Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #4 - Have a Heart!

Welcome to Challenge #4 at Christmas Kickstart Challenge!

Once again we have a gorgeous Guest Elf to delight and inspire. During this fortnight we are in the company of the lovely Julie from Always with a Heart.

Julie lives in Staffordshire, England and has what sounds like every card maker's dream job as a designer of bespoke wedding stationery and a designer for Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine. She puts her heart and soul into everything she creates and each beautiful card has a heart hidden somewhere in the design.


I'm sure you won't be surprised that
Challenge #4 is Have a Heart

For this challenge we'd like to see a heart somewhere on your card - well it is Valentines week! The heart can be stamped, die cut, embossed or stenciled - it's all good! In addition, Julie has very kindly agreed to share a sketch for you to use as an optional extra.

Here's the beautiful card that Julie has created. She is one talented lady.

I bravely attempted the sketch, which is very unusual for me as I am ever-so slightly sketch-a-phobic. However, I'm so glad I did and while my card looks nowhere as professional as Julie's card, I enjoyed the process and will feel less daunted in trying sketches in the future. 

If you'd like to see Julie's sketch 'in action' on her blog, then you can find it by clicking here.

Here's the link up, can't wait to see what you create for Challenge #4.

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.
I'll be back later in the week to announce the results of Challenge #3 and the Guest Elf draw, so see you then!


  1. Sounds like fun, hope to play along with this again. Thanks for the inspiration ladies!!

  2. Wow what great inspiration and a fantastic sketch. Since we are having a "snow" day I'm stuck in my craft room. of course after I do some menial chores.

  3. Gotta enter this one--putting on my thinking cap! You & Julie made wonderfully inspiring cards, but not sure I'm up to the sketch as they have to be pretty simple for me.

  4. Hi Jo

    Thank you so much for asking me to be an elf!

    I love your card! Especially the sentiment and how you have added the snowflake. Great colours too.

    Funny how some people love a sketch and others find them a little daunting. For me they take away a lot of the "thinking" and "faffing" which is always a bonus LOL!!

    Love Jules xx

  5. A big welcome to new Guest Elf, Julie, with the perfect theme for her...hearts! Her card is so gorgeous with the adorable image, lovely papers, and that delicious gold bow. Wonderful sketch!!

    Good for you, Jo, for stretching yourself and attempting the sketch. Your card is fabulous!! I have trouble making R/W/B colors look Christmasy, but these are your challenge theme colors and you managed it perfectly. Love the combination of plaids and print, and the pretty snowflake tucked in amidst the layers! Lovely!!

    Thank you for another fun challenge!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  6. Well Jo since you used the sketch, I thought I'd better rise to the challenge too and what a super sketch it is, I think I'll be coming back to this one in the future. Wonderful cards from both of you


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