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.


66 comments:

  1. Fab makes from you Maureen and my fellow teamies today, thank you so much for inviting me to join you for a while

    Kathyk

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  2. Hi Maureen,
    super DT cards, and what wonderful and varied styles too.
    Mo your card is super also and I love that fab bird, and your wonderful design.
    I have a rather busy day, but I will get over to your DT blogs later.
    Thank you so much for all your hard work involved in this fab challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  3. Fantastic DT work everyone. Happy Rudolph Day x

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  4. Fab makes from everyone Maureen, will try to comment on a few before the end of the month...time and Internet permitting. Carol x

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  5. Wonderful inspiration. I hope I can manage to play along, but my crafting time is extremely limited right now.

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  6. Congrats to you all on your DT spots and fabulous creations xx

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  7. Hi Mo

    Great tags and cards from your DT and your own Cardinal card is terrific.

    Please count me in for the prize drawer this month.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  8. It's lovely to be joining you on your very first challenge of 2016 and a very big welcome to your DT. Thank you for the inspiration X Sandma X

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  9. Hurrah, Rudolf Days are back. Lovely inspiration from the DT. Hugz

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  10. Great cards from you Mo and the DT.

    Kath x

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  11. Love the pine boughs & Cardinal in particular - off visiting the others now that we are up & running again, 11 months to go & all that lol!

    Sally

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  12. Oooo what a stunning Cardinal bird and gorgeous snowflakes and holly.

    It's so lovely to be part of a wonderfully talented team and thanks for inviting me to join you for a while, Luv Sam x

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  13. Great tip about saving snippets of die cuts! Looking forward to working with you and the team
    Jane

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  14. I've entered with the correct link now -doh. Sorry Mo x

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  15. Beautiful creations by all such inspiration xx

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  16. Each designer did such a great job with their project!
    As for yours, Maureen, I find it very stylish and you've got quite some bargains put on there.

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  17. Great Inspirational cards from you Mo and your super Design Team. It's a fun challenge to take part in. Barbxx

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  18. Gorgeous makes from yourself (LOVE the cardinal - wish we got them over here!) and the super-talented design team!

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  19. Oh forgot to say that I am playing for fun.

    Kath x

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  20. Hi Mo
    fabulous inspirational Christmas makes!
    If you do not think my card is 'Christmassy' enough please delete me!
    thanks for the challenge!
    Eve xx

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  21. Loving all the cards and tags on display today Mo.
    I have made mine today but need to take piccies. Off out early tomorrow so will try and join in later!
    Hugs
    xx

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  22. Of course you know I'm loving this wonderful cardinal card! Always enjoy seeing your bargain finds turned into something beautiful, and you've done it once again with this very pretty card. Great choice of some fine designers for the DT. Enjoyed seeing the gorgeous work of each one. Some I follow already, but will go check out the others too! Well done, Maureen. TFS & Hugs

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  23. Love your cardinal card, such pretty birds. Happy to see you have some lovely team mates join you with their lovely cards too.

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  24. Welcome to the DT members!!! What fabulous inspiration from them as well. Loved each project they did. Love your card too Mo, your Cardinal is just beautiful. Glad to be able to play along this month. Hopefully it will continue! Hugs, Brenda

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  25. Congratulations to the Design Team! Fabulous projects - I especially love the kitty! I'll be back to join in!

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  26. Congrats to the new DT and all of your wonderful creations! I'm always inspired by all of the pretty Christmas creations, and Mo, your beautiful red cardinal is gorgeous! What a pretty card!

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  27. Hi Mo. I have just managed to link my post to your blog, but I am on holiday in UK and only have my tablet to use. Unfortunately I cannot put your link in my post. Please can you do that for me, and if not I will do it when I return to Spain next Friday. Kate x

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  28. Sorry Mo. I have just mastered the link on my sister's computer, so please ignore (don't publish) my previous comment, and if possible remove one of my links as I managed to do it twice!! Well done to the designers for all their lovely cards/tags. It is nice to see more Christmas cards appearing. I like the way your challenge keeps Christmas in our minds all year! Kate x

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  29. A great team--wonderful inspiration! Such a fabulous die & I need to get going on Christmas cards, so I'll be entering for sure!

