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!
Helen, Samantha and the Design team Xx

Wednesday 27 January 2010

B is for Bells Winner & Top 3

It was lovely to see so many of you back for our second challenge...and some new faces too! :0)
You really gave me a tough job in choosing the Top 3 for 'B is for Bells'...but I managed it in the end...and my Top 3 are:

12. Jane (Brodders)

15. CarolJenks

43. Brenda Towsley

Congratulations ladies! If you email us (at the address in the sidebar ---->) we'll send you our 'Top 3' blinkie to display on your blogs!

The winner of the challenge...and the $15 voucher from our sponsor Simon Says Stamp is.....

Jane (Brodders)

Congratulations Jane! Please email us for details of how to collect your voucher...and we'd also like to invite you to guest design for the next two challenges (letters D and E)...so please also let us know if you'd like to join in the fun! :0)

Helen x

C is for Candy


We would like to see candy on your cards this week and as its my turn (Cathy) to choose the extra for this week's challenge I'd also like to see pink as well on your creations ... either lots of pink or just a little!!

We are also doing a Design Team call this time and are looking to invite 2 more members onto our permanent design team. Deatils of the expectations can be found here.
If you would like to be considered for one of the Design team places please add DT to your name in Mr Linky.

Penrith Crafts are sponsoring this week's challenge and we have this gorgeous little chappie up for grabs.

Here are the DTs creations:

Don't forget to check back later to see who the top 3 are and who is the winner of the $15 Simon Says Stamp voucher.

If Mr linky is missing as he was this afternoon please leave your link on the comments thanks :0)

Wednesday 13 January 2010

Winner & Top 3 of challenge A

I am soooo pleased with the amount of you that have joined in our first challenge
Thank you to all of you that have become followers and have pledged on your blogs to join in as much as you can so you are ready for Christmas 2010!

My Top 3
39. Fleur Pearson
45.~ Ali ~
48. Suzie Q
Congratulations ladies! You may now proudly display our 'Top 3' blinkie on your blogs...
and I have decided to give all of the top 3 a small prize also so please email us at the address in the sidebar --------> with your postal address details!

and now for the fantastic first prize offered by Sue from

drum roll please.....
and the winner is

Congrats Chris your card is Fantastic I love all the faux stitching you have done its very striking! and the image is beautifully colour too! Great card! well done.
email us at the address in the sidebar -------->
and we will explain how you can claim your prize

Thank you to all of your that joined in and sorry there can not be more winners!!
but Challenge B is already open so we are looking forward to seeing your projects and we also have a great prize on offer!
Samantha :0)

B is for bells

Firstly I would like to share our Fantastic news!
I am proud to announce we have a New Design Team member on board,
I asked Lorraine (Lols) and has agreed to join us!
I am sooo pleased she said yes as her work is so inspiring so enjoy!

Secondly, I would also like to say that we are really lucky and have some great
sponsors joining us for a lot of our challenges too!
This week we have the pleasure of Simon says Stamp
they are offering our lucky winner of this weeks challenge
a $15 shopping spree at
How great is that?

Also we will are offering the 1st place winner of the top 3 a Guest Design Spot.

So whats the challenge?

Well, its Helen's turn this week
(Sorry for hijacking the post Helen!)
Helen has chosen
'B for Bells'
and as a little extra challenge,
Please use Glitter!!

I think we all love glitter right?

Here are the projects from our talented Design team!
Oh and me! te hehee!


Just a little gentle reminder
Please turn off your word Verification so we can come leave a comment on your
lovely work and also please direct link to your project
please do not back link to projects made before the challenge was set!

Samantha :0)

Tuesday 12 January 2010

Say no with us Word Verification Candy!

Thank you all for your support

To all the word verification campainers, I think the best part about this is the responce
and the time all you that have turned it off have saved us, not just myself and the DT here but all the DT's in blogland so thank you! You have/are helping us save our time,
we look forward to seeing all your cards in the future challenges.
Say no with us to Word Verification
Please switch it off!

And the winner is

This is what Marianne's Craftroom

Hi Samantha I've had it switched off for ags and have it in my sidebar too. I hate it, it wastes so much precious time. I've posted your candy in my sidebar and already entered your fab challenge. I have candy too. Marianne x

Thanks hunny please email me your postal address on the link on the side bar>>>>>>>>
and I will send you some candy! look forward to seeing your creations in future challenges
Hugs Samantha :0)

Our first Challenge A for Angels.....

