Hello there! Welcome to the weekend! Mynnette, our challenge hostess at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, has chosen holiday goodies as the theme for this week’s challenge. It sounds like a fun way to indulge in some sweet treats without gaining calories, doesn’t it? 🙂

I had a hard time deciding what to create for this challenge.  I really don’t have many stamps that would work for this theme, other than things like mugs of hot cocoa that I feel are more wintry than really Christmas-y.  So I browsed around online and found a site, www.coloringpagessheets.com, that has a lot of free outline images that could be printed really large to use for children’s coloring pages, or printed smaller for card making.  A cute image of a bear with a candy cane caught my eye and I decided I’d give that one a try for my card.  I sized it to fit into the large open area of this week’s Freshly Made Sketches layout and went from there.  I included a bit of designer paper that has a gingerbread man, a candy cane, and what appears to be peppermint candies.  A bow made from the seam binding seemed like it would be too large and overpowering for the design, so I layered some twine over the seam binding and fashioned a bow from that.  I felt that given the orientation of the bear and candy cane, a mirror image of the sketch would work better than the original version.  I really wanted to use a sentiment that read “Have a very beary Christmas”.  I stamped it on one of my Stamp-a-ma-jig imaging sheets and held it to the card, but it looked too crowded in the available space.  So I went with a shorter, one-line sentiment instead.

I hope you’ll check out the challenge details at the 52{C}CT site and play along with us this week!  Be sure to visit the rest of the design team members’ blogs for some more inspiration.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Digital Image: Candy Cane Teddy Bear (ColoringPagesSheets.com)
Stamp: Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Kraft, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); designer paper from Nordic Holiday 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: printer ink; Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Cherry Cobbler seam binding (SU); Cherry twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon); markers (Copic); small scallop die (Papertrey Ink)

9 Responses to “52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – May theme challenge”

  1. Perfect DSP to use with this image. I love the color scheme too :o) Darling card friend!

  2. A perfectly clean and simple Christrmas card. I do like the red, kraft and white, with the touch of green Christmas paper to pop! The image is super and beautifully coloured.

  3. That’s a sweet image! Love the DSP and the twine is just perfect. Super card!

    Louise xx

  4. Patricia, I really like the feel of your card. It almost looks like you could eat it! The papers you chose are great, and what a great idea to print out a coloring page! That red and white baker’s twine adds just the right touch.

  5. Absolutely adorable. Great choice of image, colors, papers and sentiment! This is such a sweet Christmas card! Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  6. This is gorgeous – so cute too – Jacqueline xx

  7. Such a darling card, Patricia! Your image is so sweet and I adore the kraft base and CAS feel! HUGS and have a great weekend! 🙂

  8. What a fun Christmas card! You’ve colored it beautifully, and I love the baker’s twine. Thanks for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  9. This is just adorable! Love how you were able to combine the challenges … and your twine over the seam binding is perfect! Love it.
    Cheers, Karen

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