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, 26 December 2012

Z for Zoo Animal

It's Helen here hijacking Dorte's post to say a sad goodbye to our lovely DT buddy Miria who is moving on to pastures new after this challenge - thanks so much for all of your wonderful DT projects and hard work - we've loved having you on our team and wish you all the best!

So, as we have recently lost Kelly as well, we're on the look out for some new DT playmates...and will be holding a DT call on this challenge!


So, if you think you can:
  •  Make a Christmas card/project for each fortnightly challenge
  • Take a turn in hosting a couple of challenges in 2013
  • Comment on a couple in every 10 entries for each challenge
Then, simply play along with this challenge, and add 'DT' after your name in the linky, and you could be getting ahead for next Christmas with the most friendly DT in blogland :0)

Now back to Dorte with all of the challenge info!




Hello Crafters, Dorte here,
on behalf of the ABC Christmas Challenge Team,
 I want to wish you all Merry Christmas.

I hope you are enjoing the holiday with
your family and friends.

We have come to the last challenge of this year.

  Before giving details, I'd like to thank you 
for joining our Y challenge in such a great number
 and with so many fab creations 
- don't forget to check the post below to see 
if you are one of the lucky winners!


And now off we go to this year's last 

The letter is Z
 and the theme is:

Z for Zoo animals.

I'm sure you all have some cute animal
stamps to show us.

Remember it has to be Christmas related.


For this challenge we are so lucky
having two faboulous sponsors.

And Bugaboo Stamps offered the team
some images to use.
Thanks a lot!  





Prize 


and 





Prize - a $10.00 Gift Certificate for Sweet Stamp Store
SweetStamps.com manufactures artistic rubber stamps on cling cushion for use with acrylic blocks. We carry a variety of stamping and paper crafting goodies like our own Shades dye inks, metal embossing plates, embossing folders, cutting & embossing dies (Cheery Lynn, Marianne, Joy! and Nellie's), fine detail embossing powders, specialty cardstock and vellum along with supplies for parchment crafting. 




Here are the Design Teams creations

 to help inspire you.

Samantha - Candy Cane Bear
Homemade French Macaroons 

 



Jennifer - 
Sign it Christmas Edward





Now it's your turn! 

Please add a link to your creation
 with the linky below - this challenge ends at 
6pm GMT on Tuesday 8th January.


Linky below...


Your Favourite Die/Punch Winners & Top 10!

Merry Christmas everyone...I hope you all had a fabulous day yesterday! It's Helen here with the winners and top 10 from our last challenge...Y is for Your Favourite Die/Punch. Wow we had such a lot of lovely entries...I'm so pleased we use Random.Org to choose the our winners! The two lucky winners are:

Firstly, the $10 gift certificate from the Stamp Fairy:


The lucky winner is:
  #42 - kathleen barrett
Congratulations!


And the $15 gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp:


The lucky winner is:
#182 - Pauline C
Congratulations!

Please email us to claim your prize before Tuesday 8th January, or your prize will be redrawn, or wosre still lost. You can find the winner's blinkies/badges here to download.

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As there were so many wonderful entries, I've chosen a Top 10...well it is Christmas!


#18 - Kate

#22 - Liz


#64 - Viv

#71 - Julie P

#158 - abigael

#166 - Sonia

#190 - Anne H

#198 - Sylvia Blum

Congratulations ladies! Don't forget to grab the Top 10 Blinkie/Badge from this page.

Dorte will be along soon with our next challenge...

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Y is for Your Favourite Die/Punch - Midway Reminder

Hello everyone, it's Helen here with some more inspiration for our current challenge, where the theme is:

'Y is for Your Favourite Punch and/or Die'

We have two amazing sponsors for this challenge:


"Stamp Fairy officially launched on November 5th 2010. Gerda Burghardt, artist and owner, creates cute and whimsical digital images for the young and old, inspired by her life, love and 4 cute cats. You will find adorable teddies bears, young boys and girls, fuzzy little bunnies and whimsical critters. Stamp Fairy has new releases along with a free image every Friday and Guest Designers each month. Please visit the store and browse StampFairy’s wonderful images. We hope StampFairy’s images inspire YOUR creativity."

