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 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


  1. Such beautiful cards from the DT looking forward to doing all the challenges this year

  2. Beautiful cards from the design team!! Looking forward to playing along with you this year!!!

  3. Only discovered your blog this very morning but couldn't wait to have a go . . . may not have got all my card in using mrlinky so please do pop over to my blog and check out the whole card!

    Fab cards from the DT btw


  4. OOO Thanks so much for selecting my card as one of your favs. I am thrilled.
    Tine :)

  5. Thank you for picking my tag as one of your favs!

    I am looking forward to participating in your challenges this year and (hopefully) being ready for Christmas

  6. Hy ladies,
    this is my first challenge from your blog.Thanks for the great DT cards.I hope all is ok with my link and box.Thanks for looking and many greetings

  7. Thank you for the challenge and for the great dt cards for inspiration.

  8. Hello Ladies!! I really loved all the entries its really hard to choose top 3 or 5 but the nice part about being chosen for that is it is the host of the challenge that picks there favourites! so well done your work was/is fabulous!! I am so please the ladies that have just found us have and look forward to seeing your work this year! but remember have fun! hugs Samantha :0)

  9. Happy New Year DT. Loads more lovely cards this week & a year's worth of challenges ahead! Not sure if your linky thing likes non-square cards, or is it just me? Jx

  10. 1 down, 25 more to go! Fabulous cards by the DT. THanks for the inspiration!

  11. Whoo hooo, I won some stamps on Lacey's blog. Thanks for picking me.
    Love the cards DT.

    Cazzy x

  12. Hi girls! Fluffles your card is there hunny! thanks for playing along! Heidi! lol maybe even more than 25 if your lucky! thehehehe! wink!
    YAY!! that's great Cazzy!! well done! hugs to all xxx Samantha :0)

  13. Thanks for another lovely challenge and thanks for the fantastic DT inspiration!

  14. your welcome Mia! thanks for joining us!
    Thank you to everyone for joining in.
    Hugs Samantha :0)

  15. Happy New Year! I used almost all my Christmas card stash this year so am going to work hard to build it up through the year. Thanks for the great challenge.

  16. you welcome Gisèle! we look forward to having you play along!! hugs Samantha :0)

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  18. Thanks so much for the first place Stamp Fairy prize wahoooooo I sent my e-mail earlier this week hope you received it!!!! I am thrilled!!!!

    Thank you!!!!!! xox

  19. I was going to enter this challenge but couldn't get my card onto the thumbnail.......never mind there is always another time

  20. just found this blog, courtesy of dustin pike's. great challenge!

  21. Hi Girls!

    Tammy I have replied so hopefully you got that!
    2pdesigns just click the link to add your card its working ok! failing that email your card to us! and a link to your blog thanks...

    Great to see you Darcy.... Is your card number 125 if yes we can not see it as you did not link to your card you linked back here and we can not see your card on your blog from this comment either :(

  22. P.s great you found us via Dustin! his Site is mega Awesome! I can not wait till you see the FANTASTIC freebie he has created! YAY!! so pleased!

  23. Just found your site thru Dustin Pike -- I am just getting back into card making and love this idea to create a Christmas stash:) Your DT has made some beautiful cards, is there still time to enter for week "A"??

  24. What a nice challenge. Thank you :)

  25. Hi girls! thanks for your comments!!

    Kel you have until 10pm Tuesday evening to enter!! so hopefully you have enough time!

    Just want to say thanks here to Delphine she told me you had left a comment! so thanks hunny!
    Good job she did as the linky had closed... a little odd! but I have sorted it now! hugs and gooooood night! :0)

  26. Fab DT cards, I've just linked my entry. Thanks. CoB

  27. Thanks Carole I have seen your lovely card and left you a comment! thanks for joining us!

    In fact thank you everyone!! I have seen and commented on every card and they are ALL!!! very very good! I have had a lovely time!
    so thank you everyone xx


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