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)

The current challenge at Lawnscaping is “clean and simple”, and I just couldn’t resist playing along in it!  I squeezed out some time last night and this morning to make a couple of coordinating cards, using (again! LOL) the current sketch at CAS Colours & Sketches.  The only real difference in the two is the colors and the position of the mat behind the focal panel.  I’ve made a “boy version” and a “girl version” because I’ll be donating the cards to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Remember, the CC&S sketch challenge is open until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, November 16.  We’d love to have you join us there!

Supplies:
Stamps: My Silly Valentine (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Crumb Cake, Bashful Blue, Pink Pirouette (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Stitched Rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

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

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

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

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

Hello again!  This week is sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I hope you’ll consider joining in the fun and creativity there by creating a card of your own with this sketch!

In the spirit of full disclosure, I first drew up this sketch several years ago for a different challenge blog.  And there are probably very similar sketches to it out there in challenge blog land.  But I figured since I drew this one, I could use it again for CC&S.

I had the sweet little elephant image left over as a “reject” from a card I made a few months ago.  Since the stamp set name is “Ellie”, I’m going to assume it’s a girl elephant.  She’s been sitting on my desk since July (good thing she’s just a little cardstock elephant and not a real one…  heh heh, bad sense of humor, sorry).  I decided it was time to put her to use on a card.  This time I was able to match her pretty well to one of my brown cardstocks, so I’ve used that for the angled panel.  I figured some green grass would be a nice way to give the elephant some “ground” so she’s not seemingly floating on the focal panel, so I die cut some grass from a scrap of cardstock and put Ellie between some shorter and some taller grass.  I used the same shade of green cardstock for the card base.  The sentiment was stamped in the same shade of green, too.  Using a stitched die for the focal panel gives it a little extra interest than if I’d used just a plain piece of cardstock. And now there’s a cute any occasion card for the box I’ll be sending soon to Send a Smile 4 Kids!

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Addicted to Stamps and More is having a CAS challenge this week so I’m going to enter this card there.

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 Wednesday, November 16.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Ellie, Simply Said Hello (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Grassy Border and Stitched Rectangle dies (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  It’s time for a new month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches, and for November, I get to be your challenge hostess!  I hope you’ll enjoy the cards the design team and I make this month, and I hope you’ll join in and make some cards, too.

A new month always gets started off with a color challenge.   I’ve chosen a trio of colors that haven’t been used much on our blog.  I felt they worked in nicely with the autumn season.  Because of that, I was compelled to use tree images on my card.  I’ve pulled out one of my “oldie but goodie” sets that was retired several years ago.  Rather than layering colored cardstock to mat the image panel, I’ve made a mat out of the three challenge colors – which was a great way to use some scraps of cardstock!  The ribbon was a last minute addition.  The card looked too plain without it, but now it almost seems like the ribbon was a bit too much.  What do you think?

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Our friends at the Less is More challenge blog are celebrating their 300th challenge this week!  What an amazing milestone for them!  I’m helping them celebrate by playing along in their challenge this week.  I’m also joining in the challenge for masculine cards at AAA Cards.

Go check out the other design team members’ cards at the CAS Colours & Sketches blog.  They’ve done an amazing job this week!  Then show us what you’re inspired to create using these colors.  If you don’t have the exact Stampin’ Up colors, that’s all right; simply use whatever you have that matches them closely. You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, November 9 to link your card at the challenge post.  Happy crafting!

All supplies except the ivory cardstock are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Trendy Trees, Birthday Whimsy
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke; Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke
Other: Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon

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

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

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

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

Hello there!  Once again, it’s time for a sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

My first idea for the sketch didn’t work out the way I’d envisioned it in my head, so late last night I had to go back to the proverbial drawing board… and I went waaaaay back, to some of my very old, long-retired Stampin’ Up products!  I’ve been making a lot of Christmas and wintry cards lately, and I decided to step off that train of thought for today’s card.  The designer paper is seriously about 10 years old, and I probably bought the buttons around the time I bought the paper.  The pale yellow cardstock is textured, but I’m not sure how well that shows up in the photo.  The stamp is the most recent product I’ve purchased. I’ll be donating this card to Send a Smile 4 Kids, and I think it’ll be suitable for a teenage girl who might not be into the little-girly pink stuff any longer.

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If you need more inspiration, check out what the rest of the CC&S design team and our October guest designer have made.  Then create your own card using the sketch, and share it with us at the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, November 2.  We’d love to see what you make!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamp: So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Barely Banana textured, Spring Showers designer paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: buttons (SU); embroidery floss (DMC)

Here’s one last card using the colors from this past week’s challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches, combined with the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch!  I had made several watercolored backgrounds like this last week when I was working on my card for 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, but I couldn’t get the embossing part of the challenge there to look right with them, so I set them aside.  I came across them again this morning and decided to do something with them before the CC&S and CTS challenges ended.

I took my favorite of the three backgrounds and trimmed it down a little with a stitched edge die.  Since the colors are rather Christmassy, I die cut a seasonal sentiment from copper cardstock and glued it to the watercolored panel.  I added a copper mat and attached it to a cherry card base.  Of all the cards I’ve made with this color combo, I like this one best.

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If you’d like to join in the CC&S challenge, there are still a few hours left to make a card and link it at the challenge site!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Copper (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Other: Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green reinkers, Wonderful Wreath die (SU); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

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, and happy Thursday!  It’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches, and this week we have a sketch for you to try.

I’ve stretched out the sketch into a landscape-oriented rectangle, and I’ve combined this challenge with the photo inspiration challenge at AAA Cards.  I used my color spritzer tool and red, yellow, and blue markers to make the splatter design on the white panel.  I stamped the flower onto a scrap of cardstock and used a rainbow of colored pencils to color it.  After I fussy cut it out, I added a brad for the flower center and used dimensional adhesive to attach the flower to the card.

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So long as we can see the basic elements of the sketch in your card, it’s all good!  What kind of card will you create with it?  We’d love to see!  Share it with us via the linky tool on the challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, October 19.  Happy crafting!

Supplies:
Stamps: Le Jardin, Everyday Sayings (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Real Red, YoYo Yellow, and Brilliant Blue markers, dimensionals (SU); color spritz tool (InkWorkz); Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Hampton Arts); mini brad (Making Memories)

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)

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