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 fortnightly Challenges are themed, We hope you will join us and have at the very least have 25 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!

Samantha, Helen and the Design team Xx

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

A & B are for?

Good morning & Happy New Year everyone!

It's Helen here...welcome back to the ABC Christmas Challenge!

We're about to embark on our eighth (!!!) trip through the alphabet...and we hope that you will join us this year in our bid to be prepared for next Christmas! As you will (hopefully!) have seen last month, we're changing things up a little this year, and will have one challenge post each month...so obviously there will be more than one letter for each challenge, 
but also more time for you to play along! 
You can play along with one or all of the themes for the month...combine them if you like...you can still also enter as many projects as you like each month (as long as you're not back-linking to old posts) and combine our challenge with as many other challenges as you wish to (as long as their rules allow it) - we just want to help you prepare for next Christmas and have some fun (and perhaps win one of the fabulous prizes from our generous sponsors!) the way! 

Before I get on to this month's themes, I have a sad announcement to make...our lovely teamie Mandy is leaving us...we shall miss her unique style and cheery comments - thanks so much for being a wonderful DT buddy Mandy...we shall all miss you!

And...don't forget to check the post below to see if you were a lucky winner of our last challenge!

We have, of course, gone right back to the start of the alphabet...and are easing you in gently with two super easy themes:

'A is for Anything Goes'


'B is for Something Beginning with B'

(Just don't forget the Christmas theme!)

 Our sponsors for this challenge are:

 Sami Stamps

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There's also a little prize from me too...a couple of Docrafts Christmas stamps:

Now some inspiration from the Design Team:


A is for Anything Goes

B is for - Blue, Brown, Black & Branches


A is for Anything Goes

B is for Blue, Brown & Birdies

A is for Anything Goes & B is for Blue & Bow

A is for Anything Goes

A is for Anything Goes & B is for Bear

Wilma Anything goes

Lisa - using Waiting for Santa (from Sami Stamps)

A is for Anything Goes Christmas

Chrissy - using Christmas Sweater Bear (from Sami Stamps)
B is for Brown Bear & Brown Papers

Sue (Taking a break this month)

This challenge closes on Tuesday 31st January at 1pm (GMT).

So now it's over to you...perhaps you received some Christmas crafting goodies in your stocking that you're itching to use...or snapped up some bargains in the post-Christmas sales! Maybe you've resolved to be more organised with your cards this year so that you don't have a last-minute panic again...or maybe you just enjoy making Christmas cards as much as we do!
We look forward to seeing all your fabulous Creations!

Hugs, Helen and the DT xx

Winner and Top 3 for Y for Yikes and Z for Zoooooom!

Hi ya Samantha here with the Winner and Top 3 of the last challenge
Thank you to everyone that played our last challenge your creations were totally brilliant!
Now to share our Winner and the Top 3 for this challenge.

Y for Yikes and Z for Zoooooom!

The fabulous sponsor was 

The winner of the Prize of 3 Digital Images is:

and my Top 3 picks are

Congratulations ladies

Please email us to claim your prize.
Unclaimed prizes may be redrawn or worst still lost.
Be sure to grab your badge for your blogs!

Hugs from Samantha and the ABC team! 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Y for Yikes and Z for Zoooooom!.... CHALLENGE UPDATE _ NEW RULES

Hi All it's Samantha with the last challenge of the year

Soon to be...

YES you read that right it's the last Challenge! 

 But before I get to the challenge info I want to share some sad news

It was with a heavy heart that Lorraine C has decided to step down from the design team from the end of the year, she's been an awesome teamie and we will miss her!
Lorraine thank you for all your lovely makes and good luck!

We are making a change to the challenges
From this post onwards
I have thought long and hard about this challenge blog and with the support of my Fabulous 
I have decided that this challenge blog is too good to let go!

We will have 1 post a month but still have the alphabets for the challenges...

NO that doesn't mean fewer prizes - in most months there will be more! YAY!

You will NEED to make sure you make a note
of the closing dates and start dates

so you wont miss challenge deadlines...  

We will list each one on the side bar

Sooooo to kick the fun off and get you into the swing we are running the next 
challenge in this way and this is how the challenges will be from now onwards...

The challenges will start the 1st Wednesday of the month!


And will end on the last day of the month (at 1pm GMT).

This Month's themes are:

Y for Yikes
 Z for Zoooooom!

The theme can in interpreted anyway you like as long as its Christmas...


Yikes only a few weeks left so I am gonna make 10 cards the same!


Zoooooom! Zooming around on skis or Skates or in a car/truck to buy your Christmas tree...

you can still enter the challenge as many times as you like within reason

Our fabulous sponsor is

Prize is 3 Digital Images

Now onto the Design team's awesome creations

For those of you that don't recognize this character its Olaf from Frozen 

Helen - Fridge Magnets

10 to go

~Coming soon~

I made 10 of these cards. 5 are already ready for sending.

Decorated Jars for Sweet Treats

Decorated Glass Candle Holders

Decorated Fleece Blankets for Last Minute Gifts

This Challenge will run from 

7th December to the 31st December 
so you have LOADS of time to play!

Have fun hugs us girls!

Winner and Top 3 for 'X' Challenge

It's December, can you believe it???

It's Lisa here with the Winner and Top 3 of the last challenge. 

Thank you to all who played along with us in our 
'X' is for Criss Cross Challenge.

We enjoyed visiting your blogs and seeing the amazing creations created by each of you.
Now to share our Winner and the Top 3 for this challenge.

The Winner of the $10 gift certificate to Fred She Said is


Top 3
(in no particular order)
Congratulations Everyone!!!

Please email us to claim your prize.
Unclaimed prizes may be redrawn or worst still lost.
Be sure to grab your badge for your blogs!

Samantha will be here soon to announce our next challenge.
Hugs from the ABC team! 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

X is for Criss Cross

Hello, it's Lisa again here to host the new challenge which is

'X' is for Criss Cross

and to play along simply "criss cross" something to create an X. We have some DT inspiration for you so you can see how we interpreted the challenge.
We can't wait to visit all of your blogs and see your amazing Christmas themed projects!

Our sponsor is

$10 gift certificate

Fred She Said Designs offers a wide variety of digital products with a floral flair and cute characters too - Digi's, Pre-coloured images, Papers, Sets, Fred's Flower Kits, and even digital cutting files.

Have some fun with Fred!

Design Team

This challenge will end at 6pm (GMT) on Tuesday 6th December 2016.

Have fun!

from Lisa and the ABC Christmas Challenge team

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