A Turquoise Village Dwelling

When I created my vintage church in this Tim Holtz Holiday Inspirational tutorial, I mentioned I wanted to do another house but in turquoise, for my mom.  She's crazy for turquoise lately, so I thought I would make a house on top of a gift box as part of her gift.  Here's the finished project:

I used the Vintage Dwelling Bigz XL die for the main house and the Village Winter Bigz die for the window, snow and icicle add-ons.

My snow die-cuts were topped with white texture paste, then Rock Candy Distress glitter sprinkled on top while the paste was wet.
The icicles were cut out with Tim Holtz Frosted Film plastic and Rock Candy glitter applied on top with Glossy Accents.  The entire house and base were covered with Rock Candy Glitter (applied with Glossy Accents).  I added in a little tree (glittered of course).

Before I glued the base to the bottom of the house, I cut out a hole in the middle.  I also cut out a hole in the middle of my box top.  The box top was painted and the bottom covered in patterned paper.

I hot glued a tea light where the hole was so there was a little light inside the house.  It can still be switched on and off from the inside lid.

I'm going to fill the gift box with chocolates.  I've collected a few other gifts for her, wrapped them in what else but turquoise!

 Here's my mom beside her favourite tree at the Christmas shop!  Doesn't she look amazing for 90 years old?!

Thanks for stopping by,



Sizzix Christmas Card Tutorial

Hello fellow crafters!  Are some of you still making Christmas cards?  If you need some inspiration, I have a tutorial on the Sizzix blog today, featuring new Stand-up card dies by Sizzix's Stephanie Barnard here:

Hope you join me there!


Painted Birch Trees Christmas Card

Hi everyone!  I don't know about you, but I always leave my Christmas cards to the last minute.  I wish I could be like some of you and start really early,  have them all done and ready to go by the first of December.  If there's some of you who still need some inspiration, I have a Christmas card featured here today.

I've created this card using the new Sizzix Tim Holtz Birch Trees Thinlits die.

First die-cut your birch trees with thin chipboard.  My Sizzix sandwich for this is my Magnetic Platform, Cutting pad, chipboard, Thinlits die (cutting side down), and cutting pad.

For those stubborn bits of paper stuck in your die-cut or just removing the paper from your die, I use the Sizzix Brush and Foam Pad.

After die-cutting the birch trees, I cut out a slightly larger piece of thin chipboard and adhered the die-cut to this with Ranger's Matte Medium.  Once this was dry, I applied a thin coat of white gesso for a good base before applying my layers of paint.  Starting with the darkest colour, then letting it dry, I dry brushed my different colours, one at a time.

After I was happy with my layers of paint, I splattered a bit of Picket Fence white Distress paint with a splatter brush for a snowy effect.

Season's Greetings is die cut from the Tim Holtz Handwritten Holidays Thinlits die set and his Metallic Kraft cardstock by Core-dinations.

My card was finished off with Tim Holtz Metallic Ribbon (TH93251) and matted onto Metallic Kraft Coredinations cardstock, then adhered to a green cardstock base.
Hey, I'm one card closer to completing my quota!

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by,


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