Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Winner of the June Rudolph Days Challenge

It is 9:45 am July 1st, and it is Canada Day here!

We have a National  holiday and my kids and grandkids are away camping.  They are sending us so many lovely campsite photos. Prior to Covid, if they camped locally, they would invite us for a meal and Al would bring the boat there to take out all the campers for a ride or a tow... how the children loved this! They do not go to ordinary campsites, they use small campsites where you rent the whole place and then invite friends and their families to join you! Usually there are 5 to 12 trailers of friends, so lots of children!

Long gone are those days. Now, we would have to let them pick up the boat, and they will have to sanitize it before returning! Luckily, my son-in-law has his boating license, so we are able to loan it to them.

I usually draw the winner at midnight on the last day of the month, but could not manage to stay awake that long! Hence the draw this morning...

We had 52 lovely entries this month. While I have looked over all of them, I am only up to number 42 in leaving comments. I will get to you all, I just find it hard to sit and type right now. Neck still pinched, but slightly better than it was...

Our winner # 28 Shaz in Oz  was chosen by Random Org.


Shaz, could you drop me an email to let me know which die you prefer and also please include your mailing address. That way, I can get it into the addressed envelope so that once I have a chance to mail the prizes,  I will have everything ready!

Although one of the rules here is that entries must leave a comment, Shaz's comments go direct to my email.  I confirmed that she did indeed leave one this month as always!.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

June Rudolph Days Challenge

Hi there. 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.

I am sad to announce that I will have to suspend mailing of gifts until things are safer here in my area. Our province has relaxed things somewhat, but are still recommending if you fit the high risk group then follow the original rules. With so many people out and about now,  it is riskier to go to the post office to have the parcels customs sticker stamped. I do have everything here at home, customs forms, stamps, scales etc, but the customs form has to be stamped by the post office. I will mail them all out once this has let up to a safe level.

Our designers have been busy.

First up is Sue at Sue's Crafty Corner blog.

Sue has made this beautiful Christmas card with delicate tiny fairies flying between the snowflakes. I am looking forward to Sue's blog post as although I think the fairies re Lavina stamps, I do wish to learn who makes those gorgeous snowflakes!
Pop over and leave Sue some love on this gorgeous card.



Sams first card is so darn cute. All these little pups are so eager to wish you a Happy Christmas! I think they are all so cute too. My faves are the Daschunds.  Sam sure has the perfect sentiment here!



Sam has made us a second card and I love this design style. As you look at the front of the card you see a cute snowman in an aperture,  with lots of lovely snowflake die cuts about.
When you open the card you realize that the aperture is a frame around the image which is actually sitting on the inside of the card. It is a hidden treasure!


Both of the inside pages are decorated with more of the snowflake die cuts. I love the garland ones! They go great with the snowflake circles.


No card from me today. I have had a crick in my neck for well over a week and it has made my muscles so tense that I am now in pain down to my lower back. I already take quite strong painkillers for my arthritis, and they are not budging the pain at all. I feel a good massage or two would sort me out fairly quickly, but we are still not leaving the house other than walks and to pick up the grocery order.
Hopefully, it lets up soon. 

Our prizes this month are a choice of this Memory Box Snowman Circle Collage die


or this Memory Box Watching Deer Circle die


Sunday, 7 June 2020

Christmas Card Club - Snowflakes

Once again it is time for the Christmas Card Club. We are a group of ladies who like to make our Christmas cards throughout the year, so we take turns choosing a theme each fortnight, and then  play along to create a themed card. To view the others ladies work, glance at my right sidebar and click on their names,  I have attached hyperlinks to their blogs.

My card is a Canadian version of the snowflake theme.  I took the brief quite literally!  My card features a few snowflakes, but most importantly it features what can be done with snowflakes!

Igloos, as shown in my image, can be used for shelter in the far Canadian North Our Inuit people created our first igloos and now kids all over Canada built igloo snow forts in the winter. My own kids and grandkids have built some quite impressive ones. I actually remember learning the physics of how to build one, in Elementary School!

I live in the southern part of B.C. and we are not far enough North for our igloos to freeze solid for long periods of time. They stand proudly for a few days of freezing temperatures and then slump inwards as temperatures rise, causing our igloos to melt.

