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 25 May 2011

K is for Kids - Gift card / Kraft

It's Lacey and it's my turn to host our challenge, plus I have a tutorial!!

Thank you to everyone who entered our Joy Fold Challenge. Helen has Chosen her Top 3 and Mr Linkz has chosen a lucky winner of the Simon Says Stamp Prize! so be sure to check to see if you won!

We are now on the letter "K"!
Our challenge is:
K is for Kids card or Gift Card Holder using KRAFT card stock

We have 2 fabulous sponsors this time so that mean 2 winners!

Digital Delights
has an awesome selection of digital stamps, papers & more,
our Winner will receive 3 digital stamps of their choice.

and if one prize is not enough we have the fabulous
has a fantastic selection of designs, Digital and Rubber stamps
Winner will receive 3 digis from Karen's doodles of their choice.


Since this challenge has the option to create a Gift Card Holder, I have
a quick an easy Gift Card Holder Tutorial to share....

~ Regular card supplies: Card Base, Patterned or stamped background paper, main image.
My card base is 5.5" x 5.5" but any size will work.
~ The only thing you need to make sure of is that
the main image panel needs to be at least 1/2" wider than the gift card
Determine how far you want the gift card to stick out behind the image,
then add tape on the back of the image panel at that point....

This will ensure that the gift card will always stay peeking out.
Just make sure to leave plenty of room along the sides so that the gift card can easily slide out.

Attach the image panel to your backgound, then insert the gift card...

Attach the background panel to your card base and finish decorating...
That is a quick an easy Gift Card Holder card - no extra supplies needed!!
I used Bigsby Candy Cane from Karen's Doodles.
Now here are the awesome Design Team samples for your inspiration...

using Carolers

Our 3 lovely May guest designers

using Bigsby Candy Cane

using First Snowfall
from Karens Doodles

Miria using Caroling Penny from Digital Delights

Our Design Team
Carissa using Bongo from Digital Delights

Delphine using First Snowfall from Karens Doodles

Dorte using Nutsy Present from Karen's Doodles.

Helen using Stuck up the chimney Santa from Digital Delights

Jayne using Bigsby Wreath from Karen's Doodles. 

Lols using a cute House Mouse image.

Samantha using 'Caroling Penny' from Digital Delights
Inside gift card slot

2nd card from Samantha using First taste of snow
 from Karen's Doodles
Inside gift card pocket

So there you are!
Hope you had fun looking at our projects and
are inspired to join us this time.

Don't forget to make sure that your project follows the challenge K challenge rules and as always has a Christmas theme to qualify for a prize.

J is for Joy Fold Card Winners & Top 3

We had some stunning entries to our 'J is for Joy Fold Card' Challenge!
We all enjoyed visiting your blogs to look and comment on your entries, and it was great to see so many of you trying something new!

Our sponsor for that challenge was Simon Says Stamp:

And the lucky winner of the $15 voucher to spend in their store is:

That's you  -#2 Cherry

Well done hunny! Email us to claim your prize and Winner's blinkie.

And Helen's Top 3 are:

Fantastic cards girls! Please Email us to collect your Top 3 blinkies.

Wednesday 18 May 2011

J is for - Joy Fold Card ½ way card and some News!

It's Wednesday again!
Before we show you some more inspiration for our 'J is for Joy Fold Card' challenge, we have some sad news to share with you today...our lovely DT member Squirrel (who's been on a break from her DT work recently), has decided to step down from our team. We've loved having her with us...and are all very sad to see her go, but fear not...she'll still be crafting in blogland, and we hope that she'll pop back to visit us from time to time.
Don't be a stranger Squirrel!

Here is another Joyfold card Samantha
has to share with you...

And another by Carissa

hugs Samantha, Helen and the DT 

Wednesday 11 May 2011

J is for - Joy Fold Card & Tutorial

It's Helen here, and before I get on to this week's ABC Christmas Challenge, I'd like to say a massive thank you to all of you who joinined in Samantha's 'I is for Indigo, Ice & Inspiration' challenge last time...if you scroll down, you'll be able to see if she managed to choose a 'Top 3' from all of your wonderful entries...and find out the lucky winner of the prize from Stamping with Brenda.

Ok, so time for a new challenge, this time it's:

'J is for Joy Fold Card'
(Don't worry if you're not sure what that is, I have a tutorial for you later in this post)

Our sponsor for this challenge is:

The prize is a $15 voucher to spend in the Simon Says Stamp store.


So, what exactly is a 'Joy Fold' card???

Basically, as you can hopefully see from my card above, it's a card that has two interlocking flaps...one smaller than the other...that opens to reveal a hidden message or image.

I'm going to show you below how I made my card. I'm by no means an expert at this type of card...though I have made a couple before...and this is not the only way to do it, but it gives you the basic principles.

To start with, cut your card blank in whatever shape & size you like - mine measures 5.75 inches square - then cut the front flap in half:

Then, cut the smaller flap - again this can be whatever shape & size you like - mine is 4x8 inches, then folded in half:

The photo below shows how the two pieces will fit together...notice how they open in opposite directions:

The smaller one will be stuck underneath the shorter flap on the main card, so that they overlap:

Now for the fun part...decorate the pieces however you like - here's the main card:

And the smaller flap:

Remember...it needs to open the 'wrong' way:

Then, stick the pieces together:

All that's left to now, is to add something to hold the front flap closed...I've added a sentiment cut out with Nesties...you only want it to overlap by a small amount - you still need to be able to open it!:

To make it easy to open (and close again), I mounted it on to thick foam pads:

Here's the finished card:

And open:

I hope you found this helpful...we're all looking forward to seeing you try this card fold!


I hope you're still with me! lol

So, now it's time for some more inspiration from the rest of the fabulous design team....starting with our three lovely Guest Designers:

Guest Designer - Heidi

Guest Designer - Carol

Guest Designer - Miria

Design Team Cards:


So now it's your turn...don't forget to make sure that your project follows the challenge, 'J is for Joy Fold Card', and as always has a Christmas theme.

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