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). 


Friday, 1 March 2019

Feb. Rudolph Days Winner

We are back from our Mexican cruise, a little tanned and with a new appreciation for Mexico. We had never been there before and we found the countryside we saw to be very clean and beautiful. The people we met there were all very friendly. 

My husband bartered with a few vendors and brought back various tee shirts and baseball hats. I managed not to have anything catch my eye. I was hoping to find a paper shop and pick up some little embellishments to scrapbook with, but we never managed to find one!

We did however manage to pick up a cold flu bug so I did not even venture across the gangplank at our last three Mexican stops. Al came down with it after he went ashore on our last port call in Mexico. We have spent our first day home resting and recuperating together.

Thanks for all the lovely cards, emails and facebook messages for my birthday. I turned 65 today and it sure is a milestone. My first pension cheque from my former employer was deposited today and it felt great to see it!

Now, back to the challenge

Once again, I have used Random Org to choose the winner, who is Carol L #16.



Drop me an email Carol, to maureenkane@telus.net and let me know whether you would like the stamp or the die.

I will gradually get round to visit all of you, now that I am home again. Thanks so much for my fabulous design team who kept the challenge going even though I was not here.  It will take me a few days, but I will visit all your cards and leave some praise!

Saturday, 16 February 2019

February Rudolph Days Challenge

I am posting the February Rudolph Days Challenge early as I want to see it up on my blog before I leave on my cruise. This way I can sort out any problems with it posting, before I leave.  I would prefer you wait until Feb 25 to enter, as that is the date that the coordinating posts  will show on the design teams blogs. If you forget and enter early, you will be forgiven! hahaha

Here is a perusal of the rules for this challenge.

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 Sam at Whispers Cards.
Sam has made this gorgeous gnome slider card. Now I have noticed that gnomes are very on trend at the moment. I was thinking of looking for some gnome stamps for my own use and as I was going through my stamps recently, I was shocked to find that I already own some. Mine are really old, from before they became so in style...just like me!!!

Sam has coloured up her gnomes so cute and I am loving that snowy sky and textured snow featured here.



I think the slider aspect of Sam's card is really sweet. Here is a photo of it. I can see a young fellow like my grandson would have so much fun opening and closing it back up again. Well done, Sam!



Sam has made us a second lovely card this month! This pretty angel sits on a gorgeous vintage looking DP background. The burgundy sheer  ribbon and what looks to me like a velvet ribbon overlay is so, so pretty.



Next up is Jenny at Cardsarus.
Jenny has been having home reno's  done and made us this card when she was well in the midst of all the work. Not only was her kitchen worked on and we all know how hard that is to deal with, but her craft room had to be refitted with a new heater! She has had to replace her desk and valuable drawer space, so has been very busy redesigning her room and cataloging everything as she puts it away.
I am honoured that she took the time to make us this beautiful vintage style card featuring a gorgeous hand made tag. I love the sumptuous look of this card. The tag is so lovely on its own...and even more so on this lovely card.



Linda at Snails Space has made this sweet card with a surprise pop up interior. As always her colouring is so delicate and pretty.


Here is the inside... I love the way the tree and presents pop up. It looks so good and makes for a lovely surprise!  I think I just have to get some of these dies. How about you?


Prizes this month are a choice of this Penny Black Bird and Twigs stamp


or this Darice large snowflake cut and emboss die 2014-34


Please remember that I am away till March 1st (see previous post).  So if you enter twice in error, or have any other problems, I will fix them once I am home. The prize draw will not happen till very late in the evening on March 1st...could be March 2nd overseas, due to the time difference!

I will not get round to commenting until I am home, as I do not have an internet package on the cruise.  I will get round to all of you in early March, it just will take me till then as have you may have noticed, I have not been round visiting much lately as my knee does not like to be kept bent when I sit to type. I will visit about in same increments to keep my knee happy.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Update on my knee


It seems hard to believe it has only been a month since my last post! So much has happened.

You may remember I was to have my knee replaced Jan 21st. We did so much preparation for the recovery at home. We moved clothes, toiletries, groceries etc to our  ground level basement suite as it has the least stairs in our house. You walk up only two stairs from the garage and then everything is ground level. There is a walk in shower, as well as my craft room just across the hallway on our side of the dividing wall.

The morning of the surgery I got a phone call that the doctor was not able to operate on the person ahead of me and could we drive straight to hospital. Upon arrival at the surgery ward, I showed the nurse that I had a miniscule cut on my foot from a rough edge to the antiseptic sponge I used that morning. I had no problems with the two scrubs the night before and the day before that, but just my luck to get this teensy, sort of paper cut looking cut on my foot. I think it was the last swipe of the sponge that caused it! I also mentioned that my skin was a bit raw on my groin from the strength of the antiseptic.

They brushed it aside and I got the same response when I went up to the operating room. They gave me something to make me relax and just after that the anesthetist arrived. After a few questions, he happened to notice my foot and after examining it with a light, he asked when I sustained the "wound" on my foot! He was already shaking his head and mentioning that it would be up to the surgeon and then asked if I had any other areas of exposed skin. As I showed him the raw area on my groin, I pretty much knew what was about to happen...

My surgeon arrived and after a quick look at both areas and an even quicker consult, he advised that they could not operate on me with  exposed skin above and below my affected knee and would be sending me home!!!

Al had already driven home and was so shocked to get the call to come and pick me up. All in all, I was there about 4 hours!

So, I am now rebooked for March 29th and have been given a prescription for a weaker strength of solution to bathe with beforehand.  I think I will have to cease making cards about ten days before that surgery as they stressed that I can not have any "wounds" on my hands either (I always seem to get teensy paper cuts when I work with paper).

I believe this is all because I contracted MRSA in that same hospital two years ago when I was in for ten days for another matter.  They are uber conscious of the risk of MRSA with me again and are being very cautious!

We were both so down about the cancellation as I am in quite a bit of pain now and my knee is very stiff. It is hard to get up and down from the couch or a chair. We were looking forward to getting this surgery so I could recover, finished physio etc and we could move back into having fun again and planning holidays.

So, to that end, we have booked a last minute special for a 10 day  cruise to Mexico and leave this weekend.  I will still have the February Rudolph Days Challenge running as of Feb 25th, but will not be able to comment on your entries till my return on March 1st!

Sorry that I did not advise all of this sooner but frankly, this knocked us for a loop. We have both been quite down about the cancellation...my husband even more than me. He does so much to help me and hates to see me in pain. We had a hard time adjusting to it all and I just did not feel like talking about it much. Now that we have processed it all, we can accept it.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

January Rudolph Days Challenge cancelled due to my knee replacement surgery

It with a heavy heart that I am announcing that the January Rudolph Days Challenge is cancelled this year.

The Rudolph Days Challenge will resume February 25th, 2019.

I am having a total knee replacement tomorrow morning and I am fretting about how to resolve problems that often pop up during the challenge dates. Things like duplicate entries that need removed from Mr., Linky etc.

The challenge will return February 25, 2019.

So sorry for the inconvenience and late notice. I just made this decision this morning after talking with a friend who recently had the same surgery She reminded me that my job is to recover, and that should be the only thing I put my energies too for the first month.   

See you all in February!

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Rudolph Days Extra Challenge Winner

We had 20 participants who entered faithfully throughout 2018. I want to thank you all for creating and entering your cards here.

It is so much fun each month to view all the cards and get inspired by the creativity I see.


I use random Org to chose our winner and the lucky person is #11 Kath.



 Kath, please drop me an email at  maureenkane@telus.net and let me know which prize you would like.  I will need your mailing address as well.

Happy New Year everyone!