Thursday, 1 April 2021

March Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

We had 59 fabulous entries for this month. I think that is great considering it is still the first quarter of the year!

As always, I have used Random Org to chose our winner and it is # 51, Pat.

Pat, can you email me at maureenkane@telus.net and let me know your mailing address.

Update April 6, 2021 Pat is now showing as number 50 even though she was 51 at the time of the draw. I have had to delete the person before her as the hyperlink for that entry was creating blogger problems for some reason. I have kept note of that deleted entry so that blogger can still be part of the end of the year draw for those that enter every month of the year.

Also, a wee update on my daughter

My daughter stopped by and picked up the mail, thank goodness. It was really starting to worry me. She has 4 days off for Easter, so she was feeling not quite so bogged down. Her father-in-law will be off as well, so will be home to look out for his wife. It will give my daughter time with her own family.

While it is lovely that her mother-in=law wants my daughter to go to appointments, specialists, etc., there is a bit of a sad reason why...it is because she does not want her son or husband to be upset with bad news from a stranger! They are both very kind and sensitive men...my daughter is kind as well but is pragmatic too. She can listen and question the doctor carefully, and then once back at the family meetings, she can word the medical news kindly, in words that are not quite so upsetting.

I am very proud of her!

Thursday, 25 March 2021

March Rudolph Days Challenge

Once again, it is time for the Rudolph Days Challenge. You have until the last day of the month to enter your Christmas card or Christmas project. I do ask that if you enter the challenge, please leave a comment on this post. Sometimes, people have a problem linking up for whatever reason and link back to this blog, instead of their own blog. If you leave a comment, then I have another way to get hold of you and let you know you need to resubmit your entry. With the additional prize draw at the end of the year, it is nice to have everyone who entered every month, qualified to enter for their chance to win the yearly prize.

I am sending prizes when my daughter has the time to call by and pick them up from our front porch. We are not allowed to have anyone in our houses here, and have just been given back the ability to meet someone outside again. Socially distanced of course!

We are so close to getting called up for the first jab, that we are not even meeting outside with anyone. We do not leave the house except to go for a walk and Al drives down to pick up the groceries. We hope to get the call in the next 3-4 weeks.

My daughter, who is the mailer for my prizes, is still so busy helping with her mother-in-law. She goes there and stays with her so father-in-law can get outside to do tasks etc. She (mil) can not be on her own any longer so it is a big commitment. She is aware what has happened to her and chooses my daughter to be the one to take her to appointments etc. Since my daughter works full time, she is very busy with all of this. So, be patient with me, as the winners will eventually get prizes.

Our designers have been busy creating inspiration for you. First up is Linda at Snail's Space blog. Linda has made two fabulous cards. She has taken the same Penny Black die and changed it up by using different papers. What a change up it is to see the difference in mood that it has created. The first one is so light and feminine looking. I love the shimmer that appears rubbed over the raised areas of the embossing. The second one has a crisp, almost masculine feel...crisp and clean looking. I hope you will pop over to Linda's blog and leave her some kind comments.





Next up is Jenny at Cardsarus blog. Jenny has made us two cards as well. The first is a very detailed card, full of beautiful embellishments. Lots of greenery diecuts, a gorgeous leaping stag and a glimmer of mirri card for the sentiment.


Jenny's second card is lovely as well. In my opinion, the shimmery emblossed background steals the show! I love shimmer and glimmer at Christmas time. I hope you will pop over to Jenny's blog and leave her some kind comments as well.


My card is a recycled one. I saw these finished cards a couple of years ago in the precovid after Christmas clearance sales. I thought it would be a perfect image to recycle and got a whole box of 18 or so, for a couple of dollars. I kept it very simple, using only my scraps/snippets box for the design papers and ribbon. I fussy cut the lid and pop dotted it forward. The main image is also pop dotted. I used the micro pop dots as they will still fit through the mail! It was quick and fun to do and I plan to make up the whole box in a similar design. I want to be able to donate cards for this coming Christmas, so these will be great for that.



Our prize this month is this Tutti Designs die called Wonderland Window. I think it is so sweet!



