Tuesday, 25 July 2017

July Rudolph Days

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 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.

Our designers have been busy making some wonderful inspiration for you all.

First up is Sam at Whispers Cards
Sam has made this fabulous fancy fold card...with lovely Old World looking Santa images. I am itching to try this fold now.   The Santa charm is such a wonderful embellishment here. The reds, greens and golds suit these Santa's!


Jenny at Cardsarus  has made this elegant fancy folded round easel card. Loving the pop of the white against the blue and all the fabulous dies here.


You can pop over to Sam and Jenny's blogs by just clicking on their blog names where I have embedded a hyperlink straight to them!

My card has a decoupage image. My NBUS item is the plaid background paper. It is from a 6x6 Basic Grey, Jovail paper pad I bought at the Papercraft garage sale. Think I paid $2.00 for the unopened pad. It has lots of lovely design papers.


The trees are a Sue Wilson die. There are a lot of sizes of tree dies in this set.  One evening, I sat and used up a lot of green coloured snippets cutting out a lot of these trees in various sizes.  I inked them up with Ingvild Bolme chalk inks and am really happy with the results..

The Merry Christmas die is Elizabeth Crafts. I cut it from heavyweight red Bazzill card...the same red card I used for the scalloped mat.

The snowflakes are another NBUS item. They are Memory Box Twilight Snowflakes. A light touch of Wink Of Stella finished off this card with a little Christmas sparkle!

Our prize this month is a choice of this Stampendous Snowy Postcard cling stamp,


or this Memory Box Reindeer Circle die.




Saturday, 1 July 2017

June Rudolph Days Winner

 51 entries!  I am so pleased.  Hurrah...

Please excuse my slightly late drawing today but it is Canada Day and we have been busy here.
I used Random Org and drew number 35 Loll.



I think this is Loll's second win here, so this is proof that randomness has no boundaries! Congratulations, Loll.

Could you email me your mailing address, and I will get your prize mailed off.

Off to celebrate Canada Day. It is our 150 year Celebrations so there are many outings to enjoy. We are off to listen to some great live bands at a local park.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

June Rudolph Days Challenge

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 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.

Our designer Sonia, from  Cards, Crafts, Kids Projects blog, has made the sweetest Christmas Lanterns. They could be tags or used for sweet decorations! I am looking forward to reading her blog post and learning how to make these too.




Crafty hugs for our designer, Linda at Snail's Space blog She is recovering from her hip replacement surgery and I am not expecting her to get round to visiting our entries...she needs time to recover! Linda has made this  wonderful snowmen card. I love the vibrant colours she achieved here and her beautiful colouring.
Linda, I  hope you will be feeling stronger each and every day. I hope you all will stop by her blog and wish her good health...


My card this month was fun to make. I used a NBUS Memory Box die and cut it out a couple of times using white, red, and green card. I glued the white die cut to my background and then used the waste from the red die cut to inlay into the berries, and  the word JOLLY. i then took the green die cut waste and inlaid it into the holly leaves.

I just looked closely at the photo below and realized that I took it before I added the green holly inlaid pieces! The photo of all the layers is on my camera and it is at home. When I left for the lake today, I just brought my phone as I knew I had a photo of this card in my phone photos. Guess I should have looked a little closer...

The background paper is also NBUS, It was from a new 6x6 paper pad...of course the name of it is at home too! I think it was not even a Xmas paper pad...it just looked right for this card!


My prize this month is this Cottage Cutz Reindeer With Scarf die.




Monday, 12 June 2017

And Yet Another

Here is another of those cards I gave my friend.

This is another card made from snippets. The card base is made with a heavy weight sheet of  12x12 wood grain paper that I cut in half to make two cards. The dotted paper is VOS  (very old stash). It is ten years old or maybe even more, as it was a snippet from a scrapbook I made of Little Miss C when she was a toddler.

The tree, flowers, scalloped mat, banner and sentiment tag were all cut from snippets quite some time ago. I like to do things like this with snippets and file them away for future use.


