Hello!  Can you believe that Christmas will be here in less than 4 months?  Yikes!  If you’ve been playing along all year with 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, you probably have a good supply of Christmas cards all ready to go for the holiday season.  I prefer that the cards my family sends out to be all the same design, but I’ve been letting my 52CCT cards accumulate to donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

This week we have a technique challenge for our participants to try:  watercoloring.  There are lots of ways you can go about this.  You may use a watercolor wash for a background, you can color images; basically you can do whatever strikes your fancy so long as watercoloring is involved.

I actually have two nice sets of watercolor paints but I haven’t made the time to do much with them.  This challenge was the push I needed to go for it.  I decided to be brave and try using them to color images.  I was heavily inspired by Maaike U.’s card and tutorial from last year.  I used her technique of making a template using circular dies and tracing it with a stylus to create the ornament shapes on the watercolor paper.  Then I painted the ornaments.  I actually made two card fronts so I could work with both sets of watercolors.  The card I’m sharing here is the one I liked better.  I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors on this one.  I have the set of 36 paints, and one of them is a gorgeous pale silvery-white shimmer that mixed well with the colored paints.  I freehand painted the white “glare marks” and the ornament hangers.  Once everything was good and dry, I drew in the ornament strings and stamped the sentiment.  A simple mat and a card base later, and my card was done.  Considering it was the first time I’d used this set of paints, I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out, but I do realize that I need to work on my shading and light areas when I color.

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Here’s a second photo that does a better job of showing the shimmer of the watercolor paint and the copper cardstock mat, although the colors of the ornaments look paler than true to life:

52CCT 08-27-2016 shimmer

 

It’s holiday challenge week at Addicted to Stamps and More, so I’m going to share this card there.

Now it’s your turn to visit the 52CCT blog and see what the rest of the design team has created this week!  Then pull out your watercolors and show us what you can do with this technique.  Link your card to the challenge site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, September 2.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Holiday Script (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Raspberry Ripple, Brushed Copper (Stampin’ Up); The Langton Prestige Extra Smooth Hot Press watercolor paper (Daler-Rowney)
Ink: Copper (ColorBox)
Other: Gansai Tambi watercolor paints (Kuretake); multiliner pen (Copic)

Hello there!  It’s time for the last challenge of the month at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week we have a sketch challenge for you to try.

I’ve turned the sketch 90° on its side, which made it necessary for me to change up the indicated placement of the sentiment, but otherwise I’ve stayed true to how the sketch was drawn.  I used a background stamp on the dark green card base, in the same color as the cardstock, to give a little extra visual interest there.

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sketch 188

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll check out what the rest of the design team has made, and then join us over at CAS Colours & Sketches with your own take on this sketch!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, August 31 to link your card at the challenge website.

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up, except for the oval die.
Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, It’s Your Birthday, Sanded
Cardstock: Forest Foliage, River Rock, Confetti Cream
Ink: Forest Foliage
Other: petite oval Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

It’s time for another theme challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and we have a fun one that I think should be pretty easy to work with:  gifts!  The Design Team and I have all created cards showing different sorts of Christmas presents.  Be sure to visit the challenge blog to see what everyone else has made!

For my card, I used the layout from this week’s CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.  I used a gift image in the place of the triangles on the sketch.  I stamped it three times onto a scrap of white cardstock and colored the gifts with Copic markers to coordinate with the designer paper I wanted to use for the bottom portion of the card front.  After I put the designer paper and the presents on the card, I added a cheery sentiment.  Quick and easy, and one more for the Send a Smile 4 Kids stockpile!

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I’m also going to enter this into the current challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

Now it’s time for you to craft your own card showing off a Christmas gift (or a few!) and link it to our challenge post.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, August 26 to share your card.  We’re looking forward to seeing what you create!  Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum (Lawn Fawn); Wondrous Wreath (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Kraft, Season of Style designer series paper (SU); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello!  We’re back to another color challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I have to admit that I had a hard time figuring out what to do with these colors, mainly because the chocolate brown was the only one I’ve seen in person.  So I browsed online and eventually found a few blogs where the new Stampin’ Up In Colors were compared to other SU colors.  I think I’ve picked fairly close approximates of the challenge colors for the watercolor wash on my card.  I decided to try to use the colors as a background, rather than for the main image of the card.  Blending the colors fits the current challenge at AAA Cards.  When I was browsing my stamps for silhouette images to use with the background, I came across this Eiffel Tower stamp I’d forgotten I had.  So I decided to use it and join in the current challenge at Less is More.  Once the watercolor wash was dry, I added the sentiment and the silhouette image of the Eiffel Tower in chocolate brown.  I rounded the top corner of the card and decided to call it done.  Very CAS, n’est-ce pas?

