Thursday, December 2, 2010

An altered Elf Stocking ~

Hey all!  Told you I'd be back.  I'm going to make this really short and sweet...I think I've contracted the strep throat...as well as an ear infection.  Ugh.  Thankfully, my parents took my child so I can lay on the couch, drink tea and watch chick flicks all afternoon!
A couple of years ago, I saw a paper pieced elf stocking decoration that I fell utterly in love with.  I right clicked and saved all the pics so that one day I could make something just like it!  Well, while browsing around Hobby Lobby last year, I saw some plain wood elf stockings in their holiday section and bought three of them thinking that I could alter them and give them away.  Yeah, that didn't happen.  I pulled them out again this year and have completed one.  It's a bit harder to get the paper just how I want it, pick out the papers that I think go great, etc.  I'm going to keep this one for myself as there are some problems with it that I hope to fix before making the other two as gifts.  Now, as far as cost I would guess that these are less than $3.  It uses about one sheet of 12x12 patterned paper plus the snowflake embellishment.  If you have a bit of time on your hands, you really should make one! 
I used a few retired Basic Grey Figgy Pudding papers on this - I adore that line, so gorgeous!!  I had to remove the top part of the stocking to get it all papered the way I wanted.  Kind of a pain, but so worth it!  The little heel and toe parts are the backside of the main stocking paper.  They needed a bit more interest, so I stamped the smallest snowflake from PTI's Snowflake Serenade in Scarlet Jewel ink.  The edges of all the papers and the wooden stocking are sponged in Ranger Distress Vintage Photo ink.  The back side of the stocking is covered in another paper from the same line, and the top of the stocking is from a plain brown paper from the same line.  I didn't want to take away from the snowflake, so I didn't add anything to that part.   
The snowflake is cut with the Spellbinders Create a Flake 1 snowflake dies.  They are embossed and then sponged with Antique Linen ink while still in the die.  Ranger Glossy Accents was added to the raised portions and then covered with glass glitter a la Sherry Cheever.  I added a few sprigs of the Martha Stewart twig punch to the largest snowflake, threaded some brown hemp twine through a Scarlet Jewel button and then through all the snowflakes, wrapped a couple of rusty jingle bells around the twine, threaded through another button, then through a hole in the stocking.  I tied a loop of twine to hang it from, threaded another Scarlet Jewel button with the twine and tied it off with a knot and a big fat bow.  Done!  And I love it!  The only part I don't like is the back...I shouldn't have tried to use glossy Mod Podge.  I can see the brush strokes and it really wasn't necessary at all.  The next two I do won't have that stinky stuff on them!  lol  Well, thanks for stopping by!  I'm off to go snuggle on the couch some more with my tissues, hot tea and a good movie!  :o) lyss
JUGS Challenge #61: 3-D Holiday Embellishment
Basic Grey Challenges #34: Recipe challenge
Really Reasonable Ribbon #13: Anything but a Card - Winter   I hope twine counts for ribbon!!  lol
P.S. I forgot to mention a really cool *new to me* blog I've found.  House of Hepworths does a lot of crafty projects and DIY things around the home.  I'm entering this in her crafty post that she has every Thursday.  Super great place to find tutorials and crafty projects throughout blogland!  :o) lyss

24 comments:

Monica K. said...

This is so cool! I love the embellishments and that it's decorated on both sides too. It turned out great!

Audrey said...

Oh. My. Goodness! This is amazing and with those papers and rusty accents, it is just my style! I am going to make a trip to Hobby Lobby this weekend... hoping I will get lucky and find something similar. Definately bookmarking this! Great work!

BethieJ said...

Alyssa this is BEAUTIFUL!! Oh my goodness I LOVE it!!!! I need to be HUNTING them down! LOL!! Wonder if I can leave a little note for an elf to leave a couple under my tree this year! :)
Hope your feeling better!!!!

Cathy at Paper Garden Projects said...

THis is totally awesome! I love everything about it. You even used some of my fav BG paper!

Danielle Therese Greenwood said...

Could that be any prettier?! I love it. It looks so flawless and certainly gorgeous. I love the tiny branche punch sticking out from the snowflakes. Thanks for the inspiration!

Niki Estes said...

This is so neat! I love your papers and embellishments!

Kristin Bueter said...

OH. MY. GOODNESS. I just finished going through all of the JUGS submissions and commenting, only to find yours...my last one before refreshing to see if there are any more submissions. I have been smiling since I opened that tiny little thumnail :] Your elf stocking is AMAZING. TRULY! I don't say that lightly. I LOVE the stocking of course, but the way you decoupaged the paper onto it so cleverly, and let the focus surround that STUNNING layered snowflake and your rusty jingle bells is genius! I ♥ your stocking!! SOOOO cool.

Thank you for ending my night with a smile on my face ;] Thanks also for playing along with Just Us Girls this week! Your 3-D holiday embellishment on your amazing stocking is fabulous!

Berenice R. said...

So nice project! :)

Leigh Ann Baird said...

This is gorgeous! I love the whimsical shape of the elf stocking and you decorated it perfectly!

Get some rest and I hope you feel better soon!

Katie {choc0holic} said...

This is adorable! I would love to come across a few of those shapes to alter myself! I love the papers you used as well...I'm still hoarding mine!

Kim O'Connell said...

WOW! This is awesome! Love the patterned paper and the layered snowflakes! And the bells! SO great! Feel better!

Chris said...

What a gorgeous project! Love everything! Hope you feel better.

Debbie S (DebNY) said...

Alyssa,
This is gorgeous!! I love it and want to make one also. The papers, the snowflake the bell... just all go together beautifully. I'll def be looking for elf stockings on my next trip to my LSS. Feel better soon!

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Fabulous project!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at A Crafty Little Place this week!!
Sheri-ACLP DT

Julie E said...

OMG - love it! It was worth waiting a couple years to make! Fab snowflake and overall such a great look!

Julie E said...

oooo...you are the chic of the week! Congrats on that too :>)

Toni K said...

This is awesome! I love everything about it!

Kerri said...

I LOVE this Alyssa!!! What a cool shape and the papers and embellishments you used are absolutely gorgeous!!! Awesome project, girl! Did you get my e-mail yesterday? If not can you shoot me an e-mail at bkmichaud@earthlink.net. I have a question for you:)

Janine said...

This is just gorgeous and I am so glad the jugs blog drew it to my attention. I love the Basic grey papers you used - how I wish I had bought more of those and all the details on your snowflake are wonderful. Glad you fund it again and had a go - it was well worth it.

Bonnie - Really Reasonable Ribbon said...

Great altered elf stocking! Thanks so much for joining our Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge.

Jennifer Shults said...

Holy cow Alyssa! that is SOOOOOO cool. I love those papers and you did just a gorgeous job on this. I'm so impressed!

Chris said...

this is so fabulous! love this line of BG!

Cheryl Valadez said...

Alyssa, this is just too awesome!

Roxx said...

Aylssa,

I'm loving your new digi & beautiful stocking. Just found your site through PCP.