Sunday, 2 February 2020

Christmas Card Club with a theme of Stars

I am finally back to making cards with the Christmas Card Club. We are a group of like minded ladies who make a Christmas card every two weeks and take turns chosing the theme. I have all the members blog links  listed in my right sidebar so feel free to drop by them and check out the other takes on our biweekly theme.

 When I read that Sylvie at Gibmiss blog chose stars as our theme, I had just the card front come to mind. I had picked up a packet of the Three Wise Men following the North Star cards at our local thrift shop. They were new and still in the original box. I really liked the image, so picked them up to use as card fronts.

I added a wee bit of Stickles Stardust to the North Star and a Wink of Stella to the Wise Men.

I then cut a Spellbinders S6-139 frame from Gold Mirri card to showcase the image and a background diecut of antique gold silk paper to slide behind it. Luckily that Spellbinders set provides the die for all the layers. I trimmed off the tabs on the gold mirri frame and set it all on a piece of patterned mirri accented card.


I wanted to combine the look of rustic with elegant, so added a piece of navy blue twine wrapped around the card twice and tied in a bow. A gem from my ages old collection accents the bow.

My second card is another upcycled unused card. I am addicted to the packets of new cards at my local charity/thrift shop! They are usualy only a dollar for ten or twelve matching cards and envelopes.


This one has the topper made from a wee shepherd who is about to follow the North Star. As we all know, it will lead him to the Nativity. I used a snippet of gold mirri washi tape to highlight the North Star and then used the same punch to cut some wee stars thru my gold swirl Mirri card.  I slid a snippet of the purple sateen card behind them. I like the way it tied together the idea of other stars in the sky.


The gold swirl Mirri card and the purple sateen  were new purchases from the Christmas Open House at my local paper crafts shop. I usually save new papers and other purchases up before I use them, and I am trying to break that bad habit in this new year! Not taking any chances new things will get forgotten...


Hope you enjoyed my take on the Star theme.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

January 2020 Rudolph Days Winner

52 entries. That is amazing for our first challenge of the New Year! As always, it was so inspiring to view all your creations and visit your blogs.

I used Random Org to choose our winner...#27 Sue T.


Sue is one of our Rudolph Days designers. Each designer contributes designs for the challenge every other month. January was Sue's month off designing for us and therefor she was able to enter the challenge this month, as she is not part of this months design team.

Sue,  could you please email me at  maureenkane@telus.net and let me know which prize you would like.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

January Rudolph Days Challenge

Hi there. Once again, it is time for the Rudolph Days Challenge. Here are the rules for your perusal...

1. The Rudolph Days Challenge will start each month (January to November) on the 25th, and will close at midnight PST, on the last day of that month.
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)
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.

Our design team ladies have been busy creating lots of inspiration for you!

First up is Linda at A Snail's Space blog

Linda has made us this lovely card where the design paper is echoed by the pretty die cut  holly and berries accents. Love that look!  The Merry Christmas is a beautiful script, don't you agree?

I hope you will pop across to Linda's blog and read about how she made this card and then leave her some love!


My card is up next. I have set myself a goal to test my skills and try out some new techniques in 2020. This card contains one of them. I wonder if you can guess just what it is. I think it does not reveal at a glance...but....maybe!


This card was a make and take at my local paper crafts store. The background paper was chosen as it had the potential to look like a winter sky. It is actually a beige and ivory Design paper that has a little greeny blue distress oxide added to the edges to give a more realistic coloured sky.
The trees are die cuts and I added art glitter glue and glitter to them to mimic snow. A torn piece of white card creates a snowy ground for the Penny Black die cut truck to rest on. I added more glue and glitter to the truck to create snow there as well.
The new technique is a wobbler. I have never used one before. I LOVE them and will be using many more of them this year. I bought a package of the medium and also one of the small size.

I did mention new techniques...so here is another. That same paper crafts store had a Tim Holtz clock frame make and take, perfect  for a winter scene. A scalloped circle of snowflake design paper forms the background for the scene.  I then built up a white glitter card hill of wee houses, and then a silver mirri card hill of the same. A final row of a white glitter card treed hill finished off the scene, . These hills were layered into the frame and a generous amount of frosty jagged fine beads that look like rocks were added to loosely hide the bottom edges. A Penny Black curved white glitter card leavy die cut was glue dotted to the front of the frame with a die cut silver glitter card JOY sentiment across the bottom front.


Fine wired micro mini lights are fitted into the space at the back of the frame and the  finishing tough is a  snippet of white tulle and some white woven glittery ribbon,  tied to the top of the clock frame.


I enjoyed this so much that I picked up a distressed looking  real clock at Walmart. I am going to pull the clock apart and use the empty frame to create a different scene for the various seasons.

Our prizes this month are a choice of this Australian Paper Roses Reindeer scene Frame,



or this Studio Light Essentials Reindeer stamp.

So welcome to a new year of Rudolph Days Challenges. Here is Mr Linky, so you know what to do!!!