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll check out what the rest of the design team members have made, and then share your own creation with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, August 24 to link your card.

Supplies:
Stamps: Simply Sweet, Everyday Sayings (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Stampin’ Up)
Other: Regal Rose and Pale Plum reinkers (SU); corner rounder punch (EK Success)

Hello there!  It’s the second Saturday of the month, and that means it’s color challenge time at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This time we’re asking our challenge participants to be inspired by the classic color combo of red, black, and kraft.

It’s been a while since I’ve used any of my digital images on a card, but this one particular bear image seemed to be the perfect thing to use for the color challenge.  I’ve colored him with Copic markers and added some hand stitching along the edges of the image panel.  I’ve used the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge for the layout of my card.  I’ll admit that this card might be more accurately described as “clean and layered” rather than “clean and simple” but I’m going to go ahead and enter it into the current challenge at AAA Cards.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has made.  Then show us what you can create with these colors!  We’d love it if you joined our challenge this week.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, August 19 to link your card at the 52CCT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Digital Image: Rhubarb Santa (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Stamps: Happy Everything (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Kraft, Basic Black, Real Red textured (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); printer ink
Other: markers (Copic); embroidery floss (DMC); dimensionals (SU)

Hello there!  It’s the second Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for another sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I’ve used the mirror image of the sketch because it just seemed to work better with placing the sentiment I chose.  I decided to combine the sketch challenge with the color challenge at Less is More and the theme challenge at Addicted to CAS.  I stamped the birdies, the notes, and the sentiment with very dark brown ink.  I colored the birds to coordinate with the dusty blue of the card base and the sandy brown of the background banner.  It’s really a quite simple little card so without further chitchat, here it is:

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sketch 186

Since the birdies do have wings, I’ve decided to enter into the theme challenge at Cards in Envy, too.  I recently stepped down from the design team there due to time constraints in my personal life, but I still love the concept of their challenges (making cards that are flat enough to easily fit “in envy” – in an envelope – to be mailed) so I don’t think I’ll be able to completely stay away from there!  😉

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the CAS Colours & Sketches blog to see what the rest of the design team has done with this sketch.  Then make your own card and link it to the challenge post.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, August 17 to participate.  We hope you’ll join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Love Quotes (Mama Elephant); Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Kraft (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello!  Saturday means it’s time for a new challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, where we celebrate Christmas all year round. Each week we offer a cardmaking challenge to help you create Christmas or wintry cards so you’ll have a bunch of cards ready to send when the holiday season rolls around.  We’re kicking the month off with a sketch challenge.

This month’s sketch was drawn as a portrait-oriented rectangle, but I’ve squashed it down into a landscape-oriented rectangle for my card.  I created a little scene on the left panel and used patterned paper for the right panel.  The penguins were stamped onto a scrap of white cardstock, colored, fussy cut, and then assembled to the snowy background.  I don’t think my camera captured it in the photo, but the cardstock I used for the snowy ground has a hint of shimmer to it.

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I’m entering my card into the current Lawnscaping challenge.

Now it’s time for you to check out all the challenge details at the 52CCT site, and visit the rest of the design team members’ blogs for more inspiration.  Then create your own card and link it at the 52CCT site by 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, August 12.    Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters in the Snow, Hats Off to You, Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Shimmery White (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); patterned papers from Fa La La 6″ x 6″ paper pack (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Landscape Trio die (Mama Elephant)

Greetings!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I’ve combined the colors with the most recent Freshly Made Sketches layout.  I dug out one of my older Stampin’ Up stamp sets and stamped the floral vine image in a kraft-colored ink.  I colored in the leaves using a Fantastix tool that I’d tapped to the ink pad.  I brushed a little extra of the kraft ink around the image with a loose brush, aiming for a light splattery effect, but unfortunately in the photo it just makes the card look dirty.  Sigh.  I don’t have any Dapper Denim cardstock or ink yet, so I added some ready-made flowers in colors close to the three challenge colors to embellish the image, topping the flowers off with some tiny self-adhesive pearls.  The sentiment banner is raised up from the card base with dimensional adhesive.

