Monday, July 13, 2020

Let's Trim The Tree for Challenge #32...


Hi there, it's Tree Trimming Time here again at Christmas Kickstart!

Our theme for Challenge #32 was TAGS on cards, and who better to have had as elf then the lovely Tracey from In My Creative Opinion! Thanks so much for all your help and inspiration, Tracey, it's been great having you elfing here at Christmas Kickstart. 


Don't forget to look out for Tracey's brilliant 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge laster in the year!

Before allowing Tracey to hang up her elf hat I asked her to let me know her favourite picks from across the month. We were both blown away by all the gorgeous creations for this challenge and narrowing things down to find just a few to showcase has been super tricky!

Our Top Picks are:
Stylish and elegant, and a tag on a tag too!

The soft blue and silver look so pretty together.

Beautiful blues and gorgeous embossing!

Topping the Tree we have:
We both fell for Trina's lovely lettering and the teeny, tiny tag!

Congratulations to you all!

Please grab your blog badges.


Finally, here's Rudolph to announce the winner of his Random Raffle Prize:



Congratulations, Becca. Please could you contact me at dottypudding (dot) aol (dot) com with you address so I can connect you to your prize!

A big thank you to everyone who played along in this challenge. 

There's a new challenge already in progress here at Christmas Kickstart and it's proving very, very popular! Take care, stay safe and happy crafting everyone!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #33 - Hatty Christmas!


Welcome to another Christmas Kickstart Challenge!

We've now reached July and this is the month where Christmas Kickstart changes from monthly challenges to fortnightly challenges, so hold onto your hats as we speed towards Christmas!



We've got regular guest Gail as elf for this challenge and she picked the theme...

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #33 - Hatty Christmas

For this fortnight we'd like to see a HAT or HATS on your cards, please.

Here's Gail's card (You can find all the details on here blog post here):


Love the festive colour combo and the all important hat!

And here's what I made:



Rudolph has another lovely Random Raffle Prize to award to one lucky participant - just look at all those gorgeous sentiments!


Don't forget this challenge is open until 11.55pm BST 20th July, and both Gail and I hope you'll come and join the fun.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Mid-Challenge Reminder...



It's reminder time here at Christmas Kickstart, although judging from the number of entries plenty of you have already joined the fun! It's all about tags this month and who better to have as our elf then the lovely, and very talented, Tracey from In My Creative Opinion.


Tracey made this lovely card to launch our challenge...


and I couldn't resist making this little cutie as my 'Inspired by' creation.



Rudolph is offering a very appropriate prize for his Random Raffle.




And don't forget, if you further inspiration, Tracey's beautiful blog is packed with fabulous tags from previous 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenges. We both hope you'll tag along and come join this challenge!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #32 - Care to Tag Along?


Hi, I hope that you are all hanging in there during these weird times. Just to add a little extra touch of surreal to the proceedings let's make Christmas cards on the hottest days of the year so far!

Seriously, I'm still enjoying escaping to my craft room and losing myself in cardland.

There's a fab new challenge for you this month and an equally fab new elf! Our theme is all about tags, so who better to have on board then Tracey M from My Creative Opinionthe Queen of Tags!


"Hi there, I am Tracey McNeely and my crafty blog is ‘In My Creative Opinion’! My husband and I live in the beautiful Muskoka's of Ontario, Canada. We have two children who are now young adults–Ben and Brooklyn. I have been crafting as long as I can remember, but my love affair with paper, stamps and ink started way back in the 90’s! I always am excited to try something new but playing with Distress Oxide inks seems to be something that is hanging on with me. I am excited to share a Christmas card with you today!"
It's great to have you here, Tracey and for me, it always starts to feel like Christmas is approaching once your 25 Days of Christmas Tags Challenge begins!

So, we're playing...
Challenge #32 - Care to Tag Along?

Here's Tracey's adorably cute creation:



You can find out all the details on her blog by clicking here.

Here's my card:



Rudolph had done us proud and found a pair of lovely tag dies for his Random Raffle Prize!




If you are looking for inspiration for this challenge, Tracey's beautiful blog is chock-full of gorgeousness from previous 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenges. We both hope you'll tag along and come join this challenge!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Mid - Challenge Reminder...


Hi everyone, I hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe as Lockdown begins to ease in some countries. In some ways time seems to pass slowly during these strange socially distanced days, and yet I'm surprised that we've reached reminder time for this challenge so quickly!


Our elf for this challenge is the lovely Robyn from Waterlily Cards and to say that we've been having a blast with this theme would be putting it mildly!

Robyn has been a powerhouse of ideas and inspiration and I know you'll love her latest card!


Isn't it a beauty? If you'd like to see how Robyn created her card then please take a look on her blog where she has a tutorial with all the details.

And, as if that wasn't enough, Robyn has also made a second card (I know, fabulous elfing!) and I'm giving you a little sneak peek here...



Here's my card for the challenge; you can find the details by visiting my blog.


The challenge remains open for another couple of weeks so there's plenty of time to join Robyn and I and play along. Stay safe and keep crafting!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Challenge #31 - Some Inspiration.



Hi guys, I hope that you are all doing well.

I decided to drop by with a short tutorial to share an idea I had for making a wreath card without a wreath stamp. Not everyone has a suitable wreath stamp but we all may have a small, round stamp in our collection or a small leaf or snowflake shape that we could use instead.

Step 1


I die cut a circle and used it as a template to create my basic wreath size and shape.

Step 2

I picked a range of coloured inks and fixed my circle stamp to a clear block.

Step 3


I randomly stamped around the circle, making sure to have some circles 'hang' over the line.

Step 4

I changed colours and stamped around the circle again.

Step 5


Once I felt that I'd built up enough circles in different inks, I carefully erased the pencil lines.

The finished card

I added some tiny bows and matching gems and then stamped a sentiment in the centre of my wreath. A little layering and I was done!


I can imagine this in a variety of colour combos, or stamped with stars, snowflakes or whatever floats your crafting boat! Not got a round stamp? Use that little circular eraser on the end of your pencil. This would also be a great card to make with a child and could even be made using their finger prints!

I hope you found this useful and that it may have inspired those of you without a suitable stamp or die set. Robyn and I are loving the cards that have already appeared in the linky gallery and would love to see a few more appear before the challenge ends. We'll be back later in the month with more inspiration to get your motor running for this challenge!

Take care and stay safe.

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