I used a pre coloured image (Hobby House methinks...but not sure) and highlighted it with a clear Wink Of Stella pen. I added a little WOS to the flower petals too. A few teensy diamonds on the flowers and this card was done!

Since there are so many snippets on this card, I am taking it over to Di's challenge, Pixies Crafty Workshop.

Recipe:

Card - hand cut from a heavy weight 12x12 VOS scrapbook page in my stash
DP - snippet of 12x12 DP so VOS that I do not remember the manufacturer
Card Stock - snippets of pink and kraft card from my stash
Die Cuts - Memory Box tree and banner; Impression Obsession tag; Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle.
Punch - Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch
Image - from my stash...I think it is a Hobby House image
Sentiment stamps - tiny acrylic alphabet stamps from my stash
Bling - diamonds from my stash
Glimmer - Wink Of Stella pen

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Yet another Bday card from the set I made for a friend


Here is another of the Birthday cards I made for my friend.  She uses cards for the classmates of her son and daughter, so I made her 4 of each type.

They are all quite simple and straight forward, and I had a lot of fun making them.  I do not use bold colours enough, so choosing bright, vivid colours for the boy cards was great fun.

This is another card made from my snippets, so it was just a matter of going through them and choosing colours and patterns that went together.

You may remember the stars from the last card. I off-centered and double layered the larger two I used here...Orange pop dotted on top of aqua in the top left and aqua on top of orange in the middle right. I have been punching and die cutting stars from my teensy snippets. It is such a great way to use up those tiny scraps.

My NBUS item is the Somewhere In Time, Birthday Celebrations stamp, used for the cake image.
This is a three dollar, dollar store stamp. There are about a dozen stamps in this package and I am looking forward to trying some of the other ones too.

 I slid an unknown snippet of unknown blue jean DP under the sentiment paper...just to make the border wider.  That way, the narrower snippet of striped DP on the bottom, fit the card.The blue jean material has a lovely texture and a shimmer to it as well.

Recipe
Handmade card 5 1/2 x 5 1/2
Envelope - from my stash
Card - snippet of rust Bazzill heavy weight DP
DP - left over snippets of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper from my stash, Creative imaginations, Make a Wish
Embellies - stars cut from snippets of matching Bazzill heavy weight card.
Colouring method - Polychromo pencil crayons and gamsol
Stickles - Star Dust

I am entering this card in the following challenges: (will add later tonight)

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Hedgie Happy Birthday


Here is another of the  birthday cards I made for my friend.  They were all designed to be given to kids, 4 for boys and 4 for girls birthdays.

Now this little hedgie was coloured before I knew the correct colour of hedgehog.  I do not think we actually have them in Canada. I realize now that the belly should be ivory-ish in colour and there should be mostly grey in the spines. WEll...I guess we will just have to pretend this is a Canadian hedgehog!

The image and the green mat were cut with my Wonky Rectangles Spellbinders die. They were assembled a couple of years ago (or maybe even more). I chose the DP based on whether they suited that particular shade of green! The DP used here are my NBUS item.  I think they are Studio Basics

It was luck that allowed the wonky part of the matted image to fit on the card so the Blue Happy Birthday words showed as if they had been designed to...I assure you it was sheer luck.


I have been punching stars out of my teensy shippets. Stars in all different colours and sizes. I raided my stash of them and used some here, just for embellishment.  I pop dotted the larger blue star for effect.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets (my stars and the green mat are my snippets).

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

May Rudolph Days Winner

May saw 48 entries to the Rudolph Days Challenge. That makes me happy!
Once again, I used Random Org to pick our winner...

Here is a photo of the number chosen by Random Org, #20 Carol L


Carol, could you please email me at maureenkane@telus.net and let me know if you would like the stamp or the die. Give me your mailing address and I will get your prize sent off to you.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Starry Nights


If has been quite some time since I posted any photos of my front porch.

Here is a shot of the hessian bag of annuals that sits beside my front door. I thought you might enjoy the new petunia I  bought at my local garden shop. It is called Starry Night and I just love it. It is a beautiful purple with various sized white polka dots. Of course they are now sold out, so I can not buy more, but sure wish I could!


