Saturday 31 January 2015

CHNC challenge 214: something beginning with B

Not so many entries for last week's challenge - perhaps the theme was a bit obscure - but the quality of crafting was definitely still there. Thank you, everyone, for your support - and I hope you like this week's challenge and will be able to join in.

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 213 - there were four opportunities to win a prize.

The first winner: 

Number 7: Kathyk, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Kathy. Please email me at with your full name and address so I can arrange for you to receive your prize package from Mari Kocjancic.

The second winner:

Number 4: Nancy Parker, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Nancy. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your $25 gift certificate from CAS-ual Fridays.

The third winner:

Number 23: Margaret A, who shared this lovely card:

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

The fourth winner:

Number 1: Marieke, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Marieke. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your four digital images from Sweet Pea Stamps.

Now on to:
Challenge 214

Today's challenge is to make a Christmas design featuring something beginning with B (I'm sure you can come up with lots of ideas)

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

The third sponsor is new to CHNC: Fresh Brewed Designs:

The fourth 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 two sheets from Linnie.

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.

I had little time to make anything for this challenge (with John in hospital since Sunday) - I know, I should have made cards earlier - I actually prepared the blogposts, but didn't make the cards. So I resorted to digging out some cards that I'd kept from those received, thinking I'd make a quick card with one of those. In the end I made three quick cards.

For the first one I mounted the cut off from an old card on to a piece of snowflake paper left over from a previous make and added the tartan bow so I have used bear, bows, box, bobble:

For the next card I used a piece of Anna Griffin card with lovely sparkling glittery snowflakes, using the lovely robin image recycled - this, as well, is very glittered - and I added the silver bow and sentiment. So this card has brown, bird, bow, berries, boughs, branches:

And then I used an offcut of checked paper for the background and simply mounted the lovely recycled picture, adding the ribbon and bow down the side. So this card has bicycle (not very common on Christmas cards) and bow.

You can see these cards here on My Crafty Outlook.

Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques - and this week please feature something beginning with B ... perhaps a bear, a bird, a bow, a button, something blue, brown ... I'm sure you will have loads of ideas.

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 February 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 February 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 February 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. THANK YOU so much for picking my snowie card, just e-mailed you

    Thinking cap on regarding "B"!!


  2. Hazel, Your cards are lovely.
    Thank you for picking my card as one of the winners I have sent you an email.
    Congratulations to the other winners.
    Thank you for another challenge..

  3. Well done all and another great challenge and fab cards too x

  4. Love all your recycled cards Hazel, but the "bicycle" for the letter "B" is, well, brilliant!!


  5. So excited to be picked as a winner! Thank you! Looking forward to the next challenge!

  6. Just added my card, used baking and bow,
    regards Ans

  7. Lovely cards Hazel and great theme!


    Di xx


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