Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Christmas Challenge #50 - Santa and Friends



Hi there, welcome to Christmas Kickstart Challenge #50! Yes, Challenge #50 - how did that happen?

I'm delighted to be joined by the lovely Bonnie Klass from Stamping with Klass for this challenge.


Let's find out a little more about Bonnie:

"Wow, I’m so excited to be a Guest Designer at Christmas Kickstart.  I love making Christmas cards. Any cards actually.  I’m happiest and sanest when I’m in the craft room!  My card making journey started in 2008 and since I retired, it’s been a big part of my life.  I have met so many wonderful people through this hobby, both in person and through my blog.  I treasure these relationships and the inspiration. As an added bonus, I have plenty of cards to send out.  When I’m not in the studio, I’m either with my family or have my nose stuck in a book.  So many fun things to do, so little time!"

I have to agree with Bonnie that the friendships that we make through this hobby are so valuable and good for the soul!

Our theme for this challenge is:

Challenge #50 - Santa and Friends

We'd like to see Santa hanging with his crew for this one - a friend, Mrs Christmas, Rudolph, an elf or two; they're all welcome!

Here's Bonnie's adorable selfie card:


You can find all the details of the ups and downs of how this card was made by visiting Bonnie's blog by clicking here!

And for my card Santa makes a visit to the South Pole to see his penguin buddies - don't they look pleased!



For his Random Raffle for this special challenge Rudolph has bagged a sponsor! 


$10 of stamps shipped worldwide.

Many thanks to Lost Coast for sponsoring this challenge. If you're not familiar with this company, please go check them out as you are in for a treat!

Hope you'll come and play along!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Monday, May 3, 2021

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #49

 Welcome back, I hope that everyone is doing well!


It's Tree Trimming time again and I'm delighted to be sharing the results of Challenge #49 - You Sleigh Me!

I'd like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to Jane for being my elf this month. You are one in a million, Jane - thanks so much for undertaking your elfin duties while so much has been going on for you.



After a slowish start things really started happening with this challenge and we had a fabulous 39 entries - thanks so much to everyone who joined Jane and me.

Our choices for Top Picks are as Follows:

We both fell 'hard' for Bonnie's scrunchy foiling behind that glorious white die cut.

What a gorgeous composition!


The attention to detail on this card is breathtaking!

Our Tree Topping Winners for this challenge are:

Such a happy card with a fabulous hand drawn sky!

and

Betty used a tag die to create her sled and then hand-cut the runners 
to create her beautiful slimline mini.

Congratulations to our Top Picks and Winners. Please grab you badges and flaunt them on your blogs!



Is it me or is Rudolph looking extra COOOOOOOL this week? He's here to announce the winner of his Random Raffle prize. Take it away, Rudolph...


It's you, # 34 Peggy Ingram 
Congratulations, Peggy. Please could you email me (dottypudding@oal.com) with your address so I can get the snow bun in the mail to you!

Thanks again to Jane, and to everyone who participated in this challenge. There's a new challenge starting tomorrow and, unbelievably, it's Challenge #50! Hope you'll hurry back and join the fun!


Thursday, April 15, 2021

It's Reminder Time for Challenge #49

Well, I don't know about you but for me this month seems to be speeding along like a sled whizzing down a mountain.

Did you see what I did there? A seamless segue from welcome to challenge theme! LOL.

Yes, welcome to Christmas Kickstart again. This month our theme is:


Our lovely elfin companion for Challenge #49 is Jane from Onions and Paper.

Here's a reminder of Jane's lovely inspiration card for this challenge.


I love brown and blue together and decided to take my inspiration from Jane's colour combo for my card.

My cute penguin, the sack of pressies and the sledge are all from from a Hobby Art set called, appropriately enough, Penguins. A big thank you to my blogging bud Gail for gifting me this lovely set.

I wanted to add some embellishments, but just couldn't make it work no matter what I tried. In the end I just left it alone - sometimes you just gotta do that.

Jane and I would love to see a few more players in the gallery, so please read the rules and come join the fun! You have until Friday 30th April to play along.

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 on the first Tuesday of each new month. 
  • 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

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #49 - You Sleigh Me!

 


Welcome to a brand new challenge here at Christmas Kickstart! A big thank you to everyone who played along with the Green Christmas Challenge - your cards were amazing and I loved watching the gallery fill up with glorious shades of greenness! 

I'm delighted to be joined by a lovely new elf, and it's my good blogging buddy Jane from Onions and Paper.


