Saturday 3 January 2015

CHNC challenge 210: anything goes

I wasn't sure whether there would be many entries for last week's challenges, so I was delighted when so many of you entered all your lovely designs - thank you so much. I hope you all had a good Christmas and celebrated the new year in style. Hopefully, you are now ready to settle down to some new crafting, but just to ease us into a new Christmas crafting year, it's an 'anything goes' challenge again this week ... as long as it's for Christmas, of course ... so please don't put any of that Christmas stash away.

Before I announce the winners and the new challenge, I'm sharing with you about the Bugaboo 5th Birthday Bash:

So, Bugaboo is about ready to turn 5 years old this January - Can you believe it?
Hard to believe we've been playing with all these amazing digi images for that long, isn't it?

It's a birthday and every birthday deserves gifts - especially to wonderful supporters like you!

So, get spreading the word - we'll have the cake and ice cream ready (and lots of fun challenges), we just need you and your friends to join the party!

I am so indebted to Bugaboo Stamps - they sponsor all of my CHNC extra challenges as well as regularly giving prizes for my weekly CHNC challenges.

If you love Bugaboo Stamps then please visit Catch the Bug and advertise their 5th birthday celebration on your blog too.

I'm looking forward to joining in the Celebrations - I hope you are too!

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.

Before I get on to today's challenge, I need to let you know the winners of challenge 209 - there were three opportunities to win a prize.

The first winner: 

Number 62: Anita, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Anita. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive the CD-rom of your choice from Ooh la la Creations.

The second winner:

Number 37: Renate, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Renate. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your three digital images from Crafty Sentiments.

The third winner:

Number 51: Deborah, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Deborah. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your three digital images from The stamping boutique.

Now on to:
Challenge 210

Today's challenge is 'anything goes', as long as it is Christmas, of course!

Before I tell you who is sponsoring this challenge, I'd like to share a general few words about sponsorship. I started preparing for this year thinking that we would have fewer prizes than before because, sadly, a number of sponsors were not able to continue to commit to giving prizes, quite a few of them being digital suppliers who are closing down because of the VAT regulations that are making life a nightmare for them.

One of our sponsors for today's challenge Deedee's Digis, is, unfortunately, one of the digital suppliers who are closing their doors, but they are honouring their commitment to give a prize this week - I am so grateful to them.

Please look down the sidebar on the right to see all of the sponsors that I have waiting in the wings to give out prizes during this year. I am so thankful for everyone that is 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.

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

The first sponsor  is Craftybren's Embroidered Embellishments:

'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 £10 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 Tando Creative:

'We supply our own unique range of chipboard designs that are both innovative and inspiring. We have now added masks to our range of products cut from sturdy and durable 350 micron polyfilm.

We offer a complete bespoke design and cut package for chipboard or we can cut products to your digital designs.'

Tando Creative will be sending the randomly chosen winner a prize package.

The third sponsor is Deedee's Digis:

'Deedee's Digis offers wholesome digital "stamps" and printable digital papers that are the original creations of Deedee Anderson. All of our sets include both outline and pre-colored images, in both JPG and PNG formats. Our products are offered in high 300dpi resolution so that they are fully resizable to meet your crafting needs. We are a Christ-centered company, and you will find that many of our sets include KJV Scripture verses, in addition to encouraging sentiments of all sorts. We feel very blessed to be part of such a talented community of paper crafters, and thank you for allowing us to sponsor this challenge!'

The prize will be a $15.00 gift code to Deedee's Digis.

The fourth prize is two sets of Cupids clear stamps (which I have left over from a previous sponsorship from them).

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

I'm pleased that Crafty Bren, one of our regular sponsors, is joining me once again as a guest designer today with her lovely card -  you can read more about it here on Brenda's blog:

I am also pleased to say that I have two guests joining me from Deedee's Digis.

The first guest card is by Kathy of DunnitAgainDesigns, who has used Deedee's Digis 'mix it up' - you can read more about this lovely card here on Kathy's blog - please visit:

My next guest from Deedee's Digis is Tamara, who has used 'Christmas cuties' for her lovely card - you can read more about it here in her Split Coast's gallery:

Finally, this super card from Deedee using 'open window':

For my card I've used the lovely 'Away in a manger' digital image, including sentiment, kindly supplied by Deedee's digis - you can read more about it here on My Crafty Outlook:

Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques - and this week is 'anything goes' ... as long as it's for Christmas.

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 9 January 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 10 January 2015 when there will 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. We now have over 300 'likes' , 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 January 2015 is here.

Last year I 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  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. Woohoo, such great news that I've won a prize, thanks so much Hazel. I've just emailed you xx

  2. Happy New Year! Looking forward to another year full of Christmas inspiration and (hopefully) crafting...

  3. Happy New Year and new challenge Hazel your card is gorgeous as always and your dt's xx

  4. Thank you for the challenge. Lovely cards.
    Happy new year. I look forward to another year with your challenges.

  5. Yeah, I won! Thank you so much Hazel for hosting such wonderful challenges. :D I have sent you an email. Love all the DT creations for the new challenge. Happy New Year! :D

  6. thanks for another challenge and fab DT inspirations x

  7. awesome cards to start the new year off Hazel :)


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