Saturday, January 15, 2022

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #58 - Reminder

 


Welcome back, I hope that 2022 is treating you well!

It's hard to believe that January is already half-way done, but it's true and so it's time for our mid-month reminder post for Challenge #58. Our theme is Rainbow Christmas and our elfin muse is the lovely Cornelia from Stempel Spass.


Cornelia very kindly created a second card for our challenge:

I think you'll agree she's 'nailed' the challenge, and you can find all the details of how she created her card on her blog here.

I'm not really sure my card is quite as 'rainbow-y' as I wanted, but I hope you like it. You can find all the details over on my blog.


You have until 31st January to 'wow' us with your creations, so why not take the plunge and start making your Christmas 2022 cards with us right now.

Both Cornelia and I hope you'll come and join the fun, and so does Rudolph as he has a lovely embossing folder to give away in his Random Raffle for this month!


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Monday, January 10, 2022

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #57


With January racing away I thought I better get this post written right now or else we'll be in February!

A very big thank you to everyone who played along in If It's Christmassy, Link It Up! An amazing total of 150 of you played along (I do love a nice round number, don't you?) and make this one heaps of fun!

I had a little help from Rudolph with choosing Top Picks and a Winner for this month as the standard of entries was amazing!

Our Top Picks are as follows:

The colour palette and the design of this card are simply adorable.


Hat's off to Izzy for some amazing masking to create this sweet scene.

Just look at all that sparkle! Arlene's houses are simply adorable.

A fabulous colour combo and an amazing background.

Fabulous stamping and that sentiment style and placement is perfection!

Topping our Tree for this challenge is:

Isn't this just joyful?

Congratulations to our Top Picks and Winner. 
Please grab your badge to flaunt on your blog!





The lovely Rudolph chose a great prize for this challenge:

Winner of this Random Raffle is...

#2 - Barb!

Congratulations, Barb, please can you get in touch to claim your prize.

Once again, many thanks to all of you who took part in this challenge. We already have a new elf and a new theme on offer so please come take a look and play along... Those Christmas cards won't make themselves you know!

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #58 - Rainbow Christmas

 

Happy New Year to you all!

I hope you all had a very happy Christmas and that you're back at your crafting tables and ready to go with another year of festive cardmaking.

I'm delighted to be joined by a very talented new elf to Kickstart 2022 - please welcome Cornelia from Stempel Spass! I'm a huge fan of Cornelia's cards and was delighted when she agreed to be our elfin muse for this month.

"My name is Cornelia – otherwise known as 'fun stamping', which translates into Stempel Spass – the name of my blog. I am originally from Germany, hence my blog name. For the last 25 years I have been living in New Jersey with my husband. We are empty nesters – both of our children flew out into the world, with one in England and the other one in college. I am working full time and like to spend my evenings creating cards. I have been totally hooked for many years. I mainly do CAS cards, but occasionally I like to experiment with other styles. Besides card making I enjoy photography, baking, cooking, hiking, biking, reading, classical and all sorts of ethnic music. In addition, I love to travel, although that had been impaired lately! I wish my days would be longer!"

Our theme for January is a fun one and I hope this gets your creative motors up and running! We're playing:

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #58 - Rainbow Christmas

We'd love to see the colours of the Rainbow on your cards! And here's the card Cornelia made to inspire us...



Don't you just love those trees?? That rainbow effect works perfectly as it moves from blue to violet, and that single star is a genius addition as it pulls the design together and leads the eye around the card. You can find out all the details of how Cornelia made her card by heading over to her blog.

Here's what I made. I had so much fun arranging my dancing Santa troupe! As always, you can find all the info. about my card on my blog.


Finally, let's say 'Hi' to Rudolph - he tells me he had a fab Christmas and is delighted to be here again with a lovely, festive embossing folder to kick-off another year of his Random Raffles!  

Please, don't forget to read the Challenge Guidelines before linking your card. Rudolph get's so disappointed if he picks a Random Raffle winner and then can't award the prize because that person has entered too many other challenges alongside this one!

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.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Reminder Post for Challenge #57 and a Happy Christmas to you all!

 

Ho, ho, ho!

With Christmas only 10 days away our reminder post seemed like the right time and place to send you all Season's Greetings and to say a big thank you to everyone who has played along here during 2021.

