Hello!  It’s time to start a new year of challenges at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown!  I know it may seem odd to be making Christmas cards now, since the Christmas season is just about over.  But at 52{C}CT we present a different card making challenge each Saturday, with the idea that if you participate all year long, you’ll have a wonderful stash of lovely cards built up ready to send in December.  Or, if you’re like me and you prefer to send the same card design to everyone on your mailing list, you can create a great assortment of cards to donate to an organization of your choice, such as Operation Write Home, a church ministry, or your local hospital’s cancer center.

Each month of 52{C}CT challenges starts off with a sketch challenge.  Our January hostess, Deborah, has created one that’s rather clean and simple in design, but could be dressed up with embellishments if you choose.  The star shown in the sketch can be made any shape.  I’ve used a snowman from one of my newest stamp sets.  I used dimensional adhesive to attach him to the card.  When I was cutting the designer papers, I cut them to size as rectangles, and then cut them diagonally to make the triangles.  This resulted in two triangles from each designer paper, so I ended up making two cards – one in portrait orientation as the sketch was drawn, and one turned on its side in landscape orientation.

52CCT 01-03-2015 portrait

52CCT 01-03-2015 landscape

Be sure to visit the 52{C}CT blog to welcome our newest design team members – Julie, Tanja, and April!  Once you’ve been inspired by the design team’s work, make a Christmas or wintry card of your own using this sketch.  Share it with us by linking it at the 52{C}CT site by midnight GMT/7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, January 9.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: Be Jolly (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Real Red (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Nordic Holiday 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Be Jolly die (Avery Elle); markers (Copic); dimensionals (SU)

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