Wednesday, 4 October 2017

A NBUS Christmas

This card has been a LOT OF FUN!!!

There are a lot of NBUS items on this card (Never Before Used Stash). It was great fun finding all these  papers, stamps, and other elements, in my craft room. I am taking this card over to the 12th NBUS Challenge at Darnell's Blog djkardkreations. Darnell has a fabulous challenge with over a dozen prizes.


The first NBUS is the card base and envelope which are from a Hunky Dory 6x6 square easel card set.  I paid one dollar for 4 cards and envelopes still in their package, at the September 13th  papercraft garage sale.

Second NBUS is the three Design Papers. They are all from the Tim Holtz, Idea-ology Yuletide Paper Stash. The red snowflake border is K&Co, from my stash.

Third NBUS is the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous, Mini Holidays CMS 177 stamp. The Horse Drawn Sleigh stamp and the Christmas Greetings stamp are both from this set. The sentiment is stamped onto an edged diecut that came with the Yuletide paper pack mentioned above.


Fourth NBUS is the Darkroom Door trees stamp. I used my Misti for all the stamping as I find that I do not get even coverage from these silhouette type stamps, without it. Even with the Misti, it took three stampings to get them even! I used two shades of Momento green ink and sort of swirled them onto the tree stamp. It gave a mottled green look that I was quite happy with.

I used a snippet of another K&Co border, to anchor the sentiment die. I pop dotted it to help hold the easel card open.

Fifth NBUS is the rusty/copper coloured mini diamond bling. I popped them on the stars in the top piece of DP and also onto the fabric snowflakes I used on the snowy hills. The hills are just snippets of Bazzill ivory heavy card, cut by hand into hills, pop dotted together and Nouvo drops painted onto the edges. Nouvo drops were also dotted onto the trees. A few more brush strokes of Nouvo drops around the tree bases as well as under the sleigh and horses, helped to ground them all. I think they are NBUS as well...but since I am not sure, I will not list them as such!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. 12th  NBUS Challenge.at djkardkreations - must use at least one NBUS item

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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Christmas Card Club - Round Card

Valery Anne at Valery Anne designs,  set the theme of Round cards for this fortnights Christmas Card Club. If you would like to pop on over and check out the other club members cards, The hyperlinks are on my right sideboard.

Today's card is for my eldest daughter. I wanted to make her a personalized Christmas card...something that acknowledged her "new" vintage trailer, and the enjoyment she has found in camping!

She recently bought a vintage Trillium trailer.  I have made a few adjustments to my NBUS  Cottage Craft Christmas trailer die to accommodate the design style of her her trailer. I left out a window that sits at the top of the door and moved the wreath that sits sits on that window to sit alone. She will get a kick out of the fact that this actually looks like her trailer!

I will entering this card over at Darnell's 12 th NBUS Challenge. Pop over to take a peek. It is a wonderful challenge that closes on Oct 4th and has many fabulous prizes.



This card is made from snippets of black, grey, white and cream card. The circle card as well as the red Bazzill Pomegranite  Splash scalloped mat, were cut on the free machines at my local papercraft store. I just did not anything large enough at home. To make it a wee bit more Christmassy, I added a few snippets of red and green glitter card as well.

It  was an easy card to make, just a bit tedious to find all the wee die cut elements and piece them back together. Found some rather large rhinestones in my drawer and added those for some extra sparkle.  My daughter just bought a house 12 doors away, so I can add as much depth as I want to this card as it will be hand delivered!

I randomly used two shades of Stampin up chalk on the stitched round die, to create an illusion of the sky. The design of the rest of the card was created by simply following the Round card brief set by Valery.

I would love any suggestions for an appropriate verse to use for the inside of this card. I will be awaiting your ideas.

Since the trailer scene was completely made with snippets, I am taking my card over to Di at Pixies Crafty Workshop where the theme is always "must use snippets".

Sunday, 1 October 2017

September Rudolph Days Challenge winner


We had 52 entries this month. It was a delight to see all the cards and visit your blogs. We have so much talent among our participants...it makes me so happy to see you share that talent with us all!

Random Org was used to chose our winner.

The winner is  Jackie T.   # 7



Jackie, please email me at maureenkane@telus.net and let me know your mailing address so I can get your prize mailed off to you. Let me know if you want the die or the stamp set.

Monday, 25 September 2017

September 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 making some wonderful inspiration for you all.

First up is Jenny at Cardsarus

She has made this wonderful Three Wise Men card. Loving the golden accents and mats.  Loving the sumptuous bow, and loving that holly!



Next up is Sam at Whispers Cards

I love this LOTV image as it is so adorable. I am loving the the Stampin Up design papers used here and loving the gorgeous red border trim! The snowflake dies have me drooling.  


