Saturday, 21 January 2017

Changes to CHNC weekly challenges



Please scroll down for the current challenge

Before I announce changes, I wish to thank all sponsors for their tremendous support in providing prizes for my CHNC challenges. This has been much appreciated by me and by the winners.

After six years of running the challenges and much thought, I've decided that from now on I will run my CHNC challenges without sponsors, with me giving a prize for a randomly chosen winner.

This has mainly been brought about by trying to cut down a bit on the time taken to run the challenges. Much as I appreciate the support of sponsors, it does generate more work for me and my husband is needing more of my care, so I feel that something has got to go.

Perhaps one day in the future I will be going back to sponsors to ask them  to give prizes for some challenges, but for now I'll see how things go with just me providing a prize.

And from now on, every week will be 'anything goes as long as it's Christmas', with an optional theme ... which is just that, optional!

One more minor change is the closing time of each challenge. Each week the linky will close at 20:00 UK time, instead of the later time of 22:00 ... this will give me a bit more 'breathing space'. Challenges will start start at 09:00 UK time every Saturday morning.

I'm hoping that these changes won't prevent crafters from entering their Christmas creations. When I started the challenge blog it was to help me to make Christmas designs throughout the year and to encourage others to do the same. I'm hoping that making every challenge 'anything goes' it will make it easier for crafters to take part, going with the optional theme if they so wish.

I'm leaving this post at the top of the blog for a while.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

CHNC challenge 316


Please see here for changes to these weekly CHNC challenges from now on.

Before I tell you about this week's challenge, I need to let you know the winner of challenge 315. 
Please note that my email to send to is craftyhazelnut@gmail.com


Number 46: Kelly (Kelly's cards), who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Kelly. Please email me at craftyhazelnut@gmail.com with your full name and address so I can arrange for you to receive your Contemporary Christmas paper pad.

From now on, every CHNC challenge will be 'anything goes as long as it's Christmas', which will, hopefully, encourage as many crafters as possible to join in with their festive creations. However, there will always be an optional theme, which this week is 'feature a creature'. I want to stress that this is purely optional.

Challenge 316:
anything goes as long as it's Christmas
optional theme: feature a creature

Every week I will be giving a prize to a randomly chosen winner - this is the prize for this challenge:

Dear Santa ruber stamp theme plate
ready mounted on EZ mount
Red white ribbons 6 x 1m


This is my card following the optional theme: feature a creature - the lovely glittered reindeer from The Works - you can read about them on My Crafty Outlook here:



Now it's over to you. You can use any materials, any techniques - it's anything goes as long as it's Christmas, with the optional theme of 'feature a creature'.

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 creation can be found) by 20:00 UK time Friday 20 January 2017. 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 at 09:00 UK time on Saturday 21 January, 2017.

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.

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. 


Don't forget that 'anything goes' monthly challenges are on my Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra blog (these are still being sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps with a prize of four digital images for the randomly chosen winner each month) - you can share any Christmas creation 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 is here.  Now that all challenges on the weekly blog here are 'anything goes as long as it's Christmas' it makes sense to also link for the current challenge on my Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra blog - you will then have two chances to win a prize.


I also run a challenge blog called Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - anything goes as long as you use some patterned paper - with 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, please 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


Saturday, 7 January 2017

CHNC challenge 315


Happy New Year

Please see here for changes to these weekly CHNC challenges from now on.

Thank you so much for all the wonderful entries for last week's challenge. It's been a difficult week for us (yet again), with John being admitted to hospital on Sunday ... but the good news is that he is now home (last evening after 10:00 pm) - if I haven't yet had a chance to comment on your entry, I will do so soon.

Before I tell you about this week's challenge, I need to let you know the winners of challenge 314. There were three opportunities to win a prize.

Please note that my email to send to is craftyhazelnut@gmail.com


The first winner:

Number 25: Helen, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Helen. Please email me at craftyhazelnut@gmail.com so I can arrange for you to receive your £10 voucher from Crafter's Companion.

The second winner:

Number 42: Red Obsession Cards (Teresa), who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Teresa. Please email me at craftyhazelnut@gmail.com so I can arrange for you to receive your £10 to spend at Crafty Ribbons.

The third winner:

Number 46: Diny, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Diny. Please email me at craftyhazelnut@gmail.com with your full name and address so I can arrange for you to receive your Crafty Bob CD-rom kindly donated by Craftsuprint.

From now on, every CHNC challenge will be 'anything goes as long as it's Christmas', which will, hopefully, encourage as many crafters as possible to join in with their festive creations. However, there will always be an optional theme, which this week is 'clean and simple'. I want to stress that this is purely optional.

Challenge 315:
anything goes as long as it's Christmas
optional theme: clean and simple

Every week I will be giving a prize to a randomly chosen winner - this is the prize for this challenge:


These are two cards that I made following the optional theme: clean and simple - you can read about them on My Crafty Outlook here and here:



Now it's over to you. You can use any materials, any techniques - it's anything goes as long as it's Christmas, with the optional theme of 'clean and simple'.

