Sunday, January 23, 2022

Challenge #83 Winner Announcement

Hello there to all our Christmas crafting friends!  I'm finally able to share the winners and our top three Stocking Stuffers from Challenge #83 (RED & WHITE). I hope that you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy out there in your various locations in our world. 
 
November saw us with an incredible 154 entries added to our link up. It was wonderful to see so many entries last month. 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!
 



 
Lia, you are the winner of  THREE digi sets of your choice (worth up to $14) from Imagine That Digistamp, our guest sponsor for November (chosen by random.org based on all eligible entries).


Lia, 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 #83 WINNER" to make arrangements to receive your prize. Please note that it may take me a while 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 #83, Mandy, Margaret and Lisa (myself) are presenting our favourite cards. So, without further ado, here are the Stocking Stuffers for November:

 

Congrats to our top three Stocking Stuffers! Katrina, Elle-Jeanne and Suzanne, 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. Paper for October has now been sent out. If you were expecting one but haven't received it yet, please leave me a comment and I'll look into it for you.

The individuals who linked up a minimum of two cards each during the month of NOVEMBER qualifying them to receive the digital paper from that month, will receive the Vintage Damask #1 Patterned Paper which received the most votes. I have included the preview of this paper below...
 
 
To all of you who linked up during November, 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 begin or continue to work on your stockpile for 2022!!! 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 that followed the twist and give out a set of digital papers to one lucky individual. The papers are all made so why not have an extra prize!  Here is the preview for the full set...    
 
(please note that the red doesn't exactly look the same. Reds are always altered when viewed digitally.)
 
 
The winner of the  
Vintage Damask 2: Red & White Collection
Patterned Paper Mini Kit
from Challenge #83
is
#5. LIZ C.
(chosen by MiniWebtool based on all eligible entries) 
 
Liz, 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 #83 PAPER KIT WINNER" to make arrangements to receive your prize.
 
Well folks, that is it for this one! Please join us on January 25th for a special announcement and then again on February 1st when we'll return with a new challenge.

Until next time,

Saturday, January 01, 2022

The 12 Months of Christmas will be taking a short break...

HAPPY NEW YEAR folks! I hope that you and your families all had a wonderful holiday season.
 
I know our regulars were expecting to see a new challenge posted today. Unfortunately, I have been dealing with some tough issues in real life. I briefly touched on this during the last midway post. I have also posted an update on my personal blog as well.
 
Both my parents were hospitalized after being diagnosed with Covid during the first week of December. My father was released too soon and ended back in the hospital three days later; only this time, in a much worse state. He was diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia and was considered critical when he returned to the hospital. He was pumped full of antibiotics and was on 80% oxygen at the start, slowly weaned down over a two week period. My mom was released after a week in the hospital and thankfully had people coming into the apartment to check on her during her first two weeks. Dad remained on oxygen until they released him on Dec. 19th. Both are extremely weak, exhausted and dealing with the lingering effects of covid (and for my dad, the after effects of having a bad pneumonia as well). Thankfully, for now they continue to have a personal support worker or someone from the Covid Team, checking on them daily throughout the weekdays but it is definitely a challenge for the two of them to look after themselves properly when they are so weak. It has become difficult for them to take care of themselves during normal times, never mind right now. They have been told that it will take MONTHS before they are back to their normal selves.
 
Worrying about my parents and having to check in on them with daily calls to both the apartment and the hospital depending on where each of them was at the time, left me with time for little else during the first few weeks of December. My stress levels and inability to concentrate greatly affected the quality of my work. Given that at the same time, I was supposed to be getting the team ready for our January challenge, it became necessary to take a little break from taking care of the challenge blogs that I am responsible for in order to maintain my own sanity.

I'm hoping that things will calm down soon and I can come back renewed for our February challenge. If it turns out I need some extra time, I'll be sure to provide an update at that time. I will do my best to publish the winner announcement for our November challenge, sometime over the next couple of weeks. I also have a special announcement to make as we'll be making some changes to the way we do things this year here at The 12 Months of Christmas--more on that soon.

I hope that we can count on your support and that you'll all come back and join us when we start up again soon! Until that time, wishing you a happy and healthy start to 2022!
 

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Challenge #84 Midway: Opt. Twist… Anything Goes CHRISTMAS

Hey folks. It is the middle of the month and that means there are still two weeks left in our current Link Up. Since the team had the option of taking December off, there are no DT samples in this post.

Both my parents are in the hospital with Covid right now and my dad was considered critical just yesterday morning. These past two weeks have been rather emotionally turbulent and I just don't have the time and energy to focus on much else. As a result, I'm afraid that the winner announcement is going to be later than I anticipated. We'll also be taking the month of January off but I'll post a reminder about that in the new year. If you have sent a message recently please know I will get to it as soon as I possibly can.

For today, I am just popping in to remind you of the details of our current challenge sponsored by Scribbles Designs.

Challenge #84

 Optional Twist: ANYTHING GOES

 
Since the holidays are upon us, I'm offering up a couple extra prizes this month. 

