Monday, December 10, 2012

Love Knots, Hugs and St. Nicholas

It's my day to share over at The Alley Way Stamps and I thought it would be fun to use the new stamp Love Knots for the challenge over at CASual Fridays: Knotty or Nice!  I love this "knotty" heart!

Love Knots and Hugs
I had envisioned the look of an aspen tree - a white bark - and when I saw the colors at The Paper Players - I knew it would be really sweet to keep it subtle with pops of color.  I also used the sketch from Unscripted Sketches.




This week's challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges inspired me to create another Christmas card.  The challenge was to use our favorite holiday stamp.  I'm not going to say for sure that the stamp on this next card is my very favorite stamp...but I liked it so much that when it was released last month by The Alley Way Stamps - even though I am on the design team, I couldn't bring myself to use it because I was afraid I wouldn't do it justice.  I spent yesterday at a Christmas parade, then at a Christmas concert with a full orchestra and 300 choir members.  I woke up this morning to snow.  If I can't do this stamp justice right now in my joyful Christmas mood, I'll never do it justice...

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

I used the sketch from The Sweet Stop and I am also going to add this for the current challenge at Christmas Cards All Year Round: Santa.


Love Knots and Huts
  • Stamps: The Alley Way Stamps Love Knots, Jibber Jabber ("hugs"), Trees Company (bird)
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Sahara Sand, Pool Party
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Sahara Sand, Versmark, Memento Espresso Truffle, copics
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler twine, EK Success border punch, white embossing powder

Jolly Old St. Nicholas
  • Stamps: The Alley Way Stamps Jolly Holiday
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Real Red, Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate, Simple Stories Handmade Holiday Winter Wonderland (the brown with snowflakes), MME Winter Wonderland (the stripes)
  • Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle, copics
  • Accessories: ribbon from Joann, Echo Park Christmas This & That brads, white felt (on cuffs), Gold Spica (on candles)

30 comments:

Caroline said...

Kim these are gorgeous your colours and design are always beautiful. Caroline xxx

snappy scrappy said...

The first is gorgeous...love Santa too! Lee-Ann :)

LeAnne said...

SUPER-duper cute! Love that knotty one...how adorable is your little bird! Glad you could play with our PP colors this week, too!

Virginia L. said...

Love your CAS-ual Friday's take on the knots! First of all, I swoon over the color combo--just gorgeous! The added knot really "ties up" the design perfectly! You did a beautiful job, Kim!!!

Laura said...

Great card.. thanks for joining us at Unscripted Sketches.

Melissa said...

The more I see of that heart knot, the more I think I may "need" it for some future valentines! :) What an adorable CAS card!!

I think you did the St. Nick stamp justice! It made me smile when I first saw it...just LOVE his striped mittens that match the DP! :)

Aileen said...

Love your knotty card! Super take on the challenges. x

Laurie said...

These are both gorgeous!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Way to get those challenges covered! Love your little bird! :)

Because of you, i am off to play in TAWS Challenge! See what a good influence you are :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Excellent cards for all challenges Kim. That woodgrain is fabulous.

Notes by Nina said...

These are wonderful Kim, I love the knotty heart though and that little bird is adorable.

Bonnie said...

I think you've done St. Nick justice, Kim! Love it! And the first card is going to be my inspiration for DH's Valentine! Thanks for the inspiration!

Ann Schach said...

Awesome cards, Kim! The Players card is so clean and classy! I love the "pop" of red! And your second card is adorable! I love St. Nick! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Phew! I can't keep up with you, Kim. Where do you find the time to do all this wonderful crafting? Both are divine! Hugs xxx

Carol L said...

You've met each challenge with ease and great cards! Take a bow :) I especially love your take on the knotty challenge - brilliant!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Very pretty cards Kim. Especially love the Santa card. That image is awesome. Love the snowflakes in thebackground and the pretty brad. Thank you for playing along with us at The Sweet Stop this week.

Julie Marshall said...

Love them both but Jolly Old Saint Nick is my favorite! Love the snowflakes, the ribbon and those fab colors. Very pretty!

Vicky Hayes said...

On your first card I love the white bark of the panel Kim and the little details and pops of colour are perfect, but it's the second card that has stolen my heart today. What a fabulous collage effect you've created here. I usually prefer CAS cards but this one is a stunner!

H2 :) said...

Hi Kim! Adore your first card - the white "bark" looks fabulous & that little birdie is precious! ♥ You have certainly done St Nick justice too, especially with his cute, stripey mittens! So glad you could join us at The Paper Players! :)

Darnell J Knauss said...

Wowza, Kims, you are consistently on a roll. I know I will have nonstop, awe-inspiring inspiration every time, like nearly every day, I stop in. Like, awesome!

SmilynStef said...

Love the wood grain and that little pop of red ... so glad you joined us at Unscripted Sketches.

Nance Leedy said...

Darling card for the Paper Players, Kim! Love the pop of color in the red birdie and the knotty tree is fabulous! So glad you joined us at The Paper Players!!

Karen B. said...

The red bird steals my heart. What an amazing card!

Stephanie said...

love both of these cards, beautiful work. thanks for playing at The Sweet Stop this week.

Debby said...

Wow, stunning cards; love the knotty heart! Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays this week :)

mypapercraftworld said...

Oh so subtle colours on the wood grain knotty heart ... the pops of colour are perfect! Love Saint Nicholas ... does he have furry cuffs on his mitts ... fabulous detail! Anita in France :)

dstandard said...

Both cards are just wonderful! Thanks for playing at Unscripted Sketches this week!

Patrice said...

I love the love knot stamp from TAWS - thanks for using it in the Unscripted Sketches challenge this week!

Nicole said...

I'm going crazy over that Love Knots stamp... and even more crazy over the St Nick card. Fun creations! Thank you for sharing with us at Unscripted Sketches :)

Anne Marie Hile said...

Kim, you always create the sweetest cards! Love that fabulous stamp and how you showcased the challenge colors so beautifully. Thanks for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)