Friday, September 19, 2014

52CCT - September Theme Challenge - Nordic Christmas

Ho Ho Ho - a happy Christmas hello to you my crafty friends.
Did you know that Christmas is closer than you think?
Do you have your Christmas cards started?
If the answer to both of those questions is "nope" then
we at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown (52CCT) can help you out.

This week's challenge at 52CCT is Nordic Christmas
and if you play along you will be one (or more) cards closer to being
ready for Christmas in a couple months.

I wasn't sure exactly what Nordic Christmas meant so I asked our
lovely hostess Asha to help define it:
It's rustic, minimalist, cool and cozy at the same time.
Lots of Natural / Neutral Colours - wood, black and white, kraft, wheat.
Accent colour - Red tends to be most popular choice.  Green or Blue are alternative colours but avoid all using three unless you have lots of neutral colours / space to maintain the uncluttered feel.
Texture - natural fabric, wood / straw accessories, tree branches, pine cones.
The Look: simple homespun.
Minimalism is the motto but not necessarily extreme CAS. The designs tend to be simple and not overly embellished.

So, based on that information - here's what I came up with:

I think I got it.  I used red paper with a pattern of reindeer, hearts and holly,
the design is quite simple (no frills) and uses a natural element of 
linen ribbon and straw (in the image).  

The image and sentiment are from a darling digital stamp set
called "Away in a Manager"
by  our wonderful sponsor this week - Deedee's Digis.
Help spread the word!

It was fun learning about this style and I have lots of other ideas
to try now. Thanks Asha for a great idea!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenges - S for Something Festive
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for September  - AG.

To see what my lovely 52CCT DT pals have come up with this
week to inspire you just click HERE.
I hope to see your card in our gallery this week!
Til next time...hugs and merry crafting! D


  1. Elle est vraiment adorable Danielle, quel joli tampon tu as choisi et qu'elle paisible scène tu as créé , biz

  2. Great card Danielle. I love the background paper, and the linen ribbon adds wonderful texture. Hugs, Gill xx

  3. Danielle, I super love the clever way you've used the snowflake die as a mat behind the cute image! Embossing the die was a neat idea too. I also like the linen ribbon. Excellently done all-around! :)

  4. You've incorporated all the elements and made a wonderful card. Love the colouring on the sweet nativity image too. It's good to be back in the team!

    Louise xx

  5. Such a sweet card Danielle, the image layered on the snowflake is a brilliant touch and I love that Nordic background paper! {{{{hugs}}}} Ruth x

  6. This is one adorable christmas card, Love the details with the embossed snowflake and added ribbon. Thanks for playing at ABC Christmas Challenge and good luck. Hope to see you back wednesday for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member at ABC Christmas Challenge xx

  7. Great card.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.

    Helen x

  8. Wonderful card! Thank you for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge.


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