Wednesday, 15 December 2010

ABC Christmas Challenge - Z is for...

Wow...I can't believe it's been a whole year since my lovely friend Samantha came up with the mad idea of the ABC Christmas Challenge...but you know what they say...and it's true...time really does fly when you're having fun...and we've certainly had lots of that over the course of the last 25 challenges! But...we've been saving the best 'til last...not only do we have a fabulous challenge for you as your get all your final preparations done for the big day...with two fabulous sponsors...but we're having a blog hop with some special guests and candy hidden along the way!

So...you should have reached my blog from the lovely Dorte's blog...if not...you might want to go back to the ABC Christmas Challenge and follow the hop to make sure you don't miss out on any of the letters or hidden candies.

Who, but Samantha could host this very special challenge? She's feeling very generous this week, and the theme she has chosen is:

'Z is for Zero Time Left'
We know that time is tight, and even the best organised amongst us still have masses to do before Christmas, so we're giving you free reign to use any of the themes from our previous challenges this year...you can use one...or two...or combine as many as you can...it's up to you! You can find a full list of this year's challenge themes is the sidebar on the ABC Christmas Challenge blog.

We are sponsored for this challenge by:

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Their prize is a $15 shopping spree in their fabby store.

and

They have very generously donated prizes for 3 lucky winners:
1st - 3 images
2nd - 2 images
3rd - 1 image

Ok...on to my projects...I've revisited a few of our challenges, and made several items. The first two are gifts...a snowglobe and a photo frame:


The snowglobe is from Hobbycraft...but instead of putting photos inside, I added a stamped Penny Black image (from the 'Christmas Critters' set) and a sentiment (from a set by Paper Makeup):



Challenges for the snowglobe: D for Decoration, O for Ornaments & U for Under the Tree.

I also bought the photo frame in Hobbycraft (sorry...I forgot to take a photo of it 'naked')...and I painted it with bronze paint, then added pieces of bronze metal, embossed with various Cuttlebug folders ('Floral Fatasy', 'Victoria' & 'Kassie's Brocade'):


Challenges for the Photo Frame: U for Under the Tree.

For my final project...I've used a cute little snowman digi image from our lovely sponsor the Stamp Fairy to make a couple of little gift tags for when I wrap these presents. I coloured the wee chap with watercolour pencils, and added some 'Crystal' Stickles to the snow. The blank tags are from WHSmiths, and the sentiment is a Lili of the Valley stamp:



Challenges for the tags: F for Frosty & X for Xmas.

I'm also going to enter some of these items into some other challenges:
Ok...the letter you need to collect from my blog is M...so now it's time for you to 'hop' on over to the next blog...which is one of our lovely sponsors...The Stamp Fairy...but don't forget to leave me a comment before you go...I may have some hidden candy!

61 comments:

Frea said...

Hi Helen, great projects, love that frame you made!! Greetz, Frea

Samantha said...

WOOOOWWW HELEN! you did a Awesome job! wow you have been mega busy too! great selection of things, Thanks for all your support efforts and working for helping to make ABC Christmas Challenge the special and fun place to be!!
hugs Samantha ABC-CC

Geri said...

Wow, I just loved the photoframe, I wish it was under my Christmas tree :-)
Happy holidays,
Geri

Delphine said...

Amazing, Helen! I can't believe how many things you have done! I just love all of your projects, all gorgeous! Hugs Delphine xx

Debs M x said...

wow great projects! the snowman tags are fantastic, so simple yet effective, well donex

Samantha said...

oOOooo you added this to Stamp Fairy too! Awesome! Thanks for joining in with us, See you next time too! hugs Samantha :0)

anne said...

What a Purrrfect gift... I would love to recieve these as a gift..
-anne-

Tiara Moore said...

I love that snowglobe - What a great idea to use a stamp instead of a picture. I love it!

Happy Holidays!
Tiara
tmoore82@gmail.com

ribenaruby said...

Wow, so many projects, all so lovely! thanks for sharing. Ruby x

Debs said...

Fab projects - all of them but the frame is totally stunning!
Thanks for playing along with my Last Minute Christmas challenge at Allsorts this week.
Good luck
Debs xx

ThePurplePlace said...

How Sweet! I love the idea of making these wonderful gift tags! You did such a great job on them and have now inspired me to try some!

I also peeked around your blog and found all kinds of wonderful creations! You are very talented and I'm happy to be here!!

Happy Crafting and Happy Holidays too!!

Lis
StampFairy DT

Fiona said...

wow...fantastic snowglobe!! Thanks for joining us at Paper sundaes this week.

Fi

Lorraine A said...

oh my goodness Helen !!!! you have been busy !! these are all fabulous projects ,, i especially LOVE the frame !! bloomin ekk ,,, !! brilliant ! :-)

luv
Lols x x x

pinky said...

Wow Helen your creations are absolutely stunning, love the little snow globe and the frame is so gorgeous. I could do with making some nice little tags like yours too. Thanks for joining us in our very first challenge at StampFairy:)

Scrapbook Sisters Blog said...

Hi Helen

We have had a problem with the Linkz on our challenge. Could you please relink your lovely card to our Card challenge as we have lost your entry.

Many thanks Karen & Julie

Dot said...

Wow Helen! You have been busy!
The frame is amazing and the snowman image is realy cute.
I am so glad you and Samanta started ABC Christmas Challenge, and even more happy because I found you.
hugs Dorte

Gemma said...

really gorgeous creations Helen! Thanks for joining in this week at Charisma! Gemma :)

hayward69 said...

Gosh you are so talented with the picture frame it looks gorgeous. I also adore the snowglobe and the snowman tags - just beautiful.