The wee nest is an actual birds nest I found in a shrub last winter. I was pruning and there it was...so pretty with intricately woven grasses and bits of dried greenery.

Right away I knew I wanted to use it in my planter and I had just the right accessory for it.  The wee egg says GROW...perfect for Spring and Summer inspiration!



The funny wooden thing in the background is my hand shovel...often needed for working in the front garden.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Christmas Card Club - Mistletoe and Wine

Todays theme at Christmas Card Club is Mistletoe and Wine, chosen by our lovely Rita at RMG Creations.  After you read this post you will see that I made a Mistletoe and Whine card!

This card was a bit of a disaster in the making.
There are actually two finished images. Yes, two, on the same card.

I stamped this NBUS Penny Black Mistletoe image and coloured it with Prisma Pencil Crayons. I stamped a NBUS Hero Arts sentiment (CL722) direct to card and breathed a sigh of relief that I managed to stamp it straight!

I was then very silly and forgot to blend with the Gamsol. Instead, I chalked the background to look like sky.  I then started to blend the pencil crayoned leaves, and when I got to the very last leaf, I managed to drip two large drops of gamsol right over the top leaves of the image.

Weill, let me tell you, gamsol on chalk dries with the droplet showing as the chalk has changed composition once wet.

I then cut a second image and sentiment,  coloured it with the pencil crayons again, painted liquid pearls on the berries and then chalked the edges.Whew! No Spills.

I then flipped the image over to place the two sided Sook Wang tape on the back...AND THEN...
flipped it back over to see a new splodge of gamsol just beside the "yours". Oh No! There must have been a small droplet of gamsol on my desk.

I then tried to ink the edges with black momento ink, hoping to minimize the look of the splodge. But in doing so, I managed to over ink and I am now not so much liking this card.



I don't know why I didn't wash all the chalk with the gamsol and thereby hide the splodge. I was too afraid that the gamsol would pick up and bleed the black ink of the sentiment and muddy the area all around it., but I think I should have taken the risk.

So, instead, here is my card...with a definite shabbied up look!  I am sure you have notice the lack of wine on this card. The inside of my card has two teensy wine glasses in the right bottom corner, well under the sentiment. Sadly, my camera ran out of charge so you will have to trust me on that, Rita.
I will update this post with that photo, once my camera is charged.

Recipe
Card Base - prefolded Silver glimmer card and matching envelope, from my stash
DP - DCWV - Premium Glitter Basics Stack ( NBUS) new
Stamps - Penny Black Festive Florals Mistletoe image (NBUS)
Sentiment Stamp - Hero Arts CL722 (NBUS) new
Bling - Ivory Liquid pearls , From my stash

Thursday, 25 May 2017

May Rudolph Days Challenge

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 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.



Our designers have been busy this month. They have some beautiful Christmas Creations to inspire you!

Sam from Whisper's Cards has made this very cute and fun Christmas card. I love the vivid colours and great design! This little reindeer faces made me grin assoon as I saw them! 

 I think they just might be decoupaged. There is also some lovely stitching here. If you pop over to Sam's blog, you can check out just how she made this card.


Jenny from Cardsarus blog has made the beautiful cardinal card. It looks to me that Jenny has cut a frame of red embossed card and then added the lace cut paper to peek out underneath it.  We shall have to check out her blog post to see just how she created this effect.


We have Pat from Colourful Card Creations blog here as a guest designer this month. she has made this beautiful card. Is that not the most wonderful Santa image ever? A real old fashioned Santa! He looks great on that embossed background.

Finally, here is my card. I picked up a package of lightweight, matte finished cardinal note cards at a local thrift shop. They were still sealed tight, in the original package. I think they were somewhere between 20 to 50 cents for a package of 10...I can not remember exactly!

As soon as I spotted them, I knew I wanted to place a raised frame around the cut down image. I do not own a frame die and my attempts at creating one by layering two dies were not successful.  I cut the frames at my local papercrafts store where they had this lovely frame die for their customers use! I cut it from heavy weight, red glitter paper.


