Monday 25 September 2017

September Rudolph Days Challenge

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 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.

Our designers have been busy making some wonderful inspiration for you all.

First up is Jenny at Cardsarus

She has made this wonderful Three Wise Men card. Loving the golden accents and mats.  Loving the sumptuous bow, and loving that holly!

Next up is Sam at Whispers Cards

I love this LOTV image as it is so adorable. I am loving the the Stampin Up design papers used here and loving the gorgeous red border trim! The snowflake dies have me drooling.  

My card is a combination of new and old elements. This image is the last one of a series that I stamped and coloured up a couple of years ago.  My first NBUS item is the DCWV copper Mirri paper that I used for the scalloped mat. My second NBUS item is the copper mercury glass look  rectangular mat. This was from a 12 x 12 scrapbook pad that I cut down into 6x6 papers. I matted it with a snippet of dark brown card just to ground it. My photo makes that brown mat look almost grey, but it was the only photo that did not horrid glare from the mirri card!!!

The brown satin ribbon is my third NBUS. It was on a present I recently recieved and I upcycled it onto this card. The mat is actually the same colour as this ribbon...

The DP is possibly from a 6x6  Best Creations paper pad. The glued edge of the pad fell apart so I am not positive. The Merry Christmas and the reindeer were already heat embossed onto the paper.

I used a VOS snippet of  berry red World Win card for the final mat. The scalloped 6x6 card was purchased in England on my last trip over there.

My sentiment is my fourth NBUS. I bought this stamp for $2.00 at one of the 4 garage sales my local papercraft store holds each summer. Vendors rent a spot and set up in the parking lot and sell like a car boot sale. Such fun!!! Sadly, the vendor did not have the original packaging so I do not know the manufacturer..

I am entering my card in Darnell's 12th NBUS Challenge over at djkardkreations blog. The challeng is to use at least one NBUS (never before used Schtuff)

Our September Rudolph Days Challenge prize is a choice between this Hero Arts CL722 stamp set

or This Memory Box Holly Leaf Border Die.

Sunday 10 September 2017


My sympathy card stock is sadly depleted at the moment. I like to have these type of cards on hand. Sometimes I am sending them out, but often a friend asks if I have one on hand as they want to send something made with love.

My NBUS item today is this modest background DP. It is from a 6x6 Forever in Time Vintage Two paper pad from the Dollar Store. The stamp is another image from the Inkadinkado Meadow stamp I used on my last card. I think it is also NBUS as I do not remember using this image never knows.

To help keep my goal of using a NBUS item on every card I post this year, I am now adding a red dot to items as I use them, and also to items that I  know for certain I have used in the past. As you can assume, sometimes it gets daunting to remember.  

In keeping with my last card, the image is again stamped onto a snippet of Momento faux inky card. I matted it with another snippet of black card. I added some pop dotted butterflies that are also from the Dollar Store.  They have a lovely glittery surface.

The indigo inky background and my silhouette meadow flowers stamp now qualify for Mrs. A's Butterfly challenge. Check out her lovely challenge. She has great themes and some lovely prizes!

Over the last few years,I used to go to the Dollar Stores with my neighbour (the cardmaker). I would pick up items for scrapbooking or cardmaking and stash them away in my craft room. I am making an effort to use up these items as I would like to use them up and regain the real estate they occupy in my craft room! Keeping that in mind, I am now working on several more sympathy cards just like this one. Might as well use all 4 pages of the black script background and the rest of the blue butterflies!

I am entering this card in the following challenges
1.The Butterfly Challenge - the colour indigo and a silhouette and a butterfly of course!

Monday 4 September 2017

Inky Birthday Wishes

I have a faux inky card to share. The inky background is a piece of faux inky card from the Walmart Momento 8x8 paper pad.

My background is from the Maja Designs Vintage Summer Collection. I won that paper pad in a prize draw from Maja...lucky me as it is gorgeous paper.

I stamped the Inkadinkadoo Meadows stamp with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and die cut the image with the Sizzix Banner die. I used a snippet of Michael's purple 120 pound card for an off centered mat.

My NBUS item today is the Tutti Designs Happy Birthday Topper die which I cut from another snippet of the purple card. I really like the die, but it was very hard to cut it cleanly. I shimmed with two extra pieces of card and used wax paper as well.  I still fought to get it out of the die.

The purple rayon ribbon is from a huge roll that my local paper craft store had on clearance a few years ago. The bow was made on it's own and I then glued it to a flat strip of the same ribbon that I'd wrapped round the base card. It seemed the easiest way to keep that ribbon from looking tattered. I find the rayon ribbon can look that way so easily if I handle it too much..

This is another card for the finished cards box. I never seem to have enough in there!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Pixies Crafty Workshop -  must use snippets

Friday 1 September 2017

Winner of August Rudolph Days Challenge

I am delighted to announce that we had 55 entries. Not too bad for the hot days of summer!

Once again I used Random Org to chose the winner.  #21 Marianne is our winner!
Marianne, could you email me at with your mailing address, so I can get your present sent off.

Thanks for everyone who participated. It is such fun to view the cards and see the lovely creativity you all possess. I learn so many new things from all of you.