I am not sure where I got this image. It is definitely NBUS. When I first started card making, friends gave me stamped images. I did not blog in those days, so did not write down manufacturers names, or stamp names. I have had this image for a very long time.


This was a fun image to colour. I just used two shades of a light grey colour and a dot of pale pink in each bear's ear. I also added tons of Wink of Stella!

I used snippets for the snowflakes and all the mats. It sure feels good to use up some snippets! As always, the mirri card mats are hard to get the true colour to show up in a photo. The teal is a much lighter shade IRL. The light bouncing off the mirri, makes it appear so much darker...

Card Recipe
Image - gift from a friend (NBUS)
DP - Basic grey , Alpine Frost
Mats - Hunky Dory Mirri card, 50 shades. I used Silver and Aqua
Sentiment - Making Memories, Glitter Mini Christmas (NBUS)
White Glitter Snowflake = Hobby Lobby Snowflake (NBUS)
Teal snowflakes - Impression Obsession.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Christmas card Club - Snowflakes
2. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
3. Darnell's NBUS Challenge.#15 - use NBUS items

Monday, 1 June 2020

Winner of the May Rudolph Days Challenge.


As always, I used Random Org to choose our winner. Without further delay, I am pleased to announce that  #  44 Pauline, (Cotnob)  is our winner.


Pauline, please drop me an email at maureenkane@telus.net and let me know which prize you would prefer.

Monday, 25 May 2020

May 2020 Rudolph Days Challenge

Hi there. 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.

I am sad to announce that I will have to suspend mailing of gifts until things are safer here in my area. Our province has relaxed things somewhat, but are still recommending if you fit the high risk group then follow the original rules. With so many people out and about, it is riskier to go to the post office to have the parcels stamped. I do have everything here at home, customs forms, stamps, scales etc, but the customs form has to be stamped by the post office. I will mail them all out once this has let up to a safe level.

Now, on to our designers...

First up is Linda S at Snails Space. Linda has made us this gorgeous card. I love the non traditional lavender colours and also this very sweet image. As usual, the colouring here is spot on! I hope you will drop Linda's'blog and leave her some love.



Next up is is Jenny at Cardsarus blog.
Jenny has made this pretty lavender pearlescent card for our inspiration. Again we see non traditional colours along the same colour tones. It is as if Linda and Jenny coordinated their selections today!
To read all about this pretty card, pop by Jenny's blog and leave her some love!



My card is made from a recycled image. I could not resist reusing this adorable image!
This is another snippets card. The background paper is BoBunny Mistletoe and is left over from a 12x12 Bo Bunny scrapbook kit. The lime green mat is a snippet of quite heavy glittered card, and the border strip just a snippet of plain red card.


I even managed to use up some odds and ends of embellishments. This was the last snippet of fine red striped twine and the snowflake was punched from a small kraft snippet.

The flowers stacked are a very old green Recollections poinsettia, (which I trimmed down in size), and the wee red one is a NBUS from Jolee's by You by EK Success.  I picked up this packet of flowers at a paper crafts garage sale. There is a liberal use of Wink of Stella clear, over the holly and berries.

The prizes this month are a choice of this Poppy Believe Fresh Script die
or this Charming Christmas, Precious Marieke embossing folder.



Sunday, 24 May 2020

Christmas Card Club - Humourous

Here is my Christams Card Club card for this fortnight. This club is a great way to get some cards made over the course of the year. You can check out the other ladies cards by clicking on the their names, situated on my right side bar.

This fortnights theme was chosen by Rachel at Fisher's Cards and Crafts.
This is a hard theme for me as I am not very funny! My husband is the humourous one in our family.
Luckily, I do have a couple of funny looking images so was able to fill the brief!

My card today features a very old (2008) Fluffles the Cat Christmas stamp. It is an old wooden stamp and it always amazes me how well rubber stamps hold up over the years.


My design is made up of snippets. The Christmas light background paper is a snippet of 12x12 scrapbook paper, leftover from a layout. It has long lost the identifying manufacturers edge.
The three green holly print fish tale banners are from another 12x12 snippet, again unknown.

I used a Wonky Stitched Rectangle die by Scrappin Cottage to cut out Fluffles. I then added a plain red mirri card mat. I  will add the die manufacturer later as I am not in my craft room at the moment. The image was coloured with pencil crayons and gamsol. Wink of Stella was added to the image quite liberally. A trio of green rhinestones finished off this card.

