Friday, June 15, 2018

Challenge #42 Midway: Optional Theme...Make It Masculine

Hello and happy Friday folks! I hope that many of you are set to have a great weekend. It is Father's Day on Sunday here in Canada and in the United States and 103 other countries; so, best wishes to all the amazing Fathers, Poppas, Dads, Papas and Pops out there!!!

Also, before we start I want to say a big 'Welcome Back' to Granmargaret. She had to leave us in March but missed us so much she decided to come back and we're so lucky to have her here with us again! Granmargaret is back on the Merry Maidens team so you'll get to see her projects during the midway posts--like today!

Now, as we are halfway through the month of June, it is time to see what the Merry Maidens have been up to with their wonderful images from Sheepski Designs, our guest sponsor this month!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SheepSkiDesigns

Clicking on any of the image watermarks will take you to the section within the digital stamp section of the Sheepski Designs store.


Gnome for Christmas - image no 122


Snowman Selfie - image no 100
https://www.etsy.com/listing/523368094/snowmen-selfie-image-no-100?ref=shop_home_active_16


Snow Happy - image no 59
https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/479473138/snow-happy-image-no-59?ref=shop_home_active_7


Rudolf's Mischief- image no 36

https://www.etsy.com/nz/listing/384513474/rudolfs-mischief-image-no-36

Thank you so much to this month's generous sponsor for providing such amazing images for the team to work with! Please pop over and pay Sheepski Designs a visit when you have the chance! You are sure to find something to add to your wish list while you are there!


While team members had the option of working with any of my Décosse's Dynamite Doodles papers, I did create a special set called Texture Time: Leathers 1. Check out the preview:


Everyone who links up a minimum of two cards during the month of June will earn ONE of the digital papers from this set. The specific paper up for grabs will be shown during the winner announcement post. Additionally, one random winner will earn the full set of papers.

Have your say in determining which paper will be offered to those who link up a minimum of two cards this month by completing the poll below.

DIGI PAPER POLL
Please click "like" to choose the ONE paper that you would like offered up to participants who link up a minimum of two cards during the month of June. Poll will be open until June 30th, 11:59 p.m. EDT. Please note that you can get a better idea of what the actual paper looks like by bringing the preview ABOVE up in the lightbox.



Now check out what the Merry Maidens came up with to inspire you. Clicking on the names will take you to the individual blogs where you can check out the details for all these wonderful cards. Susan from the Sleigh Belles is joining us for the midway as well. Due to unforeseeable circumstances, she wasn't able to get her project done for the start of the challenge but thankfully is able to showcase her card during the midway.


http://susanrenshaw0404.blogspot.com/


http://www.fstampaholic.blogspot.com/



http://patacakespages.blogspot.ca/


http://creamieke.blogspot.nl


http://www.granmargaret.blogspot.com.au/




So if you haven't entered already, what are you waiting for? It is time to link up your Christmas and other holiday cards for June. Whether you choose to link up ANY type of Christmas or holiday card you've made for a chance to win this month's Paper Kit, or link up two of them simply to earn your free paper this month, or you choose to also follow the optional theme to have a chance at the sponsor's prize, it is completely up to you!  

Here is a refresher of the details for this challenge...

Please remember that this is a CARDS ONLY link up. While we've had some lovely tag entries in the past, we've sadly had to disqualify them.



Challenge #42

Optional Theme: Make it Masculine

 Last month our focus was on the women in our lives and this month we want to give our men the special treatment--well, related to Christmas cards anyway.😉 This month, in over 105 different countries around the world, fathers are being honoured during Father's Day. In fact, there is only one month during the year where there isn't a Father's Day celebration and that happens to be January. There is at least one country celebrating in every other month, with the two highest concentrations being in March and June. Since the focus is on dear old dad this month for many people, we thought that it would be a nice idea to focus on masculinity for our theme. When you think of Christmas, what would it be like without a masculine touch?! Growing up, it was my dad who strung up the lights, outside and in. He would spend hours untangling all the lights and checking to make sure that each one worked. He was also the one who hauled out all the boxes of decorations from the crawl space and put them back after the season was over. There are many dads, or men in general, that dress up as Santa Claus each Christmas to surprise their own kids or other lucky children. For these reasons and more, we thought it would be an appropriate time to honour the men in our lives who do so much at Christmas time to make the occasion special.

That is why this month, in order to have a chance to win the prize from our guest sponsor, we want you to create a card that that would be considered MASCULINE. Whether you decide to use an image that would be considered masculine, bring out your stripes, plaids and grungy textures, give your blue, green and brown markers a workout, delve into your stash bag of twine and burlap, or maybe even find some fun masculine elements as well, then it will qualify. 

If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize.

Keep in mind though, that you don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month or for a chance to win the featured paper set. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of three images from the SheepSki Designs store.


If you are new to this unique challenge, you can find out the impetus behind why I started it under the 'Introductions' tab.  As this is a different kind of link up where we have both an Anything Goes Christmas or other December Holiday option AND an optional theme to follow, be sure to read all the details and rules you need to know in order to participate, by checking out the 'Challenge Details' tab (both tabs located at the top of the blog).

You can find the Challenge Details Summary along with the link up for
Challenge #42 by clicking HERE.


the_12_moc_linkup@outlook.com

 

We look forward to seeing you participate!

Friday, June 01, 2018

Challenge #42: Optional Theme...Make It Masculine

Hello, crafters! It is the first day of June and that means it is time for our next challenge to get under way! It is hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the year already! If you send out a lot of cards during the holiday season, you are definitely going to want to get some additional cards added to your pile. As such, it is time to continue with our quest to work on all those Christmas and other December Holiday cards we will need for year end! To provide you with some extra incentive to get your cards completed, we have some lovely prizes available! So, why not join us for your chance to win?!

Thus, it is time to get down to the business of our latest challenge. Here is what you need to know...


The Basics

While you can find out ALL the information you need to know in order to participate in the challenge by checking out the 'Challenge Details' tab at the top of the page (or by clicking HERE), here is a refresher of the basics.
  • Anyone can link up as many Christmas and/or December holiday themed cards (including Happy New Year's cards) throughout the month with an ANYTHING GOES theme.
  • Every person who has linked up a MINIMUM of two (2) cards will be eligible to receive a specially designed Christmas themed digital paper.
  • Each month there will be an OPTIONAL theme to follow. Anyone who submits a card adhering to the monthly theme, will have the chance to win a prize from that month's guest sponsor.
  • ALL entries adhering to our basic rules also have the opportunity to win a mini pack of digi papers each month as well.
Now that the basics are out of the way, how about we get on with the details of Challenge #42.


Challenge #42

Optional Theme:  Make it Masculine

Last month our focus was on the women in our lives and this month we want to give our men the special treatment--well, related to Christmas cards anyway.😉 This month, in over 105 different countries around the world, fathers are being honoured during Father's Day. In fact, there is only one month during the year where there isn't a Father's Day celebration and that happens to be January. There is at least one country celebrating in every other month, with the two highest concentrations being in March and June. Since the focus is on dear old dad this month for many people, we thought that it would be a nice idea to focus on masculinity for our theme. When you think of Christmas, what would it be like without a masculine touch?! Growing up, it was my dad who strung up the lights, outside and in. He would spend hours untangling all the lights and checking to make sure that each one worked. He was also the one who hauled out all the boxes of decorations from the crawl space and put them back after the season was over. There are many dads, or men in general, that dress up as Santa Claus each Christmas to surprise their own kids or other lucky children. For these reasons and more, we thought it would be an appropriate time to honour the men in our lives who do so much at Christmas time to make the occasion special.

That is why this month, in order to have a chance to win the prize from our guest sponsor, we want you to create a card that would be considered MASCULINE. Now since many crafters have difficulty with masculine cards, this is the perfect opportunity to get some practice in and stretch those masculine Christmas card muscles. It is time to break out your Santa, elf, snowman, penguin and other images perfect for a card for a special man in your life. It is also an opportunity to bring out your stripes, plaids and grungy textures; give your blue, green and brown markers a workout; delve into your stash bag of twine and burlap; or maybe even find some fun masculine elements as well. Whatever approach you take, as long as your card has a masculine touch, it will qualify. If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize.

Keep in mind though, that you don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month or for a chance to win the featured paper set. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of three images from the SheepSki Designs store.

Speaking of Sheepski Designs, it is time to make a proper introduction to our newest sponsor:

http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/index.html
Hi I'm Andrea Norris, creator and owner of SheepSki Designs - living in Leeds, Yorkshire in the UK, working full time as a Management Accountant, currently working on 4 design teams and an obsessive crafter and creator of cards. I love anything arty. I've always drawn stuff, for as long as I can remember. In my younger days I sold a few watercolour paintings. I love creating canvases mixed media canvasses with flowers.
I finally found software I could gel with in December 2015. January 2016 a challenge team I worked on was short of a designer's images to create with so I drew some. I opened my shop a month later so I could sponsor challenges and give something back to the crafting world, to the lovely ladies who have supported me on my journey.

I've a Facebook group and blog where I hold challenges and I'm now starting to look at inviting guest designers.


Welcome to my world!

Andrea xx
Storehttps://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SheepSkiDesigns
Private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/SheepSkiDesigns/

Check out the awesome images the team worked with for their projects for the start of this challenge. Clicking on the watermarks will take you to their location in the store.

Gnome for Christmas - image no 122


Snowman Selfie - image no 100
https://www.etsy.com/listing/523368094/snowmen-selfie-image-no-100?ref=shop_home_active_16


Snow Happy - image no 59
https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/479473138/snow-happy-image-no-59?ref=shop_home_active_7


Taking a Break - image no 130
https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/575109035/taking-a-break-image-no-130

You'll get to see more awesome projects using images from our sponsor during our midway so be sure to come back again at that time!


While team members had the option of working with any of my Décosse's Dynamite Doodles papers, I did create a special set called Texture Time: Leathers 1. Check out the preview...

 

Everyone who links up a minimum of two cards during the month of June will earn ONE of the digital papers from this set. The specific paper up for grabs will be shown during the winner announcement post. Additionally, one random winner will earn the full set of papers.

Have your say in determining which paper will be offered to those who link up a minimum of two cards this month by completing the poll below.


DIGI PAPER POLL
Please click "like" to choose the ONE paper that you would like offered up to participants who link up a minimum of two cards during the month of June. Poll will be open until June 30th, 11:59 p.m. EDT. Please note that you can get a better idea of what the actual paper looks like by bringing the preview ABOVE up in the lightbox.



Now check out what the Sleigh Belles and Pat came up with to inspire you. Clicking on the names will take you to the individual blogs where you can check out the details for all these wonderful cards...


http://patacakespages.blogspot.ca/





http://craftinghelen.blogspot.co.uk/


http://susanrenshaw0404.blogspot.com/


<<<coming soon>>>




So what are you waiting for? It is time to link up your Christmas and other holiday cards for June!

If you are new to this unique challenge, you can find out the impetus behind why I started it under the 'Introductions' tab and all the details you need to know in order to participate, in the 'Challenge Details' tab (both tabs located at the top of the blog).


We have a packed month as usual; so, Pat and I and the rest of the gang hope to see you back with us soon!
  • I hope to send out the papers to the winners from challenge #37 as quickly as I can get to them.
  • We hope to publish the names of the winners and top picks from Challenge #38 soon as well; and might even get Challenge #39 done this month as well. 
  • Then, be sure to join us again on June 15th, for our midway post where you'll get to see cards created by the Merry Maidens
  • Pat might be back towards the end of the month with a special Christmas Craft for you to try! So check in around the 23rd or 24th in case she has time this month.
  • Other special posts may be published throughout the month. Be sure to sign up to have our posts delivered by email or follow us through Bloglovin' so you don't miss a thing!

CHALLENGE DETAILS SUMMARY
Each month we'll include a summary of details for the particular challenge taking place. If you are new, please be sure to familiarize yourself with all the details and rules in the 'Challenge Details' tab at the top of the page. Please note that dates and times listed below are for this particular challenge only:
  • Cards for this challenge will be accepted from 6:00 p.m. (18:00 hrs), June 1st until 11:59 p.m. (23:59 hrs), June 30th, 2018.  All times listed are in EDT (Eastern Daylight Savings Time).
  • If you wish to receive the free digi paper being offered up for this month, you need to link up a minimum of two (2) Christmas or holiday themed cards
  • If you receive a free digi paper, you are not obliged to use it in any future link up; though, if you do create something, be sure to let me know as I'd love to see it.
  • This is NOT a progressive challenge. You can jump in at any time.
  • You are allowed to enter as many Anything Goes cards as you'd like. HOWEVER, please note that if you follow the optional theme for the chance to win this month's prize of  three images from SheepSki Designs, only a maximum of three (3) entries will qualify for the sponsored draw.
  • If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize.
  • Make sure when entering your project that you mention The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up in your post with a link back to this blog.
  • Please remember to link directly to your blog post where we can see your creation, and not just the generic link to your blog.
the_12_moc_linkup@outlook.com

We look forward to seeing you participate!
Link Up Below:
If you have any problems linking up, please be sure to leave a comment.

The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up Challenge #42

Please link up your Anything Goes Christmas and/or December holiday themed CARDS with the optional theme of Make It Masculine below. Don't forget that i
f you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize. Please see above for all the rules and details.

Members of the EU Please Note:
  • By entering your Personal Information (i.e. name, blogpost address, email address) into any type of link up on this blog, you are giving your consent to having your name and blogpost link visible to everyone who visits this site. While we also request that you submit your email address when adding a card to any link up, this particular piece of Personal Information is kept private. It is only visible to me, Lisa Décosse, the owner of this blog or my designate (see more on how your email address is used below).
  • By commenting on any post on this blog, you are also giving your consent to having your name and blogpost link visible to everyone who visits this site (unless of course, you have left a comment by remaining anonymous). 
  • If you are a winner or top pick in an event that you have entered, a copy of your entry information will be published in a separate winners announcement post. This entry information may include the following: 
    • your name and/or possibly your blog name
    • the blogpost address of the card that you linked up
    • a copy of the image that you originally linked up
  • Should you qualify to receive a free digi paper by linking up two or more cards, or possibly win the full set of Digi Papers for any particular month and have linked up two or more cards, we will use the email address provided to send out your prize.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Challenge #37 Winner Announcement

Hello to all our Christmas crafting friends!  In just a few moments we are going to announce the winners and top picks for Challenge #37 but first I want to discuss some new changes to our system taking effect for the new year.

Yes, I realize that sounds rather odd given that we are almost five full months into the year. Those of you who join us regularly know that the last few months have been rather tough for me. Compile that with that fact that I was already behind due to an extremely busy schedule, it hasn't made posting on time an easy task. As such, we are behind in our winner announcements. Ultimately, I would like to be behind just one month so technically, in May we should have been posting the winners for the April challenge. Sadly, we're four months behind right now. I'm going to try my hardest to rectify that but until I do, I ask for your patience.

One thing we had decided on for the new year (i.e. starting with the January challenge which is challenge #37), was that we were going to change the way we chose our Stocking Stuffers. Since the link up started, we have always asked the entire team to provide their input for choosing our Top Picks. With all our lives in such a whirlwind of responsibilities, errands, business and day-to-day activities, Pat and I thought we would make choosing our Stocking Stuffers easier for the whole team by implementing a new method of selection.

