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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

April Sketch - Winners ....

...  Hi it's Deborah here with you.  I really enjoyed seeing all your gorgeous cards for my sketch challenge, you certainly made it hard for us to pick our winners.  However, we've done it.  Without further ado, congratulations go to:

Top Honours



Honourable Mentions (in order of submission) are:


Congratulations to you all - don't forget to pick up your badges and display them on your blogs.

If you've not joined in with our April Colour Challenge you have until Friday 18th April, 1.00pm EDT (6.00pm BST).  We are really looking forward to seeing your Christmas/Winter cards.  See you soon.

Deborah x



Saturday, 12 April 2014

April Color Challenge

Hello all!  It's Deborah with you again this week, and it's time for our colour challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  You must pick three or more colours from the graphic.



You may also use white, cream, black, gold or silver as neutrals for your card base, embellishments or inks.  However, the main colours must come from the graphic.  I know that it is sometimes difficult to work out the colours on different PC screens, for reference I've given SU names:

Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, River Rock
Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue


We have a FABULOUS Guest DT member this month!
It's the super talented

Here's her card for this week

And here's some inspiration from the DT~


Please make sure to follow these rules when you play along with us here at 52CCT! :)

*Please read the challenge requirements carefully before creating your card. We will never delete any submissions that do not follow our challenge rules; however, only cards that meet the requirements will be considered by the Design Team for our weekly Top Honors and Honorable Mention voting. 

*Please link back to our blog in your post so that others can join in the fun.
 
*We would love it if you added our button to the side of your blog.
 
*Please make sure to link to your POST, not your blog.
 
*Please make sure NOT to back link. Your card must not have been posted to your blog before the date of this challenge.
 
*In order to be considered for Top Honor or Honorable Mention, you must link up by Friday at 6:00pm GMT.
 
*You are free to combine this challenge with up to 10 other challenges.
 
*We'd really appreciate it if you'd turn off word verification so that we can comment more easily! We know a lot of you do this for safety, but it takes a very long time to comment when verification is activated, and you may lose your comments from us... just sayin'. ;)

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Winners - March Pick a Previous challenge

Hello!  It's Patricia here, one last time for now, to announce the winners for our March Pick a Previous challenge.  First, though, I'd like to say that I've enjoyed being your challenge hostess for the month of March, and that you participants have totally ROCKED the challenges this past month!  I do apologize for not getting to comment on as many of your cards as I would have liked.  Thank you so much for joining with us each week!

And now, without further ado, let's congratulate our winners:

TOP HONOR: Lorry
The sweet, simple snowy scene made excellent use of our April 2013 colors!


HONORABLE MENTION
(in order of entry into the challenge)


Please join me in giving a round of applause to our winners!  Winners, we hope you'll collect the appropriate winners' badge from the tab below our blog header, and display it proudly on your blog.

There is still time to take part in our April sketch challenge!  You have until 1:00 p.m. Eastern time/6:00 p.m. GMT Friday, April 11 to link your Christmas or wintry card.  We hope you'll share your artwork with us!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

April Sketch Challenge

Hello everyone!  Welcome to 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, we hope that by joining in with our challenges each week you will build up a stash of Christmas cards and avoid that last minute panic in November or December.  I'm Deborah, and I have the great pleasure of being your host for the month.

It's the first Saturday of the month and that means we have a sketch for you to use.  You are more than welcome to flip the sketch or change it to a square, but we we must still be able to see the sketch in your card.


We have a FABULOUS Guest DT member this month!
Please help us welcome

Here's her card for this week~


And here's some inspiration from the DT~

Please make sure to follow these rules when you play along with us here at 52CCT! :)

*Please read the challenge requirements carefully before creating your card. We will never delete any submissions that do not follow our challenge rules; however, only cards that meet the requirements will be considered by the Design Team for our weekly Top Honors and Honorable Mention voting. 

*Please link back to our blog in your post so that others can join in the fun.
 
*We would love it if you added our button to the side of your blog.
 
*Please make sure to link to your POST, not your blog.
 
*Please make sure NOT to back link. Your card must not have been posted to your blog before the date of this challenge.
 
*In order to be considered for Top Honor or Honorable Mention, you must link up by Friday at 6:00pm GMT.
 
*You are free to combine this challenge with up to 10 other challenges.
 
