Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Warm Woolies

There's so many directions to go with Kristina Werner's colour challenge #34 this week! So yummy! I have a second design in mind but couldn't get past taking this one quite literally, so I pulled out some baby alpaca wool I actually bought recently at Spun Fibre Arts in natural and my reinkers to dye my own yarn. After knitting the sweetest little swatch, I ran a line of each of the colours to create a striped knit pattern. The wool sucked it in and wanted more! So I gave it and now am still waiting for the dye to set and dry. Dabbing with paper towel softened the colours; heat setting just singed the swatch. Although these challenge colours are so gorgeous, there's a lot of them to work together, so certainly celery appears only in the dyed wool and in the sponged embossed background panel. I liked the way the other colours worked together. Simple layout here: the rectangular mats are cut and embossed with nestabilities; the background panel is embossed with my cuttlebug swirls folder, then liberally sponged with all of the colours in the challenge; a little paper piercing on the pale plum panel; and my warm wishes sentiment is stamped in bordering blue to keep away the winter chill. The grosgrain ribbon is from a retired SU collection.

Stamps: warmest wishes, Hero Arts
Ink: SU pale plum, perfect plum, bordering blue, certainly celery and sage shadow (classic ink and reinkers)
Paper: SU pale plum, perfect plum, bordering blue, sage shadow and whisper white card stock,
Other: rectangular Nestabilities; cuttlebug 'swirls' embossing folder, baby alpaca wool; toothpicks; pop dots and dimensionals; SU ribbon; paper piercer

27 comments:

Kari said...

Oh my goodness! What a fantastic card! I love it!!!Knitting is one of my other passions! I love how you added that element to your card!!! I just love your card!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!!

Annette said...

What a great card and such a clever idea to do the little swatch. Knitting was the first craft I ever did and I love nothing better than getting out my needles. Fantastic job.

Karen said...

OMGGGGG!! What a FANTASTIC card!! If this isnt a top 10'er I will eat my hat!!

GREAT JOB!!

Karen
xo

sari hänninen said...

IF THIS ISN'T THE MOST WONDERFUL CARD I'VE SEEN - I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS... IT'S AWESOME - U R LUCKY 2 B THAT CREATIVE!

Ange Kelly said...

Wow! just gorgeous.

kareNstampZ said...

amazing - how clever are you?

It's just adorable TFS

Theresa Forseth said...

This is such an amazing card - so unique and so beautiful!!! Way to go! Thanks for sharing!

Leah said...

So clever, and gorgeous.

StampingSelene said...

This is so clever! Great Job!

melanie said...

Wow! That is amazing!

Dana said...

This is amazing - your talent is endless my friend!!!

Amy, Ottawa, Canada said...

oh that's too cute, using toothpicks as knittin' needles. Darling!

Karen said...

And she knits TOO!!! Awesome card Nancy!

Pol`ka4ka said...

just gorgeous

ceecee said...

How totally perfect and bang-on with Kristina's inspiration. I love, love, love it!!!

Debbie Pamment said...

What a great idea for this challenge - it's just gorgeous!

Karla said...

How kneat!!!! hehehehe get it!? neat kneat! did I just misspell it? anyway, rally cute card I love it!!!!

Butternut Sage Designs said...

Oh my goodness how clever are you...that is SOOOOOOOOOO Cool! ~Donna

Amy Lee said...

I am seeing a trend here this week...a play on theme! LOve the card! This was way beyond creative! GREAT JOB!

snadypooh said...

SUPER cool!!! I love it

Jackie said...

OMG! So fabulous! I think it's the most creative card I've ever seen!

Shelley G in Iowa said...

Oh, I love your card! I will sent my good friend who knits to your site to see it! I don't knit, so maybe I can persuade her to make me some of these and I'll make cards for the two of us! Thanks for the great post!

Yankee in England said...

wow I love how you incorporated the yarn and knitting into the card!

Wendy said...

I can't believe you actually knitted that for the card!! My daughter was so excited as she is learning to knit!! Amazing card!

Shanna Fudge said...

are you kidding me....this is wonderful....thanks for sharing

Amy said...

Oh my word, this is cute and so clever! I sent a link to this post off to my sister who is a knitter, so I'm hoping she'll send me some scraps to play with!

Amy

Cathy said...

OK - this has to be your best card EVER! What a fantastic idea - the little knitted swatch is adorable!