you are going to be so ready for Christmas! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  13. The shimmer on this card IRL must be amazing! I can see how lovely it looks on the computer but they are always better IRL in my opinion!

    The angel die is so delicate and lacey!

  14. This is lovely Mary. Nice to see a die cut angel on a festive card.

    Sarn xxx

  15. Delightful card for my CHNC challenge extra for September - hope to see you again soon. x

  16. Mary this is absolutely beautiful!!!

  17. What a prety angel, Mary! Love the blue sparkle that lets her shine!