Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Winners - May Theme Challenge

Once again, for whatever reason, we didn't have very many participants in our "O Little Town" theme challenge.  However, the cards that were entered were all very nice, and didn't make the voting easy for our design team!  We've finally chosen the following two cards for our honors voting, so please join us in congratulating:

Winner

The alcohol ink background Laurie created was amazing!


 Honorable Mention

Laurie and Lesley, we hope you'll copy and paste the appropriate blog badge from our Badges tab and display it proudly on your blog.  

If you haven't yet joined in our current Stash Challenge - Ribbon, we hope you'll make the time to do so!  You have until midnight BST/7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 15 to link your card to our challenge post.  Happy crafting!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

May Stash Challenge

Welcome to 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - where it's Christmas all year long!  Our goal is to help you create a Christmas card each week, so that you'll have a nice stockpile of cards ready to be sent when the holiday season arrives.

It's Patricia here, hosting again this week, and this time I'd like for you to reach in your stash of supplies and show us what you can create with ribbon.  I love the look of ribbon on cards, and I own a pretty large variety of ribbons, but it seems like I rarely think to actually use it on my own cards!  It's such a versatile embellishment.  Most everyone has ribbon, and there are so many different ways to use it, so we’re hoping to see a lot of great cards this week!

 

Here's some inspiration from the 52CCT Design Team:

 


Now it's your turn!  Please read the challenge rules carefully before creating your card.  Then link it here before midnight British Summer Time/7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 29.  We're looking forward to seeing what you make! 



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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Winners - May Color Challenge

Hello!  It's Patricia here again to announce the winners of our May color challenge.  Either the pastel color scheme was more difficult than I'd anticipated when I chose it (and I apologize if that's the case!), or many of our challenge participants were busy with other activities that prevented them from joining us last week.  If it's the latter, I hope you were enjoying some lovely weather!

Anyway... without further ado, here are the cards the Design Team has chosen to honor:

Winner

What a simply lovely, elegant way of using the soft pastel colors!


Honorable Mention
 

Well done, ladies!  Please feel welcome to copy the appropriate Winners Badge from the tab up top here and display it on your blog.

There's still time to join in our current Theme Challenge - O Little Town.  We'd love to see your take on it!  You have until midnight BST/7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 22 to link your card to our challenge post.  Be sure to come back again Saturday for our May Stash challenge!  Merry crafting!




Saturday, 16 May 2015

May Theme Challenge

Hello hello!  It's time again for a new challenge here at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  Since it's the third Saturday of the month, we have a theme challenge for you this week:  O Little Town.  Although the theme was inspired by the Christmas carol "O Little Town of Bethlehem", your card does not necessarily need to depict the holy city.  Any wintry or Christmasy scene with several buildings will be suitable.

 

Let's see what the Design Team has made:






Please read the challenge rules carefully before creating your card.  The rest of the design team and I are looking forward to seeing what you make!  Remember that you have until midnight British Summer Time/7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 22 to link your card.


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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Winner - May Sketch Challenge

Everyone must have been out and about enjoying some springtime weather last week!  Due to the low turnout for our May sketch challenge, we have just one award to present...

Winner



Congratulations, Chris!  The Design Team loved your inked debossing and the overall traditional Christmasy feel of your card. 

There's still time to join in our current Color Challenge.  We'd love to see your take on it!  You have until midnight BST/7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 15 to link your card to our challenge post.  Happy crafting!

Saturday, 9 May 2015

May Color Challenge

Well hi there!  Welcome to 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. Tomorrow is Mother's Day in the United States, so we'd like to wish a wonderfully happy day to all the mothers here, whether your child is still young, has grown to adulthood, or perhaps has four legs and fur.

No matter what's going on in the world around us, it's always the winter holiday season here at 52CCT.  This week Patricia has come up with a color challenge based on a card she made for a 52CCT challenge a few years ago:


 We'd like to see what you can do with pastel colors - soft pink, light green, and pale yellow:


For reference, comparable Stampin' Up colors include Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Certainly Celery, Pistachio Pudding, Barely Banana, and/or So Saffron.  However, Stampin' Up products are not required for our challenges.  Just use whatever you have in your crafting supplies that's close to these colors. 

You may also use white, cream, gold, silver, kraft, or black as neutrals for your card base, as embellishments, or as ink colors for outline images or sentiments.  However, the colors from the graphic should be the main colors used on your card.

The Design Team has come up with these ideas for this challenge:






Please read the challenge rules carefully before creating your card.  On behalf of the Design Team, we're all looking forward to seeing what you make!  Remember that you have until midnight British Summer Time/7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 15 to link your card.


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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Winners - April Technique Challenge

Thank you to everyone who joined in our Triple Time Stamping technique challenge last week!  There were some gorgeous entries submitted, which didn't make it easy for the Design Team to choose our weekly winners.  However, we've narrowed it down to the following:

Winner

triple stamping 

and

Honourable Mention
Congratulations ladies - your cards are simply beautiful! You may pick up your badge from the tab at the top of the blog and display it on your blog.

If you'd like to play along with this week's sketch challenge, you still have plenty of time to enter:



We look forward to seeing your creations!

Saturday, 2 May 2015

May Sketch Challenge

Hello everyone!  Welcome to our challenge blog!  If you're new here, we hope you'll join in the fun and creativity of making a Christmas or wintry card each week.  If you're a returning participant, we're glad to have you back with us.

It's Patricia here, and I'm excited to be hosting the challenges for the month of May!  Thank you to Louise for a fun month of April challenges, and thank you to everyone who joined in them.  The Design Team loves seeing the creativity of our challenge participants!

Since it's the first Saturday of the month, this week's challenge is a sketch challenge. I drew up the sketch as an A2 sized rectangle (5.5" x 4.25") but if you prefer to make square cards, feel welcome to manipulate it into a square.  You can also choose to turn the sketch on its side or flip it mirror-image.  Any shape can be substituted for the star-shaped element.


Here's what the Design Team has done with the sketch:

 Patricia






Believe - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems









Please take a moment to read our challenge rules carefully before creating your card.  

  • We are a Christmas card challenge - please post only Christmas or winter-related cards.
  • Please mention 52 Christmas Card Throwdown in your post and provide a link so that others can join our challenge too.
  • Please link to your blog post and NOT your entire blog.
  • Your project must be new - no back links please.
  • You may combine this challenge with up to 10 other challenges.
  • Please turn off word verification so that we may comment on your card more easily.  We realize a lot of you use it for safety reasons. We do our best to leave comments for each of our challenge participants, however, trying to figure out those letters and numbers can be very frustrating!  We strongly suggest using comment moderation as a friendlier alternative.
  • We would love you to add our blog button to your blog's sidebar.


The rest of the design team and I are looking forward to seeing what you make!  Remember that you have until midnight British Summer Time/7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 8 to link your card.


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