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)

Hello! I hope you’re having a great weekend so far.

This week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown we are celebrating Christmas with a snow people themed challenge!  The design team has made some great cards with various snowman and snowwoman images. You can go to the 52CCT site to see what they’ve created, and if you love what you see, feel welcome to comment on their work – I know they’d really appreciate it!

I don’t have any stamps showing multiple snow people, but I remembered I’d bought a brass embossing stencil many years ago that featured several snowmen.  I dug it out and put it to use for today’s card.  I used some washi tape to hold the stencil in place on a piece of white cardstock, and then held it up to a window to trace the stencil with an embossing stylus.  (I don’t have a lightbox.)  I looked through the archived sketches at Operation Write Home and found one that my embossed panel fit into.  I used some snowman print paper to further tie in with the theme of the challenge.  The vertical strip of paper was originally intended to be a Christmas tree design, but I thought that turned on its side, the trees looked like pennant banners.  I debated whether or not to try to color the embossing, but decided it would be difficult to match colors with my designer papers.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t easy capturing the all the details of the embossed image when I was photographing the card.

52CCT 09-17-2016

I’m going to throw this into the ring at Shopping Our Stash, where they are looking for projects that don’t use stamping.

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, September 23 to link your card at the 52CCT site.  Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll come back again soon.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Winter Wonderland paper pack (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Other: snowmen brass embossing stencil (Lasting Impressions)

Hello! This week is color challenge week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  It’s a very classic combo this time:  white with a splash of red.

I decided to go quite clean and simple in design with my card.  Although it doesn’t show in the photo, I’ve used textured cardstock.  I cut the word from white cardstock three times.  I also cut the word from the red cardstock and pieced it together with one of the white words for the inlaid effect.  I stacked the other two white words, gave the top a healthy dose of Wink of Stella for some sparkle, and then glued them into place.  The card still looked a little plain, so I added a few rhinestones for more sparkle.

52CCT 09-10-2016

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, September 16 to link your card at the 52CCT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White textured, Real Red Core’dinations (Stampin’ Up)
Other: Wonderful Wreath framelits die, rhinestones (SU); Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

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.

52CCT 08-27-2016

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)

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!

52CCT 08-20-2016

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 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.

52CCT 08-13-2016

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!  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.

52CCT 08-06-2016

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)

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.

52CCT 07-30-2016

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!  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.

52CCT 07-16-2016

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)

It’s color challenge week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and this week we have some cool wintry colors for you.  We’d like to see what kind of wintry or Christmasy card you can make with shades of blue, plus white and silver.

As I was deciding what to do for this challenge, my mind first went to snow and snowflakes.  I figured that was a pretty obvious choice.  And then, since I don’t always like doing the obvious, I decided to go a different route and use ornaments instead.  I’ve stamped them on a white background using three shades of blue that are kind of on the teal end of the blue spectrum, and matted the images with the same three shades.  The ornament garland and the sentiment are stamped in silver; in the photo you can see some of the shimmer of the silver ink in the word “cheer”.  I’ve used this week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for the layout of my card.

52CCT 07-09-2016

Cutting the mats was the trickiest part of making this card.  Rather than cutting the ovals, layering them, and adhering them to the card front, I decided to layer the rectangular pieces of cardstock from which I cut the ovals.  So the white layer is adhered directly to the card base, and the other layers are stacked on top of it.

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, July 15.  We look forward to having you join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Holiday Baubles (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky (SU); silver (ColorBox)
Other: Petite Oval and Petite Scalloped Oval Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Hello there!  Even though here in the United States people are getting ready this weekend for Independence Day, it’s always the Christmas season at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  The first Saturday of the month means it’s sketch challenge time.

I’ve kept my card very clean and simple in style.  The sketch is drawn up as a square card, but I’ve stretched it out into a landscape-oriented rectangle.  I’ve substituted a snowman for the triangle in the sketch. He’s kind of triangular!  I had the yellow cardstocks out on my desk after working on another card, and decided to go against the usual Christmas and wintry colors and use them for today’s card.  The “warm wishes” sentiment made me think of using orange for the circular element, making the circle appear somewhat like the sun.  Anyway, I think the card turned out pretty cute – and it was a good way for me to think outside of the box and use some colors that I tend to shy away from.

52CCT 07-02-2016

Check out what the rest of the 52CCT team has created this week.  Then have fun with the sketch and share your own card with us at the challenge site!  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, July 8 to link your card.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Be Jolly (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Stitched Circle die (Lawn Fawn)

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:

52CCT 06-25-2016

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 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.

52CCT 06-18-2016

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)

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.

52CCT 06-11-2016

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, 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!  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.

52CCT 06-04-2016

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

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