Saturday, 24 January 2015

CHNC challenge 213: Joy to the world


It was lovely seeing what you did with your freebies or upcycled items for your wonderful designs shared for last week's challenge.

Please note that I publish the prize winners here and on our facebook page, but don't notify winners individually - it is up to you all to check to see if you have won and email me as requested. There are one or two unclaimed prizes, so it's worth having a look back to see if you were a winner.

Before I get on to today's challenge, I need to let you know the winners of challenge 212 - there were four opportunities to win a prize.

The first winner: 

Number 12: Stamp Queen Tera, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Tera. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your free seat to any of the Craft Classes Online online workshops.

The second winner:

Number 2: Meg, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Meg. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your lucky dip pack of Kanban products from Foil Play.

The third winner:


Number 8: Granne, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Granne. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your $10 voucher to spend online at Di's Digi Downloads.

The fourth winner:

Number 3: Rosebuds, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Rosie. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your £10 voucher to spend online at My mum's craftshop.

Now on to:
Challenge 213

Today's challenge is to make a Christmas design that depicts 'joy to the world' - please interpret this in any way that you wish.

Once again this week there are four opportunities to win a prize - as usual, winners will be chosen randomly.

The first sponsor is Mari Kocjancic  who will be sending a prize package to the randomly chosen winner.

The second sponsor is CAS-ual Fridays:

'CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is a small company with big ideas located in beautiful Colorado. All the stamps are proudly made in the USA from the finest clear photopolymer. They love ink and stamp like a dream! While the stamps are created with Clean And Simple design in mind (hence the CAS in our name) they will absolutely delight any stamper's style. Whether you are a CAS enthusiast, or lover of all things layer-licious, you will have a blast getting inky with them. New stamps are released nearly every month, and the Girl Fridays provide continuous inspiration, and tips, for your oohing and aahing pleasure. Be sure to follow along on our store blog so you don't miss a thing!'

The randomly chosen winner will receive a $25 gift certificate:


The third sponsor is QKR Stampede:


'Do you have a sense of humor? Are you looking for a cute stamp? Then, we are the company for you! QKR Stampede is the somewhat cute somewhat quirky rubber and digital stamp company. We showcase the artwork of Ken Herrod, who had a unique, somewhat quirky style with lots of humor and character. You are sure to get a chuckle out of our stamps! We have been offering our unique stamps and supplies to the craft industry for over 15 years. At QKR Stampede our images are available as un-mounted, natural red rubber stamps OR as digital stamps! If QKR Stampede Stamps aren't exactly what you are looking for, don’t miss out on the sister companies: Eureka Stamps, Biblical Impressions Rubber Stamps, or the newest addition; Alluring Impressions.'

The randomly chosen winner will receive five digital images of their choice from QKR Stampede.

The fourth sponsor is new to CHNC: Sweet Pea Stamps:


'Sweet Pea Stamps (SPS) is a small home-based business in Michigan. SPS does not work from a brick and mortar shop. You will find SPS only on line at Sweet Pea Stamps. We pride ourselves in quality and value. Lynette McAnsh, Owner, is a perfectionist. If the product is not top quality, she will not offer it.

Lynette stated her small business selling D.O.T.S. in the 90s. In 1999 she started “Designs, Ink’d” and sold that business in 2004 due to health and family issues. Missing the love of running a small business, and with her children older, she started Sweet Pea Stamps in April 2009. Now, 5 years later, we are representing over 30 artists with digital images and rubber stamps. She does work alone, sometimes with the help of family; her turn-around time may be longer than the big companies. You will always be met with friendly and professional demeanor and her merchandise will always be the highest quality.


Other online places to visit SPS are the Facebook page Sweet Pea Stamps, and our Facebook group, Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans. SPS has a monthly blog challenge at One Sweet Challenge and daily inspiration from SPS’s designers at Sweet Pea Rubber Stamps blog. We hope you join us.'

The randomly chosen winner will receive four digital images fro m Sweet Pea Stamps.

Please visit the websites of these generous sponsors and support them -
you will be spoiled for choice!

Please look down the sidebar on the right to see all of the sponsors that I have waiting in the wings to give out prizes during this year. I am so thankful for everyone that is so generously coming on board to support me. When buying your crafting goodies, please click on the links to see what's on offer in their online stores and support them as much as you can with your orders.

I am delighted that I am joined today by two guest designs representing Sweet Pea Stamps.

Firstly, Tera Fujan made these lovely cards using Mitzi Sato Wiuff's little shepherd stamp. Please visit Tera's blog here to see her post about the cards.




