Rudolph Day - Christmas Trees

Good evening and thanks for swinging by to visit this evening. It's been a gloomy rainy day here in our part of the Upstate for the 2nd day, and the temperature is much cooler as well. I kept busy finishing up my card for October's Rudolph Day. In case you don't know about this challenge, it opens the 25th of each month until the month ends. Our sweet Maureen of Scraps of Life by Scrappymoi is our hostess, and the challenge is very easy: A project with a Christmas Theme. And here's the link to October's Rudolph Day Challenge (or as I call it - Rudy Day). So heave ho, let's go!

- an Impression Obsession Cling stamp (and I can't find a link on the website..I bought this one on sale at a show). Colored this one while we were in Florida, using the Staedtler fine line markers purchased at Target some time ago. The pens are lovely for getting into tiny spaces, but they have a tendency (at least in my hands) to 'dig at the paper'. Used WoStella over the pen coloring, and then applied a coat of glossy accent over each tree. I liked that effect - looks very glistening.

- Die cut with a long S/B scallop rectangle, and created a faux mat by tracing the outer edge of the same die, making it a bit larger. Hand cut that...I was trying to ground the trees with a bit of green underneath them. Also wanted some separation from the white embossed background...which was done with 2 different embossing patterns.

- sentiment is from HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments, using a Red Versafine ink, punched out with SU punch, edged with the same red ink. Red glitter sticker spots to trim, and Voila, it's done!

So how about joining in with October's Rudolph Day challenge, and perhaps you might be the lucky winner of a pretty Memory Box Small Blooming Poinsettia die.

I'm very behind with returning all the lovely visits from the 2 earlier DeeDee's card posts, but I'll try to catch up tomorrow. In the meantime, here's a few pics of the trees we see from the front porch. These were snapped after our drizzle moved in, so the colors are not as great as that of Sunday, when we still had some warm sunshine and wonderful blue skies. Hope you enjoy.

Little maple in our side yard
a Neighbor's tree

Tree in the yard of another neighbor next door
Thanks so much for your visit this evening, and hoping that your day went well. Big hugs and God Bless. 


  1. Thank you for sharing your beautiful Autumn colors, Mary!

    Tho you find your weather gloomy, your little Festive Christmas Trees are far from gloomy, pretty card, hope you're enjoying better days soon! XXOO

  2. Cute, cute trees (on the card)! Love the coloring you added to them and the sparkle and shine too. Great way to do the framework with the double. Love your card.
    The other trees are gorgeous! SOOOOO beautiful!
    I forgot all about entering the Rudolph's challenge! Duh. Will see if I can get one made before the 1st now.

  3. Your Fall trees look have managed to capture the glory of Fall in these photos.

    Your trees on the Xmas card are so cute. Fun and cute! I had not thought of the Staedlar fine tips for colouring but they would sure colour well in teensy places. Good for you to think of them! I usually go outside the lines in tight

    Thanks for taking part in the October Rudolph days Challenge.

  4. Beautiful card Mary - love your colourful trees and the lovely mat behind them.
    Your tree photos really are gorgeous - we don't get cold enough here to get colours like that - way down in the South Island they do.

  5. Such a happy and fun card Mary!
    Thanks for the beautiful pictures also! These trees are majestic.

  6. Hi Mary,I love your colourful tree filled post!! Love the brightly coloured row of Christmas trees and the photographs are gorgeous. The landscape is changing daily now from our windows xx

  7. A lovely bright tree card - and such lovely autumnal colours in your photos.
    Kath x

  8. This is fabulous Mary those trees are so colourful and vibrant it's a lovely stamp!.....and your Autumn photos are lovely to see Mary....the colours are spectacular here this year as up until today the weather has been perfect xxx

  9. Loving the card.

    The trees are beautiful. Leaves here are also turning all sorts of beautiful colours, but a lot are already falling.

    Hope you have a good day. Sue

  10. Hi Mary, Your Christmas card is lovely. I like the way you've used a scalloped die to cut out your image.

    Wonderful photos of the trees in your area. We took my Mum over to the USA on the trip to see New England in the Fall for her 80th birthday. It was glorious. Barbxx

  11. Hi Mary,
    what a brilliant Rudolf card.
    The tree stamped image is great, and what a great stamp to own.
    Love your fab design and colouring of the stamped trees.
    Super embossed background also.
    So glad you managed to join this challenge.
    Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  12. This IO stamp with all the differently shaped and patterned trees is so pretty Mary and you have coloured it beautifully and the green mat grounds them and makes them stand out perfectly from the background too. A wonderful Rudy Day card! x

  13. Love, love, love all these trees Mary!

  14. These trees are awesome, Mary! And kudos for cutting those scallops! Wow! Isn't it nice when the neighbors have beautiful trees and plants in their yards so we can enjoy them? I was thinking yesterday how the bright leaves brightened up the dreary day. It's lots warmer today but still drippy and a chance for thunderstorms later today. A good day to spend in the studio! Hugs.

