Saturday 4 January 2014

CHNC challenge 158: upcycle, re-purpose or use a freebie

Once again, you amazed me with so many entries for last week's challenge - 100 entries - thank you so much.

Before I get on to today's challenge, I need to let you know the winners of challenge 157. There were, of course, three opportunities to win a prize.

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.

The first winner:

Number 12: Gail Scott, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Gail. Please email me at with your full name and address so that I can arrange for you to receive your five digital stamps from Robyn'sFetish Digital Stamps And More.

The second winner:

Number 87: Misseke, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Misseke. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your $10 gift certificate to spend in Stamp Your Life's Etsy shop

The third winner:

Number 95: Lorraine B, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Lorraine. Please email me at with your full name and address so I can arrange for you to receive your prize from QKR Stampede.

Now on to:
Challenge 158

For today's challenge I'd like to see Christmas cards that include something that has been upcycled, re-purposed or that was a freebie (that can even include something you received for Christmas)

The first sponsor is Craftybren's Embroidered Embellishments (although Bren has been a keen supporter of my challenges and has often entered them):

'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 a regular supporter of CHNC:  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.

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 5 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 am pleased that Crafty Bren (our first sponsor) has joined me as a Guest Designer. Brenda has made this beautiful card re-purposing an ATC that she had previously embroidered as a topper - you can read more about this on Bren's blog here - please visit and leave her a comment:

My first card was made from a lovely sparkly Christmas card received, which I matted on to silver mirror card before matting on to a white DL card blank. The image with the quote was kindly supplied by  Robyn'sFetish Digital Stamps And More (one of today's sponsors) - I coloured the bricks digitally using Microsoft Paint - this was then matted on to silver mirror card:

My second card was made using images and a tree from one card received which were matted on to another upcycled card, matted on to mirror card:

You can read more about these 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 Christmas cards that include something that you have upcycled, re-purposed or something that was free, perhaps even something you received for Christmas or in a swap or something - there are plenty of possibilities.

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 10 January. Please include a link to this blogpost within the post for your creation.

You can enter as many times as you wish - I think we all need to increase our stock at this time of the year - 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 11 January when there will once again 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' - there are now 253 'likes' - it would be great if we could increase this even 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 is here.
I've 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 in this way 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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  1. Congrats to winners
    and one Happy Creative year to all
    hugs Tamara

  2. Congrats to the winners. Great way to recycle/upcycle Hazel!

  3. Oh what a nice surprise :)
    Thank you!!!!!

    Congrats to the others!


  4. Love your cards Hazel....Many congratulations to the winners xx

  5. Thanks for a great challenge and for sharing the gorgeous DT creations xx

  6. What a lovely surprise!! Thank you very much
    Congratulations to the other winner.
    Lorraine x

  7. Congratulations to the winners.
    Lovely cards Brenda and Hazel.
    I have added my card made with the free image received this month.

  8. congrats to the winners!! FAB creations Hazel :)

  9. Just linked in Hazel and also just spotted that you now have thumbnails in the linking - wahoo!

    Hugs, Di xx


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