Friday, July 16, 2021

Reminder Time for Challenge #52

It's reminder time here at Christmas Kickstart as we've reached the middle of the month.

Our elf for July is my brilliant crafting bud, Gail from Crafty Nomad, and we're playing:

Challenge #52 - Woolly or Fluffy or Furry!

Here's another chance to see Gail's card.

You can find all the details for this mini-masterpiece by visiting her blog.

Here's my inspired by card. I was so taken by Gail's use of green. My original plan was to copy the kitty and tree, but it just didn't work as a design as the tree dominated the whole card and looked really dull. I started again, added a second kitten and 'bingo', I liked the design. The green bulb from Gail's card appears in my card too!

I really wanted to try my hand at Gail's green background. Gail used green Archival Ink, but I had to opt for Distress Ink instead. In all honesty, it looks nowhere near as good as Gail's base layer, but I quite like how it turned out. I used linen card and the inking really accentuated the linen weave. I just wish I'd managed to find a more festive green ink in my stash.

Rudolph has done us proud with his Random Raffle prize!

July is a great time to start your Christmas cards, so we very much hope you'll come and play along!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #52 - Woolly or Fluffy or Furry!

It's hard to believe that we've passed the mid-point of the year - it's all downhill to Christmas now!

Today, I'm welcoming back my dear crafting buddy Gail from Crafty Nomad as our elf. Thanks for being our elfin inspiration again, Gail, it's always good to have you leading the fun!

Our theme is a fun one:
Challenge #52 - Woolly or Fluffy or Furry!

We'd like to see anything fluffy, furry or woolly on your Christmas cards and can't wait to see how YOU interpret this challenge!

Here's what Gail made...

You can find all the details of how she made this little piece 
of furry fabulousness on her blog.

I went with 'woolly' for my card...

You can find all the info about my card by visiting my blog here.

As always, Rudolph has done us proud with his Random Raffle prize!

Gail and I very much hope you'll come and join the fun. If you've not yet started making your Christmas cards, what are you waiting for? Christmas is coming...

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Monday, July 5, 2021

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #51


It's nearly time for a new challenge, so let's get that tree trimmed for Challenge #51!

Our elf for June was the lovely Cindy C. Thanks so much for the inspiration and for your company 'back stage', Cindy. It's been great partnering with you!

Our theme for the month was 

The Stocking were hung by the Fireplace with Care

We had some gorgeous entries this month. Was it just me or did the gallery look even more amazing than usual? I was very glad to have Cindy to help me pick our winners for this challenge! 

Here are our Top Picks - I'm sure you'll love them as much as we do!

Arlene Rose

We love how Arlene created her own fireplace for those cute, colourful stockings.

Linda W

A classic and inviting Christmas scene with so many beautiful details.

Trina P.

We loved Tina's gorgeous and witty CAS take on the theme.

Topping the Tree for this challenge is 

 We both swooned over Michele's modern, quirky card.

Thanks again to everyone who entered this challenge, and BIG congratulations to everyone in winners row! Please grab your badges, I'm just sorry there's no champagne!

Rudolph is here to award his Random Raffle Prize!

And the winner is...

#4 - Michelle - Just a Nutter Stamper.

Congratulations, Michelle, please could you email me at dottypudding (at) with your snail mail address so I can connect you with your prize!

There's a brand new elf and a brand new challenge heading your way tomorrow, so get ready to have your Christmas card making officially Kickstarted! 

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