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The aim of our challenge is to help us avoid the Christmas Stress and rush to have all your cards ready! Our fortnightly Challenges are themed, We hope you will join us and have at the very least have 25 cards in time for Christmas


Please Read the Rules, and remember that you can enter our challenges as many times as you like and combine your entries with as many challenges as you like too!

Have fun!

Samantha, Helen and the Design team Xx

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

ABC Christmas 'Y' for Yuletide Challenge

Thank you to eveyone for joining is with our X for Xmas Challenge.

Lacey's back with the winner and "top 3" from the last challenge...
Oh my, there were so many wonderful entries! It really was too hard to choose a Top 3.
Therefore, I chose a Top 5 instead - and even that was hard.

But first, the random winner of the Wild Rose Studio prize is:
Congratulations, Cabio!!
Please email at the email above to claim your prize.

Now the Top 5 cards chosen are:
247 Norma
275 Lori
On to our new challenge...
This week it was my turn (Lols) to choose the theme and I chose

Y FOR YULETIDE


Please use 1 or all of the following things to create your card or project
Holly & Berries
or
Red & Green
or
Candles


We are sponsored by our lovely teamie Lacey from Wags 'n Whiskers and she will be giving one lucky entrant this fab prize!!
4 of our most popular Christmas digital stamps!!

DT Annie researched Yuletide for us and wrote this brilliant explanation :-) Thanks Annie xx

Yule Tide, the darkest time of the year when we wait for the old solar year to pass in order to celebrate the birth of a new sun. It takes about 3 days after the Winter Solstice, the longest darkest night of the year, before the days gradually start to lengthen again and the celebrations can begin in earnest – and can carry on for almost a month! There are many folk traditions from earlier times that are now incorporated into the more modern Christmas and New Year celebrations, but in villages across Northern Europe and Scandinavia many of the old traditions survive as we wish you all a “God Jul!”
The tradition of decking the halls with boughs of holly is reminiscent of the pre-Christian times when the evergreens in the depths of winter represented life and the red berries the seeds of life to come. Candles were associated with the Roman festival of Saturnalia when Ops, the wife of Saturn, was remembered with the giving of gifts as a token of love and respect on her sacred day of 20th December. All over Northern Europe and Scandinavia candles are lit, especially on the night of the Winter Solstice, in celebration of old customs and beliefs that still linger.

So, as the old solar year passes and we start anew, we remember our ancient past and celebrate the Yule Tide with the giving of gifts, lighting of candles and decorating our homes with greenery. We celebrate with family and friends, giving thanks for the feast at our table that was raised and grown in and from the earth nurtured by the rain and the sun. We toast to a new year and a new growing season and hope that the new sun will shine, the rains be gentle, the winds soft and the earth rich and abundant once again. Wassail!


Guest Designer - Tanja

Guest Designer - Paula








And my Candle and Tag



The DT are looking forward to popping by to see your creations, all we ask is that you make sure Word Verification is turned off if you would like us to leave you a comment :-) thanks for your co-operation with this, it makes alot easier for us :-)

13 comments:

  1. wow gorgeous creations! thanks for the challenge!

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  2. Beautiful work by the DT. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. this was a fun challenge-thanks for the info on the winter solstice as well-loved all the dt samples

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  4. Sorry girlies wasn't paying attention you can remove my card, thanks, sorry to be a pain!

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  5. So many beautiful cards here. Thanks for a fun challenge.
    ~Lisa a.k.a. ScripperScrapper

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  6. Beautiful Creations ladies! Here's my entry as i cant get mr linky to work grr http://salsbitsandbobs.blogspot.com/2010/12/100th-challenge-at-crafty-pad.html xx

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  7. Happy Christmas DT. Joined this challenge late in the year - but next year I'll be ready for you in Jan. Thanks for all your hard work, Jx

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  8. Hi All
    fab cards from the team
    hugs
    sylvie
    xx

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  9. Thanks Girls!!

    Lori I will not be removing your card its just not eligible for a prize! but its still beautiful! and I still want people to see it!

    MrsK love your card I have added it Linky for you! so you won't miss out on the random generator!

    Fluffles Thanks for joining us! we look forward to seeing you and all of our followers for more fun challenges! :0)

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  10. What fantastic DT cards great inspiration, thanks!

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  11. Thanks for the inspiration and for the challenge

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