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I made an ornament.

A deliciously cute ornament.

The cutest part is that if you look closely, you can see a sweet Christmas tree inside.

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This ornament was created in the wee hours of the morning like many of my projects while I was “face-timing” with a friend.  Although I had the idea of making an ornament using the Stampin’ Up! Home Sweet Home die, she came up with the idea for the mini tree inside. She’s a genius.

Note: These brush trees were bought from Target in the USA when I was visiting last month.  How I miss Target in Canada.  Whenever I cross the border, you can see me filling up my bags with crates, twine, wire baskets, etc.  Let us now bow our heads to mourn the loss of Target.

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In order to create this ornament, much of the work is done for you as it’s a die cut.  However, I am here to remind you to die cut your windows and door prior to trying to build this house.  You also need to make sure that you place the string before closing up your house.

Such small obvious reminders… but oh so difficult to remember when it’s 2 o’clock in the morning.

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Although my friend and I thought a tea light would be ideal in this ornament, there is no way that it would fit.  The inside of the die is only about a quarter size.  Even that might be pushing it.  Instead, I placed the tree inside and adhered it using a hot glue gun.

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The only alteration you need to make when finishing up this house is to cut off the flat on the final roof fold.

It’s now time to decorate and embellish this cute house.  The dazzling diamonds glimmer paper was delightful as I created shingles on the roof using one of the dies that came with this set.

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You’ll notice that the door opens – again, the die creates a score line and cuts the remainder of paper.  I added a layer to my door with kraft paper put through the Big Shot using the Woodland embossing folder.

A final touch was adding mica flakes to the window ledges to give it a snowy effect.

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I can honestly say I had a great time working with this die and creating this project. This item is retiring so I would suggest snapping it up fast.

I’ll be back in the New Year so in the meantime have a wonderful holiday season! If you are interested in seeing how I am documenting my December then be sure to stop by my Facebook page often.  Every Thursday night you can chat with me live or in re-run!!

Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

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Photo Credit to White Willow Photography

Cathy Caines, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, St. John’s, Newfoundland Labrador

Join Cathy on her blog : http://www.inthecatcave.com

If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! and are living in Canada and don’t have a demonstrator, I’d love to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  Feel free to drop me a line to get a catalogue or if you have any questions/comments at inthecatcave@hotmail.com.

Supplies and images used are © 2016 Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise stated: Whisper White cardstock, dazzling diamonds glimmer paper, mica flakes, kraft paper, Home Sweet Home framelits, Woodland embossing folder, brights enamel dots, metallic red bakers twine, Non-Stampin’ Up!: hot glue gun + Target brush trees

 

 

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