Sunday, December 4, 2011

WMS Challenge #76 and a Tag

The weekend is almost over, and my craft desk is still messy waiting to be organised.  I thought I should finish a few cards and then get to it.  Here are two of the projects I managed to do today:

It's a day of stamping & exploring some new techniques.  Here's my shaped card using the Spellbinders Picot edge circle die.  Just a sentiment and a piece of patterned paper and some embellishments.  The only big effort on this card is the Chinese good-luck knot holding the card together.  I've had this book on knots for a long time and out of the blue I felt like learning how to tie the Chinese knots.  I thought it's rather cute to have a Chinese twist to this Christmas card.

My card was based on this Waltzing Mouse sketch:

Since I was pulling out my WM stamps, I may as well make a tag too for Claire's challenge.  I think I went a little overboard decorating this tag {grin}:
First I inked up the tag with Distress Inks and a spritz of my own mix of perfect pearls to give it some shimmer. When everything was dry I embossed the tag with the holly embossing folder.  Then lots of stamping using Nordic Winter on a pink cardstock for the pleats at the bottom and to make the flower.  I even stamped on the seam binding to match..hehe.
Some close ups:


What do you think?  No colouring this weekend, which feels odd.

I'll be back tomorrow with the winner for my last Giveaway prize(s). See you soon.





Stamps : WMS Nordic Winter, Compliments of the Season, Candy Jar Christmas fillers
Paper : Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas
Ink : Memento Rich Cocoa & Rhubarb Stalk, Distress Inks Evergreen Bough, Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Festive Berries, Shabby Shutters
Other : Perfect Pearls, Sizzix Embossing folder, Spellbinders Picot Edge Circle & Labels 4, Seam Binding, Fiskars Postage edge punch,  MFT die-namics Rolled flower & Retro Rolled flower, Prima flowers

30 comments:

walchowDesign said...

Beautiful cards, Kary! Love the special twist of the chinese knot!

Olga said...

Congrats on winning the last week's WM-challenge Kary! This week's sketch turned out gorgeous. Nice detail with the Chinese good-luck knot. Love the tag too!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Wait, you said you were cleaning up today-- calling you out on "getting distracted" as my little people say-- that or "getting sucked in". Great projects, congrats again on your WMS freebie.

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Kary!
I must admit I like the first one the best, but the second is also pretty! But maybe a bit too many colors for me. Do love the gorgeous shapes of the first one, that outside die is pretty and the bells are so cute! Very nice!
Hugs, Wendy

I'm Renee said...

I LOVE that first tag...
the sentiment is so perfect!!
And you have to give instructions on the knot...
LOVE it!!
And your 2nd one is so colorful and bright...
love the flowers and fringe!

sharon g said...

I like the tag. The ruffle looks so cute on it, with the print and all. Nice nice nice.

Jeanne J said...

Kary, Both tags are great! I love the traditonal colors of the first one with the pine trees and the flowers, and the pleated ruffles on the bottom of the second one! Really beautiful and a great technique I need to try!

JJ Bolton {Ribbon Girls} said...

Adorable! Great job on the knot on the first card. Great little detail! And the tag is tremendous! Love all the color and texture! Love the pleating and the way you stamped the seam binding:)

Laura (sandytoz) said...

Kary, thanks for the opportunity to win the wonky rectangles!
Love, Laura

Lynn Mercurio said...

Awesome job on both these wonderful projects, Kary. Fabulously creative elements that work so well together. Love them!

Anne Tussing said...

Your work is always so beautiful, Kary! Thanks so much for becoming a follower of mine!

Houses Built of Cards said...

LOVE the shape of your circle card - and the beautiful flowers!!!

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Pryn said...

These are both gorgeous!!! I am in love with that die cut....wonder if it is too late to ask Santa for it? Hee hee ;)

Lindsey said...

Your shaped card is beyond gorgeous, Kary, and that tag? Sometimes going overboard is just right! Beautiful.

MaxineD said...

Both of these projects are beautiful Kary - but I especially love the tag - it's amazing.
Blessings
Maxine

Christine Ang said...

The three pretty roses on the top add sophistication to the card. The picot edge is pretty.

lynn said...

love the chinese knots on your cute circle card, kary:) and the pretty tag's bkgd is awesome!

Kelly S. said...

Okay I totally need that picot edge nestie after seeing this ornament, Kary! It's so sweet, and I love it with the Christmas tree patterned paper! Your second ornament is so gorgeous with the soft distressed colors, and the adorable pleats and flower to match! Awesome job with all of the challenges!

Kelly S. said...

I'm back! I just noticed the Chinese good luck knot at the top...well if that isn't the coolest ornament hanger ever!

Julia Aston said...

Two lovely creations Kary! your sketch card is SO pretty and I love the pleated piece on the bottom of your tag!

Sharron said...

Your first card is fabulous--love the die you used and that fantastic knot is so cool! And your tag is gorgeous! I love the pleating and the stamped seam binding.

Karin (PeppermintPatty) said...

Oh my these are amazing! That lacey die is fabulous and such beautiful bg to your wonderful card - LOVE the tree paper too!!!

anya said...

Two great projects, Kary! Simple and pretty with the first, but with fantastic details like the fancy die cut edge, the jingle bells, and good luck knot. I love the Nordic Winter ruffles and bow on your second project. Glad you could join us for the WMSC this week!

Cathy Weber said...

I love both of your projects Kary, the first card is so cute with those flowers and that picot edge, never saw that edge before and it is gorgeous. Your tag with the beautiful ruggles and holly leaves is gorgeous. We all could use a little tutorial on that knot!

Beate said...

I love circle cards! Yours turned out so pretty! Your tag looks wonderful as well.
Hugs and smiles

Tosha Leyendekker said...

What beautiful and charming tags Kary!! Love the knot on the first!! And the colors and flower on the second are fantastic!!

Kim Duran said...

Ooh that wintery scene of Christmas trees are so classic! Love what you've done with the sketch! All the little embellishments, The scalloped border, the jingle bell...all put together so well!

Savitri said...

This is super cute!!! Love both projects but the first is my favorite :)

lisa arana said...

oh my gosh, so much to love today!!! LOVE the knot, love the bottom border on the tag, the fabby die cut bow, the flowers, the spellbinder die. ACK, love overload!

Deborah Frings said...

This tag is simply fabulous. Love the shimmer, the embossed holly and the pretty pink rosette! Lovely!