Thursday 25 February 2016

February Rudolph Days Challenge and Design Team B Introductions

Finally it is February and time for me to introduce the next four  members of the Rudolph Days Challenge Design Team. Last month you met the four members of Team A and this month I am pleased to share  the four ladies who comprise Team B.

Liz Cavill at Crafty Sunflower Blog

"Hi, I'm Liz and I live in the west of England with my hubby.  I've been crafting for as long as I can remember and I've been making cards for probably over 15 year now.  I love using dies and embossing folders and my favourite style is CAS.  I occasionally go out of my comfort zone and get really inking! 

I started my blog in 2012 but it wasn't until a couple of years later that I discovered that there is a crafty blogging community out there and lots of cardmaking challenges to enter. I'm thrilled to be part of the Rudolph Days DT this year and look forward to seeing all your beautiful creations." 

Eemeli at Eemeli's Home Blog

Hello! My name is Eemeli and I am a telecommunications engineer from Finland. For years I have spent my days mainly with just guys and my mind works 100% like an engineer. As you can imagine, my design style is therefore more or less CAS. Straight lines and mathematically balanced overall, with no girly decorations or a lot of fluffy embellishments is what I like. 

I have been crafting my whole life. I started making Christmas cards as a young girl (back in the 80's), and have now been blogging around 5 years. Crafting with a student budget has been definitely a challenge but with a little bit of imagination, anything is possible. I am also very keen on sports and so in wintertime you'd probably find me on my alpine skis during weekends and summer is all about playing golf.

Valerija at Moje Veselge Blog

My name is Valerija. I am 36 years old. I live in Slovenia, is a small European country. I am a mother of two wonderful daughters (Leja is 8 and Nives is 7 years old.
I started blogging in January 2014, but I have been making cards much longer than that.

If you are interested, you can find more on my blog at

Kathleen at Handmade By Kath Blog

I've always enjoyed crafting and started knitting and sewing clothes for my dolls when I was young. Since then, I've also done crewel and cross stitch embroidery, woodwork, flower arranging, cake decorating and sugarcraft, as well as tried a few other things along the way!

A few years ago, my husband gave me a gift voucher for my birthday so I could attend a local cardmaking class. He always jokes that it's been the most expensive birthday present he has ever given me! I started my blog Handmade by Kath to get feedback on projects for my Certificate in Papercrafts and now use it for entering blog challenges. My favourite style is CAS, although I enjoy trying different styles and techniques to get out of my control zone!

I hope you will welcome these four new design team members. They have made such lovely cards for our shared inspiration!

Our prize this month is this Memory Box Holly Leaf Border Die.

The Rudolph Days Challenge rules are posted in my header above. You can enter your Christmas Card or Christmas project at Mr Linky below and good luck in the prize draw.

Monday 22 February 2016

February Rudolph Days Reminder and Prize Sneak Peek

Just a quick reminder that the February Rudolph Days Challenge begins on Feb 25th and closes at midnight PST on Feb 29th.

Here is sneak peek of this months prize... this Memory Box,  Holly Leaf Border  die.

Friday 19 February 2016

Ballerina Birthday Wishes

This little Ballerina is dancing away to a Happy Birthday song! Isn't she a sweetie?

This card is another one made totally from my snippets files. I also used die cuts that I have cut ahead and stored. The frame die is so old that I will have to guess as to the source. I think it is either from the free accucut machines and dies at my local store...or it is a sizzix die...not too sure which! It was cut years ago and has been residing in the photo albums I use to store he  dies I have precut.

The DP is from my snippets files Not sure of the manufacturers. The flowers are really old. Years old in fact! Sadly, this is the last of them. They were left over from a wedding or perhaps Little Miss C's baby scrapbook. She is turning 9 in they are certainly old! A VOS item for sure.

I added a pink rhinestone to each blossom. Although it looks as if it is a single strip of flowered ribbon trim, it is actually 3 strips pieced together. Two sets of 2 blossoms and a piece of 3. I only had those pieces left and was happy to see I could make them fit.

The Happy Birthday die is an Elizabeth Die. I love those dies as they are small enough to fit in a tight space. Perfect for those cards where you forget to allow for a sentiment and then think of it at the last minute! I had one wee Enjoy tag left over from a previous creation, so tucked it in as well. Hid the tag scalloped edge under the border strip of blossoms.

I gave a generous coating of star dust stickles to the frame diecut and to the sentiment. There is a bit more stickles on the tutu ruffle, the flowered bodice and on the hair band flower. I love stardust stickles as it is shimmery without overpowering a card. I pop dotted the frame  and the ballerina forward with some very slim pop dots. I like the effect...

I am quite pleased that I managed to create a much more colourful card than my norm. If I can continue creating with brighter colours at least once a month, I shall be happy!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets

Sunday 7 February 2016

Christmas Card Club - Texture

This fortnight Rachel of Fischer's Cards and Crafts blog has chosen a texture theme for our Christmas Card Club.  I do not have any stencils or stencil paste, so had to make do with what was on hand.  Decided to make my texture from a hunk of hessian and some liberally applied chalk paint that I enhanced with a bit of glitter and drywall compound.

The Christmas CArd Club members are on my right sideboard...If you pop by to take a look at their creations you will not be disappointed.

Withour further adieu, here is my card...

And here is the inside...

The Old:
The hunk of hessian (burlap) is my VOS item. I bought a huge roll of this years ago. The plaid mat is from a box of prefolded 5x7  Christmas cards and envelopes, that I bought in the after Xmas bargains a couple of years ago. I love the plaid, but the card weight was too light to suit me so I sliced them apart, cut them down, and now use them for 5x5 mats.
The dark green mat is from my scrapbooking snippets files.
The inside sentiment is my very old favourite Xmas sentiment rubber stamp.

The New
The Wellington Bear decoupage image, the inside topper, and the sentiment, are from a kit I picked up before Christmas, at my local papercraft store. It is a marvelous kit, full of toppers, decoupage pages, DP and embellies. I think I will be able to make at least two dozen cards with it!
I made the texturized "snow" from Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, glitter and a wee touch of drywall compound!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Christmas Card Club - texture
2. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets

Monday 1 February 2016

January Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

It is with great joy that I announce we had 61 entries this month.  Considering that this was the first Rudolph Days Challenge of 2016, I think it is an amazing number! It was such fun to view all the wonderful cards and tags.

I so enjoyed introducing you to the first four ladies of my new design team and look forward to February when I will introduce you to the  next four!

As usual, I used Random Org to chose the wining number for me. As you can see from the attached photo, the winner of the January Rudolph Days Challenge is #47 Janis

 She has won this Memory Box Snowflake Love Pendant Die


Janis, would you please emial me at
Please include your written address so I can get your prize mailed off to you.