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.


Sunday, 19 March 2017

In The Meadow

Today's card was made at my last Langley Stampers Club meeting. Mildred designed this card using a Stampin' Up  "In The Meadow" stamp set.

She used a tried and true design featuring a trio of  stamp snippets along one side of the card, and a larger rectangle to the right, which features a deer and fawn. This is a lovely set and it was fun to play with it. Although she supplied a couple of sentiments for this card, I chose to leave it blank for now, until I decide just what occasion to use it for.


We used green and brown ink and coloured the deer panel with chalk. A quick and easy card with a calm feeling and design!



Thursday, 9 March 2017

Easter NBUS and some very old stash

It was my turn to design two cards and make up 10 kits for the other member  of Langley Stampers Club.

For my first card, I decided to design an Easter card and had great fun making up the kits. The stripey paper is eons old. So old that I cannot even remember when I bought it. I think it may be from the first papercraft garage sale I attended...where 12 x 12 DP was 20 sheets for $1.00 I must say it felt great to use it up!

This scrapbook page size works well for card kits as it only takes 3 sheets to cut it down into twelve 6x6 pieces for the kits. I also had a package of Michaels cheap yellow cardstock on hand. This was bought before I actually made cards...before I learned that it is too flimsy in weight and can easily cut through when it is embossed.

We very carefully embossed this pale yellow paper with a Darice Cherry Blossom folder, taking care to only run it forward  through the Big Shot once. Rolling it through again backwards, seems to increase the odds of cracking the pattern through the cardstock. I like to open the folder and sort of flex one of the single bottom edges till the paper starts to release on its own. That way you have the whole bottom  edge released, sometimes even released to half way up the folder. Less chance of cracking that way.

We used a Memory Box grass die gto hide the joined papers,  and then pop dotted my NBUS  Memory Box Fuzzy Bunnies on top. I bought this die on an amazing sale...just $2.00 Yay!


Luckily, I had  two Michaels $1.00 bin stamps that were Easter themed and best of all they were NBUS.  Well,  I am pretty sure they both were NBUS. The sentiment stamp is for sure! I used Brilliance Orchid ink to stamp them both and then die cut the bunny with a Spellbinders Big Scalloped Ovals die. The sentiment was cut with a  Taylored Expressions Banner Thinlets banner die. A few pink rhinestones on the blossoms and this card was done.
Recipe
Hand cut card
Envelope for stash
Cardstock - from my stash
DP - stripey paper is VOS (very old stash)
EF - Darice Cherry Blossom
Dies = Spellbinder Big Scalloped Ovals; Memory Box Fuzzy Bunnies; Memory Box Grass border
Bling = pink rhinestones


PS
If anyone knows how to avoid cutting through the cardstock when you emboss, let me know. I just read on Pinterest that if you finely mist the card with 50% water and 50% rubbing alcohol  that it softens the fibers and there is less chance of cracking. Will try that next time.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
 I cut the grass from green snippets left over from making hills on another card. The bunnies were cut from very small pink snippets and I cut extras for each person so as to use up all the teensy bits.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

February Rudolph Days Winner

Once again I used Random Org to chose our February winner of the Rudolph days Challenge.
The lucky number draw is # 29 Barb.Williams.



Barb wins a choice of the Avery Elle Elf- Tacular stamp set


or this Memory Box, Magnificent Merry die.



Bar, drop me an email at maureenkane@telus.net and let me know which prize you would like. I will need your mailing address to get it sent off to you.

Thank you to everyone that entered this month. It was a short month so I know it took some organizing to get your cards made and posted in time. Thanks again!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

February Rudolph Days Challenge

This has been a hectic and sad month. My Mum passed away on February 9, 2017. She would have been 92 in 10 more days.

I dedicate this months Rudolph Days Challenge to my Mum as she raised us to go out into the world and make a difference. I like to think this little challenge makes a difference to our peace of mind in the Christmas season. If we have our cards made throughout the year, it is one less task during the busy Christmas season, freeing us up to spend precious time with family and friends.

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.

I am pleased to introduce our second two designers for The 2017 Rudolph Days Challenge.

Linda at Spails Space

Hello from Ontario, Canada. I've always had a creative outlet, but severe Rheumatoid Arthritis forced me to give up all of my hobbies so I was happy to discover that I could stamp and return to my childhood love of colouring.
 I usually paint images and create backgrounds with Twinkling H2O's, but I also use distress inks and watercolour pencils. I'm happy to be a designer for the Rudolph Days Challenge - Thank you , Maureen..

Linda has such a pretty Snowglobe card for us. I think the colours are so soft and lovely!


Dr Sonia SV @ Cards, Crafts, Kids Projects

Hi! I am an ENT surgeon and a Mom to a crafty little girl. I share crafty projects, tutorials and crafty tips on my blog, Cards, Crafts, Kids Projects.  I love making Christmas projects so thank you Maureen for having me as part of your Rudolph days Design Team.

