A Merry Little Holiday House

How to make A Merry Little Holiday House.

A cute little holiday decoration using the Eileen Hull House Ornament Die.

Perfect for gift giving.  Just add a small battery operated tea light and see it glow.

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Directions:

  • Cut two pieces of Red and Black Buffalo Plaid paper 6″ x 8″.
  • Run both pieces of paper design side up through the Xyron Creative Station*.  As the paper moves through the Creative Station it adds adhesive to the underneath side of the paper.  You get full and complete adhesive covering on the paper.
  • Cut two pieces of Mat Board* 6″ x 8″.
  • Adhere the buffalo plaid paper onto each one of the mat board.  (underneath will be plain)

  • Lay covered matboard on top of the house ornament die and sandwich it between two sizzix cutting plates.  Run the die, mat board and cutting plates through the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine*.  The Big Shot will cut out the house shape and two tiny houses that you can use on a later project.
  • Cut two houses shapes.

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  • Carefully fold on the scored lines.
  • Cut off the top tab with the two holes on both houses.  (This tab is used if you want to make it an ornament.)
  • You will also need to cut the bottom flap from one of the houses.
  • Use Super Glue to assemble the house. Glue all sides of the house together before gluing the roof tabs.  Leave bottom tab unglued so that you can add a small battery operated tea light.

  • For the Roof:  Cut a piece of Black Corrugated paper 2 1/2″ x 4″.  Fold in half and glue to top of the roof.
  • Place two small pieces of white matboard over the window section of the ornament house die and run through the big shot die cutting machine.  Trim around matboard to create two small windows.  Glue windows frames onto house.

  • Add the “Merry” chipboard sticker from the Christmas Market Chipboard Accents to the front of the house.
  • Make wreath out of a 6″ piece of the craft pine stem.
  • Create a small bow from the red twine and glue onto front of wreath.
  • Glue wreath to front of the house.

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Discover USA Mini Album

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No matter what part of the country you visit, Paper House Production’s

New Discover USA collection has you covered.  I used this new collection along with

Eileen Hull’s adorable suitcase die from Sizzix, for a cute little make and take project

in the Paper House Productions booth at Creativation.

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It’s a fun project that could be used with Vacation Memorabilia or even as a going away present for someone getting ready to retire and travel the good ole’ USA.

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Directions: 
  1. Cut a 6″ x 12″ piece of  P-2123 “woodgrain” scrapbook paper.
  2. Run the paper woodgrain side up through the Xyron Creative Station using permanent adhesive.
  3. Adhere paper onto the mat board.
  4. Die-cut covered mat board using the suitcase die and Big Shot Machine.
  5. Fold each piece along score lines.
  6. The larger of the four pieces is the suitcase body.  Using extreme double sided tape, adhere and secure the four corner pieces.
  7. The next largest piece is the lid.  Apply extreme double sided tape to the flap.  Place the lid over the opening of the suitcase body and slide into position.  Adhere the flap.
  8. Attach the closure flap at the top of the lid using extreme tape.  Leave approximately twice the thickness of the mat board used between the hinge of the flap and the top edge of the lid.  The lightly folded tab will press against the inside of the suitcase to keep it closed.
  9. Attach the handle and embellish with the 3D stickers.destinations-mini-album-inside-sues-creative-workshop
  10. Cut a piece of brown cardstock 3 3/4″ x 11″.  Using a score board and the scoring tool, score the cardstock lengthwise 2 3/4″, 5 1/2″ and 8 1/4″.  Fold along score lines to create a mini accordion book.
  11. Choose one of the Discover USA tag 12″ double sided scrapbook paper.  Cut tags just slightly smaller than 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″
  12. Adhere tags onto the mini book using the tape runner and embellish with 3 D stickers.

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My trip to CHA Paper Arts in Chicago

Last week, I got the opportunity to attend CHA Paper Arts in Schaumburg, IL.

I hadn’t been able to attend a CHA Show (Craft Hobby Association) since the last time

it was in Chicago a few years ago.

As you can imagine I was excited to go.  (any excuse for a get-a-way)

I knew going in that it was going to be a small show.

But…by being a small show, it gave me the opportunity to mix, mingle and really get to know people.

I got to meet, in person, a few online friends, was able to make a few more and make some really

great connections.  All in all I was satisfied.

Back in it’s hey day, when I had my store, I remember spending three days walking the show

and still not being able to see everything.  (those were the days…)

On the first day of the two day show, I did remember to take a few pictures.

I wish I had taken more.   Enjoy!

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First off in the Sizzix Booth was dies from Stephanie Ackerman. 

I’ve been following Stephanie’s blog, Homegrown Hospitality, for years.

She’s a real Superstar in my books.

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 New House Dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix

I love the little house dies from the always popular Tim Holtz.

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Tim Holtz Holiday Canvas

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Ken Oliver of Ken Oliver Crafts

Ken’s another one of my Favorite Superstars.  Here I am with Ken and The Paper Forest girls.

They had just taken a picture with Ken and was rubbing it in my face.

So… I made them take another.

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I finally got the opportunity to play with Ken’s Color Bursts. 

It only took a few minutes to create this masterpiece.

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Eileen Hull’s Vintage Camper, Scotty on The Paper Trail at CHA.

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Such a cute little camper.  You can read about Eileen and Scotty’s Adventure here.

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Eileen Hull’s Samples made using Sizzix Dies.

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More samples from Eileen.

I met Eileen a few years back and she’s such a sweet and personable lady.

You can’t help but love her.  And her dies… they are just too cute.

If I had her camper, I just might enjoy camping.  (well maybe)

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Another picture with The Paper Forest girls at the Graphic 45 booth.

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Ready for Christmas Crafting?  I am!

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More Kaisercraft Christmas…

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Little B LLC Christmas

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This is another one of those booths where I got talking and forgot to take more pictures.

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As a reward for all my work (aka…having fun).  

I ended my adventure with a trip to my favorite Big Blue Store, IKEA.