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!  We have some bright, cheery colors for our challenge this week at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I’ve chosen to use them with a swooshy graphic die.  I cut the die from all three challenge colors, plus black.  I laid the black lines part of the die down on the white card front and filled in the spaces with the colors.  I added a sentiment on a matted panel to coordinate with the matted card front.  Pretty easy, really!

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S design team and our guest designer have made.  Then give these colors a go and share your own CAS card with us!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 27 to link your card at the challenge site.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Birthday Greetings (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Cucumber Crush, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Swirly Scribbles die (SU)

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.

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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, and Happy Valentine’s Day!  It’s time for a new sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I’ve turned the sketch on its side and used the color palette from this week’s Paper Players challenge.  The blush color isn’t really a stereotypical “girly” pink, so I thought the colors would work well for a more masculine love-themed card.  I embossed the blush panel with an argyle embossing folder.  I don’t have copper foil cardstock, but I do have a stash of the brushed copper cardstock that Stampin’ Up used to sell, so I die cut the hearts from that.  I’ve layered different sizes of hearts for a little extra interest.  The copper cording and the sentiment stamp are also retired SU products.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the CAS Colours & Sketches blog to see what the rest of the design team has done with this sketch.  Then make your own card and link it to the challenge post.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 20 to participate.  We hope you’ll join us!

Supplies:
Stamp: Short & Sweet (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Brushed Copper (SU)
Ink: Copper (ColorBox)
Other: copper cording (SU); hearts dies (Lawn Fawn); argyle embossing folder (Darice)

Well hello there!  It’s time for a new month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches!  Jane is our hostess this month and she has some fun challenge ideas in store for us!

Jane admitted that she had Valentine’s Day in mind when she chose the colour scheme for this week’s challenge.  It’s in perfect timing for those of us (like me) who need to mail Valentine cards to our family members who live far away from us.  I decided to focus on the “happy” part of the sentiment “Happy Valentine’s Day”.  I’ve die cut the word “happy” from cardstock in all three challenge colors and layered them, offsetting them slightly for a shadow effect.  (Yes, all three colors are there, even if they are hard to see in the photo.)  I stamped the “Valentine’s Day” part of the sentiment in the darkest challenge color.  The heart was left over from the die cutting I did for a card I made a few weeks ago.  I sponged it with this week’s challenge colors, using the lightest toward the inside of the heart and edging it with the darkest color, but keeping the sponging light enough so the texture of the cardstock still shows.  It’s attached with dimensional adhesive to go along with the dimension achieved by layering the “happy”.  The white cardstock for the card front has a slight linen texture, which shows in person more so than on the photo.  Rounding the bottom corner of the card was the final touch.

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Of course, just because we had Valentine’s Day in mind at CC&S, it doesn’t mean that you need to create a Valentine card in order to participate in our challenge!  Let your creativity take you wherever it wants to go.  Just be sure to share your card with us at the challenge site before the linky tool closes at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 13.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamp: My Silly Valentine (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Sweet Sugarplum, Rose Red, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White textured (Stampin’ Up); Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah)
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Rose Red, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other: Happy Sash die (Poppystamps); heart die (Lawn Fawn); dimensionals (SU); sponge

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)

Hello there!  Since January has five Tuesdays, that means it’s time for a double challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches!  This week we’re asking our challenge participants to combine the given colors with the given sketch.  Sounds like fun, right?  We’ve decided to put a little twist into it this year.  We’ve dubbed our double challenges “Timeless Tuesday”, which means we’re reaching back into the archives for some retired colors and a previous CC&S sketch.

One of my sweet design team members at CC&S sent me a stamp set for Christmas, and I’ve been remiss about thanking her properly for it, so I figured what better way to do that than to make a card with it.  :)  It seemed to play pretty well both into this week’s sketch and colors.  I stamped the coffee cup twice, once onto ivory cardstock and once onto a scrap of sage green designer paper.  I fussy cut them both to give the cup a green design.  The label/sleeve was created in the same manner and attached to the green cup.  I decided to use the lighter of the other two challenge colors for my card base.  I originally planned to stamp the sentiment on a narrow strip of the darker color.  I didn’t want that narrow strip to look too plain, so I stamped it with a subtle linen-look stamp, but it doesn’t really show in the photo.  Then I decided if I stamped the sentiment on the strip, the strip would seem too wide in proportion to the other elements of the card.  So I cut the strip to make it narrowere, and stamped the sentiment below it.  The coffee cup is raised up from the background with some shims of scrap cardstock, so there’s a bit of dimension to the card.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has made.  Then get your craft on and link your own card to our challenge post!  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 6 to share your card with us.  We’d love to see what you can do with our double challenge!

Supplies:
Stamps: I LOVE Coffee (Uniko); Linen (SU)
Cardstock: Peach Parfait, Dusty Durango, Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, Autumn Vine designer paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Peach Parfait, Early Espresso (SU)

Hello!  We have a fun sketch challenge for you this week at CAS Colours & Sketches and I hope our participants like it as much as I do!  I think it’s a pretty versatile one.

