Thursday, 13 October 2016

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Hello Crafters. 

I fell in love with the house design in the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) the moment I saw it. 

Since then I've seen lots of great ideas people have used these houses for. 

The best one was the little house boxes I shared with you  recently that I received as a swap from Charry Wijers when we were at the latest team training. 

As much as I loved the design, I wasn't being inspired! 

That is, until I had a proper look at the Wrapped in Warmth Stamp Set. It has a sentiment that reads "Merry Christmas from our home to yours". 

The two were made for each other and that's today's card!

I started with a Whisper White Cardstock (CS) base, then a layer of Real Red CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

I lightly sprayed the top layer, back and front, with water and then dry embossed using the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder. 

I used my original Big Shot Multi Purpose Platform on Tab 1 and one cutting mat for my sandwich.

I adhered the top two layers to the card base using Tombow. 

I fussy cut one of each of the houses featured on the DSP. 

I put some Tombow on the two roofs and chimney pots nad covered in white Mica Flakes.

I used my Real Red Marker Pen and coloured the MERRY CHRISTMAS, the straight line around the smaller part of the sentiment and the stitches inside the box. 

Then I used my Early Espresso Marker Pen for the FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS and the three decorations along the straight red lines. 
I huffed on my stamp when I was ready to stamp it onto a piece of Whisper White CS. 

The image came out beautifully.

I die cut it using the Layering Square Framelits, as well as a larger scalloped square in Early Espresso CS, and an even larger scalloped square in Real Red CS. 

I adhered the three together with Tombow. 

I laid the sentiment and the two houses on the card front to work out the best positioning. 

I was hoping to put one house at the top, then the sentiment, and then the second house towards the bottom. 

Whichever way I placed them, they didn't look right, so I moved the sentiment to the top! Ta-da!

Just a little side note! Last night when I did the embossing, I couldn't remember what sandwich I needed to use, so I used my original platform on no tabs (which is how I get best results from my Big Shot) and one cutting mat. 

It worked, and although the embossing looked good, it didn't look as good as I knew it should do. 

I took another piece of CS and did it on tab 1. 

This time it worked beautifully. 
This morning, I remembered I should have used the new platform, without the Thin Die Adaptor and one cutting mat. 

I decided to try it - just to make sure I was right! - before writing my blog. 

Rather than waste CS I used the embossed sheet from last night but turned it sideways, wondering what the pattern would look like. 
I was totally amazed! The new embossing wiped out 99.9% of last night's embossing, so I can now use this sheet! What a result!

That's about it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting. 



  1. This has got to be my favourite DSP from the Christmas papers ... love the house images and what you have done with them too. The sentiment and the cable embossing folder -- they're all just made for each other! Really, really cute! Wonderful!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. I don't know what happened to yesterday's reply! I'll try again! I agree, some good planning went in with these products! I love them all too! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Hi Jan,
    love this card, and all of the Noel ones too...Ann in Canada

    1. Hi, Ann. I could get carried away using the letters! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.

  3. I probably shouldn't say this but the embossing folder looks as if four squirts of icing are flowing down on the house (two of which could be icing smoke from the chimneys). It does look tasty, though! Yummy job!

    1. Hi, Joan. LOL! I see what you mean! Maybe I should have put the cables going in the other direction! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.

    2. No! No! No! Its perfect; generally, when one drips icing on a gingerbread house it has to flow at some point. The "trouble" (and it isn't really) is with the cables being too wide for the size of house (a matter of perspective)... the poor thing will be inundated soon! LOL. But really, it is a good choice; who doesn't want lots of icing (anyway) on their gingerbread house?

    3. Hi, Joan. Not me, I love icing! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.