Hello!  It’s time for the first challenge of February at Christmas Card Throwdown.  For the next couple of weeks, we’re asking our participants to make cards using the theme of Christmas and/or wintry drinks.

When I’m cold, I enjoy curling up with a mug of hot cocoa.  I like adding lots of mini marshmallows to it and letting them get all soft and partially melted before I swallow them.  :)  So that’s the drink I opted to feature on my card.  I had the perfect stamp for this, and I decided to pair it with the sketch from a recent (but now closed) CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.  I looked through my designer papers and chose one with peppermints, because sometimes it’s nice to add some peppermint flavoring to the cocoa.  I took the colors for the mug and the straw from the designer paper.  Fussy cutting around the handle of the mug was kind of tedious, but I think the card ended up cheerily enough:

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Since I used markers to color the mug image, I’ll submit this card for the current challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CCT design team has made.  Then show us your favorite drink!  We’d love it if you joined our challenge.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, February 17 to link your card at the CCT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Warmest Wishes (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Confetti White (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); designer paper from Aspen Frost 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

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!  It’s time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.  Although we’ve changed from a weekly challenge to a bi-monthly one, we’re keeping the same rotation of the different types of challenges… which means this time we have a color challenge for you.  It’s an interesting one that departs from the typical red and green frequently seen at holiday time.

I decided to create a little scene on my card.  To keep it from getting too bulky with layers, I started out by cutting a card base from watercolor paper and painting a wash of aqua on it.  While that dried, I worked on the front panel.  The triptych die fit into the stitched rectangle die I used for the card front, so I was able to simultaneously cut them from a piece of ivory cardstock.  Then I cut the triptych die again from brown cardstock for my tree.  I used white shimmer paint to create “snow” at the base of the watercolor wash, and I stamped a sentiment on the card front.  When the paint was dry, I glued the ivory panel to the front of the card.  Then I carefully inlaid the brown pieces into the ivory panel.  I had run the brown cardstock through my Xyron machine before I die cut it so I didn’t have to try to fiddle with adding adhesive to the intricate tree branches.

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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 CCT site and see what the rest of the design team has created.  Be sure to link your card at the CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, February 3.  We look forward to having you join us!

Supplies:
Stamp: Holiday Script (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Soft Suede (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Soft Suede (SU)
Other: Narrow Tree Triptych die (Poppystamps); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn); Coastal Cabana reinker (SU); Frost White shimmer ink (Tsukineko)

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)

Yikes!  I’m a little late today with my post for this week’s challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I made a card yesterday but I wasn’t very happy with it.  As I was trying to fall asleep last night, another idea popped up in my mind.  So I got up this morning and gave it a try… and as luck would have it, it didn’t go quite as easily as I’d hoped.  But anyway…

I wanted to combine this week’s sketch challenge with the ombre challenge at Less is More and the “hello” challenge at AAA Cards.  My first card had a large flourish that I inked in three shades of blue, but I just wasn’t pleased with the overall look of it.  For my second attempt, I thought of using the sentiment “hello, sunshine” with my sunburst stencil.  I used two different shades of yellow to ink the stencil design, layering the darker shade to make it bolder toward the center of the design and fading out the lighter shade toward the edges.  Then I went to my stamps, looking for what I thought was a “hello, sunshine” stamp… and was disappointed to discover that the stamp only says “sunshine”, and it’s made to be used with a “hello” die.  At that point I thought, “My ‘hello’ die is going to look too big.  I have alphabet stamps, so I can spell out the sentiment with them.”  That didn’t go too badly, other than trying to position an apostrophe stamp for the comma… until I stamped the sentiment.  The first two times, the sentiment came out splotchy and messy looking.  So I cleaned the stamps and tried again.  That was slightly better but the letters still looked fuzzy.  So I figured I’d try my “hello” die anyway.  It turned out that the die filled up some of the tiny areas of the stencil that didn’t ink up well.  So I went with it, using textured cardstock for the die cut.  And finally the card came together.

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Despite all the troubles I had putting this card together, it’s still a lot better than my first card!

I hope you’ll have better luck creating a card with this sketch, and that you’ll share it with us at CC&S!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, January 16 to link your card there.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Summer Sun textured (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Summer Sun, Daffodil Delight (SU)
Other: Simply Said Hello die (Avery Elle); Rays stencil (Tim Holtz)

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)

It’s time for the last CAS Colours & Sketches challenge of 2016, and we’re closing the year out with another seasonal challenge.  This week we’d like for our participants to choose one of our sketch challenges from 2016 and make a festive card with it.

I missed out on challenge #173 back in May because at the time, I had to go out of town unexpectedly.  So I decided to use it for my card this week.  It’s great for a quick card!  I used a couple of scraps of designer paper for the diagonal strips, stamped a sentiment in a coordinating ink color, and the card was done!  I spent more time deciding which designer papers to use than I did assembling the card.

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We’d love to have you join in our challenge at CC&S!  Check out the Sketch Challenges Archives tab, pick one of the sketches from 2016, and make a holiday card.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, December 14 to link your card at the challenge site.  Thanks for visiting today!

Supplies:
Stamps: So Happy (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); scraps from Nordic Holiday 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up)

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, and Happy Thanksgiving to my American visitors!  It’s time for another challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches and this time we have a very simple sketch for you to try.

I’ve turned the sketch 90° on its side for my card.  I swiped three shades of blue gel sticks onto a card base of shimmery white cardstock and blended the gel sticks with a damp paper towel.  Then I flicked some white shimmery paint over it, thinking it would look like falling snow, but on second thought maybe it looks more like stars in the sky.  I cut a narrow scrap of the shimmery cardstock to neaten up the top border of the blue part of my card.  For the bottom, I die cut a border of trees using another piece of shimmery cardstock.  I added a simple sentiment and then glued the panel to the card.  I had thought about using cardstock shims to raise the white panels over the blue for a little extra dimension, but supporting the trees would have been difficult without cutting more of them and layering the die cuts.  So the white panels are adhered directly to the card base.  Getting the shimmery cardstock to show in the photograph wasn’t easy.  I wanted to brighten up the photo to show the whiteness of the cardstock, but that washed out the shimmery-ness.

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When I started out with this card, I didn’t intend to use the color scheme from last week’s CC&S challenge!  I tried out a few other sunset-inspired color combos with my gel sticks, but I liked the blues the best.

The Paper Players has a CAS Christmas card challenge going, and I’m also planning to enter this card into the Ombre challenge at Addicted to CAS.

What will you create with this sketch?  Share your work with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, November 30.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members have made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Holiday Script (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Cryogen White (Curious Metallic)
Ink: Pacific Point (Stampin’ Up)
Other: gel sticks (Faber Castell); Wide Open Spaces die (Memory Box); Frost White shimmer ink (Tsukineko)

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 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)

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