A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Friday, 4 May 2018

Guest Designing for 52CCT

I was thrilled when this card won a recent 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge and they invited me to be a Guest Designer for one of their challenges.  It is a sketch challenge:

The sketch seemed to me a perfect opportunity to use some of my neglected stash of decorative paper so I came up with this card:

I have several sheets of that lovely dp sitting in my drawer and it really should be used!  I cut a piece of it into four squares, each 2.25", and glued them to a red cardbase.

I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment on cream cs and die cut it into a circle, and bordered it with a larger circle cut from the same cs as the card base.

I die cut a green holly wreath, glued it over the dp and partially overlapping the red circle.  Lots of red stick on pearls embellished it with berries.

Please come and join the 52CCT challenge, and try your hand at interpreting the sketch!

Stamps - Rubber Soul sentiment
Ink - ColorBox evergreen
Paper - DCWV Cream and Green Holly dp, red and green cs
Size - 5.25" square
Accessories - clear embossing powder, Memory Box Fabulous Holly Wreath die, red pearl gemstones


  1. Congratulations Susan on guesting and no wonder your alcohol ink card won it is amazing x Such a beautiful card today, love those papers and that wreath is so pretty and the finishing touches with the red pearls is so perfect x

  2. Yay, Susan! Congratulations on your win and being Guest Designer at 52! Love how you've cut the DP into squares and the way you've added the circles! Beautiful wreath with the tiny red berries!

  3. Congratulations on your win and being chosen as a Guest Designer for 52. Your sketch design is absolutely beautiful with your pretty dsp squares and green accents. Perfect for the sketch. TFS Susan. Hugs..

  4. congratulations on being Guest Designer for 52 CCT, love your use of you DP and your die cut. The little red gems are a perfect touch.

  5. Such a lovely card, the designer paper is beautiful and the red background and green wreath really give a festive feel - beautiful. Thanks for being a great Guest Designer at the 52CCT.

  6. Such a pretty card using the sketch Susan! And great that you were able to use some of this beautiful patterned paper. Love your wreath and berries. Congrats on being GD at 52CCT! xx

  7. C'est une adorable et très jolie carte Susan, merci d'être notre guest désigner cette semaine, biz

  8. This is one special card for that challenge. I adore your approach to this sketch, loving this whole colour scheme and design. Congrats on your guest designing, bravo!
    A Beautiful Christmas Card, hugs xx

  9. Congrats, Susan, on GD! 👏🎉🎉 And beautiful card representing the sketch. xx

  10. Beautifully bright and Christmassy. Thanks for being our guest designer. x

  11. What a lovely card for the sketch Susan - such a pretty die cut wreath and shiny red berries!


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