And Jane Bradshaw has joined me with this gorgeous card using the image 'Sally and Little Squirrel' by Conie Fong. Please visit Jane's blog here to see her post about her card:


Thank you so much, Tera and Jane, for being my guests for this challenge and to Sweet Pea Stamps for being one of our sponsors.

For my card I used the lovely Conie Fong's snowy - joy to the world digi image by Sweet Pea Stamps, one of our sponsors, lining this up into the O of the Joy to the world Clarity stamp that I inked with versamark and heat embossed with detail copper powder. You can read more about this here on My Crafty Outlook:



Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques - and this week please show a Christmas design that depicts 'joy to the world' - please interpret this in any way that you wish.

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 post where your card can be found) by 22:00 UK time Friday 30 January 2015. Please include a link to this blogpost within the post for your creation.

You can enter as many times as you wish  and also link to any other challenges that allow you to do so, but new work only, please.

A new challenge will be set on Saturday 31 January 2015 when there will be three chances to win a prize, thanks to generous sponsors.

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. Also it would be great if you would consider becoming a follower - lovely to welcome recent new followers and 'likers' on facebook.

Please also consider going to CHNC Facebook page and clicking 'like' if you haven't done so already and encourage your friends to do the same. We now have over 300 'likes' , but there's plenty of room for more! I always show at least one of my cards for the next challenge in advance and it's a good place to catch up with any news, winners etc.

Don't forget

Don't forget that 'anything goes' monthly challenges are on my Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra blog - you can share any Christmas card you make throughout the whole month, including those that you link here - there is no restriction on the number of entries you can make throughout the month - the link for CHNC challenge extra for January 2015 is here.

Last year I started up a new challenge called Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - anything goes as long as you cover your card 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 to cover your card blank for your Christmas card, 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.

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

Saturday, 17 January 2015

CHNC challenge 212: upcycle, recycle, re-purpose or use something free


I really enjoyed seeing all your entries for last week's challenge and it was good to see a few new people joining in and starting their Christmas cards. Thank you, everyone, for supporting this challenge blog. I hope you will be able to join me this week.

Please note that I publish the prize winners here and on our facebook page, but don't notify winners individually - it is up to you all to check to see if you have won and email me as requested. There are one or two unclaimed prizes, so it's worth having a look back to see if you were a winner.

Before I get on to today's challenge, I need to let you know the winners of challenge 211 - there were four opportunities to win a prize.

The first winner: 

Number 11: Melissa SunshineHoneyBee, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Melissa. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your three digital images from Crafty Sentiments.

The second winner:

Number 6: Julianne, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Julieanne. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive the images or digi papers of your choice from StitchyBear's DIgi Outlet to a value of $10.

The third winner:


Number 25: Gail Scott, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Gail. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your 5 digital images from Eureka Stamps.

The fourth winner:

Number 32: Brenda B, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Brenda. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your 3 paper sets from Buckwell Craft Supplies.

Now on to:
Challenge 212

Today's challenge is to upcycle, recycle, re-purpose something or use something that you got free

Once again this week there are four opportunities to win a prize - as usual, winners will be chosen randomly.

The first sponsor is Craft Classes Online (replacing My Creative Classroom):


'Craft Classes Online (CCO) brings multiple Creative Arts Instructors together on one site to provide students with the best choice in online craft workshops. Classes are advertised on the CCO website, but are paid for and held on individual instructor's blog/website. This enable instructors to have more freedom and flexibility in their independent businesses. 

Our instructors offer online workshops that are engaging, affordable, and time-saving. Students from across the globe can learn any number of techniques andcreative projects from the comfort of their own home and on their schedule.

In September we will relaunch our blog, My Creative Life 2014, where we issue challenges to help us use all of our craft supplies during the year.'

Craft Classes Online will offer the randomly chosen winner a free seat to any of their online workshops that are on the CCO website with a regular price of $25 or less. The winner will have until the end of this year to claim their prize.

The second sponsor is new to CHNC: Foil Play:


'Foil Play has an enormous selection of crafting staples from classic tried and tested brands for all occasions at great prices. Speedy despatch is always a priority, UK p&p is free on all orders over £10 and you'll get free Kanban die cut toppers if you spend over £20.'

The randomly chosen winner will receive a lucky dip pack of Kanban products.

The third sponsor is Di's Digi Downloads:


This is a little bit about Di who produces such gorgeous digital images:

'I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with likeminded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!'

The randomly-chosen winner will be able given a $10 voucher to spend - just click on the link and feast your eyes on the super images - you will not be disappointed!