I made my card base from some heavy weight, wood grain patterned DCWV 12x12  scrapbook paper. The teal woodgrain paper is another snippet, from a Simple Stories 12x12 DP. The dotted paper is left over from a card I made earlier this year. The woodgrain border is the cut off strip from when I made the card base into a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 size.

I managed to use a Studio G dollar stamp for my sentiment. I have been making an effort to use a couple of these stamps a month as 'i seem to have hoarded so many!  This NOEL sentiment is my NBUS item on this card. I stamped it on a snippet of the teal woodgrain I used for the top of the card. I would have liked the red glitter mat to be slightly larger but that was the largest snippet of red glitter paper that I had! The stars were punched from another snippet, with the larger one pop dotted forward.

Our prize this month is a choice between this Hampton Art Christmas Stamp


Or, this Sketchbook Peace Memory Box die.





Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Birthday Card For A Fisherman, or in this case, a Fisherboy

I  am making up some birthday cards for a Thank you gift. Three boy, and three girl themed cards
 I will show the rest of these cards over the next couple of weeks. Here is the first.

The tied fly hook is an image I picked up at the thrift shop. I cut it out with a Lawn Fawn stitched square die and matted with a snippet of Bazzill heavy weight card, cut with the larger stitched die. I pop dotted the image off the mat for some depth to the card.



I covered the white card base with some snippets of DP from my stash.  The party hat DP is a snippet of Crate Paper, Party Day. The bottom piece looks like cork strips and was the perfect colour to go with the snippet of birthday party hats. I think it is another Crate Paper selection...this time, Party Time.

The HAPPY banner was left over from a set of cards shown in a previous post. I pop dotted it forward too. The BIRTHDAY word sentiment  was left over from that same set of cards. It is stamped on a Stampin' Up  word punch.

My NBUS item today is the tied fly image.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Allsorts Challenge Blog - Birthday theme

Monday, 8 May 2017

Birthday Flights of Fancy


I have a quick and easy Birthday card to share today. It was made at my Langley Stampers club.

I cut a pink mat  from cardstock and then punched a scalloped oval and die cut some butterflies, from the center of that mat.
I then embossed a piece of white card with a swirly EF that has butterflies within the swirls.
Mounted the embossed panel onto what was left of the pink card mat, and the attached all that to a white card base.

The butterflies were pop dotted over the embossed butterflies on the embossed swirly panel. I hope this gives a feeling of movement to the card. A wee bit of bling was placed on the centers of each butterfly.

Happy birthday was stamped onto a snippet of white card and then punched with a Stampin' Up scalloped oval. This was placed off center onto the pink scalloped oval and pop dotted forward as well.


Easy Peasy!

I am entering this card in the following challenges...
1. Pixies Crafty Workshiop - must use snippets.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Christmas Card Club - Nativity

Mary H at Carolina Cards blog  chose a Nativity theme for this fortnights Christmas Card Club.
I always love to make a Nativity themed card as it is a chance to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

My NBUS item today is the Three Wise Men decoupage  sheet.  I bought this eons ago, so long ago that I am not quite sure where!  I think it was perhaps at a papercraft garage sale as there is no labeling of any sort on the page...

I used another of my pre-folded dull sheen, platinum 5x5 cards. I did not want any DP to take away from the focus on the wise men. I thought this dull platinum sheen suited the robes of the kneeling King, and went with the misty sort of background of the scene.

The kit came with the gilded border strip and the sentiment strip, but they are all slightly different shades of gold. Not sure if I like that part of it...  


I trimmed up the Merry Christmas to have an uneven hand cut look as it was the only way to remove and blend in the wee tabs of paper that hold the sentiment on the decoupage sheet. They are always such a nuisance to trim off evenly.  I hand cut a gold satin mat to slide behind the sentiment and popped it off the card with one layer of pop dots.


Finally, I added some various sized gold stars  that I punched from some snippets of gold satin card and threw on a few darker gold tiny rhinestones.

