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

Just a quick post this afternoon to share a card I’ve made for the Less is More challenge that will be ending soon, as well as the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  There are several birthdays coming up soon in my family, so I thought I ought to get started on cards for them. For the blue and the yellow, I added ink to white cardstock using a blending tool.

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Confetti White (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Summer Sun (SU)
Other: linen thread, dimensionals (SU); Party Balloons die (Lawn Fawn)

I’m just writing a quick post today to show a card I’ve made for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge that will be closing soon, as well as the current AAA Cards challenge.  The two challenges worked together so well that I couldn’t resist joining in them.

I thought it would be cute to have animals peeking through round windows.  I created the front panel of the card first by adding a strip of light green cardstock to the bottom of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of white cardstock and adding a sentiment.  Why green?  Because it was a scrap that was lying on my desk, and because it seemed like it would work as a “ground” or “grass”.  And because I used a scrap, I’m going to enter this into the Shopping Our Stash challenge, too.  Then I used my circle dies to cut the circles from the panel.  I laid the die cut panel over a white card base and traced the outlines of the circles so I’d know where to position the animals.  After I stamped them, I colored them with colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits.  The colored pencils tend to give a softer look than my Copic markers do, plus the pencils don’t bleed through the cardstock like Copics often do.  Once I was done coloring, I attached the die cut panel to the card base.  I think it turned out pretty well, considering I was running out of the odorless mineral spirits!

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And there’s another any occasion card for the stockpile I’m creating for Send a Smile 4 Kids.  Thanks for stopping by today!  Comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Supplies:
Stamps: Skater Kids (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Certainly Celery (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Houston Arts); standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

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!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches!  This time we have a great color combo that’s a small step off from the traditional Christmas red and green, and mixed it with a great metallic.

Although the colors seemed Christmassy, I’m not quite there yet mentally, so I decided to go with something more autumnal.  The current challenge at The Paper Players is to create a clean and simple styled card with the theme of leaves, so I’ve tied that into the color challenge.  I turned to the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge for the layout of my card.  After choosing my color scheme for my card, I stamped the sentiment on the card base and heat embossed it.  The “thanks” stamp is a freebie I received in an order from Lawn Fawn about five years ago.  The embossing didn’t turn out as smooth and “clean” looking as I would have preferred, but in the end I decided it had a rustic look that complemented the leaf idea.  I stamped some leaves onto watercolor paper using Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green inks.  Then I softened the color inside of the leaves by “painting” them with a slightly damp paintbrush.  I cut the watercolor paper in strips to go along with the sketch and attached them to the card.  Next I die cut a larger leaf several times from copper cardstock and stacked them together.  When I placed them on the card, I wasn’t quite pleased with the look, so I decided to use dimensional adhesive to lift the die cuts from the card base.  That was better, and I called the card done then.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll join us over at CAS Colours & Sketches with your own take on these colors!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, October 26 to link your card at the challenge website.  Also, we’re looking to add some new members to our design team, so if this is something you’re interested in, be sure to add the letters “DT” to your name when you link your card, and play along in next week’s sketch challenge, too!

Supplies:
Stamps: “thanks” (Lawn Fawn); unnamed leaf stamps (StampCraft)
Cardstock: Kraft, Brushed Copper (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green (SU); copper (ColorBox)
Other: copper embossing powder (Ranger); Stitched Leaves die (Lawn Fawn); dimensionals (SU)

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.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Now it’s your turn to show us what you can make with these colors.  If you need more inspiration first, go visit the 52CCT site and see what the rest of the design team has created.  Be sure to link your card at the 52CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, 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!  It’s time for another month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches!  We have some bold, bright colors for our challenge this week.

I really didn’t want to use the turquoise and the pink with the green to create a floral scene; that seemed a little too typical.  But I wasn’t sure how to merge the colors into a more graphic design.  My eyes caught a stamp set with a number of bird images and I thought that would work – plus, it fits the current theme over at Shopping Our Stash.  I’ve used the layout from this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I debated whether or not to use a background stamp on the pink card base and I finally decided against it, because I didn’t want to take away from the CAS-ness of the card.

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As always, although Stampin’ Up color names are used to describe the colors, you do not need to use SU products to create your card for the challenge.  Just use whatever product you have that is closest.  For all the details of this challenge, please check out the blog at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I hope you’ll join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: For the Birds (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Glorious Green (SU); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Hampton Arts); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  It’s the third Thursday of the month, which means it’s color challenge time again at CAS Colours & Sketches.

The colors made me think of nature.  For the focal panel of my card, I made a watercolor wash with Bermuda Bay ink.  When it was dry, I stamped a wildflower image on it with a light color of ink.  Then I used watercolors to paint over the image.  I added in a touch of shimmery paint on a few of the flowers.  Then I die cut the circle and the sentiment.  The two vertical strips were stamped with subtle prints to give them a little extra visual texture.  The focal panel is popped up over them with dimensional adhesive.  The layout for this card comes from this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I know that Send a Smile 4 Kids often needs cards for the teenagers they aim to serve, and I think this card will be suitable for that purpose.

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Our curious furball wanted to know what was going on when I was photographing the card…

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Now it’s your turn!  Go see what the rest of the design team has done with these colors.  Then show us what you can create with them!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, September 21 to link your card at the CC&S challenge site.  Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: In the Meadow, Sanded, Linen
Cardstock: Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush, Naturals Ivory; The Langton Prestige Extra Smooth Hot Press watercolor paper (Daler-Rowney)
Ink: Crumb Cake
Other: Gansai Tambi watercolor paints (Kuretake); standard circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); Olivia alphabet die (ProvoCraft); Bermuda Bay reinker, dimensionals

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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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!  Here in the United States, it’s Independence Day, and at Cards in Envy we’re tieing into the patriotic mood with a theme of Stripes.  For this challenge, create a card featuring stripes of some sort.  It doesn’t have to be a patriotic card; it can be for any occasion.  The stripes can be stamped, die-cut, stenciled, or designer paper – whatever you can imagine, so long as it’s striped, it’ll work for the challenge.  Remember too that your card needs to be flat enough to fit into an envelope and be mailed at the regular first class postage rate.

I’ve gone with a birthday card for my card for the challenge.  After all, Independence Day is regarded as America’s birthday.  I gave my card a more neutral color scheme, though.  I’ll be donating this card to Send a Smile 4 Kids, so I thought it was best to make it suitable to give to any person of any age.  I used the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge for layout inspiration, but rotated the sketch 180 degrees.

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We hope you’ll have fun with this challenge and join in the fun and creativity!  Link your card at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, July 17.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Watercolor Wonder designer series papers (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Basic Gray (SU)
Other: Party Balloons dies (LF)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’ve decided to combine the color challenge with a few other challenges.  The Paper Players challenge is to use at least one butterfly on a clean and simple card.  At Less is More, the challenge is to use three stamps; my three are the butterfly, the wordy sentiment, and the “happy birthday”.  Since I didn’t want the ends of the chocolate brown ribbon to show, I’ve attached the turquoise card front to a blush pink card base.  The butterfly was stamped onto a scrap of white cardstock, colored, and fussy cut.  The left side is attached directly to the card front, but the right side is adhered with dimensional adhesive to add a little visual interest to the card.

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Be sure to see what the rest of the CC&S design team has done with these colors!  Then create your own card and share it with us at the CC&S blog.  You have until 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, April 27 to enter the challenge.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Flutter By (Lawn Fawn); Birthday Greetings (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (GKD)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, dimensionals (SU); markers (Copic)

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