Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The 20 Card Challenge

Are you up for the challenge?

Take three 12x12" matching sheets of your favorite designer paper ... combine it with just one complementing color cardstock sheet (12x12") or two half-sheets of two colors ... and one sheet of white, if you choose.  Use no more than three stamp sets and three ink pads, on-hand embellishments ... and just three hours ... to convert 20 A2 (4.25"x5.5") plain white cards into TWENTY (20) unique Christmas cards.

Here are my twenty unique cards:

For my challenge, I took three sheets of the brand new Close To My Heart Sparkle & Shine paper. This is a double-sided paper.  I used a half-sheet scraps of ruby, juniper and white to complement.  I used just three stamp sets from Close To My Heart: Santa Claus (C1567), Frosted Card Workshop (D1562), and Perfect Fit-Holidays (B1412), along with gems, twine, buttons, glitter tape, and red mini-accents. 

To make these cards simple to replicate, I did not use any electronic cutting machines -- just a paper trimmer and micro-tipped scissors.  I used a tape runner and white glue for my adhesives, nothing fancy.

...and the best part, I designed and made all 20 of these cards is less than 3 hours!

Let's take a look at the cards, individually:

... Come back tomorrow to see the next ten cards! 

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,


Star said...

I envy your creativity!!! You never cease to amaze me with your ideas!

Unknown said...

I am soooo going to make the one with the Christmas tree branches !!!

Salnclts said...

I'm taking your challenge! :)

Unknown said...

These are lovely, I would love to know how you accomplished them all with such little supplies

jengd said...

Cool challenge, fabulous solution!

Tina said...

You did a great job!


Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Gorgeous cards! I am in awe of your creativity! Love all of these. Thanks for sharing.

Hugs, Gloria


Bhawana said...

very well done. You did a great job. Sometimes we do need such inspirations. Keep going.

Nicky said...

J'aime beaucoup ce que vous partagez et qui encourage notre inspiration grâce à votre créativité !
Hier encore j'avais des chutes de papiers verts et je me suis fait des branches avec la perforatrice ; j'avais pensé essayer de voir ce que cela peut donner sur un sapin ! et voilà que je vois votre carte avec cette réalisation je vais donc vous copier car je trouve cela réussi !

Nicky said...

ps : je fais environ 25 à 30 cartes pour Noël, car nous avons 22 anniversaires entre fin octobre et le 10 janvier ! ce qui fait un bon nombre de cartes pour la fin de l'année. Tout ce qui peut permettre de les faire rapidement et qu'elles soient jolies grâce à de beaux papiers, est super et je retiens les différentes présentations toutes très réussies

D- said...

Oh my goodness you have been busy. TFS.
Crafty hugs,

Vickie said...

these are beautiful. I love the christmas tree. I have that punch so this gives me an idea on how to use it. Thanks

Malou22u said...

Awesome! You did a great job. 3 hrs really? Wow! Hats off.

Shawnee said...

Ellen, This is such a fun challenge. You have outdone yourself. These are amazing Christmas cards. Great job!!