Hello!  This week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown we’re combining two types of challenges.  We’re taking the technique challenge of triple time stamping and adding in the stash challenge of adding a few brads.

I’ve gone with a snowflake design, using the brads to embellish the centers of the flakes.  I slightly offset the panels to add a little extra visual interest to the card.  There isn’t a lot more I can say about it so I’ll just share the card now:

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Check out what the rest of the 52CCT design team has made!  Then create a card of your own and share it with us at the 52CCT site.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, July 1 to link your card.

Supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise stated:
Stamps: Festive Flurry; Kissmas & Mistletoe (Unity)
Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Ink: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum
Other: Ice Circles brads

 

Hello again!  This week at CAS Colours & Sketches we have a simple little sketch challenge up for the offering.

Since Father’s Day was last Sunday here in the United States, I used the sketch to create a card for my husband.  I pulled out my pastel chalks to color the deer image because I wanted a soft look to the coloring.  I hadn’t used those in a very long time!  A couple pieces of ribbon that coordinated with the deer worked for the two small elements of the sketch.  It’s hard to tell in the photo, but I used textured cardstock for the card base, to give it a little extra visual interest.  I attached the focal panel to the card base with dimensional adhesive to accommodate the thickness of the ribbon.  I had chosen the deer image thinking that it looked like a parent and child.  It wasn’t until I was pressing down on the focal panel, making sure it was securely adhered, that I realized that the larger deer is likely a doe rather than a buck… making it not quite the right image for Father’s Day… but oh well.

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What will you do with this sketch?  I hope you’ll try out something and share what you create with us!  Link your work to the CAS Colours & Sketches blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, June 29.

Supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: In the Meadow; Dream Big (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi textured
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Stampin’ Pastels, taupe grosgrain ribbon

It’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy!  I have to admit that the full title of the challenge, “It’s a Great Day for a White Wedding”, has had me hearing Billy Idol in my head for the last several days.  (I know the actual lyrics say “nice day”, but close enough.)  Although the challenge title references “wedding”, we’re also accepting anniversary cards as part of the challenge.  Just make sure that your celebratory card is flat enough to fit in an envelope so that it could be mailed at the standard first-class postage rate.

I suppose my card really could go either way – wedding or anniversary.  I haven’t put any sort of sentiment inside of it yet.  It was really quick and easy to make.  I started by coloring a scrap of white cardstock with a metallic pink Gelato and blending the color with a paintbrush dipped in a mix of water and bright pink reinker.  When it was dry, I die cut a heart from it.  I embossed a panel of white cardstock, stamped my “congratulations” sentiment on a scrap of pink cardstock, and attached the pink to the bottom of the embossed white panel.  I attached the panel to a white card base, using scrap cardstock shims behind the panel for a little bit of dimension, and adhered the die cut heart in place.   The layout comes from the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I’m also entering this card into this week’s challenge at The Paper Players.  It’s their 300th challenge – WOW!  Congrats to them for such a successful challenge blog!

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The Cards in Envy team has come up with some other great ideas, so be sure to check them out!  We hope you’ll share your own wedding or anniversary card with us before the challenge closes.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, July 3, 2016 to link your card at the challenge post.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Oh Happy Day (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Melon Mambo (SU)
Other: Gelato (Faber Castell); Melon Mambo reinker, Elegant Bouquet embossing folder (SU); heart die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello there!  It’s time for this month’s theme challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This week we’re asking our challenge participants to create Christmas or wintry cards featuring landscape scenes.

I’ve used the timeless classic row of trees image from one of my oldest Stampin’ Up stamp sets.  I stamped the image with Versamark ink and heat embossed it onto shimmery white cardstock.  I made a mask to separate the ground from the sky, and I also punched a circle to use as a mask to make a moon in the sky.  I scribbled Gelatos in two shades of blue for the sky, and blended them with a wet paintbrush.  I used a Gelato color called Fig to add a little shading to the ground.  I matted the image onto some black cardstock and chose a purple that coordinated with the fig color for my card base.

