Saturday 26 December 2015

CHNC challenge 261: anything goes as long as it's Christmas

Thank you for so many wonderful Christmas makes shared for last week's challenge.I hope you all had a good Christmas Day and that you continue to enjoy the festivities. If you have time during the coming week I'd love to see more of your festive makes, whether they are ones that you made before Christmas and didn't have time to show, or whether perhaps you can't resist using some of your Christmas craft stuff to make something new. Either way, I look forward to seeing 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.

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 260. There were four opportunities to win a prize:

The first winner: 

Number 8: paperMonawho shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Mona. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your three free downloads from  (Stamping all day).

The second winner:

Number 48: Cornelia (fun stamping), who shared this lovely card:

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

The third winner:

Number 125: Liselot, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations,.Liselot. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your one bundle from

The fourth winner:

Number 127: Jane's journal, who shared these lovely card:

Congratulations, Jane. Please email me at with your full name and address so I can post your prize kindly given by  Die Cuts With a View.

Now on to:
Challenge 261

For today's challenge I'd like you to make anything as long as it's for Christmas - an opportunity perhaps to show something that you made in the run up to Christmas, but didn't have time to show on your blog

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 SVG Attic:

'SVGattic is home to many wonderful and imaginative vinyl, scrapbook and 3D designs. These kits are fun and easy to make with your digital die cutting machine. Use them as gifts, decor around the house or just to impress your friends. You're sure to find something you love at Come be inspired.'

The prize for the randomly chosen winner will be a $15 gift certificate to spend at

The third sponsor is Lacy Sunshine:

Heather Valentin is creative , award winning, modern-day fantasy and whimsical artist who has displayed a dynamic and vibrant energy while painting professionally for over 18 years.

She began to express herself creatively through movement at a very young age.
For many years she studied dance, being drawn to forms that allowed creative self expression, all the while feeling this constant urge to create with her hands. The canvas is now her dance floor where color, beauty and drama are expressed through her every pencil sketch and brush stroke. Her subjects vary from fairies, fantasy, mermaids, vampires, dragons, wildlife, abstract and more. She is one who is inspired in a single moment. Her dreams, moods and the the unfolding beauty of the world around her is what charts her dance for the day. She is most alive when sketching and painting, creating timeless pieces that reflect her heart and soul. Drawing breathes life into her soul- it enables her to reach out and touch lives. This gives her a place in the world one character and painting at a time.

Heather's artist portfolio has expanded to include such clients as Pepsi, Outback Steakhouse, Nabisco, Zephryhils and can now be found at Laguna Art, Third Stone Art Gallery and Sausalito Art Galleries, along with commercial and private collections across
the globe.

Her latest foray is to immortalize her popular drawn characters Eleanor and Pickles in a children's book of their own.

The prize for the randomly chosen winner will be 3 digis of choice from the Lacy Sunshine Shoppe.

The fourth 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.

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  - more about this on My Crafty Outlook here:

Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques - and this week I'd like you to make anything as long as it's for Christmas - an opportunity perhaps to show something that you made in the run up to Christmas, but didn't have time to show on your blog.

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 1 January 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 2 January 2016 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 anothe yet 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 December 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. Hi Hazel, thanks so much for pulling me out of the hat as a winner! I hope you had a lovely Christmas. I have emailed you...please can you check your spam as sometimes my emails do get spammed!
    All good wishes for 2016 and thanks again,
    Jane xx

  2. Thank you Hazel for another challenge and for the DT creations which are always so lovely - have a blessed New Year!

  3. How fun to see my card drawn as the winner card! Hazel, I hope you don't mind, but I don't do digital stamping - so you could perhaps make somebody else happy with that prize. I never expected to be chosen....
    Happy belated Holidays to you and all the best for the New year!

  4. Congratulations to the winners of the last challenge.
    Thank you for another challenge Hazel.
    I hope you had a happy Christmas.
    Happy New Year.

  5. Fantastic card~! Love your design! Just beautiful!! Thanks for another fun challenge!

    - Susan, {Scrap A Thousand Words}
    {Sentimental Susan}
    {Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges}

  6. Happy New Year Hazel - big hugs and thank you for running this great challenge blog. Annie xxx


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