Happy Friday! I hope everybody has had a wonderful week. I'm here today with the super-fun CAS-ual Fridays challenge for this week! Here it is:
CFC81: Knotty or nice
Incorporate knots into your clean and simple project
And since it's the first challenge of the month, that means we're sponsored by the fabulous Simon Says Stamp! But not only will the winner of this challenge receive a gift certificate to spend in their store, she will also be a future guest designer at the CAS-ual Fridays challenge blog!
So, onto the challenge. I really had a hard time deciding how I wanted to incorporate knots onto my card. I kept thinking about the knots in a wood grain pattern, but wasn't sure if that would count. So I decided I would learn how to make French knots to use on this paper yummy:
I used this tutorial, which was great and super easy to follow. I used the All Yule Need stamp set from Paper Smooches to stamp and paper-piece the tree and star. I made the French knot "ornaments" using red embroidery floss. I cut the December calendar from the Simple Stories Handmade Holiday 6x6 pad, and stamped the "believe" from the Paper Smooches Christmas Sampler set under the numbers. I stamped a star over the 25. Here's a close-up of the knots and calendar:
We'd love to have you play along with this week's challenge! You have until next Thursday at noon EST to get knotty with us. Thanks for looking!
Supplies: corrugated card base: Recollections; patterned papers: Simple Stories (red plaid, calendar), Lawn Fawn (green chevron for tree, yellow for star), Echo Park (tree trunk); stamps: Paper Smooches; ink: Ranger (Tim Holtz Distressing Ink in Frayed Burlap); embroidery floss: DMC