Saturday, 21 January 2017

January - Colours

Good morning! Welcome to our colour challenge here at Christmas Card Throwdown - CCT02. Following our usual format we have some colours for you to use on your Christmas cards. We want to see CREAM, AQUA AND BROWN and ONLY those colours on your card.

Here's some inspiration from the Design Team:


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

Don't forget, you now have two weeks to play along with the challenge. Submission deadline is midnight (GMT) Friday 3rd February - that's 7.00pm EDT in the States. Have fun!


Saturday, 14 January 2017

December Winners

Oops! This is a bit later than planned. How silly that the change in format caught me out!!! We had 75 wonderful submissions for our December challenge of PICK A PREVIOUS 2016 CHALLENGE. There was a super variety of cards including funny, vintage, cute, traditional, CAS, dimensional, and layered. As always, it was very tough picking all our winners, but here they are:


A wonderful Christmas landscape (theme#51).
The sky is stunning - both blending and colours. 
The depth achieved here is fabulous - hard to tell it's only one layer. 

(in order of submission)

A super CAS Christmas card using both a sketch and colours.
Love the way you've paper pieced the coat and scarf.

#17 - Carol

Carol based her design on the wrapper around a soap dispenser! Looks wonderful.
She used Christmas landscapes as her theme. The sky is beautifully blended.

Stunning clean and simple Christmas landscape card.
We really like how the die cut is laid over the background image.

This is a fun Christmas landscape with the cute dog driving his car full of gifts!
The image is beautifully coloured.

Dashing through the woods to get that tree home!
Lovely Christmas landscape made with dies. Still so delightfully CAS.

Congratulations to all our winners. It looks like the Christmas landscape theme was really popular with everyone!! Do pick up your winners badges from out Badges tab and display them on your blogs.

Now, before I go, I want to remind you that we still have another week to go with our current challenge. We want to see your Christmas cards based on this sketch - CCT01:

You can turn or flip the sketch, but we have to be able to see the basis sketch in your finished card. It really isn't too early to make a start on your 2017 stash - it will certainly make life less stressed in December. Do have fun!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

January - Sketch - Some Changes

Good morning and Happy New Year! It's Deborah here with you today. I'm sure you have probably noticed that the blog has undergone a few changes since last year! We have added several new members to the team - please make them welcome, drop by and leave comments - we all love them!

We have also had a bit of a face-lift and changed up our colours. We have one other MAJOR change to the challenge. As you can see, the challenge name has been changed to CHRISTMAS CARD THROWDOWN. This is because we are changing from a weekly challenge to twice monthly challenge. We will be publishing challenges on the first and third Saturday of each month and they will run for two weeks. We are keeping the same format as previous years
  • Sketch
  • Colours
  • Theme
  • Technique or Stash
So, now that we're all up to speed, it's time to show you our sketch.

You can make your card square or switch it to rectangular. You can flip the sketch, turn it on its side and you don't have to use a star. BUT we DO have to be able to see the basic sketch in your card.

Here's some inspiration using our sketch from the new and expanded Design Team:

Before we go here's a quick reminder of our rules:
  • We are a Christmas card challenge - please post only Christmas or winter-related cards.
  • Please mention 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.
  • The challenge will close at midnight GMT/7:00 pm Eastern time on the Friday before the start of the next challenge.
  • 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 realise that you may use it for safety reasons, however it can be very frustrating when commenting on many challenge participants. We strongly suggest using comment moderation as a friendlier alternative.
Deadline for entry to this challenge is midnight GMT on Friday 20th January - that's 7.00pm EDT for those of us in the States. Have fun!


Saturday, 17 December 2016

New Design Team Members

Good morning! We do hope that your holiday preparations are well underway and going well. We're half-way through our December challenge to Pick a Previous 2016 challenge and there's still lots of time to join in the fun.

Today we are pleased to welcome the following ladies to our Design Team - Alison, Lucinda, EK, Myrna, Andreja and Evelyn. Let the ladies introduce themselves:

Hi, I'm Alison
I live in the UK with my husband, who is very tolerant of my stamping passion. Currently two of our three children are resident, they come and go like boomerangs. I like gardening, flowers, cooking a good book and being creative. I don't like having my photo taken. I've been stamping for a few years and love getting inky and trying out new techniques. The best thing about visiting all the amazing blogs is collecting ideas and trying them out. I've been following 52CCT for a couple of years and it has dramatically reduced the last minute card panic. I'm very happy to be joining the DT team and so much looking forward to the challenges and visiting the entries. I hope I won't feel the need to buy every new stamp and die I see!