Dr Sonia has made up these frilly and pretty, pink Christmas trees!


Our guest designer this month is Kath at Handmade by Kath
Kath was on last years team and each month we will feature a card from one of 2016's team.
This pretty card with the stocking images brought back fond memories for me as Mum always had stockings for us!

Our prize this month is a choice of this Magnificent Merry Memory Box die


 or this  Avery Elle  Elftacular Stamp set.



Saturday, 11 February 2017

Relax & Enjoy

A dear friend recently moved to Kamloops, a three hour drive from here. I was so sad to hear she was leaving but luckily there is a silver lining. Kamloops is only 40 minutes from our RV at the lake...in fact we drive past Kamloops to get there.

It is a lovely city with the river running through the town and beautiful hills and flats for the residential neighbourhoods. There are gorgeous HooDoo's flanking the town!

It has all the major shops and great golf courses. The weather is hot, hot, hot, in the summer. It can climb into the 40's.

I think they will be very happy to retire there.

I have made them  a "New Home" card. As they will now both be retired, I chose the Sentiment "Relax & Enjoy".  I am sticking to my New Years goal of using at least one NBUS item on every card. The Memory Box Cottage In The Woods die is my NBUS item, It was fun to get it out to play.



You probably recognize the background sky. It is the last snippet of my alcohol ink - Yupo creations.

I used a couple of snippets of a pearlized green for the house, hills, and trees.  I had some very teensy snippets left and used them to recut the trees. Some of the snippets were so small I had to tape them to the tree as if the paper shifted slightly, they would have been ruined. I included the left over scraps in my card photo, so you could see for yourself how little is left!

I pop dotted the second set of trees and then shaded all the green including the trees with a darker green chalk, The card still looked bare so I used Stardust stickles on the trees and hills.

I used another teensy snippet of watercolour paper to cut the windows and door The paper was swirly with gold and brownish colours. I carefully arranged the die to have the yellows and the brown in the right places.

Since I used snippets, even some impossibly teensy snippets, I am taking this card over to Di at Pixies Crafty Workshop where the theme is must use snippets.


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Christmas Card Club - Festive Foliage

This fortnight, Rachel of Fishers Cards and Crafts  chose the theme of Festive Foliage for our Christmas Card Club. What a fun theme!

I had a stamped card started and needed to sit down and colour the image but our furnace broke and I spent all of Saturday morning on the phone trying to get a repairman to come out. We are in the midst of heavy snow, with the roads in very poor shape. I then spend the rest of the afternoon huddled under a blanket near the fireplace! Of course furnaces and major appliances only break down on weekends...when labour rates are in overtime setting. Two hours work to fix it and $440 dollars for the labour alone. Oh my!

After all that, I decided to make a much easier card. I broke into my Never Before Used Stash (NBUS), and chose this Hunky Dory, Adorable Scorable Christmas Church card kit.
I decoupaged the layers for the scene but decided not to use the card provided with the kit. It seemed the wrong size for the image and I did not like the sheen on the paper finish.


I used one of  my scalloped square cards instead and used a First Edition, Christmas Wishes DP for the background. I always love the First Edition 6x6 stacks. I wish I owned every one!

You can check out the Festive Foliage cards from the other Christmas Card Club members too. Hyperlinks to their blogs can be found on my right sideboard. If you think you might be interested in joining, drop me an email or tell me in your comment.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Loll Inspird Me

I recently posted a card made by Jane that I had CASED.  Today I want to share a card I CASED from another blog friend Loll, of Stamping with Loll

I have been following Loll's journey with alcohol inks and she originally inspired me to break open my bottles. Loll's blog is Stamping with Loll. and it is well worth popping over to take a look. Her work is beautiful! Here is Loll's card...


I  took some of the left over snippets from my Yupo background creations and created a wee scene with my "Never Before Used Schtuff", my Horse Sleigh Landscape, Memory Box die. NBUS for short. I cut the sleigh from a snippet of white glitter paper.

To ensure a non lumpy focal point, I ran the die through the bottom of the Alcohol ink portion and then lined up the two die cut edges for a smooth edged scene. I saved the Yupo waste from behind the horse and sleigh and inlaid it back into the finished scene.

 I then used a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die to cut the scene and pop dotted it to my card. I finished the card off with a Cursive Script Merry, Memory Box die cut from a slim snippet of the inked Yupo paper
.


This was so much fun that I made a second card with the horse and sleigh cut from a gunmetal grey glitter paper and a cut another Cursive  Merry Die from the same grey glittered cardstock.



I am entering this card over at Darnells 10th NBUS challenge where the theme is for you to use a NBUS item of course. There is also an optional challenge for you to use bubble wrap. I decided to forgo this option as I do not have any at the moment.

