Saturday, July 20, 2019

Let's trim the Tree for Challenge #14

Welcome back, it's time to Trim the Tree here at The Christmas Kickstart Challenge.

A big thank you to my elf for this challenge, Monika from Creative with Monika.

Our theme for this challenge was 'Your Hot Beverage of Choice' and after a slow start we had some truly gorgeous entires. Thanks so much to everyone who played along, it was lovely to see your beautiful work.

Our Top Picks for this challenge are:

What a great way to use that beautiful design paper.

A fabulous selection of retro loveliness.

More retro fun and a gorgeous colour combo.

Our Star on the Tree for this challenge is

We both loved the design, the colour palette and the cute crockery. 

Well done, please grab your blog badges.

 This really was a super-tricky one to call as the standard of entries was just amazing - thanks to eveyone who played along.

Finally, here's the hunky Rudolph to announce the winner of his Random Raffle:
Kaisercraft Mint Wishes CLEAR STAMPS

It's a good week for Fabiola as she wins a top pick slot AND this cute stamp set! 
Well done, Fabiola, please could you contact me via the comments box in the sidebar with your snail mail details.

There's a new elf and a new challenge on offer and a gorgeous stamp prize from our sponsors Lost Coast Designs, so why not come on over and join the fun!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Christmas Kickstart Challenge #15 - Festive Things with Wings

Welcome to Episode #15 of The Christmas Kickstart Challenge. In this fortnight's episode crafters in the Northern Hemisphere will create Christmas cards while sweating and turning up the air con!

Yes, I did wonder how it would feel making Christmas cards in July and the answer seems to be HOT, very hot.

For this challenge we're joined again by my buddy Gail from Crafty Nomad. At some point I guess I may have to consider letting let her keep the elf hat!

Thanks, Gail, it's great to have you elfing here again.

 For this challenge we'd like to see 
Festive Things with Wings!

Gail's Card
Love those wings!

Here's my creation. 

To be honest I'm not sure if penguins have 'wings' as such (I think they actually have flippers) but, hey, these guys are cute and kinda flappy...

For this challenge Gail, Rudolph and myself wish to thank our sponsors Lost Coast Designs for providing this gorgeous stamp as a prize for Rudolph's Random Raffle.

If you'd like to see some samples of this sweet little guy you can take a look at the fabulous inspiration at The Lost Coast Blog. The team have been celebrating Christmas in July with some beautiful festive creations. You can also read more about Gail's card by heading here over at The Lost Coast Portal.
Hope you can join us for this fun challenge!

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #13

Hi there everyone, welcome to another thrilling installment of Tree Trimming!

A very big thank you to everyone who played along with this one - we had some stunning entries and picking just a few to showcase has been very, very difficult. Thank goodness I had my trusy elf, Greta, on hand to help me out. Thanks, Greta, you've been a total star!

Our Top Picks are as follows:

So this is how Santa spends his time 'Down Under'.

A beautiful colour combo and a perfect combination of layers and sparkle.

We both fell hard for this fabulously CAS creation and all that glorious sparkle.

And because we couldn't pick just three Top Picks, we've chosen four!

We both loved all the sparkle and shine on this beautifully stenciled card.

Our Star on the Tree for this challenge is:

We love that this gorgeous card lights up.

I know, amazing!

Please grab your blog badges, ladies!

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

Congratulations, Pia. Please could you contact me with your address details via the form on the sidebar.

Once again, thanks for Greta for performing her elfy duties and to everyone who entered this challenge. Challenge #14 - Your Hot Beverage of Choice is currently underway and is a little bit quiet at the moment, so why not break out your cups, coffee pots and hot chocolate stamps and come play along!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Christmas Kickstart Challenge #14 - Your Hot Beverage of Choice

It's time for a new challenge here at The Christmas Kickstart, and also time to welcome a new elf. I'm sure many of you will recognise Monika from Creative with Monika

"Hi, I’m Monika from Munich-Germany. I was born in Indonesia and moved here with my German husband in 2001. I have 2 sons (aged 13 and 12 years old) and I work in Accounting. I love making cards and started in 2009 when I moved to Munich. Since coming to Germany I studied to be an Office Administrator-Accountant and got my first job here in 2013. You may know me from a card challenge with Lilian named Creative with Stamps.

