Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Belated Tree Trimming for Challenge #31 - Wreathed in Smiles

The challenge was called 'Wreathed in Smiles', but you find me 'Wreathed in Embarrassment' as my fabulous elf, Robyn, has just emailed to tell me I'd missed announcing the winners!

The entries for this challenge were stunning and we both enjoyed seeing and commenting on your beautiful creations.

Thanks you so much, Robyn, I've no idea how I managed to miss this post and am so grateful that you got in touch to let me know about the omission. You really have gone above and beyond in your elfin duties and I can't thank you enough for all your hard work and support!

So, let's see who we picked as our Top Picks...

Just look at all the different elements in Rosina's wreath.

Great combination of metallic snowflakes for her wreath 
and finished with that adorable gnome.

We both loved how she used the wreath to create JOY on a CAS card.

Topping the Tree for this Challenge is:

We both adore the beautiful mix of traditional and modern that 
Jules has achieved with this card.

Please grab your blog badges ladies and wear them with pride!

Now, we have a little dilema with Rudolph's Random Raffle as the original prize has since been awarded to another winner (I really was confused, wasn't I!). Rudolph has kindly found a substitute prize (bless him) and the lucky winner is:

Big congrats, Janis! Please could you email me your snail mail address to me at dottypudding@aol.com so I can get your prize on it's way across the miles.

I'll now take my flurry of embarrassment and go lie in a heap in the corner for a while! I'm so sorry I dropped the ball on this one and can't thank Robyn enough for giving me a prod and getting things back on an even keel again. 

Monday, July 27, 2020

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #33

Hi there, it's Tree Trimming time here again!

I'd like to say a very BIG thank you to my elf, Gail. As always we had loads of fun partnering for this challenge. Thanks, hun, you're a star!

Our theme, chosen by Gail, was Hatty Christmas and you guys came up with some gorgeous cards for this one and made it super hard to pick our winners.

Here are our Top Picks:

We both love the glorious colour palette Reit used to create this tag.

Just adorable - who wouldn't want to receive this little beauty at Christmas.

That bird is soooooooooo cute in that hat!

Cat's card is bang on trend 
and the little Santa hats really pop against the kraft. 

Our Winner for this challenge is:

A gorgeous mix of cute hats and pretty colours! 

Winners, please grab your badges!

Thank you to everyone who played along in this challenge.

Before we sign-off, here's Rudolph with the results of his Random Raffle...

It's you, #10 Angelnorth!

Congratulations, Joanne, please could you drop me an email at dottypudding@aol.com with your snail mail address.

Our new challenge is already underway and we've got fabulous inspiration from a new elf, so please come and join the fun!

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #34 - Starry, Starry Night.

Welcome to another challenge here at Christmas Kickstart! I hope that you've all remembered that we've gone fortnightly again. Before we get onto all the details for this challenge, many thanks to everyone who played along in Hatty Christmas - Gail and I will be back with the winners post later in the week. We need a few days to think about this one as your cards were stunning!

We have a new elf in dah house and I'd like you all to welcome the very talented Pia S!

"Hi, I am Pia of Pias Papir og Perler. I'm from Norway, I live in Oslo with my partner. 
I started making cards in 2012 and ever since I started it's been my favorite hobby. My favorite cards to make are Christmas and masculine ones. With 5 nephews, no nieces, there seems to be a constant need for birthday cards for boys, both for their birthdays and those of their friends - it keeps me busy. Christmas is my favorite season and I usually start preparing for Christmas in January."

Our theme is Starry, Starry Night

Yes, we'd like to see some stars on your card for challenge #34.

Here's Pia's gorgeous take on the theme - you can find all the details on her blog:

Sooooo classy!

Here's my take:

Rudolph is here with another Random Raffle prize: it's a sweet snowman die from Sue Wilson.

Pia and I hope that you'll come and play along!

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

Monday, July 13, 2020

Let's Trim The Tree for Challenge #32...

Hi there, it's Tree Trimming Time here again at Christmas Kickstart!

Our theme for Challenge #32 was TAGS on cards, and who better to have had as elf then the lovely Tracey from In My Creative Opinion! Thanks so much for all your help and inspiration, Tracey, it's been great having you elfing here at Christmas Kickstart. 

Don't forget to look out for Tracey's brilliant 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge laster in the year!

Before allowing Tracey to hang up her elf hat I asked her to let me know her favourite picks from across the month. We were both blown away by all the gorgeous creations for this challenge and narrowing things down to find just a few to showcase has been super tricky!

Our Top Picks are:
Stylish and elegant, and a tag on a tag too!

The soft blue and silver look so pretty together.

Beautiful blues and gorgeous embossing!

Topping the Tree we have:
We both fell for Trina's lovely lettering and the teeny, tiny tag!

Congratulations to you all!

Please grab your blog badges.

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

Congratulations, Becca. Please could you contact me at dottypudding (dot) aol (dot) com with you address so I can connect you to your prize!

A big thank you to everyone who played along in this challenge. 

There's a new challenge already in progress here at Christmas Kickstart and it's proving very, very popular! Take care, stay safe and happy crafting everyone!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #33 - Hatty Christmas!

Welcome to another Christmas Kickstart Challenge!

We've now reached July and this is the month where Christmas Kickstart changes from monthly challenges to fortnightly challenges, so hold onto your hats as we speed towards Christmas!

We've got regular guest Gail as elf for this challenge and she picked the theme...

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #33 - Hatty Christmas

For this fortnight we'd like to see a HAT or HATS on your cards, please.

Here's Gail's card (You can find all the details on here blog post here):

Love the festive colour combo and the all important hat!

And here's what I made:

Rudolph has another lovely Random Raffle Prize to award to one lucky participant - just look at all those gorgeous sentiments!

Don't forget this challenge is open until 11.55pm BST 20th July, and both Gail and I hope you'll come and join the fun.

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

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