I hate to say it, but since my girls have grown up and don't really get into helping me decorate anymore, I haven't pulled all those boxes of houses, churches, shops and accessories down from the closet. I miss it, but it had become such a chore and then an even bigger chore to put away! All the boxes are numbered so that they will fit back into the closet like a puzzle. I do keep my Hallmark collection out year round though. They sit lined up across an antiqued mirror that has shelves.
Something about these little shops and homes always fascinated me. When Close To My Heart's Autumn Winter Idea Book came out and I spotted the new Christmas Village (D1554) stamp and I had to have it. I pondered what to do with this set for a while but tonight I was inspired by two challenges to pull it out and create something with it.
I had fun coloring the little shops and church with my alcohol ink markers. I stamped two of the buildings on a separate piece of cardstock and cut them out after coloring them. I adhered them to the card with glue dots. It gives a little bit of added dimension which doesn't show up in the picture. I used the dark green glitter paper from the Green Glitter Paper (Z1847) and Red Shimmer Trim (Z1848) to border my village. I added Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel (Z1313) for the snow topped roofs. "Merry Christmas" is from the Holiday Tags (D1560) stamp set.
|D1554 - Christmas Village|
I'm entering this card into the following Challenges:
Heart2Heart Challenge - My Favorite Things
Papercraft Star for this inspiration photo: