Wednesday 15 May 2024

Winner's Post: April - Non-Traditional Colours

Hello, and welcome back to Christmas Crafts Creations, where it is time to announce the winners of the April challenge!

Before we get started, we have some important news.

A little over three years ago, I founded Christmas Craft Creations, having somewhat fallen into the role. I hadn't ever really intended to create and run a challenge, but it was, as they say, a happy little accident.

Over the years, I've been lucky enough to work with so many fantastic designers in our teams, plus met others through the guest designing roles and, of course, seen all the great designs from all of you who have played along. It has been absolutely wonderful seeing everyone's designs each month. I hope you've all had as much fun playing with us as we've had seeing what you do.

Running a challenge like this is a lot of work. From wrangling a team of designers — of which we have just over twenty when 'full' — to coordinating with guests, commenting on entries, creating graphics and blog posts, ensuring the link-up runs smoothly, and acquiring and sending prizes — and that's just to name a few! From the outside looking in at a challenge, it should magically appear like everything just happens, but behind the scenes, it takes a lot of doing.

With all that said, I have made the difficult decision to put Christmas Craft Creations on a break. Whilst I hope this is only temporary, there is currently no date set for when the challenge will start back up.

We're very grateful for your continued support and participation over the years, and hope that whenever we return in the future you will be happy to join in with us again. In the meantime, there are lots of fabulous challenges out there — both Christmas-related and otherwise — for you to play along with. Maybe this will give you a chance to find a new one!

With that said, let's announce the winners of our last challenge.

The theme was Non-Traditional Colours, and we had lots of fabulous entries from you all. Visit the launch and reminder posts to see what inspiration the teams had given, as well as to take a look at all the entries.

First up, the information on the randomly picked prize winners:

Prize 1
 Gemini by Crafters Companion - Opulent Swirls Die, donated by Angela

Prize 2
 Winterworks Christmas Ribbon Trio - Silver, donated by Charlotte

Congratulations, both of you! Please email me via the email address in the sidebar with your address to claim your prize. The prize must be claimed by Sunday 26th May. 

And without further ado, onto the DT's favourites. This month's DT Favourite Winner is:

#76. Izzy Scrap

Congratulations, Izzy! Below is the winner's badge which you are welcome to display on your blog.

We also have three Honourable Mentions. In order of entry they are:

Congratulations to all three of you! The Honourable Mention badge is below for you to display on your blogs.

Congratulations once again to our winners!

Thank you to all of you who have made the challenge a success over the years. You are amazing, and it has been a pleasure. Likewise, a huge thanks to everyone who is or has ever been on the teams. You are all incredibly talented, and without you, this challenge would have never got as far as it did.

Until next time, whenever that may be,

Charlotte/Lady Joyful 
the Christmas Craft Creatives


  1. Dankjewel voor het kiezen van mijn kaart in de top 3.
    De andere dames ook gefeliciteerd.
    Groetjes Elle-Jeanne

  2. Wishing you the very best in whatever comes next! Thank you for all your hard work in running this fun challenge and hope to see it back in the future. hugs, Becca xoxo

  3. NOOOOOOOO so sorry to see you go.... hopefully it will only be for a short time!

  4. I'm sad but understand. Hugs, xoxo

  5. I can only imagine the behind the scenes work that goes on to run a challenge the caliber of this one! Your description of all that is involved makes me tired just reading it!! So although you will be missed, I am glad that you and your team are doing some well deserved self-care. If, or hopefully when, you return, we'll be here waiting! Take care and warm wishes from Kathy at myasperations

  6. Congratulations to the winners! Thank you so much for running this challenge as long as you have. I'm sure it's tons of work.

  7. Charlotte, very sad news, but understandable. Enjoy your well-deserved break, whether temporary or otherwise. Thank you for the fabulous years!

  8. Sorry to hear the news Charlotte - but completely understand. There's a lot of hard work and commitment so I am not surprised you are taking a break xx

  9. hi team, I'm so happy to win a price but so sad you have a break, hope you will be all right and come back, congrats to all, blessing

  10. Even though this is bad news, I completely understand this difficult decision. When the chore takes over the pleasure, unfortunately it has to come to that. Thank you for all these wonderful challenges and thank you for choosing my card, a wonderful surprise! Good luck and take care.

  11. Thank you for this challenge. I do appreciate all the hard work that it takes to run a challenge. I have enjoyed playing in it.

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  13. I totally understand and I appreciate all the hard work involved in running a challenge. Thank you for running this fun challenge since 2020! Enjoy the break and I hope to see you back when and if you are ready! Hugs, Darnell

  14. It's a real shame that this challenge is going on a break. But it's well deserved! Enjoy it and we all hope to see you back perhaps later in the year. Hugs, Lesley

  15. Enjoy your break and hopefully come back refreshed and raring to go again. Thank you for choosing my card as one of your favourites x x