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Be sure to check out all the gorgeous cards the rest of the design team has made!  Then share your own Christmas/winter landscape card with us at the 52CCT site.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, June 24 to link your card.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Lovely As a Tree (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Basic Black, Shimmery White (SU)
Ink: VersaMark
Other: white embossing powder (Stampendous); Gelatos (Faber Castell)

Well hi there!  It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This time we have some summery nature-inspired colors for you.

I gave in to the instinct to do something floral with the colors.  It just seemed right.  I’ve used the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge which closes in a little while for the layout of my card.  I also wanted to join in the current Less is More challenge to use splatters on a one-layer card.  So for my card, I started off by cutting a rectangle into an index card to use as a mask on my card front.  I attached the mask with temporary adhesive and then sponged around the edges of it to define a rectangular area on the card.  Then I dipped a paintbrush in a few drops of reinker, held the brush over the card front, and tapped the brush so the ink would splatter pretty randomly over the card.  I set that aside to dry thoroughly and went to work stamping the rose and a couple of leaves onto a scrap of white cardstock.  Then I fussy cut the rose and leaves and assembled them together.  I had a scrap of Pool Party cardstock just the right size for the sentiment banner.  Once I decided on the sentiment I wanted to use, I stamped it with Pear Pizzazz ink and notched the end of the banner into a fishtail shape.  The ink splatters on the card front were dry by this time, so I removed the mask, attached the banner to the card and then added the rose on top of it.  Lots of small steps, but it was all pretty easy.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll join us over at CAS Colours & Sketches with your own take on these colors!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, June 22 to link your card at the challenge website.

Supplies:
Stamps: Picture Perfect (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White (SU); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz (SU)
Other: Pool Party reinker (SU); sponge

Hello hello!  This week is color challenge week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  Our hostess, Jacqueline, has given us the challenge of creating Christmas or wintry cards using the colors black, grey, white, and silver.  Those four colors are the only colors we can use on our cards this week.

The inspiration for the layout of my card comes from the current challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch!  I’ve taken a bit of liberty with the sketch by “squashing” it into a landscape-oriented rectangle.  I’ve matted a light shade of grey cardstock with a narrow black mat and layered it onto a dark grey card base.  I added a banner of textured white cardstock.  The sentiment is cut from textured black cardstock.  Unfortunately, the texture doesn’t show up in my photo.  :(  For the silver part of the color challenge, I’ve die cut a snowflake from silver glitter paper.  A few clear rhinestones give a little more silvery sparkle to the card.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Now it’s your turn to show us what you can make with these colors.  If you need more inspiration first, go visit the 52CCT site and see what the rest of the design team has created.  Be sure to link your card at the 52CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, June 17.  We look forward to having you join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Whisper White textured, Basic Black textured, silver glimmer paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: none
Other: Wonderful Wreath sentiment die, rhinestones (SU); Stitched Snowflakes die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello there!  Once again, it’s time for a new sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.   Bev, our challenge hostess for June, is allowing some flexibility with the shapes used.  So long as we can see the basic idea of the sketch, it’s good.

I’ve stayed pretty true to the sketch.  For the tag element, I’ve used a sample chip of laminate countertop material that I picked up from a home improvement store… um… more years ago than I care to admit, LOL!  I figured it’s been here long enough, I ought to just figure out a way to use it already.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink.  Since the hole was already cut into the top edge of the chip, it was easy for me to tie a ribbon through it.   I stamped the gift image on a scrap of cardstock, colored it, and fussy cut it.  The actual stamp has a cute smiley face on it, but I wanted a more adult looking card, so I used a tissue to wipe off the face before I stamped the cardstock.  I trimmed the corners of the main card panel to echo the rounded corners of the laminate chip.  Once I got the card all assembled, it looked like this:

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If you need more inspiration, check out what the rest of the CC&S design team and our June guest designer have made.  Then create your own card using the sketch, and share it with us at the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, June 15.  We’d love to see what you make!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum (Lawn Fawn); Birthday Greetings (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Very Vanilla (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (GKD)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon); dimensionals (SU); markers (Copic)

Hello!  It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s Cards in Envy challenge introduction day!  A few weeks ago we had the theme of “Just Us Girls”.  This time we’re turning the tables with the theme of “No Girls Allowed.”  Make a card suitable for a boy or a man, and make sure it’s flat enough to be mailed at the standard first class postage rate.

