Friday, November 13, 2015

Get Your Elf On

I've got a fun project for you today featuring the new Stitched Medallion 3 Die I have releasing at Papertrey Ink on November 15th at 10 PM EST. Like the previous Stitched Medallions (here and here), there is a bit of variation in how you choose to interpret the design. This one has a bit of snowflake within its design. More options is always, always a good thing. 

Elf Wreath with Clothespins Using Dies From Papertrey Ink

A week or so before Halloween, I posted a clothespin Halloween wreath I had made with various stitching dies and Betsy's Pin Up kits. You can see the post here. Today I've got a holiday version for you. How fun are those elf feet made from the Beaded Stocking Die from the Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit? I had so much fun coming up with these. And with elves being such a big thing in my house (as well as yours, I'm sure), it is sure to delight when I hang it from the door. After Thanskgiving, of course. I'm a stickler for that! LOL! 

Elf Feet on a Clothespin Wreath with Dies from Papertrey Ink

Here's a close up of the main focal point of my wreath. Two stockings, stitched with a design with Stitched Medallion 3. They are backed in Pellon Ultra Firm Interfacing that I like to keep things super economical. New Leaf Grosgrain Ribbon and bells and additional elfin flair. 

Beaded Stocking Stitching Die from Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit and Stitched  Medallion 3 Die from Papertrey Ink

Here's a close up of how I used the Stitched Medallion 3. To make the design really stand out, I used all six strands in my floss when I stitched it up. Looks quite different from when I used it on the star ornament from the other day, doesn't it? Same die, two completely different looks.  And this one, just like the other two Stitched Medallions, fit perfectly on the Beaded Star, Beaded Mitten, and Beaded Stocking from the Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit. Yeah...I might have done that on purpose. Who knows what I'll create in the future that will work as well. I like to keep you on your toes:). 

To help you visualize and create your own projects, here are the two variations I've presented side by side. 

Flattened Rolls of Patterned Paper Turn Stitched Felt Stockings Into Elf Shoes

I had picked up two paint stir sticks from the hardware store that I was planning on covering with the new patterned paper packs to sure as my "elf legs", but for the life of me, couldn't find them yesterday. I think they feel out of the bag in Matt's car and won't you know it, he was at work. So I had to improvise. And I think it ended up better. Much simpler too. I just cut a piece of patterned paper in half, rolled it up, and flattened it. That's it! Super simple. 

I used the Layered Banner Banter Die and stamp set to add some stamping. There are some supporting elements from Monthly Moments: December stamp set too. 

As for the wreath, it is made out of approximately 65 clothespins covered in New Leaf Patterned Paper using the dies from Betsy's Halloween and Holiday Pin Ups. I have both kits, so that's eight dies to cut clothespin covers. Very quick work.  Four half sheets of patterned paper is all it took to cover all those clothespins and after hot gluing them all onto the chipboard wreath base,  I had it done in under a hour. Can't beat that. 

So get wouldn't believe how inexpensive this was to put together. I put together a list for you. Check it out: 

Felt: $2.00
Interfacing for backing on stockings: $0.50
Clothespins ($1.00/50): Used a pack and a quarter....$1.25
Chipboard Wreath: $1.99 on sale, but coupon would work too
Green Patterned Paper: 2 sheets x $0.34= $0.68
Sheet of Red Stripe Paper: $0.75
Button/Ribbon/Bells/Banner Paper: $0.75

Total: $6.92

I hope you enjoyed this fun project today! I'll be back tomorrow with some fun softie sweaters and videos to share. More inspiration can be found on Nichole's blog today and all six days of the countdown. 

All my new dies will be available on November 15th at 10 PM EST at And, of course, I've been having nothing but fun with the Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit this release, which is available now . It goes hand-in-hand with all of the new dies. If you want to see more projects using it, here's my original blog post introducing it. It is limited edition, so when it is gone, it's gone. 

Stamps: Layered Banner Banter, Monthly Moments: December
Patterned Paper: New Leaf Patterned Paper Pack, Pure Poppy + White Basics Patterned Paper
Dies: Stitched Medallion 3, Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit, Banner Banter, Halloween and Holiday Pin Ups Make It Market Kit
Ribbon: New Leaf Grosgrain
Pure Poppy and Fresh Snow Felt
Clothespins and Chipboard Wreath. 


  1. Love this idea! Going to show my littles...maybe they'll make me one some afternoon.

  2. Love this post. Hope to make one next week.

  3. What a sweet and festive snowflake!! I really like it!

  4. OMG! What a gorgeous wreath! So creative!

  5. I'm dying over here, Erin. It is so cute! And would look extra sweet hanging on MY front door. Love your elf legs (giggle).

  6. Love your wreath! I have a lot of clothespin that I'd like to try this too. Thank you for the ideas!

  7. Such an adorable wreath - going to try this!!

  8. Hi Erin,

    You always leave me wanting more!!!!

    María Alba

  9. I am crazy over this wreath! Love! Perfection!

  10. These are so precious! Quick question, it may be obvious but I haven't used my layered banner set yet, how did you get the red and white dot paper accents on the banner? It absolutely makes that piece!