Saturday, 19 April 2014

52CCT - Theme ....

....  Morning all!  I'm back with our new challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  I had lots of fun picking the challenges this month, particularly this week's!  I've gone for the theme of "The Twelve Days of Christmas", which, I think you'll agree, means you have plenty of scope with the challenge.  And I'd better apologise now, as this is a very photo heavy post.  I made a card for every day of the twelve days!  Here they are:

12DOC 1 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 2 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 3 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 4 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 5 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 6 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 7 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 8 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 9 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 10 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 11 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 12 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Hampton Art Graphic 45 - 12 Days of Christmas; Waltzingmouse - Frame It, Alpine Christmas
Inks: Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Spellbinders - Squares Lg (S4-126) #6, Squares Sm (S4-128) #7; Lil' Inkers - Stitched Squares #5
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Anita's DP - Classic Black Christmas, Classic Red Christmas; My Mind's Eye DP - Kiss & Tell; Embossing Powder - Clear, Black Tinsel, Red Tinsel, Green Tinsel, Gold and Silver; Various metallic/glitter card; Ribbons


I started by stamping all the frames and sentiments, embossing them with clear powder and die cutting them all.  I went through my stash for a selection of metallic/glitter card and cut the mat layers.  After die cutting the square with the stamped frame I stamped and embossed all the images - I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure that the images were centred.  I decided to make three sets of four - square, portrait and landscape - changing up how I decorated the cards.  The square cards all have an extra mat layer cut using the stitched square and the inside of each features a backing mat of the matching paper and a simple sentiment.  For the portrait cards I added a ribbon beneath the square image, which was adhered with dimensional tape.  As before the inside has a mat layer of coordinating paper and a Christmas verse.  For the landscape cards I was going to make them all with a bow, but that is a bit bulky to post, so I added ribbons which had been wrapped around metallic card.  Here are the insides for each of the three sets.

12DOC inside landscape - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC inside square - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC inside portrait - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

As always, you can find more inspiration by checking the cards produced by our Design Team and by our Guest Designer, Pat.

Before I go, a little bit about the carol The Twelve Days of Christmas.  It was first published in England in 1780 without music as is likely French in origin.  The melody that is now associated with the song was written by Fredric Austin.  It is a cumulative song and since 1984 the cumulative cost of all the items in the song have been used a fun economic indicator.  Here are the lyrics:

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

That's all - congratulations if you've got to the end of this post!  I'm really looking forward to seeing your creations based on the song.  See you soon.

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9 comments:

Asha said...

Oh my! You've outdone yourself with this post, Deborah! And I don't (just) mean the length ... LOL. Twelve unique cards... and each of them so elegantly executed. Amazing! Have a Blessed Easter, my friend!
hugs, Asha

Sue - said...

Gosh 12 gorgeous cards Debbie!

Sue W said...

Hehe....I have this set and when I had to use it for a dt post took the easy way out and made an exploding box!!!!
Good for you making a card for each and with the lyrics too! 10 out of 10 Deborah!

Danielle Vincent said...

What a fabulous post today Deborah!! LOVE each and every one of those 12 cards - nice job! Wonderful inspiration and I'm delighted to see that you got to have so much fun with this :o) Hugs D

Louise van Vuren said...

WOW! Not just one gorgeous and elegant card but 12! I see why you chose this theme now, reading your post was fun too. I hope you are enjoying a happy Easter break. Thanks for the inspiration

Louise xx

fabiola jaques said...

Wow Deb, tu as fait toute la série...et quelle série, superbe! biz

Ruth M said...

What a fabulous challenge Deborah - and your set of 12 cards is fabulous too, so classy and elegant, I think it would make a lovely gift! I love all the shimmer and shine, very glitzy and glamorous!
Have a great week! Ruth x

Deepti said...

Oh My goodness what an amazing set of cards, I just cant stop staring the beauty of these :)

lilybygilly said...

Love your challenge this week Deb, and love all your cards too! Hugs, Gill x

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