Today's the day for our first challenge in preparation for 2010.
I can't believe we have had Christmas 2009
and we are now really close to New Year's eve too!
Where do the weeks go?


We hope you are enjoying your Christmas holidays and had fun on the Blog hop!

The DT have announced their winners on our own blogs and I have generated the winner of the secret phrase candy too!

You can see if you are a lucky winner HERE!

So then to our First Challenge!!

A for Angels with the Extra challenge to include a charm or beads

The Challenge will be from 30th December
to Midnight UK time on the 12th January

So you have plenty of time to play, and come up with something you have been wanting to try this year but have not had the time!

Please see Our Requests on the sidebar too, we would like to ask also could you please check that your Word Verification is turned off, so we can come and comment on all your lovely projects, Maybe you might not even realise it is on?

When you have made your project please add it to Mr linky so we can come along and see your creations :-) The Design Team have been busy with Christmas but have had time to play with their new stash they got for Christmas so we hope you love their creations and they help inspire you!

Ok so with out further a do our our Dt projects
drum roll please.... . . . . . . . .

We are really lucky and have already got a sponsor for our first challenge

So to get us off to a great start we have the LOVELY Sue from charmsupplies.co.uk

Sue is offering to Our 1st prize winner a £10 voucher & free delivery for either of her shops - charm supplies or Occasions Emporium! (Thanks Sue this is fantastic and most kind!)

I want to get it off to a good start so we will be offering for this first Challenge 3 lucky winners! I will pick my top 3 and post 12th of January the lucky winners. Yes that's 3 prizes!! cool huh!

Sooooooo get creating and we look forward to seeing what you make including charms or beads on your projects!

Our super duper Guest this week is.......

Don't forget to leave us a direct link to your project with Mr Linky, so that we can come and visit you.

Wednesday 6 January 2010

Say No - - Candy!

Hi ya everyone!
WOW some great cards so far for our first challenge!
I'm so pleased you all seem to be really happy about this new Challenge blog
As I have not run a Challenge blog before so thank also for your support too!

I have been commenting this morning and well its taken quite sometime!

I would like to say a HUGE BIG thank you to all of you that read the rules on the sidebar and have already turned off your Word Verification.
Its so much easier and really saves our time.

I am going to give away some candy as a thank you to those of you that have turned off the word verification and also to those of you that do!

So what do you have to do?
To be in with a chance of winning the TURN IT OFF candy

1. Post a message on your blog telling everyone about my candy our blog and what the candy is for on your blog.

2. Post the say no banner on the sidebar of your blog

3. If you haven't already, turn your Word Verification off pretty please!
(If you're not sure how to do this, please see the instructions in our sidebar)

4. Join in with Challenge A for Angels

To make it even more exciting...and give you even greater incentive to 'Turn it off!'...if we manage to get 50 entrants...Helen will add a second candy package!

Owner approval a much nicer way
of screening your comments

Say no with us to Word Verification
Help us make a difference!
Samantha :0)

This Candy will close midnight 13th January UK time

Friday 1 January 2010

How to turn off Word Verification

1. Sign in to your blog

2. Click on 'Customize'

3. Click on the 'Settings' tab

4. In 'Settings', click on the 'Comments' tab

5. Scroll down until you see 'Show word verification for comments' and make sure 'No' is checked

6. If you are worried about 'spam' comments, and want to moderate comments before they are published on your blog, check the 'Always' box next to 'Comment moderation' (just above where you've just turned off word verification), and enter your email address

7. Click 'Save Settings'

It's really very simple to do, and it makes leaving comments on your blog a much more pleasant experience for your visitors :0)

Depending if your using the new version here is an update for you from one of our Challengers! Thanks Sandy!

For those who may be using the new blogger interface, the option to turn off word verification is not there. You have to click on the setting symbol and change back to the old interface and then follow your instructions to turn it off, save and then switch back to the new interface.

Please Turn it off!! We No longer comment on blogs with Word Verification switched on.

Please Turn it off!! We No longer comment on blogs with Word Verification switched on.
Click here for how turn it off!!