Saturday 25 January 2014

CHNC challenge 161: trees

There is something about a blue Christmas card that is very appealing and I certainly saw so many wonderful shades of blue as I visited all your lovely entries for last week's challenge - thank you for another week of creativity and inspiration.

I need to do a re-draw for one of the prizes for CHNC challenge 159 from the week before last - for the prize from Flonz craft as the original winner couldn't accept the prize. So the winner now is:

Number 11: Shelly H, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Shelly. Please email me at so that I can arrange for you to  receive your $20 voucher from Flonz craft:

Before I get on to today's challenge, I need to let you know the winners of challenge 160. 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 2: Louise H, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Louise. Please email me at so that I can arrange for you to  receive your prize from My Creative Classroom.

The second winner:

Number 5: Claire Day, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Claire. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your four digital images from Delicious Doodles.

The third winner:

Number 31: Maya, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Maya. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your five digital images from Eureka Stamps.

The fourth winner:

Number 46: Misseke, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Misseke. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your three digi images from Digital Paper Craft.

Now on to:
Challenge 161

For today's challenge I'd like to see Christmas cards with trees - one or many, small or tall ... as long as there is at least one tree.

The first sponsor is new to CHNC: Cupid clear stamps:

'Cupids Clear Stamps are an internet based craft stamp company, Part of Furbanks Ltd.

We are a family run business and have been providing first-rate Pre-press services to the printing industry for over 40 years. Throughout this time our aims have remained the same – to provide a fast, friendly service at a competitive price helping you to meet your deadlines and budget.

We have been making rubber stamps all this time. Only now we have started to design for the craft market.

All our stamps are manufactured and designed in the U.K. from hard wearing high grade photo polymer or red natural rubber producing excellent stamping results time after time.

Peelable Clear Stamps. They are supplied on a clear plastic sheet, simply peel the stamp from the carrier and place on a clear acrylic block with no adhesive required.

Rubber Stamps. They are supplied on red natural rubber in sheet form just cut and mount with your preffered method.'

Confirmation of prize as soon as I have details.

The second sponsor is Crafts 4 eternity:
who is offering 3 digital stamps (winner's choice) from the Crafts 4 eternity collection.

The third sponsor is Whoopsi Daisy:

'Whoopsi Daisy Digi Stamps features all hand drawn images by the amazing Linnie and specialises in cute images of children. Whoopsi Daisy offers a great deal for your money. Take a look at the Whoopsi Daisy shop where you are certain to find awesome images which will fit all your creative needs.'

The randomly chosen winner will receive their choice of two sheets from Linnie's Whoopsi Daisy shop.

Please visit the websites of these generous sponsors and support them -
you will be spoiled for choice!

For my first card I cut up three trees from a card received and panelled them on to matching mirror card. The trees are on a hammered card, so I used a white hammered card as the blank, on to which I also matted the sentiment that had been created on the computer and printed. You can see this card and the challenges I've entered with it here on My Crafty Outlook.

As is always the case, very difficult to get a photo of a card with so much mirror card, but in real life the trees as well as the surrounding mat are very shiny.

My next card has only one little tree in the corner. The backing paper and the cut out panel of Rosie in her Christmas outfit are from my Daisy & friends CD, designed by Linnie the owner of Whoopsi Daisy, one of our sponsors for this challenge. You can read more about this 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 trees on your Christmas cards - one or many, tall or small ... as long as there is at least one tree.

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 31 January. 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 1 February 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' if you haven't done so already and encourage your friends to do the same. 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 to cover your card blank 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


  1. Hello Hazel, I do my best to produce a card thuis weekend. Love (christmas) trees. I let you know. Have a Nice weekend, Ageeth

  2. Hello Hazel, I do my best to produce a card thuis weekend. Love (christmas) trees. I let you know. Have a Nice weekend, Ageeth

  3. So beautiful are your cards and well done to all the winners x

  4. What a nice surprise I'm one of the winners - it always makes me very happy ;)
    Congrats to the other winners!

    Thank you,

  5. I am so loving this challenge, Hazel. I just made an error and chose the wrong card on my postto enter. It is a two card post and I clicked on the second card, but meant to select the first card in that post instead...that is the one with the tree...Sorry!!!

  6. Phew, I made it :) Couldn't see the trees for the wood here so it took ages to decide.

    Hugs, Di xx

  7. Hi Hazel, I add my card to the list. I hope the photo will appear.

    Regards Ageeth

  8. I'm thrilled to have won such an awesome prize!!! Doing the happy dance. :) I sent you an email last night, Hazel.


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