Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #60 - Reminder


It never fails to amaze me how quickly the 'Reminder' posts come around!

This month we're joined by the lovely Carol from Inkyfingers as our elfin muse and our theme is: 

Snowflakes are Winter's Butterflies

Isn't Carol's card gorgeous? I love that minty green and the curved panel - just lovely! Please drop by at her blog to leave her some love and to read how she created her card. 

I was so taken with Carol's card and after reading about how she made it I had so many different ideas for my 'Inspired by' make. I especially like how Carol has sanded back the cardstock to reveal the snowflakes, so used the same technique on my card. 

My second card steals that lovely, sinuous curve that Carol used to such great effect. I've not used these pretty Simon Says Stamp sentiment dies for ages. The Rylynn Snowflake is also from Simon Says.

Rudolph has a lovely snowflakey prize on offer for this challenge. Remember, all you need to do is enter a card in the gallery to go into the hat for Rudolph's Random Raffle.

Carol and I very much hope you'll come and play along with this challenge as it's never too early to get started on your cards for Christmas 2022.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #59


Phew, I've finally found time to sit down and write this post during what seems to be a surprisingly busy week.

Our guest for this Challenge #59 was the lovely Jen from Jenerally Speaking and our theme was The Sentiment Takes Centre Stage.

Isn't this a great picture? It so deserves a caption! I'd like to say a very big thank you to Jen for undertaking her elfin duties and also for all the 'backstage' chat and friendship we've shared while partnering for this challenge. Jen, you're one in a million.

We had some gorgeous, really eye-catching cards in the gallery and it took Jen and me a little while to decide on our favourites. 

Our Top Picks are:


We just loved everything about Toni's pretty creation.


Just look at this classy card - such lovely attention to detail.


That beautiful, sparkly background really let's the sentiment and images 'pop'.

This week we have two fabulous cards Topping the Tree.


We love the jaunty angle of the 'E', and the glitter is a terrific touch.


The gold embossing against the black and the positioning of the 
red gems really 'wowed' us.

Congratulations to you all. Please grab, display and enjoy your blog badges!

Rudolph is here to award his Random Raffle Prize for this challenge.


Congratulations #22 Alison C - it's you!

Congratulations, Alison, please contact me at dottypudding(at)aol.com with your snail mail address so I can connect you with your prize.

Thanks again to Jen and to everyone who played along in our challenge. There's a brand new elf and she's chosen a fab new theme, so please come take a look and play along

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #60 - Snowflakes are Winter's Butterflies

It's the first day of the month and therefore time to begin a new challenge here at Christmas Kickstart!

We have a brand new elf and a new theme, so please welcome the very talented Carol from Inky Fingers.

"Hello, I am Carol of inkyfingeredcarolI live in Manchester with my husband and am fortunate that my three children and grandchild live fairly close to me. I have been crafting and blogging for many years and now I am retired, I can play as often as I like. I started with scrapbooking and then moved on to cardmaking after I decided to make all my own Christmas cards one year. I'm still hooked on Christmas cards but I have branched out to lots of other occasions now too! When I'm not crafting, I enjoy reading, theatre, cooking, and serving as a school governor. I was so pleased when Jo asked me to be a guest Elf, and I look forward to seeing all your snowflake inspiration in the gallery."

Our theme for this challenge is:

Challenge #60 - Snowflakes are Winter's Butterflies

Yes, we'd love to see snowflakes on your cards throughout March! Here's what Carol made to inspire you for this challenge - isn't it beautiful!

Please go here to see Carol's lovely card on her blog. I just love the colour palette, that sentiment and all those dainty snowflakes.

Here's my offering:

You can find all the details of how I made this card over on my blog.

And lastly, it wouldn't be Christmas Kickstart without the one and only Rudolph... so here he is with his Random Raffle Prize for this challenge.

Carol and I very much hope you'll come and play along in this new challenge. Please check the guidelines before entering. 

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

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