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A Christmas Carol House

A Christmas Carol House for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hello, Friends!  Well, Thanksgiving is behind us, and now it’s time to dig in and create for Christmas!  I’m excited about the month ahead for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that I have been invited to create four projects using scrumptious lasercut chipboard from Gypsy Soul Lasercuts! This chipboard is sooooo yummy, as you will see in today’s project.  I made a Christmas Carol House using loads of Gypsy Soul Lasercuts, Graphic 45 “A Christmas Carol” papers and lots of sparklies and pretties!

Kathy by Design/Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Christmas House 01This is one of those projects that I wish you could see in person, because it is so much cooler than the pictures show.  I’ve never made anything quite like this before, and boy oh boy, was it fun!

Kathy by Design/Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Christmas House 02I began by painting the 3 Story House with a coat of white gesso followed by a swish of Iced Spruce Distress Paint.   Next, I sponged all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  After that, I cut my Graphic 45 “A Christmas Carol” papers to fit each floor and the inside and outside of the pieces.  I felt it was easier to decorate the house before building it.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to put the house together using just a touch of Art Institute Dries Clear Glue.  The pieces are dovetailed, so they fit together seamlessly.  Gypsy Soul Lasercuts process photoHere’s what the house looked like in process, so you can see how I combined my papers.  Nothing is glued down here yet. The next step was to choose and prepare my chipboard pieces.  Here’s a list with links to the chipboard I selected:

I wanted my stars and snowflakes to glitter and shine, so instead of painting them, I treated them with Shabby  Frantage Embossing Powder in shades of white and blue.  This opaque powder contains little flecks of gold, color and glitter and adds a wonderful vintage finish to chipboard.  Here’s what that process looked like.

Gypsy Soul Lasercuts process photo2I tapped my chipboard pieces with Versamark Ink.  Really lay it on nice and thick!

Gypsy Soul Lasercuts process photo3Use a funnel tray or piece of clean paper and pour a thick layer of the embossing powder over the prepared chipboard.  Press it down lightly with your fingertips, then tap off the excess and put it back in the bottle.  Then, heat emboss. Easy peasy…and you don’t have to wait for paint to dry!

Kathy by Design/Gypsy Soul Lasercutsl Christmas House 10For the roof, I used DecoArt Crackle Texture Paste and let it cure overnight.  I painted it with a thin layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint and while that was still wet, I sprinkled it with Stampendous Shaved Ice Flakes.  I love how it glistens just like a snow topped roof!

Kathy by Design/Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Christmas House 02Each floor of the house features a wintry holiday scene.  And just look how those embossed snowflakes glisten!

Gina's Gypsy Soull Christmas House 03The “ground floor” uses a tree from the Winter Shape set along with a trio of altered bottle brush trees, a snowflake that I cut in half, and cutie pie snow angel.  The floor is covered with paper, Spanish Moss, Shaved Ice, and some Prima Winter Berries.  I let the embossed chipboard stars and snowflakes form a frame around this pretty winter scene. The bottle brush trees are mounted on altered thread spools to achieve varying heights.

Gina's Gypsy Soull Christmas House 04Gina's Gypsy Soull Christmas House 05I used the star border as a base for my arrangement of flowers, pinecones, jingle bells and berries.  It adds such a festive feeling!

Gina's Gypsy Soull Christmas House 06This image from the 8×8 Christmas Carol pad fit perfectly inside this Victorian Man and Woman frame!  I simply painted the frame black, then dry brushed it here and there with a little Iced Spruce Distress paint.

Gina's Gypsy Soull Christmas House 07The “attic” is lit with Tim Holtz’ mini lantern, and yes, it really lights up!  Here’s a tip: Drill the hole for your wiring BEFORE you assemble the house.  Some of us have to learn that the hard way! LOL

Gina's Gypsy Soull Christmas House 08A side view, so you can see the fun metal feet and the decorated sides.

Gina's Gypsy Soull Christmas House 09And another side view.  Isn’t it fun?

Gina's Gypsy Soull Christmas House 11And one more peek at that snow topped roof!

Gina's Gypsy Soull Christmas House 12I’d like to thank Gina at Gypsy Soul Lasercuts for giving me the opportunity to be a guest designer. I hope you enjoyed your tour of this Christmas Carol House.   I’ll be back next Wednesday with more ideas.  In the meantime, you should check out the online store.  It’s amazing!

If you’re interested in purchasing the Christmas Carol House, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!




Silver and Gold Holiday Frame

RRRChallengeBadgeSilver and Gold Holiday Frame for Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge

Hello, Friends!

If you’re like me, you are getting serious about holiday preparations.  The current challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon is to create a project that uses silver and gold with ribbon or trim.  How festive is that?  So I put on my thinking cap for a little while and came up with this Christmassy Silver and Gold Holiday frame made with this month’s Ribbon Club Assortment.

Kathy by Design Altered Holiday FrameOoooh…sparkly!  I picked up this frame at a yard sale this summer, removed the glass, and treated it to some gold paint for a total transformation.  How fun will this be on a holiday mantel or side table?

RRR Silver and Gold Challenge 02The November Ribbon Club has the most luxurious holiday ribbons!  I used my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool to tie teeny tiny bows from Crosshatch on Old Gold Satin Ribbon,  darling Christmas Ornaments on White Satin Ribbon, and then topped my mini ornaments with them. I suspended the ornaments from the frame using elegant Silver Metallic String.A sheet of DCWV cardstock that I found in my stash sits at the back of the frame.

RRR Silver and Gold Challenge 03The top of the frame is maybe my favorite part.  This Shell Grey Shimmer Satin Ribbon is perfect for the holidays.  I tied a super colossal bow on my Zutter Bow-it-All, then topped it with a loopy bow made from more of that darling ornament ribbon.  The  icing on the cake is this trio of creamy white magnolia blossoms.  Soooo scrumptious!

If you love ribbon the way I love ribbon, now is a great time to join the Monthly Ribbon Club.  Bonnie has a super DEAL  going on, so you might want to check that out.  You could always ask Santa to put a gift subscription to the Ribbon Club under the tree for you this year since you’ve been so very good!

Be sure to check out the RRR BLOG where you’ll find loads of inspiration from the rest of the team.  You can link up your own Silver and Gold project with ribbon or trim, and we’ll be stopping by to take a peek at your lovely handiwork.

I’m linking this project to the “It’s Ornamental Challenge” over at the Anything But Cute Challenge Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!




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