Thursday 31 July 2014

Winner of CHNC challenge extra for July 2014

Wow! Another month of lovely entries. I love the way that everyone is getting on with Christmas cards. Can you believe that seven months of this year have already gone?! Time flies so quickly - and it's true, you know, that it really does seem to get quicker the older you get.

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

who shared this lovely gift box:

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

August'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

Tuesday 15 July 2014

CHNC challenge extra for July mid-month

Thank you so much for all the wonderful entries we've had so far this month - great to see so many crafters getting prepared ahead of the 'panic' time. If you haven't yet started your Christmas cards, then please start to do so and show us your entries. It's time for some mid-month inspiration from some of the design team:

Using Bugaboo Stamps Deacon Christmas - elf presents
Catch the bug (Bugaboo Stamps) are holding a 'Christmas in July' week and this card is for Day 3 using the given sketch - you can see it here (as well as the other challenges for this week).


Using Bugaboo StampsChubby Santa - Tree



Using Bugaboo Stamps Polar Bear

Guest designer, Hazel (Didos):

Using Bugaboo Stamps two snowmen

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 July challenge and join in the fun or click here.

Tuesday 1 July 2014

CHNC challenge extra for July 2014

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

This challenge will last for the whole month of July- 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!

Can you believe that we are now nearer to Christmas 2014 than last Christmas - it just doesn't seem possible that it's July already, but it is ... and wise crafters are getting on with Christmas creations while this can be done at a leisurely paced compared to nearer the end of the year. I hope that you will be able to join in with your Christmas designs.

A big apology if I didn't get to comment on your entry for June - we were away for a few days until Wednesday of this week and, unfortunately, I came home poorly and am only just surfacing! I hope you will forgive me.

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

Having had a Design Team call at the end of 2013, the invitation was given to seven crafters to join me for a six month period ... how that six months has gone quickly! I invited these lovely designers to stay on for another six months. Sadly, Deanne is not in a position to continue with us. Thank you, Deanne, for all your inspiration and support - I know that we'll see you around in blogland and, hopefully, you'll be entering some of your Christmas designs into the challenges here.

I'm pleased to see that the rest of the team have taken up the offer to stay on for another six months.

Here is the lovely inspiration from the Design Team

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

Once again this month the team have made gorgeous creations - please click on the links to their blogs to read more about their projects. All images used were kindly supplied by Bugaboo Stamps.
Every month I am joined by a Guest Designer and for July I am thrilled to welcome Hazel (Didos)  - please click on the link to visit her blog and leave her some comments.

Hazel writes:

'Hi Im Hazel, Didos in Blogland.

Ive been crafting my whole life starting with Christmas cards for Grannies when I was a wee girl.I seriously started cardmaking about 9 years ago and have never looked back. You often find me at the craft desk with my dog at my side making my latest creation. Ive been blogging for about 6 years now and love every minute of it. Im delighted to be Hazels Guest Designer this month.'

This is the lovely card that Hazel made using Bugaboo's fancy sunbonnet - Christmas stuff - you can read more about it here on her blog:

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 July 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 July.  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 July. August's challenge will begin at midnight UK time on 1 August.

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.