Thursday, 25 January 2018

January 2018, Rudolph Days Challenge


Seems hard to believe that we are starting our first Rudolph Days Challenge of 2018! I just want to remind everyone that once again we will be having a special prize draw in December for all those who enter our challenge every month this year, January through November.

Here are the rules for the Rudolph Days Challenge:

 1. The Rudolph Days Challenge will start each month (January to November) 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.
9. A special draw will be held at the end of the year, in December,  for all those who submitted a card or project every month that year, January to November.. 

Our designers have been busy this month.

Sonia has done three projects for us today!

 She has taken this darling Santa die and created two fabulous cards. The first has a plethora of beautiful dies. I love the Santa, but especially love that fabulous background die  And how did Sonia know that those are my favourite Christmas trees!


Her second card has a wonderfully 3D look. This is a great scene with lovely 3D Christmas trees on either side of that cute Santa! As always, Sonia has fabulous tutorials and writeups on her blog here


Lastly, she has made this gorgeous Christmas bauble! I love all the details here, including the fancy embellishments at the top, as well as the sweet scene she has created inside. Looks like there are wee snowballs in the bottom of the bauble. Santa and the elves must have just finished a snowball tournament!




Next up is Linda from A Snails Space blog.

Linda has made this pretty Whipper Snipper Snowman card. As always, Linda has done a gorgeous job of painting this image. I love the soft, pretty colours. The red mat helps pop this image off that Christmas treed background!
Pop over to visit Linda here, and you too can read how she made this card.



The last card is mine. I did not have a lot of time to colour an image this month as I still have that horrid flu.cold. Al is much sicker than me as he is still chesty and has a rattling cough that keeps him awake.  I just have that lingering dry cough which never lets you get to sleep either. Funny how we drift in and out during the days but can not sleep at night!

My card is features a decoupaged image made from a NBUS set of poinsettia Christmas invitations that I picked up at my local hospital charity shop. I will get 5 two layer decoupaged cards from this set, and I had fun fussy cutting them out while I was recuperating. I coated the leaves with clear Wink of Stella  and then went over the leaf edges with Nouvo glitter gel. The poinsettias were done with a liberal coat of the Nouvo gel and then the edges done again with Xmas Red Stickles.




The rest of the card was made from stash on hand. The DP was snippets of left over 12x12 scrapbook paper and even the sentiment was stamped onto a snippet. of white card. I used my  Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourishes die on some snippets of VOS green card. The inside has a couple of fish tale flags from some leftover snippets of DP and a stray leaf from the leaf swirl die..




Our prize this month is a choice of this Tim Holtz Snowman Scene die

                                   
or this Stamping Bella stamp, Little Christmas Collection Santa's Loot 




69 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the kind words of appreciation Maureen...means so much to me! Linda's snowman is so adorable ...I am always in awe of her coloring skills. And your poinsettias are soooo cool and they match so well with the cheerylynn flourish.
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  2. Hope you feel better soon - this year's strain of flu seems to be a really nasty one so I'm very glad I've escaped it so far. Love all the DT cards - Sonia's been extra busy this month!

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  3. Oh, and the first card I linked isn't intended for this challenge at all, I clicked the wrong button - can you delete it please?

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  4. Starting off the New Year as I mean to go on Mo, I'm hoping to enter each month which will help build up my stash.
    Lorraine

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  5. Some lovely cards to get our new year collection off to a good start. I love your poinsettias.
    I quite understand your sleep problems as I am just coming out of the cold virus too, and I slept most days then was restless all night!
    Lovely colouring on Linda's snowman and as usual, Sonia's creations are so detailed and interesting. Kate x

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  6. Lovely DT work as always. Your card is fab too and love the traditional look.

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  7. Hi Maureen,
    what superb DT cards and their designs are excellently created.
    Love your wonderful card and the beautiful poinsettias are so georgeous.
    I do hope the same applies this year and I can join in the challenge on the Months I am not posting a DT creation.
    Thank you for all your hard work involved in this super challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  8. Great DT samples! Thanks for sharing! I colored my image last night so I will hopefully have a card done by tomorrow. Have a great day!

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  9. Thank you for the new challenge -

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  10. Sorry to hear you and hubby have been laid low with the flu Mo, there are a lot of nasty bugs about over here too! I hope that the worst is over and that you soon feel better. I love the cards by Sonia and Linda, all such pretty designs and beautifully coloured and your elegant poinsettias with the leafy flourishes go so well with the background papers. I am hoping to enter a card so will be back soon I hope. x

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  11. What wonderful cards your DT has shared this month! I'll be back to comment more :)

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  12. Oh my goodness, seeing Rudolf days in my blog feed certainly woke me up. Cool. So glad you are back. Lovely creations from the team. Hugz

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  13. Wow!! Wonderful creations! Very inspiring!