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Christmas Card Club - Window or Door

This fortnight,  Margaret at Dutchess Blog  chose the theme of windows or doors. You can check out the other members cards by clicking on the hyperlinks for them on my richt sidebar. If you ever want to join, just drop me an email at maureenkane@telus,.net.

My card is a Wellington decoupage. Years ago, I bought a package of decoupage sheets, design papers, sentiments, and various precoloured images in this Wellington theme. I have since lost the front page that told the Wellington collection name...

There are four layers to my decoupage. I tossed away the fifth layer as I find they will not fit through the mail if lifted too high! I kept this card quite simple. Just the layered image, one of the Wellington kit sentiments, and one of their design papers.


I tore the edge of the mat so that I could add a little fine jute twine. I thought it tied the beige/brown colours of the bear back into the mat.


Friday, 8 May 2020

Fabric Face Masks

There is some slight relaxing of the quarantine rules here in British Columbia, Canada. People must still keep to at least 6 feet of social distancing, and are encouraged to wear masks. The mask is to cut down on the possibility of  the wearer spreading anything if they are asymptomatic.

We have the disposable type of surgical face masks that you can get at a hardware store or car parts shop, and disposable gloves from when I had MRSA a few years ago.  Al uses these when he goes to pick up the groceries.

My daughter (the nurse), told me to sew a fabric cover to wear overtop as she felt it helped keep the paper mask dry to help keep out particles if someone sneezed of coughed nearby.

I only venture out to go for a walk or to pick up the mail from the superbox down the street from me. So far, if any adult approaches me, they cross the street right away, but in the last few days there has been a lot of children in the neighbourhood playing on their front gardens. They mostly seem to social distance as they play, but they dash around and never seem to notice adults. Yesterday, a girl of around 8 years, noticed me at the last moment. I had stepped out onto the road to keep the distance and she rushed straight at me to move her bike, which was about 3 feet from me...coughing as she ran!

Luckily, I had taken my daughters advice and sewed some fabric masks. Here is my favourite style to wear. I need glasses so with this style, the metal band fits snugly to the nose and does not make my glasses fog up!

I am a bit embarrassed to show the stitching detail of the mask as I had not used my sewing machine much in the last 10 years. It has survived two household moves and somehow the tension got jarred. The first mask was made with rather weird stitches, caused by my rough tension adjustments. And also made with my trifocal glasses not able to adjust to the angle I needed to stitch straight!!!

But as my daughter reminded me, the virus does not inspect the stitches...


The second mask is for my grandaughter. I adjusted the pattern to be shorter and have threaded the elastic through but not sewn it together, My daughter will try it on her, mark the elastic and sew it herself. Once the elastic is sewn together, It is tugged until the stitching is hidden in the the overlap.


I made this one with a flap to insert a filter. I think you can see it here. The first few masks I made were the square ones and I sewed a channel to slide the nose band metal strip into. It slides in and out for washing.



I did not like the look of the poor stitching line for the nose piece channel, as my tension adjustments are very rough estimates. So on these two I have used an iron on fusible hemming  tape to create that channel. I will see how it lasts. I can always sew in a channel if the tape does not work out.

The stitching on this one looks a little better after some more fine tuning. The sewing machine shops are closed of course, so I can not take it there for a tune up!


Friday, 1 May 2020

April Rudolph Days Challenge - Winner

We had 57 wonderful Christmas card entries. I have visited each one and viewed 57 amazing cards! Thank goodness we share a hobby that allows us to be creative while we are quarantined.

I used Random Org to chose our winner. #31   Liz  Cavill


Liz, please drop me an email at  maureenkane@telus.net and let me know which prize you would like. Also advise if you want me to mail your prize within the next couple of weeks or hold for you till a later date.

Thursday, 30 April 2020

COVID Blues (and whites)


So, since it is 2 am and I am still not asleep, I thought I would start a post sharing hints for things that we are each doing to help ourselves cope with the COVID pandemic. Hopefully,  you will consider leaving a comment sharing things you are trying, or practices you have employed during this crisis. They can he household tips, or suggestions on how to stay upbeat while trapped at home, or things that you have tried that are not part of your regular routines or hobbies...

I will leave you with my two ideas.

