Saturday 31 May 2014

Winner of CHNC extra for May 2014

So many entries for May - thank you for your support and inspiration.

Unfortunately, there could only be one winner and this is the result of using

Number 40: Asha
who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Asha. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to claim your $21 of digital stamps from Bugaboo Stamps.

June's challenge is here

I look forward to seeing your entries

And, once again, there will be a prize of $21 of digital stamps from Bugaboo Stamps
for the randomly chosen winner

Thursday 15 May 2014

CHNC challenge extra for May mid-month

It doesn't seem possible that it's already time to publish some mid-month inspiration for CHNC challenge extra for May. It's my pleasure to share with you designs from the team, including our guest, Diane.

Using Bugaboo digital papers and 'Christmas words - Noel'



Using 'winter trio'

Guest designer, Diane:

Please note that Diane also has two other cards on her blogpost here

If you visit our blogs from time to time you're bound to see some more Christmas crafting because we all love it!

Please scroll down to see details of the May challenge and join in the fun or click here.

Thursday 1 May 2014

CHNC challenge extra for May 2014

Please click here to see the winner of CHNC challenge extra for April 2014.
It's worth checking because it might be you!

This challenge will last for the whole month of May- anything goes as long as it's Christmas - it doesn't have to be a card, you can link any project as long as it's Christmas!

Once again this year, all of these monthly challenges are being generously sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps - a winner will be randomly chosen using random.

Bugaboo Stamps are proud to sponsor this challenge - they are offering $21 of digital stamps to the randomly selected winner.

Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About Bugaboo Stamps: A Short Essay
As if raising five children in the frozen land of the North was not enough of a challenge, Jodie Mackrell decided to dip her cold little Canadian toes into the world of papercrafting by opening an online store full of her illustrations. That was two years ago. Today Bugaboo Stamps is one of the leading companies in digital images, and we're still growing!  From seriously snarky to sugary sweet to sublimely soulful all the way over to the other side of the super sexy spectrum, you're bound to find all that you need and more to create your paper projects.  Jodie works very hard to provide New Releases and Freebies every week! 
 If your taste runs to rubber (and you know who you are), you can find Bugaboo Stamps   at Totally Stampalicious. And finally, join the Bugaboo Stamps DT   for weekly challenges at Catch the Bug

Here is the lovely inspiration from the Design Team

All digital stamps used were kindly supplied by our sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps

The team have made gorgeous creations -
please click on the links to their blogs to read more about their projects:



Every month I am joined by a Guest Designer and for May I am thrilled to welcome Diane of '1CardCreator'.  Please visit Diane's blog and leave her some comments.

Diane  writes:

'Hi, my name is Diane, I write a blog called1CardCreator, I am currently on the Gecko Galz Design Team. Thanks for the opportunity to be featured as a Guest designer here on your blog. I live in Michigan and my passions are card making and cooking. 

I am so happy to be here at Crafty Hazelnuts Extra Challenge blog sharing this sweet 5 x 7 card I made with this fun Bugaboo Stamp 
make it snappy penguin trio. The digital paper was a freebie from theCoffeeshop. I colored this in with my Letraset markers, added some silver Sakura Gellyroll ink and Crystal Stickles. Just for fun I added a little white flock to the sweet penguins hat and some rhinestones from my stash.'

You can read more about it here on her blog:

This is my card for CHNC challenge 176 (open until 22:00 UK time Friday 16 May) - the theme is 'let it shine' - I used a candle. I'd love to see you join in there too.

You may add any Christmas creation for this challenge -
it's 'anything goes' every month, as long as it's Christmas

There really aren't any rules as such - just have a look at what I've written on the right hand sidebar and join in! You may link as many entries as you like as long as they weren't blogged before 1 May 2014.

Weekly challenges continue on my CHNC challenge blog - these usually have a theme - but anything that you enter there can be entered here as well, so you increase your chance of winning a prize. 

And, of course, you can chat about this monthly challenge extra blog on the CHNC facebook page as well - if you haven't joined that yet, please follow the link and 'like' the page.

I look forward to seeing all your Christmas creations - the more you make now the easier life will be when it gets towards November and December - it makes sense!

I look forward to seeing what you come up with for this challenge - please add a link to your blog post (not your blog, but the actual URLwhere your card can be found) by 20:00 UK time 31 May.  Please mention my blog and create a link within the post for your creation. The winner will be announced at 23:00 UK  time on 31 May. June's challenge will begin at midnight UK time on 1 June.

Please add your link to inlinkz. If by any chance it disappears, please leave a comment with the link to your blog post and I will make sure it is added. 

If you haven't done so already, please become a follower and grab my bright pink button to post on your sidebar and help continue to spread the word about this challenge blog - thank you.

At the beginning of the year I started a new challenge called Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - anything goes as long as you cover your creation with patterned paper - a randomly chosen prize winner every month. Please click on the link to find out more. If you have used patterned paper in this way for your Christmas card, why not enter it there too. And please be aware that the new Patterned Paper Challenge is not restricted to Christmas - it is for any occasions.