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.

52CCT 12-03-2016

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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.

52CCT 11-26-2016

 

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!

52CCT 11-19-2016

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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.

52CCT 11-12-2016

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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!

52CCT 10-29-2016

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.

52CCT 10-22-2016

 

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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.

52CCT 10-15-2016

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)

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)

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