2018 Holiday Catalog, Christmas, Designer Series Paper, Embossing

Guest Blogger with a wee bit of Shenanigans……

Well hello Everyone and Happy December!

Before I properly introduce myself, I must thank Britney for having the faith in me to be a ‘guest blogger’ on her ‘Hope Paper Creations’ blog this week. I must admit I’m a little nervous. Although, I’ve recently learned that if you’re not feeling the tiny tingles of butterflies in your tummy, then just maybe you’re not reaching far enough out of your comfort zone. So please join me while I r.e.a.c.h.!!!!!!

Back to my proper introduction……my name is Patti (Shanahan) Davidson and like Britney, I am also an Independent Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator. Feel free to visit my facebook group page at Patti’s Stampin’ Shenanigans. There’s not a TON happening on my ‘page’ just yet. And that’s only because of that previously mentioned ‘comfort zone’ thing. More r.e.a.c.h.i.n.g. to come soon. Stay tuned 😉

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Now to the fun stuff…………

As part of Britney’s “Product of the Week”, I’d love to share with you my snow covered peppermint striped candy house (ie. Stampin’ Up!® Lustrous White Mini Gable Box).

As a young child growing up in Southern California one of my most cherished Christmas time memories was taking the 2 hour drive up to the Skyforest section of Lake Arrowhead also known as Santa’s Village. It’s that childhood memory that was my inspiration today.  With the help of Santa’s Workshop Designer Paper and the Tag & Tidings Stamp I was able to magically turn one of the Lustrous White Mini Gable Boxes into ‘Santa’s Workshop’. Or maybe it’s Mrs Claus’ Bakery where we’d warm ourselves by drinking hot cocoa after a fun filled day of playing in the snow. Regardless which building we want to call it, I think it’s adorable!

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I stamped the single T&T stamp in VersaMark onto Poppy Parade, Garden Green as well as Crumb Cake and as you’ve probably guessed……….embossed with white embossing powder. Next, I did some fussy cutting. Although there is also the coordinating Christmas Tags Thinlits Die you could use to cut out ALL the tags at once if you should choose. Easy Peasy, although not required. I adhered the ‘present’s’ onto white glimmer paper for my windows. The largest tag image I used for the door. Note, I did mask the ‘warm wishes’ on this particular image with a small piece of washi tape in order to keep the tag blank.

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For the door sign I cut the ‘do not open’ image from the circle tag on the bottom right corner of the stamp, taped a tiny piece of bakers twine on the back and ‘hung’ over the doorknob….. which in this case is a single ‘frosted epoxy droplet’. For a cleaner roof line I chose to fold IN the 2 side tabs of the gable box rather than insert the tabs from the handle top of the gable box. SU’s white glimmer paper and the scalloped edge thinlit from the Seasonal Layers die set helped to create the ‘snow’ covered rooftop. To finish it up I then simply tied the top closed with the ever so popular Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and added a couple gingerbread characters, also from the Tags & Tidings Stamp. There ya go, pure cuteness!

Isn’t this tiny candy house adorable?!!! And soooooo simple! In fact the hardest part of this project is in fact trying to decide what to put inside. Just to share a few ideas, you could easily fill it with candy or a couple homemade cookies, a pair of cozy socks would roll up nicely inside or perhaps if you’re really in the giving spirit you could enclose a gift card along with a couple Hershey kisses. The possibilities are endless.

Thank you everyone for stopping by today for my ‘guest appearance’. And thank you so much Britney for inviting me. It’s been a ‘peppermint’ pleasure.

Happy stamping everyone.

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