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)

9 Responses to “gettin’ fresh at Christmastime”

  1. Just in time with this one, and I’m so glad, it’s fabulous, an original take on the theme and perfect for Operation Write Home I would think. Love the brads and the crispness of your stamped image. Thanks for joining us again at 52CCT

    Louise xx

  2. What a great card for our love/hearts theme challenge Patricia! I love the stitching detail and the heart brads are so sweet!
    So glad to have you playing along with us at 52 {C}CT again and I look forward to seeing you soon! Ruth x

  3. Patricia, love the simplicity of your card. Great take on the sketch and challenge.

    Could you please shoot me an email? The email I have for you keeps bouncing back to me. I want to do an upcoming OWH skecth challenge featuring one of your cards. Thanks a bunch!

  4. Your card is very lovely & I like the sketch you used! Thanks so much for playing along with us @ ABC Challenges!!!

  5. Wonderful Patricia!! I love what you came up with to fit that theme – so original and so awesome! Thanks for joining us this week at both 52CCT and ‘ABC’ Challenges (Love that stitching). Hugs D

  6. LOL! What a creative idea for the theme, how fun! I like the colors. Thanks for playing with us at ABC Challenge Blog this week

  7. What a great Christmas card! You did a great job of incorporating hearts and love! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  8. Fabulous CAS design, love those little heart brads! Thanks for playing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  9. This is such a pretty card. I love the colors, the stitching and the heart brads. Great job with the sketch! Thank you for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

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