Wednesday, 25 April 2018

April Rudolph Days Challenge

Once again it is time for the Rudolph Days Challenge. Here is a recap of 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 talented designers have been so busy creating beautiful inspiration for you all.

First up is Jenny at Cardsarus blog.

Jenny has made us the sweetest upcycled Rudolph card ever! Perfect for a challenge named the Rudolph Days Challenge. I love that beautiful corner diecut...one can never have too many corner cuts!


Next up is Sam at Whispers Cards blog.

Sam's card is a pretty penguin scene with lots of realistic snow! I am looking forward to reading how Sam made that snow!  I love the snowflake die cut at the top!

Finally, my card...

I had a long snippet of blue card and wanted to make a card that relied heavy on snippets for the design. I used my trusty Martha Stewart punch and made short work of that long piece of card!
Using a paintbrush, I went over each snowflake with Waterfall Blue Stickles, just to give a little Christmas sparkle!

I folded a die cut circular snippet into halves and quarters to guide my snowflakes into a circular shape, as well as using the fold marks to guide how close together to place them.  A few larger diamond bling finished off the wreath quite nicely, and then used my scoreboard to made two sets of lines to frame the wreath.
 
The grey bow has been in my drawer for years. It came off a box of something, so long ago I can not even recall just what it was!  The merry christmas sentiment is a Studio G  stamp...it was just the right size!


The card used here is from a VOS package of 5 1/2 inch square cards and envelopes. This one, and many other card packages like it, were purchased before I made cards and learned that heavy weight card bases are better.  So I made the wreath on piece of white card and added it to the front of the card base.  I then added extra layers of DP to the inside, to make the card "stiffer". The grey snowflake DP is DCWV Frosty Holidays, and the shimmery blue sentiment mat from that paper pad as well. The sentiment was diecut from another snippet of the laser photocopy paper and the stamp is Darcies Country Crafts J1120. It is VOS...1995!

The large snowflake is Memory Box Bianca Snowflake and was cut from another snippet of the lazer heavyweight photocopy paper. I gave it a generous coat of clear Wink of Stella.

So three snippets of the heavyweight laser paper and one long snippet of the blue card and Voila! A card is born. I am taking this card over to Di's at Pixies Crafty Workshop where you must use at least one snippet.


The envelope is stamped with snowflakes from the Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage stamp. I used a blue chalk ink and would never use it again. This stamp needs something like Versafine to help it stamp every detail clearly. Live and learn...

The prize this month is a choice of this Folk script Merry Christmas Memory Box die



 or this Newtons Nook Cup of Cocoa stamp.

52 comments:

Kath said...

Fabulous cards from the DT and I love your snowflake wreath - a great use of snippets too!
Kath x

Sandra H said...

Super cute cards from the Dt's love them all x

scrAPpamondo said...

Wonderful inspirations from you and the DT ladies! Your snowflake wreath is so clever and looks delightful! Very accurate work and the inside compliments it perfectly as well the envelope! Jenny's card is soooo cute and lovely and I'm stunned by Sam's card, that snow really pops!
Thanks for a new challenge, hope to have time to play in.

Jenny L said...

Hi Maureen,
Happy Rudolf Days.
Oh your card is gorgeous and I love the blue snowflake wreath it's so stunning and very beautiful.
Super inside also and tht verse is brilliant.
It must have taken you ages to create that wreath.
Lots of crafty love and hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Fabulous samples by the DT as always. I hope to be joining you again soon x

Di said...

Fabulous DT cards Mo and your wreath is just stunning! I do hope your arthritis flare up has settled down now.

Hugs

Di xx

ionabunny said...

Yeah Rudolf Days. Hugz

Whisper said...

Absolutely gorgeous hun, I'm loving your snowflake wreath and well done you for decorating the inside too, Luv Sam x

mamapez5 said...

How time flies when you are having fun! I am grateful for this challenge which encourages me to at least make a few Christmas cards each month. Kate x

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely beautiful inspiration from your team Maureen,Kate x x

Carol L said...

Mo, your card is fabulous and thanks for reminding me to use that great MS punch! Loving the wreath and square card design - tis beautiful! Sam and Jenny's cards are equally pretty, so thanks for the inspiration! Yes please to the prize draw this month :)

LesleyG said...

beautiful Blue creations from you, Jenny and Sam.....Happy RD!!! xxx

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love all the wonderful cards created to inspire us. You all did a fantastic job on your creations.

Kathleen said...

Fabulous card Mo, love that snowflake wreath and the inside is super too.

Kath x

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Everyone's cards are so sweet! I love wreaths (I'd collect them if I had room to store them! lol).
FAB prizes, thanks for the chance to win. :-)

Gail said...

Thanks for the new challenge - lovely DT creations - Loving that Newton's Nook Stamp for a win - someone is going to be doing that Happy Dance! Thanks for the challenges - so far I have made it each month! Yeah!

