I’ve been considering different ideas for this week’s 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown challenge all week.  This time it’s a theme challenge of hearts and love.  I’ve gone through different sentiments and images that I could use.  But then I thought, what love-related thing do people do at Christmastime but really not at other times of the year?  Kiss under the mistletoe.  That’s what.  So I decided to do something along that line.  I’ve combined that thought with the layout for Freshly Made Sketches #74, adding an extra panel to the sketch.  I did some hand stitching around the edge of the extra panel to tie in with the “All Stitched Up” ABC Challenge.  I love the look of stitching on cards, but I always underestimate how long it takes me to do it!  The result is this rather clean and simple card:


I kept the heart/love theme going with the sentiment and the heart-shaped brads.  The mistletoe image is a stamp, but I created the sentiment using Microsoft Word.  This card will be going into the stash I’m creating to send to Operation Write Home later this year, and I think it’ll be a cute one for one of our military heroes to send home to a loved one this Christmas season.  I thought about using pearls for the mistletoe berries, but I hesitated to go with that idea because I felt that would be overdoing it.  Since the green panel is attached with dimensional adhesive and I already had the brads on there, I didn’t want to make the card too bulky.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps:  Bows and Holly (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Naturals White, Garden Green (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); printer ink
Other: Wonky Squares Nestability die (Spellbinders); markers (Copic); pewter heart mini brads (Making Memories); embroidery floss (DMC); dimensionals (SU)

Happy Friday! It’s time for a new Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge! We have a fun theme for our challenge this week – create a card for a child. It can be for any occasion, so long as it’s appropriate for a child.  You don’t have to use a Sweet ‘n Sassy digital image, but we do enjoy seeing our participants use them (and you get the chance for extra perks if you do – see the Digi Challenge site for more details!). Link your card at the Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge site by midnight eastern time Thursday, February 28.

I’ve actually created a trio of cards for this challenge. I was inspired to do multiple cards by Leslie’s OWH Virtual Card Making Party challenge, which was to use one sheet of 12″ x 12″ designer paper to create at least 6 cards using a certain OWH Stars & Stamps sketch. Well, I got halfway there before I started running out of time to get this blog post written.  So I’ll share what I have.  For my 12″ x 12″ paper, I decided to part ways with one of the designs from the Basic Grey “Phoebe” collection.  I used scraps from the coordinating 6″ x 6″ paper pad to paper piece the bears because I wasn’t in a mood to color with markers.  I kept the cards a consistent theme with Rhubarb the bear images and bear-related sentiments.  I added some linen thread for the balloon strings on the birthday card.  I used a scrap from a different 6″ x 6″ pad for the darker brown Rhubarb on the ice cream cone card.  I had to make that bear darker so the cone would show up against his tummy.  I’ve changed things up a little on the cards by varying the width of the vertical strip, and the length of the sentiment panel, and by adding mats and using pop dots to attach Rhubarb on a couple of the cards.


Be sure to see what the other Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge Design Team members have created for this challenge.  Then go make a card for a child, and share it with us!

One last thing… congratulations to Snoopy!  She’s won the blog candy I offered in last week’s Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge post.  I’ll be sending a note to her via the email message she left in her comment.

Supplies for today’s cards:
Digital Images: Rhubarb’s Balloons, Rhubarb’s Heart, Rhubarb’s Ice Cream Cone, Bear Sentiments (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); “Ashbury Street” and various scraps from Phoebe collection (Basic Grey); scrap from Pyrus 6″ x 6″ paper pad (BG)
Ink: printer ink
Other: dimensionals, linen thread (Stampin’ Up)

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