Hello there!  It’s color challenge time at Christmas Card Throwdown.  This time we have a sort of modern twist on the traditional red and green and white, with burgundy, lime green, and cream.

I had this wreath stamp set out the other day for my card for the current challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches, so I decided to use it again for my card for CCT.  I pulled out two retired Stampin’ Up greens for the lime part of the color combo and went with more of a dark cherry red rather than a true burgundy.  The vanilla card base and image panel were the easy way to work in the cream part of the challenge.  Although it doesn’t show well in the photo, the card base is textured cardstock, while the image panel is smooth.  The bow was stamped and cut from a scrap of vanilla, and it’s raised from the image panel with shims of scrap cardstock for just a bit of dimension.  The layout comes from the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge, but I’ve turned the sketch 90° on its side.  Since it’s holiday challenge time at Addicted to Stamps and More, I’ll enter this card there, too.

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And now it’s your turn to show us what you can create!  We’d love it if you joined our challenge this fortnight.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, March 31 to link your card at the CCT site.  Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll come back again soon.

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath
Cardstock: Very Vanilla textured, Gable Green, Green Galore, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Ink: Gable Green, Green Galore, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Wonderful Wreath die

Hello!  It’s time for another sketch challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.  It’s a nice, simple one that can be dressed up with stamps or designer papers or ribbons.

I chose three coordinating designer papers for the vertical elements of the sketch.  In order to accommodate the patterns on the papers, I had to cut the strips wider than the way they are depicted in the challenge graphic.  So I decided to change the format of my card to a landscape-oriented rectangle.  The sentiment panel and its mat were simply cut with dies.  Easy peasy!

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If you need additional inspiration, go on over to the CCT blog and see what the rest of the design team has made.  Then show us your own interpretation of the sketch by linking a card of your own to our challenge post.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, March 17 to enter the challenge.  Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies except the dies are from Stampin’ Up:
Stamp: Wondrous Wreath
Cardstock: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Season of Style designer series papers
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Other: petite oval and petite scalloped oval Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Hello!  Today’s post is to serve as a reminder that we have a fun technique challenge going on at Christmas Card Throwdown.  We’re hoping you’ll join us in creating Christmas or wintry cards using the starburst (a/k/a sunburst) technique.

I’ve created a second card for the challenge, and I’m sharing that today.  I used four different designs from a Basic Grey collection of holiday patterned papers.  I cut them into long, narrow rectangles and then cut the rectangles diagonally to form triangles.  I sponged the edges of the triangles with cherry red ink.  I fanned the triangles out over a piece of white linen textured cardstock, letting a little of the white show between the triangles.  When I was satisfied with the arrangement, I used double-sided tape to adhered the triangles to the white base.  After trimming the excess off the panel, I attached my starburst panel to a piece of cherry cardstock, which I then attached to the pale green card base.  The ornament image covers where the points of the triangles meet; I’ve attached it with dimensional adhesive to keep the card from feeling too flat.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Remember, you have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, March 3 to share your own starburst card at the CCT site.

Supplies:
Stamp: Delightful Decorations (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pistachio Pudding, Cherry Cobbler (SU); Solar White and Solar White Linen textured cardstock (Neenah); designer papers from “Fruitcake” collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other: ornament punch, dimensionals (SU); sponge

Hello!  It’s technique challenge time at Christmas Card Throwdown.  For the next two weeks, we’re hoping you’ll give the sunburst technique a try.  Some people call it the starburst technique.  Either way, it’s a super way to use up some of your designer papers!  Here’s the link to the tutorial I used when I first learned how to do it:  Starburst Technique

I decided to go with a snowman theme for my card.  It ended up using the not-so-snowy, traditional Christmassy colors of red and green.  Usually I sponge the edges of the triangles when I do this technique, but I opted not to take the time to do that this time.

52CCT 02-18-2017

Be sure to check out the cards the Design Team has made.  Then create your own card using this technique, and share it with us at the CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, March 3.  We’d love to see your take on the technique!

Supplies:
Stamps: Snowmen & Snowflakes (Hero Arts); Critters in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Poppy Parade, Gumball Green, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Nordic Holiday 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Poppy Parade (SU)
Other: standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Hello!  It’s time for the first challenge of February at Christmas Card Throwdown.  For the next couple of weeks, we’re asking our participants to make cards using the theme of Christmas and/or wintry drinks.

