Sunday, 25 August 2019

August 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 (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 design team ladies have been busy creating lots of inspiration for you!

First up is Linda at Snails Space blog.
Linda has created a sweet set of tiny cards that are housed in a beautiful handmade box. I think these are an amazing idea and would make a great hostess gift! They could even be used as Christmas present thank you cards. 

This is the holder for the mini cards...

And here are the adorable mini cards...

I hope you will drop by Linda's blog https://snailzpace.com/  and leave some love...


Next up is Sam at Whisper's Cards blog.
Sam has made this traditional Santa card. You can see he has flown in on his sleigh and methinks he is taking a wee nap and having a cuddle with the kitty before he starts off again. He is one busy Santa after all!



Sam has also made us this very pretty non traditional coloured card. I think this is such an adorable image and the non traditional colours look so great. Please pop on over to Sam's Blog and leave her some love!



My card is an oldie but I hope it is a goody. The image is Stampin Up but I am not sure of the name. I bought it at my local paper craft garage sale where there is a lady who sells 10 stamped images for a dollar. I just liked this image and remembered I had a wacky snowman envelope at home so I grabbed a set.

I used a card design I learned when I first started making cards. The snowmen were a little Wacky looking, so I decided to make the card look a bit that way too. I coloured the image with copics and used snippets to make my card. I cut the image with a mini scalloped Tutti Designs die from a snippet of green holly DP and then cut the black mat with the same die, one size larger. The background is another snippet, leftovers from a 12x12 Christmas album.

And here is the back of the envelope...I bought it at the thrift shop in a large bag of Christmas envelopes!


Snowflake is Martha Stewart and the Noel sentiment is Taylored Expressions Punchables.  Because the card was a bit weighty up front, I covered the back of the card with another snippet of the holly DP.

I am enclosing a photo of the envelope too as it is so adorable!

Prizes are a choice of this Kaisercraft Silver Bells stamp


 or this Creative Expressions Silent Night die


Thursday, 1 August 2019

July Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

This month we had 55 entries. in the Rudolph days Challenge.  That is great number and I am so pleased. I always enjoy looking at every entry and visiting your blogs. Our designers work hard to inspire you and it is nice to see so many participated.

This month we had several entries that did not leave a comment on this blog post. I just want to remind you that our rules ask you to do so. I would not want to have to pass you buy for the prize if your entry was drawn. It just takes a moment to comment here...

Well, it is nearly 9am here on the west coast of Canada, so it is time to announce our winner.  I am too old now to stay up till midnighte and make the draw.  lol

As always, I used Random Org to choose our winner.  Our July winner is #45 Janis in ID



 Janis,  Could you please send me an email to maureenkane@telus.net and let me know which prize you prefer.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

July Rudolf 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 (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 design team ladies have been busy creating lots of inspiration for you!

First up is Sue Tossell at  Sue's Crafty Corner blog. Sue has created this beautiful holly wreath and used it to frame the sentiment. Love this look! That bit of mirri  for the sentiment mat sure catches the eye. Pop on over to Sue's blog and leave her some praise!




Jenny at Cardsarus blog has created this beauty of a shaker card!  I love the pop of the red die cut against the white details.

Jenny always finishes the inside of her cards with as much detail as she puts on the outside. Pop on over to Jenny's blog to see, and leave her some love!


And now for my cards...

I picked up some Bringing The Tree Home new Christmas cards last year in the after Christmas clearance. I cut them up into toppers and used two of them to create these cards. I made these both up from my VOS snippets so do not know the manufacturers, etc.

First up is the Volkswagon bug card. The tree on this topper is a lovely mettalic green and I matted it with some red Mirri card. I used a snippet of this striped and glittered paper that you have seen me use so many times before.  I love that it has two shades of green in the stripes, so it is easy to match other colours with it. I have tons of snippets of this DP as I made a Xmas album with it ( a long time ago).


 I wrapped a fine jute string around the Kraft DP  and tied a wee bow. I used this Kraft DP as it helped tie in the background colour of the topper.

Although the tree is more the darker green stripe, I punched the Martha Stewart snowflake from another snippet of acidy green glitter paper. It almost matches the lighter green stripe. The white snowflake on top is from Impression Obsession..

Next up is the red truck card.  I matted the topper with black card and immediately regretted that I did not use glitter card so I ran a lick of VOS around the visible mat edge. The green holly DP is unknown and the strip is from a sticker sheet that was sold with that line. The design elements of the pattern on the border are heavily glittered.


The Kraft snowflake is Memory Box  and the red mirri snowflake is Impression Obsession.

The prizes this month are a choice of this Recollections Mix and Match Sentiments stamp


or this Memory Box  Evelyn Snowflake die




Monday, 1 July 2019

June Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

Once again I used Random Org to choose our winner, #43 Marianne...

