Hello!  It’s time for another stash challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This week we’re asking our participants to pull their dies and/or punches out of their stash of crafting supplies and use them to create a Christmas or wintry card.

I’ve paired some of my snowflake dies with some snowflake patterned paper.  I used coordinating designer paper to cut the snowflakes.  I added some white shimmery paint to the paper before cutting the smallest snowflake.  In retrospect, I kinda wish I’d done that for the white snowflake in the background, to help it show up better.  Oh well.  A simple sentiment banner and a few pearls finish off the card.  The sentiment is one of my oldest unmounted stamps; it’s from a Purple Onion Designs set that has been retired. The layout for it is this week’s challenge from Freshly Made Sketches.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the 52CCT design team has done with their punches and dies.  Then share your own card with us using the linky tool at the challenge site.  The deadline for participating is 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, June 3.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamp: Purple Onion Designs
Cardstock: Baja Breeze (Stampin’ Up); Jack Frost, Polar Blue, and Fresh Snow designer papers from Blitzen collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Blue Bayou (SU)
Other: Stitched Snowflake dies (Lawn Fawn); Frost White shimmer paint, pearls (SU); sponge

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!

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 again!  I’m back to crafting again after helping take care of some family matters, and I’m getting back into the groove with a color challenge for CAS Colours & Sketches.

It was hard to see these colors and not think of doing something floral.  LOL  I got the lighter shades of the deep purple and the lagoon green by stamping off onto a scrap piece of paper before stamping onto the cardstock.  Then I had to figure out how to incorporate the silver.  I’ve done that by spritzing the main panel of the card with pewter shimmer mist and adding silvery brads to two of the corners.  The layout for this card is very roughly based on last week’s sketch at CC&S.


CC&S color174-001Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S design team and our May guest designer have made with these colors!  Then create a card of your own and link it to our challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, May 25.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Lotus Blossom
Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss
Other: diamond brads; pewter Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)

Hello there!  It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  Our challenge theme for the next two weeks is “Just Us Girls”.  Create a card suitable to give a girl or woman of any age from 1 to 101.  Remember that for our challenges, any embellishments must be less than 1/4″ thick, so that the cards can fit in an envelope and be mailed at the regular first-class postage rate.

I’m trying to build up a stash of cards again for Send a Smile 4 Kids, so I decided to make my card suitable for a child.  I confess that I was in a time crunch when I was making this card, so I fell back on a design I’ve used in the past.  I cut a strip of designer paper that’s mostly pink and white.  I pleated it to give it some extra visual interest before I attached it to the card base.  I colored the bunny on a small piece of cardstock that I’d cut into a circle.  I die cut a couple of mats for the bunny and assembled them all together.  I added a sweet little sentiment, rounded the bottom corners, and my card was done.


Be sure to check out what the rest of the Cards in Envy design team has made!  Then we’d love to see your creativity!  What kind of girly card will you make?  Share your card using the linky tool at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, May 15.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: My Silly Valentine (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Tea & Crumpets designer paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Houston Arts); standard circle and petite scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); corner rounder punch (SU)


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