A Gingerbread House Card!

Hello friends!  It’s Debbie here today to share a fun Christmas card with you today.  I think nothing says Christmas more than a gingerbread house.  Whether you make it with dough or paper, they are just so cute and a favorite of mine.    You can make beautiful gingerbread houses using the Dimensional 747e Gingerbread House Die Set.  But there is more you can do than just make dimensional  paper gingerbread houses.  Using the Gingerbread House Die set, it’s easy to create this cute card!


Supplies Used:

This is the die set I used to create my card.  The 3d gingerbread houses you can create with this die set are super adorable.  But I love to use my supplies in more than one way and decided a card would be super cute!


This card measures 5 x 7″.  To create the base, you need to cut the kraft cardstock to 7 x 10″.  Score and fold this and set it aside until you are ready to build your houses!  Cut a few strips of white cardstock to 3 x  6 1/2″.  Using the Tim Holtz Mini Rotary Cutter and the glass mat, cut the white strips to look like hills and valleys.    Vary the hills and valleys so that they aren’t the same.  You will need three strips like this.


Now it’s time to die cut the gingerbread house fronts.  You will need two whites and one from kraft cardstock.  Then you will need to die cut the detailed fronts of the houses.  You will need one white, one red and one kraft.  Be sure to cut away the 4 strips along the sides and the bottom rectangle.  Those pieces are when you make a 3d house.  For this card, we won’t use those.  Also cut some small strips of cardstock to use along the edges of the houses.


Adhere the strips of cardstock along the edges of the houses using the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  This is also a good time to adhere the gingerbread man and the trees into place, too!



Now it’s time to adhere a strip of the white cardstock and a house.  Starting in the left top of the card base and ending at the right bottom corner.  Once everything is adhered into place, add the Nuvo drops to the houses, gingerbread man, tree and to the white hills and valleys.  I also added the Nuvo White Blizzard to the top of the houses and to the white strips so that its was sparkling and looking a bit like snow.  Add the sentiment in the top right corner to complete the card.


I really love how this card turned out.  The 5×7″ sized card works really well for this and I love the size!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Interlocking Gatefold Christmas Card

Hi Everyone!

Alexandra here again from Hedgehog Hollow; today I am going to show you a card that is super easy with the Deck the Halls dies but has a real WOW! factor; it also gives you some great dimension but is mail friendly; other supplies you will need are: paper trimmer, adhesive, foil cardstock, glitter and 12×12 cardstock; a full supply list is at the bottom…

Let me tell you how I made it, plus I have a complete supply list at the end for you too.  First of all you want to die cut your three layers, I went for alternate green foil and satin gold Tonic cardstock.  For each layer you want to use the outer wiggly piece the inner detail and the inner wiggly piece, except for the middle where I just used the outer wiggle and the detail as I wanted it to be a solid area in the same color, you could cut the wiggle too and put another color or element in there if you wish; make sure you save those piece out the middle as they would be great for other cards and beautiful to mount a square die cut or image on…

Next I cut some of the deep red from he country cottage paper collection to 5.75″ x 11.5″, I then scored this at 2 7/8″, and 8 5/8″ this created your gatefold base…

I then put some Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive onto my Essentials Easy Clean Mat and used a sponge to apply adhesive to one half of the large deck the halls die cut…

I then stuck this onto my card base…

You then want to do the same with your next smallest piece but this time apply your glue to the opposite side of the card and again with the centra piece to the same side as your largest piece…

Your pieces will now interlock like this…

Then I die cut the Merry Christmas from some white cardstock that I had applied double sided adhesive to…

I then peeled the release layer off the die cut and added Nuvo glitter…

I them used my sponge to apply some adhesive to the back and added it to the centre of the card…

There’s your finished project, you can display it interlaced or closed…

Here is a complete supply list so you can build your own…


Thanks so much for joining me today, don’t forget to join myself and the rest of the DT girls regularly for more Holiday inspiration!

Happy Stamping!



Holiday Gift Wrap with Dainty Bows

Hi Everyone!

Alexandra here from Hedgehog Hollow; today I am using the dainty bows dies to create some gorgeous gift wrap for the holiday season and beyond…

I have a post over on the Hedgehog Hollow blog with all my gift wrapping tips, you can find that by clicking here.  Let me show you how I created the bows with the Tonic dies; I cut the larger die in the red foil Tonic cardstock and the small bow I cut twice from the Tonic satin gold cardstock.  There’s a great variety of inserts for the bows or you can leave them plain, you will need to run it through twice like the picture below once with the detail on either side; I also cut the tails from the respective cardstock but I decided not to use these later on.

I then curled the bows with my bone folder so that they had a smoother bend in them…

Then I added some glue dots on my larger bow on the tabs and assembled as follows…

For the gold one I trimmed the tabs down and fold them in as I secured them with glue dots…

A top tip I found was when weeding the die cuts put all the pieces you remove with your brush or craft pick in a coffee filter, I brushed the die cuts over the filter and then it was easy to get them all in the trash rather than on the carpet!

Now we are ready to add them to our gifts, I have these that I have pre-wrapped from my HH blog post.  I used a glue gun to add a dab of glue on each one and pressed it onto my ribbon…

Now your gifts are complete don’t they look amazing? They are super simple too!