The twist this month is simply Anything Goes. So, as long as you link up a card with any sort of Christmas theme, you will be eligible to win this month's featured paper pack called A Touch of Frost: Mid-Tone Colours Collection Mini Kit (you can see a preview for this set by clicking HERE). Also, as usual, if you link up TWO cards you'll have the opportunity to earn a free digital paper from this set. You can click the link above to have your say in determining which paper will be given out to players this month.
 
Additionally, a random winner will have a chance to win $10.00 worth of digital stamps from the Scribbles Designs store (winner's choice).  
 
There will also be one prize of FIVE pre-selected Christmas and/or Winter themed digital stamps from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots awarded to one random winner.

Finally, as a thank you to all of our players, both new and long standing, I'm also drawing one random name from all the entries to win that person's choice of ONE mini kit selected from all the kits that were offered up this year to my team members. These are the same 12 kits that the individual paper given out each month during 2021, were selected from. If you would like to take a look at all the past kits designed this year, simply click on the word 'Poll' located in the Labels section at the bottom of the left sidebar. Then, simply scroll through all the polls for 2021.

So in summary, that is a total of FIVE different prizes for December's link up:
  • A Touch of Frost: Mid-Tone Colours Collection Mini Kit to one random winner chosen from all entries;
  • ONE free digi paper to those linking up TWO or more cards;
  • ONE mini kit, winner's choice from a selection of 12 kits to one random winner;
  • FIVE pre-selected Christmas and/or Winter themed digital stamps from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots awarded to one random winner; and
  • $10.00 worth of digital stamps from Scribbles Designs to one random winner.
Hopefully that will provide you all with some extra incentive to add your Christmas and other December holiday cards to our link up this month!
 

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 December.

Please remember that this is a CARDS ONLY link up. While we've had some lovely tag entries, ornaments and other creative projects in the past, we've sadly had to disqualify them.
 
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 twist 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). I have provided a summary of the most important rules in the right sidebar.
 


If you would like a say in determining which digital paper will be offered to those who link up a minimum of two cards this month, be sure to vote in our poll. Click HERE to head there now.


You can find the link up for
Challenge #84 by clicking HERE.

 

Don't Forget, if everything goes according to plan...

Be sure to join us on January 1st when I'll be back with a special announcement! 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!

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We look forward to seeing you participate!

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Vote for December's Free Digi Paper!

Hey folks. It is the start of the month and that means our new Link Up (for Challenge #84) has started. As such, it is time to vote on the digi paper from this month's paper pack that will be offered to those linking up two cards.
 
December's set is called A Touch of Frost: Mid-Tone Colours Collection. This month's set features six mid-tone coloured papers that have a snowflake border around the edges. Check out the preview. It is set up this month so that you can see what EACH FULL PAPER looks like... 

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

If you would like a say in determining which one of these papers will be offered to those who link up a minimum of two cards this month, be sure to vote in our poll below. If there is a tie or no votes are cast, an executive decision will be made as to which paper is offered.


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 December. Poll will be open until December 31st, 11:59 p.m. ET. 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. NOTE: Each paper is added according to the preview image above. For ex., the first paper below, corresponds to the top row, first paper; the second paper below can been seen in the top row, middle area, etc. 

 

Don't forget to join December's link up!


You can find all the details for 
Challenge #84 by clicking HERE.

 
Hope to see you there!
 
 

Challenge #84: Opt. Twist…Anything Goes CHRISTMAS

Hello Crafters! Can you believe it?! In less than 24 days, it will be Christmas! Once again, another year has come and almost gone at a ludicrous rate! While 2021 has been a little better than last year, our world is still recovering and many people are still having a difficult time. It doesn't help that the virus keeps tying to reinvent itself, determined to survive. Well, the human race is determined to survive as well and I give us the better odds; so, we can only hope that things will continue to improve and that 2022 will be a better year for all!
 
As it is the first day of December, it is time for our final link up of 2021 to get under way! Given how little time is left until the BIG DAY itself is here, it is imperative to get all those last minute Christmas and other December Holiday cards completed before we run out of time! 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?!
 
If you are new to this unique challenge, you can find out the impetus behind why I created it under the Introductions tab and all the details you need to know in order to participate, by checking out the Challenge Details tab (both tabs located at the top of the blog). For your convenience, a summary of the most important rules can be found in the right sidebar under the heading Basic Rules Summary.

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

Challenge #84

 Optional Twist: ANYTHING GOES

The Sleigh Belles and Merry Maidens have been working hard all year to get their Christmas cards created. As such, I gave the team the opportunity to take a much deserved break from having to post this month. At the midway I'll simply post a reminder about the link up and the digi paper poll. Since the holidays are upon us, I'm offering up a couple extra prizes this month. 

The twist this month is simply Anything Goes. So, as long as you link up a card with any sort of Christmas theme, you will be eligible to win this month's featured paper pack called A Touch of Frost: Mid-Tone Colours Collection Mini Kit (you can see a preview for this set by clicking HERE). Also, as usual, if you link up TWO cards you'll have the opportunity to earn a free digital paper from this set. You can click the link above to have your say in determining which paper will be given out to players this month.
 
