Saturday, 25 June 2022

June Rudolph Days Challenge

It's that time again! Time to submit your Christmas card or Christmas project to the Rudolph Days Challenge. One entry per person, and you must limit your other challenge entries for your item to nine, leaving it at a total of ten entries, including our challenge. And...Don't forget to leave a comment on this post!

First up is an order of business. We have a vacant spot on the design team since Linda stepped down. If you would like to be considered, please leave a comment indicating your interest. If there are a lot of applicants, I will just draw a name to keep it fair.

Sam at Whispers Cards has made a gorgeous card for your inspiration. I love the scene she created with the festive wreath hanging on the front door, and all the adorable critters waiting to come in. Lots of wonderful stamping, colouring and fussy cutting here! I hope you will pop over to Sam's blog and leave her some lovely comments for all her hard work and dedication.

I am sorry to say there is no card from yours truly. I can not seem to get organized enough to create cards, since Al has been poorly. As he is stronger again (after his relapse), I do need to get this solved. He is in the midst of an active campaign to change up the dosage amounts, meds themselves and time of day that he takes each type,and that seems to be helping. The heart specialist who oversees these changes says it is so common for heart attack and bypass patients. Some take up to a year to get everything sorted for maximum recovery. He is back on the golf course a couple times a week, using a cart and never carrying his clubs!

Our prize this month is this Sue Wilson Festive Collection, Garland Baubles die.

Thursday, 2 June 2022

May Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

We had 43 entries this month. I have visited about half of you so far and the cards and projects are wonderful! I used the trusty Random Org to choose our winner, #20, Karin.

Karin, Could you please drop me an email at maureenkane@telus.net and give me your mailing address?

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

May Rudolph Days Challenge

It is time for the Rudolph Days Challenge. One entry per person and don't forget to leave a comment here. You can enter 9 other challenges making your total 10 including this challenge.

Well, the design team has some lovely cards for your inspiration. First up is Sue at Sue's Crafty Corner. Sue has made some beautiful Stag cards on Kraft cardstock. I love the look of ink on Kraft. It has such a lovely earthy look. Perfect for these elegant stags. Best of all, Sue has made up 4 of this design! Hope you will pop over and leave her a comment.

Jenny at Cardsarus blog has also made some lovely cards. The first is a glittery sleigh and reindeer on a beautiful glimmery word paper. Love the glimmer. As always the inside of Jenny's card are so lovely.

Her second card has some beautiful snowflakes on a lovely sky looking background. Both Jenny's cards are 7x7. We can not get that size card over here and I always enjoy seeing these larger sizes that she makes. Don't foget to pop over to visit Jenny's blog...
Our Prize this month is this Sue Wilson die, Pretty Pointsettia Frame.

May Rudolph Days Challenge

The May Rudolph Days Challenge will start a day late this month. The challenge post will go up tomorrow. Sorry for the delay...

Sunday, 1 May 2022

April Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

Well, methinks 42 entries is pretty darn good! I am still visiting you all, and hope to finish up tonight. I am a wee bit later than usual doing the prize draw and writing up this post. Al had a shaky start this morning, so I stayed in with him. After lunch, we headed outside as he was feeng steadier. He retrieved two sets of chair cushion for the seats beside the hot tub and then proceded to clean the hot tub with plenty of little breaks to sit down and rest. This is an old photo but shows you where we were working...

I got the dead plants removed from all our large outdoor pots and cleaned up the ivy and other perennials that survived winter in the pots. I even got a bit of weeding done in the back garden. It is looking so much better out there!

I have used Random Org to choose the April Rudolph Days winner, which is #30 Glennis. Glennis, could you please contact me with your mailing address.

Monday, 25 April 2022

April Rudolph Days Challenge

Hello to all my fellow bloggers! It is time for the April Rudolph Days Challenge. You may submit one Christmas card or Christmas project of any kind from the 25th till midnight on the last day of the month. Don't forget to leave a comment on this post. I am looking forward to viewing all of your entries.

I must confess that I am little behind in posting out prizes. If you are awaiting a prize, they will be posted this week. As many of you know, I do not drive and Al has been at his limit for outings after his daily walking. Since I last posted, he actually had to cut back on the walking due to some exhaustion issues. Luckily, that now seems resolved since the heart specialist changed up his meds late last week. We have rarely been out this year, other than picking up neccessities. I used to get my daughter to mail the prizes for me, but she has so much on her plate with her mother-in-law's sad health issues, and father-in-law having his knee replaced. He is finally recovered enough that she can take me out again, so prizes will go out very soon...

