Saturday, June 15, 2024

Reminder for Challenge #87


We're in very talented cardmaking company once again this month as we have 
Denise from The Crafty Den as our Elf.

Our theme until June 30th is...

It's a Gift!

So we'd like to see gifts or presents on your cards, please. 

Denise has created another lovely piece to inspire us. Just look how happy that penguin is practicing his present balancing and looking like he's enjoying a gift deportment lesson! 

Here's a little reminder of Denise's first make for our challenge.

There were so many different ways to go for an 'Inspired by card', but I grabbed Denise's 'sketch' design and rather like the end result. Thanks for letting me CASE your card, Denise. 

There are still two weeks for you to join our challenge, and don't forget that Rudolph has a very lovely Random Raffle Prize on offer for one lucky person!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #86

Yes, it's Tree Trimming Time again here at Christmas Kickstart! A big thank you to everyone who joined the fun as we Played with Plaid this month. We had some GREAT entries for this challenge!

Thanks also to our last minute replacement elf, your friend and mine Gail from CraftyNomad! Gail very kindly jumped-in to cover our guest slot when Jen Nelson developed Covid. Thankfully, Jen, is now very much recovered.


We had some really glorious cards for this challenge, and we both have many favourites from the twenty-six entries in the gallery. You guys all rock!

Our Top Picks for this challenge are:

#10 - Arlene

We both love Arlene's big text card!

How sweet to make her card look like a beautifully wrapped gift.

#4 - Tina

We love that Tina grabbed this challenge and made it her own
with her sweet and simple plaid, fade-out background and adorable snowman.

Our Winner and Star on the Tree for this week is:
So elegant and that plaid stamping is dah bomb!

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

Rudolph has chosen a gorgeous stamp and stencil package for his Random Raffle prize for this challenge. And our lucky winner is...


#18 - Suzanne H... It's you!

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

Once again a very big thank you to Gail, and to all of you who played along with this challenge. I am always in awe of how many of you join our challenges, and this is especially true during the Spring and Summer months when Christmas and the Holiday season seem so far away. Thank you to you all!

There's a new challenge underway with another super-talented cardmaker, so why not come and play along!

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #87 - It's a Gift!

I'm so happy to welcome Denise from The Crafty Den as our Elf for June! 

I'm a long-term fan of Denise's fabulous cardmaking and want nothing more than to be able to colour as beautifully as she does when I grow up! 😉😜😉

"Hello everyone, my name is Denise. I live in a small town in South Wales, UK and not embarrassed to say I am a homebody and have never lived anywhere else!  I am married to Heath and we have 2 grown-up sons.  I have been paper crafting for as long as I can remember and started my blog in 2008.  I have met some amazing crafters along the way and happily still call lots of them friends today.  I was lucky enough to take early retirement in 2022 so enjoy crafting even more now that I have more free time.  Please pop over and check out my blog at"

Thanks so much, Denise, it's great to have you here!

Our theme for June is:

It's a Gift!

Nice and simple: we'd like to see a gift or gifts on your card/s, please.

Here's what our elfin muse created to help inspire us. 

Isn't this just adorable! I always love Denise's cards so much. 

And no matter how hard I try, I cannot get a good photograph of my card. 

Rudolph's Random Raffle Prize for this challenge is a gorgeous little stamp from Lili of the Valley: 

Denise and I very much hope you'll come and play along in our challenge... There's only 204 days to go until Christmas!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

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