Saturday, 27 September 2014

CHNC challenge 196: make it colourful


You did a fantastic job making so many wonderful cards in 20 minutes or less for last week's challenge - I hope you enjoyed doing it - I know that some of you found it harder than others.  I hope you will be able to take part again this week - and if you haven't yet started your Christmas cards, why not do so this week? And if you have, then perhaps try to make some quick cards like you did last week, only make sure they are colourful for this 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 195, when there were four opportunities to win a prize:

The first winner: 

Number 28: 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 $20 worth of stamps from Flonz craft.

The second winner:

Number 13: Carol Dunham, who shared this lovely card:



Congratulations, Carol. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your 3 digital stamps from  the Crafts 4 eternity collection.

The third winner:

Number 19: Suze, who shared this lovely card:


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

The fourth winner:

Number 35: Misseke, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Misseke. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your  three free downloads from bestcardmaking-downloads.com supplied by Stamping all day.

Now on to:
Challenge 196

For today's challenge I'd like you to make a Christmas card or any other creation - and make it colourful

The first sponsor is Delicious Doodles:


'Delicious Doodles is a young company with myself, Teri, as the Sole Trader/Designer. 

I have doodled and sketched all of my life. I started making greetings cards when my last child was born, and used my doodles on them as I couldn't find what I wanted in the usual craft places. 

I only started selling my images in the Autumn of 2009. I design and hand/mouse-draw all of the images that are sold in the Delicious Doodles Shop. Some are cutsie animals, some are sketched flowers, there are a few men's images, fairies and also some 'darker' images featuring vampires, skulls and Gothic stuff, something for everyone! '

The randomly chosen winner will be able to choose 4 digital images.

The second sponsor is Live & Love Crafts:
'If the words vintage and shabby chic makes your heart beat faster, you will find your haven at Live & Love Crafts! Live & Love Crafts is a UK based online store that ships WORLDWIDE. The store is owned and operated by Sandra Mathis, a crafter who is as passionate about the vintage style as she is about customer service and providing a good shopping experience. Live & Love Crafts prides itself on having a website that is easy to navigate with excellent product images. Orders are dispatched fast; usually on the same day.

Live & Love Crafts stocks a wide range of products from well-loved vintage brands such as Pion Design, Maja Design, Riddersholm Design, Kort & Godt, Magnolia, Prima, Melissa Frances, Maya Road, and the Tim Holtz/Ranger product lines.
The store has a vast selection of laces, ribbons and trims, an assortment of close to 200 charms and metal decorations, as well as many other unique embellishments that you can't find elsewhere. To help you save on costs, the charms/metal decos can be purchased singularly and all trims and ribbons are sold by the yard/meter.

If you’re looking for products that will inspire and a one stop paper & embellishment shop, look no further than Live & Love Crafts!'




The third 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.

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

I've made two similar cards, using a Bugaboo Stamps image coloured with spectrum noir pens. Background papers and the torn pieces are from My Mind's Eye 12 days of Christmas paper pad - you can read more about it here on My Crafty Outlook. I made two cards so that I could enter them for Sarn's Rudolph Day - perhaps you could do the same and enter here and there at the same time, but you'll need to be quick to join Rudolph Day because Sarn closes the doors at 19:00 UK time 30 September. This CHNC challenge 196, of course, continues until 22:00 UK time on Friday 3 October.


Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques - and this week I'd like you to make your creation colourful - simples!

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 3 October 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 4 October 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. 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 September is here - only a few days now to get your entries in.

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, 20 September 2014

CHNC challenge 195: 20 minutes or less


I loved all the different interpretations of 'silent night' - thanks again for another fantastic response to the challenge. I hope you will be able to take part again this week - and if you haven't yet started your Christmas cards, why not do so 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 194.

The first winner: 

Number 14: coldwaters2 (Lorraine), who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Lorraine. Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com with your full name and address so I can arrange for you to receive the two sets of stamps donated by Cupids clear stamps.