  15. Such a bright and cheerful little Christmas card Mary. Those little trees are too cute. Great pics. too. We've got rain today and it is bringing down a lot of leaves. Love the colors around your neighborhood!

  16. Your card is so happy and festive! Love how you coloured it with fine markers and the gloss gives it a beautiful shining touch. Fabulous embossed background!
    Your photos are a joy for the eyes, such a wonderful warm autumnal look have these trees!!

  17. The trees are all so beautiful...both on the card and in the pictures!! I love how you colored the Christmas trees!! The designs are so fun!! Gorgeous card!! And the real trees are just stunning!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  18. i love all these trees mary. really gorgeous in your photographs and also fab on your card. hugs rachel x

  19. Beautiful autumnal trees, the colours are glorious. You Christmas card chases away the chill with it's festive and cheerful trees. Enjoy your day Mary!

    Love and hugs

  20. Oh, what great trees, Mary - those on your card and the beautiful autumn ones (tfs)!!!! Such a sweet card - those trees are really fun and sooooo cute!!!
    Have a great day!!!
    PS. thanks so much for always leaving such sweet comments on my blog - so much appreciated!!!!!!

  21. Love your card Mary, great bright colours and the background suits them so well.

    Isn't Autumn a beautiful time, we have colour in our garden too, hope to blog them soon.

  22. hello Mary, love, love your quirky trees and the colours are so vibrant, it's a fabulous card.
    Glorious Autumnal colours on your trees, Kate x

  23. It seems autumn has well advanced where you live, I love the trees when at this point, full of leaves in different colors.
    Your tree card is beautiful, so colorful and I like the modern feel of the image, it's looking great!

  24. What pretty trees! All of them!!!


  25. Beautiful tree card Mary, gorgeous Autumn colours on your tree`s I have Maples too one has lost its leaves know, but the other more sheltered one is a blaze of red..
    Pam x

  26. Oh dear Mary, I seem to have missed a few of your posts recently. I have chosen this one to comment on as I love this row of fun trees. It's a fabulous stamp and I like your bright colouring.
    Your photos of the real trees look beautiful too. It rained here almost all day yesterday, but to day has been lovely and sunny for the time of year, and not so cold.
    Jean x

  27. Those Christmas trees on your card look so cute, but then so do the real ones! I love this time of year with all the colorful changes in the trees! Happy Autumn!

  28. Such a quirky and fun card for Rudolph Day it. Gorgeous photos too.
    I only bought a couple of frames at Ikea yesterday but was looking at a nice little trolley for when we move. Love the Alex drawers, I have two sets already. Carol x

  29. Brilliant Christmas card, Mary. I love all the different trees - so bright and festive. xx

  30. What a brilliant stamp and you coloured it beautifully - makes a lovely card.
    Great pictures too, and thank you for the lovely comment on my blog.
    Thanks for joining in with Rudolph Day.
    Lynn x

  31. Love the trees both the real and the card ......Lis

  32. Such fun, bright and festive Christmas trees, Mary ... so deliciously whimsical! Gorgeous autumn foliage in your neck of the woods! Hugs, Anita :)

  33. Such fun, bright and festive Christmas trees, Mary ... so deliciously whimsical! Gorgeous autumn foliage in your neck of the woods! Hugs, Anita :)

  34. Love your funky Christmas trees and those photos of the trees in their autumn attire are great. Our trees were looking colourful but over the past couple of days we have had driving rain and high winds so this morning Tim is raking up all the leaves and the trees are in winter mode.

  35. Hi Mary

    What a lovley Rudolph Day card full of trees.

    And HOW LOVELY are your gorgeous fall tree photo's. Super autumn colour.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  36. love the funky Rudolph trees, and fabulous specimens out of doors too!
    hugs, annie x

  37. Beautiful Fall pictures! The rain & wind have pretty much ruined them here. Such a fun stamp & great card, Mary!

  38. Those whimsical trees sure make for a nice card. Those RL trees are gorgeous colors. Don't see much of that here!