Wednesday, 8 August 2018

July Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

I am really happy that we had 58 entries, despite the unexpected change of dates! Thanks to each and every one of you for supporting this challenge with your entries and being to kind about the strange dates this month.

I used Random Org to chose our winner and the winning number is  #45, Mrs A

Valerie Anne, could you please email me at and let me know which prize you would like. Could you also please give me your mailing address? Thanks so much and... Congratulations!

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Christmas Card Club - Sleigh, Sleds or Ski

I am finally back to making cards and hopefully meeting the deadlines for the Christmas Card Club. We are a group of ladies that take turns choosing the theme for a fortnighly Christmas card. It really helps build up the finished cards box and has the bonus of having a very fun group of ladies to work with. If you would like to peruse any of the other members cards, their hyperlinks are on my right hand sideboard. You will not be disappointed!

I chose the sled, sleigh, ski theme for this fortnight,  and as I just received this lovely sleigh die cut from a friend, I felt my choice was made! This is really a card made from gifts. The kraft card base was a gift from a dear friend that I visited while in England. I love these scalloped kraft cards! They are a lovely weight and are made by Jelly Bean Crafts, UK.

I used a snippet of red glitter paper, and a Bokeh look sky paper called Snow Days from Lawn Fawn.
As mentioned, the red sleigh was mailed to me from a die cut swap I did with a friend, and the presents are a combination of VOS dollar store present stickers, and some K&CO acrylic toy stickers that were also gifted to me, from another friend. I wanted to use presents that were as bright and shiny as possible, as this card is for a small child. Sadly, they are making terrible glare on my photo as the light bounces off the acrylic sheen. Sorry about that!

The stars are Making Memories glitter Star Stickers and I hilighted them with some teensy rhinestones. The sentiment is from Michael's 25 cent bins. I picked up a couple of packages of these heavily glittered chipboard words last January, in the after Christmas clearance bins.

Although this is a very quick and easy card, I enjoyed making it and it was fun to dig out those stickers which I never seem to use anymore. In fact, I managed to use up the paper present stickers!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Christmas Card Club - sled, sleigh, ski
2. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

July Rudolph Days Challenge...a little late but better than never!

We are back home from 30 glorious days away in Britain. Twelve of those days were spent on a cruise round the British Isles. Although this was our fourth trip, we saw so much more of Britain than ever before. Will tell you all some details of that trip on my next few posts, but it is now finally time to have our errant July Rudolph Days Challenge!

1.  This July challenge will run from Aug 1st until midnight on Aug 7th, 2018.
2. The theme is always Anything Goes, as long as it is Christmas.
3. One entry per person and you just need to enter one Christmas card or Christmas project.
4. You may combine your entry with other challenges (maximum of 10 in total).
5. Your card (or Christmas project) should not have been previously posted to your blog. It should be posted to your blog during the current months Rudolph Days Challenge, (between the 25th and last day of the current month)
                                                     AMENDED RULE #5
for this July challenge only: Your card can have been posted to your blog anytime between July 25th and Aug 7th, 2018
6. Please link back to or at least mention, the Rudolph Days Challenge.
7. Please leave a comment on the challenge post.
8. The winner will be selected by random draw and announced on the first day of the following month. Prizes will be mailed anywhere in the world.
9. A special draw will be held at the end of the year, in December,  for all those who submitted a card or project every month that year, January to November. 
                                                    AMENDED RULE #9 
This errant July challenge will not be included into the special draw. If you miss this month, you are still eligible. 

 I  would like to take this opportunity to point out that some people forget to leave a comment on this post, thereby disqualifying themselves if they were chosen by random org. (see rule 7)

My Rudolph Days Challenge designers have this month off as I have made several cards for your perusal. I hope you will get some inspiration from them. 

First up is this sweet Sylvia Zet pre coloured angel image.This card was made from snippets. The gold mirri scalloped mat was cut with care from a snippet just large enough to fit the die. The corner pieces of the offcut were tucked away to eventually become corner elements for another card.

The mauve snowflake DP is a left over from a 12x12 scrapbooking  page and the white glitter border strip is a leftover from a previous card. The snowflakes are from my files of snippets that I have already die cut and punched into various shapes. (I try to do this task whenever I am bored, and stuck with a hopeless mojo). It is so fun to open the teensy file boxes and pick and chose what is needed to finish up a card. A little WOS gave them a bit of Christmas sparkle! The largest, glittery fabric snowflake is from a dollar store package that I bought several years ago. It was a large package of them and I have barely dented the numbers! I used my Fiskars fussy cut scissors to trim off the overlap. 

The inside is just another scalloped circle which I chalked to get the right shade of pink. I did not center this sentiment mat, but raised it a little on the card  to allow room for signatures on the card base below it. 

My second card is made with a Sue Wilson die that I bought at the May paper craft garage sale. There are at least 4 of these sales each summer, with about 30 vendors and hundreds of shoppers! I think I paid 7 or maybe 8 dollars. I made up four of these cards all the same colours, copying the vendors sample card. They were so quick and easy to make up! I think I am going to make up another 6 with red mats, either with red card or perhaps a very small, lightly shaded red pattern. Will post that group once finished. 

 I have not put a sentiment inside. This is a lovely flat card, perfect for mailing to family in Britain. I think I will just write a short letter in each one, and just let the front sentiment be the only one. That way, I can squeeze more news into the letter itself!

Next up is one of my upcycled thrift shop cards. I picked up a "new in package" sealed packet of  20 Christmas cards and envelopes for $1  This is the style of card where you slide a photograph into a premade frame. I usually buy sets like this if the envelopes are gilded inside, just to get the envelopes at such a good price. But, as I opened them, I spied a snippet of embossed green card in the front of my green file and noticed it was just barely the right size to slide into the pocket!

I sliced the frame off the card, and then slid the green snippet inside and with great care, dug my tweezers in to unpeel the two sided tape I had placed on it. It took a couple of tries to get the long one out! Next time I will just use my long needle tipped glue would be easier, methinks.

I added a few blue and white snowflakes from the same filing boxes I mentioned on my first card. They are so handy to keep on hand. Various sized rhinestones give them a little bling.

Luckily, my Sue Wilson Let it Snow die fit quite nicely onto that embossed green snippet...what luck! I mounted this now finished topper onto a white card blank, and  this card was done.  Quite a good use of a 5 cent topper frame and envelope!

Our prize this month is a choice of this Memory Box Batavia Stitched Snowflakes die

or this Inkadinkado Christmas Silhouettes stamp