Friday, October 26, 2012

It's about all recycling & Christmas Stockings, Stamp Simply Style!

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Happy Friday to you!  I hope you have had a great week!  I've been thinking Christmas!  How about you?  Actually, ever since I saved cardboard Christmas stocking inserts last year, I have been thinking specifically about how I was going to use them this Christmas!  Sigh, I know they say it's a sickness, but I disagree!  I prefer to call it frugal, fun, and well, maybe, just maybe a tiny bit creative!
These are what I'm talking about! How could I throw these away?  They take up little room, great weight as far as cardboard inserts go, and such a great size!  And that would be approximately 14 1/2" long and 7" wide at the top.  I think if there would have been only one or two, they would've been thrown into the garbage file.  But, I purchased nine stockings!  So, it just was not right to throw any of these away!

The first step was to decide which one of these gorgeous Girl Land Papers were going to become stocking fronts. Once decided, I traced around the insert and cut two out. Next step was to machine stitch the front and back together.  Then onto embellishing! The Webster's Pages Girl Land Kit is fabulous, you can create beautiful cards, scrapbook pages and other paper craft projects, like recycled stocking inserts! It includes the finest heavy weight paper and quality embellishments. Here are some details:
  • 12 12x12 Double-sided Papers
  • 1 12x12 Die cut Paper Sheet
  • 1 Storyteller Alpha Sticker Sheet (I used these on this pencil tree HERE)
  • 2 6" Bling Strips
  • 2 12" Bloomer Trims (The kit purple bloomers are what I used on one of the stockings)
For this particular stocking, the pink bloomers come from Webster's Pages Trim Pack. (next picture)  For the top of this stocking I chose to stamp on one of the stockings using SU Craft Ink with the JustRite Background Stamp, Embroidered.  I distressed the edges with my MM paper distress tool. There was enough stamped left to punch circles out and place those onto the circle patterns of the paper!  Do you see them now?  I stamped my sentiments with VersaFine Black ink onto scraps of the Girl Land papers.  These papers are two sided designed so you have lots of options here! Sentiments are found in Justrite's Large Fancy Holiday Set.  I cut the sentiments out using my Spellbinders A2 Fancy Weave Die!(also used one of these dies on a Halloween Treat tag, HERE

Pictured is the Girl Land Trim Card that I used for the pink bloomers.  The trims match and coordinate all the Girl Land papers!  The loop for each stocking was made with 1/8" Velvet Ribbon.  And the loopy ribbons on each stocking are all created with assorted Seam Binding. What did we ever do without Seam Binding?  Loops of Seam Binding are tied with Silver Metallic String before being glued to stocking front. 

Melissa Frances two layer silk ribbon ruffles is what is used on each stocking too, applying it with ScorTape. The bloomers are attached with ScorTape as well.  This embellishment is pure fabulous!  All other embellishments are adhered with Aleene's Tacky Glue.
I love how these turned out, I will use them to gift light weight items, most likely gift cards, candy, desk supplies, those type of things!  If anything, I would hang these as home decor!  But they are not for me, as I give almost everything I create away!  And I love doing that! Thanks for stopping by,  I hope this inspires you to start thinking Christmas, after all, it is only two months away!

For more gift inspiration, check this out HERE, a candle gift idea from Sharon Johnson!  I think I need some of that burlap now!  LOVE this Sharon!  

Throughout my posts, I try to highlight products by changing them into colored fonts and bolding.  If you click onto the bolded, colored words, it will take you to the item in the store!  There you will find more info and product details. Please email me, Barb ( or Sharon Johnson ( if you have any questions! Thank YOU!


Sharon Johnson said...

So gorgeous, Barb!!!

Karen McAlpine said...

Great re-purpose!!! It does pay to save some of those odd things. Love the stockings!

Dara Lynn said...

Came over to visit from No Time to Stamp....had to see those gorgeous stockings! Beautiful!!!!!!!!!

CardsbyJo said...

So beautiful! Love all the ribbons and lace trim!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

I would have saved them, too! And now, aren't you glad you did? These are wonderful!

newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

Beautiful came over form Sharon's blog to see the complete stocking

Conniecrafter said...

great recyling and such pretty decorations!

Shawna said...

Oh I agree Barb! And these stockings are GORGEOUS!!! This is such a great idea and I can see cutting some stocking shapes out with the Cameo. Thank you, always, for such great inspiration.

telfa said...

I am so relieved to discover there is at least one other person in the world like me - contrary to what my family think. Thanks!!

Shannon said...

These are SO pretty and probably so much fun to put together. You're a paper crafting girl after my own heart!

Sparkly Engineer said...

The stockings are beautiful and I think you are not just frugal but creative and practical.