Hello!  Can you believe that Christmas is only 7 months away?

It’s time for another challenge with 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown!  This week’s challenge is using baker’s twine as an embellishment. Even though I like the look of baker’s twine, and I have quite a few colors of it, I don’t use tend to use it very often.  I can’t really explain why but I’m guessing my lack of confidence about tying bows is part of it.  So this challenge was a good one to nudge me out of that shell I’ve put myself in.

I still kept my twine usage pretty simple, by using it as ribbon on the little presents.  I tied the bows separately, using my Bow Easy, and attached them to the presents with a bit of glue.  (I’ll make sure they are nice and secure before I send the card to Operation Write Home!)  The presents were a fun way to use up some scraps of designer paper.  The vertical red piece was also a scrap; I’ve stamped it with a background stamp in a similar shade of red to give it a little more visual interest.  The presents are attached with dimensional adhesive.  The layout for this card is based on this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge, but I’ve stretched it into a portrait orientation instead of a landscape orientation and added an extra element to help fill up the space.  This makes the card fit into the OWH Midweek Throwdown “Times Three” challenge. It ties into this week’s challenge at Winter Wonderland so I’ll enter it there, too. (Pun intended? You decide for yourself. ;))

I hope you’ll join us at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown this week!  Go see what the other design team members have made, and leave them a little love on their blogs.  Then create a Christmas card of your own using baker’s twine, and share it at the 52{C}CT site via the linky tool.  We’d love to see what you can do!

Stamps: More Merry Messages, Canvas (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Poppy Parade (SU); scraps from Aspen Frost 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Real Red (SU)
Other: Cherry baker’s twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

11 Responses to “52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – May embellishment challenge”

  1. I think your bows turned out perfectly Patricia. I know what you mean though as I struggle with the same thing and usually end up doing just a messy know instead :o) Love your packages. Hugs D

  2. Love your little gifts, all tied up with twine. The bows look perfect to me.

    Louise xx

  3. Terrific holiday card! Love the packages…….thanks for joining us at FMS!

  4. TOO CUTE, Patricia! LOVE the use of the twine to tie up your darling presents! HUGS and have a great weekend! 🙂

  5. Very cute Christmas card Patricia! Love those little gifts! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  6. What a great idea to use twine to wrap your sweet little gifts Patricia! Ruth x

  7. I really like those packages, Patricia! It was so clever of you to use the baker’s twine as ribbon for them! This is one of those perfectly balanced CAS cards of yours that I love so much.

  8. what a gorgeous representation of our theme thanks for joining us at the Winter Wonderland
    Hugs Kate xx

  9. I think your CAS card is just lovely! The little parcels are so sweet and the twine makes fab ribbons!

  10. This is a lovely card. Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland this week.
    Debbie x

  11. Hi Patricia! Those little packages are adorable and this is a perfect example of the Rule of Odds in design too. What a great way to use up some scraps! Thanks for linking up to the April Bootcamp. I’ll send you the PDF summary via email shortly.

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