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.

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.

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!

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!

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!  This week is theme week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and this time we have a theme that I think will be fun for a lot of people:  Christmas Critters.  Any type of animal critter you’d like to use will be fine, so long as it ties in with the Christmas season.

I turned to one of my stamp sets that features animals that live in cold climates, and chose one of the penguin stamps from it.  My Santa hat stamp from another set fits this penguin pretty well.  I stamped both the penguin and the hat on scrap cardstock, colored them, and fussy cut them.  It’s not easy to see in the photo, but I added some Wink of Stella to the white trim on the hat.  In real life, it’s pretty shimmery.  Then I had to figure out a layout and a color scheme for my card.  The current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches looked like a good one.  I had a banner with a heat-embossed sentiment left over from another project, and it fit perfectly with the sketch.  A variety of designer papers makes up the background for my penguin.  I don’t often use black for card bases, but it was the half-sheet of cardstock left over from the card I shared yesterday, and it tied in with the penguin.  And now I have another card to add to the ones I’ll be sending to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

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What kind of critter(s) will you choose for your card?  Be sure to share it at the 52CCT site before the challenge ends at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, October 21.  Check out what the rest of the design team has made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: Critters in the Snow, Hats Off to You, Happy Everything (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); scraps from Aspen Frost 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); gold (ColorBox)
Other: markers (Copic); Wink of Stella pen (Zig); detail gold embossing powder (SU)

Hello!  Today I took a crafting break simply to create.  I wanted to join in the color challenge at The Paper Players before it expired, and I decided to combine that with the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!  I’m trying to get a few more cards done before I send a shipment off to Send a Smile 4 Kids, so I decided on a cute love-themed card that would work well for a kid of any age.  Even though the sentiment and the image came from two different stamp sets, I thought they worked well together.  I snipped the edges of the two green designer papers really closely to resemble grass.  It’s been so long since I’ve used my grass-shaped dies that I’d forgotten I had them until I was taking the picture of the card.  As Homer Simpson would say, “D’oh!”


Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a terrific weekend!

Stamps: Critters in Costume, Love ‘n Breakfast (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Naturals White (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); scraps from Bright Side petite paper pack (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Stitched Rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

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!

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)

Hello!  It’s time for another month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches!  We have some bold, bright colors for our challenge this week.

I really didn’t want to use the turquoise and the pink with the green to create a floral scene; that seemed a little too typical.  But I wasn’t sure how to merge the colors into a more graphic design.  My eyes caught a stamp set with a number of bird images and I thought that would work – plus, it fits the current theme over at Shopping Our Stash.  I’ve used the layout from this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I debated whether or not to use a background stamp on the pink card base and I finally decided against it, because I didn’t want to take away from the CAS-ness of the card.


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As always, although Stampin’ Up color names are used to describe the colors, you do not need to use SU products to create your card for the challenge.  Just use whatever product you have that is closest.  For all the details of this challenge, please check out the blog at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I hope you’ll join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: For the Birds (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Glorious Green (SU); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Hampton Arts); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

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