Marianne, could you please drop me an email to maureenkane@telus.net and let me know which prize you would prefer. Please provide your mailing address too, so I can get your prize mailed off to you.



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Thursday, 27 June 2019

New Friends and a Knee update

I finally had my right knee replaced! I was cancelled every month for the first 5 months of this year due to that lingering infection. Finally had it done three weeks ago and since then have discovered some new best friends.

First up is Kodiak. Now this is a very Canadian name but no, it does not refer to a bear or anything remotely to do with bears or bear country. Breg, Kodiak is my new cold therapy, ice cooling machine. It is fabulous! It allows you to ice your knee every other hour all night without having to hobble over to the sink to set everything up each time. You fill the ice up before bed and it last several hours until it is time to get up.

You soon get into a routine of an hour on and an hour off...although I find I am checking the minutes before the hour off is up...just dying to get the icy relief back on my knee and calf.

My second best friend is this clunky old lady walker. It takes such pressure off your knee when you are first up and trying to walk. In fact, there is such a sense of relief to reach for it and know it will help support you till your calf muscles "warm up".  It seems to take about 10 or 15 steps for my calf to stretch and I have learned I can speed that up by leaning over my walker and flexing my calf, before I even start walking.
I have  just graduated to a normal 4 wheeled walker with a seat,and now can venture out into our neighbourhood for 30 minute walks. It is great to have this freedom as I was getting a little housebound.

So all is progressing fairly well. I have been to physio and can bend my leg about 100 degrees so they are happy with that. Life is now all about getting that bend up to 120 degrees, which requires a lot of painful stretching and other exercises but the pain will be well worth it to have a working, pain free knee back at the en d!!!

I was doing a bit too much in the knee stretching and walking department, and  had a small area crack open. I saw the surgeon as I could not get it to stop weeping,  I am on reduced stretches and the walks got limited to the 30 minutes as I had gone out for a couple of hours to the paper craft garage sale the day it happened.    I did combine walking and sitting looking at the stamps, dies, papers, etc but it was too much for my poor knee to keep up with.  Ahhhh, the trials of being paper crafter! lol

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

June 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 (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.

First up is Linda at Snail's Space blog

Linda has coloured up the sweetest snowman holding an even sweeter bird! I love her careful colouring and the intricate fussy cutting she has put into this pretty card. The background is so soft and pretty too!


We have the additional treat of a second version in non traditional colours. It is so hard to pick a favourite!



Next up is Sam at Whispers Cards Blog
Sam has made this adorable Penny Black Hedgie image into such a beautiful card. The choice of gold for the jingle bells and the background mats is perfect here. That huge snowflake on the design paper sets off the hedgies so nicely!


Next up, Sam has made us a second card.
This one is a teddy bear treat, with lots of red and green colour bursts. I love this particular shade of green!  Perfect for the sentiment and that beautiful Christmas Tree border.


I hope you will pop over to Sam and to Linda's blogs and leave them a bit of love. They work so hard to create inspirational cards for us!

And now for my cards. I did a spot of batch baking! I found a few large snippet sheets of this embossed and glimmery snowflake accented 12x12 scrapbook paper. I cut what I could into 6 x 6 and turned them into some religious themed Christmas cards. I think I am blessed to have become a card maker after at least ten years or more of being a scrapbooker. I have about 8 feet of 12 x 12 paper if I stacked it vertically, and that is a lot of paper! It is surprising how many sheets are small enough patterns for making cards.

Now, I know that it does not snow in Bethlehem, but I took a little creative licence here with my design. My theory is that it certainly does snow here when I am thinking about, and then celebrating Christmas.  So my snowflake background is setting the stage so to speak,  for me to dream of Christmas!!!

Everything else on these cards was cut from my snippets boxes, so I had great fun whittling away at these leftover scraps.  I cut the nativity die from a snippet of plain brown card and then slid a circle of gold mirri card behind, to pop it up a bit. I then cut the Paper Roses Palm Tree die from some brown glitter card and glued to flat to the card.


For the inside of my card I cut a Memory Box,North Star die, from another snippet of gold mirri card.
Rather than a verse inside my card, I chose to use my Believe die and left it at that.


The envelope has a stamped Nativity image.

I enjoyed making this card so much that I made two more the same, only changing up the gold mirri to silver on one of them, as I did not have enough snippets of the gold. I then used the same design with a snippet of dyed background, with white glitter paper as the nativity background. I thought the background looked like a sunset.

Here is a photo of the group of them...


Sorry about the terrible photos. it is so hard to get a photo of mirri card and glitter card!

