Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Gingerbread House

Merry Christmas!! It's almost here! I had this project in mind and I was determined to get it done before Christmas. (I made it, hurray!) I'm in love with the Tim Holtz Village Dwelling die line and I have great plans for more little houses (stay tuned!) Nothing says Christmas like a gingerbread house and this one will last from year to year.

I pulled out my stash of vintage Christmas baubles, decor and cookie cutters and went to town! Plus I added a string of mini wire lights to light up the house and the mini tree!

I created a platform made from six Candy Drawers to hold my little scene. For an added bonus, I could stash the light strand's battery box in one of the drawer compartments.

Tim Holtz has an excellent tutorial on his website on building this sweet little gingerbread house using the Village Dwelling Die and the accessory Village Gingerbread Die. I added the mini lights inside and "sugar glass" window panes (plastic covered with Glue 'n Seal and Rock Candy Stickles).

I wanted to make the back side interesting too so I decked out a small tart tin with a snowy scene and vintage porcelain deer. Other vintage parts are the fabulous tree cookie cutter I found at a thrift store, old bulbs and vintage mercury beads and ornaments.

The tart pan was new and way too shiny so I aged it with Mushroom Alcohol Ink. That stuff is magical!

I wrapped the end of the wire light strand around the tree and glued on old mercury beads. I love the vintage bling!

I love the lights! I cut the backs out of the two end drawers and glued them together to make one long drawer. The light battery pack fits perfectly! The lights run up through a hole I cut in the top of the platform and into the house and then out to the tree.

Thank you for visiting. I wish you all a merry Christmas and hope you have a peaceful and joyful time with family and friends. I'm off to bake a few more cookies. ;-)

I am also entering this into the Winter Magic challenge over at A Vintage Journey and the Winter Wishes Challenge at Emerald Creek Dares.

The supplies I used for this project can be found at Sizzix or Simon Says Stamp. Follow the links below and a shopping you may go!

Dies Used: 
Village Dwelling (Sizzix / SSS
Village Gingerbread (Sizzix / SSS
Eileen Hull Candy Drawer (Sizzix ) 
Holiday Greens (Sizzix / SSS

Other supplies:
Tim Holtz Paper Stash - Yuletide (retired)
Sizzles Mat board
Sizzix Paper Leather
Tim Holtz Deco Sheets
Tim Holtz Ice Skates Adornments
Tim Holtz Memo Pin
Ranger Texture Paste
Ranger Glossy Accents
Tim Holtz Christmastime Flashcards - retired
Distress Ink – Vintage Photo
Distress Spray Stains - Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles
Ranger Alcohol Ink - Mushroom
Ranger Archival Ink - Potting Soil
Distress Dry Glitter - Rock Candy
Stickles - Rock Candy

Simon Says Stamp and Sizzix links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also says thanks!)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Merry & Bright Challenge

Hello there! It's not too late to join in on the Merry & Bright Challenge on the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog. You have until the end of the month to link up your entry for a chance to win a retired Sizzix die from our sponsor, Eileen Hull. Be sure to check out all the inspiration over on the blog. The design team has been busy this month!

For my second project, I used Eileen Hull's Box Die to create a wintery ATB to celebrate the season.

More views!

Thanks for stopping by! Head on over to the Mixed Media Monthly blog challenge post Merry & Bright to check out the other fabulous projects by the team as well as the mid-month post here. Join in and you could win Eileen's retired Sizzix Loaf Pan die!

A little birdie told me that there just might be several giveaways this month on MMM's various social media channels. I'd keep an eye on them if I were you – just sayin'! ;-)

I am also going to enter this into A Vintage Journey's Winter Magic Challenge. I think it's a perfect fit. ;-)

The supplies I used for this project can be found at Sizzix or Simon Says Stamp. Follow the links below and a shopping you may go!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Happy Birthday!

Last week was my brother's birthday so of course I made him a card (although it was a bit late, oops!) He should have gotten it by now in the mail so now I can share it with you! Cards for men can be tricky for some, but I've found that making one Tim Holtz style usually fits the bill!

I love to make cards with those three top hat guys and make them say things. I type out the text and make the word bubbles in a graphics program and print them out on cardstock.

The background is made with Tim's Motif resist paper. I misted a piece of it with Distress Stains and the inks don't stick to the resist parts (numbers). I added gold embossing paste through the Gears stencil.

Thanks for stopping by for this quickie card peek! I hope you are having a peaceful month without too much hustle and bustle. =) The supplies I used for this project can be found at Sizzix or Simon Says Stamp. Follow the links below and a shopping you may go.