Now don't worry, for each challenge we will still have three Stocking Stuffers. The difference is that instead of asking ALL team members to submit their choices, in the new system there will be only THREE DT members scheduled on a rotation, who will be responsible for making the choices each month. Each of these three people will put forth their choice for their favourite card and it will be those three cards that are showcased as our Stocking Stuffers.

We've decided to try out this method for at least six challenges (i.e. Jan to June). After the trial period is up, we'll re-evaluate and decide whether we stick to the new system or go back to the original one. Hopefully, with this new system in place it will allow us to catch up quicker and then stay on track.

We just wanted you all to be aware of our new selection method. Everything else regarding the winner announcement and its processes will stay the same for now. If any further changes are made, we'll be sure to keep you updated. 

So, on that note, it is finally time to announce the winners and our top three Stocking Stuffers from Challenge #37.

We had 62 entries in our January challenge. Those numbers were up by a total of six in relation to the previous month.Those were actually half decent numbers for a typical January. Right now, it is time to get on with the finding out who our winners are.

Are you one of those lucky peeps?! Let's find out!







Angelique, you are the winner of a $10.00 gift certificate from Scribbles Designs, our guest sponsor for January (chosen by miniwebtool.com based on all eligible entries).


Angelique, please send an email to the_12_moc_linkup {at} outlook {dot} com (or click HERE to bring the address up in your email program), with the subject, "12MoC Challenge #37 WINNER" to make arrangements to receive your prize. Please note that it may take me several days to get back to you. Thank you for your patience. In the interim, please grab a copy of the winner badge below for your blog.





Next, it is time to get on with showcasing the top three. With so many wonderful entries to choose from, it is always such a difficult task for the design team. For Challenge #37, Julie, Suze and Helen G. are scheduled to choose their favourite card. So, without further ado, here are the Stocking Stuffers for January:





Congrats to our top three Stocking StuffersEdwina, ValeryAnne and Grietjes, please grab a copy of the badge below for your blog.






Everyone who links up two cards each month is eligible to receive a free digital paper. All but one individual who linked up two cards during the months of November and December have previously been mailed their paper. We did have difficulty trying to email to one of our participants. Zajawka--if you are reading this, your email came back as undeliverable. Now, I see that you have also entered cards into the January challenge and it looks like the address is slightly different. I'm guessing there was a typo last month when entering your email address into the form. So, I will try and send out the papers from Nov. and Dec. along with the one from Jan. at the same time and hopefully you will receive them. For anyone else who thought that you had linked two, but did not receive a free paper, please contact us and let us know and we'll look into it for you.

The individuals who linked up a minimum of two cards each during the month of JANUARY, qualifying them to receive the digital paper from that month, will receive the blue coloured background paper which received the majority of votes. I have included the watermark of it, below...

To all of you who linked up during January, thanks ever so much! We are so happy to have all of you with us and hope that you'll continue to link up your holiday cards as you continue to work on your stash for 2018!!! It is never too early to get working on your holiday cards!

Papers will be sent to the email address that qualifying participants used when they added their cards to the Link Up as soon as I can manage.

As always, we are going to have a random draw from all the entries and give out a set of six digital papers to one lucky individual. The papers are all made so why not have an extra prize! Here is the watermark for the full set...



The winner of A Touch of Frost: 
Rich Colours Collection Mini Kit is
(chosen by random.org)
 
Majda, as you were originally entitled to receiving the freebie as you entered a minimum of two cards in January, I will instead send you the full set when I do the mail-out for the individual paper.

Well folks, that is it for today. While you are here, please be sure to check out the details for our current challenge going on now (if you haven't already), with the Optional Theme this month of "Make it Feminine". You can find out all the details along with the link up, by clicking HERE.

Other special posts may be published throughout the month; so, be sure to sign up to have our posts delivered by email or follow us through Bloglovin' so you don't miss a thing!

Until next time,