Since Father’s Day will be coming up soon, I’m sharing a clean and simple Father’s Day card.  It was a quick and easy one to make.  I laid strips of designer paper on a diagonal, trimmed off the ends, added a sentiment, and attached the main panel of the card to a base of coordinating cardstock.  It really doesn’t get much simpler!  And it fits into the theme of the current challenge at The Paper Players.

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So now it’s your turn! Check out the Cards in Envy site for all the challenge details and to see what the rest of the design team has made. Then share your creation(s) with us by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, June 19. We’d love to have you play along with us!

Supplies:
Stamp: Father’s Day sentiment (Purple Onion Designs)
Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Pyrus 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Cajun Craze (SU)

Hello!  It’s the first Saturday of the month, which means it’s sketch challenge time at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  Our sketch this week has some fun layers and shapes to play with.

For my card, I decided to use some of the wintry designer paper I’ve been hoarding.  I’m not sure why I’ve been so reluctant to use it.  Maybe it’s because the snowmen are so super cute, I didn’t want to use them up.  I’ve paired that designer paper with a coordinating print and a banner made from a coordinating solid-ish paper.  I sponged the edges of the banner with the same color ink I used to stamp the sentiment.  The snowflake embellishments were die cut from another coordinating solid and brushed with shimmery paint.  In real life, they show up from the print papers better than they do in the photo.  I added a pearl to the center of each snowflake for the finishing touch.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the 52CCT design team has made!  Then make your own wintry or Christmasy card using the sketch, and share it with us using the linky tool at the challenge post.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, June 10 to link your card.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Be Jolly (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up); Frosty, Yuletide, Wintermint, and Sugar Cookie designer papers from Fruitcake collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other: Stitched Snowflakes dies (Lawn Fawn); Frost White shimmer paint, dimensionals (SU); pearls (KaiserCraft); sponge

Hello!  It’s time for a new color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Our hostess for the month of June is Beverley, and she’s chosen a palette of soft colors.

At first, the colors made me think of florals, but then the rebel in me wanted to do something that didn’t seem quite so obvious.  I decided to combine this challenge with last week’s CC&S sketch challenge, which I missed out on because I was out of town.  My heart shaped dies were just the right size to work in place of the circular elements on the sketch, once I turned the sketch into a landscape-oriented rectangle.  I slightly folded the hearts in the challenge colors and glued down the crease, to give them a little dimension.  To accentuate the shadows, I added hearts in kraft cardstock behind them.  The sentiment is because I needed a birthday card for someone who’s given my family and me lots and lots of love.  In case she sees this post, I don’t want to say exactly who it is, because it isn’t quite her birthday yet!

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What will you create with our challenge colors?  Be sure to link your card at our challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, June 8.  We’d love to have you join us!

All supplies except the heart dies are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Sincere Salutations
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Rose Red
Ink: Crumb Cake
Other: Hearts dies (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  It’s time for another stash challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This week we’re asking our participants to pull their dies and/or punches out of their stash of crafting supplies and use them to create a Christmas or wintry card.

I’ve paired some of my snowflake dies with some snowflake patterned paper.  I used coordinating designer paper to cut the snowflakes.  I added some white shimmery paint to the paper before cutting the smallest snowflake.  In retrospect, I kinda wish I’d done that for the white snowflake in the background, to help it show up better.  Oh well.  A simple sentiment banner and a few pearls finish off the card.  The sentiment is one of my oldest unmounted stamps; it’s from a Purple Onion Designs set that has been retired. The layout for it is this week’s challenge from Freshly Made Sketches.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the 52CCT design team has done with their punches and dies.  Then share your own card with us using the linky tool at the challenge site.  The deadline for participating is 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, June 3.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamp: Purple Onion Designs
Cardstock: Baja Breeze (Stampin’ Up); Jack Frost, Polar Blue, and Fresh Snow designer papers from Blitzen collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Blue Bayou (SU)
Other: Stitched Snowflake dies (Lawn Fawn); Frost White shimmer paint, pearls (SU); sponge

Hello!  It’s theme week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and this time we’re looking for cards with little Christmas critters.  So long as your card features at least one small creature, it’ll meet the challenge theme.