Additionally, a random winner will have a chance to win $10.00 worth of digital stamps from the Scribbles Designs store (winner's choice).  
 
There will also be one prize of FIVE pre-selected Christmas and/or Winter themed digital stamps from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots awarded to one random winner.

Finally, as a thank you to all of our players, both new and long standing, I'm also drawing one random name from all the entries to win that person's choice of ONE mini kit selected from all the kits that were offered up this year to my team members. These are the same 12 kits that the individual paper given out each month during 2021, were selected from. If you would like to take a look at all the past kits designed this year, simply click on the word 'Poll' located in the Labels section at the bottom of the left sidebar. Then, simply scroll through all the polls for 2021.

So in summary, that is a total of FIVE different prizes for December's link up:
  • A Touch of Frost: Mid-Tone Colours Collection Mini Kit to one random winner chosen from all entries;
  • ONE free digi paper to those linking up TWO or more cards;
  • ONE mini kit, winner's choice from a selection of 12 kits to one random winner;
  • FIVE pre-selected Christmas and/or Winter themed digital stamps from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots awarded to one random winner; and
  • $10.00 worth of digital stamps from Scribbles Designs to one random winner.
Hopefully that will provide you all with some extra incentive to add your Christmas and other December holiday cards to our link up this month!

Talking about Scribbles Designs, it is time to refresh ourselves with the details of this returning sponsor…

Looking for a unique image or sentiment? Well then! Head on over to Scribbles Designs and check out Sandy's world of her funky imagination and quirky characters. Sandy has loved art, drawing, water colouring and doodling for many years... and with the digital image world she can now share it with all of you. Brrr (Penguin) was her first main character and her other quirky images followed not long after. We hope you enjoy the endearing images available in the store and add Sandy's images to your digital stamp collections.
Click HERE to head to the store and HERE to check out the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog.
 

So what are you waiting for? It is time to link up your Christmas and other holiday cards for December
 
If you would like a say in determining which digital paper will be offered to those who link up a minimum of two cards this month, be sure to vote in our poll. Click HERE to head there now.

If everything goes according to plan, our winner announcement for Challenge #83 will be posted before the end of the month. Be sure to also join us again on December 15th when I'll pop in with a reminder for this month's link up. 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!

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We look forward to seeing you participate!


Link Up Below:
Cards for this challenge will be accepted from 6:00 p.m. (18:00 hrs), December 1st until 11:59 p.m. (23:59 hrs), December 31st, 2021 (all times listed are in Eastern Time).  Please click the 'Challenge Details' tab at the top of the page above for all the rules and details. Maximum 10 entries.
 

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Challenge #82 Winner Announcement

Hello there to all our Christmas crafting friends!  I'm finally able to share the winners and our top three Stocking Stuffers from Challenge #82 (SNOW GLOBES). I hope that you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy out there in your various locations in our world. 
 
Sorry I am late again publishing the winner announcement. I had the opportunity to go and visit my parents for the first time in two years (as Covid had prevented us from previously doing so), and that took priority. I'm back now, so it is time to get to the winner announcement.
 
October saw us with 97 entries added to our link up. It was nice to see so many entries last month. 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!
 



 
Jenny, you are the winner of THREE images from this month's sponsor, Pattie's Creations, our guest sponsor for October (chosen by random.org based on all eligible entries).

http://www.etsy.com/shop/pattiescreations

Jenny, 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 #82 WINNER" to make arrangements to receive your prize. Please note that it may take me a while 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 #82, Suze, Helen and Christine are presenting their favourite cards. So, without further ado, here are the Stocking Stuffers for October:

 
Congrats to our top three Stocking Stuffers! Lena, Diny and Ans, 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. Papers from both Aug. and Sept. have now been sent out. If you were expecting one but haven't received it yet, please leave me a comment and I'll look into it for you.

The individuals who linked up a minimum of two cards each during the month of OCTOBER qualifying them to receive the digital paper from that month, will receive the Snowman Snow Globes Patterned Paper which received the most votes. I have included the preview of this paper below...
 

To all of you who linked up during October, 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 begin or continue to work on your stockpile for 2021!!! 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 that followed the twist and give out a set of digital papers to one lucky individual. The papers are all made so why not have an extra prize!  Here is the preview for the full set...   
 
 
 
The winner of the  
Snow Globes Patterned Paper Mini Kit
from Challenge #82
is
#65. ARTMBR
(chosen by MiniWebtool based on all eligible entries) 

ArtMBR, as you linked up a minimum of two cards this month and were entitled to one of the papers from this set anyway, I'll just send out the full kit to you at the same time that I send out the individual paper to those who earned it this month.
 
Well folks, that is it for this one! If you haven't already, be sure to check out our current challenge going on now, with the Optional Twist this month of "Red & White". There are still a few days to get those last minute cards added. You can find out all the details along with the link up, by clicking HERE. Then, be sure to join us on December 1st when we'll return with a new challenge.

Until next time,