Friday, 21 January 2011

Challenge 3 ... Christmas Crackers...

Humbug Hall echoed with little rumbles of dismay after we set our Stencil Challenge last week and, for a few heart stopping moments, we wondered whether the entries would even achieve double figures!   
However, you were able to shrug off the fingers of fear, dust down your long neglected stencils, and, (despite protests claiming lack of ability), prove to us that you are all a raving bunch of 'blethers' - click for definition
Seriously though, we saw some absolutely fabulous stencilled 'eye candy' as we checked out the entries so had to ask ...  
"What on earth were you all worried about?"   
So this week we don't want to hear any ridiculous 'blethering' nonsense and expect everyone to be confident and enthusiastic for our challenge of 
Christmas Crackers
Before we show some examples, we have some news ...
**Bad News**

Max's crafty stash had to be confiscated to the cellar this week and will remain there until she recovers from the surgery to her broken arm, because she can't be trusted not to 'dabble' ... naughty Max!   It is being guarded by the Humbug Hounds and will be perfectly safe provided she doesn't attempt a rescue.   
**Good News**
Irene will hopefully be rejoining us again soon and is obviously being missed by many of you.  Your kind get well messages are certainly very much appreciated by us all.  
**Best News**
We are lucky enough to have the creative talents of Guest Designer Carole and Humbugger Ann to provide you with this week's inspiration and ideas.  If you want to know more details about these 'cracking' projects ... groan ... simply click the names below to visit their personal blogs.

The deadline for this challenge is

12 noon (UK time)
Thursday 27th January 2011
You are free to create whatever you like ... it doesn't have to be a card ... in fact, show us as many different Christmas Projects as you want to share.  
Just remember ... have fun and don't forget to leave us a direct link to your project in our comment box so we can come and admire your creativity. 

Ann, Irene, Max


  1. am sorry i have missed a couple of challenges ,,,, I will try harder !!! :-) fabulous creations for inspiration ,,, :-)

    Happy new year to you all and hope Max is back soon xx
    Lols x x x

  2. Hello ladies, fabulous projects this week.. will have to think about this one tho', hope Max is better soon and glad Irene is feeling better, looking forward to seeing their creations again, well done Ann for holding the fort and keeping Humbug Hall up and running, love Steph

  3. Love the projects this week.Get well wishes to Irene and Max.Sorry missed last week but in hospital 4 days .but im back and will try my best.
    hugs judex

  4. Sorry to have missed last weeks challenge despite having my Sister's stencils.
    Will have to get my thinking cap on for this weeks challenge.
    Pleased Irene is feeling better and hope Max is better soon.
    Hugs Christine xx

  5. Almost bordering on Crippling Challenge! Cannot believe there are no crackers out there in the stamposphere. Glad to see you back Irene and I hope Max has a successful recovery.
    Here is mine:

    Janet xx

  6. Sorry not to have participated in last weeks challenge but it had me stumped! Hope I've managed something suitable this week! Glad Irene's better and hope Max has a speedy recovery.
    Find my card here:

  7. Well, this was a challenge. No papers, no stamps! Here's my card-

    Hope everyone is well.

  8. Sorry ladies for my feeble effort this week. Look forward to seeing Irene back and hope Max gets well very soon. An easier challenge next week would be appreciated lol. Take Care. Debs xx
    my card

  9. Good afternoon girls, well done Ann for holding the fort and hopefully both Irene and Max will be as good anew before we know it, bet you're glad you've got your guest Carole with you.
    Now my entry isn't a cracker in the strictest sense but it sort of fits the bill, you'll find it here
    Sorry didn't get to post my card last week and it is almost finished but maybe it'll fit another challenge soon.
    Jenny xx

  10. Here is what I made for this week's challenge. I hope it meets with your approval.

  11. Hope this fits the challenge

  12. As you will see from my blog I had a problem actually finding anything relating to crackers but eventually tracked something down.  Great ideas from the DT and thanks for another card finished which can be found on my blog

  13. Good afternoon all at Bah humbug hall hope we are all well sendings hugs to Max
    here is my card
    hugs linda x

  14. so sorry to hear you have been ill I cant remember how to link this but thought I would give you a smile as you need magnifying glass to see my cracker lol on second card I have used a little cracker for text
    te he love ya all
    Liz xx

  15. I found a rubber stamp of a cracker, so have made 2 different cards. Unfortunately the photo of one of them is not too good.