The second winner:

Number 17: Granne, who shared this lovely card:



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

The third winner:

Number 32: Jessi,  who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Jessi. 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 195

For today's challenge I'd like you to make a Christmas card or any other creation that takes 20 minutes or less to make, having got all supplies together first

This week there are four sponsors, so four opportunities to win a prize.

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 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 Stamping all day who are offering three free downloads from bestcardmaking-downloads.com to the randomly chosen winner.

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

For this card I've used a deer image that came as part of a kit with a magazine, using the embossing folder that came with it to emboss around the image, swiping this with stazon teal blue. I also used the stazon to ink a sentiment oval to match. This took me less than 15 minutes - perfect for the challenge and for making a quick card. More details 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 take 20 minutes or less to make your Christmas card or any other Christmas creation - you can get everything ready before you begin.

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 26 September 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 27 September 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. 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 September 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, 13 September 2014

CHNC challenge 194: silent night


What a wonderful lot of different interpretations for last week's 'Do you hear what I hear?' challenge - thank you so much for the encouragement and support with your entries - it is a joy to visit your blogs and be inspired by your creativity. This week we will be putting the noises behind us and instead we will be thinking of 'silent night'.

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 193, when there were four opportunities to win a prize:

The first winner: 

Number 14: Di, who shared this lovely card:


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

The second winner:

Number 24: 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 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 19: hellerlittle,  who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, hellerlittle. 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 194

For today's challenge I'd like to see your interpretation of 'silent night' - perhaps a village snow scene, waiting for Santa, the wise men following the star ... I'm sure you will have other ideas! As ever, interpret this as you wish!

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!

For this card I've used a background that I found on the internet on to which I matted an old Kanban frame and toppers - a peaceful 'silent night' picture.  More details about the card here on My Crafty Outlook:


For my next card I chose a Bugaboo Stamp image, kindly supplied by them as one of the sponsors of this challenge - Bugaboo Stamps snow globe - reindeer silhouette and used one of their frosty digi papers as the background - more info here on My Crafty Outlook. This card makes me think of a silent Christmas Eve.



Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques - and this week I'd like to see your interpretation of 'silent night' - perhaps a village snow scene, waiting for Santa, the wise men following the star ... I'm sure you will have other ideas! Of course, you could use the music or lyrics for the carol 'Silent night' if 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 19 September 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 20 September 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. 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 September 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, 6 September 2014

CHNC challenge 193: do you hear what I hear?


Please click here for a chance to win a 2-day ticket for the Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace 20-21 September

It was lovely to see all the different people that featured on your designs for last week's challenge - so much creativity and inspiration. Thank you for your entries.

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 192, when there were four opportunities to win a prize:

The first winner: 

Number 9: Anne-Marie, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, . Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your £15 worth of stamps from The Artistic Stamper.

The second winner:

Number 32: Misseke, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, . Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your 3 images from MilkCoffee.

The third winner:



Number 28: Asha,  who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, . Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your 3 images from The stamping boutique.

The fourth winner:

Number 12: Shelly H,  who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, . Please email me at hazelharris@ntlworld.com so I can arrange for you to receive your one bundle from etsy.com/shop/melonheadzdoodles.

Now on to:
Challenge 193

For today's challenge I'd like to see your interpretation of 'Do you hear what I hear?' on your Christmas creation -
You might show a picture of a bird cheeping, bells ringing, carol singers ... or perhaps something on your card that makes a noise, like a shaker

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 as a guest designer today with her lovely card - depicting one of the 12 drummers drumming -  you can read more about it here on Brenda's blog.


Similar to last week, for my two cards I've used card, toppers and sentiments from a Hunkydory Christmas choir set, part of their Traditional Christmas range. The background card was one piece, but I thought it was too good to fold in half, so I added each half to A5 card blanks. The music strips down the side of each card were offcuts from the waste around the die cut toppers etc. More details about the cards here and 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 your interpretation of 'Do you hear what I hear?' on your Christmas creation - You might show a picture of a bird cheeping, bells ringing, carol singers ... or perhaps something on your card that makes a noise, like a shaker.

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 12 September 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 13 September 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. 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 September 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

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