Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #18


It's Tree Trimming time again, but before we rip open the boxes of baubles and get tangled in tinsel, I'd like to say a very big thank you to my elf for Challenge #18, Joanne from Ambrosia and Iron. It was great fun partnering with you on this one.


We had a fabulous number of entries for this challenge (thank you!) and both Joanne and I really enjoyed visiting your blogs and feeling inspired in return by what you'd created. Here's another look at the banner which inspired you all so much.



Our Top Picks are as follows:

We both love the jazz-hands placement of the cute mittens.

The bear, the scarf and that amazing background 'wowed' us both!

Such a beautiful hand-drawn snowie.

Fabulous baubles inspired by the background.

Our Winner for this challenge and Star on the Tree is:

A beautiful card with a sweet image, stunning colouring and fabulous masking.

Congratulations, hope you all enjoy your shiny blog badges.




Rudolph is here with his TWO Random Raffles. 



Firstly, let's see where the Clearly Besotted bears are moving to:


Turns out this sweet little trio is emigrating to Canada to live with Donna from Keep Calm and Snark On. I guess they'll need those hats, scarves and sweaters! Congratulations, Donna, please get in touch via the sidebar box with your address so I can connect you with your prize.

Rudolph's second Random Raffle is for the position of Elf for Challenge #2 and it's Christmas Kickstart Challenge frequent-flyer Sherri from Sherri's Flip Floppin' BlogCongratulations, Sherri, and I'd be grateful if you could also contact me via the sidebar comments form so we can get you measured for your hat!

Once again, a very heartfelt thank you to everyone who played along with this challenge, it was such fun to see how the blog header inspired you all to create your cards. Challenge #19 is now underway and myself and Elf Michele are enjoying a Scandinavian Holiday, so why not come and join us?



Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Christmas Kickstart Challenge #19 - Scandinavian Holiday


Welcome to Challenge #19 - we really are speeding through the year!

Thanks to everyone who played along in the previous challenge; it was great to see so many of you inspired by the blogheader.

For this challenge I'm thrilled to be joined by the lovely Michele from I card Everyone.

My Photo

I'm a huge fan of Michele's fabulous cards and knew I wanted her to be the elf for this challenge as I thought she'd have a ball with the theme... turns out I was totally right!

Our Challenge for this fortnight is:
Scandinavian Holiday



Anyone need smelling salts? I know I swooooooned when I first saw these.
You can also see a further card, and read the details about all her creations by checking out Michele's blog post here.

My cards

I barely need an excuse to go for a red and white colour combo on a Christmas card.


It turns out that these gorgeous little images look good in multi-colours too!

If you like these cute images from Hero Arts you'll be sad to hear that the set is long since discontinued. However, Rudolph has contacts and is giving away a Scandinavian Holiday set as his Randon Raffle Prize for this challenge! Go Rudolph, what a guy!

 

Please come and join Michele and I to play in our Scandinavian Holiday Challenge.

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

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #17


 Hi there, it's time to Trim the Tree for Challenge #17 and also to thank my lovely Elf, Cat, for all her help with the fun and cardmaking frolics! Thanks, Cat, it was lovely teaming with you.

After a slowish start the entries just kept on coming; picking just a few to comment on has been really tricky.

Top Picks are as follows:

Gorgeous colouring, super-crisp embossing and an adorable pup!

We loved the sweet little puppy and just how many stamp sets Angie used 
to create this sweet scene.

What a great scene and we love that we're seeing the action through a window.

Our Winner and Star on the Tree for this Challenge is:

Both Cat and I fairly swooned over this gorgeous little creation.

Well done everyone, please grab your blog badges.


Here's Rudolph to announce his Random Raffle...

Image result for just rite cling merry christmas ornament

It's you, Helen!
Please can you contact me via the sidebar form so that I can arrange for your prize to reach you.

Once again, a big thank you to Cat, and to everyone who played along in this challenge. Our new challenge is open and I'd love it if you could join myself and elf Joanne to play along.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Christmas Kickstart Challenge #18 - Get a Head-er Start!