I’m trying to get some more love-themed cards made to donate to Send A Smile 4 Kids before Valentine’s Day, so that helped determine what I was going to do with the sketch.  I originally planned to do something with different shades of pink cardstock, using a light pink for most of the card and using a darker pink for the curved part of the sketch.  When I was looking through my folder of light pink cardstock, I found a scrap of of some coordinating background paper I’d made a few years ago.  For that project, I’d splattered pink ink over some textured white cardstock and then sprayed it with gold pearl mist.  I decided to cut hearts from this and use them to decorate the curved part of the sketch.  To give the hearts better definition from the pink card base, I backed them with a scrap of brushed gold cardstock.  A simple sentiment in gold ink finished off the card.  The pink panels are raised up with shims of scrap cardstock so they are a little higher than the hearts.

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I’m going to enter this into the current challenge at Shopping Our Stash, where they’re asking their participants to use gold on their cards, and the current Uniko Studio challenge, “Anything Goes, with an optional twist of love”.

 

Be sure to visit the CAS Colours & Sketches blog to see the terrific cards the rest of the design team has made.  I’m sure they’d love it if you left them comments, too.  Then show us what you can do with this sketch!  Link your card to the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, January 30.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Short & Sweet (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Brushed Gold, Whisper White textured (SU)
Ink: Gold (ColorBox)
Other: Stitched Rectangle die, heart die (Lawn Fawn); Landscape Trio die (Mama Elephant); Pink Pirouette ink refill (SU); Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)

Hello!  I’m afraid I’m late again today with my post for this week’s challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I was away for several days helping my parents, and am still trying to get back into the swing of things at home.

This week we have a color challenge for you.  Even though the one color in the trio is a rather bluish green, the colors still spoke “flowers” to me.  I decided to use a long-retired stamp set for my focal image.  The blossoms combine two stamps designed to work together, so that was the perfect way to get in both of the pink colors of the challenge.  The layout for the focal panel is based on the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!; I hope they don’t mind that I’ve added a couple layers beneath it.

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I’m really looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants at CC&S create this week!  Be sure to link your card at the challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, January 23.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Watercolor Garden II (Stampin’ Up); Everyday Messages (Stampendous)
Cardstock: Flirty Flamingo, Island Indigo (SU); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Island Indigo, Watermelon Wonder (SU)

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!  Welcome to the start of a new year of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches!  We’re back from our holiday break with a few changes to our schedule.  We’ll be presenting challenges on Tuesdays now, and the challenges will end on Monday evenings.  We’ll be announcing our Weekly Winners on Fridays.

Karen is our challenge host for January and she’s starting us off with some pretty pastels.  In the challenge writeup, Karen says the colors make her think of winter – and I think that with the right images, they would give a frosty feel.  But I’ve given them a springtime flair with a couple of butterflies.  I’ve used one of my newest dies to cut the butterflies and their path.  When I bought the die, I failed to notice that it isn’t quite the width of a standard A2 card, so I’ve mounted the cut to a rectangular die-cut panel.  I cut the two butterflies again from the other two challenge colors and glued them into place.  I thought the flowing letters of this sentiment stamp coordinated well with the shape of the die cut.  A few tiny rhinestones add the finishing touch.  The picture doesn’t show very well that the butterflies are slightly raised from the rest of the card front, but I’m hoping that’s enough dimension to qualify my card for the current challenge at Less is More.

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Be sure to stop by the challenge blog and welcome our newest Design Team members and our Guest Designer!  Then create your own card using these colors, and link it to the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, January 9.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamp: Everyday Greetings Collection (Wordsworth)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette, Pale Plum (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Soft Sky (SU)
Other: Happy Butterfly Sash die (Poppystamps); Stitched Rectangle die (Lawn Fawn); rhinestones (Recollections)

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 hello!  At CAS Colours & Sketches, we’re celebrating our challenge blog’s fourth birthday this week with challenge #200!  To thank our challenge participants for helping us to reach this milestone, we’re offering up prizes from Uniko, STAMPlorations, and Lawn Fawn to three lucky players in this week’s challenge.  You won’t want to miss out on this event!  All the details are at the challenge site.

This week’s challenge is a color challenge based on the colors in our blog’s header:  monochromatic blues.  I went back to the card I’d made for CC&S sketch #44 for some inspiration.  This time, I stamped a row of stars on a diagonal and added a sentiment above them.  I colored the stars with Copics, using three shades of blue and blending them together for an ombre effect.  I trimmed the panel below the stars and added narrow borders of two coordinating colors of cardstock.  Finally I attached the panel to a light blue cardstock base. (I just realized as I was typing up the supply list for this card that all three blue cardstocks are retired colors.)

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My card is dedicated to our CC&S Design Team and our challenge participants, because without them, the blog wouldn’t have achieved the success it has.  A big hug of appreciation goes out to all of them for making our blog such a wonderful gathering place for fun and creativity!

We’d love to see what you can create with this week’s colors, and to have you join in celebrating with us!  Share your card at the CC&S website by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, November 23.  We hope you’ll continue to join in our challenges.  Thank you to our fantastic sponsors for this week, who have generously offered prizes.

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Addicted to CAS has a challenge with the keyword “ombre” so I’m entering my card there.  And STAMPlorations’ November CAS challenge is “anything CAS goes” so I’ll join in there, too.

Supplies:
Stamps: So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Brilliant Blue, Ballet Blue, Bashful Blue (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

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