Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Merry Monday #24 {The Stocking is Hung by the Chimney...}

Hello friends!  I had recently dug out some of my Tim Holtz stamps and dies for a couple other challenges that I have entered (purchased ages ago and not yet used) and came across the brick wall and wood embossing folders.  I was thinking that I needed to find a reason to use these soon and lo' and behold the sketch for the Merry Monday Challenge #24 came out yesterday and I just knew as I saw it exactly what I wanted to do. 
I immediately saw a wooden mantle across an old brick fireplace with a stocking hung and waiting for Santa to come fill up.  We had an old brick fireplace when I was growing up and each year my sisters and I got to hang our stockings from one of the shelves on the mantel.  The stocking was always my favorite part of the Christmas gifts. My Dad and Uncle would take me, my sisters and our cousins for a ride when it got dark on Christmas Eve to see if we could catch Santa flying around the neighborhood.  Many times one of them spotted Santa and we ensued on a wild chase to try and find him again - but to no avail (imagine that!).  When we would come home to report that we had lost Santa we would discover that he had already been there and filled our stockings quite full.  We could hardly wait to see what tiny treasures awaited us.  I loved all the little trinkets, and makeup,  jewelry and candy. Such fun memories!

Fast forward to today... my son is more interested in the food and the big gifts :o)  but my daughter really loves the stocking part like me.  So I designed this stocking with her sweet self in mind.  Santa doesn't make it to our house though until Christmas morning and there have been no fun rides in the car to try to find him - hmmm I might have to change that this year...

I used the retired stocking builder punch and coordinating stamp set from last Christmas season's mini catalog.  The colors of the stocking are two of the NEW In-colors called Gumball Green and Raspberry Ripple.  I sponged some Soft Suede ink over the two embossed pieces give them some more definition.  The sentiment stamped in Raspberry Ripple from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set which coordinates quite nicely with the NEW Bitty Banners framelits dies.

I debated with myself about adding a bough of branches across the top of the mantel - but utlimately decided to keep it very clean and simple.   Hope you like this card - thanks so much for stopping by, I'm sure glad that you did!  Hugs!


  1. What a Fabulous Christmas card...LOve it.
    Fabulous without the branches lol.

  2. Hi Danielle - a lovely card, lots of lovely texture - Jacqueline xx

  3. Oh this is fabulous, Danielle! Love the 2 different textures and your adorable stocking!
    Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Monday's:)

  4. Fantastic card, love the textured background. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

  5. Thanks ladies, I'm so glad you like it! It was really quite simple and fun to make. I'm a punch and texture folder gal - love to use them whenever I get the chance.

  6. You are on fire with your creativity Danielle, this is a wonderful use of the embossing and distressing...such a clever way to use the sketch! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday!

  7. Thanks Lesley - I'm tickled by your comment, it made me giggle. Somehow that slump I was in for a bit has moved one and I do feel much more creative again - thank goodness!!

  8. Just love this....you created a perfect little scene with your embossing folders and I love that you shared your story! My siblings and I still have the felt stockings from when we were kids in the 1950s!!! Treasures! Thanks for playing with the Merry Monday challenge this week!

  9. Danielle - this is fantastic! I love your mantle and the brick wall is fabulous! Thanks for joining us again at Merry Monday!

  10. Danielle, this is perfect as is! What a beautiful stocking hanging on the mantle! Stockings were always my favorite part of Christmas too. Glad you joined us at Merry Monday this week!


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