*We'd really appreciate it if you'd turn off word verification so that we can comment more easily! We know a lot of you do this for safety, but it takes a very long time to comment when verification is activated, and you may lose your comments from us... just sayin'. ;)

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Winners - March stash challenge

Wow!  Our challenge participants shared a lot of fantastic creations using dimensional flowers during our Stash Challenge week!  We enjoyed seeing everyone's beautiful entries!  The Design Team voting results for our Top Honors and Honorable Mention recipients were pretty close, but we've determined our winners.  Please join us in congratulating:

TOP HONOR - Pat
We love how she turned her flower into a snowflake!  Gorgeous and clever!


We also congratulate our Honorable Mentions
(in order of entry into the challenge)







Well done, everyone!  You may collect your winners' badge from the tab below our blog header.

If you haven't joined in our current Pick a Previous Color challenge, there is still time to get in on the action!  Choose one of our color combinations from the archives tab, make a card with it, and share it via the link on the challenge post.  You have until 6:00 p.m. GMT/1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, April 4 to play along with us.  We look forward to seeing what you create with one of our previous color combos!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

March Pick a Previous Challenge

Greetings!  It's the fifth Saturday of the month, which means it's "Pick a Previous" week!

 

This week we'd like for you to click on our Colour Combos Archive tab, choose a combination that we've used for one of our prior color challenges, and create a Christmas card with it.  Then share your card using the linky tool at the bottom of this post.  We'd love to see what you make!  We do ask that in your blog post, you note which of our previous color schemes you've used for your card.


Our March guest designer, Scraplady, has created a sparkly, snowy scene 
using the October 2013 combo, no red or green:


Here is some more inspiration from the Design Team:

(July 2012 - black and white with a splash of blue)


(May 2013 - red and white)


 (January 2014 - choose three colors from two blues, two purples, and yellow)


(July 2013 - deep red, dark green, ivory, and dark brown)


(September 2012 - brown, red, and cream or white )


(May 2012 - purple, silver, and green)


(March 2012 - blue, red, and green)


(April 2013 - navy, light blue, and white)
Season's Greetings - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems


 (January 2014 - choose three colors from two blues, two purples, and yellow) 




Now it's your turn!  Please create your own Christmas or wintry card using one of our previous color schemes.  Share it with us via the linky tool below before 6:00 pm GMT/1:00 pm Eastern time Friday, April 4.  We'd love to see what you make! :)

Please make sure to follow these rules when you play along with us here at 52CCT! :)


*Please read the challenge requirements carefully before creating your card. We will never delete any submissions that do not follow our challenge rules; however, only cards that meet the requirements will be considered by the Design Team for our weekly Top Honors and Honorable Mention voting. 

*Please link back to our blog in your post so that others can join in the fun.
 
*We would love it if you added our button to the side of your blog.
 
*Please make sure to link to your POST, not your blog.
 
*Please make sure NOT to back link.  Your card must not have been posted to your blog before the date of this challenge.
 
*In order to be considered for Top Honor or Honorable Mention, you must link up by Friday at 6:00pm GMT.
 
*You are free to combine this challenge with up to 10 other challenges.
 
*We'd really appreciate it if you'd turn off word verification so that we can comment more easily! We know a lot of you do this for safety, but it takes a very long time to comment when verification is activated, and you may lose your comments from us... just sayin'. ;)


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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Winners - March theme challenge

The stars really shone for our theme challenge last week!  Thank you to all of our participants for sharing your lovely creations with us!  The Design Team has chosen the following for our honors this week.

TOP HONOR - Judy V


HONORABLE MENTIONS
(In order of entry into the challenge)






Excellent job, ladies!  You've earned the right to display our winners' badge, located at the tab at the top of this page, on your blogs!

Have you played along in our Stash challenge this week?  There is still time to create a card using dimensional paper flowers!  Link it to our challenge post by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time/6:00 p.m. GMT Friday, March 28.  Please join us, and perhaps your card will be featured in our winners' post next week!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

March Stash Challenge - Paper Flowers

Welcome to 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown!  Whether this is your first visit here or you're one of our regular challenge participants, we're glad you're here, and we hope you'll join in the fun and creativity!

