Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Christmas Stocking

Hi Everyone:  One of my passions is cross-stitching and I have been doing it for over 30 years.  I find it very relaxing.  Everyday, I get in at least 30 minutes before I head off to work and even with that small bit of time have created some wonderful pictures.  Over the past several years I have been making Christmas Stockings for my family and this year I did 2, one for Lloyd's grand daughter and one for his great nephew.  These 2 I have been working on since last December.  It takes a fair bit of time to do and I enjoy watching the scenes unfold.  So here it is. I will share the other one on my next post.

The card I am sharing today is for The Paper Players Challenge.  The challenge was to make and share a Christmas project. 

I was attempting to reproduce a technique that Sandi Maciver posted in Papers and Pixels, an on line crafting magazine.  If you have never checked this e-mag out, do so.  They have great ideas to share and download.

The technique is to use embossing powder to paint your pictures.  Three times I attempted to reproduce this technique and then gave up, put the 3 embossing powder left overs together and embossed using the 3 mixed together.  So this technique turned out to be my own science experiment and it turned out OK.

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree (w-115026 $33.95, p 114 IB&C), Teeny Tiny Wishes (w-115370 - $45.95 p 157 IB&C)

Paper: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Deck the Halls DSP
Ink: Soft Suede, Early Espresso Craft ink
Accessories: Black, Gold, Iridescent and Clear embossing powder, Glimmer Brads (neutral), Word Window punch, Embossing Ink

A mixture of black, gold and iridescent embossing powder was used for the background trees.
I hope you enjoy and until next time...


  1. Your stocking is gorgeous. I like cross stitch too but I haven't done much in a long time.

  2. I love your stocking. I am working on two now to my new grandchildren. I was hoping that they would be done for their first Christmas, they will be ready for next year. I cross stitch everyday also.

  3. Karen, your card is just lovely! Love that stamp set.
    Now, on to your stocking - OUTSTANDING! I know what you mean about the length of time to create this because I also love to do cross stitching. This is so pretty and it will be something to treasure always.

  4. Karen your stocking is truly sensational.
    I bet the recipients of all 21 treasure them.
    I also love the gentleness of your card.

  5. I think its lovely and the Christmas stocking is breathtaking. What a wonderful keepsake.

  6. I did alot of cross stitch when my kids were little so I know how much work went into this wonderful stocking...what a lovely keepsake and card!

  7. OMG Karen....That stocking is just beautiful! My mom used to cross stitch and I know how long it takes. The image on the stocking is amazing! Great Job...love the card too!

    Happy Holidays

  8. Your stocking is gorgeous, a real treasure. I have done cross stitch for years, as well. Very relaxing. I haven't done any in a while. Your card is stunning, great stamp set!

  9. Love your stocking. Such beautiful colors and details.

  10. Your card is just as fabulous as that gorgeous stocking! And there is not a thing wrong with science experiments! Thanks for joining The Paper Players this week!

  11. Very pretty, Karen! Both the card and the stocking. I'm also a cross-stitcher and have been making stockings for my grandchildren as they have been born. In fact, I have one in work right now. Your family is so blessed to have you.

  12. Karen - your stocking is fabulous! Love your card, too. Thank you for sharing two such wonderful projects with the Paper Players this week.

  13. I'm so jealous, I wish I could cross stitch like this, your stocking is beautiful.

    I love the effect of the painting with embossing powders on your card, and the Lovely As a Tree is one of my favorite stamp sets. I will have to check this technique out when I have a spare moment. TFS

  14. Karen, your stocking is just stunning! Wow! Such a beautiful winter scene that will be enjoyed for many years to come. Your card is wonderful, too! You created a beautiful scene with that set. Thanks for playing with The Paper Players this week! :)

  15. What a treasure! Your beautifully stitched stocking should last a lifetime!


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