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 15 December 2010

Winner and top 3 from the Y for Yuletide Challenge

Hi all it is my turn, Lols, to choose the top three this time and it has been a really difficult task, so many different ideas and beautiful creations !!

So after much deliberation I have chosen

120 Kathrin aka Kruemel
224 Bettina
137 Christine Craig

The winner of the fabulous Wags and Whiskers digi images from our lovely teamie Lacey is

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The lucky winner is Lis M congratulations Lis :-) please email us to claim your prize :-)

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 creations for the Z for Zero time left !!

Lols x x x

WOOOOO HOOOO!!! ABC Christmas Challenge Z for Zero and Blog Hop

Well Hello!!

Here we are at challenge Z

Where on earth did the year go?
Are you all ready for Christmas?
Have you got enough cards?
Well we have a great fun challenge and Hop for you this time.
and its the last challenge of 2010!

Firstly my little bit of house keeping
Lorraine will be back soon with the Top 3 and Winner from the Yuletide Challenge
what a fantastic selection of cards!!

So here we go Read carefully so you don't miss anything
as there is lots going on for this challenge!

Z for Zero time left!
and its me (Samantha) posting this time!!

We are super duper lucky this time as we have 2 sponsors for this hop and challenge
they are:

Simon Says Stamp 
and their prize is
  1 lucky Winner will win a $15 shopping spree with free postage.
Wooo hoooo!!
We would also like to thank
 Heidi and Stephanie for all their support this year!


and our Second Sponsor is the FANTASTIC
Stamp Fairy
you might wanna be a follower so you don't miss
their challenges either as you could combine this challenge with theirs this time too!
their challenge is Glam it up! 

and you are gonna be really excited!
Gerda and Jackie have put together 3 prizes
yes 3 winners!!!
1st place 3 images
2nd place 2 images
3rd place 1 image.
isn't that cool!
They also have a amazing sale at the moment so even if your not lucky enough to win a prize their sale is awesome so you wont feel like you missed out!


Thank you Gerda and Jackie
and we look forward to working with you in 2011


And as if that is not enough!
Along the way on the Blog Hop the Design Team are going to be offering prizes/candy too! but you will have to make sure you leave them all lovely comments to be in with chances for winning their prizes because I am feeling a bit Naughty and not saying who has prizes as there has to be some birthday surprises too!

Yes I said Birthday! 
ABC Christmas Challenge is nearly 1 year old!
I can't believe it Helen....

As I am posting this Challenge this time
Please join me in thanking my Designers and Guest Designers for all their efforts and support too!
THANKS Girls!!

The Blog hop starts right here

at the ABC Christmas Challenge
I have letter for you to save for later!

keep it safe!

 As you will collect letters from the rest of the DT too, Return here after you have made your card/project and post your project using linky,  Then leave us a comment with your Festive phrase made from the letter you have collected from each of us,
We have turned on the comment moderation for this challenge so there is no cheating!

Annie is Poorly please stop by her blog (Annie)
and leave her a message, I have put the letter here for you! R that Annie would of had for you on here blog....

Ok so this is the order of blogs we are hopping in case you get lost along the way!

ABC Christmas Challenge
The Theme for my Z for Zero time left!

So many of you have said you would liked to have joined right at the beginning so I thought it would be nice to have a chance to replay a favourite challenge or a challenge you missed
and wished you hadn't.

So to explain make your card/project using a theme from a previous challenge
IE: A for Angels - include a charm or some beads...that was the extra.
 All the challenges have links on the right hand sidebar

so just click and you will be whisked straight there
Once you have chosen a challenge/s to re play make your card/project and then head back here and link it! remember only post your card/project once you have completed the blog hop and have collected your letters to make the festive phrase.

Don't forget to tell us which challenge/s you are replaying

in your post on your blog and also to direct link to it so we can find it straight away please! and if you wouldn't mind turning off word verification we would be really grateful too! its really hard going when we are commenting on so many wonderful entries :0)
 HAVE FUN!! Christmas its only 10 days away!


Now for some inspiration!
but I have been a bit Naughty!

and have got my digi scissors out and snipped the Dt's projects so your only getting a sneak peek here! you will have to stop by the DT blogs to see their cards/projects......But I have been Nice and listed all the challenge they have chosen to replay with the links!

This challenge and blog hop will run from now 15th December to 10pm on the 1st of January, So everyone has extra time to create and win! We will draw the prizes and post them on the First Challenge of 2011 on the 5th January. But remember you have to have done the blog hop, entered a project to the challenge rules to be in with a chance of winning any prizes :0)

Samantha (me)

Melissa -  from Stamp Fairy
S -Santa

Stamp Fairy  - Lis
O - Ornaments
G - Glitz

Dora - from Stamp Fairy
L - Lights

 Deanne - from Stamp Fairy
T - Tree

Jackie - Coordinator at Stamp Fairy
T - Tree

Dear Santa I have been a little bit Naughty and a little bit Nice!
Please send me/us a lovely lot of challengers to play
as we have some lovely gifts to give away
thank you hugs Samantha :0)

Tuesday 14 December 2010

Don't forget...

