I absolutely loved hanging a stocking by the fireplace as a kid. And teen. And college student home on break. Yep. I would save it for last on Christmas morning, take it off its hook, sit on the floor and carefully inspect what was inside. "Santa" wrapped all the little goodies individually. And there was always a gorgeous apple and orange. I know now, that that was probably a leftover from the European heritage. (We here celebrate St. Nicholas on December 6. Kids leave clean boots by the door the night before and get oranges and nuts and chocolates in them, if they were good, then next morning.) Or it was a good way to fill a lot of space in the stocking for little money (speaking now as an experienced Mom ;) Tangent.
How about a card? Let me start by saying I took Colour Q #266 as an inspiration. I think it's pretty obvious.
Creme cardbase with a strip of embossed brick wall, cuz, well, our fireplace was brick! A slew of stockings strung, cuz, well, I always wished for brothers and sisters. And polka dots stamped onto the center portions, cuz, well, who doesn't love polka dots?!?! Decided to string up my sentiment too after stamping it in multi tones.
And now for something completely different. And my Dad would say "it's not a Christmas card", but hey, I was inspired by this photo from Crazy for CAS #57. Notice the poufs.
Oh Blogger, how thou doth ruin photos...
I was obviously smitten with the yellow fabric. I liked the pink and a touch of blue so wanted to carry that out on my card. And the frames are a nod to the prints hanging on the wall. Even stamped a floral BG onto the pink frame in a nod to the middle sofa pillow.
I heat embossed the stocking, partially masked and polka-dotted it before masking it and the square to heat emboss the trellis pattern. Watercolored both. The thin pink frame is stamped, the other die cut. The neon fragments on the one pom pom
could have should have been done without ;) And I should have included a pooch somewhere, maybe peeking out of the stocking!
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Hope you enjoyed. CU tomorrow.