Friday, July 16, 2021

Reminder Time for Challenge #52


It's reminder time here at Christmas Kickstart as we've reached the middle of the month.

Our elf for July is my brilliant crafting bud, Gail from Crafty Nomad, and we're playing:

Challenge #52 - Woolly or Fluffy or Furry!

Here's another chance to see Gail's card.


You can find all the details for this mini-masterpiece by visiting her blog.

Here's my inspired by card. I was so taken by Gail's use of green. My original plan was to copy the kitty and tree, but it just didn't work as a design as the tree dominated the whole card and looked really dull. I started again, added a second kitten and 'bingo', I liked the design. The green bulb from Gail's card appears in my card too!


I really wanted to try my hand at Gail's green background. Gail used green Archival Ink, but I had to opt for Distress Ink instead. In all honesty, it looks nowhere near as good as Gail's base layer, but I quite like how it turned out. I used linen card and the inking really accentuated the linen weave. I just wish I'd managed to find a more festive green ink in my stash.

Rudolph has done us proud with his Random Raffle prize!


July is a great time to start your Christmas cards, so we very much hope you'll come and play along!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #52 - Woolly or Fluffy or Furry!


It's hard to believe that we've passed the mid-point of the year - it's all downhill to Christmas now!

Today, I'm welcoming back my dear crafting buddy Gail from Crafty Nomad as our elf. Thanks for being our elfin inspiration again, Gail, it's always good to have you leading the fun!


Our theme is a fun one:
Challenge #52 - Woolly or Fluffy or Furry!


We'd like to see anything fluffy, furry or woolly on your Christmas cards and can't wait to see how YOU interpret this challenge!

Here's what Gail made...

You can find all the details of how she made this little piece 
of furry fabulousness on her blog.


I went with 'woolly' for my card...

You can find all the info about my card by visiting my blog here.


As always, Rudolph has done us proud with his Random Raffle prize!



Gail and I very much hope you'll come and join the fun. If you've not yet started making your Christmas cards, what are you waiting for? Christmas is coming...

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Monday, July 5, 2021

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #51

 


It's nearly time for a new challenge, so let's get that tree trimmed for Challenge #51!


Our elf for June was the lovely Cindy C. Thanks so much for the inspiration and for your company 'back stage', Cindy. It's been great partnering with you!

Our theme for the month was 

The Stocking were hung by the Fireplace with Care

We had some gorgeous entries this month. Was it just me or did the gallery look even more amazing than usual? I was very glad to have Cindy to help me pick our winners for this challenge! 

Here are our Top Picks - I'm sure you'll love them as much as we do!

Arlene Rose

We love how Arlene created her own fireplace for those cute, colourful stockings.

Linda W

A classic and inviting Christmas scene with so many beautiful details.

Trina P.

We loved Tina's gorgeous and witty CAS take on the theme.

Topping the Tree for this challenge is 



 We both swooned over Michele's modern, quirky card.


Thanks again to everyone who entered this challenge, and BIG congratulations to everyone in winners row! Please grab your badges, I'm just sorry there's no champagne!



Rudolph is here to award his Random Raffle Prize!



And the winner is...

#4 - Michelle - Just a Nutter Stamper.

Congratulations, Michelle, please could you email me at dottypudding (at) aol.com with your snail mail address so I can connect you with your prize!

There's a brand new elf and a brand new challenge heading your way tomorrow, so get ready to have your Christmas card making officially Kickstarted! 

Friday, June 18, 2021

Reminder Time for Challenge #51




Hi there, card fans, it's time for our reminder post here at Christmas Kickstart.

This month our theme is 

Challenge #51 - The Christmas Stockings 
were hung by the Chimney with Care 

We're in very good and talented company this month as our elf is the lovely Cindy from Escape to Stamping.


Here's another look at Cindy's sweet card.


For my 'inspired by...' creation I just had to copy Cindy's adorable little stockings in their sweet pastel colours. I thought they'd look cute against the kraft card base.



For our Random Raffle Prize this month Rudolph is offering this lovely stamp set.



We have some lovely cards in the linky gallery, but we'd love to see more gorgeous creations there, so please come and join the fun before the end of the month.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Monday, June 7, 2021

It's Time to Trim the Tree for Challenge #50


It's time to fetch that box of baubles and bling down from the attic for Challenge #50 as we Trim the Tree again!

