Saturday 17 January 2015

CHNC challenge 212: upcycle, recycle, re-purpose or use something free

I really enjoyed seeing all your entries for last week's challenge and it was good to see a few new people joining in and starting their Christmas cards. Thank you, everyone, for supporting this challenge blog. I hope you will be able to join me this week.

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 211 - there were four opportunities to win a prize.

The first winner: 

Number 11: Melissa SunshineHoneyBee, who shared this lovely card:

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

The second winner:

Number 6: Julianne, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Julieanne. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive the images or digi papers of your choice from StitchyBear's DIgi Outlet to a value of $10.

The third winner:

Number 25: Gail Scott, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Gail. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your 5 digital images from Eureka Stamps.

The fourth winner:

Number 32: Brenda B, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Brenda. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your 3 paper sets from Buckwell Craft Supplies.

Now on to:
Challenge 212

Today's challenge is to upcycle, recycle, re-purpose something or use something that you got free

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

The first sponsor is Craft Classes Online (replacing My Creative Classroom):

'Craft Classes Online (CCO) brings multiple Creative Arts Instructors together on one site to provide students with the best choice in online craft workshops. Classes are advertised on the CCO website, but are paid for and held on individual instructor's blog/website. This enable instructors to have more freedom and flexibility in their independent businesses. 

Our instructors offer online workshops that are engaging, affordable, and time-saving. Students from across the globe can learn any number of techniques andcreative projects from the comfort of their own home and on their schedule.

In September we will relaunch our blog, My Creative Life 2014, where we issue challenges to help us use all of our craft supplies during the year.'

Craft Classes Online will offer the randomly chosen winner a free seat to any of their online workshops that are on the CCO website with a regular price of $25 or less. The winner will have until the end of this year to claim their prize.

The second sponsor is new to CHNC: Foil Play:

'Foil Play has an enormous selection of crafting staples from classic tried and tested brands for all occasions at great prices. Speedy despatch is always a priority, UK p&p is free on all orders over £10 and you'll get free Kanban die cut toppers if you spend over £20.'

The randomly chosen winner will receive a lucky dip pack of Kanban products.

The third sponsor is Di's Digi Downloads:

This is a little bit about Di who produces such gorgeous digital images:

'I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with likeminded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!'

The randomly-chosen winner will be able given a $10 voucher to spend - just click on the link and feast your eyes on the super images - you will not be disappointed!

The fourth sponsor is My mum's craftshop:

'Bringing you the best in stamping products for Cardmaking & Papercrafting projects

We aim to bring you the best stamping products we can find. Along with stamps we also offer essential stamping products like inks, copics, papers, embellishments & more. We are always receiving lots of new deliveries every week so make sure you check back often so see what yummy new stash we have available! If there are any particular designs that you can't see on our website, please contact us & we will be happy to order them in for you.

Don't forget to visit our Shop Blog which has all the latest releases, info, inspiration & more!'

The randomly chosen winner will receive a £10 voucher to spend online at My mum's craftshop.

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 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.

For my card I used pieces that were rescued from two separate Christmas crackers and the ribbon with bow across the top part was taken off a card that we received. You can read more about the cards here on My Crafty Outlook. I had to take a photo sideways on because of the reflection of the foiling - in real life the foiling is bright and shining - the lettering is golden and bright red.

Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques - and this week please upcycle, recycle, re-purpose something or use something that you got free.

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 23 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 24 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. Many congrats all and gorgeous again is your card Hazel xx

  2. This BEE is happy to bee the winner at CHNC. Emailed. Congrats to other winners.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  3. Congrats to all winners - Happy to be winner of Eureka stamps! Happy Dance today! Have a wonderful week

  4. HI Hazel - I just sent my email to acknowledge the win - thanks again! Gail Scott

  5. Thanks for another fun and fabulous challenge Hazel and for the fabulous DT inspirations Karen x

  6. Thanks for another fun and fabulous challenge Hazel and for the fabulous DT inspirations Karen x

  7. Hi Hazel, I just can't resist the challenge to recycle ... a brilliant challenge :) Love the DT inspirations. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  8. Good morning, I could make thi card because I reeived by a received card with New Year's Eve, a lot of little things for to use on cards. They wer the frame and the picture, the 2 trees and the two signs WINTER. So I could make a very nice card to show. gr leny w


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