The theme for this challenge is:

Your Hot Beverage of Choice!

We're equally happy to see coffee, tea, hot chocolate or a glass of mulled wine - anything that would warm you up on a chilly winter's day!

Monika created a sweet paper-pieced card for this challenge; you can visit her blog to find out all the details of how she created her card. 

For my card I broke out this gorgeous image from Picket Fence. This really is a terrible photograph of a sweet card! You can find out the details of this make on my blog. 

As always, we have Rudolph with us and he has another lovely Random Raffle Prize on offer in the form of a gorgeous clear stamp set from Kaisercraft.

Kaisercraft Mint Wishes CLEAR STAMPS

Please come and play along with Monika and myself for this new challenge - we're very much looking forward to seeing your hot drink related creations!

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Let's trim the Tree for Challenge #12

Hi there, it's time to Trim the Tree for Challenge #12 and to thank everyone who played along with our fun theme. Also, I'd like to say a big thank you to my lovely Elf: Marina.

We had a whole heap of fun picking the book and the cover together, and creating our cards for this one! Thanks so much for generously agreeing to bring your Library Challenge theme to The Christmas Kickstart, Marina.

Our Top Picks for this challenge are:

Just love that crazy elf.

A sweet, little elf with a very long to-do list!

How I wish they had these in my size!

Our Winner for this challenge is:

Such a very clever take on the theme combining all the different challenge elements.

Please grab your blog badges, ladies.

Rudolph's Random Raffle Winner is 

Congratulations, Marcia, please could you get in touch to claim your prize using the contact box in the sidebar.

Once again, many thanks to Marina and also to everyone who entered this challenge. The current challenge is open, there's a new elf in town and if you love Glitter, Sparkle and Shine on your Christmas cards then this one is calling your name!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Christmas Kickstart Challenge #13 - Glitter, Sparkle and Shine.

Hi Christmas Kickstarters, welcome to another fun challenge!

For this challenge I'm delighted to welcome a new elf: Greta from GG Creations!

"I'm so happy to be an elf for Jo at The Christmas Kickstart Challenge.  We connected through the international Card Chain Challenge years ago & are both still active in it.  For those of you who don't know me, I'm a retired RN living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest area of the United States with my hubby of 39 years & our 6 year old Standard Schnauzer named Fritz. My stamping/cardmaking life began over 25 years ago when I was introduced to this wonderful hobby by the stamp store in my little town.  I kept them in business for at least a year--haha!  Christmas cards are my favorite to make, so naturally I was thrilled when Jo began the Christmas Kickstart Challenge Blog.  Hope my card inspires you to play along!" 

Thanks, Greta, I'm so happy to have you as the guest for this challenge.

So, let's get down to business, and I have to say this is a challenge I've been looking forward to as it's all about:

Glitter, Sparkle and Shine!

For this challenge we'd like to see anything that glitters, sparkles or shines on your card: glitter, gems, mirror card - it's all good!

Here's what Greta created! Isn't her card gorgeous? I love the sweet combo of sparkle and beautiful stenciling and how your eye is drawn to the middle of the card.

My take on the theme also goes with minimal sparkle, but hopefully shows that sometimes less is more. This card is soooo twinkly IRL as there's Wink of Stella on the background and the bow, but you'd never know it!

Rudolph has a very cute Random Raffle prize on offer for this challenge:


I love the Scandi-vibe of this pretty Bo Bunny set.

Please come and join myself and Greta for this challenge: let's all get our Christmas sparkle on!

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