Sunday, 26 November 2017

November Rudolph Days Challenge

I have not been well, so must apologize to you all for the lateness of this month's challenge. I did not have my post prepared ahead, and have had nasty dental problems that through me for a loop this week. Finally got in at the dentist and had a crown done, as well as found out that the extra pain I was suffering with was from Oral Shingles! I have had the Shingles vaccine but it just reduces the chance of  contracting shingles.

This is our last monthly challenge of 2017 but I am pleased to tell you that I have something planned for December. Watch this blog in early December for further details.

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, Jenny at Cardsarus blog  has made a lovely wreath and I am delighted to share it with you. As our rules state, all Xmas projects are welcome at the Rudolph Days Challenge. Cards, tags, handmade Christmas crafts etc. are all welcome here.

This wreath has great traditional colours and I like the red "berries" on the wreath. The smaller dangling wreath is so sweet with the wee Santa in the center. I hope you will get a chance to pop over to visit Jenny's blog!



My card is a Hunky Dory Fancy Folded card. It is from a kit that I picked up at my local craft store, during their Christmas Open House sale. They had so many doorbuster specials that day and I must confess that I went a little bit overboard! The card kit is my NBUS item today.

Here is the front look of the card...


As you open the card, it starts to pop open on it's own...


Until it looks like this...

Finally, there is a belly band to help hold it flat for mailing. Whoops...I see I did not check to see it was on straight before I took the photo.


Sam at Whisper's Cards has made us two cards this month!
The first is this adorable "workout" penguin card.  I really like the non traditional colours and DP that Sam used here. the design papers really compliment each other!


Her second card is so pretty. A great circular shape and pretty papers around that sweet image. Hope you will get a chance to pop by her blog and leave her some comments.



Now...on to the prizes.
The winner will be drawn by random Org and will have a choice of any Two of the following prizes.
(Yes I said any Two!  I am adding an extra prize to make up for being so late posting the challenge this month.)

1. Inkadinkado Evergreen Holiday Stamp


2. Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes Stamp


3. Memory Box Peace Script Die


4. Memory Box Desiree Ornament


64 comments:

  1. Oh! So sorry you had such problems and pains, Mo! I hope you will feel quite well again soon!
    Thank you for this new Rudolph Days Challenge! Wonderful Christmas wreath, Jenny! Love the traditional colours.
    Hugs, Liv

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  2. I am so sorry you are feeling poorly. I do hope that you start to feel better soon. Thank you for the challenge. Take care. Hugs Jackie

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  3. So sorry to hear you've been poorly, get well soon, and well done for soldiering on, it can't have been easy! Fab wreath Jenny! Happy RD everyone xxx

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  4. So sorry to hear you have been ill - oral shingles sounds absolutely horrible! Hope you are better soon
    Jane

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  5. Sorry to hear you've been under the weather - hope things improve quickly. Have posted a card for the challenge

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  6. Hi Maureen,
    don't worry about comments if you are not feeling too good I will visit everybody.
    Hope you will be soon out of pain.
    Sending big gentle hugs your way.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  7. Hope you feel better soon. I will be back later to link up a christmas make. Take care. Hugz

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  8. I am so sorry to hear of your dental woes Maureen! I hate dental issues as they are always so painful. I pray that the crown helps and that those oral shingles! Had never heard of them until now. How terrible shingles are and to bad the vaccine doesn't prevent it all the way. I pray that it leaves you quickly! I am hoping to play along in the challenge since it has been a lifetime since I've played. Big gentle hugs, Brenda

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  9. I'm sorry to hear that you're going through a bit of a rough time Mo and I hope that you feel better soon. I had Shingles years ago and I can still remember how painful it was. Thank you for another year hosting this friendly Christmas challenge and it gives us all a chance to get ahead and avoid the panic in November. Thanks also to your wonderful DT for their inspiration along the way. Sandra x

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  10. Adorable Christmas wreath from the DT!
    Sorry for your dental problems, and I'm glad that now all it's ok for you!

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  11. Thank you for a great challenge. I hope you are feeling better soon.
    Janice x

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  12. You poor thing. That sounds horrid. Hope you feel lots better soon. Hugs xxx

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  13. So sorry to hear you have been suffering Mo, dental pain is such a debilitating thing, and to have oral shingles as wel1! I love Jenny's pretty wreath, a lot of work too, and the sweet little wreath dangling from the middle finishes it beautifully. A real work of art. Hope you are soon feeling a lot better. x

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  14. So sorry to hear of your problems, Maureen & hope things are much better now. I've never heard of dental shingles, but it sounds horrible! Jenny's project is wonderful--love wreaths & the traditional colors look great! Will get my card entered soon. Sending hugs, Greta

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  15. Oh poor you Mo - oral shingles sounds horrendous. I have the herpes virus and when it kicks off it often heads down to my eyeball just for the fun of it - NOT! Hope you're well recovered in time for Christmas etc. Jenny's wreath is really beautiful, so lovely to have a little wreath inside the big one. This is one challenge I make a point of never missing - love RD!