This week is "stash challenge" week, where we invite you to use products that you likely already have in your crafting supplies.  This time we want to see your dimensional paper flowers!  You can can use store-bought paper flowers (such as Primas) or you can create flowers with punches, dies, or an electronic die-cutting machine.  Using floral patterned paper doesn't count for this challenge unless you find a way to lift those flowers off the card!  Stamping or using a digital image of a Christmasy flower only works if you then cut it out and give it some dimension.  (See the cards Design Team members Jacqueline and Deborah made for two excellent examples of that.)  Have fun being creative with this!

Here is what our March Guest Designer, Scraplady, has done with our theme.  
Her gold floral doily visually balances with the printed poinsettia in the bottom corner.


Here is some more fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.
Check out the different ways they've used dimensional flowers!
While you're at it, put a smile on their faces by leaving a comment on their blogs! 
After all, everyone enjoys receiving comments.  :) 


Sparkly Stuff - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Now it's your turn!  Please create your own Christmas or wintry card featuring dimensional paper flowers and share it with us via the linky tool below.  You have until 6:00 pm GMT/1:00 pm Eastern time Friday, March 28 to link your card.

Please make sure to follow these rules when you play along with us here at 52CCT! :)


*Please read the challenge requirements carefully before creating your card. We will never delete any submissions that do not follow our challenge rules; however, only cards that meet the requirements will be considered by the Design Team for our weekly Top Honors and Honorable Mention voting. 

*Please link back to our blog in your post so that others can join in the fun.
 
*We would love it if you added our button to the side of your blog.
 
*Please make sure to link to your POST, not your blog.
 
*Please make sure NOT to back link. Your card must not have been posted to your blog before the date of this challenge.
 
*In order to be considered for Top Honor or Honorable Mention, you must link up by Friday at 6:00pm GMT.
 
*You are free to combine this challenge with up to 10 other challenges.
 
*We'd really appreciate it if you'd turn off word verification so that we can comment more easily! We know a lot of you do this for safety, but it takes a very long time to comment when verification is activated, and you may lose your comments from us... just sayin'. ;)


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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Winners - March color challenge

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our March color challenge!  The Design Team's votes are in, and ...

We have a tie for Top Honors!  Please join us in congratulating


and



Our Honorable Mentions, in order of entry into the challenge, go to





Ladies, we hope you'll be proud to copy and paste our winners badge onto your blogs.

Let's give a round of applause to all of our winners!

There is still plenty of time to join us in our March theme challenge, Stars, if you haven't already!  Make a card using stars as the focus, and share it with us using the linky tool on the challenge post by 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time/6:00 p.m. GMT Friday, March 21.  We'd love to see what you create! :)

Saturday, 15 March 2014

March Theme Challenge - Stars

Hello!  It's time for another challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown!  If you've been playing along with us all this year so far, you should be growing a nice little stash of Christmas cards to send in December.  If you're new to us, please feel welcome to join us, because it's never too late to start!

This week we have a theme for you to use in creating your work:


We hope you'll use stars as the focus of your cards this week!

Our guest designer this month, Scraplady, has created a cute, heartwarming scene.
Here's her take on our theme:


Here is how the design team is showing off their stars:

Patricia





Now it's your turn!  Please create your own Christmas or wintry card showcasing stars and share it  with us via the linky tool below.  This challenge will close at 6:00 pm GMT/1:00 pm Eastern time Friday, March 21.

Please make sure to follow these rules when you play along with us here at 52CCT! :)


*Please read the challenge requirements carefully before creating your card. We will never delete any submissions that do not follow our challenge rules; however, only cards that meet the requirements will be considered by the Design Team for our weekly Top Honors and Honorable Mention voting. 

*Please link back to our blog in your post so that others can join in the fun.
 
*We would love it if you added our button to the side of your blog.
 
*Please make sure to link to your POST, not your blog.
 
*Please make sure NOT to back link.  Your card must not have been posted to your blog before the date of this challenge.
 
*In order to be considered for Top Honor or Honorable Mention, you must link up by Friday at 6:00pm GMT.
 
*You are free to combine this challenge with up to 10 other challenges.
 
*We'd really appreciate it if you'd turn off word verification so that we can comment more easily! We know a lot of you do this for safety, but it takes a very long time to comment when verification is activated, and you may lose your comments from us... just sayin'. ;)


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