Saturday, October 15, 2022

Reminder Post for Challenge #67

Hi there, it is just me or is Reminder Post time coming round a little quicker the nearer we get to Christmas?

This month we have a fabulous guest and a fabulous theme as we play...

in the company of the lovely Janet from Swanlady - Impressions.

Janet created a gorgeous card to kickstart our challenge, which you can see by clicking here. Not only did Janet create one card for this challenge, she created a whole gaggle of cards and here they all are looking glorious!

For my inspired by card I hunted through my stash and found a Woodware Poinsettia background to work with. Janet's cards are beautifully CAS and I love how she has so much white space on each design. I 'borrowed' Janet's black sentiment on a white space and die cut the background to create a window. However, the card just didn't look right until I stamp and coloured a second background and cut two poinsettia to soften the centre of the card. Again, I was inspired to do this because of the dimension Janet had achieved with her cards. 

This is so different to my usual style but I enjoyed the challenge of working with a stamp set that wouldn't have otherwise seen the light of day. 

There are currently twenty-three amazing cards in the gallery. If you haven't got a poinsettia stamp then any Christmas florals will be just fine and Janet and I look forward to seeing yet more beautiful flowery creations before the challenge closes at the end of the month.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #66

It's Tree trimming Time here again at Christmas Kickstart! 

Challenge #66 was very popular with 42 lovely cards in the gallery - thank you so much!

And thank you so much to our elf Tina in Slovenia and her gorgeous inspiration card which got this challenge rolling. Tina was poorly in the middle of this challenge, so, please, can we all send her lots of healing vibes for her continued progress. Thankyou, Tina, it was lovely partnering with you.

Our theme was...

and we were blown away by the variety of the entries for this challenge. Choosing our Top Picks and Winner was tricky, but this is what we came up with:

#18 - Fabiola

We both love Fabiola's little street scene in pencil crayon on kraft.

The details on Linda's fabulous snow globe card card are amazing!

Dawn's beautiful placement of the different elements of her card make it a real stunner.

As with Dawn's card, placement is everything for this creation too! 
Add in a colour combo that makes me go weak at the knees 
and you can see why Fran made our Top Picks!

Our Winner for this challenge is this Tree Topping card by

#24 - Julie K

A swooningly beautiful creation with fabulous attention to detail.

Congratulations to Fabiola, Linda, Dawn, Fran and our challenge winner, Julie. Please grab your badges - we hope you enjoy them!

Finally, here's Rudolph with the winner of his Random Raffle Prize...


It's YOU, #29 - Nicola G

Nicola, please drop me an email with your snail mail address at dottypudding (at) aol (dot) com so I can connect you with your prize.

Once again, congrats to our winners, a very big thank you to everyone who played along and very many thanks to Tina for being our September elfin muse!

The new Christmas Kickstart Challenge has already started, so why not click here to meet our new elf AND discover the great theme she picked for Challenge #67! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #67 - Poinsettias and Posies

Happy October, everyone! 

I'm thrilled to be joined by the very talented Janet from Swanlady - Impressions as our elfin muse this month. 

"I’m a Zimbabwean Born, South African raised, Mauritian settled, enthusiast of all things paper, ink, stamps etc. I started stamping 28 years ago and it’s amazing how the craft has developed with amazing new products over the years. I also enjoy scrapping, watercoloring, decoupage, crochet, sewing, baking, gardening and reading.  I love creating and want to do it all but there are just not enough hours in the day!  I love using colour when I create -  especially blues, greens and rainbows.  I find that I am gravitating towards CAS more and more but I as I can’t resist playing with techniques it can be a challenge."

I'm a huge fan of Janet's stunning cards and I know you'll love what she's created for this challenge. It's great to have you here, Janet, thanks so much.

Our theme, chosen by Janet, is

Challenge #67 - Poinsettias and Posies 

Here's how Janet interpreted our theme...

Just look at the layers and that stencilling - such stunning details. You can find out how Janet made this beautiful card by clicking here to visit her blog. 

And here's my take on the challenge; same theme, yet so completely different in design.

The handsome Rudolph is here to join the fun and he's chosen a great little prize for his Randon Raffle this month.

Just look at all those gorgeous border stamps - nice work, Rudolph!  Please remember to read the Challenge Guidelines so you can be in the drawer to win this prize.

Challenge Rules and Guidelines: 

  • Like and/or follow this blog either via Blogger or Bloglovin, or Email. 
  • 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.

Janet and I both look forward top seeing what you create!

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