Saturday, October 26, 2019

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #21

It's time to Trim the Tree for Challenge #21 - Woodland Creatures. Thanks much to everyone who played along - we had an amazing 42 entries in the linky gallery!

Before we move on to Top Picks and Winners I'd like to thank Sarah from Funky Fossil for elfing for this challenge and also for being our sponsor! Thanks so much, Sarah.

So, let's get down to business. Picking just a few cards from all those fabulous entries has been hard but here goes:

Top Picks 
(In no particular order)

Gorgeous colouring and just look at those shadows!

A beautiful woodland scene that really 'pops' against a zingy background.

That colour combo and plaid!

Our Top Pick for this challenge is:

No line colouring to die for and a fabulous background.

Congratulations to Toni, Trina, Isobelle and Chris! Please grab your badges and adorn your blogs with them for all the world to see and admire.

 Here's that cool dude Rudolph to announce the winner of his ever popular Random Raffle...

Congrats, Marcia, please can you contact me so I can pass your details to Sarah. BTW, Sarah has some gorgeous new festive stamps sets just released over at Funky Fossil.

Thanks again to Sarah, and to everyone who played along for this challenge. There's a new elf and a new challenge, so why not come and play along!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Christmas Kickstart Challenge #22 - Jingle all the Way!

It's time for another fun challenge over here at The Christmas Kickstart Challenge. Thanks to everyone who played along in our previous challenge AND thank you to everyone who has signed up as a Follower of this little crafting caper - I am blown away by the fact that we've passed 100 in The Gorgeous Christmas Kickstarter Crew!

I'm delighted to welcome a new elf for this challenge - it's my lovely long-term blogging buddy Dawn from Dawn's World! Hello lovely lady, it's great to have you here!

"I was super excited when Jo asked me to be her Elf for this fortnight.  I’ve been a crafter all my life it seems.  For the past 10-11 years I’ve been cardmaking and loving every moment of it.   I live in Auckland, New Zealand with my long suffering husband of 41 years.  I have two delightful grandchildren, one here in Auckland and one overseas in Australia.  I’m loving joining Jo’s challenge and growing my stash of Christmas cards."

Our theme for this challenge is
Jingle All the Way!
We'd like to see bells on your card please.

Dawn's card
Just look at the 'shine' on the bells.

My card

Here's Rudolph with the Random Raffle Prize for this month.

He's got a two-fer of sweet Lawn Fawn stamp sets up for grabs!
Lawn Fawn Winter Otter Clear Stamps

Hope you can make time to play along in this fun challenge and don't forget to Jingle ALL the Way because no one likes a half-assed jingler!

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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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #20

What an amazing selection of cards you guys created for Challenge #20 - It's a Gift! You totally rocked our socks for this one, so thank you to you all for sharing your talent here at The Christmas Kickstart Challenge.

Sherri and I had loads of fun watching the magic happen for this challenge. I'd like to say a huge thank you to Sherri for performing her elfin duties with style! It was lovely to have you working behind the scenes for this challenge, hun.

Our Top Picks are:

Jane 'stretched' her stamps by Christmasing-things-up on this cute feline image.

We love how she added the little window behind the chick!

Just look how Lindsey used careful masking to create a fun scene.

Such a sweet surprise for the gift, and just look at the twine detail on the sentiment strip!

Our winner and Star on the Tree for this challenge is

We both love how Sally made a shaker card for the challenge.

Congratulations to you all, hope you enjoy displaying your fabulous blog badges!

Finally, here's Rudolph...

Our Rudolph's Random Raffle winner for Challenge #20 is...

Congratulations, Linda. Please could your email me via the sidebar box thingy with your snail mail address and I'll connect you with your prize.

Challenge #21 is already up and running, so please drop by to meet our new elf and find out our new challenge theme.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Christmas Kickstart Challenge #21 - Woodland Creatures

Happy October, turns out that there are now less than 80 days until Christmas! 

A big thank you to everyone who played along with Challenge #20Sherri and I will be back later this week to Trim the Tree. Your cards were all just gorgeous for this challenge so the 'judging' process may take some time.

It's time for a new challenge and to welcome a new elf! Let's all say 'hi' to the lovely Sarah from Funky Fossil Designs! I've been a big fan of Sarah's work for some time and while ago I was delighted to discover she has her own papercrafting shop selling stencils, stamps and MDF shapes.

Hi Everyone!
I am so excited to be one of Jo’s Guest Elves for the Christmas Kickstart Challenge – let’s face it, now that we are in October I really could do with getting on with my Christmas card making!  I am a keen papercrafter who has been playing with stamps, stencils, inks and paints for over a decade.  I am lucky enough to design for a number of papercrafting magazines and, more recently, I have opened my online shop – – where I sell stencils that we laser cut ourselves.  I have added stamps to the product range over the past 6 months which range from cute to artsy.  I would love it if you came over to the store to check out what we have on offer.  On top of my crafty endeavours, I work full time, have two teenage boys, a very cute dog and a very understanding husband (who likes working the laser cutter).  You can find me on my blog – or on Instagram at .

For Challenge #21 we'd love to see cards featuring Woodland Creatures.

Here's Sarah's gorgeous card featuring images from her new stencil and stamp ranges.

Here's my card.

I'm delighted to announce that Sarah has very kindly agreed to sponsor Rudolph's Random Raffle for this challenge. One randomly drawn lucky winner will receive three stencils of their choice from Sarah's lovely shop! Thanks Sarah, that's so kind of you!

Hope you can join us for this fun challenge...

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