"I've been a crafter since I was a toddler - my grandma taught me to crochet and embroider before I even started school. My childhood bookshelves groaned with favourites like "Dean's Bumper Book of Things to Make" and "What Shall I Do With This?" (I wish I had copies of those now) and my favourite pages of the Rupert annuals were the origami instructions. In my teens and twenties my interests moved towards knitting, crochet and dressmaking, mostly as a way of getting individual clothes at mass market prices and then, when children came along, of producing special things for them to wear. 

Once they reached their teens, we all got hooked on cross stitch and machine embroidery, but they pronounced hand made clothes "naff" so the needles, hooks and knitting machine were left to gather dust. However they still enjoyed coming to craft shows with me, where my younger daughter fell in love with rubberstamping and I did with both stamping and encaustic painting. Between us we started two new hobbies, to which I added glass painting when I turned up for an "Introduction to Stamping" class on the wrong night and was invited to stay. 

Now I'm addicted to papercrafts of all kinds but especially stamping, and my stash is threatening to take over the house. The needles and hooks are still gathering dust: the knitting machine was rehomed some years ago." 

What a fun bio, Jane. I remember the origami in the Rupert annuals too! 

Our theme for April is:

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #49 - You Sleigh Me!

This means that we're all about sledges, sleds and sleighs for the whole of April. Here's what Jane made for the challenge - don't you just love that colour combo!

You can find all the details on her blog.

I went with a bunny on a sledge, and you can find the details of how I made my card here.


There was only one image for Rudolph to pick for his Random Raffle Prize...


Jane and I very much hope you'll 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.
  • New Challenges will commence on the first Tuesday of each new month. 
  • 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

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Time to Trim the Tree for Challenge #48

 

Happy Easter to you all!

It's time to Trim the Tree for Challenge #48 and to say a very big thank you to my lovely and very talented elves The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.


We had some beautiful cards for this challenge and so picking just a few to showcase has been very, very difficult. Thank goodness I had some elfin assistance.

Our Top Picks are as follows:

A sproutman - brilliant!

Beautiful watercolouring.

A beautifully simple design with great impact.

Rosina
A lovely way to use the colours - the addition of gold works so well.

Our Star on the Tree for this challenge is:

Isn't this fun? We loved it.

Please grab your badges, ladies! 
Congratulations to you all, and a very big thank you to everyone who played along with this challenge.



Before we wrap things up for this challenge it's time to find out the lucky winner of Rudolph's Random Raffle. He had a lovely prize for this one.



Our winner is

Congratulations, Lindsey. Please could you email me with your postal address at dottypudding at aol dot com to collect your prize.

Thanks again to The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and to everyone who entered this challenge. 

There will be a new elf and a new challenge on Tuesday, so see you there...

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

It's Reminder Time!

 


I'm delighted to have The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and our fabulous mascot, Edna, with me this month as we play Challenge #48 - Green Christmas.


If you'd like another look at what the sistahs created please click here.

For my 'reminder card' I've come up with this humorous little number:


Aren't they fun? I'm not sure if this set is still available on the Hobby Art site, but I've found a link to a set here. I really enjoyed putting this card together.

For his Random Raffle prize this month Rudolph has bagged a cheeky little sentiment stamp from Crafter's Companion.


Feeling inspired? We'd love you to come and play along!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Friday, March 5, 2021

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #47 - Slimline Cards


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

Our elfin inspiration for this challenge was provided by Arlene M from a Bit of this and That.  Arlene was such lovely company, and has even offered to come and join us again in the future! How sweet is that! Thanks so much, Arlene, I've loved having you on board for this challenge.



Arlene picked Slimline cards as the theme for our challenge and we had an amazing 38 players. Thanks to everyone who joined the fun; it was great to see so many new players in the linky and the standard of all the entries was just amazing. Thank goodness I had help from Arlene to choose our Top Picks and Tree Topper.

Our Top Picks are as follows:

We love the stunning colour combo and beautiful proportions of Ellie-Jeanne's card.

What a colourful, fun card - such a clever way to do Slimline!

A superbly stylish and classy card.

Just look at all the detail on this beautiful card, plus that fabulous moose.


Topping the Tree for this Challenge is

Take a look at all the details on Marcia's card - the colours, the snowflakes, 
the colouring, that gorgeous backing plate... We loved it all!

Congratulations to our winners, please grab your badges. Thanks again to everyone who played along with this challenge - you obviously loved the theme and made the most beautiful cards.


Mr. Cool Dude himself is here to announce the result of his Random Raffle...



It's you, #2 Linda W.

Congratulations, Linda! Please could you get in touch to claim your prize.

That just about wraps things up for Challenge #47. Thanks again to Arlene, and to all our talented participants. If you'd like to join our latest challenge please click here and come meet the elves!

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