Thursday, September 15, 2022

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #66 - Reminder


It's Reminder time for our current challenge here at Christmas Kickstart - doesn't time fly when you're making cards!

Our elfin guest this month is the lovely Tina from Slovenia. 

Tina picked a super theme for our September challenge...

and here's another look at her beautiful card:

Isn't it stunning? I just love all the detail and Tina's use of colour and embelishments.

Making an 'Inspired by...' card wasn't going to be easy as there's so much to delight and inspire in Tina's creation, but here's what I came up with:

I borrowed some of Tina's colour palette, and also the gorgeous deer to create something very CAS. As always, this card looks so much better IRL and please excuse the shadow at the side of the picture - it's from some plants in the garden which were closer than I thought. 


Rudolph has a lovely Santa prize for us, so please don't forget to read the Challenge Guidelines so you can enter his Random Raffle Draw!

Tina and I very much hope you'll come and play along with this fun challenge!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #65

It's Tree trimming Time here again at Christmas Kickstart - don't the months just fly by!

I was joined for this challenge by the one and only Gail from Craftynomad and she picked our fun theme of Never in a Nativity! 

While I'm not sure everyone quite grasped what was required for this challenge, we had some amazing entries and so picking just a few to showcase has been very difficult in indeed.

Our Top Picks for this challenge are:


Isn't this little gnome just so much fun! Such a witty, sweet design.

And Cindy created another gorgeous piece of whimsical magic 
with her second entry for the challenge. 

Just look at that gorgeous colour combo and beautifully placed Frosty.

Isn't this just joyful! Love that mosaic circle and colour combo too.

Our Winner and Tree Topper for this week is:

A traditional colour combo, two adorable Grumpling Elves 
and a snarky sentiment - you spoil us, Eliz, you really do!

Congratulations to you all, I hope you enjoy flaunting your blog badges for all the world to see!

Last, but never, ever least, we have Rudolph with the result of his Random Raffle draw...



# 58 Merry and Bright/Pam - it's you!

Congratulations, Pam, please email me a dottypudding (at) with your snail mail address so I can connect you with your prize. 

Thanks again to Gail for her elfin activities and to everyone who played along - the gallery was truly awesome for this challenge. 

Our new challenge is already up and running, so why not come, join the fun and get making those Christmas cards.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #66 - Home for the Holidays


I'm delighted to be welcoming Tina from Treebug as our elf for this month! 

"Hi. I am Tina and I live in Slovenia, a country well known for its stunning nature. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have one daughter and two sons. I started cardmaking in 2010 when my husband bought me my green Cuttlebug and the rest is history. I don’t have any specific style, I just love playing with papers and trying different styles and new techniques. You can find more about me on my blog ( The name incorporates my passion for the environment (»tree«) and card making (»bug« is short for my green Cuttlebug). I was very happy  when Jo asked me to be a Guest Elf for the Christmas Kickstart Challenge because I love making Christmas cards. Thank you so much! I look forward to seeing all your Christmas inspiration in the gallery."

Tina has chosen a lovely theme for us to play with in September 

Challenge #66 - Home for the Holidays

We'd love to see cards with houses, homes, fireside scenes, cityscapes - whatever the phrase conjures up for you!

Here's what Tina made to get us started...

Isn't this just a beaut! What a great colour combo, and I love the sweet Winter scene and Tina's choice of embellishments. Take a look at Tina's blog for all the info on her gorgeous card.

It's hard to believe we're playing the same challenge, but here's what I made...

Just shows how much choice there is with our theme! You can find all the details of how I made my card on my blog here.

The lovely Rudolph is here with a lovely prize for his Random Raffle

Nice choice, Rudolph! I love that spaghetti beard, and who doesn't need a Santa Hat, cute glasses and some Ho's in their craft stash??!! 

Tina and I hope you'll come and play along with our challenge. Don't forget to read through the rules 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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