    Hugs

    Di xx

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  16. Hi Maureen. So sorry you've not been well. I've never heard of oral shingles, but imagine that it is very painful. Take care. Thanks for all your hard work running the Rudolph Challenge ... I've enjoyed playing along this year! Loll

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  17. I love the double wreath by Jenny. So pretty.
    I am glad you are OK. I was worried when there was no Rudolph Day post yesterday and hoped it didn't mean you were unwell. I hope your dental work is settling down a bit. I have never heard of shingles in a mouth, but I can imagine that is causing you quite some distress. I really hope it is better soon. Thanks for posting this challenge despite how you feel. Hugs. Kate x

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  18. Do hope you feel better soon Mo

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  19. Determined to enter the last one of the year.

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  20. So sorry to read that you're not well! Shingles and dental problems at the same time...no fun at all! Hope you make a speedy recovery. Jenny's wreath is beautiful, she's a very talented lady!
    Chris
    x

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  21. Gorgeous DT project from Jenny! I hope you are feeling better soon! I'd never heard of oral shingles. Anything affecting your mouth is awful, particularly when it stops you eating properly and keeps you awake. My Hubby is suffering with an infection after root canal work, Bless him. Take care of yourself and I will look forward to seeing what you have planned for December x

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  22. That all sounds so painful Mo, never heard of oral shingles so really hope you soon feel back to rights.

    Just linked up but afraid I linked my blog not the post which is below today's post. So much for trying to do it on my tablet as struggle with flat keyboard. Will try and deletd and re enter when I'm on my desktop in morning.

    B x

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  23. So sorry you're not feeling up to par Mo, but I hope in no time you'll be feeling chipper again and ready to face the upcoming holidays pain-free! Sending healing hugs your way!!

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  24. What a pretty little wreath! Thanks Mo for once again sponsoring this fun challenge. Hard to believe that very shortly we will be sending all these cards out. Hope you have a lovely holiday season!

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  25. So sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Hope you are getting better.

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  26. Hope that you are a great deal better now MO and there is nothing worse than toothache.
    Kath x

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  27. Such a pretty wreath.
    I'm sorry to hear about your health issues. I've read that oral shingles can be extremely painful. I hope you'll feel better soon with proper treatment. Cannot wait to find out what you have in store for us in December, but it's going to be fun, I'm sure.
    Marianne x

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  28. Hope you'll soon be feeling better, Maureen. Beautiful wreath by Jenny. I love the design with the little wreath inside the big one. xx

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  29. Hi Mo, hope you are feeling better now, Love the wreath Jenny has made will pop over and have a good look. I hope you don't mind back linking to yesterdays card. Thank you for the year of fun and inspiration... have a wonderful week... Megan

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  30. Wow, your card and Jenny's wreath are both amazing creations. Thank you for the challenge. Hope you feel better soon x

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  31. So sorry to hear you aren't too well. I had the shingles vaccine too and I thought they said you would never get it!

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  32. Ah, superb DT cards there and yours is quite amazing Mo, so sorry you are not well, shingle in mouth can be very painful praying for you in it, let alone having a crown as well commiserations and prayers, dear friend.
    I had lots of cards in wings and more to come too so photo laden post of alcohol inks.. they are fun!
    Lovely candy on offer, do love the first set especially! you are very generous.
    Hugs and many prayers for healing,
    Shaz in OZ.x

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  33. Oooh your card is amazing l love all that you have done with it l too hope your pain goes away soon take care sending lots of love and hugs xx

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  34. I'm so sorry to hear that you have been so poorly Maureen. Dental problems alone are really miserable but to have oral shingles too sounds horrendous. Sending you big gentle hugs.

    Your card is lovely. I've not made one of those folds for a long time and they certainly are a lot of fun.

    It's lovely to see Jenny as your Guest Designer this month. Her wreath is absolutely gorgeous. I'm impressed with her accuracy in placing all those little 'berry' gems. Barbxx

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  35. Hi again Mo, I have tried to remove the first of those two links (21) but Mr Linky is having non of it, I am so sorry.

    B x

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  36. Wow! Great folding and design, your card is so lovely!
    I entered, thank you for the challenge!

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  37. Hope you feel better soon Maureen. Oral shingles sounds very nasty! Your card is lovely, I love these pop up cards and they are so easy to make too.

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  38. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration :)
    Hugs
    Preeti

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  39. Beautiful card project. Hope you are soon feeling better.

