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Wednesday 15 May 2013

Happy Birthday To Us! Our Blogaversary Blog Hop and challenge.

Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday Dear CRAFT Challenge
Happy Birthday To Us!

(Sorry, this is a rather very long post!)

Can you believe it? We are already 4 years old. Originally started by Tracy from Just Tracy Crafts and with a DT mostly recruited from Trimcraft forum members (Hence the term CRAFT Challenge, which stood for Crafters Residing Are Friendly Trimmies. Or if you wished alternative meaning of Can't Remember A Flipping Thing) on the 4th of May 2009.

We have now grown to be a large team of Design Team Members from all around the world, supplemented with lots of Guest Designers who join us for a month at a time. I am the only one still left from the original team (Jo) and have been lucky to have such a lot of very talented (G)DT members help me keep this challenge blog going. Our main aim has continually been to HAVE FUN!

We have always welcomed all kinds of craft, not just paper craft (unless specifically stated so in the challenge at the time) and are happy to have such a large group of faithful followers.

So, how are we going to celebrate this milestone?

Well, how else can we celebrate than to have our yearly Blogaversary Blog Hop?

And this year we have these fabulous sponsors who are supplying the prizes for our winners on the blog hop:

use our code for $10 off: STMMMS98952

Now, how is that for a set up? We are very happy and grateful that these fabulous sponsors have agreed to sponsor our Blog Hop.

Now, how can you get to win any of the prizes provided by our sponsors?

That is easy! Just follow the route on our blog hop (you can also find that in our side banner), Our Blog Hop lasts for the duration of this challenge, which means a closing time of Wednesday 6pm GMT on the 15th of May 2013.

And here are our little rules for this challenge/blog hop:

  • Our challenge this week is Birthday
  • Create something with this in mind
  • Add your project to our Inlinkz below to be in with a chance of being one of our Top3 and win a prize from Karen's Doodles
  • Follow the route of the Blog Hop
  • Add your project to the Inlinkz at each of these stops to be in with a chance of winning the prize advertised on that blog
  • Collect the letters on this and the blogs on the blog hop
  • Form a sentence with these letters
  • Return to our challenge blog and put your winning sentence in our comments under the post.
  • We will enable comment moderation for the duration of this challenge/blog hop to ensure there is no cheating, lol.
  • And the main rule: HAVE FUN!
  • Not got a blog? Don't worry, as long as you have an online gallery somewhere, you can used the link to that gallery for your 'url'. If you want to enter the challenge, but don't have a blog, you can also e-mail your card to us and we can add it to our blog of e-mail entries. However the closing time for that is earlier (3pm GMT on the 15th!). You can then use that url to add to the Inlinkz at the other blogs if you wish.
  • You can choose to either enter the challenge (add to Inlinkz here), enter the blog hop (add to Inlinkz at the stops and enter the sentence in comments below) or do both.

What can you win on our challenge blog?

  1. The winner of the winning sentence wins My Memories Suite 4, amazing software, for free.

Everyone else can also get this software with a $10 discount. Just follow the links to My Memories.com or My Memories Suite 4 and use our code in the discount box on purchasing this software you get a fabulous $10 off this software. That is not to be sneezed at.
In order to get $10 off this great software, copy and paste our code

and enter it in the discount slot while purchasing this software. It will take it automatically off the purchase price. It is however only valid for this software and nothing else!

    2. Our Top3 this week will win a prize from Karen's Doodles
  • Top3, 1 : 3 images of choice
  • Top3, 2 : 2 images of choice
  • Top3, 3 : 1 image of choice

So, let's get you started on this challenge with some inspiration from our Designers and Guest Designers.