The fourth sponsor is My mum's craftshop:


'Bringing you the best in stamping products for Cardmaking & Papercrafting projects

We aim to bring you the best stamping products we can find. Along with stamps we also offer essential stamping products like inks, copics, papers, embellishments & more. We are always receiving lots of new deliveries every week so make sure you check back often so see what yummy new stash we have available! If there are any particular designs that you can't see on our website, please contact us & we will be happy to order them in for you.

Don't forget to visit our Shop Blog which has all the latest releases, info, inspiration & more!'

The randomly chosen winner will receive a £10 voucher to spend online at My mum's craftshop.

Please visit the websites of these generous sponsors and support them -
you will be spoiled for choice!

Please look down the sidebar on the right to see all of the sponsors that I have waiting in the wings to give out prizes during this year. I am so thankful for everyone that is so generously coming on board to support me. When buying your crafting goodies, please click on the links to see what's on offer in their online stores and support them as much as you can with your orders.

For my card I used pieces that were rescued from two separate Christmas crackers and the ribbon with bow across the top part was taken off a card that we received. You can read more about the cards here on My Crafty Outlook. I had to take a photo sideways on because of the reflection of the foiling - in real life the foiling is bright and shining - the lettering is golden and bright red.



Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques - and this week please upcycle, recycle, re-purpose something or use something that you got free.

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 post where your card can be found) by 22:00 UK time Friday 23 January 2015. Please include a link to this blogpost within the post for your creation.

You can enter as many times as you wish  and also link to any other challenges that allow you to do so, but new work only, please.

A new challenge will be set on Saturday 24 January 2015 when there will be three chances to win a prize, thanks to generous sponsors.

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. Also it would be great if you would consider becoming a follower - lovely to welcome recent new followers and 'likers' on facebook.

Please also consider going to CHNC Facebook page and clicking 'like' if you haven't done so already and encourage your friends to do the same. We now have over 300 'likes' , but there's plenty of room for more! I always show at least one of my cards for the next challenge in advance and it's a good place to catch up with any news, winners etc.

Don't forget

Don't forget that 'anything goes' monthly challenges are on my Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra blog - you can share any Christmas card you make throughout the whole month, including those that you link here - there is no restriction on the number of entries you can make throughout the month - the link for CHNC challenge extra for January 2015 is here.

Last year I started up a new challenge called Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - anything goes as long as you cover your card 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 to cover your card blank for your Christmas card, 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.

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

Saturday, 10 January 2015

CHNC challenge 211: Inspired by a Christmas carol or song


Before I announce the winners and the new challenge, I'm sharing with you about the Bugaboo 5th Birthday Bash:

So, Bugaboo is about ready to turn 5 years old this January - Can you believe it?
Hard to believe we've been playing with all these amazing digi images for that long, isn't it?


It's a birthday and every birthday deserves gifts - especially to wonderful supporters like you!

So, get spreading the word - we'll have the cake and ice cream ready (and lots of fun challenges), we just need you and your friends to join the party!

I am so indebted to Bugaboo Stamps - they sponsor all of my CHNC extra challenges as well as regularly giving prizes for my weekly CHNC challenges.

If you love Bugaboo Stamps then please visit Catch the Bug and advertise their 5th birthday celebration on your blog too.

I'm looking forward to joining in the Celebrations - I hope you are too!

Please note that I publish the prize winners here and on our facebook page, but don't notify winners individually - it is up to you all to check to see if you have won and email me as requested. There are one or two unclaimed prizes, so it's worth having a look back to see if you were a winner.

Before I get on to today's challenge, I need to let you know the winners of challenge 210 - there were four opportunities to win a prize.

The first winner: 

Number 25: Jo L, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Jo. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com with your full name and address so I can arrange for you to receive your £10 of goods from Craftybren's Embroidered Embellishments.

The second winner:

Number 53: Helen, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Helen. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com with your full name and addrress so I can arrange for you to receive your prize package from Tando Creative.

The third winner:

Number 14: Melissa SunshineHoneyBee, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Melissa. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your $15.00 gift code to Deedee's Digis.

The fourth winner:

Number 13: JoAnn B, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, JoAnn. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com with your full name and address so I send your two sets of Cupids clear stamps.

Now on to:
Challenge 211

Today's challenge is to make a Christmas creation inspired by a Christmas carol or song

Once again this week there are four opportunities to win a prize - as usual, winners will be chosen randomly.

