Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #43 - 'Twas the Night Before Christmas...

 


Hi there, card makers, welcome to the latest challenge here at Christmas Kickstart. There are only a few weeks left until Christmas so it's a great time to get those Christmas and Holiday cards made if you've not already started!

There's a new elf in dah house and I'm delighted to welcome Liz McGuire from Buttons for Brains!

"Hi everyone, I'm so excited to be a guest elf. It has kick started my Christmas cardmaking! So, here's a little bit bout me. I have been designing and making cards for nearly 20 years now and been blogging about it for 12 of those years over at Buttons For Brains. Along with my cardmaking I like to try my hand at art journaling, memory keeping and mixed media. And, there is my new obsession - planners and stationery. There's just not enough hours in the day!"

I'm a huge fan of Liz's fabulous cards and was thrilled when she agreed to create something for this challenge. Our theme for the next two weeks is:

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #43 - 
'Twas the Night Before Christmas!

We're looking for anything that might happen on Christmas Eve or anything in the poem that inspires you.

Here's what Liz made - isn't her card adorable?


Here's what I made - I couldn't resist a little festive humour.



Here's Rudolph, and he's bagged a rather gorgeous die cut as the prize for his Random Raffle for this challenge



Liz and I hope you'll feel inspired and come and play along.

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.
  • 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

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Let's trim the Tree for Challenge #41!

 


I'm a little later than planned with the tree trimming post for Challenge #41 so let's jump right in and get this party started.

I'd like to say a big thank you to Arlene Rose for providing the inspiration for this challenge. It's been good to get to know you, Arlene!


Our challenge theme was:

Challenge #41 is Festive Florals

and this proved to be VERY popular as we had 54 beautiful entries.

Our Top Picks are:

Cindy

Lovely watercolouring against the gold heat embossing.

Karen

Such an elegant card.

Sally

Gold and white loveliness.


Topping the Tree for this challenge is this stunning card:

Trina

A gorgeous design and a beautiful colour palette. 


Congratulations to you all, please grab your celebratory badges!




Rudolph found a lovely prize for his Random Raffle



and the lucky winner is #53 - Jules

Big congrats, Jules, please could you get in touch with your snail mail address at dottypudding at aol dot com so I can connect you with your prize.

As always, there's a new challenge on offer and you can find it here... and also here as Christmas Kickstart and Let's Squash It! join forces for some embossing festive folder fun and frolics. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #42 - Use a Christmas Embossing Folder and a Stamp


Hi, welcome to Christmas Kickstart. There's double the fun on offer for this challenge as we join forces with Let's Squash It! That's right, because there's only one thing better than ONE Embossing Folder challenge: TWO embossing folder challenges!


The lovely Gail is our elf for this challenge and it just so happens that we've recently partnered up to start a new challenge blog  called Let's Squash It! where we celebrate the embossing folder in all it's craftin' glory! If you're not familiar with our new venture you can take a look here.


Our theme for Challenge #42 is:
Use a Christmas Embossing Folder and a Stamp

Here's what Gail made:

You can read all about her fun card here.

And here's what I made:


You can read all about how I made my card here.

This challenge will run here until Monday 23rd November, but will continue until the end of the month over at Let's Squash It! There will be winners and prizes on both blogs, so please sign up to the linky on both blogs to double your chances of winning! The rules are slightly different on each blog so please don't forget to check them before you sign up.

As always we have the wonderful Rudolph with a Random Raffle prize and I think you'll love what he has on offer for this challenge:



Hope you'll come and join the fun by linking below and at Let's Squash It!


Challenge Rules and Guidelines for Christmas Kickstart:

  • 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.
  • 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

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #40


 Hi there, it's tree trimming time again! 

Challenge #40 had a fabulous turn out and Pops and I were sooooo impressed with all your gorgeous creations! I'd like to say a very big thank you to the lovely Pops Moffat for inspiring us with her beautiful card for this challenge, and for all the lovely behind the scenes chats we've had too! Thanks so much, Pops, and good luck with your new cross stitch adventures. 


We got our heads together and these are our winners for this challenge:

Top Picks

Greta

We loved how Greta used the inspiration picture to inspire her card.

What a beauty!

Trina

What a fabulous pink sky!

Topping the Tree for this challenge is:

Lindsey

Clean and simple and beautifully pink - what a pretty card.

Congratulations to you all, please grab your blog badges and enjoy the kudos!




Rudolph is here with his Random Raffle Prize winner...



Congratulations, please can you contact me with your address at dottypudding@aol.com.

Once again, many thanks to Pops and to everyone who played along in this challenge. Challenge #41 is open and there's a new elf in town! Please come on over and join the fun!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #41 - Festive Florals


Welcome to Challenge #41! Doesn't time fly? It'll soon be Christmas.

It's time to welcome a new elf, and I'm delighted that Arlene Rose is here to provide the inspiration for our challenge. Let's find out a little bit more about Arlene...


"From the age of two I have always had an instrument of art in my hand. It started with crayons and never stopped. I was signed up to art school after graduation from nursing school but met my hubby and that led me down a different path. I have been rubber stamping for over 45 years. 


Back then I was only able to find stamps and ink pads in the local drug store. I had my youngest, born with Down’s Syndrome, and stayed home where I began teaching online. After my boys were in school I started working in craft and stamp stores, sadly all now closed. I have been teaching card crafting as well as other crafts for 12 years in the library system. I love to share my “talents” that God gave me with others."

Here's our theme:

Challenge #41 is Festive Florals

Don't you just love Arlene's beautiful card?


You can find all the details of how she made it by visiting her blog.

Here's what I made:

You can find the details of my card here.

Rudolph has been shopping and has got a lovely prize for this challenge: 




Remember, everyone who enters goes 'into the hat' for Rudolph's Random Raffle.

Here's hoping you'll feel inspired by Arlene's beautiful card and come and join the fun!


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.
  • 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

Friday, October 16, 2020

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #39


It's time to trim that tree here at Christmas Kickstart and hey, guess what, in under seventy days we'll all have to make sure we've trimmed the tree for real! Christmas is coming, people!

Thank you so much to all of you who entered this challenge. Our elf was the wonderful Chrissie Stokes and it's been such a joy to partner with her over the last two weeks. Thanks so much, Chrissie.

We had twenty-two fabulous entries and thinking caps were needed for quite a long time before we came up with the following results:

Our Top Picks

Marina

We both loved this sweet and witty card!

Michele

A beautiful card with a gorgeous colour palette.

A lovely layout and great colours, plus delicious looking cookies!

Just look at Marcia's little gingerbread house - such attention to detail.

 Topping the Tree for this challenge is:

Linda

We both enjoyed a good chuckle at Linda's sweet card!

Congratulations to you all, please grab your badges and flaunt them with delight!



As always, Rudolph has chosen a Random Raffle winner and it's you 
 



Robyn, I'd be grateful if you could please contact me with your address at dottypudding@aol.com.

Thanks again to Chrissie and to everyone who entered this challenge. Challenge #40 is already in progress and we have a new elf to inspire us with her creativity. Why not drop by and join the fun!

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