Saturday 31 October 2015

CHNC challenge 253: it's time to sing

For the first few days of last week's challenge it looked as if there would be few entries, but as the week picked up there were more and more added - thank you so much - and what beauties they all were, showing the true meaning of Christmas.

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 now is

Before I get on to today's challenge, I need to let you know the winners of challenge 252. There were four opportunities to win a prize:

The first winner: 

Number 18: Lisa Lynnwho shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Lisa. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your three digital items from Mari's Stamp your life Etsy shop.

The second winner:

Number 2: Melissa SunshineHoneyBee, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Melissa. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your five digital images from QKR Stampede.

The third winner:

Number 9: Jose,  who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations,.Jose.Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your gift certificate for $10 to spend at Fresh Brewed Designs.

The fourth winner:

Number 10: Rosina, who shared these lovely card:

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

Now on to:
Challenge 253

For today's challenge I'd like you to think about a time to sing when making your Christmas design - perhaps it will be prompted by a Christmas song or carol and feature carol singers

Once again this week there are four opportunities to win a prize - as usual, winners will be chosen randomly.

The first 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 second sponsor is Stamp and Create:

'Stamp and Create is an online store based in the US with shipping worldwide. We have a wide range of rubber stamps at the lowest prices around! We carry stamps from: Magnolia, Wild Rose Studio, Saturated Canary, High Hopes Rubber Stamps, CC Designs, The Greeting Farm, Wags 'n Whiskers Rubber Stamps and more. We have a weekly candy giveaway, a Monthly Challenge, and a bi-weekly Magnolia Challenge!! We would love for you to check us out on Facebook as well!'

The randomly chosen winner will receive a $20 voucher to spend in the Stamp and Create online store.

The third sponsor is Digital Paper Craft:

'Digital Paper Craft is your source of Digital Clipart, Scrapbook Supplies, Digital Stamps, Scrapbook Kits and Graphic Design. All images, papers, etc. created by gifted artist Siobhan and can be found at

The randomly chosen winner will receive three images of their choice.

The fourth sponsor is Paper Creator:

'Paper Creator is an online store selling card making downloads, printable crafts & Sassy Cheryl's coloured illustrations.

We also now stock Sassy Cheryl's brand new rubber stamp range which are exclusive to us here in the UK.'

Paper Creator are offering the randomly chosen winner a £10 voucher to be spent in their online store.

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. I am so thankful for everyone so generously 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.

This is my card - you can read about it here on My Crafty Outlook (I've cheated a bit as it is a card that has been made for the Glory of Christmas challenge 71 - I am on the DT there - it would be good to see you there too):

Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques - and this week I'd like you to think about a time to sing when making your Christmas design - perhaps it will be prompted by a Christmas song or carol and feature carol singers.

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 6 November 2015. 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 November 2015 when there will be four 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 400 'likes'  - it was lovely to welcome yet another two people again this week, 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.

Last year I started up a new challenge 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.

Thank you for your support
I look forward to seeing your entries


  1. This BEE is happy to bee the winner at CHNC Ch252 Nativity as 2nd winner of 5 digis from QKR Stampede. Emailed. Thank you. Congrats to other winners. Was glad to see more enter after I got things started showing the true meaning of Christmas, Nativity. I have 2 Nativity sets I put out at Christmas. One is very simple made of plastic so it is unbreakable and have had for many yrs but has all the right pieces including a creche. 2nd set I have is a Hallmark nesting doll set. Wishing everyone an early Merry Christmas & a Happy Halloween on this Halloween Day from Central TX where it has been raining a lot. Hubby has carved 2 pumpkins and if you have not seen them yet I have photos on my blog.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  2. Fun theme Hazel! Sorry I've been missing in action lately - back now though :)


    Di xx

  3. Great theme for a challenge Hazel and I love your card!
    Helen x

  4. What a surprise to see that I have won my Christmas card 4th prize ... thank you very much for it. also congratulated the other winners ...
    greetings Rosina

  5. Thanks for another fab challenge and for sharing your gorgeous inspirations with us Karen x


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