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  14. So happy to see the first Rudolph Days challenge, Maureen!! Happy New Year to you! Amazing inspiration from the Design Team. xx

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  15. Gorgeous inspiration from everyone! Thanks for hosting the challenge once more, Mo! You are a star x

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  16. Everyone's projects are fantastic as always, and Mo - I'm so sorry to hear you're ill with the flu along with your hubby! Do please take good care of yourselves and get well soon! *sending hugs*

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    1. Your card is just lovely too by the way. I just love the poinsettias with that flourish!

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  17. Lots of inspiration to start off the year! I totally love your gorgeous poinsettia card, Mo!

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  18. Happy New Rudolph Year too you all.

    Sue xx

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  19. Hi there, what a great selection of inspirational cards for my the DT, Kate x

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  20. Gorgeous set of inspiration cards this month. Sona outdid her self with all the lovely Santas.

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  21. Brilliant cards by Sonia, Linda, and you!

    So sorry you have been down with that nasty flu bug. I sure do know what you mean abt not being able to stay awake during the day and then being sleepless at night! Must be something abt lying down that makes all the gunk collect. Ugh. Hoping you will be feeling chipper and back to normal very soon!!

    Thank you for your wonderful Rudolph Days challenges. I love the idea of having the extra bonus drawing at the end of the year for those who participate each month. That gives me the little extra nudge I need to get an entry in!!! :)
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  22. Fabulous designs, happy RD ! hope you all feel better soon xxx

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  23. Hello,
    I have a problem because I can not join the list of participants. I've been trying for half an hour and to no avail. Does anyone have this problem either?
    Regards,
    BozenA
    https://artcardbox.blogspot.com/2018/01/styczniowy-rudolph-day.html

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  24. So much wonderful inspiration from the design team. I always love to make Christmas cards even if it is not the season for it. So this is such a fun challenge.

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  25. You have made a really super card Mo, really lovely poinsettias and a great design. I have commented on the individual DT's post so this is yours.

    Kath x

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  26. Your poinsettias are so pretty, Maureen! I bet they have a beautiful shimmer to them. I hope you and your DH get rid of the coughs soon. So many have been sick this winter with lingering coughs. xoxo

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  27. Wow, I'm so impressed with the cards the DT has shared this month Mo! So much talent that makes me embarrassed to show my little ole card. lol But I am going to share anyway. haha Thanks for being you Mo! Hugs, Brenda

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  28. So pleased to have found you and be in good crafty company, creating Christmas all year round!

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  29. Lovely cards! And I love that Tim Holtz Snowman die...This year I will try and enter every month - so here is the start!!

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  30. Linda's card is so sweet. I'm a birdie lover as well as a snowman lover, so it really tugs at my heartstrings.
    Dr. Sonia's cards always put a smile on my face. She's so clever! Love the ornament. And your card, Mo, is lovely. Poinsettias area favorite for me. I always try to buy a red, pink & white one if I can. :-)

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  31. Thanks for hosting this fabulous challenge again Mo and wonderful inspiration by your Design Team. Happy crafting, Sandra x

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  32. Awesome DT cards - wonderful inspiration!
    Helen x

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  33. I'm sorry to hear you are still not well, Mo. I hope you both are over it soon! I'm playing just for fun. Thank you for putting this together even when you didn't feel well! The inspiration cards are fantastic!! Hugs, Darnell

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  34. Fabulous cards by the DT, I had to look up a few to see what they used to make them!! thanks for the challenge!
    Diane https://nelliesnest.blogspot.com/2018/01/all-hearts.html

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  35. Lots of great inspiration Mo! Hope you feel better really soo - Al too!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  36. Your card is a real beauty Maureen. It's a lovely design and the poinsettias are beautiful. Great inspiration from Sonia and Linda. Thank you for another fun challenge.

    I'm sorry to hear that you and your hubby are still having troubled nights. The flu that is around really is a nasty one. Hugs, Barbxx.

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  37. I'm sorry you are still under the weather, hoping you feel better soon. x Love those poinsettias, so beautiful. Thanks for running the challenge and thanks to the DT too.

