Hello there and welcome to the Creation Station Blog Hop where we are bringing things back to the Neighbourhood.
If you’ve arrived from the wonderfully talented Valerie Moody then you’ll have already been spoilt with inspiration, but I hope to continue with that vein of inspiration.
I have to admit I initially found this theme a tricky one, as it’s a quiet month in our neighbourhood … but then it came to me. I saw the removals van parked up in the street for a neighbouring house which had me thinking. I always used to bake Gingerbread Cookies as a gift for new neighbours in the shape of houses … Bingo! It came to me … Home Life sprang to mind and it’s gorgeous coordinating Thinlits in the shape of a house.
I set to work initially making a gift bag to house the cookies, which I then decided would house Take Away Menu’s and leaflets for local places of interest to help the new owners settle into their new surroundings. I then made a coordinating DL Card and a Gift Tag to add to a cello bag filled with cookies that I’d make on the morning of this hop.
I absolutely adore this Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and used two different shades. One for the house and one for the little heart, which was die cut using the heart from the Wood Crate Thinlits. I extended the bag that I made using the Gift Bag Punch Board. It was ever so easy to make an oversized bag like this. It’s such an easy board to use.
The gorgeous little flowers come from the Touches of Nature Elements and are two sided, with one side being wood effect and the other, white, which is perfect for inking up whatever colour you’d like. I took two wooden flowers and inked them up in Berry Burst and Pool Party to add some dimension and texture to the collage. You have to leave them to dry and blot them to ensure you don’t get the ink everywhere, but they are well worth the effort and time.
For this gift Tag, I used cardstock scraps and the thinlits to die cut simple little flowers rather than use the wooden elements. This tag open up like a regular card, hinged along the roof line to the left.
Gingerbread Cookies from the Neighbourhood
Home Life really does bring juggling at times as I had every intention of Baking some Gingerbread Cookies to put into a little cello bag this morning to add to this post. Sadly our little boy became poorly with a bug and has required my attention. Baking was clearly not something I wanted to embark on when he was being poorly. Hopefully you can see from the cookie cutter, that I have the most amazing cutter that would have tied in beautifully with these cards. Perhaps we’ll get to baking them later in the week and I’ll add them to my blog then to show you what I had hoped to create for you.
The Gingerbread cookies are one of our family favourites. Its a soft dough and heavily spiced, which we LOVE. They are so warming and rather than being tough and with a snap, they almost melt in your mouth. They really are delicious! I’ll post more about these cookies later in the week … so apologies if this is making your mouth drool right now.
The Card I made is a long DL card, made form an 8″ x 8″ square of cardstock, scored in half. Home really is where the heart is, so I couldn’t leave the die cut house without one. Can you see how I’ve added a kind of ombre effect to the sentiment? Firstly I inked it up with Berry Burst, before over inking the bottom half with Fresh Fig.
I decided to use the smaller stamps to create a band of stamping on the inside of the card. It’s such a lovely way of pulling the inside and front together and with these images being so delicate, every so cute.
Well I hope, despite the lack of the Gingerbread cookies, you have enjoyed what I’ve shared with you today. I do hope you’ll hop on round the rest of the girls to see what we all have in store for you. Next up is the lovely Elizabeth Price, who I’m sure will delight you with something fabulous.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend