Sunday, 27 August 2017

August Rudolph Day ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. Apologies for my lack of posts and visits. I’ve been a little under the weather and I’m really busy with stuff I can’t share lol! However I made time especially to play with my lovely Tattered Poinsettia die again and of course to support our Mo, here are the two Christmas cards I created …

A 148mm square card and good to post!
All the lovely details
A final look at my red card!
Another 148mm square card!
I splattered a little gold AquaTint onto it
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
ABC Christmas Card Challenge P, Q, & R for People, Quick & Red
Both cards were quick and obviously there is the red one too
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #348 
Anything Christmas Goes optional twist: use something old – the papers & paints
Die-Cut-Diva’s Challenge August Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge #79 Anything Goes using Dies
Scrapy Land Challenge #72 Anything Goes: 
I used Sizzix and Crafters Companion dies
Winter Wonderland Challenge 
Embossing Wet or Dry: wet on the brads 
WOW Embossing Powder Challenge Anything Goes

I recently found two A4 sheets of heavy glitter card that I have no idea when or where they were purchased. Times have changed for me and I don’t like glitter card or paper these days but the frugal nerd within was loathe to bin the two sheets.

1. I cut my 12” x 12” Papermania Christmas paper to use as a background for the red glitter poinsettia and the brown, green and purple background I created a couple of weeks ago using Brusho’s, I wasn’t sure if I was going to use that background because it came out a lot darker than I hoped but it turned out to be perfect for the purple glitter poinsettia.

2. I die cut both of the glitter sheets in my Big Shot Plus with the Tattered Poinsettia die. I cut multiple poinsettias from each piece of card but there are more red poinsettias because I forgot to put the paper in correctly when cutting the purple. However I have more red and purple poinsettias so will make another couple quick cards when I can.

3. I know from previous experience that loose glitter paper or card does not stick well together so after I located my brads I realised I didn’t have the right colour so I held each brad with my tweezers before heating it and dipping it into embossing powder – red for the red card and purple for the other. Once cool I pierced holes through the die cut poinsettias and attached them to each other that way.

4. The Merry Christmas sentiment dies are from Crafters Companion as are the die cut leaves on the red card, the leaves on the purple card are from a Marianne Designs die and all of these were die cut from multiple snippets so I feel well worthy lol!

Two more Christmas cards for our box and I feel like I was a good girl ahem, no a good woman this week! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x

Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Tattered Poinsettia die
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Signature Contemporary Christmas: Merry Christmas die
Crafters Companion Inspiration magazine Issue #11 Autumn 2016: Leaf dies
Marianne Designs LR0163 Chinese Rolled Roses & Leaves dies
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; long handled tweezers; Distress water spray bottle

Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass White Stamping Card
A4 glitter card
Craft UK 15cm White Square card
Snippets: gold; black; green
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
WOW Embossing Powder: red and purple
Brusho’s watercolour powders
Brads from my stash
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape


scrappymo! said...

Two beautiful cards, Karen.
They are booth wonderful but the second one caught my eye as I love the background so much.

Thanks for taking part in the August Rudolph Days Challenge.

Liz said...

Lovely cards, Karen, the poinsettias are quite spectacular! Good idea to assemble them with the brad. (I don't know if it's my computer, but the final picture of your red card isn't showing.) I don't use glitter paper much either, although Poundworld recently sold pack of 10 A4 sheets for £1 and the glitter doesn't come off at all, so I have a little supply just in case! xx

Bonnie said...

Beautiful sparkly poinsettias!

Cara said...

Two stunning cards. Hope you're feeling better soon x

Darlene said...

WOW! These are gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Anything using Dies’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

LesleyG said...

Sumptuous glamorous cards, love the sparkly poinsettias. Happy RD xxx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card love the texture you have achieved too! Thanks for joining in with our challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge,
hugs Samantha :0)

mamapez5 said...

That's a very splendid poinsettia and although it is not so traditional, I actually love the purple one. Kate x

linda said...

ooooh, the glittery poinsettias are gorgeous karen! beautiful christmas cards! thank you so much for playing along with the rudolph days challenge!

Cathie Borowski said...

I love the poinsettas, I especially love your choice of traditional colours and non traditional with the purple. Thank you for joining the Anything Goes Challenge over at Diecut Divas. Cathie DT

Lori Kobular said...

Two gorgeous Christmas cards! That poinsettia die is lovely and I love the glitter paper you used to make it! I love the background you created on the purple card! Thanks for sharing with us at Scrapy Land Challenges!