Saturday 7 July 2012

CHNC challenge 80: snowmen

Not so many entries for last week's 'festive funnies' challenge, but I was certainly cheered up by the cards that were made and shown. I've had a very difficult week, having developed very painful shingles in my head/face, so I needed a few funnies!

Today's post is a long one - you will see below that there is some exciting news - I have a Guest Designer for the month of July.

Before I get on to today's challenge, I need to let you know the winner of challenge 79. Unfortunately, there could only be one winner and this is the result of using

Number 12: Pamela
who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Pamela! Please email me at so that I can arrange for you to choose and receive your CD rom from  Ooh la la Creations .

Now we move on to today's challenge:

Challenge 80

For today's challenge I'd like to see snowmen (or women) on your Christmas card 

Robyn'sFetish Digital Stamps And More is proud to sponsor this challenge.

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 winner the choice of  5 digital

This challenge marks a very exciting development in that I have invited a Guest Designer to join me for the month of July. When I first set up this challenge blog in January 2011 I had no idea whether it would be successful, but, thanks to all those who play along week by week, it has become established. I didn't get a design team together, but now think it's time to involve Guest Designers. So I'm pleased to say that Catherine (known as Catiecuddles) is joining me for the July challenges. Catherine has been a very keen participant in my challenges, often submitting multiple entries.

This is what Catherine says: 

'I am a wife and mum and on the side crafter. Never happier than when fingers are inky and glitter in my hair. I have been dabbling in craft for about 8 years although more seriously over the past two years when a extended period off work meant I had some time on my hands and I needed a bit of creativity in my life. Unfortunately now a full time job restricts the amount of crafting but I still manage a fair amount! My love of Christmas cards seems to know no bounds and the fact I am now creating them all year round is such fun... much to the amusement of others who can't quite understand my obsession! Therefore my natural home was found with Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge.

I feel honoured to be chosen to be a guest designer this lovely month of July and I hope you enjoy what I've created and I look forward to seeing everyone else's creations.'

Catherine and I were given digital images by Robyn's Fetish. Catherine has made these lovely cards. The first  two cards features 'Carl the snowman:

And Catherine's third card features 'home for the holidays':

You can read more about these on Catherine's Christmas blog.Please visit Catherine's blog and leave her a comment.

For my card I've used the Robyn's Fetish 'Chester da snowman' digital image - you can read more about my card on My Crafty Outlook here.

I've added another card that you can read about here:

Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques, as long as the end result is a Christmas card - and this week please include a snowman or woman.

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 13 July. Please mention my blog and create a link within the post for your creation.

You can enter as many times as you wish (a good way to build up your stock of Christmas cards) and also link to any other challenges that allow you to do so, but new work only, please.

If you would like to be considered as a Guest Designer in the future please add GD after your name in inlinkz.

A new challenge will be set on 14 July.

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 remember also to have a look at my CHNC page on facebook - if you do go there please join in by clicking 'like' so that I know that you've been there. During the week you'll find updates and hints of the next challenge - please feel free to chat there - I know that some of you do already - thank you.

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  1. Great cards ladies! And a big welcome to Catherine. It's good to see that there are more people out there who love creating Christmas cards all year round, even if it's 30+ degrees outside and 27 degrees inside LOL.

  2. Lovely inspiration Hazel. I love using snowmen on my Christmas cards.

    Sorry to hear about your shingles. Hope you feel better soon.

    Kat x

  3. woot woot!! welcome Catherine!!! :)

    FAB cards ladies :)

  4. Thanks for the warm welcome everyone ... Loving being involved and looking forward to seeing all your snow people!
    And a massive thanks you to Hazel and hug to feel better soon honey.
    Catherine xxx aka catiecuddles!

  5. Super cards and such a fun challenge. Di xx

  6. Back again Hazel, hope you're feeling better today. Hugs, Di xx

  7. Morning Hazel, Not good Shingles l have had them and they can be really painful but then you don't want me telling you that you already know l hope your better soon, Thank you for this lovely challenge l always thought l was a follower but l just noticed no so l am now!! great challenge and a good way of getting christmas cards done and l just love snowmen on a cards both male and take care:)x

  8. Hi Hazel, sorry to hear you've got shingles ... I know it's an incredibly painful condition - I do hope you recover quickly. In the meantime, take it easy ... well, as easy as you can :) Lovely cards from both you and Catherine. I've just added my own effort for this week ... I know, early for me :)) Take care. Elizabeth x

    PS: forgot to add GD to my name :(


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