1.    I read that we are to wash our hands every time we come back into our homes, before we prepare food, before we eat, etc. AND that we are to dry our hands on a paper towel or a clean cloth that is immediately discarded into a container to be laundered later on. Considering that we are washing our hands countless times a day now, that is a lot of paper toweling (which btw is impossible to locate at the moment).  I do not own enough tea towels to dry my hands every time with a clean one, only to immediately discard them. Ditto for the bathroom hand towels.

So, before the actual stay home orders, we were already keeping to home as Al is in the at risk group due to having diabetes and a previous heart attack.  I asked my daughter who is still working (emergency service worker), to pick me up 60-80 cheap white facecloths oh her way home from work. I knew she was stopping for groceries and could get them there.  These are the really cheap face cloths  that sell for something like 20 for $10.

I placed them in a pretty aqua woven basket and placed baskets in my kitchen and bathroom. When ever I wash my hands, I use one of these face clothes to dry my hands. Then I toss them into a smallish white plastic wastebasket that I empty and launder each evening. I chose white for the colour of the face cloths so that I could add bleach when I launder them .

Here is a photo to show you what I mean. The basket is sitting on my island as the light was better there to take the photo, but it actually sits to the right of the kitchen sink. Ditto for the bathroom ones.


And here is a photo to demonstrate better the size of the facecloth and how cheap and thin they are.
If they are thin they dry out faster and don't get that stale musty smell that damp things can get.
I should mention that the basket in the bathroom has a lid, as I did not want the face cloths contaminated by any airborne germs....


2.     My second tip is I am now eating breakfast in the kitchen and then carrying my coffee outside to the back garden and sitting down at the patio table to relax while I drink it. I usually wait do this later in the year, when it is warmer out.  Our area is quite rainy and damp at this time of year,  but I just button up a sweater or jacket and sit and relax. It really helps start my day in a positive manner.

Looking forward to reading your tips.....

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Christmas Card Club - Baubles / Ornaments

The theme this fortnight was chosen by Kate at the Christmas Card Club.
Kate's blog is I Love Socks and Cards, and she is well worth visiting!

We are a group of ladies who make up a Christmas card every fortnight  to take the pressure off making cards at Christmas time. We each take turns chosing the theme. If you wish to view the other members cards, I have hyperlinks on my right sidebar.

I have a fairly simple design for my card today. This is a card that is meant to showcase the image, so I added very little decoration.

This is an image from Wild Rose Studio called Mouse on a Bauble. I think it is so sweet.  I have a collection of Wild Rose Studio stamps and most have not yet met ink! I am going to try to use them at least once each by the end of this year!


The background design paper is Scrapberries Snowflakes Lustrous Lilac from their Elegantly Festive Collection, I have a couple of friends who love purple and lilac shades so decided to make yet another non traditional coloured card!

The image is coloured with copics and shaded around the edges with Tim Holtz distress inks.

I merely matted the image and the sentiment onto some snippets of purple mirri card. I gave the fur trim on the hat and the dots on the baubles a touch of Stickles, added a few rhinestones and called it a day. Hope you like it!

Saturday, 25 April 2020

April Rudolph Days Challenge

Hi there. 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.

I must mention that I have agonized over whether to continue mailing out prizes during this pandemic. I worry about spreading any virus, etc. I have decided to continue offering the prize but whether it can actually be mailed right away will depend on where you live. Canada Post has a huge list of countries that they no longer offer mail service to. If you live in one of those countries, I will notify you and hold your prize until mail delivery opens up again. If you are on the approved list that Canada Post still ships to, then I will give you a choice of whether you wish me to mail it, or whether you wish to wait it out till safer times. Also. please keep in mind that we are over 66 so I am not leaving the house now and Al is not venturing out very often. For those that request mailing, your prize will be mailed with a couple of weeks time period. If I could just use my scale to determine the mailing costs and place the stamps on and drop it into the mail slot at the end of my street, it would be so easy.  Instead,  I have to do a customs declaration (which I have at home now) but they require a trip to the actual Post Office for their official postal stamp and signature.

 Our design team ladies have been busy creating lots of inspiration for you! Sue T of Sues Crafty Corner blog has made up this beautiful gold framed scene.  The gold fancy frame die cut is amazing! I love the glittery look of the stag in the forest scene, and I am looking forward to popping over to Sue's to see just how she accomplished that look. Hope you will pop over too...just follow the hyperlink around her blog name. I think that matching gold sentiment looks fabulous...