The first sponsor  is Crafty Sentiments:

'We are a small family fun online company that offers crafters fun and whimsical unmounted rubber stamps, digital stamps as well as cutting dies all from our very own exclusive range. Perfect for your cards and scrapbooks! Our stamps are made from deep etched grey rubber and our cutting dies are made from good quality metal from the USA and UK. We also stock essential craft products for your scrapbooking and card making needs.'

The prize for the randomly chosen winner will receive three digis of their choice.

The second sponsor is new to CHNC: StitchyBear's DIgi Outlet:


'StitchyBear’s Digi Outlet is proud to have been in business, serving our customers since April 1st 2010. With such a great store Stitchy was no Fool!

We currently have a very talented group of 20 Creators and can offer a vast array of digital images, papers and sets in many different styles.

We really have a one stop shop for an amazing collection of creative digital products with prices to suit every budget.'

StitchyBear's DIgi Outlet are offering any images or digi papers of the winner’s choice up to a value of $10.

The third sponsor is Eureka Stamps:


Finally, The Stamps You've been Looking for! Eureka stamps offers a large variety of images and sentiments in many different categories for all of your stamping needs. Our Paper Sculpting stamps add an extra dimension to your creations. Or, Mix and match our Balloons and Balloon Holders to celebrate every occasion. Our Stamps are available as unmounted, deep etched, natural red rubber stamps OR as digital stamps. If Eureka Stamps aren't exactly what you are looking for, Don't miss out on the sister companies: QKR StampedeBiblical Impressions Rubber Stamps, or the newest addition; Alluring Impressions.

The randomly chosen winner will receive 5 digital images of their choice from Eureka Stamps.

The fourth sponsor is new to CHNC: Buckwell Craft Supplies:


'A crafty store that is run by Lozzy. Lozzy opened up Buckwell Craft Supplies online store in September 2014 and has lots of crafty goodies for sale. Stocking products from Spellbinder, Sue Wilson, Creative Expression, Pro markers, Tim Holtz, Stamps and gorgeous Flowers from WOC plus lots more.

Lozzy has also just started selling Backing Papers on CD Rom's and is offering 3 Paper Sets of the Winners choice for this weeks Challenge. Hope you pop over and take a look as you will find a try before you buy plus lots to choose from and its great way to never run out of your favourite paper pattern again.'


Please visit the websites of these generous sponsors and support them -
you will be spoiled for choice!

Please look down the sidebar on the right to see all of the sponsors that I have waiting in the wings to give out prizes during this year. I am so thankful for everyone that is so generously coming on board to support me. When buying your crafting goodies, please click on the links to see what's on offer in their online stores and support them as much as you can with your orders.

I am delighted that Lozzy from Buckwell Craft Supplies is joining me as a guest designer with this lovely card inspired by the Christmas song 'Snowflakes are falling', using one of her snowflake papers - you can read about it on Lozzy's blog here:


I made two cards using three lovely ship silhouette digial images - Ship I, II and III by Floppy Latte Designs kindly supplied by one of the sponsors, StitchyBear's DIgi Outlet and the lovely 'the waves' digital paper kindly supplied by one of the other sponsors, Buckwell Craft Supplies. The first card was created totally digitally; the second card used the images put together to make a topper to mat on to some 'I saw three ships ...' paper that I've had for years. Of course, the song I chose is obvious! You can read more about the cards here on My Crafty Outlook:



Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques - and this week please make a Christmas creation that is inspired by a Christmas carol or song ... it could even be carol singers themselves.

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 post where your card can be found) by 22:00 UK time Friday 16 January 2015. Please include a link to this blogpost within the post for your creation.

You can enter as many times as you wish  and also link to any other challenges that allow you to do so, but new work only, please.

A new challenge will be set on Saturday 17 January 2015 when there will be three chances to win a prize, thanks to generous sponsors.

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. Also it would be great if you would consider becoming a follower - lovely to welcome recent new followers and 'likers' on facebook.

Please also consider going to CHNC Facebook page and clicking 'like' if you haven't done so already and encourage your friends to do the same. We now have over 300 'likes' , but there's plenty of room for more! I always show at least one of my cards for the next challenge in advance and it's a good place to catch up with any news, winners etc.

Don't forget

Don't forget that 'anything goes' monthly challenges are on my Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra blog - you can share any Christmas card you make throughout the whole month, including those that you link here - there is no restriction on the number of entries you can make throughout the month - the link for CHNC challenge extra for January 2015 is here.

Last year I started up a new challenge called Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - anything goes as long as you cover your card 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 to cover your card blank for your Christmas card, 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.

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