If you would like to join our Christmas Card Club, drop me an email. To check out the other members cards, click on any of their names and hyperlinks listed on my right sidebar.            

April Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

This month brought us 54 entries. I am so pleased with that number and also wish to share my delight in viewing and commenting on all the lovely cards entered here this month.

Once again I have used Random Org to choose our winner, #23 Loll



Congratulations, Loll!

Will you please email me your mailing address to maureenkane@telus.net  and I will get your prize sent off to you.

 Let me know whether you wish the Inkadinkado  Evergreen Holiday Stamp



 or the Lawn Fawn Scripty Merry die.


Thanks to everyone for playing along this month at the April Rudolph Days Challenge..

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

April Rudolph Days Challenge

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 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.

Our designers have been busy this month. They have some beautiful Christmas Creations to inspire you!

First up is Linda of Snails Space with this adorable reindeer card. The image is a sweetie and I like the soft blues sky and the crisp white snow! 

Linda is amazing in her commitment to her design team duties. She battles arthritis and just had a knee replacement at Christmas. She has been busy with physio and walking for her recovery, 

She is now having a hip replacement as well! If she does not get round to visit you, I sure that means she is busy with her recovery duties!

Hope you will share my good wishes for a successful surgery and a path to a new life, less burdened by joint pain.  



Dr. Sonia at  Cards, Crafts, Kid's Projects   has been very busy creating this amazing Christmas project. She always has fabulous directions on her blog, so I suggest you pop right on over to learn how to make one too! I know I am looking forward to giving this a go.

I can not wait to show this treasure to my grandkids. They love to create arty projects too...especially at Christmas time!




Liz at Crafty Sunflower is our guest designer this month. She has made this beautiful illuminated angel card. This is such a stunning diecut. I love this cut image. The embossed panel accented by the white bling, sets off the die cut angel so well. 

I have this die and have never opened the package. It is in my NBUS Christmas box. Hopefully Liz has inspired me to crack that package open!


Here is my card for April. This is another funny, quirky card. Not my usual style at all, but I must say that I had a lot of fun making it. My NBUS item is the Stampendous Changito Santa. This stamp was in a box full of stamps that I picked up quite some time ago on our local Bidding Wars site, for the princely sum of six dollars. I think there were about a dozen stamps in that box. At 50 cents a stamp, that was good value for money!






Red card mat and the holly DP were snippets. Red striped DP is a snippet from a 12x12 scrapbook sheet. The white card was embossed with a Stampin' Up Softly Falling EF. 

Coloured with copics and then did the white fur trim with a Wink Of  Stella Clear pen. So liked the look of it, that I outlined all the black outlines of the image and went over all the copic colouring as well! I think you can see it better in this close up shot.




This card is a little late (due last Sunday), but also stands as my Christmas Card Club entry.  Mrs A at Valery Anne Designs chose the theme of Humorous! If you want to check out the other ladies cards, their names and hyperlinks are over on my right sidebar.

The prize this month is a choice of this Inkadinkado Evergreen Holiday Stamp stamp




Or this Lawn Fawn, Scripty Merry die



Monday, 17 April 2017

Little Girls Birthday

I have been trying to use up any stamped and coloured images I have on hand. Frankly, I am a bit tired of most of them and want to get them used up so I can get on with stamping and colouring up some new ones. lol

This wee bear is a Stampin' Up stamp that I have made several cards with, over the years. This is the last of my stamped and coloured bears, so that is a good feeling! My NBUS item on this card is the Wild Rose Birthday DP. I won the 6x6 paper pad from Kate at Wild Rose Studio. Thanks so much Kate!



The image mat is from my snippets pile. The ribbon on this card is one of those that never unravel. I wish all ribbon was like this. I backed it with a snippet of kraft card just to tie in the bears fur colour.

The number one diecut is actually cut from red glitter card. It is the same shade of red as the red strip of ribbon behind the glittery pink lace part of the ribbon. This red glitter card is very hard to photograph and seems to like to photograph very dark...but I promise you that is is red!!!

