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Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra – Mid-February 2017


This challenge will last for the whole month of February 2017 – anything goes as long as it’s Christmas – it doesn’t have to be a card, you can link any project as long as it’s Christmas!

Once again this year, all of these monthly challenges are being generously sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps - a winner will be randomly chosen using random.

Bugaboo Stamps are proud to sponsor this challenge – they are offering $21 of digital stamps to the randomly selected winner.

Christmas is a special time of year. If you are fortunate to live in an area with snow it is truly a Winter Wonderland. For this challenge I used my Penny Black - Christmas Cottage stamp. I used my Derwent Watercolour Inktense pencils. I added Tim Holtz’s Stickles accents to the snow. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.


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Note: Hazel also runs two other challenges - 

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge - a weekly “themed” Christmas Challenge & Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge - a monthly Patterned Paper Challenge

130 Christmas Cards for Seniors!


Every year I make 130 Christmas cards for the Belmont Long Term Care Home. It is my way of paying it forward for the fabulous care they provided my mother. I love to colour while watch TV so I will stamp numerous images and hand colour them with Copic Markers, Zig Water Colour Brushes, Derwent Inktenses Pencils, or Distress inks. Once I get a number completed, I then sit down and start to assemble my cards. No two cards are the same, While I may use the same image, I colour them differently, use a different card format, different card stock, etc. I also make Fall/Thanksgiving/Halloween, Easter/Spring, Valentine’s Day, Remembrance Day (for the veterans), plus birthday cards. It keeps me busy, and I really enjoy it. I also make cards for myself and friends. I dropped the cards off for distribution on December 1, 2016.


Blended Backgrounds and Penny Black

I took another workshop with Heather Telford in Ottawa. As long as the weather is not too crazy, I hope to continue taking her classes year round. Ottawa is about a 5 hour round trip, but certainly worth the fun and friendship. The cards below I made when I got home. The first series of cards were made using the pine tree from Penny Black’s Woodland Beauty. I masked off the moon and snowbanks, and inked the sky using various Distress Inks and the round distressing tool.

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These two cards were made using various Distress Stains on watercolour paper. The snowbanks were created by tearing textured card stock, the trees are from dies by Penny Black called Tall Trees. To finish the card, I splatter white ink on the sky to represent snow.

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To create the last two cards I used watercolour paper. I created a mask for the snowbanks. Next using a Misti I stamped the pine tree from Penny Black’s Woodland Beauty three times. Once that was complete, the mask was removed and sky painted using Distress Stains. To finish the card, I splatter white ink on the sky to represent snow.



Playing with Penny Black Winter Stamps

Today I decided to play with my new Penny Black Winter Stamps. I used a variety of  Penny Black stamps. I created my landscapes using distress inks and torn paper. I made three different cards that are different, yet in the same style.

Stamps used: Penny Black – Woodland Beauty, Nature’s Silhouettes, Nature’s Friend, and A Splash of Winter. Distress Inks – Tumbled Glass, Broken China Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Friends,and mustard seed.


I entered the above card in the Cardz 4 Guys – Christmas Tree Challenge.


I entered the above card in Allsorts Challenge – Feature a Creature

pbdeer3I entered the last card into Holly Jolly Christmas Card Challenge - Trees and

Penny Black and More – Anything Christmas


I placed Top 3 in Cardz 4 Guys – Christmas Tree Challenge


Teddy Bear Christmas!

I was made into an “honourary Grandma” to my girlfriend’s daughter’s girls. There are four of them in total ranging from 3 to 9. This year I bought them all matching Teddy Bears, but to make each one unique to each “grand” daughter I decided to make each teddy a tutu. For Mya, who is in ballet, I made a pretty pink and white tu-tu. For her sister, Abbey, who does HipHop dancing, the skirt is black and pink. For Zoey and Piper, who both live in the USA, I made one tutu the colours of the US flag – red, white and blue, and the other to match the Canadian flag – red and white. I also made a cute gift tag in matching colours to attach to the ear tag and matching Christmas cards.

The Teddies decked out in their Tutus!



Ear tags made using Penny Black – Tutu Sweet Stamp. Coloured with Copicsear-tagMatching Christmas Cards. I made the cards the 2016 Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes Collection Card stock and die cuts. The bear was created from BEAR die set by Marianne Design Collectibles. I made the tutu simply hand switching then ruffling coloured tulle and gluing it to the bear. I popped the bear up. I will create a box envelop to accommodate the thickness of the card design.

Card 1 USA Bear


Card 2 – Hip Hop Bear


Card 3 – Ballet Bear


Card 4 – Canada Bear


Card 5 – I made an extra Bear card for another special little girl. I used different card stock from the same Christmas Wishes Collection.


I entered my card into the following Challenges:

As You Like It Challenge -Do you prefer: Teddies or Fairies (& Why)  I prefer Teddies because they are so huggable, soft, and different. When I was born, my brother who was 8 years older than me called me Pooh bear (from Winnie the Pooh). He also started my bear collection.  Card 4

Crafty Girls Creations – Anything Goes  Card 4

In the Pink – Winter  Card 3

Time Out Challenge 70 – Photo Challenge Card 3 (used soft muted colours)

ABC Christmas Challenge – W is for Wishes (I used Christmas Wishes Paper Collection bt Kaisercraft, and all they want/wish for is you!) Card 4

Filly and Funky – Mesh (used mesh tulle) Card 4