Saturday, 25 March 2023

March Rudolph Days Challenge

Hello there! You have until midnight March 31 to submit your Christmas card or project, for the March Rudolph Days Challenge. I am looking forward to seeing your creations! Don't forget it is limited to one entry per blogger. You can enter other challenges up to a total of ten (including this challenge), and don't forget to leave a comment here on this blog.

First up is Sue at Sues Crafty Corner blog. Sue is away crafting in Cornwall at the moment, but has still managed to make these lovely cards for our inspiration! Sue is such a trooper. She is great about making multiples of cards. I hope to eventually be as productive! Here is a photo of her finished multiples. I can not pick a fave as they are all so pretty. Great scenes, each and every one!
Amazing work! Here is a close up of an adorable snowman scene. I think they all may very well be digital images, but if you pop over to Sue's blog, you can get all the details! Please leave her a comment while you are there...
Jenny at Cardsarus Blog has also been busy creating multiples of some very lovely designs. These first two cards feature glittery die cuts. The brilliance of the glitter die cuts pop against the white background card!
Jenny's next two designs feature die cuts yet again, but this time the holly seems to be cut from pearelscent card whilst the white on white card is a beautiful creamy white glitter card which looks so nice on the stark white card base. All in all, four lovely cards, showcasing beautiful dies and great choices of speciality paper. Please pop over to Jenny's blog to leave her a comment!
Our prize this month is this Crafters Companion die called Tis the Season.

Friday, 3 March 2023

February Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

Hello everyone! I had a lovely birthday celebration with my husband on the first of the month and then celebrated with the kids and grandkids the following day. I received a wad of birthday dollars earmarked for craft supplies!

Today, my husband took me round to the local scrapbook stores in our area. I managed to locate some more 49 and Market design paper and embellies, for a vintage book I am making featuring old black and white photos of my Grandparents. I have some birth and death records, Grandpa's army records, and my Grandmother's Nursing Certificate, as well as lots of old photos. I am excited to start this book!

I used Random Org to draw our winner. The first name drawn had left a message that they were only playing for fun. The second name drawn was Clare #4. Clare, I was delighted to read your name as that is my middle name and you spell it the same way as me. In my country, Claire is often the feminine spelling and Clare is the masculine...I have spent my life spelling mine out letter by letter to ensure the correct spelling. It is amazing how many times you have to provide your full name for documents etc.

Clare, could you please email me at and provide your mailing address. Thanks.

Wednesday, 1 March 2023

Feb Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

As it is my birthday today, I will draw the Feb Rudolph Days Challnge winner tomorrow on March 2nd. We have a busy day today with outings for lunch and for supper. The kids and grandkids will most likely visit till quite late so it is better if I delay writing it up, taking the winning number photo, and then posting it. This way, I can spend that time having some extra family fun!.

See you all tomorrow!

Saturday, 25 February 2023

February Rudolph Days Challenge

Hi there. Do you know what time it is? It's Rudolph Days Challenge time! Enter a Christmas card or Christmas project you have created and you will have a chance at winning a lovely prize. You can enter your card or project into a total of ten challenges, including this one. Don't forget to leave a comment here.

We are welcoming our newest design team member this month. A big welcome to Marjeta of Marjeta's Creative Company blog. Marjeta has coloured this fun Christmas gnome and made it up into a lovely card for our inspiration. I love the vibrancy of the colouring and beautiful shading here. Hope you will pop over to Marjeta's blog and leave her some praise. You can hit the translate button to get an English version.

Here is the image as Marjeta was colouring pretty!
Next up is Sam at Whispers Cards blog Sam has made up two beautiful cards using the same general design but featuring differing snowflake background die cuts and differing colour schemes. They are both so lovely! The first card is a lovely lavender creation. The large snowflake frame behind the adorable snowman is lovely with the multi pastel coloured snowflake design paper behind. Sets the perfect scene for the little fellow.
The second blue schemed version features an intricate diecut snowflakes background. It looks stunning in that glitter paper!!! With the addition of the extra overlaid snowflake, it makes a perfect backdrop for the sweet little snowman! The "snow" at the bottom of the wee snowman looks true to life...Lots of layers here and all so well done! I can not pick a fave of the two colour schemes as they are both my faves!
No update on Al yet. He has had the new heart ultrasound and other tests they needed, and he is awaiting a call from the specialist to book an appointment for the reuslts. Will update soon as we know. Our prize this month is this lovely LDRS Creative Layered Pointettia Die.

