Friday, December 6, 2013

Any Previous 52CCT Challenge Goes.

Hello friends - hope you are all staying warm.  We've had below zero temps in Montana the last few days.  Forecast is saying it should come to an end soon. I sure hope so!!! Every winter I wonder why I live in Montana (really don't like snow and cold much) - but every summer and fall I know the answer.  Guess I'll just bundle up and tough it out :o) It is a great reason to craft inside where I'm warm and cozy.

So enough about the weather. Time for the last challenge of 2013 from the DT at 52{Christmas} Card Throwdown (52CCT).   This challenge will run for two week and then we will take a break to enjoy the Christmas holidays and come back with a fresh start for 2014.   The last challenge of 2013 is Any Past Challenge Goes (color, sketch, theme, technique or embellishment).  You can find the Sketch, Theme and Color Combos from 2012 and 2013 in the Archives tabs at the top of the 52CCT Challenge site.  If  you're feeling really adventurous or creative you can combine a couple of them - which is what I did.

I used Theme Challenge #5 - "Nativity" from May 2012, Color Challenge #9 from September 2012, and Sketch Challenge #22 from October 2013 (slightly modified to square shape and sentiment moved)
And here is my card that combines those previous challenges.

How did I do?  I embossed this great stamped image the first time using Early Espresso ink and powder.  Then I stamped a second image and embossed it in Cherry Cobbler ink and powder and cut the banner and stable out to glue over the first image.  Then I sponged some soft suede ink ever so lightly over the embossed image and wiped the excess ink from the image (a previous technique called resist embossing).  I was going to pop up the middle of the image using dimensional dots, but then I didn't like how it looked (seemed too high) so I used glue dots instead and its just slightly raised in the middle. The overall size is 4 1/2" square. 
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your support by joining us this year at 52CCT.  I've gained so much inspiration from each of  you and made some lovely new blogging friends along the way.  I hope that you will join us for the last 2013 challenge and then again in 2014.   
I'd also like to recognize the other lovely ladies on the 52CCT DT.  They are each so wonderfully talented and amazing.  I've been blessed to be part of this team.  I hope you will go visit each of them and see what they've done and leave a little love along the way for them.
I hope to be visiting you soon. Til next time...hugs and happy crafting! D  


  1. Your choice of DP is great for this sketch! I like how you've made a pattern with it! Nice and clean card!

  2. Hi, Danielle! How pretty this is in vintage colors. I especially like the stable and banner being in red AND the unique way your stripes are facing in your 4 background panels - that looks amazing! thank you for visiting my blog this week, so I could browse all the pretty cards you have been making recently! hugs, de {Creative Smiles}

  3. I love, love this card! The image is just perfect and the colours so rich and warm. I do like the way you've used the backing paper here.

    We've got really cold weather here in Northville, but nothing like as cold as in Montana! We even had a light flurry of snow this afternoon. I don't like to wish away the time, but I'm looking forward to spring :)

  4. Danielle, you're so sweet! ;) This card is fabulous and I LOVE how you made it!!! The step by step is just fabulous! Gorgeous creation! HUGS and hope you have a great week! :) Mynn xx

  5. The warm colors look terrific here! I like how you've highlighted the stable and the banner by making them a different color than the rest of the image.

  6. So gorgeous!!! I just love it!!
    It's fab & the layout is a stunner...!!
    I need to try this one!! :))


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