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  30. Hi Mo and to your lovely design team ladies, thank you for the inspiration, have a wonderful month...Megan

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  31. wow a wodnerful collection of cards from DT great to see and lovely diversity too.
    A BIG well done Mo for running such a great challenge.. here is my offering and will say no thanks to the prize just wanted to play for fun and to advertise the challenge too, via my blog :D hugs, Shaz in oz.x

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  32. Wonderful DT cards Mo and such a lovely prize too. I do love RD :-)

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  33. Congratulations to your new DT - fabulous samples!
    Helen x

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  34. Fantastic inspiration here, Maureen! Kudos to the Design Team! Love your cardinal!

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  35. Love the design team inspirations! Yes! This year I'm not going to wait until December 15th to start making cards. Thanks for helping meet that goal.

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  36. Hi Mo,
    Lovely cards from the new design team and yourself. I am sorry that I haven't made anything to post this month. I was unwell for two weeks after Christmas with a horrible cold and then apart from having no crafting mojo I was busy preparing for a visit from my sister, and for my holiday with her when she returns to Spain later this week. I hope to be back in full crafting again mode when I come home.
    Sorry about the confusion with Kate's blog post, she was trying to post it from my computer, which was causing a few problems but it seems to be OK now.
    sorry again,
    Jean x

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  37. Well I made it in time Mo, I was determined to do better this year.

    And so nice to see you have a design team with some lovely inspiration.

    B x

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  38. Hi Mo....I made it!....happy Rudolph day everyone xxxxx

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  39. You've picked a very talented team Mo, the inspiration cards are gorgeous, a great variety of styles showcased here!
    Chris
    x

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  40. Great samples from the DT. I'm going to try and be more organised next month, especially as it's shorter.
    Sue xx

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  41. love your card, Mo, along with all the creative and varied styles of the DT members!

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  42. Lovely inspiration from the DT.

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  43. Happy Rudolph Day ladies! Awesome Design Team you picked too Mo and all of the cards and tags are gorgeous. I hope to play along a lot more often this year so thank you for this awesome challenge Karen x

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  44. Just found this Challenge! Hope to link up again!

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  45. Congrats to new design team ladies. Your cards are inspirational. Thanks for sharing these beauties.

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  46. Hello Mo!
    This month Rudolph day challenge is so exciting!
    So I made a card for this challenge.
    Thank you for your reply and detail explanation.
    It was very helpful to me.
    I changed my blog language to English and I linked your blog.
    I'm very happy to join this challenge!
    Thank you so much!

    Gloria xx

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  47. I love this challenge, I like the time limit and that it is monthly. You do a great job hosting! The samples are lovely!

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  48. rushing in to play.....lovely designs so far! xxx

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  49. Lovely DT inspiration, so glad to have found your fun challenge.
    Sue...xxx

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  50. Hi Mo, so nice to be starting a new year of Rudolph Day challenges again and it's lovely to meet your new design team ... great inspirational cards from you all too. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

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  51. Gorgeous cards by the team! As much as I am looking forward to spring, the beautiful Christmas motifs on these cards make me almost wish it was Christmastime again already!! lol....
    Thank you for the chance to win a lovely die set.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  52. What a great inspiration from the DT! the cards are so beautiful! So happy that Mary H introduced me to your challenge! xoxo Olga

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  53. Hi Mo, I hope this finds you well. A lovely selection of cards there from the DT. Happy crafting!

    Hugs Erika. x

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  54. How lovely to see you in the Snippets Playground with your wonderful cardinal card Mo! It's really beautiful!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  55. Fabulous inspiration from you and your DT members Mo, thank you for hosting this great challenge, I'm determined to join in each month this year.
    Pauline
    x

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  56. So much to look at here, they are all so lovely in different ways. I like blackboard style sentiments very much.

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  57. Great challenge and fab team makes - lookforward to the rest of the Rudolph days! x

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  58. Brilliant selections of cards from you and your new DT. Lots of inspiration. x

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  59. Beautiful design team makes, what a great start to the year. Cara x

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  60. My word - how many people have entered this challenge. Might popular!
    Sandy xx

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  61. Made it finally. Hope you like the tent cards. Hugs Mrs A.

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  62. Great cards from the DT Maureen. I finally got round to joining you!!! Hugs Christine xx

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  63. fabulous challenge! and if I keep with you all year I will at least have a dozen cards for next Christmas!
    hugs, annie x

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  64. Hi Maureen, I am late for the challenge as my post is after midnight in the uk and my post says 1st February so am only playing for fun as I did want to enter a card even if it is extremely late!

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  65. What gorgeous cards from the DT, and I love yours, too, Mo, so classic!

    love Mags B x

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