This was such a fun challenge and I'm so glad that the lovely Bonnie from Stamping with Klass was our elfin inspiration for this one. Thanks so much, Bonnie, you were wonderful company!



Our theme was:
Challenge #50 - Santa and Friends

We had 27 lovely participants join the fun and get a head start on their Christmas cards for 2021; it's coming people, it's coming...


Our Top Picks for this challenge are as follows:

Valerija

It's this card adorable? Santa has the cutest crew ever!

Peggy AKA Gateway Circle

A beautifully coloured little scene using different stamps sets to fit the theme.

Linda

You've just gotta love Linda's wobble-headed Rudolph. 

Michele

We both love how the reindeer is 'dragging' the sentiment - so witty.


Topping the Tree for this challenge is:

Jules

A great design and a fabulously coloured image of these two adorable buddies!


Congratulations to our winners, please grab your blog badges. 



Finally, here's Rudolph to announce the winner of his very special 50th Challenge Random Raffle Prize. We were especially lucky to have a sponsor for this challenge and I'd like to thank Gail from Crafty Nomad for helping out with this.
 


Congratulations to you #15 - Arlene

You've won $10.00 of stamps shipped worldwide from Lost Coast. If you could please email me with your address I'll pass that along so you can enjoy a free shopping spree. 

Thanks again to Bonnie for her elfin duties and also to our sponsor, Lost Coast.

We've got a brand new elf and a brand new challenge underway, so why not drop by and join the fun?


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #51 - The Stockings were hung by the Chimney with Care

Welcome to another fun challenge here at Christmas Kickstart!

I'm delighted to be joined this month by the very talented Cindy C from Escape to Stamping. If you're not familiar with Cindy's work please head on over to her blog and take a look as her style is so pretty and feminine.


"Hi, I am tickled pink to be a Guest Elf this month on Christmas Kickstart Challenge.  My stamping journey started many years ago when once I was looking for a gift.  Way back when, I was only making Christmas cards.  Now I have retired and collected a few more things for my crafty stash, but Christmas cards are still by far the most I make.  Other then stamping, I make travel albums and lately venturing into mixed media/art journaling.  I thank the internet God for connecting me to this wonderful crafting community, from which I met many kind and supportive people.  And I want to thank Jo for inviting me to come over to play."

It's great to have you here, Cindy, and I certainly know what you mean about the crafting community - such a wonderful group of people.

Our theme for this month is:

Challenge #51 - The Christmas Stockings 
were hung by the Chimney with Care 

so it's all about Christmas Stockings - the chimney or fireplace is purely optional!

Here's Cindy's adorably cute take on the theme:


And here's what I made.



Rudolph has been shopping again and has a gorgeous festive stamp set as the prize for his Random Raffle.



Cindy and I really hope you'll feel inspired by this them and look forward to seeing your festive creations in the gallery!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Sunday, May 16, 2021

It's Reminder Time for Challenge #50.

 


It's reminder time here at Christmas Kickstart and I'm wondering where this month is going!

I'm delighted to be joined by the lovely Bonnie Klass from Stamping with Klass for this challenge.

Our theme for this challenge is:

Challenge #50 - Santa and Friends

We'd like to see Santa hanging with his crew for this one - a friend, Mrs Christmas, Rudolph, an elf or two; they're all welcome!

Here's another peek at Bonnie's adorable selfie card:


And here is my 'inspired by' card.


I think this is more a 'CASE' than an 'inspired by', but I just love Bonnie's 'selfie' image and decided to try and create one of my own using these cute, cute stamps from Stamping Bella. There was so much masking involved, but I did enjoy the process. I also picked up Bonnie's snowflakes and the white sentiment, which is from Mama Elephant (Merry Greetings). The lovely background stamp is from Hero Arts. 

For his Random Raffle for this special challenge Rudolph has bagged a sponsor! 


$10 of stamps shipped worldwide.

Many thanks to Lost Coast for sponsoring this challenge. If you're not familiar with this company, please go check them out as you are in for a treat.

Bonnie and I very much hope you'll come and join the fun!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

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