Friday, May 29, 2015

Rudolph Day

Hi my crafty friends, I have two Christmas cards I wanted to share with you. The first one I'm entering in the Rudolph Day challenge. Rudolph Day always starts on the 25th of each month and ends on the last day of that same month. So it is always fun to play along so I will have a nice stash of Christmas cards when the time comes. For this Rudolph Day card, I used a stencil from Stamplorations that I won over at Darnell's NBUS challenge one time. I used white embossing paste with the tree stencil, it actually has to trees in this stencil! Then I put SU gold embossing powder on it. Let it dry and then heated the gold. I popped it up on foam tape to my card base.  I need a little more practice with getting the embossing paste smooth. lol  I did the sentiment the in the same embossing paste. Just a very simple CAS card. 





For my second card, I was going to enter it into the Muse Christmas Vision challenge, but of course I didn't get the card photograph so it didn't get entered. But I did play along! So that makes two more Christmas cards for my stash. For this one I used a SU stamp set, added some stickles and some Wink of Stella to the pine cone and needles. I also moved the pine needles just a smidgen and re-stamped with white ink to make the pine needles not so stark looking. Not sure I like it though, but it is done, so it is staying that way. lol  Nothing really to this one either. Cut my ovals using a My Creative Time die. Just easy peasy, plain Jane. 





Thanks for taking the time from your busy day and visiting me. I so love when you do and your comments always lift my spirits! Crafty hugs, Brenda

25 comments:

Carol L said...

WOW Brenda, that gold embossed tree looks fabulous! I love that you used embossing paste to raise it off the card, giving such great dimension and texture, but the gold gave it a perfect touch of elegance! Great plaid dsp on the 2nd card, and I love the stitched ovals too! Great job on both!

Sue said...

Oh my Brenda these cards are fabulous!!! that gold embossed tree is fantastic and stunning plaid card...lots of huggles and you are in my thoughts Sue xxxxxxxxxxxxx

jimlynn said...

I'm going to have to try that with the embossing paste and embossing powder! LOVE the look!!! In fact, I love your cards - both of them. The first is just outstanding! A CAS beauty!!! Love the second one too and the way you did the pine branches. Both are sensational!
Lynn

scrappymo! said...

Your gold embossed tree is stunning. Love the look of this.
I know your second card is for another challenge but it is lovely too!

Thanks for taking part in the May Rudolph Days Challenge.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

wow, Brenda love the gold embossing paste embossing powder tree... superb!!! LOVE IT!! and the other card lovely too..
.. you put me to shame not made a Christmas card hardly at all sigh.. Shaz in Oz.x
PS just learnt a great shortcut.. for Redo.. accidentally deleted my comment.. Redo? it is:
Control key + Y
Love it!!!

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Marilyn said...

Awesome cards!!

Stephanie said...

These are beautiful, Brenda. Love the gold modern tree, so elegant. The plaid and pine cines are so cozy. Makes me feel all wrapped up in Christmas. Love them both.

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Wow, the golden Christmas tree is fabulous, Brenda. You made good use of the stencil,sweetie. I like the second card too, it has that rustic cabin feeling to it.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Bonnie said...

I love the simple elegance of the gold tree, Brenda! Great job with the embossing paste and the heat embossing! Love the pine bough with the plaid background!

D- said...

OMGosh your embossing paste tree is gorgeous. I really need to get some of that to play with. I love how your pine needles turned. Thanks for sharing both of your wonderful cards.
Crafty hugs,
Dawn
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

Lisa said...

Both of your cards are so beautiful, Brenda!! That gold tree is stunning!! What an elegant card!! And the second one is so pretty!! The pine branch and cone are fabulous!! Awesome job on both my friend!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Kathleen said...

Oh WOW was the first thing that came into my head the minute I saw your first card and it is totally stunning, love it to bits, I do not get on well with stencils and I would love to do something like this.

Great second card too.

Thank you for joining in the May Rudolph Day challenge.

Kath x

Hettie said...

This is beautiful Brenda. So elegant.
Hugs
Xx

Sybrina K said...

Brenda, Both of these cards are so pretty! I just love the stamp you used on your second card! And, you're so far ahead of me in the Christmas-card-making department it's not even funny.

Tina Campbell said...

Both cards are fabulous! Wow the embossing technique is really cool. I guess I need to learn how to use this stuff :) Have a Happy Sunday and stay cool if you can :)
Hugs my friend,
Tina

Brenda in IN said...

Brenda, your gold embossed tree is simply fabulous. I love the shape of the tree and adding gold e/p made it just shine. It's nice to get a head start on Christmas cards. The plaid paper on your second card is so pretty and shows off The oval circles so well.

Sharon said...

These are just wonderful!!!! The tree is so beautiful! And the branch and pinecone are great!! Awesome cards Brenda!!!! :)

Leslie said...

Two beautiful Christmas cards! Sorry I haven't been around - but you know why - just busy!! Thanks for sharing. Going to see what else you have been up to!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

I love your MUSE card, Brenda! I have that NBUS stamp and love the idea for how to showcase it! But your Rudolph Day card made me gasp out loud!! That's, honestly, the first card I've seen using ep that made me want to actually try it myself! You used the perfect stencil for it. Glory be, that is so spectacular!! I'm thinking of you every day and I hope things are still going on the right course towards JH!! Hugs, Auntie Darnell

MaryH said...

I'm still going "WOW" over this swirly gold tree. You knocked this one right out of the ballpark, kiddo! Definitely gold star on this one. And of course I always love the tartan plaid and it's perfect with the pine boughs. I'm so happy you are able to get back to your crafts. You're doing some terrific work - and these 2 are just some fantastic examples. Hope the week will go well for ya'll. Prayers & Hugs.

cm said...

GASP! Brenda, I'm all giddy and in a dither over your awesome, beautiful, stunning stenciled gold tree! Oh my! You've worked magic with this. Magic, I tell you! I'm going to check out that stencil after I visit your next post. Your second card is charming; the tartan plaid and pine boughs are a lovely combination. I hope things are going well with your sweet husband; sending prayers and hugs daily!
Love~c

Loll said...

TWo fabulous cards to add to your Christmas stash Brenda. Especially LOVE the CAS design with the gold embossed tree. So very pretty and I love that you kept it all white so that the tree really shines. xx

Sarah Mabery said...

That first card is stunning. I've never tried combining embossing powder with embossing paste. I'm going to have to give that a try.

I really like that pine cone stamp on the second card. And the pp is lovely too. Such a pretty pair of Christmas cards.

Anita in France said...

Your pine cone and branches card is just lovely, Brenda ... especially with the plaid background! Oh my, that gold Christmas tree ... it's stunning ... swirly, shimmery and so stylish ... gaspingly gorgeous! Hugs, Anita :)

Joann Williams said...

These are awesome cards Brenda! It's so good to see you crafting away .... I really love your first card... love that gold tree!
Hugs,
Jo
xox