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  40. Nice display of Christmas work here - sorry to hear of your situation - I hope things get better - singles in the mouth - oh my goodness - that is terrible - thank you for the new challenge - have a blessed week - get well soon!

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  41. Dental problems sound unpleasant. Beautiful card, what a special fold on the inside!

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  42. That sounds horrible, I really hope you are on the way back up now. Great card though, what a work of art!

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  43. What a really super card Mo, gorgeous images and a fabulous design and really lovely warm colours.
    Hope you are now vastly improving now, shingles can be dreadfully painful, not had it myself and fingers crossed I never do.

    Kath x

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  44. Best Wishes Maureen, for feeling better real soon. Your card is wonderful, as is Jenny and Sam's lovely projects...thanks for hosting Rudolph Days challenge

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  45. Oooh...tooth problems AND oral herpes! Yowch. So sorry!! I am in the middle of some dental work, myself, and try to remember that having dentists around is a blessing. The pain our ancestors endured in the old days before there were dental professionals is beyond my comprehension. So I try to remember all this and not feel like I am being marched to the executioner when I am shown to the procedure room. Ugh. :)

    Such lovely work by everyone. Your card is certainly a masterpiece!! My mind is boggled by the complexity. Gorgeous.

    Thank you for another fun Rudolph Days challenge. I hope you are feeling better very soon!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  46. I'm so sorry to hear that you have been poorly Maureen, I hope you are on the mend now.
    Thank you for another super challenge - fabulous inspiration.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

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  47. What gorgeous designs! I haven’t been able to play during the Rudolph Days much this year, but I am very thankful for this challenge! Will be round to comment later on!

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  48. Oooo what a stunning shaped card and so sorry you have not been well hun, sending you hugs, Luv Sam x

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  49. Hope you feel better soon.
    Great inspirations here..thanks
    Karen

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  50. I'm sorry you've been through such pain with your mouth and tooth, Mo! I can't think of much worse! I hope you are now on the road to full recovery! Your pop-out card is phenomenal and I love Jenny's and Sam's, too! I'm playing just for fun! Thank you for all you do to bring us this fun challenge all year long! Lots of hugs, Darnell

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  51. oh, I am so sorry you have not been well. And oral problems are just terrible, uf. take care.
    your inspirations are wonderful.
    hugs xx

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  52. I feel bad for you not feeling well and those shingles sure are painful. I hope you are soon well on the mend. I see so many gorgeous Christmas projects and I will try to comment on a few of them but not sure I will make it to all. But I will look at all of them.

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  53. I am so sorry you have not been well! I hope you are feeling better now and are on the mend. Love all the cards - I feel all Christmassy now and am so happy to have joined in! Am looking forward to see what you have in store for December! Take care! Hugs xxxxxxx

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  54. Thanks for the fab challenge Mo. Beautiful cards from everyone too and Jenny's wreath decoration is fantastic! Karen x

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  55. Popping back with another comment, I'm not sure if my first one disappeared. Love the design of your card, Maureen, I keep meaning to try this fold. Thanks for the inspiration. Super projects from Jenny and Sam too. Hope you'll soon be fully recovered, Maureen. xx

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  56. Thought I left a comment, but don't see it now. Anyway, so sorry about your dental issues--never heard of dental shingles--yuck! What incredible cards by all of you for the last challenge of the year--love them!

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  57. Your posted card was well worth waiting for Mo! Oh my gosh, I love how that card opens with such a huge crafting area inside! I haven't made one in quite a while, but now you've inspired me! Love those whimsical reindeer images! I do hope by now your pain has gone - I cannot imagine having dental shingles, you poor thing :(

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  58. Wonderful inspiration pieces, Mo! I especially love your pop up card! What fun! Sorry to hear about oral shingles. Yuck!

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  59. sorry to hear of your dental troubles maureen, sounds like a terrible thing to have to put up with. hope you're feeling better. such a variety of beautiful projects from the DT this month! I love the mini wreath inside the big one, how sam turned those chickies into penguins and your gorgeous fun fold card in beautiful colours!

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  60. Sorry to hear that you've been unwell Mo - hope you feel better soon!
    Thanks for another year of wonderful festive inspiration & fun challenges!
    Helen x

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  61. Got in here under the wire! Yes!!! Thanks for letting me play along Maureen, the prizes are wonderful and the designers did a fabulous job as always! Hugs, Brenda

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  62. Oh dear on the oral shingles. I expect that was very painful, and I hope you are much improved by now. What fun on the fancy folded card. I love the colors, those styling reindeer. It's always fun to go a little overboard at these sales, and you don't do it so often, so just enjoy when you find one. Good for you at using NBUS! Darnell would be so proud! TFS & Hugs

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  63. Gosh, cutting that super fine again, but xmas card done!! Thanks for the inspiration. Hugz

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