We've had some fabulous elves, great inspiration and fun themes to help you KICKSTART your Christmas card making across the year and we'll be doing it all again in 2022 commencing January 4th!

It isn't Christmas for me unless Snowy gets inked-up and makes it onto a card...


This cute, little snow-dude just has to be one of my all time favourite festive images. 

The final challenge for 2021 can be found here and don't forget we have a brilliant prize in Rudolph's Random Raffle. 

Thanks again to our wonderful 2021 elves, to our generous sponsors and most of all, thanks to you for making this little challenge blog a heap of fun. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to you and those you love.

See you in 2022!


Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #57 - If It's Christmassy, Link It Up!



It's a little quiet here in Kickstart Central as all our elves are home with their loved ones, and it's just Rudolph and me waiting for Santa!

Yes, it's the final challenge for 2021 and what a year it's been in oh, so many different ways. Thankyou to everyone who has dropped by and/or played along during this time, you make this so much fun and I'm very grateful for all your visits and comments.

The challenge theme for December is:

Challenge #57 - If It's Christmassy, Link It Up!

This is pretty much an Anything Goes Challenge, but if you need a little inspiration then why not look back at the work of the wonderfully inspirational elves who've guested here at Christmas Kickstart during the past year.


A big thank you to everyone who inspired us during 2021.

February 2021- Slimline Cards



Jane from Onions and Paper
April 2021 - You Sleigh Me!


May 2021 - Santa and Friends






Thankyou so much, ladies, it's been a real pleasure getting to know you all and seeing your gorgeous card designs. What brilliant company you've all been.

As I said, I'm on a solo run for December as I think the festive season is busy enough without having to be on Elf Duty. So, here's what I've made for this final challenge of 2021:



 And...



I do love me an inky background and red stamping! You can see all the details of these makes over on my blog.


Rudolph is here with his final Random Raffle of 2021, and he's done us proud again with this lovely prize from Sizzix! 

Please remember to read the challenge rules so you can go into the hat for this random prize draw. 

I can't wait to see what you create for our final challenge of 2021.

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.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Sunday, December 5, 2021

It's Time to Trim the Tree for Challenge #56


We were in brilliant company for Challenge #56 - Christmas Snippets with the very lovely Di - The Queen of Snippets as our elfin inspiration.

Thank you so much for being a fabulous elf, Di! You've been so supportive, so generous with your time and creativity, and great fun 'backstage'. I can't thank you enough.

And you guys, haven't you been amazing too? The standard has been nothing short of jaw dropping for this challenge and a 112 beautiful snippets cards filled the gallery! Thank goodness I had Di to hold my hand and help me pick some favourites. Our short list was very long and I'm sorry that so many of you just missed out for our Top Picks.

Top Picks 

We both loved how Greta used the Disappearing Nine Patch technique for her card.
(You can see Greta's card on Instagram by clicking her name.)
Such a classy design using parcel snippets.
Elegance, simplicity and perfect positioning of the different 
elements combine to make this a truly beautiful card.


Prudence blew us away with her careful and creative Christmas tree card.
(You can see Prudence's card on Instagram by clicking her name.)

Our Winner and Tree Topper for this challenge is:


Bobby's use of her snippets is just brilliant. 
Just think how much patience and care has gone into this design.

Congratulations to you all, please grab your blog badges and flaunt them for all the world to see, envy and enjoy!



Finally, here's the wonderful Rudolph with the results of his Random Raffle. 



We were very fortunate to be sponsored by Stickerkitten for this challenge and our lucky randomly drawn winner is:


Congratulations, Margreet, please email me at dottypudding(at)aol.com so that I can pass your address details to Sarah so she can arrange for you to spend your prize. A very big thankyou to Sarah and James of Stickerkitten for being our sponsors this month. If you've not taken a look at their shop, please do so as they have some gorgeous stamps, design papers and other goodies at very reasonable prices and are offering 10% off to everyone who has played in this challenge.

Thanks again to Di, to Stickerkitten and to everyone who entered this challenge. You guys just make this challenge so much fun and I'm so grateful to the gorgeous folk of Cardland for playing along throughout the year.

There's just a couple of days until a new challenge begins, so I hope to see you back here again very soon!

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