Saturday, June 22, 2019

Let's trim the Tree for Challenge #12

Hi there, it's time to Trim the Tree for Challenge #12 and to thank everyone who played along with our fun theme. Also, I'd like to say a big thank you to my lovely Elf: Marina.

We had a whole heap of fun picking the book and the cover together, and creating our cards for this one! Thanks so much for generously agreeing to bring your Library Challenge theme to The Christmas Kickstart, Marina.

Our Top Picks for this challenge are:

Just love that crazy elf.

A sweet, little elf with a very long to-do list!

How I wish they had these in my size!

Our Winner for this challenge is:

Such a very clever take on the theme combining all the different challenge elements.

Please grab your blog badges, ladies.

Rudolph's Random Raffle Winner is 

Congratulations, Marcia, please could you get in touch to claim your prize using the contact box in the sidebar.

Once again, many thanks to Marina and also to everyone who entered this challenge. The current challenge is open, there's a new elf in town and if you love Glitter, Sparkle and Shine on your Christmas cards then this one is calling your name!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Christmas Kickstart Challenge #13 - Glitter, Sparkle and Shine.

Hi Christmas Kickstarters, welcome to another fun challenge!

For this challenge I'm delighted to welcome a new elf: Greta from GG Creations!

"I'm so happy to be an elf for Jo at The Christmas Kickstart Challenge.  We connected through the international Card Chain Challenge years ago & are both still active in it.  For those of you who don't know me, I'm a retired RN living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest area of the United States with my hubby of 39 years & our 6 year old Standard Schnauzer named Fritz. My stamping/cardmaking life began over 25 years ago when I was introduced to this wonderful hobby by the stamp store in my little town.  I kept them in business for at least a year--haha!  Christmas cards are my favorite to make, so naturally I was thrilled when Jo began the Christmas Kickstart Challenge Blog.  Hope my card inspires you to play along!" 

Thanks, Greta, I'm so happy to have you as the guest for this challenge.

So, let's get down to business, and I have to say this is a challenge I've been looking forward to as it's all about:

Glitter, Sparkle and Shine!

For this challenge we'd like to see anything that glitters, sparkles or shines on your card: glitter, gems, mirror card - it's all good!

Here's what Greta created! Isn't her card gorgeous? I love the sweet combo of sparkle and beautiful stenciling and how your eye is drawn to the middle of the card.

My take on the theme also goes with minimal sparkle, but hopefully shows that sometimes less is more. This card is soooo twinkly IRL as there's Wink of Stella on the background and the bow, but you'd never know it!

Rudolph has a very cute Random Raffle prize on offer for this challenge:


I love the Scandi-vibe of this pretty Bo Bunny set.

Please come and join myself and Greta for this challenge: let's all get our Christmas sparkle on!

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

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Let's trim the Tree for Challenge #11

Hi guys, I'm running a little behind following a busy week, but here I am  to announce the results for Challenge #11 - Christmas Kids.

A very big thank you to everyone who played along and also to my buddy Lindsey for joining me as elf for this challenge. We both had fun with this one!

After considerable head scratching we've chosen the following as our Top Picks:

(We both loved this cute pengiun.)

(Robyn's snow globe shaker card is perfect for a child... or an adult come to think of it!)

(A lovely layout and a super sweet elf.)

Our winner for this challenge is:

(We love the combination of image, embossing and paper peeking out behind.)

Congratulations! Please grab you blog badges.

Finally, here's our favourite cool dude to announce the winner of Rudolph's Random Raffle:

The winner is Kath!
Congratulations, Kath, please contact me via the form in the sidebar to claim your prize.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Christmas Kickstart Challenge #12 - The Elves and the Shoemaker

I'm amazing, and slightly flummoxed, to discover that this little challenge is already half-way towards Christmas. Yes, it's June and it's time for a new challenge and for a new elf! Please welcome the lovely Marina from My Perfect Life and The Library Challenge.

Let's hear from the lady herself:

"Hi, I’m Marina from Hertford UK, where I live with my partner and 12-year-old son. I also have a grown-up daughter and two grandsons (14 and 8). By day, I teach at an FE college in London. By night, I craft! And I blog about craft. I currently run two challenges, Inkspirational and The Library. Thanks Jo for letting me join you at Christmas Kickstart."

I love the idea behind Marina's Library Challenge and couldn't resist getting in touch to see if she'd like to wear the elf hat. Luckily for me Marina said 'yes' and suggested this gorgeous cover as the inspiration for Challenge #12.

Challenge #12 - The Elves and the Shoemaker
We'd like you to use this lovely cover, or the story itself, to inspire your card(s).

Marina's card (total cuteness)

Here's my take on the challenge (Shhh, don't wake him)

That handsome heart-throb Rudolph is here again, and this time he's offering a lovely festive paper pad as his Random Raffle prize. Thanks, Rudolph!

Marina and myself hope you'll join us and play along with this fun 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 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!
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