Saturday, 6 February 2016

February Sketch Challenge

Hi! It's April here. Welcome to the first of our February challenges - a sketch challenge.

We can't wait to see your interpretations of the sketch. Please remember it must be a Christmas or winter themed card. You don't need to include a Christmas tree if you don't want to, as any festive element will be great! You could also flip the sketch. We just ask that we can still recognise the original sketch within your design.

We love seeing your amazing cards. I hope that you will feel inspired by the creations of the DT:



Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Winners - January Theme

I did enjoy seeing all your lovely cards for my Christmas Candles/Lanterns theme last week - the thumbnail display was very pretty.  As always, you guys made it very hard to pick a winner. Indeed, it was so hard, that we actually had a three-way tie for the top spot.  So, without further ado, here are the winners:
(in order of submission)

This is such a cute Christmas card.  One layer too!
Love the mice choristers around the Christmas lantern.

We really like the candle and stand, and the lovely halo behind the candle.
Clean, simple and just beautiful!

There is so much detail on this card.  
The Christmas lantern is so beautiful and we love the pine detail too!

As we had three joint winners, there are no Honourable Mentions this week.

Before I go, I'd like to remind you that there's still time to take part in this week's challenge. I've picked FOILING/GILDING and at the time of writing, it looks like it's a real challenge too! There are only three cards on thumbnail.  Come on!  Give it a go - it really is very easy and looks so lovely. If you don't have foil/gilding flakes in your stash - I'm perfectly happy to accept the use of foil peeloffs!!!

You've got until midnight (GMT) Friday 5th February to join in!

Saturday, 30 January 2016

January Stash

Morning, it's Deborah here with my last challenge of the month at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. This week is either a Stash or Technique challenge.  I think this is a stash challenge, as I'm sure we all have foils and/or gilding flakes somewhere in our stash.  However, it could equally well be a technique!  I want to see foils or gilding on your cards.

There are a several ways to use foils and gilding flakes, and I've added some videos at the end of this post showing how to apply gilding flakes using glue and double sided adhesives.  Here's some inspiration from the team:

Season's Greetings - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems



Thursday, 28 January 2016

Winners - January Colours

Sorry this is a bit late!  I think the shades of orange was a challenge - but the thumbnail display did look so pretty.  Here are the winners:


Such a lovely jolly group of snowmen.
Love the embossed orange snowflake background.

Such pretty shades of orange - super tutorial on how to make the background too.
Such an elegant card.

(in order of submission)

This is a really fun Christmas tree!

A really beautiful image and looks wonderful in orange.

Congratulations to you all - thanks for playing with my very non-traditional colours.  Please pick up your badges from the tab above and display them on your blogs.

Before I go, just time for a quick reminder about this week's theme challenge where I'd like to see your cards with Christmas Candles/Lanterns.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

January Theme

Morning All, it's Deborah here with you today.  The third Saturday of each month at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is either a theme or recipe challenge.  I decided to go for a theme this month - I want to see Christmas Candles/Lanterns on your cards:

This really is open to all sorts of interpretations - clean, simple, modern, vintage, traditional - the choice is yours.  Here's some inspiration from the Design Team:

Merry Christmas - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems


Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Winners - January Sketch

Last week's sketch was something of a challenge but then, that's what this is for, to challenge ourselves.  It was great to see all the lovely interpretations of the sketch from CAS one-layer right through to many layers - they were all just fab!  However, we do have to have some winners and they are as follows.


This lovely die cut tree echoes the sketch beautifully!
Love the red, black and white colours too.   Great work!

(in order of submission)

Lots of texture here, love the mixed media look.
Love the cool winter colours.  So festive too!

No stamping involved - it's all beautiful design papers.
Love the pretty wreath and that little bird is adorable.  Nicely done!

Congratulations to you all.  Please pick up your badges from the tab at the top of the page and display them on your blogs!

Now, there's still plenty of time to join in with this week's colour challenge.  It's totally non-traditional - but the possibilities are just endless.  

Have fun!

Saturday, 16 January 2016

January Colours

Hi, it's Deborah here with you again today.  It's time for our monthly colour challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  I had lots of fun picking this week's colours.  I decided to go for something very different - I've picked shades of orange.  You can go light, you can go dark - but I want to see your Christmas/winter themed cards in orange!!

Here's some inspiration from the Design Team:

Merry Christmas - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems


Saturday, 9 January 2016

January Sketch Challenge

Hello and Good Morning.  It's Deborah here, and it's my pleasure to host this month's challenges at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  Each month we have a set pattern of challenges to inspire you to create your Christmas cards well ahead of the season, the schedule is:
  • Sketch
  • Colours
  • Theme/Recipe
  • Stash/Technique
  • Pick a Previous - if there's a fifth Saturday in the month
We introduced our new Design Team members last week and now that we are all getting back into our normal everyday routine, it's time to build the Christmas Card stash.  So, without further ado, here's our sketch:

I think this is quite versatile - you can make a one-layer card, keep it clean & simple, or make it shabby and distressed or have lots of layers, but we must be able to see the basic sketch in your creation.  Here's some inspiration from the team:

Julie T

Merry Christmas - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Just a quick reminder of the rules:

  • This is a CARD challenge - so no 3D projects, tags or ATCs
  • Only new projects - no backlinking
  • Please link directly to your POST, not to the whole of your blog
  • Please show the graphic on your challenge post
  • You must link up by midnight Friday (7.00pm EDT) to be considered for Winner or Honourable Mentions
  • A maximum of 10 challenges please
  • And please turn off word verification in order to make commenting easier - thank you
Have fun!!!