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 October 2010

New DT Members!!!

Firstly, we'd all like to say thank you to each and every one of the lovely entrants to our DT call...you really made it tough for us to choose just three of you to join our happy little team!

So...we would like to welcome:


Congratulations girls...we're really looking forward to working with you!

As I said before...it really was difficult to choose just three people...so we'd also like to ask a couple more to join us as guest designers for a few months:


Please could you all email us (abcchristmaschallenge@hotmail.co.uk) to claim your DT and GDT spots.

Please don't feel disheartened if you didn't get chosen this time...there'll be plenty more chances to win GD place in the future :0)

Don't forget you still have a week to join in our current challenge:

'V is for Vertical'

Wednesday 20 October 2010

V is for Vertical

Hi Everyone! Its my turn (Samantha) to post the challenge this time but first some house keeping!
Wow - we had such a lot of fabulous projects entered into our 'Under the Tree' challenge...lots of great ideas for Christmas gifts! It was really tough to choose a Top 3...but in the end I've chosen:
#4 - Chris Olsen ( I also loved Chris' other entry #20)
#7 - Henrikke (What a fabulous advent calendar!)
#37 - Maddy Hill (The little Fimo Edwin is just adorable!)

Congratulations - please email us at abcchristmaschallenge@hotmail.co.uk for your Top 3 blinkies.

And the winner of the $15 gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp (as chosen by Random.Org):

#11 - Jacky

Congratulations Jacky - please email us at abcchristmaschallenge@hotmail.co.uk for details of how to claim your prize!
On to the Vacancies in our Design Team
There is a very high standard of project that you have put forward for the DT call
we will announce on Wednesday the 27th who our new Design Team buddies will be.

OK so this fortnights Challenge!!

This Year is Whizzing by so fast and we are now up to V on our Challenge
Its so nice to see so many of you joining in too! thank you!
Hmmmmm Something beginning with V
VEXED? tehehee!

Or have I had a Vision?
I have chosen V for Vertical and I have done you 2 sketches you can use either 1 or both sketches, thanks Helen for digitising them. Please use any items you can think of beginning with the letter V! I would like to see more than 2 items beginning with V on your projects...and yes you can bend the rules a little A Very Merry Christmas as Lacey said tehehheee counts as one!
Thanks Lacey! :0)

You may only flip the sketches for this challenge, and NOT rotate them...afterall, the whole point is that the 'stripes' and image should be V for Vertical, and not H for Horizontal! lol

Sketch 1
Sketch 2

The DT will give you a helping hand by listing their V items....
We are Very Lucky to have the fantastic Melissa as our Sponsor
with her wonderfully Vibrant Pink Cat Studio designs

The lucky winner of this challenge will win
5! YES 5 Digi Stamps!

On to the DT projects
Some of us have used both sketches and a Variety of images some of our projects are using the lovely Pink Cat Studio digi images, Thanks Melissa!
you can use what ever you like, we really hope you will join in and have some fun in creating another couple of cards as Christmas is creeping ever closer!
and you never know it could be you winning that fantastic prize!
her V's include: Vertical, Vellum & Violet.
2nd sketch Vintage, Vertical & Vibrant (the Roses)

Annie's V's include
Vertical, Victorian & Vintage with a touch of Vling!

her V's include: Vertcal, Vibrant, Very Glittery & Very Cute! lol

Jayne has used Lily Candy Elf
her V's include: Voile immer Paper, Violet dp, Various shades of Violet!

her V's include Vertical, Very Tall, Vibrant, Vermilion (red)
my V's include: Vellum, Vibrant, Violet, Vertical, Virescent (Greenish; of a greenish colour)
Vittate (Striped lengthwise) Think I swallowed the dictionary!

2nd Sketch Vertical, Violet, Virid (Green).

her V's include Vertical & Virescent (Greenish; of a greenish colour)
& Virtually Impossible... tehehee! good one Squirrel

(with Vellum, Violet, and Very Cute :-)
**Edited to add 2 more fabulous cards from Lacey using PCS images**

Can't wait to see your V projects so its over to you,
Have fun!

Friday 15 October 2010

DT Call!... less than a week to enter!!

Just a little reminder that the Challenge this time is Under the Tree, We have noticed some of the entries so far are cards..... The challenge is to make something that would be a gift or the bag or box or something along those lines that you would put the gift in.. and although we really love the cards that have been entered they unfortunately will not be put into the prize draw..... So if you would like to be in with a chance of winning the fantastic prize please enter a project within the theme guide lines.

OK also don't forget to put DT after your name if you would
like to be in with a chance of joining our Design Team
hugs Samantha and Helen

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Wednesday 6 October 2010

U is for Under the Tree!

Hi all it is my turn Jayne to choose the top three this time and what great T for Tree cards you have all made, I/we have really enjoyed looking at them all. It has been really hard to choose my top 3...... so many different ideas and interpretations of T is for Tree....

So after much deliberation I have chosen in alphabetical order:

1: Steph (29)
2: Lori (40)
3: Rica (78)

And now for the winner of the prize from  The Cutting Cafe for T is for Tree

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
Time stamp: Timestamp: 2010-10-07 10:00:45 UTC

That's you
Tracey O (18)

Well done everyone, Please email us (abcchristmaschallenge@hotmail.co.uk) then we can tell you how to claim your prize and also those of you that made the Top 3 your blinkies.

We look forward to seeing your cards for U is for Under The Tree

hugs Jayne xx


Wow...what a lot of lovely entries we had for our 'T is for Tree' challenge! It was great to see some new faces...and of course lots of our wonderful regulars too...I guess we're all really beginning to knuckle down and get those Christmas cards done! lol
Anyway, I'm just glad that it wasn't me that had to choose the 'Top 3' from all of your gorgeous cards...congratulations to the Top 3 and winner!


Ok, now on to this week's challenge...after all of the brilliant trees from our last challenge, the theme this time is:

'U is for Under the Tree'
(In other words make a gift or gift bag/box)

We are sponsored for this challenge by one of our regular sponsors:


And the prize is a $15 Gift Certificate...they'll pay the shipping too!

We are looking to expand our happy little DT with some more permanent members, and are also holding a DT call on this challenge.

As a DT  member, you would be required to make a card/project for each challenge (once a fortnight), and comment on entries to the challenges - we have a rota, so the commenting is shared between us all :0)
We also take it in turns to post the challenges on this blog, and choose the 'Top 3' for the challenges we 'host'.
We are a very friendly and democratic team, and appreciate everyone's input into challenge themes, and have DT blog, where we chat and share our ideas.

So, if you love crafting for Christmas as much as we do, and can commit to at least 6 months of ABC Christmas Challenge fun, make an item for this challenge, and add 'DT' after your name on the Inlinkz gadget.

Here are the inspirational gifts/giftbags/boxes from the design team:

Guest Designer Paula

Altered hot chocolate tin

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