You can check out the NBUS challenge at Darnell's blog djkardkreations

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

January Rudolph Days Challenge Winners

We have two prizes this month so let's get on with drawing the lucky winners!


I have used Random Org to draw our first winner and the winning card is entry number 7, Sandra H.
Sandra, you have a choice between the Memory Box Reindeer Scalloped Circle Frame,
or the Wild Rose Studio stamp Penguin with Present.

Could you drop me an email at maureenkane@telus.net to let me know your mailing address and which prize you would like.

Our second prize draw this month was also drawn by Random Org.
Sadly, I had to draw twice for the second prize. as the first winner did not show anywhere within their post that their card was entered at Rudolph Days Challenge, nor did they have any link back to Rudolph Day. I do not think it was an oversight as they had entered several challenges that were not mentioned and  did they have any hyperlinks back to those challenges either. They did have three of their challenge totals listed and linked, but Rudolph Days was not one of them.

Our next second prize draw used Random Org. The winning card is entry number 11, Sandy J,
Sandy, you have a choice between the Hampton Art 6 piece stamp and tag die or the Stampendous stamp,  Snowman with Tree.


Sandy, could you drop me an email at maureenkane@telus.net to let me know your mailing address and which prize you would like.

Congratulations to you both and I hope you each enjoy your prize!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Trying to be creative for Darnell's NBUS #9

Tonight is the closing of week two at Darnell's NBUS Challenge #9.

NBUS stands for "never before used schtuff". Darnel is also celebrating 1000 posts, over 1000 followers and has fabulous prizes on offer. You can still join in, as this is part of three weeks of celebrations over at Darnell's blog. Go to  djkardkreations blog to enter or just to check it all out!

My NBUS item on this card is the Inkadinkado Christmas Silhouette stamp. Although I have previously posted a card with this stamp, it was with a borrowed stamp. At one of the garage sales last summer, I managed to snap up this set of stamps, still in the package, for $2.00.  Oh my!


My other NBUS items are the Yupo paper, as well as the Citrus and Mermaid alcohol inks which I used to create my background.

This card is a bit of a twofer in the optional card category. I was trying to CASE Darnells Blog Header, and wanted to add a Bokeh look.  I cased that idea from  Jane at Jane's Journal Blog.
Here is a photo of her background.


 I decided to only ink over 3/4 of my yupo page, thereby leaving enough faded out inking with even a bit of the bare page for my Hidden Word.

I inked my Yupo and did not quite manage to get Darnells Blog Topper look as this is the first time I have ever used Alchohol inks on my own. I did make a card topper in a class a couple of years ago, but it was not on Yupo. It was a lot of fun and I now want to make more backgrounds to have on hand!

I made a stencil from some heavy weight card and die cut a swirl of different sized circles for the Bokeh. I stencilled the circles over the inky Yupo with Prima Ingvild Bolme Pastel Yellow Chalk Ink to create the bokeh look.


After that was dry, I stamped the Angel with Momento Black Ink and Sprayed the whole topper  with Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  I was horrified to find the black ink ran over the page. I tried to control it with the edge of a sheet of paper towel and then realized that the ink was just wiping off!

So...I used a Lysol wipe as it was the only thing I had on hand that was damp, and I wiped off the card...oh my! I did take off quite a bit of lovely colour I had created on the yupo... I was left with a sort of shadow of the angel...sort of a light grey. I then very carefully restamped the angel image with Versamark and used Stampendous Marcasite Opaque glitter to add some sparkle.  There is the teensiest hint of a shadow around the halo and the wings...oh well...


I could not get the black embossed powder to dry properly. I did not want to get too close to the Yupo as I had already managed to warp another piece of it earlier. I finally gave up and hairsprayed the whole topper, thereby sealing in the embossing powder...sort of like setting glitter!

I cut the Crafty Cuts NOEL die from the snippet of inky Yupo that was left over, and mounted it on pop dots for some depth to help it stand out from the page.

All in all, this card was a lot of fun to make. Defo a learning curve to the Yupo and now I want to watch some U-Tube tutorials on how to best create with this fun product.

PS  I just set my card up to photograph and I see that hairspray does not hold embossing powder! I managed to touch the snowflakes around the Angel's horn and the black powder came off on my fingers...leaving the greyish smudge where the old image used to be,,,Ugggh... I have stamped
a couple of wee snowflakes to try to cover it up somewhat, but will post this anyways...

Saturday, 28 January 2017

A CASE Card

Finally made my Christmas card for the Rudolph Days Challenge. My old and new Design Team members made such gorgeous cards for my Jan 25th post, that I decided to hold off on posting my own card. There is plenty of time to get creative yourself as you have until midnight on the last day of the month to enter your Christmas card or project...