I have managed to get a couple of card kits made up. They are Hunky Dory kits and are a few years old. I liked the vintage look of the images, but used them on my own hand cut card bases. The premade smaller mats have a sort of foiled distressed edge damask look, so I used my Hunky Dory, Essential Book of Festive Foiled card mats for the main backgrounds. They are very simple cards but are nice and sparkly with all that foiling! I used Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Creative Sheets for the rectangular mats and then doubled them on top of each other so the centre die cuts were popped up even further! I love those pop dots and pop sheets. They are so slim that two layers of foam will make it through the post office depth tester slot, even when combined with the thick cardstock used in the card design.

Sam from Wispers Cards Blog has made a lovely Christmas card for our inspiration. She has an adorable Penny Black image combined with some beautiful design papers. Loving those embossed gold paper accents! As always, the image is coloured up so nicely and those trailing lights have left me feeling very Christmassy! Hope you will follow the hyperlink above and visit Sam and leave her some praise...
Our prize this month is this Spellbinders Chill Bear die.

Friday, 1 April 2022

March Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

We had 44 entries! I think that is a good turn out for March and am quite happy with that. I have been around to visit everyone but the Instagram entries. As yet, I do not have an Instagram account, but will make one later today and visit you both after supper.

I used Random Org to draw our winner #35 Chris craft. Can you drop me an email Chris and let me know your mailing address?

Friday, 25 March 2022

March Rudolph Days Challenge

It is once again time for the Rudolph Days Challenge. You have until midnight of the last day of this month to submit a Christmas card or Christmas project, and don't forget to leave a comment on this post!

It seems as though time has sped by since I last posted. Al is still recovering quite well. He can now walk 40 min on the flat and that means he can now pop out to pick up the odd groceries at the small whole foods shop that is near us. They have an inhouse butcher and baker, so it is where we like to pick up fresh bread, buns, and meats etc. Al likes that he can get his walking in and can accomplish a task at the same time!

Our design team ladies have been very busy making creations for our enjoyment and inspiration. Sue from Sues Crafty Corner blog has these beautiful black and white Christmas cards made up. I love the look of this beautiful home with that ornate gate It so suits this old building. How wonderful it would be to have a decorated tree outside like this! I also love to see that she has made multiples of this card. Don't forget to pop over to Sue's blog and leave her some praise for these cards.



Next up is Jenny from Cardsarus blog. Jenny has been very busy creating several beautiful Christmas cards showcasing various sweet critters. It is hard to pick a favourite as they are all lovely. What I like best about these cards is the sort of hammered looking gilded paper she used for the mats behind these fabulous images. I always like a hammered or a swirled mirri better than the shiny mirri. I seem to scratch the shiny ones too easily as I work. The hammered look survives all that much better! Hope you will pop over to leave Jenny some praise for these beautiful cards.





Our prize this month is this Find It Media Precious Marieke, Star Swirls die.



Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Feb Rudolph days Winner

Sorry I am so late in drawing the winner and getting this post up on my blog. It is my birthday today and I have been kept busy all day having coffee, lumch and supper out with friends and family. What a treat! Finally home and rushed right in to get this done.

We had 41 entries, which is pretty good for February being a short month. I used Random Org to draw our winner, Loll #13. Drop me a email at maureenkane@telus.net and let me know yur mailing address.

Friday, 25 February 2022

February Rudolph Days Challenge

Once again, it is time for the Rudolph Days Challenge. You have until midnight PST on the last day of the month to submit your Christmas card or Christmas project. Don't forget to leave a comment on this post.

I am so happy to share that Sam from Whisper's Cards blog is back on the design team, sharing her lovely designs with us. Sam has been off for a bit while she got settled from a recent move and dealt with some health issues. She has created two cards for us and this first one is so doggone cute! I love the image and the fabulous sentiment! In true doggy fashion, they are all carrying something in their mouths. That must be the secret to a quick Christmas decorating day. Involve the dogs in the work! So darn cute...



Sam's second card is a lovely, inky winter scene. I love the subtle shading she achieved in this scene and the deer look right at home here!