Next up is Sam at Whisper's Cards blog. Sam has made us this vintage Sunbonnet Sue image card.  Love the way she is trailing the gingerbread cookies and how Sam has repeated the cookie theme down the left side


Sam has made a second card for our inspiration. Sam's belly band style card features this pretty button wreath. I am loving that DP with all the Christmas phrases!


The card opens from each side to reveal a lovely sentiment...

Hope you will pop over to Sam's blog to leave her some love.

My card is made from an image I stamped a couple of years ago and coloured while on a cruise. I took about 20 images and my pencil crayons and set to work in the open area beside the pool.  It was amazing how many people stopped by my table to ask what I was working on!

As I have been cleaning and organizing my craft room during quarantine, I have disposed of this stamp as I decided that it was just not my look. Since I cannot waste an coloured image, I have made it up into a card...hope you like the non traditional colours!


The DP starry, snowy background paper is Fancy Pants Tradition and sadly I never thought to write down the stamp name before I got rid. The frame bright turquise teal scalloped frame is Lawn Fawn and the dark teal mat was a snippet. A few different sized mauve rhinestones added here and there finished up this card.

Our prizes this month are a choice of this Paper Roses Merry and Bright die


or this  Find It Media, Precious Marieke Poinsettia border die.


Once again,  I am using Mr Linky...so you know what to do...

Monday, 13 April 2020

Christmas Card Club - Christmas Critters

Two posts in one Day! That has been unheard of in the last couple of years.

I am late with my Christmas Card Club. For some reason I thought it was next week. I can not  plead too busy as we are both home every day!

So, I was the theme setter this fortnight and I chose Christmas Critters. I used a diecut that was mailed to me by a friend. I do not know who the manufacturer is. This is a very simple card with just the silver glitter card reindeer and sentiment popped forward on a rust glitter card mat.

I like to use very, very thin pop dots as it is great to be able to send them as regular mail, come Christmas time!

If you would like to view my team mates Christmas Critter designs, just click on the names hyperlinked to my right side bar.






NBUS Easter Cards

Happy Belated Easter! I can finally post these cards. They were for my grandchildren and as they read my blog, I could not show them any earlier.

My friend Darnell has a fabulous NBUS challenge running till the end of April.  Since we are all somewhat housebound, it is a good time to break out the Never Before USed Stuff and actually use it!

My NBUS item today are the Hunky Dory step card bases. I bought them at my local papercrafts store as I have always wanted to give stepper cards a try. I know I could cut them by hand, but these seemed like a huge timesaver.

The certer panel is Best Creations 12x12 paper that I cut down into 6x6. It is a very thick paper with lots of embossed and glittery accents. It was a bit too thick for the step pieces so I chalked them with aqua and teal chalk. Obviously not enough though, as you can barely see it in the photos. The lovely thing about chalk is that you can add extra coats so easily. If it gets on the stepper embellies, then you just run a white eraser over them. The fishtale flag is a snippet from my snippets box.

The images are precoloured Sylvia Zet Wee Bunnies from The Hobby House. I photocopied the sheet so that I could use the photo copy for the bottom layer and then fussy cut the actual images from the precoloured sheet for the top layer. I ran a quick coat of Wink of Stella over select areas for a bit of sparkle. The mat is a circular frame die, manufacturer unknown.



The Happy Easter sentiment is from Lawn Fawn and the grass diecuts are Memory Box, Grassland Border and Fresh Cut grass.
Flowers are from my VOS. They are various types of  paper fibre, material and felt.


The inside sentiment is by Cottage Cutz called Happy Easter Phrase. I cut it from glitter paper as it is a little heavier than 110 pound paper and did not distort the script when removing it from the die.

I am entering this card in the following challenges.
1. Darnell's NBUS challenge - Hunky Dory stepper card base
2. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets. I used snippets for the Lawn Fawn sentiment and the various bits of grass.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

March Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

I want to start this post off to say that although Clare was my guest designer, she was not at my house, nor using my supplies for her card. That is why she used a kit she has had for a long time now. I would not want you to think that we are breaking the social distancing rules! We see her walk the dog past our house and we stand out on the front porch and chat for a couple of minutes. We miss her and her brother so much but we want everyone to stay safe. When this COVID 19 is resolved, we look forward to having them back for our weekly supper date, where we eat and play cards or games with them afterwards!