Megan J said...

Hi Mo and Lovely DT, some super cards from you all, love the punched snowflake wreath, it looks stunning. My first entry for this years challenges. Have a wonderful weekend... Megan

Donna said...

Awesome cards ladies. So cute!

Gloria Lee said...

Hello Maureen! I'n very happy to join this challenge again. I hope you are doing very well. The designer's cards are great! Thanks for new challenge :)

SHartl said...

Thanks for reminding us to keep on making those Christmas cards through the year. I love your beautiful blue wreath and the fun prizes.

Joan said...

Can't believe how fast the challenge comes round. Lovely DT cards.

Pat said...

Wow the month seems to have flown by and here we are again Mo with your lovely Christmas inspiration and just adore that punched snowflake wreath, and the two cards from the DT with Jenny's cute reindeer and really pretty corner die, and Sam's lovely puffy snow and a super snowflake border to acommpany that cute penguin. x

Loll said...

Wonderful inspiration from the DT. Thanks Mo!! xx

jimlynn said...

Cute and pretty cards by everyone!
Lynn

Kathyk said...

Thanks so much for encouraging us all to make our Christmas card quota each month

Kathyk

Di said...

Absolutely lovely snippets card from you Mo! Clever how you placed the snowflakes so perfectly as well.

Great to see in the Playground!

Hugs

Di xx

cuilliesocks said...

Great inspiration from the team, I've managed to enter this month, Kate x

Jackie Trinder said...

Gorgeous work by the Design Team. Thank you for the challenge. Hugs Jackie

Pollard Carole said...

Just found your challenge and entered my card Amazing design team cards Love and hugs Carole x

Susan Renshaw said...

Gorgeous cards this time - but I love that snowflake wreath!

Jules said...

Hi Mo

Fabulous inspiration from everyone.

I am trying really hard to get my Christmas card box looking healthy. Thanks for helping!

Love Jules xx

Janice said...

I love your wreath and there's fabulous inspiration from the design team!
Janice x

Darnell said...

Your cards are great designs!! Thank you for the inspiration! Playing just for fun, Mo! Hugs, Darnell

Bonnie said...

Love your snowflake wreath, Mo! I'll bet it's even prettier IRL when you can see the sparkle! You've done an amazing frame on the score board too! It's perfect to show off that pretty wreath!

linda said...

such colourful and festive cards from the DT and i love how you scored the frame around the wreath, maureen!

Greta said...

Beautiful cards & they all go together like you knew what the others were making!

Lynne said...

Fabulous cards from all the DT. Thank you for the challenge x

Sally H said...

Stunning inspiration from everyone! I love your snowflake wreath! April has really flown by hasn't it?

scrAPpamondo said...

Fabulous inspirations from the Dt ladies and your wreath looks wonderful, such great idea you have had!
Thanks for your challenge and for the chance in the draw! :)

KT Fit Kitty said...

Yay! I made it in time! April is a short month and the time flies these days! Thank you for another Rudolph Days and the inspiration to get me making my holiday cards! You and your team made some gorgeous cards! I love how you used your punched snowflakes to form a wreath - gorgeous! Thank you for inspiring!

Karen said...

Beautiful inspirations from all of you and thanks for the challenge Mo xx

Marianne said...

Yay! I made it this month! Such sweet creations by the DT.

Tina Z. said...

amazing inspirations!

Karenladd said...

I always love your challenge as a reminder to keep working on my Christmas cards! The design team cards are all beautiful and I really like your elegant wreath design.

SHartl said...

I just uploaded my card and don't remember if I left a comment earlier. I thought I did but don't see it..so here I am again! Your wreath is so pretty and I wouldnt have know it used punched snowflakes if you hadn't told us. What a creative idea and beautiful result.

cotnob said...

I just made it before the deadline! Thank you for the fabulous challenge and inspiration.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
x

Helen said...

Beautiful DT samples!
Thanks for the fun challenge!
Helen x

ionabunny said...

Phew, thought I was gonna miss it, but here we are. Lovely inspiration from the team. Hugz

MaryH said...

Some fab inspiration from the DT, and Mo, I really love your little snowflake wreath. Adding the sparkle of the stickles really made the snowflakes pop as did the jeweled centers, and how cool that you were able to recycle the decorative bow. TFS & Hugs

Janis said...

Lovely cards by everyone!! I especially am enthralled with your beautiful snowflake wreath!! Gorgeous!! Thank you for another Rudolph Days challenge.
<3 J

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Barbara Godden said...

Love this challenge!!! of course not happy slipping in at the tail end of it. But it's done. Sad I think I missed January for some reason or other.

Pat said...

Sorry I'm at the last minute Mo but the Linky is still open so I am assuming it is OK. I think I did drop by the other day and leave a comment, but I think you said you don't post it until a card is linked. I will try and be better next month, I thought I had another day but forgot it is only 30 days this month so had to get it in quick...lol. x