Saturday, 22 November 2014

CHNC challenge 204: getting ready for Christmas


Lovely to see so much green last week - and some upcycled items too - thanks for another very successful week - without you all, this challenge blog would be nothing.

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 203:

The first winner: 

Number 81: Kym, who shared this lovely card:



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

The second winner:

Number 15: Jen L, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Jen. 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 third winner:

Number 52: kbrandy4 (Hazel), who shared this lovely card:


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

Now on to:
Challenge 204

For today's challenge I'd like you to create something that shows 'getting ready for Christmas' - perhaps baking, shopping, decorating the tree ... something that depicts getting ready for Christmas!

The first sponsor is Flonz craft:

Flonz craft is a New Zealand based company who are offering a $20 voucher to spend in their online store - and they will generously send to anywhere in the world with free p & p.They have an amazing range of stamps - the winner certainly will have fun choosing, including some lovely Christmas ones that you could then use for a future challenge.

The second sponsor is Crafts 4 eternity:
who is offering 3 digital stamps (winner's choice) from the Crafts 4 eternity collection.

The third sponsor is Paper Pretties:


Paper Pretties where YOUR creativity comes to life!
Paper Pretties is an online stamp boutique, and home to Zac, Lily, Sophia and Cooper - the cutest kid stamps around! (At least we think so). We have many exclusive stamp lines, from elegant to whimsical, sweet to slever; there is something for every stamper in our Prettie Boutique! In addition to our high quality clear stamps we also have a wide variety of digital images. In case you haven't heard yet, Paper Pretties has a NEW owner, Heather Lee-Reppen. Now located in Madison, WI, we are pleased to offer you amazing customer service and faster/cheaper shipping. All orders are shipped within 24 hours. 

Paper Pretties are offering the randomly chosen winner 6 digital images of the winner's choice.

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

For my card I used one of the Christmas cupcakes images kindly supplied by Crafts 4 eternity, one of the sponsors of this challenge - you can read more about the card here on My Crafty Outlook:


Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques - and this week I'd like you to make something that depicts 'getting ready for Christmas'.

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 28 November  . 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 29 November 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 November is here.

At the beginning of the 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 new 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, 15 November 2014

CHNC challenge 203: go green


What a wonderful selection of cards yet again for last week's challenge - and while I love to see lots of embellishments on cards, you also proved that flat cards can be just as beautiful and inspirational.

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 202:

The first winner: 

Number 79: Helen, who shared this lovely card:



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

The second winner:

Number 31: Eemeli, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Eemeli. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your $21 worth of digital images from Bugaboo Stamps.

The third winner:

Number 89: 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 5 images from Sentimental Susan.

Now on to:
Challenge 203

For today's challenge I'd like you to go green - either make sure you use some of the colour green (a little or a lot) and/or upcycle something

The first sponsor  is Tando Creative:




'We supply our own unique range of chipboard designs that are both innovative and inspiring. We have now added masks to our range of products cut from sturdy and durable 350 micron polyfilm.

We offer a complete bespoke design and cut package for chipboard or we can cut products to your digital designs.'

Tando Creative will be sending the randomly chosen winner a prize package.

The second 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 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.

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

For my card I've used lots of the colour green and have also upcycled the four squares featuring mistletoe (rescued from a card a few years ago!), also using some glittered squares that have been in my Christmas stash for years.

This card is also my second one for CCAYR mid-month inspiration - you can see it here and all the lovely designs of the rest of the team and we would love you to join in - so, if you don't use any patterned paper, then please link as well for CCAYR November challenge

You can read more about the card here on My Crafty Outlook:


Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques - and this week I'd like you to 'go green', either make sure you use some of the colour green (a little or a lot) and/or upcycle something.

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 21 November  . 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 22 November 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 November is here.

At the beginning of the 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 new 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, 8 November 2014

CHNC challenge 202: keep it flat


Wow! what a lot of entries last week - thank you so much for your support - so lovely to see so many super festive designs.

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 201:

The first winner: 

Number 72: dragonllew (Jenny), who shared this lovely card:



Congratulations,  . Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your £20 of goods from Craftybren's Embroidered Embellishments.

The second winner:

Number 111: Kerys, who shared this lovely card:



Congratulations, Kerys. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your 3 digital stamps from Robyn'sFetish Digital Stamps And More. Please note that DIGITAL PAPERS are not included in the prize.

The third winner:

Number 9: 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 five digital images from QKR Stampede.

Now on to:
Challenge 202

For today's challenge I'd like to see Christmas cards that are flat enough to go through the post at no extra charge

The first sponsor is Cupids clear stamps:
'Cupids Clear Stamps are an internet based craft stamp company, Part of Furbanks Ltd.