I decided to use one of my Lawn Fawn stamps that doesn’t get a whole lot of inky love.  I do think it’s cute, but it’s a bit of a pain to paper piece and I wasn’t in a mood for coloring.  But I went ahead and pieced my scene from various designer papers and cardstock.  For the bunny, I worked with a scrap of caramel brown cardstock to loosen the fibers in it, and then gently pulled the front and back apart into two pieces, to achieve a bit of a fuzzy texture.  The card base is textured cardstock, although I’m not sure the texture shows in the photo.  The layout for this card is this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge, squashed into a landscape-oriented rectangle.

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What kind of Christmas critter will you use on your card – animal, elf, child?  There are so many possibilities!  Check out the design team’s makes if you need further inspiration.  Once you’ve created your own card, link it to the 52CCT website by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 27.  We’d love to have you join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Bunny, Critters in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Creamy Caramel textured, Whisper White, Creamy Caramel, Soft Sky Prints designer paper (Stampin’ Up); scraps from Pyrus and Gypsy 6″ x 6″ paper pads (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Hello again!  I’m back to crafting again after helping take care of some family matters, and I’m getting back into the groove with a color challenge for CAS Colours & Sketches.

It was hard to see these colors and not think of doing something floral.  LOL  I got the lighter shades of the deep purple and the lagoon green by stamping off onto a scrap piece of paper before stamping onto the cardstock.  Then I had to figure out how to incorporate the silver.  I’ve done that by spritzing the main panel of the card with pewter shimmer mist and adding silvery brads to two of the corners.  The layout for this card is very roughly based on last week’s sketch at CC&S.

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CC&S color174-001Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S design team and our May guest designer have made with these colors!  Then create a card of your own and link it to our challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, May 25.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Lotus Blossom
Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss
Other: diamond brads; pewter Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)

Hello there!  It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  Our challenge theme for the next two weeks is “Just Us Girls”.  Create a card suitable to give a girl or woman of any age from 1 to 101.  Remember that for our challenges, any embellishments must be less than 1/4″ thick, so that the cards can fit in an envelope and be mailed at the regular first-class postage rate.

I’m trying to build up a stash of cards again for Send a Smile 4 Kids, so I decided to make my card suitable for a child.  I confess that I was in a time crunch when I was making this card, so I fell back on a design I’ve used in the past.  I cut a strip of designer paper that’s mostly pink and white.  I pleated it to give it some extra visual interest before I attached it to the card base.  I colored the bunny on a small piece of cardstock that I’d cut into a circle.  I die cut a couple of mats for the bunny and assembled them all together.  I added a sweet little sentiment, rounded the bottom corners, and my card was done.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the Cards in Envy design team has made!  Then we’d love to see your creativity!  What kind of girly card will you make?  Share your card using the linky tool at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, May 15.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: My Silly Valentine (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Tea & Crumpets designer paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Houston Arts); standard circle and petite scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); corner rounder punch (SU)

 

Hello there!  It’s the fifth Saturday of the month, which means that at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, we get into the creative spirit by giving some of our previous challenges another go.  As challenge hostess for April, I’ve chosen to revisit our previous theme challenges.

I decided to go with the theme from June 2014, Rudolph or reindeer.  I stamped the reindeer onto scraps of cardstock, fussy cut him out, and reassembled him onto the designer paper I chose for the background of my scene.  I added a red rhinestone to the reindeer’s nose to turn him into Rudolph.  It’s a pretty simple and straightforward card, so without further chitter chatter, here it is:

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I’ve used the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge for the design of my card.  I’m also entering this into the current Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge, to create a card with an animal on it for a child.

Which previous 52CCT theme will you choose for your card?  Check them all out at the Themes tab on the challenge site.  Then share your card with us on the challenge post.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 6 to link your card.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Fa La La petite paper pack (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Real Red (SU)
Other: red rhinestone (KaiserCraft)

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