Monday, 1 March 2021

Feb Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

I am typing this post on my newly restored virus free computer! We have a monthly fee coverage that includes free virus scans and restoring. Boy oh boy, that sure came in handy. This is the third virus we have had in all our years of computer ownership. The first and this time, it was restorable. The middle time, it wiped out the computer and so corrupted the files that they could not even retrieve our photos and downloads. I lost a ton of cutting files!

Now, back to the challenge...
We had 53 3ntries and I will spend tomorrow visiting you all now that my computer is back up and running. It is my birthday today (67) so I will take today off and do as little as possible all day!!! It is a good time to catch up on Netflicks.

We are venturing out of the house and getting supper out at the White Spot (a Canadian restaurant that has an option of ordering and eating in the car from a long tray that slides into the car and hooks onto the window frames around the doors). The food is very tasty, not like a typical eat in the car place!

So, I used random org to draw the winner, # 48 Paperpapier. Could you please drop me an email to maureenkane@telus.net with your mailing address, and I will get your prize off to you.
Last months winner will be sent their prize at the same time. My daughter has been too busy with family problems to worry about my mail.

Her mother in law has had some very strange health problems over the past few months. She was finally diagnosed after a friend suggested a specific disease mainly found in persons of Dutch descent, as the friends mother had just been diagnosed with it.

In short, the blood deposits something in the brain that eventually causes mini brain bleeds that leave you with confusion and stroke like syptoms. Sadly, there is no cure. Since Christmas, she now requires someone to be with her 24 hours a day. Although they have someone come in while stepdad is working, my daughter and son in law have her as much as they are available after work and on the weekends, to give Mike's stepdad a bit of respite. I share this story as if you are of Dutch or Icelandic descent and have a family member seeming to age overnight, this info may help you. As my daughter has mail of her own to send, mine will go out with hers. Sorry for any delays this causes, but 'I do not like to put any requests her way at the moment.

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Finally, The Feb Rudolph Days Challenge

Hi there. I am finally getting the Feb Rudolph Days Challenge up and posted on a borrowed computer!

Our designers have been busy making wonderful inspiration for you all. First up is Sam at Whisper's Cards blog.

Sam has made us two wonderful cards. The first is this quirky reindeer card. I just love it as it made me smile!
You can see Sams great colouring skills shining through here. I like the non traditional colours Sam used here.They suit this cheeky looking reindeer!



Sam has made up a second card featuring a stately looking trophy stag. This is a fabulous main image and I really like the way Sam added the images of the others too. I hope you will pop over to her blog and leave her some comments.

Sue at Sues Crafty Corner blog is up next with these beautiful Christmas bauble cards. They have gorgeous colours. The rich gold against that pretty green is stunning. Best of all, Sue got three made! I hope you will pop over to her blog and leave her some comments too.



My card is a Bo Bunny Kit card. I worked through this kit with my Grandaughter Clare. She was making cards for her school teachers and I was just keeping her company, making cards for my Christmas stash. The bauble is made from chipboard and came preprinted. I matted the green card they included onto a snippet of red card,and really roughed up the edges with the flat of my scissors. I placed that on the background they again included, and mounted that onto a snippet of red mirri card. The aqua 6x6 base card was one I had made up a few weeks before, so that came in handy! The kit even included the sentiments.



Our prize this month is this Memory Box Poinsettia Circle Frame.



February Rudolph Days Challenge

February Rudolph Days Challenge will will be late going on line today as I have computer problems. Have someone coming today to fix it. Can not manage more than this message from my Iphone.

Monday, 1 February 2021

January Rudolph Days Challenge winner

For our first callenge of 2021, we had a really good turnout! 56 entries and what lovely cards they all were. I have been around to visit you all and had a great
time viewing all the cards.

There were two blogs I could not manage to visit. They were Flicker account submissions.

I am not sure why, but I could not find any comment button to click on. Yet there must have been one as both had some comments already.

So, if you did not get a comment from me, check your flicker account and make sure it is set to accept comments from all (if it allows you that choice).

I would like to add that both entries were lovely Christmas cards.



I used random Org to draw the winner which is Karen Ladd # 17. Karen, please drop me an email with your mailing address and which prize you would like.

My email is maureenkane@telus.net

Monday, 25 January 2021

January Rudoph Days Challenge.