I have a second NBUS item on this card. It is the sentiment stamp. It is one of those Studio G $1.50 stamp sets that are commonly sold at Michaels.  I stamped it in Brown Momento ink to match the image ink and then I fussy cut it out.

I have so many of these studio G stamps and almost all are still NBUS. I am going to make an effort to use a couple of these stamps each month. Perhaps some of you have a hidden stash of these wee stamps too and would like to join me in a campaign to let them meet ink.
For me, I managed to use one today, and only have 500 or so to go!!

Two NBUS down and 999,999 to go!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Hear Me Roar!

This card started out from a desire to use up the three stacking mats you see here. I often precut mats from my snippets and place them in tiny photo albums from the dollar store. Each book holds one particular colour. They are very handy for taking to the lake or to crops. Once I realised that these three stacked nicely, I was determined to make a card with them.

The DP is from snippets of 12x12 DP left over from a scrapbooked Zoo outing. I used a snippet of reddish brown woodgrain DP to back the word border. Sorry, but I do not know the manufacturer of the original papers.

This card has a couple of NBUS items.  The 3D giraffe was purchased quite some time ago from the Dollar store, and never used till today.
The red number 1 is cut from a brand new sheet of 12 x 12 red glittered card. I used the free large number dies at my local papercraft store. As long as you buy the paper from them, you can use their dies for free.

I had a hard time getting a photograph of this card. I needed two lamps to illuminate the red glitter paper on the right hand side. Sadly, I only have one!  Both corners, the number one and the Happy Birthday are all cut from the same red glitter paper that photographed correctly on the bottom left corner.
       
                                    

Future Project ideas...

I am going to make an effort to feature some Studio G stamps in my card totals each month. I have a couple to post at the moment, so watch this blog if you too have stockpiled these teensy stamps!

I have been having fun lately, looking through my stash of Studio G stamps. They were so popular a few years ago and I fell into the craze, collecting two or three every time I went to Michaels. I stashed them into baseball card plastic sleeves and promptly forgot about them. Out of sight, out of mind!  I am going to select a coupleof these stamps to use each month. They are great for adding a sentiment when you have forgotten to leave room. Usually I can find a teensy sentiment in my Studio G stamps!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Christmas Card Club - Christmas Flowers

This fortnights theme for the Christmas Card Club was chosen by Carol of CM Designs.

 I am in the midst of a kitchen reno, as well as replacing the laminate on our main floor with hardwood.. Everything from the main floor of my house is tucked into every room on the floors above and below,  It was a bit of a flurry of activity to get this card finished for today. I was very silly not to remember to make this card ahead of tine!

I have used a topper made in a class a couple of years ago (NBUS). I did not notate the stamp manufacturer, but we wet embossed with a glossy black embossing powder and coloured the image with Twinkling H2O's. There is a beautiful glimmer on the painted parts of the image.


I matted a sheet of NBUS Kaiser Christmas Wishes font DP onto a purple mat and then placed that at the bottom of a glimmery silver card.  I triple matted the image with various snippets of purple card and set that onto a Christmas Wishes floral DP. I picked up that Kaiser 6x6 Christmas pad a short while ago and I'm very pleased with the non-traditional colours and designs.

I went around the edges of that floral piece of DP with Purple Stickles. It gave it a lovely bit of sparkle.


If you wish to look at any of the other ladies contributions, their names and hyperlinks are on my right hand sideboard.

I am entering this card in the following challenges.
1. Christmas Card Club - Christmas Flowers

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Pocket Full Of Posies

My card today features my NBUS Spellbinders Jeans Pocket die. I am ashamed to tell you just how long I have owned this die and had not even opened the package yet!

I have  thrown caution to the wind and made quite a colourful card today. As much as I love colourful cards, choosing vivid shades does not come naturally to me. Once I get started, I am always happy with the colour though!

I cut the jeans pocket out of some lightly embossed (with a sort of striped pattern) denim coloured card. The card has a sort of sateen sheen and is quite pretty. Because it a bit delicate, I cut the die again from heavy weight black card and glued the sateen card to it.

