Friday, July 5, 2024

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #87



It's time to Trim the Tree for Challenge #87!

For this challenge we were joined by the lovely Denise from The Crafty Den.


Thanks so much for your company and your inspiration, Denise, it was great fun having you as our elf for this challenge. 

We had 32 fabulous entries for this challenge - which I think is pretty amazing for a Christmas Challenge in June. Thank you to everyone who played along. 

Our theme was:
It's a Gift

Our Top Picks for this challenge are:


Isn't Meghan's card just the sweetest!

Love all the detail on Gail's card - just look at the background 
and the palm trees behind those fabulous guys!

We both love this so much!

Just look at Bonnie's perfect placement of the star 
and that added fluffy stuff!



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


Oh what fun! indeed. Just look at Leslie's beautiful colouring.

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




It's time to announce the winner of Rudolph's Random Raffle... 

 

#6 - Helen  It's you!

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

Thanks again to Denise for all the creativity, fun and friendship she brought to this challenge. There's a brand new challenge in progress, and as you know, I always love a crafting coincidence, so why not drop by and discover the identity of our new elfin muse! See you there. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #88 - Festive Frames!

 


Hi, Kickstarters, welcome to a brand new challenge! 

For the whole of July we're lucky to be joined by another very talented cardmaking lady, so please say hello to Leslie from Running With Scissors!




"Hi!  It's me, Leslie, waving hello from the Oregon coast, USA.  My young Golden Retriever, Sophie, and my dear husband, Rich, are close by as I compose this bio at my craft room window where I can watch over the garden and enjoy the birds at the feeders.  I've been making cards for many years and somehow I never grow tired of it.  What a pleasure it is to sit among my vast supply of stamps, dies, embossing folders, inks, papers... on and on.  It's a roomful of possibilities and I'm always eager to get started.  I would love to have you come visit me at Running With Scissors... "

Thanks so much for accepting the elf hat this month, Leslie, it's great to have you here.

Our theme for July is
Festive Frames

We'd like to see a FRAME on your Christmas card!

 Take a look at what Leslie has created for our challenge...


Just take a moment to enjoy all the different elements she's included! You can find the details about Leslie's beautiful card by heading to her blog here

Here's what I made for the theme.



Rudolph is here to announce his fabulous Random Raffle Prize for this challenge:
 

Look everyone, it's a baby Rudolph!

Leslie and I hope you'll come and join the fun for our challenge; we can't wait to see what you create!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Reminder for Challenge #87

 


We're in very talented cardmaking company once again this month as we have 
Denise from The Crafty Den as our Elf.


Our theme until June 30th is...

It's a Gift!

So we'd like to see gifts or presents on your cards, please. 

Denise has created another lovely piece to inspire us. Just look how happy that penguin is practicing his present balancing and looking like he's enjoying a gift deportment lesson! 


Here's a little reminder of Denise's first make for our challenge.


There were so many different ways to go for an 'Inspired by card', but I grabbed Denise's 'sketch' design and rather like the end result. Thanks for letting me CASE your card, Denise. 


There are still two weeks for you to join our challenge, and don't forget that Rudolph has a very lovely Random Raffle Prize on offer for one lucky person!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #86



Yes, it's Tree Trimming Time again here at Christmas Kickstart! A big thank you to everyone who joined the fun as we Played with Plaid this month. We had some GREAT entries for this challenge!

Thanks also to our last minute replacement elf, your friend and mine Gail from CraftyNomad! Gail very kindly jumped-in to cover our guest slot when Jen Nelson developed Covid. Thankfully, Jen, is now very much recovered.

 

We had some really glorious cards for this challenge, and we both have many favourites from the twenty-six entries in the gallery. You guys all rock!

Our Top Picks for this challenge are:

#10 - Arlene

We both love Arlene's big text card!


How sweet to make her card look like a beautifully wrapped gift.

#4 - Tina

We love that Tina grabbed this challenge and made it her own
with her sweet and simple plaid, fade-out background and adorable snowman.


Our Winner and Star on the Tree for this week is:
So elegant and that plaid stamping is dah bomb!

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


Rudolph has chosen a gorgeous stamp and stencil package for his Random Raffle prize for this challenge. And our lucky winner is...

 

#18 - Suzanne H... It's you!

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

Once again a very big thank you to Gail, and to all of you who played along with this challenge. I am always in awe of how many of you join our challenges, and this is especially true during the Spring and Summer months when Christmas and the Holiday season seem so far away. Thank you to you all!

There's a new challenge underway with another super-talented cardmaker, so why not come and play along!

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #87 - It's a Gift!




I'm so happy to welcome Denise from The Crafty Den as our Elf for June! 

I'm a long-term fan of Denise's fabulous cardmaking and want nothing more than to be able to colour as beautifully as she does when I grow up! 😉😜😉


"Hello everyone, my name is Denise. I live in a small town in South Wales, UK and not embarrassed to say I am a homebody and have never lived anywhere else!  I am married to Heath and we have 2 grown-up sons.  I have been paper crafting for as long as I can remember and started my blog in 2008.  I have met some amazing crafters along the way and happily still call lots of them friends today.  I was lucky enough to take early retirement in 2022 so enjoy crafting even more now that I have more free time.  Please pop over and check out my blog at https://thecraftyden.blogspot.com."

Thanks so much, Denise, it's great to have you here!


Our theme for June is:

It's a Gift!

Nice and simple: we'd like to see a gift or gifts on your card/s, please.

Here's what our elfin muse created to help inspire us. 

Isn't this just adorable! I always love Denise's cards so much. 


And no matter how hard I try, I cannot get a good photograph of my card. 

Rudolph's Random Raffle Prize for this challenge is a gorgeous little stamp from Lili of the Valley: 
 

Denise and I very much hope you'll come and play along in our challenge... There's only 204 days to go until Christmas!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Reminder for Challenge #86

 


Hi guys, welcome to The Reminder for Challenge #86 where we're currently 

Playing with Plaid

with Gail from Crafty Nomad who very kindly jumped in to cover for Jen when she went down with Covid. You'll be glad to hear that Jen is now on the mend and recovering well. 



Here's what Gail created for our challenge... Isn't this just simply adorable? Do you love that bear, the tree and the fabulous drapes as much as I do? 


I decided to steal Gail's easel card format and her use of die cuts for my 'Inspired by...' card. 




You can read all about how I created my card over on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration, Gail!

Rudolph's Random Raffle Prize is a gorgeous two-fer this month...



Gail and I both hope you'll come and join the fun!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

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