It is time for our January Rudolph Days Challenge. I still have not figured out how to cut and paste the rules from an old blog post. This new blogger drives me crazy! I also have the problem that I have to insert the HTML codes to create paragraph breaks, etc. I have a wee list of certain directions beside my computer for whenever I write a blog post now! Just certain blogs are affected, it seems it depends on the format, etc of your blog. I have tried changing things up as they suggested, but it did not solve the problem.

So, if you need a rules refresher, please look back to previous posts from this fall that show the rules!

First up today is Linda at Snail's Space Blog.

Linda has made up some pretty cards and a tag for our inspiration. The card and the tag use the same bow die...I think I just might recognize the bow die she used on these, but will check her blog post for the details. Perhaps you would follow the hyperlink I attached to her blog name above, and leave her some praise!

The tag uses the same bow die and is so sweet. I love these non traditional colours!



And now the best part!!! I think Linda has taken the waste from inside the die cut and created this New Years card. The confetti pieces look very much like I would imagine the die waste to be. Clever lady, our Linda! I really like the idea of using up the waste instead of just sweeping it into the trash. How about you?



Jenny is having a wee break this month and so instead, I have done up three items for your perusal. I say items, as I did not make cards. Instead, I have made some tree ornaments which I used on the tree this year. I had so much fun making them, that I plan to make about a dozen in total!





The black circles are wooden discs already cut into the shape of a tree bauble. I simply stamped a few different Tim Holtz images onto the discs with Versamark ink, and then sprinkled them with ivory matte finish embossing powder. I had to hold onto the bauble shape with tweezers when I used the heat gun as my fingers were getting a little too toasty. I stamped and embossed both side of the disc so that the design shows if the bauble hangs sideways.

I used some red striped twine for the hanger. I cut a piece of the twine twice the length that I wanted the hanger portion to be, and folded it in half. and slid the looped twine edge through the hole in the bauble disc. I then pulled the remaining tails of twine through that loop, and then pulled it taunt. I now had the twine lying in a nice sort of flat manner so I could slide the bead onto the twine and have it sit exactly where I wanted it. I took the two tails and guesstimated the length I wanted and tied a knot upon itself, rather than tying the two ends to each other.

I love the way they look, but might make up six in total like this and then do six more with plaim jute twine and a red bead for a little colour. I plan to use Tim Holt ink to make it red.

Thank you for the get well wishes I have received. I have had a painful hot lump, deep in my breast and also deep in my upper thigh, since late fall. I have a history of cysts in those areas ever since I was hospitalized three years ago at Christmas time. I caught MRSA while in hospital then and was in quarantine at that time. We do not venture out due to covid so at first my doctor was away and the locum doctor was not keen to give a script for antibiotics. She wanted me to come in and then be sent for a scan and then to a specialist to have it excised or removed. She was wanting to cover herself and me for a possibility of a cancer finding. Having been though this before, I knew that chances were high it was a cyst as to have it in breast and thigh has been the scenario each time. Also, there was a very slim chance that it would still be visible by the time all that was arranged, as it is months to see a specialist here and the same for scans. My doctor finally returned and gave me the script as he knows my history. I did have to have a renewal of the script as that is normal for me, and things seemed under control. Sadly, it has returned and so I guess I have to bite the bullet and go into the office so he can take a look. I am hoping he will just write a stronger script as you do have to have the right one, or just send me for an ultrasound as I do still think it is just a cyst. This would be much faster than a specialist and a scan.

It has thrown me for a loop as I did not even get all my Christmas cards mailed...I just could not get all the writing done comfortably. So, wish me luck, and if you usually get a card from me and were missed this year, that is why! I addressed all my cards and did the writing in them as soon as I noticed the lump so that I could isolate (quarantine) the cards in a bag, before sending them. If you did get a card, they all had a good spray of Lysol too!

The prize this month is a choice of this Woodware stamp set, Sketchy Pine Cones



or this Penny Black Die, Winter Berry Branch.



Sunday, 3 January 2021

Special Prize Draw

Hi there

Sorry that it has taken me till today to draw the winner but I am still poorly. I hope to be feeling better soon as I am now on antibiotics.

I am so happy to tell you that The Rudolph Days Challenge has had 37 people who participated every available month!

This special prize draw for these participants is to honour that committment!

Random Org has chosen our winner and it is # 5 Jackie T

Jackie, could you please email me at maureenkane@telus.net and give me your choice of the prizes and your mailing address.