Hello there!  I just realized that eight months from today will be the day after Christmas!  If you’ve been participating in the weekly challenges at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, you’re already building up a nice supply of cards to send out during the holiday season, or to donate to an organization of your choice that collects cards to be used by others.

The fourth Saturday of the month is Stash Challenge week at 52{C}CT, and our challenge hostess, Deborah, has chosen glitter as the stash element to be featured.  Those of you who know me well know that glitter and I are not friends!  I do think that it can be pretty, but the mess of loose glitter makes me shudder.  Plus it’s a huge no-no for the cards I donate to Operation Write Home, because glitter that flakes off a card can be detected by night vision equipment and put our military members at risk of danger.  So I have to confess that I approached this challenge somewhat reluctantly.  This week’s Freshly Made Sketches sketch looked nice and pretty simple, so I used that for my card layout.  I decided to use some glitter paper (which has disappointed me because the glitter does flake off) for the banner element.  The tree image was inked using the rock and roll technique.  I considered trying to use Stickles glitter glue for the star on top of the tree, but decided against it because of drying time and because I didn’t think I could make a good star shape with it.  Although the glitter makes this card unacceptable for Operation Write Home, I’m sure I’ll find another use for it.


Go see the glittery goodness the rest of the 52{C}CT design team has made!  Then make your own glittery Christmas or winter card and share it with us on our challenge post.  You have until 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 2 to link your card.  We’re looking forward to seeing what you create!

Stamps: Season of Joy (Stampin’ Up); Holiday Script (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Gumball Green, Glimmer Silver, Confetti White (SU)
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Gumball Green (SU)
Other: Star Circles Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); dimensionals (SU); star brad (The Paper Studio)

9 Responses to “52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – April stash challenge”

  1. I really LOVE the clean fresh look. The glittery banner is just the perfect accent… nice and subtle. A super card, Patricia.
    Have a lovely weekend!

  2. I adore your clean, simple Christmas card. The silver banner behind the Christmas tree is really festive. And it’s green – it’s naturally going to be fab!

  3. I totally agree on the mess aspect of glitter Patricia :o) But it is sure pretty and you’ve made such a great card with it. I have no doubt that you’ll be able to send it to someone else who will LOVE it! Hugs D

  4. très élégante Patricia, elle est tout en sobriété et en chic, biz

  5. Love this card, Patricia! The green tones are all fabulous and that bit of silver is perfect! HUGS and have a happy weekend! :) Mynn xx

  6. I love the glittery banner and will be using some glitter paper this way myself, so thanks for the idea! Even if you can’t use this one for OWH it surely will find a welcome place this Christmas, it’s a fab card!

    Louise xx

  7. This is such a pretty card. I love that you carried the theme with the nestabilities star die. Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  8. Gorgeous card!! Love the star circle and the glitter banner!!! Beautiful job!!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!!

  9. Great card Patricia, the green monochrome combo with that hint of silver is fab! I love that your circle has stars to tie in with the star at the top of the tree! Ruth x

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