I am Andreja and I come from a small and beautiful country Slovenia, Europe. I am married 14 years, but unfortunately we do not have children. We both have some hobbies. So, for me is creating a great consolation. I am a creative person since I remember. Now create cards and other 7 years. I make the most greeting cards and other paper creations, but I am doing the other things, too, when I have time. I am very happy to be art of this great "Christmas all year" team:-) Hugs, Andreja

EK Gorman is a self-taught mixed media artist who ventured into the addicting world of paper crafting a few short years ago. Quickly she discovered building small pieces of art inside the frame of a card to be ridiculously satisfying. When not locked into her desk designing or painting, EK is busy raising her three little kiddos and doting love onto her husband and family dog.

Hi, I am Evelyn.
I live in the south of Germany and I love travelling and crafting. Since I was able to hold a pencil, I was crafting, painting and drawing. During my stay in the USA in 2001 I discovered my passion for stamping. I love to combine stamps with every kind of colouring medium and I am always curious to try new techniques. Even when I am travelling I am having a kind of first-aid-crafting kit with me, so that I can always do something creative. I am very happy to have the opportunity to join the DT of the 52CCT as this was for years a wonderful inspiration source for creating Christmas cards all over the year and I am looking forward to visiting your entries to get even more inspiration.

Hello, I'm Lucinda. I live in Berkhamsted, just north of London in the UK, with my husband Neale and two year old daughter Bethany. I've been crafting since I was a child: sewing, knitting, building things out of cereal boxes, and of course, making cards. In the past few years, I've focussed a lot more on paper craft, learning a lot of new techniques, and expanding my crafty stash. I'm now starting to explore mixed media as well. Taking part in the 52CCT this year has meant that for the first time ever, I don't have a last minute rush to make Christmas cards before the posting deadline. I've had fun making cards all year, so I'm delighted to join the team. I share my creations at

I started card making about 5 years ago when my friend introduced me to her Cricut Machine. Since then I discovered Pinterest and You Tube and I do it all - stamping, stencilling, die cutting, water colouring, Copic markers, and multi medai. I love it all. I am retired, no kids, two furkids (Taylor & Swiff), and besides making cards, I love reading those trashy romance novels, photography and travel. I am looking forward to working with everyone. I have made a card for today too - here it is:


We are so pleased to welcome them all to the Design Team.

Now, a quick reminder that you still have plenty of time to join in with our last challenge of the year. We want you to make a Christmas card and you can PICK A PREVIOUS 2016 CHALLENGE. The tabs at the top of the page will take you to our previous challenges. You can use one you really like, or have a go at one you missed. Our challenge closes at midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 28th December (that's 7.00pm EST in the States). We will announce the winners of the December challenge on Wednesday 4th January 2017.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas from the Design Team!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

November Stash Challenge Winners

Hello and welcome to our winners' post.

  Wow! The Design Team was really blown away with 
so many beautiful entries for our November stash challenge!
You certainly know how to put on the glitz and glitter...

And the winner is...
#19 Foley's friend
 (in order of submission) ...
#6 Melissa
#36 Heather
 #43 Ans Gilbert
#45 Lyndal
 #48 Frankie helps craft


Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards. You may pick up your badges from the tab at the top of the page and display them on your blogs.

It's a busy month but there's still time 
to play along with our December challenge.
We would love you to join us.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

December - Pick a Previous 2016 Challenge

Good Morning. We have made it to December and, if you've been playing along each week, you have at least 47 cards in your stash. There are only 21 days until Christmas, but it's not too late to make a few more cards if you need them. We are also aware that this month can be a bit stressful, so we're only going to have one challenge for the whole month and the theme is:


You pick the challenge that you enjoyed the most, or try one that you missed. You'll find all our colours, sketches, themes, techniques, stash challenges in the tabs above. Just make sure you pick a 2016 challenge and tell us which one you've used.

We are running this challenge for the whole of December, so if there's a special card that you want to keep as a surprise, you can upload it after 25th December.

The challenge deadline is midnight (GMT) Wednesday 28th December (that's 7.00 EDT for those of us in the States). We will announce the winners for the December challenge on Wednesday 4th January.

We would like to thank everyone who applied to join our Design Team. It's been a really hard decision and I know that many of you are very keen to find out who will be joining the Design Team. We will be announcing all our new Design Team members on 17th December. Do pop back then to say hello and welcome them to the team.

And now, here's some Christmas inspiration based on our 2016 challenges from the Design Team:

April  (April theme challenge)

Kaja (September sketch challenge)

Fabiola (May 28) die and/or punch

Deborah - (16th January - Colours - Shades of Orange)