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 19 January 2011

B is for black and white

Thank you to everyone for joining is with our A is for Anything Christmas challenge.
It was lovely to see so many of you join us for the start of the new year with your gorgeous creations. We really enjoyed stopping by all of your blogs for a peek.

Helen's winner from the blog-hop candy did not claim their prize...so...that means that she has selected another from the comments on her blog...and the lucky lady is:

#57 - Lisa

Congratulations Lisa! Please email Helen with your address (helenbrammer@hotmail.com) by next Wednesday to claim your prize :0)

I (Samantha) have hijacked Carissa's challenge to bring you some Awesome news re this challenge.

Ok sorry for the wait but you guys are so blinking good
I have spent ages looking and re looking at the awesome entries,
Hmmmm choose a Top 3 proved to be very difficult I managed to get to a Top 14! thheheee
But after several hours of deliberation I have finally chosen my Top 5
in Number order:



Lena Maia

Congrats Girls your projects are Awesome!
please contact us for your Top 5 badge :0) abcchristmaschallenge@hotmail.co.uk

So who is the lucky winner of the wonderful
Simon Says Stamp
$15 shopping voucher
we have Number 135
That's you 

YAY!!! Congrats hunny please email us to claim your prize!

Back to the B challenge

We are really really lucky this week because the AWESOME Dustin Pike

is sponsoring our challenge!
And I!!!!/We are mega excited about that,
Why? well here's the thing,
I had another crazy idea about having a freebie that you guys could download and use for our challenge, so I had a chat to Dustin and here is what he has come up with!....

Isn't it awesome!
Ok so to join in our challenge this time right click on above image and save it to your hard drive as a Jpeg...

Samantha's soap box
I always try to comment on every single card/project that you enter into the challenges
There are a couple of things that I needed to ask you please....If you would be so kind as to consider turning off word verification, maybe you might not even realise you have it on, It makes commenting so much nicer, and when we are commenting on over a 100 cards it makes a huge difference in the time it takes us, you can moderate your comments which in fact is a better way to keep you safe.... Thanks :0)
  1. Please please remember if you want to qualify for any prizes you must add a direct link to your card/project ( Not just to your blog, ) on our Mr linky I/we spent a lot of time trying to find a few cards/projects. Please add a link to here on your blog post saying your entering our challenge. If you're not sure how to do any of these things then just email us we can help you sort it out :0)
ok off of my soap box tehheee read on...

From this challenge your link pictures will be bigger too, nice to see your work a bit better on here.

Sorry Carissa back over to you!
I think I have stopped flapping with excitement that Dustin is Sponsoring us! YAY!!!

Hi Carissa here, My challenge this time is
Black and White....

We have some rules for this Challenge:
To Qualify for the Prize/s you must only use black and white things to make your card.
but you can add some colour to the Image.You Must make a Christmas card or Christmas project using the Freebie or a Dustin Pike Image/or older freebie or a High Hope Image.

Non Dustin Pike submissions will only qualify for the Top 3

The Prizes
We have 2 prizes:
1st place winner will receive 2 Dustin Pike digi images
2nd place winner will receive 1 Dustin Pike digi image

Now for some inspiration from the DT...

Firstly we would like to Thank Paula & Tanja for their 3 Month worth of great Guest Designer inspirations, Awesome job girls!! and thank you!

Now for some inspiration




Hope you have fun creating,

Please remember to create a new project following the theme of our challenge.
Carissa and the Design Team.

Wednesday 12 January 2011

Refurbishment News, AWESOME Sneaky peek! and UN claimed Prizes.

Big News and Update post!

Well I don't know about you but I ( Samantha ) hope you will agree,
Helen and I are really lucky and have an
Awesome Design Team!!!!

I wanted to make sure their efforts and our appreciation is shown in some way!
So with this in mind I decided to creating some new things for the blog...

I asked them to show me their favourite cards they made for our Challenge from 2010
Oh let me tell you they were very curious as to what I was doing..... Te hehehee! see I told you I was a little Naughty and a little nice!
I told them I wanted to do something with their cards but could not tell them what! tehehheheeee so here is what I have made from the images of their cards!

Edit: I have now added it to the header, So you can see it there!
but if you would like to see it full size, you can click on this image.
Now I know this maybe does not look much but there is a fair amount of work behind blog graphics and I have made the team new DT badges and also winner and top 3/5 badges 
If you love to follow our challenges we hope you will love to display our new badge too!

which is now on the side bar
I will also send out the new blinkies for all of those that made last weeks Top5 and also the Winner too for the last Challenge as they ran between Christmas and New year.

OK so now how about this to wet your creative taste buds!
We have some mega exciting news
The Man himself MR Dustin Pike is Sponsoring us for our next Challenge B for........tehhehee Not telling you yet what the challenge theme is!
but the challenge starts on Wednesday 19th January.
Here is a lovely sneaky peak!

Let me tell you though this sneak peak Dustin has drawn the image especially for the ABC Christmas Challenge..... How lucky are we?
And you?

OK so if you want to play along with us on this Special challenge Please do!
if you wanna spread the word about this awesome challenge grab the sneak peek and pop it on your blog letting everyone know about our challenge. 