I used some leafy cluster dies and layered a bunch of paper flowers with them. Luckily I had some blue brads, as well as some teensy, orange button brads, so I was able to alternate the colours of the layers. I need to make an awful lot of flower cards as I have so many paper flowers stockpiled from when they were in style, many, many years ago!


The DP is all from the My Minds Eye, My Girl 6x6 paper pad. I also used a second NBUS item, the ombre peach coloured, Recollections canvas die cut. (just behind the flowers). It was actually too tall for my card, so I cut it in half and then trimmed about 1/2 inch or so from each middle edge

Most of the flowers and the butterflies were from Michaels many years ago. I tore the diamond off the turquoise one and layered the white butterfly overtop.

The leaves were all cut from snippets. I cut up the entire green snippet and have two leafy branches leftover for another project. This was a fun card to make, no stress at all and very relaxing. I am looking forward to making a couple more for my card box.

Recipe:

Base Card and Envelope - premade orange card from my stash
Card Stock - snippets of green for the leafy branches
DP - My Minds Eye - My Girl
Canvas - Recollections canvas banner
Flowers - from my stash  (Michaels\)
Butterflies - from my stash (Michaels)
Brads - Colorbok aqua teensy brads from my very old stash( VOS) , orange button teensy brads from my very old stash (VOS)
Dies - Memory Box Small Leafy Twig die and Sue Wilson Pine Twig die

I am entering this card in the following challenge:
Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets.
2. Darnells NBUS #11 - must have NBUS and or a boo boo

March Rudolph Days Winner

I used Random Org to chose the winner. Here is a photo of the winning number...#36 Christine Smith.

Christine, could you please email me at maureenkane@telus.net to let me know if you want the
Echo Park Holly Jolly stamp set



or the Memory Box Pinpoint Snowflake die set.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

ChristmasCard Club - Off The Wall, Wacky, Zany etc. - My Funny Fluffles

I think my card today is a funny one. Funny to me, at least! I missed so many Christmas Card Challenges during the time around my Mum's passing. This card is a very late entry for the March 5th theme, chosen by Zoe at Stamping Scene Blog. If you want to check out any of the other entries, the hyperlinks to the others ladies blogs are on my right sideboard.

In keeping with Zoe's theme, and my goal to use a NBUS item on each card this year, I chose this Stampendous Fluffles the Christmas Cat stamp. I bought this stamp last summer at one of my local papercraft store's garage sales for the princely sum of $2.00  A bargain NBUS item!



I coloured the image with pencil crayons and used Gamsol to blend with. I also managed to use up some more snippets.  The green, starry DP is from a snippet of 12x12 Doodlebug, Here Comes Santa Claus, Christmas Countdown. The pinky/red stripey paper is from a snippet of 12x12 Doodlebug, Here Comes Santa Claus, Happy Holidays. The card base and the red mat are Bazzill heavy weight card, the shade is Peppermint. I used Fawn Fawn Stitched rectangle dies to cut the image and the stripey mat. Just hand cut the green DP to fit in between.

I added a light coat of Stardust stickles over the branches and Christmas baubles. I couldnot get a photo that captured the sparkle no matter how hard I tried...

Don't forget that the March  Rudolph Days Challenge is open till midnight on the last day of the month.  I look forward to seeing your entries!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Christmas Card Club - Off the wall, Zany, wacky card
 Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets

Saturday, 25 March 2017

March Rudolph Days Challenge

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 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.

Sam at Whisper's Cards has made us this sweet card. The image is adorable and beautifully coloured. I think the die cut mat looks beautiful  on this card.





Jenny at  Cardsarus was humming Xmas carols when she made this lovely card. Can't you just hear her! The felt holly leaves look wonderful with this great sentiment. Loving all the different fonts here. 



 Berina at Moxie Craftie Blog has made this lovely wreath card. The gilded mat and sentiment are such a festive touch. I really like the scattered bling on the wreath. They look just like berries!



The prize this month is a choice of this Echo Park Holly Jolly Stamp set


 or this Memory Box Pinpoint Snowflakes die.