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 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 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.