My card is a combination of new and old elements. This image is the last one of a series that I stamped and coloured up a couple of years ago.  My first NBUS item is the DCWV copper Mirri paper that I used for the scalloped mat. My second NBUS item is the copper mercury glass look  rectangular mat. This was from a 12 x 12 scrapbook pad that I cut down into 6x6 papers. I matted it with a snippet of dark brown card just to ground it. My photo makes that brown mat look almost grey, but it was the only photo that did not horrid glare from the mirri card!!!

The brown satin ribbon is my third NBUS. It was on a present I recently recieved and I upcycled it onto this card. The mat is actually the same colour as this ribbon...



The DP is possibly from a 6x6  Best Creations paper pad. The glued edge of the pad fell apart so I am not positive. The Merry Christmas and the reindeer were already heat embossed onto the paper.



I used a VOS snippet of  berry red World Win card for the final mat. The scalloped 6x6 card was purchased in England on my last trip over there.


My sentiment is my fourth NBUS. I bought this stamp for $2.00 at one of the 4 garage sales my local papercraft store holds each summer. Vendors rent a spot and set up in the parking lot and sell like a car boot sale. Such fun!!! Sadly, the vendor did not have the original packaging so I do not know the manufacturer..

I am entering my card in Darnell's 12th NBUS Challenge over at djkardkreations blog. The challeng is to use at least one NBUS (never before used Schtuff)

Our September Rudolph Days Challenge prize is a choice between this Hero Arts CL722 stamp set


or This Memory Box Holly Leaf Border Die.



Sunday, 10 September 2017

Sympathy

My sympathy card stock is sadly depleted at the moment. I like to have these type of cards on hand. Sometimes I am sending them out, but often a friend asks if I have one on hand as they want to send something made with love.

My NBUS item today is this modest background DP. It is from a 6x6 Forever in Time Vintage Two paper pad from the Dollar Store. The stamp is another image from the Inkadinkado Meadow stamp I used on my last card. I think it is also NBUS as I do not remember using this image before...but...one never knows.

To help keep my goal of using a NBUS item on every card I post this year, I am now adding a red dot to items as I use them, and also to items that I  know for certain I have used in the past. As you can assume, sometimes it gets daunting to remember.  


In keeping with my last card, the image is again stamped onto a snippet of Momento faux inky card. I matted it with another snippet of black card. I added some pop dotted butterflies that are also from the Dollar Store.  They have a lovely glittery surface.

The indigo inky background and my silhouette meadow flowers stamp now qualify for Mrs. A's Butterfly challenge. Check out her lovely challenge. She has great themes and some lovely prizes!

Over the last few years,I used to go to the Dollar Stores with my neighbour (the cardmaker). I would pick up items for scrapbooking or cardmaking and stash them away in my craft room. I am making an effort to use up these items as I would like to use them up and regain the real estate they occupy in my craft room! Keeping that in mind, I am now working on several more sympathy cards just like this one. Might as well use all 4 pages of the black script background and the rest of the blue butterflies!

I am entering this card in the following challenges
1.The Butterfly Challenge - the colour indigo and a silhouette and a butterfly of course!

Monday, 4 September 2017

Inky Birthday Wishes

I have a faux inky card to share. The inky background is a piece of faux inky card from the Walmart Momento 8x8 paper pad.

My background is from the Maja Designs Vintage Summer Collection. I won that paper pad in a prize draw from Maja...lucky me as it is gorgeous paper.

I stamped the Inkadinkadoo Meadows stamp with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and die cut the image with the Sizzix Banner die. I used a snippet of Michael's purple 120 pound card for an off centered mat.

My NBUS item today is the Tutti Designs Happy Birthday Topper die which I cut from another snippet of the purple card. I really like the die, but it was very hard to cut it cleanly. I shimmed with two extra pieces of card and used wax paper as well.  I still fought to get it out of the die.


The purple rayon ribbon is from a huge roll that my local paper craft store had on clearance a few years ago. The bow was made on it's own and I then glued it to a flat strip of the same ribbon that I'd wrapped round the base card. It seemed the easiest way to keep that ribbon from looking tattered. I find the rayon ribbon can look that way so easily if I handle it too much..

This is another card for the finished cards box. I never seem to have enough in there!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Pixies Crafty Workshop -  must use snippets

Friday, 1 September 2017

Winner of August Rudolph Days Challenge


I am delighted to announce that we had 55 entries. Not too bad for the hot days of summer!

Once again I used Random Org to chose the winner.  #21 Marianne is our winner!
Marianne, could you email me at  maureenkane@telus.net with your mailing address, so I can get your present sent off.


Thanks for everyone who participated. It is such fun to view the cards and see the lovely creativity you all possess. I learn so many new things from all of you.