The prizes this month are a choice of this Penny Black Robin stamp
or this Memory Box Peace die

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Winner of the May Rudolph Days Challenge

47 Fabulous Entries! What a great number. Finished visiting all of you last night and was amazed by the talent of our posters. So many wonderful cards!

Random Org drew # 47 Barbara G. I have never had it draw the last number before, so was quite excited when I saw the winning number.


Barbara, drop me an email at maureenkane@telus.net  and let me know your mailing address and which prize you would prefer.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

May Rudolph Days

Sorry that I am so late posting. I was updating this post last night and must have forgotten to hit schedule when I updated. I am on pretty strong painkillers at the moment for my knee, and I guess they affected me more than I realized!    lol
Just got home to a flood of emails alerting me to the fact that there was no May Rudolph Days post!!! Thank to all who emailed!

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 (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.

First up is Jenny at Cardsarus blog.
Jenny has made what methinks just might be a Hunky Dory designed card. Loving that wee reindeer and the liberal use of silver to accent the card elements. The inside is just as lovely as the front!

Hope you will all pop over to Jenny's blog and leave her some much deserved love! Jenny is so dedicated to this challenge.  Even though I told her to take as long as she needed,  she made this card while she is dealing with the loss of her husband. Such a lovely and special lady is our Jenny!


Our new design team member is Sue Tossel from Sue's Crafty Corner blog.
Sue has made us a lovely stack of presents card.  Well, to be honest, she made us several stacks of presents cards. The presents stack up like a tree and look so pretty.  Loving the colouring here. Pop on over to Sue's to see her cards!



Finally, my card today is a birds eye view of the world as touched by the birth of Christ. At least that was my intent. The map DP is Prima, Santa Baby and the die is Holy Night Nativity by Cottage Cutz.
The Believe  sentiment is a Sue Wilson die. Both dies were cut from snippets, as well as the last teensy piece of a pink inky card stock that I fussy cut to look like a sunset behind the image.



The prize this month is this  Tim Holtz snowman scene die


or this Penny Black robin stamp




Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Final Draw for the April Rudolph Days Challenge

This prize draw is for the Memory Box Peace die

And the winner is #44 Di from Pixies Crafty Workshop.

Congratulations.


Di, please drop me an email to maureenkane@telus.net with your mailing address and I will get your prize sent off.
Even though I think I know it already, it is best to be safe than sorry!


Tuesday, 30 April 2019

April Rudolph Days was drawn too soon!!!

Just updated the previous post with the random org winner and realized that I drew the prize draw a day  early!!! I am going to blame the painkillers  but in actuality it was just my error!

I will send Christine the prize of her choice and redraw for the other prize tomorrow. My bad means there are two chances to win this month!

I will remove this month from the requirement to enter every month as some may have not entered thinking it was now over for the month.  Sorry for the mix up.

Watch this site for the second winner tomorrow...

April Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

Using Random Org. the winner of the April Rudolph Days Challenge is #27 Christine A.

Congratulations Christine! Could you drop me an email at maureenkane@telus.net and let me know your mailing address and which prize you would like.

I will update with photos of the random org draw box just after suppertime. I am racing to the dentist just now. They are about an hour away due to rush hour. The funny thing is that it could take another 20 minutes just to find a parking space as our vehicle is too large for the tight access to spaces in their underground parking lot!

Back from the dentist and a slew of appointments just in time to update this post  to show the Random Org photo of the winner...


Thursday, 25 April 2019

April Rudolph Days Challenge

It is time for the April Rudolph Days Challenge. As always, here are 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.

First up is Linda at Snail's Space Blog

Linda has made these delightful penguin cards. These penguins look ready for a cold, frosty day with their cute earmuffs and colourful scarves! The first has a great masculine look and the second shouts out it is feminine...in fact it is calling to me!!! While the plaid background is perfect for the first card, I so love the beauty of the pink design paper on the second card.


I also really like the way the merry die cut sentiment is showcased on this second card.  As always, Linda has coloured these little fellows so beautifully.



Sam has kindly made us two cards as well. 
First up is this amazing polar bear card. The bear looks fabulous but the card design takes center stage! I love the Merry Christmas sentiment popping up over the top edge of the card.


Sam's second card is so pretty. I think the colouring is spot on and the wee mittens are so sweet here.
Perfect with that background design paper!
I am also loving the rounding of the two corners...this is something I must remember to try as it gives such a polished look. 


I think we were all thinking of two cards, as I have made up two as well. First up is this square card featuring a Sue Wilson angel die from her Festive Collection.
The angel was cut from a snippet of plain golden yellow card stock. I slid a snippet of white glitter card behind for a little extra punch and mounted that finished angel onto a square snippet of white snowflake  embossed card. 

The embossed snippet was a tad too small for my card so I just pretended that I meant to look more like a mat than a background!

The Joy sentiment was cut from another white glitter snippet. I think it is a die from The Works, picked up while I was in England last year.


