Good Sunday morning. My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge. The inspiration site this week was South House Designs and I totally fell in love with the 2013 Christmas Stocking Round-Up. I’ve shown one of the precious vignettes below and there are several other color combinations. I especially loved the toy puppy and was inspired to place a tiny Christmas decoration in each of my stockings.
Here’s what I came up with.
I started by cutting and crimping two 3” x 1/2” strips of vanilla cardstock and one 3 3/4” x 3/4” to create the fireplace and mantle. I measured in 1/4” on each end of the mantle piece and miter cut the corners. I cut a 3” x 2 3/4” piece of cherry cobbler cardstock, scored in the brick lines using my leaf tool and leaf pad and attached it to the card base. I attached the fireplace pieces over the brick piece with mounting tape.
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I cut out one piece of fresh cut grass to represent the fire and covered it with yellow stickles to create the sparkle of fire. When the stickles was dry I cut two sections layered one over the top of the other and attached it to the lower section of the fireplace. I cut one section of the rounded fence and attached in front of the fire with glossy accents.
I punched several pieces of pine branches and created an evergreen arrangement on the center of the mantle. I cut and attached a candle in the center of the arrangement and covered with red and yellow stickles. I punched and attached several 1/8” circles to the arrangement with glossy accents and covered them with red stickles to add sparkle. I cut out an oval frame in gold foil and attached over the gold embossed sentiment to create another homey holiday decoration for above the fireplace.
I cut two cats, colored them with antique linen and vintage photo ink using a mini applicator. The tiny sponge tipped applicator were made for PanPastel but work perfectly to apply and blend inks as well. I had to place one cat on the mantle since cats love perching on high places. Ask me how I know.
I cut all the stocking pieces and assembled using glossy accents. I cut and assembled the train engine and snowman. I cut and sponged brown ink on the gingerbread boy and using a tiny brush painted his decorative features with white watercolor paint. I almost needed a stronger pair of reading glasses to create these tiny toy pieces. LOL!
I attached the toys and a few pieces of pine to each stocking and attached them to the fireplace with mounting tape for the final finishing touch. This piece took lots of time and was lots of work but I love how it turned out. It definitely invites you “home for Christmas”.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you are enjoying your weekend and that you have a chance to get crafty.
Stamps: Impression Obsession Christmas Trees (sentiment) Paper: Stampin’ Up! Season of Style, Cherry Cobbler, Gold Foil, Marigold Morning, Black, Vanilla, Olive, Kraft Ink: Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Antique Linen Accessories: Memory Box Cheerful Stockings, A Batch of Gingerbread, Train Set, Mini Snowmen, Rounded Fence, Bright Lanterns (candle), Impression Obsession Cat Set, My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Grass, Martha Stewart Branch Punch, Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Crimper, Fiskars 1/8” Circle Punch, Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit, Versa, Gold Embossing Powder, Sofft Mini Applicator, Yellow Stickles, Red Stickles, White Watercolor Paint, Brush, Glossy Accents, Mounting Tape, Glossy Accents, Glue Dots, Mounting Tape, Paper Piercer , Metal Adapter Plate , ATG , Big Shot , Teflon Bone Folder , Guillotine Paper Cutter