When I’m cold, I enjoy curling up with a mug of hot cocoa.  I like adding lots of mini marshmallows to it and letting them get all soft and partially melted before I swallow them.  :)  So that’s the drink I opted to feature on my card.  I had the perfect stamp for this, and I decided to pair it with the sketch from a recent (but now closed) CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.  I looked through my designer papers and chose one with peppermints, because sometimes it’s nice to add some peppermint flavoring to the cocoa.  I took the colors for the mug and the straw from the designer paper.  Fussy cutting around the handle of the mug was kind of tedious, but I think the card ended up cheerily enough:

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Since I used markers to color the mug image, I’ll submit this card for the current challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CCT design team has made.  Then show us your favorite drink!  We’d love it if you joined our challenge.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, February 17 to link your card at the CCT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Warmest Wishes (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Confetti White (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); designer paper from Aspen Frost 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello!  It’s time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.  Although we’ve changed from a weekly challenge to a bi-monthly one, we’re keeping the same rotation of the different types of challenges… which means this time we have a color challenge for you.  It’s an interesting one that departs from the typical red and green frequently seen at holiday time.

I decided to create a little scene on my card.  To keep it from getting too bulky with layers, I started out by cutting a card base from watercolor paper and painting a wash of aqua on it.  While that dried, I worked on the front panel.  The triptych die fit into the stitched rectangle die I used for the card front, so I was able to simultaneously cut them from a piece of ivory cardstock.  Then I cut the triptych die again from brown cardstock for my tree.  I used white shimmer paint to create “snow” at the base of the watercolor wash, and I stamped a sentiment on the card front.  When the paint was dry, I glued the ivory panel to the front of the card.  Then I carefully inlaid the brown pieces into the ivory panel.  I had run the brown cardstock through my Xyron machine before I die cut it so I didn’t have to try to fiddle with adding adhesive to the intricate tree branches.

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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 CCT site and see what the rest of the design team has created.  Be sure to link your card at the CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, February 3.  We look forward to having you join us!

Supplies:
Stamp: Holiday Script (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Soft Suede (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Soft Suede (SU)
Other: Narrow Tree Triptych die (Poppystamps); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn); Coastal Cabana reinker (SU); Frost White shimmer ink (Tsukineko)

Hello!  The new year has brought some changes to the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown blog.  The biggest is that we’ve decided to switch to a twice-monthly challenge format, offering challenges on the first and third Saturdays of each month.  That’s made it necessary for a name change to Christmas Card Throwdown.  We also have a bunch of new design team members, and I hope you’ll join me in welcoming them by visiting their blogs and leaving comments for them.

We’re starting off with a sketch challenge.  It’s actually quite similar to one I put together for CAS Colours & Sketches a few years ago.  :)  I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if someone else in the crafting world had based a challenge on something like it before I did it!  Still, even with the sketch being familiar, I had a really hard time coming up with a card I liked for the CCT challenge.  I tossed several ideas around in my head, and got one card made but then didn’t like it once it was all assembled.  So I went back to the proverbial drawing board and looked through my Christmassy designer papers.  I found one with ornaments, and a light bulb went off in my head because I knew I had a stamp set with similarly-shaped ornaments.  I turned the sketch on its side, elongated it into a rectangle, and put the fold of my card at the top.  I used the rock-n-roll technique to ink the ornament stamp, which provided me with the darker edges to the stamped image.  I used dimensional adhesive to attach the ornament to the card for a little extra interest.

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We hope you’ll enjoy our new blog format and challenges this year!  Now it’s time for you to check out all the challenge details at the CCT site, and visit the rest of the design team members’ blogs for more inspiration.  Then create your own card and link it at the CCT site by 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, January 20.  Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Delightful Decorations (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Gumball Green, Whisper White (SU); designer paper from Very Merry Christmas 6×6 paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other: ornament punch, dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  If you’ve been playing along with 52 Christmas Card Throwdown all year long, you should have a nice supply of Christmas cards that are ready to be signed, put in envelopes and mailed now that it’s December.  Or, if you’re like me, you’ve already sent them to a charitable organization of your choice so that others may use them.  Either way, those cards are going to be spreading cheer very soon!