...to come back tomorrow for our last challenge of 2010...and lots of blog hop fun!!!

Hope to see you all there!!!

Wednesday 1 December 2010

ABC Christmas 'Y' for Yuletide Challenge

Thank you to eveyone for joining is with our X for Xmas Challenge.

Lacey's back with the winner and "top 3" from the last challenge...
Oh my, there were so many wonderful entries! It really was too hard to choose a Top 3.
Therefore, I chose a Top 5 instead - and even that was hard.

But first, the random winner of the Wild Rose Studio prize is:
Congratulations, Cabio!!
Please email at the email above to claim your prize.

Now the Top 5 cards chosen are:
247 Norma
275 Lori
On to our new challenge...
This week it was my turn (Lols) to choose the theme and I chose


Please use 1 or all of the following things to create your card or project
Holly & Berries
Red & Green

We are sponsored by our lovely teamie Lacey from Wags 'n Whiskers and she will be giving one lucky entrant this fab prize!!
4 of our most popular Christmas digital stamps!!

DT Annie researched Yuletide for us and wrote this brilliant explanation :-) Thanks Annie xx

Yule Tide, the darkest time of the year when we wait for the old solar year to pass in order to celebrate the birth of a new sun. It takes about 3 days after the Winter Solstice, the longest darkest night of the year, before the days gradually start to lengthen again and the celebrations can begin in earnest – and can carry on for almost a month! There are many folk traditions from earlier times that are now incorporated into the more modern Christmas and New Year celebrations, but in villages across Northern Europe and Scandinavia many of the old traditions survive as we wish you all a “God Jul!”
The tradition of decking the halls with boughs of holly is reminiscent of the pre-Christian times when the evergreens in the depths of winter represented life and the red berries the seeds of life to come. Candles were associated with the Roman festival of Saturnalia when Ops, the wife of Saturn, was remembered with the giving of gifts as a token of love and respect on her sacred day of 20th December. All over Northern Europe and Scandinavia candles are lit, especially on the night of the Winter Solstice, in celebration of old customs and beliefs that still linger.

So, as the old solar year passes and we start anew, we remember our ancient past and celebrate the Yule Tide with the giving of gifts, lighting of candles and decorating our homes with greenery. We celebrate with family and friends, giving thanks for the feast at our table that was raised and grown in and from the earth nurtured by the rain and the sun. We toast to a new year and a new growing season and hope that the new sun will shine, the rains be gentle, the winds soft and the earth rich and abundant once again. Wassail!

Guest Designer - Tanja

Guest Designer - Paula

And my Candle and Tag

The DT are looking forward to popping by to see your creations, all we ask is that you make sure Word Verification is turned off if you would like us to leave you a comment :-) thanks for your co-operation with this, it makes alot easier for us :-)

Wednesday 17 November 2010

X is for Xmas

It's Lacey's turn to host the challenge this fortnight, but as she's recovering from some surgery she had last week, we've ordered her to take it easy, so it's Helen here, posting on her behalf. I'm sure you'd like to join us in sending her lots of get well wishes! :0)

I guess you all must be getting into Christmas card mode...we had over 260 entries to our last challenge...and it was great to see lots of lovely new faces joining us for the first time...we hope to see you again!

Here's Annie with the winner & Top 3:

My apologies for the delay in posting the winner and top 3 from our Winter Wonderland challenge - so many fabulous creations it was a hard choice to make. But without further ado, the winner of the $15 gift certificate from


chosen by the random generator is .. ..

#263 - Ceal


Please email abcchristmaschallenge@hotmail.co.uk to claim your prize.

We had 265 wonderful entries so choosing my top 3 was hard
but rising to the challenge,
in numerical entry order my choice is .. .. ..

#2 - Rica

#27 - Sam

#200 - Annika

Congratulations ladies, please email abcchristmaschallenge@hotmail.co.uk for your blinkies


Ok, so on to our new challenge....with less than 6 weeks to go until the big day...we've only got 3 more challenges left...EEEEEEK!!!!

We know you all have lots to do to prepare fro Christmas, so we're trying to make it nice and easy for you...our theme this fortnight is:

'X is for Xmas'
Optional Extra of Flowers

We are sponsored for this challenge by Wild Orchid Crafts...home of all things flowery - hence the optional extra ;0)

They've put together this fabulous bundle of goodies for one lucky winner:

So, here's some inspiration from our fabulous DT:
Guest Designer - Paula

Guest Designer - Tanja

Over to you....
Have fun and happy crafting!

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