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 monthly Challenges are themed, We hope you will join us and have at the very least have a few 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, 2 January 2019

ABC Christmas Challenge - A & B are for?

Happy New Year Everyone!

It's Helen here welcoming you to our first challenge of 2019, and the beginning of our tenth (!!!) trip through the alphabet! We hope that you will join us this year in our bid to be prepared for next Christmas! Perhaps you were lucky enough to receive some new Christmas craft bits in your stocking...or snapped up some bargains in the post-Christmas sales...perhaps one of your New Year's resolutions is to have your Christmas cards ready in plenty of time this year...or maybe you just haven't tidied away your Christmas stash away after making last year's cards yet! Whatever the reason, we'd love to have you play along with us all year - we have two (or sometimes three) fun themes each month, with plenty of projects from our design team to help inspire you!

Before I get on to this month's themes...
don't forget to check the post below to see if you were a lucky winner of our last challenge!

I also have a few bits of admin before we get started:

This year we are going sponsor free...don't worry, there will still be the incentive of a little prize (or two) each month, but they have been donated by our lovely design team members.

We also want to make a small adjustment/clarification to the rules for entries. Whilst, as our name suggests, we are predominantly a Christmas challenge, we would like to extend a very warm welcome to cards made for other December/Winter Holidays (for example Hanukkah, Yule etc). There may still be some of our themes that are specifically 'Christmas', but many would work for other Winter Holidays and Festivals too, so as long as your project fits the theme, we are happy for you to enter our challenges.



We have noticed an increasing number of entries posted on Instagram...we're very happy to have you on board & you'll find some of our DT members there too...please use the hashtag #abcchristmaschallenge on your posts.

Finally, it gives me great pleasure to welcome our lovely new Design Team members: Julie, Lynda, Lyndsey & Wei! I'm sure that their fabulous samples will inspire you to Christmas craft all year round!

Okay, here we go!
We have two themes for you this month:

'A is for Anything Christmas Goes'
&
'B is for Berries'

There are a couple of prizes on offer (comprising a 6x6 paper pad & a co-ordinating stamp set) for two lucky winners:





And now it's time for some inspiration from our Design Team:

Helen
A is for Anything Christmas Goes


B is for Berries


Lorraine
A is for Anything Christmas Goes


Dorte
A is for Anything Christmas Goes


B is for Berries


Wilma
A is for Anything Christmas Goes


B is for Berries


Carol
B is for Berries


Sharon
A is for Anything Goes


B is for Berries


Lynda
A is for Anything Christmas Goes


Julie
B is for Berries


Wei
A is for Anything Christmas Goes


B is for Berries


Lindsey
A is for Anything Christmas Goes


B is for Berries


Samantha
A is for Anything Christmas Goes


B is for Berries


So now it's over to you...this challenge ends on Thursday 31st January at 1pm (GMT).
Please link up your entries below.
We look forward to seeing what you create!

Inlinkz Link Party

Winners and Top 3 Y and Z



Good morning! It's Carol here, to announce the lucky winners and top three of last month's challenge, where the themes were - 


'Y for Your Favourite Thing'
and
'Z for Zero Embellishments'

We had 160 entries last month and we really enjoyed looking through your wonderful designs and getting some great inspiration from them.

Our sponsor was 


The lucky winner of the £10 gift voucher is -

#25



Invisible Pink Cards

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There was also a prize from me


 

and the re-drawn winner is -


#8 - Liz Cavill

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It wasn't easy to pick the Top 3 from so many great entries but here they are:-
 (in numerical order)  



#32 Lisa J



#94 Gloria Lee




#139 Crafty Paws


Congratulations everyone! 

Please email us to claim your prizes.

Unclaimed prizes may be redrawn or lost.   

 You can find the page for grabbing your blinkie or banner at the top of our blog.  

Thanks for playing along with us, and don't forget to check back soon for the start of another year of fun challenges!


Re-drawn Winner Y & Z are for?

Good evening everyone, it's Helen here with a re-draw for one of the prizes for last month's challenge.


The new winner of the lovely stamp set donated by my lovely DT buddy Carol is:



Congratulations Liz! Please email us to claim your prize.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Y and Z are for?



Hello everyone, its's Carol here, welcoming you to the final ABC Challenge of the year. Thank you for playing along last month and you can check if you are a winner in the post below this one. We had 188 entries and we really enjoyed looking through all your lovely creations.

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It's Helen here, interrupting this post with a couple of announcements.

Firstly, sadly our lovely DT buddy Lisa is leaving us. On behalf of all of the ABC Christmas Challenge family, I'd like to say a great BIG thank you to Lisa for all of her wonderful cards and inspiration, and also for her friendship - we shall all miss you!

 Secondly, and on a happier note, I can tell you the people that we have chosen from the entries to last month's DT Call to join our little team. Thank you to everyone that applied - we all really enjoyed having a nose around your fabulous blogs! Unfortunately, we can't take you all, but we would love to invite the following people to come aboard:

loopyloocards

Julie T

Wei

Linsey

Congratulations! Please email us so that we can get you all sorted.
Now I'll hand you back to Carol for this month's challenge.

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How did the year whiz by so quickly! If you have been playing along with us all year, I hope you have a nice pile of holiday cards that will make the run up to Christmas easier for you, but if you still have some last minute cards to make, our December challenge should make it fun for you.

We have reached the end of the alphabet and our themes this time are

Y is for Your Favourite Thing

and

Z is for Zero embellishments

and our challenge will run until the 31st December.


Our sponsor this time is




and there will also be a small prize from me






Swirls and Flakes stamp by
Leonie Pujol


Here are some gorgeous cards to inspire you from our wonderful Design Team



Lorraine
'Y' for Your Favorite




Dorte
'Y' for Your Favorite Thing




'Z' for Zero Embellishments 








Y for Your Favourite Thing




Helen
'Y for Your Favourite' (Penny Black stamps, My Mind's Eye papers & faux stitching)



'Z for Zero Embellishments'




Wilma

Your favorite (Pointsettia stamp)




Zero embellishments



Sharon
'Y for Your Favourite' (Penny Black 'Snowy' and Basic Grey papers)

'Z for Zero Embellishments'


As I said, you have until 31st December to join us and you can link your card below.

Thank you for joining in with us throughout the year, and we have some fun challenges lined up for next year. Have a wonderful Christmas and good luck with the challenge.



Winners and Top 3 - W & X

Good morning! It's Sharon here, to announce the lucky winners and top three of last month's challenge, where the themes were -

 
'W for Wishes'

 and
 
'X for Xmas' 
 
Our sponsor was Fred She Said

The lucky winner of the $10 gift certificate is -


 
#58 - Susan B
  

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There was also a prize from me 
 
and the winner is -



#92 - Ina


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Now for the Top 3 (in numerical order)  

#104 - Vikki W
 
#130 - Wei
 
#179 - Colinda
 
Congratulations everyone!

Please email us to claim your prizes.
 Unclaimed prizes may be redrawn or lost.   

 You can find the page for grabbing your blinkie or banner at the top of our blog.  

Thanks for playing along with us, and don't forget to check back soon for another fun challenge!

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