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CC&S color185-001

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team and our August guest designer have done with these colors!  Then share your own card with us by linking it to the challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, August 10.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Artfully Asian (Stampin’ Up); Everyday Messages (Stampendous)
Cardstock: Night of Navy (SU); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake (SU)
Other: dimensionals (SU); paper flowers, pearls (Recollections)

Hello!  It’s the fifth Saturday of the month of July, and that means at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, it’s “Pick a Previous” week!  This time we’re asking our participants to choose a 52CCT sketch from 2016 and create a card based on it.

I picked the sketch from February.  I gave the vertical strip an extra mat compared to the way the sketch is drawn, just to help highlight more of the colors in the designer paper. I layered glittery felt snowflake stickers for the large embellishment element of the sketch and added a rhinestone in the center for a little extra sparkle.  It was a quick and easy card, and it’ll go into the stockpile I’m creating for Send a Smile 4 Kids.

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I’m also planning to submit this into the “something tactile” challenge at Less is More.

The rest of the design team and I are looking forward to seeing which of our sketches from 2016 you’ll select for your own card.  Be sure to link it to the challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, August 5.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Mint Macaron, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Holly Jolly Christmas 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: felt glitter stickers (Creatology); rhinestone (SU)

Hello there!  It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Karen has come up with a very simple little sketch to use this week.

I have to admit, it’s such a versatile sketch that I was a little overwhelmed with all the possibilities for it.  I finally decided to combine the sketch challenge with the current challenge at Less is More, which is to use something tactile on a clean and simple styled card.  I have a bunch of paper flowers that I bought years ago – and by “years ago”, I mean that I used a similar one of these on a card for my son’s preschool teacher, and now he’s getting ready to start his senior year of high school.  Yep!  So I decided to use one on today’s card.  I’ve added a little extra purple sponging to the edges of the petals to help it coordinate a bit better with the purple cardstock that matched it best.  It’s probably very hard to see in the photo, but the white cardstock is linen textured.  A simple flowing sentiment completes the card.

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sketch 184

If you need more inspiration, check out what the rest of the CC&S design team and our July 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, August 3.  We’d love to see what you make!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamp: Everyday Greetings Collection (Wordsworth)
Cardstock: Perfect Plum (Stampin’ Up); Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah)
Ink: Perfect Plum (SU)
Other: Blossoms hydrangea (Making Memories)

Hello!  Please accept my apologies for being a little late with my card for this week’s challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I was having a hard time getting in a crafting frame of mind after being out of town last weekend.  But my brain finally kicked back into gear this morning.  So without any further ado…

We have a color challenge this week.  I bought this stamp set a while ago but hadn’t worked up the nerve to use it yet – I’ve seen so many adorable cards using it, that I worried I wouldn’t make one up to par!  But I felt the taupe in the color challenge was a good color for this cutie pie elephant and I decided it was time for me to give it a go.  I don’t have ink in the actual Tip Top Taupe color, so I colored the elephant with my markers the best I could to match the cardstock.  Trying to blend grey with a brownish color to make taupe wasn’t the easiest thing, but I think it worked out okay in the end.  (This card shows my second attempt; my first elephant didn’t match as well.)  I attached the striped piece of designer paper to the card base and stamped the balloon to get a sense of where to place the elephant.  I also stamped the balloon onto some curry-colored designer paper to fussy cut and adhere into place along with the elephant.  The card seemed a little flat once I had it all together.  So I stamped the balloon again onto the same designer paper and onto a scrap of cardstock.  I fussy cut them and glued them on top of the first designer paper balloon, sandwiching the cardstock between the two designer paper layers.  This gives the balloon a little more dimension, which makes me happier with the finished card.

