Craft & Connect July Challenge: Christmas in July - enter to win!

Craft & Connect July Challenge: Christmas in July - enter to win!

Craft & Connect July Challenge: Christmas in July

Yes, we just did it. We used the C word. In July. But "Christmas in July" has become one of my favourite traditions in the past couple of years, and let me tell you, come November, I am thanking July me for making a dent in the Christmas card list!! 

We have also included a colour palette this month's challenge mood board for a bit of further inspiration - top marks if you include both, but feel free to do one or the other!

We're so happy to have Louise Cooper as our guest designer this month, having won last month's challenge. Louise has made this beautiful Christmas card in the colour palette for the challenge:

Louise used Honey Bee's ‘Lovely Layers Poinsettia’ dies Honey Bee's ‘Lovely Layers Winter Greenery’ dies for the foliage. Cardstock was all Concord and 9th (except for the middle shade of lilac where Louise ink blended some lilac ink over pink cardstock to meet the challenge palette - way to stretch your supplies, Louise!).

Thank you, Louise, for kicking off this month's challenge in style.

Challenge rules

Create a card, scrapbook layout or other handmade project with Christmas as the theme, and/or use the colour palette for inspiration.

• Create a new project (it can be a card, scrapbook layout, mixed media project or anything else your crafty heart desires) that fits with the month's theme;

• You can use any brands you love;

• Enter the challenge by posting it on social media (Instagram or Facebook) with the hashtag #craftandconnectchallenge 

• Each month, the challenge will be open from the date the challenge is posted until 5pm (UK time) on the final day of the month;

• Winners will be picked at random, and will have the opportunity to guest design for a future challenge;

• Winners will receive a prize, which will be set out with the details of that month's challenge.

If you use the hashtag #craftandconnectchallenge you will also have the opportunity to be featured in our Stories!

June Challenge winner

Thanks so much to everyone who took part in the June stencil challenge. Wow, we had some amazing entries. The winner for the June challenge, picked at random, is:

Fran Carroll (@fran__carroll)!

Congratulations, Fran!! You have won an amazing bundle of stencils - please contact Emma at who will arrange sending them out to you!

Fran made an amazing range of cards this month - here they are:

Fran will also have the opportunity to be a guest designer for our August challenge!

Let's get crafty!

So, over to you! You have until 5pm on Wednesday 31st July to submit your challenge entry by posting your card on social media with the hashtag #craftandconnectchallenge

July's winner will receive a selection of winter themed goodies from Time For Tea Designs to help them increase their Christmas card stash further! This bundle is worth over an amazing £60 in value - so a HUGE thank you to Time for Tea Designs for making this possible!

We'll be back with plenty of inspiration throughout the month. Good luck, and mostly importantly, have fun!

Have a wonderful crafty day,

Jayne x

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