I made this card to participate in Darnell's 9th NBUS Challenge .  Darnell is running three back to back challenges celebrating 5 years of blogging, her 1,000th post and over 1,000 followers. The prizes are fabulous and you can enter three times each week.

The entries must of course be NBUS (never before used Schtuff) but there are optional themes too. One of this weeks optional themes is to Case a card and the other extra theme is to use a partially hidden sentiment. You can check out this challenge and the rules for it, on her blog djkarkreations 

I CASE'd my card from Brenda at Floral Fantasies. Here is a photo of Brenda's card...


I first cut a a piece of ugly heavy weight card stock into a 5 1/2 x5 1/2 square . I drew a line down the middle of the square at the vertical half way mark. I then used this pencil line to keep my Memory Box Drop Ornament die centered and straight. I taped this homemade stencil to my craft mat at the top and bottom and the right hand side. I used the opening on my left to slide my card under the stencil, and used Prima's Ingvild Bolme Pastel Brown chalk ink to shade the ornament shape onto my card.



I wished I had a larger bauble die as I only had a couple of image choices due to size restrictions!
Stamped my PSX F323 Peace on Earth stamp with Momento Brown and coloured it with Pencil Crayons and gamsol. This is a very old stamp...it says 1988 beside the manufacturer!
I bought this stamp at one of the papercraft stores garage sales. Although I have had it for quite some time, I had not used it yet...clearly a NBUS item!




I then slid the card back under the stencil and sprayed the ornament area with Imagine Crafts, Sheer Shimmer Spritz. I was a little too close and got a couple of large drops plus a sort of washed out area on the right middle, so I let it dry and resprayed, concentrating on the left this time. Seemed to even it out somewhat.

I had a sentiment all picked out and had placed the ornament to allow room for it. Then I realized that the stamp has the sentiment built right into it! So I added some  Mariane corner dies in shimmery brown pearlescent cardstock and made the bauble topper from the same paper.

If I was to do this card style again, I would make it at least 6x6 and use the larger bauble dies that are free to use at my local papercrafts shop. That would give me more choice for images.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Darnells' 9th NBUS Challenge @ djkardkreations - must be NBUS with optional themes of CASE and partially hidden sentiment (my card is CASE and NBUS item is my stamp).

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

January, 2017 Rudolph Days Challenge

Welcome to the start of a new year creating our Christmas cards and Christmas themed projects, year round. This takes the pressure off finding time to make them at the last minute! The Christmas season is busy enough without making it more so with needing to carve out time for creating cards and gifts.

The Rudolph Days Challenge runs from the 25th of each month and runs till midnight on the last day of that month. You can submit any Christmas themed card, tag, or project. I always look forward to viewing your creations and I have had fun shopping for the prizes for this year!

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.  Prizes will be shipped anywhere in the world.
8. The winner will be selected by random draw and announced on the first day of the following month.

It is a new year and as alway, new years bring new changes. I am pleased to announce the Rudolph Days Challenge Design Team for 2017.

This year, I took all last years design team members names and placed them in a hat. I then drew out 4 names to make up this years team.  The 2017 Rudolph Days Challenge Design Team members are:

Team A:  Jenny L of Cardsarus  Jenny has had a pretty, country Christmas scene. I like the non traditional colours and the eye catching image.


Sam/Whisper of Whispers Cards  Sam has made this adorable slider card. I have not made one of those in years and now I so want to try one again!




Team B is made up of Linda @ Snails Space and Dr Sonia of Cards, Crafts, Kid's Projects 
They will be designing every other month of 2017.

Because we do not run our challenge in December, we have the added bonus that some of our 2016 design team finish up their year this month! So this is a month packed with inspiration!

Gloria Lee @  Gloria's Craft Room  has made this wonderful watercoloured snowflake card. I love the fresh feel of these gorgeous colours.


Donna @ Indiana Inking. has made this adorable fairy card with such a pretty embossed background..


Shaz @ Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz     has made this beautiful embossed snowflake die card. Check her blog for the details of how she made this pretty card.

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I wish to heartily thank all the members of my 2016 Design Team.  These ladies were a godsend. They were reliable, helpful, and always on time with their commitments. If there is anyone looking for design team members, I strongly recommend them!

As this is such a long post this month, I will go straight to the prizes. This year I will always offer a choice of a stamp or a die.  That way, anyone who does not use a Big Shot or Cuttlebug will still have a choice of a prize!  Best of all, we will have an extra prize this month. Just a little something extra to make you want to drag out your Christmas supplies!

First winner has a choice of this Memory Box, Reindeer Scalloped Circle Frame die


or this Wild Rose Studio, Penguin With Present stamp


Second winner will receive this  Hampton Art 6 piece stamp and tag die set



or this Stampendous, Snowman with Tree stamp