Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #41 - Festive Florals

Welcome to Challenge #41! Doesn't time fly? It'll soon be Christmas.

It's time to welcome a new elf, and I'm delighted that Arlene Rose is here to provide the inspiration for our challenge. Let's find out a little bit more about Arlene...

"From the age of two I have always had an instrument of art in my hand. It started with crayons and never stopped. I was signed up to art school after graduation from nursing school but met my hubby and that led me down a different path. I have been rubber stamping for over 45 years. 

Back then I was only able to find stamps and ink pads in the local drug store. I had my youngest, born with Down’s Syndrome, and stayed home where I began teaching online. After my boys were in school I started working in craft and stamp stores, sadly all now closed. I have been teaching card crafting as well as other crafts for 12 years in the library system. I love to share my “talents” that God gave me with others."

Here's our theme:

Challenge #41 is Festive Florals

Don't you just love Arlene's beautiful card?

You can find all the details of how she made it by visiting her blog.

Here's what I made:

You can find the details of my card here.

Rudolph has been shopping and has got a lovely prize for this challenge: 

Remember, everyone who enters goes 'into the hat' for Rudolph's Random Raffle.

Here's hoping you'll feel inspired by Arlene's beautiful card and come and join the fun!

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.
  • Please remember to reference a fellow crafter's creations if your card has been inspired by their work.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter


  1. Wonderful inspiration and perfect timing, since I have just received a huge set of Christmas floral stamps with the Creative Stamping magazine I ordered. I simply could not resist the poinsettia and mistletoe stamps in this set.
    Marianne x

  2. Awesome inspiration. Arlene I should have known that you were a nurse and that is why we have been pulled to each other. I give you credit to home school. My daughter is a teacher and I have gone with her and been in her classroom each year for her birthday and for fieldtrips. This year, no volunteers are allowed which makes me sad. I LOVE seeing all your wonderful creations!!!!

  3. Wonderful challenge & inspiration, Jo and elf Arlene!! Can't wait to play along!

  4. Wonderful cards Arlene and Jo - as you know I'm a florals lady so Arlene card caught my eye, but this challenge I was inspired by Jo's card - to use the leafy foliage for something different... a few cards made this weekend and have to start thinking about getting my OS cards written and sent in the next two weeks... hugs and stay safe over there, Robyn

  5. Phew!!! Just made it by the skin of my teeth. Really thought I still had another week to enter!
    Great challenge and inspiration ladies.
    Love Jules xx


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