Monday, November 15, 2021

Reminder Post Challenge #56 - Christmas Snippets


Don't worry, I'm not going to tell you how many days there are now until Christmas, but I am going to let you know it's mid-month time for the current challenge here at Christmas Kickstart!

We're in good company this month as we have Queen of the Snippets lovely Di from Pixie's Crafty Playground. If you're not sure what a 'snippet' is just take a look the picture below...

Challenge #56 - Christmas Snippets

Yes, we're playing with those pieces of design paper that we all hoard, but never know what to do with... Until now!

Here's what Di used to create her adorable card.

I love that Di decided to use her snippets to paper piece her card, and so couldn't resist giving this fun technique a whirl myself. Here are my snippets all laid out and ready to go.

Love this set from Jane's Doodles.

My second card makes use of this gorgeous set from our sponsor for this challenge. I created some little flags from sentiment banner dies. 

Rudolph is delighted that his Random Raffle for this challenge has been sponsored by Sarah and James.

They are generously offering a £10.00 voucher for their lovely online store; you really do need to take a look at what they have on offer AND they are offering 10% off for anyone playing in this challenge! There's a Dala Horse Bundle that is calling to me very loudly.

We hope you'll come and play along before this challenge ends on November 30th!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

Let's trim the Tree for Challenge #55

It's Tree Trimming time here at Christmas Kickstart as we say a very big thank you to Lynne for being our elf and for playing 'Make One for a Loved One'. Thanks Lynne, it was fun partnering with you again... and I hope Greg likes his Christmas card when he finally receives it!

Our Top Picks for this challenge are as follows:


What a beautifully made card. We both love the colours and the cute bear's hat.


A stunning silhouette against a gorgeous night sky.

A lovely combination of die cut and great colouring to create a sweet scene.

Our winner who Tops the Tree with this beautiful card is...


What fabulous colouring, crisp heat embossing and a lovely colour palette. 
Well done, Robyn.

Congratulations to all our winners and a big thank you to everyone who took part in this challenge. Lynne and I were blown away by your cards; the gallery looked amazing!

Please grab your badges, we hope you like them.

Finally, here's your friend and mine: let's welcome the amazing Mr Rudolph!

And it's a very good day for Carol as she is also Rudolph's Random Raffle Winner!

Congratulations, #3 - Carol!

Please contact me at dottypudding (at) with your snail mail address so I can connect you with your prize.

There's a new challenge and a new elf on offer for November, an inspiring fun theme and we have a brilliant prize, so why not click here and come take a look???

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #56 - Christmas Snippets


It's November, and there's no ignoring that Christmas is only a few weeks away!

We've got a fun challenge for this month, and I'd like you to welcome Queen of the Snippets lovely Di from Pixie's Crafty Playground

"I'm Diane (Di to most people), retired and I live in Hampshire, UK. The name Pixie's Crafty Workshop came about because my 'in-house critic' refers to 'The pixie being hard at work' whenever I'm playing with paper or other crafty stuff. And he's right, it's mostly when I should be doing other things :) I've always loved paper crafting - especially using scissors. Aged five and laid up with measles, in a fit of boredom I chopped my fringe right off! If it can be trimmed, then I'll trim it! In September 2018 we were joined by a darling bundle of fun, a Havanese dog named Dudley. He brightens up the most over clouded day and is an absolute delight. If the happiness and pure joy that radiates from him could be bottled - we'd be worth a fortune!"

I'm a bit of a latecomer to Di's fun challenge Pixie's Snippets Playground but having discovered it I've become a regular visitor as it's such an inspiring site! It's good to meet you, Di, and thanks so much for agreeing to be our elfin inspiration for this challenge which just had to be:

Challenge #56 - Christmas Snippets

On your cards we'd like to see your use of 'Snippets', those little piles of pretty, can't throw away, scraps of beautiful design paper that we all have.  Here's the gorgeous card that Di created to inspire us for this challenge - isn't it adorable?

I love that Di decided to use her snippets to paper piece her card (what a fun idea) and just look how tiny those hearts are... Great cutting skills!

I must own-up and admit that I saw Di's card just before I'd started making mine. Paper piecing is something I really enjoy, so a little bit sneaked onto my card for this challenge too.

Here's what I made. You can find further details of this make over on my blog. I used products from the fabulous StickerKitten who have very kindly offered to provide a £10.00 voucher for Rudolph's Random Raffle for this challenge.

Never heard of Stickerkitten? Well, you are certainly in for a treat as their products are lovely and so modern and easy to work with. 

"Hi, I’m Sarah and I run StickerKitten with my husband James. StickerKitten is a small company based in Berkshire, UK, offering high quality, cute and contemporary craft supplies for cardmaking and scrapbooking including paper packs, stamps, sequins, embellishments, ephemera, planner stickers and cardmaking kits. Our products are all designed by us and made in the UK. We started our company in 2016 with the aim of making beautiful, colourful and easy to use papercraft supplies for UK crafters."

To say that Rudolph is cock-a-hoop about his Random Raffle prize for this challenge is an understatement. A very BIG thank you to Sarah for generously offering this prize. Please take a look at the gorgeous items that she and James have in their shop

Diane and I very much hope you'll break out those snippets and come play along in this challenge which runs until the end of this month. If you do enter you'll be eligible for a 10% discount at Stickerkitten - how cool and kind is that! All you'll need to do is quote xmaskickstart10 at checkout when you shop. Please read Sarah's information about delivery before placing an order. All orders over £30.00 are delivered free.

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.

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