And the prize from the Stamp Fairy:


There's also a 50% sale on at the moment so pop over there to grab a bargain...

and

The lovely Heidi at Simon Says Stamp are offering one lucky entrant 
A $15 voucher to spend in her store 


Once again, we are joined by some lovely guest designers from the Stamp Fairy Design Team. 

Jackie using 'Mimi Christmas 1'
Favourite Punch - Inverted Corner Punch

Katrin using 'Tommy Here Comes Santa
Favourite Die - Fancy Rectangle


And from the ABC Christmas girlies:

Annette using 'Jake Wintertime 2'
Favourite Dies - Memory Box 'Corner Bow' & Nesties 'Lacey Circles'
Love this card...looks even better on my mantlepiece! :0)

Samantha 
Favourite Dies - Nesties Circles & Memory Box 'Frosty Border'

 Lacey
Favourite Dies/Punches - Magnolia 'Angel Wing' and Lamp Post dies & Star Border Punch

 Dorte
 Favourite Dies -  Memory Box 'Snowflake Corner' & Magnolia 'Spruce' Dies

 Helen
Favourite Die - Nestie 'Circles

Carissa using George Wintertime 3 

Bettina using Jake wintertime 1 5 and these punches/dies:
Whiff of joy: Bells festoon
Tonic Studio: Simplicity doily circle die, can also be bought here


 Ok...so not long to go now until the BIG day...if you've still got cards/presents/decorations to make, why not get out your favourite dies/punches and join us...the linky for your entries is on this post.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Y is for Your Favourite Punch/Die

Hello everyone, it's Helen here with a brand new challenge for you, but before I get on to that, I have some sad news...our lovely DT member Kelly is leaving us. On behalf of the other DT girls, I'd like to say a BIG thank you to Kelly for all of her fabulous cards and projects - we've loved having you on our happy little team, and wish you all the best...we'll no doubt see you around in blogland!

Ok, so we're nearly at the end of another run through the alphabet, and have reached the letter Y...a bit of a  tricky one...the theme we have picked is:

'Y is for Your Favourite Punch and/or Die'

We have two amazing sponsors for this challenge:



"Stamp Fairy officially launched on November 5th 2010. Gerda Burghardt, artist and owner, creates cute and whimsical digital images for the young and old, inspired by her life, love and 4 cute cats. You will find adorable teddies bears, young boys and girls, fuzzy little bunnies and whimsical critters. Stamp Fairy has new releases along with a free image every Friday and Guest Designers each month. Please visit the store and browse StampFairy’s wonderful images. We hope StampFairy’s images inspire YOUR creativity."

And the prize from the Stamp Fairy:

There's also a 50% sale on at the moment so pop over there to grab a bargain...

and

The lovely Heidi at Simon Says Stamp are offering one lucky entrant 
A $15 voucher to spend in her store 


So now for some inspiration...we are delighted to welcome Gerda, the artist of the Stamp Fairy images, as one of our guest designers this week, along with Celine from the Stamp Fairy Design Team. 
Here are their adorable cards:

Gerda: Stamp Fairy Artist using Barry Winter 3
Favourite dies : Lil'Inker Bow Die, MFT Snowflake Die


Celine: Stamp Fairy Designer using Mimi Christmas
Favourite Dies/Punches = Punch around the page Poinsettia, Magnolia Heart Swirl Die & Spellbinders Labels 2


And our regular Design Team:

Helen
Favourites: Cuttlebug 'Ice Crystal' die & EK Success 'Scalloped Diamonds' punch

Dorte
Favourites: 'Frosty Border' from Memory Box;
Martha Stewart 'Cherish' Punch; Snowflake' die from Marianne Designs


Carissa

Favourites:- Spellbinders circles & my new Magnolia doohickey poinsettia.



Miria 
Favourites: Sizzix Snowflake
Annette using Stampfairy's Jake Wintertime 2
Favourites: Whiff of Joy Heart banner, Cottage Cutz Paw &Nesties Labels 3

So now it's over to you...get out those punches and dies, and get Christmas crafting! Leave us a link to your project with the linky below so that we can come and check it out! This challenge will end at 6pm on Christmas Day!

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