Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #5 - Have a Very Bear-y Christmas!

Once again, we have a Guest Elf in da house and for this challenge I'm delighted to be joined by long term blogging buddy, Lynne from Ruby-Dooby-Doo Crafts.

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Lynne lives in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK, with Greg, and their sweet little West Highland Terrier, Ruby. Lynne has been crafting since 2005 and was one of the first people to follow my blog (Just a Dotty Pudding) when I started it back in 2009. We have a similar taste in stamps, and I think we've cost each-other a small fortune over the years!

For this challenge you'll have to break out your bears as our theme for the fortnight is:

Have a Very Bear-y Christmas!

Here's Lynne's card. I'm loving her gorgeous LOTV bear and. as always, am in awe of her pencil colouring skills. Love the shades of green too - so pretty!

My card for this challenge is a very CAS offering. I decided to go with non-traditional colouring and an adorable polar bear by MFT. I think this stamp set is one of my most favourite Birdie Brown designs. I gave him a present from the BB Birthday Bears set. The circle die is also from MFT.

Rudolph's back in town for another Random Raffle. 

Rudolph is a generous guy, and for this challenge he's offering this lovely stamp set from Simply Made Crafts. There are some sweet elements in this cling set and I'd rather like it myself. However, Rudolph is quite strict and tells me to keep my mitts off it as he'll be picking a prize winner at random at the end of this fortnight!

Lynne and I very much hope you will join us for this challenge.

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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.


  1. Great prompt and the cards are fabulous. Looking forward to playing along.

  2. Another great challenge Jo , and thanks for the inspiration Lynn. It will be fun to play along again!

  3. Well, you certainly do know how to choose themes that make me dig deeeeeeeeeep into my stash, Jo! Who would have guessed that I don't have any Christmas sets that feature bears to speak of???? I hadn't ever even thought about it! I managed to scrounge around and make a background that includes teddy bears. Hope that counts!!

    Welcome to Lynne as the Guest Elf this fortnight. What an adorable card...and such lovely coloring!! I have seen "Lynne from NI" on challenge entries, but couldn't think what NI stood for. When I read her mini-bio....AHA!! Northern Ireland....am I guessing correctly? So nice to make your acquaintance. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!!!

    Jo...I love your bear card, too. The colors look so icy and cool. Clever sentiment and fun image. Great coloring. Thank you again for another fun challenge!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  4. Oh these samples with bears are just adorable and I'll have to whip up my own bear-inspired card because I have some really cute Christmas stamps that feature those furry little guys. Thanks for another fun challenge.

  5. Great idea to have a beary Christmas - missed the last one, sorry.

  6. Love your bear-y Christmas inspiration!

  7. So glad I finally got a chance to play in your new fun Christmas challenge, Jo! I love your card and Lynne's card ~ both are adorable!! Hugs, Darnell

  8. I LOVE this week's theme! All of these cards are so BEARy cute! I hope I get a chance to play along!
    Crafty Hugs!

  9. Hi Jo

    Here at last .. .. thanks for another lovely theme.

    Love the cards that you and Elf Lynne have put together Fabby inspiration .. .. and lots of lovely entries too.

    Love Jules xx


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