(using 'DJ Love' by Saturated Canary)

(using '29 again' by Bugaboo Stamps)

(using 'Ooh La La' by Pattie's Creations)

(using 'Cupcake' by Meljen's Designs)

(using 'Shirt and Tie card template' by The Cutting Cafe)

(using 'Vintage Cars stamps' by Flonzcraft)

(using an image by Sassy Studio Designs)


(using 'Garden Fantasy' by Floppy Latte Designs)

(using 'Star Diploma' by DigiDarla)

(using 'The Cook' by Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and More)

(using 'Birthday Dragon' by Rick St Dennis MFA,
new stamp designed especially for this challenge)

(using 'Alligator Beach' from Bugaboo Stamps)

(using 'Rock n Bear' from Doodle Dragons Studios)

(using 'Sabrina' from Rick St Dennis MFA)

(using 'Hippo' from QKR Stampede)

(using 'Brat' by Beary Dust Designs)

(using 'The Chef' by Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and More)

And now for our Blog Hop route:
(You can find a prize to be won at each stop!)

CRAFT Challenge Blog (you are here at the start of the hop)
CRAFT Challenge Blog (you are here at the end of the hop)

And here are the letters to be collected on this blog:


So, in summary:

  • Create something with the brief Birthday
  • Link your project to Inlinkz for a chance to be in our Top3
  • Complete the Blog Hop
  • Leave some Love, link to Inlinkz at each stop
  • Collect all the letters
  • Make a sentence with your letters and place in a comment at the end of this post.
  • Check back next week or soon after to see if you are a winner on one of the blogs
  • Have Fun!

Thank you for joining us in our Celebrations, have fun on our Blog Hop and Good Luck! Don't forget to add your entry to Inlinkz or to check back to see if you are a winner.


Jo and The CRAFT Team.


  1. Happy Birthday to CRAFT challenges.wish you many more,lovely inspiration from DTs,submitted my entry. off to join the bloghop.

    thanks for the challenge

  2. Happy Birthday to C.R.A.F.T. - Glad I am here to help you celebrate! Have a great week - thank you for the hop and the celebration and the challenge too! http://ilikepaper01.blogspot.com/

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  4. Happy Birthday, love all the inspiration from the dt's, gonna hop later

    Rick St. Dennis EDT member

  5. Hi Craft DT - I finished the hop. Thank you and Happy Birthday!

    Here is what I found missing (at least for me when I viewed the blogs] - just letting you know - maybe others were successful:

    1. Carol - I cannot link up - linky is there but will not work for me - I cannot click on it nor can I leave a comment - as I cannot click on that either - The Letter is visible
    2. Evis - No posting for the hop- no letter - no linky
    3. Hazel - Letter is visible - No Linky
    4. Rick St Dennis - no link he sends us to Hazel DT site to link up but no linky on the DT site
    5. Saskia No Linky
    6. Sylvia No Visible Letter - Linky is there

    Thank you for the hop and for the birthday challenge - I will check back later this week to see if anything changed on these blogs.

    Here is my email address if you wish to contact me

    utb 01 @ att dot net [no spaces]

    Have a wonderful week!


    1. 1. Re Carol's blog, comments are possible for me as well as Inlinkz working for me. Please try again if you have not already.
      2. Evie, letter now present and Inlinkz there as well.
      3. Hazel, they have there own prizes for the hop with their own rules, no Inlinkz from us.
      4. Same
      5. I have made Saskia aware and hope she will soon edit her post to include the Inlinkz code I have given to her. Please check again soon.
      6. I have made Sylvia aware, please check back again soon.


  6. i cannot find the numbers displayed on nikki's and sylvia's blog,please check it , a doubt , do we need to count AL at the top of bloghop and again AL at the bottom of bloghop for CRAFT challenge blog twice for completing the sentence,finding it hard :)

    1. I have asked them to check and amend their posts.
      As CRAFT Challenge is 2 of the stops, we have added 2 letters. Hope that clears that up sufficiently. Sorry, no more pointers here, it needs to remain a bit of a challenge, lol.


    2. thanks for the letters,not asking the pointers,just said its hard :) challenge is challenge to everyone.

  7. A very Happy Birthday and what a great hop it´s been, except from a couple of girls, who´s letters wasn´t displayed, but only found an empty frame with no picture in it. It was Nikki and Sylvia.
    And then I still haven´t heard, if it´s only for people with blogs, or there´s another way we can add our names to the list???

