Monday, 2 December 2013

Karen Burniston's December Designer Pop 'n Cuts Challenge - Gingerbread House Card

Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge for December has each designer working with a different Pop 'n Cuts insert - fun idea!!... my insert was the House die, which I used in the Square Card with Ornate Edges base.
I had in mind a gingerbread house, decorated with sweets, and I ended up doing a bit of hand-drawing to get the look I was after.
 For the top border, I used Tim Holtz Tinsel, and a tag from Karen's Gift Card Holder Framelits set, plus bits from my stash. (I didn't have the right colour heart brads, so coloured them with Copic marker.)
 For the house, I used lots of bits from Karen's House Thinlits set - the windows and sills, glitter card eaves (which I covered with more brads), and a pink door which I embossed with a Tim Holtz woodgrain folder. I drew the decorations around the windows and coloured them with White Uniball pen and Copics. I also drew some candy canes, and a little wreath, also coloured with Copics, and cut them out with Cutter Bee scissors. (I hope you are impressed with my cutting out the centre of the wreath... that thing is tiny!!)
I also made a layered door mat, and some snow drifts in the garden, which are stuck on little tabs.
I added lots of Stickles accents.
For the bottom border, I punched out a load of circles, and drew some peppermint sweets on them, coloured with Copics, and added them to a strip of card along with some brads, then glued the whole strip down.
 The papers are from October Afternoon, and the edges are all inked with black Distress Ink.

(Update: If you would like to see another gingerbread house card of mine, using more current products, it is here.)

Some of products used:


   

26 comments:

  1. Helencredible! And you can draw, too? Sometimes I wonder if I didn't have such a TV addiction if I could learn to craft like you. And then I think . . . what will happen next on The Walking Dead? Thank you for this absolutely gorgeous creation for the December DC!

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  2. Wow! You never cease to amaze us! This is such a delight! Please share your card front. Just wondered what is on the outside. Love it!

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  3. I love your gingerbread house with the candy dots on the roof, all the way down to the tiny wreath you painstakingly cut out! LOVE IT ALL!

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  4. Helen this is a gingerbread masterpiece. I adore all the hand-drawn details you added - wow! My new favourite card made with Karen's house PNC insert.
    Cheers
    Karen A

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  5. That is amazingly cute! I just love it and the time you put into it. Someone will be very lucky to receive this.

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  6. For us pop up card challenged, do you have a step-by-step How-To explanation? I've never made one before, but I would love to know how to make this one to send to family and friends. Thanks.

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  7. I follow you on my RSS feed. I love your cards! I have one request; would you please include a photo of the front of the pop-up cards? Thanks for sharing your lovely work! (If you would like to see some of mine, go to http://artbymdp.blogspot.com)

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  8. Oh Helen what an adorable Gingerbread House Pop N Cut card you have created ... love love love all those fun details you have added to this card.

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  9. fantastic card, love the way that you described each step, it just flows on like a story. I love the creating part but struggle with writing description part

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  10. You did such a wonderful job! What a festive creation ~ just love & admire it!

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  11. This is darling! Love all the little details :)

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  12. Great job, I love gingerbread houses, looks like you have inspired me...thanks..

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  13. Wow!! I'm impressed

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  14. Awesome as always......such inspiration......

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  15. Wow Karen, your cards are all sooooo gorgious !!! I love this one. Sooooo cute !!

    Hugs Monique

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  16. Just adorable and I love it. I have those dies and now I know what to do with them, just was n't quite sure before. So, I can't thank you enough today. I am off to make a feeble attempt and I THANK YOU SO MUCH ! MERRY CHRISTMAS & may the new year be wonderful to you!

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    1. Thanks so much Diana! Merry Christmas to you too, and happy crafting!!

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  17. What a work of art! Found this in the labyrinth that is Pinterest, and what a FIND! The execution, colors, and details on this card are fabulous. I have a new house die (English style), and now I have a whole new way to use it. What a marvelous keepsake for the recipient (if you can bear to part with it). Thank you for sharing, and I'll be pinning you too.

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  18. Beautiful, love the pop up design, but what does the front of the card look like? I'll bet it's just as gorgeous! Please post it.

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    1. I'mso sorry - I made it last year and I don't have the cad any more, and don't remember what I did on the front - though I often keep them simple, with a large decorative tag to give me space to write a message.

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  19. I was just wondering if you could post somewhere on your blog where I could enter my email address so that everytime you post it comes into my email box?????I'm not that computer saavy and this is the best way for me to see your awesome blog. Tx a lot...angiemccolman@gmail.com

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    1. Hi, I'm very flattered - thank you! I have added a 'Follow by Email' bit to the right-hand side of my blog now, so you should be able to. Helen x

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