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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Christmas Stocking Banner

THIS is the project that started with my creative spark from visiting the flea markets and antique malls over the weekend. I was so happy to be feeling creative that I stayed up all night on Saturday evening! I was tired on Sunday, but it was so much fun to be in the creative flow again, that I didn't want to stop :). I made a banner using the Stocking die in the Holiday Mini. If you don't have this die yet, you really should get it! I did individual photos of each stocking for you, with the full banner at the end. I plan to attach them together with seam binding ribbon, but I'm torn between Baja Breeze and Cherry Cobbler. Hmmmm, maybe Always Artichoke seam binding ribbon? I can't decide (sigh). My stocking banner spells out 'Merry' and I plan to use this in my Christmas decorating this year. I die cut the stockings and the cuffs from acid/lignin free mat board so that it would be sturdier and hold up for a few years :). I covered the stocking with Marina Mist, the cuffs with embossed Whisper White, and the little stocking toe and heel is die cut from Frostwood Lodge Designer Series paper in the Holiday Mini. A few of the elements in the stockings are die cut from mat board and covered with card stock or Designer Series Paper as well. If you make one of these, use your own judgement as to what elements you die cut from mat board. Timeless Type die cut letters were used for each stocking. The first stocking is the M in Merry. I used the holly leaves die cut from the Stocking Accents die in the Holiday Mini and added a jingle bell punch. The jingle bell is punched from More Mustard, backed with Basic Black, and the top of the bell only has been embossed with the Snow Burst folder (Holiday Mini). The bell was also inked with More Mustard ink. I stamped the little candy bag on vellum and adhered my Cherry Cobbler stamped candy to the back.
 Next up is the E stocking. I added a little note to Santa ;-). I stamped 'Dear Santa' in Cherry Cobbler and inked the edges with Crumb Cake ink. Crinkle up the paper a bit :-). I added a button die cut with the Sweet Buttons embosslit and tied with the Cherry Cobbler and White bakers twine.
 On to R... I used the Stocking Accents die to die cut the little Christmas Tree- covered with Snow Burst embossed Old Olive, the candy cane, and added a little package to the back. The package is just a rectangle of Designer Series Paper and the bow was made with the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch.
 The other R... I was trying to think of things that go inside stockings and decided that a little spin top and a little elf doll were just the things to add to this stocking :). The elf is made using the Build a Bear dies (you really do need the Build a Bear dies :D !) and the top is made from the ornament on the Stocking Accents die. I covered the mat board ornament with some wood paper from Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper, which was also inked around the edges and over the paper to lessen the white shock of the paper ;-)   I tied Cherry Cobbler and White bakers twine around the top of the top and added a Jewelry Tag punch under the twine. The tag says "Super Spin Top". The elf's little sign says, "Wish Big".

 Last, the Y. The last stocking is a mirror of the first stocking, so it would be made exactly the same, just reversing the elements to the right side.
 And here they are all together in a row. Until I decide which seam binding ribbon to use, you'll just have to visualize that the ribbon is there :D.

See you tomorrow! Have a wonderful day!


Paper: Marina Mist, Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red, More Mustard, Basic Black, vellum, Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper
Classic Stampin' Ink: More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Old Olive
Stamps: Dear Santa, Sweets for the Sweet, Pennant Parade, Tagtastic
Dies: Holiday Stocking, Stocking Accents, Sweet Buttons embosslit, Timeless Type alpha, Build a Bear Bear,  Beary Essentials
Other: Snow Burst embossing folder, Jewelry Tag punch, 1" Circle punch, Curly Label punch, white gel pen, red gems


Kim said...

Oh WOW, this is a great project! Don't you love those late nights when your creative juices get to flowing?

Thanks so much for sharing,

Amanda Mertz said...

Barb- I can completely see why you stayed up all night....this is a fantastic banner. I love all the little details of what you filled the stockings with. The elf is my favorite! Great job!! TFS!

Lois said...

GREAT project! Love the elf one especially. Super cute!! TFS

Anonymous said...

Awe! I love the elf guy! Cute!!!! I'm going to have to look him up! LOVE IT!