Saturday 31 October 2015

October Pick a Previous Theme Challenge

Hello, it's April. Happy Hallowe'en to you! I've had a wonderful time hosting this month's challenges. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful and inspirational Christmas cards with us.

I hope that you are not too busy carving pumpkin lanterns to join us this week. For our last challenge of the month, we would like you to peruse our Themes archive and choose a previous theme to base the design of your Christmas card on.

Whether you like snowmen, reindeer, stars, animals, fairy lights or angels, they are all here (along with many many more!) in our archive of previous themes. We love to see all your cards, whether classic, cute or CAS! Do please carefully read our rules before submitting your Christmas card.

Thank you for having me! Here are the previous themes chosen by the DT.

(March 2012 - Christmas animals/birds)

(July 2015 - Snowman)

(September 2015 - for a man)

(May 2015 - o little town)

(June 2015 - Elves)

(August 2015 - for a child)

(October 2012 - Christmas Fairy Lights)

To be Jolly - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems


Wednesday 28 October 2015

Winners - October Theme Challenge

Thank you for all your beautiful woodland creations - we loved them all!
I am so pleased to be able to announce our winners.

Once again, we have joint Top Honours:

#8 Sheena


#15 Kathe D

Honourable Mentions go to:

#6 Andrea

#7 Sandma

#16 Kathy

#18 Liselot

#22 Cranberry & Eggplant

Congratulations! Please don't forget to join us for our current technique challenge.

Happy crafting! April x

Saturday 24 October 2015

October Technique Challenge

Hi, it's April here. I hope that you are enjoying all your Christmas crafting. Our challenge this week is to make a Christmas card using the technique of resist embossing.

You simply heat emboss a stamped image with clear embossing powder and then use sponges or daubers to create a blended ink background. Here is Beate Johns' tutorial

I know that we are sure to see some amazing cards produced with this lovely technique. Please read our rules carefully before you submit your Christmas or winter themed card.

I hope that you will be inspired by the DT's beautiful cards.


Silent Night - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems


Wednesday 21 October 2015

Winners - October Colour Challenge

Thank you for all your wonderful cards entered for our colour challenge. I'm pleased to announce our winners.
Joint Top Honours go to:
#3 Sandma


#7 Deepti

Honourable Mentions go to:
#8 Robyn
#13 Sandy
#15 Lucinda
Blue and gold Christmas card by Lucinda Creates
A big congratulations to our winners. All the cards entered were stunning - thank you again for sharing them with us! We hope that you will join us for our current theme challenge.
April x

Saturday 17 October 2015

October Theme Challenge

Hello! It's April here. Thank you for joining us at 52CCT as we prepare our cards for the big day. My theme for this challenge is inspired by my favourite Christmas music, John Rutter's 'Wild Wood Carol'. I love the verse,

'Sing o' the wild wood, the green holly
The silent river and barren tree
The humble creatures that no man sees
Sing o' the wild wood.'

For this challenge, we would like to see those hidden creatures and/or trees on your cards. Any woodland inhabitant is very welcome eg. foxes, rabbits, deer, or indeed any suitably wintery trees, rivers or green holly. We cannot wait to see what you come up with!

Here are the woodland creations of the DT.

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


Wednesday 14 October 2015

Winners - October Sketch Challenge

Thank you so much for playing with us in our last challenge. I'm delighted to announce our winners.
Top Honour goes to:
#9 Colien 
Honourable Mentions:
#1 Susan
#5 Carol
#6 Wendy
Congratulations to all. We loved seeing all your festive cards. We hope you will join us for our October Colour Challenge!
April x

Saturday 10 October 2015

October Colour Challenge

Hi! It's April here. Thank you for your fabulous festive creations for the last challenge. The DT love seeing your cards. For this week's challenge, we have a colour combo for you. We would like to see blue or purple combined with any metallic colour eg. silver, gold, bronze, pewter. You may of course also use a neutral of your choice.

I'm sure you will have some marvellous, gleaming cards for us to enjoy. Please read our rules carefully before you submit your Christmas or winter themed card.

Here are the cards created by the DT.



Wednesday 7 October 2015

winner september technique challenge

hello everybody,
Fabiola here,
i'm you hostess for the last time in september
and i'm so grateful to announce our top honor
and our honorable mention for our real stitching challenge

top honors goes to
Jen L

and Laura

honorable mention goes to
congrats to all, it was a pleasure to see your creations
and to inspire you during this month.
don't forget to play with our october sketch challenge.