Welcome to the ABC Christmas Challenge Blog!

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, 27 April 2011

ABC I is for Indigo, Ice and Inspiration....

Hi everyone happy Wednesday to you all!
Its my (Samantha's) Turn this week to set the challenge and write the post
Please don't skip read we have lots of exciting news for you!
Well I know the Designers had fun with last weeks Challenge and Dorte really had a great time with writing and sharing her first ever tutorial! wasn't it Awesome!

If you want the Tutorial in the Future you can find it on the side bar under our Pages

On to the Challenge
I for Indigo, Ice and Inspiration
I have chosen a photo to help inspire
you can use it to inspire you in any way as long as its a Christmas card :0)


Also we have our First Designer Spot Light!!
I want to start with someone that is inspirational and also very important to us all
so without further ado I am proud to present

Shelley the Owner of Feline Playful
This is Shelley's Blog - Shelley's Boring Life - and it is certainly not Boring!
This is what Shelly has to say
Hi, my name is Shelley Dureau. I’m a wife, mother of two boys (ages 5 & 8), work full-time and scrapbook and make cards whenever I can. I am also the lead for the Feline Playful blog team. Feline Playful fills a unique need within the crafting community by consolidating challenge postings from numerous challenge blog sites into a daily post. What started with a single person and about 150 different challenge sites has grown to a team of 10 dedicated women tracking over 400 challenge sites! Every day of the week the Feline Playful team posts a list of the day’s current challenges as well as a list of challenge winners. We also have special pages where we list current Design Team calls, Blog Hops and Blog Candy listings. If you aren’t already a follower we’d love to have you as a Feline Friend!

Shelly's Card
Beautiful Shelly so stylish, Please check out Shelly's Blog and stop by Feline Playful too!

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We have the Fabulous Brenda as our sponsor for this challenge

Get inspired at http://www.stampingwithbrenda.com
Brenda Dean is a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator. Brenda is giving out a fabulous prize for this challenge - Prize - One free Month of The Paper Society! Members of The Paper Society (including our winner) get exclusive videos and tutorials teaching you techniques, seasonal projects, mini-albums, cards and more. All projects are new and Brenda only shares them with club members.
Visit her website for daily inspiration! Be sure to sign up for her e-mail newsletter to get subscriber-only projects, tutorials and a sign-up gift. And if you are living in the United States, you can shop her Online Store to get your Stampin' Up! goodies delivered straight to your door!Ok so hold onto your hats here comes the inspiration from the designers.


Guest Designer & sponsor - Brenda
I think you will agree Brenda's card is so C&S - brilliant!


Ok here is my card to share with you! Samantha


And the rest of the Teams inspiration for you!
hold on to your hats they are awesome!

Carissa


Delphine


Dorte



Helen



Jayne


Lacey

Lols


Ok so its over to you!
Looking forward to seeing your lovely projects this week!

Don't forget to check out the winners post!

H for Hotspot challenge, Winner and Top 3.

I want to say thank you to all who joined our H is for Hotspot/Spotlight Challenge!
I hope you liked my tutorial and that you will make a lot of hotspot cards in the future.

We all enjoyed visiting your blogs to look and comment on your entries.
You have made some wonderful Hotspot cards.

The technique was new or never tried for a lot of you, but the results amazing!
Well done ladies.


It's time for me, Dorte to pick the winner and the Top 3.


Our sponsor for this challenge is Simon Says Stamp, who is
offering a $ 15 shopping Voucher to spend in the shop.

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And the Random winner is.........





That's you 2. Janice
YAY!!!! 
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Well done hunny Email us to Claim your prize and Winners blinkie.



Dorte's Top 3

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http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dvuznsuQ2xc/TbLwulY5X-I/AAAAAAAAAI8/clBBStmV8QY/s1600/ABC+christmas+hotspot.JPG
15 Carol




Fantastic cards girls please Email us to collect your Top 3 blinkies.



Ohhh we have had fun what a lovely lot of entries too!
And we have some more surprises too!
Here are the Guest Designers that we have chosen.

 5. Heidi GD 
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Fantastic cards girls please Email us to find out about what you need to do!
YAY!! welcome aboard from Samantha, Helen and the Team


Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Mid-way reminder, H for hotspot.

It's Wednesday once again but don't panic, you still have one week to join us for our H for Hotspot challenge.

This is just a quick reminder for the challenge - and some of us loved the technique so much
that we wanted to have another go on it.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Simon Says Stamp, who are
offering a $ 15 shopping Voucher to spend in the shop.


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We also give you the opportunity to be a

Guest Designer

at the ABC Christmas Challenge for the J and K challenges in May.
Just write GD after your name if you are interested.






Please link your card here.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

H for Hotspot.

Hi and welcome to a brand new challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge.

Your host today is me-Dorte- and I have some exciting news to share with you.
This post is going to be a long one, so make yourself a
cup of coffee, sit down and relax.

First of all I would like to say thank you for the lovely entrants in our
G for Girly and the colour challenge.
Please check the post below for the lucky winner, and Top 3.

The letter for today is H, and we want you to make a:

Hotspot or Spotlight Technique card/project.

As always you have to make it Christmas related.

You might now think, hotspot card, hmm......., what is that,
how do I make a such one??
That was what came to my mind firstly!

I searched in blogland, saw some faboulous cards,
and do you know what; it wasn't difficult to make at all !


To help you I have made a tutorial to show you how I made
my first Hotspot card. And I can tell you, this card will not be the
last Hotspot card from me!

It is also my very first tutorial, so bear over with me......

Supplies:

Two dies or punches
Image
StazOn
Distress or another colouring medium
Black cardstock















Step 1.

Stamp your image twice with black StazOn.

















Step 2.

Decide what area you want to have in focus. It doesn't have to be the centre. Try to move the die around.

















Step 3.

Cut/punch out the part of the image you want as your hotspot area.
Cut/punch out a black circle a bit larger than the hotspot.
















Step 4.

Colour the die cut/punched image.

















Step 5.

Glue the two circles together, and layer them on the main image - at the correct place!


















Now your image is ready for you to make the card. Just finish it as usual.
Here you can see the result.















Hope you enjoyed it!


Now you are able to make your own Hotspot project. We are looking forward to
seeing the results of your efforts.


We also give you the opportunity to be a

Guest Designer

at the ABC Christmas Challenge for the J and K challenges in May.

Just write GD after your name if you are interested.


Our sponsor for this challenge is Simon Says Stamp, who is
offering a $ 15 shopping Voucher to spend in the shop.

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My team mates have made some wonderful cards.
Take a look, get inspired and start making your own card.

And as always, we all love comments!










So, now it's over to you...don't forget to add GD after your name if you'd like to be considered for a GD spot next month :0)

G for Girly Challenge Winner and Top 3

We had some lovely entries to our G is for Girly Challenge!
We all enjoyed visiting your blogs to look and comment on your entries.

The winner of the £10 store voucher for Crafty Emma's Store



That's you  - Jacki R!

Well done hunny Email us to Claim your prize and Winner's blinkie.

And Jayne's Top 3 are:

#4 Nicky


#16 - Helen


Fantastic cards girls please Email us to collect your Top 3 blinkies.

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