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  38. Hello, Mo! Long time no see! How are you doing? I hope you have healed fully from your flu by now! I just recently returned to my blog and I am happy to join your Rudolph Day challenge! Everyone's cards are so beautiful! Thank you for inspiring us to get our cards made for 2018!

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  39. Wonderful DT cards. Thank you for the New Rudolph Davs challenge.
    Hugs, Valerija xx

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  40. Yeah, Rudolf days are back. Lovely inspiration from the team. Hugz

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  41. My first entry to the Rudolph Days Challenge prompted by the lovely Jenny L, I shall certainly try to enter each month...we can never have too many Christmas cards in the stash right ;)
    Hugs Kaz xx

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  42. You and your DT always motivate me to keep working on my Christmas cards through the year. I so often find myself scrambling as the holidays approach, and always vow to work on them on a more regular basis. Thanks for inspiring me!

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  43. thanks Mo for running this challenge so faithfully glad was able to join in... one down ten more to go eh?? though may miss out some unless i get smart and start scheduling!! oh to be organised!

    I haven't taken your card down yet nor others will when its Feb there are always stragglers late so leave them up for ages.. actually have yours from last year put back too! Save my favourite ones.
    hugs and prayers for you and your dear ones, Mo...
    Shaz.x

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  44. Hope you're both feeling lots better! Lovely makes & a fab challenge......I'm determined to be more organised this year! x

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  45. Hi all the design team cards are stunning. Thank you for this challenge I am hoping to be more organised this year. I do hope you feel better soon. Take care. Hugs Jackie

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  46. Many thanks for your recent comment Mo. The moon on my card was stamped and it’s by Inkylicious. Sandra x

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  47. Well I am happy to say that i actually managed to make a Christmas card this month, which gives me a great start on the year! Thank you for your fun challenge and let's see how I keep up!

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  48. Gorgeous DT inspiration!
    xxx Margreet

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  49. Fab projects on show by everyone. Thank you for the challenge x

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  50. Wow, what beautiful cards you have all made this month. I hope that you're starting to feel better by now and that Al is too. Lots of germ beating hugs x

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  51. Mo, I'm so sorry to hear you're still battling this bug you've had. In spite of it, you've managed such a pretty card. Love those gorgeous poinsettias, with the graceful green flourishes as embellishments. The striped paper border worked super with the other elements of your card. Feel better soon, TFS & Hugs.

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  52. Great cards, love this challenge I hope to play every month.

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  53. Hi Mo, Happy New Year! I hope you are both over the worst of the flu, we had a bad flu season last year during our winter and spring. Some gorgeous cards from the DT this month, love the little Santa on Sonia's card and bauble... Have a wonderful week... Megan

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  54. Thank you for another super challenge and fabulous inspiration.
    Pauline
    x

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  55. Hi Mo, yours, Dr Sonia's and Linda's cards are fabulous. Hope you are better and looking forward to the beginning of spring. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

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  56. Wonderful cards and inspiration from the DT! xoxo Olga

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  57. So many gorgeous cards! I hope you both feel better soon! xxx

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  58. Hi Maureen, I'm sure I came early on and left a comment but it doesn't seem to be here, so don't know what went wrong, Anyway, not to worry, I love Sonia's cleverly designed and cute snowman cards and the sweet Christmas bauble too, then Linda's beautifully coloured snowman, and the pretty trees dp makes a delightful background. Then your beautiful poinsettias Mo and some wonderful upcycling. I adore the flourishes and dp's which go perfectly. I am hoping to return tomorrow to enter as I have made the card but not taken a photo yet, decided it would be better to wait for natural light tomorrow. x

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  59. Fabulous makes from you and your team, a great start for this year's cards!
    Hope you are feeling a lot better now, flu is not a great way to start the year.
    Chris
    x

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  60. i love your poinsettias, maureen, and the very pretty papers you've used! dr. sonia's santas are adorable and of course i had to go and check out that die; i thought they were stickers.

    thank you to everyone for the kind words. it's always a treat for me to see such a variety of creative christmas cards; i love seeing the different styles, colours and products used. even if that means my wish list grows longer. :)

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  61. Fabulous cards from both yourself and Dr S Mo! I hope that horrid cold is starting to ease now too. Thank you for the challenge huni Karen x

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  62. You can never go wrong with poinsettias for Christmas, Maureen, and those flourishes are so elegant.
    Sonia's cards are super cute and I adore Linda's sweet coloured snowman card.
    Marianne x

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  63. wow, amazing inspirations, I love them all.
    I hope you feel better soon.
    hugs xx

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