I have included a full supply list for you below:


Thanks so much for joining me today, be sure to check back regularly to see more holiday inspiration from me and the rest of the DT girls!

Happy Stamping!




Santa Gift Tag

A fun holiday craft for this Christmas season is this Santa Gift tag! All you need to do is die cut paper and glue in place! Easy as that.


Supplies Used:


Inside the packaging of the die, there is a really handy guide explaining what shapes are what. Using that guide, it’s easy to figure out what colors you need. After that it is pretty quick to cut out all the paper pieces to make the Santa. img_9109

Adhere the paper pieces to form the Santa. This is so easy and the Santa turns out super pretty! One word of advice, make sure to keep all of your little paper die cuts together in a little dish or something to make sure you don’t loose anything.


To add a bit of dimension, I added two small drops of Nuvo black drops for the eyes. Such a simple step, but adds so much drama!


And that’s it! The Santa tag is ready to be used- I added it on top of a gift and it looks so cute! You can easily mass produce these and add them to teachers gifts or gifts for the family!Smitha_Katti_santa_tagSmitha_Katti_santa_tag3

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial today and getting ready for the holiday season with some crafting of your own. Happy crafting!



Paper Christmas Village

Hello friends! Smitha here today and I am making and sharing this adorable Paper Christmas Village with you! Let’s get started!Smitha_Katti_Christmas_paper_villageSupplies used:

You guys, this Toy Emporium Die Set is simply adorable!! Let’s assemble one today shall we?img_9352

You start by cutting the building shapes. You will need two of each to put the building together. I chose a soft blue color to go with my whimsical paper christmas village theme. img_9353

Add glue and adhere all the pieces. This comes together very similar to the Ginger bread houses.


Die cut all the extra details next. I used two contrasting colors- a white and a darker teal cardstock today. You can add as many details as you like to this- there are many options included in the die set!

Like these tiny little wreaths. Aren’t these simply the cutest? Sorry for the zoomed in thumb photo, but I wanted to show the scale of these wreaths. 

I had so much fun building and decorating this Toy Emporium today! It is so cute!!!


To put together my Paper Christmas village, I pulled out the DIY Paper Holiday Trees I made last year. I also added two Gingerbread Houses– I have a video showing how I put those together on my blog.

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And that’s it! Our little Paper Christmas village is all ready to be displayed and enjoyed. And honestly, this project came out way cuter than I had envisioned and I love it!Smitha_Katti_Toy_emporium

Let me know what you think of this Paper Christmas Village in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!


Tiny House Ornaments

If you’re a fan of things tiny, cute, or glittery then this is the project for you! This delightful little village will be a great addition to your ornament collection and they also make a perfect gift! You can make them with or without the hanging loop, because these little guys look great on a table or a tree! Let’s get started.




I started by giving all my houses a coat of white paint, then went over just the walls of the house in pink or turquoise paint.


If you want to turn your houses into ornaments, this is the point when you want to add the screw eyes. It is very difficult to insert them once the houses are covered in glitter. I poked a pilot hole in the roof with a pin, then used pliers to grip the screw eye while inserting them.


Once all the houses were dry, I applied a coat of adhesive to the walls using my Nuvo glue pen. I just want a thin layer of glitter on the walls to allow the color to show through. The pen works great for applying a thin and even coat of adhesive.


This is where a glitter tray comes in really handy. You want to pour on more glitter than you need, working quickly to avoid the adhesive drying.



For the glitter on the roof top and chimney, I wanted a thick layer of glitter, so a thicker adhesive was needed. I used a stiff bristle brush to apply Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to the rooftop.




I found it best to work in sections to get the best coverage, and sometimes had to go over areas with more adhesive. 



To create the look of snow drifts around the house I used a combination of white Nuvo Crystal Drops and glitter. I tried several different methods before finding this winning combination. The Nuvo drops were perfect because they retain their shape well as they dry, and the white color made for a great background under the glitter.


For my next technique I used Nuvo Gilding Flakes to cover an entire house. For this I went back to the glue pen once again to create an even thin coat of adhesive. As with the  other houses, I worked in sections.




The mini blending brushes are great for burnishing the flakes (plus they are super cute!)


I added a simple linen twine to hang them as soon as they were dry. I just love how they turned out. If only I could make my real house look like these!


Happy Crafting!



Hand painted Ornaments

I’ve never painted my own ornaments before and was so surprised at how simple a craft this is! The results are unique and you have a one of a kind ornament to decorate your tree with in a few minutes!


Supplies Used:


Start by removing the top of the ornament and keeping aside. We don’t want to get paint on it. Next, using the blender brush apply the darker shade of mousse towards the bottom of the ornament and then apply the lighter colored  mousse towards the upper area.


The embellishment mousse dries very quickly and there is not really much of a wait time. I applied two coats of mousse per ornament to get this really soft, pearly look that is so unique and beautiful!

You can mix and match colors as required for your color scheme and create whole set of ornaments in an afternoon.


And here is how my ornament looks all dried and ready! I purposely left the brush strokes visible, it gives an artsy boutique look and feel. I love how the two colors contrast on each ornament, but you could just one color per ornament if you want too.


Here are the four ornaments I DIYed today. Which color is your favorite of them? I absolutely LOVE the gold one!


I hope this tutorial inspires you to take a look at your ornaments and maybe even upcycle some old ones. Happy crafting!