House-Shaped Replica Ornaments!

This will be my last Christmas blog post of the year!  You may recall the birdhouses and the house replica ornament I made for a friend or one of the many house-shaped cards or house-iversary baskets I have made for friends and clients, all from paper.  Well, today’s post is about that theme – house-shaped ornaments!

Last week I had fun delivering these house-shaped replicas of homes some of my favorite clients bought this year.  I have smudged the last name written above the door on the cream-colored house for privacy.  Inside of each little house is a photo of the family, attached in the center of the floor – kind of 3-D.

 

My House Ornaments in the Christmas Tree

My House Ornaments in the Christmas Tree

I used the Stampin’ Up! Sizzix Big Shot BIGZ L Mini Milk Carton die-cut template in my Cuttlebug machine to make these ornaments and added flowers and little shrubs I free-form cut.  Each door and house looks as close as possible to the house I sold these clients.

 

 

House Ornament One

House Ornament One

House Ornament Two

House Ornament Two

 

Every buyer gets a house-shaped card that looks like their house (made using my Cricut Expression machine and the Wild Cards cartridge).  Because  this was delivered at the same time, I photographed them together.  Sometime I should showcase all of the paper house things I have made for my beloved clients!

 

House Ornament Three + Matching Card

House Ornament Three + Matching Card

 

Finally, here is one last picture of the three ornaments:

 

Three House Ornaments

Three House Ornaments

 

Thank you for reading my blog, and if you’re in the Greater Seattle area looking to buy or sell real estate from a real estate broker who goes above and beyond expectations, please contact me through my website.  😉

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Simple Birthday Cards

I was out of town last week, so I didn’t get a chance to share new blog posts. I make a few cards last Tuesday, before I left, but was limited on time so I went with simple, less fussy cards and here are the results.

I’ll admit, this first card’s layout was not completely my idea.  Normally, unless I am taking a card class, all my card designs come from my mind but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with finding inspiration from others’ cards.  That’s why I share my cards with you!  Anyway, this card design was inspired by Rae Barthel‘s “Funky Birthday Card” on page 64 of the March/April 2010 Paper Crafts magazine.  I used some scrap DCWV glittery floral paper, a rub-on sentiment, some sticky gems, hot pink DCWV paper, and my new baby pink saddle stitch ribbon for this card:

Sweet "Happy Birthday" card

Sweet "Happy Birthday" card

For this next card, my plan was to use this pretty pearl and black gem embellishment I bought from a vendor at the CK Convention last November.  I love CTMH‘s Silhouette paper, so I used part of a sheet from that set as well as some pretty ribbon in the same color.  I didn’t have an elegant “happy birthday” stamp in the large size I needed, and the alphabet stamps I ordered hadn’t arrived yet, so I just grabbed a ZIG marker and wrote it by hand.  I distressed the edges with a CTMH bamboo ink pad and pulled it all together on black card stock.  This card was intended for a friend of mine and after I wrote in her card, I realized this was her 50th birthday!  I guess the black was appropriate, but I really didn’t know her age when I made this easy card:

Birthday Wishes

Birthday Wishes

It feels like these two simple cards went by faster because I didn’t stamp.  I enjoy stamping, but searching for the right stamp, ink, paper, and cutting it out adds a few minutes to a project.  I suppose these cards show that it’s possible to make nice cards without taking a lot of time.