We are a family run business and have been providing first-rate Pre-press services to the printing industry for over 40 years. Throughout this time our aims have remained the same – to provide a fast, friendly service at a competitive price helping you to meet your deadlines and budget.

We have been making rubber stamps all this time. Only now we have started to design for the craft market.

All our stamps are manufactured and designed in the U.K. from hard wearing high grade photo polymer or red natural rubber producing excellent stamping results time after time.

Peelable Clear Stamps. They are supplied on a clear plastic sheet, simply peel the stamp from the carrier and place on a clear acrylic block with no adhesive required.

Rubber Stamps. They are supplied on red natural rubber in sheet form just cut and mount with your preffered method.'


The randomly chosen winner will receive two sets of Cupids clear stamps.

The second sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps:

Bugaboo Stamps are proud to sponsor this challenge:
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.

Bugaboo Stamps are offering $21 of digital stamps to the randomly chosen winner.



The third sponsor is new to CHNC: Sentimental Susan:

'Hi! I'm Susan and one of the artist and owners of Sentimental Susan. I'm a crafter who loves to create Greeting Cards, invitations, bookmarks and more! I love to color; I'm just a kid at heart. I also love to draw when I can. I am married to Kevin, who also draws and puts up digital images for the site. He is from Australia. This is definitely a family venture, everyone in the family has contributed except for my son. I’m sure he will get up something soon. My kids are much more talented than I am!! J We are really happy to be sponsoring some challenges and we look forward to seeing all of the fantastic creations. There is nothing more exciting than seeing something you have drawn created into something spectacular!!'

The randomly chosen winner will receive 5 images from Sentimental Susan.

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

I'm starting off by showing the card that I made for this week's Completely Christmas 37, where the theme is 'anything goes with a twist ... let's see some blue' - this is flat and will easily stand the postage test. If you include some blue on your card, we would love to see it entered into Completely Christmas 37 as well as the challenge here. You can read more about the card here on My Crafty Outlook:


Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques - and this week I'd like to see Christmas cards that are flat enough to go through the post without any extra charge - here in the UK if the card with envelope is thicker than 5 mm then it has to be sent as a 'large letter', which requires a more expensive stamp. If, like us, you have a fair number of cards to mail, then it really does push up the cost if you make cards with embellishments that stick up and require a 'large letter' stamp. So this week, let's keep our cards moderately flat - you can still add layers or anything as long as it doesn't become more than 5 mm thick.

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 14 November. 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 15 November 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 November is here.

At the beginning of the 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 new 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, 1 November 2014

CHNC challenge 201: sparkle


80 super entries for last week's challenge - it's lovely to see so many joining in - I do hope you will be able to join in this week with some Christmas sparkle.

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 200:

The first winner: 

Number 16: Stacey S, who shared this lovely card:



Congratulations, Stacey. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your $20 voucher to spend in Flonz craft online shop.

The second winner:

Number 19: Chrissy, who shared this lovely card:



Congratulations, Chrissy. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your two sheets from Linnie's Whoopsi Daisy.

The third winner:

Number 36: Darcy Schroeder,who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Darcy. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your 3 digis from Crafty Sentiments

Now on to:
Challenge 201

For today's challenge I'd like to see some sparkle on your Christmas creations (glitter, bling, shine ... anything that sparkles)

The first sponsor  is Craftybren's Embroidered Embellishments:


'Hi my name is Bren, I have been crafting since the year dot. I like to have a few different things on the go at once, knitting, sewing, paper crafting etc, just so I can swap and change around a bit.
I made a few cards with my machine embroidery on, and was asked if I made embroidery to sell, that is how Craftybrens was born. Hope you like what you see.'

The randomly chosen winner will receive £20 of goods from Craftybren's Embroidered Embellishments - please note that if the winner lives outside the UK he/she will be expected to pay for the P & P.

The second sponsor is Robyn'sFetish Digital Stamps And More:


'Robyn'sFetish Digital Stamps And More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and is owned by Robyn Weinrib. Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion.'

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to award the randomly chosen winner the choice of 3 digital stamps. These will be stamps that the winner chooses. Please note that DIGITAL PAPERS are not included in the prize.

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.

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

I'm pleased that Crafty Bren, one of our sponsors, is joining me once again as a guest designer today with her lovely card -  you can read more about it here on Brenda's blog.


For my card I used a topper and frames and a sentiment from a 'road to Bethlehem' Hunkydory kit, a background piece of card that I've had for years and some glitter tape and sparkly ribbon from Marks & Spencer - you can read more about it here on My Crafty Outlook:


Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques - and this week I'd like to see some sparkle on your Christmas creations, using any media, embellishments, papers etc ... as long as there is some sparkle.

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 7 November Friday . 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 8 November 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 November is here.

At the beginning of the 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 new 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