Thursday, August 6, 2020

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #34 - Starry, Starry Night.

Hi there, I hope everyone is doing ok and keeping safe in their part of the world.

It's Tree Trimming time for Challenge #34. Our lovely elf for this challenge was Pia, and she certainly did us proud with her gorgeous inspiration for this theme. Thank you, Pia, it was great fun partnering with you for this challenge!
Our Top Picks for this challenge are as follows:

We both love Arlene's miniature scene set in a star.

That swirls of stars and the stylish design!

Stunning colouring of the fur and just look at that sentiment.

Topping out Tree this week is:

Such an original design and a fabulous 'take' on the theme!

Big congratulations to you all, I hope you enjoy your blog badges.

Rudolph is here to award his Random Raffle Prize:


Please drop me an email at so that I can make arrangements to connect you with your prize!

Once again, a very big thank you to Pia for undertaking all her elfin duties and to everyone who played along in this challenge. A new challenge is now underway (don't forget we're fortnightly again, guys) and a new elf is providing the inspiration, so please head on over and join the fun!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #35 - Snow is Falling

Welcome to another Christmas Kickstart Challenge and I hope that you are all keeping well.

There's a new elf and a new theme, so let's jump right in and see who is providing the inspiration for the next two weeks.

Say a big hello to Gay Peplow! Gay is a long term blogging buddy of mine and I'm delighted that she's our elf for this challenge. Our theme is:

Challenge #35 - Snow is Falling!

"Hi there my name’s Gay, I’ve been crafting for many years, starting my blog in 2009! It’s a pleasure to be here, my two loves, Christmas and card making combined, heaven! My favourite  style is CAS but I have been branching out lately and producing more complex projects. Thanks to Jo for inviting me, great fun! Join in and show us your art!" 

My take on the theme is here:

As always, Rudolph has a lovely Random Raffle prize for one randomly drawn winner.

Snow, snowflakes, snowy scenes - it's all good, and we'd love to see what you can create over the next fortnight.

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 fortnightly on a Tuesday
  • 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

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Belated Tree Trimming for Challenge #31 - Wreathed in Smiles

The challenge was called 'Wreathed in Smiles', but you find me 'Wreathed in Embarrassment' as my fabulous elf, Robyn, has just emailed to tell me I'd missed announcing the winners!

The entries for this challenge were stunning and we both enjoyed seeing and commenting on your beautiful creations.

Thanks you so much, Robyn, I've no idea how I managed to miss this post and am so grateful that you got in touch to let me know about the omission. You really have gone above and beyond in your elfin duties and I can't thank you enough for all your hard work and support!

So, let's see who we picked as our Top Picks...

Just look at all the different elements in Rosina's wreath.

Great combination of metallic snowflakes for her wreath 
and finished with that adorable gnome.

We both loved how she used the wreath to create JOY on a CAS card.

Topping the Tree for this Challenge is:

We both adore the beautiful mix of traditional and modern that 
Jules has achieved with this card.

Please grab your blog badges ladies and wear them with pride!

Now, we have a little dilema with Rudolph's Random Raffle as the original prize has since been awarded to another winner (I really was confused, wasn't I!). Rudolph has kindly found a substitute prize (bless him) and the lucky winner is:

Big congrats, Janis! Please could you email me your snail mail address to me at so I can get your prize on it's way across the miles.

I'll now take my flurry of embarrassment and go lie in a heap in the corner for a while! I'm so sorry I dropped the ball on this one and can't thank Robyn enough for giving me a prod and getting things back on an even keel again. 

Monday, July 27, 2020

Let's Trim the Tree for Challenge #33

Hi there, it's Tree Trimming time here again!

I'd like to say a very BIG thank you to my elf, Gail. As always we had loads of fun partnering for this challenge. Thanks, hun, you're a star!

Our theme, chosen by Gail, was Hatty Christmas and you guys came up with some gorgeous cards for this one and made it super hard to pick our winners.

Here are our Top Picks:

We both love the glorious colour palette Reit used to create this tag.

Just adorable - who wouldn't want to receive this little beauty at Christmas.

That bird is soooooooooo cute in that hat!

Cat's card is bang on trend 
and the little Santa hats really pop against the kraft. 

Our Winner for this challenge is:

A gorgeous mix of cute hats and pretty colours! 

Winners, please grab your badges!

Thank you to everyone who played along in this challenge.

Before we sign-off, here's Rudolph with the results of his Random Raffle...

It's you, #10 Angelnorth!

Congratulations, Joanne, please could you drop me an email at with your snail mail address.

Our new challenge is already underway and we've got fabulous inspiration from a new elf, so please come and join the fun!

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #34 - Starry, Starry Night.

Welcome to another challenge here at Christmas Kickstart! I hope that you've all remembered that we've gone fortnightly again. Before we get onto all the details for this challenge, many thanks to everyone who played along in Hatty Christmas - Gail and I will be back with the winners post later in the week. We need a few days to think about this one as your cards were stunning!

We have a new elf in dah house and I'd like you all to welcome the very talented Pia S!

"Hi, I am Pia of Pias Papir og Perler. I'm from Norway, I live in Oslo with my partner. 
I started making cards in 2012 and ever since I started it's been my favorite hobby. My favorite cards to make are Christmas and masculine ones. With 5 nephews, no nieces, there seems to be a constant need for birthday cards for boys, both for their birthdays and those of their friends - it keeps me busy. Christmas is my favorite season and I usually start preparing for Christmas in January."

Our theme is Starry, Starry Night

Yes, we'd like to see some stars on your card for challenge #34.

Here's Pia's gorgeous take on the theme - you can find all the details on her blog:

Sooooo classy!

Here's my take:

Rudolph is here with another Random Raffle prize: it's a sweet snowman die from Sue Wilson.

Pia and I hope that you'll come and play along!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Monday, July 13, 2020

Let's Trim The Tree for Challenge #32...

Hi there, it's Tree Trimming Time here again at Christmas Kickstart!

Our theme for Challenge #32 was TAGS on cards, and who better to have had as elf then the lovely Tracey from In My Creative Opinion! Thanks so much for all your help and inspiration, Tracey, it's been great having you elfing here at Christmas Kickstart. 

Don't forget to look out for Tracey's brilliant 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge laster in the year!

Before allowing Tracey to hang up her elf hat I asked her to let me know her favourite picks from across the month. We were both blown away by all the gorgeous creations for this challenge and narrowing things down to find just a few to showcase has been super tricky!

Our Top Picks are:
Stylish and elegant, and a tag on a tag too!

The soft blue and silver look so pretty together.

Beautiful blues and gorgeous embossing!

Topping the Tree we have:
We both fell for Trina's lovely lettering and the teeny, tiny tag!

Congratulations to you all!

Please grab your blog badges.

Finally, here's Rudolph to announce the winner of his Random Raffle Prize:

Congratulations, Becca. Please could you contact me at dottypudding (dot) aol (dot) com with you address so I can connect you to your prize!

A big thank you to everyone who played along in this challenge. 

There's a new challenge already in progress here at Christmas Kickstart and it's proving very, very popular! Take care, stay safe and happy crafting everyone!

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