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Thursday 8 May 2014

Challenge 258 - 8th of May - Birthday - OUR ANNUAL BLOGHOP

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 5 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:

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 14th of May 2014.

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 3 digital stamps from Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and More
  • 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 words on this and the blogs on the blog hop
  • Form a sentence with these words
  • Return to our challenge blog and put your winning sentence in our comments under the post.
  • We will choose a winner randomly from the correct answers entered, who will win a special Blog Hop pack by Trimgym's Digistamps and Images
  • 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!

What can you win on our challenge blog?

  1. The winner of the winning sentence wins

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

Abby - junior DT

(using 'Princess Aurora Honey' by Sassy Studio Designs)

Aunty Sue

(using 'Daisy Delite Sunshine Girl Pin Up' by Lacy Sunshine Stamps)


(using 'Gus Golf' by Bugaboo Stamps)

Cass for Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and More




(using 'Alice Zombie' by Rick St Dennis MFA)


(using 'Birthday Lily' by Inky Impressions)


(using 'Boat at Sea' by Hope Jacare)


(using 'Betty Butterfingers' by The Stamping Chef)

Karen for Rick St Dennis MFA

Lyn for Spyder's Other Corner



(using 'Cookie Cake Kitty' by Spyder's Other Corner)


(using 'Remembered Birthday' by QKR Stampede)

(using 'Summer Breeze' by Scrappers Delight)

(using 'ephesians 5: 1-2 verse' by The Cutting Café)


(using 'Super Dad' by Sweet n Sassy)
(we wish Sujin a great recovery after a car accident)

And now for our Blog Hop route:

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 is the words 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 a random winner in the challenge
  • Complete the Blog Hop
  • Leave some Love, link to Inlinkz at each stop
  • Collect all the words
  • Make a sentence with your words 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 Craft Challenge May You Have Many More

  2. Happy 5th Birthday!! Thanks for a great challenge and fun blog hop. There's only one problem, because I wisited Deborah and I didn't find anything so for now Im missing one word :/ Hugs xx

  3. Happy Birthday to CRAFT! I will be back with my birthday card later (need to make one LOL). I hopped through the blogs but there was no post for Deborah - I will try her again later. Sujin had no linky so I will try again later. I don't have the sentence figured out yet (need Deborah's word) so I will be back with that as well. Thanks for a fun blog hop - you have an awesome DT - beautiful projects! Wishing you a joyful day!

  4. Hey, Jo, did you know that Deborah and Carol *both* have the word Celebrate. I'm trying to figure out the sentence but I'm drawing a blank. I'll have another go at it later. Still no linky at Sujin's so I'll check that later as well. Thanks!

  5. This year at CRAFT challenge celebrate our 5th birthday! To celebrate with us? A blog hop!!

  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you :-D Fabulous DT creations and a great Hop :-)

    IKE xxxx

  7. Celebrate our 5th Bithday this year with a blog hop challenge - think I collected more words than I used - never mind! Jx

  8. OK - here is my guess at the sentence (although I did come up with a couple of options !) - it's not easy !!!




    Aaarrrggg !!! - I keep seeing more possibilities now !!!!

    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxx

  9. Hit a few bumps along the blog hop with links.
    I have my guess at the phrase with the words:
    Join us to celebrate at our 5th Craft Birthday with a Challenge Blog Hop this year.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  10. Happy Birthday CRAFT Challenge!!!!!

    Here is my guess for the sentence...
    "Join us at Craft Challenge to celebrate our 5th birthday this year with a blog hop"

  11. As my mother language is German, I hope I put the words in the correct order:
    Join our blog hop challenge to celebrate with us at C.R.A.F.T. this 5th year!

    Happy Birthday!

  12. Thanks for a fun blog hop and Happy Birthday. I have made a sentence with all the words and my sentence is: This year to celebrate our 5th birthday join us at Craft Challenge with a blog hop.

    Not sure it is right but nothing ventured nothing gained.

  13. Commented earlier & since I read that comments are being moderated in case someone submits the correct phrase and I do not see my comment then perhaps my guess may BEE (that's me BEEing spontaneous) correct for the phrase. Looking forward to finding out. Happy Mother's Day! Please ck out my blog for the wonderful sketch my daughter made for me for Mother's Day.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  14. Here is my sentence:
    Join this hop at our craft challenge blog to celebrate with us a 5th birthday year

    Happy birthday!
    xxx Margreet

  15. I just linked up my birthday card. Here's my best guess at the sentence:

    "Join us at CRAFT Challenge Blog to celebrate our 5th Birthday this year. "

    Thanks again for the fun challenge and blog hop!

  16. HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY!!!
    Whew I finished the hop, entered my cards, left some comments and created a sentence with your scattered words.
    My sentence: Join us to celebrate our 5th birthday at CRAFT Challenge with a blog hop this year!
    Crafty hugs,

  17. Here's the sentence I've come up with:

    Join a birthday blog hop to celebrate with us at Craft Challenge this our 5th year!

    It was a fun hop. Thanks.

  18. Wonderful DT creations, Congrats on Celebrating 5 years! Fun Blog Hop.....another blank on what the sentence is.

  19. Hopefully I now cracked the code: join us this year at CRAFT Challenge to celebrate our 5th birthday with a blog hop. Congrats, and here's to the next 5 years :)

  20. Happy 5th team! Wow, such a fab milestone, hoping for many more. Ruby x

  21. I have had about 5 or 6 re-arrangements of the words! Finally decided on: "Join Us At CRAFT Challenge To Celebrate Our 5th Birthday This Year With A Blog Hop"


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