Since December tends to be a busy month for most people, at 52CCT we’ve decided to have just one challenge this month, to create a card that uses any of our challenges from 2016.  You’re welcome to choose one of our color challenges, sketch challenges, theme challenges, technique challenges, or stash challenges – or, you can even combine two or more of our challenges!  You can find the challenge ideas on the 52CCT site.

Due to a family emergency (don’t worry, everything will be OK), I wasn’t able to get a card made for the current CAS Colours & Sketches challenge before it went live.  The challenge prompt there this week is to use any of the CC&S color challenges from 2016 to make a seasonal card.  So I decided to combine the CC&S and 52CCT challenge ideas.  I’ve used CC&S color challenge #161 and the 52CCT October sketch challenge.  I felt the sketch lent itself well to a clean and simple card, and I thought the colors worked well for a nontraditional but frosty snowflake theme.  Once I figured out what I wanted to do, the card came together pretty quickly.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Teams from 52CCT and CC&S have made, and leave some love for them on their blogs, too!  Then make a card for either – or both! – of the challenges and share it with us.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, December 7 to link your card at CC&S, but the 52CCT challenge will remain open until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, December 28.  We’re looking forward to seeing what you create!

Supplies:
Stamp: Merry Messages (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, silver foil (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant (SU)
Other: Stitched Snowflake dies (Lawn Fawn); candy dot (SU)

It’s time for another stash challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown!  This week we’d like for you to reach into your craft supplies and create a card using glitter.

I have to admit I have a serious aversion to glitter.  I don’t like how it has a tendency to go all over the place and be difficult to remove.  But I do appreciate that it can really highlight a card.  I have some glittery cardstock, which is what I’ve used for my card.  I die cut some snowflakes from it and followed the 52CCT November 2016 sketch.  I felt the bold snowflakes spoke for themselves so that the card didn’t need a sentiment.

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I’m really looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants at 52CCT create this week!  Be sure to link your card at the challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, December 2.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah); Glisten designer paper from Fruitcake collection (Basic Grey); Blue Bayou, silver glimmer paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: none
Other: Stitched Snowflakes die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello there, and happy Saturday to you!  It’s time for another theme challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and this week we’re looking for cards that depict an old fashioned Christmas.  This can be interpreted in a number of different ways – vintage, retro, or traditional.

I didn’t know what I was going to do for this challenge until I remembered I had designer paper that showed ornaments that, to me at least, looked like something from the 1950s or 1960s.  I looked around the internet for sketch ideas and found the current challenge at Your Next Stamp.  I had a scrap of the ornament paper that fit perfectly into the sketch, so I decided to give it a try.  The package of designer paper has coordinating solids (well, actually a very subtle variegated print, but mainly solid) so I used a burgundy and an olive green to supplement the ornament paper.  The designer papers did most of the work for me!

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If you need additional inspiration, go on over to the 52CCT blog and see what the rest of the design team has made.  Then show us your own interpretation of an old fashioned Christmas by linking a card of your own to our challenge post.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, November 25 to enter the challenge.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: More Merry Messages (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory (SU); Vintage Ornaments, Spearmint, and Maraschino Cherry designer papers from Fruitcake collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (SU)

Hello!  It’s time for November’s color challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  We have an updated twist on a classic color combination for you – bright red and lime green.

I’ve used this week’s sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches for my layout… which, truth be told, is a sketch I’d originally drawn for 52CCT back in 2013!   A strand of Christmas lights seemed to be a good way to show off the 52CCT challenge colors, so I pulled out my Christmas lights stamps.  I like that the bulb image is separate from the wire image, so that the bulbs can easily be stamped individually in whatever colors one chooses.  I think the sentiment stamp echoes the idea of twinkling lights.  I’ve added a couple of rhinestones to dot the letter “i” where it occurs in the sentiment.  I’m not sure how well the texture of the red cardstock shows in the photo, but in real life it helps give a little extra visual interest to the card.

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And now it’s your turn to show us what you can create!  We’d love it if you joined our challenge this week.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, November 18 to link your card at the 52CCT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Holiday Baubles (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); Magic of Christmas (Technique Tuesday)
Cardstock: Real Red Core’dinations, Green Galore, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Real Red, Green Galore (SU)
Other: rhinestones (Recollections)

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

I chose to work with the sketch from January 2015.  I’ve had this little penguin colored and matted, left over from our family’s Christmas cards from a few years ago, and I decided it was time to finally make a card for him.  The penguin panel seemed like it would fit well in place of the star-shaped element of the sketch.  The polka-dotted designer paper worked well with the green leaves and the cherry red hat and scarf, but I felt something else was needed.  So I added some brown coloring to the frame around the penguin to tie in with the kraft-colored dots and used kraft cardstock for the other triangular panel of the sketch.  I added a black mat to tie in with the penguin, and attached the whole card front to a cherry colored card base.  Looking at it now, I realize that I inadvertently flip-flopped the triangular panels, so my card is actually the mirror image of the way the sketch was drawn.  But I think the inspiration is obvious!

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Once you’ve been inspired by the design team’s work, make a Christmas or wintry card of your own using one of our previous sketches.  Share it with us by linking it at the 52CCT site by midnight GMT Friday, November 4.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Cozy Friends (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); Warm Penguin (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Kraft, Season of Style designer series paper (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello!  This week is technique week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and we have one that I think will be appealing to a lot of people: embossing.  You can choose to use heat embossing, dry embossing, or even both on your card.

I’ve used both types of embossing on my card.  Once again, I’ve used the color scheme from CAS Colours & Sketches and followed the layout from Freshly Made Sketches.  The cherry red panels were dry embossed using one of my favorite embossing folders.  I used the same ink pad for all of the leaves on the wreath, but I stamped off one set to create the lighter shade of green.  The red berries on the wreath are heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I can never get textured cardstock to show well in photos, but the card base is linen textured.  A shimmery copper sentiment finishes the card.

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I’m really looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants at 52CCT create this week!  Be sure to link your card at the challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, October 28.  Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Copper; Solar White and Solar White Classic Linen cardstock (Neenah)
Ink: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler; VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Other: Wonderful Wreath dies, detail clear embossing powder; Victoria embossing folder (ProvoCraft)

Hello!  This week is theme week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and this time we have a theme that I think will be fun for a lot of people:  Christmas Critters.  Any type of animal critter you’d like to use will be fine, so long as it ties in with the Christmas season.

I turned to one of my stamp sets that features animals that live in cold climates, and chose one of the penguin stamps from it.  My Santa hat stamp from another set fits this penguin pretty well.  I stamped both the penguin and the hat on scrap cardstock, colored them, and fussy cut them.  It’s not easy to see in the photo, but I added some Wink of Stella to the white trim on the hat.  In real life, it’s pretty shimmery.  Then I had to figure out a layout and a color scheme for my card.  The current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches looked like a good one.  I had a banner with a heat-embossed sentiment left over from another project, and it fit perfectly with the sketch.  A variety of designer papers makes up the background for my penguin.  I don’t often use black for card bases, but it was the half-sheet of cardstock left over from the card I shared yesterday, and it tied in with the penguin.  And now I have another card to add to the ones I’ll be sending to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

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What kind of critter(s) will you choose for your card?  Be sure to share it at the 52CCT site before the challenge ends at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, October 21.  Check out what the rest of the design team has made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters in the Snow, Hats Off to You, Happy Everything (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); scraps from Aspen Frost 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); gold (ColorBox)
Other: markers (Copic); Wink of Stella pen (Zig); detail gold embossing powder (SU)

Hello!  It’s color challenge week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and we have a lovely trio of soft colors this time – pale blue, pale green, and light grey.  It’s a nice change from the traditional bold red and green.

I’ve combined the color challenge with this week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I added a couple of mats to the focal panel, staggering the sizes instead of making all the borders the same width.  I wanted the tree to have a little visual lift from the background, so I stamped it onto a scrap of vanilla cardstock, fussy cut it, and glued it to the focal panel, rather than stamping it directly onto the panel.  I added some enamel dots as ornaments to further incorporate the soft blue color (although it has a hint of green to it, I’m considering it my blue).  A shiny silver star brad tops the tree.  Addicted to Stamps and More has a “clean and simple” challenge this week, so I’m going to throw this card into the ring over there, too.

52CCT 10-08-2016

 

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, October 14.  We look forward to having you join us!

All supplies except the star brad are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Season of Joy, More Merry Messages
Cardstock: Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla, Smoky Slate
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate
Other: Subtles candy dots; star brad (The Paper Studio)

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