You may get tired of the kit cards though as she is making a few from that kit...

Now that that is sorted, it is time to get on with our winner.

We had 56 entries. I thought with everyone trapped at home that we might just have more. But 56 is still a great number. As always, I used Random Org to choose our winner and Bunny # 9 is our lucky lady!



Bunny, please drop me an email at  maureenkane@telus.net and let me know which prize you prefer.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Christmas Card Club - Candles

Every fortnight, the  Christmas Card Club ladies take turns choosing a theme. This fortnight  Rita at RMG Creations Blog chose the theme of candles. To see Rita;s work, just click on the hyperlink I have placed on her name and blog name. If you wish to see any of the others members work, just click on their hyperlinks that reside on my right sidebar.

My candle themed card features the Heartfelt Creations Sparkling Poinsettia Candle image and sentiment.  I must confess that I have owned this stamp for quite a while and this is the first time it has seen ink!

I stamped my image three times. I used my pencil crayons and gamsol to colour only the edges of the image on the first layer. Just enough to peek in sideways and still see the correct colours. The second layer was fully coloured and also the third layer, which features just the poinsettias. I used very thin pop dots to raise these two additional layers and even with the image having the three layers in total. it still makes the cutoff of regular postage!

The flowers and leaves received a generous coat of Wink of Stella clear glitter, as well as the flame and the dripping wax.


I cut the image with a stitched rectangular die and matted with a thin crimson sateen card. The larger mat is gold mirri from the dollar store. The sentiment was hand cut into a circle and given the same crimson sateen for the stitched circular mat..

I placed this finished card front on many different DP backgrounds and just about gave up finding anything suitable. Finally, I remembered to look at my 12 x 12 scrapbook papers, where I found  this silver and gold glittered bit of card,  featuring the glitter in diagonal stripes In certain light it looks like silver glitter but in other light it appears gold!

The card size is 6x6 and I off centered the matted image to allow for the sentiment placement. I rather like the off centered look! The envelope was stamped using just the edges of the poinsettia, and also coloured with pencil crayons and gamsol.


Wednesday, 25 March 2020

March Rudolph Days Challenge

Hi there. 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 very pretty, vintage image card for your enjoyment. Methinks she has hand stamped that lovely background. Hopefully, Linda inspires us to eventually create some vintage image cards too!!!  I love the pretty swirl embellishment with the snowflakes tucked underneath. I also think the image  looks framed by that lovely blue mat!

Please be sure to stop over to Linda's blog here. You will not be disappointed!


Next up is Jenny at Cardsarus Blog. 

Jenny has two beautiful cards for our inspiration.
First up is this glittery, sparkly creation in non traditional colours. I am loving the piece of antique looking lace used as the border. This card proves that you can never have enough sparkle when you use it.!



Second up is this very vintage looking card. A close up seems to suggest a sort of paste or texture was used to help add to the vintage look and to suggest a dusting of snow. You will have to pop over to Jenny blog here, to know for sure!



I have a surprise for you today. With our Canadian schools closed, I am hoping to get my grandkids to occasionally be guest designers. Today, I am featuring Clare,age 13, who used to have a blog called the Pony Girl where she had to have me do her typing as she was only about 5 or 6 years old!
She has made up some Bo Bunny kits which I ferreted away in my stash a couple of years ago. These cards are for her teachers.

Although the kits were well designed for a youngster, the card bases are very lightweight for my liking. The kits are a combo of DP, card stock, chipboard accents, and clear stickers for the sentiments.  They seemed a bit plain, so a little Wink of Stella (WOS) made them sparkle a bit. Hard to capture that in my photo.

Her card is this Bo Bunny Snow Globe, featuring some lovely deer. The street light, and snowflake on the heart got the WOS treatment.



My card  is the  Penny Black  Snowy,  coloured with Copic pens. It  has a chalked sky feature which I pressed a wet sponge into to get the blended look.  The white fur on Snowy's toque has had a very liberal coating of stickles. 


The DP is a snippet from some 12x12 scrapbook DP, and the green glitter card border is from my snippets box.  I will take this card over to Di's blog, Pixies Crafty Workshop, Snippets Challenge. It has been a long time since I participated in challenges, but this is one I hate to miss.