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 creation can be found) by 20:00 UK time Friday 13 January 2017. 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 14 January, 2017 - please come back then to hear about the changes being made from then onwards.

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.

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. 


Don't forget that 'anything goes' monthly challenges are on my Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra blog (these are still being sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps with a prize of $21 of digital images for the randomly chosen winner each month) - you can share any Christmas creation 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 is here.


I also run a challenge blog called Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - anything goes as long as you use some patterned paper - with 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, please 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



Saturday, 31 December 2016

CHNC challenge 314: anything goes as long as it's Christmas


Thanks for all the entries for last week's challenge - lovely to see what you'd been up to in the immediate days leading up to Christmas and beyond. I hope you all had a lovely time.

I hope others will join me in making a resolution to get some Christmas creations made throughout the year, which is the reason why I started this challenge blog six years ago. There will be some changes in the new year, but with the main emphasis still on getting Christmas designs done throughout the year.

Please note that my email to send to is craftyhazelnut@gmail.com

Before I tell you about this week's challenge, I need to let you know the winners of challenge 313. There were four opportunities to win a prize.

The first winner:

Number 1: Kath, who shared these lovely cards:


Congratulations, Kath. Please email me at craftyhazelnut@gmail.com with your full name and address so I can arrange for you to receive your lucky dip pack of Kanban products from Foil Play.

The second winner:

Number 53: Birgit, who shared four lovely cards - this is one of them:


Congratulations, Birgit. Please email me at craftyhazelnut@gmail.com with your full name and address so I can arrange for you to receive your CD-rom from Ooh la la Creations.

The third winner:

Number 17: Margaret A (granmargaret), who shared this lovely card:


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

The fourth winner:

Number 72: Billie A, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Billie. Please email me at craftyhazelnut@gmail.com so I can arrange for you to receive your three papers from Lozzy's paper picks here.

The fifth winner:

Number 75: Suze #4, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Suze. Please email me at craftyhazelnut@gmail.com so I can arrange for you to receive your three digital images from Oddball Art Co by Lizzy Love.

Happy New Year

As this is the 5th Saturday in the month, this is the theme for:

Challenge 314:

anything goes as long as it's Christmas

This week there are three opportunities to win a prize as usual, winners will be chosen randomly. I do hope we will get a lot of entries this week to encourage these wonderful sponsors.

The first sponsor is Crafter's Companion:

Crafter's Companion is a well known haven of crafting goodies of all descriptions. They are giving a £10 voucher to the randomly chosen winner.

The second sponsor is Crafty Ribbons:


'Crafty Ribbons are a friendly UK company designing and producing exclusive ribbon designs, as well as stocking a broad range of organza, grosgrain and satin ribbons. We have a huge range of lace and buttons too :-)

You can find us here: (link) www.craftyribbons.com'


The randomly chosen winner will receive a voucher for £10 to spend at Crafty Ribbons:


The third sponsor is Craftsuprint:

Crafty Bob

Welcome to the World's largest Craft Megastore and the home of Crafty Bob. Over 550,000 Craft Downloads including Card Making, Knitting, Needlework, Scrapbooking, Designer Resources, Craft Supplies, Hobbies and Handmade Finished Cards. Plus Craft Projects, Videos, Ideas, Crafting Competitions and Fun Crafty Bob Craft Games. If you are creative and love crafting then you are going to love craftsuprint.com!'

There are so many freebies on their website that you don't have to wait to see if you are a winner ... you can all take advantage of the generosity of  Craftsuprint.

The randomly chosen winner will receive a Crafty Bob CD-rom kindly donated by Craftsuprint.

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 giving out prizes during this year - quite a few new ones as well as others who have been giving generously in the past. I am so thankful for everyone 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.

Last week I showed some quick cards that I made recently using some lovely Elisabeth Bell toppers - here are some more that were made before Christmas with Kaisercraft background papers - you can read about them on My Crafty Outlook:





Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques - and this week it's anything goes as long as it's 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 creation can be found) by 22:00 UK time Friday 6 January 2017. 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 7 January, 2017 - please come back then to hear about the changes being made from then onwards.

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.

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 498 'likes' thanks to some more friends who have joined in this week - but there's plenty of room for more! We are so near the 500 now - we just need 2 more to get there. I always try to show at least one of my creations for the next challenge in advance and it's a good place to catch up with any news, winners etc.


Don't forget that 'anything goes' monthly challenges are on my Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra blog - you can share any Christmas creation 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 December is here.


