Saturday 18 July 2015

CHNC challenge 238: spots and/or stripes

So many lovely entries for last week's 'deck the halls' - I loved seeing the various creativity and styles - thank you so much for your support here - this challenge blog would be nothing without all of you, both regulars and newcomers.

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 237. There were five opportunities to win a prize:

The first winner: 

Number 33: Di, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Di. Please email me at with your full name and address so I can arrange for you to receive your lucky dip pack of Kanban products from Foil Play.

The second winner:

Number 35: Melissa SunshineHoneyBee, who shared this lovely card:

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

The third winner:

Number 20: Crafty girl,  who shared this lovely card:

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

The fourth winner:

Number 34: Asha,  who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Asha. Please email me at so you can receive the CD-rom of your choice from Ooh la la Creations.

The fifh winner:

Number 8: Margaret A (Granmargaret),  who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Margaret. Please email me at so you can receive your $15.00 gift code to Deedee's Digis.

Now on to:
Challenge 238

For today's challenge I'd like you to see spots and/or stripes on your Christmas creations

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

The first sponsor is Stamp your life:

Mari (the owner) writes:

'I am a wife and mother, as well as full-time college student. I have had a love for creating since I was a young child. I started scrapbooking about 13 years ago and have since started making cards, quilling, and making many other paper crafts.'

The randomly chosen winner will receive their choice of three digital items of their choice from Mari's Etsy shop.

The second sponsor is CAS-ual Fridays:

'CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is a small company with big ideas located in beautiful Colorado. All the stamps are proudly made in the USA from the finest clear photopolymer. They love ink and stamp like a dream! While the stamps are created with Clean And Simple design in mind (hence the CAS in our name) they will absolutely delight any stamper's style. Whether you are a CAS enthusiast, or lover of all things layer-licious, you will have a blast getting inky with them. New stamps are released nearly every month, and the Girl Fridays provide continuous inspiration, and tips, for your oohing and aahing pleasure. Be sure to follow along on our store blog so you don't miss a thing!'

The randomly chosen winner will receive a $20 gift certificate.

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 Craftsuprint:

Crafty Bob

Welcome to the World's largest Craft Megastore and the home of Crafty Bob. Over 550,000 Craft Downloads including Card Making, Knitting, Needlework, Scrapbooking, Designer Resources, Craft Supplies, Hobbies and Handmade Finished Cards. Plus Craft Projects, Videos, Ideas, Crafting Competitions and Fun Crafty Bob Craft Games. If you are creative and love crafting then you are going to love!'

There are so many freebies on their website that you don't have to wait to see if you are a winner ... you can all take advantage of the generosity of  Craftsuprint.

The randomly chosen winner will receive a Crafty Bob CD-rom kindly donated by Craftsuprint.

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've used some lovely digital bokeh paper kindly supplied by one of our sponsors this week, Stamp your life. The lovely reindeer is 'snowflake reindeer silhouette' by Bugaboo Stamps (a regular sponsor here). You can read more about the card 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 you to include some spots and/or stripes on your Christmas creations

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 24 July 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 25 July 2015 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 380 'likes'  - it was lovely to welcome some new 'likers' 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 July 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. Wow Hazel - thrilled to be a winner, have emailed you! And another great theme this week as well.


    Di xx

  2. This BEE is happy to bee a winner. Sponsor, StitchyBear, emailed me. I chose my digis & rcvd. Thank you.

    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  3. Wow - thank you hazel for picking my card as the winner for Deedee's Digis. I love her digis.
    Congratulations to the other winners.

  4. Super Card Hazel, Love playing along when I get the chance, Love Hazel xx

  5. Such a lovely card hun!xx

  6. Lovely card Hazel. Lovely card.


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