Monday, May 16, 2011

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

  The current challenge at Jingle Belles challenge blog is to make a card featuring Santa Claus.  This is the first Christmas stamp I ever purchased, and I used it to mass produce my Christmas cards that year.  I don't think he has seen any love in over a decade, until today.  I colored him with my Prismacolor pencils, and layered him on mulberry paper (just as ancient).  I decided to make him a bit trendier with a button and some twine.

  I was inspired by Amy Sheffer to add the button and twine.  Amy is a very dear friend and she has graciously agreed to be a guest designer this week at Betty Bee's Buzz.  I hope you will check out her inspiring card and fun interview at Betty Bee's Buzz.

  Thanks to LeAnne, I have just discovered CAS-ual Fridays challenge blog.  This week's challenge:  create a new CAS project using buttons and twine!

Supplies:
stamps:  Santa (unknown); believe (Memory Box)
papers:  Michael's
twine:  The Twinery
button:  BasicGrey

28 comments:

Judy said...

Great Card June. I love this face...
Enjoy your evening.
Judy

Shauna K said...

hey June!! how cute, hehe- great addition of the mulberry paper, it almost looks like Santa's fuzzy beard! the tag is a great touch with the twine and button :)

SmilynStef said...

That Santa is truly a classic that never goes out of style ... and I love how the mulberry paper extends the image ... and the candy cane twine is the perfect embellishment ... so glad you joined our jingle belles fun.

Lisa said...

Wow, June, this is just awesome! I love that Santa face and the mulberry paper is perfect! :)

Trish and Treasure said...

Great card and love that twine

Deanna Cosgrove said...

How adorable June!

Court said...

LOVE this card! Beautifully done!!! Woot woot for twinery twine! :)

Linda B said...

Your Santa really has character, June! Such an amazing face... this is a wonderful card!

~amy~ said...

wonderful...love the mulberry paper, twine and button...that image is perfect for the Jingle Belle challenge!

BettyBee said...

Ohhh, He is a beauty! Love the soft and subtle tinting of his face. Such a classic will never go out of style, and you certainly made him "today's trend" with the addition of the twine and button! You are definitely on his "Nice" list!!

Cathryn said...

Stunning June!!! I love this, your coloring is fantastic and the mulberry paper looks amazing!!! TFS, Cathryn :)

Linda R. said...

What a wonderful card.. I Loooove that stamp.. And you made it look amazing..

Hugs, Linda

paula said...

Wow, I love your Santa & what you have done with him. So very beautiful xoxoxoxo

LeAnne said...

Oh, June, this is one of my all-time favorite Santa stamps and look how fancy he is with that mulberry paper (which I have tons of!). You should enter this in the CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week--buttons & twine! It would be perfect! Here's the link:
http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2011/05/cas-ual-fridays-challenge-cfc2.html
I will be checking out that Buzzy challenge too! :D

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Oh my goodness, June!! This is FABULOUS!!!!!! The coloring is amazing, and the use of the mulberry paper is genius. I could not love it more!!!!

Michele Gross said...

Wonderful card! The mulberry paper is such a fantastic touch! I'm so glad you found us! We have lots of fun challenges planned so I hope we'll see you again :) Thanks for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Virginia L. said...

What a magnificent card! Love the Mulberry paper with the twines and buttons for the Jolly Old St., Nick! So glad that you play with us at CAS-ual Fridays! Hope to see more of your fabulous work!

leslie (crookedstamper) said...

Love the mulberry paper effect!

OMG, I haven't made my card yet! EEEEEP!

Lisa said...

Lovely card June, I just adore that image of Santa!

alienanessa said...

Well, I stinkin agree, this is wonderful!! On behalf of all others who think the mulberry ever so perfectly frames his face, we want you to know that it's genius. Seriously fantastic, in fact, it's striking in how great the mulberry and the stamp just click!

Noelle said...

This is beautiful, June! I love the way the soft handmade paper fibers give the feel of his whiskers:)

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

That santa is one of my most favorite holiday images ever - you've showcased it beautifully here! Love the addition of the twine and button - perfect finishing touches! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!!

lauren bergold said...

ooooooooooh! i think that santa is GORGEOUS and no way i would've known he was "vintage" if you hadn't said so! i love the mulberry paper... i would NOT have thought of that & it looks FAB! also loving the twine and button combo; ii think i must be "button impaired" b/c i can never think how to use them... but i LOVE when clever folk like yourself point the way!!! ♥♥♥

Laura Davis said...

What a cool card!!
Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!
Laura

Lorraine said...

That mulberry paper is just perfection framing your wonderful image. I like how you've updated the look with the twine and the button! Very now.

Dana said...

A simply gorgeous SANTA image and the mulberry paper that frames him is perfect. So glad you joined us for CAS-ual Fridays!

Julie Day said...

LOVE that santa image and the mulberry paper is nice touch. Your button and twine go with it perfectly :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

Lisa V. said...

So glad that you brought him back out. The mulberry paper serves as a nice backdrop. Fantastic.