Tuesday 29 September 2015

September Rudolph Days Challenge Extra Prize

Just a quick reminder that if you want in the draw for the extra prize this month you just need to leave 10 comments on other blogs (including mine), anytime after you have entered your card for this month..

Once you leave me a comment indicating that you are participating for this extra prize, then I will enter your name in that prize draw.

So far I have entered:

FT Kitty
Jane Willis
Iona Bunny
Mary H
Dr Sonia
Sally H
Jenny H
Jenny L

Friday 25 September 2015

September Rudolph Days Challenge

This past month has flown by. It is hard to believe it is once again time for my Rudolph Days Challenge. You have until September 30th to submit your Christmas card or Christmas themed project.

Here is a recap of the rules in case you are new to this challenge.

1. The Rudolph Days Challenge will start each month on the 25th, and will close 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.  Prizes will be shipped anywhere in the world.
8. The winner will be selected by random draw and announced on the first day of the following month.

I had fun making this layered Christmas card. This is another card that really raided my on hand stash.

The grey snowflake DP is the only newish item.  The rest are leftover bits and bobs from past creations.  I rounded one corner of the  4 squares of red  and white poinsettia Wild Rose Studio, Festive Wishes  DP and arranged them to highlight the Stampendous Christmas Owl image. Coloured the image with copics and stamped a second owl to fussy cut and pop forward for an extra layer.  I added a bit of Star Dust stickles to the front of the toque...just a bit of shimmer! I also outlined the image details with a Sakura Jelly Roll pen. It gave everything a nice shimmery detailing.

I chose the lime green colour for the toque stripes as I knew I had some limey green embellishments I wanted to use up.  Added the last three lime green felt snowflakes from my stash...felt good to use the last of these. The chipboard sentiment is from my random sentiment bits drawer and was chosen strictly for the green colour! lol

The flowers are K & Co Mod Holiday Felts and I was pleased that they balanced and tied the lime green in as well. All in all, there are 6 layers of paper on my card and 8 layers of felt in total. A truly fun card to make!

Here is the photo of the September prize . A Memory Box Merry Ornament Die.

In honour of the spirit of the Rudolph Days Challenge I am having a second prize this month. I have mentioned in the past about how I love the unique way this challenge inspires the entrants to participate. This has never been a drop a card and run challenge. Instead, this has always been a place where entrants visit each other, leave comments and friendships are born. I met many of my followers here!

To encourage the continued leaving of comments, I am offering a Memory Box Dazzling Snowflake Die. After you enter your Xmas card or project,  just leave at least comments on at least 10 other entries (including mine) to be entered in this second prize draw. Mention in a comment that you have done so and would like entered for both prize draws.

I am entering this card in the following chllenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets

Here is the linky to the September Rudolph Days Challenge. I am looking forward to seeing your entries and wish you all good luck in the draw.

Sunday 20 September 2015

Upcycled Xmas Card

Sometimes it is fun to just upcycle some cards. Today's card has an upcycled topper made from some  Christmas cards I bought on clearance last January.  I saw the box of Xmas cards (and envelopes of course) on clearance for less than a dollar. I just could not resist. The center snowflake is diecut from glitter card and is quite pretty. They have pop dotted it forward for a bit of extra impact.

I thought these cards would be perfect for my new neighbours...they often stop by to chat as we work in the garden, or when we walk to pick up the mail.  The community mailbox is about ten houses away...so have managed to meet most of those neighbours now.

So here is the first of a dozen similar cards...I will just use different snippets of DP for the backgrounds. Once I have them all finished I will post a photo of the group of them.

This card has the topper matted with a snippet of red card and placed on a piece of DP...not sure of the manufacturer anymore as the paper became separated from the 6x6 pad.
I diecut the merry script from a snippet of black card. I did not think to record the name of the die...sorry! Will try to remember to update this post once I search for the names of both.

I am entering this post in the following challenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets

Don't forget that the September Rudolph Days Challenge begins on Sept 25th. Look forward to seeing all your entries. This month will have a Memory Box die for the first prize and will have a twist of a second prize as well.

Watch this blog for my Rudolph Days Challenge post on September 25th...the prize details will remain a surprise till then...

Monday 14 September 2015

Not More Seashells!

Yes, I know this is very similar to my other seashell card...but there are a few differences. Instead of pencil crayons and gamsol,  this time I water coloured the sea and sand on some 140 lb watercolour paper. It dried nice and flat...I count myself lucky! Added some of those stamped, coloured and fussy cut sea shells, popping forward the conch and the starfish for some depth.

My card base was white and looked too stark with the cream watercolour paper so I covered it with Creative Impressions Sonnet Sea Side DP. Somehow I managed to rumple one edge so I distressed the edges with the blade of my scissors, and inked them with Ingvild Bolme Prima Chalk Ink, Black Coal. That looked a little too dark so I inked over it with her white chalk ink...that toned it down!

Mounted my watercolour topper and thought I was done, until I opened the card and managed to get some ink on the inside. Drat!  Cut a bit more of the Sea Side DP and used it to hide my inky mistake.
I will stamp a sentiment here, once I decide what this card will be used for!

I don't like this one as much as the previous seashell card I did with pencil crayons and gamsol...but hopefully whoever I send it to will enjoy it!

I am entering this card in the following challenges
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets (the shells were cut from Bazzil card snippets

Tuesday 1 September 2015

Rolling Along

Thought I should give a wee update on the storms.  The hydro and internet have remained on since we were restored and the windy weather has died down a lot. The tree devastation is sad to view though. Some were uprooted by the winds and others snapped in half, midway up the trunk. The news have had experts saying that the lack of water from this summers drought weakened the trees root systems. That weakened root system then allowed the winds to uproot them so easily.

I am rolling along with my pledge to use up some more of my vast stock of flowers. I rummaged through my stamps looking for images that could be used to hold flowers. This Stampin' Up wagon called out to me and I have laden it with blooms just for fun!

I stamped the image in black Memento ink and coloured it with copics. I tried to chose a green for the wagon bed that would match the green Memory Box Debutante frame that I had on hand. I stamped and fussy cut the wagon, and perched it onto an embossed stars mats (from that recent scrapbook garage sale). Layered that onto the MB frame and then placed those layers onto a white weathered wood DP.

Filled the wagon with 6 kraft printed flowers and tucked in a few Martha Stewart branches. Thought it still looked a little bare so added a bow and a butterfly from some other coordinating  embellishments.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets (the stamped image and the green Memory Box diecut were made from snippets)

August Rudolph Days Winner

The August Rudolph days winner is Carol Dunham #13. I used random org to draw the winner. Here is a photo of the winning number.  Sorry about the grainy photo!

Carol, could you please email me at scrappymo1@gmail.com to advise your address and I will get your Memory Box Holly Leaf dies mailed off to you.