Saturday 6 January 2018

CHNC challenge 367

Please welcome my first Design Team on CHNC

I've been running these challenges by myself for seven years. Having said goodbye to my monthly Christmas challenge blog, I invited people from that team to either join me on my Patterned Paper challenge blog or here.

I'm delighted to introduce these ladies - those of you who have been regularly contributing to the monthly blog will already be familiar with the wonderful festive crafting of these talented ladies:


I work part-time in a well known chemist, which I've done for 22 years (I'm 42 now so it's been my only real job). I'm married to Rich, and we have two great kids, one of each, aged 8 and 14. We have one cat, aged 16, and one pup , aged 7 months. I make cards for pure enjoyment for family and friends. I've been making them for about eight years now. I don't really stick to one theme as I like trying all sorts, but if I had to pick a favourite, it would be colouring Mo Manning stamps, and making easel cards. I'm lucky enough to have my own little craft room so I can go and tuck myself away whenever time allows.


I've been making cards for many years and particularly enjoy stamping, working with digi stamps and colouring with Promarkers. I am employed by Abbeyfield working with older people as an Activities Coordinator. I'm lucky enough to design for Little Claire Designs, Pink Gem Designs, Imagine That Digis by Kris, Crafty Sentiments Designs, Digital Delights, All Dressed Up, Sunsational Stamps and Sheepski Designs I also teach regular card making workshops for Little Claire Designs.


I'm Lisbeth, born on May 24, 1970 and have been married to Dirk 19j together we have 2 children.Hanne of 15j and 14j of Koen. We live in the beautiful province of Antwerp (Belgium) in the heart of the Kempen (Malle). With my daughter, I am very busy with crafts ex. card making, but also crafts.
We have one dog family together .If we also like hiking. I started with 3D maps, but the last time I actually scrap only. Christmas cards especially cherish most.

Myrna Sweet

I started cardmaking about 5 years ago when my friend introduced me to her Cricut Machine. Since then I discovered Pinterest and YouTube and I now I do it all - stamping, stenciling, die cutting, watercolouring, Copic markers, and multi-media. I live in Canada, I'm retired, I have no kids but have two puppy "furkids" (Taylor & Swiff - yes you read that correctly). Besides making cards, I love reading those trashy romance novels, photography and travel.

Susan Renshaw

I have been a crafter all my life - I enjoy all sorts of crafts but my current passion is paper crafting. At the moment I live in the UK but for the previous 17 years I have been an expat, living in Australia, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and India. Whilst overseas I always managed to find friends who also wanted to craft! Now back in England I spend a lot of time in my craft room. I like to play with different techniques, making both mainstream items and more left of centre projects. I use a lot of digi images but also like getting inky…and I love different folds, ATCs and fat pages! My intention every year is to make all my Christmas cards before I get to November – and every year I run late! I am hoping to catch up this year soon!!


Hello! My name is Suze and I live in New Zealand.
I have been card-making off and on for a number of years since a friend introduced me to rubber stamps although I now work mostly with digi stamps. My style is mainly CAS but I'm trying to learn new techniques. I first started blogging my cards in February 2012 so that I could enter some challenges. I initially started with mainly Christmas challenges to take the pressure off at the end of the year but have since found several others that have appealed to me. Since I live on the other side of the world, so many of the challenges are the opposite season to ours which certainly makes things interesting!

When you scroll down you'll see the lovely contribution of these ladies for this challenge.

A Happy New Year

Thank you for all your lovely entries for last week's challenge - such a lot of entries once again! Christmas is over now and we've started a new year  ... you might want to start making cards etc for next Christmas.   Perhaps you made some Christmas cards before Christmas, but didn't have time to blog them ... please add them to this week's challenge so we can all have a look.

Before I tell you about this week's challenge, I need to let you know the winner of challenge 366:

Please note that my email to send to is

Number 59: craftyhairlady (Pam Sebring), with this lovely card:

Congratulations, Pam. Please email me at with your full name and address so I can arrange for you to claim your Crisalis Classics by Christine Haworth: Travellers together + Together always unmounted rubber stamps.

Please note that winner needs to claim the prize by 20 January (2 weeks)

Every CHNC challenge is 'anything goes as long as it's Christmas', which will, hopefully, encourage as many crafters as possible to join in with their festive creations. However, there will always be an optional theme, which this week is 'upcycle or use something old'. I want to stress that this is purely optional.

Challenge 367:

anything goes as long as it's Christmas
optional theme: upcycle or use something old

Every week I give a prize to a randomly chosen winner - this is the prize for this challenge:

Crafter's Companion

Here are the cards from myself and the rest of my team:

The 'topper' is from a card received a couple of years ago

the middle panel of the card is from an old card, matted on to patterned paper

I upcycled a medallion from a Card Exchange and made itinto a Christmas Ornament. See the original card on my blog

Deer is an upcycled parcel tag and the bow/bell is part of an old embellishment

The paper is an old paper that I have had for several years
The lace used I have also had for years.

Now it's over to you. You can use any materials, any techniques - it's anything goes as long as it's Christmas, with the optional theme of 'recycle or use something old'.

We 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 20:00 UK time Friday 12 January 2018. 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 13 January 2018 at 09:00 UK time.

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.

I also run a challenge blog called Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - anything goes as long as you use some patterned paper - with 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 (if you haven't followed the optional theme this week, of course), please 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
We look forward to seeing your entries


  1. Happy Dance to the winner - thanks for the new challenge - have a blessed week!

  2. Welcome to the DT ladies. Glad to see you got a bit of help Hazel. Lovely inspiration ladies. Hugz

  3. Thanks so much for the great surprise! Congrats to all the players! I love Christmas cards!!

  4. Thank you for the challenge and wonderful inspirations Karen x

  5. A big welcome to the brand-new team, even if some are not really new! :) Wonderful samples. Loved seeing the beautiful ways they upcycled different elements. Thank you for another lovely challenge!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com


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