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 30 January 2013

Half way reminder B for Bows or Boys

Half way reminder B for Bows or Boys

Good morning all,
Wilma here with the midway reminder.
Gosh,  another week has passed. Time flies when you're having fun and busy.
The snow has gone and now it seems autumn again. Lots of wind and rain here in the Netherlands.

And have you heard the great news? From April 30 we have a king (Willem Alexander) and a queen (Maxima). Everybody is talking about it. I find it quite exciting. I like our Royal Family and also the English Royal Family. On April 30 I will watch the TV all day to see the ceremony and the royalties. But that takes a while.

For now we will continue with the half-way reminder: B for Bows and Boys.
We already have many beautiful entries. Do you need more inspiration? I think the cards of our talented team can help you on your way.

And don't forget who our fab sponsors are this time:



And here are the cards from our talented team:

Aren't they great?!
So now it's your turn. 
Have fun.

Wednesday 23 January 2013

B for Bows or Boys

Good morning Bloggers! Samantha here.  We have a new challenge for you this fortnight and Wilma is our host this time.  But first ...

I/we have some really great news about our new DT members.

Firstly thank you to all of you that applied to be an ABC Christmas challenge teamie! we were so thrilled so many of you applied, however it made our job difficult to choose we wanted to pick lots but we had to narrow it down to 3...

but as there were so many brilliant entries we had to choose 5 thehhehee! soooo the good news then... Our new teamies come with a wide range of styles and have a wealth of talent! So I won't hold you in suspense any longer...the five lovely new teamies we've chosen to join our happy DT family are:

Michelle Fiona Chris Emma Angela


They can not wait to get started!
So I will hand back over to Wilma to tell you all about our
B challenge!!

Hi, Wilma here and I am your host for this challenge. 

Our new challenge is:

B for Bows or Boys.

You can choose which ever you like best, maybe both as long as it is Christmas themed.
It is still very cold here (the Netherlands), so the weather is perfect to make Christmas cards.

And how do you like our new layout? Beautiful isn't it? 
Thanks to Samantha.

Our fab sponsor's are: 


And now the fabulous cards of the Design Team:

used Wild Rose Studio 'Nativity Play'

Used Stampavie 'Little Shepherd'

Michelle - Bugaboo - Sock Monkey November Winter

Fiona - Bugaboo- Reindeer Trio

Angela - Bugaboo - Stocking Santa Star

Aren't they all lovely? And now it is your turn!
We can't wait to see your cards/projects.

Hugs, Wilma and the team.

*Bows or Boys, must be a Christmas card or project *

A for Animals - Winner and Top 3

Winner of the fabulous
$10 Gift Certificate



Woohoo, Congrats Abi

The Top 3 are:

Congratulations Everyone!

Please email us by Tuesday 29 January to claim your prizes

Unclaimed prizes may be redrawn or worse still lost

You can find the page for grabbing your blinkie or banner at the top of our blog.

Wednesday 16 January 2013

A for Animals - Midway Reminder

Hello everyone.  

We're half way through our A for Animals challenge, but before I share some mid-way inspiration from our fab teamies I can tell you that we have now selected our new DT members.  Thank you to everyone who applied, the entries were fantastic.  Everyone who applied should now have received an email to thank you for applying and saying if you were successful or not, and we're so sad that we could not choose everyone, but unfortunately we had to narrow it down.  In fact we had such a hard job selecting just 3, that we have actually chosen  5 new teamies to join us!   So, I hope that you'll welcome them all when we formally introduce them for their first challenge when they officially start next week!

In other news ... our super talented team leader, Samantha, has been having an early spring clean and the ABC Christmas challenge blog is getting a make-over during the next few days!  Pop back soon and collect our gorgeous NEW badges !!

Anyway, back to the task in hand, and today I am sharing with you the fab creations hoping to inspire you for our Current Challenge which is 

Don't forget that our fabulous sponsor this week is

Stamp Fairy

who are giving away a fabulous prize of $10 to their store :

So without further ado, here are the gorgeous mid-way inspiration creations from our design team....

Lacey - using a Strawberry Kisses image

Wilma - using a Penny Black image

OMG this is SOOOOO clean & simple for me.  
I'm feeling faint and need to go and lay down!

Samantha - using a Whiff of Joy

Lols using a House Mouse

Helen - using a Penny Black image

Dorte- using a Penny Black image.

We look forward to seeing your entries.
Have a great week.

Wednesday 9 January 2013

A for Animal Challenge

Hello everyone. 

It's Annette here today, and I'm so honoured to be bringing you our very first challenge of the new year. Thank you all for joining in with our Zoo challenge which was our final challenge of 2012 and I hope you all had a happy and safe new year. 

So, don't go putting your snowflake punches away just because it's January. You need to be ready to get your Christmas 2013 creations started. Don't forget that if you play along with us, and make one festive card every week, you'll have over 50 Christmas cards created by Christmas. No more rushed cards in November!!!
And to start us off, we've got an easy-peasy challenge for you. So dig out a leftover mince pie, grab yourself a cuppa, and settle down with your chrimbo stash and join us for :

A for Animal

Nice and easy (especially if you like teddy bears like me!!!)

I'll have to admit that it's a doubly fantastic week too as our sponsor this week is one of my favourite digi artists, StampFairy digis.

"Stamp Fairy officially launched on November 5th 2010. Gerda Burghardt, artist and owner, creates cute and whimsical digital images for the young and old, inspired by her life, love and 4 cute cats. You will find adorable teddies bears, young boys and girls, fuzzy little bunnies and whimsical critters. 

Stamp Fairy has new releases along with a FREE image every Friday and Guest Designers each month. Please visit the store and browse StampFairy’s wonderful images. We hope StampFairy’s images inspire YOUR creativity." 

Pop over to their store, cos they sell some real cuties. StampFairy are offering one lucky random winner a $10 gift certificate.

We're also lucky enough to be joined by two of StampFairy's talented designers.

Please welcome Céline and Larissa. I hope you'll pop over to their blogs to see more of their beautiful 'animal' themed cards:

And here are the fabulous creations from our own uber talented design team :

Samantha's new year resolution was to make more C&S style cards, and she' doing a fine job with this one. Fab card honey, and I love your Memory Box frosty die.

Kraft colour goes so well with any colour and Helen's made this beautiful card with some gorgeous sparkly papers.

I'm in love with these images that Lacey's using, and her gorgeous snowflake die is just amazing. Gorgeous card honey. 

Another stunner from Dorte, fab Magnolia tree dies and a beautifully coloured bear image.

Bettina's bear looks gorgeous with his brightly coloured ornaments and fluffy snow at his feet.

Wilma's used one of my favourite bears and coloured him beautifully. I love the tree scene she's created too.

And I've got a bit carried away and have 2 similar cards to share. Both using Barry bear, but two different images and two different colours.


We really enjoyed seeing so many of you enter our DT call. With so many fabulous entries it is going to take us a while to check through them all and make our selections. The choice is soooo hard, so please bear with us, we're working through all the entries and we'll be in touch with the winners soon.

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