Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Gingerbread House Tips and Tricks

Today, I am sharing the details of the Gingerbread house I made for the Stampin' Addicts Big Shot Blog Hop last weekend. I appreciate all of the positive comments I've received on it. I wasn't sure when I was "done" if I added enough, too much, or not enough. I liked it so, but wasn't sure how well it would be received. I am filled with gratitude from all of the positive feedback I have gotten. Thank-you.

 First, the base is Early Espresso. I first made it the size of one milk carton, but my door wouldn't fit, so I made it bigger to fit the door. The door is the glitter striped paper from the Holly Berry Bouquet paper. I needed a frame, so I used plain old Wild Wasabi Cardstock punched out with the Designer Label punch and layered them to fit the door. I added a heart from the Owl Builder punch for a door handle. I wanted a candy cane, but the red candy cane didn't look right. I then decided to add candy canes from the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set around the entire house. I also added a scallop trim border around the bottom like icing (but way easier than the real thing). For the windows, I punched a square with the scallop trim corner punch to make a cute little background for my striped inside. I also added some peppermint candies to go with my theme.

The roof is featured in this picture. Yes, I did punch strip after strip of paper with the Scallop Trim Punch. I wanted it to look like icing. My favorite houses have the decorator icing all on top. I was afraid it wouldn't look right, but the only way to find out was to try. After I got the roof done, I added 1/2" circle punched circles of Real Red and Wild Wasabi and dabbed them with Dazzling Details. How fun! I love gumdrops!

Ok, here it is: how to combine two milk carton cut outs to make this box:
 I just adhered the tab of one of the boxes on to the side of the other and then folded every 2 panels. I then, folded the bottom tabs in so that one was on top of the other. Easy.

The top was a different story. I had to create new score lines by taking a ruler and my scoring tool from my simply scored. I went from the corners where the roof meets the side to the center of the panels. I refolded on these score lines and added my roof of crumb cake paper, which I had cut to 5 x 3 1/2" and scored at 2 3/4".
Perhaps this view helps:

 I hope this allows you to create your own!

Happy Stamping!



  1. Oh Sara, this is just darling! May have to give my hand a try at this.

  2. Awesome!! Thanks for all the details!! It came out amazing!!

  3. My goodness how creative! Bet you had fun too!

  4. Thanks for the pics to showcase all the details. What a great project. Awesome!


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