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.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

February 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 Sue Tossell at Sue's Crafty Corner blog.

Sue has made us a beautiful Winter Scene all done is blues. It is so pretty and dear to my heart as many of you know that my family raised horses. Dad had a wonderful antique sleigh that he brought out into the front garden at Christmas time.  He had a great Santa Suit and stuffed it and made a head up to look like the real old fella! Sue's card has brought me lots of happy memories. 


Same has made up this sweet little fellow decorating his tree, into an adorable card. The colouring is spot on. Well done Sam!
I think that snowflake diecut is wonderful...looks like Memory Box to me. I will have to pop over to Sams blog to check on that...hope to see you there!


Sam has made a second card for our inspiration. This one is a really cute card with cute-pie images!
Now, it looks as though these little fellows are called Yeti's, but I tell you that they must be closely related to what we call the Sasquatch. As legend has it, our Sasquatch are much larger, but they are similar.  My kids camp in Sasquatch country and there are big larger than life statues up there, where tourists take photos.

Methinks that Yeti and Sasquatch live in the imagination. Afterall, there is a liitle child left in all of us!
Well done with this very cute and fun card, Sam.


MNy card is another one made with an upcycled image. I saw a package of Candy acne cards at my local thrift shop (charity shop), and since my last name is Kane, I always try to include Candy Canes in my Christmas decorating and in a few cards. So here is my tribute to a twist on my last name. I made 5 cards and even managed to find some snippets of Candy Cane DP.

I triple matted the image and even managed to make one of them a thin mat from a snippet of red glitter paper, The border is just made from snippets I had on hand, and the Happy Christmas was from a Hels Cuppleditch sentiment package.

The inside sentiment is just the inside of the purchased card, matted and attached to my card base. Somehow I have managed to get the photo of the inside looking pink. It is white, I assure you!



The prizes this month are this Woodware Stamp called Noel Splodges
or this Cottage Cutz die called Snowman Cupcake.


Sunday, 2 February 2020

Christmas Card Club with a theme of Stars

I am finally back to making cards with the Christmas Card Club. We are a group of like minded ladies who make a Christmas card every two weeks and take turns chosing the theme. I have all the members blog links  listed in my right sidebar so feel free to drop by them and check out the other takes on our biweekly theme.

 When I read that Sylvie at Gibmiss blog chose stars as our theme, I had just the card front come to mind. I had picked up a packet of the Three Wise Men following the North Star cards at our local thrift shop. They were new and still in the original box. I really liked the image, so picked them up to use as card fronts.

I added a wee bit of Stickles Stardust to the North Star and a Wink of Stella to the Wise Men.

I then cut a Spellbinders S6-139 frame from Gold Mirri card to showcase the image and a background diecut of antique gold silk paper to slide behind it. Luckily that Spellbinders set provides the die for all the layers. I trimmed off the tabs on the gold mirri frame and set it all on a piece of patterned mirri accented card.


I wanted to combine the look of rustic with elegant, so added a piece of navy blue twine wrapped around the card twice and tied in a bow. A gem from my ages old collection accents the bow.

My second card is another upcycled unused card. I am addicted to the packets of new cards at my local charity/thrift shop! They are usualy only a dollar for ten or twelve matching cards and envelopes.


This one has the topper made from a wee shepherd who is about to follow the North Star. As we all know, it will lead him to the Nativity. I used a snippet of gold mirri washi tape to highlight the North Star and then used the same punch to cut some wee stars thru my gold swirl Mirri card.  I slid a snippet of the purple sateen card behind them. I like the way it tied together the idea of other stars in the sky.


The gold swirl Mirri card and the purple sateen  were new purchases from the Christmas Open House at my local paper crafts shop. I usually save new papers and other purchases up before I use them, and I am trying to break that bad habit in this new year! Not taking any chances new things will get forgotten...


Hope you enjoyed my take on the Star theme.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

January 2020 Rudolph Days Winner

52 entries. That is amazing for our first challenge of the New Year! As always, it was so inspiring to view all your creations and visit your blogs.

I used Random Org to choose our winner...#27 Sue T.


Sue is one of our Rudolph Days designers. Each designer contributes designs for the challenge every other month. January was Sue's month off designing for us and therefor she was able to enter the challenge this month, as she is not part of this months design team.

Sue,  could you please email me at  maureenkane@telus.net and let me know which prize you would like.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

January 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 A Snail's Space blog

Linda has made us this lovely card where the design paper is echoed by the pretty die cut  holly and berries accents. Love that look!  The Merry Christmas is a beautiful script, don't you agree?

I hope you will pop across to Linda's blog and read about how she made this card and then leave her some love!


My card is up next. I have set myself a goal to test my skills and try out some new techniques in 2020. This card contains one of them. I wonder if you can guess just what it is. I think it does not reveal at a glance...but....maybe!


This card was a make and take at my local paper crafts store. The background paper was chosen as it had the potential to look like a winter sky. It is actually a beige and ivory Design paper that has a little greeny blue distress oxide added to the edges to give a more realistic coloured sky.
The trees are die cuts and I added art glitter glue and glitter to them to mimic snow. A torn piece of white card creates a snowy ground for the Penny Black die cut truck to rest on. I added more glue and glitter to the truck to create snow there as well.
The new technique is a wobbler. I have never used one before. I LOVE them and will be using many more of them this year. I bought a package of the medium and also one of the small size.

I did mention new techniques...so here is another. That same paper crafts store had a Tim Holtz clock frame make and take, perfect  for a winter scene. A scalloped circle of snowflake design paper forms the background for the scene.  I then built up a white glitter card hill of wee houses, and then a silver mirri card hill of the same. A final row of a white glitter card treed hill finished off the scene, . These hills were layered into the frame and a generous amount of frosty jagged fine beads that look like rocks were added to loosely hide the bottom edges. A Penny Black curved white glitter card leavy die cut was glue dotted to the front of the frame with a die cut silver glitter card JOY sentiment across the bottom front.


Fine wired micro mini lights are fitted into the space at the back of the frame and the  finishing tough is a  snippet of white tulle and some white woven glittery ribbon,  tied to the top of the clock frame.


I enjoyed this so much that I picked up a distressed looking  real clock at Walmart. I am going to pull the clock apart and use the empty frame to create a different scene for the various seasons.

Our prizes this month are a choice of this Australian Paper Roses Reindeer scene Frame,



or this Studio Light Essentials Reindeer stamp.

So welcome to a new year of Rudolph Days Challenges. Here is Mr Linky, so you know what to do!!!

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Rudolph Days Extra Challenge Winner

Well done ladies! All twenty of you entered faithfully in 2019. I know that is a big commitment and that is why I like to celebrate you all with this special extra chance to win a prize.

Before I draw the winner, I just want to add that if you already own the prizes on offer, just let me know, as I have other items I could substitute!

I used Random Org to draw our winner today, #6, Karen Ladd .  Karen, could you please email me at  maureenkane@telus.net and let me know which prize you want, or if you need to view other options!

Will add the photo of the random org ticker later, as I am not able to at the moment for some weird  reason! I will add it from the upstairs computer when I go up later to do the laundry.

It is Jan 1st as I write this post. A  clear day today, and best of all, a dry day!  We have had a spat of very wet days lately and when DH saw the weather he said he planned to spent part of it out in his garage organizing the cast off boxes and paper litter from Christmas day. He does have a little heater out there, so he should be set! Think I will spend that time in my craft room as he will certainly never miss me out there!

Here is to the start of a new year. One that hopefully brings us all good health and lots of creative hours in the craft room.