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Monday 12 December 2016

#179 Christmas with a Twist

Before we launch into the final challenge of the year I am sad to say that we will be losing two team members from January. Ina, who is playing with us today, and Bec who has already left. Thank you ladies for such inspirational pieces and for being such fabulous members of the team. Myself and the rest of the team would like to wish you the very best for the future.

I will be introducing 5 lovely new team members in the New Year. I may post between this final post and the start of next year's posts which will be on 16th January, if I remember! Head like a sieve, brain turned to mush. If not, I shall introduce them in the first post for 2017.

Kim is hosting our final challenge of 2016. We would love to see your Christmas creations, but there is a twist which we would love you to play; we want to see your non traditional Christmas projects. Anything quirky and unusual and not typically thought of as Christmas would be fabulous please. You can play along with a normal Christmas creation if you prefer, but we hope that many of you will play the twist and inspire us with different ideas! It would be nice if you could tell us your twist.

As usual You can enter anything you fancy, it doesn't have to just be cards, as long as it meets the challenge, and doesn't exceed the 15 total challenges entered rule!

We are sponsored for our final challenge of the year by


As it is the last challenge of the year I decided that I would provide a prize, so an extra Christmas prezzie for one lucky person
and an extra winner with a prize from


With a prize of £12.00 to spend at your favourite Woodware Stockist, either in store or on line.

Woodware are a Yorkshire based family owned business, as well as distributing Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous Stamps we have a wonderful range of stamps designed for us by Francoise Read and Jane Gill. We also scour the world for new and innovative products for the crafty card maker, and have a great range of punches and tools of the trade, to find stockists in your area or to see the range visit the websitewww.woodware.co.uk.
Our design team are playing along with the challenge so check out our blog, which is there for inspiration at www.woodware.co.uk/blog.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Woodware Craft Collection for being such amazing supporters of the Crafty Cardmakers Blog over the last several years, and in particular Dorothy who has kept things running so smoothly. Thank you.

Some inspiration from our fabulous team


I have gone for a very non traditional colour combo for my 'twist'.


Father Christmas in blue? Seems like a twist to me! The image is from Stitchy Bear Stamps, and it's called Bah Humbug. I added the sentiment, coloured the image with Promarkers, shaded the background with Distress Ink.


I have used a Heartfelt Creations Stamp, lots of Glitter and A Spellbinders Die


I didn't have anything quirky so went for non traditional Christmas colours with colourful trees and touches of glitter.


This little Baby Fairy Bee image by Mo Manning is all decked out for Christmas. Now, I don't know about you, but I have never seen a Christmas bee! This was a fun and interesting challenge. I can't wait to see your designs. Merry Christmas!


"There is snow place like home for the holidays" is the sentiment on my card this week. The digital image is by Heart Digital stamps and the trees are part of a set of rubber stamps by Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz collection. I had fun layering the stamps and images and creating the snow scene.

My card is made with a Stampotique stamp called Tangled Enthusiasm by Daniel Torrente, and a sentiment from a Dylusions set of stamps. The twist is the colour scheme and also I went for a play on words as he is all 'twisted' up in the lights.


I decided to use the non traditional colour combination of blue and grey-brown using papers printed from the CD ROM once upon a Christmas.


I used an image I thought was a bit unusual for Christmas , yet festive and fun. My brown colour scheme, again a bit unusual. Merry Christmas to all!


You may think this looks familiar to another card I made earlier but I just couldn't resist making one using the Crazy Dog stamps by Tim Holtz especially as we have two mini Schnauzers so this is just perfect. Merry Christmas to you all, Angela x


I thought that a Yeti with Christmas lights would be the perfect image for a non traditional Christmas card. Merry Christmas to you, Maike ;o)


I chose a cheeky sheep for my twist on christmas card. The background was coloured with distress inks and the colouring was done with promarkers. The stamps were old ones from my stash - and due to my poor organisation I don't know the makers unfortunately.
This challenge will close on Christmas Day, but we won't be back with the Winners post or a new challenge until January 16th. So the team and I would like to take the opportunity of wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.

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#178 Anything But a Card, Winner and Top 5

Angela hosted our Anything But a Card challenge and her winner and Top 5 are:-
Hi everyone.

Before I start can I just say this was so hard to choose the winner and Top 5 and I would like to give a big thank you to all of you for entering this challenge with such gorgeous projects.

25 Louise
and her Top 5 are
Congratulations to you all. Don't forget to collect your badges from the sidebar, and we look forward to seeing you back here at 12 Noon for our new challenge.