  16. Hi ladies,
    Just wanted to wish Max and Irene a speedy recovery and best wishes..Looking forward to seeing both these very talented ladies back in action !
    Fab work from the DT !
    l will be back with my entry tomorrow.
    susan x

  17. Here's mine this week.

  18. Hi Ladies, I want to add my best wishes for Irene and Max to have a speedy recovery.
    I have posted my card http://themessycraftroom
    I enjoyed this one as well ladies, although it took me a while to find a paper.

  19. Really had to think about this challenge which is great that what challenges are all about.  Here is my card.


  20. Here's my card for the challenge this week.

    I thought I'd posted this last night - I must have been more tired than I thought!

  21. Good morning ladies,

    Back again.. here is my card
    susan xxx

  22. felt rather hard-done by this week, as don't have anything with crackers on - had to be different and think oiutside the box, so here is my alternative cracker!

  23. Had a go at the 'Crackers' challenge. I was quite pleased at the result HERE

  24. Found this week's challenge easier to complete than last weeks. Here is my card.

  25. Wishing Max and Irene speedy recoveries.
    My crackers card is

    Beryl xx

  26. Thank you for the double inspiration this week girls - my card is here

    I hope Max & Irene are soon back in the fold and fighting fit.
    Ann x

  27. Quite a challenge this week ladies, you can see my card at

    Hoping Irene & Max are feeling better.
    Christine xx

  28. Hello ladies,

    Here is my card

    After much thought and deliberation!! Hope it is okay, love Steph

  29. Great samples girls--hope every one is on the mend--here's my frou frou entry--
    Here's my Cracker

  30. Morning ladies, my entry is uploaded on my blog. Sue x

  31. Mornin' ladies! I managed to enter this week phew!
    My card is HERE

  32. Hi girls! It's Wednesday again, I just can't seem to make these Christmas makes any quicker each week! My entry for this week's challenge is here Judith xx

  33. Fab job Carole and Ann! Are you ladies getting lonesome? Well, I know Max will still be gone for awhile, but dear Irene, I'm getting worried. Hope the full team is back together in no time. Anyway, I'm gonna try that direct link again so keeping fingers crossed.
    Here's my cracker

  34. First of all--Max and Irene, please get well soon ;-)

    Here's what I finally managed as a cracker after much internet research:

    I love the idea of crackers and you have me wanting to get some at Christmas next year, but putting one on a card was a real challenge for me LOL

  35. Evening all

    Here is my entry for this weeks challenge hope you like it.


  36. Only just made it again this week. You certainly know how to challenge us!! No stamps, no ideas, nearly no entry. I finally managed to put something together and you will find it at:
    I'm going off to look at what everyone else has done now.
    Love and have a happy week.
    Gina x

  37. This was a hard one for me, but finally got it together. Again, a fun challenge. You may view it at:

  38. This is my first ever challenge entry. I had never made a cracker before, but it was fun.
    You can view it at

  39. Hi Ladies - I'm sorry for my poor effort this week.... the only excuse I have is that I've been busy and I just didn't have any stamps etc related to crackers - perhaps I should have posted a photo of myself instead!!! lol Anyway you can find my "creation" here.

  40. Hi. Ive finally finished the crackers AND got them into my blog. I hope you like them - I sure had fun making them :)
    Here you can see them:
    Thanks again for a lovely blog with always wonderful inspiration from your DT.
    Love from Lisbeth

  41. Hi Gals
    I finally finshed my cracker card too ;o)
    My card is here
    Brilliant challenge, Thank You! xx