    1. Hi Maryann, thanks for letting us know, I have made them aware of it to allow them to try and amend their posts. I understand Sylvia tried for a very long period to sort it, but has been unsuccessful so far, please check again later.
      As to your question, I have clarified that further in the post after your query.
      1. Yes you can enter the card challenge by e-mail (for Top3), but closing time in that case is earlier to allow us to add it to the e-mail entries blog. You could use that link also for the hop Inlinkz if you like or any url of an online gallery you have.

      Hope that clarifies it.


  8. thanks for the bloghop. Thanks for clearing my doubt about the letters of AL consideration.Was able to form a sentence, its hopefully

  9. Yay!! I made it through the entire hop! It has been a long time since I've done a blog hop as a visitor! LOL Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration!

    Karen C - busybusyhoneybee

  10. Finished blog hop. Had difficulty with several of the sites. Had to use Internet Explorer when I could not get access with Moxzilla Firefox which is what I usually use. Not sure about sentence.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  11. Thank you for A SPECTACULAR BLOG HOP!

  12. Happy Birthday, C.R.A.F.T.! Love the challenges and had fun on all stops of the hop. Good luck everyone!

  13. Great hop! What a wonderful bunch of sponsors & prizes. I collected all the letters but am still trying to figure out the sentence

  14. Happy Birthday! I completed the blog hop and enjoyed everyone's cards a lot... Unfortunately there was quite a lot of difficulties with pages not opening and linky tool being missing but after going back and forth several times I think I've linked everywhere and commented on everyone's blogs. Still not sure about the sentiment though -English is not my mother tongue so let's see: I think it is "Spectacular Blog Hop!". If I'm wrong, I'd love it if you'd contact me at korttikarkuri @ gmail . com and I could keep on trying...

  15. whatta hop!!! wow! and awesome creations! so glad to be a part of sponsoring!

    hugs :)

  16. THanks for a great blog hop. Had a few issues with linking up on three of the blogs. Carols blog the linky button doesn't work at all - I tried refreshing the page and going back later but still didn't work. Jeanette's blog linked up but doesn't show it in the list - tried again and it came up with the message that it already exists! So, it must be there somewhere. Saskia's blog when I click on the linky thingy it comes up with Webpage not found.
    Now I'm off to figure out what this tricky little sentence might be!

  17. Great hop! Everyone did an awesome job! Thanks for havin' such a great line up of sponsors and prizes and for the chance to win! Sorry I can't figure out what the sentence is, but great idea!

  18. I made it all the way through the hop but cannot for the life of me work out the sentence. A clue might have been useful!

    I do hope you will put us out of our misery when this finishes because this is going to bug me now, lol

    Anyhow some fabulous creations along the way.

    Lin xx

  19. Finished the hop but cant seem to figure out the sentence, Will be back before its over if I come up with an idea what the sentience is! Very challenging on the sentence, team! LOL

  20. Thanks for the clue I got it ......

    A Spectacular Blog Hop!

    Lin xx

  21. I'm guessing you don't publish in the comments if someone gets it right, but I am just checking that my comment reached you because I am sure I solved the sentence and commented on it here earlier today

    Lin xx

  22. Thanks for the Blog Hop that I have completed. I have also entered a card as well. It's the hardest Blog Hop I've been on but hopefully I've got there in the end with:


    Best wishes, Kym xxx

  23. I think that I've cracked it! Hopefully I'm right and the sentence is:


  24. The sentence is:
    A spectacular blog hop!

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for so much fun & inspiration!

  25. Happy Birthday C.R.A.F.T.! I went to do the blog hop but the very first one (Aunty Sue) couldn't find the blog post so have had to give it a miss this time. XOX Lucy

  26. My guess at the jumbled letters is
    A spectacular blog hop!
    Many Thanks xxx

  27. Happy Birthay to CRAFT! It was very difficult to navigate thru the hop....lot of links were not working and at lot of the blogs I had to search for the post relating to this hop...Link went to the blog not the post. Afraid I will not have any time left to figure out the sentence. Almost gave up at Hazel's blog but persevered. Maybe the next blog hop will be made easier.


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