Still no cards from me. Al is doing so much better now. He is still easily exhausted, but persists with his walking every day. We follow Coronation Street on TV and although they did a great job on the Tim storey line depicting the pre surgery pain attacks etc, let me assure you the recovery after a bypass operation in not anything like what they are portraying! Al has had a good chuckle at some of the scenes and how they show him recovering so easily! In real life, you can not lift your arms to get into a sweat shirt like they have Tim wearing, and have to wear button up or zip up clothing for several weeks. You can not move your arms all about pointing etc and have to keep your body as if your arms were trapped in a tube around your chest when rising from a chair or a bed etc. They give you a small heart shaped pillow to cross your arms over as you rise.

I have been taking the time while he does his half hour walks to finnish up the big sort out I had started in my craft room just before he had the heart attack. I finally got the heavy bookcases, desk and filing cabinets moved about the room onto different walls. Whew, I am glad that is done! I am still labelling stuff, but that can be done at my leisure. With the furniture in place and everything now put away, I can finally create cards once again.

Our prize this month is this cute Cottage Cutz Kitten in a teacup die.


Tuesday, 1 February 2022

January Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

I am so pleased to see that we had 47 entries. I think that is pretty darned good for January! Starting this year, I am going to be anouncing the winners sometime on the first of each month. I used to stay up till midnight so I coud have it announced first thing that day. I have decided that I am too old to be doing that anymore!!!

It is 7pm here on the West Coast of Canada, and we had a lovely day out. We usually stay home due to COVID but ventured out to look at some rancher plus loft listing today. With Al eventually needing a second heart surgery, and myself needing my other knee replaced, we have decided that a place with mostly everything for daily life one floor would be beneficial. We could have my craft room and a guest bedroom in the loft, and install a lift to get up there. It was interesting to see what you could get for the money we hope to pay.

As always, I used Random Org to choose our winner, Alice #12.

Alice, Could you please drop me an email at maureenkane@telus.net and give me your mailing address.

Tuesday, 25 January 2022

January Rudolph Days Challenge

Welcome to our first challenge of 2022.

As always, the design team has some lovely cards for your inspiration. First up is Sue from Sue's Crafty Corner

Sue has made four wonderful cards featuring cute penguins and fab polar bears. I love the large fancy cardbase die cuts used here. They really are lovely, and showcase the images so well. I hope you will pop over to Sue's blog and leave her some praise.

Her first card is the polar bear and his little buddy. Love this sweet image!


Next up is the penguins, and I think they are so adorable!



Next up is Jenny from Cardsarus blog. Jenny has made us two beautiful cards featuring some lovely pinecone diecuts and lots of bling! Her first card features red and white. Loving the miri card for the diecuts, and the pretty white boughs. The sentiment part of the card looks great with this design. I hope you will pop over to Jenny's bog and leave her some praise too. Her posts always feature photos of the inside of her cards as well.



Her second card features blues...and this mirri looks holographic...so pretty!
Nothing from me this month. I am still kept busy with Al's recovery. I am not used to doing all the cooking, cleaning and laundry! Leaves me pressed for time in the craft room...

He is doing so well. Walking each day for up to 20 min on flat ground in the neighbourhood. He has a long way to go to get back to the fitness he had before, but he says he can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. He has had more tests and they have found he has a second problem with his heart that they will monitor with tests once a year. He will eventually need another surgery...

Our prize this month is this Memory Box, Cabin Snowglobe die.

Tuesday, 4 January 2022

Rudolph Days Challenge Special Prize Winner

We had 18 bloggers who qualified for the prize draw. Thanks to each and every one of you for playing along so faithfully!

I could not use random org so Al drew the winner from a hat!

The winner is Becca Yahrling. Becca, could you email me at maureenkane@telus.net and let me know your mailing address.

PS For those that have been following Al's progress, he is doing so well now. He is walking in the neighbourhood to get his strength and stamina back. He was a great walker before. He could walk for miles on a flat surface and never get tired. Now, he will gradually increase the length of each walking outing and eventually attemp small hilly areas at his rehab's direction.

Classes are all done online and then you do them yourself at home or in your neighbourhood.

He sees the cardiologist Jan 10th, so will get the stress test then that allows the Dr. to set target heart rates for his exercise.

In the last couple of days, he has put on a load or two of his laundry...towels, pj's, and even the sheets off the bed! I made it up though, as bending and pulling on things is beyond his strength at the moment. It is so good to see him looking for things to do as he is feeling stronger.