Thanks so much to everyone who played along with Challenge #17 - Dacshund Through the Snow! After a slowish start the entries just kept tumbling in and it'll take Cat and I a few days to sift through all your gorgeous creations before we announce a winner and top picks.

It's time to launch a new challenge and to introduce a new elf!

I'm thrilled to introduce the very talented Joanne from Ambrosia and Iron. I've been fangirling Joanne's cards for quite a few years now as I love her cardmaking style. Let's meet and greet her...


"I'm delighted to be joining Jo for a tour of duty as an elf, Santa's little helpers have always struck me as the creative type! I've always made things, I remember my mum used to tell me "Make a feature of it" if I messed up a project when I was a little girl. Amazing what it does for your creative confidence if everything has the potential to be a feature rather than a mistake." 

I can't take credit for the title of this challenge - we must blame thank Joanne for this punny little number!

Challenge #18 - Get a Head-er Start

For this challenge we'd like you to take your inspiration from the blog header!


You can grab the colours, the layout, match the happy snowman or focus on the pretty baubles in the background - the choice, as they say, is all yours!

Joanne's card
Joanne has picked-up on the snowman and the circles of the baubles for her sweet card. You can see all the details on her blog post here.

My card

Try as I might I couldn't find Promarker colours to match the header colours, so I cut myself a little slack and just got as close as I could. This little Paper Smooches snowdude with his carrot nose and stick arms hit the spot for me. There's another card and all the info on this card over on my blog.

Rudolph is going to be very busy during this fortnight as he has TWO Random Raffles on the go!
Would YOU like to be an elf here at The Christmas Kickstart Challenge? I'm looking for someone to to keep me company for Challenge #20. If you'd like to go into Rudolph's Random Raffle to be a guest, please include the world 'Elf' next to your name when you sign up. The lucky winner, drawn at random by Rudolph, will guest on Tuesday 24th September and will need to be available for commenting in the fortnight following the challenge launch. 


For his second Random Raffle Rudolph brings us a very sweet Clearly Besotted set as a prize.

Knitted With Love

Hope you can join Joanne and myself and get a 'Head-er Start' on those Christmas cards!

Challenge Rules and Guidelines: 
  • Like and/or follow this blog either via Blogger or Bloglovin, or Email. 
  • Add the URL link from your project after it has been uploaded to your online craft gallery or blog to the Linky tool
  • 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 fortnightly on a Tuesday. 
  • Please enter a max of 3 cards per challenge.
  • Preferably no back linking to older projects, please.

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

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #16



I'm a little later than I meant to be, but here I am to announce the winner and the top picks from Challenge #16.

Before the results, I must thank the lovely Darnell for undertaking her elfin duties for this challenge!


I was thrilled when Darnell agreed to be the elf for Challenge #16. I've long admired Darnell's crafting style, sunny personality and wit, and knew I'd love to have her as a guest here. Between us we cooked-up the idea of Christmas-themed Twofering and I'm delighted that so many of you came and played along with this fun challenge.

Thanks so, so much, Darnell, it's been a total blast!

I was glad of Darnell's guidance and support with this challenge, and that was especially true when it came to the 'judging' side of things. You guys made some amazing cards and some fabulous Twofers, so once again, thanks for playing. 

Our Top Picks are:

Two very different looking cards - Twofering at it's best!

The same stamp but two very, very different looks.

Two different and equally beautiful ways to use that gorgeous die.

Our winner and Star on the Tree for this challenge is:

Two beautiful cards and a perfect Twofer pair.

Congratulations to you all, please grab your badges!




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


Congratulations, Chrissie, please could you contact me via the sidebar form to arrange for delivery of your prize.

There's a new challenge here at The Christmas Kickstart and a new elf.

Finally, if you enjoyed Twofering with Darnell you should check out The Twofer Card Challenge where she and the team have a Nautical Themed Challenge on offer from 10th - 24th August.


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