Sunday, 7 February 2016

Christmas Card Club - Texture

This fortnight Rachel of Fischer's Cards and Crafts blog has chosen a texture theme for our Christmas Card Club.  I do not have any stencils or stencil paste, so had to make do with what was on hand.  Decided to make my texture from a hunk of hessian and some liberally applied chalk paint that I enhanced with a bit of glitter and drywall compound.

The Christmas CArd Club members are on my right sideboard...If you pop by to take a look at their creations you will not be disappointed.

Withour further adieu, here is my card...

And here is the inside...

The Old:
The hunk of hessian (burlap) is my VOS item. I bought a huge roll of this years ago. The plaid mat is from a box of prefolded 5x7  Christmas cards and envelopes, that I bought in the after Xmas bargains a couple of years ago. I love the plaid, but the card weight was too light to suit me so I sliced them apart, cut them down, and now use them for 5x5 mats.
The dark green mat is from my scrapbooking snippets files.
The inside sentiment is my very old favourite Xmas sentiment rubber stamp.

The New
The Wellington Bear decoupage image, the inside topper, and the sentiment, are from a kit I picked up before Christmas, at my local papercraft store. It is a marvelous kit, full of toppers, decoupage pages, DP and embellies. I think I will be able to make at least two dozen cards with it!
I made the texturized "snow" from Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, glitter and a wee touch of drywall compound!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Christmas Card Club - texture
2. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets

Monday, 1 February 2016

January Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

It is with great joy that I announce we had 61 entries this month.  Considering that this was the first Rudolph Days Challenge of 2016, I think it is an amazing number! It was such fun to view all the wonderful cards and tags.

I so enjoyed introducing you to the first four ladies of my new design team and look forward to February when I will introduce you to the  next four!

As usual, I used Random Org to chose the wining number for me. As you can see from the attached photo, the winner of the January Rudolph Days Challenge is #47 Janis

 She has won this Memory Box Snowflake Love Pendant Die


Janis, would you please emial me at
Please include your written address so I can get your prize mailed off to you.

Monday, 25 January 2016

January Rudolph Days Challenge and Meet The Design Team

Welcome to the first Rudolph Days Challenge of 2016!

As always, here is a recap of the rules

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 the start of a New Year and we have some new additions to the Rudolph Days Challenge. We have lots of creative inspiration for you this month and without further adieu I am pleased to reveal the first four members of my design team. They will be our Designers for the January, March, and May, Rudolph Days Challenges. Hope you will give them a hearty welcome too!

Kathy Kirby of Purple Princess Diaries

I'm a fiftysomething Craft Obsessive, who started crafting following a chance visit to a rubber stamp store in Minneapolis, a number of years ago. I now avidly collect (and actually TRY to use) all thing stamp and papercraft related. 
In 2008, I joined an on-line crafting forum and made friends with all sorts of crafters who've all been so helpful to me on my creative journey, and without whom I might still just be embellishing envelopes.
I'm thrilled to be a member of this Design Team and encouraged to make projects for one of my favourite occasions - CHRISTMAS!

Kathy has been busy making tags to share with us this month. Beautiful, festive
 Christmas tags, with a lovely sparkle and glimmer.  

Here is a wee close up...

Berina Febin of  Moxie Craftie Blog

I'm Berina. I'm from India,currently living in Park Ridge, New Jersey with my husband and 2 year old daughter. I've been crafting in some way or another, right from my childhood. I used to make
simple greeting cards for my family, learned to make both fabric as well as paper flowers, tried my hand at embroidery, learned to crochet and make some jewelry.

I started blogging only a few years ago and from there on, there's so stopping. Now, I spend most of my crafting time on making cards. But I do take time to try other crafts too. I like to experiment with new styles and techniques. I love to learn new stuff and get creative. I create CAS cards as well as layered cards, and everything in between. Like most of us, I find crafting to be a real stress buster.

Berina has made a stamped kraft card. I think you will agree that those pine boughs and pinecones are so lovely!

Jane Willis of Onions and Paper Blog

Jane Willis here. I live in Hampshire, England, with my husband. I have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. I've been a crafter all my life, and a papercrafter since I discovered stamping about 20 years ago.

I also enjoy cooking, and entering (and winning) competitions. Until recently, I ran a small business producing a magazine for competition lovers.

My husband and I love to travel, and you will often see recipes and crafty makes that have been inspired by our travels on my blog, Onion and Papers. 

Jane has made up an adorable card featuring two very full wee birds.

Sam /Whisper of Whisper Cards

Hi, I'm Sam, a stay at home Mum to a nine year old son and a rescue Labrador Collie Cross dog, Clio. I started crafting 10 years ago, when I moved to a new area and joined the local card making group. I'm now on the Design Team for Penny Black & More. If you take a look at my blog, you will know why!!!
Besides crafting, I love travelling. 

Sam's card has an adorable collection of creatures just waiting for Christmas!

My card is a fairly simple, quick make. I picked up a set of blackboard tags on clearance, just after Xmas last year.  I had two Tattered Lace Holly Flourish Diecuts in my already cut out files  and positioned one of them to hide the hole in the tag! I added what I think is the last of a VOS cardinal and then snipped a few sprigs of holly off the second diecut and tucked it behind the bird. Hopefully, that counts as my snippet for Pixies Crafty Workshop this week. I often snip diecuts apart and save the wee leftover bits in plastic sleeves in my bits files.

If you look very carefully, there is an acrylic silver stamped snowflake just behind the bird, holly, and tag. The premade corner bling is from the local dollar store. It was fun to use and easy to place. Don't know the name of the DP as it got separated from the paper pad quite some time ago! I'm sure you all know how that can happen!

I kept the inside very simple. The sentiment is from an old Christmas card and the silver snowflakes are Bo Bunny Rub-ons called Pretty Flaky.

I am entering my card at Di's...Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets 

The January Rudolph Days Challenge prize is this Memory Box Snowflake Love Pendant Die.