Monday, December 5, 2022

Inspiration Station Challenge #43 - Holiday Magic

Hello and Happy Monday!  Today begins a new bi-weekly challenge at The Inspiration Station Challenge Blog.  The challenges are always inspired by a photo prompt and how you intrepret the photo is your own.  This is a traditional and festive photo and I was inspired by the Stockings.

My project features the stocking image from the Dare 2B Artzy Stamp Set "Holiday Magic".  The sentiment is from an older Cardz TV Stamp Set that I've had in my stash for several holiday seasons.

When needing inspiration, aside from a challenge photo, I like to visit Pinterest.  I found a lovely card created by Inking Idaho and created my own twist from her sweet card.  

To start, I stamped and colored the stocking using alcohol markers and fussy cut.  I created a stone fireplace using a snippet of white card and an embossing folder from Darice, then highlighted the brick using a gray alcohol marker.  It's hard to see, but I also created a mantle and popped it on craft foam for dimension.

The Kraft card panel was stamped using the star image from that older Cardz TV set, using light brown ink from Catherine Pooler.  I've highlighted the stars with a Glimmer Gel pen for sparkle.  

The cluster of foliage, snowflake and bow were cut using dies from Alina Craft, the ribbon is from my stash and gold thread from Spellbinders.  I think I may have picked that holiday ribbon up at Hobby Lobby a few years ago.  To finish it off, I added Crystal Stickles to the snowflake, bow and the white dots on the stocking.  

I love Christmas, it's my favorite time of year.  This year, my dear hubby had an issue with hanging the outdoor lights.  With his back issues and arthritis, this may be the last Christmas for outdoor lights hanging from the eaves.  This makes me sad but I accept that things change and we have to adapt.  Getting older is not for sissies!

We hope you'll join us at The Inspiration Station Challenge.  We are always thrilled to see all the lovely projects and we hope to inspire you with ours.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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  1. I really like how you used the brick embossed image as your fireplace. Very creative! Your stocking and greenery are so fun. Thanks so much for playing along with us at the HLS Christmas challenge!

  2. A lovely festive card, thanks for sharing at Allsorts this week.

  3. This card is awesome. I love the brick part, that texture is fantastic and thanks to the grey marker it seems more real. I love the contrast with the kraft cardboard. Thanks for joining us at A Place To Start. Hugs, María.

  4. Very pretty in the traditional colours, many thanks for joining in with our 'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas' theme at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  5. A lovely festive make. Thanks for taking part at my Allsorts theme this week. Lynn x

  6. An adorable card and great design. Oh yes, as far as the outdoor decorations go, I hear you. My Honey refused last year so we had nothing. This year I got on Amazon and ordered some solar-powered twinkle light strings for the railings around our front porch and a door wreath of gold balls that reflects the lights. It's a small thing but he doesn't have to run all the extension cords, nor do we even have to worry about turning them on or off - they go on at dusk and off at dawn. Honey is a happy man now! And I'm happy to at least get my porch decorated, lol. (And the way people are nowadays, any more might get stolen! SMH) Enjoy your last year of it, XOX

  7. Fabulous stocking card, such a pretty design!! We finally got our outdoor lights up, we have a BIG tree outline on the side of the barn which goes up to 2 stories, you can see it from way down the road, a Pinterest copy we have been doing for abut five years, I LOVE it!!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at Can You Handle The Pressure and Peace On Earth!
    Diane CYHTP and POE Co-Owner
    {Nellies Nest}
    {Can You Handle The Pressure}
    {Stencil Fun}

  8. Lovely and fabulous Christmas card.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  9. This is a wonderful card and I love everything about it. Your brick chimney is perfect for hanging the stocking with care. The greenery and snowflake are perfect touches. Thanks so much for playing with us at Can You handle The Pressure?.

  10. This is so pretty!! I LOVE the texture of the brick. Lovely layering!! Thank you for playing with us at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge!
    CIC DT

  11. beautiful map
    thanks for participating in this challenge
    greetings jolanda bongers
    DT Festive Friday

  12. I simply LOVE the design on this sweet card my friend! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Peace On Earth challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often. We appreciate your support!


    PS ... thanks for also sharing this sweet creation with us over on our CYHTP challenge! Awesome inspiration!!

  13. Love your festive stocking!
    Thanks for joining in at Festive Fridays Challenge!
    Val - DT Leader

  14. Adorable! Thank you for sharing with us at Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge.

  15. That a sweet card! Love that little stocking filled with holiday greenery and cute bow. Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.


    CIC DT

  16. Love it! And what a great take on the inspiration!
    Very happy to see this in our mailbox at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

  17. Lovely stocking. Great Holiday card. Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create with week. Happy Holidays to you and your family and the best to you in 2023. Judy DT


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