Cool hu?

If you were a winner of the Z for Zero blog hop candy and you have not claimed your prize yet
Please do so soon as can as you only have until 9am on the 17th to email us to claim your prize....
then we will have to re draw them!

and last but not least
 You still have a whole week to enter our A for Anything Christmas Goes Challenge!

Hugs Samantha and Helen :0)

Wednesday 5 January 2011

A for Anything Christmas 1st challenge of 2011, Blog Hop & Secret Candy Winners

Welcome to ABC Christmas Challenge 2011

We have a lot of information for you as this is the very start of the New year
So please be sure to read the whole post
Firstly we are saying goodbye to the lovely Annie,
She is leaving us due to health problems. Thank you Annie for all of your hard work & inspirational projects...we've loved having you on our team, and wish you all the best.
We hope that you keep on crafting, and maybe even come and play with us when you feel up to it! :0)

And Squirrel will be taking a little break from our DT to recharge her creative juices
she has said she will be back sometime in the near future – we all miss her already..
So we hope she won't stay away for too long!


Before I (Samantha) tell you about our 1st challenge of 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR! from us all!

We want to thank everyone who joined in with our Blog Hop
& Z for Zero December 2010,
As usual you astounded us with your wonderful creations and we had so much fun looking at them all!
You gave me a fun time choosing this time so much so
I have chosen a Top 5

In number order
2 - Tine
I loved the card and the stitching you did.
such a cute image and love the sketch and colours you used.
fantastic tags I love this look, and loved your Jars too!
I really love this one so grungy! and altered!
Tim Holtz he would be proud

love the fact that your Daughter showed you
how to do this Awesome decoration! can she show me too!

Ok, so out of the 71 entries only 29 entries left us a comment
with the secret word and you know what?
29 of you were right!
Well done guys!

So on to the winners of the Awesome prizes!

Simon Says Stamp
$15 shopping Voucher!
The winner chosen at random is
That's you Frea! Wooo hoooo!!

and onto the Awesome
Second Sponsor
Stamp Fairy

Gerda was kind enough to offer 3 prizes so that's 3 winners!!!
Cool hu!

so the winners chosen at random are

1st Place Stamp Fairy Prize
and the lucky winner of 3 Stamp Fairy Images

That's you

2nd Place Stamp Fairy Prize
and the lucky winner of 2 Stamp Fairy Images

woooo hoooo! Fiona that's you!

3rd Place Stamp Fairy Prize
and the lucky winner of 1 Stamp Fairy Images

Yippee Henrikke
that's you!

Congrats ladies!
Please email us for how to claim your prizes and blinkies

Now as if that was not enough! we have
Design Team and Guest designer surprise candy too!

lets here it for
our secret blog hop candy girls
Thanks Team!

so here are the winners in no particular order

Lols' winner - Denimo

Lacey's winner - Cazzy

Carissa's winner - Sam (Whisper's Cards)

Helen's winner - Katarina

Samantha's winner - Clare

Delphine's winner - Lynn in NI

Jayne's winner - Betty Benton

Squirrel's winner - Rita

GD Tanja's winner - Lisa

GD - Paula's winner - Debs M

Congratulations Ladies Please contact the DT you have won from on their blogs for how to claim your candy
Ok so if you're still with us!

Here is the first challenge of 2011
This is our first challenge to help you prepare for 2011
A is for ANYTHING Christmas goes!
Simple hu?
yup that is it! please make a card or project anything you like as long as its Christmas!
Our Sponsor for our first fabby challenge is
Simon Says Stamp
and their prize is 1 lucky Winner will win a $15 shopping voucher to spend on anything you like in their store!

Also a request from me if you have word verification on please consider turning it off
it does not protect your blog you can do that be moderating your comments!
thank you!
here are the DT to inspire you!
Please also visit their blogs and leave them some comments they work very hard to help inspire you and also are kind enough to visit you and leave you comments too!
Our lovely Guest Designers

Paula - Guest Designer

Paula is having her Bathroom re done and there is a bath in her Craft room,
Ekkkkk! hopefully she will be able to create with us soon!
Paula has managed to get into her craft room, and has made this gorgeous Christmas Thank you card

Tanja - Guest Designer

OK so now its over to you!

Lets see your first card ready for Christmas 2011

Please remember to create a new project with to the theme of our challenge
and if possible please consider turning off word verification too thanks
Samantha and the Design Team

Sunday 2 January 2011

Thank you all an a Happy New Year!!!

Thank you to everyone that has joined in with our challenges in 2010
We have had a fabby year!
Thanks to you guys for joining us along the way,

Thank you also to all of our FANTASTIC sponsors!

We are looking forward to another fun year!

And we wish you Love, Luck, Health and Happiness in 2011

>>>>xxx GROUP HUG xxx<<<<
Samantha, Helen and the awesome Design Team Girls.
New Challenge staring on the 5th January 2011
We had a brilliant time with the BLOG HOP and Z for ZERO challenge, we had 71 Fantastic Entries!
with 29 hoppers!
so keep an eye out for the WINNERS and TOP 5

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