Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Christmas Kickstart Challenge Challenge #30 - Winter Wonderland (Create a Scene)


Greeting friends, I hope that you are keeping well and that you are coping during these difficult times. I'm finding crafting and blogging to be a huge comfort and want to thank everyone for keeping the fun going, for playing along and for sending much needed love and friendship around the world.

It's new month and a new theme:

Challenge #30 - Winter Wonderland (Create a Scene)

I'm thrilled to welcome long-term blogging buddy Jane from Purplejet Loves Crafts as our elf this challenge!


"Hi, I'm a craft loving retired primary school teacher and a bit hooked on all things purple. My current passions are taking photos, scrapbooking and cardmaking interspersed with crochet and knitting, although over the years I've given most crafts a try."

I'm a huge fan of Jane's cards and have been following her blog for quite a while now. I fairly swooned when this adorable creation downloaded on my PC.



Here's my take on the theme:




Rudolph is here to share his prize for this month's Random Raffle: it's a sweet stack of presents by PaperArtsy JOFY!





Jane and I really hope you'll play along with this challenge and can't wait to see your Winter Wonderland scenes!


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 monthly 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

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Mid-ish Challenge Reminder!


Goodness, how much the world has changed since the launch of this challenge!

I don't know about you guys, but I'm so glad to have a hobby to focus on during these difficult days. I'm a key worker (I work in a school) and am attending work on a rota with my colleagues, so I'm doing lots of crafting to fill my time at home.

I really hope that everyone is doing ok out there, staying safe and spending quality time with their families. I did wonder whether it was the right thing to do to continue with this challenge but I've decided to keep going. I hope that playing along may bring participants some light relief during these stressful and worrying times.

It's challenge reminder time and our current theme is:

Christmas Cheer AKA Alcohol!

The sistahs and yours truly have been enjoying the fabulous and very inventive cards that you've created for this challenge. Snark and or humour are welcome, but are not essential - it's just the way we  roll over at The Sisterhood!

Here's a little more inspiration if you'd like to join the fun before the end of the challenge.



As always, there is a cute prize for Rudolph's Random Raffle, and bragging rights and badges for one Winner and our Top Picks!



I very much hope that you'll join Edna, myself and the wonderful Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers to play along before this challenge closes on Monday 6th April. You can enter here or on the original post, where you'll find all the fabulous makes created by The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.

Stay safe!

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

Thursday, March 5, 2020

It's time to Trim the Tree for Challenge #28!


It's time to Trim the Tree again here at Christmas Kickstart.

I'd like to say a very big thank you to Samantha for all her elfin assistance with this challenge.


We were both blown away by the quantity (we reached an amazing eighty cards) and the quality of the entries on the theme of RED! Thanks to all of you who entered - it's great to see regular players returning and to also make brand new Kickstart friends!

Here are our Top Picks:

Love this Santa speeding across the ice.

We both loved the 'pop' of red against the hammered white cardstock.

Perfect positioning of all the elements of Carol's card.

Beautiful snowflakes, looking fabulous against the red.

Our Winner is:

We both loved that Sally made a shaker card 
using this adorable gnome die and a gorgeous frame.

Congratulations to you all, please grab your blog badges and show-off shamelessly!

 


That cool dude Rudolph is here to award his Rudolph's Random Raffle prize:







Our lucky winner is 

Congratulations to you, Brenda! The dies are gorgeous and I hope you'll enjoy using them. Please contact me with your snail mail address at dottypudding at aol.com.

Thanks again to everyone who played along in this challenge. Our new elves are in dah house for a fun, new challenge and they're getting a little rowdy - anyone would think that there was alcohol involved! 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Christmas Kickstart Challenge #29 - Christmas Cheer AKA Alcohol


Hi there, and a very happy March to you all! Before we get started with the new challenge, I'd like to thank everyone who played along last month. You guys were so creative with the myriad different ways you chose to use red in your cards! It'll be a tricky process choosing the top picks and a winner again I can tell you.

I am delighted to welcome back my dear friends The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! As always we have our fabulous mascot, Edna, on board. The Sisterhood are a great bunch and I am so lucky to have these wonderfully caring, snarky ladies in my life. Thanks for being my elves, sistahs!


Our theme for this month is one that we hold dear over at the Sisterhood, yes, it's...

Christmas Cheer AKA Alcohol!

For this challenge we'd like to see some boozy, Christmas fun on your cards! Your card can feature your favourite Christmas tipple, the after-effects of a few too many sherries, a traditional cup of mulled wine, a cheeky cup of eggnog: the choice is yours!

Here's some inspiration from the sisters to get you in the mood, and as you can see the sistahs are sharing their drinking names with you!

Sister Jane AKA Molten Duchess




As always Rudolph is here with a Random Raffle prize and he has chosen a gorgeous and very appropriate set from Clearly Besotted, as used by Sister Jane in her card for this challenge.



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 monthly 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, February 16, 2020

It's Mid-Month Reminder Time for Challenge #28


Hi there, just a quick reminder that you still have time to play along with Samantha and myself here at Christmas Kickstart!

Our theme for this chilly month is designed to be a real Winter warmer as it's the colour RED! Yes, we'd like to see a Christmas card featuring something red.

I couldn't resist creating another card for this challenge and broke out a sweet Simon Says Stamp set called Meowy Christmas for a little festive, feline fun!


As always here at Christmas Kickstart, Rudolph has a Random Raffle in action and this month he is offering two lovely Sue Wilson dies to one randomly drawn winner. 



You can join the fun and link your card at the original post, or by signing-up below. You have until Monday, 2nd March to enter your card, or cards 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 monthly 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, February 5, 2020

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #27


Hi there, welcome to the Tree Trimming Ceremony for Challenge #27 - Penguin Parade!

You guys really amazed with fabulous cards, heaps of enthusiasm and multiple entries - thank you, thank you, thank you!

This was always going to be a tricky one to 'judge' so thank goodness I had the wonderful Gail as elf for this challenge! Thanks hun, you're a star.

After much head scratching these are our Top Picks, but honestly you all did so brilliantly that this list could go on forever!

Top Picks are as follows:

Adorable in every way, and look at the mountain in the background.

A beautifully made card with the sweetest LOTV penguin.

Look at all that beautifully water-coloured fluffiness.

Who knew penguins were so talented!

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

Both Gail and I fell head over heels for Cornelia's 
beautifully coloured, but rather grumpy, penguin.

Congrats to you all, please grab your blog badges and wear them with pride!


Finally, here's Rudolph with his Random Raffle Winner:
Chris D, it's you! What a good day for Chris as she's a Top Pick AND our Random Raffle winner. Please could you contact me, Chris, so I can get these little guys penguin-shuffling across to you as soon as possible!

Thanks again to Gail for elfing with her usual panashe and to everyone who played along in our first challenge of 2020. If you want to play along in the February Challenge please head here and come join the fun!

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