Hello there!  It’s Christmas in July!  :)  I’m excited to say that I’m hosting the challenges this month at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown!  I hope that you’ll give the challenges a try and have fun with them!

This week is sketch challenge week.  I’ve come up with a sketch that can be kept clean and layered, or dressed up with embellishments and such.  I’ve chosen to stay true to the original sketch and keep my card pretty clean and layered.  I toyed with two other colors for the card base before deciding to go with the red.  I’m not sure how well it shows in the photo, but the red card base is textured cardstock, just for a little more visual interest.  I ran the green panel through an embossing folder that mimics the textured cardstock.  The mistletoe berries are half pearls.  I used alphabet stamps to create the punny sentiment, and added in the hyphen with a black pen.

Don’t let those triangular areas intimidate you.  That’s simply a rectangle, the same size as the focal (top) panel, just turned askew.  (Stepping off on a related tangent for a moment – Google the word askew.  Go on, just do it.  Hopefully it will make you smile!)

I’ll be adding a light colored liner to the inside of the card, and then it will be ready to include with the Christmas cards I’ve been collecting all year for Operation Write Home.   Because I’ve participated in each 52{C}CT challenge since the beginning of 2013, I now have 25 Christmas and winter themed cards ready to send OWH – mostly ones that our military men and women stationed overseas will send home to their loved ones, but also a few that will be better suited as AnyHero cards to remind our heroes that they are appreciated.  That’s 25 more Christmas cards than I had this time last year!  By making one a week, I’m not feeling crunched for time to make some to send to my shipper before the Christmas deadline in October.

I’m also going to include this in the Merry Monday Challenge – it’s an “Anything Goes” Christmas challenge this month.

So now it’s time for you to check out all the challenge details at the 52{C}CT site, and visit the rest of the design team members’ blogs for more inspiration.  Then create your own card and link it at the 52{C}CT site by 1:00 pm Eastern time Friday, July 12.  I’d love to see what you do with my sketch!

Stamps: Bows and Holly, Jessie’s ABCs (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Real Red textured, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Naturals White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); half pearls (KaiserCraft); Plaid embossing folder (Sizzix)

11 Responses to “52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – July sketch challenge”

  1. I really like your card – the bold red background and pretty mistletoe branches are fab!! Love the touch of bling too!

  2. It’s a great sketch – I loved using it – looks like you did too! What a lovely card – Jacqueline xx

  3. This is SO cute, Patricia! LOVE the fabulous pearl detail on this–it’s perfect! HUGS and hope you have a great rest of the weekend! :)

  4. Great sketch Patricia and I love your card! The pearls make perfect mistletoe berries and the punny sentiment is fun as well as festive! Ruth x

  5. Loved the sketch Patricia, and your card is perfect – traditional colours and image, jazzed up with pearls and a funky sentiment. Awesome job

    Louise xx

  6. Thanks for the tip on Google’s askew. That set me chuckling! I love this sketch and the colors you’ve used to show off the beautiful mistletoe! A classy card that will be appreciated by more than one person! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Merry Monday!

  7. Hi Patricia, really liked your sketch this week. I especially love what you’ve done with it. So traditional and classy. Hugs! D

  8. Very pretty card, I love the sentiment. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

  9. Cute, love the mistletoe and the pearls. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday.

  10. Stunning card, the little details add so much to your CAS design! Thanks for playing with us at Merry Monday!

  11. I saw your lovely Christmas card on Always playing with paper Merry Monday – you might also like to enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for July – I’d love to see it there too. x

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