Hello, and happy Saturday! This week is “theme week” at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  We have a very festive theme this time.  Jacqueline, our challenge hostess, is asking us to feature ornaments on our cards.

For my card, I dug into my stash and found these ornament charms that were left over from a card swap I participated in back in – believe it or not – 2003!  Yes – these things are 10 years old.  The “happy holidays” plaque dates back to the same time.  So finally using these items felt good.  I was pleasantly surprised by how well the charms coordinated with this designer paper.  This week’s Freshly Made Sketches layout pulled everything together, although I stretched the card out to a rectangle rather than keeping it a square like the original sketch. The garland on the focal panel is a product of my incredibly challenged drawing skills. LOL


I tied this card into the June OWH Design Bootcamp lesson of repetition and variation, too.  The ornament charms repeat the ornaments on the designer paper, and the cardstock colors I chose are featured in the designer paper.  The variation occurs with the different colored strings attaching the ornament charms to the “garland”, in both texture and color.  I’ve also evoked the Rule of Odds from a previous Bootcamp by using 3 ornament charms.

Although the ornaments are pretty flat, they do add a fair amount of weight to the card.  So instead of including this in the supply of Christmas cards I’m building for our military heroes to use to write home on during the holiday season, I’m going to use this one as an AnyHero card to brighten a hero’s day.

So, now it’s time for you to go to the 52{C}CT site and check out the great stuff that the rest of the design team has created! (While you’re at it, I’m sure they’d appreciate any comments you’d like to give them.) Then make a card showing off ornaments and share it at the 52{C}CT site by noon eastern time Friday, June 21. We’d love to see what you come up with! :)

Stamps: none
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Very Merry Christmas 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: none
Other: ornament charms; holiday sentiment eyelet (Making Memories); embroidery floss (DMC); marker (Copic)

8 Responses to “52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – June theme challenge”

  1. What a lovely card Patricia, the ornaments and sentiment plaque are so classy! Well done on finally getting them out of the stash and onto a card! I have a sneaking suspicion that I have had some metal Christmas doodads buried in my stash for a number of years too!
    have a great weekend! Ruth x

  2. The charms are perfect with the paper! Great holiday card!

  3. Patricia, those ornament charms are terrific and you could not ask for a better coordination in terms of the paper. Wow, they really do look like they were made for each other. I even went back to read it twice to see if they were. LOL You did a great job incorporating all three design concepts (Variation, Repetition & Rules of Odds) in this design too. This is going to make a great Any Hero card! Thanks for joining in on the June Bootcamp and sharing this with everyone.

  4. Those charms add such a great touch to your card! And it’s fabulous that you were finally able to use them! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  5. LOVE those gorgeous charms, Patricia! I think the aged silver is so elegant!!! Fabulous use of patterned papers, too! HUGS and hope you have a great rest of the week! :)

  6. Love those silver charms!!! A very classy card, Patricia. Great job and thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a sweet comment.
    xxx Asha
    Sunny Summer Crafts

  7. LOVE those classy looking charms Patricia. You rocked that sketch too! Just terrific. Hugs D

  8. I do like the metallic ornaments and sentiment label. Great papers too. Lovely card.

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