Sunday 31 December 2017

Winner of CHNC challenge extra for December 2017 and a sad goodbye

Thank you so much for all your lovely festive entries during December - so many wonderful entries.

This is a sad post because there will be no more challenges on this blog, as I explained in the December post.

The good news is that my CHNC challenges will continue weekly and also my monthly Patterned paper ones will also continue - I hope to see you all there.

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

who shared this lovely card:

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

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has joined in the challenges here during the past five years and also all of the ladies who have been design team members during that time - I am so grateful to them all for sharing their creativity.

And a final big thank you to Bugaboo Stamps for being such generous sponsors throughout the years.

Friday 15 December 2017

CHNC challenge extra for December mid-month inspiration

Here is some inspiration from some of the Design Team, hopefully to get you in the festive creativity spirit:






using Bugaboo Stamps Girlz Christmas present


Please visit the team members' blogs and read about their creations. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the DT members, past and present, for their wonderful creativity and support throughout the time this challenge blog has been running.

We would love you to join in this month's challenge - all you need to do is make a Christmas creation - anything goes as long as it's Christmas! Please click here to find out more about the December challenge and to enter your creations or just scroll down. We regret to say that this monthly challenge blog is closing, so the December 2017 is the last challenge here - you can read more about this by scrolling down to the previous blogpost.

Friday 1 December 2017

CHNC challenge extra for December 2017

It's always a delight to see the wonderful festive creations that are entered for our challenges and November was no exception - what a bumper lot of entries.

Now that we are beginning December, we need to get those Christmas designs done very soon - I hope you will be able to join in our October challenge. ... it can be any creation as long as it's for Christmas and you can enter as many times as you wish.

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

Before we go any further, I have some sad news for you. I thought long and hard about this decision, but regret to say that this monthly challenge blog is closing, so the December 2017 is the last challenge here. There are two reasons for this:

Since January this year I've made my weekly Christmas challenges 'anything goes as long as it's Christmas' as well as having a purely optional theme. This means that people can enter the weekly challenge and the monthly extra one with any Christmas creations week in and week out. Until this year, the weekly ones always had a theme, but now that it's 'anything goes' it seems a bit silly to run both the weekly and the monthly now.

The other reason (and perhaps the main one for me) is that I find it very difficult at the moment to keep all the plates spinning, as it were, as John's health problems aren't getting any better, which puts more demands upon me (although I'm not at all complaining about that). I therefore feel that I need to look at what I'm doing and make changes where necessary.

I want to thank everyone who has been involved in making this challenge blog so successful for the past five years, for the DT members, both present and past, thank you them all for their support, their dedication and, of course, for sharing their inspirational festive creativity month by month - it has been a pleasure working with you all. Thank you also to Bugaboo Stamps who have generously sponsored every monthly challenge throughout the five years.

And, of course, thank you to all of you who have entered your lovely Christmas crafting month by month, because, without you all, there would have been no challenges.

This last challenge will last for the whole month of December 2017 - 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 four 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 are the delightful designs of the team:

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

using Sign It snow friends


using AKV Mary and child (retired)

using Reindeer peeker

using Crow (retired)

using Big bauble Santa (retired)

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 December 2017.

Weekly challenges continue on my CHNC challenge blog - all challenges there are now 'anything goes as long as it's Christmas, with an optional 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 what you come up with for this challenge - please add a link to your blog post (not your blog, but the actual URL where your creation can be found) by 20:00 UK time 31 December. 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 December. 

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.

I also run a challenge blog called Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - anything goes as long as you use some patterned paper - a randomly chosen prize winner every month. Please click on the link to find out more. If you have used patterned paper for your Christmas creation, why not enter it there too. And please be aware that the Patterned Paper Challenge is not restricted to Christmas - it is for any occasions as long as some patterned paper has been used.

Thank you for your support
I look forward to seeing your entries