Thursday, November 21, 2013

Christmas Stockings 2 Ways (Curtain Call CAS-ual Christmas, Less Is More, TAWS)

Hello, again!  I'm so excited to share the cards I've been working on the last few days.  Inspiration struck very clearly for this card.   I was completely inspired by CAS-ual Fridays and Curtain Call's combined challenge.  The combination of rustic and sparkles, the monogram stockings hanging from the mantle, and the blue in the inspiration photo just begged to be made into a card.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and I knew exactly who I wanted to make the card of the kindest card bloggers I know. :)  The only trick was I didn't quite have the tools I I improvised.  I don't have a stocking die, so I drew a template.  I don't have a scrawly Merry Christmas sentiment, so I wrote it.  It's far from perfect, but I feel like it adds to the feeling of wanting this card to come from my heart.  
This card makes me smile over and over because there are so many little things I did specifically with the recipient in mind including the use of my brand new (yay!) Lil' Inkers rectangle stitched mats.  Though I had the idea for this card first, I was too nervous to make it right away (that happens sometimes when I really want something to turn out well), so the next card was actually my practice run to prepare me for this one.
For my second card, I used the same idea but switched the stockings up a bit with added inspiration from the TAWS Be Inspired #41 photo (polka dots) and the Less is More Challenge to use designer paper in a CAS way.  And I suppose this might even be more suited for the CAS-ual Fridays part of the combined Curtain Call and CAS-ual Fridays Challenge because it is a bit more CAS that my first card.  I have the sweetest neighbors across the street, and their daughter is one of my son's best buddies.  I just love them, so I made this card with them in mind.  The patterned stockings reminded me of the stockings I sewed last year...can't wait to get them out in a week. :)

Burlap Stockings Card Supplies
Stamps: Sans Alphabet (CTMH), Trees Company (TAWS)
Ink: Bordering Blue, Garden Green (SU!), New Leaf (PTI)
Cardstock: Rustic Cream (PTI)
Dies: Sketched Shaped (PTI), Stitched Mats: Rectangles (Lil' Inkers)
Other: white gold, florentine gold, sterling, and lapis lazuli glitter (Martha Stewart), burlap (Hobby Lobby), Zing! gold embossing powder (AC), hemp (CTMH), hole punch, embossing pen

Patterned Stockings CardSupplies
Stamps: Alphabet Soup, Trees Company (TAWS)
Ink: Cranberry (CTMH), Garden Green (SU!), New Leaf (PTI)
Paper: Merry (MME), Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Other: Linen & Canvas Impression Plate (PTI), Grey Flannel Marker (CTMH), hole punch


  1. Those stockings are the cutest!
    Great way to use DP.
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  2. I love them fun! Love the stockings!

  3. These are just darling cards! I love how the stockings are hanging from the greenery "mantle!" Thanks for joining the BE Inspired challenge!

  4. These are amazing, Lindsey! LOVE the trio of stockings all hung with care:) Thanks so much for playing along at the Curtain Call!

  5. Both sweet stocking cards Lindsey. Thank you so much for joining us at the Curtain Call!

  6. they both are fabulous, Lindsey!! love the texture the burlap gives on the first one, and the paper piecing on the second one is so cute! really like them both! thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  7. I missed these yesterday ! So adorable and I love that you made your own stockings and that is creative in my book. I am sure your neighbors are thrilled to have you for a neighbor as well.
    Bet you love your new stitched matts and will want to use them often. The snow today sounds wonderful ......we will have to be happy with the wonderful rain we are getting....and we are.

  8. Brilliant use of designer papers

  9. Love your stockings! The burlap is homespun and your handwriting is awesome! The second card is so cute and colorful!

  10. Lindsey Congratulations on your VIP win at CASual fridays!!!!! I was so excited when I saw your card! Soooo happy for you this is such a cute and creative card!

  11. I WILL BE CASING THESE CARDS!!! They are both sensational, Lindsey! I especially love the burlap stockings!!!

  12. great cards...great idea with the burlap....