Jayne xx

Suzi said...

Love that Photograph frame, how clever. The snowglobe is amazing and those little tags are so so sweet. You have been a busy bee. Thank you for a nice hop.
Suzi x

Nikki said...

Fantastic Projects they are all fantastic :) Thanks for Sharing at Incy Wincy this Week
Hugs Nikki and the rest of the DT

JLJ Designs said...

Beautiful projects! I love the picture frame.

Jennifer

Betty Benton said...

Fabulous projects, Helen! The photo frame is gorgeous and the snowglobe and tags are just plain fun!

Carissa said...

Such great projects Helen. I especially love the photo frame, it is so gorgeous. I wish it was under my tree.
Hugs, Carissa

Jacki Randolph said...

Absolutely fabulous projects Helen!! Your snowglobe is adorable, Gorgeous picture frame and super sweet tags!! WOW what a fab gift set! Thanks for letting the StanpFairy gals hop along with you and your girls as well a huge thanks for joining StampFairy with our first challenge!!
Hugs
Jackie

anusch said...

Das sind tolle Geschenke.
Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme bei EAC.
Liebe Grüße Doreen
EAC-Team

Pauline C said...

Wow helen these are all stunning projects - the photo frame is gorgeous and what about that snowglobe?? how incredibly cute!! Very impressive collection of gifts :-)
pauline x

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

Some fabulous projects you have been busy...

Thanks for playing at Allsorts this week

Emma xxx

Catherine said...

Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Craft this week Helen ! Your tags are so so cute ! Good luck ! Smiles from Catherine

kath said...

wow helen I love your snowglobe...thanks for joining in the fun at Penny Black Saturday...hugs kath xxx

Becca Fabozzi said...

WOW I love your creations. That snowglobe is amazing!!!!

Nicki (LittleTed) said...

These are great Helen - the snowglobe is lovely but the photo frame is awesome, I love it!

Nicki, xx

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Gorgeous

Thanks for joining us on Stamp Fairy Challenge :)

Hugs Jane x

Squirrel x said...

I'm following the hop round, just wish I could enter it with all those fabbie prizes! Stunning creations babes. Love ya, and so proud to be part of the team. Hugs, Sxx

Heidi said...

Helen-
Fantastic project! I love the Penny Black cat! The frame is gorgeous!

debby4000 said...

Wonderful creations.
Thanks for joining us at PBSC this week.
luv
Debby

Leanne said...

These are gorgeous!

Thank you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday - good luck! Remember, you can enter as many times as you like!

Hugs Leanne xx

Fiona said...

beautiful projects.

fi
x

Liza said...

Fabulous work, I love the colours. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

Liza x

Louise said...

Wow 3 projects for one challenge and all so different. The snow globe is fab and has made me want to have a go at making one. Was it difficult I wonder? That cheeky cat peeping out from it is fun.
Wonderful photoframe- it looks stunning. A very lucky recipeint of that gift.
cute parcel tags too. I think I will invest in some kraft luggage labels to and decorate them- maybe for next year though now.
Thanks for the blog hop x

Beth said...

Wow! You've made gorgeous things for this challenge! I especially love the tags although the snowglobe is so beautiful too! Thanks for the blog hop!

Love Beth xx

Scrapbook Sisters Blog said...

Thank you for entering your lovely card in our 15th Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge. Julie and Karen x

Pauline C said...

Woo hoo Helen tis me again .. only this time I'm blog hopping ;-) Thanks for the inspiration and this brilliant blog hop
Pauline x

Rumtruffle said...

Love the frame, stunning.
Helen x
www.acraftykindoftruffle.blogspot.com

Gloria Stengel said...

How adorable is that snow globe! Love it! Thanks for playing along at Paper Sundaes.

~Jennifer Rose~ said...

Love it all Helen! I especially love that frame! So neat! Merry Christmas!

Whisper said...

Stunning photo frame, and what a great blog hop too, Luv Sam x

ThePurplePlace said...

Woohoo! My special Congratulations to you for being one WINNER at StampFairy!!

I hope you'll be sure to take part in today's new challenge too!

Congratulations again and have a wonderful week! Happy Holidays!

Lis

Anne said...

What a great frame, love your projects!
Thanks for taking the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge and Merry Christmas to you!
Hugs
Anne

Lynne in NI said...

WOW! Fabulous projects! I especially love your snowglobe!

Tammy (LaDiva) said...

Wonderful projects Helen!!! That frame is sooooo classy :))))) Merry Christmas xox

Hopping along.....

Katarina said...

I just LOOOOVE the frame. I'm sorry, but I will just have to lift it. Hope you don't mind too much :)

Mia Scott said...

What fantastic inspiration and Merry Christmas!

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

Wow! I love the snowglobe, what an awesome project and the tags are gorgeous as well.

KelsMakes!!! said...

Gorgeous so inspirationable!

Rita said...

beautiful projects... the snowglobe is wonderful!!!!!
thanks

Denise said...

Wonderful, wonderful projects!! I don't know which I like best. I love them all. Really great job!

Lisa said...

Hi Helen, Your Christmas projects are fantastic. I am hoping to be more organised this year so I have some crafty gifts to share with my family and friends next Christmas.

Lisa x

Gram's Treasures said...

Wow, you have been really busy! Great gifts and gorgeous tags. Lovely work!
Joyce xx

Cazzy said...

Your photo frame is gorgeous, and the snow globes are great fun aren't they!

Henrikke said...

Great challenge :) FUNFUN! Hugs

Kaz said...

WOW....your photo frame is awsome!!
Hope I'm not too late to play.
Kaz xx