Our prizes this month are this darling Gnome stamp set by C&C Crafts Consortium.



or this Penny Black Winter Tales stamp. 






Sunday, 15 March 2020

Christmas Card Club - Garland or Wreath

I am posting a Garland card for the current Christmas Card Club challenge. We are a group of like minded ladies who prefer to make our Christmas cards throughout the year, thereby freeing up time during the Christmas Season.

Lorraine of Raineys Craft Room blog chose our theme of Garlands or Wreaths today. There is also a choice of Anything goes, but luckily I had supplies for a Garland theme.

If you wish to look over any of the others ladies work, there are hyperlinks on my right sidebar.

My card today is a decoupage card from a British kit called Hunkydory.

It has a cozy living room image complete with a garland over the fireplace. There are five layers of decoupage on this card. I used thin pieces of foam for the raised areas as I did not want the depth to get out of hand.


I cut a card base of red teensy dotted card from the Hunkydory card. A quick look through my DP snippets box found this border sized snippet of Lily of the Valley Krafty  Christmas, which has white snowflakes on a kraft background. The red velvet rickrack ribbon is from my ribbon stash which I store on inside of my closet door in the craft room. I love this particular rickrack as it never frays, and that is certainly a rarity with ribbon!

I usually forget to add ribbon and then remember too late, when I no longer have room to work it in. I am quite proud of myself for remembering today. I must say with that closet door closed, that ribbon is out of sight and out of mind as the saying goes!

Here is a photo of my ribbon storage. I used 3M hooks on a gloss painted door, There is a set of three hooks like this on each of the panels of the door. This door holds 9 sets of hooks! I then used ribbon tags for hanging the ribbon till sadly, they DISCONTINUED the tags!!!  Oh my!!!



A quick trip to the $ store found huge packages of key rings which I slip knotted the ribbon around (by colour or theme), and then slid those rings onto cheap curtain hooks. The rest of my hooks and ribbon are inside the closet on the wall. I can not get a decent photo for you of the inside closet storage. I just can not step back far enough to get a photo!

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Sunday, 1 March 2020

Christmas Card Club - Postbox or Anything Christmas Goes

I have just returned from a two day paper crafts crop. I got lots of cards finished up and have returned home tired, but very happy and relaxed!

My card today is for the Christmas Card Club Challenge, We are a group of ladies who like to get our Christmas cards finished up well before the busy season. To that end, we take turns choosing a theme and making Christmas cards biweekly. In the event that we do not have the supplies to follow the theme, we have an option of Anything Christmas Goes.

I have chosen the Anything Goes and have made up a card from another Thrift Shop find. Quite some time ago I purchased this box of new but never opened embossed winter scene, All the coloured bits of the scene are embossed forward. The photo does not seem to show it, but the white areas just above and below the log are snow drifts.

 I cut down and matted the scene with some copper Mirri card and pop dotted that matted scene onto a hessian paper background. I broke up the piece of hessian with some fish tale type flag banners made from my Wild Rose Studio Krafty Christmas stack.


I added a copper mirri card snowflake and then placed a white shimmery fabric snowflake on top of that. A teensy diamond in the center finished it off.

Hope you enjoy this upcycled card. If you would like to learn more about our club, drop me an email at  maureenkane@telus.net.  You can check out my club mates work by clicking on the hyperlinks to the right of my blog posts.

Hope you enjoyed my upcycled Christmas card.

Winner - February Rudolph Days Challenge.

52 glorious entries. I am very happy indeed. I have not finished popping round to visit you all as I have been at a two day pape rcrafts crop! I have made up so many cards and I am feeling very  happy and relaxed. Nothing like two days spent with good friends!

It is my 66th birthday today so will take me till tomorrow to finish  my visiting as my family have plans for me today...

I used Random Org to chose our winner and it is # 20 Jenny L. Jeeny could you please email me at maureenkane@telus.net and let me know which prize you would prefer.


 Jenny is a member of my design team and as the team members only design and comment on every other month, they are allowed to enter the Rudolph Days Challenge on their month off!

This is the second time so far this year that a design team member has won. It had never happened before this year! As the design Team members work so hard creating beautiful cards for our inspiration, it made me happy to draw Jenny's name.