Good morning everyone!
We'll be seeing in the New Year very soon and I hope you'll join me again for another 52 weeks packed full of cardmaking fun!
It's a bit strange that week 1 kicks off in 2013, but just think of it as your extra creative thinking time!
For those of you new to the 52 Cards challenge, here's a little intro.
What is it?
A no-stress challenge aimed at getting you to make at least one card a week in 2014.
Each week I will post prompts here on my blog - these will either be:
- 3 elements randomly picked from the prompt jar
- Photo inspiration from Pinterest, etc. (that you can interpret in any way that you like: colours, layout, design elements, product - it's up to you!)
- Design elements or themes
- A sketch or existing card design that you can use as a blueprint for your own interpretation
- A colour challenge
All you need to do is use the prompts as inspiration to create a card - if you can't include all the elements of a prompt, don't worry - there are no rules, the aim is simply to get creating!
Where are the prompts?
All prompts past and present can be found here on my blog or by clicking on the 52-card challenge tag over there on the left.
When are they posted?
The prompts go live every Monday morning at around 8.30 a.m UK time. Due to work hours I schedule the blog post for challenge prompts so it's available at the same time and same place each week. And time permitting I will include a card with my own interpretation of the prompt. :)
Where can I share my cards?
If you're a member of UK Scrappers then you can share your cards via the dedicated threads for this challenge, which are located in the main part of the Card Forum here. If you're not on UK Scrappers, then it'd be lovely if you left a link to your card here on my blog via the comments bit for the relevant prompt. I love seeing how people interpret these prompts as no two cards are ever the same!
What about those Christmas Crackers?
For last year's challenge I introduced a new element to help spread the Christmas cardmaking cheer over the year - I can personally attest to how successful this approach can be, and how stress-free my December was on this front, so stress-free was I that I almost forgot I actually needed to write and send those cards I'd spent all year making!
So as an added push for those that want to get ahead with their Christmas cards, make an extra card a week using the prompt as inspiration for a Christmas card as well. If that sounds like too much work, no problem! This is meant to be a stress-free challenge. Join in as and how you like, one week you may want to just make a card for the original prompt, another week just a Christmas card, or some weeks you just won't have time to make either! There will be a separate thread in the card forum on UK Scrappers for you to share your (hopefully) 52 Christmas Cracker cards! So if you are ultra-productive there is a chance you could make at least 104 cards in 2014!
I will be posting any cards I make for the Christmas Crackers separately later in the week!
And for those who get behind or worry that they've missed too many weeks, nonsense! Just dive right back in at any time, you can make something from a past prompt or pop back in with the current prompt - please don't think you have to give up just because crafting and cardmaking has had to take a back seat in your life. ;)
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Now, on with the first prompt of the year!
I'm sure, like me, if you received crafty presents from Father Christmas this year you have been itching to get playing with your goodies. I was very lucky and received some rather nice items from my wishlist. I also gave myself some extra little crafty presents while shopping for others. Oops!
So get out those new items you have been looking at oh so longingly while making merry with family and friends, and get making your first card!
Here's a photo of the lovely new items that made it to my desk for this week:
And here's the card I made for a very special birthday girl:
Paper: Crate Paper
Ephemera: Crate Paper
3D stickers: Crate Paper
Dies: Sizzix, MFT, PTI
Alpha stickers: Making Memories
Enamel dots: Teresa Collins
Other: Sewing machine, Stickles
I used a mixture of Crate Paper 6x6 pads and elements for this card as they all had aqua and pink tones as well as neutral shades to them - so there are items from Flea Market, Fourteen, Party Day all combined here. There's even a touch of gold on that vellum tag from the Flea Market ephemera pack.
Now that I've shared my creation, I'm very eager to see what has made it to your desk this week!
Happy crafting in 2014!