Tuesday 15 August 2023

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #77 - 'Just Elfin' Around' - Reminder

Jumping in with a reminder that we're halfway through the current Christmas Kickstart Challenge with Jo's reminder post HERE . It's one of my favourite challenges and always a pleasure to join in with the fun. The current theme is 'Just Elfin' Around'' - ie. one or more elves on a Christmas card of course!

I made two very similar cards, just switched the colours around a bit:

I used: 

- A6 size white card blank, tent style

- image from MFT's 'Christmas sELFies' stamp set, stamped using VersaFine Clair 'Nocturne' ink

- coloured the image using Polychromos pencils plus a little tickle of clear 'Wink of Stella' on the ornament as well as the jaunty little bell on the elf's hat (he's my absolute favourite in the whole set of stamps to be honest!) 

- the backing papers are from what's left of two well loved LOTV Christmas paper pads, die cut with a die by Heffy Doodle from their 'Stitched A6 rectangles' set  

- then die cut a backing layer from the white card which had the image stamped on it, using the same Heffy Doodle die

- things got a little bit 'tricky woo' as it might have been better not to die cut the outline of the backing layer until later on - but no matter, this little ship steamed merrily on, 'toot, toot' on the horn!

- so, I die cut the aperture around the image using the perfectly fitting MFT 'Selfie Square' die on top - into the stitched edge piece of white card, thereby releasing the image ............. and sat pondering my next move for ages as this was 'recovery from potential disaster' time!

- then a little light came on and I taped the white card (removable tape!) complete with aperture on top of the patterned paper and nestled the 'Selfie Square' die into the aperture then die cut it. Bingo, they lined up - success!

- I now had two matching 'frames' which I glued together then glued them onto the card front before losing the plot

- and all that was left was to pop the waste square of patterned paper onto the back of the die cut image to even up the levels, and glue them into the aperture!

- sorry that was so convoluted but I needed to write it here for my own future reference as a way of only die cutting one layer at a time to end up with this card - I needed a lie down afterwards! And Dudley cuddled up for 40 Winks as well!

Many thanks once again to Jo for inviting me to be a Guest Designer over at the Christmas Kickstart Challenge and I'd really love it if you would come along and join in with the challenge - this is the LINK to the Challenge post itself. It's still open until the end of the month, so you have plenty of time to come and play - we need more of you!!.


  1. I love the cute and fun elf image and the two different coloured sentiment covered background papers show them off brilliantly Di. x

  2. How cute elves!!! Love so much this cute stamp and your design and colours!! Fabulous reminder cards for your GD!!

  3. So cute! I love the colours you've chosen - I'm so boring and would have gone red and green. Thanks for being my elfie this month, Di! Jo x

  4. I can imagine why you like this stamp set - this elf if so cute - great choice of background papers too.. It was interesting to read about your trials along the way in getting these cards together but a very handy reminder for you to return to when you want to make another one or two. Not surprised you and Dudley needed a little rest after that 😉

  5. Those elf cards are the cutest! I like the non-traditional colors for a refreshing change and those diagonal background designs look fun too! Well done!

  6. I adore that elf image too Di and how lovely to see him showcased in the different colours! Hugs, Vicky xx

  7. Your two elf cards look amazing and were certainly worth persevering with. Xxx

  8. OOH two really adorable cards Di l love these images x

  9. Well done on figuring that out Di, bet you were pleased to finish these! Congratulations on being an Elf!


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