Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Christmas Kickstart Challenge #11 - Christmas Kids

For this challenge I'm delighted to be joined by my lovely, long-term blogging buddy, Lindsey.

"Hi! I’m Lindsey, and I started my blog, Bashful Blogging, in 2010 (what???) at the urging of a couple of cardmaking friends. Since then, not only have I continued making cards and other papercrafts, but I’ve also met the most amazing community of fellow crafters, most online, but some in real life — and I'm so happy to count Jo as one of my virtual friends, even though there's an ocean between us. I love making Christmas cards and thrilled to join her as a guest elf!"  

Our theme for this fortnight is:
Challenge #11 - Christmas Kids

We'd love to see cards featuring children or that you would make for a child.

What child (or adult... me) wouldn't be thrilled to receive this little beauty.

Look what happens when you pull the tab!

Here's one the cards that I created for the challenge. 

You can see the others by visiting my blog here. 

As always Rudolph brings some extra fun with his Random Raffle prize.

Lindsey and myself (and Rudolph, of course) can't wait to see your creations for this challenge. Hope you can come play along.
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Let's Trim the Tree - Challenge #9

It's tree trimming time again here at The Christmas Kickstart!

A big thank you to everyone who played along in this challenge. Guest elf Gail and Yours Truly had great fun 'judging' this one and, once again, you didn't make it an easy task. We loved all your cards.

Our Top Picks are as follows:
A beautifully composed card with a lovely colour palette.

So, how did the bunny get up that tree?

A delightful little card with gorgeous bunnies, sparkle and bells.

Our Winner is:

We both loved this little Christmas scene of cute bunnies watching Santa cross the moon.

Big congratulations! Please grab your badges, ladies.

Look who's here to reveal the winner of Rudolph's Random Raffle.

He is such a dude!

The winner is

Well done, Greta. Please could you contact me via the form in the sidebar.

We're off to a slow start for Challenge #10 - S is for Snarky Christmas. I'm just hoping this is because you're all taking a little thinking time before hitting us with your fabulously sassy sentiments and amazing creativity!

Have a good week with plenty of fun and crafting.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Christmas Kickstart Challenge #10 - S is for Snarky Christmas

Hi there, welcome to a new challenge here at The Christmas Kickstart. Well done to everyone who played along with the Christmas Bunnies challenge. I was a little worried that the theme might be a struggle for some, but you guys were amazing and played along in big numbers! Choosing Top Picks and a Winner is going to be so, so hard.

Before I introduce the new theme for this coming fortnight, I'll say a very big thank you to the lovely Gail (Iona Bunny/Crafty Nomad) for all her help, support and inspiration during April. Thanks, hun, you are my kinda crazy!

Talking of crazy, please welcome my dear friends: The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

Yes, this fortnight we are all about Snark: that mix of sass, sarcasm and irreverence, seasoned with a pinch of humour, that helps so many of us make it through the day!

As always, the sisterhood have brought mascot Edna along - doesn't she look great in her elf hat?


Let's see what the gang have created for 

Challenge #10 - S is for Snarky Christmas...

Sistah Lindsey

and finally,

Rudolph has dropped by again with another fabulous Random Raffle Prize.

I really hope you'll be inspired by the sistahs and play along with this new, fun challenge.

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

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Let's Trim the Tree - Challenge #8

Welcome back, it's time to Trim the Tree for Challenge #8 - Frosty and Friends.

First of all, thanks to Gail for guest elfing on this fun challenge. She likes the hat so much, she's continuing to wear it for the current Christmas Kickstart Challenge which is Christmas Bunnies.

Rudolph is here to announce the winner of Rudolph's Random Raffle.


The winner of this lovely set is:

Congratulations, Jane. My contact details are on the side-bar.

There was lots of head scratching (nothing to do with woolen elf hats) for Gail and myself over this challenge as your entries were all adorable!

Our Top Picks are:

Love how this little guy 'pops' against that snowy background.

Everything is so perfectly positioned!

Such a clever interpretation of the theme.

Our WINNER for this challenge is:

Her subtle colouring and pretty colour combo really make this card extra special.

Please grab your blog badges, ladies.

Thanks to everyone who played along, it really was so tricky
to choose between your beautiful cards.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Christmas Kickstart Challenge #9 - Christmas Bunnies.

Hi guys, welcome to Challenge #9. Once again, we have the lovely Gail with us performing her elfy duties.

Let's get down to our new challenge which is:
Christmas Bunnies

We're really hoping that you haven't put away your Easter bunny stamps, or that you may have some Christmas Bunny stamps, so that you can play along.

For this challenge the word 'bunny' is being used in it's broadest sense and we don't mind if a few Arctic Hares and other long-eared lovelies come to join the fun. And we're also celebrating Gail's birthday as my crazy blogging buddy (AKA Iona Bunny) turns 21 again.

Happy birthday, Gail, hope your day brings you fun, cake and bunnies!

If you head on over to Gail's blog you'll find a birthday giveaway plus all the details of her sweet bunny card.

Love that little fluffy tail and the shooting star!

My card was heaps of fun to make as I always love colouring and fussy cutting this little POD rabbit called Birch. I have other cards to see on my blog post here.

Rudolph is in da house once again, with another Random Raffle - he's such a dude!

This fortnight he's offering these two sweet sets from Clearly Besotted.

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

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Let's trim the Tree - Challenge #7

Hi there, I'm sorry I'm a little late with the trimmings - it's been another crazy week.

First off, I'll say a big thank you to my adorable guest elf, Sally, for all her inspiration and help.

I'm going to announce the Rudolph's Random Raffle winner next:

Congratulations to Birgit!

Please contact me via the link in the side bar to claim your prize.

There was plenty of head scratching over the winners for this challenge as you guys all did an amazing job!

Our top picks are:

What a gorgeous little Winter scene.

A majestic stag and a beautiful background.

We loved this sweet scene and lovely colour palette.

Our winner this week is:

A marvelous mandala, a gorgeous colour palette and beautiful embossing.

Well done, ladies! Please grab your badges.

Our current challenge is Frosty and Friends and it would be great if you would join myself and Guest Elf Gail to play along!

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