Saturday 26 March 2016

CHNC challenge 274: use a sentiment

Lots of lovely entries for last week's challenge - thank you so much for your support. I'm so pleased to see so many crafters getting on with making Christmas designs ... and can you believe that by the time we get to next week's challenge, a quarter of the year will have gone ... scary!

Before I tell you about this week's challenge, I need to let you know the winners of challenge 273. There were four 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. There are one or two unclaimed prizes, so it's worth having a look back to see if you were a winner.

Please note that my email to send to is

The first winner:  

Number 45: Jane Willis, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Jane. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your $21 of digital stamps from Bugaboo Stamps.

The second winner:

Number 39: Suze, who shared this lovely card:

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

The third winner:

Number 11: Helenwho shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Helen. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your three digital stamps from Robyn's Fetish.

The fourth winner:

Number 13: Laura, who shared this lovely card:

Congratulations, Laura. Please email me at so I can arrange for you to receive your bundle from Melonheadz.

As this is the 4th Saturday in the month, this is the theme for:

Challenge 274

use a sentiment

This week there are six opportunities to win a prize - as usual, winners will be chosen randomly. I do hope we will get a lot of entries this week to encourage these wonderful sponsors.

The first sponsor is 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 second sponsor is Fresh Brewed Designs:

The prize for the randomly chosen winner will be a gift certificate for $10 to spend at Fresh Brewed Designs.

The third sponsor is The stamping boutique:

'Thank you so much for having us as your sponsor. We at TSB are very proud to offer original digital images and artwork to you. Thank you for giving us a few minutes of your valuable time to look over the store at http:// Good luck in the challenge.'

Thanks so much!   Tracey Malnofski

The winner will receive 2 images of their choice. PLEASE NOTE that if the winner used a Stamping Boutique image they will receive 3 images of their choice.

 The fourth sponsor is Lozzy  of A bit more time to craft:

Lozzy is the leader of A bit more time to craft challenge blog and also More mixed media challenge blog and will generously give the randomly chosen winner their choice of three sets of papers from her wonderful selection. 

If you click the link for A bit more time to craft challenge blog you'll find a link showing all the beautiful sets of papers Lozzy has to offer.

 The fifth 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 three digis of choice from the Lacy Sunshine Shoppe.

The sixth sponsor is Sami Stamps:

The randomly chosen winner will receive a $12 voucher to spend at Sami Stamps.

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 giving out prizes during this year - quite a few new ones as well as others who have been giving generously in the past. I am so thankful for everyone 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.

One of this week's sponsors is one of  my lovely crafting friends, Lozzy, and I'm delighted to her as my guest designer with this lovely card, using some of her lovely snowflake papers that you can see among all the other gorgeous papers at Lozzy's paper pick. You can read about Lozzy's card on her blog here.

For my card I used  a lovely The stamping boutique image (they are one of our sponsors this week), with papers by Echo Park and Bo Bunny - you can read more here on My Crafty Outlook.

Now it's over to you. As usual, you can use any materials, any techniques - and this week please add a sentiment on your Christmas design ... easy peasy!

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 creation can be found) by 22:00 UK time Friday 1 April 2016. 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 2 April 2016 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. 

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 450 'likes' - another eleven new ones this week - but there's plenty of room for more! I always try to show at least one of my creations for the next challenge in advance and it's a good place to catch up with any news, winners etc.

Don't forget

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Don't forget that 'anything goes' monthly challenges are on my Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra blog - you can share any Christmas creation 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 March is here.

I also run a challenge blog called Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - anything goes as long as you use some patterned paper - a randomly chosen prize winner every month. Please click on the link to find out more. If you have used patterned paper for your Christmas creation, 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 as long as some patterned paper has been used.

Thank you for your support
I look forward to seeing your entries

Our clocks go forward one hour in the UK this weekend, so please forgive me if the linky timing isn't right ... if I find there is a problem I'll adjust it.


  1. Thanks Hazel and good luck everyone in draw...Hugs Lozzy x

  2. great winning cards! Winners, have fun with your prices!

  3. as always, fun, fun, fun! we at TSB are always thrilled to be a sponsor. wishing you all a very happy easter!

  4. Happy Dance to the winners! Way to go! Happy Easter!

  5. Thanks for another fun challenge Hazel and I love both your and Lozzy's cards too! Karen x

  6. Ooh...I'm a lucky winner!
    Congratulations to the other winners!
    Thanks so much - will email you now.
    Helen x

  7. Congratulations to the winners of the last challenge.
    Thank you Hazel for another challenge. Lovely cards by you and Lozzy.

  8. Well done to the winners. Thanks again Hazel for another great challenge theme. Beautiful makes from the DT.HUgs xx


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