Wednesday, 1 February 2023

January Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

Hi there. We had 47 entries in the January Rudolph Days Challenge. Thanks so much to everyone who participated! It is always great to have a Christmas card or two finished up in the first month of the year. We will all be so glad to have these finished cards handy at the start of the Christmas card mailing season!

Once again, I have used Random Org to chose our winner, # 40 Darnell. Darnell, can you please drop me an email to and confirm your mailing address.

Wednesday, 25 January 2023

January Rudolph Days Challenge

Welcome to the first Rudolph Days Challenge for 2023. This is always an exciting month...a month to set new crafting goals, to plan some new cardmaking or scrapbooking ideas and designs, and to just have fun!

I have some news to share as well. We had several entries for the design team opening, and I finally got Al to draw the winner. I would like to welcome Marjeta from Marjetina ustvarjalnica (Marjeta's Creative Company blog), to our team. She will partner up with Sam who has been such a champ about being short a partner! Once you arrive at Marjeta's blog, there is translate button near the top that you can press to get an English version to read. Sam and Marjuta will be our designers next month.

Our designers have been busy creating cards to inspire you! First up is Jenny at Cardsarus blog. Jenny's first card features this pretty wreath! It looks to me that she has stamped the images individually in a circular mannner, and added some of the same stamps in the corners. I love the look of this and also love the matching images on the envelope! I am going to try to match my envelopes this year too, as I thnk it makes the card look fabulous!
Jenny made a second card in the new long, slim card style. This style is very popular over here right now. My local store has all sorts of dies and stamps etc in the slim sizes. I think Santa likes them too, as he brought me one of each this year! I quite like the glitter card Jenny used for the background. It makes her images pop off the card front! I am thinking these might be upcycled images but we will have to pop over to Jenny's blog to know for sure. Be sure and leave her some praise while you are over there!
Sue has been very busy as well. Sue has made a series of cards in differing background shimmery colours. They feature a very pretty Christmas bauble die. It always amazes me how many cards Sue makes for us to view. Be sure to pop over to Sue's blog, Sue's Crafty Corner, and leave her some praise! I am looking forward to reading about this very pretty die!
My first card showcases an image that was a gift from a friend, many years ago. I like the quiet, peaceful feel of this little scene. The image is embossed in black embossing powder and colourd with copic inks. l applied lots of star dust stickles on the trees and used a sparkle pen over the image and setiment. I used a snippet of quite thin copper mirri card from the $ store for the mat, and used another snippet of snowflake DP for the background. That background paper was from a really old kit that I picked up at the $ store as well.

My second card features a Hunky Dory cardfront. I love assembling these when I am bored! They always perk me up...The background is from my snippet files and the card itself is a 5x7 inch card. I managed to get red 5x7 envelopes this year but forgot to take a photo of the card with the envelope before it was delivered to our neighbours.

I only use these Hunky Dory cards for hand delivered cards. All the layers tend to make the cards too thick to mail with normal postage. We usually see the same group of family and friends during the Christmas season, so I bring these layered type cards along when we meet up for coffee, cards, or just meet up for fun, during the lead up to Christmas.

Al is still working on his recovery. He has a heart imaging test coming up in February that will hopefully tell if he is a candidate for a surgery to correct his aortic heart valve. They have ruled him not well enough for a valve replacement, but are testing to see if he could perhaps get a stent there instead. Fingers crossed, as that would give him more energy as aortic stenosis is very draining. After having already been through the quadruple bypass bypass surgery a bit more than a year ago, he would be quite happy to only have to deal with a stent this time!

Our prize this month is this Sizzix, Tim Holtz die set, Holiday Brushstroke #3.