My second card is very similar except I used the Sue Wilson Three Wise Men die from the Festive Collection. I think you can notice the white glitter card easier on this one!



Our prizes this month are a choice of this Peace and Joy Kaiser Craft stamp 


or this Memory Box Peace Circle die.

Monday, 1 April 2019

March Rudolph Days Challenge Winner


Sadly our lovely design team member Jenny at Cardsarus blog, has lost her dear husband Tony. This has been announced on her blog already.

She will be taking some time for herself and we will miss her, but send her our love and hope and pray for her.

I was going to make this a separate post, but decided that if I combined this with the winners post, then everyone would be sure to see this, as I know many will want to offer Jenny their condolences..



Random Org has chosen number 13 which is Hellerlittle. Congratulations!


Could you please drop me an email at maureenkane@telus.net and let me know which prize you would like.Be sure to send your mailing address too!

Monday, 25 March 2019

Christmas Decor

I had a few ask me to show the Red Truck Christmas decor theme that we used for Christmas Supper 2018.

Here is a long shot of the dining table.  Now I know that paper napkins are not usual for a fancy feast, but these were so perfect for our theme, that we threw caution to the wind.


Here is a side view that shows the centerpiece better...it also shows the gorgeous Wexford glass that my daughter collects. She has a dozen of each size glass and numerous serving pieces as well as a beautiful  punch bowl set. We all comb the thrift shops for this pattern for her!

The red truck centerpiece is sitting on a white heavy felt snowflake from the dollar store. We also used smaller, thicker left snowflakes for coasters under the water glasses.


I added stickers from Target to the Christmas crackers...


And finally, here is a shot of the place cards I made with an Impression Obsession die...


If we could have managed to slide a wee red truck into the table favours, we would have! They are the wee glass baubles with the single tree and snow in them in the foreground of the photo above.

The silver snowflakes are salt and pepper shakers and seemed to tie in with the coasters etc.


Christmas Supper was at my youngest daughters house this year. She also had a gorgeous light up red truck and tree picture hung in the dining area. It looked fabulous! But I forgot to take a photo.

I nearly posted the names tags and the crackers as my inspiration for the Rudolph Days Challenge this month as you do not have to submit a card. It can be any Christmas project.

You have several days to still enter the challenge so hope to see you there.

March Rudolph Days Challenge

Time for the March Rudolph Days Challenge. As always, here are 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.

Jenny has made us this gorgeous, shimmery white card with beautiful pops of navy blue accent  colour.  If you enlarge this card you will see the gorgeous shimmer even more so.

The flowers are so lovely here and look good setting off the wee snowman scene Jenny has created.
I know you will want to pop over to her blog and leave her some praise for this beautiful card. Jenny always finishes the inside of her cards too, so you will get a double treat!


And now for me...
My cards this month are so plain in comparison to Jenny!

I chose to upcycle two cards. I usually do this with cards I receive, but in this case I bought two boxes of new cards and envelopes at our local Home Sense clearance. At $1.00 a box, I could not resist. 
I then cut the front of the cards off and trimmed down the images to a usable card making topper size.

Both cards were made from my snippets boxes. The first card with its vintage green truck was kept very simple. You have seen the diagonal glitter striped background many times before as I bought a dozen or more sheets many, many years ago when it was on clearance.  I have never regretted that purchase and in fact I love this paper so much that I save every scrap to reuse!

The burlap ribbon as well as the red scalloped felt ribbon are from Michael's, and were also purchased a few years ago.  I love the felted ribbons as they do not need to wrap around a piece of card stock to hide the fraying end. You just slice through with scissors or your cutter and they never fray or look at all raggedy. I think it was purchased on clearance, just after Valentines one year.

A simple black mat behind the topper image and this card was done!


My second card is made up of the red truck and Christmas tree topper. I was so excited to find this image as our family chooses a Christmas decor theme for the for the following year, while we are savoring our desert and coffee after a big Christmas supper. Last year we chose a red truck and live Christmas tree in the truck box as our theme.  
I originally bought these new cards to use framed, or perhaps even as name tags on the table. but we seemed to find a plentitude of red truck themed items so these were not needed after all! |Off to the craft room they went and were fair game to be sliced up!!!


Once again I used my snippets boxes and found the red DP which I thought looked sort  of like hounds tooth or even plaid at a glance. The black plaid seemed to call our to be included and the kraft snowflake seemed to fit into the masculine feel of this card. Added a bit of bakers twine to the snowflake for a little punch of colour.

Prizes this month are a choice of this Sue Wilson Industrial Chic die

or this Studio Light Winter Trails background stamp
(Both prizes were chosen for their masculine feel as I felt they were a good choice for my masculine cards this month).