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CC&S color183-001

I’m going to enter this card into a couple of challenges.  The code word for the current challenge at Addicted to CAS is “stripes”, and the repeating stripes are my repetitive element for the current challenge at Less is More.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CAS Colours & Sketches design team did with these colors.   Then show us what you can make with them!  You can link your creation to the challenge blog until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, July 27.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Ellie (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Tip Top Taupe, Watercolor Wonder designer series papers (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

It’s time for another challenge at Cards in Envy, and this time we’re taking on the theme of “It’s a Heat Wave”.  This can be illustrated by using summery images or bright colors – anything that reminds you of summertime heat!

For my design team sample, I’ve done a remix of a card I shared late last week, using bright summery colors.  I masked off a square area and stamped around it to create a frame for the cake image.  Then I removed the mask, stamped the cake, and colored it to coordinate with the colors of the ink I’d used.  I added a coordinating mat and ribbon and rounded the bottom corner of the card before attaching the main card panel to the card base.

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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, July 31. We’d love to have you play along with us!

 

Supplies:
Stamps: Year Three (Lawn Fawn); Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Party Pants (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Only Orange (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); orange grosgrain ribbon (Offray); corner rounder punch (EK Success)

Hello!  It’s theme challenge week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and this time we’re inviting our participants to create cards using the theme of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.

I puzzled over this for a while, and finally decided to go with the idea of “four calling birds”.  I thought it would be cute to have the birds perched on a set of Christmas lights rather than simply on a tree branch or on an overhead wire.  I stamped the birds and the light bulbs onto scrap white cardstock so that the colors would be more true than if I’d stamped and colored on the sky blue background.  Fussy cutting them took a little while but I think it was worth the effort.  The birds are colored with markers to coordinate with the colors of the lights.  I splattered some shimmery white paint on the focal panel to look like falling snow.  The layout for this card is an old sketch from Operation Write Home, although I changed the focal panel from a rectangle to an oval.

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I’m going to link this card to this week’s “Make Your Mark” challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More and to the “Christmas in July 4 Kids” challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to see what the rest of the 52CCT design team has done for this challenge, and then link your own card at the challenge site.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, July 22 to enter.

Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Sparrows (Lawn Fawn); Holiday Baubles (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Real Red (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Holly Jolly Christmas 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); Frost White shimmer paint (SU); petite oval Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

Here’s another card I created using this week’s sketch at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I wanted to incorporate the “time” theme of this week’s challenge at Less is More.  My first attempt with a clock stencil didn’t turn out well, so I decided to try a different tactic on the “time” theme.  My second go, I used a sentiment that includes the word “time”, which allowed me to pair it with an image of something that pretty much everyone loves… cake!  I masked off a square area and stamped around it to create a frame for the cake image.  I used the mirror image of the sketch because it worked better with the orientation of the smiley face on the cake.

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sketch 182

Thanks for stopping by today!  Comments are always welcome.

Supplies:
Stamps: Year Three (Lawn Fawn); Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Party Pants (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Only Orange (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello there!  It’s time for another sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week’s offering is a very clean and simple design that I think is really versatile for lots of different occasions.

I’ve kept the sketch stripped down pretty simply, using just one layer for my card front.  I stretched it out into a portrait-oriented rectangle.  For the “any shape” element, first I made a watercolor wash on watercolor paper.  When it was dry, I used a die to cut it to card size, and I stamped the hummingbird onto it.  I added a sentiment, adhered the card front to a coordinating card base, and called it done.  To be honest, I spent more time waiting for the watercolor wash to dry and practicing stamping the hummingbird on scrap paper than I spent on actual work on the card!

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sketch 182

Which reminds me, I need to refill my hummingbird feeders today.  While I do that, why don’t you check out what the rest of the design team has done with this sketch?  I’m sure they’d enjoy it if you stop by their blogs.  Then create a card of your own and share it with us at the CC&S site.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, July 20 to link your card.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Stamps: Picture Perfect, Hugs & Wishes (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi (SU); The Langton Prestige Extra Smooth Hot Press watercolor paper (Daler-Rowney)
Ink: Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other: Marina Mist reinker (SU); Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables die (Lawn Fawn)

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