Thursday, 1 April 2021

March Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

We had 59 fabulous entries for this month. I think that is great considering it is still the first quarter of the year!

As always, I have used Random Org to chose our winner and it is # 51, Pat.

Pat, can you email me at maureenkane@telus.net and let me know your mailing address.

Update April 6, 2021 Pat is now showing as number 50 even though she was 51 at the time of the draw. I have had to delete the person before her as the hyperlink for that entry was creating blogger problems for some reason. I have kept note of that deleted entry so that blogger can still be part of the end of the year draw for those that enter every month of the year.

Also, a wee update on my daughter

My daughter stopped by and picked up the mail, thank goodness. It was really starting to worry me. She has 4 days off for Easter, so she was feeling not quite so bogged down. Her father-in-law will be off as well, so will be home to look out for his wife. It will give my daughter time with her own family.

While it is lovely that her mother-in=law wants my daughter to go to appointments, specialists, etc., there is a bit of a sad reason why...it is because she does not want her son or husband to be upset with bad news from a stranger! They are both very kind and sensitive men...my daughter is kind as well but is pragmatic too. She can listen and question the doctor carefully, and then once back at the family meetings, she can word the medical news kindly, in words that are not quite so upsetting.

I am very proud of her!

Thursday, 25 March 2021

March Rudolph Days Challenge

Once again, it is time for the Rudolph Days Challenge. You have until the last day of the month to enter your Christmas card or Christmas project. I do ask that if you enter the challenge, please leave a comment on this post. Sometimes, people have a problem linking up for whatever reason and link back to this blog, instead of their own blog. If you leave a comment, then I have another way to get hold of you and let you know you need to resubmit your entry. With the additional prize draw at the end of the year, it is nice to have everyone who entered every month, qualified to enter for their chance to win the yearly prize.

I am sending prizes when my daughter has the time to call by and pick them up from our front porch. We are not allowed to have anyone in our houses here, and have just been given back the ability to meet someone outside again. Socially distanced of course!

We are so close to getting called up for the first jab, that we are not even meeting outside with anyone. We do not leave the house except to go for a walk and Al drives down to pick up the groceries. We hope to get the call in the next 3-4 weeks.

My daughter, who is the mailer for my prizes, is still so busy helping with her mother-in-law. She goes there and stays with her so father-in-law can get outside to do tasks etc. She (mil) can not be on her own any longer so it is a big commitment. She is aware what has happened to her and chooses my daughter to be the one to take her to appointments etc. Since my daughter works full time, she is very busy with all of this. So, be patient with me, as the winners will eventually get prizes.

Our designers have been busy creating inspiration for you. First up is Linda at Snail's Space blog. Linda has made two fabulous cards. She has taken the same Penny Black die and changed it up by using different papers. What a change up it is to see the difference in mood that it has created. The first one is so light and feminine looking. I love the shimmer that appears rubbed over the raised areas of the embossing. The second one has a crisp, almost masculine feel...crisp and clean looking. I hope you will pop over to Linda's blog and leave her some kind comments.





Next up is Jenny at Cardsarus blog. Jenny has made us two cards as well. The first is a very detailed card, full of beautiful embellishments. Lots of greenery diecuts, a gorgeous leaping stag and a glimmer of mirri card for the sentiment.


Jenny's second card is lovely as well. In my opinion, the shimmery emblossed background steals the show! I love shimmer and glimmer at Christmas time. I hope you will pop over to Jenny's blog and leave her some kind comments as well.


My card is a recycled one. I saw these finished cards a couple of years ago in the precovid after Christmas clearance sales. I thought it would be a perfect image to recycle and got a whole box of 18 or so, for a couple of dollars. I kept it very simple, using only my scraps/snippets box for the design papers and ribbon. I fussy cut the lid and pop dotted it forward. The main image is also pop dotted. I used the micro pop dots as they will still fit through the mail! It was quick and fun to do and I plan to make up the whole box in a similar design. I want to be able to donate cards for this coming Christmas, so these will be great for that.



Our prize this month is this Tutti Designs die called Wonderland Window. I think it is so sweet!



Monday, 1 March 2021

Feb Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

I am typing this post on my newly restored virus free computer! We have a monthly fee coverage that includes free virus scans and restoring. Boy oh boy, that sure came in handy. This is the third virus we have had in all our years of computer ownership. The first and this time, it was restorable. The middle time, it wiped out the computer and so corrupted the files that they could not even retrieve our photos and downloads. I lost a ton of cutting files!

Now, back to the challenge...
We had 53 3ntries and I will spend tomorrow visiting you all now that my computer is back up and running. It is my birthday today (67) so I will take today off and do as little as possible all day!!! It is a good time to catch up on Netflicks.

We are venturing out of the house and getting supper out at the White Spot (a Canadian restaurant that has an option of ordering and eating in the car from a long tray that slides into the car and hooks onto the window frames around the doors). The food is very tasty, not like a typical eat in the car place!

So, I used random org to draw the winner, # 48 Paperpapier. Could you please drop me an email to maureenkane@telus.net with your mailing address, and I will get your prize off to you.
Last months winner will be sent their prize at the same time. My daughter has been too busy with family problems to worry about my mail.

Her mother in law has had some very strange health problems over the past few months. She was finally diagnosed after a friend suggested a specific disease mainly found in persons of Dutch descent, as the friends mother had just been diagnosed with it.

In short, the blood deposits something in the brain that eventually causes mini brain bleeds that leave you with confusion and stroke like syptoms. Sadly, there is no cure. Since Christmas, she now requires someone to be with her 24 hours a day. Although they have someone come in while stepdad is working, my daughter and son in law have her as much as they are available after work and on the weekends, to give Mike's stepdad a bit of respite. I share this story as if you are of Dutch or Icelandic descent and have a family member seeming to age overnight, this info may help you. As my daughter has mail of her own to send, mine will go out with hers. Sorry for any delays this causes, but 'I do not like to put any requests her way at the moment.