Friday, 25 August 2017

August 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 making some wonderful inspiration for you all.

First up is Linda at Snail's Space


I love the sweet image Linda used here! This Santa Hedgie has almost delivered the last of his presents. This wee Hedgie is perfect with this Ho Ho Ho sentiment. I think Linda created this snowflake background. I am going to pop over to her blog and read her post to see how she made it! I hope you will pop by her blog too and leave her some compliments!

Next up is Dr. Sonia at Cards, Crafts, Kid's Projects blog


Sonia has made this delightful accordian card. I am loving the soft, non-traditional colours and the pretty die cuts used here. Methinks I now want to make an accordian card too! I am looking forward to reading Sonia's post as she always gives such clear and easy to follow directions. Pop on over to her blog and read along. I am sure she loves comments too!

My card was made at the recent Langley Stampers Card Box outing. Per usual, I forgot to write down the names of the reindeer and wreath die cuts and the embossing folder, but I do believe the red birds are Impression Obsession. The hills are perhaps Lawn Fawn or Stampin Up...?


We cut the background hill from white glitter card and then embossed another piece of it with the birch tree folder. The reindeer is cut from a silver pearlescent card. The birds, wreath and bow were cut from snippets of green and red card. We painted over them all with Wink Of Stella.

I made a boo boo on the inside of my card. I did not press evenly with the sentiment stamp and have some lighter patches. I can not try to correct it at the moment as I am not at home. I usually take an ultrafine black copic pen and sort of place wee dots of ink along where the missing bits of lightish ink are. It seems to blend in better that way as when I just try to draw in the missing light ink, it seems to stand out too much.


The prize this month is this Memory Box, Small Pine Branch


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Tea-riffic

Langley Stampers Club organized a Shoebox card making day out. We attended a lovely hall across the bridge in Coquitlam.  Each person had to design a card and bring 20 kits.  As I rarely go over that way, it was a fun day out.

I decided on this NBUS Taylored Expressions stamp set and with a theme of blue and green in mind, I managed to find all the design paper at a clearance sale at Joanne's. They had 12 x 12 design papers ranging from 17 cents to 30 cents each. The background plaid paper is Happi Boy Plaid by Dena Designs.

I had a wee problem getting my photo image straight. Sadly it looks as if my papers are crooked but of course they are straight...just the camera operator (me...lol) doing my usual photo problems!


I inked the edges of the Canvas Corp Mini Dot Reverse Aqua and Ivory dotted paper with Ingvild Bolme blue chalk ink. Then inked the edges of the Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Collection Coordinations Aqua Textured card with her green chalk ink.

The doilies were from Michaels and I used snippet of green textured card with my Spellbinders Decorative Labels One die, for the fancy mat under the teacups.

I stamped the teacups on a snippet of card, and coloured them with Copics. I pop dotted them forward onto a Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Frames 7 mat, cut from another snippet of white card. Not many snippets, but just enough to allow me through the gates at Pixies Crafty Workshop...where you must use snippets somewhere on your card!

I love the sentiment inside this card. It is from that same Taylored Expressions stamp set. I flipped over the aqua cardstock I used on the outside of the card so that the smooth side was up, as I find the smoother side takes the stamp better. Here is a photo of the inside of my card.


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

July Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

Once again, I used Random Org to chose our winner, # 50, Swissie.


Swissie, could you please email me at maureenkaneg@telus.net and let me know which prize you choose. Please include your mailing address!


Friday, 28 July 2017

A very late entry for the Christmas Card Club - Anything Goes

This card is almost two months late. That is very late indeed. Sylvie at Gibmiss blog hosted The Christmas Card Club theme of Anything Goes, for the fortnight beginning June 11, 2017. Pop over to Sylvie's blog to see her beautiful cards, Gibraltar style! The other ladies in our club are listed in my sidebar and I have hyperlinks with the names to take you straight to their blogs. You will not be disappointed!

I have used two NBUS items on this card. The Woodware Christmas Date stamp is a fairly new NBUS. It was a gift from a very good friend in England.. You know who you are and I hope to get back over to have a day out with you again!


This stamp cried out to be paper pieced. I used my NBUS Tim Holtz Yuletide paper pad for the plaid background and then from that same TH pad, I chose a mossy green dotted paper  for the holly, and a red chevron for the number 25.  I pop dotted these all forward with very thin black foam dots.

I cut a wee snippet of red Bazzill  for the berries...this is proof that it is worth while to save even teensy pieces! I found a snippet of a very roughly textured kraft card for the mat and inked the edges liberally with an Ingvild Bolme black chalk ink and added four red nailheads to the corners.

This was a very fun card to make and I think I will look thru my snippets boxes and chose some other DP colours and patterns so I can make up half a dozen more!!!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets.
2. Christmas Card Club - Anything Goes

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.