Thursday, October 14, 2021

Reminder post for Challenge #55 - Make One for a Loved One


Hi there, are you playing along with our current challenge here at Christmas Kickstart?

We've got the lovely Lynne from Ruby-Dooby-Doo Crafts as our elfin inspiration this month and we're making a card for a loved one.

Here's the card that Lynne has made for her significant other, Greg. Isn't it gorgeous? 

For my 'Inspired by card...' I knew I wanted to steal Lynne's idea of featuring a cute dog in a hat and very nearly broke out the same MFT set as Lynne used. However, I spied this card made by Susan, who was one of our Top Picks for the September Challenge. I fell head over heals with Susan's card AND that image, and so this happened!

This adorable stamp is from Penny Black and is called Naughty or Nice? This card is for my parents and I love the little story it tells.

Rudolph has a great prize for his Random Raffle for this challenge:


Lynne and I really hope you'll come and play along for this one!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #55 - Make One for a Loved One

It's Challenge #55 and I'm welcoming back a brilliant blogging buddy of mine who has agreed to wear the elf hat for a second time!

Yes, it's the lovely Lynne from Ruby Dooby Doo Crafts. Thanks so much for making a return appearance here at Christmas Kickstart, Lynne. 

A while back I was chatting with Lynne and she joked that she always makes her partner Greg's Christmas card at the very last minute. I made a mental note of what she'd said and decided to have a little fun with this information! I contacted Lynne a few weeks ago and told her I was planning a challenge called 'It's Time to Make Greg's Christmas Card' and would she like to play? Greg had a slightly different name for the challenge, so here's an alternative badge just for him!

However, after some deliberation (sorry, Greg!) we've decided to call the challenge 

Challenge #55 - Make One for a Loved One

We'd love to see your cards for someone special in your life, whether it's a life-partner, friend, relative or anyone you treasure, it's time to make their card and link it up!

Here's the card that gorgeous Greg will be receiving on Christmas day. You can find out all the details by visiting Lynne's blog.

And here's what I've made for for my significant other...

My hubbly really likes penguins, so I thought this would be a great stamp to use for his card. You can find all the details here.

Rudolph has another great prize for his Random Raffle:


Lynne and I really hope you'll come and play along for this one!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Saturday, October 2, 2021

It's Time to Trim the Tree for Challenge

I know I always say it but goodness, has this past month flown by or what?

Thank you to everyone who played along in Challenge #54. This was a very popular challenge and it was great to see so many fun cards in the September gallery. 

Thank you so much to the lovely Anesha for being our elfin inspiration. We had plenty of laughs together over this theme!

After considerable deliberation Our Top Picks are as follows:


Isn't this just so cute and funny? Love the colours too.

This one really made us both chuckle, and again the colour combo is beautiful.

Love that cheeky llama!

So cute and witty!

Topping the Tree for this challenge is:

Michelle B.

This one really made us giggle - what a cutie!

Congratulations to our Top Picks and Winner. Please grab your badges and let your blogs wear them with pride!

Finally, here's our favourite reindeer around town with the results of his Random Raffle for this challenge...

It's you #14 - Jenny Martin.

Congratulations, Jenny, please could you email me at dottypudding (at) with your snail mail address and I'll connect you with your prize!

Thanks again to Anesha and to everyone who took part in this challenge. Both Anesha loved seeing your cards and you certainly prove how much fun and humour there is out there in Cardland.

There'll be another challenge along in a few days time, and I look forward to introducing you to our elf who may just have been a guest before. Mmmmm, who could it be? Join us on Tuesday 5th October to find out.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Reminder Time for Challenge #54 - Funny Ho, Ho!

September is flying by so fast that I 've been caught on the hop a little with this reminder post!

This month our lovely elf is Anesha from Crafting Queen!

I really love the card Anesha made to inspire us for this challenge. I would have loved to have made a shaped card myself but I just don't have many shaped dies and so sadly I abandoned the idea.


Instead I took my inspiration from the snowman's hat and scarf and grabbed this as the colour combo for my card. I always love traditional red and green on a Christmas card, don't you?

This little cutie is Reindeer Games from Art Impressions. Sadly, I can't find a link to an 'in stock' set anywhere.  The papers are some Tim Holtz leftovers. 

As always, Rudolph has been shopping and has this cute sentiment on offer as his Random Raffle Prize for this challenge.

I do hope you'll come and play along in this challenge - turns out it's 100 days to Christmas today!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #54 - Funny Ho, Ho!

Welcome to another new challenge here at Christmas Kickstart! I'm delighted to be joined by the very lovely Anesha M from Crafting Queen!

"My name is Anesha and have been creative all my life but never really to indulge until about 20 years ago. Over the years I have tried so many different crafts and stamping is one I come back to time and time again. One of my passions is helping others find the joy in crafting."

It's great to have you here, Anesha, I'm so happy to have you here providing the inspiration! 

Our theme for this month is:

Challenge #54 - Funny Ho, Ho!

We'd like to see comical, amusing, funny Christmas cards. There may be a 'Ho, Ho!' in the title, but your card doesn't have to feature Santa; Santa's are entirely optional for this challenge!

Here's the adorable card Anesha's made...

And here's my card...

You can find all the details by dropping in at Anesha's blog and also at my blog.

Here's Rudolph with another gorgeous Random Raffle Prize. He's chosen a very cute 'naughty but nice' sentiment from Crafter's Companion. Nice work, Rudolph!

Anesha and I really hope you'll come and join us for this challenge, so please get your funnies on and come play along!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Sunday, September 5, 2021

It's Time to Trim the Tree for Challenge # 53

 Hi everyone, it's time to Trim the Tree here at Christmas Kickstart.

Our challenge theme was a gorgeous picture inspiration and our lovely elf was Hilary from Fiddling About. 


Thanks so much for all your elfin help and inspiration, Hilary, it's been fun having you guest for this challenge!

Our Top Picks for this challenge are as follows:

Just look at all the lovely detail on Linda's card.

A beautiful bauble garland.

Oh my, how cute is that little face?

A beautiful card using the colours from the picture.

Topping the Tree for this challenge is:
Just look at all the references to the inspiration picture 
that Coni has included in her card.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered, your cards really blew us away!

Finally, here's Rudolph to announce the winner of his Random Raffle.

It's you #37 - Åsa J

Congratulations, Åsa! Please could you email me at dottypudding (at) with your postal address so that I can connect with with your prize.

Once again, many thanks to Hilary for being our elf. 
We start a brand new challenge tomorrow... I wonder who our elf will be???

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