Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Reminder Post for Challenge #68


It's Reminder time for Challenge #68 and I'm totally stoked to have mascot Edna and The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers with me this month to play Trees, Trees, Trees!


Sisters Chris and Barbara join me for this post. Chris is in the process of moving house, but still made time to create this beautiful card for the challenge...

Isn't this a stunner? I love it.

And Sister Barb made this little beauty because she's as kind as she is talented.

Just look at all the lovely layers.

Here's my card. I teamed Uniko Stars with a blended sky, Tim Holtz trees and a Woodware sentiment, which appears to be discontinued. These sentiments are similar


Rudolph has a sweet Random Raffle prize for this challenge.


Please don't forget to check out the Challenge Guidelines before signing up.

Thanks again to the Sisters for being our elves this month. We all hope you'll come join the fun!

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Monday, November 7, 2022

Let's trim the Tree for Challenge #67



It's time to Trim the Tree for Challenge #67. 

Our guest elf for this challenge was the lovely Janet from Swanlady Impressions.

Janet picked a brilliant theme for our challenge and the cards you made showed that this one really hit the spot for so many of you.


Choosing a few cards to showcase wasn't easy, but here are the one's that really got our pulses racing.

Our Top Picks for this challenge are:

#34 - Susan B.

Both Janet and I love the CAS styling and beautiful embellishments on this card. 

                                                        #11 - Sally

The combination of gold foiling and dreamy watercolouring really make Sally's card something special.

#58 - Fran W.

Janet was especially wowed by how Fran’s highlighted elements of her 

background stamp and given it a focal point and dimension. 

The colours really 'pop' and work so well together for a classic Christmas combo.


Our Winner and Tree Topper for this week is:

Isn't Linda's box card a thing of beauty! 
Just look at the layers and the details: amazing creation! 

Congratulations to you all, I hope you enjoy flaunting your blog badges for all the world to see!



Once again, many thanks to everyone who played along. And a very big, big thank you to Janet who was the dream date for this challenge. Thanks you so much, Janet it's been brilliant having you as elf for this challenge.

Rudolph is here to announce his Random Raffle Winner...


#37  It's you, Helen!

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



Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Challenge #68 - Trees, Trees, Trees!

 


And next month it'll be December... and December means Christmas! But of course that's not going to worry you Christmas Kickstarters because you've been making cards all year long and have a stash of gorgeous creations all ready to drop in the mail! Right?

This month I'm delighted to be joined by a fabulous crew The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - the best girl gang in the world!

The Sisterhood never go anywhere without our mascot Edna, so here she is! And doesn't she look fine in her elf hat!


We have a great theme for you...

#68 - Trees, Trees, Trees!

For the whole of November we'd like to see twigs, branches, logs, a tree, two trees, a wood, a forest or perhaps an indoor scene with a Christmas Tree - the choice is yours!

Here's what the sistahs have created to inspire you!





Here's Rudolph with his penultimate Rudolph's Random Raffle of 2022 and I hope you notice that the cute little penguin guy has trees on his woolly pully. Nice touch, Rudolph! 


 

We all hope that you come and join the fun!

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Saturday, October 15, 2022

Reminder Post for Challenge #67

Hi there, it is just me or is Reminder Post time coming round a little quicker the nearer we get to Christmas?

This month we have a fabulous guest and a fabulous theme as we play...


in the company of the lovely Janet from Swanlady - Impressions.

Janet created a gorgeous card to kickstart our challenge, which you can see by clicking here. Not only did Janet create one card for this challenge, she created a whole gaggle of cards and here they all are looking glorious!


For my inspired by card I hunted through my stash and found a Woodware Poinsettia background to work with. Janet's cards are beautifully CAS and I love how she has so much white space on each design. I 'borrowed' Janet's black sentiment on a white space and die cut the background to create a window. However, the card just didn't look right until I stamp and coloured a second background and cut two poinsettia to soften the centre of the card. Again, I was inspired to do this because of the dimension Janet had achieved with her cards. 