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



Saturday, 24 December 2016

CHNC challenge 313: use a sentiment


What a fantastic response to last week's challenge. Please forgive me if I didn't get round to commenting on your entries. It's been another of 'those weeks' (trouble is that we seem to get one of them every week). John has had a chesty cold, resulting in a visit yesterday by a response team nurse, to be followed up today (Saturday) ... and I've got a cold, mainly a sore throat ... trying to get everything done for Christmas ... two lots of food shopping this morning, so anything we haven't got we will do without ... and there's only the two of us and the shops will be open again so soon after Christmas that it's just like a normal weekend really!

I know that you probably won't be actually making Christmas things this week, but perhaps you might like to show some of the cards you made, but didn't have time to blog ... I'd love to see them here (and, of course, on my CHNC challenge extra as well).

By the time this challenge gets going, it will be Christmas day, Boxing Day ... and then we will be looking to New Year, so I wish you

Happy Christmas, everybody!

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.

Please note that my email to send to is craftyhazelnut@gmail.com

Before I tell you about this week's challenge, I need to let you know the winners of challenge 312. There were four opportunities to win a prize.

The first winner:

Number 5: Jacky - Paddington fan, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Jacky. Please email me at craftyhazelnut@gmail.com so I can arrange for you to receive your $21 of digital stamps from Bugaboo Stamps.

The second winner:

Number 66: Vickie O'Dell, who shared four lovely cards - this is one of them:


Congratulations, Vickie. Please email me at craftyhazelnut@gmail.com so I can arrange for you to receive your five digital images from QKR Stampede.

The third winner:

Number 73: Margaret A (Granmargaret), who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Margaret. Please email me at craftyhazelnut@gmail.com so I can arrange for you to receive your three digital images from Robyn's Fetish.

The fourth winner:

Number 116: Dorothy S, who shared this lovely card:


Congratulations, Dorothy. Please email me at craftyhazelnut@gmail.com so I can arrange for you to receive your three digital images from Digital Paper Craft.

As this is the 4th Saturday in the month, this is the theme for:

Challenge 313:

use a sentiment

This week there are five opportunities to win a prize as usual, winners will be chosen randomly. I do hope we will get a lot of entries this week to encourage these wonderful sponsors.


The first sponsor is 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 second sponsor is Ooh la la Creations:


A randomly chosen winner will be able to choose a CD-rom of their choice - and there are so many wonderful ones to choose from.

 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 randomly chosen winner will receive three digis of their choice from Crafty Sentiments:.

The fourth sponsor is Lozzy:


Lozzy is the leader of A bit more time to craft challenge blog and also More mixed media challenge blog and will generously give the randomly chosen winner their choice of three sets of papers from her wonderful selection - you can see Lozzy's paper picks here.

The randomly chosen winner will receive their choice of three sets of papers from Lozzy's wonderful selection.

The fifth sponsor is new to CHNC: Oddball Art Co by Lizzy Love:


"Lizzy has always loved the stranger, quirkier side of life and that is exactly what she loves to create. Her art described as a perfect combination of sweet and sour that glitters up the grunge! As a lover of all things whimsical, kawaii and creepy cute, she throws in some Pastel Goth with a touch of glam, punk & rockabilly pinup!
She has certainly never been a mainstream type of girl and definitely won't fit into your stereotypical cookie cutter artists role; but rather she finds beauty in the truly unique, big eyed creepy little cuties with a bittersweet sadness. She is never truly happier then when she is in her art studio painting or sewing, creating a whimsical dream world easily recognizable as her signature style of creepy yet cute, all the way from the haunting darkness to the rainbowtastic, Lizzy’s creations are lovingly sprinkled with a heartbreaking sweetness.
Growing up a child of the 80's, pop rocks princess, with an extreme fondness for anything candy coated, Kawaii Kitten & Ziggy Stardust, all of which had a major influence in the work that she is creating today. Lizzy employs many different mediums when she creates, anything from mixed media painting to sewing with many different textiles, the end result always being the same; A whimsical dream world filled with big eyed beauties, creepy little cuties and quirky monsters of all shapes and sizes."

The randomly chosen winner will receive three digital images of their choice from Oddball Art Co by Lizzy Love.

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 giving out prizes during this year - quite a few new ones as well as others who have been giving generously in the past. I am so thankful for everyone 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.

Here are some quick cards that I made recently using some lovely Elisabeth Bell toppers - you can read about them on My Crafty Outlook (they should be there later today!):




Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques - and this week I'd like you to add a sentiment to your Christmas design.

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 creation can be found) by 22:00 UK time Friday 30 December 2016. 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 December 2016 (can you believe - that's New Year's Eve?!?) when there will be three prizes 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.

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 498 'likes' thanks to some more friends who have joined in this week - but there's plenty of room for more! We are so near the 500 now - we just need 2 more to get there. I always try to show at least one of my creations for the next challenge in advance and it's a good place to catch up with any news, winners etc.


Don't forget that 'anything goes' monthly challenges are on my Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra blog - you can share any Christmas creation 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 December is here.


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