my Crafty Corner

Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Rudolph Day Medley

Woohoo! I,m back!! Hello happy bloggers, I have had a rather long break from blogging, due in part to a computer problem which was preventing me from accessing my blog pages. This was caused by a mistake on my part that  I didn't know how to fix, but I am pleased to say that it is resolved now.The trouble is, that having had a break I was finding it hard to get started again, but one day this week I sat down to sort out a huge pile of old Christmas cards that had been sent to us in the past with a view to finding something I could recycle to enter the Rudolph Day Challenge this month, and this is what I came up with.

The challenge is hosted by Scrappy Mo at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo Blog, and runs monthly from the 25th. (Rudolph Day), until the end of the month. I enjoy this challenge and have missed being able to enter. The requirement is to make one or more Christmas themed items.
I kept them fairly simple selecting some images that I liked and trimming them close to the edges. I chose coloured card that toned with the pictures and cut and folded the base cards. I found contrasting coloured and metallic snippets to mat the images and used various stamps, embossing and die cuts for further embellishment. The patterned paper that I used on the two square cards are from pad that came free with a magazine last year. The orange paper on the top left hand card was a snippet that has been in my box for ages, I think it may have come from Graphicus, ( before it became Chocolate Baroque)

Thank you for dropping by today and if you leave a comment I will really appreciate it and will return the compliment and visit your blog. I hope to get back into the swing of regularly  visiting and commenting again now.
 I hope every one is enjoying some good weather this holiday weekend.


  1. Hello Jean , welcome back to blogland. I'm still having internet problems big time. No connection at present so having to rely on my iPad. CaN't get any emails either which is totally stressing me out.
    So all I can do is comment.
    I love using old Christmas cards and recycling when I can . These are all fab and definetly worth seeing again as new cards. Hugs Mrs A
    P.s. You might find a monkey in residence on my blog just till the endof August though I have a few posts in between when allowed!!

  2. Oh how lovely to see you back in Blogland Jean! LOVE your cards, upcycling id the 'biz'! And, if you used a snippet do come and play with us in the Playground. As for the internet, boo, hiss! Great when it works and a real dog's dinner when it doesn't!


    Di xx

  3. Hi Jean, thank you for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment. I think recycling is a great idea and you've done a wonderful job here. They are all gorgeous and I especially like the ones where you've used the traditional images. Lovely to see you back in Blogland :) Sandra X

  4. So lovely to see you back here Jean, and how frustrating for you to have had these computer problems last so long. Well these cards are wonderful makes using some ingenious upcycling of old cards and you have done a great job with them all. I particularly love the poinsettia design which looks so pretty and the snowman and robin, and the holly looks great in white on that dark green and complement the garlanded door of the image. x

  5. Welcome back Jean! Brilliant recycling - a lovely selection of cards. xx

  6. Welcome back to blog land Jean and thank you for leaving me a comment. You've certainly been busy upcycling and made a great collection of cards.

  7. Its good to see you back Jean. This is a fantastic selection of Christmas cards, great recycling.
    Yvonne xx

  8. Thanks for your comment Jean. Some fabulous re-cycled cards here with images that deserve to be used again.
    Glad your computer problems have been sorted.

    Kath x

  9. I'm so glad you resolved your computer problems and got back to blogging! I've missed you :) Your recycled cards look fantastic and what a great way to save what's normally thrown away! Keep on keepin' on my friend ;)

  10. A beautiful collection of cards I especially love the one in the middle at the bottom and the very monochromatic look it has.

    Sue xx

  11. These are fabulous upcycled Christmas cards. I love each and every one. Your embellishments and stamping have really added the perfect finishing touch to eachof these beauties.
    Thanks for taking part in the Aug Rudolph Days Challenge

  12. What a beautiful collection of super gorgeous christmas cards Jean
    Thank you so much for joining us at the Rudolph day Challenge!
    Rudolph Days Challenge DT
    Dr Sonia

  13. such a lovely variety of christmas cards! i love how you added your personal touch with stamping and the use of pretty dies! thank you so much for playing along with us this month at the rudolph days challenge!
    rudolph days challenge DT

  14. I love upcycling old Christmas cards! You've done a fabulous job, and look how many you've made! Wonderful! My favourite is the robin! That one really caught my eye!

  15. Hi Jean,
    wonderful to see you blogging again.
    I sure have missed you, and was hoping you wern't ill.
    Computers are a must have these days, and when I have trouble with mine I get so frustrated.
    Luckily my DH has been a computer wizz so he helps a lot, but doesn't understand the blogging side.
    I have learn't that part for myself.
    I recently had a new computer with windows 10 on it and am coping okay with so far.

    Wonderful makes for the Rudolf Challenge, and my so many wonderful styles, and designs.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  16. Just love these all! You are so talented!!! Thank you so much for joining us at August Rudolph days challenge! xx

  17. So glad you are back and what a great use of these fabulous images they are gorgeous love and hugs Carole x

  18. What a great set of recycled cards Jean. You have made something lovely out of them all. Well done. Kate x

  19. wow Jean these truly are an amazing selection, well done!!
    .. sorry I did not get to comment earlier.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}