This is so different to my usual style but I enjoyed the challenge of working with a stamp set that wouldn't have otherwise seen the light of day. 

There are currently twenty-three amazing cards in the gallery. If you haven't got a poinsettia stamp then any Christmas florals will be just fine and Janet and I look forward to seeing yet more beautiful flowery creations before the challenge closes at the end of the month.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #66



It's Tree trimming Time here again at Christmas Kickstart! 

Challenge #66 was very popular with 42 lovely cards in the gallery - thank you so much!

And thank you so much to our elf Tina in Slovenia and her gorgeous inspiration card which got this challenge rolling. Tina was poorly in the middle of this challenge, so, please, can we all send her lots of healing vibes for her continued progress. Thankyou, Tina, it was lovely partnering with you.

Our theme was...


and we were blown away by the variety of the entries for this challenge. Choosing our Top Picks and Winner was tricky, but this is what we came up with:

#18 - Fabiola

We both love Fabiola's little street scene in pencil crayon on kraft.

The details on Linda's fabulous snow globe card card are amazing!

Dawn's beautiful placement of the different elements of her card make it a real stunner.

As with Dawn's card, placement is everything for this creation too! 
Add in a colour combo that makes me go weak at the knees 
and you can see why Fran made our Top Picks!

Our Winner for this challenge is this Tree Topping card by

#24 - Julie K

A swooningly beautiful creation with fabulous attention to detail.


Congratulations to Fabiola, Linda, Dawn, Fran and our challenge winner, Julie. Please grab your badges - we hope you enjoy them!



Finally, here's Rudolph with the winner of his Random Raffle Prize...

 


It's YOU, #29 - Nicola G

Nicola, please drop me an email with your snail mail address at dottypudding (at) aol (dot) com so I can connect you with your prize.

Once again, congrats to our winners, a very big thank you to everyone who played along and very many thanks to Tina for being our September elfin muse!

The new Christmas Kickstart Challenge has already started, so why not click here to meet our new elf AND discover the great theme she picked for Challenge #67! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #67 - Poinsettias and Posies



Happy October, everyone! 

I'm thrilled to be joined by the very talented Janet from Swanlady - Impressions as our elfin muse this month. 


"I’m a Zimbabwean Born, South African raised, Mauritian settled, enthusiast of all things paper, ink, stamps etc. I started stamping 28 years ago and it’s amazing how the craft has developed with amazing new products over the years. I also enjoy scrapping, watercoloring, decoupage, crochet, sewing, baking, gardening and reading.  I love creating and want to do it all but there are just not enough hours in the day!  I love using colour when I create -  especially blues, greens and rainbows.  I find that I am gravitating towards CAS more and more but I as I can’t resist playing with techniques it can be a challenge."

I'm a huge fan of Janet's stunning cards and I know you'll love what she's created for this challenge. It's great to have you here, Janet, thanks so much.

Our theme, chosen by Janet, is

Challenge #67 - Poinsettias and Posies 

Here's how Janet interpreted our theme...





Just look at the layers and that stencilling - such stunning details. You can find out how Janet made this beautiful card by clicking here to visit her blog. 

And here's my take on the challenge; same theme, yet so completely different in design.



The handsome Rudolph is here to join the fun and he's chosen a great little prize for his Randon Raffle this month.


Just look at all those gorgeous border stamps - nice work, Rudolph!  Please remember to read the Challenge Guidelines so you can be in the drawer to win this prize.


Challenge Rules and Guidelines: 

  • Like and/or follow this blog either via Blogger or Bloglovin, or Email. 
  • Please mention and link back to this post/blog to let people know about this fun challenge!
  • I'd appreciate cards made especially for this challenge, but I understand that we all love challenges and the additional traffic they bring, so please link a card that fits NO MORE THAN 8 CHALLENGES including this. 
  • New Challenges will commence on the first Tuesday of each new month. 
  • Please enter a max of 3 cards per challenge.
  • Preferably no back linking to older projects, please.
  • Please remember to reference a fellow crafter's creations if your card has been inspired by their work.

Janet and I both look forward top seeing what you create!

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